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Obituaries for Dec. 9, 2013


Anne Wickert

Baker City, 1924-2013

Anne Margaret Wickert, 89, of Baker City died Dec. 2, 2013 while at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City. 

 Visitations will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. 

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday also as Gray’s West & Co. Father Robert Greiner of St. Francis de Sales Cathedral will officiate. Private interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.

There will be a reception at noon at the Catholic Church Parish Hall, First and Church streets.

Anne was born on March 3, 1924, to Anton Henry Williamson and Wilhelmina Hendrixson Williamson.

She attended at David City High School at David City, Neb. During World War II she worked in a munitions factory. 

She and Donald Wickert were married at St. Francis Cathedral on March 11, 1949. Besides being a loving wife, she was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend, family members said.

Anne was a clerk at the Baker County Courthouse and also worked for Commercial Welding. She retired in 1986.

Those who knew Anne agree she always had a kind word to say and a huge smile on her face.

Survivors include her sons, John Wickert and his wife, Jerri, of Baker City, Dale Wickert and his wife, Claudia, of Ontario, Steve Wickert and his wife, Sherry, of The Dalles, and Mike Wickert and his companion, Shirley Gessele, of Baker City; her brothers, Francis Williamson, Anton Williamson and Donald Williamson, all of Baker City, Leo Williamson of Pendleton, and John Williamson of La Grande; and sisters, Margaret Sagendorf and Shirley Sagendorf, both of Spokane, Wash.; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Donald Wickert; her mother, Minnie Williamson; her father, Anton Williamson; and her sister, Mary Devos.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Northeast Oregon Compassion Center through Gray’s West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave. Baker City, OR. 97814.

Loretta Larkins

Richland, 1944-2013

Loretta Ann Pollard Larkins, 69, of Richland, died Dec. 1, 2013, at her home with her family by her side.

A private memorial service will be scheduled later.

Loretta was a private person who shared her big heart with family and friends.

She was born on July 26, 1944. She started school at Robinette, moving to Eagle Valley around the age of 6 where she attended grade school and high school. She made lifelong friends during that time; friends who knew they could count on Loretta’s loyalty, love, and support.

Friends and family alike respected her passion for knowledge. Loretta excelled at history and for fun, entered radio contests correctly answering history questions and winning pizzas.  

She was an original armchair traveler and rarely met a book she didn’t like. She loved playing games, especially pinochle, a game she learned at the age of 8 watching her grandpa, Harley, play. Whenever a pinochle game was on, everyone wanted to be Loretta’s partner —  a guaranteed win. 

Loretta, an avid birdwatcher, was fond of relaxing in her backyard surrounded by birds. She happily anticipated the arrival of the first hummingbird. 

Although Loretta could spend hours indoors with a good book, she loved the mountains where she rode horses, fished, and explored the forests. Her love of and appreciation for the great outdoors developed naturally. 

Being the daughter of a sheepherder provided her with ample opportunities to find pleasure in the solitude of the mountains, the fresh air, and tracking planets in the night sky.

In later years, Loretta and her husband, Glenn, enjoyed the drive up North Pine and across to Joseph, spotting elk, birds, and bears, to attend Chief Joseph Days and in the winter, attending the winter carnival at McCall, Idaho. 

Loretta and Glenn were true soulmates, falling in love as teenagers and reconnecting years later to enjoy more than 30 years together as husband and wife.

Loretta was proud of her family and never missed an opportunity to share stories of her daughter, grandchildren, niece, and nephews. Family members said Loretta’s stories were often laced with examples of her great sense of humor — gently wicked, often self-deprecating, and always funny. Her grandkids always knew that there would be cookies for them at Grandma Loretta’s.

Like many girls, Loretta started smoking when she was a teenager. She smoked for 50 years and smoking eventually took her life. 

Although Loretta was a private person who wouldn’t dream of imposing her beliefs on or intruding in other’s lives, she wanted her death to serve as a cautionary tale — to encourage all smokers to seek help for quitting, as she, better than anyone, knew how difficult quitting could be, and to encourage others to not start smoking.

Survivors include her husband, Glenn Larkins; her daughter, Diana Smith; her grandson, Coby Ryder; great-grandchildren, Caden, Avilyn, and Jacob Ryder; niece and nephews, Jessica, Logan, and Harley Pollard;  brother and sister, Davis and Zona Pollard; her cousin, Earletta Baker; and her mother, Billie Wells.

