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Home arrow News arrow News of Record arrow Obituaries for Nov. 9, 2012


Obituaries for Nov. 9, 2012

Ellen Vershnik

Hermiston, 1918-2012

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis Catholic Church of Baker City through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814. 


Donald Walker

Baker City, 1925-2012

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Sunday at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St.

Ellen Vershnik

Hermiston, 1918-2012

Ellen Marie Vershnik, 94, died Nov. 6, 2012, at Hermiston.

 Ellen was born on May 30, 1918, at home in Susquehanna, Pa., to Augustine and Marie Troup Rapella. She was the sixth of eight children. Her siblings were Lena, Mary, Catherine, Carl, Joanne, Samuel and Rosemary. She attended grade school at St. John’s School, high school at Laurel LVell Academy and St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in Carbondale, Pa.

She served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a lieutenant registered nurse. She served aboard the USS Haven, one of the first ships sent to aid survivors of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, Japan.

Ellen married Joseph Vershnik on Aug. 3, 1946. They celebrated their 66th anniversary this year.

Survivors include her husband, Joe Even Vershnik of Hermiston; daughter, Judy Lazdauskas of Baker City; grandchildren, Teresa and her husband, Karl Adams, of Hermiston, Joe and his wife, Becky Lazdauskas, of Idaho Falls, Idaho; and great-grandchildren, Zac, Sydney, Cody, Tessa and Ellie.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis Catholic Church of Baker City through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

Donald Walker

Baker City, 1925-2012

Donald J. Walker, 87, a lifelong resident of Weiser, New Meadows, Idaho, and Baker City, died Nov. 5, 2012, in Baker City surrounded by his family. 

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Sunday at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St.

Don was born on Oct. 24, 1925, at Weiser, Idaho, to Eldon and Hazel Hughes Walker. He attended Weiser High School, excelling in football and track. 

Upon graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. While serving in the 9th Infantry he participated in the Battle of the Bulge. When the war ended, he served during the Nuremberg War Trials.

He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1945. Soon after returning to Weiser, Don married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Miller. They recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.

In 1948, they were blessed with twins, Jack and Judy. They raised their family at Weiser and New Meadows. Throughout his life, Don was involved in the cattle industry at Weiser, New Meadows, and McCall, Idaho.

Don and Barbara spent most of their summers at their ranch in New Meadows. In later years, the couple enjoyed traveling in their motor home and visiting all their family and their many friends across the West. 

Don had a great sense of humor and loved life, family member said. He was a friend to everyone he met. 

His children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were always very special to him. 

In his last few months, some of his most treasured times were when Barbara and Judy would take him on long drives from Baker City to Sumpter and Halfway.

The family expressed its appreciation to the nursing staff for all of the support and living care given to Don during the last few years.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Bob; and his sister, Marty.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara; son and daughter-in-law Jack and Cora, of Weiser; daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Vic Endicott, of Baker City; his five grandchildren, Conley, Jill, Karla, Jennifer, and Holly; and his six great-grandchildren Emily, Abi, Skylar, Deegan, Chase, and Claire. 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to benefit Parkinson’s research through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.


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