Baker City, 1932-2013
Darlene Bernice Carpenter, 81, of Baker City died Oct. 24, 2013, at Angel Wings care center.
Her graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Mount Hope Cemetery with Pastor Brad Phillips of Harvest Church officiating. A potluck reception is planned after the service at the Missouri Flat Grange, 1050 Hughes Lane in Baker City.
Darlene was born on May 16, 1932, at Halfway to Ralph and Martha Curry.
Most of her school years were while she lived in Baker City. After leaving school, she drove school bus for several years and did in-home care for several years. She met and married Robert Titus in 1949 and that marriage lasted until 1955. She then married Norman Carpenter in 1969 and they were married until his death in 1991.
Darlene’s heart was happy when helping others and it was known that the door to her home was always open to family and friends, family members said. She also enjoyed knitting and crocheting. Darlene always accepted the challenge of a game of cards.
Darlene was very proud when she received her diploma after many years through correspondence, and she completed a nursing course. She loved her children and showed a lot of pride in them as well.
Survivors include her son, Dan Titus and his wife, Carol, of Baker City; her daughter, Kathy Jeannotte and her husband, Tony, of Vancouver, Wash.; her brothers, Sam Curry of the Tri Cities, Wash., and Rodney Marshall of Omaha, Neb.; her sister, Carel Rogers of the Tri Cities; and many nieces and nephews. She was proud to say she had 13 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Martha Curry; her brothers, Vernon, Lee, Chuck, Darrel and Don; her sisters, Evie and Fern; her grandsons, Tim Porter and James Joseph Tabert; and her husbands, Robert Titus and Norman Carpenter.
The family asks that memorial contributions be made to the charity of one’s choice through Gray’s West and Company Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.
Baker City, 1945-2013
Linda Christine Shorts, 68, of Baker City, died peacefully on Oct. 22, 2013, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Boise as a result of complications during her heart valve replacement surgery.
A private service took place Oct. 25.
Linda was born on July 21, 1945, at Pittsburgh, Pa., the only daughter of Carl and Betty Calhoun. She grew up in Pittsburgh and it was there she met and married her only husband, Edward S. Shorts. The newlyweds traveled and lived all over the United States, and eventually settled in Baker City where they raised their five children. Linda and Edward divorced after the children were grown, and Linda never remarried.
In addition to raising her own five children, Linda dedicated most of her life to helping people who were in need. She began doing foster care in her early 30s, caring for elderly disabled, as well as any child in need, whether they were handicapped, troubled or in an unfortunate circumstance. Her home was always open to a stranger in need.
During the last eight years of her life she dedicated her whole being to raising her beloved grandson as her own child. She loved all of her grandchildren dearly, but she and her grandson had a very special bond.
Survivors include her brother, Carl Calhoun; her son, Edwin Shorts; her daughters, Stephanie Morris, Melanie Bauer, Jessica Shorts and Alicia Shorts; seven grandchildren; one great-grandson; an aunt; cousins; and many friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Luke’s Health Foundation at: http://www.stlukesonline.org/ways_to_give/
Jerome, Idaho, 1931-2013
Howard “Mac” Vance, 82, of Jerome, Idaho, died Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, at the home of his son, in Meridian, Idaho.
His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Haven Cove Ward, 1560 North Ten Mile Road, Meridian, Idaho. Bishop Ford Grigg will officiate. Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery in Meridian, Idaho.
Mac was born on Feb. 15, 1931, at Wichita, Kan., to Howard Verle Vance and Gretta Mae McCoy Vance. He was raised at Garden City, Kan., and was a 1949 Garden City High School graduate. He graduated from Garden City Junior College in 1951 and Utah State University in 1953.
Mac met Jean Jackson while she was in Kansas visiting her sister. They were married June 8, 1952, at Belfry, Mont. Their marriage was solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple on July 17, 1955.
Together Mac and Jean raised six children while living in several states as Mac worked for the USDA as a hydrologist and soil scientist. He was an accomplished photographer and loved spending time outdoors, camping, and fishing — a quality he passed on to his children.
Survivors include his sweetheart of 61 years, Jean Vance of Jerome; their children, H. Clay (Cindy) Vance of Eugene, Doug (Carolyn) Vance, Shanna Clark and Kristine (Craig) Atkinson, all of Meridian, Rob Vance and Ed Vance of Jerome; 18 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren; and many extended family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter, Vicki; and his son-in-law, Kent Clark.
