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Obituaries for the week of Dec. 25 to Dec. 29

Ed Rose

Clyde Edson Ed Rose, 59, a former Baker City resident, died Dec. 24, 2000, at his home at Aloha of a heart attack.

His memorial service was at 1 p.m. today at the Christian Life Center in Aloha.

Mr. Rose was born on June 18, 1941, at Ontario. He was a 1959 Baker High School graduate. He served in the U.S. Air Force and worked as a warehouse manager.

He married Sarah Elizabeth Vest on April 7, 1963.

Survivors include his wife, Sarah; his children, Jeffery Scott Rose and his wife, Anja, Jenina Marie and Stephanie Christine of Olympia, Wash., and Troy Edson Rose of Newberg, Trudy Vest Rose-Waggoner and her husband, George, and their sons, Wyatt Ethan and Mason Elliot of McDade, Texas, and Jeninia Ann Rose and her husband, Matt Peltier, of Mountain Home, Idaho; his father, James Russell Rose Sr. of Baker City; sisters, Nancy Dickison of Elizabethon, Tenn., and Kay Rose of Corvallis; and a brother, Bud Rose of Kennewick, Wash.

Ernest Crego

Ernest LaVern Crego, 84, died Dec. 16, 2000, at Napa, Calif.

There was a Celebration of Life service for him Friday at St. Helena, Calif.

Mr. Crego was born on Oct. 19, 1916, to Elmer Augustus Crego and Rena Antoinette Hall Crego at Kendall, N.Y. He was the youngest and last surviving of three children.

He grew up at Holley, N.Y., and entered the U.S. Navy at the age of 18. He served his country as chief petty officer in both the Korean War and World War II. He cared for the wounded and helped with the cleanup operation after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

He also had the horrific task of being one of many servicemen who helped clean up after the Hindenburg Disaster at Lakehurst, N.J., on May 6, 1937.

He retired from the Navy in 1952. He then became an employee of the federal government working at Naval Electronics Lab at Point Loma, Calif., and also for Mare Island Naval Shipyard at Vallejo, Calif., where he retired in 1973.

He married LaRee Ivie on June 29, 1939, at Baker City. They later divorced.

He then married Rita Elaine Challoner on Feb. 22, 1947, on Guam while both were serving in the Navy. They had been married for nearly 54 years. They made their homes in Guam, Portsmouth, Va., and in several California locations.

They moved to St. Helena, Calif., in 1992 and lost all of their worldly possessions in the flood of 1995 causing them to move back to Napa, Calif.

His children remember him not only as our father, but he was our gourmet cook, fishing companion, master gardener and could be heard whistling or singing for blocks. He was also our friend who loved to take weekend trips to Reno, often spending little and bringing back much.

He was well known for the wonderful meals he cooked. However, he never learned to cook for a few and always thought he was cooking for a Navy unit, and thus, there was always lots of leftovers.

He was a member of NARFE, DAVE and the Fleet Reserve Association. He was a fourth-degree Knight of Columbus and a member of the Napa Valley Barbershop Chorus. He also was an active member of St. Johns Catholic Church of Napa.

His family described him as a kind, loving and gentle husband, father and friend.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters; his son-in-law, John Tone; and his grandson, Johnny Ernest Payne.

Survivors include his children, Carol Charmaigne Tone of Baker City, Diane DeeDee Rena Payne and her husband, Ted, of Napa, Janice Marie Notsun and her fiance, Jim Duncan, of Cobb Mountain, Calif., and his son, Stephen Ernest Crego Sr., and his wife, Kathy Johnson Crego; eight grandchildren, John David Tone of Baker City, Catherine Carol Tone Dodgens and her husband, Vincent, of Sumpter, Jessie Earl and Jenny Therese Payne, Eric Steven Notsun, Kimberlie Ann and Stephen Ernest Crego Jr., all of Napa, and Morgan Diane Notsun of Cobb Mountain, Calif; four great-grandchildren, Misti LaRee Tone of Portland, Amelia Suzanne Coleman Tone of Garberville, Calif., Megan Alexandra Rincon of Fairfield, Calif., and Dustin Lee Payne of Napa; and a nephew, Lewis De Frank of Holley, N.Y., who he considered his brother.

Andrew Racey

Andrew Racey, 88, a lifelong rancher and Oregonian who enjoyed deer and elk hunting, geology and mining, died Dec. 26, 2000, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Grays West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Lynn Shumway will officiate. Visitations will be until 8 oclock tonight at Grays West & Co. Vault interment will be at the Malheur cemetery at Bridgeport.

As a child, Mr. Racey and his family homesteaded in the Malheur area where Racey Brothers Spring is now found. He went on to serve in the U.S. Army during World War II. In 1947, he married Hazel Herzog. She died in 1972.

He married Ann Bebe Ellis in June of that year.

As owner of the Racey Ranch at Bridgeport, Mr. Racey worked hard and lived with honor and integrity. He was much loved and will be truly missed. He will be remembered for his knowledge of local history, dinner stories, character and kindness.

