Baker City, 1919-2012
Wayne Libby Foster, 92, a longtime Baker County rancher, died Aug. 21, 2012, at home with his family present.
A memorial service in honor of Wayne will be Sunday, Sept. 9, at 3 p.m. at the United Methodist Church 1919 Second St. in Baker City. Friends are invited to join the family for a dinner being served immediately following the service at the church.
Wayne was born on Sept. 9, 1919, in Stockton, Calif., to Arthur Albert (Bert) Foster and Mary Rebecca Libby Foster. He grew up on a small farm near Santa Rosa, Calif., attending school there through the first year of junior college. He graduated from Santa Rosa High School in 1938.
Wayne had a short childhood as his father suffered a debilitating illness when Wayne was 6 years old. Being “the man of the house” came with many responsibilities that required a strong work ethic that he kept his entire life. In spite of many chores before and after school, he managed to find time to excel in several hobbies.
He raised and raced homing pigeons at a young age that culminated in winning a race from Salt Lake City to home base in Santa Rosa in one day. His winning bird carried a message from the governor of Utah to the governor of California, which Wayne personally delivered.
Throughout high school Wayne was very active in FFA. At first his focus was on hogs, which won him many awards including top showmanship at the 1936 California State Fair. He then shifted his attention to sheep, which led to the beginning of many years in the sheep business. The last of the sheep were sold in 2006.
Wayne and his friend Dick Gray both received the FFA American Farmer Degree award in 1938. Wayne had the honor of addressing the FFA convention in Kansas City, Mo., by NBC radio on a national feed. Dick was his best man at his wedding.
Wayne became the “consummate stockman” and expert judge of sheep, hogs, beef and dairy cattle, horses, and even turkeys.
Maxine Myra Smith, three years his junior, caught his eye in high school. Four years later, on Oct. 4, 1942, they were married. Their first home was on a leased ranch northeast of Santa Rosa.
Wayne was drafted into service for World War II but while in line at the induction center in San Francisco, officials pulled him from the line and sent him home to serve the war effort raising lambs and wool.
By the end of 1943 Wayne and Maxine moved their growing operation to the Demming Ranch southeast of Cloverdale, Calif. They remained there for 20 years, raising their family.
Kathleen Diana (Kit) arrived on Aug. 16, 1944, followed by Calvin James (Cal) on April 22, 1947, and then Donovan Wayne (Don) on Nov. 15, 1954.
In 1962 Wayne acquired the lease for the historic McNab Ranch in Mendocino County, south of Ukiah, Calif. By this time he had three ranches leased raising over 2,500 ewes and a few cows.
In 1966 things came together enough to allow the purchase of a ranch near Roseburg. Wayne moved the family there that summer. This was a very productive ranch that conservatively ran 1,200 ewes and 250 cows.
This property allowed him to trade up in 1976 into the present ranch south of Baker City. After 33 years of ranching in Baker County, Wayne and Maxine retired and split the ranch between Don and Cal.
Wayne had a very full and active life. He passed only 19 days short of his 93rd birthday, and he and Maxine would have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Oct. 4.
Wayne loved many hobbies, from running hounds on bobcat, bear, and cougars, calf roping, reining (bridal) horse competition; to perhaps his best in stock dog training and competition in trials. His prowess with dogs was known throughout the west. He was co-founder of the Redwood Empire Sheep Dog Association.
Wayne was also an avid hunter and fisherman, taking many pack trips into the Eagle Cap Wilderness for deer and elk.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his older sister, Edwina Elway and her husband, John; and his younger sister, Blanche Raglan.
Survivors include his wife, Maxine of Baker City; his brother-in-law, Charles Raglan of Penryn, Calif; his sister-in-law, Jeanie Smith of Santa Rosa; his daughter, Kit, and her husband, Glen, of Spokane Valley, Wash.; son Cal and his wife, Vickie Lou, and son Don and his wife, Vickie Gayle, all of Baker City; nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Those who wish to make a donation in memory of Wayne may do so to either the Wayne Foster Memorial Fund of the Oregon FFA Foundation, or the Baker Livestock Association Ranching Heritage Fund, through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR, 97834.
