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Obituaries for the week of April 17 to April 21

‘Bill' Anderson

Wilhelm James "Bill" Anderson, 75, of Halfway died April 18, 2006, in Baker City.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Pine Valley Presbyterian Church in Halfway. Interment will be at the Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception after the service at the Pine Valley Presbyterian Fellowship Hall.

Bill was born on Jan. 10, 1931, at Valentine, Neb., to Arthur O. and Anna M. Galloway Anderson. At a young age, he moved with his parents to Whitney, Neb. He attended grade school and Chadron Prep in Chadron, Neb. It was in high school that he met Carma Hawk.

Bill graduated from high school in 1949. On June 1, 1952, Bill and Carma were married at Chadron, Neb. They had three children: Dixie, Casey and Peggy.

Bill worked as a heavy equipment operator, building roads and dams from the time he was 18 until he retired in 1993. Bill and Carma's first home was at Cheyenne, Wyo., where he worked for Morrison Knudson.

They lived at several places in Wyoming and Idaho. In 1955, the family moved to Brownlee where he worked on all three dams in the Hells Canyon area on the Snake River. The job he enjoyed best was pioneering the road to Hells Canyon Dam.

The family lived at Brownlee for six years and at Oxbow for seven years before moving to Halfway in 1969.

Bill enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing and hunting. Steelhead fishing was one of his favorite pastimes. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

He was a member of the Pine Valley Presbyterian Church of Halfway, the Panhandle Snowmobile Club and the Lions Club.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, a sister and three brothers

Survivors include his wife, Carma; daughters, Dixie Anderson of Eugene and Peggy and her husband, Richard Roubidoux, of Pocatello, Idaho; a son, Casey, and his wife, Marla Anderson of Halfway; nine grandchildren, Kammy, Mitch, Venus, Tadd, CJay, Jodi, Devri, Chass and Scott; 19 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pine Haven Cemetery Beautification Fund or the charity of one's choice through Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

‘Louie' Kolb

Louis Edward "Louie" Kolb, 56, of La Grande, a former Baker City resident, died April 18, 2006, at Boardman.

His funeral will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane. Pastor Kirk Sager will officiate. After the service, friends are invited to join the family for a reception at the Baker Elks Lodge, 1896 Second St.

Louie, Baker Valley's version of Sam Elliott, was born at Baker City on Dec. 8, 1949, to George W. Kolb Sr. and Juanita A. Errend Kolb. He attended Baker Valley Schools and never met a teacher smarter than him!

Louie never met a stranger. Louie's good nature and loving spirit were well known by everyone. He always loved to make people laugh and he always made sure that everyone was treated fairly.

Louie was an avid sportsman, hunter and fisherman with a great love of life. His greatest joy was the beauty of the outdoors and camping trips with his family and friends. The more the merrier. Louie's work life ranged from millwork, ranching, logging, trucking, and owning his own business for many years. He put his heart and soul into everything he did, "until hunting season." The only thing he loved more (yes, more than hunting) was the life he shared with Darla.

"Louie was loved by many, will be missed by all, and never forgotten; nor will the survival skills he taught us all," his family members said. "Family, friends, hunting and fishing. That's life!"

Survivors include his wife and soulmate, Darla; five children and their spouses, Lisa Marie DelCurto Kolb, Mary P. Kolb, Crystal and Gabe Hernandez, Luke A. Kolb, and Kody L. Kolb; brothers, Bill Kolb and David Kolb (Bei Jiang); sisters, Becky Corning and Debbie (Jim) Treutle; five grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his grandmother, Beth Errend; and an infant sister, Catherine L. Kolb.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Powder River Sportsman Club's Youth Hunter Education Challenge Program through Gray's West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

‘Pat' Eidson

Patsy Lorene "Pat" Eidson, 73, of Baker City died April 16, 2006.

Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Pastor Jack Bynum of the United Methodist Church will officiate. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitations will be until 7 o'clock tonight and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon at the funeral home.

Patsy was born on Nov. 2, 1932, at New Bridge to Tracy and Fluvia Fuller Eidson. She was a descendant of Mayflower immigrants. She was a 1950 Baker High School graduate.

She received her registered nurse degree from Good Samaritan Hospital at Portland in 1953 and her bachelor's degree from Linfield College at McMinnville in 1980. She was especially proud of her trek back to college to obtain her bachelor's degree.

