Baker City, 1930-2012
Ross Lee Bullard, 82, of Baker City died Dec. 6, 2012, at Grande Ronde Hospital in La Grande.
His memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at McEwen Bible Fellowship with Pastor Dan Martin officiating.
Ross was born on Sept. 8, 1930, at Graham, Texas, to Walter and Attie Pillinder Bullard. He spent two years in the U.S. Army, leaving as a corporal. Ross worked most of his life as a cowboy doing day work at different ranches. He also worked for the Texas Parks and Wildlife rescuing and relocating bighorn sheep for 12 years.
He married Mary Thomas at Baker City on Dec. 8, 2005. His hobbies included family, horses, woodworking and dancing. He was very active in the Haines Rodeo Association where he carried the American flag for rodeos. He attended McEwen Bible Fellowship.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Bullard of Baker City; his daughters, Annette Bates and LuAnne Brummett of Baker City; his sons, Dan Bullard of North Powder, Travis Bullard and Tim Bullard, both of Union, Joe Bullard of Baker City, and Charles Brummett of Fairbanks, Alaska; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Betty Bullard.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Haines Rodeo Association or Roloff Evangelistic Enterprises through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.
Lorene Geneveave Howland-Spriet, 91, died Dec. 31, 2012. She spent her last years at La Grande.
Visitations will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. in Baker City. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at Gray’s West & Co.
Lorene was born at Lone Pine to James Otho Hall and Mabel May York. She met James Clifford “Jimmy” Howland and they were married on Feb. 5, 1938, at Caldwell, Idaho. Their children are Clifford Howland (Debbie) of Fishers, Ind.; Nita Powell (Carl) of La Grande; Vernon Howland of Baker City; Tera Cassie of Boise; Michael Howland (Darlene) of Umatilla; John Howland (Candy) of Huntington; Edwin Howland (Betty) of Boise; Nelda Petitt (George) of Huntington; Lela Stangle of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Marla Coalwell (Jerry) of John Day.
Jimmy Howland died Feb. 10, 1953. Lorene later met Willie Alphons Spriet and they married on Feb. 25, 1955, at Pasco, Wash. Their children are Mary Spriet and Wilma Hawk (Harold) of Huntington.
Lorene is also survived by her twin sister, Irene Martin of Caldwell; 50 grandchildren; 80 great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her two husbands; her siblings, Millie Mann, Ada Haney, Dorothy Henner, Glenn Hall, Edward Hall and Donald Hall; and her children, Bill Howland, June Wolf and Mary Spriet.
The family would like to thank Dr. Conklin, Wildflower Lodge Staff, and Hospice for the care they gave Lorene in her final days.
Baker City, 1936-2012
Thaoma L. Church Ellingson, 76, a longtime Baker City resident, died Dec. 8, 2012, at Linda Vista Care Center in Ashland from complications arising from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
There will be a family gathering to honor her in the spring.
Thaoma was born on April 28, 1936, at Baker City where she spent much of her life. She moved to Ashland this year while recovering from a stroke. She was the daughter of Cora Davis Church and Guy Church.
Thaoma grew up in Baker and Union counties, moving between Union, John Day and Hereford, but spending her formative years in Baker. She was raised by loving pioneering parents, and three doting older brothers. After graduation from Baker High School, she attended a year at Oregon State University. Thaoma married Donald M. Ellingson at Baker City, where they made their home.
Survivors include her brother, Gerry Church of Redmond; her daughter, Elizabeth Ellingson of Ashland; and her grandchildren, Jordan Ellingson of Lake Stevens, Wash., and Kai White and Ian White of Corvallis.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Donald Ellingson; and her son, Matthew Ellingson. She also recently lost two of her brothers, Robert Church of Vale and Donald Church of Gresham.
Baker City, 1941-2012
Barbara Leslie (Winslow) Grover, 71, of Baker City, died Dec. 28, 2012, at Angel Wings Assisted Living in Baker City.
She will be laid to rest with her father in Bend.
Barbara was born on March 27, 1941, at St. Charles Memorial Hospital in Bend to Richard L. and Elizabeth D. (Vandersee) Winslow. She attended Bend High School and Emanuel Hospital School of Nursing where she graduated in 1962. She was a registered nurse, working for Bend Memorial Clinic, Emanuel Hospital in Portland, Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis, Bend Hospital, Redmond Hospital, Madras Hospital, Gold Beach Hospital, Grants Pass Hospital and St. Elizabeth Hospital in Baker City.
Barbara married Gerald Floyd Grover on June 14, 1964, at the First Christian Church in Bend. Her hobbies include sewing, knitting, crocheting, gardening, quilting, scrapbooking, rubber stamping, card making, paper crafts of all types, tole painting, collecting craft books and magazines, ceramics and cake decorating. Barbara attended the First Christian Church in Baker City.
Barb was an excellent cook (although she always said she didn’t like to). She was a perfectionist and very good at everything she tried. She was a great mom, loving wife, and grandmother. She will leave a large empty hole in every heart that loved her.
Barbara is survived by her husband, Gerald (Jerry) F. Grover of Baker City; her daughters, Cheryl L. Armstrong of Olympia, Wash., Amy L. White and her husband, Kenneth, of Baker City; her sister, Alberta L. Winslow of Philomath; and seven grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, James L. Winslow.