Baker City, 1991-2012
Spc. Mabry James Anders, 21, of Baker City, was killed in action by enemy fire on Aug. 27, 2012, in Kalagush, Afghanistan.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel in Baker City. The funeral will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. Francis De Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets in Baker City. Graveside services will be conducted at the Haines Cemetery immediately following the funeral. A reception at the Baker City Armory on Campbell Street will follow.
Mabry was assigned to the 4th Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.
He was born on July 22, 1991, in Yuma, Ariz. He attended Baker High School and graduated in 2009. Mabry enlisted in the Army in late 2009. Mabry is our third generation to provide military service to our country.
Mabry was a fun-loving young man who lived life to the fullest. Mabry loved the outdoors and enjoyed riding dirt bikes, off-roading in his Jeep, riding horses, hunting, fishing and flying. He had a fearless spirit and a tremendous sense of humor. He touched many lives with his strong sense of friendship, encouragement and compassion. He always had a huge smile on his face that spread like wildfire to anyone around him. Mabry was very dedicated to his family, friends and to his brothers in arms. He loved serving his country and all of those he served with.
Mab always gave everything his all and in the end he gave all that he had. Mabry was recently quoted by a friend who said in a time of need Mab said: “If you want to learn something, learn how to live!” And boy did he know how to live.
Mabry is survived by his parents, Troy and Gen Woydziak of Baker City, and Dan and Gretchen Anders of Shell, Wyo. He also leaves his maternal grandmother, Donna Loecker of Basin, Wyo., and his paternal grandfather, Gary Anders of Greybull, Wyo. Additional grandparents include Greg and Ellie Woydziak of Baker City and Richard and Diana Saam of Shell. He also leaves behind several additional aunts, uncles and cousins.
Donations can be made in Mabry’s name to the Wounded Warrior Project. Checks can be mailed to: Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675, or donate online at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
Mary Louise Steward Dethloff, 91, of Portland, died Aug. 15, 2012.
There was a celebration of her life today at Assumption Village Assisted Care Center in Portland.
Bakersfield, Calif., 1947-2012
John C. Yeakley, 65, of Bakersfield, Calif., a former Baker City resident, died Aug. 20, 2012.
His memorial service was Saturday at the Greenlawn Southwest Celebration of Life Center at Bakersfield.
Mobile, Ala., 1958-2012
Deborah Kile Hall, 54, a former John Day resident, died Aug. 28, 2012, at Mobile, Ala., after a long illness with her two children, Dean Hall and Jessica Hall Turner by her side. There was a private service at Mobile.
La Grande, 1945-2012
Rocky Hardwick, 66, of La Grande, died Aug. 24, 2012.
There will be a celebration of Rocky’s life at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Church of the Nazarene in La Grande.
Baker City, 1926-2012
Maudest Grace Whiteley Sexton, 85, died Aug. 18, 2012, at Baker City.
There will be a celebration of her life at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Halfway, Oregon on Saturday.
Baker City, 1916-2012
Laura K. Zweifel, 95, of Baker City, died Aug. 24, 2012, at her home surrounded by family.
At her request, the family has planned a private service.
Linda Vanette Holloway, 57, died Aug. 21, 2012, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City.
Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.
Wilfred Ray Parker, 59, of Monmouth, a former Baker City resident, died Aug. 18, 2012, after an extended illness.
His memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, at the Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center.
He was born on Jan. 14, 1953, in Baker City to Stanley and Velma Parker. He served with the U.S. Air Force from 1971 to 1977. He completed his associate degree from Chemeketa Community College at Salem.
He enjoyed computer technology, reading, classic films, and was a dedicated artist. During his life he worked to build his own construction company and was committed to continuing his education.
Survivors include his daughters, Errin Parker and Cassandra (Jeremy) Polen; his son, Robert Parker; two grandsons, Connor and Mason; his brother, Doug, (Kathy) Parker; two sisters, Sue (Lorrin) Lissman and Deniece (Craig) Parker, and their children.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ray Parker Memorial Fund, which has been established at the Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center, which is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be
made at www.dallastribute.com.
