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Obituaries for April 17, 2013


Eloise Colton

Baker City

Eloise H. Colton of Baker City, died April 9, 2013, at her home, surrounded by her loving daughters.

Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Burial will be at 1 p.m. at Mount Hope Cemetery.


Obituaries for April 15, 2013

Morry Moorcroft

Richland, 1943-2013

Morry Moorcroft, 70, of Richland, died April 9, 2013, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City.

There will be a celebration of Morry’s life and memorial service in his honor at Naknek, Alaska. 

He was born on Jan. 30, 1943, at Chehalis,Wash. Morry was a well-known and loved Bristol Bay, Alaska, contractor and founder of the world-known Bear Trail Lodge.

Morry enjoyed remembering the good old days working, fishing, hunting and storytelling with his many good friends. 

“He now wants you to remember those same good times,” family members said. “Moorcroft Construction now resides in Heaven building for God.”

He was preceded in death by his two sons, Doug and Ralph; and his parents, Joe and Bertha Moorcroft. 

Survivors include his wife, Donnalee; daughters, Dianne King, and her husband, Jay, and grandchildren, Adam and Austin, and Paula Singley, her husband, Byron, and grandchildren, Owen and Lewis; Dianne and Paula’s mother, Ruth Moorcroft; Tanya Moorcroft and grandchildren, Hannah, Everett and Denali; son, Orin Williams, and his wife, Sherill, and grandchildren, Jennifer Sanchez and Corey Williams; grandson, Doug Moorcroft, and his wife, Ali; grandson, Eric Moorcroft; sister, Crystal Stanley, and her husband, Fred; sister, Peggy Reed, and her husband, Tom; and sister, Keri Haynes, and her husband, Dan. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eagle Valley EMTs through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.


Obituary for April 12, 2013


Steven Grimes

Baker City, 1942-2013

Steve Grimes, 70, of Baker City, died March 25, 2013, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Boise.

Steven Kenneth Grimes was born on June 24, 1942, at Santa Rosa, Calif., to Kenneth and Marie Matzen Grimes. He was raised and educated in Petaluma, Calif.  After graduating from high school, Steve joined the United States Coast Guard and served just over a year. 

He worked for years managing the produce department for Lucky Food Store at Red Bluff, Calif., until his retirement. Eight years ago he settled in Baker City.

Steve was an avid model airplane builder, whether they be a few inches long or a remote-controlled craft 5 feet long, and then taking them out to fly. He also enjoyed the outdoors and fishing. 

Survivors include his two sons and two granddaughters. 

Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Obituaries for April 10, 2013


Dusten Nichols

La Grande, 1984-2013

Dusten Edward Nichols, 28, of La Grande, died April 6, 2013, at his home. 

There will be a celebration of his life at 2 p.m. Saturday at theVeterans Memorial Club, 2005 Valley Ave.

 Dusten was born on Dec. 20, 1984, to Robert Edward Nichols Sr. and Jennifer Leigh Bunch Johnson in Boise. He received his education in Portland and moved to La Grande in 2006, graduating from La Grande High School in 2006. 

 He loved music of all kinds and being outside with friends and family.

 Survivors include his father, Robert E. Nichols Sr. of Madras; his mother and stepfather, Jennifer and Russell Johnson of Baker City; siblings, Chantel Nichols, Robert E. Nichols Jr., and Angi Johnson, all of Baker City; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. 

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Margaret Nichols; and his maternal grandfather, Herbert Bunch.

Memorial contributions may be made to New Day Enterprises of La Grande through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Michael O’Hara

Baker City, 1923-2013

Michael O’Hara, 89, of Baker City, died April 2, 2013, at Joseph Memorial Hospital in Enterprise.

There will be a celebration of his life at 3 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion, 2129 Second St. There will be a potluck meal. Those attending are asked to bring pictures and mementos to share in Mike’s memory.

A private family celebration of Michael’s life will be scheduled later.

Michael Joseph O’Hara Jr. was born on Nov. 29, 1923, at Butte, Mont., to Michael Sr. and Maryann Conely O’Hara. He was a 1941 graduate of Butte High School.

 Mike then joined the U.S. Navy and served as a gunners mate on a Victory Ship. After his time in the service he went on to work as a copper miner in Montana. 

He later left mining for the construction field. He was a part of the building the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) tunnel in the California Bay Area, working as a heavy equipment operator.

Michael and his first wife, Betty, had three children. He and Betty later divorced.

