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Home arrow News arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for Oct. 31, 2011

Obituaries for Oct. 31, 2011


Jack Durflinger
Jack Frederick Durflinger, 72, of Baker City, died Oct. 26, 2011, at his favorite hunting stand in the Sumpter Valley doing what he loved.
A memorial service will be Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the Haines Methodist Church, Fourth and Roberts streets.
Jack was born Aug. 19, 1939, at Eugene to Harry and Christine (Robinette) Durflinger. He married Jan Augenstein on June 30, 1960.  They moved their young family to Baker County in 1972. Jack worked in construction and the timber industry all his life.
Jack is survived by his wife, Jan Durflinger; three children: Sara Durflinger, Bill Durflinger and his wife, Alice, and Gail Ebell and her husband, John; four grandchildren: Jen Ebell, Beth Durflinger, Brandon Ebell and Justin Durflinger; his sister, Willa Ziniker and her husband, Ed; and many friends whom he looked upon as family.
Memorial contributions may be made to O.H.S.U. Parkinson’s Research through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

Marilyn Cox
Marilyn Cox, 69, a longtime North Powder resident, died peacefully with friends and her loving daughter by her side on Oct. 17, 2011, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Boise.
There will be a celebration of her life Saturday, Nov. 5 at 2 p.m. at the North Powder Elementary School Multipurpose room, with interment at the North Powder Cemetery afterwards. A reception for family and friends at the North Powder Grange will be held following the service.
Marilyn was born on June 14, 1942, at Davenport, Iowa, the only child born to Arthur Marten and Norma Claussen Marten. Her childhood was spent in Eldridge, Iowa, where her parents owned a dairy farm. Marilyn was a daddy’s girl and was usually found outside helping him with the dairy and going with him on his milk route. She attended elementary school in Eldridge and was active in the Girl Scouts.
In 1956, the Martens moved to Denver for two years where Marilyn attended junior high. They moved back to Davenport in 1958 and she attended high school there.  She married Ronald Jensen in October of 1960 and had a daughter, Sherry, who was born on Sept. 7, 1961. The couple divorced in 1964.
Marilyn and her young daughter moved to San Diego in 1965 where she worked assembling electronics for a while before entering into a partial ownership in a local bar and restaurant. She met Lloyd Montgomery and in August of 1968, the three of them moved to North Powder and bought the Powder Club from Randall and Agnes Black. Marilyn and Lloyd were married and they moved into a small apartment connected to the restaurant.  They divorced amicably in 1972 and Lloyd moved to Portland, while Marilyn stayed and ran the Powder Club.
In 1973, Marilyn found her true soulmate in a handsome man named Bud Cox who was a heavy equipment operator who worked all over the state. On some of the weekends when Bud was away, Marilyn would travel to where he was working and spend time with him. They enjoyed country music, camping, fishing and their carefree trips to Oxbow with friends.
Marilyn decided to sell the Powder Club in 1977 and they rented a house on Fourth Street just a few blocks away. Marilyn continued to work at the Powder Club and also tended bar at the Circle H in Haines. One day, Marilyn and Bud learned that their dream house was for sale, just one block away on Third Street. They bought it and had a very content life there before Bud’s passing in February 2009.  They were blessed to be together for 36 years.
Marilyn was a true caregiver, and having lost her father at the young age of 16, she had to grow up very quickly to care for her mother while she was ill before her passing when Marilyn was only 19. Just three months later she gave birth to the love of her life, her daughter, Sherry, who she doted on and made sure she had everything she needed. When Bud’s mother passed away in Klamath Falls, they moved his father up to North Powder to live with them and Marilyn took care of him until his passing and did the same with Bud until he entered into rest. She also worked in an adult foster home for a while.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband, Bud; her parents, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Survivors include her daughter, Sheryl (Sherry) Jensen-Rudolph and her husband, Tony, of Baker City; several cousins, and numerous friends both near and far.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Marilyn to one or more of the following: the North Powder Grange, North Powder Library, or the North Powder Quick Response Team, in care of Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Eric Romtvedt
