June 08, 2007 11:00 pm

Verle Leaman Burnett, 70, of Hermiston, died May 30 from a heart attack at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston. A graveside service will begin at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Hermiston Cemetery. Following the service, there will be a gathering for friends and family at Skip Walchli's farm.

Verle was born Oct. 2, 1936, in La Grande to Orval Virgil and Grace Loraine (Thompson) Burnett. Verle attended elementary school at Mount Emily Camp west of La Grande and graduated from La Grande High School.

On Oct. 2, 1956, he married Marlys Myers, and they had three children: Tari, Michael and Cherice. In 1968, Verle married Frances Leeper Schoenhals. They had a son, Verle Dean, and a daughter, Deona.

Verle worked in the auto parts business until he retired in 1998. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting and drives in the mountains. He also enjoyed playing pool, chewing on a toothpick and meeting with the gang for coffee at Eastside Market each morning hoping to solve the world's problems.

Survivors include his children, Tari McBride of West Richland, Wash., Cherice Ellig of Hermiston, Verle "Dean" Burnett of Hermiston and Deona Hodges of Lexington; stepfather, Ken Sleeth of Kennewick, Wash.; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Orval and Grace Burnett; son, Michael Burnett; and second wife, Frances.

Memorials may be made to a charity of choice. Arrangements are under the direction of Burns Mortuary of Hermiston.


Terri Horn, 51, formerly of La Grande, died May 19 at her home in Palm Springs, Calif., after an extended illness.

Terri was born Dec. 15, 1955, in Las Vegas. Due to her father's military service, the family lived in several locations before settling in Fairbanks, Alaska, where Terri lived most of her life.

She worked as a grocery clerk for many years. She was employed by Carr's Foodland in Fairbanks, and after moving to La Grande in 1995 she worked at Albertson's for several years.

Terri was known for her incredible friendliness and outgoing personality. She loved spending time with her family and friends and enjoyed being outdoors, whether it be gardening, camping or barbecuing. She was known as her family's best barbecuer.

Survivors include her children and their spouses, Todd Horn of Anchorage, Alaska, and Merry and Keith Montgomery of Union; two granddaughters; mother, June Henson of Las Vegas; and siblings, Kathy Henson of Las Vegas, Fran Jenkins of Alaska, George Jenkins of Seattle and Vickie Winslow of Palm Springs, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her father, Jack Henson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association' 42-600 Cook St., Suite 202, Palm Desert, Calif. 92211.


Ida Nebeker Lyman, 96, of La Grande, died June 2 in Cedar Hills, Utah, at the home of Marsha and Ken Hildebrandt, her daughter and son-in-law.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1802 Gekeler Lane. Viewing will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., as well as before the funeral service, from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Monday.

Ida was born March 25, 1911, to Joseph Wiley Nebeker and Annie Helen (Lindsay) Nebeker in La Grande. She grew up in the Mount Glen area. Her father died when she was 9, and she and her siblings helped their mother run the family farm.

Ida worked to put herself through college and became a teacher. One of her jobs was working at the Hot Lake Resort making pastries. Because teaching jobs were not available at the time, she moved to Salt Lake City and began working at Salt Lake Knitting, soon

working her way up to be the supervisor.

In Salt Lake City she met Mark Lyman, and they were married Nov. 30, 1940, in the Salt Lake Temple. They lived in both La Grande and Salt Lake City and had two daughters. Mark died in 1944, four months before their third daughter was born. Ida then moved back to

La Grande with her daughters.

After the girls were in school, Ida worked at several jobs, including in her brother Vern's and brother-in-law Alfred Westenskow's real estate and insurance business. She later worked as office manager at the Grande Ronde Hospital until retiring. She also served many callings in her church and spent one year working in the Seattle Temple.

After retiring, Ida spent many hours making quilts for her family, typing books for her daughters and doing much genealogy, learning to use a computer at about the age of 80. She was a great source of strength and inspiration to her family as well as many others. She didn't like to ask others for help, but very much appreciated the many things others did for her.

Survivors include her daughters and their spouses, Gayle and Paul Sewell of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Marsha and Ken Hildebrandt of Cedar Hills, Utah, and Phyllis and Eugene Thompson of Rexburg, Idaho; 13 grandchildren and 33-great grandchildren; sisters and their spouses, Gertie and Eugene Hibbert and Verda and Alfred Westenskow, all of La Grande; sister-in-law, Jeane Nebeker of La Grande; and many nieces and nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and siblings, Vern Nebeker, Alex Nebeker, Helen Zaugg, Wiley Nebeker and Viola Barritt.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Family History Center of the LDS Church, 10807 S. D St., Island City 97850.