Loretta’s family knows your prayers are with them at this time and thank you for your kindness. They also want to say a special thank you to Crystal Sadlowsky, Maureen Stanciu, Heart ’N Home Hospice, Tony Bonn, Gordon Bond, Eagle Valley Ambulance, Patty and Wally Hammond, and the Hilary Bonn Benevolence Fund.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Hilary Bonn Benevolence Fund in Loretta’s name through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Robert Neuberger

Portland,1953-2013

Robert J. Neuberger, 60, a longtime Portland attorney, died Nov. 30, 2013, after a four-year battle with cancer.

Private burial service has been completed. A celebration of his life will be scheduled later.

Robert was born on Aug. 6, 1953, at Baker City to Gert and Erna Neuberger. He graduated from Baker High School, Colorado College and Lewis & Clark Law School. 

Survivors include his son, Stuart Neuberger; and sisters, Roz and Pat Neuberger. 

He was preceded in death by his parents.

See more at: http://obits.oregonlive.com/obituaries/oregon/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=168331627#sthash.1CrED743.dpuf.


Obituaries for Dec. 6, 2013


Luanne Lee

Baker City, 1941-2013

Luanne Lee, 72, of Brookings, a former Baker City and North Powder resident, died Nov. 29, 2013, after a lengthy illness.

She did not wish to have any formal funeral services. 

She was born on July 1, 1941, at Payette, Idaho, to George E. “Jimmy” and Eileen Lee of Baker City. Luanne grew up at North Powder and Baker City, and was educated there.

After graduating from Eastern Oregon College at La Grande (now Eastern Oregon University), she worked in Baker City for Bill Jackson’s law firm, and then moved to Eugene, where she worked many years as a paralegal for Art Johnson’s law firm. 

While in Eugene, Luanne returned to school at the University of Oregon’s School of Fine Arts. She developed her love of painting there, as well as later in retirement. 

After her marriage to Cliff Weeks in 1983, Luanne moved to California and worked for the Walkup, Downing law firm in San Francisco. When Luanne and Cliff retired in 1998, they settled at Brookings, a place they previously visited during their travels. 

Their interests in travel led them to many places in the U.S., but often to Arizona. Luanne’s love of art inspired her to further develop her abilities by attending many painting classes in Brookings. She became a lifetime member of the Pelican Bay Art Association. 

She was also a great fan of sports, and “her teams” were the San Francisco Giants and the 49ers football team. In addition to Luanne’s talent and many interests, she was a most courageous person, setting an example of strength and bravery every day, family members said. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Eileen Lee of Baker City; and her beloved nephew, Scott Carnine.

Survivors include her loving husband, Cliff Weeks of Brookings; sisters, Pat Hunt (Tom) of Ketchikan, Alaska, and Marilyn Carnine (Steve) of Wilsonville; niece, Brooke Hunt (Steve Heinl) and family, of Ketchikan, Alaska; nephew, Jimmy Hunt of Ketchikan, Alaska; great-nieces, Mena and Elsie Heinl of Ketchikan, and Dorothy Hunt of Cambridge, Minn.; and great-nephew, Jerome Hunt, also of Minnesota.

Memorial contributions may be made to Coastal Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 6042, Brookings, OR 97415.

Anne Wickert

Baker City, 1924-2013

Anne Margaret Wickert, 89, of Baker City died Dec. 2, 2013 while at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City. 

 Visitations will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. 

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday also as Gray’s West & Co. Father Robert Greiner of St. Francis de Sales Cathedral will officiate. Private interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.

There will be a reception at noon at the Catholic Church Parish Hall, First and Church streets.

Anne was born on March 3, 1924, to Anton Henry Williamson and Wilhelmina Hendrixson Williamson.

She attended David City High School at David City, Neb. During World War II she worked in a munitions factory. 

She and Donald Wickert were married at St. Francis Cathedral on March 11, 1949. Besides being a loving wife, she was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend, family members said.

Anne was a clerk at the Baker County Courthouse and also worked for Commercial Welding. She retired in 1986.

Those who knew Anne agree she always had a kind word to say and a huge smile on her face.

