Obituaries for Aug. 1, 2012

By Baker City Herald August 01, 2012 09:55 am

Dick Ballantyne

Baker City, 1927-2012

Dick Ballantyne, 85, a former Baker City resident, died July 22, 2012. 

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3737 Liberty Road South, in Salem. 

He was born on Sept. 9, 1927, at La Grande to Pearl and Gilbert Ballantyne. The family moved to Baker City, where his father had a lumber mill. Dick grew up attending Baker schools. 

He played basketball and football at Baker High School and helped his team make it to the state basketball tournament, becoming an “All State Player.”

After graduation, Dick joined the U.S. Navy. From his boot camp training, he was selected to lead and train the next incoming group of men. When the war ended, he returned to Baker City. 

Dick had been previously recruited by Oregon State, so he packed his bags and headed southwest to join the Oregon State Beavers basketball team at Corvallis.

Dick spent four years at Oregon State where he met Pat and was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity. While at OSU, Dick had many accomplishments as a player. 

Some highlights were traveling across the country by train to compete in the NIT (National Invitation Tournament) at Madison Square Garden, the Pacific Coast Conference Championships, and a trip in 1949, to the “Final Four” of the NCAA Tournament.

Upon graduation from Oregon State, Dick took an entry level position as the head basketball coach and teacher at Roseburg High School. Two years later, in 1954, he was selected as the head basketball coach and math teacher at the brand new South Salem High School. 

In his 16 years of coaching at South Salem, he took many teams to state tournaments, placing among the top teams. In 1970, Dick earned the position of athletic director at South, which he held for the next 17 years. While in his teaching and coaching career, Dick was fulfilled by the relationships he built through coaching, teaching, and mentoring students.

Retirement brought many new adventures. Dick and Pat, along with their children, built a home at Camp Sherman where the outdoors was his playground. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, hiking, cross-country skiing, horseback riding and family gatherings. 

Dick also enjoyed traveling and competing in tennis with his brother, Gordon. Pat and Dick created many memories as they traveled extensively throughout Europe.

Survivors include Pat, his wife of 63 years; three children, Claudia of Colorado Springs, Colo., Linda of Beaverton and Jon of Salem; and seven grandchildren.

Dick was passionate about athletics and the role it played in the building of character within young adults. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Dick Ballantyne Student Athlete Scholarship Fund via MAPS Credit Union, in Salem.

City View Funeral Home of Salem is in charge of arrangements.

Jean Densley Connall

Coos Bay, 1920-2011

Jean Densley Connall, 91, died Oct. 3, 2011, in North Bend at the Pine Street Adult Foster Home.

There will be a celebration of Jean’s life at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 18, at the New Bridge Church of the Nazarene. The Rev. Ron Hunter will officiate. There will be a reception afterward at the New Bridge Grange Hall.

 Jean was born on July 28, 1920, at Richland to John and Belva Simonis Densley. She was raised in Eagle Valley on a sheep and cattle ranch where she created rich and lovely adventures she was able to share with her family throughout her life, and indelible memories that brought her comfort, familiarity and laughter, even as her health and memory deteriorated. 

Her warm love, quiet strength, subtle wit and willful sideways glances will be sorely missed, family members said. She was exceptional.

 Jean excelled in the Eagle Valley Schools, graduating from high school as valedictorian at the age of 16. She attended Oregon State College and remained a huge Oregon State sports fan until her death, attending her last home football game at the age of 87. 

She married her high school sweetheart, Wilbur Connal, on Feb. 3, 1940. Together they embarked upon a 55-year journey of home, family, joy, loss and above all else, love. 

They began their lives together at Cornucopia where Wilbur worked in the gold mine. Their first home that winter was a quaint, snow-bound, two-story, two-room cabin in the woods. After the mine closed, they moved to Portland for a job in the shipyards. 

In 1944, Jean and Wilbur moved back home to Richland, where they raised their three cherished children: Noel, Kathy and Doyle. They lived there happily until Wilbur’s death on May 31,1995. 

Jean continued living in their home until her health forced a move to Coos Bay to live with her daughter.

 Jean was heavily invested in her children’s lives and her community. She was active in PTA and the Booster Club. She volunteered as a 4-H leader, Cub Scout Den Mother, and served as worthy matron of the Order of the Eastern Star and as a Rainbow for Girls mother advisor. 

Jean was elected as recorder-treasurer for the city of Richland from 1958 to 1965. Jean then worked for U.S. Bank until her retirement.

 Although small in stature, Jean had a giant zest for life, family members said. She zealously loved pink, angels, teddy bears and roses. She was unapologetic in her devotion to the Atlanta Braves and her OSU Beavers. She loved Chinese food and loathed bananas unrepentantly. And to the end, Jean cherished children, friends, and adored “her Wilbur.” 

