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Obituaries for the week of Jan. 14 to Jan. 18

Larry Stiltz

Larry A. Stiltz, 60, of Baker City, a former Haines resident, died Jan. 14, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

His memorial service was at 2 p.m. Friday in the Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Pastor Monte Loyd of the Baker Valley Christian Assembly officiated. Private family interment will be later at the Haines Cemetery.

Mr. Stiltz was born on Dec. 28, 1941, at Baker City to Coleman and Irene Robbins Stiltz. He grew up in the Rock Creek area and as a child he liked school and playing by Rock Creek. He enjoyed taking care of the animals on the ranch and working with his dad. He lived there until he moved to Baker City and worked at Step Forward.

He enjoyed fishing and camping and trips out of town. He loved his bicycle, which he rode a lot. He would ride out of town to see his sister and her family and friends. He loved everyone and will be missed.

Survivors include his sisters, Gertrude Fell of Castro Valley, Calif., Annette Bracken of Baker City and Sharon Peterson of California; two nieces, one nephew, two great-nieces, three great-nephews, two aunts and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Monroe.

Memorial contributions may be made to Step Forward through the Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Bud Hutton

Billy Joe Bud Hutton, 69, a longtime Baker City resident, died Jan. 14, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

There will be a family gathering later. Disposition was by cremation at Grays West Pioneer Crematory.

Mr. Hutton was born Jan. 16, 1932, at Lebanon, Mo., to Claude and Gertie Caffey Hutton. He graduated from Phoenix High School in Phoenix, Ore. He was a member of the Honor Society and served as student body president. He received the Elks scholarship for Most Valuable Student.

He attended Southern Oregon University at Ashland, where he played freshman and varsity football. He was drafted into the U.S. Army on Dec. 4, 1952. He attended Southwestern Signal Regional Training Center at San Louis Obispo, Calif., where he received the highest score ever obtained on the final exam. He then served as a repeaterman until his discharge in June of 1954.

He married Jane Cooper in Reno, Nev., on Nov. 3, 1956. They made their home in the Rogue Valley until July of 1974 when they moved to Baker City.

Mr. Hutton worked for the Fountain Lumber Co. and Norman Lumber Co. at Phoenix, and Gardners Machine Shop in Medford. He was a partner with Bob Ferns in the auto tuneup business named Checkpoint.

After moving to Baker City he owned and operated Hutton Machine & Supply, H&M Machine and Baker City Machine & Supply Inc. In October 1986 he began working for Marvin Wood Products. He would have retired at the end of January 2002 with a perfect attendance record.

Mr. Hutton was a former member of the Salvage Creek Archery Club, Rogue Valley Racing Association, Sumpter Valley Ghost Riders, and Oregon State Snowmobile Association. He was a life member of the Sumpter Valley Railroad, 25-year member of the Elks Lodge, No. 338, in Baker City, and the Baker County Historical Society.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Debra Lynn Hutton; his parents, Claude and Gertie Hutton; aunts and uncles; and a brother-in-law, Paul Betz.

Survivors include his wife, Jane Hutton of Baker City; son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Debra Hutton and their children, Stephanie, Michelle and Brian Hutton, all of Baker City; a daughter, Billie Hopkins, and her children, Sierra and Cody Hopkins of Enterprise; and sisters and brothers-in-law, Jewell and Paul Inserra of Medford, and Claudia and Jim Perry of Eagle Point.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sumpter Valley Railroad, Billy Payton Memorial Fund, Phoenix High School Teens and 50s Grant in Aid through Grays West & Co., P.O Box 726, Baker City OR 97814.

Larry Stiltz

Larry A. Stiltz, 60, of Baker City, a former Haines resident, died Jan. 14, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

His memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday in the Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Pastor Monte Loyd of the Baker Valley Christian Assembly will officiate. Private family interment will be later at the Haines Cemetery.

Mr. Stiltz was born on Dec. 28, 1941, at Baker City to Coleman and Irene Robbins Stiltz. He grew up in the Rock Creek area and as a child he liked school and playing by Rock Creek. He enjoyed taking care of the animals on the ranch and working with his dad. He lived there until he moved to Baker City and worked at Step Forward.

He enjoyed fishing and camping and trips out of town. He loved his bicycle, which he rode a lot. He would ride out of town to see his sister and her family and friends. He loved everyone and will be missed.

Survivors include his sisters, Gertrude Fell of Castro Valley, Calif., Annette Bracken of Baker City and Sharon Peterson of California; two nieces, one nephew, two great-nieces, three great-nephews, two aunts and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Monroe.

Memorial contributions may be made to Step Forward through the Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Eva Reinecke

Eva I. Reinecke, 85, a longtime Baker City resident, died Jan. 14, 2002, at Meadowbrook Place.

The rosary will said at 6 oclock tonight at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday at the church. The Rev. Rob Irwin of St. Francis de Sales Cathedral will officiate. Vault interment will be in Mount Hope Cemetery. There will be a reception at St. Francis de Sales after the service.

Visitations will be until 4 p.m. today at Grays West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave.

Eva was born in North Dakota on Aug. 20, 1916, and studied for her nursing degree in North Dakota. She met and married Roy C. Reinecke at Wallace, Idaho, on April 9, 1945.

