Baker City, 1932-2013
Earnest Kenneth Blair, 81, of Prairie City, a former Baker City resident, died Dec. 22, 2013, at his home.
Private services have been held.
Mr. Blair was born on May 1, 1932, at Baker City to Harvey “Pops” Blair, and Irma Verhaeghe Blair. While growing up at Baker City, he attended St. Francis Academy. He was in the U.S Army from 1951 to 1954, and received an honorable discharge with the rank of corporal.
Earnest worked as a truck driver making fuel deliveries to various places in and outside of Grant County. He did this for 65 years, until retiring in 1998.
He enjoyed fishing and woodworking. He was a volunteer for the Prairie City Fire Department for more than 20 years, was involved with the City Council at Prairie City and was a Boy Scout leader.
Survivors include his sisters, Louise Blair Stewart, Loretta Blair Cook and Jeanette Delepierre Beck; his brother, Francis Delepierre; his sons, Kenneth A. Blair of Vancouver, Wash., and Scott E. Blair of Portland; daughter, Deanna L. Vosika of Portland; and his companion and best friend, Beverly Schmit of Prairie City; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harvey and Irma Blair.
Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.
Baker City, 1914-2014
Velma Ann Snow Shults, 99, of Baker City, died Jan. 2, 2014, while at Meadowbrook Place.
Visitations for Mrs. Shults will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St. Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Coles Tribute Center. Sally Wiens of the Haines Methodist Church will officiate. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.
Velma was born on Sept. 22, 1914, in Laclede County Mo., to Claude and Ressie Pittman Snow. She grew up in Missouri, married, and had a daughter, Bobbie. The marriage ended in divorce.
She then met and married Howard Shults in 1946 and they moved West to California, living at various locations. Her second daughter, Liz, was born at Alturas, Calif., in 1948.
They moved to Baker City in 1950 where he worked as a bookkeeper for Ellingson Lumber Co. They later moved to Chiloquin where Howard died in 1965. Velma became a widow at the age of 51.
After Howard’s death, she moved back to Baker City to be near her oldest daughter, Bobbie, and worked in the office of Baker Dairies. In the early 1970s, she moved to North Bend, where Liz lived. She was there for more than 20 years, working as a clerk in a drug store. She retired at the age of 75.
Approximately 10 years later, she moved back to Baker City where she remained, eventually living at Meadowbrook Place Assisted Living Facility for the past six years.
Her family remembers Velma as a wonderful homemaker, making delicious desserts and meals for her family. She was a seamstress supreme, making outfits for her daughters to wear for special occasions. In her later years, she read lots of her favorite novels and crocheted dozens of dish rags. She endured her old age very well with her friends at Meadowbrook Place. She is already missed by all who knew and loved her, family members said.
Survivors include her daughter, Bobbie, and her husband, Glen Daugherty; her daughter, Liz, and her husband, Andrew McGuire; several grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Shults; her parents, Claude and Ressie Shults; and her only brother, Claude Snow Jr., and his wife, Mary Ann.
Memorial contributions may be made to Heart ‘n’ Home Hospice or a charity of one’s choice, through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
Formerly Baker City, 1962-2013
Leslie M. “Bud” Nichols, also known as Leslie M. Heyen, 51, formerly of Baker City, died Sept. 1, 2013, while camping in the great outdoors he loved so much.
Cremation will be in Cottage Grove, and there will be a private family service in the summer.
Bud was born on March 27, 1962, at Roseburg to the late Margaret and Leslie C. Nichols. He was the third of four siblings.
The family moved to Baker City in 1969 and Bud attended Baker City schools, graduating in 1983.
Bud married Teri April in 1989. Two daughters were born to this union. The marriage later ended in divorce.
He married Donna Taylor in 1996. A son was born to this union. The marriage later ended in divorce.
Bud married Tracy Heyen in 2002.
Bud worked for the Union Pacific Railroad, in sawmills and the logging industry throughout his life. He was injured in a logging accident, became disabled, and battled health problems for many years. He enjoyed camping, hunting with rifle and bow, fishing and any excuse to be outdoors.
