September 24, 2003 11:00 pm

Eunice Shurtliff

Eunice Shurtliff, 92, of La Grande died Saturday at Grande Ronde Hospital.

Viewing will take place at Loveland Funeral Chapel from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

A service will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on the corner of 12th Street and Gekeler Lane. Dedication of the grave will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery in La Grande.

A complete obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Sharon Shenfield

Sharon Shenfield, 65, of La Grande died this morning at Grande Ronde Hospital after an extended illness.

A funeral service is pending. A full obituary will printed in The Observer later.

Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Gene Hedrick



Gene W. Hedrick, 55, of Cove died Sept. 1 after an auto accident near Cove. A celebration of life will begin at 3 p.m. Friday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St.

Mr. Hedrick was born Oct. 13, 1947, to George W. and Ann Ustic Hedrick in Hillsboro. He graduated from high school in Seattle,and worked for Boeing Aircraft before atten-ding the University of Washington. He worked as a drug and alcohol social worker and married Diane Pelt on Sept. 26, 1977, in Winnemucca, Nev. The couple moved to Haines where he worked as a firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service and the BLM. He graduated from Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario in 1983 with a degree in engineering. The family moved to Hermiston in 1985 where he began working as an engineer for the Oregon Department Of Transportation. They moved to Cove in 1990. He was a member of the Association of Engineering Employees, and enjoyed fishing, shooting, sailing and camping. He will be remembered for his great sense of humor.

Survivors include his wife of Cove; a son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Marlee Hedrick of Spanaway, Wash.; two grandchildren; and a sister, Georgann Gulley of Beaverton. His parents died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Oregon Food Bank or the Portland Rescue Mission in care of Loveland Chapel.

Sharon Shenfield

La Grande


Sharon V. Shenfield, 65, of La Grande died Sept. 2 at Grande Ronde Hospital of natural causes. Viewing will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., and for an hour before the funeral at the LDS Church on S. McAlister Road in Island City. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at the church. Burial will follow at Grandview Cemetery.

Mrs. Shenfield was born Oct. 20, 1937, to Elvin L. and Virginia E. Davenport Carman in La Grande. She lived in Boise, Wendell and Pocatello, Idaho, before she graduated from La Grande High School in l955.

She married Richard "Dick" Shenfield Jr. on June 5, 1955, in La Grande. She worked as a secretary for a local trucking company through several ownership changes including Sites Silverwheel Freight, Consolidat-ed Freight Lines and finally Viking Trucking. She retired in 1997. She was a member of the Fourth Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where she worked with the primary group, the relief society and the young women's group. She was also a member of the Rusty Wheels Car Club and the Teamsters Union. She enjoyed ceramics, crochet, crafts and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband of La Grande, children and their spouses, Richard "Rick" and Karalee Shenfield of Post Falls, Idaho, and Randy and Jana Shenfield of La Grande; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; four brothers, Paul Carman of Union, Ron Carman of Montana, Gary Carman of Bend, Don Carman of Hermiston; five sisters, Beverly Berkland of McMinnville, Shirley Kleng of La Grande, Connie Heller of Gooding, Idaho, Joyce Smith of Provo, Utah, and Kathy Gilgert of Rosamond, Calif. Two brothers died earlier.

Eunice Shurtliff

La Grande


Eunice Roundy Shurtliff, 92, of La Grande died Aug. 30 at Grande Ronde Hospital. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at the LDS Stake Center on Gekeler Lane. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery. Viewing will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., and one hour before the funeral at the church.

Mrs. Shurtliff was born May 8, 1911, to William A. and Olive C. Wale Roundy in Baker City.

She attended schools in Wallowa and Enterprise before graduating from La Grande High School in 1931. She married Ivan Shurtliff on Sept. 5, 1937, in Enterprise, and the marriage was sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on Aug. 9, 1938.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed embroidery, reading, history and social studies. She will be remembered as a wonderful cook and a candy-maker.

She was a member of the First Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where she participated in the relief society and as a primary teacher. She also held many executive positions within the church.

Survivors include three children and their spouses, Diane Shurtliff of Portland, Dan and Christine Shurtliff of Vancouver, Wash., and Kevan and Nina Shurtliff of El Segundo, Calif.; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a brother, Dean Roundy of Portland; and two sisters, Enid McArthur of Portland and Afton Hendrickson of La Grande. Her husband, three brothers and two sisters all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the LDS perpetual education fund or the LDS family history center in care of Loveland Chapel.

Vern Hoxie

La Grande

Vern Hoxie, 86, of La Grande, died Wednesday at his home.

Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Joyce Newton

Formerly of La Grande


Joyce Newton, 55, of Indianapolis, Ind., and formerly of La Grande died Aug. 25 after a long illness.

Mrs. Newton was born March 17, 1948, to Robert and Alice Brumley in Indianapolis. She married Ronald E. Newton there on Dec. 19, 1964. The couple moved to La Grande in January of 1967, where she worked for Safeway and for U.S. Bank. After a divorce she moved back to Indianapolis in 1988. She was a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses for more than 44 years, and enjoyed playing the piano, singing and reading.

Survivors include a son, Scott C. Newton; and her mother, Alice Zimmerman, both of Indianapolis; four brothers, Terry, Douglas and Daniel Brumley and Thomas Hickman; two sisters, Beverly Bramton and Gloria Key, and other relatives.

‘Dick' Ladd

Formerly of La Grande


Richard C. "Dick" Ladd, 64, of Salem and formerly of La Grande died Aug. 29 after a long illness. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Sept. 14 at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Services, 605 Commercial St., Salem. A reception will follow.

Mr. Ladd was born May 2, 1939, to John and Betty Ladd in Kalispell, Mont. The family moved to Walla Walla in 1940, and he graduated from La Grande High School in 1957. He served in the Navy aboard the submarine USS Gudgeon, and in May 1960 married Marda L. Pinkerton in Walla Walla. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1976 from Oregon State University and a master's in adult education and political science in 1977. He worked for the state Department of Human Services from 1976 to 1992, serving as administrator of the Senior Services Division and as chair of the Service Integration Task Force.

He became commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission in 1992 and in 1994 formed a consulting firm, Ladd & Associates. He was considered an authority on long-term care issues. From 1994 to 1997 he was an adjunct faculty member of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, and an adjunct assistant professor at the university's department of internal medicine.

He was co-director of the national Long-Term Care Balancing Project at the Institute for Health Services Research of the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota, and a member of Phi Kappa Phi. He served on the boards of Oregon's Gerontology Association, the National Association of State Units on Aging, the American Society on Aging and the National Academy of State Health Policy and Assisted Living Concepts. His textbook, "The Heart of Long-Term Care," is used in classrooms throughout the nation.

Survivors include his wife of Salem; children and their spouses, Laura and Doug Gosnell of Waldport, and Michael and Stacey Ladd of Salem; five grandchildren; a brother John Ladd of Omaha, Neb.; a sister, Patricia of Salem and other relatives.

Alan and Diana Johnson

Formerly of Union

Alan Johnson, 46, formerly of Union, and his wife Diana died Sept. 2, victims of a double homicide at their home in Bellevue, Idaho. A memorial service will begin at 4 p.m. MDT Thursday in the auditorium at Wood River High School in Hailey, Idaho.

Wood River Chapel of Hailey is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Wood River Valley, P.O. Box 4320, Ketchum, Idaho 83340, or the Idaho Youth Ranch, P.O. Box 8538, Boise 83707.