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Obituaries for Sept. 4, 2013


Claire Hobson

Milwaukie, 1929-2013

Claire Hobson, a longtime Baker City resident, died Aug. 28, 2013, at Milwaukie, the day after her 84th birthday.

Her graveside funeral will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Mount Hope Cemetery in Baker City. Remembrances may be shared on the Peake Funeral Home website: www.peakefh.com.

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Obituaries for Aug. 23, 2013

John Lemmon

Laguna Hills, Calif., 1928-2013

John David Lemmon, 85, a Baker City native, died Aug. 16, 2013, at Laguna Hills, Calif., after a swift deterioration due to Alzheimer’s disease.

John was born on April 25, 1928, at Baker (City). He was the last surviving of four sons (Boyd, Jack, Richard, John) born to Warren Lemmon and Vera Virgina Schlaefer.

John served as president of his class at Baker High School, graduating in 1946.  He joined the Naval Air Force just out of high school, ultimately graduating from the University of Oregon in Eugene in 1953 with a degree in accounting.

His career path quickly became auto sales in California, culminating with owning Maywood-Bell Ford.  His career took him to the California cities of Long Beach, Anaheim, Sacramento, Los Alamitos and finally to Las Vegas, Nev., before retirement at Laguna Woods, Calif.

“Our father was a sweetly optimistic man, a one-of-a-kind through and through salesman. He was a good sport who lived by the credo, ‘if you act enthusiastic, you will be enthusiastic,’ ” family members said. “We’ll miss you, Dad.”    

His first marriage was to Donna Bernhardt of Reedsport. 

Survivors include their four daughters, Deborah Stevens  of Irvine, Calif., Carol Lemmon of San Francisco, Brita Lemmon of Huntington Beach, Calif., and Amy Arthur of Seattle, Wash.; and three grandsons, Desmond, Tiller-John and Daniel; and one granddaughter, Ashley.

His second and final marriage was to Jeanette Godbe, who also survives him. He also is survived by three step-grandsons, Michael, Ryan and Andrew and one step-granddaughter, Allison, all whom he watched grow to adulthood.

Patricia Dobell

Granite, 1942-2013

Patricia Jean Dobell, 70, of Granite died Aug. 19, 2013, just outside of Sumpter due to injuries sustained in  an automobile accident.  

Her memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at McEwen Bible Fellowship. Pastor Dan Martin will officiate. There will  be a reception afterward.

Patty was born on Sept. 1, 1942, at Montrose, Colo., to Ralph and Ruth Lopez Baca.  She was raised in Colorado and Arizona, graduating from Yuma High School in 1960. 

She moved to Portland in 1970. She worked at various jobs, including training the developmentally disabled, working at various retail stores and working for a women’s shelter at Hillsboro for a while.

She was married to William “Bill” Dobell in November of 1994 at Granite. They moved to Granite shortly before they were married. 

Patty owned a taco stand for several years at Granite. She was a wonderful quilter and baker. She also enjoyed reading and sewing and loved fishing, mushrooming and just being in the outdoors.

Survivors include her husband, William “Bill” Dobell of Granite; a son, Dan Cashmere of San Diego; three daughters, Lisa Surratt, and her husband, Ken, of Newberg, Luci Ivey and her husband, Robert, of Arlington, Wash., and Margaruite Carroll of Portland;  two brothers, Ralph Baca of Portland, and Ray Baca of Olathe, Colo.; three sisters, Ruby Luna of El Paso, Texas, Lucia Fabela of Vista, Calif., and Pricilla Thomas of Solome, Ariz.; and 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Donald Cashmere, who died in 2006; and two brothers and one sister.

Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel is assisting the family. Memorial contributions may be made to The Salvation Army or to a charity of one’s choice through Gray’s West and Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

 

Obituaries for August 21, 2013

‘Fred’ Ringer Sr.

Baker City, 1917-2013

Frederick William Ringer Sr., 96, of McMinnville, a former Baker County commissioner, died on his birthday, Aug. 16, 2013, at home with family. 