He is survived by his wife, Tracy Heyen of Yoncalla; his daughter, Chalene Nichols of Baker City; his daughter and son-in-law, Kashia Nichols and Jack Clark, and granddaughter, Aspen Clark of Emmett, Idaho; his son, Leslie “Buddy” Nichols of West Lake Stevens, Wash.; his father and stepmother, Leslie C. and Norma Nichols of Bouse, Ariz.; his sister and brother-in-law, Jodi and Jim Thomas of Baker City; his sister and brother-in-law, Kari Nichols and Jerry Raver of Grandview, Wash.; his brother, Robert Nichols of Madras; several stepchildren and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret Nichols, and his grandmother, Elva Nichols.
Baker City, 1926-2013
John Braxton Bohn, 87, of Baker City died Dec. 24, 2013.
Born at North Powder on Aug. 21, 1926, to Axel and Sada Bohn, he attended both the University of Oregon and Oregon State University. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. John married Mary Roedel and together they had four children.
When he was 24 he opened Bohn’s Clothing Store at 1917 Main St. (formerly Powers Shoe Store and the current location of Zephyr). Levi’s sold for $2.25 a pair. In 1961 the store moved to 2023 Main (currently Bella), then again in 1975 to 2021 Main. In 1995 John sold the business. Levi’s then sold for $36 a pair. John was a successful business man and we fondly remember his store motto “Anyone can get in our pants.”
John was active in city government, the Elks Club, golfing, hunting, fishing, gardening and teasing. He was involved in many local business ventures and good deeds. He was respected by all and a friend to many.
John was happily married to Mary for 63 years. She and their son, Steve, preceded him in death.
He is survived by his three daughters: Jane, Kate, and Chris (Chip Moulds); seven grandchildren; four greatgrandchildren; and his sister, Betty Boersma.
He will be remembered for his practical jokes, being a pillar of the community, his generosity and being the best Dad ever.
John was a special man. He touched many people whether it was around a coffee table, a cocktail table, or a hunting and fishing adventure.
John’s three great-grandsons share his namesake as his legacy lives on.
The family would like to thank the staff at both Settlers Park and Heart N Home for their special care and love during his last years.
Baker City, 1949-2013
William Paul “Bill” Leigh, Jr., 64, of Baker City, died Dec. 26, 2013, at his home with his loving family by his side.
A celebration of his life is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 2, at 2 p.m. at the Baker Harvest Church, 3720 Birch St., with Pastor Brad Phillips officiating. A reception will be at the Harvest Church immediately after the service.
Bill was born on Jan. 2, 1949, at Baker to William Paul Leigh Sr. and Elaine Betty Lewis Leigh. They purchased the old Pleasant Valley schoolhouse where Bill spent a good portion of his youth. After graduating from Baker High School in 1967 he moved to Portland to further his career with Safeway. While working at Safeway he noticed a young lady working in the bakery department and found out her name was Cindy Kerby. It did not take him much time to realize she would be the love of his life.
They were married on June 12, 1975, while in Victoria, B.C. When he married Cindy, he realized he also was blessed to become a father to Cindy’s seven-year-old daughter, Penny. Bill began working for Portland Bottling Company and spent many years delivering beverages to grocery stores. In 1979 Bill and Cindy was blessed by having a son, Ryan, who brought them an immense amount of joy.
In 1983 Bill made a career change from delivery man to computer programmer and he had to move his family to Bend,. As his skills and training advanced, a longing to return to his childhood hometown of Baker grew in his heart and when the opportunity presented itself Bill moved to Baker where he became the IT manager of a newly formed Oregon Trail Electric Consumers Cooperative during 1988.
Bill loved his family and encouraged each one in their ventures. He became very involved with his son’s sport activities, attending all the games, volunteering to umpire and coach and eventually becoming vice president of the Babe Ruth League. Spending time with his family in the mountains, four-wheeling, hunting, fishing and driving around looking for animals brought him much joy.
