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Home arrow News arrow News of Record arrow Obituaries for the week of Jan. 2 to Jan. 6, 2006


Obituaries for the week of Jan. 2 to Jan. 6, 2006

Delcie Perdue

Delcie Elma Hogeland Perdue, 86, of Unity, died Dec. 27, 2005, at Phoenix, Ariz.

There will be no service at this time. A Celebration of Life service will be announced later.

Delcie was born on May 26, 1919, at Heppner to Russell and Ida Crewdson Hogeland, and grew up at Mount Vernon. She spent almost all of her life in Oregon and held a variety of jobs through the years.

In 1961, she and her her husband, Darrel Perdue, purchased the Waterhole in Unity. It was not uncommon for people to drive from as far away as Boise or Portland to Unity just to have Del cook them up a T-bone steak with all the fixings.

In 1984 they sold the business and retired to Elgin. When Darrel died in 1995 Del moved back to Unity to be closer to her friends and family.

Survivors include her daughter, Letha; four granddaughters, Lee Ann, Carla, Deborah, and April; seven great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren and one on the way; four sisters, Ethel, Peggy, Viola, and Nancy; three brothers, Herman, Richard, and Lennis; foster children Marion and Bill, numerous nieces and nephews; and many beloved in-laws.

Bonnie Long

Bonnie Jean Long, 83, died Dec. 27, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Health Services with her family at her side.

Her memorial service is pending.

Bonnie was born at Lewiston, Idaho, on Sept. 10, 1922. She was the daughter of Carolina A. and Everett Raymond "Flick" Flickinger. Bonnie was a 1940 graduate of Lewiston High School and attended Lewiston State Normal School in 1942.

She continued her education at the University of California at Berkeley where she received a bachelor's degree in English in 1947.

Bonnie taught in a one-room schoolhouse in northern Idaho for a short time. She later met and married Virgil O. Long. Together they farmed, ranched, and raised two children, Jerry Long and Nancy Johnson, near Lewiston.

She later divorced and moved to Clarkston, Wash., where she lived until her recent move to Baker City to be closer to her family. Her last few years were spent at St. Elizabeth Care Center in Baker City.

"Bonnie was dearly loved and will be greatly missed. May God bless her and keep her always," her family said.

Survivors include her sister, Barbara Lane of Clarkston, Wash.; her children, Jerry Long of Baker City, and Nancy Johnson of Mountain Home, Idaho; her grandchildren, Stephanie Johnson of Boise and Matthew Johnson of Watertown, N.Y.; and her two great-grandchildren, Alicia and Aaron.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Carolina and Everett "Flick" Flickinger; and her siblings, Jack, Everett and Ted Flickinger.

Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Sue Long

Sue Stevenson Compton Long, 70, who lived a good deal of her life in the Rock Creek area, died Jan. 3, 2006, at La Grande.

Friends are invited to a celebration of life service for Sue at 12:30 p.m. Friday at 14101 Launchpad Lane. There will be a private graveside service at 11 a.m. Friday at the Rock Creek Cemetery.

The third of three children, she was born on May 31, 1935, at Yreka, Calif., to Amos and Zelna Weaver. Sue attended 28 different grade schools in California and Oregon, while growing up. She earned her GED at age 41 at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton.

Sue married Phil Stevenson in 1950. She worked at various jobs in the Pendleton/Hermiston area, eventually purchasing a clothing store and worked as a freelance journalist.

Sue loved animals, knitting, photography, writing, and storytelling. She adored her family and enjoyed a multitude of friends.

Survivors include two sons and daughter: Philip R. Stevenson of Haines, Joseph D. Stevenson of Baker City and Debby Sue Stevenson-Hamby of Pendleton; six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Jack.

Memorial contributions may be made to Best Friends of Baker, a nonprofit animal rescue organization, through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Huela McKenzie

Huela Van McKenzie, 79, of Baker City, died Dec. 27, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center.

A memorial service will be scheduled later.

Huela was born on Feb. 11, 1926, at Plant City, Fla., to Hulon and Gladys Hamilton Van. After graduating from high school, she attended Florida Southern College at Lakeland, Fla., where she studied music.

In June 1948, she married Robert McKenzie at Memphis, Tenn. They moved to Pendleton in 1950. She was a housewife and the mother of five children.

Huela later worked in Portland as a receptionist at Physicians and Surgeons Hospital and as a clerical specialist for Adult Family Services.

She enjoyed playing the piano and organ, sewing and cooking. She was a member of the Oriental Shrine in Pendleton. She was also a member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church at Baker City. Huela was a devout Christian who took Holy Communion every other day while attending chapel services at the care center. The Episcopal Church also gave her Holy Communion frequently.

