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Obituaries for Nov. 5, 2010


Sherman Allen

Sherman Robertson Allen, 98, of Baker City died Nov. 1, 2010, at his home.
There will be a celebration of his life at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church, 1995 Fourth St. Pastor Al Fry will officiate. There will be a luncheon afterward in Rogers Hall at the church.

Sherman was born on Dec. 22, 1911, at Richland to Daniel W. and Lura E. Gover Allen. He was a 1930 graduate of Eagle Valley High School at Richland and then continued on to college.

He graduated in 1936 as a pharmacy major from Oregon State College, now Oregon State University, at Corvallis. He interned in Richland at the Richland Drug Store under the guidance of Shorty Hewitt, the store owner.

Sherman was called into military service in 1942 after the bombing at Pearl Harbor. He began basic training in the Army in September of that year and it lasted about 19 weeks. In May he was moved by ship with 5,500 other troops to the South Pacific.

In August he was assigned to the Hospital Unit at Finch Haven as a pharmacist. He remained there from 1944 until June of 1945 with the 364th Station Hospital.

In 1945, after the atomic bomb fell on Hiroshima, Sherman’s unit, the entire hospital, was loaded aboard the hospital ship HOPE and sent to Kyoto, Japan, where they took over a Japanese Red Cross hospital. He spent the remainder of his military service there.

Shortly after returning home in January of 1946, Sherm was asked to take over the Economy Drug Store, then owned by Buford Morris. Sherman and Rod Crosby purchased the drug store in August of 1948 and renamed it Payless Drug. They sold the drug store in June 1976 to Joseph Teter.

He was married to Amy Vaughn who died in 1970. He then married Pansey Dolan in May 1971. She passed away in 2005.

Sherm was a long time member of the First Presbyterian Church and a long time volunteer at the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center. He was 32nd degree Scottish Rite, 50-year member, and then became a long time Shrine member.

Survivors include his stepdaughter, Sandra Allen, and her husband John, of Salem; and a stepson, Wayne Coffman, and his wife, Bonnie, of La Grande.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Presbyterian Church or the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center or the Blue Mountain Masonic Lodge, No. 34, through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.


Vera Bond

Vera Leone Bond, 94, of Baker City, died Nov. 3, 2010, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City.

Visitations will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Coles Tribute Center, 1490 Place St.  Her memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the United Methodist Church, 1919 Second St. Pastor Juanita Bergacker will officiate. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception at the church after the service.

Vera was born on Dec. 4, 1915, at Wingville to Bessie Morris and Carl Speelman. She attended school at Haines, graduating in 1933. 

On Oct. 7, 1933, she married Herb Bond at the Methodist parsonage in Baker City. They were married for 60 years and had four children.

Vera was employed by the Bureau of Land Management for four years and by the U.S. Forest Service for 12 years. She enjoyed crocheting, reading and playing pinochle. Her proudest achievement was the work she did for the Methodist Church, of which she was an active member for 76 years.

Survivors include her son, Ken Bond and his wife, Nancy, and their children, David Bond and his wife, Laurie, and Patti Bond, all of Forest Grove; the children of her deceased daughter, Marilyn:  Glen Diehl and his wife, Tracey, of Pendleton, Joe Diehl and his wife, Gwen, of Wasilla, Alaska, and Susan Jamal of Vancouver, Wash.; her daughter, Kathy Eidson and her husband, Tom, of Houston, and their children, Stacey Buckless and her husband, Dave, and Brent Eidson, all of Houston; her daughter, Gayle Sorter and her husband, Don, of Myrtle Creek, and their sons, Patrick Sorter of Myrtle Creek and Danny Sorter and his wife, Ayume, of Jacksonville, Fla.; her sister-in-law, Leona Speelman; and nephews Larry Speelman and his wife, Sharon, of Richland and Terry Speelman and his wife, Lori, of Baker City; and a niece, Janice McCann, and her husband, Michael, of Montana. She had nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Herb; her bother, Jack Speelman; and her daughter, Marilyn Diehl.

Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR   97814.

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