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Obituaries for the week of April 16 to April 20
Ellen Davis Hinshaw, 88, of Portland, died April 15, 2001, at Providence Hospital in Portland.
Her graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Darrell Johnson of the Grace Chapel in Prairie City will officiate. There will be a remembrance dinner at the Baker Valley Christian Assembly, 3720 Birch St., after the service. All who knew her or the family are welcome.
Visitations will be today until 7 p.m. at the Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St.
Mrs. Hinshaw was born on Oct. 3, 1912, at Burns to Alma and Annie Merle Davis. She was raised in Prairie City and lived at Bend, Portland, Sacramento, Calif., and Seattle.
In 1934, she married Delmar Hinshaw of Mount Vernon. They divorced in 1959. She attended business college in Sacramento. She was a nurse at the hospital in Prairie City, then a bookkeeper for the University of Washington at Seattle. The last 21 years she has lived with her daughter and son-in-law in Portland.
Survivors include her daughter, Barbara, and son-in-law, Barton Parker of Portland; brothers, Carl Forrest of Davis, Wash., Leslie Davis of Baker City, Eugene Davis of Sparks, Nev., and Wayne Davis of Redding, Calif.; a sister, Wilma Davis of Hood River; grandchildren, Barbara Dunn, Mary Morris, and Barton Parker II; and great- grandchildren, Savana Dunn, Colton Dunn and Brett Morris; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant brother and her brother, Henry Davis.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Humane Society through the Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
Russell L. Dutch Schultz, 83, a former Baker County resident and a retired restaurant owner, died April 10, 2001, at the Tri-State Health and Rehabilitation Center at Clarkston, Wash.
At his request, his body was cremated and a memorial service will be scheduled later.
Mr. Schultz was born Feb. 8, 1918, at Oskaloosa, Iowa, to Elmer and Ethel Wilson Schultz. As a young child, he moved with his family to Gresham and later to Prineville where he attended school.
He joined the U.S. Navy and served in the South Pacific during World War II. After the war, he settled in Seattle, Wash., where he worked as a fireman.
He returned to Prineville and worked for Stilwell-Pengelly Lumber Co. He later moved to Halfway where he also worked for Stilwell-Pengelly Lumber Co.
While there he met his future bride, Nadene Davis. They were married on April 6, 1951, at Baker City. They moved to Union where Mr. Schultz owned and operated a restaurant and lounge for 7 1/2 years.
They later moved to Diamond Springs, Calif., where he owned another restaurant and lounge for 5 1/2 years. He then retired. After 4 years, he came out of retirement and bought a motel at Newport, Wash., and operated it for three years. He then moved to Middleton, Calif., and then moved to Clarkston, Wash., in 1993, where he had lived since.
He was a good provider, father and friend. He was a member of the Elks Lodge, the Masonic Lodge and the El Kadar Shrine of Portland. He was an outstanding chef and enjoyed cooking, auto mechanics, building, bird hunting and fishing on Lake Pend Oreille in Idaho.
Survivors include his wife, Nadene Schultz of Clarkston; two sons, Robert Schultz of Clarkston and Jerry Dunn of Mattawa, Wash.; a daughter, Marlene Partie of Reno, Nev.; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
The Merchant Funeral Home at Clarkston was in charge of arrangements.
Wallace Wally Hickerson, 83, a longtime Baker City resident, died April 17, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.
His funeral will be Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitations will be today until 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Mr. Hickerson was born Aug. 7, 1917, in the Little Lookout Mountain area to George and Charlotte Hickerson. He received his education in the Durkee area. He ranched for a time and then went to work for the Union Pacific Railroad. During his early years of railroading he also ran the mail route in the Sparta area, lived in the Eagle Valley area and ranched for a time. Then he went to work for the railroad as a section crewman, working for 38 years until his retirement.
Mr. Hickerson loved working with wood and metal and repairing automobiles. He had a very high vision for things that needed to be repaired and could take one look at them and know what needed to be done. He loved to fish and hunt, and going to the mountains to pick huckleberries. He loved his garden and saw that many neighbors had a supply of vegetables from it. He married Millie Mann in Reno in 1990.
