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Obituaries for the week of Feb. 3 to Feb. 10

‘Big Lou' Williamson

Clarence Lewis "Big Lou" Williamson, 58, died Jan. 31, 2003, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

His memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Pastor Monte Loyd of Baker Valley Christian Assembly will officiate.

Mr. Williamson was born on Sept. 6, 1944, at Robinson, N.D. He was a son of Edwin and Purnelby "Dolly" Brady Williamson. He grew up and attended school at Lake Williams Country School.

Lou worked in his uncle's service station at Cottonwood, Idaho, then later moved to Boise, where he worked at General Tires and met his future bride, Caron Bryon. They were married on June 27, 1964, at Baker City.

He worked and lived in various locations until 1973, when they moved to Robinson, N.D., and farmed on the homestead. He later started driving truck in the 1980s until the family moved back to Baker City in 1987.

He drove log truck for several years, before he went to long-haul driving. He loved gardening, camping, fishing, driving teams of horses and mules and spending time with his grandchildren.

His all-time love besides his family was playing his guitars and singing. While in Robinson, N.D., he played in a band, where he was lead guitar player and vocalist.

Survivors include his wife, Caron Williamson of Baker City; his three sons, Russel Williamson, and his wife, Mary, Ricky Williamson and Robert Williamson and his wife, April; daughter, Raechelle "Shorty" King; seven grandchildren, Courtney Williamson, Dustin Eastman, Eric Williamson, Justin and Dakota Williamson, and Cheyenne and Kiah King; his brother, Johnny Williamson; sisters, Lenore Forseman, Beverly Acree, Judy Scholssnagle, Irene Schacher, Donna Martonen and Sheila Larson.

He was preceded in death by his father, Edwin, and mother, Dolly; brothers-in-law, Phil Acree and Dick Schacher; and nephews, Glen Schlossnagle and Kit Forseman.

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

Leona Medlin

Leona R. Medlin, 83, a longtime Baker City resident, died Feb. 4, 2003, at her daughter's home.

Mrs. Medlin's funeral will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Pastor Gene Saunders of the Blue Mountain Foursquare Gospel Church will officiate. Interment be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitations will be today until 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mrs. Medlin was born Sept. 21, 1919, at Payette, Idaho, to Charles Alfred and Beulah Mae Abernathy Keele. She was raised and educated at Payette, Idaho. Mrs. Medlin came to Baker City in 1946 and was married to Fred Franklin Medlin on March 17, 1964, at Winnemucca, Nev.

She raised her family and worked for Cablevision retiring after 22 years. She loved to travel and with her husband; they spent 12 years traveling to Arizona during the winters as Snowbirds.

Mrs. Medlin loved to embroider, crochet, do craft work, needlework, read and work with her flowers. She was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary.

Survivors include her children, Caroline and Robert Barton and Elaine Logsdon, all of Baker City, and Howard and Judy Logsdon of Salem; sister and brother-in-law, Alta and Dutch Hipp of Ontario; sister, Marjorie Erickson of Baker City; sister and brother-in-law, Geneva and Royce Irby of Summerville; stepchildren, Jerry and Carolyn Medlin of Arizona and Sandra Medlin of Boise; 10 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a sister and two brothers.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Blue Mountain Foursquare Gospel Building Fund, through the Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Carol Young

Carol Elaine Young, 71, of Baker City died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2003, at St. Charles Medical Center at Bend.

Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Pastor Lura Kidner-Miesen of the Baker City United Methodist Church will officiate. There will be a reception at the American Legion Hall, 2129 Second St., after the funeral.

Carol was born Nov. 26, 1931, at Baker City to John and Hazel Gilbert Bates. She attended school in Baker City and was a Baker High School graduate.

She married Clayton Young on Dec. 7, 1956, at Baker City. In the mid 1970s, she became an Avon representative and continued in this occupation for about 20 years, retiring in 1995.

Carol was also a great homemaker. She was an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary, participating especially in the organization of the Girls State program.

Carol enjoyed sewing and making porcelain dolls. She will be missed by all who knew and worked with her.

