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Home arrow News arrow News of Record arrow Obituaries for the week of Feb. 7 to Feb. 11


Obituaries for the week of Feb. 7 to Feb. 11

Hudson Miller

Hudson Linden Miller, 84, of Dolan Springs, Ariz., died Feb. 8, 2005, in Kingman, Ariz., of congestive heart failure.

His funeral will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-day Saints, 2625 Hughes Lane in Baker City. Bishop Tom Brock of Baker Valley Ward will conduct the service. Public visitation will be Saturday from noon until 1 p.m. in the Relief Society Room at the church.

He was born Sept., 22, 1920, at Midvale, Idaho, to Philip and Alice Miller. He served as a cook in the Army Air Corps during World War II, ranched in Baker County for many years and retired from Roseburg Lumber in Roseburg in 1985. He was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for many years, serving in many capacities including two full-time missions.

He is survived by his four children: Nina Stephens, Alice Sheldon, Philip Miller and LaFawn Smith and their families; his second wife, Berniece Miller, and six stepchildren: Shirley Benjamin, Leland Carlson, Ralph Carlson, Dennis Carlson, Ivan Carlson and Louise Cunningham and their families. He was beloved by all.

He was preceded in death by his beloved Anna in 1966, and by one infant daughter, Maryann.

Contributions in Mr. Miller's memory can be made to the LDS Mission Fund through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

‘Liz' Casteel

Cora Elizabeth "Liz" Casteel, 70, of Baker City, died Feb. 4, 2005, at her home.

Her memorial service will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Pastor David Deputy of Calvary Baptist Church will officiate.

Liz was born Feb. 2, 1935, at Kokomo, Ind., to Andrew and Ruth (Cunningham) Ireland. She was raised in Kokomo and received her education there. She worked in a plastics factory. On April 15, 1972, she married Robert Casteel in Las Vegas. They moved to Baker City from California in 1989.

Liz was a remarkable mother, wife, grandmother and friend. She enjoyed being around her grandchildren, her dog, Mac, and her cat, Pepper. She enjoyed the snow and needlework. She made beautiful afghans and enjoyed puzzles.

She is survived by her husband, Bob of Baker City; her children, Rochelle Stoaks and her husband, Ron, Michael Shelton and his wife, Peggy, and Dennis Shelton, all of Baker City, Robbin Llamas of Upland, Calif., and Mickie Sharp of La Grande; grandchildren, Candi Linde, Theresa Kinney, Robert Flores, Shannon Regan, Shelley Flores, Jamie Taylor, Jennifer McCarthey, Josh Shelton, Janet Llamas, Monique Gonzalez, Joseph Gonzalez, Natasha Gonzalez, Jaime Shelton and Justin Shelton; great-grandchildren, Cherish Drake, Shawn Murray, Kayla Kinney, J.R. Kinney, Tanis Kinney, Chelsea Davis, Izah Gonzalez, Novalee Gonzalez, Josh McCarthey, Alyssa McCarthey and Zach Taylor.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew and Ruth Ireland.

Contributions in her memory may be directed to Pathway Hospice, in care of Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

‘Chuck' Hausauer

Clarence C. "Chuck" Hausauer, 84, a longtime Baker City resident, died Feb. 7, 2005, at his home with his family at his side.

A private family graveside service for Mr. Hausauer will be Monday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Nathaniel Neff of Apostolic Lighthouse will officiate.

Chuck was born Oct. 8, 1920, at Drake, N.D., to Jacob and Hulda (Sonnenberg) Hausauer. He was raised in North Dakota until the age of 14 when his family moved to Astoria. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1942 until 1945. In his early years he drove log truck and then went to work in construction. He married Rachel Irvin in March 1947 at Astoria. They moved to Eastern Oregon in 1957 to work on the Brownlee Dam. He then went to work for Clubb Brothers and in the late 1960s he opened Chuck's Appliance Repair. He worked in his own shop until he retired in 1998.

Chuck was a musician and played guitar and bass. He played at various clubs in a three- or four-piece band. He was instrumental in starting the Rhythm Kings and played at the Veterans, Eagles and Elks clubs. After the band split up, he played at the Senior Center in the Buddy Band. He and Rachel enjoyed traveling and they visited most of the United States except the East Coast. They also visited Paris and went on a Mediterranean cruise. He loved hunting and fishing and enjoyed camping with friends and family, bowling and spending his mornings with his friends at the office.