Bill’s love for Jesus and faith in God was an important part of his life and you could see his love by the way he always offered a helping hand to anyone who needed his friendship. Bill maintained a positive outlook in life after being diagnosed with cancer in 2010 and he battled to spend as much time with his family as possible. Bill was an active member of the Harvest Church in Baker City, the Powder River Sportsman’s Club, the National Rifle Association and the retired Men’s Coffee Group.
He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Cindy Leigh; his daughter and son-in-law, Penny and Phil Lemmon of Baker City; his son and daughter-in-law, Ryan and Donna Leigh of Nampa, Idaho; his sister, Judy Ingram of Baker City; his brother-in-law and sister, Lon and Mary Nalder of Oxbow; and three grandchildren, Hayley and Whitney Lemmon and Autumn Leigh.
He was preceded in death by his father, William Leigh Sr.; his mother, Elaine “Hap” Leigh; and his two brothers, Louis and Lyle Ingram.
Memorial contributions by be made to the Harvest Church Missions-YWAM or the Harvest Christian Academy-HCA through Grays West & Company, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR, 97814.
Rhea Ann Woods Bunch, 57, of Durkee, died Dec. 23, 2013, due to complications associated with cancer, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Boise with her loving family by her side.
A celebration of Rhea’s life will be Saturday, Dec. 28 at 11:30 a.m. at the Durkee Community Building. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception and meal following the service at the Durkee Community Building.
Rhea was born on Oct. 27, 1956, at Covina, Calif., to Richard and Ione Woods. Rhea’s younger years were spent in California. Her family moved to Alamo, Nev., in 1961 and she began grade school in 1962.
Rhea was a great student. At a young age she developed a lifelong love for horses and riding. In 1971 she moved with her family to Weiser, Idaho, where she graduated high school in 1974. Rhea worked various jobs while in school including working in the onion sheds, washing dishes, working as a dispatcher, and working in the assessor’s office.
After high school she attended Treasure Valley Community College where she was a member of the rodeo team. In 1978, Rhea met Rodd Bunch through mutual friends. They were married on Sept. 12, 1981, in Durkee, where they have lived for the past 32 years on the family ranch.
Rhea obtained her Oregon real estate appraisers license before starting her 30-year career as an independent real estate appraiser. During her career she also completed her associate’s degree through Blue Mountain Community College.
Rodd and Rhea have two children: Charlene, born in 1984; and Levi, born in 1986.
Rhea enjoyed reading, working on the ranch, especially during the fall gathering of cows and shipping the calves, and of course following her kids to numerous events and just being a fabulous mom.
Rhea is survived by her husband, Rodd Bunch of Durkee; her daughter, Charlene (Kyle) Henrikson of Roseburg, with a grandchild due in May 2014; her son, Levi (Amanda) Bunch of Durke; her mother, Ione Woods of Durkee; her brothers: Alan (Patty) of Weiser, Rollin (Julie) Woods of Winnemucca, Nev., and Ray (Betsy) Woods of McCall, Idaho; and also numerous nieces, nephews and many friends.
Rhea was preceded in death by her grandparents and her father, Richard Woods.
For those who would like to make a donation in memory of Rhea, the family suggests either the Muscular Dystrophy Association for Joe Davis (son of Heather Vaughan) and Friends, or the Baker County Livestock Producers Foundation Scholarship, through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.
Baker City, 1932-2013
Clayton Young, 81, a lifelong Baker County resident, died Dec. 16, 2013, at St. Alphonsus Care Center-Baker City.
Clayton’s memorial service and a celebration of his life with military honors will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at the American Legion Hall, 2129 Second St. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception afterward at the American Legion Hall.
Clayton was born on June 26, 1932, at Baker City to Charles Henry and Susie Benona York Young. He was the oldest of four children. He attended the Haines Grade School and was a 1950 Baker High School graduate.
While attending high school, Clayton developed a strong work ethic. He was employed on a farm and also worked at a gas station. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during the Korean conflict and also was stationed at Germany.
Clayton played the alto saxophone in the U.S. Army Band. He was honored to perform for the president at the White House.
