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Obituaries for Oct. 15, 2010


Betty Mason

Betty Jo Howland Mason, 86, of Baker City, died Oct. 8, 2010, at Settler’s Park Assisted Living Community surrounded by her family and caregivers.

Recitation of the rosary in her honor will be at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets. There will be a funeral Mass in celebration of her life at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Cathedral. A private graveside service will be at Mount Hope Cemetery with a reception afterward at St. Francis Parish Hall.

Visitations will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St.


Betty was born on April 25, 1924, at Halfway. She was the third of four daughters of Frank and Gertrude Howland. Her early years were spent with her family in Eastern Oregon and Idaho, including a part of the Cambridge Valley known as Advent Gulch. It was there she was courted by her forever love, Michael “Mickey” Mason. They were married on April 14, 1940, at Weiser, Idaho.

Mickey and Betty built an abundant life from humble beginnings and were rich in a marriage that lasted for 62 years until Mickey’s death in 2002.

In those 62 years, Betty and Mickey were truly one as they raised their family and built their logging, and then cattle ranching businesses in the Baker Valley, Farewell Bend and Huntington, and finally North Powder. When they retired in 1994 they moved to Baker City where Betty continued to live until her death.

A frequent guest at the Baker City Senior Center, Betty remained active in the community and in the St. Francis de Sales parish helping with dinners, Altar Society activities and other church events after Mickey’s death.

Survivors include three children, Joe (Katherine) of Eugene, Carl (Donna) of Vancouver Wash., and Debbie (Ron) Johnson of Keizer; two sisters, Mary Hopkins and Georgia Wells of Baker City; nine grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her sister, Myrtle; two great-grandchildren; and numerous precious canine companions.

The family expressed special gratitude for the kind and loving care provided to Betty by the staff at Settler’s Park and Heart ’n’ Home Hospice.

Memorial contributions may be made to Child Fund International (formerly Christian Children’s Fund) or a local charity of one’s choice through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.


Kenneth Schmidt Sr.

Kenneth E. Schmidt, 90, of Baker City, died Oct. 11, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center.

At his request, there will be no funeral.

He was born on Nov. 18, 1919, at Toledo, Ohio, to Otto and Mary Schmidt. He graduated from Libbey High School in 1936.

Kenneth served in the U.S. Army for two years and was ranked a Tec-4. He married Geraldine Rowe on Nov. 27, 1941, at Toledo, Ohio.

He then went to work as a machinist and retired from Omark Industries in Milwaukie in 1984.

Kenneth was an avid fisherman and hunter and was very good at fly tying and making his own bows and arrows. He also enjoyed repairing TVs and radios. The outdoors was his fondest place and autumn was his favorite season, family members said.

He always loved having his family along while on adventures, especially his two sons. He enjoyed bowling and was a very active bowler. He loved panning for gold and roaming the Oregon beaches.

Dancing was also a favorite pastime. And he loved metal detecting.

He was a Lutheran Church member and belonged to the various bowling and pinochle card clubs. Euchre was one of his favorite card games.

Kenneth was an exceptionally kind and generous person.

“All his life, he exceeded to help others first, he was not an exaggerator and always found humor to soothe your soul,” family members said.

Survivors include his two sons, Kenneth Schmidt Jr. of Texas and James Schmidt of Oregon; one daughter-in-law Colleen Schmidt of Texas; two grandsons and two granddaughters; and five great- grandsons and four great-granddaughters.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine Schmidt; and his brother, Otto Schmidt.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Veterans Home at The Dalles through Gray’s West and Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Baker City, OR 97814.


‘Bob’ Northman

Robert Ward “Bob” Northman, 77, died Oct. 13, 2010, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center, Baker City, surrounded by his family who loved him dearly, after a lengthy struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.

“Bob was an extraordinary man.  He had a great love for children and animals and he was loved by them in return, for they could sense his fun and gentle spirit,” family members said. “He also had a passion for nature, and a talent for woodworking and gardening. Bob loved to laugh and joke and he loved a good party!”

In that spirit, Bob’s family will be hosts at a reception for friends of the family who would like to celebrate his life. The reception will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Earth and Vine restaurant, 2001 Washington Ave. For more information, call 541-523-3788.

Bob’s family expressed special thanks to the extremely kind staff at Ashley Manor who cared for Bob like family through the last and most difficult year of his life.

They added this remembrance: “Those we love don’t go away, They walk beside us every day, Unseen, unheard, but always near, Still loved, still missed and very dear.”

Bob was born on May 18, 1933, at Garland, Utah, to Nellie Larson-Northman and Eric Northman. Bob had three siblings, Duane, Judith Ann, and Sally.

When Bob was 10, his family moved from Garland to Seattle, Wash., where Bob went to school. He was a 1951 West Seattle High School graduate. After high school, Bob got a job working on the Camp Brown fire patrol in Snoqualmie, Wash.

That summer job changed the course of his life: He discovered a deep love of the forest, relocating not only himself, but convincing his parents as well to move to the mountains where they built a home at Lake Wenatchee, Wash. 

Bob was drafted into the U.S. Army in February 1953 and served in the 72nd Infantry Co. (heavy mortar) during the Korean War. He received an honorable discharge in December of 1954.

Upon his return from war, Bob attended the University of Washington at Seattle where he majored in forestry. Bob made his career with the U.S. Forest Service where he held a variety of positions, including forest ranger, on forest districts throughout Oregon. 

In 1961, Bob met the love of his life, Gaila Fair Owens. They were married on June 15, 1963, at Bend and they made their first home together at Gilchrist. They had three children, Tanya, Tod and Traci.

In 1977, Bob transferred to the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest and worked as a timber sale planner at Baker City until his retirement. After retirement, Bob and Gaila traveled extensively throughout the United States and Canada.

In between their travels, Bob kept busy with part-time jobs such as working at Rouse’s Furniture store, at the Baker landfill, and driving the Bookmobile. He and Gaila were also avid gardeners and enjoyed working together to transform their yard into a beautiful and peaceful place for relaxation and fun. 

Survivors include his wife, Gaila Northman of Baker City; three children, Tanya Northman and her husband, Jack, of Oakridge, N.J., Tod Northman and his wife, Holly, of Portland and Traci Northman-Kelly and her husband, Robert, of Richmond, Va.; eight grandchildren, Lia, Eitan, Jessie, Michael, Aryeh, Remy, Christina and Acencio.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Eric and Nellie; and two siblings, Duane and Judith Ann.

In lieu of flowers, the family sugests memorial contributions to the Alzeheimer’s Association through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

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