Home News Obituaries Obituaries for the week of Feb. 19 to Feb. 23
Obituaries for the week of Feb. 19 to Feb. 23
Charles D. Chuck Hansen, 81, a longtime Baker City resident, died Feb. 21, 2001, at his home after a brief battle with cancer.
A celebration of his life will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral at First and Church streets. A graveside service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Interment will follow.
Mr. Hansen was born May 8, 1919, at Norman, Neb., the second son of Roy and Emma Hansen. He attended a small three-room country grade school in Nebraska and graduated from Minden High School in 1938. He then attended Oregon State College in Corvallis from 1938 to 1941.
He was drafted into the military and served from 1941 to 1945 in the United States and in the European Theater (Italy). Following his discharge he continued military affiliations with the Air Force Reserve, retiring in 1976.
Mr. Hansen began his 36-year career with Pacific Northwest Bell in Bend. In 1947 he was transferred to Baker City, where he worked as an installer and at several other jobs inside the telephone company plant before his retirement in 1982.
He married Mary Margaret McEnroe in September of 1948. They celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary in September of 2000. Their children were C. Douglas Hansen, who died in 1995, Mary Jo Hansen Grove of Baker City, and two infants who died at birth, Patricia and Joseph.
Mr. Hansen enjoyed many interesting things, including gardening, reading Louis LAmour novels, watching television, photography, videotaping his grandsons activities and sporting events from an early age through high school, and also videotaping his own extensive travels.
As a retired military person he had the opportunity to travel on space available military aircraft around the world. He was in Germany when the Berlin Wall came down in 1989.
His travels also included trips to Africa, Alaska, Europe, the Pacific islands, Turkey, Asia, the Azores, Spain and three visits to Australia. He traveled many times to the Hawaiian Islands and enjoyed it very much. He also had the opportunity to visit many cities and air bases in the United States.
More recently he developed an interest in the computer. He liked getting online, sending e-mails and surfing the Net. Of all his hobbies his greatest was following his grandsons in their athletic events. He was their greatest supporter and traveled thousands of miles to watch them play.
Mr. Hansen was a member of the Elks Lodge, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Air Force Sergeants, St. Elizabeth Hospital Auxiliary and Trail Tenders. He volunteered at the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center and St. Elizabeth Health Services. He was affiliated with the Catholic Church.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Margaret Hansen; his daughter, Mary Jo Grove and her husband, Jim; his daughter-in-law, Debbie Hansen; his four grandsons, the pride and joy of his life, Marc Hansen, Darren Hansen, Casey Grove and Mitchell Grove; a brother-in-law, Joe McEnroe; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his two brothers, LeRoy Hansen and Harley Hansen; his son, Doug, and two infant children, Patricia and Joseph.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Baker Sports Complex through the Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, Ore., 97814.
Mildred Liddie Pennington, 96, a lifelong Baker County resident, died Feb. 21, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.
Her funeral will be Monday at 1 p.m. at Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Visitations will be Sunday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.
Mrs. Pennington was born Nov. 6, 1904, at her familys homestead on Lookout Mountain. She was a daughter of Jacob and Callie Dwinell Rohner. She went through eight years of school in a one-room schoolhouse near the homestead.
She married William Collin Pennington on Nov. 6, 1930, at Baker City. They had two children, Gordon and Grace. Mr. Pennington died April 9, 1977, in Baker City.
Mrs. Pennington loved animals, especially her two cats. Gardening, crocheting and huckleberrying were her other favorite pastimes. Her children and grandchildren were the light of her life.
She is survived by her son, Gordon Pennington of Baker City; her daughter, Grace Southard of Medical Springs; seven grandchildren, Jim and Lori Southard of Medical Springs, Billie Southard of Island City, Richard Southard of Union, Christy Whalen of Heppner, Judi and Matt Hall of Casper, Wyo., Jean Southard of La Grande and Jane and Matt Ginther of Irrigon; her sister-in-law, Gertrude Clymer of Baker City; seven great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; six step-great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her son-in-law, James L. Southard; and by four brothers.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or to a charity of ones choice through Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, Ore., 97814.
Bill J. Pug Robinson, 72, a lifelong Baker City resident, died Feb. 20, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Health Services after a bout with cancer.
His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the First Lutheran Church, 1734 Third St. Pastor Dennis Hickman will officiate. Visitations will be until 8 oclock tonight at Grays West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Interment will be in Mount Hope Cemetery.
