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Home arrow News arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for the week of Nov.17 to Nov. 21

Obituaries for the week of Nov.17 to Nov. 21

Harold MacLean

Harold E. MacLean, 99, of Baker City, died Nov. 14, 2003.

There will be a celebration of Harold's life for friends and family at 4 p.m. Sunday at Settlers Park Assisted Living Facility. Rev. Susan Barnes of the First Presbyterian Church will officiate.

Harold was born at Battle Creek, Mich., on Jan. 20, 1904, to Hugh and Adelle Getty MacLean. He and his family moved to Grand Rapids, Mich., where he spent his childhood.

He was a 1922 graduate of Union High School. As a child, he designed and constructed playthings for himself and his brother, Donald, who was two years younger. They were athletic, doing stunts on a trapeze in their big barn.

After joining the Press Boys Band, a band for newspaper boys, they became talented musicians. Harold's instrument was the bass brass horn and the sousaphone, commonly called the tuba. He told wonderful stories about John Phillip Sousa coming to a football game and directing the combined bands of Ohio State and Michigan.

After high school, Harold attended Kalamazoo Normal, a teacher's college, and earned his credential to teach drafting and shop at the high school level. He also worked for Leonard Refrigerator Co. at Grand Rapids, Mich., where the Norge refrigerator was developed from an icebox.

He joined the Michigan National Guard and played in the Guard's marching band. After serving two years in the National Guard, Harold returned to school at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and was a member of the marching band. He organized the halftime formations at football games.

He told lots of interesting stories about playing the sousaphone at the university, and afterward playing in orchestras and jazz bands. He played one time on a Ferris wheel at the county fair. He graduated from Michigan in 1932 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering.

In 1937, he married Jean Zwemer and left for a honeymoon in California. They liked the state and stayed there for their first residence. In 1940, their first son, Hugh, was born and they moved to Burbank, Calif. Donald, their second son, was born a few years later.

While in Palos Verdes, Calif., for several years, Harold worked for a vegetable oil company.

In Burbank, Harold went to work with Lockheed Aircraft. He was the final supervisor on the Constellation airplane for 17 years and went to Sunnyvale, Calif., to work for five years on the Polaris missile before his retirement in 1969. He spent a total of 30 years at Lockheed.

After his wife, Jean, died, Harold moved to back to Southern California to be close to his two sons. Harold rekindled a friendship with Ruth Miller Hauter. They were sweethearts in Michigan from high school through college. Harold married Ruth in 1970.

The couple traveled extensively. They visited most U.S. states, including two trips to Alaska. They also went to Australia, New Zealand, through the Panama Canal, and drove all over Europe.

In 2001 they sold their home at Fullerton, Calif., and took residence at Settlers Park in Baker City.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth MacLean; his son, Hugh MacLean, and his wife, Venus; his daughter-in-law, Diane MacLean; and Ruth's son, Woody Hauter, and daughter, Katherine Vaughn.

His son, Donald MacLean, preceded him in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eastern Oregon Chapter of the American Red Cross through Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Clifford Coffman

Clifford Coffman, 89, of Weiser, Idaho, and a former Baker City resident, died Nov. 17, 2003, at a Weiser assisted living center.

His graveside funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Hillcrest Cemetery in Weiser.

Cliff was born on July 2, 1914, at Penokee, Kan., to Mitchell H. and Maude Green Coffman. He moved with his family to the Boise area as a child. He attended Boise schools, receiving a diploma from Stack Rock School.

Cliff married Alta Alberta Gatliff on Aug. 8, 1935, at Boise. The couple moved to Baker City and then to Hermiston and finally to Weiser in 1944 where they had lived since.

He owned and managed an associated oil distributorship for several years. He also owned the Dairy Freeze fast food business, which was located where the underpass is now at Weiser. He had a farm on the Weiser River and he worked with Huckstep House Movers in the Weiser and upper valley areas.

Cliff was an active member of the Nazarene Church and helped build the Weiser church.

His wife died on Jan. 22, 1997.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Thelma Coffman of Meridian, Idaho; a daughter, Donna Dae Adamson of Las Vegas, Nev.; three grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and a great-great-granddaughter.

He also was preceded in death by two granddaughters.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Nazarene Church Building Fund, 340 W. Commercial St., Weiser, ID 83672.

Thomason Funeral Home of Weiser is in charge of arrangements.

Nellie Brannock

Nellie G. Brannock, 88, a former Hereford and Baker City resident, died Nov. 6, 2003, at Omak, Wash.

Her graveside funeral was Nov. 12 at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Nellie was born on Aug. 10, 1915, to Lewis C. and Laura Phillips Morin at Haines. She married Gerald Brannock at Weiser, Idaho, on Oct. 15, 1936. Most of their married life was spent on their ranch in the Hereford area.

Upon Nellie and Gerald's retirement, they moved to Baker City and sold the ranch to their nephew, John Morin, and his wife, Roberta.

Gerald died in 1978. Nellie continued to live in Baker City by herself until 1987 when her brother, Ted Morin, moved in with her upon the death of his spouse.

Together Ted and Nellie shared many interests. They attended church together, gardened and always opened their home to family and friends.

Nellie was a great caregiver to so many people. If someone was ill, she was right there to comfort and serve. She was an accomplished seamstress and cook and she loved baseball, basketball and horse racing. She was loved by many and will be missed by a host of family and friends.