Contributions in memory of Barbara can be made to Baker City Christian Church or Angel Wings Assisted Living through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.
North Powder, 1946-2012
Terrence Paul “Terry” Craig, 66, of North Powder, died Dec. 26, 2012, in Boise.
A memorial celebration will be Thursday, Jan. 3 at 1 p.m. at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St. in Baker City.
Terry was born on Jan. 29, 1946, at Baker City to his parents, Charles A. “Jack” and Dorothy E. Craig of North Powder. He attended North Powder High School, graduating in 1964 and shortly thereafter moved to Kodiak, Alaska. Terry was hired at Kodiak Electric Association in September 1966, where he enjoyed an exemplary, 31-year career until his retirement in October 1997.
After retiring, he relocated back to Eastern Oregon, settling in La Grande for approximately seven years, then finally moving back to his hometown of North Powder.
Terry was a longtime active member of the Kodiak Elks Lodge where he had been a Past Exalted Ruler and a trustee on the Board of Trustees. He loved to hunt and fish and fly remote-control helicopters.
He is survived by his two daughters, Stephanie F. Kinsey (James) of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, and Tera L. Gilley (Christopher) of Farmersville, Texas, and his son, Michael S. Hillman of Kodiak; his brothers, Alfred L. “Larry” Craig of North Powder, and Stephen J. Craig (Nancy) of Pendleton; his nephew, Stuart P. Craig (Marie) of Palmer, Alaska; his grandchildren: Dakota Kinsey of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, Devin, Jordan and Sydni Gilley of Farmersville, Texas, and William Hillman of Pine River, Minn.; and by his great-nephew, Joshua P. Craig of Palmer.
Terry was preceded in death by his parents, Charles A. “Jack” Craig and Dorothy E. Haley; and by his sister-in-law, Marcia L. Craig.
Please make any memorial contributions to The Elks National Foundation, www.elks.org, or through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.
Baker City, 1924-2012
Ida Mae Chastain, 88, of Baker City, died Dec. 30, 2012, one day after her 88th birthday, at Meadowbrook Place.
Visitations will be Thursday, Jan. 3 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Her funeral will be Friday, Jan. 4 at 10 a.m. at Gray’s West & Co., with burial to follow at Mount Hope Cemetery.
Ida was born on Dec. 29, 1924, at Texhoma, Texas, to Samuel and Grace Stump. The family moved to Harper, Ore., in 1929 where they settled. Ida Mae graduated from Harper High School in 1942, then joined the Navy and served as a WAC for two years. Upon completion of her service obligation, Ida Mae returned to Harper, where she married William (Bill) F. Chastain, a former high school classmate, on Dec. 10, 1948.
Ida and Bill farmed in Little Valley until 1954, when Bill took a job with Baker Production Credit Association. Bill and Ida moved to Baker with their family of three children, where Bill continued to farm part time along with his job at PCA. Bill and Ida welcomed their fourth child to the family after the move to Baker.
Ida was a full-time homemaker and a devoted mother and wife. She kept a spotless home while raising a garden, canning and preserving fruit and vegetables as well as working on many knitting and crocheting projects. She was president of her children’s PTA several years, and was actively involved in their 4-H and FFA clubs and projects.
Upon Bill’s retirement from the PCA, the couple became actively involved in community activities such as fundraising for the local YMCA.
The couple could be seen about town taking long walks and playing golf without a cart, to stay fit.
Ida is survived by her children: Carolyn Banaka, Donald and wife, Judy Chastain, Janet and husband, Keith Jensen, and Dennis and wife, Rochelle Chastain; her sisters: Lois Wharton and husband Tom, and Betty Watkins; 10 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
Ida was preceded in death by her husband, William in 1996; both her parents and two siblings, Sammy Stump and Myrtle Holland; one grandson, Ryan Chastain; and one son-in-law, Mitch Banaka.
Contributions can be made in Ida’s memory to the YMCA or a charity of your choice through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel 1500 Dewey Ave. Baker City, OR 97814.
Baker City, 1924-2012
Violet Rose (Carroll) Graham, 88, a long-time Baker City resident, died Dec. 26, 2012, in Nampa, Idaho, following a short illness.
Funeral services for Mrs. Graham will be Saturday, Jan. 5 at 1 p.m. at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St. Her nephew, Pastor Ian Fisher of the Calvary Chapel in Ontario, will officiate. Interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitations for Mrs. Graham will be Friday, Jan. 4 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Coles Tribute Center.
Violet was born early Christmas morning, Dec. 25, 1924, at Emmett, Idaho, to Hubert Lawrence and Lucy Jane (Van Cleave) Carroll. She was the 12th of 13 children. Violet lived at Emmett until 1927 when the family moved to Kuna, Idaho. In 1929 they moved to Lawen, Ore., where Violet started school. For a short time in 1931 Violet lived in Durkee with another move to follow to Pleasant Valley where she finished second grade. In the spring of 1932 Violet started third grade in Beaver Creek, Ore., that fall the family moved to Baker City where she finished the school year. The family remained in Baker City where Violet completed her schooling including Business College.
On Aug. 31, 1946, Violet married Bill Graham, the love of her life, in Weiser, Idaho, and they were happily married for 46 years until his death on April 16, 1991. Violet and Bill spent most of their married life in Baker City raising their three children: Sylvan, Judy, and Bill (Eddie). Violet was a loving wife and a devoted mother.