Survivors include her sons, John Wickert and his wife, Jerri, of Baker City, Dale Wickert and his wife, Claudia, of Ontario, Steve Wickert and his wife, Sherry, of The Dalles, and Mike Wickert and his companion, Shirley Gessele, of Baker City; her brothers, Francis Williamson, Anton Williamson and Donald Williamson, all of Baker City, Leo Williamson of Pendleton, and John Williamson of La Grande; and sisters, Margaret Sagendorf and Shirley Sagendorf, both of Spokane, Wash.; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Donald Wickert; her mother, Minnie Williamson; her father, Anton Williamson; and her sister, Mary Devos.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Northeast Oregon Compassion Center through Gray’s West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave. Baker City, OR. 97814.


Obituary for Dec. 4, 2013


Priscilla Hedgpeth

Baker City, 1941-2013

Priscilla K. Hedgpeth, 72, of Baker City, died Nov. 27, 2013.

Her memorial will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 975 S. Bridge St.

She was born on Feb. 7, 1941, at Medford to Francis and Essie May Poole. She was the youngest of seven children. She grew up at Butte Falls except for a few years the family spent in San Francisco. She attended school at Butte Falls and graduated in 1959 as class valedictorian.

Priscilla got a job with the Forest Service shortly after high school. It was while working there that she met her husband, Glenn. They were married in November of 1969 at Reno, Nev. Their daughter, Jennifer, was born about a year later. In May of 1977, she and Glenn moved to Baker City where they had lived ever since. 

Their son, Matthew, was born in 1980. In addition to raising her own children, Priscilla helped raise her niece, Kathy.

Priscilla was known for her generosity and love for family. Many family members, including numerous nieces and nephews have wonderful memories of spending summers or long visits at “Aunt Cilla’s”.

Priscilla also had a deep faith in the Bible. She was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses on April 16, 1960, at Klamath Falls along with her mother and sister, Norma. She was comforted by the Bible’s promises and enjoyed sharing that comfort with others, family members said.

She also enjoyed doing the daily crossword puzzle in pen. She loved animals and had many horses, cats, and dogs in her life and enjoyed feeding the deer that wandered on her property.

She was preceded in death by her parents and five brothers and sisters.

Survivors include her husband, Glenn, of Baker City; her sister, Norma, of Altona, Manitoba; her son, Matthew of Baker City; her daughter, Jennifer, of Hermiston; her niece, Kathy Doane of Sheridan; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Baker City Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.


Obituary for Dec. 2, 2013


Pearl Bush

Baker City, 1915-2013

Pearl Josephine Bush, 97, of Baker City died Nov. 20, 2013.

A memorial service will be scheduled later in Arizona.

Pearl was born on Dec. 29, 1915, at Boxes Cove, Ala., to McKinley and Josephine Selby. Her mother died shortly after Pearl was born. 

In 1919 at the age of 4, she moved from Alabama to Casa Grande, Ariz., with her father and grandparents. Her sister, Gladis, stayed behind in Alabama, and eventually married Ira Travis and had two children, Harry and Carolyn.

Pearl graduated from Mesa High School at Mesa, Arizona. At the age of 19 she met Joseph R. Bush and married him. She was a faithful wife to her husband as she traveled and, at times, worked with him from California to Arizona, Oregon and Nevada.

She gave birth to their first son, Joe R. Bush, on Feb. 12, 1936. On Aug. 3, 1950, she gave birth to Jerry W. Bush at San Diego.

Before Pearl and Joe retired, they managed mini-storage units. She was always full of energy, family members said. She knew no strangers and loved to talk and laugh. 

Her husband, Joseph, died on June 25, 2002.

Pearl is survived by those who loved her and were loved by her, family members said.

They include her sons and their spouses, Joe R. Bush and his wife, Nancy, and Jerry W. Bush and his wife, Sandee; grandchildren, Joe Jr., Jeffrey, Jeremy, Aaron and Kristina; great-grandchildren, Mandy, Reese, Kori, Jeffrey II, Marilena Pearl, Aimee, David and Danielle; great-great-grandchildren, Gabriel, Keegon, Kallie, Julie, Jason, Shelby, Jade, Tristine, Kession, Sage, Willow, Raylin, Cali, Jace and Haley; her sister, Gladis Travis; nephew and niece, Harry and Carolyn, and their children Teresa, Stephanie and Jesse.

Memorial contributions may be made to New Hope Church through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.


Obituaries for Nov. 27, 2013


Donna Ryder

Baker City, 1932-2013

Donna Faye Ryder, 81 of Baker City, died Nov. 24, 2013, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center. 

Her services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Gray’s West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave.  The committal service be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Ryan Tachenko, Donna’s grandson-in-law, will officiate.