Survivors include her daughters, Barbara Heiple of John Day, Linda Witherrite of Hillsboro and Kathy McClure of Pendleton; her sons, Randall McKenzie of Pendleton and Ronald McKenzie of Dayton, Wash.; and seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Stephen's Episcopal Church through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.

Delores Townsend

Delores Jane Townsend, 76, of Baker City, died Jan. 4, 2006, at Settler's Park.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Mike Smith of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2nd Ward, will conduct. Private interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Delores was born on March 27, 1928, at Portland to Clinton Field and Hazel Patricia Irene Kesler Townsend. She worked as a diet kitchen assistant for more than 40 years at St. Elizabeth Hospital and then at St. Elizabeth Nursing Home after the new hospital was built.

She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2nd Ward. She enjoyed stamp collecting, doing family history, embroidery work, crocheting and reading history.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews.

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

John Armstrong

John Richard Armstrong, 85, of Baker City, died Dec. 31, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

His memorial service was Thursday at the family home. Father Julian Cassar officiated.

John was born on May 11, 1920, at Choteau, Mont., to Jack and Maude Gaghagen Armstrong.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in Europe as a cook.

John was an easygoing, kindhearted man and everyone who met him was his friend. John never talked ill of anyone and all who met him were drawn to his loving soul and kind nature.

He had a soft spot for animals. He had fond memories of his dog, "Queenie," and her ability to tell him every night when it was time for their milk and cookies.

John and Pearl, companions for 48 years, spent a lot of time together fishing. They would load up the camper and boat and enjoy time "alone" from the kids. Even after the children were gone, John and Pearl still devoted their free time to fishing and camping.

In fact, they relocated to Baker City for retirement just so they could have fishing close by. When they were younger and living in California, John and Pearl loved going to watch sports, especially wrestling and roller derby. The kids remember trying to convince them that the matches where entertainment and not "real."

John was a loving dad and enjoyed spending time with his children. When they were young, the family took many trips to the beach together. Even when the children were older and would come to visit John, he would take them on trips to see the ghost towns, the mountains and Hells Canyon.

Sometimes John would have to work on Saturday, being the hard worker he was, and instead of missing out on time with his kids, he just took them along. When he had a route on a milk truck the kids rode along with him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Maude; a son, Bill Armstrong; grandson, Nathan Armstrong; great-granddaughter, Shanya Armstrong; and a brother, Bob Armstrong.

Survivors include his wife, Pearl; children, Brenda Leininger and her husband, Rickey, of Deltona, Fla., Linda Lambert and her husband, Michael, of Sunnyvale, Calif., and Karen Armstrong of Campbell, Calif.; grandchildren, Sonya Hoppe, Timothy Bell, Brian Armstrong, Wendi Armstrong, Justin Thomas and Jennifer Lazano; great-grandchildren, Kayla, Brienna, Joshua, Samantha, Melissa, Mathew, Jordan, Marcus, Cory, Ashley, Holly, Melanie, Katie, Adam and William; and sister, Margaret Watson of Huston, Texas.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital through Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Arlyn Beck

Arlyn Duane Beck, 89, of Baker City, died Dec. 28, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

The rosary was said Sunday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. A Memorial Mass was celebrated Monday at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets. The Revs. Julian Cassar and Camillus Fernando concelebrated the Mass.

Arlyn was born on Aug. 14, 1916, at Molalla, the second of four sons born to Walter A. and Agnes M. Robbins Beck. He received his early schooling in the Meadowbrook area near Molalla. When he was 12 the family moved to La Grande, where he finished high school and attended Eastern Oregon Normal School (now Eastern Oregon University).

Arlyn's roots are buried deep in Oregon. His great-great-grandfather, Jacob Robbins, left Indiana in 1851 and traveled the Oregon Trail settling in the Willamette Valley. Another ancestor was among the first residents of Granite and later an early mayor of Sumpter.

Arlyn joined the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1936 where he was introduced to his first work with the U.S. Forest Service. His career with the Forest Service spanned 34 years, always in the shadow of his beloved Eagle Mountains.

On Nov. 27, 1939, he married Jeanette Delepierre. They were blessed with a beloved son and two cherished daughters. He was a loving husband, devoted father and proud patriarch of his grandchildren. His legacy is one of hard work and unquestioned integrity.

He was blessed with a solid love and marriage of 66 years, a successful career and the loving respect of five generations of family. He was a member of the Catholic Church, the Elks Lodge, the Forest Service 30-Year Club and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees.

Survivors include his wife, Jeanette; his children and their spouses, Walter "Wally" and Kay Beck, Arlyne and Jack Sater and Barbara "Bobbi" and John Higgins; grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, James Edwin Beck; and three brothers, Maurice, Howard and Ralph.

Since flowers made him sneeze, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice. This may be done through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.


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