Survivors include her husband, Clayton Young of Baker City; a son, Joe Sturdivant of Baker City; a daughter, Elaine Sturdivant of Anchorage, Alaska; two brothers, Henry and Glen Bates, both of Baker City; and two 2 sisters, Nancy Fee of Baker City and Susan Derrick of Payette, Idaho.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter, Linda Young.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Auxiliary through Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

‘Big Lou' Williamson

Clarence Lewis "Big Lou" Williamson, 58, died Jan. 31, 2003, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

His memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Pastor Monte Loyd of Baker Valley Christian Assembly will officiate.

Mr. Williamson was born on Sept. 6, 1944, at Robinson, N.D. He was a son of Edwin and Purnelby "Dolly" Brady Williamson. He grew up and attended school at Lake Williams Country School.

Lou worked in his uncle's service station at Cottonwood, Idaho, then later moved to Boise, where he worked at General Tires and met his future bride, Caron Bryon. They were married on June 27, 1964, at Baker City.

He worked and lived in various locations until 1973, when they moved to Robinson, N.D., and farmed on the homestead. He later started driving truck in the 1980s until the family moved back to Baker City in 1987.

He drove log truck for several years, before he went to long-haul driving. He loved gardening, camping, fishing, driving teams of horses and mules and spending time with his grandchildren.

His all-time love besides his family was playing his guitars and singing. While in Robinson, N.D., he played in a band, where he was lead guitar player and vocalist.

Survivors include his wife, Caron Williamson of Baker City; his three sons, Russel Williamson, and his wife, Mary, Ricky Williamson and Robert Williamson and his wife, April; daughter, Raechelle "Shorty" King; seven grandchildren, Courtney Williamson, Dustin Eastman, Eric Williamson, Justin and Dakota Williamson, and Cheyenne and Kiah King; his brother, Johnny Williamson; sisters, Lenore Forseman, Beverly Acree, Judy Scholssnagle, Irene Schacher, Donna Martonen and Sheila Williamson.

He was preceded in death by his father, Edwin, and mother, Dolly; brother-in-law, Phil Acree; and nephew, Glen Schlossnagle.

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

Delbert Coon

Delbert Ernest Coon, 81, of Odell, a former Baker City resident, died Jan. 29, 2003, at his home.

Private cremation was held at The Dalles Win-quatt Crematory. Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements. There will be a private family service and inurnment later at Baker City.

He was born on Sept. 30, 1921, at Portland, the only child of Oliver and Edna Craig Coon. Delbert was raised at Baker City where he attended schools.

He served as a medic in the U.S. Army during World War II and was stationed at North Africa and Sicily. He returned to Baker City and married Gladys Irene Baird on May 5, 1948. In 1969, they moved to the Hood River Valley, and then in 1985 they settled at Odell.

Delbert worked as a logger, house painter, security guard, salesman, and he worked year-round for Diamond Fruit Growers. In his spare time, Delbert enjoyed raising roses and traveling.

Survivors include his sons and their spouses, Bruce and Doris Coon, of Henderson, Ky., Ed and Peggy Coon of Odell, Larry and Donna Coon of Odell and Oliver and Teresa Coon of Soldotna, Alaska; two granddaughters, Charmaine Coon and Thalera Coon, both of Odell.

His wife, Gladys, died on Sept. 8, 1997.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Gorge, 751 Myrtle St., The Dalles, OR 97058.

‘Duane' Coles

Roger Duane Coles, 86, of Vancouver, Wash., a former Baker County resident, died Jan. 22, 2003.

There was a celebration of life ceremony to honor him on Jan. 25 at Felida Baptist Church in Vancouver.

Duane was born at Haines on June 2, 1916. He graduated from Haines High School and later attended Brooks Institute of Photography. He received an honorary master of science degree in photography from Brooks in 2001 for representing "our craft with diligence, fortitude, honesty, service, and many long hours of untiring work."

He served in the South Pacific in World War II. He married Glennie Opal Putman on Jan. 3, 1945.

He found his lifelong career as a professional photographer to be very rewarding because he made people smile.He made photographic memories for more than a million people during his lifetime.

His photography led him to travel or to live in Oregon, Montana, Utah, through the Midwest to Iowa and back to Idaho and Washington. He ran his own studios at Baker City and Ontario, and worked for Holman Studio at Baker City.

He was moved to Salt Lake City by Film Service Corp. in 1967.In Utah he also worked for Don Blair Photography.He and Glennie moved to Ontario in 1979 and opened their own studio there.