After retirement, Mike moved to Baker City. He met Barbara Yeske and they became close friends and companions for many years.

They especially enjoyed dancing, RVing, spending their summers at Richland and fishing. Mike also enjoyed working and doing stained glass.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother; four sisters; and his companion, Barbara Yeske, who died in 2012.

Survivors include his daughter, Elizabeth “BJ,” and her husband, Douglas Hickman, of Joseph; son, Michael Jr., and his wife, Nancy O’Hara, of Folsom, Calif.; son, Patrick, and his wife, Sandi O’Hara, of Austin, Texas; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; and extended family, Jim and Penny Moore of La Grande.

Memorial contributions may be made to Heart ‘n’ Home Hospice through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.


Obituary for April 3, 2013


Roy Lennberg

Lakeview, 1921-2013

Roy Lennberg, 92, a former Baker City resident, died March 26, 2013, at Lakeview.

A memorial gathering will be scheduled later this summer.

Roy was born on Feb. 9, 1921, at St. Paul, Minn. He grew up at Akeley, Minn., and married Mabel Nielsen, his sweetheart of 69 years. 

Roy served his country with honor and valor as a second lieutenant, leading 240 men across Northern Europe, from their landing at Normandy into some of the most violent combat of that war, which ended with the fall of the Nazi machine in April of 1945.

He lost 200 men dead and wounded on that march and was wounded himself. He was awarded the Silver Star Medal, the Purple Heart and carried enemy shrapnel the rest of his life. 

After returning home to his beloved Mabel, the couple had two daughters: Betty and Vikki. It was a sweet interlude until the Korean War, and Roy was again pressed into service.

After his wartime experiences, Roy and his family moved to Citrus Heights, Calif., where he lived until his retirement in 1984.  He was a woodworker by profession and a successful Western artist by pleasure. 

Later they moved to Ukiah, Calif., and then to Baker City, to be near their daughters. In 2011, Roy and Mabel moved to Lakeview.

Survivors include his wife, Mabel; daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Mike Moore of Ukiah, Calif., and daughter, Vikki Wyatt of Lakeview; grandchildren, Leigh Ann and James Evans of Lakeview, Wells Wyatt of Hazelton, Idaho, Heather and David Atherton of Rocklin, Calif., and Sean and Hailey Moore of Oakland, Calif.; five great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives.


Obituaries for April 1, 2013


Ivan Jensen

Formerly Baker City, 1924-2013

Ivan E. Jensen, 88, a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, formerly of Baker City, died March 23, 2013, at the Country Living Adult Foster Home in Pendleton.

A celebration of Ivan’s life will be Saturday, April 6 at 11 a.m. in Baker City at the Sunridge Restaurant.  

Ivan was born on Dec. 6, 1924, at Pleasant Valley, near Baker City, to Christain and Pearl Jensen. After completing school, he enlisted in the Army and served until October 1946. During this time he earned a Good Conduct Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal with one Bronze Service Star, Victory Medal, Asiatic Pacific Theater Service Medal and Army of Occupation Medal (Japan).

Ivan married Lena Fulton in 1951 and they divorced in 1956. In 1957 he married Margaret Sipp. The couple eventually settled on the Sipp Ranch in Bowen Valley where he built the house they resided in. After many years of service, Ivan retired from Ellingson Lumber where he worked as a certified lumber grader.

Ivan enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and carpentry.  He loved to bowl. He fed as many as 300 quail during the winters. He called them his “chickens.” Spending time with family and his faithful dog Willie was important to him.

He is survived by his daughter, Pam Williamson, and her husband, Pat, of Rochester, Minn., daughter, Rhonda McNeilus, and her husband, Pat, of Dodge Center, Minn., daughter, Shirley Baird and her husband, Dave, of Pendleton, son, Keith Jensen and his wife, Janet, of Baker City, daughter, Denice Wilson of Pilot Rock, and son, Robert  Jensen of Hermiston; he is also survived by his brother, Lloyd Jensen, and his wife, Carolyn, of Bly, sister, Mildred Stringer of Seattle, and sister, Norma Long of Baker City; 21 grandkids and 35 great-grandkids with two on the way; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret; his twin sister, Iva Brehmer, sister Thelma Metsker, sister Murel Roumagoux, and brothers Norman Jensen and Wayne Jensen.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, the Alzheimers Association or a charity of your choice in care of Pendleton Pioneer Chapel, Folsom-Bishop, 131 S.E. Byers Ave., Pendleton, OR.  Online condolences may be sent to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

‘Marnie’ Carter

Baker City, 1922-2013

Marjory “Marnie” Carter, 90, of Baker City, died March 23, 2013, at Angel Wings Adult Foster Care. 

