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Obituaries for March 4, 2011


‘Chick’ Fillebrown
Charles A. “Chick” Fillebrown, 77, died Feb. 28, 2011, at Oregon City.
There will be a military service in his honor on March 11, 2011, at the Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Chick was born on March 14, 1933, at Plymouth, Mass., where he grew up and graduated from high school. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in June 1952 and was accepted to the Engineers Officer Candidate School in 1953 to accept his commission as second lieutenant. He served one year in Korea.

He received the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal and a UN Service Ribbon. He loved the United States of America and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Eagles Lodge, the American Legion and the Elks Lodge. He often volunteered his time to educate people about veterans’ needs and the sacrifices they make for their country.

He married Jean S. Trust in 1957 in California and they moved to Oregon in the mid 1960s where they raised a family. Family was of utmost importance to Chick and he leaves a legacy of love and commitment, family members said.

He spent quality time with his children and grandchildren and often planned family camping trips. He hosted an annual weekend trip for the entire family to spend at the Oregon Coast.

He enjoyed playing golf with his buddies, his son and his grandson. He was a loving father, grandpa (“Pop”) and friend.

Chick moved to Baker City in May of 2008 to live a simpler life and to be closer to his son. He enjoyed gardening, doing home improvements and swimming.

He registered for the YMCA’s Mini-Triathlon in May 2010 and was the oldest athlete to finish the race. 

Survivors include four children, Beth Fillebrown, Eleanor Acker, Charles W. Fillebrown Sr. and Virginia Wall; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and three brothers. 

Memorial contributions may be made to any of the above mentioned organizations.


Kenneth Crawford

Kenneth E. Crawford, 63, known as “Cowboy Ken” to his karaoke family, a former Baker County resident, died Jan. 30, 2011, at the Veterans Hospital in Spokane, Wash., after his long battle with small-cell lung cancer, for which there is no cure.

His memorial service will be at 2:30 p.m. March 13 at the Adoentest Church of Dayton at 1525 S. Fourth St. in Dayton, Wash. Interment will be at 1:30 p.m. April 11, with full honors, at State Veterans Cemetery, 21702 W. Espanola Road, Medical Lake, Wash.

More information is available by calling 509-299-6280. The family welcomes all his friends. Cards and letters may be mailed to the family home at 8154th St., Dayton, WA 99328

He was born on Sept. 21, 1947, at Laramie, Wyo., to Clara and Joseph Crawford. He was raised on ranches all through childhood until his family settled in Baker City during his teen years.

At age 19 he went to work for a ranch at Bridgeport. There is where he met his sweetheart, Starlit Jones. Kenneth went to work for her dad until he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1967.

After coming home on leave from Fort Lewis, Wash., the couple became engaged. He was then sent to Fort Gorden, Ga. In July of 1968 he came home on leave and the couple were married on Aug. 10, 1968, one week before he left for Vietnam.

He returned in 1969 and served in the reserves for two years. During that time he returned to working on various ranches.

He drove long-haul truck across the United States and Canada for a few years. He later returned to his passion of farming and ranching, which allowed him to spend more time with his family.

He continued that work until he found the job of his dreams. In 1984 he went to work on a wheat farm for Payne and Payne Farms of Waitsburg, Wash. His moving stopped and he settled there with his family.

They lived on the farm until 2008 when circumstances moved him to Dayton, Wash. He continued to work on the farm until his cancer forced him into early retirement in February 2010. He loved the job and the family that gave it to him.

Kenneth was a member of the Waitsburg Grange for many years, a past member of the Elks Lodge, and a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles at Dayton. He was a member of the NRA and a life member of the North American Hunting Club and the North American Fishing Club.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman and he loved taking his family camping. He loved reading Western books, and watching Westerns. He had a great love for singing his country songs and doing karaoke.

He was a foster parent for more than 20 years.