Patsy had a long and successful career as a nurse in hospitals. She worked in several trauma hospitals, becoming expert in emergency medical care. Patsy attained the position of head nurse in the medical wing of Northwest Hospital at Seattle, Wash.

She remained in that high-stress position for quite a number of years. Patsy returned to Oregon to pursue her passion, which was geriatric nursing. She accepted a position at Rose Villa in Milwaukee, a home for the elderly, which provided full living, medical and health facilities.

Upon her return to Baker City, she gave care and comfort to many area residents as a home care nurse for Baker County. She retired in 1994.

She was an excellent shot with her rifle and more often than not, successful in her hunt for buck deer. She dearly loved fly-fishing and tying her own flies. She was completely at home, fly rod in hand, hopping from rock to rock on East Eagle.

Dementia robbed her of the opportunity to practice her favorite hobby in retirement, but she was ever positive about her situation. She never lost her bright smile, quick wit or sense of humor.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Meadowbrook for the care they gave Patsy the last three years.

Survivors include her sister, Colleen Wallace and her husband, Michael, of Fullerton, Calif.; her brothers, Jim Eidson, and his wife, Lore, of Baker City and Tom Eidson and his wife, Kathy, of Houston; her nieces, Kim Sharman of Los Angeles and Stacey Olliff and her daughter, Michelle, of Boca Raton, Fla.; nephews, Barton Eidson, and his wife, Christie, of Puyallup, Wash., James Eidson of Burlington, Wash., and Brent Eidson of Houston; and Janet Shepardson, her best friend and faithful caregiver.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Mary Emily Eidson.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

‘Chase' Felton

Alexander "Chase" Felton, 20, of Meridian, Idaho, a former Baker City resident and a 2004 Baker High School graduate, died unexpectedly on April 18, 2006, at his home.

His memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at The Oasis, Seventh-day Adventist Church, 501 N. Curtis Road, Boise. The Aclesa Chapel & Tribute Center at Meridian is in charge of arrangements.

Chase was born on April 20, 1985, to William "Bill" and Lisa Brevick Felton at Boise. His parents divorced and he was raised by his father and stepmother, Stacey Raymond Felton (whom he always considered his "real" mom), primarily in California and in Portland.

After his parents divorce, he moved with his father to Baker City in 1999. Stacey and his sister, Ambrosia, always remained important figures in his life.

After his graduation from Baker High School, he entered the U.S. Air Force, where he was recognized for his outstanding achievements and excellence in recruit training. He was named honor recruit by the Recruit Training Center at Lackland Air Force Base in Lackland, Texas.

After recruit training, he entered training to become a military policeman, and after an injury was medically discharged in 2005. After his discharge, he moved to the Meridian area and worked as a plumber's apprentice.

No matter where he lived, Chase developed deep friendships that endured until his death. His irrepressible sense of humor, positive, calm attitude, and artistic talents will be missed by the many, many people who felt fortunate to have known him, his family said.

"A blessed light shone brightly and dimmed too soon," they said. "He will remain in our hearts forever."

Survivors include his father William "Bill" Felton and his father's life partner, Meredithe Miller, of Baker City; his birth mother, Lisa Brevick Felton Wallendar of Meridian; his mother, Stacey Raymond Felton, and sister, Ambrosia Lyn Felton, of Boise; maternal grandparents, Chris and Carol Brevick of Garden Valley, Idaho; and many other aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and countless friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to Crossroads Arts Center, The Baker Disabled American Veterans Van Fund, or a Veterans Service Organization of one's choice.

Robert Street

Robert Kenneth Street V, 76, a lifelong Baker City resident, died April 13, 2006, at his home after an extended illness.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Baker Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church, 42171 Chico Road. Pastor Tony Brandon will officiate. Visitations will be until 8 o'clock tonight at Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Friends are invited to join the family after the service for a reception. The location will be announced.

Robert, also know to many as "Bob," was born on Feb. 26, 1930, at Los Angeles, where his parents often spent their winters. At three weeks of age, he returned to Baker City where he lived most of his life.

Bob was a farmer, rancher, log truck driver, mechanic, a millwright, logger, carpenter, and jack-of-all-trades. He was married to Barbara Jackson and they had four children: Gary, Daniel, Debra and Robert. Bob married Alice Carpenter in 1967, and they had three sons: David, Kenneth and Joseph.

The family successfully ran the Street Sawmill for many years together.

