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Obituaries for Feb. 25, 2011

Lorraine Hamilton
Lorraine Joy Bussanich Hamilton, 59, of Baker City, died Feb. 22, 2011, at her home.
Her memorial service will be April 9, 2011, at 1 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Baker City.

Lorraine was born May 15, 1951, in Seattle to Louis and Carmen Bussanich. At the age of 10 she and her family moved to Petersburg, Alaska, where she met David Hamilton, who would become her husband. David and Lorraine moved to Baker City in 1972. They had two daughters: Deana, born in 1973, and Christy, born in 1976.

In October 2010, Lorraine and David celebrated 44 years of marriage.

She is survived by her husband, David Hamilton of Baker City; her daughter, Christy Hamilton, granddaughter, Kaitlynn and grandson, Sebastian, all of Baker City; her daughter and son-in-law, Deana and Scott Glenz, and granddaughter, Leanna of Centralia, Wash.; paternal grandmother, Evelyn Phillips of Lacey, Wash.; her mother, Carmen Bussanich of Centralia; her sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Alan Olsen of Centralia; her brother and sister-in-law, Louis and Sandy Bussanich of Eatonville, Wash., brothers, Larry Bussanich of Eatonville, Lance Bussanich of Rochester, Wash., and Levi Bussanich of Rochester; sister and brother-in-law, Lecia and Shawn Marshall of Centralia; sister and brother-in-law, Lois and Allen Hamilton of Winlock, Wash.; sister and brother-in-law, Leea and Alan Ferrians of Centralia; and many uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews.

Lorraine was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Albert and Evelyn Hofmeister of Burton, Wash.; paternal grandfather,  Kenneth “Pappy” Phillips of Lacey; her father, Louis Bussanich of Centralia; and her infant sister, Laura Jean.

Neva Durfee
Neva Kathleen Durfee, 73, of Boswell, Okla., and a former Baker City resident, died Feb. 16, 2011, surrounded by loving family.

There will be a celebration of her life Tuesday, March 1 at 2 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Hughes Lane in Baker City.

Neva was born Nov. 17, 1937, at Fruitland, Idaho, to Gerald Sr. and Clara Donoho Kinnaman. Neva was the second born of six children: Violet Reck of Denver, Gerald (Junior/Jerry) Kinnaman Jr. and wife Vickie of St. George, Utah, George (Spud) Kinnaman and wife Ann of Gilbert, Ariz., Lois Gardner and husband Dennis of Salem, and Kay Henry and companion Diane Campbell of Knoxville, Tenn.

Neva graduated in Fruitland. She was a member of the LDS Church, where she spent much of her time helping, and loved visiting the Temple. She enjoyed working on genealogy and keeping her family history up to date.

Her favorite gifts were pictures of her family that she packed with her at all times. She would not miss an opportunity to dig out her pictures and show them off, and let you know that it was time for you to send her a new one. She would also make it very clear why you were not in her photo book: you had not sent her one.

She also loved making Christmas ornaments for all her kids and grandkids. Neva’s favorite time was traveling the country and stopping along the way to visit family and friends.

Neva is survived by her children: Christine Hammond and husband Rod of Boswell, Patrick Marshall of Hermiston, Jack Marshall of Hermiston, Terry Durfee and wife Jannette Brace of Seattle, James Durfee and companion Lisa Mathews of Bend, Frank Durfee of Seattle, and Wanda Matney of Twin Falls, Idaho. She was also blessed with numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren who she loved dearly.

Neva was preceded in death by her parents, Gerald Sr. and Clara Donoho Kinnaman.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Boy Scouts of America or the American Red Cross through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Ronald Osborne

Ronald M. Osborne, 69, of Baker City, died Feb. 23, 2011, at his home.

His memorial service will be Saturday, Feb. 26, at 10 a.m. at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., with Rev. Aletha Bonebrake officiating and ceremonies by the Baker Elks Lodge. A reception will follow at the Baker Elks Lodge, 1896 Second St.

Ron was born July 21, 1941, in Baker City to Merton F. and Ellen Virginia (Rutter) Osborne. He graduated from Baker High School in 1960. He was a gifted athlete, lettering all four years in high school.

Ron worked for the State of Oregon Survey Crew and then for Babbler Bros. Construction until leaving to attend the U of O in 1962. In July of 1962, he married Dorothy Knee. They were married for 27 years and had two daughters, Lisa Diane Osborne and Heather Lynne Brown.

They lived in Milwaukie, Ore., where Ron worked at Towne Concrete Pipe Company as foreman from 1963 until 1969. They returned to Baker in 1969 where he owned his own dump truck and worked on logging roads for Ellingson and others. He also worked with his dad and brother as gyppos. 

Ron later worked for Ne-Hi Signs in Baker City until he started his own sign business, Bulldog Signs. He was very gifted at sign painting and drawing, and always had a natural talent for it.

On Dec. 5, 1992, he married Sandra Lutz in Baker City. Ron enjoyed going to PT Cruiser events and even started the Blue Mountain Cruisers here in Baker. He loved the woods and spent many hours driving around and enjoying the scenery. He also enjoyed collecting knives and had a huge collection. Another hobby of his was exploring his Irish family history, and he served as Exalted Ruler of the BPOE No. 338 in Baker City in 1984-85.

Ron is survived by his wife, Sandra Osborne, and daughters, Lisa Osborne and Heather Brown, all of Baker City; two sisters, Pamela Hardwick of La Grande and Gloria Sheehy of High Valley; two step-daughters, Robin Black of Dallas, Texas, and Anne Marie Roberts of Tucson, Ariz., and a stepson, Joe Highley of Boise; and seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Frederick Lynn Osborne.

Contributions in Ron’s memory may be made to Pathway Hospice through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.


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