February 20, 2005 11:00 pm

Paul Ishmael Conley, 88, of Wilsonville and formerly of Elgin, died Feb. 19. A memorial service will begin at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Wilsonville United Methodist Church, 7355 S.W. Wilsonville Road. Wilsonville Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Conley was born May 5, 1916, to Tom and May Hitchcock Conley in Salyersville, Ken. At the age of 17 he came to Oregon with the Civilian Conservation Corps.

In 1942 Paul married Betty Williams of Elgin. In Elgin he was a member of the United Methodist Church and the Masonic Lodge, served on the Elgin City Council and drove the senior citizens' bus. He owned and operated movie theatres in Elgin, Wallowa and Union for 27 years.

He was past assistant state director of the Oregon Good Sams' Club and a member of the Newmar Travel Club. He retired at the age of 86 as a goodwill ambassador for Camping World.

Survivors include his wife of Wilsonville; children and their spouses, Sandra Conley and Susan Powers of Sunnyvale, Calif., Paula Conley of Lake Oswego, Lynne Wright and Jack Johnson of Eureka, Calif., and Walt Conley of Renton, Wash.; two grandchildren; and other relatives. Two sisters, Alice and Frances, and three brothers, Howard, Bill and Jack, all died earlier.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church of Elgin, P.O. Box 7, Elgin.


Joe Jewett, 93, of La Grande died Feb. 19.Viewing will be from 2 to 4 p.m. today at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St. A memorial service will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the First Christian Church, 901 Penn Ave.

Mr. Jewett was born May 13, 1911, to George and Alice Geary Jewett in Helena, Mont.He graduated from electrical school in Chicago and finished high school in Aberdeen, Wash., as an adult. He attended Whitman College in Walla Walla, and in 1935 started preaching in Montesano, Wash. On Sept. 28, 1935, he married Helen Fry.

He graduated from Northwest Christian College in Eugene, and served at churches in Sandcreek, Okla., where he earned a master's degree, and at Milton-Freewater, Heppner, Baker City and Enterprise. He retired in 1976.

After his retirement he had a number of part-time jobs, including working with seniors at the First Christian Church in Yuma, Ariz., working for the Far East Broadcasting Company in Saipan, and working for a travel agency escorting groups all over the world. He traveled to every continent except Antarctica. The couple moved to Centralia, Wash., in 1993 and returned to La Grande about five years ago.

Survivors include his wife of La Grande; children and their spouses, Joanne and Richard Sweet of La Grande, Doris and Gerald Lundmark of Enterprise, and Robert and Joyce Jewett of Chehalis, Wash.; six grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. Five brothers, a sister, a granddaughter, Bethel Sweet Gomez, and two grandsons, Robert Joseph Jewett and Andrew William Howard, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Cove Christian Camp through Loveland Funeral Chapel.


Gene A. "Bud" Moffit, 78, of La Grande died Feb. 15 at Grande Ronde Hospital. At his request there will be no public service.

Mr. Moffit was born Oct. 20, 1926, to George and Margaret McDonald Moffitt in Enterprise. He attended school in Enterprise and served in the Army and the Air Forces during the Korean War. In 1946 he married Lois E. Quinn. The couple were later divorced. He raised race horses for many years and he moved to La Grande in 1973. He owned the Long Branch from 1976 to 1991. He was a member of the Elks Lodge and the American Legion, and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Dan and Kathy Moffit of Union; a sister, Shirley Palmer of Enterprise; two grandsons; two great-grandchildren and other relatives. An infant son, Francis Reed Moffit, and seven brothers and sisters all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to any charity in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.


James William Huitt II, 83, of La Grande died Feb. 19 at St. Lukes Hospital in Phoenix, Ariz. Viewing will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday Feb. 25 at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. A memorial service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday Feb. 26 at Daniels Chapel. Burial will follow at Grandview Cemetery.

Mr. Huitt was born Oct. 21, 1921, to James W. and Pearl Apling Huitt in Portland. He grew up in the Sherwood area, and served in the Navy during World War II. On May 4, 1946, he married Clary S. Johnson. The family lived in Tygh Valley from 1953 to 1973 where he worked for the Tygh Valley Lumber Company. In 1973 they moved to La Grande. He enjoyed fishing, carpentry and being with his family. His crazy humor and many thoughtful ways will be missed by those who loved him.