Clayton was married in 1956 to Carol Bates, who was also from Baker City. He was very interested in mechanic and electrical work and took many college classes gaining certification.
He then went to work for Clark Electric as an automotive mechanic/electrician, and was employed at the business for more than 30 years. He was also a gifted builder and wood craftsman. He built most of the furniture in his home.
Clayton was a great friend and help to the community he loved, family members said. He always gave a 100 percent at everything he did.
Clayton always had an undying allegiance to his family and friends. His wife, Carol, died in 2003.
The next year, Clayton attended a dance at Community Connection where he met Kathy Doud. It was love at first dance, which started a 10-year romance.
The couple loved being together, dancing and fishing. They enjoyed their yearly trip to the coast and traveled on a cruise to Alaska.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Carol Elaine, who died in February of 2003; daughter, Linda Marie Young; and two brothers, Charles Vernon and Emil Leroy.
Survivors include his son, Joe Sturdivant of Baker City; daughter, Savannah Elaine Sturdivant-Young of Stevenson, Wash.; sister, Aurilla Hubbell of Butte Falls; loving partner, Kathy Doud of Baker City; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews; and many longtime friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Hall in Baker City through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home PO Box 543 Halfway, Oregon 97834.
Baker City, 1929-2013
Irene Lyons 84, of Baker City, died Dec. 14, 2013, in the Southwest Idaho Advanced Care Hospital.
Graveside services were today at 1 p.m. at Mount Hope Cemetery with Pastor Tim Fisher of the Elkhorn Baptist Church officiating.
Mrs. Lyons was born on Feb. 6, 1929, at Utleyville, Colo., and was the daughter of Horace K. and Elva Mae (Phillips) Smith. The Smith family moved to Weston, Ore., where she received her education. She married John Lyons on Oct. 18, 1947, at Pasco, Wash.
Mrs. Lyons worked as a bookkeeper for their logging business for 30 years. She also was a cook and housekeeper for the Sisters at St. Francis for four years, cooked six years for Elkhorn Village and worked at H&R Block assisting families with taxes.
In raising her family, spending time with her spouse and grandchildren and extended family and 63 years of marriage, she perfected cooking and baking along with successfully helping others complete income taxes, managing finances with the business with perfection.
Her hobbies were crocheting, arranging flowers, baking, cooking, gardening, restoring furniture, sewing and encouraging others. She attended the Brethren Church and was a member of Methodist Church. She also did volunteer work for the Weston non-profit community organization.
She is survived by her children: daughters, Linda Good of Salem; Carlotta F. Piete of Baker City, son and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Shelly Lyons of Baker City; her sister-in-law, Juanita McCullough of Weston; 10 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren; and also numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John Lyons; her sisters, Laura and Ida Faye; her brothers, Harold “Kirby” and Charlie; her grandson, Brian Good; and her son-in-law, Michael Piete.
Those wishing to make memorial contributions in her memory may direct them to the American Cancer Society, this maybe done through the Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St. Baker city, OR 97814.
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 four, 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.
She also is survived by Geneva Leona Bush, her favorite granddaughter.
“She was always available to her grandmother whenever the need arose to go to the doctor, grocery store, church or needed to visit,” Joe Bush said. “The list goes on an on. Thank you, Geneva, for the love and kindness you extended to your grandmother over the years.”
Memorial contributions may be made to New Hope Church through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
Tacoma, Wash., 1948-2013
Diana Lynne Wells, 65, of Tacoma, Wash., died Nov. 13, 2013.
Her life was celebrated Dec. 7 at the University Place Presbyterian Church at University Place, Wash.
Diana was born on May 5,1945, at Omaha and grew up at Kennewick, Wash. She was a graduate of Central Washington College at Ellensburg and taught kindergarten at Tacoma for many years. She retired in 2004.
Diana enjoyed line dancing, traveling, walking beaches and geocaching with her husband, Larry. She was active in the University of Puget Sound Women’s League, serving as treasurer and assisting in coordination of the annual flea market.
