Obituaries for the week inding June 3, 2006

June 04, 2006 11:00 pm

Cleo J. Curry, 77 of La Grande, died May 25 at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Monday, June 5 at the First Christian Church, 901 Penn Ave. The family requests that dress be casual for the service. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Curry was born June 10, 1928, to Clifford and Hazel Iona Robertson Wade in Goldendale, Wash. She graduated from Goldendale High School in 1946, and worked in accounting in Portland. In 1967 she became payroll supervisor at Eastern Oregon College of Education. On July 3, 1968, she married Warren Curry at the First Christian Church.

She continued at Eastern for 16 years before becoming the bookkeeper for Blue Mountain Sports. After retirement she helped during tax season with Seydel, Lewis, Moeller and Poe until 2002.

She enjoyed crafts and volunteering for Habitat for Humanity and the Grande Ronde Hospital Auxiliary, and served on the board of Koinonia House and in several positions in the First Christian Church. In her earlier years she was involved with the Educational Secretaries Association, the Business and Professional Women, the Soroptimist Club, the La Grande Mavericks and the American Red Cross.

Survivors include her husband of La Grande; a daughter, Toni Jabson of Monticello, Ill.; step-children, Bonnie Theabolt of Enterprise, Connie Bradley of Coos Bay, Polly Walker of Portland, Susan Deckard of Grants Pass and Scott Curry of Kennewick; 17 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and other relatives. A half-sister, Virgie Olsen, died earlier.


John H. Breshears, 64, of Hayward, Calif. and formerly of Elgin died May 20. A graveside services in Elgin will be announced at a later date. A memorial service in Hayward will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday June 4. Machado's Hillside Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Breshears was born Aug. 1, 1941, to James and Edith May Martin Breshears in Elgin. He graduated from Elgin High School in 1960 and served in the Navy. He was a sheet-metal worker for Simpson Strong Tie of San Leandro, Calif., for 36 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing motorcycle riding, watching the 49er football games and betting with his friends on the games. He was also a member of the Moose lodge and the Klampers.

Survivors include his wife Karen of 43 years of Hayward; children and their spouses, John Henry Breshears Jr. and Michael Leigh Breshears, both of Hayward, and Cynthia Jean and Thomas Lee Prime of Tracy, Calif.; three grandchildren; two sisters and spouses, Mary Ann Martin of Milton-Freewater and Audrie Lea and Derrill Chandler of Elgin; and other relatives. A brother, Jimmy Breshears, died earlier.


Harry Leo Peterson, 73, of La Grande died May 28 at St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla. At his request there will be no services. Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Peterson was born Feb. 17, 1933 to Harry and Lilie Mae Nicholson Peterson in Mountain Grove, Mo. He attended school in Visalia, Calif., and went on to electronic school in Los Angeles, Calif. On June 6, 1957, he married Mary Ford in Las Vegas, Nev. He worked in television electronics and then as a supervisor with USA Petroleum Corp., retiring about 1977. The couple moved to La Grande in 1996 from Oklahoma.

He was a member of the Church of Christ, and enjoyed building and selling tricycles. He traveled all around with friends from the Third Wheel Trike Association.

Survivors include his wife of La Grande; children and their spouses, Susan and Howard Moody of Exeter, Calif., Janice Peterson of Canada, Ron and Elaine Peterson of Georgetown, Idaho, Randy Peterson of Exeter, and James Peterson of Tulare, Calif.; three sisters, LaWona Lee of Exeter, Vivian Prater of Wickenberg, Ariz., and Donna Sue Anderson of Arizona City, Ariz.; five grandchildren and other relatives.


Freda Jones Wilson, 84, of Quartzite, Ariz., and formerly of La Grande, died May 10 at her home. Burial was at the Cove Cemetery. Loveland Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Wilson was born June 14, 1921, to Jedediah Lunt and Genevieve Mitchell Jones in Cedar City, Utah. On August 13, 1935, she married Simeon Presley Wilson in Maysvale, Utah. She worked as a licensed practical nurse before her retirement. She was a member of the Seventh-day-Adventist Church and enjoyed sewing.

Survivors include children, Presley Duane Wilson of Boise, Freda Carol Meharry of Meridian, Idaho, and Georgia Lorraine Vaughan of Quartzsite; a sister, Thurma Brown of Upland, Calif., three half-sisters; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Her husband and four sisters died earlier.


Donald Scott MacPherson, 55, of Las Vegas, Nev., and formerly of Union died May 19 at his home. Palm Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. MacPherson was born Sept. 4, 1950, to Don and alice MacPherson in La Grande. He graduated from Union High School and Eastern Oregon State College. He owned Southwest Lawns in Las Vegas for 27 years.

Survivors include his wife, Jan, of Las Vegas; children, Seth and Lisa Pike of Las Vegas, Matthew MacPherson of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Troy MacPherson of Huntington Beach, Calif.; a sister, Marcia DePatie of Gig Harbor, Wash., and three grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Bobcat Foundation at Union High School.


Anah "Jerry" Jennings, 80, of Joseph died May 31 at his home. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday June 3 at the Joseph Baptist Church. Burial will be at the Joseph Cemetery.

Mr. Jennings was born March 27, 1926, to Anah and Helen Jennings in Joseph. He served in the navy during World War II, and on Feb. 14, 1952, he married Shirley Newton. He bought Jerry's Richfields service station in Joseph, and worked at Enterprise Electric before starting Jennings Electric. He was the head electrician at Boise Cascade until his retirement.

He served as commander of the american Legion post 157 for two terms, and was a member of the VFW. He was on the Joseph Fire Department for 13 years, and served on the Joseph City Council, the Joseph School Board and the Joseph Cemetery Board.

He enjoyed picking huckleberries, hunting, camping, gardening, woodworking and debating with his friends and family.

Survivors include his wife of Joseph; children and their spouses, Julie and dennis Botts of Enterprise, Greg and Monica Jennings of Joseph, Larry Jennings of Farson, Wyo., Diana and Kirk Locke of Pendleton, and Rob and Laurie Jennings of John Day; four sisters, Louise Bittle, Ann Rayburn, Joyce Tautfest and Sharon Courtney; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to any charity in care of Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise 97828.


Norma Lee Savely, 66, of Union and formerly of Susanville and Red Bluff, Calif., died May 26 at her home after an extended battle with colon cancer.

A graveside service will take place June 17 in Los Molinas, Calif. There will be a picnic in the Los Molinas park immediately following. A memorial picnic will take place in Union at a later date.

Mrs. Savely was born Nov. 24, 1939, in lakeview to John and Margaret Lyford. As a teenager, she moved to Red Bluff.

She met and married Marty Ray Savely July 1, 1956. After moving numerous times and starting a family, they settled in Susanville, where they lived until 1993. They then moved to Union.

Mrs. Savely had many jobs, but the one she loved and retired from was working as a school bus driver. She was well-loved by her bus students., family members remember.

She enjoyed spending time with her family, cooking for holidays, camping, hunting and playing games. She loved flowers of all kinds and working in her yard while watching the birds and the squirrels. She also loved music, dancing and anything having to with the outdoors.

Mrs. Savely is survived by her husband of Union; children Shirley Savely and John and Debbie Savely of Union, Marty Jr. (Butch) and Susan Savely of Kasilof, Alaska, Bob and Shiela McGarva of Westwood, Calif.; 15 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; a sister and brother-in-law, Dave and Judy Thomas of Grass Valley, Calif.

Memorial flowers may be sent to the Los Molina Cemetery, or to 362 N. Fifth St., Union.