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Obituaries for Feb. 12, 2014

‘Harry’ Chartier

Baker City, 1948-2014

Harold Allen “Harry” Chartier, 65, of Baker City, died Feb. 3, 2014, at his residence. 

There will be a celebration of Harry’s life and potluck dinner at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Annie’s Cafe in Richland. 

Harry was born on Oct. 4, 1948, at Boise to Sidney and Maebell Pond Chartier.

In 1978 Harry moved to Alaska to work as an engineer. He married Mary Soltis and they moved to Sitka in 1981 to raise their family.

 For nearly 20 years, Harry worked as a building official with the city of Sitka. He was proud to serve the community he loved with fairness and integrity.  He approached his job with a heart of service and a can-do attitude, family members said.

Harry was a personality. He had a way of walking into a room bringing cheer in right behind him. When he would meet a new person, he would look them in the eye, find an authentic connection and leave that person feeling special and truly seen. Magically, Harry could do this by just sitting alone behind a microphone with his friends (his listeners) of his KCAW radio show “Coming up Country,” a show he hosted every Friday night for many years.

Harry also helped build community through his volunteering with Southeast Regional Emergency Medical Services (SEREMS).  He cared about people in their time of need and was there for Southeast Alaska.

Harry’s bones needed some sun, so after retiring from the city 10 years ago, he headed for Eastern Oregon. Many benefited from the gifts of rocks, pebbles and arrowheads he would find. 

He had a smile for everyone he encountered and had two green thumbs on two “helping hands.” Harry was a very patient man, especially while fishing.

Harry respected peace and took time to touch many hearts. His generosity, enthusiasm, strength through adversity and genuine love of life will not soon be forgotten, his family said.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Harold Allen Chartier memorial fund through Gray’s West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave. Baker City, OR 97814.

Bruce Davis

Baker City, 1963-2014

Bruce Oliver Davis, 50, of Baker City, died Feb. 6, 2014, at his home. 

His memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets. Father Robert Greiner will officiate. The Correctional Officer Honor Guard will provide honors.

Bruce was born on June 18, 1963, at Cirencester, England, to Billy Davis and Patricia Darling Davis. He was a graduate of West Seattle High and decided he wanted to do something in law enforcement. He was proud of the fact that he became a correctional officer and worked for the Powder River Correctional Institute.  

Bruce met and later married Emma Davis on June 4, 1990, while they were in the Phillipines. Emma and Bruce have two children, Treavor and Emily. The family will miss Bruce and loved him very much.

Bruce loved the outdoors and enjoyed going fishing, hunting and camping.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and was on the Baker County Search and Rescue dive team.

Survivors include his wife of 23 years, Emma Davis; a son, Trevor Davis of Corvallis; and a daughter, Emily Davis of Corvallis.

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

Miriam Higley

Baker City, 1919-2014

Miriam E. Higley, 94, of Baker City, died Feb. 1, 2014, at St. Alphonsus Care Center in Baker City. 

 A celebration of her life will be scheduled later.

Miriam was born on Friday the 13th of December 1919 at Leavittsburg, Ohio, to Ray Phillips and Zoe Diffendarfer Phillips. Her younger brother, Keith, died of spinal meningitis at the age of 15. In high school, Miriam was a gymnast and a track star. During her senior year, she was homecoming queen and her escort was Amer Newton Higley, whom she later married on Sept. 13, 1940. 

During World War II, Amer served in the Pacific on the USS Lamprey submarine.  Amer was enchanted with the Pacific Northwest and told Miriam that he would move out West after the war.  

In 1955, Miriam and Amer moved to Salem. They built their first Oregon home in South Salem with their two children, Gwen and Keith. 

Miriam and Amer were charter members of the Westminster Presbyterian Church where they were youth group leaders and Miriam also served as a deacon and elder. 

In 1960, they built their second home in the Spring Valley area of West Salem.  Miriam took great pride in homemaking, gardening, fishing, camping, traveling and hosting parties for their many friends and family.

In 1975 Miriam and Amer moved to Baker City and built a home on Ben Dier Road. They co-owned a log cabin at Bourne and spent many happy times with family and friends there.  

During the 1980s Miriam served as administrator at the Elkhorn Village. In 1987, the love of her life, Amer, passed away. 

Miriam continued to be involved with the First Presbyterian Church in Baker and served as a deacon and elder. She also was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and a volunteer for the Sumpter Valley Railroad and the Interpretive Center.