For the last several years she coordinated sewing and stuffing of Christmas stockings for children of local food bank families. She was also a child care volunteer for the Mothers of Preschoolers program at University Place Presbyterian Church.
Her family members expressed their appreciation to hospice workers for their compassionate care of Diana.
Survivors include her husband of eight years, Larry Wells; daughter, Anna Cole, and her husband, Jack; stepdaughters, Rhonda, Brenda and Karen; stepgrandchildren, Sierra and Jesse; mother, Marcine; sisters, Rhonda, Holly, Melody and Natalie; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Peck; daughter, Marija; father, Lyle; and brother, Kyle.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Franciscan Hospice House, 2901 Bridgeport Way W., University Place, WA 98466.
Baker City, 1923-2013
Zona M. Clarke, 90, of Baker City, died Nov. 30, 2013, at Meadowbrook Place.
A vigil service will be on Friday, Dec. 27 at 6 p.m. at Gray’s West and Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., with a memorial service on Saturday, Dec. 28 at 11 a.m. at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets.
Zona Marie Parker was born on May 6, 1923, at Baker City. As a child she spent time with her grandparents, William and Caroline Colton, while her mother, Nell R. Colton, pursued an education degree in Ashland and Eastern Normal School. She had many memories of her grandparents’ home on Spring Garden Avenue and the Colton family. Zona attended schools in Haines, North Powder and Baker City. During her high school years she lived in Wingville near the Elkhorn Mountains.
She graduated from Baker High School in 1941 and entered Sacred Heart School of Nursing in Spokane. Upon graduation she joined the U.S. Army Nurses Corps and was stationed at the Army Hospital in Spokane then transferred to Fitzsimmon in Denver. As part of a chest surgery team she served in Kwan-Ju, Korea, at the 1st Station Hospital and later in Boop Young-Kwanj-Do, Korea, at the 382nd Station Hospital as a surgery nurse supervisor.
While in Korea she met Capt. F.B. Clarke from Benton, Ill., commanding officer of liaison pilots under General Hodge. They married a year later in 1947 and spent their honeymoon in Okinawa, Japan and Shanghai, China.
F.B. and Zona settled in Wingville. Life was busy and full, raising their six children, running a wheat ranch, harvest time, gardens and canning for the family, all the while working nights at St. Elizabeth Hospital. In the fall of 1961 the farmhouse in Wingville burned to the ground as the family traveled to a church picnic. Together they built a new home. She faced every challenge with a calm grace and determined spirit.
Continuing her nursing career she was director of nursing at both Cedar Manor Nursing Home and St. Elizabeth Hospital. In 1984 she received her bachelor’s degree from Eastern Oregon University. Upon her retirement, Zona and F.B. joined the Peace Corps, traveling to Patan and Katmandu, Nepal.
Community service included the Oregon State Ethics Board, EOU Foundation Board, memberships in P.E.O and AAUW. She served on the Baker City Golf Board helping to develop the new course and was instrumental in establishing the nursing program at EOU.
The Chamber of Commerce honored her as Legacy Woman of the Year in 1996.
Survivors include her children: Vicki and Glen Herman, and Patti and Ray Stinnett, all of La Grande, Terri and Kevin Bell, Tabor and Dee Dee Clarke, Nelson and Amy Clarke, and Mike and Kim Clarke, all of Baker City; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; her sister-in-law, Patty Hunter; nephew, John and Betty Ann Clarke; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, F.B. Clarke; her mother, Nell Grant; her stepfather, Nelson Sieg; and her sister, Jayne Christjansen.
Zona was a remarkable, kind and valiant woman, her family will miss her.
Memorial contributions can be made to the charity of one’s choice through Gray’s West and Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave, Baker City, OR 97814.
Baker City, 1948-2013
Diana Sue Barber, 67, of Baker City died Dec. 10, 2013, at St. Alphonsus Health Care Center.
There will be a small service to bid farewell to Diana on June 7 at the Elkhorn Muzzle Loader shooting range in Durkee Valley.
