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Obituaries for Sept. 10, 2010

‘Gene’ Hicks


Raymond Eugene “Gene” Hicks, 88, of Baker City, died Sept. 8, 2010, at his home surrounded by his family.

His memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St. Pastor John Goodyear of Baker Valley Church of Christ will officiate.

Gene was born on July 11, 1922, at Drury, Mo., to John and Golda Stout Hicks. He was one of 11 children, five of whom are still living.

He married Grace Smith Hicks on June 22, 1946. He served in the U.S. Navy for three years and upon his discharge returned to Missouri where he farmed and they had their eldest son, Lynn.

In 1950 they moved to Oregon where their daughter and two sons were born. He worked in the lumber industry until 1969 when he began his truck driving career, which he enjoyed immensely.

He was a great baseball enthusiast. He played on an organized team for many years and coached Little League for 16 years.

He was preceded in death by his son, Lynn; his parents; and five siblings.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Grace; daughter, Patty Lang; son, David, and his wife, Julee, and son, Douglas, all of Baker City; his grandchildren, Gene Hicks, Annie Hicks, Will Hicks and Amanda Lang; two great-grandchildren, Tyler and Austin Hicks; sisters, Ruby Proctor, Amy Collins, Elsie Curtis and Sharon Smith of Missouri; and his brother, Ray, of Iowa.

Memorial contributions may be made to Heart ‘n’ Home Hospice or a charity of one’s choice through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Richard Calhoon


Richard Ross Calhoon, 77, of Yakima, Wash., died May 8, 2010, after a brief battle with brain cancer.

His funeral was May 13 at  Keith & Keith Terrace Heights Chapel in Yakima.

Richard was born on Dec. 4, 1932, at Webber, Kan., to Ceril and Margaret Maxey Calhoon. He was delivered by his grandfather, Dr. Frederick Wasco Maxey.

He was a 1950 graduate of Jerome, Idaho, High School and had joined the National Guard the summer before his senior year. Richard enlisted in the U.S. Navy and he served in the Korean War as a yeoman, second class, aboard DD-725, the destroyer USS O’Brien.

He began the first of two careers in 1960 as a U.S. Border Patrol agent in Temecula, Calif. His career was cut short by a serious automobile accident that destroyed his eyesight. He was declared totally blind by the State of California.

He loved working for the Border Patrol and made many lifelong friendships with the other men, who offered ongoing support and fellowship to Richard and his young family.

He began his second career as an educator, which spanned more than 30 years, after graduating from Central Washington University at Ellensburg in 1968. His first teaching job was at St. Joseph’s School in Yakima. He later taught for 25 years in the Highland School District, beginning at Marcus Whitman Elementary and ending at Tieton Middle School.

During his years as a teacher, Richard touched thousands of lives in Yakima Valley. After retiring, he worked as a substitute teacher.

Athletics were always an important part of Richard’s life. He coached a variety of girls and boys sports, ranging from AAU girls basketball to middle school volleyball, basketball and track and high school baseball. He took pride in his favorite baseball team, the Seattle Mariners.

Children were important to Richard. After he and Marylou Hudson were married in 1955, they raised three children.

His wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren will remember “Papa” for his strong work ethic, his sense of fun and humor and his kind and loving ways. The family members will always remember Richard as a good guy, the brother who was fun-loving and who had inherited an unquenchable funny bone. He always enjoyed funny stories and jokes, they said. He took great pride in doing the best possible job at whatever he put his hand to and passed that work ethic on to his kids.

Survivors include his wife, Marylou; children, Jeffrey (Bonnie) of Yuma, Ariz., Robert (Meg) of Yakima, Wash., and Carolyn (Brett) Dillahunt of Zillah, Wash.; brothers, James F. Calhoon (Nancy) of Phoenix, Ariz., Jerry J. Calhoon (Jane) of Gig Harbor, Wash., and Alan Dee Calhoon (Kathy) of Salem; one sister, Beth J. Morrissey (Patrick) of Baker City; and many nieces and nephews, two aunts and many cousins.


‘Jim’ Calhoon


James F. “Jim” Calhoon, 84, of Phoenix, Ariz., a former Juneau, Alaska, resident, died Aug. 3, 2010.

At his request, there was no funeral.

He was born on Jan. 18, 1926, at Concordia, Kan., to Ceril Newton and Margaret Rachel Maxey Calhoon.

Jim joined the U.S. Navy at the age of 17, six weeks before high school graduation. He served in the South Pacific, was injured aboard a ship in the Marshall Islands during an enemy air raid and received an honorable discharge.

Jim married Betty L. Fuller at Seattle, Wash., in January 1945. In 1949, he traveled to Fairbanks, Alaska, via the Alaska-Canadian Highway.

After finding a job as a carpenter, he sent for his wife and daughter, Jeri. A son, Steve, was born in 1950 and another daughter, Becky, was born in 1954.

In 1955, Jim joined the Fairbanks Police Department. The next year he became a territorial police officer. After Alaska gained statehood, he continued police work as an Alaska state trooper.

Jim graduate from the FBI Academy in 1963. In 1966, he was appointed deputy commissioner of Public Safety for the State of Alaska by Gov. Walter J. Hickel. He also served as Cordova police chief from 1974 to 1975.

After retiring from state service in 1972, Jim and Betty divorced. He married Nancy Etta Wells at Anchorage and worked in banking and as a custom homebuilder.

In 1980, he started his own business and was associated with World Wide Group of Spokane, Wash., doing what he loved best: working with and mentoring people. Jim loved helping others reach their highest potential, family members said.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a younger brother, Richard Ross Calhoon of Yakima, Wash.

Survivors include his wife and soul mate, Nancy E. Wells Calhoon; his sister, Beth Morrissey (Patrick) of Baker City; his brothers, Alan Calhoon (Kathy) of Salem and Jerry Calhoon (Jane) of Gig Harbor, Wash.; his daughters, Jeri Kissner (Paul) of Juneau, Becky Iles (Fred) of Fairbanks and Becky M. Ohl of Phoenix, Ariz.; his sons, Steve Calhoon of Boise and Michael Calhoon (Clare) of Seward, Alaska; and 10 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, two aunts and a very large extended family.


‘Bimbo’ Dennis


Roscoe Bill “Bimbo” Dennis, 54, died Aug. 22, 2010.

A family gathering celebrating his life will be scheduled later this year in the mountains,which he loved.

Bimbo was born on Sept. 11, 1955, to Bert and Bernadine Dennis of Richland. He was the youngest of four brothers. He was raised at Richland, graduating from Eagle Valley High School.

After high school he attended a meat cutting school. From there, he went to work for the Forestry Department. Bimbo loved to fish and hunt and especially to tell stories.

Survivors include his children, Roxann, and her husband, Tim Fisher, and family, LaVaughn and her husband, Chip Hull, and family of Klamath Falls, Jake and Jen Dennis of Haines and Starr Dennis of Baker City; grandchildren, Sheldon, Austin, Colby, Mickayla and Shanea; and brothers, Jerry, Milton and Tom.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial contributions may be made to help defray funeral costs through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway OR 97834.

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