A celebration of her life took place on Saturday, March 30, at Baker Valley Church of Christ.

Marnie was born on Aug. 3, 1922, at Portland to Dr. Willmot and Francis (Depue) Foster. The family moved after her birth to Minnesota, back to Portland, Newberg, Halfway, and then to Baker City. During her youth she was on the swim team.

Marnie married Merrill LeRoy Carter on March 17, 1951. She attended the University of Oregon where she became an X-ray tech. She was also a homemaker for many years.

She loved to watch and feed wild birds, knit, crochet, and read. Marnie was a kind, loving woman of Christ who will be welcomed with open arms in heaven by our Father. She will be missed.

 Marnie is survived by her husband; her children: Patrick Lee Carter, Cosette Marie Carter, Larry Lee Carter and Norma Jean Peterson; her grandchildren: Bobbi Joella Lunsford, Kelli Kollete Nunn and Artesha Carter; and her great-grandchildren: Kendra Lynn Lunsford, Dakota Randall Lunsford, Makayla Hope Lunsford, Natalie Nina Rose Nunn and Katelynn Nevaeh Nunn.

Vada Cameron

Elgin, 1943-2013

Vada Cameron, 69, died on March 27, 2013, at Robin’s Nest in Elgin.

A graveside service will be held at Welsh Hills Cemetery at Weathersfield Township, Ohio.

Vada Louise was born on Nov. 5, 1943, at Tunnelton, W.V., to William and Ida (Ridenour) Sypolt. She was raised and attended school in West Virginia. On Dec. 19, 1960, she married Hale Burkholder in Youngstown, Ohio.  They had two children, son Hale Jr. and daughter Vada. 

Most all of Vada’s life, she was not only a wife and mother to her family, she was a caregiver to many of her family members. Throughout Vada’s life she always put other people’s needs ahead of her own.

She enjoyed country music, dancing, and visiting family and friends in West Virginia. 

Hale died in 1984. Later Vada married Leslie Cameron, and they had 20 years together, later moving out west to Oregon.  She and Les lived in La Grande until her health began to fail. They then moved to Robin’s Nest in Elgin. 

Vada is survived by her husband, Leslie of Elgin; her daughter, Vada Louise and her husband, Richard Reid of McDonald, Ohio; her son, Hale Burkholder Jr. of Austintown, Ohio; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; her brothers, James Sypolt and Carl Sypolt; and her sisters, Elizabeth Moore, Garnet Sypolt and Betty Lou Sypolt.   

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Hale Burkholder; her parents;  her sisters, Mary Johnson, Alice Sypolt and Edna Johnson; and her brother, Charles Sypolt.

Those who wish to make a donation in memory of Vada may do so to the Oregon Chapter of the American Cancer Society through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

‘Bobbie’ Dangerfield

Sparta, 1924-2013

Edra Anna “Bobbie” Dangerfield, 88, died on March 24, 2013, surrounded by her family at her home in Sparta.

A private family gathering will be enjoyed celebrating her life this summer.

Edra Anna was born on March 30, 1924, at Amboy, Wash., to Ray and Gertrude (Crosby) Billings.  At the age of 5 or 6 her mother gave her a haircut. When her sister came in the room and saw Edra, she said “aren’t you a fine looking bobbie?” The nickname stuck. She grew up on a big farm near North Plains in Washington County, Oregon. Bobbie graduated high school in Hillsboro in 1942. Bobbie met her future husband, Keith E. Dangerfield, while attending civil service communication school. They were married on Oct. 9, 1943.  They had three children.

In her early working years, she worked at the U.S. War Department during World War II at Spokane’s Galena Air Base.

Bobbie loved her life as a wife of almost 70 years, a mother and homemaker. She enjoyed gardening, canning her fruits and vegetables, and making jam. She also enjoyed hunting, fishing, reading, circle a word puzzles, puzzles and card games. A thought and value she shared with her family was that the “door was always open.” She made all who came through the door welcome and comfortable. Bobbie was well known for providing good home-cooked meals and she made sure that there was room for all at the table.

While raising her family, the family lived in Grants Pass. These last seven years they have enjoyed living in Sparta. Keith and Bobbie would have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary this year.

