Home News Obituaries Obituaries for the week of Jan. 22 to Jan. 26
Obituaries for the week of Jan. 22 to Jan. 26
Thomas Benjamin Ben Haynes, 95, a longtime Baker City resident, died Jan. 19, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center.
At his request there will be no service or memorial.
Mr. Haynes was born on Aug. 22, 1905, to Thomas Martin Haynes and Laura Etta Adams Haynes at Laurel. He was the second of seven children born on the family homestead at Chehalem Mountain.
He spent a majority of his life working in the construction business. He made his living in his younger years working in logging camps. In later years, he built sawmills in many logging towns throughout the Pacific Northwest, California and Arizona.
In the early 70s, he and his wife, Marvel, moved to Baker City from Kingman, Ariz. It was at the little green house in Baker City where Mr. Haynes became known for his ability to build and repair instruments, to play music, and to grow a beautiful garden.
There was never a visitor turned away for lack of time to chat or a story that wasnt important enough not to be discussed. Mr. Haynes was a man full of so much information; as a listener you could only stand in awe of the knowledge he conveyed.
He and his wife were married for 67 years, traveling and exploring life side by side. They had no children together, but found great happiness in the families that grew around them. His happy eyes, hearty laugh and undying companionship he shared with his wife, will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Esther Morgan; three brothers, Chad Haynes, Don Haynes and Pete Haynes; and a son, Thomas Jr.
Survivors include his wife, Marvel Haynes of Baker City; a daughter and her husband, Ilene and John Newton; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; Baker City nieces and their husbands, Marilyn and Keith Shollenberger and Cindy and Jack Henner; two brothers, Jake Haynes of Lexington and John Haynes of Inchelium, Wash.; and many more nieces and nephews and their extended families.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Blue Mountain Old Time Fiddlers Association through Grays West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, Ore. 97814.
Evelyn R. Jackson Reaves, 60, a former Baker City resident, died Jan. 18, 2001, at Providence Yakima Medical Center in Yakima, Wash.
Her memorial service was Saturday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Yakima 4th Ward.
Mrs. Reaves was born at Prosser, Wash., on Aug. 14, 1940. She was a 1959 Baker High School graduate.
She married Mike Reaves on June 5, 1959. They lived at Anchorage, Alaska; Newark, Ohio; Hof, Germany; and Brindisi, Italy. She and her husband settled at Yakima in 1978. Mrs. Reaves worked at Deaf ACCESS in Yakima.
She was active as a flute player for many years with the Yakima Valley Community Band and traveled to Europe with the group on two concert trips. She was an avid bowler and enjoyed knitting, quilting and amateur photography.
Survivors include her mother, Marguerite Jackson of Yakima; her husband, Mike, of Yakima; two sons, Michael, of Beaverton and Dennis and his wife, Kajsa, of New York; a granddaughter, Paris, of New York; and a sister, Darlene, of Portland.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Northwest Kidney Foundation through the Keith & Keith Funeral Home, 902 W. Yakima Ave., Yakima, Wash. 98902.
Horace Gaylen Bud Reese, 81, died Jan. 18, 2001, at Evergreen Health and Rehab Center in La Grande.
His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., in La Grande. There will be a full military honor service at Hillcrest Cemetery afterward. Visitations will be until 8 oclock tonight at the funeral chapel.
Mr. Reese was born on Jan. 22, 1919, at Tyrone, Okla., to Cline Maynard and Mary Gurtrud Hampton Reese. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1936 at the age of 17. He changed his birth date from 1919 to 1918 in order to join.
He served at various commands and duty assignments including Fort Logan, Colo.; Fort Jackson, S.C.; Fort Custer, Mich.; Fort Hood, Texas; Camp Kilmer, N.J.; the Oregon National Guard at Pendleton; and finally the Oregon National Guard at La Grande.
He entered the Army as a private in 1936 and was promoted to first sergeant in 1941 and then to the rank of warrant officer.
He participated in World War II and the Berlin Air Lift. He received these decorations and awards: Armed Forces Reserve Medal, expert rifle badge, Oregon Faithful Service Medal (20 years), Silver Medal, excellence in competition (rifle/national), Oregon Faithful Service Medal (10 years), World War II Victory Medal, Army of Occupational Medal, EAME with three Bronze Stars, American Defense and Good Conduct.
He retired from the Oregon National Guard in 1975 and began working at Eastern Oregon State College. He continued working until 1983.
He married Esther Adoline Keller in November 1953. She died in January 1982. He married Marjorie Hale Taylor on Oct. 25, 1983 at Colorado Springs, Colo. He loved his family very much and enjoyed joking with his friends.
He had a passion for woodworking. He would spend endless hours making handcrafted toys for family, friends and his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. He will truly be missed.
Survivors include his wife, Marjorie of La Grande; sons, Tommy Gaylen Reese of Clovis, N.M., Bill Barnes of Liberal, Kan., Les Taylor of OFallon, Mo., Tim Taylor of Baker City and Nathan Taylor of La Grande; daughters, Tonie Reese Fry of Garden Valley, Idaho, Bobbie A Kaczkowski of Oak Harbor, Wash., Melanie Fronk of Houston and Michelle Robarge of San Antonio, Texas; a sister, Betty Barbara Moser of Idaho Falls, Idaho; 30 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, Cline Maynard Reese; his mother, Mary Gurtrud Reese; brothers, Marvin Lemen Reese and Cline Maynard Reese Jr.; and a sister, Naomi Lee Stevens.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Elks Eye Clinic in La Grande or to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Laura Jane Wade, 83, of Baker City died Jan. 20, 2001, at her home in Union.
