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Obituaries for April 24, 2013

Joyce Hindman

Baker City, 1932-2013

Joyce Trudel Kiilsgaard Hindman, 80, of Baker City, died April 19, 2013, at St. Alphnsus Care Center.

Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2625 Hughes Lane. Bishop Parker Ussery will conduct the service. Visitations will be from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. There will be a reception afterward at the church.

Joyce was born on Nov. 7, 1932, to Christian Peder Christan Kiilsgaard and Martha Hunsaker Kiilsgaard in a small house at Inkom, Idaho.

At the age of 3, her family moved to northern Idaho to settle at Bonners Ferry, Idaho.

She grew up tending to the work of a dairy farming family. She attended a one-room school until she reached high school. Joyce was a 1951 Bonners Ferry High School graduate.

She followed a family tradition of attending the University of Idaho at Moscow where she graduated with a teaching credential and a bachelor’s degree in physical education, with a minor in health and biology. She quickly found a job teaching PE at Baker High School.

While attending a dance at the Community Center on Armistice Day, she met a young Dick Hindman. They were married on June 17, 1956. This was a partnership of nearly 58 years. A son, Richard Christian, was born in July of 1957 and a daughter, Kerri Martha was born the following July. She was able to take off three years during that time from teaching.

While supporting Dick as a local contractor an opportunity arose to begin a lumberyard. She and Dick began Cashway Lumber Co. in 1968. 

She taught during the day and did the bookkeeping on nights and weekends for the business for many years.

While teaching she served in many advising capacities, such as : GAA, Pep Club, cheerleading, class, and the last few years with student council. Additionally, she began organized girls interscholastic sports in Baker by organizing a track team.

In 1973 she switched from being the girls PE teacher to the high school guidance counselor. This prompted her return to higher education and she completed her master’s degree in guidance counseling through Oregon State University in 1981.

She retired after 30 years at Baker High School in 1988.

Retirement gave her opportunities to travel extensively, volunteer and serve on the boards of organizations such as Baker County Mental Health, St. Elizabeth Hospital and the St. Elizabeth Hospital Auxiliary.

But, the most important part of her life was her family. She and Dick were practically inseparable. 

They were able to be very close to all of their grandchildren and support all of their activities. She shared her love of family, cooking, gardening, sewing, family history, and her faith with them.

She was a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held many leadership positions. She and Dick were sealed for eternity in the Salt Lake Temple on Dec. 27, 1981.

Survivors include her husband, Richard John Hindman; son, Richard, and his wife, Chrisanne; and daughter, Kerri Smith, and husband, Sherwood; her sisters, Tedde Healey, Elene (Hep) Rock; brother, Dane Kiilsgaard; and grandchildren, Richard (Jeremy) Hindman, Emily Mosier, Katy Hindman, Breanne Fifield, Dylan Smith, and Kelsey Smith; great-grandchildren, Lirael Odessa Fifield, Anne Hindman and R. William Hindman; and many more to come; and numerous nieces and nephews who she truly loved. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Thor and Carl; and sister, Marco.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the St. Alphonsus Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship Fund or Baker Heritage Museum through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

‘Bobbie’ Loynes

Baker City, 1938-2013

Roberta “Bobbie” Loynes, 74, died April 20, 2013, at her  home with family around her.

Her memorial service will be scheduled later. 

She was born on Aug. 9, 1938, at Colfax, Wash. She was the second of three children of Kenneth and Rowena Shawgo.

The family later moved to Baker City where she met and married Keith Kirkwood in 1953. They had two children. They divorced in 1966 and she moved to the Payette, Idaho, area where she lived most of her adult life. She retired from managing the Idaho Youth Ranch store at Payette in 2003 after seven years of service, and then returned as a regular volunteer.

Her sense of humor, laughter and outgoing personality will be deeply missed, family members said.

 Survivors include her sons, Alan and Brian Kirkwood; younger sister, Sharon Huffman; and her good friend, Jodi Mantz. Memorial services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to  the Idaho Youth Ranch, or a charity of one’s  choice in her honor.

