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Home arrow News arrow News of Record arrow Obituaries for the week of Sept. 19 to Sept. 23, 2005


Obituaries for the week of Sept. 19 to Sept. 23, 2005

Roger Wellman

Roger L. Wellman, 74, of Baker City, died Sept. 10, 2005, at Providence Medical Center in Portland.

A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Pastor Bill Cox of the McEwen Bible Fellowship will officiate. Private inurnment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Roger was born on Nov. 24, 1930, at Baker City to Walter and Olive Lindley Wellman. He was raised and educated at Baker City. He spent most of his life in Baker County, except for 20 years in Portland when he was employed by the Chevron Corp. He was a member of Baker Elks Lodge, No. 338.

Survivors include his children, Sherry Aliff and her husband, Jerry, of Vancouver, Wash., Rena Morrow and her husband, Mike, of Haines, Mike Wellman and his wife, Brenda, of Newberg, and Eva Jarvis and her husband, Lee, of Kalispell, Mont.; sister and brother-in-law, Neva and John Jaquysh of Sand Point, Idaho; seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; and one nephew.

He was preceded in death by both parents and a brother, Marvin, who was killed in World War II.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Baker Elks Lodge, No. 338, through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Naoma Dale

Naoma Jean Johnson Dale, 69, a former Baker City resident, died Sept. 15, 2005, at Bremerton, Wash.

Her husband, Roger Dale, died in 2000. She enjoyed sewing and gardening and she loved to cook.

Survivors include her daughter, Kaye Ginter of Washington; sons, Ed Hasbrook of Montana and Russell Hasbrook of North Carolina; four sisters, Francis Parker, Raye Bacus, Virginia Humphress and Gerry Herbes, all of Baker City; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Wayne Bonham

Wayne F. Bonham, 62, a former Baker City resident, died Sept. 17, 2005, at St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, Wash.

His graveside funeral was at 3 p.m. today at the Weston Cemetery.

Wayne was born on Feb. 16, 1943, at Baker City to Martin Ford and Mary Ann Bonham. He attended local schools and graduated from Baker High School. Later he attended Blue Mountain Community College at Pendleton for two years.

He married Linda Eichner and they lived in Pendleton. Wayne worked at various occupations while in Pendleton including the Pendleton Woolen Mills for several years.

They moved to Weston and he worked for Lewis IGA and for the past several years he had worked for Suzi's Handy Mart at Weston. The Bonhams were divorced.

Wayne enjoyed the outdoors, bird watching, the mountains, fishing and photography and he had a special interest in cats.

Survivors include his daughters, Tricia Givens of Weston and Christine Bonham of Portland; a son, John Bonham of Cle Elum, Wash.; a sister, Cheryl Bonham of Weston; and his grandson, Keifer Givens.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Blue Mountain Humane Society or to St. Mary Regional Cancer Center through the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main St., Milton-Freewater, OR 97862.

Donna Holland

Donna M. Holland, 76, of Milwaukie, a former Baker City resident, died Sept. 16, 2005.

There was a private service.

Mrs. Holland was born on Aug. 8, 1929, at Grand Forks, N.D. She had lived in the Portland Metro area since 1980. Prior to that she lived with her family in Baker City.

She was a homemaker and a legal secretary. She and her husband, John Holland, were married in 1952. He died in 1978.

Survivors include her children, Susan LaFranchise and Michael Holland; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Odyssey Hospice. Arrangements were under the direction of Portland Memorial Funeral Home.

David Russell

David Alan Russell, 61, a former Baker City resident, died Aug. 26, 2005, at his mother's home in Vale after a sudden illness.

There will be no funeral. Disposition was by cremation. His cremains will be scattered at the same site as those of his brother, Fuller.

Dave was born on Jan. 13, 1944, at Randleman, N.C., to Paul T. and Verneta Mae Russell. He grew up in North Carolina, Idaho and Oregon.

After graduating from high school at Portland, he joined the U.S. Navy Seabees, serving on Guam and Okinawa. After his discharge from the Navy, he worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for several years. He then went to work for the chain saw division of Omark Corp.

Dave moved to Baker City in 1970 to be closer to his family. He was employed at Ellingson Timber Co., Plywood Division, until it closed. He then worked at the Kinzua Corp. Plywood mill at Heppner for several years until it too closed.

Dave then returned to Baker County and worked for several mining companies with his brother, Fuller W. Russell, until Fuller became ill. He died in 1998.

After that, Dave moved to Vale to assist in the care of his mother at her home.

Survivors include his mother, V. Mae Bjoin of Vale; a brother, William Z. Davis of Yamhill; a sister, Mary Lou Russell of Eagle Creek; a brother, Paul T. Russell of Baker City; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Paul T. Russell; and his brother, Fuller W. Russell.

Erma Heard

Erma June Heard, 95, a longtime resident of the Haines area, died at her home on Sept. 16, 2005.

Her graveside service was at 2 p.m. today at the Haines Cemetery. Sally Wiens of the Haines United Methodist Church officiated. There was a luncheon and fellowship afterward at the Methodist Church Annex.

Erma was born on Jan. 12, 1910, at Haines to George H. and Mary Elizabeth Ashwood Taylor. She lived most of her life on the same farm where she was raised.

She graduated from Muddy Creek High School and attended her first year of teachers college at Monmouth. When the Eastern Oregon Normal School (now Eastern Oregon University) was built, she was a member of its first graduating class.

She taught school at Manning Basin until she married. Married teachers were not allowed in that district.

She married Theodore R. Heard on Oct. 11, 1930, at Vale. Erma and Ted bought her parents' farm where they lived and raised their children.

They had been married nearly 64 years when Ted died in 1994. Together they shared a rich life of hard work, love and companionship from the 1930s into the 1990s.

For a number of years she was a member of the Mutual Improvement Club and the Eastern Oregon Museum, where she remained an honorary member. She helped at the Haines Library and was a member of the Retired Teachers Association.

Erma also helped in the publishing of the Baker County History Book and was happy to be named Queen of the Fourth of July Celebration at Haines in 1995.

She grew up attending the Haines Methodist Episcopal Church and was on the cradle roll in 1910. She went on to teach Sunday School at what is now the Haines United Methodist Church where she was a member.

She loved her grandchildren and spent many wonderful times with them. They were her greatest joy.

Survivors include two daughters, Arvilla Corey of Deming, Wash., and Cheryl Craig and her husband, Lowell, of Haines; five grandchildren, Lonna, and her husband, Frank Hocker, of Olympia, Wash., Frank and his wife, Tami Corey, of Bellingham, Wash., Bryce and his wife, Jennifer Corey, of Seattle, Wash., Julie and her husband, Tim Kerns, of Haines, and Don Massey of Baker City; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; three stepgrandchildren, Kendall Craig of Pendleton, Kelly Craig of Shelton, Wash., and Kristi Ellis of Milwaukie; eight stepgreat- grandchildren; and nine stepgreat- great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ted.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Haines United Methodist Church Maintenance Fund, the Haines Eastern Oregon Museum or to Pathway Hospice through Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.


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