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Obituary for Dec. 24, 2012


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.


Obituaries for Dec. 19, 2012


Kevin Layton

Huntington

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.

Roland Campbell

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.


Obituary for Dec. 17, 2012


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.


Obituaries for Dec. 12, 2012


Wanda Kaser

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.

Florinda Thomas

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.

Florinda Thomas

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.

Lula Bobo

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. 


Obituary for Dec. 10, 2012


Norma Thomas

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.


Obituaries for Dec. 7, 2012


Filomena Crisman

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 Leggett

Haines, 1922-2012

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.


Obituaries for Dec. 5, 2012


Harry Long

Baker City, 1925-2012

Harry Eugene Long, 87, of Baker City, died Nov. 28, 2012, of natural causes at Meadowbrook Care Center. 

Combined funerals for Harry Long and his sister, Doris Long Colton, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Nephew Keith Long and Father Julian Cassar will officiate.

Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. There will be a reception afterward at St. Francis de Sales Parish Hall at First and Church streets.

 Harry was born on July 11, 1925, at Baker City to William Oscar Long and Amy Owen Long. He was the youngest of 11 children and the only one born in a hospital.

 Harry attended Baker High School and graduated in 1943. He joined the U.S. Navy in November of that same year.

He served on the USS Cottonwood as a gunner. After the war, he married LaVelle Mattis in 1946. They later divorced.

 Harry worked as an accountant in both Baker City and Salem before moving to Alaska to fish on a fishing boat out of Dutch Harbor. He loved his time in Alaska and often reminisced about his fond memories there. Harry enjoyed hunting and fishing in his free time.

 In the early 1970s, Harry was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. As his health declined, he moved from Salem back to Baker City where he lived with his sister, Ruth, and her husband, Lee Brown. After their deaths, Harry continued to live alone for one year until the MS progressed further making it difficult to live alone. 

In 2003, his leg was amputated as a result of ulceration of the leg. In April of 2004 Harry moved to Meadowbrook Care Center, where he lived for 8 years before his death.

 Harry had many trials and tribulations in his life, but always had a positive outlook on life. He loved living at Meadowbrook and all the wonderful people caring for him, family members said. He will be remembered for his sense of humor and jokes.

 Family members expressed their appreciation to Guardian Home Health and Heart ‘n’ Home Hospice for their loving care. They would also like to thank his niece, Sandra Payton, for her devotion to serving Harry.

 Survivors include his daughter, Janis Long of Salem; one granddaughter, Jamie, and one great-grandson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers and sisters Pearl (Dan) Thrasher, Opal (Joe) Blank, Garnet (Ester) Long, Ruth (Lee) Brown, Earnest Long, Frank Long, Glen (Marylis) Long, Lewis (LaVelle) Long, Doris (Walter) Colton and Daisy (Gilbert) Elliott; and his son, Steve.

 Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Doris Colton

Baker City, 1918-2012

Doris Owen Long Colton, 94, of Baker City, died Nov. 29, 2012, of natural causes at Meadowbrook Care Center

The rosary will be said and a viewing is scheduled at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave.

There will be a combined funeral for Doris and her brother, Harry Long, at 10 a.m. Friday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Father Julian Cassar will officiate.

Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. There will be a reception afterward at St. Francis de Sales Parish Hall.

 Doris was born on Aug. 19, 1918, at the family home in Haines to William Oscar Long and Amy Owen Long. She was the eighth of 11 children.

 Doris attended school at Muddy Creek, Rock Creek, Haines, North Powder, Bowen Basin and Baker City. Her grandfather, Alonzo Long, donated the land for the Muddy Creek School where the bell tower stands today.

 Doris married Walter “Bud” Colton on April 7, 1937, at Weiser, Idaho. They had been married for 57 years before Bud’s death on May 27, 1994.

 Doris and Bud spent the first three months of their marriage at Main Eagle living in a tent and herding sheep for the Colton family.

 Doris worked hard as a homemaker and a mother of six children. She often cooked for huge haying, thrashing and shearing crews at least three times a day along with her other household duties and farming chores.