Arrangements are under the care of Farnsworth Mortuary of Jerome.
Leta Faye Phipps, 83, died Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at St. Alphonsus Care Center in Baker City. Graveside services will be held Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway, Ore.
Friends are invited to join the family for a reception immediately following the service at the VFW Hall in Halfway.
Faye was born April 16, 1930, in DeQuincy, La. to Ira and Ina Mitchell. She was raised in DeQuincy along with two brothers, Glen and Billy Mitchell and sister Verta Mae Van Winkle. She married Robert R. (Bob) Phipps on Jan. 7, 1950. They had two children Linda Diane and Robert R. (Ricky) Jr.
She and her husband lived in Louisiana, Texas and finally settled in Bakersfield, Calif. where they raised their children.
Faye and Bob moved to Halfway in 1969 where they owned and operated a Mobil gas station for seven years before retiring. During that time Faye bought, what was then, the Halfway Variety store and operated it for a few years.
She always had time for people whether it was for old friends or new acquaintances. You could find her sitting on her front porch waving to all who drove or walked by. In the South, that was an invitation to come and sit awhile. She was a very proud Southern Lady. Without fail, Faye was up for a visit and regularly had a story to relate or a joke to tell, all the while laughing with her infectious laugh.
Faye treasured the time she spent with her friends and family. She enjoyed making beautiful crafts as well as playing card games and bingo. The fact that she never drove a vehicle didn’t stop her for being on the go. She would tell you “I’m like an old dog, drive by and if the door’s open, I’ll jump in.” She took delight in traveling, going fishing, or simply going for a drive in the beautiful valley.
While in California she was a member of the Foresters, Eastern Star and the Druids where she was the Arch Druidess. She was also a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and a volunteer at Jacob’s Dream in Halfway.
Faye is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Bill Davis, Halfway; granddaughter and her husband, Cambria and Baki Ildiz along with great-grandchildren Asya and Blair, Palisades Park, N.J.; step-grandson, Jason Davis and step-great grandchildren Lexxi and Dylan, Payette, Idaho, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Bob and son Ricky, siblings and infant sister Mary.
The family asks that if you would like to make memorial contributions, to do so benefiting the Halfway Ambulance, VFW Ladies Auxiliary (Halfway), Jacob’s Dream or Heart n’ Home Hospice through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, Ore. 97834.
Jonda Gay Myers, 60, of Huntington died Oct. 23, 2013, at her residence. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 30 at the Community Hall in Unity, Ore. Pastor Phil Joseph of the Huntington Christian church will officiate. Interment will follow at the Unity Cemetery. A reception will follow at the Community Hall.
Jonda was born Dec. 23, 1952, in Baker City to Chester D. and Dorothy M. (Mitchell) Koontz. She graduated from Burnt River High School in 1971, then went on to become a CNA in the late 70’s and worked in several nursing homes.
From 1999 though 2007, she worked as a Dorm Mom to Foreign Exchange students of Burnt River High School. Then from 2007 until 2010 she worked for Huntington High School.
In 1973, she married Daniel Averett, a union ended in divorce. On July 16, 1984, she married Elbert “Butch” Myers.
Jonda loved singing and anything to do with music. She was a worship leader at Huntington Christian Center and very involved there. She loved the outdoors and was an avid fisherman. She also loved camping, playing the guitar, board games and especially spending time with her family.
She was a very accomplished guitarist and song writer. She had trained and rode horses, and ran a variety of machinery on the family farm. In later years, even though she never had children of her own, she became “Mom” to so many foreign exchange students who loved her. She was an excellent cook and could throw together a meal in a matter of minutes. She loved her family, and was a very special aunt to many nieces and nephews. She was a compassionate caregiver to several people in time of need. She had such a huge heart that spilled over to everyone around her.
Survivors include her husband Butch Myers of Huntington, step-daughters Tanna Korn and husband Mike of Springfield, Ore., and Brandy Myers of Rock Springs, Wyo., step-sons, Robert Myers and wife Melissa of Spokane, Wash. and Jason Myers and wife Charlene of Pueblo, Colo.; seven sisters, Davelle Baker and husband Dale of LaGrande, Gwynneth Anderson and husband Quinten of Unity, Kristi Ping and husband Denny of Bonney Lake, Wash., and Valerie Wilson and husband Rod of Unity; Richelle Brown and husband Loren of LaGrande, Kimala Hoskins and husband Tim of Hereford, and Shauna Andrews and husband Corey also of Hereford, and one brother, Chip Koontz and wife Cathleen of Hereford, 10 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews, as well as many foreign exchange students form all over the world who still call her “Mom.”
