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Obituaries for July 15, 2013

William Tebeau

Formerly Baker City, 1925-2013

William Henry “Bill” Tebeau, 87, of Salem, a Baker City native, died July 5, 2013, surrounded by his loving family. 

The family welcomes all in celebrating Bill’s life on Saturday, July 20 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Center 50+, 2615 Portland Road NE in Salem. Arrangements are by Howell Edwards Doerksen Funeral Directors. To make online condolences visit www.hed-fh.com.

Bill was born on Nov. 23, 1925, at Baker to Henry and Frances Tebeau. Bill was a history maker. He exuded both humility and pride when reminiscing about his life and achievements. At age 12, he joined the Boy Scouts and worked his way up to the Eagle Scout designation and the Order of the Arrow. In 1943, Bill graduated from Baker High School, and was admitted to Oregon State College (later named Oregon State University). In June 1948 he became the first African American male student to graduate from Oregon State University, receiving his bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering.

Obituaries for July 12, 2013

‘Mickey’ Hood

Medical Springs, 1914-2013

Mildred Thompson “Mickey” Hood, 99, of Medical Springs, died July 7, 2013, at her residence.

A graveside service was at noon today at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Jesse Whitford of the Baker City Christian Church officiated. 

Mickey was born on May 16, 1914, at New London, Conn. At the age of 3 she was adopted by the Thompson family and was raised in Juliet, Ill. She received her education in a private girl’s school in Pasadena. 

On Dec. 23, 1971, Mickey married Edwin Hood. They lived at Port Angeles, Wash., on a fishing boat called “The Defense” for several years, later moving to Orcas Island, Wash. In 1990 they sold their boat, “The Horizon,” and moved to their home at Medical Springs.

 Mickey liked birding, flower gardening and was quite a boat handler. She helped her husband for many years in their commercial salmon fishing business.

Survivors include her husband, Edwin; her daughter, Cheryl Doide; and three grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one son, Brian Henry.

Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel handled the funeral arrangements.

Letha Hoopes

Baker City, 1921-2013

Letha Evelyn Lovejoy Hoopes, 91, of Baker City, a retired employee of the U.S. Soil Conservation Service, genealogist and gifted artist, died July 9, 2013, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City after a long illness.

Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2625 Hughes Lane. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. 

Letha was born on July 30, 1921, at Baker County to Addison Victor Nathaniel Lovejoy and Myrtle Rebecca Rizor Lovejoy. She was raised in Baker City and spent her summers at Gleason Mine in Dixie and during the later years of her youth at the Orion Mine near Unity. She started school at South Baker Elementary in 1926 and was a 1939 Baker High School graduate. She later attended business school.

Letha briefly worked for the draft board in 1940. She married John Garretson Hoopes at Payette, Idaho, on Feb. 21, 1942. Letha was a beloved mother of four sons and one daughter, whom she lovingly raised and cared for in their Baker City home. 

When the last of the boys began school in 1966, Letha worked for the U.S. Forest Service. The next year, she began employment at the Soil Conservation Service until her retirement. 

Letha was well-known for her talents as a gifted artist, including painting, embroidery, needlework, quilting, crochet and knitting. She loved to spend time in her vegetable and flower gardens. 

Letha was a member of the LDS Church where she held many callings, taught genealogy classes, performed German name extraction and served as a Temple worker in the Boise Temple.