Mr. Robinson was born on May 12, 1928, at Baker City to William and Eva Robinson.
Mr. Robinson was a lifelong Baker City resident and had lived on the family farm for almost 68 years. He married Mary Wessel at Idaho Falls on June 2, 1956. They raised two daughters.
Mr. Robinson had an extensive collection of Caterpillar and farm equipment. He showed his collection each year for the past 21 years during the Baker Antique Equipment Show at his Power of the Past museum.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Robinson of Baker City; daughters and sons-in-law, Eva and Rusty Truscott of Davenport, Wash., and Mary and Martin Neske of Haines; his adopted daughter and her husband, Vivian and Tommy Tucker of John Day; and grandchildren, Daniel, Jason and Jennifer Shumway, Tyrel Truscott and Pamela and Casey Neske.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society through Grays West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, Ore., 97814.
Robert Joe Barton, 62, a longtime Baker City resident, died Feb. 19, 2001, at his home.
There will be a Celebration of Life service at 3 p.m. Friday at Grays West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. The Rev. Ernest Smith of the United Methodist Church will officiate. The family requests that the service be casual. Visitations will be until 8 oclock tonight at the funeral home.
Mr. Barton was born on Dec. 11, 1938, at Union to Edgar and Dora Richards Barton. He was raised and educated at Union.
At the age of 14, he began working with his father in the woods in Eastern Oregon. He worked for 16 years in a sawmill at Lakeview and returned to Eastern Oregon in 1980.
He moved to Southeastern Alaska in 1989 where he lived for the next eight years. Six of those eight years were spent in logging. In 1995, he turned to carpentry and maintenance work until he returned to Eastern Oregon in 1997.
In April 1999, he became employed as a custodian for the Baker School District. He was full of life and loved life in general. He loved to be in the woods, to hunt mushrooms, pick huckleberries, cut firewood and hunt. He also loved spending time with his grandchildren.
The Eagles Lodge was his life for 35 years and he worked for many of its charities. He was the current president of the Baker Eagles Aerie 3456. He had many friends and never refused a helping hand. He was a simple man, loved by everyone who knew him and he had a great sense of humor. His motto was Enjoy life. It is a short son of a gun.
Survivors include his wife, JoAnn Barton of Baker City; sons and daughters-in-law, Lyle and Janice Barton of North Powder and Richard and Janine Barton of Catonsville, Md.; a stepdaughter and her husband, Merry and Keith Montgomery of Union; grandchildren, Cody and Scooter Barton of North Powder, Ashley, Jake and Taylor Barton of Catonsville, Md., and Rylee Montgomery of Union; a brother and sister-in-law, Edgar and Ellen Barton of La Grande; sisters and brothers-in-law, Virginia and Virgil Chandler and Jane and Richard Lang, all of Salem and Minnie and Elwyn Alexander of Missoula, Mont.; and numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Eagles Lodge Cancer Fund through Grays West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, P.O. Box 726, Baker City, Ore. 97814.
Mary Anita Holladay, 57, of Canyon City, a former Unity resident, died Feb. 21, 2001, at Twin Falls, Idaho.
Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Driskill Memorial Chapel at John Day. Pastor Dennis Sams will officiate. Interment will be in the Canyon City Cemetery.
Mrs. Holladay was born on Oct. 30, 1943, at Hillsdale, Kan., to Jim and Mildred DeMastus. She moved to Unity with her family shortly after her birth. She attended elementary school at Unity and was a 1961 graduate of Hereford High School.
She married Everett Holladay on Feb. 17, 1962, at Ontario. They moved to John Day in 1963.
She worked as a secretary for the Grant Independent School District superintendent at John Day and as an insurance agent for North Coast Life Insurance. She retired in 1988.
She was a member of the Blue Mountain Hospital Auxiliary, the City Council at Canyon City, the Elkettes and the Nazarene Church. She enjoyed antiques, travel, bingo and spending time with her grandchildren.
Survivors include her husband, Everett Holladay of John Day; her mother, Mildred DeMastus of Baker City; her sons, Bill Holladay of Corvallis and Schann Holladay of San Antonio, Texas; brothers, Jim Bob DeMastus of Baker City and Bill DeMastus of La Grande; sisters, Beverly Anderson of Boise and Wanda Arriola of Bridgeport; and seven grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her father, Jim DeMastus.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Platelet Disorder Support Association, P.O. Box 61533, Potomac, Md., 20859.