Donna was born on June 30, 1932, at Denver to Arthur C. and Marjorie Mae Woeber Berndt. She was a 1950 Ontario High School graduate.

Soon after graduation she moved to Baker City, where she worked at the Red Top Drive-In and at Millers Lunch. 

She would tell the story of how, while waiting tables, someone showed her how to load her arm up with plates of food. The first time she tried it, she arrived at the table and couldn’t figure out how to unload it, then she started to laugh and the scramble was on. 

While working at the Red Top she met her future husband, Joseph Ryder. They were married in 1952 and had two sons, Wayne and Tom. Joseph died in 2007.

In the early 1960s she worked at the Montgomery Ward store. In the mid-to-late ’60s, she went to work for US Bank. She continued to be a familiar face there until she retired in 1995.

After that she worked doing various bookkeeping jobs and cashiering at Baker Valley Auto Parts for her son, Wayne. When she decided to retire from that job, she continued to call or check in to make sure everything was being done correctly.

Donna always had a soft heart, family members said. When her boys were young, they were always bringing some stray or injured animal home and, of course, she would have to take them in. She always worried more about her family than herself and would call herself “Old WW” (for worry wart). 

She loved to work in her yard planting flowers and gardening and on any summer day you could see her doing so. She could never pass up the chance to save a distressed plant. If there was one at work that had pretty much failed down to a stick, she would take it home and nurse it back to health. So needless to say, there were plants all around the house. 

Donna always looked forward to her Wednesday card night playing bridge at the golf course. She had a wonderful smile and an unforgettable laugh that was heard quite often. She never had an unkind word to say about anyone and had a never ending love for her family.

“She will be missed by all who knew her,” family members said.

Survivors include her brothers, Phillip and Lynn of California; sons, Tom and Wayne, and Wayne’s wife, Jeanie, of Baker City; grandchildren, Christy DeMoss and husband, Daryl, of Heber City, Utah, Angie Aldrich, Eric Ryder, and Vanessa Tachenko and husband, Ryan, of Baker City; and great-grandchildren, Katie and Kiley Jo Aldrich of Baker City.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Joe; and her brother, Duane.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Baker Valley Seventh-day Adventist School through Gray’s West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR. 97814.

Charles Maslowski

Baker City, 1934-2013

Charles Clayton Maslowski, 79, of Baker City, died Nov. 18, 2013, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City.  

Charles was born April 25, 1934, at Forsyth, Mont., to Charles Raymond and Dorothy Schelin Maslowski. After graduating from high school at Colstrip, Mont., he joined the U.S. Marines. He served for three years, attaining the rank of sergeant.

Charles married Audrey Fennimore on Feb. 6, 1959, while at Seattle, Wash.

He was employed as a maintenance worker for Cascade Gas for a number of years, retiring in 1998.  Charles enjoyed farming and stamp collecting.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years; his son, Scott Maslowski of Kent, Wash.; brother, Morris Maslowski of Colstrip, Mont.; a sister, Julie Ann Schwin of Elko, Nev.; and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Charles and Dorothy; and his sisters, Carrie Maslowski, Marla Hugh and Frances Ray.

Gray’s West & Co. is in charge of arrangements.

Birl Miller

Haines, 1938-2013

Birl Frank Miller, 74, died Nov. 12, 2013, at his home in Haines.

 Birl was born on Nov. 17, 1938, at Denver to Birl Miller and Lena Leslie Miller. He attended high school in Halfway. After high school he attended Blue Mountain Community College where he graduated in 1956. He was in both the Army and Navy for 20-plus years and ended his military career as a sergeant, E8. He was also proud of the fact he was Native American.

He loved to ride bareback broncos and bulls. He enjoyed fishing, camping and anything military, and he really enjoyed his firearms. Birl also took an interest in genealogy and enjoyed watching professional wrestling whenever possible.

 Birl was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Baker 1st Ward, the American Legion and he was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post No. 116. 

He was a former commander of the American Legion, Post No. 140, on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. He was also a member of the National Rifle Association. Birl was proud of the fact he was part of the Bay of Pigs Cuban invasion on April 17, 1961. He was an Army ranger assigned to the 11th Airborne Division. 

Survivors include his son, Mark, and his wife, Alicia, of North Powder; his son, Birl Miller, and his wife, Eunice, of Moorehead, Ky; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and three stepgrandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Birl B. Miller; his mother, Lena Leslie Miller; his daughter, Tilleena Miller Ransom; his brother, Orville Richard Miller; and a sister, Ada Jewel Miller.

