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Death notices for Elnora Chevalier, Nina Driver, James Youtsey, Michael Helyer and James Riley


Elnora R. Chevalier, an Underwood resident, died at her home on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008. She was 71.

Mrs. Chevalier was born Feb. 28, 1936, in Choteau, Mont., to Ed and Myrtle Chevalier. She lived in Dutton, Mont. In 1954, she married Raymond Chevalier. They lived in Cheyenne, Wyo., for a couple of years then they moved to Underwood. She loved to go camping and fishing.

Mrs. Chevalier is survived by her husband, Raymond; sons Eugene, Enumclaw, Bill, Underwood, and Roy, Vancouver; brothers Earl, Anaconda, Mont., Ralph, Kenny, Elmer, Silverdale, and Donald, Utah.

Services will be held at the Pinecrest Nazarene Church in White Salmon on Feb. 17, 2008, at 2 p.m.


Nina Edna Driver died in Lyle on Jan. 26, 2008, at the age of 88. She was born to Charles DeForrest Teall and Edna Nina (McClelland) Teall on Feb. 21, 1919, in Aberdeen.

On Sept. 28, 1935, Mrs. Driver married Isaiah George Driver in Snohomish.

Mrs. Driver was a fine homemaker and loving mother to her four children. She enjoyed Tom & Jerry parties and arranging flowers.

Surviving family members are her daughter, Patricia Geer of San Antonio, Texas, and son Reynold Driver of Goldendale, Washington. Preceding her in death are her husband, sons Jeffory DeForrest Driver and Ivan George Driver.

Gardner Funeral Home handled cremation arrangements.


A celebration of life for James "Jim" Youtsey will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11, 2008, at Gardner Chapel in Stevenson. Mr. Youtsey died Feb. 2, 2008, at his home in Mill A, at the age of 75.

Mr. Youtsey was born in Cleveland, Okla., on May 8, 1932, to Francis (Brown) and Clyde Tillman Youtsey. Much of his childhood was spent in Oklahoma, then when he was 12 he and his family moved to Roseburg, Ore. It was there he met his wife, Estella "Lolly" Benedict.

Mr. Youtsey joined the Army and upon his return he and Lolly eloped. The couple lived in Oregon and in Reno, Nev., before settling in the Gorge in 1978.

Mr. Youtsey worked as an electrician. He enjoyed woodworking and was an avid reader of spy thrillers and science fiction. He also loved pool; he participated in competitions and was a champion player.

Survivors include his daughter, Joan Zolp, Mill A; sons Bryan Youtsey, Mill A, and Brad Youtsey, Marion, Ill.; sisters Barbara Kirk of Reno and Marie Fowler of McMinnville, Ore.; nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by grandson James Zolp and wife Lolly Youtsey.

Gardner Funeral Home handled arrangements.


Michael Wayne Helyer was born to Eudora (VanMeter) and Durwood Helyer in Bend, Ore., on Sept. 13, 1943. He died at his home in Husum, on Feb. 7, 2008, at the age of 64.

Mr. Helyer grew up on a wheat ranch in Kent, Sherman County, Ore. He lived for a time in Gresham before moving to The Dalles as a teenager. He spent two years in the Army and two years in the Navy. He worked in retail at Albertson's and Safeway. He went into construction and was a member of Laborers Local 335 and 701 Operating Engineers. Mr. Helyer worked on Bonneville Dam and the Goldendale High School. He built his first house in 1976 in Dallesport and in 2002 he built his own home in Husum. He also drove log truck and worked at the aluminum plant.

Mr. Helyer liked playing on the computer and watching television and he loved classic cars and trucks. He will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon Helyer, Husum; sons Randy Helyer, San Diego, Calif., and Corey Helyer, Dallesport; daughter Rachel Helyer, Vancouver; brothers Gordon of Texas and Lee of Vancouver, and sisters Beverly of Cornelius, Ore., and Judy of Portland; and five grandchildren.

No formal services will be held. Gardner Funeral Home handled arrangements.


James E. Riley died suddenly Feb. 6, 2008, at his home in Goldendale, at the age of 63.

Mr. Riley was born Aug. 18, 1944, in Goldendale where he lived most of his life. He proudly served in the US Navy during the Vietnam War from 1963-1967. He attended schools in Goldendale where he graduated from high school. He also was trained as an electrician in the Navy. He was self educated.

Mr. Riley married Patricia K. Linden on Dec. 21, 1968. They had three children and raised them in the Goldendale area where they were actively involved in the community.

In 1972, Mr. Riley started his own construction business and then expanded it into concrete and aggregate production. Riley Bros. Concrete, Inc. and then later Rapid Readymix Co. came into being with his brother Matt.

Because he loved the community and Klickitat County, he knew he had to become involved. He served on the Goldendale City Council, and later Klickitat County Economic Development Board, City of Goldendale Airport Advisory Board, Land and Natural Resource Advisory Board, and the Columbia Gorge Regional Airport Board.

Along with working hard, he also played hard. He loved riding his Harley and his dirt bike, and snowmobiling with his sons and friends in the Simcoes. He was a lifetime member of the Harley Owner's Group, the NRA, The American Legion, and member of the Blue Ribbon Coalition, The Washington Cattlemen's Association, the Evergreen Freedom Foundation and others.

Mr. Riley is survived by wife, Patricia; children Tony Riley and Greg Riley, of Goldendale, and Jen Kandas, Soldotna, AK; grandchildren Corbin and Evan Riley and Carson Kandas; his brother Matt; nieces, nephews, in-laws and his beloved extended family of friends.

He was preceded in death by a son, Justin, his parents Ivan and Mildred Riley, his brother Alan, sister Linda, a nephew Jason and his dog Keo.

A memorial in his honor will be held Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008, at 11 a.m. at the New Life Assembly of God Church, 1620 S. Columbus, Goldendale. A dinner will be served at the Goldendale Grange Hall after the service.


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