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Obituaries for the week of Jan. 6 to Jan. 10

Gayle Anderson

Gayle Lovette Anderson, 64, of Baker City died Jan. 7, 2003, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2625 Hughes Lane. Bruce Barfuss will officiate. Interment will be at the Haines Cemetery.

Gayle was born Aug. 25, 1938, at Boone, Iowa, to Carl and Hazel Erickson Anderson. She grew up on a farm at Boone where she was born. Gayle loved her father, Carl, very much and spent a great deal of time riding the tractors and working alongside him.

As a young girl, she pored over copies of National Geographic, dreaming of moving to the gorgeous snow-capped peaks of the mountains of the West Coast.

After completing college at Iowa State at Ames, graduating summa cum laude within three years, she married and realized her dream of moving to the mountains of Oregon. There, she and her husband of 35 years, David, raised two children. These mountains brought Gayle peace and closeness to God and nature.

She spent as much time as possible hiking and photographing the trees, streams, mountain alpine flowers, rocks, and driftwood. She filled her home with these beautiful photos.

She had more photos of them than of her own children, but they knew she loved them dearly. One of her favorite spots to hike was below Hells Canyon Dam. She went there each spring to make her "annual pilgrimage" to see the wildflowers and have a spiritual rejuvenation.

She loved animals and had faithful cats as well as dogs and horses: Shadow, Maya, Buff and Peanut. She also was an avid gardener, raising vegetable gardens and wildflowers and recreating beautiful, naturally landscaped yards.

She was also an excellent cook; one of the family favorites was homemade buttermilk bread that she would make every Christmas and Easter. It should be mentioned what a meticulous housekeeper she was, putting others to shame.

Gayle was exceptionally bright and intellectually gifted, well read, and always looked for ways to express her talents. She was also a real people person. She thrived on knowing interesting people, particularly if they held different points of view than her own.

She was a member of The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-day Saints and enjoyed teaching there. She had many good friends to whom the family expressed gratitude for the gentle care of her, especially in her later days.

She was loved by her family despite the difficult later years, and they will miss her dearly and hold their memories of the good days they had together and all she selflessly did to raise them with dignity.

Survivors include a son, Erin Anderson, and his wife, Brenda, and their children Tom, Neal, and Jane of Brigham City, Utah; a daughter, Kristine Anderson, and her husband, Rick, of Vashon, Wash.; and a brother, Lee Anderson, and his partner, Greer, of Ashland.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Nature Conservancy through Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Elise Namchek

Elise Namchek, 92, a longtime Baker City resident, died Jan. 1, 2003, at Tuality Community Hospital at Hillsboro.

Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Pastor Dennis Hickman of the First Lutheran Church, will officiate. Private interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Mrs. Namchek was born in 1910 at Baker City to Ernest and Ida Bahler. She spent her childhood and attended school in Baker City. She worked as a maid and was a U.S. Air Force observer during World War II.

She was also a member of the Rebekah Lodge and Ladies Auxiliary and she volunteered at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

She married George Melvin Namchek on Feb. 16, 1952. They made their home at Baker City. George had a son, James, from a previous marriage and the couple adopted Jerry Namchek in 1955.

Mrs. Namchek moved to Beaverton at the age of 89 to live with her son, Jerry Namchek. Mrs. Namchek enjoyed card parties with her friends and visiting with her family. She also was a member of the First Lutheran Church of Baker City.

Survivors include Jerry and Glenna Namchek of Beaverton, and two granddaughters, Samica Namchek of Portland and Magan Boyle of Sherwood; and five great-granddaughters. She also leaves behind six grandchildren from the Tacoma, Wash., area born to James Namchek; and two nieces in the Portland area.

She was preceded in death by George Namchek, three brothers, her parents and her stepson.

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

Wilma Lockwood

Wilma Beggs Lockwood, 86, of Baker City, died Jan. 7, 2003, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

Her memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Private interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Ms. Lockwood was born Nov. 27, 1916, at Baker City, a daughter of Glenn and Bessie Beggs Lockwood. She was a clothes buyer for HC Stevens for many years and ran the local store until the mid-1950s when she chose to stay at home to take care of her mother, Bessie Lockwood, and later her father, Glenn Lockwood.

