February 07, 2005 11:00 pm

Billie Dean Garoutte, 68, of La Grande died Jan. 21 at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, Wash. A celebration of life will be held in the spring.

Mrs. Garoutte was born Oct. 10, 1936, to William and Doris Morrison Johnson in Charleston, Ill. She graduated from high school in Matoon, Ill., and married Eddie Garoutte. She enjoyed playing cards and other games.

Survivors include her husband of La Grande; children, Richard L. Hogan of Portland, and Michael G. Hogan and Curtis D. Hogan, both of La Grande; grandchildren; and a sister, Sherry Sheldon of Mesa, Ariz. A sister, Fay Rothler, died earlier.


Richard Dale Hoverson, 54, of La Grande died Jan. 22 at Saint Anthony Hospital in Pendleton. A memorial service will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday Jan. 25 at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St.

Mr. Hoverson was born Dec. 27, 1950, to William Dale and Elizabeth Hoverson in Seattle, Wash. In 1954 the family moved to Portland where he graduated from David Douglas High School in 1969. He earned an associate degree in survey engineering from Mt. Hood Community College, and in 1976 he began a 27 year career with Union Pacific Railroad, first as a survey engineer and then as a locomotive engineer until 2004.

In 1981 he married Mary Gray in Lake Oswego and the couple moved to La Grande later that year.

He enjoyed golf, motorcycling, camping, hunting, target shooting, riding ATVs and snowmobiles. He especially enjoyed playing music with his friends. He was known for his sense of humor and his quick wit.

Survivors include his wife of La Grande; his mother; a sister Christy, a brother Gary and other relatives. His father died earlier.


Christopher H. Jones, 34, of Hood River and formerly of La Grande died Jan. 20 as a result of an airplane accident. A memorial service will begin at 4 p.m. Friday Jan. 28 at the Hood River Valley Christian Church.

Mr. Jones was born Jan. 28, 1970, to Jan and Cheryl Winchell Jones in Escondido, Calif. He attended school in La Grande and graduated from high school in McMinnville. He was a champion wrestler and won a full scholarship to the University of Oregon. He wrestled in Cuba as a member of the U.S. wrestling team.

In February of 1996 he married Laurie Anderson Mooney. The couple lived in Hillsboro and Salem before moving to Hood River. He started Son-Rise Enterprises in the late 1980s, and in 1996 he started building homes as Son-Rise Development Inc., first in Salem, then in Hood River, Bend, Wenatchee, Wash., and Aumsville.

He enjoyed wakeboarding, snowboarding, watching UO games, spending time in Honduras and scuba diving. He never had a bad word to say about anyone, and always saw the good in people.

Survivors include his wife of Hood River; children, Kimberly Mooney of Portland; Matthew and Jeffrey Mooney, both of Beaverton; parents of Salem; siblings, Ian Jones and Marieke Jones, both of San Diego, Calif., Jacques Jones of Salem, and Micah Jones of Boise.

Contributions may be made to a memorial fund in care of Anderson's Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River 97031.


Lela E. Lawson, 93, died Jan. 24 in Ventura, Calif. A graveside service will be held Thursday Jan. 27 in Santa Maria, Calif.

Mrs. Lawson was born Nov. 7, 1911, to Ross and Edna Alexander in Weskan, Kan. She traveled by covered wagon with her mother and grandparents, Samuel and Mattie McCartney, to Baker City, and later to Delta, Colo., where she attended school. On Aug. 19, 1929, she married Carl Lawson in Delta. They lived in California, Colorado, Idaho, Baker City and La Grande before moving to Santa Maria.

She served many years as a Sunday school teacher and worker. Her last 5 years were spent in foster and nursing homes. She was known for her sweet spirit.

Survivors include a granddaughter; two great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Helen Wilson of Vancouver, Wash., Bernadine Nichols of Siletz, Fern Beck of Portland, and Mildred Peterson and Lorraine Valentine of Baker City; sisters-in-law, Lois Guilliot of Ken, Wash., and Marjorie Alexander of Baker City; and other relatives. Her husband, a daughter Nadine, four brothers, Ray, Wayne, Dale and Glenn Alexander, and a sister, Donis Alexander, all died earlier.


Mary Michel, 84, of Cove died Jan. 22 at her home. A celebration of life will be held later at the family farm in Cove.

Mrs. Michel was born Oct. 17, 1920, to William and Anna Truxtun Bledsoe in Seattle, Wash. She graduated from Eastern Oregon Normal School and worked as a ballroom dance instructor for the Arthur Murry School of Dance in Seattle.

On March 16, 1941, she married Rudolph Michel in Kirkland, Wash. The couple moved to Summerville in 1953 and to Cove in 1970. They enjoyed dancing at Hot Lake Hotel in the 50s and 60s. In 1961 she began teaching grade school in Union County and retired in 1980 as head of the English department at La Grande Middle School.

The family bred Arabian horses and she acquired a trainer's license. She started a chapter of the International Arabian Horse Association, and was a leader of the Blue Mountain Trail Gang, a 4-H horse club. She was instrumental in starting the Grande Ronde Polo Club, and could often be found mowing the polo field, moving irrigation pipe, or keeping score during a tournament. She enjoyed traveling, reading, gardening and keeping fit with daily walks with her dogs or swimming laps at the Cove pool.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Suzy and Pete Lybecker of Cove, Sami VonWeller of Silverton, and Jan Michel of Cove; and four grandchildren. Her husband died earlier.

Memorials may be made to The Blue Mountain Humane Association or the Cove Quick Response Team in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.


The Rev. Harry Ralph Moran, 96, of La Grande died Jan. 24 at his home. The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Friday Jan. 28 at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. A private burial will be at Hillcrest East Cemetery.

The Rev. Moran was born Aug. 10, 1908, to Augustus and Clara Herron Moran in Snohomish, Wash. On Aug. 9, 1937, he married Juanita Albee in Snohomish. He worked as a missionary pastor on the Navajo Reservation for many years. In August 1973 the family moved to La Grande where he worked in the nursing home ministry. He enjoyed playing musical instruments and doing his work.

Survivors include his wife, of La Grande; a son, Harry Moran Jr. of La Grande and Arizona; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and other relatives. Four brothers died earlier.