She was preceded in death by her parents, Chet and Myrnie Koontz.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Huntington Christian Center through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, Ore. 97814.
William Earl Edwards aka Belt Buckle Bill, 45, of Halfway, Ore., died Oct. 22, 2013, at St. Lukes Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho.
A graveside memorial service at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at 11 a.m.
Friends are invited to join the family for a celebration of Bill’s life and potluck immediately following the service at the Pine Valley Grange.
The family wishes to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers. For those who would like to make a memorial donation in memory of Bill, the family suggests the Pine Valley Labor Day Fair & Rodeo through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, Ore. 97834.
Victor Vitone Sr.
Baker City, 1932-2013
Victor John Vitone Sr., 81, of Baker City died Oct. 21, 2013, surrounded by his loved ones.
A private memorial is planned for Victor on Nov. 1, 2013, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints multi-purpose room, 2625 Hughes Lane.
Victor was born on Sept. 5, 1932, at Paterson, N.J., to Alexander and Fernande Vitone. After finishing his schooling, Victor joined the U.S. Army for three years, achieving the rank of corporal. He proudly served his country during the Korean conflict.
After he left the service, Victor worked as a service technician, delivering propane for AmeriGas. In 1966, he met and later married Willamae Myers in Hollywood, Fla.
Victor loved fishing, writing poetry and spending time with his family. He also loved spending many hours with his companion, Stormy, a yellow Lab who became important to him after his wife died.
Survivors include his daughter, Sandra, and son-in-law, Thomas Montoya, of Baker City; son, Victor Vitone Jr., and Kat White of Valdosta, Ga.; brother-in-law and sister–in-law, John A. and Myrtle Harris of Ray City, Ga., and Travis and Betty Apperson, of Ashburn, Ga.; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Willamae, who died in March of 2003; his parents; sister, Lou Rossborough; brother, Tony Vitone; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Perry and Evelyn Myers.
Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Baker City, 1920-2013
Jeanette H. Anderson, 93, of Baker City, died Oct. 19, 2013, while at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Baker City.
There was a memorial service and reception for Jeanette at 2 p.m. Thursday at Coles Tribute Center. Her final resting place will be at Finley’s Sunset Hills Mausoleum in Portland.
Jeanette was born on June 24, 1920. She was the only child of Orris and Mathilde Harbert. She attended Chapman Grade School and Lincoln High School in Portland.
She was a proud graduate and Alpha Omicron Pi sorority sister at the University of Oregon in Eugene. She was a lifelong avid supporter of the Ducks.
She also enjoyed horseback riding, being a thespian, and the social whirl at the U of O. Jeanette met her first husband, Robert Lewis Black, Sr. while at Oregon and they were married in 1941.
Jeanette and Robert lived in Pendleton early on where their only child, Robert Lewis Black Jr. was born. Eventually they moved to La Grand where Robert managed the local Van Patten Lumber Co. After Robert’s death in 1948, Jeanette taught at Central Grade School for a short time.
She married her second husband, H. Lynn Anderson in 1951. They had the Union Oil Co. distributorship in La Grande for many years. They moved to Portland where they owned and operated a dry cleaning business for several years.
Lynn died in 1983. Jeanette continued to live in Portland until she came to Baker City to live at Meadowbrook Place around 2010.
Jeanette was a member of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority since 1938, Job’s Daughters, Campfire Girls, the National Federation of Republican Women, Oregon Republican Century Club and Portland Northeast Club among others.
First and foremost, Jeanette was a homemaker and enjoyed entertaining family, friends and business associates. Jeanette shared with family that she was lucky in love not once but twice and would glow with the memory of her husbands.
When asked by some why she was such a conservative she would reply, “You should have met my little grandmother from Missouri!” who had influenced her at an early age. She had a special bond with her dad.
Her son Bob recalled on one of her favorite memories was when she was young she told her dad she wanted to go flying. His reply was, “Not now, but when you are 12 years old.” As time passed, Jeanette forgot about it but the morning of her 12th birthday, her dad told her she was going to go flying.
He took her to Swann Island where a well-known pilot, Tex Rankin, flew Jeanette and her dad all around the Portland area in an open cockpit bi-plane. She never forgot that experience.
