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Home arrow News arrow News of Record arrow Obituaries for the week of May 30 to June 3


Obituaries for the week of May 30 to June 3

Rory Huff

Rory Huff, 27, of Richland, died May 29, 2005, as a result of a motor vehicle accident on Eagle Creek Road.

There will be a celebration of his life at 2 p.m. Friday at the Richland Lions Community Park. Friends are invited to join the family for a potluck after the service.

Rory was born on Oct. 15, 1977, at Council, Idaho. Rory grew up at Richland, attended school at Pine-Eagle High School and Stanfield. He later was a 1996 graduate of Cambridge High School where he played football, basketball, baseball and participated in high school rodeo.

A man who loved the outdoors, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, rodeo and entertaining his family and friends with the gift of gab. He was a very caring person who went the extra mile and knew no stranger.

He was loved by all who knew him. He touched many lives with his generosity, kindness of spirit, wise soul, sense of fun and an intelligent wit.

Rory worked many jobs from Texas to Idaho as a logger, lineman, equipment operator and fiber optic inspector. He also did telephone construction for Cambridge Telephone, was a guide for Cornucopia pack station and was currently working in the family business Brooks Wholesale.

His family and friends will dearly miss Rory.

Survivors include his companion, Angie Tucker of Richland, Oregon; parents, Gordon Huff of Cambridge, Idaho; Gerri and Steve Brooks of Richland; brother, Paul, and his wife, Greta Brooks, of Richland and Ace and his wife, Theresa Huff, of Stanfield; grandparents, Jim and Bethel Huff of Halfway, Mary Koski of Sandpoint, Idaho, John and Glenda Sylvester of Sweet Home, and Stan and LaRue Brooks of Richland; his favorite niece and nephews, Marti, Trace, and Cutter Huff; his fishing and hunting companions, Darren and Greg; many aunts, uncles and cousins; and last, but not least, his canine companions, Millie and Cupid.

He was preceded in death by his grandpa, Roy Koski; and a cousin, Matt Halley.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Ducks Unlimited or Pheasants Forever through Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543 Halfway, OR 97834.

‘Gene' Hale

Eugene Vaughan "Gene" Hale, 92, a longtime Baker County resident, died May 31, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Care Center.

His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Pastor Roger Scovil of the Christian Church will officiate. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitations will be until 7 o'clock tonight at Gray's West & Co.

Gene was born on May 20, 1913, at Baker City to John "Sam" Hale and Mallie Mary Vaughan Hale. Gene's father bought the Whitney ranch in 1903 and went from working in the gold mines to ranching. Sam died in the flu epidemic of 1929.

Gene, with his brother, Piper, and mother, Mallie, continued ranching, first with cattle and later raising sheep. In 1935, the family moved the sheep ranch to Alderdale, Wash. With the outbreak of World War II, they sold the sheep ranch for use as a bombing range.

Gene met and married Charlotte Davis. He and Charlotte returned to Whitney by train with only three cows to their name. They worked long, hard hours and were often isolated due to deep snowfall in the winters.

Gene told how they lost their entire calf crop the first year, so to make ends meet he hauled supplies and mail to Greenhorn by wagon. Their determination and grit paid off and they successfully ranched for another 50 years.

Gene was one of a kind and his passing marks the end of an era. He lived to see ghost towns in their prime and talked fondly of his memories prior to motors, pavement and electricity.

In 1989, the Hales moved to Baker City because of health problems. Life in town was an adjustment. They had to get used to things like electric stoves.

Gene had a big heart and always loved to help animals and people in need. He loved to entertain people by playing his harmonica and was always ready to listen to a good joke. He had a contagious laugh and smile that will be deeply missed by his friends and family.

Gene had three sisters, Myrtle Coleman Hansen of La Grande, Doris Seale of Condon and a baby sister, Mina Marie Hale, who died at the age of 3. He had one brother, Piper Hale of Wapato, Wash. Gene and his brother and sisters went to school at Whitney where they graduated from the eighth grade. They walked the two miles to school all winter, sometimes in 3 feet or more of snow.

Surviving family members include Sam and Doris Seal of Condon, Hamley and Adele Hale of Wapato, Wash., Susan Erickson of Yakima, Wash., Katie Hale of Virginia, John and Mary Hale of Toppenish, Wash., and Elaine Livingston of La Grande.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society or the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife through Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

John Dean

John Thomas Dean, 22, of Kennewick, Wash. and a former North Powder resident, died May 27, 2005, from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident on Cabbage Hill.

His funeral will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at North Powder High School. Interment will be at the Haines Cemetery.

John was born Feb. 25, 1983, to Jerry and Eydie Dean. He attended grade school in Imbler and Ketchikan, Alaska. He moved to North Powder during his seventh-grade year and he graduated from Powder Valley High School.