Survivors include his wife, Starlit at their home in Dayton, Wash.; his daughter, Angela Crawford of Baker City; his sons, Brandon and Jason, and grandson, Logan Crawford, also of Dayton; his extended children and grandchildren, Kim Shinstine and granddaughters Jessica and Brianna of Summer, Wa., Jeri Neely and granddaughters, Lexiss and ET of Dayton, Wash., Erin Scheideman and granddaughter, Natalie, of Walla Walla, Wash., and R.J. Johnson of Tillamook; and numerous foster children who called him Dad; his sisters, Vickie and her husband, Donald Darrow, and nephews, Mike of Baker City and Jimmy Darrow of Hermiston, Pauline Kennedy and niece, Bonny Burt, and children, William and Bailee of Columbus, Ga.; his uncle, Floyd Lynn Holly of Wyoming; aunts, Ester Frazier of Nevada and Caroline Ellsworth of South Carolina and nephew, Curtis Taylor of Tri-Cities, Wash.

He was preceded in death by his father, stepfather, mother, baby niece, baby great-niece and baby granddaughter.


Dorothy Jeffords

Dorothy Jeffords, 89, a former longtime Baker City resident, died March 1, 2011, at McMinnville.

A private memorial will be scheduled later.

Dorothy was born on Oct. 28, 1921, at Walla Walla, Wash., to Harry and Helen Tucker. She attended school at Walla Walla, Wash., La Grande and Baker City.

She met her husband, Walter Jeffords, in Baker City. They were married on April 19, 1940, at Weiser, Idaho. Walter and Dorothy lived for most of their married life at Baker City. They celebrated 70 years of marriage together last year.

Both Walter and Dorothy moved to McMinnville to be closer to their daughter in July of 2005. Their love of Baker City, Eastern Oregon, the Wallowa Mountains and good times with friends has never been forgotten.

Survivors include her husband, Walter Jeffords; and her daughter, Leanna Jeffords, and son-in-law,  Len Smith.


Shirley Hutton

Shirley V. Hutton 80, of Baker City, died Feb. 10, 2011, at Baker City with her loving family by her side.

Shirley was on born July 6, 1930, at Schaghticoke, N.Y., to William and Pauline E. Merchant Riley.  After graduating from high school, Shirley married John Hutton and became a loving wife and mother.  In her younger years she made custom drapes for several people.

Her hobbies included sewing, needlepoint, oil painting, and cooking. She was a wonderful cook.

Survivors include her three sons, Don and Ron Hutton, both of Baker City, and John Hutton of Montana; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


Harry Spain

Harry Spain, 83, of Canyon City, died Feb. 28, 2011, at the Blue Mountain Hospital in John Day.

A private service is scheduled Saturday at the family’s home. 

Harry was born at Weiser, Idaho, to Jacob and Edith Buker Spain. They died in the 1940s and Rex and Frances Brisbois took Harry and his younger siblings and raised them as their own.

He graduated from Grant Union High School at Canyon City and went on to attend Auburn Community College where he was trained in welding and truck driving and he was a supervisor.

Harry then joined the U.S. Army and served from 1946 to 1948 as a private first class, light machine gunner.

Jacob married Gladys “Gus” Elaine Cunningham Spain in 1948 at Canyon City. Harry drove truck and tankers hauling hazardous materials for 35years for Borden Chemical Co. until he retired in 1998. He won numerous safety awards.

Harry loved to hunt and fish. He enjoyed woodworking and gardening. Harry and Gladys would travel and camp throughout the Northwest in their fifth-wheel trailer.

He enjoyed going on drives to the mountains and viewing the wildlife. He also loved puttering around in his shop and he was an excellent mechanic.

Harry knew were all the good huckleberry and mushroom patches were. He was an accomplished pilot.

He loved his family and was a great husband and father, his family members said. He touched many lives and will be greatly missed.

He was a member of the Elks Lodge and the Veterans of Foreign Wars at Auburn, Wash.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys; his brother, Carl Spain; sister, Lola Spain Odell; brother Neil Spain; foster parents, Rex and Frances Brisbois; and parents, Jacob and Gladys Spain.

Survivors include his daughter, Rhonda Minchew, and her husband, Art, of Elko, Nev.; adopted daughter, Diane Deal, and her husband, Tom, of Elgin; sister, Ethel Thistle of Roundup, Mont.; sister, Vera McBee of Bend; and granddaughter, Katherine Shaw.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society or VFW through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.

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