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Obituaries for April 27, 2011


Caleb Krigbaum, 'Chuck' Riddle, Sharon Good, Mary Bowen,

Caleb Krigbaum

Caleb Forrest Krigbaum, 28, died on April 18, 2011, at Portland from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

His graveside service was Saturday at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. Friends joined the family for a reception afterward at the Halfway Lions Hall.

Caleb was born on Aug. 10, 1982, at Othello, Wash., to Mary Kathryn Taylor Krigbaum and Forrest Merritt Krigbaum. He joined his older sister, Jennifer Taylor-Morwood and brother, Joshua Taylor.

He spent his first year of life at Mesa, Wash., and then moved to his parents’ hometown of Halfway, where his ancestors go back to the pioneering days of Pine Valley.

In 1984, his parents moved to La Grande, were divorced and Caleb moved with his father to Portland. His brother, Steven Taylor, was born in 1985.

Caleb learned to swim at day care at age 4. He excelled at swimming and was the feature attraction of the day care’s open house. While others were swimming across the pool, Caleb swam the length of the pool in one breath underwater.

Swimming was something he enjoyed throughout his life. He participated in competitive swimming, teaching, and became a lifeguard at 13.

Caleb was an extremely active child. He learned to ride his bike and within a week was capable of performing tricks, like standing on the seat with both feet without a helmet. At age 5, Caleb began his love of motorcycles when it became his father’s only mode of transportation.

Caleb rode to and from day care everyday on the gas tank, rain or shine, and would constantly shout, “Faster, go faster.”

During Caleb’s first grade parent teacher conference at Whitman Elementary in Portland, his teacher commented that Caleb’s energy level was extremely hard to control, his family said. She recounted an example from that day in which she turned her back on the class and they began to laugh. When she turned back around to see the reason, Caleb was standing on top of his desk.

She said she didn’t even have time to write a full word on the board; he was too quick. She mentioned that even with his antics she enjoyed having him in her class the most.

Summers were spent with his Aunt Cindy and Uncle Kevin at Twisp, Wash. He was joined there by his brothers, Joshua and Steven, and cousins, Lacy, Langley and Levi Davis. He spent the summer making friends, swimming, and participating in 4-H.

In 1990, his father married Megan Kong. In 1991, the family moved to Lake Grove and Caleb attended Lake Grove Elementary.

In 1992, while Caleb was in fourth grade, his brother, Kyle Krigbaum, was born. In 1994, they moved to Aloha where Caleb attended sixth grade at Tobias Elementary.

In 1995, Caleb’s youngest brother, Tanner Krigbaum, was born. Caleb attended Brown Junior High where he played baseball and enjoyed fishing and hunting with his father.

In 1996, he became a lifeguard at the YMCA in Aloha, and worked with toddlers as a swim instructor.  In 1997, the family moved to Vancouver, Wash., and Caleb attended Fort Vancouver High where he also wrestled.

In 1998, his family moved across town and Caleb went to Prairie High and joined JROTC. In 1999, Caleb went to live with his aunt and uncle’s family at Sisters.

While there, he attended Sisters High School and met the love of his life, Elizabeth. In 2000, he moved back home to Vancouver with his father and returned to Prairie High.

Caleb then joined the Marines on a delayed entry. At the completion of Marine Corps Boot Camp, Caleb was recognized as the most improved recruit during his training.

In 2001, Caleb and Elizabeth were married at Twisp. In 2002, while stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, his first daughter, Teara Krigbaum, was born.

In 2003, Caleb deployed in the invasion of Iraq. After returning from Iraq, he deployed to operations in Haiti. In 2004, Caleb was discharged from the Marines and moved his family to Bend.

His daughter, Hana, was born there while Caleb worked as a heavy equipment operator.

In 2007, Caleb and his family moved to Vancouver, where he attended college and worked as an armed security guard. In 2009, Caleb built his Harley Davidson, which was a source of great pride and pleasure for him. In 2010, Caleb moved to Twisp, with his brother, Joshua.

While there, he worked in the lumberyard. That fall, he sustained a serious injury to both arms during an accident at home requiring five hours of intense surgery. Typical of Caleb, he removed his own casts ahead of schedule in order to get back to life, his family said.

In 2011, Caleb moved to Portland, where he lived with his mother until his tragic accident.

He was preceded in death by his uncle, Kurt Krigbaum.

Survivors include his wife, Liz, and daughters, Teara and Hana; parents, Forrest and Megan Krigbaum of Vancouver; Kathy Taylor and her fiancee, Doug Zimmerman, of Wilsonville; brothers and sisters, Jennifer Morewood, Josh Taylor, Steven Davis, Kyle Krigbaum and Tanner Krigbaum; honorary siblings, Lacy, Langley and Levi Davis; grandparents, Dale and Judy Taylor of Halfway, Phil and Mardi Krigbaum of Connell, Wash., and Jill and John Keller of Roseburg; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Memorial contributions may be made to help defray funeral expenses through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

'Chuck' Riddle

Charles W. “Chuck” Riddle, 79, died peacefully on April 20, 2011, at his home after a short battle with lung cancer.

There will be no funeral at this time, but a celebration of life is scheduled May 21.

Chuck was born on Dec. 3, 1931, at Billings, Mont., to Fred and Gladys Riddle. The youngest of three children, his life as a child and young man was not an easy one.

At the age of 14, he quit school and eventually ran away from home, hoping to find a better life for himself.

