Lawrence John Wolfgram

Born: Thu., Jul. 16, 1942
Died: Fri., Jun. 12, 2015

Recitation of the Rosary

7:00 PM Tue., Jun. 16, 2015
Location: Burns Mortuary

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 AM Wed., Jun. 17, 2015
Location: St. Mary's Catholic Church

Interment following funeral service

Location: Skyview Memorial Park

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Lawrence John Wolfgram, LJ, Larry or Gpa was born in Los Angeles, CA on July 16, 1942 to Norman and Norma Wolfgram.  He died June 12, 2015 at 72 while resting quietly in his home surrounded by family after losing his battle with cancer.  In 2011 Lawrence was diagnosed with colon cancer and underwent chemotherapy treatments which were successful.  In March of this year (2015) he was diagnosed with a rarer and more aggressive form of cancer, angiosarcoma.  Although the treatments helped slow the growth of the cancer they were unsuccessful at stopping it.  Larry and Mary, who enjoy spending their winters in sunny Arizona, made the long trip back to Oregon in May to spend his final days in the home which they had spent so many years in.

Recitation of the Rosary will be held Tuesday evening, June 16th, 2015, at 7:00 PM at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton Chapel.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, at 10:00 AM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pendleton, with interment to follow at Skyview Memorial Park in Pendleton.  Sign the online condolence book at  Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is handling arrangements. 

Lawrence grew up on a ranch in Rhame, North Dakota.  He attended Rhame High School where he was active in basketball and track.  He also met his lifelong soul mate Mary Nester while attending high school whom he married in 1961.  Lawrence attended Dickinson State University, School of Mines in Rapid City, ND and acquired a Masters degree in administration from the University of Oregon.  The family, Lawrence, Mary and their 2 children, Warren and Wendy moved to Alaska where Lawrence worked on the Alaskan highway and spent time hunting.  After a couple years they moved back to North Dakota to help on the family farm and then finally they moved to Dayville, OR in 1969 where Lawrence had been hired as the Math/Science teacher.  He held various jobs in the area during the next 45 years and although he worked as a principal and superintendent during those years he always ended up back in the classroom.  He was well known for his love of hunting and the detailed stories that he told related to his many adventures in Alaska and Africa.  He also wrote 2 books about his time spent hunting.

Lawrence lived a full life and enjoyed spending time hunting, golfing, attending the Catholic Church & the fellowship with the Knights of Columbus, traveling and most of all spending time with his grand children.

He is survived by his wife Mary, his mother Norma, his son Warren and his wife Stefanie Wolfgram and grandson Damian Wolfgram, his daughter Wendy and her husband Denny Christensen and granddaughter Terika Christensen and grandson Remington Christensen and 5 other grand children, 5 great grand children, brother Leonard, sister Lynette, many cousins, nieces and nephews.

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eleventh hour warrior
   Posted Fri June 12, 2015
We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Shelly Parmelee
   Posted Sat June 13, 2015
To Larry's family- i am so sorry to hear about his passing. he was my son's teacher at UHS. I also worked with him when he worked in Echo. I was on the Umatilla Booster Club with him. I enjoyed hearing his stories of hunting, and loved the fact that he gave the what he caught to the local tribes. He was a funny guy with stories and humor.

God will be with you during this time. Prayers for peace and comfort.

Shelly Parmelee

Shayne McCartney
   Posted Sat June 13, 2015
I am truly sorry to see that Mr. Wolfgram had passed. I read his two hunting books and I remember how ecstatic I was able to meet him one day when he substituted for my math teacher. I may not have had a 1 on 1 relationship with him, but know that me and many other will miss him. with a heavy heart and tears in this young man's eyes, please know that I am sorry for your loss and that i wish that there was something i could do.

Dennis and Melanie Schaeffer
   Posted Sat June 13, 2015
We are so sorry for your loss. He will be missed by many. We enjoyed the times we were able to spend with him and the stories he told us of his hunting trips. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at tis time of sorrow.