Survivors include her son, Ken Pearson, and wife, Darlene, of Republic, Wash.; a foster daughter, Darlene Jenkins, and husband, Jerry, of Wilbur; a sister, Gladys Ward; two brothers, Ted Morin of Baker City and Claude Morin of Ogden, Utah; seven grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Research Alliance of Oregon or to the charity of one's choice through Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Dorothy Denne

Dorothy M. Denne, 88, of Baker City, died Nov. 16, 2003, at Ashley Manor, a Baker City senior care center.

Her memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets. Sister Kay Marie Duncan will officiate.

Mrs. Denne was born May 18, 1915, to Wilford Anderson and Isabelle Nicholson Anderson near Nash, N.D. She was educated in the Hoople, N.D., schools before entering nurses training at Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, graduating in 1938.

On Aug. 8, 1939, she married Edwin J. Denne at Minneapolis, where they lived until 1944. They then lived in St. Louis, Mo., until their final move to Colorado in 1951. In 1954, Mrs. Denne returned to her nursing career and she continued to work until her retirement in 1977.

Survivors are a daughter, Kathryn Waneka and her husband, Michael, of Greeley, Colo.; two sons, Gerald Denne and his wife, Karen, of Grand Island, Neb., and John Denne and his wife, Cindy, of Baker City; a surviving sister in Pittsburgh; two brothers in Hoople, N.D.; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Her husband and one sister preceded her in death.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Alzheimer's Association through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Marsha Jacobson

Marsha Faye Jacobson, 62, died Nov. 13, 2003, at her home near Haines.

There will be a memorial gathering at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Haines United Methodist Church Community Hall.

Marsha was born on Feb. 13, 1941, to Forrest and Faye Lillard. She was raised in the Baker Valley and attended school at Muddy Creek and graduated from Powder Valley High School at North Powder.

She also attended Oregon State University at Corvallis before her marriage to John L. "Jack" Jacobson on Aug. 19, 1961. She quit school and worked to put Jack through law school. They returned to Baker City in 1965 where Jack set up his law practice.

In their earlier years in Baker City, Marsha worked as a bookkeeper, and had her own gift store, The Crystal Palace.

In 1981, Marsha returned to college at Eastern Oregon University at La Grande to earn her teaching degree. She began her career as an elementary teacher in 1985. She was well loved as a teacher because of her dedication to children and her great talent in working with children who had reading difficulties.

She was considered a "master teacher" by many, and continued to update her education with summer classes and special workshops whenever they were available. Marsha was one of those people who was "born to teach."

Marsha had many talents: making a house a home, sewing all the outfits for the Haines Rodeo Court, helping young people with their 4-H projects, and just being a good friend.

She took up painting with Terri Axness and discovered she had a great talent for it. Her love for birds and flowers showed throughout her artwork. Marsha loved her flower beds and living on their ranch outside of Haines, gourmet cooking, attracting birds to her yard, her dogs and especially her grandchildren. She made many trips across the state to spend time with her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Jack Jacobson; two sons, Dr. John O. Jacobson and his wife, Amber, and their two daughters, of Brookings, and Kirk L. Jacobson and his wife, Lisa, and their son of Medford; and her mother, Faye Lillard, and her sister, Christine Lillard of Baker City.

She was preceded in death by her father and an infant daughter.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Haines United Methodist Church.

Rosalie Cempura

Rosalie Ettie Cempura, 98, a longtime Halfway resident, died Nov. 9, 2003, at Settlers Park Assisted Living in Baker City.

There will be a celebration of her life later this week at Christ's Lutheran Church at Waterford, Mich.

She was born on July 1, 1905, at Algoma, Kent County, Mich., to Daniel David and Jessie Maybell Armstrong Smith. Rosalie graduated from high school at Detroit.

She married Oscar Larsen in 1928. She went on to further her education at the University of Michigan at Lansing where she earned her master teaching credentials. She taught elementary and special education classes.

Rosalie was a published author whose passion for teaching led her to write "Springboards for Today's Education," along with other writings: "Literacy Now!" "The Life and Loves of a Master Teacher," and "Home Based Learning."

In the latter part of the 1970s, Rosalie married Vernon Motley and they moved to Pine Valley. They later divorced, but Rosalie loved Pine Valley and made her home there.

She was a member of the Presbyterian Church and was baptized Catholic in 1980. She enjoyed the senior citizen activities and was a member of the Pine Cone Club and the Grange. She saved every napkin from every Pine Cone Club dinner or meal. Each napkin was in mint condition.

She enjoyed her social life and visiting. Rosalie spent hours on her computer and enjoyed working with words.

She also enjoyed traveling and took a trip around the world with her group of teachers. She also enjoyed gardening. She remained active and social by attending her church as well as the senior functions.

Rosalie loved to dance. Many fondly remember Rosalie at a "Sweethearts Dance" dressed beautifully in black, wearing 4-inch heels and dancing the night away when she was in her early 90s. Rosalie always had an elegant flair.

Survivors include her daughter, Dagmar Rosalie Taylor and her husband, Vern, of Michigan, Winnie Allum of Oregon; eight grandchildren, Kenneth Palmer and his wife, Christina, Tina Palmer Evans and her husband, Palmer, Paula Carr, Greg Carr and his wife, Liz, Patrick Carr and his wife, Chris, Therese Buttenhoff, Christopher Carr and his wife, Dorothy, and Carla Carr; 19 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Daniel and Jessie Smith; a daughter, Lois L. Carr of Phoenix, Ariz.; a son-in-law, Harry Allum of Oregon; and a brother, Norris H. Smith of Grand Ledge, Mich.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice through Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834 or her memory may be honored by performing an act of kindness for another person.

 
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