Baker City, 1955-2013
Dana Dee Rutter, 58, a lifetime Baker City resident died May 18, 2013, at her home.
Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St. Pastor Nathan Neff of the Apostolic Lighthouse Church will officiate. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.
Baker City, 1930-2013
Robert R.”Bob” Bowen Jr., 83, of Baker City, died May 11, 2013, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City.
His funeral was at 2 p.m. today at Gray’s West and Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Visitation was from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Gray’s West and Co. Committal with military honors was at Mount Hope Cemetery
Bob was born on Feb. 6, 1930, to Robert and Velma Motley Bowen Sr. at Baker City. He was a member of the pioneer Bowen Family that settled in the Auburn area in 1862.
The family operated sawmills, banks and the Baker Herald newspaper and then settled the Bowen Valley south of Baker City. Bob was educated in Baker schools as a young man and then attended Hills Military Academy in Portland from 1945 until he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1948.
He served in the Korean War and with occupation forces in Japan and was honorably discharged in 1952 as a technical sergeant. After completing his military service, he moved to Ontario where he worked in the produce department for Albertsons Grocery.
In Ontario he was married to Joann Hawk. They later divorced.
He returned to Baker City where he married Mary Olson and combined their two families. They later divorced. He married June Fisk on June 7, 1974, at Baker City.
In Baker City he worked as a serviceman for Cascade Natural Gas Co. for more than 25 years. He retired in 1985.
He loved the outdoors: fishing, hunting, snowmobiling and gold and silver mining. He enjoyed going to the Elkhorn Mountains and owned the Herculean and the Dutch Flat mines in the Cable Cove area.
He was a member of the Baker Elks Lodge, the Disabled American Veterans, the Eagles Lodge, the American Legion, the Vets Club, the Korean War Veterans Association and the National Rifle Association. He and his wife enjoyed traveling all over the U.S., Alaska and Canada.
Survivors include his wife, June, of Baker City, three daughters, Deborah White of Portland, Susan Cunningham (Thomas) of Keizer and Donell Bowen of Baker City; two stepdaughters, Katharine Menser of Eagle Creek and Linda Nagle (Patrick) of Estacada; two stepsons, Steven Scrivner (Vicki) of Grants Pass and David Scrivner (Robin) of Clinton, Iowa; a sister, Vonda Lee Bowen of Baker City; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or to the Disabled American Veterans through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.
Baker City, 1937-2013
Kareen Mae Blankenship, 75, died May 11, 2013, surrounded by her family after a long battle with cancer.
There will be a service in her honor in June in her hometown.
Her strength, courage and love were an inspiration to all who knew her, family members said.
She was born on May 25, 1937, at Chehalis, Wash., the third of four daughters of Les and Bess Powell Wright.
She married the love of her life, Buck Blankenship, on Jan. 7, 1956. They raised three children on their farm and she also worked as a bookkeeper for many years.
Kareen was known for her love of gardening, especially growing iris. She loved watching her children and grandchildren play in all sporting activities.
Her hobbies included painting, sewing, clam digging, antiquing, listening to country music, playing pinochle and RV camping. Kareen also enjoyed picking blackberries, huckleberries and mushrooms. She was known for her delicious blackberry pies and homemade V8 juice.
In 2007, Buck and Kareen moved to Baker City to watch their two youngest grandsons participate in high school sports. She was a great supporter of the Baker Bulldogs, even attending a baseball game in her last week of life.
Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Buck Blankenship; her daughter, Deb, (John) Hadaller, of Onalaska, Wash.; her sons, Denny (Colleen) Blankenship and Dan (Sheryl) Blankenship of Baker City; grandsons, Isaac, Brock, Derek and Dillon Blankenship, of Baker City, Barry Blankenship, of Seattle, Wash., Willis (Ashley) Blankenship of Palmdale, Calif., and Sean Hadaller of Onalaska, Wash.; granddaughters, Sara Hadaller of Onalaska, Wash., and Shelly Hadaller of Centralia, Wash.; three great-grandchildren; her sister, Carol Jones of Castle Rock, Wash.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her sisters, Neva Blankenship and Faye Workman.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Baker High School Athletic Fund through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
Margee J. Lee Curtis Sagers, 88, died May 11, 2013, at her home in Halfway.