While attending high school, he played football and was an active member of FFA. He began his pipefitter apprenticeship at Pasco, Wash., with Plumbers and Steamfitters Local #598 in the fall of 2004.

He was extremely mechanical, had a quiet but quick wit and always brought out the best in those around him. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved farming, fishing, hunting, camping, water sports, snowmobiling and motorcycles.

John was a loving son and brother, a caring and considerate companion and a true friend to those he cared about. His quiet nature often hid his love for pushing life to its fullest and he could not live his life just standing outside the fire. John was seldom considered a mere acquaintance, but always a friend. He will be loved, missed and always remembered by those he touched during his full but short life.

Survivors include his parents, Jerry and Eydie Dean of Pasco, Wash.; a brother, Levi C. Dean of Kennewick, Wash.; fiancee, Kaela Curtis of Baker City; his fiancee's parents, Dale and Joyce Curtis of Baker City; grandparents, Gene and Nicki Hiner of North Powder and Jesse and Ruth Hall of Grandview, Wash.; great-grandparents, George and Ruth Deal of North Powder; uncles, Joe and Jeff Dean, Diehl Hiner, Doug Forman and Kenny Brickey; aunts, Joan Brickey, Jessica Hiner, Deana Forman, Lori El-Hajj and Karen Dean; cousins, Angel Flieger, Teak Brickey, Janette McGinness, Cody, Ryan, Kiley, Patrick and J.J. Dean, Tyson Hiner, Justin and Colby Forman and Tiffany Carlson.

Memorial contributions may be made to the John Dean North Powder High School Football Memorial Fund and can be sent to Gene Hiner, P.O. Box 109, North Powder, OR 97867.

Richard Lansdon

Richard Thomas Lansdon, 19, of Payette, Idaho, and formerly of Baker City, died May 28, 2005, as the result of a vehicle accident on Anthony Lakes Highway.

A traditional funeral service will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Baker City Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane.

Following the service, friends and family will gather near the Baker County Library, 2400 Resort St., where Richard will be taken in a horse-drawn hearse around Geiser Pollman Park with family and friends walking behind in tribute of all the fond memories he leaves behind. At the conclusion of the walk, there will be a procession to Payette where Richard will be laid to rest at the Riverside Cemetery.

In addition, a "Window of Reflection" for Richard will be on display Friday at 1719 Main St. in Baker City, next to Elkhorn Title Company.

Richard was born Dec. 27, 1985, in Sacramento, Calif. He was raised and educated in Baker City and Payette, Idaho. Richard attended the Baker Nazarene Church and the Salvation Army Church and Youth Center.

He enjoyed being involved in sports, especially baseball. Richard was an avid archery hunter. In 1997 and 1998 he won first place at a National Shoot in Redding, Calif. He received recognition at that time that he qualified for the world championship, which was being held in New York City. Although he didn't attend, he was proud that he had placed that well.

Richard experienced a lot of ups and downs during the short time that he was here on earth. He tried very hard to embrace being an adult. Richard never met a stranger and he made friends easily.

Two years ago, he met the love of his life, Sasha Thompson. There was not a day that went by that he did not express how much he loved her.

Richard just this last month had received his drivers license, had gone to work in La Grande for Nash Trailers and purchased a car. He was proud that he had a "man's job." He was excited about his life and where he was going.

Richard dearly loved his family and never missed an opportunity to tell or show them.

Richard is survived by his parents, Ronald and Grace Lansdon, former Baker City residents and now of Payette, Idaho; sisters, Jill Sprinkle and her husband, Brian, and Anna Curtis and her husband, Jason; brothers, Scott Lansdon, James Lansdon and John Lansdon; nieces, Shataeu Lansdon, Malibu Sprinkle and Alexa Curtis; nephews, Dalton Curtis and Harley Letts Jr.; fiancee' Sasha Thompson; aunts and uncles, Ben and Dorothy Likens, Harley and Hopie Letts, Hermes Brown and Chuck Seeley and cousins, Ben Likens Jr. and Hogan Letts.

Those wishing to make a memorial contribution in memory of Richard may do so to Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834 to help defray the cost of funeral service.

Erma Hixson

Erma V. Hixson, 95, a former Baker City resident, diedMay 27, 2005, at a foster care home in Perry.

Her graveside funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Monte Loyd of the Harvest Church in Baker City will officiate.

Mrs. Hixson was born on Oct. 5, 1909, at Paradise, Kan., to Abraham Fredrick True and Artha Jane Kidd True. The family lived in several places, including Colorado and South Dakota.

They moved to Oregon in the 1930s, living at various times at La Grande, North Powder and Baker City.Erma married Ernest A. Hixson on March 5, 1949, in Baker County.

Much of her life was spent on the farm.She loved horses.She loved riding in the car, and in later years took her exercise walking in downtown Baker City. She was a longtime member of the Assembly Of God Church.

