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Obituaries for May 18, 2011


Vaughn Folkman
Vaughn King Folkman, 70, a longtime Baker City resident, died May 13, 2011, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City, due to complications from multiple sclerosis.

Private cremation was held. His memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Lutheran Church, 1734 Third St.

He was born on July 26, 1940, at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise to Harold King Folkman and Eleveta Viola Harshfield. After living at various locations during World War II, the family eventually settled at Baker City in 1945.

Vaughn was a 1958 Baker High School graduate. While in high school he thoroughly enjoyed the privilege of playing in the Elks Drum and Bugle Corps. In 1963 he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Eastern Oregon State College (now Eastern Oregon University) in La Grande where he was president of the Intercollegiate Knights organization.

In 1970 he received a master’s degree in zoology and history at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. He met the love of his life, Judith Youngman of Pendleton, at Eastern Oregon College and they were married on June 13, 1964.

He taught biology at Baker High School for many years, until his retirement in 1992. Also, during his teaching career, he was credited with discovering a new pine tree species due in part to one of his high school student’s presenting him with a piece of petrified wood. It was eventually, officially, identified as a “new” species and was named, in Latin, for this student.

During his retirement years he completed the book “Where Is The Tree You Drive Through — Memoirs of a Seasonal Ranger-Naturalist,” about his summer experiences as a ranger naturalist at Dinosaur National Monument in Utah and Sequoia National Park in California, where he and his family spent many happy summers.

While at Sequoia he received the “Outstanding Ranger Award” in recognition of excellence.

He was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Baker City, the Elks Lodge, the Oregon Education Association and the National Education Association.

“He handled his battle with MS courageously, with wisdom, calm acceptance and good humor, setting an example for all of us to follow when dealing with adversity,” family members said.

Survivors include his devoted wife, Judy; his son and wife, Chris and Carrie Folkman and grandsons Austin and Taylor Folkman of Baker City; daughter, Amy Folkman Switzer of San Francisco; older sister, Marilyn Folkman Daggett of Dallesport, Wash.; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sequoia Parks Foundation or the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Oregon through Gray’s West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.


Brenda Schwabrow

Brenda Hebert Schwabrow, 70, of Boardman, a former North Powder resident, died May 4, 2011, at the home of her granddaughter, Danielle Bolander in Nampa, Idaho.

Services are pending through Nampa Funeral Home, Yraguen Chapel.

Brenda Joyce Hebert was born on Jan. 23, 1941 to E. J. “Snipe” and Dora Jeanne LeBleu Hebert in Rayne, Louisiana. She graduated from Rayne High School and moved to Reno, Nev., where she worked at Harold’s Club.

Brenda met Wayne Schwabrow and they were married on June 4, 1960. Wayne and Brenda moved to the ranch on Coughanour and Ellis Lanes outside of North Powder that was owned by Wayne’s parents, Hank and Luella Schwabrow.

The couple had five children, one set of twin daughters, Bonnie and Connie, Susan, Sherry, and a son, Brad.

Her family said Brenda will be remembered as a wonderful mother, who was always there for them.

She was a housewife and worked at Anthony Lakes in the lounge in the winter. Their kids had skiing lessons there. She also worked at the Baker Elks Lodge and at PacRac in Haines as a welder.

Brenda and Wayne moved to Boise in the late 1981, and they also lived at Meridian. While in Idaho, Brenda worked for Key Bank for several years and really enjoyed that job.

Brenda was an excellent cook and often prepared Cajun meals like her mother had, which required cooking most of the day. She loved card and dice games and after those big family meals a game of some sort would start and last for hours. Brenda loved music and enjoyed dancing.

A favorite song of hers was “Southern Nights.” Brenda and Wayne moved to Boardman several years ago to be near their children. Brenda and Wayne celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in June of 2010.

Brenda was preceded in death by her father, who died in 1972; her mother, who died in 1984; a sister, Nada “Nannie” Titus; grandson, Brian Lawyer; and great- granddaughter, Jaiden Bolander.

Survivors include her husband, Wayne Henry Schwabrow of Boardman and their children, Bonnie Jane Schwabrow of Richland, Wash., Connie Jo and her husband, Rick Lawyer of Pasco, Wash., Susan Jean Schwabrow of Boardman, Sherry Ann and her husband, Scott Houst, of Nampa, Idaho, and Bradley Wayne Schwabrow of Boardman; 17 grandchildren, Greg “Bubba” Terry, Andrea Terry, Danielle Bolander, Nicole “Nicki” Lawyer, Michelle Terry, Kayla Vierra, Chris Christiansen, Daniel Christiansen, Alexandria “Ally” Youngstrom, Kelly Leib, Justus Schwabrow, Tyeler Schwabrow, Oceanna Schwabrow, Cyan Schwabrow, Cooper Schwabrow, Ayden Schwabrow and Simya Ramirez; 11 great-grand children, Ashley Talbot, Zakin Bolander, Aaliyah Terry Jordan, Faith Acheson, Aston Terry, Bryan Lawyer, Colton Rodriquez, Teja Araya Bolander, Corbin Basco, Natalia Basco, Chase Bush and Chance Christiansen; sister, Sylvia H. “Ponie” and her husband, Cyrus J. Rogers in Scott, La., sister, Jackie Pentacura in Alabama, and a brother, James D. “Jim” and his wife, Bonita Hebert, of North Powder; several nieces and nephews, including John Rosingana, David Rosingana, Michael Fruge, Jason Rogers, Caleb Rogers, Joey Rogers, Sarah Laundry, Peter Rogers, Jonathan Rogers, Cassidy Gentry and Amanda Hebert.


Donald Jordan

Donald McClellean Jordan, 64, of Baker City, died May 13, 2011, in Baker County.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. May 19 at Gray’s West & Company Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave.

A reception will be held at the family’s house immediately following the service.

Donald was born on Feb. 8, 1947, in Salem to Arnold McClellan and Betty Lou Wolf. He graduated from Jefferson High School in 1964. He married Janet Lynn Balducci on September 18, 1964 in Lewiston, Idaho. They had two children together, a son and daughter.

Don loved the outdoors. His favorite moments were spent with his family hunting, boating with family and friends on the Oregon and Canadian coast, and riding horses near the Glacier National Forest.

He enjoyed woodworking, restoring old automobiles, and riding his motorcycle. He was happiest when he was with his wife, children, and grandchildren.

He was a member of the Elks, Lions Club, Montana Reining Horse Association, and the American Quarter Horse Association.

Don considered his greatest accomplishment being married to Janet for 47 years and he was extremely proud of his children and grandchildren.

He was well respected in the business world. His accomplishments in his profession are too many to list. Everyone who had the privilege to work with him can profess to that but everyone who knew him would know he would not want them listed.

Don is survived by his wife Janet of Baker City; daughter Kelly Fox of Richland, Wash.; son Scott Jordan and wife Ann Marie of Walla Walla, Wash.; mother-in-law Merriam J. Balducci of Baker City; sisters Myrna Hennessey of Jefferson, and Charlene Clements of Burien, Wash.; grandchildren Alexander, Colton, and Luke Jordan, Marissa Landin, and Sheila Rowe; and various nieces and nephews.

Don was preceded in death by his father Arnold Jordan, mother Betty Jordan, and sister Janet Sweeter.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation through Gray’s West & Company Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

 
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