Eric Romtvedt, 87, of Baker City, died Oct. 11, 2011, at his son’s home, surrounded by three generations of family.
His memorial service will be Saturday, Nov. 5 at 2 p.m. at St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 2130 Second St. in Baker City. Interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception to be held following the service at St. Stephens Episcopal Church. 
Eric was born on May 12, 1924, at Klamath Falls to Sondre and Annie Lou Williamson Romtvedt. At the age of 14, he left home and worked as a full-time ranch hand in the Langell Valley. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the Navy and served from 1943-46. He was a World War II veteran and served as a Seabee in Hawaii, the Phillipines and on a minesweeper off the Oregon Coast.
In 1946, Eric attended OSU and later Carthage College in Carthage, Ill., where he met his wife of 57 years, June Irene Schulz. Eric and June were married in 1949 and settled near Lena, Ill., where he purchased and expanded the Schulz family farm. Here, Eric and June raised hogs, corn, cattle, hay, and two sons, Paul and Keith.
In Lena, Eric was a 4-H club leader for 16 years, president of the school board, and was recognized as outstanding young farmer of the year in 1958 and conservation farmer of the year in 1978.
According to Eric’s memoir, “The Story of a Retired Rancher with Working Privileges”: “As a little kid playing in the dirt my dream was to be a BIG farmer some day but, what I really wanted was to have a ranch in Oregon.” So, to fulfill this lifelong dream, Eric and June moved to the Keating Valley with his son Keith and daughter-in-law Paulette. Here Eric and Keith ran a Limousin purebread outfit for 26 years. Together, they raised cattle and two grandchildren.
After his beloved wife June died in 2006, Eric said, “We decided to sell the ranch and hang it up so to speak.” Eric was never one to sit still. The retired rancher became an active volunteer in town, serving at the library and senior center. He continued his passion for hunting, fishing, and playing music. He also traveled the world. His favorite restaurant was the Little Pig, where he met his traveling companion and best friend until the end, Mary Basche.
When addressing the Bonanza High School graduating class of 2002, Eric said his advice could be boiled down to six words: “What do you want?” and “Stay curious.” Eric proudly lived this advice.
Eric was preceded in death by his wife, June; and siblings, James, Fredric and Borgny.
Eric is survived by his best friend, Mary Basche; his brothers, Carl and David; his sisters, Ellen, Annie Lou and Ollie; two sons, Paul and his wife, Alcira, and their daughter, Mariett, of Atlanta; and Keith and his wife, Paulette, of Baker City; grandson Brady and his wife, Shannon, of Vernonia; and granddaughter, Liz of Baker City and her daughter, Magnolia.
The family thanks you for all the cards, food, and condolences.
Those who wish to make a donation in memory of Eric may do so to the Knight Cancer Institute: OHSU Foundation, through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Wayne Wright
Wayne Wendell Wright, 85, of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., and a former Baker City resident, died Oct. 22, 2011, surrounded by loved ones.
Wayne was born on Aug. 1, 1926, at Baker City to Anna Wright and Earl B. Wright. He was born and raised in Baker City, and enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II. Wayne also was known by his nickname, “Wendy.” After his time in the service, he married Lorine Britton in Denver in 1948. The couple remained in Colorado, living in Denver and Canon City, until moving to Lake Havasu City in 1997.
Wayne was a devoted Christian and famly man. He and his wife enjoyed traveling around the country in their motor home. In his spare time, he enjoyed golfing, and he always had a joke to share with anyone who would listen. Wayne was loved by his family and everyone who knew him, and will be dearly missed.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Anna; his father, Earl; and his brothers, Guy and Kenneth.
He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Lorine (Britton) Wright; his daughters, Sherralyn Daniels and her husband, Lory, of Montrose, Colo., Vicki Griner of Cassville, Mo., and Judy Orr and her husband, Steve, of Lake Havasu City; eight grandchildren; and his brother, Garland Wright of Oregon.
Thoughts and condolences may be submitted to the family at www.lietz-frazefuneralhome.com.
 
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