Diana was born on Sept. 27, 1948, at Humboldt, Tenn., to Manuel Ray Talley and Mary Frances. She grew up in Tennessee and Ohio, until she moved to Baker City in 1999 to take care of her ailing mother, and had lived here since.
Diana loved camping, fishing, hunting, anything to do with the outdoors with her dearest friend, Tracy Humphries, and her husband, Steven. These interests led to her love and enjoyment of being a member of the Elkhorn Muzzle Loaders Club.
She was the secretary and also scorekeeper for a couple years. Diana might not have been able to participate much but she was always willing to lend a helping hand and was happy to help in any way she could.
Diana was a devoted mother, friend and sibling, family members said. She loved working as a security guard back in Ohio and told many tales of her encounters on the job. She was proud of her Indian heritage and went by the name Halfbreed.
Survivors include three children, Tamie Sue Peck of Springfield, Tenn., Frances Ann Barber of Phoenix, Ariz., and Robert Willis Barber of Madison, Ohio; grandchildren: Kara Krynn, Racheal Marie, Nicole Kimberly, Katrina Teresa and Jessica Marie; great-grandchildren, Keagan, Ilse and Hannah; her siblings, Stephen Talley, Kenny Wright, Dolores Golden and Vernon Evans.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, David Wright.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Elkhorn Muzzle Loaders Club through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.
Baker City, 1941-2013
Ralph Gerold “Gary” White, 72, of Baker City, died Dec. 8, 2013, at his home.
There will be a celebration of his life at 11 a.m. Saturday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2625 Hughes Lane. Friends are invited to join the family for a time of fellowship after the service. Private interment will be later at Mount Hope Cemetery.
Gary was born on May 25, 1941, at Ontario to Jasper “Jack” and Wilma “Babe” White. He attended schools at Gold Beach, Umatilla and Baker City, before graduating from Waitsburg High School in Washington in 1961.
During his final years of high school and immediately after he graduated, he served eight years in the Oregon Army National Guard. He enlisted in June of 1956 and receiving an honorable discharge in 1964.
He was a skilled carpenter, body-fender repairman and electrician. For many years he owned and operated Baker Bowl in Baker City.
Gary loved hunting, fishing, his family and church. He enjoyed playing football at Baker High School and later worked for many years officiating high school and college football games.
Gary married Shirley Munden on Aug. 10, 1968. During his marriage to Shirley he adopted and raised her two sons, Randy and Robert “Bobbie.” Gary and Shirley divorced in 1983.
He later met and married Delores Grove in 1984. He adopted and raised his third son, Danny. Gary and Delores later divorced.
Gary was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Baker City 1st Ward.
He enjoyed spending time working, playing, hunting and fishing with Uncle Tom. He spent a lot of time with his grandson, Rob. It was important to Gary to be at home with family and not to be alone when he passed.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Jack and Babe; and a younger brother, Richard.
Survivors include his sons, Randy White, and his wife, Denise, of Alaska, Bob and his fiancee, Michele, of Baker City and Danny White of Portland; brothers and their wives, Bruce and Sharon White of Pasco, Wash., Monty and Roberta White of Baker City, Randy and Carole White of Walla Walla Wash., Kenneth and Debbie White of Baker City, Michael and Claudette White of Waitsburg, Wash., and Thomas and CeCe White of Baker City; a sister, Sherrie White of Baker City; and numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren and cousins.
Gray’s West and Co. Pioneer Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Baker City 1962-2013
Don W. Madewell, 51, of Baker City, died Dec. 5, 2013, at his home.
His memorial service was at 2 p.m. today at Calvary Baptist Church, 2307 Third St. Pastor David Deputy officiated.
Don was born on Nov. 7, 1962, at Gresham to Bettie J. (Venable) and Thomas Madewell. Don was the first of five children. He grew up in the Gresham area where he attended schools.
He worked for many years in construction as a sheet metal fabricator. He married Debra Allbee in March of 1981. Don and Debra had three sons: Tom, Aaron and Jesse.
Don moved to Baker City three years ago to spend time with his mother. He was known for his generosity and his love for others, family members said.