Her graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception afterward at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall in Halfway.
Phoenix, Ore., 1929-2013
Marian Teresa Schwenk, 83, of Phoenix, Ore., died April 17, 2013, at Providence Hospital in Medford, in the loving embrace of her family.
Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday, May 24, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 517 W. 10th St. in Medford.
She was born on June 18, 1929, at Baker City to James and Kate Morrissey. The Morrisseys came to the United States from Ireland and settled at Keating, where they became successful ranchers.
It was there that Marian spent an idyllic childhood full of hard work and play among beloved farm animals and open pastures. She attended Baker High School, married and raised a family before moving in 1972. She lived at Medford and Bend before retiring to Phoenix.
Her family said Marian left life the way she lived it: with a strong spirit, profound gratitude for all of the blessings in her life, a deep faith in God and an overflowing love for her family. Family and faith were the centers of her world.
She was willing to make any sacrifice for the sake of those she loved. She never complained about the obstacles she encountered in life and instead overcame them through hard work and the determination to provide the best for her family.
She loved the important things in life: her home and the flowers that she planted each year, long talks with her loved ones, long walks in all kinds of weather, good movies, good books, and going out on special occasions.
“She was the loving heart and soul of her family, who will never be able to fill the void she has left in their lives,” family members said.
Survivors include her loving husband of 40 years, Calvin Schwenk, and her daughters and their husbands, Joni and Arthur Roskofsky, Deanne and Jerry Thompson and Susie and Larry Parker, all of Medford; her sons, John Givens and his wife, Laura, of Rochester, N.Y. and James Givens and his wife, Ilona, of Eugene; her grandchildren, Jason Hollen, Andi Black and her husband, Adam, and Jeremy Thompson, all of Medford, Ryan Parker and his wife, Jennifer, of Portland, Jazzmin Glover and her husband, Aaren, of Ashland, Harrison Givens of Orange, Calif., and Anna and William Givens of Rochester, N.Y.; great-granddaughter, Kayleigh Black of Phoenix; and her sister, Kathleen Franklin of Portland.
Perl Funeral Home of Medford is in charge of arrangements.
Cynthia K. Henry Johnson, 60, of Medford, died April 21, 2013, Medford.
Her memorial service was April 25 with burial at the Eagle Point National Cemetery.
She was born on Nov. 21, 1952, at Medford. She suffered with sarcoidosis for many years and then developed congestive heart failure.
Cindy graduated from Baker City High and joined the U.S. Army soon afterward, serving mostly in Korea and Arizona.
She was a graduate of Southern Oregon University at Ashland. She worked for many years at the Veterans Domiciliary at White City until her health forced her to retire.
Cindy was very involved in volunteer work and she loved to make jewelry and to travel. She took several cruises and enjoyed them so much. She was always thinking of others and was quite a gift giver.
Survivors include her son, Eli, daughter-in-law, Jessi, and grandchildren, Dominic and Lillian; brother, Kevin Henry of Medford; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, one nephew and her many friends who she treated like family
She was preceded in death by her father, Jim; her mother, Carolyn; sister, Teresa; and brother, Mike.
Arthur Roy Morin
Formerly Baker City 1921-2013
Arthur Roy Morin, 91, died May 2, 2013, at his daughter’s home.
His funeral was Monday, May 6, at 11 a.m. at the LDS Chapel, 545 South 800 East, Orem, Utah.
He was born Dec. 6, 1921, at Baker, the only son of Charles Arthur Morin and Mary Jeanette Shipp Morin.
He was nurtured in a family suffused with love. He had four sisters whom he adored, and they adored him. He grew up on a ranch, where he learned to appreciate and enjoy the value of hard work.
It was this combination of hard work and love that was the foundation for his moral, physical, and intellectual strength. Hard work was one of the defining characteristics of his life.
He graduated from Brigham Young University, where he studied math and chemistry. His work experience included farm and dairy work, school teaching, insurance, and real estate. Art was the broker of his own real estate companies in both Utah and Idaho.
Love of family and love of the gospel were two of his other defining characteristics. His faith in Christ was unwavering. He was a people person: friendly, able to connect with others, helpful, and positive: a common response when asked about his well-being was, “Young and beautiful!”