At the age of 18 he joined the U.S. Navy. Serving only a short while, he was honorably discharged and sent back to civilian life. He went back to Montana and worked in the mines of Butte and Billings for several years before coming to the Baker Valley in 1969.

He managed the Stockman’s Cafe for a period of time when he first came to Baker City, but soon got on as a utility service man at Oregon Portland Cement (now known as Ash Grove Cement). He worked there from 1973 until his retirement in 1991.

Chuck was a recovering alcoholic. He stopped drinking on Jan. 23, 1976. He and his family were proud of the fact that he had not had a drink in more than 35 years. In fact it was at an AA meeting shortly into his recovery that he met his soul mate and the love of his life, Bobbie.

She was not an alcoholic but was attending meetings with her two young children in hopes of learning how to deal with the abusive marriage she was ending with a practicing alcoholic. Chuck was instantly smitten with her and she with him.

They were married on Aug. 6, 1976. Chuck gained an instant family and as far as he was concerned, his life began the day he and Bobbie met, his family said.

Chuck and Bobbie enjoyed remote-control car racing. They built many cars and traveled all over racing them. It was a hobby that they and their kids, who by this time were married, were able to enjoy together. They made many friends racing their cars.

Chuck and Bobbie were dog lovers. They adopted a toy poodle who they named Bear. A few years later they added another toy poodle to their family who they named JJ. The two dogs became their kids. It was rare to see them out without both dogs.

After Chuck retired from Ash Grove, he became full-time caregiver to Bobbie, who had been suffering for years with Webber Christians Disease. They began to travel and enjoy the beautiful country surrounding them, making several trips to British Columbia and to Montana to visit Chuck’s family.

When Bobbie died unexpectedly in 1998, Chuck was devastated, his family said. He all but withdrew from society and made his home he shared with her his world. Try as they might, no one could get him to leave there.

He felt safe there and more importantly that is where he felt Bobbie’s presence the most.

“Although he was our stepfather, he was much more than that. He was our Dad. We never knew a man more giving and willing to help people, sometimes with a sternness that was intimidating but always loving,” his children said.

“He always wanted his children to have more than he had and he always seemed to make that happen for us. We were truly blessed the day Chuck Riddle came into our lives and he will be forever missed,” they said.

“He is where he has wanted to be for a long time and that is again with our beloved Mom and his soul mate, Bobbie.”

Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Alan and Rhonda Stephens of Dayton, Wash.; daughter and son-in-law, Crystal and Jamie Werner of La Grande; son and daughter in law, Bryan and Stacie Cummings of Pendleton; sisters, Toots Ellenberg and Eileen Ekwortzel; grandchildren, Katie and Jennifer Stephens and Samson and Tenille Werner; and many loving nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bobbie; daughter, Judy; parents, Fred and Gladys; and brothers-in-law, Wayne Ellenberg and Bill Ekwortzel.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain States Tumor Institute for Pediatric Oncology Expansion Fund through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Sharon Good


Sharon Marie Good, 64, of Baker City, died April 21, 2011, at her home.

Sharon was born on Sept. 22, 1946, at Hutchinson, Kan., to Rex and Opal Allen. She was raised at Hutchinson.

Sharon worked the last 13 years at the Oregon Trails West RV Park and gas station. She enjoyed reading and playing Farmville on Facebook. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Kidd; her parents, Rex and Opal Allen; sister, Jane Geissert.

Survivors include the love of her life, Aiden; her children, Robert Kidd, Jerry Kidd, Misty Goodwin, Beverly Jantzi, Garry Parkhurst, Cathy Clevenger Kidd, LaDonna Kidd Day and Teresa Kidd Lewis; 20 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren; brothers, Ron and Rex; several nephews and nieces, including one niece particularly close to her, Annette; and numerous cousins .

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ronald McDonald House through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Mary Bowen


Mary Bowen, 83, died April 25, 2011, at her home with her daughter in attendance.

Recitation of the rosary will be  at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets, where she was a longtime parishoner and choir member. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday at the Cathedral.

Mary was born on march 24, 1928, at Haines to Olaf and Eva Henner Olson. She attended and graduated from St. Francis Academy at Baker City.

After completing beauty college, she returned to Baker and worked at Hadley’s and Robb’s salons before opening her own shop, Mary’s Broadway Beauty Shop. Mary was active as a beautician until shortly before her death.

Singing and dancing came as part of a family music legacy. The Olson family would have music nights at their farm in Haines, where Mary’s sisters would play piano, her father would play trombone and her brother guitar.

Mary and her eldest daughter would sing. Her father played in both a family jazz band and as a soloist in the Army band.

Mary’s talent with cooking came from her mother, an accomplished farm cook. She loved cooking and sharing her efforts with her friends. She was active at her church, serving at funeral lunches and as a turkey dinner coordinator.

She was an avid outdoorswoman, who loved huckleberry picking, camping, mushroom hunting and fishing. Her family was her joy and she would join them for holidays and vacation.

At 82 she was still game to climb on a quad and go visit the newborn calves at her cousins’ ranch.

Survivors include her daughters, Donell Bowen of Baker City, and Deb White of Portland; her grandchildren, Jason White, Andrea and Brett Bloom, and great-grandchildren Emma and Tyson Bloom. Mary had numerous nieces and nephews but was also “Grandma Aunt Mary” to a very large extended family.

“She was beloved by everyone who knew her,” her family said.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ole and Eva Olson and her brother, Roger “Pete” Olson; and her sisters, Marcia Quackenbush and Margaret Burchtorf.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Kidney Fund, the American Diabetes Association or a charity of one’s choice through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

 
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