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Home arrow News arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for the week of July 2 to July 6

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Obituaries for the week of July 2 to July 6

Clifford Bruhn

Clifford Clay Bruhn, 36, of Baker City, died July 3, 2001, near Halfway.

His graveside service will be Monday, July 9, at 10 a.m. at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. The Rev. Bill Shields of the Pine Valley Presbyterian Church will officiate.

Mr. Bruhn was born on Aug. 30, 1964, in Kailua, Hawaii, to George and Clintina Cross Bruhn. He was raised and educated in Halfway. Following high school, he joined the U.S. Army and served for two years. During his life he had five children, whom he loved to spend time with, cared about and loved to talk about. He kept their pictures in his wallet and was quick to show you how much they had grown.

Mr. Bruhn enjoyed hunting morel mushrooms, camping and fishing.

During this last year, he had lived in Baker City, returning on occasion to visit friends in Halfway. He was one of those people who would give you the shirt off of his back, if he had it to give. He had a great smile, a good heart and will be missed very much by all who knew and loved him.

Mr. Bruhn is survived by his children: Athena, Corey, Clarissa, Christian and Catlyn; his parents, George and Tina Bruhn, his brother, George Bruhn, and sister, Jenny Steele, all of Baker City; sister and brother-in-law, Marla and Casey Anderson of Halfway; nieces, Tiffany and Samantha Steele, and Chastity Anderson; a nephew, Scott Anderson; and several aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

Donations in Mr. Bruhns memory may be made to the charity of ones choice, in care of Tamis Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, Ore., 97834.

Debra Boutwell

Debra Lynn Boutwell, 49, of Halfway, died July 1, 2001, of natural causes at St. Lukes Hospital in Boise.

Her funeral was this morning at the Pine Valley Presbyterian Church in Halfway. The Rev. Bill Shields officiated. Interment was at Pine Haven Cemetery.

Mrs. Boutwell was born July 12, 1951, at Wichita, Kan., to Louis and Betty Brooks Sharp. She graduated in 1969 from Corona High School in Corona, Calif.

She met her future husband, Homer Boutwell, through a cousin of Homers. They had known each other just about a week when Homer asked her: Do you know how to cook? Do you keep a clean house?

She had the right answers, as well as her mothers permission. One week later, on July 8, 1972, she married Homer Boutwell in Enid, Okla., at Homers parents home. Of this union they had two daughters, Angela and Teresa. In the fall of 1986, the family moved to Halfway.

Mrs. Boutwell had a great talent in hobbies and crafts. She enjoyed making items for her family which included photo albums, stuffed cows, pot holders, blankets, etc. She enjoyed visiting with friends, eating out, shopping and especially talking to her specially named friends on the telephone. Some of those telephone pet names included one knowing that he was her only friend, or Mamasita, or double trouble. . . and sometimes triple trouble.

She always had a positive attitude and never knew a stranger. She loved her family very much and enjoyed every moment she could be with them.

Mrs. Boutwell is survived by her husband, Homer; her daughters and sons-in-law, Angela and J.P. Binford of Halfway, and Teresa and Paul Kelly of Boise; four grandchildren, Candace and Timothy Binford, and Elijah and Noah Kelly; her mother, Betty Sharp of Halfway; her sisters, Betty Pierson of Reseda, Calif., Betty Joyce B.J. Smith of Corona, and Donna Ogle of Paducah, Ken.; her brother, Robert Wright of Humble, Texas; and her loving additional companions, her five chihuahuas.

She was preceded in death by her father.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mrs. Boutwells memory may be sent to the family in care of Tamis Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, Ore., 97834.

Clyde Sutton

Clyde LeRoy Sutton, 78, died July 2, 2001, at the Oregon Veterans Home at The Dalles.

His memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Fuiten, Rose & Hoyt Funeral Home at Vernonia. His sons-in-law, Jerry Bruce and Jerry Hayes will officiate. Private interment will be at the Vernonia Memorial Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to a reception after the service at Lews Place in Vernonia.

Mr. Sutton was born on Aug. 23, 1922, at Thornton, Idaho, to LeRoy and Eunice H. Clark Sutton. As a young boy, he moved with his family to Burns. He was a 1940 Burns High School graduate.

He was a veteran of World War II, having joined the U.S. Navy on Nov. 12, 1942. He served for four years and was discharged on Jan. 18, 1946, at Bremerton, Wash.

Mr. Sutton was married to Lurley A. Sass on June 30, 1946, at Richland. After their marriage they lived at Vernonia. They celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary just two days before his death.

From 1946 to 1958, Mr. Sutton worked at the Oregon-American Mill at Vernonia. He later worked for Kaiser in St. Helens until 1961 when he went to work for Tecktronix at Beaverton. He worked in the warehouse as a forklift operator for 22 years, retiring in 1983.

Among his special interests were gardening, crossword puzzles, stamp collecting and birds. He also was interested in researching the history of covered bridges throughout Oregon. He had compiled an extensive scrapbook with photos and facts about the bridges. He also had a special love for spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Larry Sutton; and a sister, Leah Mills.

Survivors include his wife, Lurley Sutton of La Grande; two daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra and Jerry Bruce of Gresham and Sherry and Jerry Hays of La Grande; two sisters, Adaline Walker of Hillsboro and Madge Heman of Portland; two grandchildren and their spouses, Sandy and Steve Meshke of Warrenton and Jason and Rheadean Hays of La Grande; and four great-grandchildren, Emily Meshke and Ryan Meshke, both of Warrenton, and Breanne Hays and Noelle Hays, both of La Grande; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to Vernonia Cares Inc., 627 Adams Ave., Vernonia, Ore. 97064 or to the Vernonia Scout Cabin, in care of Shirley Daughtry, 1800 Bridge St., Vernonia, Ore. 97064; or to the Oregon Veterans Home, 700 Veterans Drive, The Dalles, Ore., 97058.

Alma Poulsen

Alma R. Poulsen, 96, of Pendleton, a former longtime Baker City resident, died July 2, 2001, at her home.

Her graveside funeral will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Mount Hope Cemetery in Baker City.

Mr. Poulsen was born Sept. 11, 1904, at Neelyville, Mo., to Stephen Maxwell and Mandy Caroline Bartley Dowdy.

She moved to Baker City in 1943 and had lived the past six years in Pendleton.

She was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and the Rebekah Lodge, and was a past member of the Baker Grange.

Mrs. Poulsen is survived by her son, Tom Harral of Pendleton; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Bob Harral and Jerry Harral; and by three husbands, Jerry C. Harral Sr., Charles Greer, and Chris Poulsen.

Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements.

Irene Rogers Dague

Irene Rogers Dague, 105, of Seattle, Wash., a former Baker City resident, died May 10, 2001, at Seattle.

There will be a family gathering in her memory and inurnment of her ashes Tuesday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Grays West & Co. There was a memorial service at Magnolia Presbyterian Church in Seattle earlier.

Mrs. Dague was born on Feb. 3, 1896, at Azusa, Calif. She graduated from Occidental College in 1918 and worked as a teacher and later as a social worker. She was a lifelong Presbyterian and a member of the PEO Sisterhood. The Dague family lived in Baker City from 1941 to 1949.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Irwin Dague, in 1948.

Survivors include her daughter, Kathryn DeMaris of Seattle; a son, George Dague of North Andover, Mass., and his wife, Jan; five grandchildren, Ann Davids and her husband, Ron, James DeMaris and his wife, Debbie, Paul DeMaris and his wife, Barbara, Deanna Dague and Charles Dague; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Columbia Lutheran Home, 4700 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle, Wash., 98103.

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