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Obituaries for Jan. 5, 2011

Bonnie Herdlick

Velma Henrietta “Bonnie” Grim Herdlick, 99, a longtime Halfway resident, died on Dec. 30, 2010, at her home.

A traditional funeral service will be at 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 7 at the Pine Valley Presbyterian Church in Halfway. Vault Interment will be at Pine Haven Cemetery. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception immediately following the interment at the Presbyterian Fellowship Hall.

Bonnie was born Dec. 17, 1911, at Copperfield, Ore., to Samuel and Mildred Grim. She attended grade school and high school in Halfway, and in 1932 attended the Baker nursing program at St. Elizabeth, graduating in 1934.

Bonnie and Jerry Herdlick were married in Baker on March 15, 1935. They lived at the “big house” at the Baker Mill/Cornucopia Mines, where Jerry was the mining engineer. Later during his engineering career they moved to other mines in Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska, where they lived for 25-plus years. Upon retirement in 1968, they returned to the family home in Halfway.

Bonnie was a longstanding member of the Pine Valley Presbyterian Church, where she served as treasurer and church pianist, in addition to serving as a deacon. She donated one of the church’s beautiful stained glass windows in memory of her husband, Jerry, and son, Jim. She was also a faithful member of Eastern Star.

Bonnie will be remembered for her great sense of humor, positive attitude and love for her family and friends. She was an avid reader, gardener and outdoors person.

Bonnie is survived by her nieces, Janice Hamilton of Wellington, Utah, and Joanne Grim of Baker City; nephews, Thomas Walsh and Jerry Walsh, both of Seattle, Murray Walsh of Juneau, Alaska, Gary Rice of Alamo, Calif., and Ron Rice of Bremerton, Wash.; as well as many relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry; son, Jim; parents; a brother, Sam Grim; and a sister, Edith Walsh.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pine Valley Presbyterian Church or the Diabetes Foundation in Bonnie’s name through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, PO Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Donald Colton

Donald Ollie Colton, 76, a lifelong resident of Baker County, died Jan. 3, 2011, at home, following a lengthy illness.

At his request, there will be no funeral or memorial service. A celebration of his life will be held at a future date.

Don was born Oct. 7, 1934, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Baker City. His parents were John and Nora Gilkison Colton. He was the 14th child and the seventh son born in a family of 15. He had eight sisters and six brothers.

Don attended grade school at Washington Elementary located on the family ranch, and at Keating Elementary. From the eighth grade on, he attended school in Baker City and graduated from Baker High School in 1953.

Don earned his living in the woods and was the owner/operator of Don Colton Logging for nearly 30 years. In his leisure time he was an active member of the Elkhorn Swingers Square Dance Club. He also enjoyed working with ceramics, as well as hunting, fishing and camping.

Survivors include his wife, Ann Colton of Baker City; son and daughter-in-law, Philip Hugh and SherriLynn Colton of Pendleton; daughter, Donna Rae Brown of Hermiston; daughters and sons-in-law, Janet Kaylene Lloyd and Edward of Missoula, Mont., and Christine June Lundquist and Dennis of Hermiston; eight grandchildren: Nicole Brown Falarski and Jordan Brown; Edward Lloyd III and Jessica Lloyd Dickson; Holly Lundquist Schwartz; Kyle, Garrett and Mitchell Colton; and two great-grandchildren, Colton Bryce Lloyd and Keaghan Lester Dickson; step-daughters and sons-in-law, Roxann Fisher and Tim of Baker City, and LaVaughn Hull and Chipper of Klamath Falls; five step-grandchildren, Sheldon and Austin Fisher; Chynae, Kolby, and MaKayla Hull; his sisters, June Premovich and her husband George of Wenatchee, Wash.; Jean Thompson and her husband Elmer of Mount Vernon, Ore.; LaRue Brooks and her husband Stan of Richland, Ore.; Joyce Turner and her husband Jim of Elgin; and Gail Stevenson and her husband Chuck of Kent, Wash.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, John and Nora Colton; grandson, Casey Donald Brown; six brothers, Frank, John Jr., Hugh, Phil, Bill and Blaine Colton; and three sisters, Mary Dolby, Madge Lloyd and Nell Owen.

For those who would like to make a donation in memory of Don you may do so to Pathway Hospice or the charity of your choice through Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home P.O. Box 543 Halfway, OR 97834.


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