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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.


Obituary for Nov. 16, 2012


Bill Wells

Sumpter, 1926-2012

William Ward Wells, 86, of Sumpter died Nov. 2, 2012, at his home.

A celebration of Bill’s life will take place next summer.  

Bill was born on March 9, 1926, at Fort Scott, Kan., to Robert and Cora (Coonrod) Wells. He grew up in Fort Scott, graduating from high school. He enlisted during World War II at Fort Scott and served as a corporal in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1943 and served until fall of 1946.  He was quite a mechanic. Their bunk was at the end of an airway. As the planes came in, he could hear how many cylinders the airplane was running on.

Upon being honorably discharged, he entered California State University, graduating in the top 10 percent of his class in 1949 with a bachelor of arts degree in business.

In 1954 he married Lorraine Maxim in Anderson, Calif.  They had two children, Geoff and Sydney.

Bill continued his studies, attending the University of Oregon and graduating in 1956.

In January 1959 he secured a job with Bear Creek Logging Company in Anderson in order to learn the logging business from “stump up.”  The logging company was merged into U.S. Plywood Corp., the pre-eminent nationwide marketing company for plywood, lumber and panel products of all kinds.

Bill progressed through a career spanning almost 23 years with U.S.P. and its successor company, Champion International, into which U.S.P. was merged in 1970. As vice president in charge of timberlands and manufacturing (except paper) he supervised 30 factories and all related construction projects throughout the U.S. and foreign countries. He represented the company as chief executive of its ventures in Nigeria, Mindanao, Malaysia (Borneo), Peru and Honduras.  This entailed supervision of over 6,000 employees, annual sales of more than $50 million and construction projects with values of approximately $2 billion.  Bill was a member of United Airlines’ million-mile club, three times over.

From 1986 to 1989, using his many years of experience in construction, he joined his son-in-law in development of a family owned 27-acre subdivision including a 6-inch water/fire protection system and construction of rental properties. In 1989 he returned to the mainland at the urging of a longtime friend to join him in the precious metals mining venture.

Bill’s interests began leaning towards the mining industry. He worked for many in the next years, he went to work for Catalina Capital Group in Beverly Hills, Calif., for a company with worldwide interests in production and marketing of timber and mineral prospects.  Then to Brogan, Ore., to develop a 980-acre mining property in Eastern Oregon.

These last years he worked with Alpine Minerals and Mining Company and the Bald Mountain Mine in Sumpter, procuring a large underground mining property.  Bill was a certified underground miner and very knowledgeable in both lode and placers and did so not only in Sumpter, but John Day.

When not working, Bill enjoyed building his home in Sumpter. He was a gifted painter and woodworker. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Robert Wells.

Bill is survived by his wife Lorraine of Sumpter, son, Geoff Wells of Baker City, daughter, Sydney Lee Smith of Hawaii, and great-granddaughter, Jezika Wells  of Baker City.

Donations in memory of Bill may be made to the Sumpter Public Library through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.


Obituaries for Nov. 14, 2012


Linda Nelson

Baker City, 1951-2012

Linda Mai Nelson, 61, of Baker City, died Nov. 5, 2012, at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise.

She was born on Sept. 29, 1951, in Davidson County, Tenn., to Edward and Margaret Jones.

Survivors include her husband, John Nelson; her dad; her brother; four children and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and her dogs, Rusty and Cinnamon.

Memorial contributions may be made to Best Friends of Baker City, P.O. Box 183, Baker City, OR 97814.

Dwight Klaudt

Baker City, 1943-2012

Dwight Douglas Klaudt, 69, of Baker City, died Nov. 9, 2012. No services are planned at this time.

Dwight was born on Aug. 13, 1943, in North Dakota to Milton and Margaret (Apley) Klaudt.

His father was an officer in the United States Army and was able to take his family to his place of assignment. Doug spent his grade school years in Japan and his high school years in Germany. He served in the United States Navy, Special Forces during the Vietnam War. Upon leaving the Navy, he worked as a machinist and a telephone lineman.

Doug was a member of the Baker Trap Club and has worked with Baker County’s Y-HEC program.

He was duck hunting with two of his dearest friends, Nick Vowell and Molly, his golden Lab, when he apparently suffered a heart attack.

Doug is survived by a son, Gunnar Klaudt; a grandson, Max Klaudt of Boise; and his life partner, Joan Miller of Upper Bowen Valley, Baker County.

Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel is handling arrangements.

Louise Cochran

Baker City, 1919-2012

Louise S. Cochran, 93, of Baker City, died Nov. 1, 2012, at Settler’s Park Assisted Living Facility.