Doris and Bud first bought the Boyles place west of the airport, then later bought the Evans place on Slough Road where they raised their family. They farmed and raised hay, cattle, and sheep for 28 years. Later they started Colton Grade A Raw Milk Dairy with sons, Ron and Jim Colton.

 In 1969, they sold the ranch and bought the Stockman’s Bar and Café along with their sister and brother-in-law, Louis and Lavelle Long. They owned and operated Stockman’s Bar and Café for 20 years before retiring.

 Doris always had a garden and could grow anything with her green thumb. She loved feeding the birds and taking care of animals. 

She loved to play cards, especially pinochle, with the family and could “shoot the moon” almost every time. She enjoyed going for drives in the country. 

She also loved to dance and could play the piano by ear. She played a mean “Turkey In The Straw,” family members said. She often played piano at church services growing up. 

Doris worked on the election board for 30 years. One of her most memorable vacations was a trip to Hawaii with her oldest daughter, Margaret, and granddaughter, Tonya.

 Doris was a gentle person who put others’ needs before her own. She also had a lot of “spunk” with a little stubborn streak; she would say “dynamite comes in small packages you know,” family members said.

 As her health failed, she moved to Meadowbrook Care Center where her brother, Harry, also resided. Brother and sister, they were very close and looked after one another. They both decided to leave and cross the threshold of this life together on the same day only a few hours apart.

 Her family meant more to her than anything. She took pride in her children and all 82 of her grandchildren. She loved each and every one of them. Doris loved her Heavenly Father and had a strong faith in her belief. 

She always had a positive outlook on life and was rarely seen without a smile. She was a wonderful mother, friend, and example to all her family. She will be greatly missed by her family.

 Family members expressed their appreciation to “the wonderful and compassionate staff at Meadowbrook who took care of their mother.”

 Survivors include her son, Ron Colton and his wife, Lois; son, Jim Colton; daughter, Margaret Deardorff and her husband, Eldon; daughter, Sandra Payton, and her husband, Howard; daughter Wanda Larson and her husband, Joe; daughter, Debbie Hampton and her husband, Dennis; 24 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; 21 great-great-grandchildren; and seven stepgrandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Walter; four grandchildren, Alan Colton, Billy Payton, Michael Lindsay and Karrisa Hampton; her brothers and sisters, Pearl (Dan) Thrasher, Opal (Joe) Blank, Garnet (Ester) Long, Ruth (Lee) Brown, Earnest Long, Frank Long, Glen Long, Lewis (Lavelle) Long, Daisy (Gilbert) Elliott, and Harry Long.

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

Donna Scott

Baker City, 1931-2012

Donna M. Scott, 81, of Baker City, died Dec. 4, 2012, at Settler’s Park.

Her graveside service will be Thursday, Dec. 6, at 2 p.m. at Mount Hope Cemetery, with Pastor Jonathan Privett of First Church of the Nazarene officiating.

Donna was born on Feb. 14, 1931, at Harrisville, W.V., to Clarence Otto and Fannie Dodd Calhoun. 

They lived in Ohio when Donna was very young, then moved to the state of Washington where she attended school.

 The Calhouns moved to Baker where Donna met Herschel G. Scott, Sr.  They were married in Weiser, Idaho, on Dec. 6, 1954.

 Donna enjoyed yard sales, her doll collection and listening to her husband play country music in the Gold Dust Band.  She was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Baker City .

 She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Herschel Scott of Baker City; her daughter, Patty Good, and husband, Curtis, of Summerville; her sons, Herschel Scott Jr., and wife, Joyce, of Vernal, Utah, and Bud Scott and wife, Sandy, of Baker City; her brothers, Silvan Calhoun and Rex Calhoun and wife, Reva, all of Baker City; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents, brothers and sisters and two sons.

 Memorial contributions may be made to Heart-n-Home Hospice through  Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

Bernice Maine

Baker City, 1919-2012

Bernice Mae Galyen Maine, 93, of Baker City, died Dec. 4, 2012, at Settler’s Park Assisted Living Facility.