Bobbie is survived by her husband, Keith; her daughters: Margaret Anna and her husband, Lindsey Lutman of Grants Pass, and Frances Carol and her husband, Bob Smithson of Grants Pass; her son, Michael Grant and his wife, Peggy Dangerfield of Roseburg; 12 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Francis Billings and Lester Billings; her sisters, Enid LaMerle Heiser and Edna Billings; and a great-grandson.

Those who would like to make a donation in memory of Bobbie may do so to Oregon Chapter of the American Heart Association through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.


Obituaries for March 29, 2013


Stanley Griggs

Baker City, 1925-2013

Stanley Gilbert Griggs, 87, of Baker City and formerly of Caldwell, Idaho, died March 25, 2013, at a Baker City care center.

Visitations will be Monday, April 1 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. MDT at Flahiff Funeral Chapel in Caldwell. Graveside services will be Tuesday April 2, at 11 a.m. MDT at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Caldwell. Condolences for the family may be given at www.flahifffuneralchapel.com.

 Stanley was born on May 29, 1925, at Caldwell, the oldest child of Orel Lincoln Griggs and Velma Winifred Stevens Griggs. Stanley was educated in Greenleaf and Caldwell rural schools.  Stanley entered the Navy in March 1943. While in the Navy, Stanley served as a motor machinist 2nd class and was honorably discharged in February 1946 at Bremerton, Wash.

After his discharge from the Navy, Stanley met the love of his life, Aleta Mae Perry. They celebrated 66 years of marriage this past February. They were married in Caldwell on Feb. 7, 1947.  They have two sons: Dennis, born in October 1948, and Doyle, born in April 1952. 

Stanley held several jobs during his life, including a 25-year career at the College of Idaho, which he ended in 1978 as head of maintenance. After leaving the College of Idaho, Stanley and Aleta moved to Mount Vernon, Ore., where Stanley worked in the forests cutting lodgepole pine, and later as a boiler-dryer operator and night watchman at the Prairie City sawmill. Stanley and Aleta moved several times in the next 20 years, settling in Baker City.

Stanley enjoyed fishing and hunting, especially with his grandchildren, when his health permitted. He also enjoyed being with his eight grandchildren and attending their many school activities.  In the past several years, Stanley enjoyed the numerous country and mountain drives taken with both sons and their families.

Stanley is survived by his wife, Aleta; his sons, Dennis and his wife, Judy, of Caldwell, and Doyle and his wife, Wilma, of Haines; eight grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; one brother, Ernest, of Maryland; and several nieces and nephews.

Stanley was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Carroll; and two sisters, Juanita and Melva.

Memorial contributions may be made to Heart ’N Home Hospice or a charity of your choice.

Mildred Jacobs

Baker City, 1922-2013

Mildred Helen Jacobs, 90, of Baker City, died March 23, 2013 at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City.

Her funeral will be Thursday, April 4 at 2 p.m. at Baker City Christian Church, 675 Highway 7. Urn burial will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Helen was born on June 26, 1922, at La Grande to John Ezra and Frances (Gregory) Burnett. Following graduation from Baker High School in 1940, she married Clarence on June 26, 1941, in Weiser, Idaho.  

They spent several years working the ranch and living with Clarence’s parents at Wingville. In the spring of 1947, the family purchased a ranch at Keating from Sam Coon. Jake was born in May of 1947 and Carol was born January of 1951. The family resided in Keating for approximately 30 years.  

During that period, Helen was active in the Keating Grange, the Home Economics Club and was an avid 4-H leader. She always supported her children’s activities such as 4-H, FFA, choir, football, Bakerettes and more. She and Clarence spent many Saturday nights square dancing either at the Sportsman’s Club in Baker or at one of the many Grange Halls around Baker County. She loved to go with Clarence riding for cattle or helping drive the sheep over the mountain to Trout Meadows.

Helen and Clarence moved to Baker City in 1977 and lived near the Missouri Flat Grange Hall on a small acreage. They became very active in the Baker City Christian Church where she did a great deal of volunteer work. She also volunteered at the Baker Heritage Museum for several years and helped with meals at the Senior Center. Clarence died in September of 1982.  Following Clarence’s death, Helen moved to a smaller house. She resided there for some time and then in 2010 she moved to assisted living facilities. 

Helen is survived by her two children, Owen (Jake) Jacobs of Evergreen, Colo., and Carol Jacobs of Prairie City; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.  