Violet loved fishing and her boys claim she had the patience of an oyster (an oyster can take a grain of sand and over the course of many years turn it into a pearl), now that is patience! She admittedly would rather fish than eat when she was hungry. We all have many happy memories of deer hunting together at her sister Daisy Suitter’s place in Durkee and elk camp at Starkey. She enjoyed many hobbies including crafts, sewing, embroidery, crocheting, gardening, cutting wood, sewing, reading and dancing with Bill. Violet spent a lot of time with her sister Lois and they enjoyed going to yard sales and to Jackpot. More than anything else, she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.
Violet’s employment opportunities included pin-setter at Baker’s first bowling alley, waitressing, retail sales, and mail carrier from Stices Gulch to Granite and from Baker to Pleasant Valley. In the early 1950s when her husband first began his career with the state of Oregon Highway Department, the family spent their summers criss-crossing Eastern Oregon in a small camp trailer. During this time Violet not only pulled the trailer from place to place, but also prepared served meals for the highway crew from the trailer. She was also a member of the VFW Auxiliary, past member of the Baker CB Club and I-80 Control, Crazy 8 Square Dancers, and the Eagles Auxiliary.
Violet embraced life wholeheartedly, in later years she so enjoyed meeting with friends at McDonald’s for coffee. She has always enjoyed traveling, first with her husband and children, later with her siblings. The last four years her daughter, son-in-law and sister, Lois, were blessed to have her travel with them to 49 of the 50 states as well as Washington, D.C., and Canada.
Violet is survived by her sister, Lois Music of Baker City; her son Sylvan and wife Linda Graham of Tacoma, Wash.; her daughter Judy and husband Ole Beymer of Nampa; her son Bill (Eddie) and wife Janiece Graham of Chewelah, Wash.; nine grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Violet was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bill; six brothers: Hubert, Joe, Patrick, Omar, Warren and George Carroll; and five sisters: Lillie Ells, Daisy Suitter, Bertha Klein, Pearl McClary and Ada Talley.
Violet was the hub of the family – very devoted and very proud of her children and grandchildren’s accomplishments. She was always there to provide advice, encouragement, support and praise. She truly was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.
Contributions may be made in Violet Graham’s memory to a charity of your choice through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
Baker City, 1923-2012
Donn T. Ballantyne, 89, of Baker City, died Dec. 23, 2012, at Meadowbrook Place in Baker City.
His funeral will be Monday, Dec. 31 at 1 p.m. at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave.Internment will take place at Mount Hope Cemetery.
Donn was born on June 6, 1923, at Perry, Ore., to Gilbert and Pearl (Tracy) Ballantyne. Donn served in the Navy Air Corps and Army Air Corps for four years.
Donn married Viola Baker in Payette, Idaho, on Feb. 25, 1944. He worked at Ellingson Lumber Company for 30 years as a safety and personnel director.
Donn is survived by his son, Roger Ballantyne of Baker City.
Donn was preceded in death by both his parents and by his wife, Viola Ballantyne.
Contributions may be made in Donn’s memory to the American Cancer or American Diabetes Foundations through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.
Elwyn Garrison Justus, 66, of Haines, died Dec. 18, 2012, at his home.
A celebration of Elwyn’s life, with military auspices, will be Friday, Dec. 28 at 1 p.m. at The Sunridge in Baker City.
Elwyn was born on Dec. 24, 1945, in Baker to William and Olive (Garrison) Justus. He was raised on the ranch that he lived on his entire life.
Elwyn started school in Muddy Creek School in Haines and later went to Richland where his mother was a teacher there for many years. He graduated from Eagle Valley High School in Richland in 1964. He started college at Eastern Oregon College in La Grande, then transferred to Blue Mountain College in Pendleton, where he graduated from college.
He was inducted into the Army on July 1967 and was stationed in Korea during his time of service until his honorable discharge as a sergeant in July 1973.
Elwyn married Vicki Calhoun on Oct. 15, 1977, and they celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary this October. They had one son, William (Bill) Elwyn Justus, born on Sept. 26, 1979.
Elwyn has been a rancher for many years. He also worked for Wishard Bale Stacking, stacking hay from Hermiston to Roaring Springs. Then he went to work as an Oregon livestock brand inspector until his death.
Elwyn was an avid elk, deer, and chukar hunter, and fishing every so often. But most of all, he loved team roping with his son and many numerous friends.
He has been a member of American Cowboys Team Roping Association, United States Team Roping Championship, a past president of the Baker County Cattlemen, Haines Stampede, a past director for the Oregon High School Rodeo Association, La Grande Mavericks, American Quarter Horse Association, Blue Mountain Quarter Horse Association, Blue Mountain College Rodeo Team, Blue Mountain Cutting Horse Club and a Registered Angus breeder.
He is survived by his wife, Vicki; his son, William (Bill) Justus, and a very special friend, Krystine Boggs from Haines; his uncle, Alva Justus and wife Norma of Baker City; his aunts: Erma Johnson of Caldwell, Idaho, Lois Garrison of Ontario, and Carmel Garrison of Portland; and numerous cousins and many cherished friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Olive Justus, and by many aunts, uncles, grandparents, and cousins.
Those who wish to make a donation in memory of Elwyn may do so to the Cattleman’s Scholarship Fund or the charity of your choice through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, PO Box 543 Halfway, OR 97834.