Her funeral will be Friday, Dec. 7, at the Haines Baptist Church, with Pastor Jack Hatfield officiating. There will be a reception afterward at the church fellowship hall. Interment will take place Saturday, Dec. 8, at 10 a.m. PST at the Rosedale Memorial Cemetery in Payette, Idaho.

Bernice Mae Galyen Maine was born on Nov. 30, 1919, at Tilden, Neb., to Fred and Ella Schumacher. In August of 1936 she married Elmer Galyen. They moved to Oregon Slope near Ontario with Elmer’s parents.

Bernice and Elmer made their home on the Oregon Slope until 1968 when Elmer passed away. During these years they raised five wonderful children. In August of 1976 Bernice married Harold Maine and moved to the Malhuer Butte area where they made their home and farmed until Harold died in 2005. After Harold’s death, she moved to Haines to live with her daughter, Marlene McCullough.

Bernice was a wonderful friend, a caring grandma and the “Best Mother in the World,” her family said. She was a hard worker and helpmate. She worked at Pioneer Grade School in Ontario as the beloved cook for 21 years. Throughout the years Bernice was very active in her community and various clubs including Hyline Club, Salona Club, Auxiliary Club, and the Community Club.  She was a member of the United Church of Christ in Payette, Idaho, for several decades and in her latter years she was a member of the Baptist Church in Haines.

Bernice enjoyed camping, playing games and especially being with her family! 

She was preceded in death by her parents; two beloved husbands, Elmer and Harold;  two brothers; two sisters; two granddaughters; and one great-grandson.

She is survived by her children, Marlene McCullough, Jim and Peggy Galyen, Gary and Ruth Galyen, Ken and Alene Galyen, and Shari and Steve Cornell; 15 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by  the family she shared with Harold, Merl and Art Maine, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian organization that helps people in need, through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814. 


Obituary for Dec. 3, 2012


Wanda Zemmer

Baker City, 1934-2012

Wanda Lee Zemmer, 78, of Baker City, died Nov. 28, 2012, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City.

Her graveside funeral will be Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 1 p.m. at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Wanda was born on Aug. 4, 1934, at Carson, Ore., to Arthur and Luella Thompson Bloom. On Sept. 8, 1951, Wanda married Jerry Zemmer in Weiser, Idaho. 

 She loved spending time with her family, crocheting, playing cards and games, working on crafts, ceramics, watching TV, and talking on the phone. Wanda loved and appreciated the staff and her friends at Settler’s Park where she lived for numerous years. She loved making crocheted dolls and visiting with her many friends.

 Survivors include her son, Jerry Allen Zemmer of Sherwood; her son, Leslie Zemmer of Baker City; her daughter, Joyce Lowe of California; her daughter, Teri Cromwell of Sunbright, Tenn.; her son, Brian Zemmer of Baker City; her daughter, Luetta Berg of Portland; as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 She was preceded in death by both her parents; her husband, Jerry Zemmer; her sisters, Berdene Tidwell, Ava Russell, Iva Hottell and Marion Sloane; her brother, Bert Hunsaker; her granddaughter, Richella Colson; and her great-grandson, Trace Bunch.

Contributions may be made in Wanda’s memory to Community Connection or the  Northeast Oregon Compassion Center Food Bank through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.


Obituary for Nov. 28, 2012


Rose Anna King

John Day, 1923-2012

Rose Anna King, 89, of John Day, a former Baker City resident, died Nov. 17, 2012, at  Blue Mountain Hospital in John Day.

Her memorial service will be scheduled later .

Rose Anna was born on June 2, 1923, at Baker City  to Victor and Vera McGarey Bergeson. She was a 1941 Baker High School graduate. She married Richard Nicholson O’Brien at Baker City on Feb. 19, 1949. He died on July 2, 1959 at Reno, Nev. 

She married Leonard J. King of Pendleton on June 22, 1972. Leonard died on June 5, 1985 at Reno, Nev.