He was full of hope. “The difference between a geyser and a mud puddle is enthusiasm!” was one of his favorite sayings. His posterity enjoyed his storytelling talent. Dad loved horses. He did not fear challenges. He served in the military during World War II — Army, Air Force and OSS.
While in the military he received various service and conduct medals and distinguished himself as a boxer. He served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Northern States, where he met Rene Lyman, his future wife. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple on Oct. 29, 1948. They were a wonderful fit.
He is survived by all 11 children: Art (Norma), Brad (Cathy), Marilee (Roger Larsen), Julynn (Robert Simmons), Edward (Lorraine), Lynette (Jeff Moore), Benjamin (Deann), Burke (Christine), Chris (Connie), Charles (Kimber), Carolyn (Wally Arave), 57 grandchildren and 43 great grandchildren, a sister RitaRae (Ed Elsberry) and a brother-in-law Russ Castleberry. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, three sisters Janet, Elsie, Ina, and a grandson, ‘ Little’ Wally.
Online condolences may be made at www.premierfuneral.com
Arrangements are being handled by Premier Funeral Services, 801-930-9822.
Daisy Jone Sweeter
Formerly Baker City, 1924-2013
Daisy, formerly of Baker, died peacefuly at her home in Albany, Ore. at the age of 88.
Daisy was born Sept. 12, 1924 in Imboden, Ark., to Elihue and Orphelia White.
Services were held at the First Christan Church in Albany.
Daisy is survioved by her three children: Caroline Sweeter of Pheonix, Ariz., Les and Darla Sweeter of Albany, Bernadine and Garry Roberts of Hillsboro, and one stepdaughter Sherrill Ashford, of Hebo, Ore.; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; sisters Kay Shurtleff and Beulah Roberts, brothers Ruben, Ben and Teddy White.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Clarence Sweeter and Herman Ashford, her parents, three sisters and one brother.
Baker City, 1932-2013
Joyce Trudel Kiilsgaard Hindman, 80, of Baker City, died April 19, 2013, at St. Alphnsus Care Center.
Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2625 Hughes Lane. Bishop Parker Ussery will conduct the service. Visitations will be from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. There will be a reception afterward at the church.
Joyce was born on Nov. 7, 1932, to Christian Peder Christan Kiilsgaard and Martha Hunsaker Kiilsgaard in a small house at Inkom, Idaho.
At the age of 3, her family moved to northern Idaho to settle at Bonners Ferry, Idaho.
She grew up tending to the work of a dairy farming family. She attended a one-room school until she reached high school. Joyce was a 1951 Bonners Ferry High School graduate.
She followed a family tradition of attending the University of Idaho at Moscow where she graduated with a teaching credential and a bachelor’s degree in physical education, with a minor in health and biology. She quickly found a job teaching PE at Baker High School.
While attending a dance at the Community Center on Armistice Day, she met a young Dick Hindman. They were married on June 17, 1956. This was a partnership of nearly 58 years. A son, Richard Christian, was born in July of 1957 and a daughter, Kerri Martha was born the following July. She was able to take off three years during that time from teaching.
While supporting Dick as a local contractor an opportunity arose to begin a lumberyard. She and Dick began Cashway Lumber Co. in 1968.
She taught during the day and did the bookkeeping on nights and weekends for the business for many years.
While teaching she served in many advising capacities, such as : GAA, Pep Club, cheerleading, class, and the last few years with student council. Additionally, she began organized girls interscholastic sports in Baker by organizing a track team.
In 1973 she switched from being the girls PE teacher to the high school guidance counselor. This prompted her return to higher education and she completed her master’s degree in guidance counseling through Oregon State University in 1981.
She retired after 30 years at Baker High School in 1988.
Retirement gave her opportunities to travel extensively, volunteer and serve on the boards of organizations such as Baker County Mental Health, St. Elizabeth Hospital and the St. Elizabeth Hospital Auxiliary.
But, the most important part of her life was her family. She and Dick were practically inseparable.
They were able to be very close to all of their grandchildren and support all of their activities. She shared her love of family, cooking, gardening, sewing, family history, and her faith with them.