They moved to Baker City in the 1940s where they owned and operated the Valley Dairy. Eva nursed for several years at St. Elizabeth Hospital.

She retired from nursing and helped her husband in his real estate business: Reinecke, Frisbie Real Estate and then Reinecke Real Estate.

She was a member of St. Francis de Sales Cathedral.

Survivors include her adopted son, R. Douglas Reinecke and his wife, Theresa, and their children and families, Sherri and Ron Enz, Damon and Pat Reinicke, Shawn and Mike Morse, Synthia Reinecke and Suzanne and David Schooler; grandchildren, Ryan Enz, Eric and Kate Reinecke, Amie Northrip, and Joseph, Elizabeth and Robert Schooler.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy C. Reinecke.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Francis de Sales Elevator Fund through Grays West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

James Hull

James Freeman Hull, 58, of Baker City, died Dec. 30, 2001, at the Boise Veterans Hospital.

Burial was at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Jim was born Dec. 12, 1943, in Baker City to Howard and Lillian Hull. He was one of 12 children. He was raised in Baker City and received his education here.

He served his country during the Vietnam conflict. He worked for Baker Redi-Mix and Ward Ranches. He loved fishing, mushrooming and all outdoor activities. He was a loving brother and a very giving person who was always thinking of others.

Survivors include his sons, Mike and Steve Hull, both of Baker City; one granddaughter of Baker City; brothers, Don Hull of Salem and Dick Hull of Baker City; three sisters, Carol Shives of Salem, Robin Morin of La Grande and Barbara Martinez of Baker City; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and three sisters.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mountain States Tumor Institute or the Boise Veterans Hospital.

Stan Saunders

Dalton Stanley Stan Saunders, 74, died Jan. 12, 2002, at his home in Richland.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Richland Methodist Church. Interment will be at the Eagle Valley Cemetery. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception afterward at the Richland Christian Church.

Stan Saunders was born on Sept. 10, 1927, in Richland to Merritt and Eva Dean McDowell Saunders. Stan came into this world weighing one pound. He was not expected to survive, but because of the loving efforts of his aunts, Clara and Mattie, Stan thrived. He was raised and educated in the Richland area, attending the New Bridge grade school, Sunnyside grade school and Eagle Valley High School. It is said that he attended more days of school during football season than any other.

In 1945 Stan joined up with the Army and served 18 months. He and Jane Marie Allen were married in 1948 at Janes grandparents home, the Allens, in Richland. Of this union they had three children, Marcia, Dwight and Dan. He and Jane enjoyed 41 years together until her death in 1989.

From 1948 to 1961 Stan worked for Burnt River Sawmill. After leaving that job, he returned home to Richland to ranch with his parents. Stan was a hard worker, very dedicated to his family and lifestyle. He worked hard to play hard. He made working with the kids fun. When he would take the kids on a vacation hunting, they would also be riding for cattle, or picking up rocks. They would have a wiener roast afterward.

Stan had been a member of the Elks Lodge, president of several ditch companies and one of the founding members of the Eagle Valley Trailblazers. He especially enjoyed his volunteer work with the Lions and the Rodeo. It was then that he was in his element, which was visiting with people. While his children were growing up, he was very involved with 4-H, always willing to lend a hand with hauling a horse, or whatever the need might have been.

Stan was proud to be a fourth generation member of the Saunders family, all having the opportunity to live in the same vicinity of the old home place. One of the traits that Stan will be most remembered for will be of his storytelling. As he would tell a story, those listening would become very attentive and the story would grow larger and larger.

Survivors include his three children, Marcia and George Gover of Halfway, Dwight and Debbie Saunders of Richland, and Dan Saunders of Los Angeles; grandchildren, Stacy and Morgan Gover of La Grande, Holly Kay and Joey Marie Gover of Halfway, and Sierra Lynne and Sydney Leigh Saunders of Richland; one brother, Buddy Dean Saunders of California; and a sister, Dorothy Renz of Redmond; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Stan was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Jane.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eagle Valley Ambulance Fund through Tamis Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Brownie Brown

Artemas Brownie Brown, 88, of Baker City, died Jan. 12, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center.

His memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the United Methodist Church, 1919 Second St. Pastor Lura Kidner-Miesen will officiate.

Mr. Brown was born on April 5, 1913, at Mason City, Iowa. He was the son of Artemas and Ruth A. Sundberg Brown. After graduating from high school, Mr. Brown attended Carlton College in Minnesota on a music scholarship. There he met and married his wife, Edith Brown, who was also attending on a music scholarship.

Brownie was a devoted husband, father and lay Methodist minister while devoting more than 50 years of service as a professional YMCA director in Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Washington and Idaho. He spent his spare time in Christian service to his community and family and loved hunting, fishing and gardening.

Survivors include his brother, Jay Brown, and his wife, Norma, of Des Moines, Iowa; two daughters, Ruth Ann Angel of Portland and Peggy Steinmeyer and her husband, Herb, of Astoria; his son and daughter-in-law, Phil and Wesley Ann Brown of Baker City; seven grandsons, five granddaughters and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Edith.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Baker United Methodist Church or the Baker Family YMCA through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

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