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Home arrow News arrow News of Record arrow Obituaries for July 23, 2010


Obituaries for July 23, 2010


  Marga Lee Simonis, Reg Madsen, Virginia Gubler, John Inman, Arlene Chamberlain, Mary Jones



Marga Lee Simonis


Marga Lee Simonis 70, passed away July 19, 2010 in Baker City, Oregon.  A graveside service will be held at 10:00 am, Saturday, July 24, 2010 at the North Powder Cemetery.  Pastor Sally Wiens will officiate.  A reception will be held following the service at the Wolf Creek Grange Hall in North Powder, Oregon.


Marga Lee was born July 3, 1940 to Noble and Honey Pendleton in Muse, Oklahoma.  On September 26, 1969 she married Keith Simonis in Winnemucca.  He passed away on September 7, 2003. Marga Lee was an Eagles member and also helped start the North Powder Food Bank.


Marga Lee loved to cook for family, friends and anyone who was hungry.  She was also an avid hunter and fisherman and loved to mushroom and pick berries.  She also loved her yard, rather it be working in her flowerbeds or her garden.  She loved to can everything.  She also recently took up bird watching, she would set for hours listening and watching them.  She enjoyed raising her family and grandkids she was a mother to all.  She also got to go to Alaska to see her son and daughter in law and loved her time there.


Marga Lee is survived by her daughter Kim and husband Don Fordice of Haines, Ore; 4 sons Mark Putman of North Powder, Ore; Dann and Carla Putman of Sterling, Alaska; Shawn Schisler of Richland, Ore; and Dusty and wife Nancy Simonis of North Powder.  She is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.


She is preceded in death by her first husband Dan Putman and her second husband Keith Simonis.


Memorial contributions may be made to the North Powder Food Bank through Gray’s West & Co Pioneer Chapel 1500 Dewey Ave. Baker City, Oregon 97814

Reg Madsen

Oregon State Police Lt. Reg W. Madsen, 44, of La Grande, died of cancer July 17, 2010, at a local care facility in La Grande.

The Oregon State Police Honor Guard provided services in his honor today at 1 p.m. at the First Church of the Nazarene in Baker City, Oregon. A private grave side service was at Mount Hope Cemetery with full military honors. 

Loveland Funeral Chapel was in charge of the arrangements.

Reg Wenzel Madsen was born Dec. 9, 1965, in Portland, the son of Reg and Pauline Madsen. Reg and his younger brother Rick enjoyed menacing various neighborhoods as they grew up, hence the title of his future book, “The Consummate Professional Menace.”       

He graduated from high school in Baker City, and spent a year at Western Oregon University before attending and graduating from the Oregon State Police Recruit School. 

Reg served with the Oregon State Police from 1988 to 2007, achieving the rank of lieutenant.  His assignments included the SWAT Team, MRT and Undercover Narcotics within the patrol service division and criminal division. His duty station assignments included Cottage Grove, Springfield, Ontario, Lakeview, Florence, Salem, Baker City and La Grande.

On December 12, 2002, Reg married Linda Harrell in Las Vegas.  They made their home in La Grande and are the parents of Matt and Marti Madsen.

Reg is a veteran of the U.S. military. He was an Army paratrooper and military policeman assigned to the 554th Military Police Company and Bravo Company 1/507th Parachute Infantry. His hobbies and favorite activities are hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, motorcycles and shooting. He is also an author and writer, recently completing his first book, “Playing With Guns.”

Reg and his family attend the Faith Center in La Grande. He was also the Oregon Chapter President for Bikers Fighting Cancer.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Madsen of La Grande; his children, Matt R. Madsen and Marti M. Madsen of La Grande, and Reggie Madsen and Mitchell Madsen of Missouri; his parents, Reg and Pauline Madsen; a brother, Rick Madsen and his wife, Charvae, of Pendleton; a grandmother, Elizabeth Kaiser of Pendleton; and nieces and nephews, Chaz and Brooke Madsen, Duncan and Maggie Mackenzie, and Lexie Harrell.

Reg was preceded in death by his grandfather, Wenzel V. Kaiser, and grandparents, Milt and Irene Odell.

Donations in Reg’s memory can be made to Bikers Fighting Cancer,  15040 Pine Creek Lane, Baker City, OR 97814, and the Oregon State Police Foundation, P.O. Box 2074, Salem, OR 97308-2074.

Condolences and special memories of Reg can be sent to Linda and her family at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it “It’s all good. No worries.”

Virginia Gubler

Virginia Beatrice Willis Gubler, 69, a former Baker City resident, died July 19, 2010, at Hurricane, Utah, from causes related to her paralyses.

Her funeral was this morning at the Hurricane 8th Ward Chapel. Interment was at Hurricane City Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary of St. George, Utah.

Virginia was born Jan. 26, 1941, at Salt Lake City to Gordon and Beatrice Pugh Willi. She married George Ernest Gubler in the Salt Lake Temple on May 6, 1960.

Virginia was raised in Salt Lake City with her two brothers and two sisters. She graduated from West High. She had a great love for ballet and for the performing arts. She taught ballet, dance and piano.

A few years after Virginia and George married, they bought a ranch in Baker, where they raised their five children. In 1975 Virginia was in a serious car accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down. This slowed her down a bit but before long she was back doing the things that she loved. Virginia enjoyed working with the youth, doing church road shows, high school musicals and was an extended mother to many of the youth.