Staff Sgt. Jonathan Leonard, U.S. Air Force Reserve, 47, formerly of La Grande, died Nov. 22, 1996, along with nine other airmen aboard the HC-130 cargo aircraft, call sign King 56, which crashed in the Pacific Ocean 40 miles out from Cape Mendocino, Calif.

Last year a black granite marble memorial to the crew was placed at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland.

A military honors service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Island City Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, La Grande.

Sgt. Leonard was born April 11, 1949, to Walter and Norma (Warnock) Leonard in New York. He was raised in La Grande and graduated from La Grande High School in 1967.

He enlisted in the Air Force and served in Vietnam for three years. He later joined the reserves, serving with the 304th Rescue Squadron as an Intelligence Operations Specialist.

In his civilian life he worked for Mark Advertising.

Survivors include his mother, Norma Dewey of Homedale, Idaho; siblings, Mary Osterloh of

La Grande, David Leonard of Beaverton, Robert Leonard of Hillsboro, Pricilla Croner of Boise, Patty Comstock of Vale and Gordon Leonard of Valencia, Calif.; numerous nieces and nephews; and other relatives.


Ralph Edwin McCoy, 90, of La Grande, died June 2 at a local care home. A private family graveside service is planned for 10 a.m. June 19 at the Grandview Cemetery. Friends and family are invited to attend a casual dress celebration of life potluck at 1 p.m. at Riverside Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Loveland Funeral Chapel.

Ralph was born March 25, 1917, to Dell and Mintie (Neal) McCoy in La Grande. On April 3, 1935, he married Margaret Young. They were married nearly 72 years at the time of her death earlier this year.

Ralph was raised in the Mount Glen area outside of

La Grande at the foot of Mount Emily and attended Mount Glen School through the eighth grade. He began farming at an early age and bought his own place at Mount Glen. He lived his entire life in the Grande Ronde Valley. Beginning in 1940, he was employed by the Union Pacific Railroad as a clerk until his retirement in 1977.

Ralph enjoyed farming and was an excellent horseman. He loved the mountains and hunting. He shared these passions with many good friends and family.

In later years he enjoyed reminiscing and telling old hunting, farming and railroading stories.

Survivors include his children and their spouses, Gary and Charlotte McCoy of Joseph and Darlene Chandler of Boise; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren; and brother, Ellis McCoy of Klamath Falls.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and one brother.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Union County Meals on Wheels.


Jess Richard Trump, 83, died June 4 at his home in Elgin. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at the Elgin Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, La Grande.

Mr. Trump was born March 22, 1924, to Lacey and Lula (Lyons) Trump in Wallowa and graduated from Elgin High School. During World War II he served with the Army until being honorably discharged in 1945.

On July 5, 1946, he married Deloris Jean Read. Jess worked as a machinist and welder in Portland until he retired in 1978.

In 1982 he moved to Elgin. Jess enjoyed hunting, fishing, billiards, cards and sports.

Survivors include his wife, Deloris Jean Trump; children, Terry Trump and Peggy

Koniak; siblings, Lloyd, Everett, Emit, Jack, Harry, Hazel and Willa; and seven grandchildren.


Evelyn Wilhelm, 72, of La Grande, died June 1 at her home after an extended illness. Funeral services were held on Monday at the Summerville Cemetery Chapel. Loveland Funeral Chapel was in charge of the arrangements.

Evelyn was born on May 5, 1935, to Gwen and Charles "Jack" Jackman in Richfield, Utah. She married Roy Wilhelm on May 25, 1952.

In her early days, Evelyn liked to square dance and ride horses. She was a bowler, a talented seamstress and a quilt maker. Evelyn particularly enjoyed supporting her children and grandchildren in their school programs and sporting events. She was also a member of the Eagles Auxiliary for many years.

Survivors include her husband, Roy of La Grande; sons and spouses, Leo Wilhelm of Pasco and Les and Ellen Wilhelm of Summerville; mother, Gwen Jackman of Sandy, Utah; siblings and their spouses, Gayle and David Waite of Boise, Neal and Paulette Jackman of Salt Lake City and Jerry and Chris Jackman of Prineville; six grandchildren, one great-grandson and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Charles Jackman.

Memorials may be made to any charity of choice.