Obituaries for November 1, 2013

By Observer Upload November 01, 2013 10:39 am
Breazeal, Lukenbill, Myers



Michael F. Breazeal

Formerly of La Grande

Michael F. Breazeal, 69, formerly of La Grande, died Monday at his home in Corvallis.

Arrangements are pending with DeMoss-Durdan Funeral Home and Crematory. 



Arvella Lukenbill

Formerly of La Grande


Arvella (Walker) Lukenbill, 84, died Oct. 13 in Newport, Wash.

Arvella was born Nov. 3, 1929, in La Grande and was raised here. On Sept. 6, 1953, she married Alfred L. Lukenbill in La Grande. She lived for a number of years in Spokane, Wash., and then moved to Newport, Wash. Her husband preceded her in death.

She is survived by her four children: Angela (Joe) Hughes of Spokane, Larry (RuthAnn) Lukenbill of Spokane, Judy Dean (Don Sidmore) of Newport, Wash., and Lori (Doug) Mertens of Gig Harbor, Wash.

She was the sister of Gene Walker and Ken Walker of La Grande.

Arvella made family her No. 1 priority and thoroughly enjoyed her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. Arvella loved the outdoors. She especially loved gardening and family camping trips. She enjoyed canning and making things with her hands, including many beautiful crocheted items. When her children were growing up, she ran a day care in her home, offering much love and support to many families and children. She was the adopted “grandma” to many, and her family said her joyful love of life will be missed.



Jonda Gay Myers

Formerly of La Grande


Jonda Gay Myers, 60, of Huntington and formerly of La Grande, died Oct. 23 at her residence. 

A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Community Hall in Unity. Pastor Phil Joseph of the Huntington Christian Church officiated. Burial followed at the Unity Cemetery. A reception followed at the Community Hall.

Jonda was born Dec. 23, 1952, in Baker City to Chester D. and Dorothy M. (Mitchell) Koontz. She graduated from Burnt River High School in 1971, then went on to become a CNA in the late 1970s and worked in several nursing homes. From 1999 though 2007, she worked as a dorm mom to foreign exchange students of Burnt River High School. Then from 2007 until 2010, she worked for Huntington High School.

In 1973, she married Daniel Averett, a union that ended in divorce. On July 16, 1984, she married Elbert “Butch” Myers. They lived in La Grande from 1988 until 1995.

Jonda loved singing and anything to do with music. She was a worship leader at Huntington Christian Center. She loved the outdoors and was an avid fisherman. She also loved camping, playing the guitar, board games and especially spending time with her family.

She was an accomplished guitarist and songwriter. She had trained and rode horses, and ran a variety of machinery on the family farm. In later years, even though she never had children of her own, she became “Mom” to many foreign exchange students who loved her. She was an excellent cook and could throw together a meal in a matter of minutes. She loved her family, and was a special aunt to many nieces and nephews. She was a compassionate caregiver to several people in time of need. She had such a huge heart that spilled over to everyone around her, family members said.

Survivors include her husband, Butch Myers of Huntington; stepdaughters, Tanna Korn and husband, Mike, of Springfield, and Brandy Myers of Rock Springs, Wyo.; stepsons, Robert Myers and wife, Melissa, of Spokane, Wash., and Jason Myers and wife, Charlene, of Pueblo, Colo.; seven sisters, Davelle Baker and husband, Dale, of La Grande, Gwynneth Anderson and husband, Quinten, of Unity, Kristi Ping and husband, Denny, of Bonney Lake, Wash., Valerie Wilson and husband, Rod, of Unity, Richelle Brown and husband, Loren, of La Grande, Kimala Hoskins and husband, Tim, of Hereford, and Shauna Andrews and husband, Corey, of Hereford; one brother, Chip Koontz and wife, Cathleen, of Hereford; 10 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews, as well as many foreign exchange students from all over the world who still call her “Mom.”

She was preceded in death by her parents, Chet and Myrnie Koontz.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Huntington Christian Center through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.