Mr. Hickerson is survived by his wife, Millie Hickerson of Baker City; a son, Kenneth Hickerson of Baker City; three granddaughters, one grandson and four great-grandsons; and numerous family members.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, and three sisters.
Contributions in Mr. Hickersons memory may be made to the Odd Fellows, in care of Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
Joseph Allyn Whybark, 97, of Baker City, died April 17, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center.
At his request, there will be no memorial service. Disposition was by cremation at Grays West & Co. Pioneer Crematory. Interment will be at the Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland, Calif., where his wife, Leila, is buried.
Mr. Whybark was born in Arbuckle, Calif., on May 30, 1903. He was known as Allyn by family and as Joe by many others. He lived most of his life in and around the Sacramento Valley working in the woods during his early years, and later, mostly in agriculture. He was a World War II veteran.
His hobby and great love was flying. He was a private pilot, owning his own plane and flying until he was 86. He moved to Baker City in 1994, where hard-headed and independent, he became known to many of the merchants as he traveled about town on his electric scooter.
He was preceded in death by Leila, his wife of 47 years, who had shared his love of flying and accompanied him to hundreds of fly-ins over the years.
Survivors include his nieces, Frances Judd, and her husband, Earl, of San Jose, Calif., Gwendolyn Gibson of Petaluma, Calif., and Geraldine Anderson and her husband, Eddie, of El Paso, Texas; nephews, Newsom Jim Gibson, and his wife, Harriet, of Baker City, and Robert Gibson of El Paso, Texas; 100 grand, great-grand and great-great-grand nieces and nephews; and his adopted family, Annie Rook of Petaluma, Calif., John and Ann Taylor of Houston and William Uhland of Austin, Texas.
Clarence LeRoy Calder, 89, of Baker City, died April 16, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.
His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2625 Hughes Lane. Ernie Collard will conduct the services. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitations will be until 7 oclock tonight at Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St.
Mr. Calder was born Feb. 4, 1912, at Baker City to Mark William and Delia Eardley Calder. He was the 11th of 12 children. He was raised in Baker City and attended Baker schools, graduating from Baker High School. He was active in sports, including basketball, football and boxing.
As a boy, and for the rest of his life, he enjoyed hunting and fishing. It was said that he could catch a fish in a mud puddle. He also loved watching sports and coaching his son when his son was in high school.
He worked for a short time with the Forest Service and served in the Coast Guard in Alaska, prior to starting his career with California Pacific Utility Co. He started out as a line worker and was later promoted to manager.
As a manager, he worked in Elgin and Burns. During this time, Mr. Calder was active in civic duties, including the chamber of commerce and Kiwanis Club. He served as the president of the Elgin Chamber of Commerce. He was Jaycee Boss Of The Year in 1968 in Burns. He was also a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
He married Viola M. Lucas, also of Baker City, on Sept. 10, 1933. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Idaho Falls Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They had two children: a son, Clarence A. Calder; and a daughter, Sharon Doan. Clarence Jr. and Sharon were raised and attended schools in Elgin.
After retiring from the utility company, the Calders returned to Baker City. In addition to their home in Baker City, they had a cabin at Granite. Clarence enjoyed hunting and fishing there as well as spending time with family and friends. For many years, the Calders spent winters at Apache Junction, Ariz.
Mr. Calder was preceded in death by his parents and all of his brothers and sisters, except Ann Keller and Phoebe Burby, both of Baker City. He was also preceded in death by his son, Clarence A. Calder.
Survivors include his wife, Viola; his daughter, Sharon Doan, and her husband, Alton of Corbett; his daughter-in-law, Judy Calder of Philomath; seven grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Clarence A. Calder Memorial Scholarship Endowment in Mechanical Engineering in care of Oregon State University Foundation. This may be done through Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
Cloyd B. Doc Makinson, 85, of Baker City, and a former Halfway resident, died April 11, 2001, at Settlers Park.
His memorial service will be Friday at 4 p.m. at the Baker City Christian Church, 1998 Eighth St., with Pastor Ralph Holcomb officiating. Private interment will be at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway.
