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Jay Hyrum Joseph

November 27, 1921 — May 21, 2010

Jay Hyrum Joseph, 88, of Halfway, died May 21 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at the LDS Church in Halfway. A graveside service will follow at Pine Haven Cemetery, and a luncheon reception will be held at the LDS church.

He was born Nov. 27, 1921, at Minersville, Utah, to Lenora Walker and William Albert Joseph.

Jay came to Halfway with his brother, William "Bill," and his family in 1947 at the age of 16. He worked various jobs to support himself and graduated from high school in Halfway. He served in the U.S. Navy Armed Guard in WWII from 1942 to 1945.

He later returned to Halfway and worked on various ranches at the Cornucopia mine.

On Nov. 20, 1949, at Baker, he married Patricia Jean Cahill, daughter of Joseph Leo and Bertha Marie Cahill.

Jay worked at night on the dams and ranched during the day. He was active in his community, serving on the Soil Conservation Board, school board, cemetery board, as 4-H livestock leader and as a counselor at his church.

Jay loved ranching, hunting and his family.

He is survived by three children, Steven Joseph of La Grande, Carol Marr of Enterprise and Barbara Dion of Olympia. He was preceded in death by his wife; daughter, Lorraine Kay; and five brothers and sisters.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pine Eagle Clinic, P.O. Box 647, Halfway 97834.


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