She liked to tell of and admire her son’s cleverness as a very young boy when he informed her he would not be eating his vegetables until his dad came back from the war. She often bragged to others about Bob’s business and real estate prowess and was impressed at how he had become quite the family man.
She recalled a funny time when her granddaughter, Robin, was riding with her in her new convertible in Portland. Little Robin started singing a favorite song of hers, “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head.” Not familiar with the song, Jeanette became worried that her convertible top was leaking and had a good laugh later when she figured it out.
As anyone could see who knew or met Jeanette, she was a very stylish lady and always “dressed to the nines,” even on her worst day (this can be confirmed by Bob with the wardrobes changing with the seasons and his aching back).
Finally, one will never forget her great pleasure in supporting her alma mater and her beloved Oregon Ducks. She would never miss watching their games and had her Oregon pennants posted by her front door. She was very pleased when her two great-grandsons showed up wearing U of O Duck shirts and hoped for future Ducks in the family.
Jeanette’s family would like to thank the staff at Meadowbrook Place for their kindness and care during her time with them.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Orris and Mathilde Harbert; her husband, Robert Lewis Black Sr.; and her husband, H. Lynn Anderson.
Survivors include her sons, Robert “Bob” Black and his wife, Michael, and Ron Anderson and his wife, Dee; daughter, Cathey Correa, and her husband, Richard; and nine grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to Best Friends of Baker City or the Rachel Center through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.
George James Raeburn, 69, of Portland, died Oct. 22, 2013, as the result of a motor vehicle crash on Highway 26 just west of John Day.
There will be a Celebration of Life from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Canby New Life Foursquare Church, 2350 S.E. Territorial Road, Canby, OR 97013.
George was born on Dec. 20, 1943, at Bend to Byron and Maxine Raeburn. George lived in Baker City and spent his summers working on a family ranch at Vale until his family moved to Clackamas where he finished his senior year of high school in 1963.
In 1966, George married Dawn Gail Martin. They had two children, Kimberly and Todd.
George spent four years in the Army Reserves, and spent more than 10 years with Union Pacific Railroad in Portland. Then George pursued his true passion of classic cars and hot rods.
He went back to school and started his own business: Custom Auto Restoration.
Since age 17 he loved to make old cars look new again as a hobby. Starting off at just fixing up and detailing to later on developing skills to do body work and paint. This hobby turned into a very successful business because of his exceptional talent, craftsmanship, integrity, and drive to do his very best for others, family members said. He would turn a rust bucket into an award-winning concourse car.
George was a hardworking man his entire life. He worked hard to support and provide for his family and was devoted to supporting Kim and Todd in their education and other endeavors.
George and Dawn’s marriage ended in 1984. In 1986 he married Susan Mark.
George retired at 65. He and Susan did some traveling in the U.S. and in Europe.
George continued to work on cars after retirement. There were always friends and past clients asking him to work on their cars because of who he was and his craftsmanship.
George died on his way to Baker City to visit some friends and to enjoy some open road in his own classic ’58 Chevy Bel Air Impala, his family said.
Survivors include his wife, Susan Mark Raeburn; children, Kimberly Dawn Davenport and Todd Martin Raeburn; grandchildren, Grant, Abigail, Bryant and Belle; and brothers, Earl Raeburn and Roger Raeburn.
Baker City, 1927-2013
Donald H. “Don” Kelso, 86, of Baker City, died Oct. 19, 2013, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Baker City.
His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Gray’s West and Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Pastor Jim Steele of the Happy Valley Evangelical Church will officiate. There will be a graveside service at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Boise National Cemetery.
Don was born on Jan. 24, 1927, at Madrid, Neb., to Edgar and Bernice Henry Kelso. He was raised in Nebraska and as a teen he moved to northern Idaho for a short time before returning to Nebraska.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on Jan. 9, 1945, and served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre. He was wounded in action and received a Purple Heart.
He was honorably discharged on May 14, 1946. After his military service he moved to Lebanon, Ore., where he worked as an auto mechanic and at a lumber yard. He married Phyllis Gravelle in 1947. After 11 years they divorced.
He married Ruthann Hatcher in 1963 and they later divorced.
He was married to Bonnie Medrow for more than 25 years before her death in 2005. On July 6, 2011, he married Elizabeth Wells.
He returned to Baker City from Lebanon in 1956 and worked as a heavy equipment mechanic. He moved to Meridian, Idaho, in 1978 and then came back to Baker City in 2009.
He enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. He was well-known as someone who could fix or make anything and he built many trailers and even built wreckers. He also enjoyed collecting antiques.
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Wells-Kelso of Baker City; son, Boyd Kelso of San Francisco; son and daughter-in-law, Allen and Sandi Kelso of San Antonio, Texas; and daughters and sons-in-law, Janet and Jerry Groves of Meridian, Idaho, and Jeannie and Wade Preble of Milwaukee; brother and sister-in-law, Merideth and Merle Kelso; and sister and brother-in-law, Hazel and Jim Graham; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and several stepchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sons, Larry and D. Jeffery.
The Dalles, 1925-2013
Ross Gilbert “Godfather” Stull, 87, of The Dalles, died Aug. 8, 2013, peacefully at home with his family.
There was a celebration of his life on Aug. 31 at the Eagles Lodge in The Dalles. Interment with military honors was Saturday, Sept. 7, at Mount Hope Cemetery in Baker City. There was a Celebration of Life service afterward at Baker City American Legion Hall.
Ross was born on Sept. 25, 1925, at Payette, Idaho, to Graff Javan and Jessie Lynn Ringer Stull. He served in the U.S. Navy, as a sonar operator on the USS Chickasaw in the South Pacific during World War II.
He married Mary Lorane Spivey on Feb. 19, 1946. They had four daughters.
Ross worked many jobs in his life but his love of the railroad finally led him to Alaska where he retired on the Alaskan Railroad in 1986. He loved fishing and socializing and was always telling jokes.
“We will forever miss that special smile and quick wit,” family members said.
Survivors include his daughters, Ann Gronwold and her husband, Ken, of Buckeye, Ariz., Ellen Lord of Dallesport, Wash., and Jessie Kochis and her husband, Leo, of The Dalles; grandchildren, James Jordan, and his wife Kim, Cindy Eder, Karla Perry and her husband, Carl, Greg Murphy, Michael Murphy and his wife, Liz, Mark Lord, MaryEllen Lord, Lee Kochis, and his wife, Becky, and Chris Kochis; and many great- and great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary; daughter, Edna May Westby; son-in-law Marion “Bud” Lord; sisters, Iola Blodgette and Inez Cartwright; brothers, Blaine, Clifford and Max Stull; and great-great-granddaughter, Victoria Gassner.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Providence Hospice of the Gorge, 1630 Woods Court, Hood River, OR 97031.
Baker City, 1934-2013
Charles R. Couzens, 79, a longtime Baker City resident, died Oct. 16, 2013, at Settler’s Park.
At his request, there will be no service.
Mr. Couzens was born on June 28, 1934, at Whitney to Charles and Myrtle Borman Couzens. He attended Baker City schools and graduated from Baker High School. Mr. Couzens served in the U. S. Army.
Coral Jane Rose, 84, of Haines, died peacefully at her home on the morning of Oct. 8, 2013.
At her request, there will be no service.
Coral was born on Oct. 1, 1929, at Eugene. She was the only daughter of William Claire Kneeland and Coral Agnes Graham Kneeland.
She graduated from University (Uni) High School at Eugene, and attended the University of Oregon where she met her husband, Gene C. Rose.
They were married on Dec. 27, 1950, at Eugene. This year marks their 63rd wedding anniversary.
Coral worked to support Gene’s law school education. Upon his graduation in 1953, the couple moved to Baker City where Gene practiced law.
In 1956, the couple moved to Tacoma, Wash., as a result of Gene’s assignment to the U.S. Air Force. They returned to Baker City in 1957.
In 1968, the family moved to Ontario, where Gene was a partner with the law firm Yturri, Rose.
Coral worked nonstop to raise their five children. She also owned and operated an antique shop: Classique Antiques — fulfilling her life-long passion for collecting historic and primitive items.
Although many friends were made in Ontario, Coral and Gene were eager to return to Baker County in the mid-1990s to retire.
Coral lovingly dedicated her life to her husband, her children, her grandchildren and her numerous friends. All who entered the Rose home were made to feel comfortable as a result of Coral’s warmth and grace, family members said.
She was noted for her superb cooking and her ability to entertain at a moment’s notice. She was deeply admired for her straightforward, common-sense attitude, often highlighted by a rye sense of humor. Coral never waivered from her independent thinking, but welcomed and enjoyed all points of view.
