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Home arrow News arrow News of Record arrow Obituaries for Aug. 9, 2010


Obituaries for Aug. 9, 2010

'Tom' Harral, "Bill' Fletcher, Merdith Stephens, Frank Zenobi, Donald Anderson

‘Tom’ Harral

Herman “Tom” Harral, 79, of Pendleton, a former Baker City resident, died Aug. 1, 2010, at Kadlec Medical Center in Richland, Wash.  

His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Burns Mortuary of Pendleton Chapel. Burial will be at Friday in Mount Hope Cemetery at Baker City.

Mr. Harral was born on Nov. 6, 1930, at Piggot, Ark., to Jerry and Alma Dowdy Harral. The family moved to Baker City in 1946.

After high school, Mr. Harral enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He served his country as a combat communications specialist on the front lines during the Korean War.

After his Marine Corps service, he returned to Baker City where he met his future wife, Hazel “LaVelle” Wilson. They were married on Jan. 16, 1955.

Mr. Harral worked in the insurance industry at Pendleton in addition to working as a funeral director for Burns Mortuary of Pendleton. He was owner and operator of the Pendleton Dairy Queen for more than 25 years.  

Tom was a cherished husband and father who helped raise the couple’s three children and five grandchildren, family members said. He was a people person who loved meeting new people and visiting with old friends.

He also enjoyed traveling, gardening and fishing. He had been a member of the Eagles Lodge of Pendleton and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Let ’Er Buck Post 922.  

Survivors include his wife, Hazel “LaVelle” Harral of Pendleton; three children, Mark T. Harral of Pendleton, Renee Rosenquist of Bend and Teresa Skinner of Pendleton; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.  

Memorial contributions may be made to The Salvation Army through Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, P.O. Box 489, Pendleton, OR 97801. To sign the online guest book or send condolences, visit this Web site: www.burnsmortuary.com.

‘Bill’ Fletcher

William “Bill” Fletcher, 64, died July 24, 2010, at his home surrounded by family and friends.

He had recently been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Bill was born at Weiser, Idaho, and was raised on a small farm in Eastern Oregon.

Survivors include his wife, Nellie, of Selah, Wash.; his sister, Shirley Mieske, and her husband, Ed, of Renton, Wash.; brother, Richard, and his wife, Kathy, of Selah; three nieces and two nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Bernice Fletcher; and his brother, Sidney.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Veterans Affairs Center, 2119 W. Lincoln Ave., Yakima, WA 98902.

Merdith Stephens

Merdith I. Stephens, 88, a longtime Baker City resident, died Aug. 5, 2010, at the Elkhorn Adult Foster Home.

Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St. Dean Baxter will officiate. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. There will be a luncheon for family and friends afterward at the Baker Senior Center, 2810 Cedar St.

Merdith was born on May 4, 1922, at Monmouth to Jay and Mabel Clark. She had one sister, Melba Doney, who died earlier.

Merdith attended school at Grand Ronde and Willamina. She was a 1940 Willamina High School graduate. That same year, she married Kenneth A. Linton and they lived on a ranch near Sheridan. They had two children, Delores and Norman. Merdith and Kenneth loved their music and square dancing with family and friends. Kenneth died in 1955 and Merdith moved into the town of Sheridan.

In 1959, she married Leonard F. Herron and they moved to Klamath Falls where Merdith worked as a nurse for many years. In 1966, Merdith and Leonard moved to Baker City because of his job with the State of Oregon Accident Commission.

They enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and their rock-hounding adventures. They were very active in the Baker County Search and Rescue for many years. Merdith also worked as a matron deputy sheriff for Baker County over the years. Leonard died in 1982.

In 1990, she married Bernard Stephens, a retired mail carrier for the US Postal Service in Baker City. They traveled extensively throughout the United States during their time together. Bernard died in 2003.

The most important thing in Merdith’s life was spending time with family and friends. She was a very loving person and was always willing to lend a caring hand to anyone who needed it, her family said. She was very active in the Baker Senior Center, which she attended regularly.

Merdith was an avid hunter and shot many deer, elk and antelope over the years. She shot her last elk at the age of 73.

Survivors include her daughter, Delores Rees of Rock Springs, Wyo.; her son, Norman Linton, and his wife, Ginger, of St. Maries, Idaho; grandchildren, Michelle McCarthy and her husband, Troy, of Spokane, Wash., Chad Linton and his wife, Shawna, of Meridian, Idaho, and BiJay Adams and his wife, Christy, of Hayden, Idaho; great-grandchildren, Josh Miller, Kyle Miller, Kyle McCarthy and Taya McCarthy all of Spokane, Wash., and Caleb Adams of Hayden, Idaho.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Senior Center through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Frank Zenobi

Frank Zenobi, 84, died Aug. 5, 2010, at Baker City, Oregon.

There will be no service at this time.

Frank was born on Oct. 30, 1925, at Camden, N.J., to Quinto and Theresa Zenobi. He attended Collingswood High School where he received his GED. He also attended Santa Monica City Trade School as well as Woodlynne Grammer College where he attained a degree.

He also served in the U.S. Navy as a ship’s serviceman for four years. After the Navy, Frank became a certified electric technician. He retired in 1984.

He loved being on the river, dancing, gardening and he played the keyboard and music. He volunteered a lot for community organizations, including parades, the bull riding blowout and banquet dinners. Frank was affiliated with the American Legion, Elks Lodge, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Eagles Lodge.

Survivors include his partner of 22 years, Catherine Howell; and numerous siblings, children, grandchildren, nephews and nieces, all in many states including New Jersey, Oklahoma, California, Oregon and Hawaii.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Ernesto and Edwardo Zenobia; and a stepdaughter Ruby Soderwal.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Elks Scholarship Fund through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Baker City, OR 97814.

Donald Anderson

Donald Vincent Anderson, 79, died Aug. 2, 2010, at Baker City

There will be no service at this time.

Donald was born on March 14, 1931, at LaMoure, N.D., to Albert and Ida Rien Anderson. He graduated from high school at LaMoure County in 1945.

He later entered the U.S. Army and served one year as a private second class. Donald did upholstery work after the Army.

His hobbies included working on his model T’s. He was a member of the Good Sam RV Club.

Survivors include his son, Daniel Nelson of Vancouver, Wash.; three daughters, Renee Black of Milwaukie, Susan Damewood of Portland, and Laurie Sanna of Portland; his best friend, Mona; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marylou Anderson.

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


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