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Home arrow News arrow News of Record arrow Obituaries for May 25, 2011


Obituaries for May 25, 2011

Dorothy Durgan
Dorothy Rae Durgan, 88, died May 19, 2011, at Baker City.
Her memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St. Inurnment will be later.

Dorothy was born on Nov. 13, 1922 at Heppner to Delbert and Neva Leslie Chidsey Clabough. Dorothy moved to Baker in 1926 and was a 1940 Baker High School graduate.

While attending Sacred Heart School of Nursing at Spokane, Wash., she married her high school sweetheart, Melvin Durgan, in St. Louis, Mo., on Nov. 23, 1942.

Dorothy returned to Spokane and Melvin shipped out to Africa for the duration of World War II.

Baker City was the couple’s home for 20 years. They later moved to Salem for 20 years and returned to Baker City in retirement.

While at Baker City, Dorothy worked as a nurse at St. Elizabeth Hospital. In Salem, she worked for Dr. Robert W. Pollack, as a nurse for Salem Memorial Hospital, Marian County Health Department, and as a school nurse and health careers tracker at Silverton Union High School.

Dorothy was a member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, St. Timothy’s Church, St. Elizabeth’s Auxiliary, the Baker Golf Club and various birthday and bridge clubs. She also helped establish the Salem Hospice Program and was an active community volunteer.

Survivors include her husband of 68 years, Melvin Durgan; son, Michael Durgan of Baker City; daughters, Leslie, and her husband, Carl Prather of Puyallup, Wash., and Judy McKenzie of Baker City; her sisters, Shirley Clemens of Salem and Sharon and her husband, Joe Hindman, of Pullman, Wash.; her brother, Oliver McCord and his wife, Kay, of Spokane, Wash.; brothers-in-law, Albert Durgan of Baker City and Jerry and Darlene of Tigard; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Neva McCord and Delbert and Esther Clabough; son-in-law, Leon McKenzie; sister and brother-in-law Barbara and Kenneth Sturgill; sisters-in-law, Iris Durgan and Patti Durgan; and brother-in-law, Robert Clemens.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hopewell Hospice of Portland, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, or a charity of one’s choice through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

Paul Boyd Jr.

Paul T. Boyd Jr., 63, a longtime Baker Valley resident died May 21, 2011, at Houston.

His graveside memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Eagle Valley Cemetery in Richland.

Paul was well-known and well- loved from Baker Valley to the Texas Gulf Coast, his family members said. He was a hard-working, adventurous man that was rough and tough on the outside but had a big heart of gold, they said.

During his younger years, Paul worked at Baker Mill and Grain, and was co-owner of the Haines Steak House. In later years he owned Boyd and Son Construction Co.

He was a loyal and honest husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and best friend. Paul enjoyed the outdoor life: hunting, fishing, and camping with his family and friends.

He had a profound impact on many, many lives and will never be forgotten, his family said.

Survivors include his wife, Diana Cooper; children, Stephanie Tyler-Boyd, Kimberly Schaffer-Boyd and Tony Boyd; stepdaughters, Angela Sullivan and Nicole Nelson; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Susan Quigley; brother, Alex Boyd; half-brother, Bob Boyd; aunt, Jean Croxen; uncles, Floyd Simonis and Lloyd Simonis; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his grandmothers, Mabel Makinson and Susie Simonis; his father, Paul “Tex” Boyd Sr.; his mother, Ruth Ella Fox; stepmother, Lillian Boyd; and brother, David Boyd.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or Lung Association through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

‘Bill’ McManus

William Homan “Bill” McManus,  82, of Baker City, died May 7, 2011, at a Portland hospital.

There will be a celebration of his life at 5:30 p.m. June 4 at the Baker Elks Lodge, 1896 Second St. The family invites everyone to gather and share stories and memories of Bill.

Bill was born on Dec. 21, 1928, at Burns to Robert and Ruby McManus. He was the fourth of five children.

He was only 7 when his dad died during the Great Depression. His three older brothers took care of the family.

He was 8 years old when he bought his first guitar by selling jack-rabbit ears for a nickel a pair. The guitar came in the mail, and he had to wait a couple of months for someone to come to town to tune it for him.

He couldn’t read music, so he played by ear. Next he learned to play the fiddle, and by age 12 he was playing the accordion. He played lead with his two brothers and a sister-in-law, for dances all around the country until the brothers joined the U.S. Army. They never made much money, but they had a lot of fun.

Bill married Betty Zink of Burns in 1946. They had four children.

He married Thelma Kautzman of Eureka, Mont., in 1959. They would have celebrated their 51st anniversary on May 25. 

When he was young he worked in the hay fields, and he went to Alaska to work as a longshoreman with his brother. Bill learned to be a good mechanic, and over the years, he had owned and operated service stations in Richland, Durkee and Hereford, and was partners of B&B Auto in Baker City.

