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Home arrow News arrow News of Record arrow Obituaries for the week of June 13 to June 17


Obituaries for the week of June 13 to June 17

Marie Klunder

Marie Klunder, 93, a longtime Baker City resident, died Dec. 24, 2004.

Her graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Jack Bynum of the United Methodist Church will officiate. There will be a reception for family and friends after the service at the United Methodist Church, 1919 Second St. Everyone is invited.

Marie L. Judy Klunder was born on Nov. 18, 1911, to Lloyd M. Judy and Molly Dickison Judy at Sumpter. After graduation from Baker High School in 1930, she used her secretarial skills in the high school office, and later for Philo Anderson Insurance before attending two years at Oregon State College at Corvallis.

She then moved to Seattle, Wash., where she worked for an insurance agency. Next she moved to Salem, where she was employed by the Oregon Unemployment Compensation Commission.

During World War II, Marie worked at Washington, D.C., and Arlington, Va., for the Bureau of Navy Personnel. Upon returning to Eastern Oregon, she was employed by Pondosa Lumber Co., and worked for Wolff & Johnson, and later Jackson & Johnson as a legal secretary.

For five years, she was chief deputy tax collector for Baker County. She was elected and served for 16 years as Baker County Treasurer.

She married Everett H. Klunder on Nov. 26, 1954, and embraced his family, which included his daughter, Barbara, and his son, Bruce. Marie and Everett loved the outdoors and often camped at Phillips Lake.

They thoroughly enjoyed traveling with a group of friends — caravan style — on several trips. They were members of the Baker United Methodist Church and their church was a large part of their lives.

Marie was a longtime member of the choir and sometime organist. They were active members of the Order of Eastern Star.

After Everett's death in 1977, Marie continued her membership in Soroptimist International, Royal Neighbors, Daughters of the Nile, and Elkhorn Grange.

Survivors include her daughter, Barbara Klunder Garren, and her husband, Donald; daughter-in-law, Joanne Klunder Hardy; sisters, Barbara J. Sanders and Colleen McCord Toombs and her husband, Leo; grandchildren; Kathy Garren Glaser, Debbie Garren Bender, Kim Garren Galaktianoff, Janice Klunder Pal and Douglas Klunder; eight great-grandchildren, one niece and five nephews and their families.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett; her parents; her son, Bruce; granddaughter, Patty Garren; and brother-in-law, Otto Sanders.

Although Marie's work took her to many faraway places, she carried Eastern Oregon in her heart. It was home. She was loved by many and will be missed by all.

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

‘Gertie' Fell

Gertrude "Gertie" Fell, 76, of Haines, died June 11, 2005, at her home.

There will be a celebration of her life at 6 p.m. Friday at the Eagle's Lodge, 2935 H St. Private burial will be later. Arrangements are under the direction of Coles Funeral Home.

Gertrude is survived by her two sisters, Sharon Peterson of El Cajon, Calif., and Annette Bracken of Baker City; three children, Robert Fell of Baker City, Janet Ruda of Haines, and Carol Linney of Castro Valley, Calif.; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren and one on the way.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Coleman and Irene Stiltz; her brothers Monroe and Larry Stiltz; and her husband, Ernie Fell.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eagles Diabetes Fund. Contributions may be taken to the Eagles Lodge or mailed to: Eagles Diabetes Fund, P.O. Box 1062, Baker City, OR 97814.

‘Tim' Payne

Porter Alex "Tim" Payne, 84, of Prineville, a former Northeastern Oregon resident, died June 11, 2005, at Ochoco Care Center.

At his request, there will be no service at this time.

Tim was born on March 29, 1921, at Troy to James S. and Lillian P. Hall Payne. He was raised all over Eastern Oregon and attended schools in the La Grande area.

He married Irene Looker in Baker City in 1949. He farmed and raised cattle. He worked for Eastern Oregon College in maintenance from 1960 and then worked for the Oregon Department of Transportation in highway maintenance before retiring in 1983. He moved from North Powder to Prineville in 2004.

He was a member of the National Rifle Association and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Mr. Payne was also a past member and officer of the North Powder Grange.

He served in the U.S. Army at Luzon, Phillipines, during World War II. He enjoyed fishing and hunting.

Survivors include his son, Alex G. Payne of Glendale, Calif.; his daughter, Emma "Lucy" and her husband, Charles Thompson, of Prineville; his brothers, Aaron Payne of Union and James Payne of Salem; his sisters, Emma Hoyt of Union and Peggy Garrison of Salem; a grandson and a great-granddaughter; and nine nieces and seven nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and an older sister, Wanneta Wilson.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Rifle Association or to Pioneer Memorial Hospice. The Prineville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, 199 N.E. 10th St., at Prineville.

Sue Hanson

Sue Hanson, 66, of Baker City died June 14, 2005, at Ashley Manor after a five-year battle with Alzheimer's disease.

She joins her husband, Dick, who died six weeks earlier. Today would have been their 46th wedding anniversary.

Disposition was by cremation. There will be no funeral. A celebration and remembrance for Sue and Dick will be scheduled this summer to allow distant friends and relatives to attend.

Sue was born on April 6, 1939, at Des Moines, Iowa. She graduated from high school at Des Moines and married Richard Lee "Dick" Hanson on June 14, 1959.

In 1963, Dick and Sue moved to Oregon, where Sue worked for many years as a library aide at Howard Elementary School in Eugene. They moved to Baker City in 1981, where Sue became the owner of The Country Store and Yogurt Shop.

Survivors include her son, Tim Hanson, of Corvallis; her daughter, Cindy Hanson, of St. Paul, Minn.; and her brothers, Jim McCollum of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Grant McCollum of Des Moines, Iowa.

In lieu of gifts or flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Alzheimer's Association through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.


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