Obituaries for May 1, 2013

Wayne Pierce

Baker City, 1970-2013

Wayne William Pierce, 42, of Baker City died April 23, 2013, with his family at his side after a long battle with melanoma. 

A memorial celebration of his life will be Saturday, May 4 at 11 a.m., at the Baker Elks Lodge, 1896 Second St.

Wayne was born a fraternal twin a few minutes ahead of his brother, Shane, on Mothers Day, May 10, 1970.

He grew up in the Baker Valley experiencing all that it had to offer and often enticing or convincing others to live in the moment in order to enjoy it to its fullest potential. He has been described by friends and family as a one of kind character that rarely left people without a smile or the shake of the head after having an encounter with him.

He was a proud 1988 graduate of Baker High School and a spirited Bulldog participating on the Forestry Team led by Mike Monaco during its heyday as well as working with a group of classmates to resurrect the High School Rodeo Club. Many weekends were spent on country back roads and skiing at Anthony Lakes.

He married his high school sweetheart, Garla Rowe, in 1989 and created many fun family memories while continuing to live in Baker and gaining experience at his lifelong career of operating heavy equipment.  They moved to Albany for a period before taking separate paths and Wayne remained in the Willamette Valley near his siblings and father for over 15 years working as a member of the 701 Operating Engineers Union. Wayne was a deft equipment operator and took pride in his work. While helping to create the hole for an in ground swimming pool the foreman on the job said he had never had anyone as accurate as Wayne in meeting the specifications for the job.

In 2003 he came home to Baker City where he met his fiancé, Melissa Hertel. Wayne was a great dancer and they were seen frequently on the dance floor together, making memories. Together they had a baby girl, Kailyse Fuss-Pierce, in August of 2004. He was so proud of his daughter and he rarely came to visit a family member that Kailyse was not his travelling partner. Wayne helped raise four children with Melissa and in May of 2012 also became a proud grandpa. As a family they spent most weekends at the river, camping and fishing. Wayne was a great entertainer of all kids and often included their kids’ friends, his nieces, nephews and neighbor kids in these plans. “Bring them all” he would say, as he was a kid at heart himself.

 During his final years with Melissa they relocated to John Day for a brief time where he did excavation projects with friends and had big block parties. He also became a very active member of the John Day Elks Club including becoming an officer. This affiliation gave him great purpose after his cancer had progressed to where he could no longer work.  He also enjoyed time spent socializing and eating at the Eagles Lodge in Baker.

During his lifetime Wayne enjoyed staying busy outdoors or indoors. During his youth he worked on local ranches/farms or for his dad’s contracting company. As an adult, in addition to work he enjoyed doing home upgrading, maintenance, barbecuing and landscaping.  He also loved watching the TV shows and movies he had grown up with in the 70s and 80s continuing his mastery of quick wit and an ability to mimic his favorite characters.

 As a brief participant and lifelong fan of rodeo, Wayne was a dedicated volunteer at the Baker City Bronc and Bull Riding event. He worked the stripping chutes for many years, was always involved in putting together the VIP/Stock Contractor barbecue and was honored with a Top Hand Trophy Buckle at the event in 2012.  With the exception of the birth of his daughter this was one of his proudest moments.

 Anyone who knew Wayne at all knew that he learned to appreciate waterskiing, fishing and relaxing at Brownlee Reservoir at a very young age with his parents and an extended family of “River Rats.” This place became a touchstone of joy throughout his life and a place he wanted to share with anyone he became acquainted with and he told everyone that he loved that after he passed he would simply “see them at the rodeo or the river.”

 He is survived by his daughter, Kailyse Fuss-Pierce; his fiancé Melissa Hertel and children Tyler Hertel, Kassidy Hertel and Dustin Fuss; his granddaughter, Kailyn Kuiper-Fuss; his mother, Shirley McPheron; his stepfather, Ken McPheron;  his grandmother, Evelyn Steele; his sister, Lisa Xeros-VandenBos and her husband, Todd, and his brother Shane Pierce and his wife, Tammy, all of Baker City; his stepsisters, Kimm Wilcoxson and her husband, Brian, of California, and Rayne Christen and her husband, J.P., of Philadelphia; as well as beloved uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws.