His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Adventure Christian Church in McMinnville. Pastor Erik Neilson will officiate. Entombment will be at Evergreen Memorial Park Mausoleum.

Visitations will be from noon to 7 p.m. Thursday at Macy & Son Chapel. 

Fred was born on Aug. 16, 1917, at New Plymouth, Idaho, to William Frederick Ringer and Meta Day Ringer. As a child, his family moved from New Plymouth, Idaho, to Medical Springs. 

He was a 1936 Baker High School graduate. He married Barbara Ellen Strong on June 3, 1942, on the Ringer ranch at Medical Springs. They had three sons. 

Fred worked at the Pondosa Lumber Mill and was a farmer and rancher. In 1975, Fred was awarded Oregon State Father of the Year by the Oregon Cattleman’s Association. 

He was very active in civic and community service programs, with particular emphasis on involvement in youth work. He was a leader in the Keating 4-H livestock club, swine committee for the Baker County Junior livestock show and served on the local school board.

Fred retired from ranching in 1977 and moved with Barbara to Baker City. He was elected as Baker County commissioner and served two terms. 

While commissioner, Gov.Vic Atiyeh appointed him to the state Senior Citizens Advisory Board. He served on the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service and the Soil and Water Conservation committees. He was a 55-year member of the Elks Club and a member of the First Christian Church in Baker City.

Fred and Barbara moved to McMinnville in 1987. Fred worked for Linfield College from 1987 to 1995. He was a member and groundskeeper for the Adventure Christian Church, formerly Community Christian Church. He loved mowing the church lawn with the green John Deere riding mower.

Fred spent the last few winters with his son, Fred Jr., and daughter-in-law, Mary (Hipsher) Ringer, at Sun City, Ariz. He enjoyed sitting on the porch and warming his bones in the warm Arizona sun.

Fred was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara; son, Robert Ringer of The Dalles; and 10 siblings.

Survivors include two sons, Fred Ringer Jr. and Ron Ringer, both of McMinnville; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to Adventure Christian Church or Hospice of McMinnville through Macy & Son Funeral Directors, 135 N. Evans, McMinnville, OR, 97128-4682.  Online condolences may be sent to Macy & Son Funeral Directors, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Dorothy Bogart

Dorothy Bogart, a resident of Clark County Washington for the past 10 years and a Baker City native, died Aug. 14, 2013, at her home. 

Memorial services were conducted at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Vancouver, Wash., on Wednesday, Aug. 21.

Interment will be held at Mount Hope Cemetery in Baker City, on Friday, Aug. 23 at 11 a.m.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph; and sons, Daniel, and baby Patrick.

Survivors include her son, Michael Bogart of Camas, Wash.; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and her sister, Donna Terrell of Ontario.

 

Obituaries for August 16, 2013

‘Bob’ Swales

North Powder, 1933-2013

Robert James “Bob” Swales, 80, of North Powder, died  Aug. 12, 2013, at Grande Ronde Hospital in La Grande. 

Visitation was Thursday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel. His memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the North Powder Methodist Church. Sally Wiens of Haines United Methodist Church will officiate. Private burial will be at the Stanfield Cemetery.

Bob was born on June 23, 1933, at Stanfield to George and Florence Grossmiller Otty. He was raised at Stanfield and The Dalles and was a 1949 graduate of Stanfield High School. 

At the age of 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Korea where he received two purple hearts for wounds received in action. He was honorably discharged in 1956.

After his military service, he attended Portland State University where he received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics. He later received his master’s degree in mathematics. After his graduation from college, he was hired as a professor of mathematics at Portland State, a position he held for more than 10 years. 

He returned to school at Polytech University where he received a degree in architecture. He worked all over Oregon designing buildings and helping with construction. He was hired as a professor at Polytech University, where he worked for several years.

He married Bertha “Lee” Murphey on April 26,1986, at Stanfield.