Her memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Grays West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Her longtime friend and neighbor, Pastor Ralph Holcomb, will officiate.
Mrs. Wade was born on April 16, 1917, at Salt Lake City to Charles W. Bulkley and Nellie Sewell Bulkley. She was raised at Boise where she attended school.
She moved to Baker City in 1942 where she met and married Thomas W. Wade. She worked at St. Elizabeth Hospital from 1963 until her retirement in 1982. She was an excellent seamstress and was always sewing for her family. She also enjoyed crocheting, gardening, hunting and fishing.
Survivors include her daughters and their husbands, Barbara and Don Baggerly of Baker City, Roberta and Jim Litchner of Hermiston, Sandra and Ken Barber of Hermiston and Ronda Denton of Albany; stepson, Dennis Whitey Wade of Tye Valley; 20 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Tom Wade; a son, Linford Buck Wade; a daughter, Mildred Holloway; and a stepdaughter, Shirley Brewer.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of ones choice through Grays West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, P.O. Box 726, Baker City, Ore., 97814.
Isaiah Paul Thomas, 19, of Baker City died Jan. 20, 2001, as the result of an automobile accident.
His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church. Pastor Ed Niswinder of Calvary Baptist Church will officiate. Interment will be at the Haines Cemetery. For visitation times, call Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 523-4300.
Isaiah was born in Boise on May 10, 1981, the son of Charles and Linda McElhose Thomas. As a youngster, he was involved in many typical activities of Baker youth.
He was involved in various sports at the YMCA, but soccer was his passion. He had a paper route with Baker City Herald and was awarded Carrier of the Month.
He participated in 4-H programs, and he received an invitation to state for his demonstration project. Biking, hiking, and camping were some of his favorite activities with friends and family.
He was home educated with the aid of excellent tutors and a home-education support group. He also attended classes at Baker High School.
He had superior math skills, and he loved to read. Because of his exceptional scores, Isaiah was accepted into the Navy Nuclear Program. His goal was to attain a position on a nuclear submarine.
He had just graduated from the Power Training School and had begun Prototype School. He was very excited with the hands on training he was receiving and was excelling.
He was raised with a knowledge of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. He and his family attended Calvary Baptist Church, though he had friends from various churches.
He was preceded in death by his loving grandfather, Jack A. Thomas Jr. and cousin, Joshua Tomlinson.
Survivors include his parents, Charles and Linda Thomas of Baker City; brother and wife, Jeremiah and Mary Thomas; sister Char-Lette Charlie Thomas; sister and husband, Honalee and Adam Smith; sister, Spring Thomas; Adena Ashby; grandmothers, Anita Thomas and Diane Proctor; and many uncles, aunts, and cousins.
During his teen years, he was contemplating becoming a New Tribes missionary. He had many friends associated with New Tribes. Memorial contributions may be made to New Tribes Missions through Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place Street, Baker City, Oregon 97814.
Margaret Pearl Black, 89, of Baker City, died Jan. 24, 2001, at Prairie Acres Foster Care home in Baker City.
Her funeral will be Monday at 11 a.m. at the Poole-Larsen Funeral Home, 1100 Charnelton St., in Eugene. Vault interment will be at Lane Memorial Garden in Eugene.
Mrs. Black was born Nov. 30, 1911, at Eugene to Willis H. and Maggie Crabtree Elliott. She lived in Eugene for most of her early years. In 1930 she married Robert N. Hinkson. They had two children: Pat Hinkson Leonard and Bud Hinkson. Mr. Hinkson died in 1946.
Mrs. Black worked for many years as a restaurant manager and owner. In 1950 she married Harold Black. They lived in Lowell.
She was very active in the church and Grange, and she made many wonderful friends. After she retired, she moved to Baker City and lived at Elkhorn Village.
She enjoyed playing bridge, bingo or just reading. Her favorite book was her Bible, and she was always involved in a Bible study. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Eugene and later attended the Baker Bible Church and Haines Baptist Church. The last few years of her life she lived at Prairie Acres Foster Care home.
The delights of her life were her grandchildren. She referred to them as the flowers in the garden of her heart. She was a loving and cherished mother and grandmother. She will be greatly missed but is now rejoicing in her heavenly home.
Mrs. Black is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Pat and John Leonard of Baker City; daughter-in-law, Shirley Hinkson; grandchildren, Brad Leonard of Albany, Kirk Leonard and his wife, Michelle, of La Grande, Rory Leonard and his wife, Linda, of Haines, Shan Wattenburger and her husband, Bruce, of Redmond, Jon Hinkson and his wife, Anita, of New Haven, Conn., and Joi Christians and her husband, Roy, of Deerfoot, Ill.; great-grandchildren, Zack Leonard, Beka Leonard, Allyson Wattenburger, Kyle Wattenburger, Jayce Leonard, David Christians, Laura Christians, Vienna Hinkson and Geneva Hinkson.
Mrs. Black was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Robert N. Hinkson and Harold Black; her son, Bud Hinkson; and sisters, Thelma E. Warren and Ruth VanFossen.
Memorial contributions may be made to Campus Crusade, in care of the Poole-Larsen Funeral Home in Eugene or the Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. in Baker City.