He moved to Kootenai, Idaho, in 1999, and then moved to Vancouver Wash., in 2001 to live with his daughter, Carol, and family, because of health concerns.He continued to enjoy digital photography as a hobby.

He was devoted to his family and enjoyed music and photography. He will best be remembered for his deep faith and daily walk with God. He was a man of prayer.

Survivors include his wife, Glennie, of 58 years; his three children, Larry Coles of Kootenai, Idaho, Carol Brown of Vancouver, Wash., and Merry Schwartz of Carol Stream, Ill.; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.He attended Felida Baptist Church at Vancouver.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Victory Baptist Church, P.O. Box 664, Sagle, Idaho 83860.

‘Ellison' Garner

James "Ellison" Garner, 89, of Ontario, died Jan. 29, 2003, at Baker City.

His funeral was at 1 p.m. MST today in Ontario at the Haren-Wood Funeral Chapel. Vault interment was at the Rosedale Memorial Gardens in Payette, Idaho.

Mr. Garner was born on June 14, 1913, at Fairfax, Mo., to Albert and Cordia Spencer Garner. He was educated at Stanberry, Mo., and came to Ontario in 1932. He married Fay Pearson on Aug. 22, 1936, at Payette, Idaho. Mrs. Garner died in 2000.

The Garners made their home at Ontario where he was a partner in the Ontario Grain Co. for 32 years. He also worked for the City of Ontario for seven years.

He was a member of the Assembly of God Church and loved hunting and fishing.

Survivors include his two sons and their wives, Eugene and Louann Garner of Springfield and Max and Melissa Garner of Haines; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two sisters; and a brother.

He was preceded in death by his nine brothers and sisters.

Philip Baird

Philip R. Baird, 70, of Sequim, Wash., died Jan. 29, 2003, at Port Angeles, Wash.

His memorial service was today at the Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church at Sequim, Wash. The Rev. Jack Anderson officiated.

Mr. Baird was born at Klickitat, Wash., on Oct. 9, 1932,to Vero W. Baird and Margaret Hutchins. He married JoAnna Redburn on Feb. 16, 1952, at Vancouver, Wash.

Mr. Baird moved to Sequim in 1998 from Phoenix, Ariz., where he had worked as a food broker for many years. He retired in 1996.

He was a member of the Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church at Sequim, Wash.

Survivors include his wife, JoAnna Baird of Sequim, Wash.; sons, Chris and Craig Baird, both of Phoenix, Ariz.; daughter, Cathy Temple of Palouse, Wash.; his mother, Margaret Holcomb of Baker City; brother, Robert Baird of Fountain Hills, Ariz.; sisters, Corrine Fuzi of Coolin, Idaho, and Nancy Smith of Baker City; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Cheryl Anne Grimes; his father, Vero W. Baird; and his stepfather, Ralph Holcomb.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Dungeness Valley Health & Wellness Clinic, P.O. Box 3434, Sequim, WA 98382.

Claude Speelman

Claude L. Speelman, 90, of Hermiston, a former Haines resident, died Jan. 30, 2003, at St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, Wash.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the chapel of the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home at Milton-Freewater. Pastor Richard Wright will officiate. Private interment will be Wednesday in Mount Hope Cemetery.

Claude was born Oct. 27, 1912, at Haines. He was the son of LeRoy and Lela Cross Speelman. He married Janet Pettie at Weiser, Idaho, in 1939.

He worked construction and the couple moved a lot when their children were young. He later worked ranches in the Baker Valley. They lived for several years at Waitsburg, Wash., until their oldest son died in a sawmill accident in 1959. Later, they moved to John Day.

His wife died in 1966. Claude moved back to Dayton where he married Edna Quigg. She died in 1991. He moved to Hermiston where he had lived with his daughter and son-in-law, Lela and Don Key.

Survivors include his two daughters, Lela Key of Hermiston and Pat Chappell of Milton-Freewater; a son, Michael Speelman of Madras; three sisters, Marge McAllister and Lois Moberly of Milton-Freewater and Jewel Wright of Nampa, Idaho; 11 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

He also was preceded in death by his son, Joe LeRoy Speelman in 1959; and a daughter who died at birth in 1948, Ellen Gayle Speelman.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children through the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main St., Milton-Freewater, OR 97862.

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