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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.


Obituary for June 7, 2013


‘Dave’ Laurance

Baker City, 1916-2013

David H. “Dave” Laurance, 96, a longtime Baker City resident, died peacefully with family present June 3, 2013.

Dave was born on July 24, 1916, at Canyon City to Fred and Pearl Laurance.  He attended grade school at Ironside and high school at the Intermountain Institute, which was a boarding school in Weiser, Idaho.

Although his childhood was spent on a ranch in Ironside, he is a descendant of 1860s cattle ranchers in the John Day Valley and so he had family ties there as well. He enjoyed recounting how his grandfather arrived in Canyon City as a toddler on a pack mule from Yreka, Calif., where his parents had done some gold mining. 

Dave married schoolteacher Virginia Boyer from a Burnt River homesteading family in August 1939.  Besides numerous ranching jobs, Dave was once a range rider for the Cattlemen’s Association. He continued to work with cattle until 1945 when they moved to Baker. 

During the postwar years he also drove a Cat and cultivated wheat fields for a large ranch in the Baker Valley. 

At many different intervals between 1945, 1963, and the late 1970s he worked for Rogers (formerly Rogers & Bablers) where he got his early introduction to highway construction. 

At various times he worked on the straightening of the road over Dooley Mountain, the Sumpter Highway and Interstate 84 through Ladd Canyon and near Durkee.

In 1953, he became a partner in the Arthur Simonsen Construction Co. Although he sold his share in 1962, he again worked for the company from 1965 to 1970. 

He spent most of 1964 working for Mullen Construction in southeastern Alaska. In the late 1970s, he worked for Baker Redi-Mix on their dam on the upper Rogue River.

After retiring, David and Virginia enjoyed volunteering with the Trail Tenders.  They also enjoyed their travels to 51 countries around the world, as well as their camper trips as far as southern Mexico and several trips to Alaska. He also enjoyed years of fishing and huckleberrying.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia, in 1998; and by his brothers, Herman Laurance and Everett Laurance. 

Survivors include three children, Gayle Butterworth and her husband, R. Scott Butterworth of Bend, Sandy Ryman of La Grande and Brian “Dave” Laurance and his wife, LynnD Laurance of Puyallup, Wash.;  five grandchildren, Jeffrey Butterworth, Tove Ryman, Leif Ryman, Tatiana Laurance and Eliana Laurance; and 15 loving nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Trail Tenders or to the David and Virginia Laurance Scholarship Fund at Eastern Oregon University Foundation through Gray’s West and Co., 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.


Obituary for May 31, 2013


Dally Cosby

Baker City, 1996-2013

Dally Cosby, 17, of Baker City, died May 25, 2013, at Huntington.

His funeral was at 2 p.m. today at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane. Pastor Joe Painter of the Pleasant Valley Fellowship officiated. Interment was in Mount Hope Cemetery. There was a potluck reception afterward at the Family Life Center at the Nazarene Church.

Dally was born on Feb. 29, 1996, at Ontario.

He was born and raised as a ranch kid, the youngest of four children. He started riding horses and helping his dad move cows when he was 3.

He was rarely found without his cowboy hat on. He never met a stranger; wherever he went people knew who he was. 

Dally loved to make people smile and laugh and was always ready to hear or tell a good story. He loved to sing and was able to sing an entire song from memory and easily move from one song to the next. He was always willing to share a bright smile and a big hug.

Dally liked to ride ranch broncs, and had won several buckles competing at local rodeos. He was always quick to help and encourage somebody and was often seen leading prayer behind the chutes.

Dally was a member of the Baker High School Rodeo Club and competed in saddle bronc riding. He made it to state finals his sophomore year. Before starting rodeo, he was in 4-H and showed sheep, beef and swine.

Dally had an amazing talent working with colts and was a good all-around hand. He worked for many local ranchers and enjoyed the work as well as the many friendships that he made with the men he worked for.

Survivors include his parents, Lance and Kadie Cosby of Baker City; his oldest sister, Katy, and her husband, Ryan, and his niece, Kaydance Davilla, of Baker City; sister, Landen, and her husband, Trevor Riekkola of Simms, Mont.; and grandparents, Kent and Bev Justus and Linda Cosby of Baker City.

He was preceded in death by his older brother, Kody Cosby; and his grandfather, Doug Cosby.

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


Death notice for May 28, 2013


Dally B. Cosby: 17, of Baker City, died May 25, 2013, at Huntington. His funeral will be Friday, May 31, at 2 p.m. at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane, with Pastor Joe Painter of the Pleasant Valley Fellowship officiating. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, and a potluck reception will follow at the Family Life Center at the church.