She was a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held many leadership positions. She and Dick were sealed for eternity in the Salt Lake Temple on Dec. 27, 1981.
Survivors include her husband, Richard John Hindman; son, Richard, and his wife, Chrisanne; and daughter, Kerri Smith, and husband, Sherwood; her sisters, Tedde Healey, Elene (Hep) Rock; brother, Dane Kiilsgaard; and grandchildren, Richard (Jeremy) Hindman, Emily Mosier, Katy Hindman, Breanne Fifield, Dylan Smith, and Kelsey Smith; great-grandchildren, Lirael Odessa Fifield, Anne Hindman and R. William Hindman; and many more to come; and numerous nieces and nephews who she truly loved.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Thor and Carl; and sister, Marco.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the St. Alphonsus Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship Fund or Baker Heritage Museum through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
Baker City, 1938-2013
Roberta “Bobbie” Loynes, 74, died April 20, 2013, at her home with family around her.
Her memorial service will be scheduled later.
She was born on Aug. 9, 1938, at Colfax, Wash. She was the second of three children of Kenneth and Rowena Shawgo.
The family later moved to Baker City where she met and married Keith Kirkwood in 1953. They had two children. They divorced in 1966 and she moved to the Payette, Idaho, area where she lived most of her adult life. She retired from managing the Idaho Youth Ranch store at Payette in 2003 after seven years of service, and then returned as a regular volunteer.
Her sense of humor, laughter and outgoing personality will be deeply missed, family members said.
Survivors include her sons, Alan and Brian Kirkwood; younger sister, Sharon Huffman; and her good friend, Jodi Mantz. Memorial services will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Idaho Youth Ranch, or a charity of one’s choice in her honor.
Baker City, 1970-2013
Wayne William Pierce, 42, of Baker City died April 23, 2013, with his family at his side after a long battle with melanoma.
A memorial celebration of his life will be Saturday, May 4 at 11 a.m., at the Baker Elks Lodge, 1896 Second St.
Wayne was born a fraternal twin a few minutes ahead of his brother, Shane, on Mothers Day, May 10, 1970.
He grew up in the Baker Valley experiencing all that it had to offer and often enticing or convincing others to live in the moment in order to enjoy it to its fullest potential. He has been described by friends and family as a one of kind character that rarely left people without a smile or the shake of the head after having an encounter with him.
He was a proud 1988 graduate of Baker High School and a spirited Bulldog participating on the Forestry Team led by Mike Monaco during its heyday as well as working with a group of classmates to resurrect the High School Rodeo Club. Many weekends were spent on country back roads and skiing at Anthony Lakes.
He married his high school sweetheart, Garla Rowe, in 1989 and created many fun family memories while continuing to live in Baker and gaining experience at his lifelong career of operating heavy equipment. They moved to Albany for a period before taking separate paths and Wayne remained in the Willamette Valley near his siblings and father for over 15 years working as a member of the 701 Operating Engineers Union. Wayne was a deft equipment operator and took pride in his work. While helping to create the hole for an in ground swimming pool the foreman on the job said he had never had anyone as accurate as Wayne in meeting the specifications for the job.
In 2003 he came home to Baker City where he met his fiancé, Melissa Hertel. Wayne was a great dancer and they were seen frequently on the dance floor together, making memories. Together they had a baby girl, Kailyse Fuss-Pierce, in August of 2004. He was so proud of his daughter and he rarely came to visit a family member that Kailyse was not his travelling partner. Wayne helped raise four children with Melissa and in May of 2012 also became a proud grandpa. As a family they spent most weekends at the river, camping and fishing. Wayne was a great entertainer of all kids and often included their kids’ friends, his nieces, nephews and neighbor kids in these plans. “Bring them all” he would say, as he was a kid at heart himself.
During his final years with Melissa they relocated to John Day for a brief time where he did excavation projects with friends and had big block parties. He also became a very active member of the John Day Elks Club including becoming an officer. This affiliation gave him great purpose after his cancer had progressed to where he could no longer work. He also enjoyed time spent socializing and eating at the Eagles Lodge in Baker.