She had an abiding love for all animals, as witnessed by the numerous pets that lived and were loved in her home throughout the years. She was an active volunteer and thoroughly enjoyed her time working on behalf of the community.
Coral was deeply connected to her home in Haines, and found special peace and solace working in her garden, surrounded by her beloved pets.
Survivors include her spouse, Gene; son, Bill Rose, and his wife, Karen; daughter, Connie Ross, and her husband, John; son, Bob Rose, and his wife, JoAnn; daughter, Mary Jane Guyer, and her husband, Randy; daughter, Kathryn Rose; grandchildren, Kelley, Christie, Kevin and J.J.; and her great-grandchildren, Elsie Jane and Madeline Rose.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Eastern Oregon Museum at Haines and Heart ‘n’ Home Hospice, through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.
Keith Swafford, 80, died Oct. 4, 2013, at his home in Richland after a long, brave battle with cancer.
His memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, at the Richland Grange Hall in Richland. Friends are invited to join the family after the service for refreshments.
Keith was born to Norman and Lenore Swafford at Kalkaska County, Mich., where he spent his youngest years with his six siblings. The family moved to the Hood River Valley in 1944 and made their home on Dee Flat where Keith went to school. He later joined the Army where most of his time was spent in Germany. After being discharged he went to work for the U.S. Forest Service and later for Hood River Sand and Gravel from which he retired.
In 1959, Keith met and married the love of his life, Freeda Short. They had one daughter, Tamara Lynn.
Keith was always Mr. Fixit. If it didn’t work he couldn’t quit until he solved the problem. Hunting and fishing were the driving forces in Keith’s life and his dreams were realized in 1993, when he retired and moved to Richland on Brownlee Reservoir where he could hunt and fish to his heart’s content.
Survivors include his wife, Freeda; his daughter, Tammy; three grandchildren, Justin, Erica and April; two great-granddaughters; a brother, David; and a sister, Jo Shay.
Those who would like to make a donation in memory of Keith may do so to help defray service expenses through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.
Baker City, 1970-2013
On the morning of Oct. 3, 2013, Michael Richard Piete died in a tragic event occurring at a family cabin in Grant County.
A gathering for a celebration of life will be today at 4 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Club, 2005 Valley Ave. in Baker City. Curtains open at 7:45 p.m. and karaoke at 8 p.m., also at the Veterans Memorial Club.
Mike Piete was born on Jan. 9, 1970, at Baker City to Bonnie Piete and Howard Piete. One thing Mike loved most was his family. This includes his wife of nine years, Carlotta Piete; his three stepchildren, Joe Truscott, Tiffany Rivera and Kody Kolb; his 10 grandchildren; his mother, Bonnie Gentry, father, Howard Piete, stepmother Elaine Piete; brothers Alan Grove, Kevin Grove and Willie Grove; and his sisters, Leah Mayer and Brandy Martens.
Mike moved to Canada in 1971 when he was 1 year old, where he lived until he was 16. He then moved to Eugene, where he attended Willamette High School. He moved back to Canada and worked for his dad for several years. In 1997 he returned to Baker City where he pursued his career of operating heavy equipment. In that time he made many friends.
He met the person who became his soul mate, his wife, who he grew close to for five years and then married for nine years. In that time Mike also became a dad to Carlotta’s three children, Joe, Tiffany and Kody, who he treated and took in as his own. Mike also became “Papa Mike” to all his grandkids who loved him dearly.
Mike loved the outdoors and everything that came with it — hunting, fishing, camping, 4-wheeling, snowmobiling and boating. When Mike wasn’t working he was always spending time with family and friends making memories which no one will forget. All the family would like to give a special thanks to Mike’s best friend, Dennis Glerup, who never left his side.
His family said: “We thought of you with love today. But that is nothing new. We thought about you yesterday. And days before that too. We think of you in silence. We often speak your name. Now all we have is memories and your picture in a frame, your memory is our keep sake. With them we’ll never part. God has you in his keeping, we have you in our hearts.”
Those wishing to make contributions in Mike’s memory may direct them to Memorial for Michael Piete, through the Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
Baker City, 1949-2013
Kenneth Charles “K.C.” Gilliland, 64, of Baker City, died in the early hours of the morning of Oct. 3, 2013, in a tragic incident along with his nephew, Mike Piete. This took place at the family hunting cabin near Granite.
There will be a celebration of life for friends and family in the spring. A notice of time and place will be posted in the newspaper.