Martha Post
   Posted Sat June 13, 2015
Mary, Warren and Wendy plus their families. Larry was way to young to go live with the Lord, the Lord must had needed him at home. My Prayers and thoughts are with all of you at this hard time in your life.

Nick Demos
   Posted Sat June 13, 2015
He was everyone's favorite substitute. He always had cool stories to tell. My best memory was when i brought my deer antlers to school and he scored it in the classroom and taught me how to score it. Something i won't forget, not to mention all the stories of Africa. He will be missed by many. Rest high on that mountain.

Darren Gossett
   Posted Sat June 13, 2015
My sympathy goes out to the family, he was a teacher of mine through my last (2) years of high school and he was impactful in my life and one of my favorite teachers. I was and I am thankful to have known him!!

Ron Sehman
   Posted Sat June 13, 2015
Mary and Damian, my thoughts are with you. Larry was a great guy who was loved by the kids he taught and coached. We had different politics and different styles, but maintained a close friendship and working relationship for the several years we worked side-by-side. I know he was loved by those in Echo as well after he retired from UHS. I'm saddened to hear that he's gone.

Larry Clucas
   Posted Sat June 13, 2015
Mary - My condolences on your loss. Over the years I always enjoyed Larry's commitment to our kids and some great stories of your hunting adventures in Africa and other places around the world. He truly had a great and positive effect on the youth of Umatilla. Larry Clucas

Debra L. Campbell
   Posted Sat June 13, 2015

GRANDMA'S GARDEN TABLE BASKET was sent by Kelly and Deb Campbell.

Our prayers are with you and your family. Kelly and Deb Campbell

Kelsey Hancock
   Posted Sat June 13, 2015
I am so sorry to hear about your loss! He was a wonderful man! Larry was a teacher of mine and three of my siblings teacher in Echo Or. He always told us stories about hunting and I especially loved the stories about Africa! He spoke highly of his children and was a very respectable man, he will be greatly missed.
My deepest condolences during this time of grief and healing for your family,
Kelsey Hancock

Karen and Don Allen
   Posted Sat June 13, 2015
Mary and Family. We were so sorry to hear about your loss. We know that Larry will be missed as a husband, father, grandfather and friend. We know that this is a time of great sadness, but our hope is that before long the good memories will outnumber the sad ones. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

Mary Dedrick
   Posted Sat June 13, 2015
Larry was an incredible teacher, loved life, and gave his students all he could to make their lives richer and fulfilling. We will look for for your star in the heavenly skies. God Bless his wife and family. Thank you for sharing this incredible man.

Irene (Hascall) Curtis
   Posted Sat June 13, 2015
Wolfgram family, I am so deeply saddened by your loss as well. He was my High School Principal who I really enjoyed having around. He was funny and fun to be around. He also had a serious side and if you were bad, well you know. He will be greatly missed. You all are in myprayers.

Deena (Johns) Thomas
   Posted Sat June 13, 2015
Sorry for your lost. Your family are in my prayers and thoughts.

Trudy Draper-Jessen
   Posted Sun June 14, 2015
My deepest sympathies are with all of you. Mr Wolfgram was always my favorite, even if he always gave me a hard time. He always lit up a room, and could always make people laugh. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Sincerely, Trudy

Cheryl Davis Foster
   Posted Sun June 14, 2015
Mary, Warren, Wendy and family,
I am so very sorry for your loss. I have many memories of time spent at your house in Long Creek and of Lawrence's huge smile and teasing nature. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
With Love,
Cheryl "Davis" Foster

Lisa Frye
   Posted Sun June 14, 2015
I am so sorry for your loss. Larry was a true gem - he positively impacted thousands of lives in our region and around the world. As a teacher, I always asked for him to substitute for my chemistry class knowing that my students would learn chemistry but also learn from a master in life. I learned so much from him and couldn't get enough of his stories. He was wise, inspirational, and genuinely cared about the kids. I wish you all the very best as his legacy continues on through his influence and written words.

