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Obituaries for Dec. 10, 2010

Evelyn Hamon, Paul Nice, Leslie Taylor

Evelyn Hamon

Evelyn Hamon, 92, died Dec. 6, 2010, in a nursing home in Texas from complications of pneumonia and dementia.

She will be buried in Oregon with her first husband. No service is planned.

Evelyn was born on Nov. 18, 1918, at Klamath Falls and raised in Southern Oregon. She was forced to quit school after the eighth grade to work on the family farm during the Depression.

In 1938 she married Bill Sharp and they had three children, two boys and a girl. Over the next 30 years she lived in Oregon, California and Alaska.

Twice during that time both in California and Alaska she lived for months in tents with three small children. When Bill died in Oregon in 1966, Evelyn moved back to Alaska to help raise her three grandchildren.

In 1968 she married Daniel Hamon. They moved to Baker City in 1976 after his retirement from the Alaska Railroad. They traveled the U.S. and were involved in several organizations in the community.

After Dan’s death in 1983, Evelyn continued to live in Baker City until 2007 when she moved to Oklahoma with her granddaughter.

 She was preceded in death by husbands Bill Sharp and Daniel Hamon; and her three children, George Sharp, Roberta Towner and Larry Sharp.

Survivors include her three grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandsons.


Paul Nice


Paul William Nice, 90, a lifelong resident of Wolf Creek and La Grande died Dec. 6, 2010, at La Grande.

Visitations will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. today at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., in La Grande. There will be a graveside service for family and friends at 10 a.m. Saturday at the North Powder Cemetery and a memorial service afterward at 1 p.m. at the Loveland Chapel in La Grande.

Paul was born on June 25, 1920, at North Powder to Matthias and Rosella May Tally Nice. He was raised on the family farm, and attended school at Wolf Creek and North Powder. After graduating from high school, Paul enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and served as a tech sergeant and air craft mechanic in the South American Theater.

While on leave from the Air Corps, Paul married the “love of his life,” Leora Hobbs, on Sept. 4, 1941, at Weiser, Idaho. They recently shared their 69th wedding anniversary.

After an honorable discharge from the Air Corps in 1945, Paul worked for 35 years as a mechanic for the Oregon State Highway Department in La Grande. He retired in 1980.

Paul was always available to help family members with their many projects. He loved visiting relatives, RVing, snowmobiling, and traveling, which included trips to their favorite spots on the Oregon Coast, Anthony Lakes, and travel to Indianapolis to see their daughter, Marlene, and her family.

He and his wife rarely missed a family member’s special occasion, including graduations, weddings, family reunions and sporting events. He was a member of the Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Elks and Eagles. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Marlene Pursley; brothers and sisters, Chester and Malcolm Nice, Clara Nice, Maude Howard, Edna Gray, Ruby Sloan and cousin, Myrtle Jean Addleman, (raised by the family from birth); granddaughter, Christine Pursley; and great-grandson, Zachary Cook.

Survivors include his wife, Leora; daughter and son-in law, Cathleen and Richard Cook of College Place, Wash.; son and daughter in-law, Larry and Claudine Nice of La Grande; and grandchildren, Bob Cook of Portland, Gary Cook of Walla Walla, Wash., Todd and Susie Nice and Jeff Nice, of La Grande, Kevin Nice of Pendleton, Jenny Sherrill and Jon Pursley of Greenfield, Ind.; 17 great-grandchildren

and three great-great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Heart ’n’ Home Hospice or La Grande High School Athletics through Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1505 Fourth St., La Grande, OR 97850. 


Leslie Taylor


Leslie French “Bud” Taylor, 90, of Baker City, died Dec. 4, 2010, at his home.

There will be no service at this time.

Leslie was born on July 25, 1920, at Monett, Mo., to Leslie A. and Francis Taylor. He had been a resident of Baker City since 1956, with one move to New Orleans for two years and then back “home” again.

Prior to Baker City, he lived at Wichita, Kan., where he worked at Wilson Field, building small aircraft and then to Boeing Aircraft, working there for eight years. In Baker City, he worked at Roy and Owens Tire Shop where he did tire recapping, retiring in 1983.

Les was a 1939 graduate of Monett High School in Missouri He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on Aug. 25, 1940, where he was assigned to the USS Yorktown as a bombardier. He participated in the battles of the Coral Sea and Midway. He saw the Lexington sink while on the Yorktown.

He married his high school sweetheart, June Carlin, of Monett, Mo., in 1942. She died in 1982.

In 1984, he was blessed with a second marriage to Ilah Baker of Baker City. They traveled often to Arizona where Les began his hobby of making sterling jewelry for his family and friends.

Survivors include his daughter, Dianna Reeve, and stepdaughter, Judy Baker, both of Baker City; stepson, Mike Baker; nieces, Darlene Lethlean, Kathy Hoy and Alice Schneider; and grandchildren, Heather Leavell, Elizabeth Haswell-Jensen and Christine Haswell-Zuk.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, June Carlin-Taylor; his second wife, Ilah Baker-Taylor; his sisters, Katherine Bleakman and Rossalee Crockett; and his parents.

Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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