Obituaries for the day of June 4, 2012

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Henry Johnson

La Grande



Henry Johnson, 73, of La Grande and Yuma, Ariz., died May 14 in an automobile accident near Quartzsite, Ariz. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. June 8 at Poole-Larsen Funeral Home in Eugene. 

Henry was born March 3, 1939, in Corpus Christi, Texas, to Joseph and Beatrice (Pefra)Johnson. 

Henry worked and lived in Alaska for many years. ln 1987, he moved to Eugene where he met Lynnae Sprague. Henry and Lynnae were married Nov. 4, 1988. Henry worked several years as a telephone lineman throughout the pacific Northwest. 

He was an avid woodworker and actively pursued his hobby in his retirement. His work can be seen in the historic Union Hotel, where he spent much of 2004 and 2005 helping his step-daughter, Twyla, and her husband, Allen Cornelius, in their restoration of the historic building. 

Henry’s latest project was working on the restoration of the Goldfield High School in Goldfield, Nev. Henry also belonged to the Lost Dutchman Mining Association and he and his wife, Lynnae, enjoyed traveling and prospecting for gold. 

Henry is survived by 10 children and step-children; several grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Angie Johnson of Michigan. He was preceded in death by both parents and his brother, Joe Johnson.


Lynnae Johnson

La Grande



Lynnae Johnson, 64, of La Grande and Yuma, Ariz., died May 14 in an automobile accident near Quartzsite, Ariz. A memorial service will be held at Poole-Larsen Funeral Home in Eugene Friday at 11 a.m. 

Lynnae was born Sept. 16, 1947. She was raised in Eugene by her mother and step-father, Evagene and Henry Heitzman.

Lynnae graduated from North Eugene High School in 1965. She devoted the early years of her life raising her three children with her husband from her first marriage. ln 1988, Lynnae married Henry Johnson. 

Recently, Henry and Lynnae divided their retirement time between La Grande, Goldfield, Nev., and Yuma, Ariz. Lynnae loved to paint, dance and watch Oregon football. She enjoyed gold prospecting. She also loved spending time with her family and friends and they say she had a way of making people she knew feel special. 

Lynnae is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Twyla and Allen Cornelius of La Grande; her son, Tony Sprague of Bellingham, Wash.; her daughter and son-in-law, Dawn Sprague-Flusche and Robert Flusche of Goodyear, Ariz.; her father, Henry Heitzman of Eugene; six brothers and sisters; and two grandsons.

Lynnae was preceded in death by her mother, Evagene Heitzman.


Laura L. Hayse

Formerly of La Grande



Laura Lee Hayse, 86, of Baker City, died May 14. A memorial train on the Sumpter Valley Railroad will be announced in the future.

Laura was born in La Grande on April 18, 1926, to Amos H. (Hal or Mac to those who knew him) and Amy (Hulse) McLain. She was raised in the Grande Ronde Valley and graduated from La Grande High School. After living and working in several places, Laura settled in Baker City in 1959.

Laura was an artist, cartoonist and caricaturist, finding inspiration in the northeast Oregon light falling on a Ponderosa pine or a river-washed rock in the shape of Richard Nixon’s nose. Her painted rocks were the source of much humor when they were displayed at Baker County Library. 

She shared her interests in reading and painting with her friends, Pearl Jones, Mary Heriza, Betty Kuhl, Jane Hutton and other members of the Paintabouts watercolor painting group and the Literary Lunch Bunch book club. The outdoors were her great passion and she enjoyed birding, hiking, wood-gathering and especially, huckleberrying. For 18 years, Laura was the local compiler for the Audubon Christmas bird counts in the Baker Valley and along the Powder River from Bowen Valley to Mason Dam.

Keenly interested in northeast Oregon history, Laura was active as a member of the Baker County Historical Society and other organizations, and was instrumental in the initial efforts to recycle the Baker Municipal Natatorium building into what is now the Baker Heritage Museum. She was also a founding member of the Sumpter Valley Railroad, and remained active there to the end of her life. One of her favorite pastimes was following abandoned railroad grades and keeping an eye out for the phantom locomotive, all the while taking notes about and often sketching the birds, trees and wildflowers.

Laura is survived by her sister, Betty Joyce Bak of Yakima, Wash.; her sister-in-law, Leona McLain of La Grande; her partner, Jim Grigsby of Baker City; four children, Shelley Hayse of Oakland, Calif., Dr. Bruce Hayse of Jackson, Wyo., Gilbert Hayse of Los Altos, Calif., and Duncan Hayse of Las Cruces, N.M.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Doris Grant of La Grande; and a brother, David McLain of La Grande.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sumpter Valley Railroad in care of Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814, or directly to Sumpter Valley Railroad, P.O. Box 389, Baker City, OR 97814.



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