Bob was loved by many who knew him, and those who didn't know him heard about his stories, family members said.

Bob loved his life, family, and church family. He enjoyed going for long drives, especially with his cousin, Meredith. He was often seen roaming the back roads of Baker County. He enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, listening to music, antique cars and telling great stories.

Survivors include his wife, Alice; his children and their spouses, Gary Lynn Street and his wife, Cheryl, of Tarban, Daniel Lee Street and his wife, Kelli, of Gresham, Debra Ren Tomlinson and her husband, Steven of Oregon City, and Robert Kenneth VI and his wife, Teresa, of Oregon City, David Carpenter and his fiance, Kyrn, of Leetonia, Ohio, Kenneth Roy Street and his wife, Seanna, of Baker City and Joseph Dean Street and his wife, Aundrea, of Baker City; 15 grandchildren, Tara, Cindy, Alex, Ben, Michael, Michael, Tom, Christina, Robert, Heather, and Jeff Street, Kerri and Jonathan Tomlinson, Michael Carpenter, and Michael Massi; three great-grandchildren and numerous cousins.

Memorial contributions may be made to help with services through Gray's West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814, or at any Bank of America or the Baker Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church.

John Carlson

John E. Carlson, 87, of Baker City, died April 12, 2006, at the Boise Veterans Hospital.

His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Private vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Sister Kay Marie Duncan of Pathway Hospice will officiate. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception after the service at The Sunridge, 1 Sunridge Lane.

John was born June 16, 1918, at Buhl, Idaho, to Edward and Amanda Lindstrom Carlson. After graduation from Baker High School, he attended Oregon State College. His Rose Bowl football team was later honored in Corvallis during the 1990s at the Hall of Fame Banquet.

During World War II, he served in the Pacific on Okinawa with the Army Air Corps, where he was instrumental in building a power station to provide electricity to the troops.

He had been a lineman for Eastern Oregon Electric and California Pacific, then after the war he opened an appliance store at Halfway and Baker. He established Carlson Construction Co. and was a private contractor to provide and repair power lines throughout Oregon.

During this time he became interested in aviation and earned an instrument qualification to fly for business. The California Pacific Utility High Spots magazine called him a "Pioneer With Wings" for being the line contraction unit with its headquarters in Eastern Oregon.

Survivors include his wife Marge of Baker City; son, John H. Carlson of Portland; brother, Duane Carlson of Scottsdale, Ariz.; sister-in-law, LaVelle Bonbright of Pendleton; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society through Gray's West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

Jonas Morin

Jonas Lane Morin, infant son of Jason and Heather Morin, formerly of Baker City, died April 12, 2006.

His funeral was today at the First Christian Church in Pawnee Rock, Kan.

Jonas was born at Great Bend Kan., on March 28, 2006.

He will be missed immensely by his family as he was dearly loved by all.

Survivors include his parents, Jason and Heather Morin of Pawnee Rock, Kan.; his brothers, Ian, Drew, and Cole; his aunt and uncle, Kelly Exferd-Jones and Joel Jones of Ontario; three cousins, Madison, Kendall and Ryan; grandparents, Arlene Williams of Prescott, Ariz., and Arnold Morin of Ontario, and John and Diane Trimmer of Pawnee Rock, Kan.; great-grandparents, Bill Patterson of Oak Harbor, Wash., and Gerald and Helena Dixon of Great Bend, Kan; and extended family members in Baker and Malheur counties and Barton County, Kan.

He was preceded in death by great-grandparents, Lola Patterson, Alice Hatchel and Vernell Morin; and two sisters, Faith and Hope Morin.

Curtis Martinson

Curtis Marvin Martinson, 67, of Baker City, died April 11, 2006, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

There will be a graveside memorial service later this summer at the Idaho Veterans Cemetery in Boise.

Curtis was born on April 9, 1939, at Thief River Falls, Minn., to Ray and Lila Martinson. He spent his early life at Thief River Falls where he was raised and educated. Mr. Martinson joined the U.S. Air Force where he served for eight years as an airline mechanic.

Later, he worked for Greyhound Bus lines as a mechanic and supervisor. He ended his working career in building construction.

He moved to Baker City in 2003 with his sister, Edna Johnson.

