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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.

Obituary for May 15, 2013

Kareen Blankenship

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.

Obituaries for May 13, 2013

Margee Sagers

Halfway, 1924-2013

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.

Obitiuaries for May 10, 2013

Marian Schwenk

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.

Obituaries for May 8, 2013

Cynthia Johnson

Medford, 1952-2013

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.

Obituaries for May 6 2013

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.

Obituaries for April 24, 2013

Joyce Hindman

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.

‘Bobbie’ Loynes

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.

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