During his lifetime Wayne enjoyed staying busy outdoors or indoors. During his youth he worked on local ranches/farms or for his dad’s contracting company. As an adult, in addition to work he enjoyed doing home upgrading, maintenance, barbecuing and landscaping. He also loved watching the TV shows and movies he had grown up with in the 70s and 80s continuing his mastery of quick wit and an ability to mimic his favorite characters.
As a brief participant and lifelong fan of rodeo, Wayne was a dedicated volunteer at the Baker City Bronc and Bull Riding event. He worked the stripping chutes for many years, was always involved in putting together the VIP/Stock Contractor barbecue and was honored with a Top Hand Trophy Buckle at the event in 2012. With the exception of the birth of his daughter this was one of his proudest moments.
Anyone who knew Wayne at all knew that he learned to appreciate waterskiing, fishing and relaxing at Brownlee Reservoir at a very young age with his parents and an extended family of “River Rats.” This place became a touchstone of joy throughout his life and a place he wanted to share with anyone he became acquainted with and he told everyone that he loved that after he passed he would simply “see them at the rodeo or the river.”
He is survived by his daughter, Kailyse Fuss-Pierce; his fiancé Melissa Hertel and children Tyler Hertel, Kassidy Hertel and Dustin Fuss; his granddaughter, Kailyn Kuiper-Fuss; his mother, Shirley McPheron; his stepfather, Ken McPheron; his grandmother, Evelyn Steele; his sister, Lisa Xeros-VandenBos and her husband, Todd, and his brother Shane Pierce and his wife, Tammy, all of Baker City; his stepsisters, Kimm Wilcoxson and her husband, Brian, of California, and Rayne Christen and her husband, J.P., of Philadelphia; as well as beloved uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws.
He was preceded in death by his father, Wayne E. Pierce; his grandparents, Thomas R. Steele, David Pierce and Margie Boyer-Pierce; his aunt, Marilyn “Tudy” Carr; his cousin, Robert “Robby” Carr; his brother-in-law, Constantino G. Xeros; and his best friend and cousin, Kerry Logsdon.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial contributions be made through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814, to the Billie Ruth Bootsma Infusion Clinic or the Kailyse Fuss-Pierce fund. Contributions to the latter can also be made at any Sterling Savings Bank branch, including the Baker City branch at 1990 Washington Ave.
Formerly Haines, 1936-2013
Cecil K. Fisher 76, of Boise, and a former longtime Haines area resident, died April 25, 2013, in Boise.
Funeral services for Mr. Fisher will be Friday, May 3 at 2 p.m. in the Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St. in Baker City.
Pastor Tim Fisher of Elkhorn Baptist Church will officiate. Vault interment with military honors will follow at the Haines Cemetery just north of Haines. Visitations will also be on Friday at Coles Tribute Center from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Mr. Fisher was born May 2, 1936, at Baker City to Muddy Creek ranchers Orville and Helen (Gilkison) Fisher. He was the eldest of three children, joined by his adoring sisters.
Cecil attended grade school at Muddy Creek and graduated from Powder Valley High in 1954, serving as class president. During these years, he was active in 4-H. He attained the rank of Eagle Scout and attended the Boy Scouts of America Jubilee at Valley Forge in 1950. He excelled at sports and was selected as a Tri Valley All Star in basketball in 1954. While summers were busy with work and activities, it was also a time of fun adventures on the ranch with visits from numerous friends and cousins.
After one year at the University of Oregon, Cecil and his cousin, Lloyd Fisher, joined the Marine Corps. Cecil served aboard the USS Bennington as it traveled on a goodwill tour of Japan, Hong Kong and the Philippines. He also served aboard the ship in Australia. Upon his honorable discharge, he met, dated and later married Sylvia Blair, on June 7, 1959. At first, Cecil worked for Standard Oil, but soon joined his parents in the family ranching business. They formed the O&C Partnership. Cecil and Sylvia also had their own ranching properties.
A little girl, Natalie Kay, joined the family and it grew with the additions of Nanette Gail and Nancy Lucille. A boy, Timothy Orville, completed the family. Cecil was involved with his children and active in the community. He was a 4-H leader and baseball coach, having Cecil Fisher Field in Haines named in his honor. He belonged to the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association. Most of all he was a loving husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and friend. He always had a smile and thumbs-up.
Cecil would walk into a room full of strangers and come away with many new friends. He was so friendly.