Ms. Lockwood was known as the cat lady on Resort Street and swore she only owned one while she fed 50 of them. The family expressed appreciation to Bryan Tweit for his care of her for the last seven years.

Survivors include her nephew, Marshall Lockwood, and his wife, Marna; niece, Hollis Emery, and husband, Bill; grandnieces and grandnephew, Marcia Lockwood, Daniel Mastrude, Ashley Mastrude and Jessica Mastrude; and great-grandniece, Jocelynn.

She was preceded in death by Kenneth Lockwood.

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

‘Van' Vandenbos

Arlo Ledell "Van" Vandenbos, 70, of Gresham, a former Baker City resident, died Jan. 1, 2003.

Born June 8, 1932, on the Rose Bud Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota, his parents were farmers who later moved their family to Valentine, Neb., where Van was raised with his three brothers and two sisters.

After high school graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was honorably discharged at the rank of sergeant. Much of his four years of service was spent at Adak, Alaska, during the Korean War. A tough Marine, he was especially proud of winning the Golden Gloves Boxing trophy.

On Feb. 28, 1954, while stationed at the naval depot at Hastings, Neb., he married Ruth Ann Junge, a registered nurse from York, Neb. During the early years of their marriage, Van attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln while Ruth worked as a surgical nurse.

After earning a bachelor's degree in civil engineering, Van began a 30-year career with the Soil Conversation Service. Van and Ruth raised five children while moving to various assignments in Wyoming and Oregon, finally settling at Gresham for the past 25 years.

He enjoyed a variety of outdoor activities with his family, including camping, backpacking, horseback riding, skiing and hunting. He also liked rodeos, exploring the countryside and visiting national parks and recreation areas.

He was an avid Nebraska Cornhuskers fan. Van was a skilled carpenter and handyman, passing on many practical skills and abilities to his children.

He was preceded in death by has parents, Adrian and Mildred Vandenbos, and his younger brother, Ivan.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Ann; his children, Cheri and Gary Smith of Baker City, Bruce and Rachel Vandenbos of Boise, Lori and Hart Rutherford of Fredericksburg, Va., Angela Vandenbos of Portland and Keith and Tiffany Vandenbos of Eugene; his brothers, Leland and Curt Vandenbos, and sisters, Yvonne Schroeder and Luetta Chamber, all of Colorado; 11 grandchildren, Jennifer and Brian Raymond of Boise, Adam and Honalee Smith of Ontario, Carlin Smith of Baker City, Marc, Aaron, Paul and Seth Vandenbos of Boise, Rachel and Jack Rutherford of Fredericksburg, Va., and Nichelle and Ashton Moore of Portland; and one great-grandson, Alex Raymond of Boise.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church Memorial Fund in Gresham.

Lela Holloway

Lela Mae Holloway, 97, a longtime Baker City resident, died Jan. 3, 2003, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

Her memorial service will be Friday at 1 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 1919 Second St. in Baker City. Pastor Lura Kidner-Miesen of the United Methodist Church will officiate. A reception will follow.

Lela was born April 4, 1905, at Hermitage, Mo., to John Riley and Nancy Hart Bartshe. When she was one month old her family moved to Oregon, living in the Oregon Slope area between Payette and Ontario. She received her teacher's training in high school and after graduation from Ontario High School, she started teaching at the age of 17.

On May 14, 1927, she married Cecil Holloway, and they moved to New Bridge, where he was to teach school. They lived in the Eagle Valley area until 1934, when they moved to Baker City. She taught at both Churchill School and the old Tiedemann Grade School. In 1947 she went to work for the Greyhound Bus Agency, and she managed the agency until her retirement in 1985.

Lela was active in the United Methodist Church, teaching Sunday School for many years and working with the women's circles.