 Survivors include her daughter, Nancy Fuller (Heber) of Highland, Utah; her sons, Dale Hoopes (Joyce) and Kenneth Hoopes, all of Baker City, and Rex Hoopes (Debbie) of Boise; her sisters, Elinor Turnidge (Sheldon) of Payson, Utah, and Eva Kellogg (Barry) of Walla Walla, Wash.; her brother, Walter Lovejoy (Margret) of Wasilla, Alaska; grandchildren, John Hoopes (Lauri) of Baker City, Ronda Lawson of San Antonio, Texas, RaNay Winter (Ryan) of Pleasant Grove, Utah, Ryan Fuller (Amber) of Lehi, Utah, Steve Fuller (Sariah) of Lehi, Utah, Russell Fuller (Laura) of Cedar Hills, Utah, Carissa Hatch (Bryan) of Midvale, Utah, Whitney Mortensen (Ben) of Logan, Utah, Taryn Hoopes, Tanner Hoopes and Alex Hoopes all of Boise; great-grandchildren, Alicia Spalding (Ben) of Pleasant Grove, Utah, Kristen Hoopes, currently serving an LDS mission in Brazil, Riley Winter and Chandler Winter of Pleasant Grove, Utah, Gideon Fuller, Garrett Fuller, Alaina Fuller, Liberty Fuller, Kallia Fuller, Charity Fuller, Tylee Fuller, Ethan Fuller, Spencer Fuller, Paisley Fuller, and Parker Fuller all of Lehi, Utah, Tarak Fuller, Samara Fuller and Ashton Fuller all of Cedar Hills, Utah, Grayson Hatch of Midvale, Utah, Levi Mortensen of Logan, Utah, Justin Staley (Tara) of San Antonio, Kevin Staley (Marissa) of Kennedale, Texas, and Jessica Young (Josh) of Warrenton, Mich., Joelle (Evan) Crowther of Spanish Fork, Utah, Kenneth (Abby) Cockram of Baker City, and Jamie Cockram of Walla Walla, Wash.; and great-great-grandchildren, Cora Spalding, Gavin Staley, Zoe Staley, Dalilah Staley, Ian Staley, Kaylee Young, Chloe Young, Preston Young, Dusting Young, Kayson and Mayci Crowther and Ty Wilkinson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Garrettson Hoopes; her parents; a son, Victor Garry Hoopes (Wanda); and a brother, Victor Lovejoy (Norma).

Memorial contributions may be made to the LDS Mission Fund through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

Leo Payne

Baker City, 1941-2013

Leo John Payne, 71 of Baker City, died June 26, 2013, at Granite.

Private interment will be at a national cemetery. 

Leo was born on Sept. 8, 1941, at Portland to Frank and Rilla Porter Payne. He graduated with the class of 1959 from Grant High School in Portland. In 1960, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served honorably until his discharge in 1963. He was assigned to the 95th Fighter Interceptor Squadron.

After his military service, he attended and graduated from the University of Portland where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. In 1981 he married Susan at Winnemucca, Nev. During his working career he was an accountant for Baker Redi-Mix, and also for the Port of Hood River. He then co-owned and operated “Charlie’s Tavern” in Umatilla with Susan until he retired in 2005.

His hobbies included fishing, camping, traveling, golfing, riding motorcycles, and reading fiction.

Survivors include his wife, Susan Payne of Baker City; his brothers, Andy, Steve and Larry; his sister, Dorothy; his son, Michael Payne; stepson, Justin Handy of Baker City; his best friend and nephew, Frank Denton of Long Creek; his grandchildren include Mason, Logan and Jera Handy, all of Baker City.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Gray’s West and Co. Pioneer Chapel.

Obituary for July 10, 2013

Ed Kornblum


Edward Gerald “Ed” Kornblum, 76, died June 22, 2013, in La Grande.

There are no services at Ed’s request, but his ashes will be scattered at his favorite fishing hole.

Ed was born on Feb. 21, 1937, at Columbus, Ohio. Ed served in the Army.  After the Army he worked for the Oregon State Park service as a superintendent for the parks in the Tillamook area. 

Ed married Jean La Rochelle in 1987 and after he retired from the park service in 1995 they traveled the United States in their motor home.  

Ed loved to laugh and always had a smile for you. He loved traveling to out of the way places with the motor home. Ed was a fine craftsman and made beautiful items from wood. He loved to go fishing with his best friend of 30 years, Sam Baldwin of Union. 

Ed is survived by his wife, Jean; his daughter, Michele, and her husband, Eddy, of Elgin, and their three children, Matt, Steven and Alex; his son, Richard Kornblum of Tillamook; two stepdaughters, Elaine La Rochelle of Elgin and Darlene La Rochelle of Phoenix, Ariz.; and a sister, Meta Reistad, of Napa, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his three brothers, William, Allen and Ronald. 

For those who wish to make a memorial donation in memory of Ed, the family suggests the Grande Ronde Hospice as they were so good to Ed, through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Obituary for July 1, 2013

Bea Bottger

Baker City, 1933-2013

A. Beatrice “Bea” Bottger, 80, a former Baker City resident, died June 25, 2013.

Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 1280 N.W. Saltzman Road, in Portland.

Bea was born Ada Beatrice Chambers to Howard James Chambers and Jessie Elmeda Moses on June 10, 1933, at Baker City. Her father, Howard, suffered heart disease and the young family traveled extensively throughout Baker County in search of work. 