Survivors include his children, Lynda and Phil Peterson of Cove, and James and Melody Huitt III of Union; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; four brothers, Wesley and Ralph Huitt both of Bandon, Glen Huitt of Tigard and Jerry Huitt of Oregon; and two sisters, Nancy and Norma, both of Coos Bay. His wife died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Phoenix Volunteer Fire Department in care of Daniels Chapel.


Isabell Jean Morgan, 81, of Elgin died Feb. 21 at a local care center. Viewing will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday Feb. 25 at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday Feb. 26 at the Elgin Baptist Church with Pastor John Fitchet officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery.

Mrs. Morgan was born March 25, 1923, to James and Matilda Nelson Glasson in La Grande, but raised in Elgin. She married Robert "Pug" Bennett. The couple were later divorced. On July 27, 1947, she married James Morgan in Lewiston, Idaho.

They farmed and ranched in Elgin. She had a great love of the outdoors and enjoying snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, camping, drives to look at wildlife and being with her grandkids and great-grandkids.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Roberta and Steve Thompson of Elgin; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Francis Glasson of Elgin; and other relatives. Her husband and a brother, Ralph Glasson, died earlier.


Richard Morgan Hartsock, 94, of La Grande died Feb. 20. Viewing will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday with services at 11 a.m. at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.

Burial will be at the Grandview Cemetery Mausoleum, and a reception at the Presbyterian Friendship Center, 1204 Spring Ave., will follow.

Mr. Hartsock was born Sept. 29, 1910, near What Cheer, Iowa. He started a bakery business in 1928 in Nebraska and Iowa. The family moved to La Grande in 1948, where they ran the D&V Donut Shop with the assistance of Lyle "Bud" and Eva Bennett. After selling the business in 1955 he became an appraiser for the Union County Assessor's office, and in 1958 became county assessor.

He was president of the Assessors' Association of Oregon for two years and remained in the office until his retirement in 1975. After losing his sight, he sold the family home on Spring Avenue and lived at Tamarack Apartments for a few years. He traveled around town on a little cart with an orange flag. He loved his little dog Lady, and took her everywhere. Two and a half years ago he moved to Grand Ronde Retirement Residence.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, the Elks and the La Grande Lions Club.

Survivors include daughters and their husbands, Collette and Coy Massie of Auburn, Wash., and Lesta Lea and Edwin Craig of Montclair, Calif.; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and other relatives. His wife, Viva, sisters and a brother all died earlier.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grande Ronde Hospital Hospice Program, 900 Sunset Drive, La Grande, or the First Presbyterian Church, 1308 Washington Ave., Oregon 97850 or to Talking Book and Braille Services, Oregon State Library, 250 Winter Street N.E., Salem 97301-3950.


Eldon Dolph Thompson, 87, of Nampa, Idaho, and formerly of La Grande died Feb. 20. The funeral will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday Feb. 24 at the Weston Cemetery. Alsip and Persons Funeral Chapel in Nampa is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Thompson was born March 31, 1917, to Dolph J. and Myrtle M. Hyatt Thompson in Weston. The family moved to Gibbon where they had a grocery store and raised cattle. He worked for the railroad and on Jan. 3, 1946, married Ethel. The couple lived in Pendleton, Pilot Rock, La Grande and Portland before moving to Idaho where he lived in Nampa and Kuna. He retired in 1973. He enjoyed sports, especially football and baseball.

Survivors include his wife of Nampa; daughters and their husbands, Dixie and Vern Neueman of Caldwell, Idaho, Tessa and Harry Williams of Baker city, and Judi and Robert Carlisle of San Diego, Calif.; six grandchildren; one step-grandchild; six great-grandchildren; and other relatives.


Jacqueline Lee Johnson Peart, 71, of Imnaha died Feb. 15 in La Grande. A memorial service is planned for 11:30 a.m. March 5 at the Imnaha Community Church. The funeral was held Feb. 19 at St. Thomas Moore Catholic Church in Portland.