Bob filled many civic roles, including serving as the mayor of Stanfield from 1989 to 1993. He also served on the North Powder City Council. He later became the pastor of the North Powder Methodist Church, serving there from 2001 until his retirement in 2006. His hobbies included fishing, lawn-mower racing at the North Powder Huckleberry Festival and Western swing dancing. The family moved to North Powder in 1996.

Survivors include his wife Lee of North Powder; sons, Mitch, and his wife, Stefanie Swales, of Boise, Robert D. Swales Sr. of Hermiston, Thomas and his wife, April, of Clark Fork, Idaho, Anthony and his wife, Kim Adams, of La Grande, and Dustin of Kettle Falls, Wash.; a daughter, Branda Swales, and her husband, Jason Zerbel, of Baker City; his grandchildren, Amanda Swales Chapman, Stephanie Swales, Carmen Swales, Caryn Dunn, Robert D. Swales Jr., Casey Swales Buckmaster, TJ Swales, Joseph Swales, Jamie Snyder, Chelsey Swales, Michael Potoshnik and Hunter Adams; 19 great-grandchildren; one brother, Jerry, and his wife of The Dalles; and a half-sister, Patty Hawkins of Topeka, Kan.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Harvey Swales.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

‘Jim’ Breen

Baker City, 1947-2013

Franklin James “Jim” Breen, 66, of Baker City, died Aug. 5, 2013, at Evergreen Hospice Center in Kirkland, Wash.

A celebration of his life will be on Sunday, Aug. 25, at 4 p.m. at Quail Ridge Golf Course, 2801 Indiana Ave. in Baker City. His life will also be honored on Friday, Aug. 30, at the Methodist Church in Bridger, Mont., at 11 a.m. followed by a reception at the Bridger Senior Center. 

Franklin James Breen was born on March 6, 1947, at Sheridan, Wyo., the son of John E. “Jack” Breen and Mary Ann Breen Astrope. He attended grade school in Billings then moved to Bridger. He graduated from Bridger High School in 1967 as president of his class and also student body president. He attended Northern Montana College for two years before joining the Marine Corps Reserve.

Jim worked for 33 years in railway maintenance in Montana, Washington and Wyoming. In 2002 he retired after 14 years as road master for BNSF and moved to Baker City in 2006. Jim shared his smile and great sense of humor readily, with a natural ability to remember and interact with people. Talented musically, he played the guitar and could often be heard singing or humming, especially country songs. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping throughout his life, but his first recreational love was golf, and he spent countless hours on various courses where he developed many valued friendships. Golf buddies often commented on “Breener’s” admirable swing. 

Jim’s first love and priority was always his family. High school sweethearts, he married Penny Steffan on July 25, 1970, and they were blessed with three children, Jami, Jennifer and Jay. He dearly loved his eight grandchildren and was proud to have one great-granddaughter.

Jim was diagnosed with malignant melanoma in March of 2013 and remained hopeful throughout the following months as he fought a valiant battle against the cancer. After sharing last good-byes with his family and reassuring them of eternal life, Jim departed this life in the serene surroundings of Evergreen Hospice Care Center in Kirkland, Wash.

Jim is survived by his wife, Penny; his daughters: Jami (Eric) Wollan of Mount Lake Terrace, Wash., and Jennifer Luchi of Baker City; his son, Jay (Naomi) Breen of Sandy; his grandchildren: Michael and Macy Wollan, Alexus and Adrianna Luchi, Jahlee Troyer, Penelope, Mia and Cole Breen; and his great-granddaughter, Carley Sheldon; he is also survived by his sisters: Judi (Gary) Taylor of Wheatland, Wyo., Shirley Miller of Fromberg, Mont., and Bonnie Scarbro of Great Falls, Mont.; his brother, Chris Johnson of Missoula, Mont. Jim was loved by numerous sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews as well.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Micki Sticka.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a hospice service or charity of one’s choice.

e at a dance while he was in the Navy and stationed in 

Dallas.  They were married in 1945 and moved to Baker City, Oregon where 

they lived for 60 years and raised their family.  Fran’s passions were golf, playing 

bridge, reading, and her family.  She loved watching her sons’ sporting activities 

when they were growing up in Baker City.  Her favorite pastime was playing golf 

with her sons, her friends, and her father “Big Lew.”  Fran and Boots had many 

friends in Baker City during a post war era when dressing up, dining, dancing, 

and going to parties with friends was a way of life.    