James ‘Jim’ DeRoest
Baker City, 1936-2012
James W. “Jim” DeRoest 76, a resident of Goodrich Creek Road near Baker City, died Dec. 24, 2012, at his home.
Recitation of the Rosary will be Friday, Dec. 28 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets in Baker City. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, Dec. 28 at 10 a.m. in the cathedral. Rev. Julian Cassar will celebrate the Mass. Inurnment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery.
Jim, a husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather, great-grandfather, farmer, musician, golfer and friend, was born on June 26, 1936, at Baker City to Mary and Maurice DeRoest. He, with brothers Maury and Gary, grew up on the family farm located near Goodrich Creek.
He attended high school at Saint Francis Academy in Baker City where he loved playing sports, especially basketball.
After completing high school, Jim married the love of his life, Clara May Adams. In 1955, the two started their life together in a small home in Baker where Jim worked as a grocery clerk for Safeway.
Always a hard worker, and after moves to Enterprise and Pendleton, Jim moved up to manage his first Safeway store back in Enterprise.
During this time he and Clara were blessed with four children: Jim Jr., Debbie, Chris and Billy. Their son, Billy, passed away in 1973 from leukemia.
After retiring from Safeway, in 1993 Jim and his wife Clara moved back to Baker City, where he began the real passion of his life, working the family farm. Like his father before him, he farmed the old fashioned way, irrigating with a shovel and haying by hand. Haying was a yearly event he enjoyed and fretted over most with the help and support of his family and friends.
Jim always loved working with people and was an active member of community and church groups. He was a member of the Chamber of Commerce, the Elks Club and Pendleton’s Main Street Cowboys. He and Clara regularly led and performed music at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in North Powder and St. Francis Catholic Church in Baker City.
We will always remember the smiles, laughter and life of Jim DeRoest.
Jim is survived by his wife, Clara, of Baker City; his son Jim and his wife, Meleece, of Bothell, Wash.; his daughter, Debbie Jameson and her husband, Chuck of Umapine, Ore.; his daughter, Chris, and her partner, Denyse of Stayton; his brother, Gary and his wife, Della, of Gold Beach; his sister in-law, Blanche DeRoest of Portland; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and grand-dogs.
Those wishing to make contributions in Jim’s memory may direct them to St. Francis Food Bank, this may be done through the Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
Note: Date of funeral corrected to Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 at 1 p.m.
Richard ‘Dick’ Haynes
Baker City, 1923-2012
Richard Glen “Dick” Haynes, 89, of Baker City, died Dec. 20, 2012, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City.
His funeral will be Thursday, Dec. 27 at 1 p.m. at the Baker City Christian Church, 675 Highway 7, with Pastors Jesse Whitford and Lennie Spooner officiating. Vault interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery. A reception will follow the services at the church fellowship hall.
Dick was born on Aug. 12, 1923, at Salem to Charles and Margaret (Brock) Haynes.
Dick grew up in Salem, attended Salem High School and graduated in 1941, attended trade school for three months to work at Boeing in Seattle where he was employed as a journeyman for two years.
He entered Oregon State University in the fall of 1943 and graduated in the spring of 1947 with a degree in agronomy and agricultural education.
He proposed to Marjorie Belle Prowell on Saint Patrick’s Day in 1947, and they were married Sept. 14 of the same year.
After living in Albany and having their first son in 1948, Richard Jr., they moved to Baker in 1949. Dick taught vocational agriculture to veterans from WWII and the Korean War for several years. Their second son, Robert (Bob), was born in 1950.
After beginning to farm and ranch himself, Dick began selling seed and farm supplies from their ranch in Baker Valley in 1955. The business continued to grow and Dick Haynes Farmterials, Inc was formed in 1957.
By 1960 the business had grown substantially and it had moved to 2239 11th St. In the 1960s Farmterials purchased Baker Mill and Grain Building, Fortner Supply and Oregon Wood and Coal. In 1968 the business was relocated to Pocahontas Road with a new facility being built. This location was later developed into the Maxi-Mart shopping center, current home to D&B Supply and Miller’s Lumber and formerly Wilson’s Warehouse Market.
While running Farmterials and becoming an Ace Hardware dealer, Dick served for several years on the national Board of Directors of Ace Hardware in Chicago. The Hayneses owned and ran Farmterials until 1989. Always active in real estate, he also ran Northwest Properties beginning in 1991 for 10 years.
Dick’s biggest passion was anything that promoted Baker County and among his significant contributions to the community included reviving the Miners Jubilee, being instrumental in bringing the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, facilitating Marvin Wood Products opening in Baker City, printing the first Baker County Recreation Guide, serving as one of the three original founding members of OTEC, serving numerous terms on City Council and serving on the Vector Control board. He donated the space for Short Term Gallery, enjoyed his old cronies in ROMEOs, and served on the St. Alphonsus Hospital Foundation Board.
Flying, fishing and photography were some of his favorite pastimes along with spending time with his granddaughter, Stephanie.
He is survived by his wife Marjorie Haynes; his brother, Larry Haynes of Sandpoint, Idaho; his sister, Nona Caldwell of Vancouver, Wash.; his son, Richard Haynes Jr., his son, Bob Haynes and his wife, Linda, and his former daughter-in-law, Barbara Haynes, all of Baker City; and his granddaughter, Stephanie Dickerson and her husband, Scott, of Homer, Alaska.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Baker County Family YMCA Building Fund or to the Baker Heritage Museum through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.
