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Obituaries for April 22, 2011


Mildred Byron

Mildred Pearl Byron, 88, died Tuesday, April 19, 2011 in Baker City.

Visitations will be Tuesday, April 26 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St. A graveside service will take place at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 27 at Mount Hope Cemetery in Baker City with Pastor Dave Deputy of the Calvary Baptist Church officiating. A reception will follow at the Calvary Baptist Church, 2130 Fourth St.

Mildred was born Feb. 19, 1923, in La Grande to Daniel and Mary (Jaycocks) Murchison. She married Carl Byron in February of 1940 and they had four children. She worked as a retail clerk and enjoyed sewing and crafts.

Mildred is survived by her son, Norval Byron and his wife, Margaret, of La Grande; her daughter, Nancy Simrell-Polvi of Baker City; her son, Larry Byron and his wife Pat, of Nampa, Idaho; her daughter, Caron Williamson of Baker City; 13 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Alzheimers Association through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.


Helen Dixon

Helen Dixon, 82, died April 20, 2011, at her home in Baker City.

Her graveside memorial service will be Friday, April 22 at 11 a.m. at Mount Hope Cemetery in Baker City. Pastor Garth Johnson of the Agape Christian Center will officiate.

Helen was born on Aug. 28, 1928, at Baker City to Taylor and Mabel (Warfield) Corn. She attended Baker schools and graduated from high school in May of 1946.

Helen married Darold Dixon on June 26, 1946, and they had five children. She was a member of the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary since 1967 and a lifetime member of the Amvets Auxiliary.

Helen is survived by her son,  Eddy Dixon and his wife, Jackie, of Poulsbo, Wash.; her daughter, Deana Hess and her husband, Stan, of Lemoore, Calif.; her daughter, Patricia Culley and her husband, Rod, of Bremerton, Wash.; her son, Delbert Dixon of Baker City; her daughter, Rose Kaiser and her husband, Mike, of Mount Lake Terrace, Wash.; her daughter-in-law, Frances Dixon of Baker City; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; her sister, Lola Bennett of Walla Walla, Wash.; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends, all of whom she loved very much.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents, Taylor and Mabel; her husband, Darold; her sister, Elsie Brunton; and her brother, Delmar Corn.

Memorial contributions may be made to V.F.W. Auxiliary Cancer Fund through Coles Tributer Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.


Larry Heiter

Lawrence E. “Larry” E. Heiter, 72, a former Haines resident, died Dec. 1, 2010, at Palm Desert, Calif.

His graveside service and interment will be Friday, April 29 at Clinton-Garfield Cemetery in Rolfe, Iowa.

Lawrence Emory Heiter was born July 20, 1938, at Havelock, Iowa, to to Melvin and Bessie (Peterson) Heiter. He completed the 11th grade at Callender High School in Callender, Iowa. He served in the United States Navy in 1957. Larry lived in Haines and in California, residing the past four years at Monterey Palms Nursing Home in Palm Desert.

Lawrence is survived by his mother: Bessie Heiter of Humboldt, Iowa; his children: David Heiter of Manchester, Iowa, Marcy (Joe) Weaver of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Gayle Seberson of Saint Cloud, Minn., Kevin (Terri) Heiter of Cedar Rapids, Roger (Tia) Heiter of Cedar Rapids, Shannon (Mark) Curtis of Cedar Rapids, and Dale (Carrie) Heiter of Live Oak, Calif.; a brother, Carl Heiter of San Diego; and uncle, Roger (Elaine) Heiter of Humboldt, Iowa; aunts: Maxine Peterson and Joan Heiter of Humboldt, Iowa, and Mona Heiter of Oklahoma; 24 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, cousins and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his father, Melvin; his daughter, Tarri Lynn (Heiter) Wesley; his great-granddaughter, Alyssa Lynn Coulbourn; and his niece, Shelly (Heiter) Phelps.

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Jim Bias

James Richard “Jim” Bias, 81, of Bend, died peacefully with his beloved wife “Jo” by his side on April 11, 2011, after a long, courageous battle with Parkinson’s.

