Jeri L. Gilliland

La Grande

Jeri L. Gilliland, 62, of La Grande, died March 12. An obituary is forthcoming. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory will be handling the arrangements.

Daniel Pokorney

La Grande

Daniel Pokorney, 65, of La Grande, died March 11 at Grande Ronde Hospital. An obituary is forthcoming. Arrangements are entrusted to Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center.

Robert Upward

La Grande

Robert Upward, 65, of La Grande, died March 11 at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, Washington. An obituary is forthcoming. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory will be handling the arrangements.

Ryan W. Leavitt

La Grande


Ryan William Leavitt, 23, of La Grande, died March 9 at his residence. A viewing will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. March 14 at Loveland Funeral Chapel. A funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. March 15 at the La Grande First Baptist Church followed by a graveside service at Grandview Cemetery. A reception will be held immediately afterward at the First Baptist Church. Casual dress is preferred by the family.

Ryan was born Aug. 3, 1995, in La Grande, to Steven and Brenda (Rudd) Leavitt. He resided in Union and La Grande. Ryan attended Greenwood Elementary School, La Grande Middle School and La Grande High School, where he was on the wrestling team during his freshman and sophomore years.

Ryan formerly worked for a local farmer. Due to his health issues, he did not work for the past few years. Ryan enjoyed
fishing, camping and hunting birds.

Survivors include his parents, Steve and Brenda of La Grande; brother, Ross of La Grande; aunts and uncles, Robert and Aleta Leavitt, Keith and Kathleen Williams, Joseph and Nicole Rudd and Robert and Shelly Kiser; grandparents, Kathy Rudd and Ken and Sharon Leavitt; and great-grandmother, Jerry Rudd.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Calvin Rudd.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Youth for Christ J House Youth Center, P.O. Box 1, La Grande 97850.

Virginia I. (Whitmore) Manning



Virginia Irene Manning, 86, of Elgin, died Feb. 28 at her residence. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. March 15 at the Elgin Church of the Nazarene. Casual dress is preferred by the family.

Virginia was born Sept. 30, 1932, in Nevada City, California, to Jesse and Alice (Montgomery) Whitmore. She resided in Truckee, California; Othello, Washington; and Elgin. She married Mac
McCormick, who has passed, and later she married Jerry Manning.

Virginia was a devoted mother and wife. She enjoyed fishing, traveling in her RV, taking care of her husband, reading, gardening and watching Mariners baseball. She loved her dog, Benji, and was also very involved in the Elgin Food Bank.

Survivors include her stepchildren, Larry McCormick, Mike McCormick, Larry Manning and wife, Vicki, Donna Manning and Nancy

She was preceded in death by her second husband, Jerry Manning; first husband, Mac McCormick; and parents, Jesse and Alice Whitmore.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Raymond L. McVey

Formerly of Elgin


Raymond Lee McVey, 90, formerly of Elgin, died Feb. 8 in Hermiston. A memorial service will be held at a later time. Arrangements are under the direction of Loveland Funeral Chapel of La Grande.

Known as Ray, he was born Sept. 29, 1928, in Lewis, Kansas, to Carl and Edith (Parr) McVey. The second of six children, he lived with his family on farms near Rozel and Coldwater, Kansas. During high school, Ray excelled in academics and athletics. He graduated as class valedictorian in 1946.

Ray worked several jobs, including operating heavy equipment during the construction of Colorado’s Bonny Dam. He married Vanetta Marteney on Sept. 5, 1950. Ray was drafted into the U.S. Army and completed military training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He achieved the rank of corporal before his honorable discharge in 1953. In 1965, the McVeys settled on a farm near
Elgin, where they raised their five children. Ray retired in 1990.

Ray was an elder in the Christian churches of Elgin and Imbler, served on the Cove Christian Camp Board of Directors, and went on short-term missions to Haiti and Arizona. He was a member of Elgin’s Rockwall Grange, worked many hours with the “Elgin 2010” group and was caretaker of a
pioneer cemetery. Ray’s community service was recognized in 1998 when he was named Elgin’s Man of the Year.

Ray and Vanetta moved into Elgin in 1999. In 2001, Vanetta died of cancer. In 2005, Ray married Rita Snyder. When they divorced in 2011, Ray’s friends Ed and LaVeta Botz graciously welcomed him into their home. In 2012, Ray moved to the home of his daughter Kayla in Athena and lived there until he entered a dementia care facility in 2017.

Survivors include his siblings and their spouses, Leonard and Oretha McVey of Springfield, Missouri, Gene and Georgia McVey of Prairie Grove, Arkansas, Violet Beatty of Wink, Texas, Earl McVey of Arvada, Colorado, and Dixie Bailey of Coldwater, Kansas; children and their spouses, Julia and Phil Manley of Elgin, Diana and Norman Croucher of Elgin, Kayla and Delbert Durfee of Athena, and Tim and Carol McVey of Nashville, Tennessee; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Vanetta; and son, Michael Dean McVey.

Memorial donations may be made to Cove Christian Camp, P.O. Box 3352, La Grande 97850.