He worked in heavy construction and rock drilling for 12 years in and around Oregon, Washington, and Montana. In the early 1990s, he drilled the footings for the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center east of Baker City.

He had a natural talent for building and fixing things, but he loved playing music most, his family said. He played in bands for dances, parties and festivals all over Oregon, and everywhere else he lived.

For the last 14 years he has been a member of the Blue Mountain Old-Time Fiddlers for which he played accordion. His friend and band mate Denny would always let him play three tunes and then make a request for “Beer Barrel Polka” and the dancers would be on their feet! Anyone who knew Bill will remember his kind, gentle way, and his great sense of humor, his family said.

Survivors include his wife, Thelma, of Baker City; his sister, Juanita McManus of Boise; his daughter Cherie (Wally) Olson of Caldwell, Idaho; son Bill (Linda) McManus of Fernley, Nev.; son Garey (Karen) McManus of Paul, Idaho; daughter Shannon (Mike) Gorringe of Boise; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brothers, Robert, Marshall and Ed.

Frank McAlister

Frank Alison McAlister, 81, of Baker City, died May 21, 2011, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City.

His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day-Saints, 2625 Hughes Lane. Visitations will begin at noon in the Relief Society Room at the church. Bishop Dan Smithson will officiate. Interment will be at the North Powder Cemetery. There will be a luncheon afterward at the church.

Frank was born on Feb. 8, 1930, at North Powder to Elmer and Gladys Miller McAlister. He was a 1948 graduate of North Powder High School. He was an all-star basketball player all four years.

He worked as a cowpuncher before entering the service in 1951. He served in the U.S. Army for two years. After his discharge, he became a licensed tax consultant and bookkeeper. He retired in 1997.

Frank married Bonnie Johnson on May 23, 1954, at Baker City. They moved to Albany, where he and Bonnie owned an accounting business. They were later divorced.

He married Bernice Patterson on Aug. 23, 1974, at Albany.

Frank joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day-Saints in 1981, and loved serving the Lord, his family said. He had many callings in the church and always put forth his best efforts to do each one to the best of his abilities. He and Bernice served for the church from 1995 to 1997 at the Morristown, N.J., mission.

Frank also did the books for the Elks Club for 28 years, retiring from that position in April of 2011. He received a plaque for his dedicated service.

Frank was a great dad and granddad, his family said. He enjoyed horseback riding, fishing, sports and he loved watching his children and grandchildren participate in sports and other activities.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Gladys McAlister; brother, Jim McAlister; and sister, Christine McAlister.

Survivors include his wife, Bernice, of Baker City; sons, Bob Ogan of Baker City, Doug McAlister of Klamath Falls, Conan McAlister of Albany, and Mike Ogan of Baker City; daughters, Paulette Phillips of Keating, Deb Ogan of Baker City and Jana Lowrie of Las Vegas, Nev.; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Memorial contributions may be made to Primary Children’s Medical Center Foundation through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

Cathy Rodli

Cathy Rodli, 44, of Baker City, died May 17, 2011, from Ewing’s Sarcoma.

Her memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Harvest Church, 3720 Birch St. Pastor Monte Loyd will officiate. A potluck meal will be served afterward in the fellowship hall.

Cathy Elaine Sutton was born on June 11, 1966, at San Diego. She was the third of six children born to Eugene and Marilyn Sutton. When she was 8 years old, she and her family moved to Baker City where she remained throughout her life.

She was a 1984 Baker High School graduate. During her high school years, Cathy participated in theater, ballet, German folk dancing, and band. She also danced for Crossroads Art Center and for Baker Valley Repertoire Players.

Cathy married Conrad “Bud” Rodli on Aug. 18, 1984. Together they had three children: Victoria, Ashley, and Joshua.

She had worked as a pharmacy technician at at the Baker City Pill Box for the past 11 years. She loved her job and the people she worked with and served.

She attended Blue Mountain Community College and Eastern Oregon University, with the intention of becoming a pharmacist.

Creativity and a love for the arts ran through Cathy’s veins. She played trumpet and violin, and she loved to dance. She enjoyed baking and decorating cakes, and creating beautiful pictures in counted cross-stitch.

Cathy’s other interests included researching family history, riding horses and collecting elephants.

Over the years, Cathy volunteered at Harvest Church as a Sunday school teacher, Stars sponsor and for a short time she played violin with the worship team. Through her cancer battle, she still did what she could to help the church by preparing Easter eggs for children’s church, and by packing shoebox gifts for Operation Christmas Child.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Becky.

Survivors include her husband, Bud; daughters, Victoria and Ashley; son, Joshua; parents, Eugene and Marilyn Sutton; sister and brother-in-law, Kelly and Cheddar Kreutzer; brother, Gary Sutton; sister and brother-in-law, Amy and Andy VanGaasbeck; brother and sister-in-law, David and Brianne Sutton; and many nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hofsess Family Foundation, which helps fund treatment for cancer patients at the Burzynski Clinic in Houston. This may be done through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.


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