Survivors include her brother and sister-in-law, Willard and Marie True of La Grande and many other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ernest, who died on May 23, 1990; brothers, Enard True, Ira True and Glen True; and a sister, Effie Severns.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Harvest Church, 3720 Birch St., Baker City, OR97814.

Coles Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Connie Hayes

Connie Rae Hayes, 46, of Durkee, May 26, 2005, at her home.

Her graveside service will be at 9 a.m. PDT (10 a.m. MDT) Wednesday at the Cambridge Cemetery in Cambridge, Idaho.

There will be a celebration of life service at 2 p.m. PDT at the Durkee Grange Hall in Durkee.

Connie was born on Aug. 5, 1958, at Council, Idaho, to Don Howard and Lois Lawson DuPree. She was educated at Council, New Meadows and Kooskie, Idaho.

When she was 9, the family moved to Seattle, Wash., and then to Vancouver, Wash., where Connie remained for several years.

Connie had worked as a waitress, worked in nursing homes and was a bingo caller at the Moose Lodge, which she really enjoyed. At the age of 20, Connie had twin girls, Amie and Kassie. Four years later, she had a son Adam. She moved to Virginia Beach for a short time, returning to Cambridge, Idaho, to be near her family.

Connie met her husband, Gary, on a blind date, having dinner at the Yacht Club in McCall, Idaho. They immediately clicked and were married on May 22, 1997 at Baker City.

After their marriage, they traveled following Gary's work in construction. They returned to Durkee in September 1998 where Connie worked at the Wagon Wheel cafe and as a postal clerk in Durkee.

Connie loved to play bingo and would look up a bingo place wherever they were. She liked to cook and thoroughly enjoyed a great bargain at garage sales.

She could out-fish her husband, winning quarters for the "first, most and biggest fish" from many family members. She, her husband and daughter, Kassie, attended the Calvary Baptist Church in Baker City.

Survivors include her husband, Gary Hayes of Durkee; her mother, Lois DuPree, and her father, Don Howard, both of Cambridge, Idaho; her children, Amie Kennick of Weiser, Idaho, and Kassie Pickett and Adam Hicks, both of Baker City; stepchildren, Taylor and Hannah Hayes of Imbler; brothers, Dave Howard, and his wife, Colleen, of Battle Ground, Wash., and Bill DuPree and his companion, Rachel, also of Battle Ground, Wash.; seven grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents; a brother, Norval Howard; and a sister, Donetta Howard.

Memorial contributions may be made to Northwest Professionals, Family Resource Center, through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, Oregon 97814.

Larry Dove

Larry Allan Dove, 58, of Baker City, died May 25, 2005, at his home.

Visitations will be from noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. Sunday at the American Legion Club, No. 41, 2129 Second St. and a potluck brunch afterward.

His graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, at Kamiah, Idaho. He will be laid to rest with his parents.

Larry was born on Oct. 27, 1946, at Orofino, Idaho. He was the only child of Vernon D. and Gladys L. Dove. He grew up at Kamiah, Idaho, and was a 1965 Kamiah High School graduate. He proudly served his country through two tours of duty in the Vietnam War as a member of the U.S. Army.

Throughout his life, Larry worked in and around the logging industry. He started with the purchase of his own logging truck upon his return from the service.

He enjoyed the job of woods boss because he loved being in the mountains, but Larry's true calling was that of mechanic. If it was a truck or a piece of heavy equipment, Larry could fix it for you, as anyone who ever knew him would attest to.

Larry married Tinna Kaiser in December 1985 at Asotin, Wash. Together they had a daughter, Lacey Lynn Dove. Larry also had a son, Ervin Dove, from a previous marriage.

Larry, Tinna and Lacey moved to the Baker City area from Lewiston, Idaho, in the summer of 1989. He worked as woods boss for Western Fiber in the Granite area until 1995 when he went to work for Gary N. Smith Trucking as head mechanic. He enjoyed that position until illness forced his retirement in 2002.

Larry's pride and joy was his family. His daughter, Lacey of Baker City; his son, Ervin, and daughter-in-law, Sonja, and his three beautiful grandchildren, Constance, Katelyn and Luke, all of Spirit Lake, Idaho, were all the subjects of frequent brag sessions.

Larry unwittingly became a mentor to many people, especially the kids Lacey brought to the house and the boys to whom he taught his trade.

He had fun being a member of the Idle Hour's Old Timers' shuffleboard team. He also was a member of the American Legion. Larry had two constant shadows, his dogs, Peewee and Squeaker, who were always at his side (or in his lap!).

Larry was a big man with an even bigger heart and was always willing to help anyone in need. He will be greatly missed by many people.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans Van, 2129 Second St., Baker City, OR 97814, which helped him so much during the last three years.


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