Mr. Makinson was born July 1, 1915, at Halfway, the seventh son of Warren Elmer and Lilly Myrtle Leep Makinson. He received his education in Halfway, graduating from Halfway High School.
He attended Oregon State College where he received his bachelors degree, then attended the University of Oregon at Eugene, where he received his masters degree. He married Ruth Catherine Parrish on Aug. 29, 1941, at Payette, Idaho. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force in 1942 and was a sergeant working as a radar mechanic. He was discharged in November 1945.
Mr. Makinson was a vo-ag instructor, teaching from 1946 until 1960 in Eugene. He then worked as a Grange insurance agent from 1960 until his retirement in 1980. He and his wife moved to Baker City at that time.
Mr. Makinson was a member of the First Christian Church, a lifetime member of the Missouri Flat Grange, council member of the Baker City senior center, and a member of Sigma Pi Fraternity at Oregon State College.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth C. Makinson of Baker City; sons and daughters-in-law, Warren E. and Martha Makinson of Lafayette, Calif., Clyde L. and Gretchen Makinson of Richland, Wash., and Allen J. and May Makinson of Shedd; a sister, Norma Morris of Baker City; grandsons, Phillip, Aaron, Erik, Kevin, Samuel and Isaac Makinson; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, six brothers, and one sister.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Pine Valley Museum or the Baker County Senior Center through Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, Ore. 97814.
Anne Theresa White, 85, a former Baker City resident, died April 16, 2001, at Gresham.
Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Portland Memorial Sunset Chapel. Private inurnment will be at the Portland Memorial Mausoleum.
Mrs. White was born Aug. 23, 1915, at Baker City. She was a graduate of St. Francis Academy. She was raised on the Miles Ranch in the Lower Powder Valley in Baker County.
She moved to Portland after World War II. From 1963 to 1969 she lived in Illinois, Minnesota and Louisiana. She returned to Milwaukie in 1970.
She was a member of St. Johns Catholic Church in Milwaukie since 1970. She worked for the shipyards in Portland during World War II. She worked as a librarian while she lived in Illinois and as a buyer for TGY department store in Louisiana.
She worked for Leo Adler as a bookkeeper from 1935 to 1942 in Baker City. She was a joint owner of Franklin Manor in Portland, which she operated, from 1950 to 1960.
She and her husband, Farnum White, met in Baker City. They were married at Payette, Idaho, on April 25, 1942. Mr. White died on July 19, 1987.
Mrs. White was a member of the Milwaukie Garden Club for several years. She enjoyed watercolor painting, arts, crafts and gardening.
Survivors include her son, Dustin White of Medford; a daughter, Donna Brooks of Boring; a sister, Edith Miles of Beaver Creek; grandchildren, William, Ruth and Phil; a great-grandchild, Mattea; and her dearest lifelong friend, Johannah Fleetwood of Baker City.
She also was preceded in death by her brother, Orville Miles.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Greater Portland Chapter, 8415 Seneca St., Suite 100, Tualatin, OR 97062, the Alzheimers Research Alliance of Oregon or the American Cancer Society.
Gary Dee White, 72, of John Day, a former Baker City resident, died March 28, 2001.
His memorial service will be at 3 p.m. April 26 at the Driskill Memorial Chapel in John Day.
Mr. White was born Jan. 23, 1929, at Baker City to Ted and Emma Perkins White. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and received a Victory Medal and an honorable discharge.
He married LouAnn Griffith at Baker City in 1949. They moved to John Day in 1959 where Mr. White worked as a car and chain saw mechanic and served as a volunteer firefighter.
He enjoyed cooking, sign painting, hunting and fishing and always had a great story to tell.
Survivors include his son, Michael White of Boise; three daughters, Julie Moore of John Day, DeeAnn Waite and Cindy White of Bend; five grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by his wife and parents.
Charlotte C. Hale, 88, a longtime Baker City resident, died April 16, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Heath Care Center.
Her funeral was at 2 oclock today at Grays West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Pastor Roger Scovil of the Baker City Christian Church officiated. Vault interment was in Mount Hope Cemetery.
Mrs. Hale was born Jan. 10, 1913, at Portland to Grace Agnes Roberts and Lester L. Davis. She was one of four children.