Memorial contributions may be made to gofundme.com\59cyzg through Gray’s West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR  97814.


Obituaries for Nov. 25, 2013


Josephine Elskamp

Meridian, Idaho 1919-2013

Josephine Eva Moar Leuck Elskamp, 93, a former Baker City resident, died Nov. 20, 2013, with her family by her side. 

At her request, her body was cremated and there will be no funeral. Burial was at Mount Hope Cemetery.

She was born on Dec. 21, 1919, at Grants Pass to Verla Adelia and Thomas Harold Moar. After Josephine lost her parents, she and her younger brother, Thomas Moar, were raised by their grandparents, Malinda and Manuel Silvers, at Baker City.

Josephine attended St. Francis Academy, graduating at the age of 18 on May 27, 1938. She married Don Leuck in 1940 and had two daughters.

She married Sam Elskamp in 1963.

Survivors include her two daughters, Dona Jo (Murray) Stookey of Meridian, Idaho, and Mary Ann Edlin of Spokane, Wash.; three grandchildren, Dane (Ann) Stookey, Marna Hoiland and Bret (Maureen) Cunningham; nine great-grandchildren, Erika Stookey, Marissa Stookey, Ben Stookey, Savanah Cunningham, Tana Cunningham, Nicolas Cunningham, Judith Cunningham, Bailey Cunningham, and Reagan Cunningham.

Family members expressed special thanks to Rhea and Merrill of St. Luke’s Hospice and Yona, Crystal, and others at Grace Assisted Living in Meridian.

Brenda Hock

Halfway, 1949-2013

Brenda Gayle Hock, 64, of Halfway, died Nov. 21, 2013, at St. Alphonsus Care Center.

Brenda had been battling Stage 4 cancer for eight months until it finally got the best of her and she decided to leave this life and be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and to also be reunited with her mother, father and her only son, Michael Jo.

There will not be a service at this time.

Brenda Gayle was born on Nov. 17, 1949, at Denison, Texas, to Curtis and Lora Thomas. In 2003, Brenda and Ken moved to Halfway.

Brenda will be missed. If you ever came to visit her, she would try to give you something. She was always a giver, never a taker. 

For those who would like to make a donation in memory of Brenda, Ken suggests that you consider a tag from the Christmas tree at US Bank to brighten a child’s face this Christmas, or maybe a prayer, or just do something really special.  

Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Obituaries for Nov. 22, 2013

Maurice Tatlock

Baker City, 1926-2013

Maurice Kent Tatlock, 87, of Baker City, died Nov. 18, 2013, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Baker City. 

Visitations will be from 4 o’clock to 8 o’clock tonight at Gray’s West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave.

His funeral will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Baker City Christian Church, 675 Highway 7. Pastor Jesse Whitford will officiate. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. There will be a reception afterward at the church.

Maurice (better known as Maury) was born at Rock Springs, Wyo., on Sept. 21, 1926, to Kent Tatlock and Marie Fager Tatlock. Maury attended Twin Falls High School where he graduated in 1944. 

He then joined the U.S. Navy where he became a medical corpsman until he left the service in 1946. Maury found he liked working in the denture field and in 1954 he started Tatlock Dental Lab.

In 1960, Maury married his wife, Phyllis Shaw, who died in 2000.

Maury moved to Baker City at the age of 27, and started doing something he enjoyed doing, fixing beautiful dentures so people could have nice smiles, family members said.

He was especially proud of the fact that his sons and daughter, Christine, followed in his footsteps and ended up owning their own denture businesses. The boys would be the first to say their dad taught them right.

If asked, his sons would say their dad stayed with his business because he loved what he did and enjoyed making beautiful dentures. Maury retired from his profession in 2009, but he helped his son, Curtis, who took over the business whenever he was needed.

Maury also enjoyed horses, water skiing and snow skiing and any kind of outdoor sports, along with flying. He was a member of the Jaycees, the Appaloosa Club and various other groups.

Maury was well-known and loved by everyone in a community he was proud of, family members said.

Survivors include his sons, Randy Miles of Memphis, Tenn., Steve Miles of Ashland, Kevin Tatlock of Ontario and Curtis Tatlock of Baker City; his extended family, Dale Moore, Teresa Nordquist, Don Moore and Darlene Ferry; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 40 years, Phyllis; his daughter, Christine Tatlock; and his son, Terry Miles.

