The latest obituaries and death notices for Malheur County

Zona M. Koopman

March 16, 1939 ~ April 24, 2019

After a long illness, Zona passed away at home with her loved ones by her side.

Zona was born to Mary and Robert M. Schwartz, in Denver, Colorado. She was the little sister to Robert F. Schwartz. The Schwartz family lived in Denver until 1943 when Robert M. joined the Navy and was assigned to the Seabees. The family went to Raton, New Mexico, to live with Mary’s parents, Dale and Iva Walker, while Robert M. was overseas. Zona went to Kindergarten and first grade in Raton. When Robert came home, the family lived in Denver on a little truck farm. In 1950 the family left Denver traveling to find work. The family settled in Albuquerque, New Mexico where both Zona’s parents worked for Sandia Laboratories. Zona graduated from Highland High School in 1957. After high school she worked at different jobs for a year then joined the Navy.

While in the Navy, Zona was assigned to several places, Bainbridge, Maryland, Jacksonville, Florida, Pensacola, Florida, and finally Washington, DC. to work at the Naval Photographic Center.

There, Zona met her husband. Andrew Koopman. They married in 1961. Once out of the Navy, Zona and Andy went to LaGrande, OR so Andy could attend college at Eastern Oregon University. Zona worked at a few places in LaGrande while Andy was in school.

Andy graduated in 1965 and they moved to Halfway, Oregon, where Andy started his career in teaching. Zona became a homemaker after the couple had two boys, Daniel James, and Mark Andrew. Both boys graduated from Pine-Eagle High School. In 2003 Zona and Andy relocated to Ontario, Oregon.

Zona enjoyed many crafts, but she loved oil painting. She has paintings throughout the United States.

She felt blessed with the friendship of many relatives and friends. Zona enjoyed family gatherings. She loved having those she cared for close by. Zona and Andy loved to travel and enjoyed many trips through out the United States, several ocean cruises as wells as trips to Canada, Europe and Australia. They had many adventures and memories of places and the people they met.

Zona is survived by her husband Andrew; son Mark and his wife Tonya; Parhez and wife Runa Sattar; granddaughter Jesica Thomas partner David, and great-granddaughters, Carly Jo and Raelyn. Heidi Lea and son Zach Lea. Jessica, Jason Aurora, Amiyah Mumm. Renae, Terry, Andrew, and Kelsy Weber, Trini Hank. Jackie and Gary Schneider.

Zona was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Mary Schwartz; son Daniel James; brother Robert F.; and special friend Earl Perry.

Memorial service will be held at the Lienkaemper-Thomason Funeral Home in Ontario on Saturday, May 18, at 10:30 a.m., followed by a gathering at the family residence. A graveside service will be in Halfway at a later date.


James Ronald “Ron” Johnson

Sept. 10, 1940 – April 19, 2019

Ron was born at home Sept. 10, 1940, in Stillwater, Oklahoma, the eldest child of George Hampton and Marjorie Hinkle Johnson. By 1948 siblings Sharon, Wm. Joe and Gary Lee Johnson had also arrived to complete the family.

Over the years the Johnson children attended schools in Oklahoma, California and Oregon.

Vale, Oregon finally became home; the four younger Johnsons attended and graduated from

Vale Union High School.

In August 1957, Ron married Rosalie Kendall; the family of two eventually became a family of seven as Kimberly, Matthew, Shannon, Tracy and Stephanie arrived.

During his lifetime Ron was employed by: Vale Brick Yard, Albertson’s, Inc., Bully Creek Dam,

John Denenk Accounting, Malheur Drug/Sporting Goods, then owned by Joe and Thelma Buttice, Standard Oil, George Johnson Construction, & Insulation Contractor. When traveling around our immediate area Ron would usually announce “I worked on that house…and that house, and that one over there, as well.” Ron was dedicated to a high standard where his professions were concerned, always striving to complete his assignment precisely as directed.

Ron attained a degree in accounting, becoming a Certified Accountant in 1965.

He was a guy who enjoyed being around animals, being especially proud of his registered Angus stock he raised and marketed while residing at his rural Vale home.

Ron was predeceased by his grandparents, his parents, George and Marjorie Johnson, In-laws Marie and Lincoln Kendall and their year-old son, James Lincoln Kendall, his favorite Aunt, Dayna Martin, nephew Nathaniel Lee Johnson, beloved son of Gary and Anita, former business partner Steven Netcher, dear friend and former classmate, Dennis E. Fulk, and most recently Ron’s second-born child and only son, James Matthew Johnson.

Acknowledgements of special appreciations to Tom and Carol Harrod who steadfastly and generously gave of their time visiting Ron at his care center. Honorable mention as well to former classmates: “the Gary’s”…Fugate as well as the late (great) Gary Smith, both of whom seldom came to visit without bringing an elegant box of chocolates! These thoughtful caring ways will forever be remembered by us: Ron’s family, one and all.

A funeral service to commemorate Ron’s life will be May 10, at 11 a.m. at Vale’s Christian

Church, the Rev. Phil Abbott officiating. Lunch will be provided following this service.

Mid-afternoon Internment will be at Vale’s Valley View Cemetery.

A huge thank you to the wonderful staff at Ashley Manor/Meadowbrook for the outstanding care and attentions extended to Ron, as well as members of his family throughout his residence there.


• Douglas E. Williams, 68, of Ontario, died April 28 at a local hospital. Lienkaemper Chapel, Ontario. 

• Larkin D Ellison, 70, of Nyssa, died April 29 at his home. Lienkaemper Chapel, Ontario. 

• Stanley R. Speir, 66, of Vale died April 27 at his home. Lienkaemper Chapel, Vale.

• Kevin Louis Trees, 53, of Payette, died May 2 at his home. Lienkaemper Chapel, Ontario. 

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