Raising flowers was one of her passions. After working a full day at her job, gardening was her "relaxation." Many were recipients of her bouquets, and numerous young brides had flowers from her garden in their weddings.

Lela's greatest joys were her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. There was always an open door at the Holloway house and many students from outlying areas found a warm welcome. Although she was not a musician, it was a fact of life that her children would take music lessons. She spent countless hours listening to practices and always knew when someone made a mistake. Grandma's house was "home and haven" to her grandchildren.

She is survived by her children and their spouses, Jeanette Jampolsky, Sammye and Moe Linzel, and Dee Becker, all of Baker City, Curtis Holloway and Gabrielle Starr of Portland, and a son-in-law Ron Bowers, also of Baker City. Grandchildren include Lisa and Steve Weichbrodt, Joel, Holly, Carrie and Jenny of Beaverton; David Jampolsky, Ellen and Emily of Baker City; Mike and BettyeLou Mahoney, Molly and Taylor of Sacramento, Calif.; Pat and Deanne Mahoney, Sara and Mitch of Beaverton; Chris and Heidi Mahoney, Jennifer, Nicole, Michael and Kimberly Pace of Tacoma, Wash.; Joe and Sally Mahoney, Margaret, Rachel, and Thomas of Paducah, Ken.; Maureen and Aaron Anderson, Audrey, Joseph and Lela Grace of Franklin, Tennessee; Challey Becker and Troy Chubb and Riley of Bend; Chad and Dimitra Becker of Bellevue, Neb.; Channin Becker of Portland; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

She was predeceased by her husband, Cecil Holloway; her daughter, Nancy Bowers; and four sisters, Francis Warren, Jean McEnroe, Nettie Carico and Mary (Myrt) Stoner.

Memorials may be made to the Baker United Methodist Church. This may be done through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Ivy Dailey

Ivy A. Dailey, 87, of Baker City, died Jan. 6, 2003, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

Her funeral will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Gray's West & Company Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Pastor Ed Niswender of the Calvary Baptist Church will officiate. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. A reception will be held at the Calvary Baptist Church in Baker City following the interment.

Ivy was born Oct. 10, 1915, in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, to Charlie and Vira (Powers) Person. Ivy's mother, Vira, passed away shortly after giving birth to her. Ivy's father worked in various sawmills to provide for his family, while her aunt and sisters looked after her. She attended schools in Coeur d'Alene, Bates and Enterprise. Later in life she met Floyd Dailey. The couple fell in love and were married in 1935 in Weiser, Idaho.

After their wedding, they moved to their ranch in Keating where they raised registered Herefords until 1965. Upon their retirement from the ranch, they moved to Union, where Floyd worked for the U.S. Forest Service. In 1974, he retired from the Forest Service and he and Ivy moved to Baker City. Both Floyd and Ivy worked for the Senior Center and did janitorial work for the Calvary Baptist Church in Baker City during this time.

Ivy worked and played every bit as hard as the men. She could be found splitting posts and cutting wood right alongside Floyd. If there was ever time to spare, she might be found on the river, fishing for steelhead or maybe hunting elk or deer in the mountains. Ivy was always right there to help if anyone was in need.

She is survived by her grandson, Meb Dailey, and his wife Minajean, of Baker City; granddaughter, Tommie Rose Ashby and her husband Blaiden, of McDermitt, Nev.; daughter-in-law Tommie Rose Dailey of Baker City; sister Marion; numerous nieces, nephews, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, and great-great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Floyd in 1995 and a son, Milburn, in 1986, as well as her parents, and several sisters.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Keating Rural Fire District in care of Gray's West & Company, P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Mary Hays

Mary Isabelle Rouse Hays, 91, of Baker City, died Jan. 6, 2003, at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise among family members attending her bedside.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets. The Rev. Robert C. Irwin will be the celebrant. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.

All who had the privilege to know her will forever miss this devoted wife, mother and Catholic. She was 91 years old this year, but often surprised everyone with the amazing clarity of mind and strength she possessed. Her family members believe the presence of this woman in their lives was nothing less than remarkable.