After attending school at Portland and later at Alderdale, Wash., she returned to Portland to work as a waitress. It was her love of ranch life that took her to The Dalles three years later.
Shortly thereafter, she met her husband, Eugene Hale. They were married on Oct. 11, 1937. Their first two years together were spent on the Hale family ranch at Alderdale. In 1939, they purchased Mr. Hales fathers ranch at Whitney. They lived there until 1990, when they moved to Baker City.
Mrs. Hale exemplified the spirit of a pioneer ranch wife. She was truly a partner in the success of their ranch. She treasured the companionship of her many animals, the natural beauty surrounding her and the good fellowship of her many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers.
Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Eugene V. Hale of Baker City; her niece, Jean Brock of Pilot Rock; her many loving friends; and her cherished companions, her dogs, Mickey and Tuffy.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Blue Mountain Humane Association through Grays West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.
William A. Kelsey, 77, of Baker City died April 10, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.
A family gathering will be scheduled later. Disposition was by cremation at Grays West & Co. Pioneer Crematory.
Mr. Kelsey was born July 22, 1923, at Hollywood to Dr. Mark and Louisa Kelsey. He served in the U.S. Navy and was a survivor of the Pearl Harbor air raid. In 1953, he married Louise Borde in Bishop, Calif. They moved to Baker City in 1993.
Mr. Kelsey became very active at the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, Crossroads Arts Center, Kuhls Visually Impaired Persons and the Baker Rural Fire Protection District. Mrs. Kelsey died in May 2000.
Survivors include his children, Wendy Lorack of Florence, Ariz., William Andrews Kelsey Jr. of Sunnyvale, Calif., Clay Kelsey of Dunedin, Fla., and Kate Kelsey of Sonoma, Calif.; his sister, Connie Christie of Maidens, Va.; 14 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many dear friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, Kuhls VIP or Baker RFPD. In lieu of a memorial service, the family requests that friends step outside and admire the view that Bill and Louise loved so much.
Mary Magdeline Yokom, 88, of Pendleton, and a former Baker City resident, died April 16, 2001, at Covenant Care Homes in Pendleton.
Recitation of the rosary will be Thursday at 7 p.m. at Burns Mortuary Chapel, 685 W. Hermiston Ave. in Hermiston. Mass of Christian burial will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church in Hermiston. Burial will follow at Hermiston Cemetery.
Mrs. Yokom was born Nov. 5, 1912, at Empire, Mich., to Adolph and Elodie (Schonbert) Van Beveren. She grew up in Baker City and attended St. Francis Academy, where she excelled in playing basketball left-handed. She graduated from St. Francis Academy and then married Dexter Aden Yokom at Baker City.
They lived in Baker City for a while, and Mrs. Yokom worked at Millers Confectionary and Basche-Sage Hardware.
The couple then moved to Canyon City, where they owned the Canyon City Pastime. They next moved to Prairie City, where they owned the Prairie City Pastime. They then moved to Mount Vernon, where they ranched and operated a dairy.
The Yokoms then moved to Enterprise, where they purchased the Range Rider Tavern, which they operated from 1954 until 1979, when the couple retired. While in Enterprise the Yokoms also raised sheep and cattle, and helped with 4-H sheep showings.
The couple move to Hermiston in 1989. Mr. Yokom died in 1993. Mrs. Yokom lived in Hermiston until she moved to Pendleton about two years ago. She was a member of the Catholic Church and Altar Society, the Soroptimist Club, and was a life member of the Enterprise Elks Lodge No. 1829. She also enjoyed snow skiing.
Mrs. Yokom is survived by her son, Dexter Aden Yokom Jr. of Hermiston; daughters, Mary Ann Warnock of Echo and Elodie Banks of Pendleton; sisters, Germay Guthrie of Hermiston and Stella De Bel of Silverton; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Dexter Yokom Sr.; her son-in-law, Ron Broadfoot, who died in 1996; a sister, Florene Crabill; and a brother, Albert Van Beveren.
Contributions in Mrs. Yokoms memory may be made to the Parkinsons Center of Oregon in care of the Burns Mortuary, P.O. Box 289, Hermiston, OR 97838.