The past eight years he has lived at the Heritage in Boise. He was loved by all staff and residents. This was his home and extended family. He will be missed by many.
Survivors are his four children: Natalie Miller of Baker City, Nanette Collier of Seattle, Nancy Harrington and her husband, Ed, of Boise, and Timothy Fisher and his wife, Roxann, of Baker City; two sisters, Marilyn DelFatti and Baker City and Gail McAllister and her husband, Jack, of Fallon, Nev.; grandchildren, Andrea Jaca and her husband, Ed, of Baker City, Amanda Grandeen and her husband, Shawn, of Kennewick, Wash., Ashliegh Meeks and her husband, Frank, of La Grande, Preston Strey of Seattle, Suzan Collier of Seattle, Jonathon Harrington, a corpsman in the U.S. Navy, Jacob Harrington of Boise, Sheldon Fisher of Baker City, and Austin Fisher of Baker City; eight great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; one aunt, Connie Fisher of Echo; and many cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Sylvia; his parents; and a brother-in-law, Gerald DelFatti.
Those wishing to make contributions in the memory of Mr. Fisher may direct them to the Wounded Warriors Foundation, Dornbechers Children’s Hospital or Shriners Hospital for Children, through the Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
Venna Hansen Moody, 87, died April 25, 2013, at her home in Halfway.
A viewing will be Friday, May 3, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, 125 N. Main St. in Halfway.
A viewing will also be held prior to the service at the LDS Church, 26568 Cornucopia Highway in Halfway, on Saturday, May 4 at 11 a.m. A traditional funeral service will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at the LDS church in Halfway. Vault Interment will be at Pine Haven Cemetery. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception to be held immediately following the interment at the LDS Church.
Venna was born on April 23, 1926, at Carson, near Halfway, to Ralph and Zella Hansen. She graduated a year early from Pine Valley High School in 1943, then went to Salt Lake City to attend business school. After completing business school, Venna moved to Baker and worked as a cashier and a bookkeeper. Later she went to Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, Utah, where she worked as a cashier.
After the war Venna returned home briefly and then left to work in Oakland, Calif., in a restaurant and as a bookkeeper. She returned to Halfway to stay with her Uncle George on the ranch that her folks had bought. Venna married Jerry Del Curto in 1949, and in 1950 they bought the ranch from her mom and that ranch is still in the family. They had four children, Joann, Julie, Sally and Barry, who were all raised on the family ranch.
Venna worked as a ranch wife and mother and cooked many wonderful meals for the family and workers who helped on the ranch. She worked at several jobs — Avon sales, census taker, and for the school district as needed. In the mid sixties she went to work at U.S. Bank and worked her way up to the manager position, retiring after 19ﬁ years at U.S. Bank in Halfway. After retirement she worked briefly at the U.S. Bank’s La Grande branch. She and Jerry later divorced.
In 1984, Venna married Bill Moody. They enjoyed traveling and spent many winters in Yuma. She worked for several years in Halfway, selling real estate. After Bill died, she remained in Halfway, sometimes spending the winter months with her sister in Hurricane, Utah. Venna loved Halfway and was very grateful to be able to stay here until her death. She was very active in the community in her younger years having been a member of the Pine-Eagle School Board, the PTA, and the VFW Auxiliary to name a few.
Venna is survived by her sister, Joyce Gordon and her husband, Doug, of Hurricane; her children: Joann Pollock of Halfway, Julie Del Curto of Halfway, Sally McCraw and her husband, Mike, of La Grande, and Barry Del Curto and his wife, Shella, of Halfway; her grandchildren: Lisa Howarth and her husband, Chris Page, of La Grande, Dan Pollock of Halfway, Katie DeClue of La Grande, Joel McCraw and his wife, Jill, of Union, Dustin Del Curto and his wife, Cindi, of Halfway, Erin Morrison and her husband, Alan Morrison, of Eagle, Idaho, and Cassie McCraw and Chris Williams of Bend; 11 great-grandchildren; stepchildren, Nancy Stover and Dan Moody and their families; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands and three siblings.
For those who wish to make a donation in memory of Venna, the family suggests the Halfway Ambulance Fund or to the Pine-Eagle Clinic through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.