A memorial graveside service will be held at a later date in Paradise, Calif.

Louise was born on Feb. 5, 1919, at Paradise to Carl and AnnaBelle Sample. She had been a widow for many years.

Louise was active in the V.F.W., she was a 3rd Phase Leader in 4-H, part of the Jurisdictional Rebekah Lodge No. 1 Nevada, and in later years the LDS Church. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, cooking, camping and fishing. She worked many years as a live-in housekeeper and a cattle ranch cook, and she had training working with factory power machines.

She is survived by her daughters, AnnaBelle German of Cosmopolis, Wash., and Jean McDaniel of Chico, Calif.; her sons, Allen McDaniel and Rick Leggett, both of Baker City; her nephew, Lee Fifield of Dalzell, S.C., and numerous other nieces and nephews; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by both her parents; her husband, Edwin Naman; her daughter, Josephine McDaniel; her son, Ernest Leggett Jr.; and her great-granddaughter Katherine Avila.

Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel is handling the arrangements.


Obituary for Nov. 12, 2012


‘Doc’ Franklin

Baker City, 1942-2012

Kent “Doc” Franklin, 70, of Baker City died Nov. 8, 2012, at St. Alphonsus Care Center.

At his request, there will be no service.

Kent graduated from Carl Hayden High School and Phoenix College in Arizona. He was employed as a pressman for the Phoenix & Gazette Newspaper for 35 years. After retirement Kent and his wife of 40 years, Joan moved to Lake Montezuma, Ariz., to be near family. Kent loved and enjoyed his family and friends and always kept them close. He made them feel special by contacting each one every year on their birthdays. Kent and Joan visited Baker City every year since 1993 to visit their children and grandchildren and finally made it their home two years ago.

Survivors include his wife, Joan Franklin; his son, Michael and his wife, Rebecca Franklin; his daughter, Jeanenne and her husband, David Bowers; his mother, Margurite Franklin;  his brother, Vearl and his wife, Delores “Dodie” Franklin; his nephew, Bryan and his wife, Lisa Franklin; his niece, Shelly and her husband Steve Sarkesian; his grandchildren, Alysia and Erika Bowers, and Alannah Biles and her husband David; his great nephews, Richard Greene, Lorren, Darren and Jonathan Franklin and Payton Sarkesian; his great-nieces, Shelby and Jordan Sarkesian; and his great-grandchildren, Brayden and Cayden Biles.

Kent was preceded in death by his father, Warren Franklin, and sister, Barbara Greene, and nephew Richard Greene.

Contributions may be made to Parkinson’s Foundation. This may be done through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.


Obituaries for Nov. 9, 2012

Ellen Vershnik

Hermiston, 1918-2012

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

 

Donald Walker

Baker City, 1925-2012

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Sunday at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St.


Obituaries for Nov. 2, 2012


Beverly Searles

Baker City, 1935-2012

Beverly A. Searles, 77, of Baker City, died Oct. 30, 2012, at her home surrounded by her daughters after a courageous 17-month battle with cancer.

 At her request, there will be no service.

In lieu of flowers, she requested to be remembered with a smile and that a balloon be released in her memory.

Coles Tribute Center is in charge of arrangements.

Ella Williams

Tacoma, Wash., 1935-2012

Ella Sutton Williams, 94, of Tacoma, Wash., a former longtime Baker City resident, died Oct. 12, 2012, at Tacoma.

Her body was cremated in Tacoma and her ashes wil be brought to Baker City later for a funeral and burial. 

Ella was born at Los Angeles in 1918. She met and married Edward Williams before he left to fight in Europe during World War II.

After returning from war Ed brought his bride back home to Baker Valley where he was raised. They were blessed with a daughter, De Ette, who was their pride and joy.

Ed worked in retail sales and Ella worked for District 5J as a cook and then as head cook at Brooklyn School. Hot nutritious food was always served with a smile.

Ed and Ella celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends before Ed died in 1998. The were best of friends and she missed him greatly.

They were both active in the Calvary Baptist Church and provided a great example of how to live their faith.

Ella spent the last three years of her life living with her daughter, Dee, and son-in-law, Rusty. She enjoyed being near her family, but missed Baker Valley and her friends and family. She especially missed her niece, Rowena, and her friend, Maxine.

Survivors include her daughter, Dee, and her son-in-law, Rusty Seaworth; grandchildren, Denny McLean and Gail Burnworth; great-grandson, Bryce, and Kim and Destiny; and many special nieces, nephews and friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Baker City Calvary Baptist Church. 


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