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Obituaries for March 9, 2011

‘Don’ Grindstaff
Donald S. “Don” Grindstaff, 63, a former Baker City resident, died Feb. 17, 2011, at Depoe Bay.
At his request, his body was cremated and his ashes were committed to the sea by his children.

He was born on July 7, 1947, at Baker City to Robert and Lillie Grindstaff. The family lived in several Oregon towns. Don was a 1965 graduate of David Douglas High School in southeast Portland.

After graduation, he joined the U.S. Nay and served on the USS Perkins during the Vietnam War. He became an excellent, self-made chef, working at numerous first-class restaurants in the Pacific Northwest, family members said.

“He was a warm and loving man who will be missed by everyone who knew and loved him,” they said. “He loved his kids more than life itself.”

He was preceded in death by his father.

Survivors include his mother, Lillie Grindstaff; sister, Rose Chance, and brother-in-law, Norm; his wife, Veda; his son, David; daughters, Jennifer and Cera; son, Kelly Grindstaff; and sons, John and Marvin Kinney; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins; and 10 grandchildren.

‘Molly’ Dickinson

Marlene Mae “Molly” Dickinson 67, of Baker City died Feb. 28, 2011, at her home.

There will be a celebration of life service and potluck dinner in her honor from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion, Post 41, 2129 Second St.

Molly was born on April 15, 1943, at Halfway to Ralph and Leola Gover Painter. Molly lived in Halfway until the age of 8 when her family moved to Baker City.

Molly attended Baker High School. She worked at a variety of jobs before becoming a caregiver, work she did for many years.

She loved to be around her family and friends. She would baby-sit anyone’s kids so she could spoil all of them, family members said.

Survivors include her companion, Ray Hardy of Baker City; brother, Myron Painter of Nyssa; sister, Nancy Geddes of Haines; brother-in-law, Carl Humphries of Creswell; many special nephews, nieces, great-nephews, great-nieces and cousins; and many special friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Leola Painter; sister, Karen Humphries; and two brothers, Olen Fredrick and Randall Lynn.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion, Post 41, through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

‘Marty’ Wiley

Margurite Nadine “Marty” Wiley, 81, of Pendleton died March 7, 2011, at Ashley Manor in Pendleton.

Her memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Burns Mortuary Chapel in Pendleton.

Marty was born on Oct. 26, 1929, at Salem to Elmer Louis and Pearl Margurite Hampton. The family lived at Roseburg during her youth.

At the age of 16, Marty married the love of her life, Earl William Wiley Jr., on Feb. 4, 1946. They had two sons: Lynn and Bruce. The couple celebrated 50 years of marriage together.

They resided mostly in Eastern Oregon, eventually settling at Pendleton. Marty worked as a payroll bookkeeper for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, where she retired after 20 years.

Marty was a fun-loving, energetic person who enjoyed bingo, yard sales, puzzles, and playing cards with her grandchildren, family members said. She loved being with her family and friends.

Survivors include her son, Lynn Wiley and his family of Pendleton and her son, Bruce Wiley, of Georgia; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, as well as many who loved her dearly, to whom she was known as “Grandma.”

She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl; and her parents Pearl and Elmer Hampton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ronald McDonald House Charities through Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, P.O. Box 489, Pendleton, OR 97801. Sign the online guestbook at www.burnsmortuary.com.

‘Dale’ Shumway

Charles Dale Shumway 74, of Alicel, a former Baker County resident, died Feb. 28, 2011, at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise.

His memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. March 26 at Calvary Baptist Church, 2107 Third St. Casual dress is requested by the family.

Dale was born on Aug. 30, 1936, at Baker City to Charles H. and Letha Laxson Shumway. He spent his early childhood at Bridgeport and then at Baker City.

He married Ava June Wagoner at Baker City on Dec. 1, 1979. The couple lived at Alicel for 30 years.

He was a charter and life member of the Sumpter Valley Railroad. He volunteered more than 40 years with the railroad; he loved steam engines. The railroad was his hobby.

Dale ranched in the Sunnyslope area and did seasonal work for the Oregon Department of Forestry. He spent time with his brother, Jim, in California and worked with the Long Beach Mounted Police as a groomer for their horses.

He spent nine years in the National Guard, gaining the rank as sergeant. Dale helped organize a rural fire group and he was a board member for the Baker County alcohol and drug board. He also volunteered for five years to help the Eagle Cap Excursion train in Union and Wallowa counties

Mr. Shumway retired from ODOT in 2001 at La Grande.

Survivors include his wife, Ava June; sons, Terry and Alan; daughter, Larena Van Gaasbeck; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Ann Shumway of Eugene; a brother Marvin Shumway of Baker City; also numerous nieces and nephews.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the family to help defray funeral expenses. Coles Tribute Center is in charge of arrangements.


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