He was preceded in death by his father, Wayne E. Pierce;  his grandparents, Thomas R. Steele, David Pierce and Margie Boyer-Pierce; his aunt, Marilyn “Tudy” Carr; his cousin, Robert “Robby” Carr; his brother-in-law, Constantino G. Xeros; and his best friend and cousin, Kerry Logsdon.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial contributions be made through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814, to the Billie Ruth Bootsma Infusion Clinic or the Kailyse Fuss-Pierce fund. Contributions to the latter can also be made at any Sterling Savings Bank branch, including the Baker City branch at 1990 Washington Ave.

Cecil Fisher

Formerly Haines, 1936-2013

Cecil K. Fisher 76, of Boise, and a former longtime Haines area resident, died April 25, 2013, in Boise.

Funeral services for Mr. Fisher will be Friday, May 3 at 2 p.m. in the Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St. in Baker City.

Pastor Tim Fisher of Elkhorn Baptist Church will officiate. Vault interment with military honors will follow at the Haines Cemetery just north of Haines. Visitations will also be on Friday at Coles Tribute Center from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Mr. Fisher was born May 2, 1936, at Baker City to Muddy Creek ranchers Orville and Helen (Gilkison) Fisher. He was the eldest of three children, joined by his adoring sisters.

Cecil attended grade school at Muddy Creek and graduated from Powder Valley High in 1954, serving as class president. During these years, he was active in 4-H. He attained the rank of Eagle Scout and attended the Boy Scouts of America Jubilee at Valley Forge in 1950.  He excelled at sports and was selected as a Tri Valley All Star in basketball in 1954. While summers were busy with work and activities, it was also a time of fun adventures on the ranch with visits from numerous friends and cousins.

 After one year at the University of Oregon, Cecil and his cousin, Lloyd Fisher, joined the Marine Corps. Cecil served aboard the USS Bennington as it traveled on a goodwill tour of Japan, Hong Kong and the Philippines. He also served aboard the ship in Australia.  Upon his honorable discharge, he met, dated and later married Sylvia Blair, on June 7, 1959.  At first, Cecil worked for Standard Oil, but soon joined his parents in the family ranching business.  They formed the O&C Partnership. Cecil and Sylvia also had their own ranching properties.

 A little girl, Natalie Kay, joined the family and it grew with the additions of Nanette Gail and Nancy Lucille. A boy, Timothy Orville, completed the family.  Cecil was involved with his children and active in the community. He was a 4-H leader and baseball coach, having Cecil Fisher Field in Haines named in his honor. He belonged to the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association. Most of all he was a loving husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and friend. He always had a smile and thumbs-up.

 Cecil would walk into a room full of strangers and come away with many new friends. He was so friendly.

 The past eight years he has lived at the Heritage in Boise. He was loved by all staff and residents. This was his home and extended family. He will be missed by many.

 Survivors are his four children: Natalie Miller of Baker City, Nanette Collier of Seattle, Nancy Harrington and her husband, Ed, of Boise, and Timothy Fisher and his wife, Roxann, of Baker City; two sisters, Marilyn DelFatti and Baker City and Gail McAllister and her husband, Jack, of Fallon, Nev.; grandchildren, Andrea Jaca and her husband, Ed, of Baker City, Amanda Grandeen and her husband, Shawn, of Kennewick, Wash.,  Ashliegh Meeks and her husband, Frank, of La Grande, Preston Strey of Seattle, Suzan Collier of Seattle, Jonathon Harrington, a corpsman in the U.S. Navy, Jacob Harrington of Boise, Sheldon Fisher of Baker City, and Austin Fisher of Baker City; eight great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; one aunt, Connie Fisher of Echo; and many cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sylvia; his parents; and a brother-in-law, Gerald DelFatti.