Fran moved to Pueblo, Colorado in 2003 to be closer to her family.  In the later 

stages of her life, she was fortunate and blessed to have some of the best 

caregivers any family could possibly hope for.  A special thanks to Kathy Aguero, 

Grace Aguero, Theresa Diaz, Mary Garcia, Rosie Lucero, Marty Mondragon, Lori 

Naranjo, and Kathy Romero, all of whom we are eternally grateful for.  Also a 

special thank you to Sharmar Village and their staff for the wonderful care they

provided for Fran, and to hospice for her care in her final days.   

There will be a private graveside service on August 16

Fran’s life will be held at 6:00 pm at the Sunridge Inn in Baker City that evening.  

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Alzheimer’s Disease Research, 

22512 Gateway Center Drive, Clarksburg MD 20871.  

   “Death hath a thousand doors to let out life.”   -   Philip Masinger (1583 – 1640)

th

.  A reception to celebrateces (Fran) Rode (90), passed away August 9, 2013 in Pueblo,

Colorado.  Born April 21, 1923 in Dallas, Texas to Lewis and Velma Toan.  Fran 

is survived by her brother Fred (Barbara) Toan of Dallas, Texas.   She is also 

survived by her three sons and their wives;  Bob (Mary Ann Rode) of Boise, 

Idaho; Tim (Katherine) Rode of Pueblo, Colorado; Greg (Gretchen) Rode of 

Pueblo, Colorado; and her grandchildren Kelsey Rode, Ben Rode, Hannah Rode, 

Tyler Rode, Kurt Rode, Carly Rode. Fran is preceded in death by her parents 

Lewis and Velma Toan and her husband Robert “Boots” Rode, who passed away 

in 1998. 

Fran was born and raised in Dallas, Texas.  After graduating from high school 

she attended Texas Women’s University in Denton, Texas.  In 1944 she met 

Robert “Boots” Rode at a dance while he was in the Navy and stationed in 

Dallas.  They were married in 1945 and moved to Baker City, Oregon where 

they lived for 60 years and raised their family.  Fran’s passions were golf, playing 

bridge, reading, and her family.  She loved watching her sons’ sporting activities 

when they were growing up in Baker City.  Her favorite pastime was playing golf 

with her sons, her friends, and her father “Big Lew.”  Fran and Boots had many 

friends in Baker City during a post war era when dressing up, dining, dancing, 

and going to parties with friends was a way of life.    

Fran moved to Pueblo, Colorado in 2003 to be closer to her family.  In the later 

stages of her life, she was fortunate and blessed to have some of the best 

caregivers any family could possibly hope for.  A special thanks to Kathy Aguero, 

Grace Aguero, Theresa Diaz, Mary Garcia, Rosie Lucero, Marty Mondragon, Lori 

Naranjo, and Kathy Romero, all of whom we are eternally grateful for.  Also a 

special thank you to Sharmar Village and their staff for the wonderful care they 

provided for Fran, and to hospice for her care in her final days.   

There will be a private graveside service on August 16

Fran’s life will be held at 6:00 pm at the Sunridge Inn in Baker City that evening.  

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Alzheimer’s Disease Research, 

22512 Gateway Center Drive, Clarksburg MD 20871.  

th

.  A reception to celebrate

 

Obituaries for Aug. 14, 2013

Jim Breen

Baker City, 1947-2013

Franklin James “Jim” Breen, 66, of Baker City, died Aug. 5, 2013, at Evergreen Hospice Center in Kirkland, Wash.