She was preceded in death by her husband; her brother, Russell Joseph Burnett; and her sister, Lorene L. Miller.

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


Obituary for March 27, 2013


Lillie Johnson

Baker City, 1942-2013

Lillie Mable Geraldine Johnson, 71, of Baker City, died March 22, 2013, at St. Alphonsus Care Center.

Her memorial service was today at 2 p.m. at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave.

Lillie was born March 7, 1942, at Joplin, Mo., to Clifford and Beulah (Swisher) Seiber. She married Charles William Johnson II on Dec. 29, 1963. Lillie was a maid at the Oregon Trail Motel and enjoyed crocheting, collecting Elvis items, and yard sales. She was a loving, strong-willed woman who was loved by all. She was a very giving person. She fought a long battle with COPD for eight years and went peacefully in her sleep. She will be missed by all.

She is survived by her children: Charline Simmons and her husband, Jeron, Charles Johnson and his wife, Eunice, Clifford Johnson and his wife Leanna, James Johnson and his wife, Sara, all of Baker City, Beulah Harmon and her husband, Jim, of Pendleton; her brothers: Darrel Seiber and his wife, Hazel, of Mill City, and Herman Seiber and his wife, Tiny, of Salem; his sisters: Ferna Saunders and her husband, Gene, of Haines, and Jewel Lopez and her husband, Gilbert, of Baker City; 19 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and many foster grandchildren.

 Lillie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles; an infant sister, Bonnie Seiber; a sister, Cliftina Jones; and an infant grandson, Cody Johnson. 

Contributions may be made in Lillie’s memory to May Day through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Baker City, OR 97814.


Obituaries for March 25, 2013


Paul Helgerson

Formerly Baker City, 1978-2013

Paul Harland Helgerson, 35, formerly of Baker City, died March 14, 2013, at Petersburg, Va.

There will be a celebration of life service on Saturday, March 30 at 3 p.m. at the Baker County Community Event Center (old armory), 2600 East St., for all family and friends.

Private disposition of his ashes will be sometime this summer.

Paul was born on Jan. 9, 1978, to his parents, Ken and Ramona Helgerson. They could not have been more proud of their beautiful, strong, precious boy. Paul was joined by twin sisters, Alena and Janae, a year later. Paul’s youngest sister, Laura, was born when he was 11.

As Paul grew, it seemed his smile became his trademark — genuine, captivating, at times mischievous, but perfect describes it best. Paul had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to laugh. He was always a diligent student in school, wanting to do his very best. Parent-teacher conferences were always a joy for his parents to attend because of his teachers’ glowing remarks. Paul started school in Haines at the community kindergarten and graduated from Baker High School in 1996. Paul excelled in academics, graduating with an honors diploma.

Paul’s childhood included many trips to the mountains with his family. Hiking, fishing and hunting were some of his favorite activities. He loved his home next to the mountains and spent many hours exploring the area with his sisters. Sledding in the winter was always so much fun.

Paul loved baseball and proved to have a strong pitching arm. Some highlights of his baseball career were helping his Little League and American Legion teams advance to state tournaments. Paul also enjoyed playing basketball. Athletics were always a big part of family life with many hours spent at the baseball field, basketball gym and track.

In the fall of 1996 Paul started college at Eastern Oregon State University. He played on Eastern’s baseball team as a pitcher. During college he enlisted in the National Guard and then later joined the Army.

Paul’s life path led him to many obstacles that he struggled to overcome. His family and friends prayed that he could find the direction that created joy in his life that he so desperately sought.

A bright spot in Paul’s life was the birth of his son, Keyshawn Taylor. Though their time together was brief, Paul’s greatest wish was to be a loving father.

Paul is survived by his parents, Ken and Ramona Helgerson of Baker City; his sisters Alena and Janae Helgerson of Boise, and Laura Helgerson of Corvallis; his son, Keyshawn Taylor of Wilmington, N.C.,; his grandmother Sandra Byrne and grandfather Ralph (Tiny) Byrne of Baker City, and his grandmother, Jo Bias of Bend; his aunts, Valerie Morrow of La Grande and Jody Helgerson of Bend; his uncles, Kyle Byrne of Baker City and Mike Morrow of Haines; his cousins, Erica Munsey and her husband, Ryan, of Walla Walla, Tara Byrne and her husband, Nathan, of the Tri-Cities, Jake Edwards and his wife, Tiffany, of Indian Wells, Calif., Jordan Welter of North Tahoe, Nev., Zoe Carlson-Morrow of Baker City, Brock Munsey of Walla Walla, Paris, Aspen, and Brody Edwards of Indian Wells.