From 2002 to 2008, she lived with her son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Karen Higley of Baker City. In 2008 she moved to Meadowbrook Place where many of her friends lived and she enjoyed the social life of endless card games.

In November, 2011 she suffered a broken hip, which made it necessary for her to move to St. Alphonsus Care Center where she resided under their excellent care until her death.

Survivors include her children, Gwen Villwock and son-in-law, Steve, and Keith Higley and daughter-in-law, Karen; her grandchildren, Kevin Higley, Lisa Overstreet, Kelley Hatch, Michael Villwork, Andrew Villwork and Scott Ungerecht; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her younger brother, Keith Phillips; her parents, Ray and Zoe Phillips; and her husband Amer Newton Higley.

 Memorial contributions may be made to St. Alphonsus Care Center Activities through Gray’s West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave, Baker City, OR 97814.

Fred Kaup Jr.

Caldwell, Idaho, 1950-2014

Fred William Kaup Jr., 63 of Caldwell died Feb. 8, 2014, at his home of natural causes.

 He was born on Oct. 25, 1950 at La Grande to Fred William Sr. and Erma Goff Kaup. He was always very proud of being named after his father. He was the oldest of five children: George Kaup of Walla Walla, Wash., Douglas Alan Kaup (deceased), Robin (Sherry) Kaup of Silverton and Teresa (Dave) Clough of Joseph.

Fred graduated from Athena High School and attended college. During his early life he worked with his father managing various family-owned grocery stores. His favorite work was running the family ranch at Joseph and growing onions in Walla Walla.

He went to work for the Oregon Department of Corrections in 1987 as a temporary hire and stayed with that career as a correction officer until his untimely death. 

Fred was an outstanding and professional corrections officer. His ethics in his personal and professional life were the best, family members said. He was much admired by his co-workers and respected by the inmates, because he treated the inmates with respect while enforcing the rules in a straightforward and fair manner. He was always honest in everything that he did.

Fred married Shirleen Isaacson and they had three children: Fredrick Kaup of Austin, Texas, Angela (Mike) Lees of Emmett, Idaho, and Michael Kaup of Emmett, Idaho. He also was blessed with three grandchildren, William Kaup, Rhiley Lees and Ella Lees. He was later divorced. 

Fred married Lana Johansen and became a member of a large, extended family who welcomed him with open arms. They loved and admired him.

Fred joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served honorably in many positions. He was very proud of the pioneer heritage and legacy reaching back to family members who survived the Willy and Martin handcart expeditions.

Fred was a true outdoor enthusiast. He loved to hunt and fish and was happiest when he was in the hills, his family said. He also learned to enjoy helping gather herbs in the wild. He especially enjoyed the chokecherry syrup over his favorite vanilla ice cream.

Mere words cannot convey the soul and worth of a man, they are only a listing of life events, his family members said. 

“Fred was loved and admired by many and will truly be missed. He was one of a kind,” they said.

Zeyer Funeral Chapel of Nampa, Idaho, is in charge of arrangements. 

Dorothy Morgan

Baker City, 1937-2014

Dorothy Leomia Morgan, 76, of Baker City died Feb. 4, 2014, at a local care center. 

 Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St. There will be no graveside services due to inclement weather. 

Leomia was born on July 30, 1937, at Ontario to Leslie Peter Jensen and LaVina Dorothy Jensen. She attended Ontario schools and was an Ontario High School graduate.

In January 1957, she met Grant Morgan. They were married in May of that year.

 They started their lives together at the ranch of Grant’s mother, Annie. They continued living at Unity for several years while Grant worked on the ranches in the area. 

Annie helped Leomia get to know the ladies in the community by convincing her to join one of the clubs in Unity called the “Zip and Zoom” club. She held the offices of president, treasurer and secretary. 

Leomia also worked for Lloyd Evans at the sawmill cleaning the bunkhouses.  And she managed an apartment complex for several years in La Grande after Grant’s death.

Leomia and Grant moved to Baker City after Grant had a heart attack. Baker soon became home to them. 

After Grant’s death, Leomia performed community service by visiting the elderly and shut-ins.  She enjoyed visiting with them and sharing stories. She was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and attended many of their functions.

Survivors include her sisters-in-law, Mary Morgan Sigler and Mary Scott Morgan; several nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and great- great-nieces and great-great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Grant; her mom and dad and sister and brother, and three brothers-in-law.  

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR  97814. 



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