Mary was born to ranchers Michael and Maude Rouse on May 21, 1911, at the old Baker City Hospital. As a young woman she attended St. Francis Academy where she was a church organist.

She excelled in art and music and was one of the first to play women's basketball in the state of Oregon. Her zest for life was everywhere. She took great pride in being the first one to learn to drive the family car — one of the first automobiles in the county.

In the summers she was a prolific angler and rarely apologized for surpassing the creels of her children. She loved reading, listening to radio plays and untangling soap operas. In the right company she might share a taste of Irish whiskey and warm conversation.

Those memorable times were punctuated with her enchanting, joyful laugh that seemed to perpetually emanate from her kitchen. Between her many notable achievements in life, it was the honor she brought to the role of matriarch that became her crowning legacy. She served her family with great love, stoic patience and unyielding grace.

On June 17, 1934, Mary married Vernon "Beanie" Hays in Baker City. Vernon began his career as a merchant and owned grocery stores in Ontario and Enterprise before becoming a manager for Safeway for 13 years.

Retail life was fruitful for the young couple yet their richest bounty would be discovered in cattle ranching. In 1944 they moved to Alder Slope, then later homesteaded in the Wallowa Valley where they happily raised their children until Vernon's death in 1973.

Mary returned to Baker City where she remained devoted to her community, family and faith for a lifetime. In the late 1950s she helped pioneer the Unity parish with her brothers, Mike and John Rouse.

Mary knew how to support the Hays flock as well and her spiritual guidance was routinely encouraged in her children. Not that they always listened, however. From time to time there were some among them who naively believed Grandma Mary did not actually know best.

One legend details a family rivalry that ended with Mary's surprise arrival on a motorcycle to prevent the family pickup from being used as a fishing pond moss-removal device. Another legend (mixed with untold others) depicts Mary effortlessly holding two young male pugilists at arm's length as they dangled from the scales of justice like bobcats trapped in a burlap bag.

But perhaps the legends her family recalls most fondly are the ones that led them into Mary's warm kitchen, where homemade chicken noodle soup healed their hearts and quickly forgave their trespasses.

Ultimately, it was Mary's laugh and positive attitude that saved all of them. Those who know her best will recall her wry Irish wit, her low tolerance for Dr. Phil, and her tireless concern for anyone in pain or need.

It is of no small note that one of the last things she did on Earth was to inquire on how an ailing family member was coming along. Even in the face of death her sole satisfaction in life seemed to be in the care of others. Her family will miss her deeply.

Mary is survived by her loving sons and daughters, JoAnn and Andrew Radinovich, Mike and Ella Mae Hays, John Hays, Dan and Linda Hays, David and Angie Hays, and Dagget Hays; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Jeanette, Tim, Janie, Johnny, Vernon, Bryce, Andy, Cindy, Paiton, Leonard, Samantha, Jedediah, Joseph, Allen, Sam, John, Johnny, Joan, Mary, Christine, Suzanne, Anthony, Elizabeth, John, Debra, Ty, Trevor, Morgan, Ryan, Jade, Cabrini, Jill, John, Jamie, Bryan, Jessica, Mathew, Phillip, Jonna, Justin, Jolynn and Jaylynn.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon E. Hays; Baby Hays; her parents, Michael and Maude Rouse; and brothers, Mike and John Rouse.

Those wishing to memorialize Mary's generous spirit may make a donation to the American Diabetes Association through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St.

John Macy

John Macy, 81, a longtime Baker City resident, died Jan. 3, 2003, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

His funeral was today at 2 p.m. at Gray's West & Company Pioneer Chapel. Pastor Ralph Holcomb of Baker City Christian Church officiated. Vault interment followed at Mount Hope Cemetery.

A reception will be held at 5 p.m. today at 413 Washington Ave.

Mr. Macy was born Aug. 17, 1921, in Baker City. His parents were Clyde and Elizabeth Macy. He had three older sisters: Gladys, Pauline, and Norma, as well as two younger brothers, Billy and Bobby.

