Obituaries for Nov. 4, 2011

By Baker City Herald November 04, 2011 05:29 pm

‘Don’ Presley
Donavan Dwayne “Don” Presley, 78, of Island City, a former Huntington resident, died Oct. 31, 2011, at Boise.
His memorial service, with military honors, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., at La Grande. Don was born on Oct. 5, 1933, at Jamieson to Clifford “Pete” Presley and B. Maxine Lawrence Presley. He graduated from Huntington High School and married Joanne Johnston. They celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary on Oct. 4.
Don served his country in the U.S. Army Airborne in the Korean War. He was a longtime Union Pacific Railroad employee.
Don enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf and traveling. His greatest enjoyment was doing all those things with his family. He was a member of the Elks Lodge and the La Grande Country Club.
Survivors include his wife, Joanne; his children and their spouses, Albin and Christy Presley of La Grande, Raymond and Lori Presley of Portland and Jayme Presley and her spouse, William Schappert, of Pendleton; two brothers, John Presley of Richland and Garald “Sonny” Presley of La Grande; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and 14 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Maxine; and his sister, Cherly Charas.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the La Grande Country Club Junior Golf Program, the La Grande Veterans Clinic or the Grande Ronde Community Church Love Fund through Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande, OR 97850.

Delora Gover
Delora Mae Ritter Gover, 92, of Baker City died Nov. 2, 2011, at Meadowbrook Place.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St. Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Coles Tribute Center. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.
There will be a reception afterward at the Baker United Methodist Church.  
Delora was born on Aug. 11, 1919, at Baker City to Leland and Florence Ritter. She grew up at Keating and was a 1937 Baker High School graduate. She met her husband, Clifford L. Gover, at a dance in New Bridge. They were married on Dec. 14, 1939.
The couple raised a son and two daughters on their Richland ranch.  Clifford and Delora later sold the ranch and eventually moved to Baker.
Delora loved picnicking with family, traveling, picking huckleberries and cheering on her grandchildren at their various sporting events, family members said. She enjoyed hobbies such as crocheting, sewing, and knitting and she liked playing cards with friends.
Delora was also very involved in the county’s 4-H program, the Merry Club and the United Methodist Church. 
Dolora was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister and her daughter Cheryl. 
Survivors include her son, Gary, and his wife, Yvonne, of Salem; daughter, Janice Brooks, and her husband, Adam, of Baker City; grandchildren, Travis Gover of Gresham, Terrina Potter of Montague, Calif., John Croy of Bend, Tara Gover of Las Vegas, Norlene Sanchez of Bend, Heather Honeywell of Joseph and Marisa Meyer of Summerville; and several nieces, nephews and great-grandchildren. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the National Parkinson’s Foundation or The American Cancer Society through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place Street Baker City, Oregon 97814.