A celebration of his life will be on Sunday, Aug. 25, at 4 p.m. at Quail Ridge Golf Course, 2801 Indiana Ave., in Baker City. His life will also be honored on Friday, Aug. 30, at the Methodist Church in Bridger, Mont., at 11 a.m. followed by a reception at the Bridger Senior Center. 

Franklin James Breen was born on March 6, 1947, at Sheridan, Wyo., the son of John E. “Jack” Breen and Mary Ann Breen Astrope. He attended grade school in Billings then moved to Bridger. He graduated from Bridger High School in 1967 as president of his class and also student body president. He attended Northern Montana College for two years before joining the Marine Corps Reserve.

Jim worked for 33 years in railway maintenance in Montana, Washington and Wyoming. In 2002 he retired after 14 years as road master for BNSF (Burlington Northern Santa Fe) and moved to Baker City in 2006. Jim shared his smile and great sense of humor readily, with a natural ability to remember and interact with people. 

Talented musically, he played the guitar and could often be heard singing or humming, especially country songs. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping throughout his life, but his first recreational love was golf, and he spent countless hours on various courses where he developed many valued friendships. Golf buddies often commented on “Breener’s” admirable swing. 

Jim’s first love and priority was always his family. High school sweethearts, he married Penny Steffan on July 25, 1970, and they were blessed with three children, Jami, Jennifer and Jay. He dearly loved his eight grandchildren and was proud to have one great-granddaughter.

Jim was diagnosed with malignant melanoma in March of 2013 and remained hopeful throughout the following months as he fought a valiant battle against the cancer. After sharing last goodbyes with his family and reassuring them of eternal life, Jim departed this life in the serene surroundings of Evergreen Hospice Care Center in Kirkland, Wash.

Survivors include his wife, Penny; his daughters, Jami (Eric) Wollan of Mount Lake Terrace, Wash., and Jennifer Luchi of Baker City; his son, Jay (Naomi) Breen of Sandy; his grandchildren: Michael and Macy Wollan, Alexus and Adrianna Luchi, Jahlee Troyer, Penelope, Mia and Cole Breen; his great-granddaughter, Carley Sheldon; his sisters, Judi (Gary) Taylor of Wheatland, Wyo., Shirley Miller of Fromberg, Mont., and Bonnie Scarbro of Great Falls, Mont.; his brother, Chris Johnson of Missoula, Mont. Jim was loved by numerous sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews as well.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Micki Sticka.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a hospice service or charity of one’s choice.

Terri Bothwell

Formerly Baker City

Terri Bothwell, a 1977 graduate of Baker High School, died July 15, 2013, at her home in Portland after a courageous two-year battle with ovarian cancer.

She was with her mother and husband when she passed.

There will be a family gathering at the end of August. 

Terri attended Eastern Oregon University at La Grande, graduated from Bowling Green University in Ohio and received her master’s degree from Portland State. She taught school in Chicago and Los Angeles before returning to Portland to teach. 

She was assistant principal at several elementary schools in Gresham and was principal of Highland Elementary School when her cancer was diagnosed. She touched many children’s lives during her career.

Survivors include her husband, Gregg Pellegrini of Portland; her mother, Carole, of Gresham; her sister, Sherry, of Baker City; her niece, Alyssa, and nephew, Kyle; her brother, Christopher, and his wife, Maria, of Ecuador, and nephew, Jove; her beloved dog, Roscoe; and many friends and coworkers who have been by her side through all of this.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ovarian Cancer Research at OHSU or the Oregon Humane Society in Portland.

Trudy Lien

Formerly Baker City, 1923-2013

Trudy Lien, 90, died on Aug. 11, 2013, in La Grande.

Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ontario with Pastor James Aalgaard officiating. Her graveside service will be afterward at Evergreen Cemetery.