LaVern Wesley DuMars, 84, of Richland, died Aug. 9, 2012, at his home.
Private family interment will be at the Eagle Valley Cemetery in Richland.
Vern was born on Dec. 23, 1928, at La Grande to Leonard Wesley and Amy Pearl DuMars.
Vern went to school in La Grande for 11 years. The family moved to Union his senior year where he graduated in 1947.
He got to see the Pendleton Round-Up as a child when the arena was just a circle of vehicles. Vern spent summers as a teenager working in the grain fields around Pendleton.
After graduation, Vern joined the U.S. Army and served in the Korean War.
He married the love of his life, Pearl Edith Forsea, on April 19, 1953. They lived at Union where Vern got a job at the feed mill, working his way to manager. His first two children, Bob and Margaret, were born while the family lived at Union. They later moved to Snake River and daughter, Chris, joined the family.
When the dams went in, they moved to Eagle Valley. Two more daughters, Barb and Dana, completed the family.
Vern and Pearl dairied many years in Eagle Valley. Vern also served on many boards.
He enjoyed many camping trips to the Eagle Cap Wilderness on horseback with the whole family while the children were growing up. He also enjoyed many trips to Canada and camping trips with Barb’s family. Vern really liked watching his grandkids grow up and was very proud of them.
For 59 years, Vern’s favorite thing was dancing and holding hands with his sweetheart, Pearl. They would sneak off to go dancing and still be home in time for morning milking.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Amy; brother, Gene DuMars; and youngest daughter, Dana Lynn DuMars.
Survivors include his wife, best friend and sweetheart, Pearl; son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Pam DuMars; daughter, Margaret Teets; daughter and son-in-law, Chris and Rob Stacey; daughter and son-in-law, Barb and Bill Ephrom; 15 grandchildren and 15ﬁ great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.
John Ames, 80, died on Sunday, August 19, 2012, at Richland.
There will be no service.
John was born on Feb. 15, 1932, at El Centro, Calif. He was raised in the Imperial Valley, graduating from high school at El Centro in 1950. John joined the U.S. Navy in 1951 during the Korean War. He served on the U.S.S. Essex for four years.
John married his childhood friend and sweetheart, Anita McLaughlin, at Bremerton, Wash., on May 23, 1953. They raised three children: John, Frank and Lorina.
John worked in agriculture most of his life. He liked working the ground and watching the crops grow.
He and Anita bought a home in Richland and moved there permanently in 1990. He continued farming his place and also leased the Ellis Ranch and a portion of Idaho Power property. He enjoyed getting out on the land riding horses.
He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and three sisters.
Survivors include his wife, Anita; children, John Ames, Frank Ames and Lorina Moody; two sisters; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.
David J. Aeder, 85, of Haines died Aug. 12, 2012.
There will be no funeral. Dave donated his body to the Oregon Health & Science University at Portland for research.
Dave was born on March 19, 1927, at Silverton. He was the youngest of four children born to Joseph and Katie Lincoln Oeder.
He met his future wife, NaOma Sall “online” — while he worked on a Columbia River tugboat and she was a Union Pacific telegrapher. They communicated via Morse Code before they met in person. They were married on June 7, 1945, and had five children.
In later years, they enjoyed traveling to the Southwest, and owned a winter home at Choloride, Ariz. NaOma died in 2006.
Dave was also preceded in death by two sisters.
After high school, Dave took some geology courses, but was mostly self-taught. He studied geology, mathematics, chemistry and electronics.
He earned his pilot’s license while still a teenager, and worked briefly as a crop duster. Dave and NaOma bought the Chloride Mine in Baker County in 1958 and it is still family owned.
He enjoyed prospecting and still was looking for the Mother Lode in the last years of his life.
He designed and built machinery and all-terrain vehicles for his own use. In the early 1960s, he sold a patent on a prototype snowmobile.
