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Obituaries for Oct. 8, 2010


Philip Nicely III

Philip Orsic Nicely III, 56, of Baker City, died Oct. 5, 2010, at his home.

At his request, there will be no funeral.

Philip was born on Sept. 4, 1954, at Baker City to Phil and Polly Nicely. He loved his family and the city of Baker. He enjoyed history and had extensive knowledge of all the old buildings in town.

He knew the dates they were built and the businesses they had held. He spent many hours in his favorite cafes talking to old-timers about past events.

Having been raised on a ranch, he enjoyed animals and the outdoors. He liked to travel and learn about different places.

He was a proud member of the Eagles Lodge. He attended Baker schools and was employed at Ellingson Plywood Mill.

Survivors include his parents, Phil and Polly Nicely; a brother, Bob Woolery; a sister, Monty, and her husband, Ken Solum; five nieces and nephews; and six great-nieces and great-nephews; and “most of all many friends over a cup of coffee,” his family said.


Jeffery Cross

Jeffery Ray Cross, 53, died Sept. 25, 2010, at San Luis Obispo, Calif.

No funeral is planned.

Jeffery was born on Jan. 24, 1957, at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., to Mary and Eugene Cross. He grew up loving the outdoors. He later joined the U.S. Navy and aspired to be a Navy SEAL.

“Our hearts are heavy because your presence was strong,” family members said. “Your smile and laughter shall linger on. A man of little words, but you were profoundly heard.

“Your respect and kindness left a legacy upon us. You were our friend, our mentor, our guardian and protector — a son and a brother to all.”

Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Mary Cross and Hershel Lafferry, and a sister, Toni Cross-Sotelo, all of Baker City; brothers, David Cross, William Cross and Micheal Cross; stepsisters, Jeanette Daniels, Kathy Doughtery and Ellen Lee; stepbrother, Bobby Lafferry; special friends and brothers, Mark Delaplane and James Jacobson; and many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his father, Eugene Cross; grandparents, Ray and Mary Cross and Thomas and Hazel Lucas; an uncle, Richard Lucas; and an aunt, Patty Lucas.


Marie Hensell

Marie Hensell, 96, of Milwaukie, a former Baker City resident, died Sept. 25, 2010, at her home with her loving family around her.

Visitations will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Milwaukie Stake Center, 8331 S.E. Cason Road, in Gladstone. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m.

Marie was born on Aug. 29, 1914, at Baker City, to Leslie Webb and Roxy Calder Stark. She married Ralph A. Hansen in 1935.

Marie lived a full and happy life. She managed AUPE Federal Credit Union for many years, retiring in 1982.

“She was a loving daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend,” family members said.

She rarely missed anyone’s birthday and was known for her wonderful handmade cards. Marie was an excellent seamstress, who also made porcelain dolls, ceramics, and many other crafts.

She enjoyed the Oregon and Washington coasts immensely, and traveled often with her family. She was a trophy-winning fisherwoman and an avid Seattle Mariner’s fan.

“Marie had a wonderful sense of humor, was loved by many, and will be greatly missed,” family members  said.

 She belonged to the LDS church and possessed a strong faith.

“We know that she is dancing in heaven with Ralph and enjoying the reunion with all her loved ones who’ve passed before her,” her family said.

Survivors include her sons and their wives, Ralph and Drinda and Robert and Kathy; daughters and their husbands, Karen and Lee Cantwell, Linda and Terry Gassaway, Jo-Ellyn and Rick West and Susan Hansen; daughter-in-law, Patti; 30 grandchildren; 71 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and sisters, Helen Shurtz and Margaret Henderson.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Ralph Hansen and William Hensell; brother, Eugene; sister, Dorothy Peterson; and son, Richard. 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the hospice care program of Kaiser Permanente or the charity of one’s choice.


Carroll Tucker

Carroll Wayne Tucker, 73, of Haines, died Sept. 27, 2010, at his home.

His memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Haines. Pastor Jack Hatfield will officiate. There will be a graveside service on Oct. 19, 2010, at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, Calif.

Carroll was born on April 20, 1937, at  Borger, Texas, to Roy and Annie Fuqua Tucker.  He was a 1955 graduate of Huntington Beach Union High School  and received his associate’s degree from Orange Coast College in 1957.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1964, and served for 15 years in the U.S. Army National Guard earning the rank of staff sergeant.

He married Joy McCann on Sept. 10, 1965, at San Pedro, Calif. They were married for 37 years before her death in October 2002.

Carroll then moved to Haines,  where he became a member of the First Baptist Church of Haines and the American Legion, Post 41, in Baker City. 

He worked as a cabinetmaker throughout his lifetime and he enjoyed singing.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.

Survivors include his sons, Jeffery Tucker of Cerritos, Calif., and David Tucker and his wife, Cristine, of Torrance, Calif.; and granddaughter, Hannah Tucker of Torrance, Calif.

Coles Tribute Center, 1950 place St., is in charge of arrangements.


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