Trudy was born on Nov. 6, 1922, at Mason City, Iowa, to Ole and Laura Gregerson, both immigrants from Norway. She spent most of her life in Mason City and met Darold Lien after finishing school. They were married on Nov. 1, 1941. They had one son, Dennis, born on Jan. 18, 1944.

Trudy’s father took a defense job in Boise and loved the area as well as the weather. Darold and Trudy moved to join him in Boise in 1950. Darold’s work eventually took him to Ontario.

Trudy loved Ontario and made many, close friends. She worked for many years at the Vogue dress shop, and later opened her home to child care. 

She learned tole painting and decorative art and began to teach others out of an art studio in her basement. She continued taking classes for herself to expand her knowledge of folk art. 

She studied under Master Artist Jo Sonja Jensen at Redland, Calif. Tole painting became Trudy’s true talent and she went to many artist conventions and studied with several famous artists, who also published the tole books Trudy used in her own studio, the Strawberry Cellar.

During the summer, Trudy and Darold traveled throughout the Northwest to display and sell her art at craft shows. Darold spent countless hours in his woodshop cutting the boards for Trudy to paint. Trudy and Darold enjoyed spending time away camping and fishing at their property in Cascade, Idaho. 

Darold died in February 1993. Trudy’s son, Dennis, died in July 2003.

Trudy met her friend and companion of many years, Ron Marlow, who died in January 2012. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Arnold and Oliver Gregerson; and her sister, Clarice Pfaltzgraff.

Survivors include her daughter-in-law, Diana Lien of Salem; her grandson, Donald Lien and his wife, Angie, of Albany; her grandson, Douglas Lien and his wife, Lori, of Baker City; granddaughter, DeAnn Lien of Salem; great-grandchildren include Meghan, Jayce and Camryn of Albany, and Hannah, Eli, and Noah of Baker City; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church in care of Lienkaemper Chapel, P.O. Box 970, Ontario, OR 97914. Condolences to the family at www.lienkaemper-thomason.com.

Lawrence Johnson

Baker City, 1930-2013

Lawrence Homer Johnson, 83, of Baker City, died Aug. 4, 2013, at his home with his longtime friends, Mike and Linda Cowen, who cared for him for the past 20-plus years.

In lieu of a memorial service, the family will have a private gathering with close friends at a later date.

Lawrence was born on March 16, 1930, at Versailles, Ill., to Arthur and Iva B. (Surratt) Johnson.

He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1947 and was stationed in Oklahoma near the town of Aline, where he met and married

 

Juanita Zudora Shippy, who lived at Aline. They traveled the U.S. and Europe and finally settled at Haines in 1967.

A short time after moving to Haines, Lawrence started his career working for the Oregon Department of Transportation where he worked for a few years until he started logging.

After he became disabled in 1981, the couple moved to Baker City. After battling many years of health issues, he moved to an assisted living home on Schoolhouse Road near Haines where he spent the remaining years of his life with close friends and caregivers, Mick and Linda Cowen.

He loved hunting and spending time with his sons in the Elkhorn Mountains, especially the areas of Muddy Creek and the North Fork of the Powder River.

Survivors  include three daughters, Sue Olsen and her husband, Steve, of Baker City, Pam Donicht and her husband, Mike, of Baker City, and Brenda Chandler and her husband, Daren, of La Grande; four sons, Larry Johnson and his wife, Barbara, of Baker City, Ron Johnson of Tigard, Mitchel Johnson and his wife, Lisa, of Baker City, and Scott Johnson and his wife, Veronica, of Baker City; 15 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Iva B. Rigger (Surratt); his father, Arthur Johnson; his stepfather, Truman A. Rigor; his wife, Juanita Johnson (Shippy); and his oldest son, Truman Johnson.

Memorial contributions may be made to The American Heart Association through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

‘Fran’ Rode

Formerly Baker City, 1923-2013

 Juanita Frances “Fran” Rode, 90, a former longtime Baker City resident, died Aug. 9, 2013, at Pueblo, Colo.