He had many jobs, including working in the oil fields as a well logger, in construction, building dams, logging, mining and mine reclamation, manufacturing, sawmills, electronics and commercial fishing out of Garibaldi.
Survivors include five children and their spouses, Pat and Michele Aeder of Garibaldi, Janet and Doug Rasmussen of Corvallis, Rick and Linder Aeder of Portland, Sandy and Dave Gobel of Beaverton and Haines and Karen and Bill Ellis of Baker City; 15 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Bob Aeder of Hawaii.
David William Roberts, 57, of Pendleton, a former Baker City resident, died Aug. 13, 2012, at a Richland, Wash., hospital.
There was a celebration of his life Thursday at the Roy Raley Park in Pendleton.
Mr. Roberts was born on Sept. 18, 1954, at Fallbrook, Calif., to William and Beulah White Roberts. He lived at Salt Lake City,where he attended school before the family moved to Baker, Oregon when David was 13.
He was a 1973 Baker High School graduate. Shortly after graduating, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He served for eight years, from 1973 until his discharge in March of 1981. During his time in the Marines, he earned several medals.
He married Cathy Farrar on June 2, 1989. He later lived at Winnemucca, Nev., where he worked in mining.
The family moved to Pendleton in 2000. While there he worked as a warehouseman for Walmart, and also at the Pendleton Walmart Store.
He was a huge Oakland Raiders fan as well as a fan of NASCAR. He also enjoyed football and the outdoors, including camping and fishing.
Survivors include his wife, Cathy Roberts of Pendleton; his parents, William and Beulah Roberts of Baker City; children, Priscilla Wynne of North Carolina, Sara Roberts of California, Bryan Roberts of Pasco, Wash., Ryan Roberts of California, and Matthew Roberts, Megan Roberts and Zachery Roberts, all of Pendleton; brothers, Wade Roberts and Kirk Roberts of Baker City and Kyle Roberts of Bend; and any grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Children’s Miracle Network through Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, P.O. Box 489, Pendleton, OR 97801.
Friends and family members may sign the register book or send condolences online to this address:
North Powder, 1967-2012
Lana Beth Sanborn Bailey, 44, of North Powder, died July 31, 2012.
Her funeral will be at noon Sunday, Aug. 26, at Hamilton Mylan Chapel in Vancouver, Wash. There will be a remembrance luncheon afterward next door at the Briar Rose Inn.
Lana was born on Sept. 16, 1967, at Vancouver, Wash., to Sally and Frank Sanborn.
She loved fishing, camping, gardening, going to the beach, cooking and any reason to get together with family and friends.
Lana worked caring for sick and elderly people and was considering returning to school for a nursing degree. She also loved working on her stepmother’s family ranch, the Maxwell Ranch.
Lana deeply loved her family and she was very beloved to them. She will be remembered by many as the fun-loving person she was, and to her niece and nephew as their funny, “crazy Auntie Lana,” family members said.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her grandparents (the Swensons and the Sanborns); and aunt, Mae Knight.
Survivors include her sister, SuAnn, and her brother-in-law, Dennis Loewen; nephew, Zach Loewn; double cousin, Jon Sanborn; and niece, Savana Sanborn; stepmother, Cheri Maxwell Sanborn; uncle, Bob Sanborn; aunt, Katherine Edmison; uncle, Gus Swenson; and aunt and uncle, Carol and Dan Peoples; 11 cousins; and her dearest friend, Shannon Underhill. While she was married to Ron Bailey, she loved being a stepmom to Jon and Jessica Bailey.
Formerly Baker City, 1938-2012
Robert A. “Bob” Hardesty, 73, a former Baker City resident, died Aug. 10, 2012, at Sparks, Nev., after a 7½-month battle with breast cancer.
With hospice care he was able to remain at his daughter Lynda’s home in Sparks.
A Celebration of Life will be on Aug. 25 at his daughter’s home in Sparks.
Bob was born on Sept. 4, 1938, at Lakeview to Ernest and Juanita Hardesty, joining brother, Lorne, and sister, Jackie, a year later. The family left the Lakeview area when Bob was 3 years old to move to the Sierra Army Depot at Herlong, Calif., where his father, who was a carpenter, helped build the base.