Kevin James Layton, 52, of Huntington, died suddenly on Dec. 12, 2012, at his home.
Mr. Layton was found on the floor of his residence with a weak pulse by paramedics who tried to revive him.
Mr. Layton is to be cremated. No services are planned.
He was born and school in Riverside, Calif.
He is survived by his former wife, Jodi; his daughter, Danielle; grandchildren, Skyler and Jayden of Baker City; his father, Donald Layton of Riverside; his sister, Sheila Layton of Riverside; his brother, Dan Layton of Columbus, Ohio; and nieces Michele Rowan of Portland and Kristal Hackett of Baker City.
Mr. Layton had two previous marriages that yielded other children who wish to remain anonymous at this time.
Baker City, 1929-2012
Roland Campbell, 83, of Baker City died Dec. 15, 2012, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City after a tiring battle with aspirated pneumonia.
His funeral will be Friday, Dec. 21 at 11 a.m. at the Baker City Nazarene Church, 1250 Hughes Lane. A reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall of the church.
Roland was born on March 10, 1929, at Baker City to Ralph and Wilma (Holt) Campbell. He attended Saint Francis Academy and graduated from Baker High School in 1947. He also attended South Kitsap High School in Port Orchard, Wash., for a short time while his father worked in the naval shipyards during World War II.
After graduating from high school he went on to attend Linfield College in McMinnville. His mind was more on a young lady he had met on a blind date while visiting friends in Port Orchard than it was on college courses, so he decided to follow his heart. Instead of returning to Linfield the following year, he extended his hand in marriage to the love of his life, Irene Stratton. Irene and Roland were married on Aug. 19, 1950, celebrating 60-plus years of marriage before Irene’s death May 24, 2011.
In his early years of employment, Roland worked at his father’s business, Campbell Electric, doing repairs on electric motors. He enlisted in the Naval Reserves in June of 1949 and was honorably discharged in March of 1954.
A few days before his 24th birthday Roland received the honor of becoming a fireman for the Baker City Fire Department. He was able to serve in this new career for only eight months due to some unforeseen circumstance that would change the course of his life. He was one of three fireman hurt in the Huntington Roundhouse Fire in 1953.
While recovering from injuries he received in the fire, Roland contracted polio. Although he was no longer able to offer his physical help as a fireman he later returned to the station as a volunteer manning the alarms.
He spoke often of the guys at the station; laughing and smiling as he recalled practical jokes, good conversations, and cups of strong coffee. He considered them as part of his extended family and they held a special place in his heart.
After an extended recovery from polio, his determination and integrity landed him a job with the accounting firm of Mitchell & Guyer, now known as Guyer & Associates. He displayed a strong work ethic and developed many friends over the years he worked for this firm. His dedication was recognized beyond the walls of the accounting firm and he was offered a job as City Finance Officer in 1973 for the City of Baker. This position lasted for 23 years until his retirement in 1996.
Roland was known as a “people person” and formed many friendships while working in public office. His dedication, hard work, and high moral standards were a positive and prosperous benefit for the community in which he lived and served. He was proud to call Baker City his home.
When he wasn’t pushing pens and pencils, and adding numbers, Roland focused on his family and his faith. He found pleasure in attending his children’s school, church, and sporting activities. He was a proud father who offered his children sound advice, encouragement, and prayer.
He enjoyed gardening and spent many hours helping Irene care for their large vegetable garden and processing the harvest to feed the family of seven throughout the winter.
For many years, he kept bees and harvested the honey from the hives. This hobby as a “Bee Keeper” earned him the title as “Grandpa Honey” which he was referred to by all his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
When a quiet time of R & R was needed Roland could be found with fishing pole in hand and casting his line in the rivers and streams of Baker County. However, the hobby that had the strongest pull on him was HO Model Railroading. The sight and sound of those miniature trains brought out the little boy in him and he could spend hours reading Model Railroad magazines.
He was looking forward to setting up his large collection of trains and tracks this winter at his daughter and son-in-laws home where he was living. His son-in-law, Chuck, had built a large portable table and provided heat in his garage, offering a space for Roland’s Model Railroad to come to life. Being able to have his collection set up on display and be able to play with his trains any time of day (or night) was a lifelong dream of Roland’s.
His love for trains wasn’t limited just to small scale. His attention could easily be lured away by the sound of a whistle or the sight of a passing train. While watching it pass he often offered history and details of engines, cars and cabooses. Before his passing, he was able to enjoy many train rides in the states and a few beyond U.S. borders.
After retiring, Roland and Irene were able to fulfill their dreams of traveling. Their adventures led them throughout the U.S. and Europe. Many trips were as a team members with Work and Witness offering their talents and skills to the various projects as a labor of love.
Roland had a servant heart that motivated him to volunteer in many areas. Some of those organizations fortunate to have him come along side and offer his talents and gifts were: Boy Scouts, Little League baseball, Northeast Oregon Compassion Center, and the Baker City Nazarene Work and Witness Teams. He also served as a church leader, Sunday school teacher, and officiated for many years at council meetings for the City of Baker.
Many will remember Roland as a man anchored in strong faith and integrity, driven by determination and detail, and prompting smiles and laughter with his quick wit. He will be greatly missed by those who had the pleasure of knowing, loving, and befriending him.