He enlisted in the National Guard in September 1938 at age 17. He was in the Combat Infantry, 41st Division, F-Company, Baker, Ore. He served for five years and nine months. Coming home, he was viewed as nothing short of a hero by both his family and country.

After his return, he met a beautiful young girl by the name of Laurel Belle Hunt. They were soon wed and raised five children: Melvin, Terry, Jacque, Candice and Howard.

He was a special husband, dad and grandfather to numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mr. Macy retired from Weyerhauser in Springfield. After traveling for several years, he and Laurel settled back in Baker City. He enjoyed fishing, camping and time spent with his family.

Survivors include his wife, Laurel; three sons, Melvin, Terry and Howard; two daughters, Jacque and Candice; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his sister Gladys, brother Billy and granddaughter Kristi.

Memorial contributions can be made to the John Macy Memorial Fund in care of Gray's West & Company, P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

‘Smokey' Gibson

William "Smokey" Gibson, 71, of John Day, a former John Day police chief, died Jan. 3, 2003, at Boise.

His memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Driskill Memorial Chapel. There will be a graveside service afterward at the Canyon City Cemetery and then a dinner at the John Day Elks Lodge.

Mr. Gibson was born on July 12, 1931, at Desarc, Ark., to William Fred and Myrtle Cross Gibson. He moved to Idaho at the age of 2. He and his two sisters spent most of their earlier lives on a dairy farm at Weiser, Idaho. He was a 1951 graduate of Weiser High School and attended Boise Junior College.

He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1952. He was stationed in Germany for three years during the Korean War and was a member of a para-rescue team.

He married his wife, Lucy, on Jan. 21, 1956, at Weiser, Idaho.

He was employed by the John Day Police Department for 23 years, 19 of those as chief of police. He retired in 1990.

He was a member of the Elks Lodge, the American Legion, the Oregon Chiefs of Police Association, and the Grant County Sheriff's Association. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and music.

Survivors include his wife, Lucy Gibson of John Day; a daughter, Lori Gibson of Boise; a son and daughter-in-law, Monte and Shawna Gibson of John Day; a daughter and son-in-law, Ginger and Corey Younger of Baker City; a daughter, Becky Jenison of Boise; a sister, Dorthy Hurd of Payette, Idaho; a nephew and his wife, Elmer and Dottie Hurd of Boise; seven grandchildren, Christopher Gibson, Jeramy Gibson, Brandon Elliott, Shaylin Quintana, Bryan Quintana, Chance Quintana, Kody Younger and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, William Fred Gibson; his mother, Myrtle Alderson-Cross; his sister, Eloise Dunn; and a brother-in-law, Elmer Hurd.

Memorial contributions may be made to the John Day/Canyon City Parks and Recreation Youth Programs and Elks Scholarship through the Driskill Memorial Chapel, P.O. Box 364, Canyon City, OR 97820.

Margaret Kempfer

Margaret Mary Kempfer, 90, a former Baker City resident, died Jan. 5, 2003, at Valley View Assisted Living in John Day.

Rosary will be said on Thursday at Driskill Memorial Chapel in John Day, 241 S. Canyon Blvd. Mass will be celebrated Friday at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral in Baker City. Burial will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Mrs. Kempfer was born Feb. 7, 1912, in Moline, Ill., to John and Eliza Van Beveren, recent immigrants from Belgium. In 1915 the family moved to Baker City. She graduated from St. Francis Academy in 1930.

She married Charles Kempfer in the mid-1930s. He passed away in 1970.

She was employed by St. Elizabeth Hospital for many years until her retirement. She moved to John Day in 1994 and had resided at Valley View Assisted Living since 2000.