Rose Anna worked for Idaho Power Co., the U.S. Forest Service and operated two small businesses. She was also a homemaker and a housewife in her later years.

Her hobbies included gardening, sewing and all sorts of arts and crafts, family members said. She most recently took up drawing and watercolor painting. She won a blue ribbon at the Grant County Fair for a rooster she painted in 2011. 

She loved a good game of chance and was extremely fond of Bingo. Collecting antiques was a passion and she saw the value in things no one else appreciated. She loved a good drive in the country and spent many hours driving around Pendleton in her later years.

Rose Anna was a volunteer for many years at the former Pendleton Community Hospital working in the gift shop and wherever she could be of service. She received an award for having more than 6,000 hours of service. 

As the wife of a Pendleton Round-Up director, she was involved in the Hall of Fame and donated many hours to that organization.

After the death of her first husband, she was forced to raise her son alone, get a job and move from her home.

She did just that and did a great job, family members said.

“No greater accomplishment can be asked of anyone than to take good care of family,” they said.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Victor and Vera Bergeson; a brother, George Bergeson; a sister, Alice Mae Hughes; first husband Richard N. O’Brien; and second husband, Leonard King.

Survivors include her son Richard Burke O’Brien of Prairie City; stepdaughter, Patricia Bryan of Houston; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Elks Eye Clinic through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.


Obituaries for Nov. 21, 2012


Gene Chadwick

Baker City, 1927-2012

Gene Ruby Chadwick, 85, a longtime Baker City resident, died on Nov. 18, 2012, at Meadowbrook Care Center. 

There will be a private graveside memorial at Mount Hope Cemetery. It was her desire to be remembered by her friends each in their own way.

Gene was born on Sept. 21, 1927, at Baker City to Oscar and Nellie Paige. She grew up in Baker City and graduated from Baker High School in 1945. After graduation, she went to work for Pacific Northwest Telephone Company and retired in 1976. She married Clifford Chadwick in 1947, they were married for 51 years. 

They had a farm outside of Baker City where many memories were made with all of the boys. Gene enjoyed many years of camping and fishing as well as many great times at the family mine at Elk Creek.

Gene is survived by her son, Larry Chadwick and his significant other, Carol Scarbrough; her daughter-in-law, Beverly Chadwick; two grandsons, Michael Chadwick and Norman Chadwick; a stepgrandson, David Torres; two great-granddaughters; several nieces and nephews; and special friend Hermus Brown. 

She was preceded in death her parents; her husband, Clifford; and by her sons, Lyle and Leslie Paul Chadwick. 

Contributions may be made in Gene’s memory to the charity of one’s choice through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

Paula Dougharity

Baker City, 1947-2012

Paula Jean Dougharity, 65, of Baker City, died Nov. 18, 2012, at Boise.

Her memorial service will be at noon Friday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave.

Paula Dougharity was born on May 13, 1947, at Baker City to Paul and Shirley Doherty Dougharity. Paula was a 1965 La Grande High School graduate and attended Mount Hood Community College at Gresham. 

Paula was self-employed as a bookkeeper. In her free time she enjoyed gardening, knitting, visiting with loved ones and friends and keeping the Internal Revenue Service in check, family members said.

Paula was very proud of being a double Dougharity/Doherty, being a loving and devoted mom and grandmother and raising four children. She also felt blessed to have the time to spend with her grandson, Sean Dougharity, and to help care for her new granddaughter, Danica. 

She had a passion for helping others prepare their taxes and enjoyed bookkeeping. Paula also barrel raced her dapple grey gelding, Bob, in her teens.

Survivors include her daughter, Jerre Jean Neeley of Pendleton; her son, Paul Roe of Pilot Rock; her son, Patrick Dougharity of Colorado; her daughter, Shawna Patton of Dundee; brother, Patrick Dougharity of Whitefish, Wash.; cousin, Tim Doherty of Burley, Idaho; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and her beloved dog and best friend, Max.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Shirley Dougharity.

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


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