Bertina M. Bea Shook, 77, a former Baker County resident, died March 30, 2001, at the Richland Life Care Center at Richland, Wash.
Her funeral was April 6 at the Richland Lutheran Church.
Mrs. Shook was born Dec. 22, 1923, at Medical Springs. She was considered an early Christmas present. Her family later moved to Pondosa. She married Manly Shook in 1943 and the couple moved to Baker City.
In 1946, they moved their family to Richland, Wash., where they raised their three children.
They later moved to Benton City, Wash., and bought a horse ranch. Eventually, after the kids were raised, they moved to Whitstran, Wash., on another horse ranch. Aside from working on the ranch and raising children, Mrs. Shook worked as a custodian for Battelle from 1968 to 1989.
She was very involved in community activities. While at Richland, she and her husband helped to found the Richland Lutheran Church. She was very involved in the Sunday school classes at the church.
She also served as a room mother at the local school so that she could take an active role in her childrens lives.
The Shooks helped to start the first rodeos in the Tri-City area. Mrs. Shook also trained a racehorse they owned.
Later on, she became very involved with cutting horses. She was a lifetime member in the Washington Cutting Horse Association and was a show manager for many years. She also had many friends in the Northwest Cutting Horse Association.
Outside of the horse community, she enjoyed traveling, gambling, square dancing, horse racing and honky-tonkin. Most of all, she loved to be with her family and friends. She was a spark in every life she touched, full of life and encouragement.
Survivors include her brothers, Ralph Coffman and his wife, Verna, Coy Riggs and his wife, Gerry, and Fred Riggs; her sister, Hazel Allegre, and her husband, Bob; her children, Nancy Walsh and her husband, John, Jerry Shook and his wife, Elizabeth, and Donna Whittle and her husband, Jim; and grandchildren, Sean Ahern, Shane Ahern, Lance Shoemaker and his wife, Stephanie, Kevin Shoemaker, April Shook, Casey Shook and his wife, Meredith, and their two children, Christian and Adam.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, P.O. Box 2472, Spokane, Wash. 99210-2472.
Clifford Bertran Garrett, 56, of Baker City died April 14, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Health Services after a long battle with cancer.
His funeral will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Grays West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Pastor Ed Niswender of the Calvary Baptist Church will officiate. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitations will be today until 8 p.m. at Grays West & Co.
Mr. Garrett was born Jan. 31, 1945. to Harlin L. and Mayme G. Garrett.
He worked in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, for more than 25 years. Most of his summers, though, were spent logging in Eastern Oregon and Idaho with his brothers John, Bob and Jack.
Mr. Garrett loved the woods and spent much of his time just enjoying the outdoors. That is, unless the car races were on television he wouldnt miss a NASCAR race. He enjoyed laughter and conversation with friends and family. He took pride in his work, and it was said he was the best loader operator on the North Slope. He enjoyed giving his sons and nephews advice on the job, especially if they didnt need it.
Mr. Garrett always enjoyed a good joke. He got a big kick out of his great-nephews, Bailey and Tank, and Tanks dog, Pedro. He wished he had more time with his daughter and grandchildren. The Garretts are a large and close family, and he loved them all. His many friends will greatly miss him.
Mr. Garrett is survived by his mother, Mayme T. Garrett; his wife, Lillie Jean Garrett; his sons, Harlin L. Garrett II, Justin Jon Garrett and Grover T. Garrett; his daughter, Carolyn Shebesta; his grandchildren, Kyle and Krystal Shebesta; his siblings, Euna Faye and Henry McAdams, Ray and Mary Anne Garrett, Bobby and Kate Garrett, Jack and Colleen Garrett of Durkee, Jim Garrett, John and Marge Garrett, Thelma and Dan Elliott of Grays Lake, Ill., Lenny and Pat Rasmussen, Ken and Arlene Garrett of Portland, Debra Garrett, Amber and Doug Emery of Salem; and many nieces and nephews.
Mr. Garrett was preceded in death by his father, Harlin L. Garrett.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society through Grays West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, Ore. 97814.