They lived at Cornucopia, Keating, Pondosa and Copperfield where Howard died in 1939. Jessie taught school at several places, including Missouri Flat where they lived for a time with Ruth and Rock Duncan on their ranch. 


Obituaries for June 26, 2013

Maxine Miller

Richland and Baker City, 1924-2013

Dorothy Maxine Miller, 88, of Richland and Baker City, died June 20, 2013, with her son and daughter-in-law at her side.

Her memorial service and a celebration of Maxine’s life will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Richland Christian Church. Gordon Bond will officiate. Friends and family are invited to a reception afterward at the church.

Obituaries for June 21, 2013

Mark Lindsay

Wisconsin, 1951-2013

Mark Davis Lindsay, 61, a former Baker County resident, died June 17, 2013, at a hospital in Wisconsin after a six-year battle with cancer. 

His service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Chapel, 2625 Hughes Lane. There will be a graveside service at noon at the Haines Cemetery.

Mark was born on Sept. 16, 1951, to Melvin Grant Lindsay and Ella Mae Lindsay. He was raised at Rock Creek, along with four siblings: Diana (Steve) Preston, Charlotte (Dave) Hanna, Tom (Gae) Lindsay and Jane (John) Davis.

He married Debbie Colton on Aug. 16, 1975. They divorced in June of 1990. 

Upon graduating from Baker High School in 1970, Mark attended Ricks College at Rexburg, Idaho, where he met and dated Terri White. The two had recently reconnected and were to have been  married a week before he died. 

After his 19th birthday, he left to serve a mission for the LDS church in Phoenix, Ariz., then continued his education in Arizona, La Grande and at Brigham Young University.

In 1982, Mark started a cleaning business at the BSU Pavilion in Boise where all his children learned to work. He worked for BSU for seven years doing security, back-up systems for select-a-seat and running the cleaning business.

The last 12 years he worked as a long-haul truck driver. Mark will be remembered for his fun, quirky personality, and his loving generosity, family members said.

They expressed their appreciation to his fiancee, Terri White, for staying with him in Wisconsin until his death, and to Wish Granters for providing a trip to Disneyland with his granddaughters last summer.

“He will be always loved and remembered,” family members said.

Survivors include his five children, Justin (Mandee) Lindsay, Amy Lindsay, Charlotte Lindsay and Kris Lindsay; grandchildren, Alexander, Elizabeth, Shaeda and Lilly; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son, Michael Lindsay.

Relyea Funeral Chapel of Boise is in charge of arrangements.

Linda Clausen

Bullhead City, Ariz., 1939-2013

Linda Lee Clausen, 73, of Bullhead City, Ariz., and formerly of North Powder, died Feb. 12, 2013, at her home with her loving husband. 

Her memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the North Powder Cemetery.  

Linda was born on Oct.26, 1939, at Baker City to Gerald Lester Petersen and Lula Adeline Davis. 

She grew up on their ranch near North Powder and attended elementary school at Powder Valley School and then moved to Umatilla with her mom.  

She was a descendent of John S. Davis and Susan Dealy Davis, who homesteaded the family ranch at North Powder in 1872, and Chris and Rosella Petersen, who were pioneers in Baker County.

Linda married Bruce Clausen on Nov. 26, 1987, at Las Vegas, Nev.  

She was preceded in death by her parents, Gerald Petersen and Lula and William Cantrell; a son, Stanley Yale Culp; sisters, Patricia Ann “Patsy” Patterson and Dorothy Christine O’Mohundro; brother, Johnny Chris Petersen; niece, Leslee Ann O’Mohundro; and nephew, Lee Roy O’Mohundro; and brother-in-law, Ronald Patterson.  

Survivors include her beloved husband, Bruce Clausen of Bullhead City, Ariz.; daughters, Tara and Dallas Aschoff and Tracy and Ronald Buckholz; stepchildren, Michael H. and Bonnie Clausen and Michael and Debra Perry; grandchildren, Dylan Aschoff and Ailee Rae Aschoff; nieces and nephews, Jeannie and Randy Durante, Paula and Stephen Almond, Richard L. O’Mohundro, Michael Chris and Deborah Petersen, Thomas Gregg  and Patricia Petersen, Jeffrey Philip and Joanne Petersen,  Stephen John and Teresa Petersen, Susan Kay and David Bailey and Amy Roth Petersen; brother-in-law,  Lewis O’Mohundro of La Grande; and sister-in-law, Jan Petersen of La Grande.       

