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Obituaries for Nov. 24, 2010


Douglas White

Douglas W. White, 62, died Nov. 10, 2010, at Richland.

There will be a gathering of friends and family at 1 p.m Dec. 11 at the Eagles Lodge, 2935 H St. Doug requested that his ashes be scattered at Hells Hole in the Eagle Cap Wilderness next summer.

Doug was born June 26, 1948, at Prairie City. He was raised at Baker City where he attended Baker schools, graduating in 1966. He was a gifted athlete excelling in football, track and basketball. He received a football scholarship to Linfield College at McMinnville.

While serving in the U.S. Army in Germany he met and married Connie Baldwin. Upon his discharge from the Army, they returned to Texas where he attended the University of Texas at Arlington. He graduated in 1973 receiving a Bachelor of Science in history and sociology.

Doug returned to Baker after his divorce. In 1978 he was hired as the first executive director of Step Forward Activities. His working career also included working for Ellingson Lumber Co. at Baker City, WTD in North Powder and the Bar C Bar Ranch in Sumpter Valley.

In 1984, Doug returned to Germany and married his high school sweetheart, Friederike Heller who had been a foreign exchange student in Baker. Their son, Max, was born the next year. Doug returned to Baker City in 1988.

His annual steelhead camp out on the Wallowa River was the highlight of the year, only surpassed during those summer months when his son, Max, came to visit. He valued his time with Max, teaching him as much as he could about fly fishing, tying flies, and the outdoors in general. Doug also enjoyed hunting but probably more, the time spent with friends telling stories.

Survivors include his son, Max Anthony White of Germany; his brother, David, and wife, Bev White, of Baker City; niece, Jessica White of Boise; grandniece, Paige Armstrong of Las Vegas Nev.; and Wayne McKinnis of Bend.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Duane and Ruby White.

The family suggests those wanting to make a memorial contribution follow Doug’s example and take a child’s name from the Angel Tree at Christmastime and purchase a present for a child in Doug’s memory.

Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Henry Richards

Henry Arthur Richards, 79, of Baker City, died Nov. 19, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Care Center.

There will be no service.

Henry was born on Oct. 29, 1931, at Seven Mile Creek, Wis., to Ard and Frieda Steffen Richards. He was raised at San Diego, Calif.

He completed school and then went to work at Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara, Calif., where he was employed as a mechanic for 12 years.

He lived and worked in Florida for a short time, and then worked as a ground support mechanic for General Dynamics at Lompoc, Calif., for many years.

He later married Marie Thomassen. The couple had a son, Thom, and a daughter, Jenny. In 1993 Henry and a friend came to visit another friend in Baker City.

Henry ended up staying in Baker City. He became good friends with his new neighbor, Dennis Opdahl. The two had been friends ever since. Henry lived alone from 1993 until his move to Settler’s Park two years ago.

Henry had a love for cars and motorcycles and enjoyed racing them. He kept his TV tuned to the “Speed Channel.”

He also loved painting cars, doing body work and smoking his pipe. He was well aware of the  “no-smoking policy” at Settler’s Park. His good friend, Dennis, came to visit him several times a week and would take him off campus so he could smoke.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.

Survivors include his son, Thom Richards of Carpinteria, Calif.; his daughter, Jenny Richards of Silverado, Calif.; and a sister, Beverly Terry of Mesa, Ariz.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

 
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