Leonard LaVerne Hay passed away at his Hood River home on Nov. 4, 2003, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 81 years of age.
Leonard was born on Nov. 11, 1921, in Huron, S.D., to Fred and Hazel Hay. He attended most of his school years in Huron. As a youth in high school, he was on the track team and won many medals for Huron High School. His mother, Hazel Hay, later married Lloyd Kline. They moved to Hood River where Leonard finished his senior year of school at Hood River High School. After graduating, he entered the U.S. Navy and served four years in the Pacific Theater on the USS Rixey, USS Attu, USS Marathon, and USS Pratt Victory. During his service tenure, he held the rank of Coxswain and received the Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal, American Area Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and World War II Victory Medal. Upon returning to Hood River after the war, he met Iris Gilbert and they were married on Nov. 16, 1946.
Leonard was a welder and burner for Nichols Boat Works and sold cars for Garrabrant Bros. during high water months when boat work was curtailed. Later, he operated a Shell Service Station on the Heights for a year or two. He then went to work for the Coulter Motor Company, a Ford dealership, as parts man. Leonard and Ed Allen purchased the dealership from Norvin Coulter in 1954 and they were in business together for 15 successful years. Leonard and Ed then started a parts store in 1968 called E & L Auto Parts, which was equally successful. It was decided that Leonard would assume Ed’s half of E & L Auto Parts and Ed would assume Leonard’s half of Allen-Hay Motor Company as each business needed a full-time manager. Leonard later added a machine shop in 1982 and operated both businesses until recently when his two sons, Kevin and Keith, took them over.
After the war, and as a young married man, Leonard did much community service. He called Bingo numbers every week for the American Legion, which was in full swing after the war ended. He belonged to the Chamber of Commerce, Lion’s Club, VFW, and B.P.O.E. (Elks), where he held the office of Esquire and served on the Board of Trustees. He spent years as a race car driver and bowled for leagues at the Hood River Bowling Alley, winning many trophies in each activity. As children came upon the scene, Leonard served as Little League coach for a few years. In 1976, he was awarded “Businessman of the Year” for Hood River County. His busiest community service was with the Hood River Volunteer Fire Department. He spent 32 years in the fire department, first as Captain, then President, next as Assistant Chief for many years, and lastly as Fire Chief before resigning from his post in 1983.
Leonard was preceded in death by his mother, father, step-mother and step-father, his adopted sister, Helen Kline Andrews, who attended school in Hood River, and a half-sister, Shirley Ann Kline, who attended Barrett Grade School in Hood River but drowned in 1946 before starting high school.
Leonard is survived by his wife, Iris, and their three children: Kevin Hay (wife Mary Ann), Keith Hay (wife Teresa Russom-Hay), and Heather Hay Bacci (husband Thomas Bacci). Six grandchildren surviving are: Graham Hay, Lauren Hay, Amy Hay, Alisha Hay, Taylor Bacci, and Tanner Bacci. Also surviving is a niece, Jeanne Semidey, and a nephew, Scott Andrews, who both reside in Ocala, Fla.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, Nov. 10, at 1:30 p.m. at Anderson’s Tribute Center in Hood River. Following interment at Idlewild Cemetery, a reception in celebration of Leonard’s life will be held at Anderson’s Tribute Center.
In lieu of flowers, it is requested that any contributions be made to the Hood River Volunteer Fire Department or Hospice of The Gorge, c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.
Constance (Connie) Lynn Young of Hood River died Nov. 2, 2003, at her home. She was 42.
Connie was born June 21, 1961, to Robert and Dorothy Schram of Gladstone, Mich. She had lived in Hood River for 14 years.
Connie worked as an instructional assistant for high-needs kids at Mid-Valley Elementary School in Odell for eight years. She also worked as a server at Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, Wash.
She enjoyed running, biking, gardening, the mountains, and most of all, being with her husband, Jeff, and 10-year-old daughter, Hannah. She enjoyed watching Hannah play her many sports, including soccer, skiing and windsurfing.
Connie is survived by her husband, Jeffery Terrence Young, and her daughter, Hannah, both of Hood River; her parents, Robert and Dorothy Schram of Gladstone, Mich.; her brother, Joe Schram; and her sister, Catherine Lunenberg.
A memorial service was held on Wednesday, Nov. 5, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Memorial contributions can be made to an account set up at Bank of America in the name of Hannah Young.
Eleanor Marie Weber, a longtime Hood River, Ore., resident, died Nov. 4, 2003, in Gresham, Ore. She was 83 years of age.
Private family services were held with interment at Idlewild Cemetery.
Eleanor was born June 15, 1920, in Hood River, to Elmer and Sadie (Sheldon) Creson. On June 6, 1939, she and Walter N. Weber were married. He died in 1997. Eleanor lived in the Hood River Valley for 77 years before moving to the Portland area to be close to her family after her husband died.
She is survived by her son, Gary Weber and his wife Nancy of Welches, Ore.; her daughter, Marilyn Hillbury and her husband Ron of Portland, Ore., and her sister, Mary Bowerman of Longview, Wash.
Four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren also survive.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.