Survivors include a daughter, Bobbie Lee of Eudora, Kan.; grandson, Nicholas of Eudora, Kan.; a brother, Larry, of Thief River Falls, Minn.; and sisters, Irene Puppe of Hansel, N.D., Joice Wilson of Minneapolis, Edna Johnson of Baker City, Shirley Shannon of Langdon, N.D., and Sharon.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Clarence and Leroy; and his son, Kevin.

Gray's West & Co. was in charge of arrangements.

Pauline Smith

Pauline Marie Smith, 84, of Halfway, died April 11, 2006, at her home surrounded by her family.

Her memorial service was Saturday at the Presbyterian Church in Halfway. The Rev. Bill Shields officiated.

Pauline was born on Feb. 1, 1922, on a farm outside of Salem to Gordon E. and Bessie Tower. Pauline attended school at Salem until she was 12, at which time she began spending summers and eventually living with her older sister, Ellen, in Eugene. Pauline's mother had died when Pauline was a baby, and Ellen became a central person in Pauline's life — part mother, sister and best friend.

Pauline was a 1939 graduate of Eugene High School and went on to attend the University of Oregon for one year. During this time, she rented a room in a house owned by a lovely lady, Mrs. Jackson. Pauline met several lifelong friends at Mrs. Jackson's and recounts this significant event associated with that household in her memoirs: "It was Mrs. J who introduced us to opera. It was not necessarily by choice, but was what you woke up to each Saturday morning, and it became a permanent appreciation the rest of my life. We also learned to eat braised kidneys. That did not become a permanent fix!"

After her year at the University of Oregon, Pauline began working for Pacific Northwest Bell and describes her career in her memoirs: "My career at Pacific Northwest Bell started as a switchboard operator. You had two cords in front of you – one to plug into the light and say ‘Number please,' and the other to locate the number being called in this bank of numbers in front of you. Since my voice was often recognized by various friends, I occasionally got in trouble for talking."

It was at the phone company that Pauline met her life partner, Ken Smith. They were married on June 15, 1946, at Eugene, and Pauline began her excellent career as a full-time mother and homemaker.

During the years in Eugene, Pauline met and raised children with several neighbors. Pauline explains this in her writings: "We had 12 to 15 preschool children at one time. Marge, June and I would get together over a cup of coffee and laugh and cry over the day's events."

Pauline developed deep friendships in Eugene that endured for many years and through Pauline and Ken's decision to move from Eugene to Halfway in 1979. Pauline remembers having a few doubts about the move to Halfway, but soon began to love the peaceful beauty of her home and surrounding countryside. Pauline made friends easily in this small community that she grew to love.

Pauline often laughed over how she and Kenny met some of their first friends in Halfway, Tom and Nancy McCord. Pauline accidentally stepped on the heel of Nancy's shoe during initiation into the grange and the two became dear friends, both having recently moved to Halfway.

Pauline became a member of the Carson Club and enjoyed many years of friendship and many good dessert recipes with that group. Pauline was an avid reader and found her kindred spirit of books with her fellow Carson Club member, Madeline Engstrom. They shared their "favorite reads" and a special friendship that changed to frequent phone calls and visits after the Engstroms moved first to Baker City and then to northern California. Pauline donated many books to the local library.

Pauline was an active member of the Pine Valley Community Museum and was instrumental in lining up the volunteer staffing during open museum season. She volunteered for many years as a proofreader for the Hells Canyon Journal, enjoying everyone who worked there and taking treats to share. Pauline also helped with the Pine-Eagle Health Planning Committee board elections.

Pauline made many trips over the years, returning to visit old friends in Eugene. She always, and without fail, remarked at how happy she was to return home to Halfway.

Pauline was her family's focal point of special birthday dinners, huge holiday gatherings, countless meals, constant correspondence, and unconditional acceptance and love.

Her positive, calm attitude and sunny disposition will be missed by the many, many people who felt fortunate to have known her, her family said.

Survivors include her daughters, Ellen Smith of Seattle, Wash., and Lynne Smith of Halfway; daughter and son-in-law, Karen and David Andruss of Halfway; sons and daughters-in-law, Dain and Kathy Smith of Eugene, and Mark and Kathy Smith of Richland, Wash.; daughter-in-law, Terry Christman of Apache Junction, Ariz.; and her three grandsons, David Smith, Kenneth Smith and Matthew Smith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenny; and her youngest son, Paul Smith.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pine Valley Community Museum, Pathway Hospice of Baker City, or a charity of one's choice through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.


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