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Obituaries for July 22, 2013


Steven Boyd

Formerly Baker City and North Powder, 1947-2013

Steven Michael Boyd, 66, a former resident of North Powder and Baker City, died July 17, 2013, due to a rafting accident on the Rogue River in Southwestern Oregon. 

A visitation will be Wednesday, July 24 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Gray’s West & Co.  Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. There will be a celebration of life memorial service at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 27 at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane in Baker City.

Steve was born on Jan. 24, 1947, at Corvallis to Arthur T. Boyd and Ruth Ellen Wood Boyd. As a child he idolized his Grandpa Art Boyd, even mimicking his walk. He grew up on the Wolf Creek Ranch near North Powder and attended school at North Powder. Steve graduated from Oregon State University in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in animal science and in 1973 with a master’s degree in genetics and ruminant nutrition with honors in Phi Kappa Phi.

In 1966, he married his high school sweetheart, Kathryn Ann Nantz. Kathy was employed in the medical profession and was pivotal in helping Steve obtaining his college degrees. The couple celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary last December. They had a daughter, Kimberly and a son, Jon.

Upon graduating from Oregon State, Steve embarked on a career that included employment with the Production Credit Association, Valley Chem and Wilbur Ellis Fertilizer Company’s, Edward D. Jones investment firm, and he was lead crop procurement officer for Smiths Frozen Foods. He was a resident of Walla Walla, Wash., and enjoyed his home there for 23 years.

He served two years in the United States Army.

Steve was an avid outdoorsman. He loved the North Powder ranch and, along with his brothers, established a purebred Hampshire sheep flock. He put himself through college from the earnings of this flock along with working summers for the U.S. Forest Service on a fire crew. He loved to hunt fish and raft with family and friends. He was an excellent cook which was the highlight of many of his outdoor and home gatherings. He was extremely proud of his daughter’s success in business management endeavors and his son’s successful Alaskan outfitting business.

A special place for him and family was the second home (cabin) he built on the Wolf Creek Reservoir near North Powder. The cabin was a gathering place for many an occasion that brought joy to him and his family. He knew and loved the mountains around North Powder, especially Shaw Mountain, Summit Springs and the Rock Creek area.

Survivors include his wife, Kathy; his son, Jon (Terri) of Walla Walla.; his daughter, Kim, of Yakima, Wash.; grandchild, Chelsea Wells of Yakima, who adored her grampa “poppy”; his mother, Ruth Boyd of Baker City; his brothers and sisters-in-law Stan (Ann) of Eagle, Idaho, and Dave (Urmi) of Veneta, Ore.; and numerous nieces and nephews.  Special family included Boyd and Margaret Brown, and their children, Greg, Marilyn and Russell; and the extended Nantz family.

Steve was preceded in death by his father, Tom Boyd.  

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice through Gray’s West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.      

Harry Coyle

Halfway, 1928-2013

Harry E. Coyle, 84, a longtime Halfway resident, died July 18, 2013, at Settler’s Park Assisted Living Center in Baker City.

A private family celebration of Harry’s life will be held at a later date. 

Harry was born on Sept. 5, 1928, at Illiff, Colo., to John and Alice (Patter)  Coyle. Harry enlisted in the Air Force during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1954.

In the early 1970s construction brought  him to Halfway where he met Shirley (Honeycutt) Wright. They were married on Oct. 15, 1978. He spent the next 34 years with her on their three acres, gardening and working in his shop. They were very happy and seldom seen apart. Harry had a favorite chair that he enjoyed sitting in, and he especially enjoying reading Louis L’Amour novels.

These past few years, he was undergoing medical treatment in Boise. In preparation for the trip, Harry would get up early (2 a.m.) and dress in his blue suit. For lunch Wendy’s hamburgers was a favorite, and Harry had stories and laughter to share all along the way.  Harry will be so missed by all who knew and loved him.

Harry is survived by his wife Shirley; his son, John Wright of Halfway; his daughter and son-in-law, Lynda and Fred Masterson of Baker City; his grandchildren, Day Bruhn of Baker City, Marty Masterson of Bend, John Wright of Idaho and Jerry Wright of California; a brother and his wife, John and Joan Coyle of Port Angeles, Wash.; his sister-in-law, Donna Coyle of Council, Idaho; and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers; one sister; and a grandson, Charlie Hoffecker.

Those who wish to make a memorial donation in memory of Harry may do so to Heart ’N Home Hospice through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O.  Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

“I love you Harry, me three,” his family said.

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