Laurie(Reid) Stuckey
   Posted Mon June 15, 2015
So sorry to hear of your loss. Wonderful memories of Long Creek always include Mr. Wolfgram teaching us Physics, coaching us in track, his big smile, and the cowboy boots he always wore. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Keith Gebers
   Posted Mon June 15, 2015
Dear Mary and Damian,
My thoughts and prayers are with you. I will miss grandpa and his wonderful stories and smiles. I am thankful to both Mary And Larry taking in a RAW beginning teacher and making him feel at home. My love goes out to your family. Grandpa, hope you are big game hunting in the skis above! God Bless!

Tim Gill
   Posted Mon June 15, 2015
Mary and family. I am so sorry for your loss. LJ will be missed by all. HE was a very big part of my life and I miss him so much. I pray for you and the family .The world seems a little smaller without him. He had the biggest heart and smile. I will miss him when hunting and just talking to him when I was feeling down he could always put a smile on my face. Love you and will have you in my prayer Tim Gill

kenneth j& mary gill
   Posted Mon June 15, 2015
Many times LJ came to our house, amid jokes and hunting stories and always,always a broad and gleaming smile. L J you are greatly and i mean GREATLY MISSED.

Mary Ellen Tracy
   Posted Mon June 15, 2015
Mary and family;
I was saddened to hear of Larry's passing. I have so many fond and funny memories of him. He was sure a fun guy to work with, he made learning fun and exciting for his students. But more than anything he made them all feel special. He always had time for them, sometimes making Damien have to wait while he gave his special brand of advice. I think I have known you guys for all of the years I worked. First while he was in Pilot Rock and than when he came to Umatilla. If you are very lucky in your life you get to call someone like him your friend, I was that lucky. Please know that you will be in my thoughts & prayers as you move forward. Love to you all.

Jay & Blanche Severns
   Posted Tue June 16, 2015
Larry was a good friend. We will miss him very much. So sorry for your loss. Love and prayers!

John Beckman
   Posted Tue June 16, 2015
My deepest sympathy to you cousin Mary. I will always remember our high school days, basketball, proms and all. Hold on to the fond memories you have of Larry for they will last forever. May God Bless You.

Ann Brodeur
   Posted Tue June 16, 2015

A GARDEN PATH was sent by Ann Wolfgram Brodeur.

May Uncle Lawrence rest in peace; our prayers are with you all. Love, Ann, Becky, Molly, Moria, Matthew

Doug & Tedde Holcomb
   Posted Wed June 17, 2015
Larry will be missed by all of us! We loved his sense of humor, his great laugh and enthusiasm for life and especially for hunting and teaching. We were delighted to share our love of African Safaris and the detailed stories of the hunts. God Bless you Mary, Wendy, Warren and your families in this most difficult time.

Mary (Fischer) Hass
   Posted Sat June 20, 2015
Mary Lee and family,
My deepest sympathy to you all. Thank God for all those years you and Lawrence had together, starting way back in High School. Mary, you were such an important part of all my 12 years in Rhame School. Those days wouldn't have been the same without you. May you find consolation in your years ahead with your family. God bless you in every way.
Love, Mary

Ed Sherman
   Posted Sun June 21, 2015
To Mary and Family: Sorry your loss. A man that so enjoyed life and family. He will be missed by many.

Gene and Kay Kalina
   Posted Tue June 23, 2015
Mary Lee and Family…We were saddened to hear of Lawrence's passing. Gene fondly remembers time spent with cousin "Petesy" as little boys and later at the ranch north of Rhame. Way back then, the three cousins loved hunting together. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this difficult time.

Kelley & Nancy Swarat
   Posted Tue June 23, 2015
Mary and Damian, our hearts are heavy for you. We are praying that you would find moments of peace during this time of grief. Larry will be missed by everyone that he ever met, since everyone is a friend. He was an amazing man. We are thankful to have known him.

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