Memorial contributions may be made to Baker County Search & Rescue through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.


Obituary for Nov. 20, 2013


‘Stan’ Wellman

Baker City, 1926-2013

Stanley Taylor Wellman, 86, of Baker City, died peacefully at his home on Nov. 15, 2013. 

Visitations will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave.

His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane. Tim Fisher will officiate. There will be a reception at the Nazarene Church Family Life Center after the committal ceremony.

Stan was born on Dec. 23, 1926, at Baker City to Homer Leslie Wellman and Lucy Fay Hunt. He was a proud graduate of the Baker High Class of ’44. While in school he played football, wrestled and participated in FFA. Stan was a member of the original Drum & Bugle Corps.


Obituaries for Nov. 15, 2013


Harold Redden

Baker City, 1924-2013

Harold Roy Redden, 89, of Baker City, died Nov. 10, 2013, at Settler’s Park Assisted Living Community. 

No service is scheduled at this time.

Harold was born on Aug. 27, 1924, at Dunsmuir, Calif., to Leo Roy and Ethel Elaine Lyons Redden. He attended California Polytechnic and joined the U.S. Navy where he served four years. He became a civil engineer and worked for Caltrans on highway projects in San Luis Obispo, Calif. 

Harold married Kathleen Melton at Santa Barbara, Calif. They raised two children, Beverly and Larry.

Harold was an avid golfer and a member of the San Luis Obispo Country Club where he scored four holes-in-one. He also was a member of the American Legion, Post No. 66, for 25 years.

Survivors include his wife Kathleen; his stepdaughter, Beverly Hale and her husband, Darrell, of Sumpter; his stepson, Larry Blessing and his wife, Sara, of Santa Barbara, Calif.; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion through Gray’s West and Co., 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

Mary Ellen Rick

Baker City, 1930-2013

Mary Ellen Rick, 82, of Baker City, died Nov. 11, 2013, at Meadowbrook Place.

No service is planned at this time. 

Mary was born on Dec. 2, 1930, at Baker City to James Edgar and Frances Anna Richards Young. She married William Dewey Rick, who died in 2011.  

She was a loving and caring mother, and will be very much missed, family members said.

Survivors include two daughters, Diane Ruisch of Lake Charles, La., and Betty Fuller of Baker City; and two sons, Tim Rick of Baker City and Gary Rick of Pendleton.

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


Obituary for Nov. 13, 2013


Orin Palmer

John Day

Orin Francis Palmer, 83, of John Day, died Nov. 8, 2013, from complications of cancer, at his home surrounded by his family.

His memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., in John Day.

Survivors include his wife and sweetheart of 60 years, Betty Irene Edwards Palmer; his brother, Jack Palmer; sons, Jerry L. Palmer and his wife, Phyllis, David L. Palmer and Joseph O. Palmer and his wife, Marion; seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his son, Randall William Palmer; and David’s wife, Denise Palmer.

Mr. Palmer was born at Ucon, Idaho, to Edmund Lawrence and Effie L. Minchey Palmer. He moved with his family to Vale when he was 5 years old, where he grew up and graduated from high school.

In his early years, Mr. Palmer worked with his father on their family ranches. After high school he joined the U.S. Air Force.

He served four years, including deployment to Korea during the Korean War as an air traffic controller achieving the rank of sergeant.

Mr. Palmer met his sweetheart of 60 years, Betty, at Unity. They were married on Dec. 19,1953. 

He then started his career with the U.S. Forest Service. He decided to attend Oregon State University at Corvallis, graduating magna cum laude in 1962 with a bachelor’s degree in forestry. 

He worked with the Forest Service for 35 years, serving at Corvallis, La Grande, and Chiloquin. He was district ranger at Butte Falls  and timber staff officer at Prineville. 

He was assigned as the safety officer on many large forest fires in Oregon and Washington during his career. He retired as timber staff officer at the Malheur National Forest Supervisor’s Office in John Day in 1986.

After retiring from the Forest Service, Mr. Palmer had the opportunity to join the Denny Dahl Realty Co. as a Realtor in John Day. He also ran his own private timber management company for several years.

After moving to John Day in 1979, Mr. Palmer and his wife became very active members of the John Day Golf Club. They played golf every day and were very involved in improving the golf course. They enjoyed playing in, as well as helping host the many golf tournaments held there.

He was a skilled golfer, avid hunter and fly fisherman. He truly relished the friends he made during his lifetime.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.


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