He is survived by his three daughters: Nancy Campbell of Seattle, Diane Buchanan of Yakima, Wash., and Jeanine Carey and her husband Chuck, of Baker City; and a son, Lyle Campbell of Sacramento. Roland had the job of being “Grandpa Honey” to eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by an infant sister, Madeline; his parents; two great-granddaughters; a son, Alan Campbell; and his wife, Irene.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Baker City Fire Department, the Northeast Oregon Compassion Center, Nazarene Work & Witness Teams, or a Youth Camp Scholarship through the Nazarene Church through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.
Arlene A. Spriet
Baker City, 1926-2012
Arlene A. Spriet, 86, of Baker City, died peacefully on Dec. 15, 2012, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center with her family by her side.
Her funeral will be Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., with Father Julian Cassar officiating. Interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery in Bake City.
Arlene was born on July 30, 1926 at Baker City to William and Anna (Powell) Schaer. She attended the Pocahontas School through 10th grade. She married the love of her life, Deal Spriet, on Sept. 15, 1941. They shared a wonderful marriage for 71 years, working together on their beautiful Baker City ranch in the wide open spaces, adoring her mountains.
Deal and Arlene raised six children, three boys and three girls, one of whom had a severe handicap. He remained in the home receiving loving care from both parents, but Arlene, being an at-home mother, cared for him daily.
Arlene was a friend to everyone, as well as a caring mom and grandma. Her captivating smile warmed the hearts of everyone she met. Her kids anxiously awaited an invitation for her famous fried chicken and apple pie, and on some occasions, beans and ham after a hard day of working calves.
In the year 2000, tragedy struck the Spriet family with the death of their son, Harley. Then, 2003 brought the death of one of their grandsons, Mike.
Arlene loved her home. She described it as her favorite place to be. She always had the coffee pot on, waiting for friends and family to stop by for “a cup” and visit. She loved her family and was ready to tell a story about any one of her children and grandchildren to anyone that would listen.
She is survived by her loving husband, Deal Spriet of Baker City, two sons; Allan of Baker City and Larry and his wife Janet of Baker City, three daughters; Anita Goodyear and her husband John of Baker City, Evelyn Ulrey and her husband Chuck of Boise, and Patti Beeks and her husband Terry of Baker City, two brothers; Kenneth Schaer and his wife Beverly of Baker City, and John Schaer and his wife Glenda of Corvallis; as well as many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews and a lot of friends and neighbors.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Anna Schaer; her son, Harley; and her grandson, Mike.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital in Portland through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
Part-time Granite resident, 1933-2012
Wanda May Kaser, 79, who for the past 20 years had traveled with her husband, Sam, back and forth to their homes at Granite, Hines and Soldotna, Alaska, died Nov. 30, 2012.
There will be a celebration of her life at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Moose Lodge in Redmond.
Wanda was born on May 30, 1933, the only child of William and Virginia Miethke. She grew up at Evans Valley and attended school at Silverton where she was a drum majorette for the high school band.
She married her high school sweetheart, Sam Kaser, on June 30, 1951. He was stationed at Tongue Point Naval Air Station in Astoria.
After serving in the U.S. Navy, the family moved to Corvallis in 1953. Sam went to college while Wanda stayed home to raise four children.
After college, the family moved to Coos Bay. Wanda worked as a nurse’s aid. While visiting her father at Orick, Calif., Wanda sang with Jim Reeves and Patsy Cline.
The family moved to Burns in the fall of 1960. Wanda worked as a dispatcher for the Burns Police Department. While at Burns, Wanda received her student pilot’s license and soloed in their 1949 Aronca Champ aircraft.
She was an active member of the Harney County Women’s Horse Club.
In 1975, after all the children were off to college or the military, Sam and Wanda moved to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. They both worked for the Arabian American Oil Co.
During the next eight years they visited Switzerland, Germany, England, Africa, Thailand, India, Spain, Holland, The Philippines and Alaska.
In 1983, Wanda and Sam moved to Winnemucca, Nev., for a short time before making their home at Soldotna, Alaska.
In 1990, Wanda purchased a franchise to market JC Penney’s domestic goods overruns. She operated JD’s Factory Outlet at Burns for two years. Wanda loved people and enjoyed working as a waitress and a bartender.
In 2004, the Kasers purchased a home at Hines to be closer to their family.
Wanda loved to travel. She also enjoyed going to rodeos, playing bingo, oil painting, digging clams and fishing.
She was an avid crafter and learned many different methods of crafting. She blessed her family and friends with her handiwork. She had a large collection of stuffed animals. Gorillas were her favorite.
Wanda was a life member of many charitable organizations such as the American Legion Auxiliary, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, AMVETS, the Eagles Lodge, Moose International, Eastern Star, Ladies of the Shrine and the Lady Elks.
She was preceded in death by her son, Danny Kaser.
Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Sam Kaser; sons and daughters-in-law, Kurt and Susan Kaser of Redmond and Dusty and Connie Kaser of Bend; daughter and son-in-law, Melodi and Louie Molt of Burns; five grandchildren and 12 great-granddaughters.
Formerly of Elgin, 1956-2012
Florinda Ray Thomas, 56, a former Elgin resident, died in her sleep on Nov. 15, 2012, at her home in Spanaway, Wash.
Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, at the Elgin Nazarene Church.
She was born on July 15, 1956, in the 11th Evacuation Hospital at Sendei, Japan, to Alvie Raymond Estes and Haruko Kataoka Estes. Linda came to the United States through Seattle,Wash., when she was 3 months old, traveling with her mother to start a life as part of a soldier’s family.
Linda grew up in California, Colorado, Idaho and eventually at Elgin. She had two siblings, Sherill Deleno “Butch” Estes and Sheila Kay Estes. As a child, Linda helped her mother, Haruko, raise her brother and sister.
Linda loved school, track and field, basketball, volleyball and most of all, music. She was a very accomplished singer and musician, receiving the highest award for most outstanding in both choir and band combined in 1975.
Linda played the flute and the piccolo in the Elgin High School band and was allowed to participate with the high school band even when she was still in grade school.
When Linda graduated from High school in 1975 she and Jess were already accomplished dancers and working at the local roller rink. She also worked as a nurse’s aid at the La Grande nursing home.
Linda attended Eastern Oregon State College (now Eastern Oregon University at La Grande) on a music scholarship, but when times became hard she had to give up her dream and Linda never got to complete her schooling to become a music teacher.
In 1982, Linda married her childhood sweetheart, Jess, who had already enlisted in the U.S. Army and made the rank of E-4. Linda and Jess were married on March 27 at the Nazarene Church in Elgin. Linda followed Jess all over the country and world as an Army wife with their two daughters, Brandi Haruko Thomas and Holly Satchiko Thomas Alfonso.
As an Army family they traveled to Kansas, Germany and Texas. They spent 13 of their 21 years at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Wash.
Formerly of Elgin, 1956-2012
Linda had such a great heart that when her sister, Sheila, fell on hard times and needed someone to care for her sons, she and Jess took in the boys, Galen Joseph Estes and Justin Metchio Estes, and raised them as their own. Then in later years, when Linda and Jess would have had time to themselves, once again they took in their grandnephew, Daemonn Ethen Ray Brannon, to raise as their own son.
Linda and Jess celebrated 30 years of happiness together. There were never two people more in love, family members said.
Survivors include her husband, Jess Milo Thomas; two daughters, Brandi Thomas and Holly Alfonso and her husband Justin Alfonso; grandchildren, Brooke Alfonso and Elizabeth Alfonso; and her second family members, Galen and Justin Estes and Daemonn Brannon; Linda touched many hearts in the square dance community and will be missed in many squares.
In lieu of flowers, a trust find for Daemonn Brannon has been set up at the Elgin branch of US Bank.
Baker City, 1918-2012
Lula E. Bobo, 94, of Baker City, died Dec. 9, 2012, at her home. There will be a private family funeral at 10 a.m. Saturday at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.
Lula was born on June 28, 1918, at Stidham, Okla., to William and Nancy Canady. She attended Emeryville High School in California through the ninth grade.
She married James Henry Bobo on July 1, 1934. James and Lula were both only 16 at the time so in order to be married they had to be in international waters three miles off the coast of California.
Lula worked as a homemaker. She loved keeping her yard and flowers beautiful and going for rides to see the wildlife.
She was preceded in death by both her parents; her husband, James H. Bobo; her daughter, Betty Ann Spicer; and grandson John Spicer.
Survivors include her son, David W. Bobo, and his wife, Carol, of Baker City; son, James H. Bobo Jr. of Baker City; grandchildren, Deborah Crumpler, James H. Bobo III, Lynda D. Amundson, Keith A. Bobo, David M. Bobo, Christi Ann Linscott, Kathryn L. Pointer, Michelle L. Remien, Stephanie J. Bobo, Marie Landis, Deborah, Christi, and Stephanie; 24 great-grandchildren and many great-great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
Baker City, 1937-2012
Norma Thomas, 75, of Baker City died Nov. 30, 2012, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center.
Her memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec.13, at Gray’s West and Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave.
Norma was born on Sept. 29, 1937, at Hollister, Calif., to James and Violet Chadwell Kaufman. She married Ronald Thomas on May 17, 1953.
They homesteaded at Fairbanks, Alaska, in 1959. In 1974 they purchased a ranch near Medical Springs where they raised cattle and later sheep. She was a founding member and affiliate with both the Pioneer Cemetery and the Medical Springs Rural Fire Department.
Norma worked as a rancher for 38 years at Medical Springs. Her hobbies included watercolor painting, ceramics and flower gardening.
Survivors include her son, Jim Thomas, and his wife, Jodi, of Baker City; daughters, Pam Walker, and her husband, Bruce, of Emmett, Idaho, and Linda Mann and her husband, Michael, of Portland; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and a great-granddaughter, Sierra.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Medical Springs Rural Fire Department through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.
Baker City, 1920-2012
Filomena Crisman, 92, of Baker City, died Dec. 3, 2012, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center.
There will be a service celebrating her life at Vale in late April. Her cremated remains will be placed in her daughter’s grave in the Vale family plot.
Filomena Veristain was born on Oct. 11, 1920, at Boise to Ventura Veristain and Rita Bengoechea Veristain in a family of five girls and one boy. She graduated from Vale High School in 1938.
Filomena attended Southern Oregon College (now Southern Oregon University at Ashland), earning a three-year teaching certificate in 1950. She continued on at Eastern Oregon College (now Eastern Oregon University at La Grande) graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1961. She later attended the University of Oregon at Eugene, receiving a Master of Arts degree in 1972.