Obituaries for June 17, 2013

Barbara Dennis

Halfway, 1937-2013

Barbara Belle Dennis, 76, of Halfway, died June 10, 2013, at her home, leaving many memories among family, friends, and all those who knew her.

A graveside service took place today at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway.

Barbara was born on Feb. 27, 1937, at New Bridge to Lorval and Belle Johnson. She spent most of her childhood growing up near Robinette, on the family’s Rocky Cove Fruit Ranch. The Johnsons had a reputation for quality fruits and vegetables, and people came from miles around to buy their produce. They also raised cattle, hay and horses. Among her many hobbies and talents as a child was tap dancing. But above all, she was born with a love for animals, which continued throughout her life.

“Bobbie,” as she was known to her family and close friends, attended grade school in Robinette, and Eagle Valley High School in Richland. She left school after her sophomore year to marry Vernon Dennis, and later acquired her high school diploma.

Obituaries for June 14, 2013

Bradly Adams

Baker City, 1954-2013

Bradly Wade Adams, 58, of Baker City, died June 6, 2013, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Baker City. 

At his request,there will be no public service.

Bradly was born on Aug. 8, 1954, at Ford Ord, Calif., to Newel and Julia Daugherty Adams. For many years he was self-employed, operating a construction company that did metal working on large commercial buildings. 

He married Sandra “Sandy” Hutchison on May 7, 2011, at Reno, Nev. He loved being outdoors fishing, camping and hiking.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Robbie; and a nephew. 

Survivors include his wife, Sandy, of Baker City; daughters, Romona, Perry Rose and Ashley; a son, Jessie; stepson, Benjamin; stepdaughter, Jennifer; brothers, Jerry, Richard, Johnny, Doug and Donald; and 10 grandchildren.

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

Richard Herz

Baker City, 1930-2013

Richard Herz, 82, of Baker City died peacefully at home on June 7, 2013.

Richard requested that there be no services, but that his ashes be buried at sea.

Richard was born on June 15, 1930, at New York. As a young man he served in the Marine Corps.  After serving in the Corps, he owned his own business and worked as a tree surgeon in New York and Maine. He lived in Anchor Point, Alaska, for about 20 years before recently moving to Baker City. Richard enjoyed the weather in Baker City, going to the senior center for lunch and attending the Elkhorn Baptist Church.

Richard is survived by two sons: Gregory Herz of Winterport, Maine, and Clifford Herz of Bridgeport, Maine; three daughters: Robin Herz of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Tracy Herz of Daytona Beach Fla., and Dayna Herz of Bangor, Maine; a sister, Caroline Herz of North Carolina; and very close friends and extended family Belva Olson, Belva’s son, Jody Herd, and Belva’s niece, Angel Herd.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hans and Elizabeth Herz.             

Those who would like to make a donation in memory and honor of Richard may do so to the food bank of your choice through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Obituaries for June 12, 2013

Denice Jones

Alberta, Canada, 1955-2013

Dr. Denice Schlingman Jones, 57, of Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada, a former Baker City resident, died June 2, 2013, at home in the arms of her husband, Bob, and surrounded by family and friends after a courageous 20-month battle with cancer.

“She is now resting peacefully in the arms of Jesus,” family members said.

There will be a celebration of Denice’s incredibly full life at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at the First Church of the Nazarene, 14320 94th St. in Edmonton, Canada.

She was born on Sept. 28, 1955.

Denice’s primary passion in life was her family, followed closely by her church family and her God-given role as a talented, compassionate veterinarian. She had tirelessly and faithfully served the residents (and their critters) of Strathcona, Canada, and surrounding counties for more than 30 years, working 24/7 365 days a year.

In her spare time, Denice raised and showed dogs (greyhounds and Brittanys), was an accomplished horsewoman, scuba diver, artist, pianist, adventurer, marksman/hunter and missionary. She participated in and led Christian Veterinary Missions to Haiti, South Africa, Mexico and Honduras.

Survivors include her husband, Bob; children,  Kendra and Logan (Lindsey); parents, Chuck and Virgene Schlingman; siblings, Sherrie (Joe), Dyrk and Wyatt (Anne); nieces, Samantha and Stephanie; and nephews,  Wayne, Dan and Brian.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society through Baker City Church of the Nazarene, P.O. Box 665, Baker City, OR  97814.