There will be a private graveside service on Friday, Aug. 16. A reception to celebrate Fran’s life will be at 6 o’clock that evening at the Sunridge Inn in Baker City.

Fran was born on April 21, 1923, at Dallas, Texas, to Lewis and Velma Toan. She was raised at Dallas. After graduating from high school, she attended Texas Women’s University at Denton, Texas.  In 1944 she met Robert “Boots” Rode at a dance while he was in the Navy and stationed at Dallas. They were married in 1945 and moved to Baker City, where they lived for 60 years and raised their family.

Fran’s passions were golf, playing bridge, reading, and her family.  She loved watching her sons’ sporting activities when they were growing up in Baker City. Her favorite pastime was playing golf with her sons, her friends, and her father, “Big Lew.” Fran and Boots had many friends in Baker City during a postwar era when dressing up, dining, dancing and going to parties with friends was a way of life.    

Fran moved to Pueblo in 2003 to be closer to her family. In the later stages of her life, she was fortunate and blessed to have some of the best caregivers any family could possibly hope for. 

The family extends special thanks to Kathy Aguero, Grace Aguero, Theresa Diaz, Mary Garcia, Rosie Lucero, Marty Mondragon, Lori Naranjo, and Kathy Romero, all of whom they are eternally grateful for. Family members also expressed their appreciation to Sharmar Village and its staff for the wonderful care they provided for Fran, and to hospice for her care in her final days.

Survivors include her brother, Fred (Barbara) Toan of Dallas; her three sons and their wives, Bob (Mary Ann Rode) of Boise, Tim (Katherine) Rode of Pueblo and Greg (Gretchen) Rode of Pueblo; and her grandchildren, Kelsey Rode, Ben Rode, Hannah Rode, Tyler Rode, Kurt Rode and Carly Rode.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lewis and Velma Toan; and her husband, Robert “Boots” Rode, who died in 1998. 

 In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Disease Research through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

‘Bill’ Balfour

Baker City, 1930-2013

William B. “Bill” Balfour, 80, a longtime Baker City resident, died Aug. 9, 2013, at St. Alphonsus Care Center.

His graveside memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Baker City Veterans of Foreign Wars will conduct the service with military rites accorded by the Oregon National Guard Honor Guard.

 Mr. Balfour was born on March 21, 1933, at Ogden, Utah, to  William H. and Mildred Bryson Balfour.  He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War.

 Mr. Balfour worked for Burnt River Lumber Co.  for many years as a loader operator. He also worked for the U.S. Forest Service on the road crew for a time.

 He married Louise Whitlatch Robinson; she preceded him in death.

He was very active in the VFW Club where he had served as a past post commander. Mr. Balfour’s main hobby was gold mining and panning.

Survivors include his family, John and Lorrie Balfour of the Philippines; Lorrie Perkins of Myton, Utah; a daughter, Carla, and sister-in-law Margaret Balfour of Baker City; stepchildren, Darlene Featherstone of Omaha, Neb., John and Connie Robinson of Baker City, and Mike and Tammy Robinson of Waldport; numerous grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

 Memorial contributions may be made to the VFW Cancer Research Fund, through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR  97814.

 

 

Obituaries for Aug. 12, 2013


Lawrence Johnson

Baker City, 1930-2013

Lawrence Homer Johnson, 83, of Baker City, died Aug. 4, 2013, at his home with his longtime friends, Mike and Linda Cowen, who cared for him for the past 20-plus years.

In lieu of a memorial service, the family will have a private gathering with close friends at a later date.

Lawrence was born on March 16, 1930, at Versailles, Ill., to Arthur and Iva B. (Surratt) Johnson.

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Obituaries for Aug. 9, 2013


Gerald ‘Jerry’ Morelock Jr.

Ontario, 1955-2013

Gerald LeRoy “Jerry” Morelock Jr., of Ontario, a former Baker City teacher, died Aug. 3, 2013, at Boise surrounded by his family.

