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Obituaries for Feb. 24, 2014


Vanetta Rogers

Halfway, 1930-2014

Vanetta Yvonne Rogers, 83, of Halfway, died Feb. 20, 2014, at Life Care Center in Puyallup, Wash.

A private family service will be scheduled later.

Vanetta Yvonne was born on Sept. 16, 1930, to Edger and Cecile Green King at New Franklin, Mo. 

Yvonne met her husband of 42 years, James Everett Rogers, at Marysville, Calif. After retiring from Rideout Memorial Hospital in 1987, she and Jim traveled in their RV until 2005 when they settled at Halfway. 

At home in Halfway, Yvonne enjoyed setting out on the porch and sharing a smile and a wave as friends drove past. She had the greatest love for her children and grandchildren and amazed everyone at how she always remembered birthdays and anniversaries, family members said. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim; her brother, Lowell King; and her sister, Leota White.

Survivors include a sister, Lois Selby of Yuciapa, Calif.; her uncle, Oran King  of Calamesa, Calif.;  her children, Duane Anderson of Halfway, Kathy and her husband, John Toepper, of Graham, Wash., Keith Bonson of Mesa, Ariz., Rhonda and her husband, Bob Bunker, of Renton, Wash., Gary and his wife, Jacquie Bonson, of Finley, Calif., Renee and her husband, Gary Patton, of Cardington, Ohio, Terry Bonson of Burlington, Vt., and Tami and her husband, Ted Cogan, of Irvine, Calif.; six stepchildren; 28 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Wounded Warriors Project through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Schyler Miller

Baker City, 1993-2014

Editor’s Note: We’re reprinting Schyler Miller’s obituary at the request of the funeral home, which omitted grandparents from the obituary published in Friday’s issue:

Schyler Miller, 20, of Baker City, died Feb. 17, 2014, at St. Lukes Hospital in Boise.

A funeral service in celebration of Schyler’s life will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Baker City Christian Church, 675 Highway 7. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Friends are invited to join the family afterward for a potluck reception at the Christian Church.

Schyler John Miller was born on March 22, 1993, at Eugene to Greg and Kristin Schildmeyer.  Schyler moved to Baker City with his family in 1998, where he started attending school at North Baker Elementary.

Schyler was a 2011 Baker High School graduate. During his high school years, he loved jazz band as well as theater, a passion he shared with his sister. After high school, Schyler began working with Eastern Oregon Regional Theater and often landed the main character. He worked at Jackson’s gas station and loved the people he worked with. Schyler was very disappointed that he had to stop working there due to relapse of the leukemia.

His mother helped him his car, “Ladybug.” He enjoyed a variety of music, including blues, jazz and Irish pub. He enjoyed the “Steam Punk” genre and was quick-witted.

Schyler started to write a book and got through five chapters before he got what he said was “writer’s block.” He could sing, and his parents particularly enjoyed it when he would sing Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.”

Schyler had a unique positive way of looking at the world, and those in it. He had a gift of making those around him feel comfortable and he loved to make people laugh.

In 2013 he went to the fantasy fair in California with his friends and he loved that. There he touched more lives and made more friends in the Steam Punk community while assisting his beloved friend and mentor, Scot Violette, as the Magician Professor Algernon.

Schyler fought a valiant fight and his courage and strength were amazing, family members said. He touched many lives and will be significantly missed by all who knew and loved him.

The family is compiling stories and memories of Schyler to be put in a memory book for his family.  Anyone with a favorite story or memory is asked to email it to Greg Miller at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or mail  to Greg Miller, 22644 Van Buren St., Grand Terrace, Calif. 92313.

Survivors include his parents, Kristin and Shondo Dailey of Baker City, and Greg and Suzanne Miller of Grand Terrace, Calif.; his brothers, Brandon Miller (Michelle) and Zane Dailey; his sister, Hanna; stepbrother, Keegan and stepsister, Saige; his grandparents, April and Glenn Hogan of Junction City, Chuck and Marion Miller of Crooked River Ranch, Dave and Sue Schildmeyer of Phoenix, Ariz., and Meb and Jacque Dailey of Richland; and aunts,  uncles, nephews, cousins and many very special longtime friends.

He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents; and his grandmother, Mina Jean Dailey.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Schyler Miller Memorial Fund at the Eastern Oregon Regional Theatre (EORT) or to the St. Lukes Mountain States Tumor Institute Pediatric Clinic in honor and memory of Schyler through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

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