 Jean enjoyed many activities including baking, knitting, gardening, crossword puzzles, bridge club, Minnesota trips, cruises, solitaire, beach trips, and playing slot machines. Watching sports was another of Jean’s favorite past times especially when her children, friends’ children, or grandchildren were involved. 

 Jean’s unconditional generosity and love for her friends and family were unrivaled. Jean considered her friends as gifts and she cherished them all. Two wonderful young sisters, Sandra and Tykie Solosabal, came to her home as “boarders” and left her home years later as her family, always holding a special place in her heart. 

A major highlight in Jean’s life was her trip to Spain with Sandra. Through the years, Jean and Wilbur also rented rooms in their home to many young teachers who became lifelong friends. Jean loved them all.

Into each great life comes great joy as well as great sorrow, and Jean was able to weather both life’s peaks and valleys with grace and dignity. Blessed with three children, Jean and Wilbur were devastated by the untimely death of their son, Noel, in 1982. 

Although Jean never stopped missing her beloved son, her strength in this tragedy defined her grace just as much as her ability to share and spread the joys she experienced, family members said. 

 Then, of course, there were her grandchildren who were the center of her universe. The quintessential grandmother, she loved, praised, doted and bragged mercilessly to strangers about them, so much so that those grandchildren constantly felt her love and devotion, even when she was not physically present. 

Jean and Wilbur were the grandparents written about in storybooks, great distributors of love, affection, bear hugs and homemade cookies. 

“Their beautiful legacy of family and their example of great love is an eternal gift to their grandchildren,” family members said. “We are all made richer having had our lives so blissfully entangled in theirs.”

Survivors include her daughter, Kathleen Hosack, and her husband, William, of West Linn; son, Doyle Connall, and his wife, Candi, of Enterprise; daughter-in-law, Susan Hall Connall of Coos Bay; adopted daughters Sandra Way of Boise and Tykie and her husband, Bob Malone, of Bremerton, Wash.; brother, David Densley, and his wife, Donna, of Baker City; grandchildren, Sean Connall, and his wife, Stacey, of Tigard, Zachary Hosack and his wife, Malin, of Christiansburg, Va., JD Connall and his wife, Ruby Ann, of La Grande, Brittany Hosack MacDonald and her husband, Tom, of Downers Grove, Ill., Stacey Connall Stockhoff and her husband, Chet, of La Grande, Shannon Hosack Wallace and her husband, Colin, of Tualatin, Luke Hosack and his wife, Virginia, of Phoenix, Ariz., great-grandchildren, Allie, Marley, and Gabi Connall, Jade and Trista Connall, Tommy, Reese, Luke, and Tate MacDonald,Austin and Carter Stockhoff, Ashby and Brenna Wallace and Gunnar Hosack; and numerous nieces and nephews; special friends and caregivers, Tari Fitzpatrick; and Pine Street’s Russ and Karma Schellong. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur; son Noel; parents, John and Belva Densley of Richland; her siblings, John Densley, Alice Glenn, Belva Moody, and Churby Stanciu. 

The Coos Bay Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Friends and family are encouraged to sign the guestbook at

Ada Schell

Twickenham, 1940-2012

Ada Schell, 71, of Twickenham, died July 26, 2012, at her son’s home in Prineville.

There will be a memorial gathering beginning at noon Saturday at Pete Schell’s home in Prineville. For directions, call 541-447-7932. 

Ada Pearl O’Neal was born on Sept. 8, 1940, at Kamiah, Idaho, to Raymond and Thelma Brummett O’Neal. The family moved to Kinzua in 1942 where Ada was raised and educated. She graduated from Fossil High School and then attended Links College of Business at Boise.

 She married Ernie Schell on Dec. 24, 1958, at Kinzua. They lived at Kinzua for two years before moving to Fossil, where they started a family. Ada worked in the newspaper office at Fossil. 

They moved to the Portland area where they remained for the next 29 years living at Boring, Eagle Creek and Sandy. Ada worked in grocery retail while raising the couple’s two children. She and Ernie retired at Twickenham where they enjoyed the quiet beauty of living on the John Day River.

“She left us with the memory of her instant smile and the twinkle in her eyes and will be missed by all her family and many, many friends,” family members said. 

 She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and her mother-in-law and father-in-law. 

Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Ernie Schell of Twickenham; son, Pete Schell and Nancy of Prineville; daughter, Brenda Admire of Roseburg; grandchildren, Brittany and Tim Cross of Vancouver, Wash., Jordan Schell and John of Bellingham, Wash., Taylor Schell of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Shawna and Jimmy Adams of Twin Falls, Idaho, and Michael Smith and Shara of Roseburg; great-grandchildren, Trenton Cross of Vancouver, Wash., and Catherine Adams of Twin Falls, Idaho; brother, Ray and Betty O’Neal of Heppner; sister, Darlene, and Dennis Teskey of Baker City; and numerous nieces, nephews and close friends.

 Memorial contributions may be made to Pioneer Memorial Hospice through Gray’s West and Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.