She was always active in church callings and had great faith in her Savior Jesus Christ and in her ability to be healed. She especially loved the youth and had the ability to make friends everywhere. Virginia and George just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

She is survived by her husband, George, of Hurricane; her children: Annette Lake of Santa Clara, Mike and Tanna Gubler of La Verkin, Utah, Dawnette and John Negrette of Riverton, Utah, Kristi Graves of Draper, Utah, and Lawna Toone of St. George; grandchildren, Melissa and Sky Vogt of Meridian, Idaho, Josh, Jake, Krystle, David, Danny, Ashley, Brooke, Braxton, Makena, Christian, Gracie, Emalee, Abrielle, Alaina, and great-grandchildren, Annabel and Trey; her siblings, John and Thursa Willis of Concord, Calif., Gail and Bent Anderson of Roy, Utah, Donna and Steve Moyers of Litchfield Park, Ariz., and Ray and Sherry Willis of Tooele, Utah.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, Gordon and Beatrice Willis, and her grandson, Michael Gubler.

Friends and family are invited to sign the guestbook at www.spilsburymortuary.com.

John Inman

John W. Inman, 69, a former Baker County resident, died June 28, 2010, at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital in Salinas, Calif., following a stroke. His wife and daughter were at his side.

Interment of his ashes will be at Mount Hope Cemetery in Baker City at a later date.

John was born July 25, 1940, in Portland. He grew up in Northeastern Oregon where his family owned and operated a cattle ranch in Haines and a small grocery store in Baker City. He worked the ranch and store with his mother, Gertrude; his father, Marion; and his brother, Roger. The family spent many days together hunting, fishing and exploring.

Active FFA membership in high school led John to the first of what became innumerable ag-related trips. He was a 1958 graduate of Baker High School. John attended Oregon State University, graduating with degrees in both agriculture and agricultural engineering. At a university social he met Jody, his wife of 46 years. Married after Jody’s graduation, they spent a year as “starving graduate students” at OSU.

In 1965 John was offered a position with University of California Cooperative Extension as a farm advisor, agricultural engineering. The couple moved to Salinas, and John began his career in ag.

After much deliberation, in 1993 John accepted early retirement from Extension and continued his private consulting full time.

John and Jody bought the first of 11 RVs in 1969. They visited 45 continental states, including multiple trips to Alaska, and missed few of the Canadian provinces. Oregon and Washington were their favorite destinations, and they visited the Northwest nearly every year. Wherever they went, John was looking at farm equipment and talking to people about local ag. He was interested in anything mechanical, from farm equipment to manufacturing facilities, and was a great “do it yourselfer.”

John is survived by his wife, Joyce “Jody” Inman of Salinas; a daughter, Janet Sutton, and her husband, Rob, of Anacortes, Wash.; sister-in-law, Karen Inman of Tallahassee, Fla; and nieces, Ann Gaylor, Amy Demins, Jill Marie Inman-Ryan and Marla Blair, and their families.

In liew of flowers, Jody and Janet would appreciate your support of Monterey County Agricultural Education Inc., Ag Against Hunger Inc., or the Hartnell College Foundation.

For more information please visit www.struveandlaporte.com.

Arlene Chamberlain

Arlene Virginia Chamberlain, 83, a former Baker County resident, died July 15, 2010.

A memorial will be held at at 1 p.m. on July 31 at Tigard Christian Church, 13405 SW Hall Blvd. in Tigard.

An only child, Arlene was born to Mary Jackson in Halfway on Sept. 1, 1926. She participated in the war effort after high school by working as a welder in the Portland Kaiser shipyards. Her desire for a happy home led her to marry Joseph on Nov. 21, 1945, in Payette, Idaho.

Arlene loved her family and enjoyed creating a comfortable home for her children in their youth and beyond. Arlene’s home was always a hive of activity at holidays, as loved ones returned to share old memories and create new ones.  Throughout the years, friends also enjoyed the hospitality at her table.

 A volunteer at Meridian Park Hospital, Arlene also enjoyed many hobbies — sewing, reading, golfing, photography, and antiquing. She loved spending time at the beach with family, and traveling to faraway places with her husband. She took special delight in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and was adored by them in return.

 Her family will forever feel the loss of her physical presence, and said they know that her spirit is at peace knowing that she is with our Father. The influence that she had on family and friends will be fondly remembered.

She is survived by her husband, Joseph; sons, Gary, Bill, and John; daughters JoAnn, Mary, and Jean; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Donations in her memory may be made to Oregon Public Broadcasting (7140 SW Macadam Avenue, Portland, OR 97219) or Oregon Food Bank (P.O. Box 55370, Portland, OR 97238).

 A guest book is available for comments at www.oregonlive.com/obits.

Mary Jones

Mary N. Jones, 82, of  Baker City, died July 10, 2010.

A service will be held at a date yet to be determined at the Idaho Veterans Cemetery where she will be interred with her husband, Andy.

Mary was born March 4, 1928, in Marysville, Tenn. Mary graduated from high school at Filer, Idaho. She married Andrew Jones and they shared 59 years together.

Mary loved to paint the beauty she saw in God’s creation. Her relationship with Jesus Christ was personal and she loved to talk about the work of His Spirit in her life. She was a wife and mother who had fond memories of the time she spent working with the elderly. She and Andy owned and operated motels in Seaside, Oregon and Westport, Wash., where they also established and operated a bakery/restaurant.

She is survived by her son, Randy Jones and his wife, Yolonda of Gresham; daughter Susan Christian and her husband, Jim, of Baker City; son John Jones and his wife, Linnea, of Woodinville, Wash.; seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew Jones; her parents; and her sister, Ruth Meiser of Boise.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Baker City, OR 97814.


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