Survivors include his wife, Bebe; daughter and son-in-law, Suzan and Keith Jones; son and daughter-in-law, Rand and Renee Racey; daughter and son-in-law, Priscilla and Russell Ing; sisters, Martha Boyer and Helen Liddiard; and his grandchildren, Kerry (Jones) Shimomura, Kasey (Jones) Phelan, Christopher and Jonathon Racey and Eliesa, Danielle and Bryan Ing.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alex and Catherine Racey; and a brother, Alex.

He was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be sent to the NRA in his name. This may be done through Grays West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, P.O. Box 726, Baker City, Ore. 97814.

Ernest Kitts

Ernest L. Kitts, 59, of Baker City died Dec. 24, 2000, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

His memorial service will be scheduled later.

Mr. Kitts was born Sept. 28, 1941, at La Follette, Tenn., to Delmos and Ethel M. Kitts. He served with the 101st Airborne in Vietnam.

He was a very efficient car salesman in the Portland area until his retirement. His hobbies were fishing and hunting. He was well liked by many friends.

Survivors include his mother, Ethel M. Kitts of La Follette, Tenn.; brothers, Ronnie Kitts of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Larry Kitts of Duff, Tenn.; sisters, Sandra Branom and Darlene Ayers, both of La Follette, Tenn.; his children, David Kitts of Caryville, Tenn., Angie Williams of La Follette, Tenn., Grant Kitts of Baker City and Brian Kitts of Longview, Wash.; five grandchildren; and his best friends and caretakers, Herschel and Donna Scott of Baker City.

He was preceded in death by his father, Delmos Kitts.

Lillian Schuff

Lillian E. Schuff, 78, of Baker City died Dec. 23, 2000, on Highway 245 near Baker City as the result of a motor vehicle accident.

Her funeral was at 2 p.m. today at Grays West & Co. Pioneer Chapel. Chaplain Gary Way of St. Elizabeth Health Services officiated.

Mrs. Schuff was born Oct. 26, 1922, at Dennison, Iowa, to Albert and Irene Boyens. After graduating from high school at Stewart, Neb., she began teaching in a one-room schoolhouse there.

She moved to Portland to work as a shipyard welder and met Elmer Schuff. They were married in 1946. They raised two children, Allen and Lois, while actively helping other children in the community. After hunting and fishing over many areas of Oregon, the couple fell in love with the Baker area. They decided to retired to Baker City in 1973. They settled at Stices Gulch and enjoyed the wildlife, hunting and fishing opportunities in the area.

Survivors include her husband, Elmer; a brother, Walter Boyens; a sister, Jean Gossard; her son, Allen; her daughter, Lois Emerson; and three grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association through Grays West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, Ore. 97814.

Edward Ankrom

Edward Conway Ankrom, 85, a longtime Halfway resident, died Dec. 22, 2000, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

His memorial service will be Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Halfway Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. President Lon Nalder of the LDS Church will officiate. Disposition was by cremation at the Eastern Oregon Pioneer Crematory.

Mr. Ankrom was born Sept. 17, 1915, at Salem, W.Va., to Connie Eli Ankrom and Bertha Maude Matheny.

While he was a young boy he, along with his family, moved to Augusta, Ill., where they lived until he was six years old. From there they moved to Michigan. When he was 19 he, like many other young men of the times, spent a summer in the wheat fields in Texas and through the Dakotas. From there he moved to the West Coast, where he went to work in the defense plants during World War II. After this period of his life he started driving truck and worked for many companies until he went to work for Darigold, where he worked until his retirement in 1972.

He moved to Halfway in 1977, where he met and married Lois Colyer in 1978.

Mr. Ankrom is survived by his wife, Lois Ankrom; a son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Donna Ankrom of Snohomish, Wash.; a stepson and daughter-in-law, Jay and Carolyn Short of Trout Run, Pa.; a grandson, Kelly Ankrom of Marysville, Wash.; a granddaughter, Tierney Ankrom of Snohomish; three step-grandchildren, Cody, Like and Rosie Short of Trout Run; a sister and brother-in-law, Jine and Louis Basman of Richland; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Eli and Bertha Ankrom; and by two sisters, Marjorie Ankrom and Genevieve Ankrom Stewart.

Contributions in Mr. Ankroms memory may be made to The Salvation Army in care of Grays West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, Ore., 97814.

Eugene Pupil

Eugene Joseph Pupil, 71, a lifelong Baker City resident, died Dec. 17, 2000, at his home.

His graveside funeral will be Friday at 2 p.m. at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Roger Scovil of the Baker City Christian Church will officiate. Visitations will be Thursday from noon to 5 p.m. at Grays West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave.

Mr. Pupil was born Dec. 4, 1929, at Baker City to Joseph H. Pupil and Dorothy Rundall.

He lived his entire life in Baker City and attended school here. He was raised by his grandmother, Bertha Rundall, and his father, Joe.