He loved nature, fishing and hunting, yard work, landscaping, NASCAR races, watching the Oregon Ducks play football and helping other people.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents Hershel and Mary Madewell; and his uncle, Bill Madewell.
Survivors include his mother, Bettie Venable of Baker City; his father, Thomas Madewell of Moses Lake,Wash.; three sons and seven grandchildren, all of Everett, Wash.; two brothers, Tim Madewell of Cathlamet, Wash., and Guy Davis of Baker City; two sisters, Gayle Kelly of Moses Lake, Wash., and Pamela Bailey of San Antonio, Texas; six nieces and nephews; and one great-niece.
Memorial contributions may be made to Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814, to assist the family with burial expenses.
Baker City, 1957-2013
James Joseph “Jim” Silva, 56, of Hereford, died Dec. 1, 2013, at his home.
His memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Unity Community Hall. Pastor Gary Munger of the Burnt River Community Church will officiate.
Jim was born on Feb. 21, 1957, to Joseph and Carrie Paoli Silva at Petaluma, Calif. He was a 1975 Petaluma High School graduate.
He married Linda Groble at the Pengrove Community Church in Pengrove, Calif., on Sept. 15, 1979. He worked as a truck driver delivering raw milk to processing plants, then worked for L & L Trucking hauling gravel and building materials.
In 1978, Jim became the owner/operator of a cattle ranch at Petaluma. In 2001, he moved to Hereford where he found his dream house and ranch. He began working for the Oregon Department of Transportation in 2003, first as a seasonal snowplow driver and then full time as a maintenance contractor.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking, camping and restoring old equipment, trucks and tractors. His favorite thing in life was to make people laugh, family members said.
Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Linda Silva; brother, Mike Silva and his wife, Roberta, of Malin; sister, June Ghiggioli, and her husband, Bob, of Petaluma, Calif.; brother-in-law, Steve Groble, and his wife, Lisa, of Ft. Collins, Colo.; and his mother-in-law and brother-in-law, Carol and David of Coppeopolis, Calif.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Carrie Silva; his stepfather, Melvin Ilg; and father-in-law, Richard C. Groble Jr.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Luke’s -MSTI through Gray’s West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave. Baker City, OR 97814.
George Hardy, 85, died Dec. 5, 2013, at his home in Unity.
The rosary will be said at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 16, at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets. Mass of Christian burial will be at 1 p.m. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception afterward at the church.
George Hardy left for his eternal home after 85 years of giving, his family members said.
George was one of the last remaining original ranchers in the Burnt River Valley. He loved ranching and was a great cattleman. He never retired from working his ranch until the last few months of his life.
He was a devoted husband, loving father, doting grandfather and a very proud great-grandfather. It was just as common for him to be seen sleeping in his chair with a grandchild as it was for him to be seen carrying an irrigation shovel.
George was a faithful member of Burnt River’s St. Joseph Catholic Church. He was involved with his community and would help anyone in need, stranger or not. George wore many hats: ranch hand for cousins, Johnny and Mike Rouse; a school bus driver and janitor for the Burnt River School District; a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Elks Lodge.
He served on the Upper Burnt River Weed District, Burnt River Irrigation District, and even took time to be a 4-H leader. His favorite hat was his cowboy hat. He enjoyed caring for his animals, which included feeding the wild birds (hummingbirds and quail were his favorites).
George was as patient and humble as he was strong and hardworking. His example on Earth was one for all to strive for, family members said.
He loved poetry, making up poems along with little sayings and quotes. George will always be remembered by his family for his favorite saying: “Good Morning, good morning, we’re all in our places with bright and sunshiny faces.”
“Heaven is a much greater place now that George Hardy is there,” the family said.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, JoAnne; six children: Sherri (John Stelljes), Theresa (Ed Schumacher), Rob (Kelly Schurte), Bryan (Jeanette VanAtten), Danny (Kristen Storey) and Alicia Mena; 18 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren — with one on the way.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church (Unity), Burnt River High School Scholarship Fund or North Powder High School Scholarship Fund, through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.
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 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 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.
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