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Obituaries for Jan. 3, 2011


Rodney Toney
Rodney Breuer Toney, 79, of Haines, died Dec. 30, 2010, after a short stay at St. Elizabeth Care Center.
Funeral arrangements are through Coles Tribute Center with a memorial planned for a later date.

Rod was born Dec. 3, 1931, in Haines to Claude B. and Hazel L. (Williams) Toney at his great-grandparents’ (Lester and Belle Toney) home on Third and Amy streets. He was born and raised in Haines except for about three years (1942-1945) when the family lived in Portland (Vanport). Rod was fifth-generation, dating back to pioneers from 1865 who settled in Haines.

Rod started school in Haines, and went there through the eighth grade, except the years in Vanport. Rod went to Baker High School his freshman year, then transferred to North Powder. Rod was active in sports; he graduated from North Powder High in May 1950. The summers working at his grandparents ranch; in high school he worked for Glen Warfield on the Glen Duncan ranch and discovered he was good with farm equipment.

He started college at Oregon State, but Uncle Sam had other plans and he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in January 1951. He was discharged in January 1955 as a flight engineer with a honorable discharge as a staff sergeant.

Rod married Marjorie Sinclair Oct. 18, 1958, in Baker; they had three children.

After his discharge from the service he worked for H.O. Wiswell at the Haines Telephone Co as a lineman. In March 1956 he went to work as a parts and salesman for Dick Camp at Haines Commercial Equipment Company. In June 1973 Rod went to work for Sam Staal at Baker-Union Tractor. In September 1983 he began working for Britton Equipment in Baker. Rod then worked for S & G Machinery from La Grande as an outside salesman in October 1985. In February 1988 he went to work for Denzil Robbins at Robbins Farm Equipment. Rod retired from Robbins Equipment on July 28, 2005.

Rod was the fire chief for the city of Haines from 1969-1973. He was a member of the Elks Lodge BPOE No. 338 for 53 years. He enjoyed racing snowmobiles, waterskiing, hunting, and fishing at Thief Valley Reservoir and Green Lake. Rod loved his job and never met a stranger. You always knew when Rod was around because you could hear his whistling first.

Rod is survived by his wife, Marjorie, of Haines; daughter, Teresa Toney-Olson (Don) of The Dalles; sons, David (Paula) of Burns and Jeff (Carolyn) Toney of Lehi, Utah; nine grandchildren: Trevor Olson, Devin Olson, Jordan Toney, Courtney Toney, Hali Toney-Bahns (David), Brittany Toney, Katelyn Toney, Annaliese Toney and Hunter Rodney Toney; and two great-granddaughters, Bryar and Rowynn Bahns.

He is also survived by one brother, Larry (Colleen) Toney and their families; a brother in-law, Robert Gilkison and numerous cousins.

Rod was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Claudia Gilkison.

Memorial contributions in Rod’s memory may be directed to the American Heart Association or to the charity of your choice. This may be done through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.


Lloyd McCullough

Lloyd Grover McCullough, 84, of Haines, died Dec. 31, 2010, at his home.

Funeral services for Lloyd will be Thursday, Jan. 6 at 11 a.m. at the Haines First Baptist Church.

Lloyd was born Dec. 15, 1926, in Haines to Cleve and Nan McCullough. He lived his whole life on the ranch where he was born.

Lloyd was a loving husband and father. Lloyd married the love of his life, Marlene Galyen, on Dec. 28, 1964. They had 46 years together.  In 1967 they adopted their precious little girl Laura, who was the “apple of his eye.”

In his younger years Lloyd took pleasure in working on his steam engine and being part of the Sheriff’s Posse. He enjoyed driving through the mountains and trails of his boyhood in his old International pickup. His later years were slower and relaxed; he often enjoyed watching cartoons with his grandkids.

Lloyd attended Muddy Creek School just down the road from his home. He had to quit school at a younger age than most to help out on the ranch. He worked in many places throughout his life — Anthony Lakes, Farmterials and Baker School District to name a few. He was loved by many for his wit and dry sense of humor.

Lloyd is survived by his loving wife, Marlene McCullough; daughter, Laura Pointer and her husband Gary of Haines; grandchildren Nathaniel, Samuel and Ariel Pointer of Haines; mother-in-law (who was like a mother to him), Bernice Maine of Haines; sister, Wilma Suitter of Baker City; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Cleve and Nan McCullough; three brothers, Edward McCullough, Alfred McCullough and Norman McCullough, and one sister, Agnes Tarvin.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Haines First Baptist Church through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

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