He was a loving husband, father and friend and will be greatly missed

Chuck is survived by his wife, Rachel Hausauer, and his daughter, Judy L. Hausauer, both of Baker City; his son, Michael M. Hausauer of Townsend, Mont.; granddaughters, Candice Hausauer of Lebanon and Mellisa Thirsk and her husband, Don, of Bozeman, Mont.; a special niece, Diane Rodden of San Bruno, Calif.; nephews, Richard Zachman of San Ramon, Calif., and Myles Zachman of Clear Lake Park, Calif.; and numerous nieces and cousins in Minnesota. Rachel and her family would like to say thank you to Doug and Sue Spade for being good neighbors and special friends over the last several years.

Chuck was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Vern Hausauer; and his grandson, Michael Hausauer.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make contributions in Mr. Hausauer's memory may direct them to MSTI or Guardian Hospice, in care of Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Gayle Christenson

Gayle Arlyn Christenson, 74, a longtime Baker City resident, died Feb. 7, 2005, at home surrounded by family and friends.

An Elks service and celebration of his life will take place Sunday at 11 a.m. at the Elks Lodge, 1896 Second St.

Gayle was born in 1931 at McMinnville to Chester and Lola (Johnson) Christenson. He attended school in Newberg and graduated there in 1950. He received training in radio engineering and moved to Salt Lake City where his distinct deep voice got him a job as a radio announcer. From there, Gayle worked a short time in the oil fields of Wyoming before he moved back to Detroit, Ore. There he went to work for his granddad, who owned and operated Detroit Phone Company. The town of Detroit was being relocated for the damming of the Santiam River. Gayle worked to rebuild and move the phone system of Detroit and two smaller towns nearby.

His career with Pacific Northwest Bell as janitor for three months months began in Portland, then he soon moved to Baker City. Here he met Karen Metcalf, who was working as a telephone operator. They were married in 1954. Gayle retired from the phone company in Baker City in 1989. He worked the central office in Baker and several microwave stations of Central Oregon where his troubleshooting and problem-solving skills were well known.

Gardening, hunting, travel and A LOT of fishing were Gayle's favorite pastimes. He was a longtime brother of the Baker Elks Lodge and he coached Little League and Babe Ruth baseball for several years. Many people say Gayle could give meaningful advice without you knowing he did. He possessed patience and wisdom and topped all of that off with a great sense of humor.

Gayle is survived by his loving wife, Karen; sister and brother-in-law, Norma and John Sanford of Keizer; brother-in-law, Chuck Morris of La Grande; daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Dave Phillips and their kids Katie and Billy Phillips, and Toni Phillips Zikmund and her husband, Paul, all of Baker City; a daughter and son-in-law, Joni and Kirk Sager, and their kids Jim and Clint Sager, Luke Kolb and Katie Strong of Grants Pass; two great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews also survive.

Gayle was preceded in death by his father and mother.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Baker Sports Complex and/or the Baker Elks Drum and Bugle Corps, in care of Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

‘Chet' Koontz

Chester David "Chet" Koontz, 73, a lifelong Hereford resident, died Feb. 7, 2005, at his home due to complications from rheumatoid arthritis.

His funeral will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at Unity High School. Lynn Shumway and Matthew Schnetz of the Burnt River Community Church will officiate. Burial will be at Unity Cemetery. There will be a reception at the Unity Community Hall after the service.

He was born Oct. 29, 1931, at the family ranch, only a half-mile west of the home where he died. He was the sixth child born to William Asa and Rebecca Ruth Van Cleave Koontz. He was a star athlete in high school, and upon graduation he married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Marilyn Mitchell (Myrnie).

In the early years, Chet drove log truck and eventually bought his own truck. In the late 1950s he was asked to operate the Koontz family ranch. He subsequently purchased the property adjacent to it, which was originally owned by his grandfather, Orlando Chester Koontz. Chet was well respected in the community and was still ranching up to the present time.