In 1942, Filomena married Fred Lee Crisman in Ontario, just before he was sent to the Pacific Theater as a fighter pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Later that year, Filomena gave birth to a daughter, Rita Louise Crisman. In 1955, Filomena gave birth to a son, Fred Lee Crisman Jr.
While living in Huntington, the couple divorced. Their daughter, Rita, was killed in automobile accident in 1964.
Filomena moved to Baker in 1957 working as a nurse’s assistant until being hired by the Baker School District to teach PE and social studies at Baker Junior High. She was a dedicated teacher who loved working with students in their early teens.
Based on the cards and personal comments of her ex-students over the years, she touched the hearts and minds of many. After 23 years of teaching, she retired in 1982.
In retirement, Filomena traveled extensively from Asia and Northern Africa to the Middle East including India, Nepal, and Afghanistan. After seeing much of South America, she enrolled in the Peace Corps and served in Poland in 1988-89.
Later, in the mid-1990s, she lived in Spain and attended the University of San Sebastian for a year. Between her trips, she was a reading volunteer at the elementary school level, worked as tour guide in the Baker County Museum and helped at the Senior Center.
Regardless of how far and how long she left, Filomena always returned to the blue skies and majestic mountains of the beautiful Baker Valley, her family members said. In her heart and spirit she was truly an Eastern Oregon gal!
Survivors include a sister, Santa Jacinta Hill of La Grande; a son, Fred L. Crisman of Eugene; and a grandson, Alec F. Crisman of Eugene.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Breast Cancer Foundation through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.
Doris May Leggett, 90, of Haines, died Dec. 5, 2012, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Baker City.
Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.
Doris was born on June 13, 1922, at La Grande to Lester H. Bond and Edith Audell Roberts Bond. She had no siblings.
She moved to Haines and attended Muddy Creek School from 1928 to 1940. She received her teacher training at Eastern Oregon College (now Eastern Oregon University at La Grande).
She married Billy Robert Leggett, the love of her life, on Dec. 22, 1945, at Baker City. They had planned on getting married four years earlier but their plans were interrupted with Billy’s being drafted into the U.S. Army. He served his country during World War II in the European Theater for four years.
Both remained faithful to one another during the entire time and they were married shortly after his return. After graduating from college, Doris taught first grade at the Haines elementary school.
She was a member of the Muddy Creek Mutual Improvement Club, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary in Baker City, the Baker County Cattlemen and CattleWomen’s associations, leader of Camp Fire Girls, president of the Haines School PTA, secretary of the Upper Bulger Ditch Co., and she was a news reporter from the Haines area for The Record-Courier for many years. Her involvement in these organizations defined her core values and who she was, her pioneer spirit and her heritage, family members said.
She was always an example to her family of core values of honesty, integrity, fulfilling civic responsibilities in her community, patriotic, pro education, and serving faithfully in the role of a homemaker, wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed sewing clothes for her daughter.
As an educator, she recognized the value of learning to read and spent many hours reading to her children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren and listening to them read to her.
She grew up helping her father farm and ranch in the era prior to electricity and telephones. All farming was done by horses as she spent many hours behind a team of horses mowing and raking hay.
She told many stories to her children and grandchildren recounting the long days at harvest time feeding the large threshing crews when all food preparation was done that day from killing the chickens at dawn through chopping the wood for the wood cook stove, preparing and serving the food to finishing the dishes before dark and cleaning cookware at the end of the day.
A sizable herd of Jersey milk cows were milked by hand twice a day. Beef, pigs, chickens and turkeys were raised for meat. Significant time in the summer months was consumed raising the garden, canning and preserving food to get through the winter months.
She lived in the era of self-sufficiency except for the staples. She witnessed the agricultural revolution and the progression to the age of electricity, the telephone, steam-powered tractors, the first gasoline and diesel tractors, Model A’s and Model T’s for transportation to present day large GPS-steered equipment with which one can do as much farming in a half-hour as what once took a long day with horses.
She loved rural living here in Eastern Oregon and enjoyed the mountains, lakes, camping and hiking. One of her favorite pastimes was picking huckleberries and then preparing the delightsome desserts from those efforts.
In later days she enjoyed several trips across the United States with her husband. They attended many 820th engineer reunions of World War II vets with whom Billy served.
A highlight was when they were able to host a reunion at the family ranch at Muddy Creek. They participated in local VFW and Auxiliary activities.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Billy, who died on Sept. 11, 2007.
Survivors include her son, Deryl Leggett, and his wife, Carolyn; daughter, Janine Wilson; and son, Billy L. Leggett, and his wife, Bonnie; five grandchildren, Wayne Wilson and his wife, Tracy, Wendy Labrousse and her husband, Ken, Angela Kolilis and her husband, Dan, Anthony Leggett and his wife, Kara, and Andrew Leggett; 10 great-grandchildren, Rose and William Labrousse, McKenzie, Madysen, Brigham and Annastasia Leggett, Lucas and Ayla Kolilis and Conner and Bryce Wilson; her sister-in-law, Catharine Ott; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and their families.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Muddy Creek Mutual Improvement Club, Eastern Oregon Museum in Haines, or the Haines Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place Street, Baker City, OR 97814.