Mrs. Peart was born Feb. 17, 1933, in Salem. She moved to Imnaha from Portland three years ago, and married James Peart in 2003.

Her column, "Tales of Imnaha Canyon," appeared in The Chieftain from February to October 2004, and in December her column "Imnaha Canyon Then and Now" began appearing in The Observer.

Her children and grandchildren will write her final Imnaha column, to be published in The Observer March 1.

Survivors include her husband; children, Steve Plog, Laurie Woolery and Dale Plog; her mother, Marian Johnson, a brother, Robert Johnson, a sister, Geri Hallisey, and four grandchildren. Her first husband, Carl Plog, died earlier.


Johannes Marinus Spronk, 74, of La Grande died Feb. 22 at St. Mary's Medical Center in Walla Walla. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday Feb. 26 at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., with Father Hank Albrecht officiating.

Mr. Spronk was born June 3, 1930, to Cornelis Johannes and Jannetti Warning Spronk in Haarlem, Netherlands. He came to the U.S. when he got out of school through his church. He served in the Army and later the National Guard. He attended the University of Utah, the University of Oregon and George Washington University. He came to La Grande in the early 1960s where he was a professor of French at Eastern Oregon College. On July 23, 1985, he married Felisa Lazrte on Truck Island, Micronesia. He retired in 1992 but continued teaching in the extended studies program.

He was a member of the Elks Lodge, where he was in charge of the Soccer Shoot Out for several years; the Barbershoppers, serving as president; AARP and the Retired Educators Association. He enjoyed collecting stamps, traveling and dancing.

Survivors include his wife of La Grande; children, Jenny Jeanette Spronk of France, John A.T. Spronk of Norfolk, Va., Josephine Spronk of Calif., and Neal Spronk of La Grande; a stepson, David Spronk of Minnesota; one granddaughter and other relatives in The Netherlands.

Memorials may be made to cancer research in care of Daniels Chapel.


Phyllis Jean McKenzie, 85, of La Grande died Feb. 25 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. March 1 at the American Legion, 301 Fir St.

Mrs. McKenzie was born Aug. 12, 1919, to Ross Hargrave and Mildred Ruth Swain Gossett in Red Bluff, Calif. She graduated from high school in 1937 in Crescent City, Calif., and attended the Western School of Business in Sacramento. She worked for California State Forestry. Her father was the first state forest ranger.

She married John A. Hunt, and in 1950 they moved to Elgin where she worked as a bookkeeper for Boise Cascade, as a checker at Safeway and as a waitress and bartender. She married and divorced several times.

She was a member of the Sonrise Free Methodist Church, and enjoyed being with her friends, fly-fishing on the Wallowa River, cooking, crocheting afhgans, potlucks, playing pinochle, cribbage and bunco, reading and family gatherings.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Corky and Karen Hunt of La Grande, Tom and Pat Hunt of Ketchikan, Alaska, Sue and Bob Thomas of Elgin and Milean Mulnix of Bremerton, Wash.; and six grandchildren. A granddaughter, Traci Roulet, died earlier.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Legion in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.


Verna Joyce Haynes, 70, of La Grande died Feb. 22 at Grande Ronde Hospital. Burial will be at the Hermiston Cemetery.

Mrs. Haynes was born June 7, 1934, to Richard and Wilda O'Neil Shenfield in La Grande. She graduated from La Grande High School in 1952 and married Joseph "J.G." Haynes on Sept. 13, 1963, in Weiser, Idaho.

Survivors include her husband of La Grande; children, Michael Mallory of La Grande and Louis Haynes, of Alturas, Calif.; Lauri Huxoll of Hermiston; brothers, Richard E. Shenfield Jr. of La Grande and Floyd Shenfield of Omaha, Neb.; sisters, Lilly Vess of La Grande, Karen Van Blockland of Island City, and Ellen Sommerville of Richland, Wash.; and eight grandchildren. A daughter, Terry Lynn Decker, and a sister, Janice Pratt, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to American Lung Association in care of Burns Mortuary of Hermiston , P.O. Box 289 Hermiston 97838.