Survivors include her children, John Kempfer Sr. of Aurora, Colo., and Charlene Gardner and her husband, John, of Canyon City; grandchildren, Tony Gardner and his wife, Carmen, Amy Walker and her husband, Mike, all of Canyon City, Linda Enloe and her husband, Don, of Highlands Ranch, Colo., Andy Gardner and his wife, Amber, of Sublimity, Patricia Kempfer of Aston, Penn., Jennifer Van Komen and her husband, Larry, of Nampa, Idaho, John Kempfer Jr. of Aurora, Colo.; great-grandchildren, Garret, Carli, Meghann, McKenzie, Christina, and Jacob; a sister, Palma Abbot of Yreka, Calif.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grant County Hospice or St. Elizabeth's Church Fund for the Needy in care of Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.

Della Curry

Della Viola Morris Curry, 88, of Halfway died Jan. 3, 2003, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Halfway. Interment will be at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. Friends are invited to join the family afterward for a reception at the Halfway LDS Church.

Della Viola Morris Curry was born on Sept. 28, 1914, at Richland to Thomas Lemuel Morris and Bertha Olive Makinson Morris.

Della was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She had a quick wit and a good sense of humor. No matter how dark the cloud, she knew there was always a silver lining. She loved to read, which was her hobby.

She was from pioneer stock. Her grandfather had the stage line stop at the bottom of the Halfway grade in Eagle Valley, and he was also the local doctor.

She was a professional cook for years. She then attended college where she earned a teaching degree while living at Guam and then Alaska. She also worked at the Hermiston Ordinance Depot during World War II doing her part for the home front. While living in Alaska she worked for the State of Alaska and for Harbor View Memorial Hospital at Valdez for five years.

She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She dearly loved the Lord and held various positions in the church throughout the years.

The American Poetry Society recognized Della as one of its accomplished poets. Her poems will be passed down from one generation to the next, because of the preciousness of her printed prose.

She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

"But she is where she can have peace, and we are so thankful for that knowledge," family members said.

Survived include her sons and daughters-in-law, Roscoe and Sharlene Curry, of Spokane, Wash., John and Billie Curry of Halfway, and Jim and Edna Schell of Umatilla; daughters and sons-in-law, Louise and Dave Clark of Richland, and Vernona Rhea of Las Vegas, Nev.; a brother, Lester, and his wife, Naomi Morris, of Tacoma, Wash.; a sister, Nellie, and her husband, Lee, of Walla Walla, Wash.; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great- grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Edwin Curry; two sons, Eddy and Bob Schell; and several brothers and sisters.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Halfway Senior Meal Site or to the Granite Peaks Building Fund through Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Thomas Dryden

Thomas W. Dryden, 95, of Baker City, died Jan. 2, 2003, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center.

At his request, there will be no funeral services.

Disposition was by cremation at Gray's West Pioneer Crematory.

Mr. Dryden was born Feb. 16, 1907, in Dodge City, Kan., to Charles W. Dryden and Rose Bell (Arbuckle) Dryden. He was the youngest of three children.

When he was quite young, the family moved to Indiana, several years later to Arizona, and on to southern California.

He married Doris E. Smith on Sept. 12, 1931, in Yuma, Ariz., and settled in Escondido, Calif., where he had been working for the Matzen Ranches since the mid-1920s, raising avocados and oranges until his retirement in the mid-1970s.

Mr. Dryden was a past member of BPOE in Escondido. He was an outdoors person and loved camping and fishing with their friends. He and Doris moved to Baker City in 1997 to be near their daughter and son-in-law.

He was loved and very respected by all who were fortunate enough to know him.

Survivors include his wife of 71 years, Doris, of Baker City; daughter and son-in-law, Mickie and Skip Bell of Baker City; grandchildren, Sue Tessler and husband, Marc, of Santee, Calif., Tomi Jo Giedeman and her brother, Bob, of San Diego, Calif., Laurie Cantrell of Ruidoso Downs, N.M., Dakin Bell and his wife, Erin, of Seattle, Wash., and Stacy Bell of Portland; nieces, Earlyne Swanson and husband, Jim, of Escondido, Calif., Rosemary Sams and husband, Ed, of Yreka, Calif.; nine great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Betty Jo Willman, his brother, Verner Dryden, and his sister, Frances Zickefoose.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pathway Hospice in care of Gray's West & Company, P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

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