Paul was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Paul Frederick Helgerson and Jim Bias; and his beloved cousin, Ryan Morrow.

Memorial contributions to D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) may be sent to Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR  97814.

James Lisle

Halfway, 1920-2013

James Lisle, 92, of Halfway, died on March 15, 2013 in Bend.

A celebration of Jim and his wife Mamie’s (who died in 2011) lives will be held at a memorial graveside service with military honors on Friday, March 29 at 1 p.m. at the Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception to be held at the VFW Hall in Halfway immediately following the service.

James Andrew Lisle was born on June 19, 1920, to Frank and Anna (Thon) Lisle at home, on a sheep ranch across the Snake River from Bliss, Idaho. He was the 9th of 10 children. Jim was raised in many places, including Sandpoint, Idaho, Turlock, Calif., and Naches, Wash.  He graduated form Naches High School in 1939.

Jim joined the Army on Jan. 3, 1942, to do his part in World War II.  He was in the 701st Armored Battalion, in a tank.  Jim saw action in Germany, France, Belgium and Czechoslovakia. He received a Bronze Star for a battle in Hottorf, Germany. One of Jim’s most memorable moments was on Nov. 6, 1945, when he voted for the first time in an apple orchard in France.

After service in World War II, Jim joined the Idaho National Guard. In 1952 his unit was deployed to Korea.  He flew to Korea in a four-engine propeller plane. Jim served as a First Lieutenant in the 148th Artillery Unit. He stayed on with the National Guard and retired as a captain in 1962.  Then he re-enlisted in 1970 and joined his son in a National Guard unit once again. He finally retired from the service in 1976.

Jim married Mamie Alice Hanna in Moscow, Idaho, in 1946. They had one son, Douglas, in 1949. During his life with Mamie, they lived in more than 27 different houses and had 31 different cars.  They lived several years in Othello, Wash., and Moses Lake, Wash., before moving to Halfway in 1991. They loved Halfway.  Jim enjoyed golfing, boating, and trading cars.  Jim and Mamie loved to travel in their RV and visited most of the United States. Jim was a member of Halfway VFW Post 7847.

Outside of the Army, Jim was in the petroleum industry. He started out by driving delivery trucks, then bought his own bulk plant. Later he became a successful salesman for Phillips 66.

Jim is survived by his son, Douglas “Sparky” Lisle and his wife, Polly, of Camp Sherman, Ore.; two grandsons, Thon and his wife, Stephanie Lisle, of Ketchikan, Alaska, and Erik and his wife, Stephanie, of Minot, N.D.; four great-grandchildren; his brother, Robert of Auburn, Wash.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mamie, in 2011; his brothers, Paul, Don, Charles and Clifford; and his sisters, Mae, Ruth, Nell, and Dolly.

Donations in memory of Jim may be made to the Pine-Eagle Youth Fund through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.


Obituary for March 22, 2013


Del Williams

Baker City, 1936-2013

Del Williams,75, of Baker City, died March 15, 2013.

A private service will be scheduled later. 

Del was born on June 21, 1936, at Richland to Walter and Opal Williams. He attended Eagle Valley schools through high school. His college years were at Boise Junior College and Oregon State University in Corvallis.

Initially he studied accounting but switched to physics, which he found much more interesting. His professional life was varied. 

He helped build dams on the Snake River and the Columbia River. At Kaiser Permanente in California he worked on the early automation of medical records.

He missed the friendliness of his home state so after two years, he returned to Oregon to work at Portland Public Schools managing the automation of student records. 

Later he was a department head at Tektronix in Beaverton. After leaving Tek he started his own company, Synertech, designing printed circuit boards for high-tech companies. 

The home he and his wife built near Portland was earth-sheltered. They retired to Baker City. He was a good businessman and had a soft touch for people and animals in need.

His lifelong hobby was Model A Ford cars. In Portland he was active in the Beaver Chapter of the Model A Ford Club of America. 

He also helped start the Lone Pine A’s in Baker County. He was an expert mechanic and loved helping others work on their A’s. His favorite trip in his A was to an international meet in Calgary, Canada. He also attended two rallies in New Zealand.  

He is survived by Julianne, his wife of 30 years.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Model A Ford Foundation Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 95151, Nonantum, MA 02495.


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