“He went to be with his redeemer, Jesus Christ, after fighting a courageous seven-year battle of multiple myeloma,” family members said. “He is now pain-free and dancing in heaven.”

There will be a viewing from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel in Payette, Idaho. A Life Celebration service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Christian Life Fellowship in Ontario at 366 S.E. Fifth St.

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Obituaries for Aug. 5, 2013


‘Woody’ Woodcock

Baker City, 1939-2013

William Charles “Woody” Woodcock, 73, of Baker City, died July 24, 2013, at his home after a brief battle with cancer. 

His memorial service and a celebration of Woody’s Life will be at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, at the Baker Elks Lodge, 1896 Second St. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception afterward at the Elks Lodge.

Woody was born on Nov. 27, 1939, at Baker City to Sam and Ruth Metsker Woodcock. He was a 1958 Baker High School graduate. He excelled at football and was honored to play in the Oregon Shrine All-Star Football Game in Portland. 

 

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Obituaries for Aug. 2, 2013


‘Rob’ Burgess

Baker City, 1964-2013

Robert Martin “Rob” Burgess, 48, of Baker City, died suddenly July 25, 2013, of a cerebral hemorrhage at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise.

His memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane. There will be a reception afterward at the Sunridge Inn.

 

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Obituaries for July 26, 2013

‘Russ’ Murphey

Baker City

Russell Warren “Russ” Murphey, 74, of Baker City, died July 22, 2013, at his home after a long battle with lymphoma. His family was at his side.

His funeral was at 3 p.m. Monday, June 29, at the Baker Christian Church, 675 Highway 7. Pastor Jesse Whitford officiated. The committal service was at Rock Creek Cemetery. There was a celebration of life dinner afterward at the church.

Russ was born in California and was educated there. He worked for more than 25 years for the California Fish and Game and retired in 1990 after 22 years as a game warden. 

After his retirement he moved to Show Low, Ariz., where his wife, Marge, pursued a counseling career. They moved to Baker City in 2006 from Arizona. 

Russ loved the Lord and was an active member of the Baker Christian Church. He led several Bible studies and also led many hymn sings for the community. His beautiful bass voice will be missed.

Russ tried many part-time positions but principally loved to hunt and fish. He was a very friendly, wonderful man who will be sorely missed by family and friends. The fish of Baker County will now be safer.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Marge; their three daughters, Cyndi Huff (Dave) of Petersburg, Ky., Shelly Scott (Ray) of Baker City, and Jan Sorenson (Tony) of Cody, Wyo.; five granddaughters and three great-granddaughters; his sister, Jean Nagle (Hank) of Wilseyville, Calif., and his half-sister, Shirley Cook of Woodland, Calif.

He requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to his wife’s nonprofit Christian counseling business, Angel Rose Counseling through Gray’s West and Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814. He prayed daily for her ministry and was a great encouragement.

Louise Todd

Baker City, 1930-2013

Louise F. Todd, 82, a longtime Baker City resident, died July 23, 2013, at Settler’s Park Assisted Living Center.

 The rosary will be said at 10 a.m. Monday at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St. Her graveside memorial will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Father Julian Cassar of St. Francis de Sales Cathedral will officiate.

 Mrs. Todd was born on Aug. 12, 1930, at Rising City, Neb., to John Albert and Anna Willemsen Frericks. She was a 1947 graduate of St. Francis Academy and married Aubrey “Bud” Todd on Feb. 11, 1950, at Baker City.

 Mrs. Todd worked as a personnel manager for the BLM for 30 years, retiring in 1987. Her hobbies were volunteering with many organizations.

 She was a member and active with St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, Soroptomist Club and the Elks Lodge.

Survivors include her son, Marc Todd of Baker City; sister Connie Fisher of Echo; six grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and 12 great-grandchildren.

 She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bud; and a son, Gary.

 Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

 
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