Vanessa Clemens

La Grande, 1937-2013

Vanessa Louise Clemens, 76, of La Grande, a former Baker City resident, died June 9, 2013, of congestive heart failure at her home with her family by her side.

Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on McAllister Road at Island City. Interment will be at the Summerville Cemetery. 

There will be a viewing for family and friends at the church from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. prior to the service. 

Vanessa was born on July 31, 1937, at Newberg to Joseph Michael and Anne Francis Pondelicek Kotera.

She lived at Baker City,  and was a Baker High School graduate.

She married Elton Clarence Clemens, her beloved husband of 45 years, while in Baker City. She also had lived at La Grande, Summerville and Vancouver Wash.  She finally returned to La Grande in 1994 to be closer to family when her husband became ill.

Elton and Vanessa owned their own business, Eastern Oregon Supply, where Vanessa was also the bookkeeper. She was a member of the Red Hat Society and the Pink Ladies Hospital Auxiliary. She was an active member of the LDS Church and served as president of the Relief Society. 

She thoroughly enjoyed reading and playing pinochle. Vanessa was a talented oil painter. She loved to go hunting alongside her family. 

She was an expert at canning, baking and floral arranging and lovingly taught her children and grandchildren these skills. She was a master gardener and loved her flower beds, birds, and all nature. 

She was a loving caretaker.  Her greatest love of all was her family.

Survivors include three children and their spouses, Daniel and Stacy Clemens of Summerville, Joni and Jody Minica of La Grande and Julie and Ray Wegner of Alaska; one sister, Victoria Nelson of Walla Walla, Wash.; seven grandchildren, Shane and Jody Rollins, Shayla and Ben Thompson, Dusty and Tiffany Rollins, Evan and Diane Clemens, Kobi and Anthony Brock, Jess Abell and Jake Wegner; 11 great- grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elton; her mother and father, Joseph and Ann; one sister and two brothers.

Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences to the family may be made at www.lovelandfuneralchapel.com.

Obituary for June 10, 2013

Les Corning

Richland, 1950-2013

Les Corning, 62, died quietly at his home in Richland, Oregon on June 6, 2013.

A celebration of Les’ life, and a potluck, will be announced and held at a later date.

Leslie Eldon Corning was born on Aug. 2, 1950, at Baker City to Jack Medford and Mary Margaret (Densley) Corning. He grew up on the family ranch in Richland, whereupon he graduated from Pine-Eagle High in 1968.

In 1969 Les volunteered for the U.S. Army, where he served as a medic in Vietnam through 1970.

After his military service ended, he returned to ranching. He then married Toni Lynn Donaldson in 1973.   During their marriage Les started working in construction as a heavy equipment operator. While married they had three children: Jake (Jacob) William, Jesse Eldon and Chanel Lynn. Les and Toni later divorced.

Les then married Stacy Marie (Paul) Faulk in 1988.  During their marriage they bought and ran the Shorthorn Cafe/Bar in Richland. They later divorced.

On Feb. 8, 2000, Sherril Lynn Crain and Les were married in Halfway, and they made their home in Richland. Les retired from construction in July of 2012.

Les was a “man’s man” who loved to hunt, ride, fish and spend time in the high country of the Eagle Cap Mountains. He was never afraid to “color outside the lines” of life. He always enjoyed “riding for the brand” with his friends. He was a natural at whatever he put his hand to; and did his work with pride and perfection.  Time spent with family and friends was precious to him; and he to them. He had a smile bigger than life and when you saw that mischievous grin you often knew he was up to something! This tall, handsome cowboy touched so many people, and he is greatly loved and losing him has left a tremendous void in all our lives.

Survivors include his wife, Sherril of Richland; his son, Jesse, of Richland (currently in Utah); his daughter, Chanel of Tri-Cities, Wash.; his mother, Margaret (Densley) Corning; his father, Jack, and his wife, Caroline Corning of Richland; his brother, Marty Corning, also of Richland; his sister, Elaine, and her husband, Les Loftis of Pendleton; along with numerous nieces, nephews and many very special friends.

Les was preceded in death by his infant son, Jake, and his infant brother, Rodney.

For those who would like to make memorial donations, the family suggests the Eagle Valley Ambulance Fund or the Richland EMTs Training Fund through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

The family would love to have your written remembrances and stories of Les so that they can be shared at his celebration of life.

“Ride easy, cowboy!” the family said.

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