OBITUARIES MAY 24-29, 2004

June 30, 2004 11:00 pm

Edith Bodyfelt

La Grande

Edith Bodyfelt, 91, of La Grande died Saturday at a local care center.

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

Frank E. Bailey

La Grande


Frank E. Bailey, 91, of La Grande, died May 21 at his home in the Grande Ronde Retirement Residence.

A private inurnment will be held by the family.

Mr. Bailey was born Dec. 8, 1912, in Wichita, Kan., the son of Thomas and Hazel Drake Bailey. As a boy he moved with his family to Colorado where he was raised, and later moved to the Los Angeles area. He married Edith Cox on April 10, 1931, in Los Angeles. He began working for a blueprint company, and had worked there until his retirement as a cameraman.

After his retirement, he and his wife moved to San Diego, and lived there until moving to Union in 2000 to be close to family. He and his wife later made their home in La Grande at the Grande Ronde Retirement Residence. Mrs. Bailey died in October 2002.

Mr. Bailey had enjoyed bowling, golf and spending time with family.

He is survived by a son, Frank W. Bailey of Union, four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Along with his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande 97850.

James Conaway

Formerly of La Grande


James Chancey "Jimbo" Conaway, 60, of Portland and formerly of La Grande died April 16 at his home.

Mr. Conaway was born June 27, 1943, to Chancey and Mabel Conaway in Baker City. He attended Riveria School in La Grande and returned to Baker City for a time before moving to Portland in 1974.

He worked as a janitor for the school district and at Providence Hospital, and as a truck driver for U-Haul, Ryder and a courier service. He enjoyed traveling and meeting new friends. His family remembers that he often said, "Keep a smile on your face. It gives your face something to do."

Survivors include his sisters, Corlene Hayman of Gresham and Veta Rae Mutart; a brother, Linn Conaway; and other relatives.

Delbert Buoy



A graveside service for Delbert Buoy will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Summerville Cemetery with Scott Linklater officiating. Mr. Buoy was born March 22, 1922, and died Dec. 14, 2003.

Neomi Awmiller

La Grande

A celebration of life for Neomi F. Awmiller will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., with Sally Wiens officiating. Mrs. Awmiller, 85, of La Grande died Jan. 8.

Allen Clough



Allen Clough, 79, of Elgin died May 24 at his home. A private family service will be at a later date.

Mr. Clough was born Feb. 8, 1925, to James and Rose M. Walters Clough in Blackfoot, Idaho. He attended school in Enterprise and served in the Navy during World War II. In 1947, he married Glenna Barton, and after a divorce he married Bertha Nicholes. He worked as a logger, on highway construction projects, as a brakeman for the Southern Pacific Railroad, as chief of police in Carlin, Nev., and as marshal in Arlington. He retired in the 1980s, and moved to Elgin in the 1990s.

He was a past member of the American Legion, and enjoyed woodworking, carving, reading and fishing.

Survivors include his companion, Darlene Heldt of Elgin; children and their spouses, Mark and Connie Clough of Carlin, Nev., and Diane and Bill Finck of Pahrump, Nev.; siblings and their spouses, Frank and Norma Clough of Milton-Freewater, Mickey Runey of Portland and Anna and John Stein of Enterprise.

Memorials may be made to the Grande Ronde Home Health and Hospice in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St.

William Kraft

Formerly of Union County


William C. Kraft, 61, of Milton-Freewater and formerly of Union County was found Oct. 26, 2002, on Mount Emily. A private memorial will be held by his family. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements

Mr. Kraft was born July 8, 1941, to William A. and Eva M. Holland Kraft in Salina, Kan. He attended school in Rupert, Idaho, and later moved to Washington. He served in the Air Force, and moved to Oregon in 1966. He worked as a truck driver for many years, and enjoyed boating, hunting and horses.

Survivors include his siblings and their spouses, Bob and Cayrll Kraft, and Judy Colouzis, all of Twisp, Wash., Tom and Frankie Kraft of Hermiston, Dick Kraft of Newark, N.J., and Jerry and Norma Kraft of Redmond. A sister and twin brothers died earlier.

‘Pat' Andrews-Howe

La Grande


A celebration of the life of B.P.A. "Pat" Andrews-Howe will begin at noon Monday in the pavilion at Riverside Park. Mr. Andrews-Howe died April 14. A potluck lunch and music will be included.

Marian Brizendine

La Grande

Marian L. Brizendine, 85, of La Grande died Wednesday at a local care center.

Arrangements will be announced by Summers Funeral Home, Boise Chapel.

‘Liz' Gordon



Elizabeth J. "Liz" Gordon, 50, of Cove died May 22 in Boise. The funeral began at 10:30 a.m. today at the Cove Cemetery with Richard Thew officiating.

Mrs. Gordon was born Dec. 14, 1953, to Lavell and Barbara Deese in Redding, Calif. She graduated from Lassen High School in 1971, and married Arlie Abraham Gordon on May 6, 1972, in Susanville, Calif.

She attended Lassen Community College and Shasta Community College. She graduated from Chico State University with a degree in education, and from Eastern Oregon University with a master's degree in teachers' education in 2002.

She taught in the Cove School District for over 10 years, and was a part-time principal. She would have become principal full time next year. She enjoyed riding her motorcycle with her husband, riding her horse, reading, traveling and spending time with her family.

Survivors include her husband of Cove; children, John and Scott Gordon of Bend; two sisters, Sue Deese and Tina Deal, both of California, and other relatives.

Memorials may be made in lieu of flowers to a scholarship fund at P.O. Box 3, Cove, 97824.

Gladys Spikes


Gladys Spikes, 91, of Elgin died this morning. A complete obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.

‘Sally' Alexander

La Grande and Elgin


Maude "Sally" Alexander, 90, of La Grande and formerly of Elgin died April 15 at a local care center.

Her ashes were placed at Summerville Cemetery.

Mrs. Alexander was born Oct. 2, 1913, to Frank and Alice Reed at Imbler. She attended school in Elgin and married Leonard Hug in 1934. The couple lived in Prairie City, John Day, Portland, Hot Lake and Spout Springs.

She had many jobs, including cook, and once had her own small restaurant.

After the death of her husband, she married Bob Alexander. She was a member of the Methodist Church and the Order of Eastern Star, and enjoyed pets, flowers, gardening and embroidery.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Ron and Diana Hug of Prineville, and Gary Hug and Glenna Butte of Harrisburg; 11 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and other relatives. Her husband, seven sisters and a grandson all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Blue Mountain Humane Association or the Elgin Food Bank in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.

Robert Flanery

La Grande


Robert C. Flanery, 82, of La Grande died May 27 in Walla Walla. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. Burial will follow at the Summerville Cemetery.

Mr. Flanery was born Sept. 15, 1921, to Carl and Della Clowers Flanery in Portland. He served as a sergeant in the Army during World War II in the Medical Corps. On June 27, 1960, he married Edna Stowe. The couple lived in La Grande for 44 years. He worked for Montgomery Ward until his retirement in 1981.

He was a member of the American Legion, serving as the commander 11 times and as District 6 commander for six years; the Elks Lodge 142 in Portland and the Eagles Lodge. He enjoyed traveling, cooking and being with people.

Survivors include his wife of La Grande; a stepdaughter and her husband, Karrel and Wayne Johnson of Wallowa; and four grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to any charity in care of Daniels Chapel.