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


Obituary for May 27, 2013


Warren Coble

Nampa, Idaho, 1926-2013

Warren E. Coble, 86 of Nampa, Idaho, died May 16, 2013. 

His funeral was May 22 at Lakeview Church of the Nazarene in Nampa, Idaho. There will be a graveside service Wednesday, May 29, at 10:30 a.m. at the Eagle Valley Cemetery in Richland. 

Warren was born on Aug. 9, 1926, at New Bridge to Lloyd and Alma Coble. He was the youngest of two siblings. He married the love of his life, Violet Alexander, on Sept. 1, 1947, at Eagle Valley.

The couple then moved to Nampa, Idaho, where Warren worked in construction, contracting, and maintenance at Mercy Medical Center. 

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking and even dabbled a little in modeling.

Warren was loved by many and will be greatly missed, family members said. He had an unforgettable personality and smile that warmed the hearts of everyone he met. 

Survivors include his sister, Wanda Perrigan of Nampa; sons, Ronald Coble of Nampa and Duane (Becky) Coble of Nampa; granddaughter, Rosalyn (Steve) Kirkman of Nampa; grandson, Joseph (Ciara) Coble of Boise; great-grandsons, Taylor, Jack, Charlie Kirkman and Camden Coble; and a great-granddaughter, Emery Kirkman. 

He was proceeded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Alma Coble; his wife, of 58 years, Violet; an infant son; and his daughter, Natalie Allen of Nampa.

To share a memory of Warren or to offer condolences to Warren’s family, visit www.alsippersons.com


Obituary for May 24, 2013

‘Terrie’ Grant

Medford, 1948-2013

Teresa Jodelle “Terrie” Grant, 64 of Medford, died May 15, 2013, at her home after an extended illness.

Her funeral was at 1 p.m. Thursday at Medford.

Terrie was born on Dec. 11, 1948, at Baker City to Joseph and Doris Staedler. She was with the Baker High School graduating class of 1967 and went on to become a hairdresser after receiving her certification from Pendleton College of Beauty in 1968.  

She married Michael Maxwell from Baker and they had two children: Michael ‘Eric’ born in 1970 and Tammie, born in 1972.  They later divorced.

Terrie was the oldest of three siblings, which included her sister, Vicki, and brother, Skip. Throughout her life she was a very protective, loving and giving big sister.

She moved to Medford in 1986 to help her father, who was ill at the time. She married Charles “Chuck” Grants Jr. of Medford on Feb. 20, 1991.

Working from the time she was a teenager until she was limited by declining physical health, she was a hairdresser for 25 years and later worked as a market manager for Minute Market at Medford for many years.

Her interests included cooking, gardening, camping, having her pets with her and spending time with her family and friends. She especially was in love with her granddaughters, Skylar and Jamie.  

They brought great joy to her heart, as did her sister’s grandchildren, Hunter, Kyley, Alex and Kyana Chaves; and great-niece and great-nephew, Trinity and Christian Staedler. She was a wonderful and loving grandmother to them all, family members said.

Although she was actually their great-aunt, they all called her “Grandma Terrie.”

Terrie was a truly special soul with a strong faith in the Lord, which she would share openly. She was blessed with an exceptionally giving and compassionate heart, opening her heart to help anyone she came in contact with. 

She was “always there” for her family and friends. Her home was a perpetual revolving door for those she cared about and wanted to help.  When you were in Terrie’s home you knew you could be yourself and feel at home.  She will be so very missed and lovingly remembered, family members said.

Survivors include her husband, Chuck Grant; son, Eric Maxwell of Shasta, Calif.; daughter and son-in-law, Tammie and Jeff Andrews of Rogue River; stepdaughter, Mystie Haley of Pocatello, Idaho; sister and brother-in-law, Vicki and Steve Scrivner of Grants Pass; brother, Skip Staedler of Buffalo, Mo.; granddaughters, Skylar and Jamie Andrews, ages 11 and 10; nephews, Ryan Chaves of Baker City and Michael Staedler of Medford; nieces, Jolene and Jodi Staedler of Buffalo, Mo.; and many close cousins, relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by parents, Joe and Doris Staedler; and nephews, Benjamin and Todd Chaves.


Obituaries for May 22, 2013


Dana Rutter

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.


Obituary for May 17, 2013


‘Bob’ Bowen

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.


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