He loved the beautiful mountains and to be driven around to enjoy them.

Mrs. Pupil is survived by his sister, Violet V. Caviness of Baker City; and by many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister and two nephews.

Contributions in Mr. Pupils memory may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, in care of Grays West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, Ore., 97814.

Rosy Crockett

Rosslee Dama Rosy Crockett, 82, a longtime Baker City resident, died Dec. 21, 2000, at her home.

A celebration of her life will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Grays West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Darlene Friedlander will conduct the service. A reception will follow the service in the Oregon Trail Room at the Quality Inn Motel, 810 Campbell St. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Visitations will be today until 8 p.m. at Grays West & Co.

Mrs. Crockett was born Feb. 8, 1918, at Monett, Mo., to Leslie A. Taylor and Faye Nichols.

She married her best friend, Roy Crockett, on June 13, 1936. They were the parents of one child, a daughter, Darlene.

Mrs. Crockett spent her early childhood in Missouri. She came west with her mother, stepfather, sister, aunt, uncle and cousin. They were intending to go to Yakima, Wash., to work in the orchards, but stopped for a while to work in the New Plymouth, Idaho, area, when they heard of work in the Sumpter Valley area. They moved there to work in the lumber camps and on ranches.

She attended school at McEwen and spoke fondly of the happy times she enjoyed there. Then she came to Baker City to finish school. She graduated from Baker High School.

She was the first queen of the Miners Jubilee and thoroughly enjoyed the 50th anniversary of the Jubilee by riding in the July 4 parade at Haines in 1985. She spent one year and four months of her life during the 1940s in the TB hospitals in The Dalles and Portland, coming home to renew her love of family and the many outdoor activities she enjoyed, especially hunting and fishing.

Before her husband passed away, they enjoyed escaping the cold weather by wintering in their motor home at Quartsite, Ariz., where she came to love the beauty of the Arizona desert almost as much as she did Baker Valley and the surrounding area.

Mrs. Crockett is survived by her daughter, Darlene Friedlander, a brother-in-law, Owen Bleakman, brother and sister-in-law, Leslie and Ilah Taylor, and a niece, Dianne Reeves, and her husband, Gary, all of Baker City; a grandson, Bryan Hottel, and his family, of Sacramento; a great-grandson, Roy Chapman Hottel, a stepdaughter, Susan Pujals, a stepson, Steven Friedlander, and their families, all of Napa, Calif.; a granddaughter, Autum Brooks and her family, Aaron, Chelsea and Cameron, a nephew, Mel Cundiff, nieces Carol Loos and Marsha Dawe and their families, all from Colorado.

Her life was also blessed by many wonderful friends who shared her love of the outdoors and a good game of cards.

Mrs. Crockett was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Roy; a sister, Katherine Bleakman; and a grandson, Robbie Hottel.

Contributions in Mrs. Crocketts memory may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children or to the charity of ones choice in care of Grays West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, Ore., 97814.

Izora Hall

Izora Gregory Hall, 96, of Santa Barbara, Calif., and a former Baker City resident, died Dec. 19, 2000, at Santa Barbara.

She will be interred in the Lostine Cemetery next to her husband, Wade B. Hall. A memorial service will take place next spring in Northeastern Oregon. The time and place will be announced later.

Mrs. Hall was born Oct. 8, 1904, near Elgin, the first child of J. Frank and Tennessee Allen Gregory. She grew up on Smith Mountain near Wallowa.

After graduating from Wallowa High School, Mrs. Hall taught for three years in rural Wallowa County schools Goff, Eden and Smith Mountain. Then she attended Oregon Normal School in Monmouth, and received a normal school degree. She taught junior high school English in coastal Oregon towns from 1927-49 Myrtle Point for two years, Tillamook for one year and then Coos Bay for 19 years. During those years she completed college by attending summer school.

In 1949 she married Wade B. Hall of Wallowa, an employee of the U.S. Forest Service. They lived in Enterprise from 1950-54, where Mrs. Hall taught high school English in 1953 and 1954. The Halls lived in Baker City from 1954 until 1992, when they moved to the Grande Ronde Retirement Residence at La Grande. Mr. Hall died in 1993. In 1997 Mrs. Hall moved to Santa Barbara.

Her greatest interest and pleasure were her family and friends. She also loved the outdoors, horses, horseback riding, and trips in Northeastern Oregons rural areas and mountains. She was a devoted member of P.E.O. Chapter CJ for more than 40 years and participated with her husband in Masonic organizations and activities.

Mrs. Hall is survived by her stepdaughter, Diane Hall Jackson of Santa Barbara; her nieces, Beverly Johnson Kane of Boise and Donnajean Carla Gregory of Milwaukie; and the family of her deceased nephew, Greg Johnson.

Contributions in Mrs. Halls memory may be made to the Baker County Library Foundation, the Wallowa County Health Care Foundation, or other local charities.

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