Dedith Shorts, 83, a longtime Baker City resident, died Feb. 15, 2001, at Settlers Park.
His memorial service will be later at Colville, Wash.
Mr. Shorts was born on Aug. 12, 1918, at Beloit, Wis., to Edward and Roserie Shorts. He worked for the railroad most of his life.
He also did some logging with his sons. He loved to fish and hunt. He was a World War II veteran. He will be buried at Colville, Wash.
Survivors include daughters, Vickie Laurent of Baker City and Rozie Finch of Elk, Wash.; sons, Red Shorts of Pendleton, Tim Shorts of Dutch Harbor, Alaska, and Dan Shorts of Spokane, Wash.; a sister, Vera Frank of Omro, Wis.; his wife, Florence of Baker City; and 15 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Edna; a son, David Shorts; and brothers, Frank of Cascade Locks and Ed of Baker City.
Jessie Elmeda Moses Chambers, 89, a lifelong Baker City resident and retired longtime teacher, died Feb. 17, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.
Vigil services will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the cathedral. The Rev. Robert C. Irwin and the Rev. John R. Jasper will concelebrate the Mass. Visitations will be until 5 p.m. today at the Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St.
Mrs. Chambers was born on April 8, 1911, at Baker City to D.B. Bud and Carrie Janney Moses. She attended Baker City schools and was a Baker High School graduate. She attended Oregon College of Education at Monmouth and was a graduate of Eastern College of Education at La Grande. She did her post-graduate work at Washington State University at Pullman.
She married Howard Chambers on June 7, 1930, at Stevenson, Wash. He died on May 22, 1939. They had two children, Bonnie and Bea.
After completing her education, Mrs. Chambers began her 40-year teaching career. She taught for 10 years in rural schools and the remaining 30 years at Brooklyn School for the 5J district. All of the schools except the first one were in Baker County.
Mrs. Chambers also worked part-time at J.C. Penney for about 20 years. After her retirement, she enjoyed traveling and working at the Baker County Public Library as a volunteer.
Her other volunteer work included helping at the museum and at St. Elizabeth Hospital. She was a member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Cathedral, the Altar Society, the hospital auxiliary and the Retired Teachers Association.
Survivors include her daughters, Bonnie Baggerly and her husband, Richard, of Echo and Bea Bottger of Portland; 12 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and 17 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Howard; her brother, George Moses; sisters, Thelma Morris and Margaret Morris; and son-in-law, Jim Bottger.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of ones choice through the Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, Ore., 97814.
Shirley H. Hageman, 82, of Baker City, died Feb. 18, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.
Her graveside funeral will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Eagle Valley Cemetery in Richland. Pastor Gordon Bond of the Richland Christian Church will officiate. Interment will follow the service. Visitations will be Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. in Baker City.
Mrs. Hageman was born Oct. 27, 1918, in Washington to George and Daisy (Wixom) Evans. She received her education in Richland.
Mrs. Hageman worked as a waitress at various restaurants and also enjoyed being a homemaker. She loved to knit and crochet and gave her crafts to many friends and family members. She was very proud of the bowling team she was on that went to a national competition, and also bowled with two of her sisters on that team.
She enjoyed her grandkids and was very proud of them. Mrs. Hageman loved to garden and grow flowers, and she could make a garden grow when nothing else would.
Mrs. Hageman is survived by her son, Ken Hickerson of Baker City; her brother, Harold Evans of Portland; four grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; five sisters, Opal Williams, Delma Stacey, Wanda Pickler, Evelyn Tucker and Doris (English) Moore.
Contributions in Mrs. Hagemans memory may be made to the American Cancer Society Research Fund in care of Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, Ore., 97814.
Genevieve Coats, 94, of Baker City died Feb. 11, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center.
Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Private vault interment will be in the Haines Cemetery. Visitations will be until 7 oclock Monday at the funeral home.
Mrs. Coats was born on Dec. 20, 1906, at North Powder to Andrew J. and Effie B. Toney Willis. She was raised and educated at North Powder and was married to Oscar Jacobson.
They owned and operated a farm near North Powder. After selling it, they moved to Arizona to ranch. Mr. Jacobson preceded her in death.
She then married Ralph Coats. He died at Yuma, Ariz., in 1990.
Mrs. Coats returned to North Powder and also lived with her twin sister for a short time. She lived in a foster care home and then at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center.
Survivors include several cousins.
She also was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Earl and Floyd Willis; and a twin sister, Geneva Wright.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children through the Coles-Strommer Funeral Home.