He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was well known for his love of babies, and he loved spending time with all of his family. He enjoyed hunting, camping, picnicking, and especially huckleberry picking when he could find the time. He was an avid card player and truly enjoyed the camaraderie around the table. He was an awesome dancer, and he and Myrnie were quite a pair out on the dance floor.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Myrnie; nine children and their spouses: Davey and Dale Baker of La Grande, Jonda and Butch Myers of Unity, Gwynneth and Quinten Anderson of Unity, Kristi and Denny Ping of Bonney Lake, Wash., Valerie and Rod Wilson of Unity, Richelle and Loren Brown of La Grande, Kimala and Tim Hoskins, Chip and Cathleen Koontz, and Shauna and Corey Andrews, all of Hereford. He was the proud grandfather of 40 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters, Edith Derrick of Unity, Wilma Loeks of Dundee, and Maxine Brouillette of Brookings; as well as numerous other relatives and good friends.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother; two sisters, Donna Bradford and Nan Hix; and a brother, Henry (Hank) Koontz.

Contributions may be made to the Koontz family in care of Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

‘Pete' Peterson

Duane Irwin "Pete" Peterson, 72, a former Halfway resident, died on Feb. 5, 2005, at Spokane Valley.

At his request there will be no viewing. There will be a Celebration of Life service at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Hazen and Jaeger Valley Funeral Home in the Spokane Valley. There will be a family reception/potluck afterward.

Pete was born in Halfway, Oregon on January 19, 1933 to Dick D. Peterson and Bessie I. Peterson Irwin. The gold rush days relocated Pete and his parents to Cornucopia, a small mining community close to Halfway, where his parents ran a store. They returned to Halfway in 1942. He was one of five to graduate from Pine Valley Union High School at Halfway in 1950.

While in high school, Pete participated in various activities including football, track, the Glee Club. He was in several plays and was the secretary of both his senior class and the Agricultural Club.

He went on to the University of Oregon at Eugene before entering the U.S. Navy. He served his country from Jan. 18, 1951, to January 18, 1954. He was discharged in Seattle, Wash., where he met his first wife, Viola Marie Anderson.

They were married on Feb. 18, 1954, at Baker City. They moved back to Halfway where Pete worked as a clerk in the U.S. Forest Service. He then went on to work on both the Brownlee and Hells Canyon dams near Halfway.

They then moved to Wenatchee, Wash., where he started as a fireman for the then Great Northern Railroad and on onto Spokane, Wash., where he later became an engineer. He retired from the Burlington Northern Railroad in 1995.

Pete had eight children from this marriage. He married Jo Mason in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, on Aug. 20, 1976. They had one child.

Pete was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and was an avid hunter and fisherman. In recent years you could find Pete on the lake, playing cards with his many friends or feeding his pet squirrels. He was loved and will be missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and children, Sherry Peterson, Dickie D. Peterson, Randy Peterson and Billie Joe Peterson.

Survivors include his wife, Jo; children, Robert Peterson and his wife, Donna, of Bend, Dawn West and her husband, Bob, Sandra Kaye Schaich, Richard Peterson and his wife, Tami, and Mary Baker and her husband, Dexter, all of Spokane, Wash.; 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and numerous relatives throughout the Pacific Northwest and Canada.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ronald McDonald House at Spokane, Wash.

Fred Hodgson

Fred Peter Hodgson, 43, of Umatilla, a former North Powder resident, died Feb. 3, 2005, at Richland, Wash., of natural causes.

His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the North Powder Community Church in North Powder. Pastor Roger Cochran will officiate. Interment will be at the North Powder Cemetery. Visitations will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., in La Grande.

Fred Peter Hodgson was born on Jan. 28, 1962, to Fredrick and Phyllis Peters Hodgson at Sacramento, Calif. In the summer of 1962, the family moved to North Powder where Fred attended school. He was a 1980 graduate of Powder Valley High School at North Powder.

After high school, Fred attended Eastern Oregon University at La Grande where he receive a bachelor's degree in business and arts. He specialized in accounting.

Fred worked at Weiser, Idaho, and Salem before settling in the Umatilla area where he worked for Con-Agra Foods Inc. at Boardman for 15 years. He was a past member of the Hermiston Lutheran Church. He enjoyed helping others, video games, computers, golf and hockey. He loved to travel.

Survivors include his mother, Phyllis Hodgson of La Grande; brothers, Ross Hodgson and his wife, Sue, of Union, Mark Hodgson of La Grande and Tom Hodgson of North Powder; numerous nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Fredrick Hodgson.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association through Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande, OR 97850.

To view the obituary, sign the guest book or leave a condolence online at this Web site: vww.danielschapel.com.


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