His memorial service will be Saturday, April 30 at 11 a.m., with a luncheon immediately following, at The Old Stone Church, 157 N.W. Franklin Ave. in Bend.

Jim was born Sept. 14, 1929, in Columbus, Ohio, to Elwin and Ethel (Miller) Bias. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy for nine years and another 16 years in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, retiring in 1989.

After retiring from the military, Jim worked in the insurance industry, retiring from SAIF in 1996. He continued to work part-time at Black Butte Ranch for another seven years.

Jim loved the outdoors and enjoyed camping, fishing, hiking and long-distance biking. He also enjoyed traveling, photography and landscaping. Family was very important to Jim. He was the happiest when his home was overflowing with loved ones. His cat, “Tom2” gave him much love and companionship.

Jim is survived by his wife, Joan “Jo” Bias of Bend; his sons, Christopher Bias of Seattle, and Michael Bias of Tacoma, Wash.; his daughter, Linda Carter of Phoenix, Ariz.; his stepson, Ken Helgerson of Baker City; his stepdaughter, Jody Helgerson of Bend; and his nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, June.

Contributions in Jim’s memory can be made to Partners in Care Hospice, 2075 N.E. Wyatt Court, Bend, OR 97701, www.partnersbend.org.

Baird Funeral Home of Bend is in charge of the arrangements.

Byrl Dean

Byrl Edward Dean, 89, a longtime La Grande resident and former Baker County resident, died April 16, 2011, at an assisted living facility.

No public services are planned at this time.  Arrangements are by Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center.

Byrl was born May 4, 1921, in Keating, the only child of Byrl and Agnes (Clancy) Dean. Byrl was raised on a ranch in the Keating Valley and was educated in Baker City. On Oct. 10, 1942, he was married to Barbara Morrison in Weiser, Idaho. Byrl entered the U.S. Navy and served in World War II.  After his honorable discharge in 1945 he worked in The Dalles and later Pendleton before moving to La Grande to work for Ford’s Tire Service (now Commercial Tire).  Later he and his brother-in-law, John Morrison, became partners in J & B Trucking, a logging company.

After retiring Byrl and Barbara enjoyed traveling to Yuma, Ariz., during the winter months every year until their health prohibited it. Barbara preceded Byrl in death on April 14, 2008, after nearly 66 years of marriage.

Byrl was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in La Grande. He also belonged to the Elks Lodge, American Legion and the Eagles Lodge.

Survivors include his sons and daughters-in-law, David and Mary Lou Dean of La Grande, and James and Dianne Dean of Salem; five grandsons; one great-grandson; and many other relatives and friends.

Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Grande Ronde Retirement Residence Activity Fund, 1809 Gekeler Lane, La Grande, OR 97850.


Susan McNeal

Susan Jane McNeal, 62, died unexpectedly and suddenly on April 1, 2011, at her retirement home in Baker City with her husband at her side.

A celebration of Susie’s life will be Saturday, May 7 at 1:30 p.m. at the Public Safety Building at 401 East Third St. in Newberg.

Susie was born on June 22, 1948, at Carthage, Mo., to Vivienne and William Boyd. She was the fifth of six children.

She worked for the Yamhill County Sheriff early in her career, retiring from the Newberg Police Department in 2007 as a 911 Communications Officer. She received The Oregon Peace Officers Association “Life Saving Award” in 1991.

Susie was a certified Oregon Master Hunter and loved to hunt elk, deer, turkeys and birds with her husband. She was an avid fisherman and all around outdoorsman as well. She loved the water whether fishing from shore, on her pontoon boat or commanding her jet boat “SUSIE-Q” on the Snake River. She was always at peace in the outdoors. She will be missed dearly by many.

Susie is survived by her husband, Larry; three children, son Randy and Michelle Duronio, daughter Sherry and Steve Norquist, and son Mark and Jennifer Duronio; and six grandchildren, Blane, Garret, Brennen, Ciara, Taylor and Matthew.

 Memorial contributions may be made to your local Humane Society through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel 1500 Dewey Ave. Baker City, OR 97814.

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