Bob attended school at Herlong, graduating from Herlong High School in 1957. He married his high school sweetheart, Dixie Huntley, and attended a year of Lassen Junior College while adding to the family with a son, Robert, and two daughters, Lynda and Penny.
Bob loved Lassen County and all it had to offer as an avid outdoorsman, and he would take off fishing or hunting at a moment’s notice with family or friends. He loved all sports and took part in them all during his school years and even played softball until he was 30.
After an industrial accident in 1969 and his subsequent retirement from federal service, he moved his family to Ontario and then to Baker City. After selling their home in Baker City, Bob and Dixie bought a motor home and became snowbirds, spending winters at Yuma, Ariz., summers in Oregon, spring in Nevada and fall on the Oregon Coast and as many other places as they could fit in. Bob and Dixie loved to travel and were always planning the next outing with family or friends.
While in California, Bob was a Little League coach for many years and could always be found teaching and taking the neighborhood kids fishing or hunting. In Oregon he was a volunteer at the Christian Church Food Bank each month, server for senior lunches or helping a friend with a project. He was a Good Sam member and enjoyed many fun outings with good friends.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Dixie; his son, Robert, of West Richland, Wash.; daughters, Lynda (Rick) McLellan of Sparks, and Penny (Wolf) Clemens of Trabuco Canyon, Calif.; grandchildren, Jason, Jennifer and Nathan Hardesty of Portland, Chase Clemens of Trabuco Canyon, Lisa (Isaiah) Eukel of Las Vegas, Nev., and Ricky McLellan of Alamogordo, N.M.; a great-grandson, Dominick of Las Vegas; nephews, Bart (Stephanie) Marsters, Bryan Marsters, and Blake (Lynn) Marsters of Herlong, Calif., Brett (Julie) Marsters, of Paradise, Calif., and Chad (Beth) Huntley of Albuquerque, N.M.; nieces, Lorna Mae Thomas of Baker City, Karen (Doug) Kircher, of Couer d’Alene Idaho, and Heidi and Heather Huntley of Irvine Calif.; and several cousins and many good friends who will miss him so much.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation or a charity of one’s choice.
Gifferd Lester Ellsworth, 83, of Haines, died Aug. 11, 2012.
A private family interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.
Gifferd was born on Oct. 16, 1928, at International Falls, Minn., to Lester and Evelyn Ellsworth. He was one of eight children and after high school joined the Coast Guard in 1947. Gifferd married and had three children. He worked as a salesman, millwright foreman and prospector.
During his life, he lived at Libby and Malta, Mont., Baker City and Haines. He had mining claims in Oregon and loved to talk gold with his friends.
He was a natural leader who was comfortable out in front making the plan, leading a crew or debating politics. He loved poetry, reading and to entertain with his wit, humor and stories. Gifferd was a man of unique character and will be remembered by all who crossed his path, family members said.
Survivors include his daughters, Evelyn Seely of Medford and Tammie Rochefort of Vancouver, Wash.; his siblings, Enid Carr and Lollita Adams, both of Wirt, Minn., Arnold Ellsworth of Castle Rock, Wash., Lynn Ellsworth of Longview, Wash., and Robin Adams of Winterville, N.C.; 16 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.
Baker City, 1977-2012
Tanya Marie White, 36, of Baker City, died in an automobile accident Aug. 4, 2012, near Baker City.
A celebration of her life, with a luncheon, will be Tuesday, Aug. 14 at 2 p.m. at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St. in Baker City.
Tanya was born on July 10, 1977, at Orange City, Calif., to Alan Glenn and Sandra Jean (Scherwinka) White. Tanya graduated from high school in Gold Beach, Ore. She enjoyed raising rabbits, fishing, camping and hunting.
Tanya is survived by her sons, Chance and Chase Brister of Baker City; her parents, Alan and Sandra White of Baker City; her sister, Shilo White of the Tri Cities; and her bothers, Derrick and Terry Scherwinka.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice through Gray’s West and Company Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.