Those wishing to make contributions in the memory of Mr. Fisher may direct them to the Wounded Warriors Foundation, Dornbechers Children’s Hospital or Shriners Hospital for Children, through the Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814. 

Obituary for April 29, 2013

Venna Moody

Halfway, 1926-2013

Venna Hansen Moody, 87, died April 25, 2013, at her home in Halfway.

A viewing will be Friday, May 3, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, 125 N. Main St. in Halfway. 

A viewing will also be held prior to the service at the LDS Church, 26568 Cornucopia Highway in Halfway, on Saturday, May 4 at 11 a.m.  A traditional funeral service will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at the LDS church in Halfway. Vault Interment will be at Pine Haven Cemetery. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception to be held immediately following the interment at the LDS Church.

Venna was born on April 23, 1926, at Carson, near Halfway, to Ralph and Zella Hansen. She graduated a year early from Pine Valley High School in 1943, then went to Salt Lake City to attend business school. After completing business school, Venna moved to Baker and worked as a cashier and a bookkeeper. Later she went  to Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, Utah, where she worked as a cashier.

After the war Venna returned home briefly and then left to work in Oakland, Calif., in a restaurant and as a bookkeeper.  She returned to Halfway to stay with her Uncle George on the ranch that her folks had bought. Venna married Jerry Del Curto in 1949, and in 1950 they bought the ranch from her mom and that ranch is still in the family. They had four children, Joann, Julie, Sally and Barry, who were all raised on the family ranch. 

Venna worked as a ranch wife and mother and cooked many wonderful meals for the family and workers who helped on the ranch. She worked at several jobs — Avon sales, census taker, and for the school district as needed. In the mid sixties she went to work at U.S. Bank and worked her way up to the manager position, retiring after 19 years at U.S. Bank in Halfway.  After retirement she worked briefly at the  U.S. Bank’s La Grande branch. She and Jerry later divorced.

In 1984, Venna married Bill Moody.  They enjoyed traveling and spent many winters in Yuma. She  worked for several years in Halfway, selling real estate.  After Bill died, she remained in Halfway, sometimes spending the winter months with her sister in Hurricane, Utah. Venna loved Halfway and was very grateful to be able to stay here until her death. She was very active in the community in her younger years having been a member of the Pine-Eagle School Board, the PTA, and the VFW Auxiliary to name a few.

Venna is survived by her sister, Joyce Gordon and her husband, Doug, of Hurricane; her children: Joann Pollock of Halfway, Julie Del Curto of Halfway, Sally McCraw and her husband, Mike, of La Grande, and Barry Del Curto and his wife, Shella, of Halfway; her grandchildren: Lisa Howarth and her husband, Chris Page, of La Grande, Dan Pollock of Halfway, Katie DeClue of La Grande, Joel McCraw and his wife, Jill, of Union, Dustin Del Curto and his wife, Cindi, of Halfway, Erin Morrison and her husband, Alan Morrison, of Eagle, Idaho, and Cassie McCraw and Chris Williams of Bend; 11 great-grandchildren; stepchildren, Nancy Stover and Dan Moody and their families; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands and three siblings.

For those who wish to make a donation in memory of Venna, the family suggests  the Halfway Ambulance Fund or to the Pine-Eagle Clinic through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Obituaries for April 19, 2013

Jim Stella

Baker City, 1929-2013

Vincent “Jim” Bruno Stella II, 83, of Baker City, died April 16, 2013, at Settler’s Park Assisted Living Community. 

His memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane. Burial will be April 26 at Union Hill Cemetery in Pennsylvania.

Vincent was born on Nov. 22, 1929, in Philadelphia, Pa., to Placido and Mary Spinato Stella. He served in the Marines as a military police officer. He served in the military and civilian government for more than 20 years.

Vincent loved the outdoors, wildlife watching, traveling and practical joking. His greatest love was spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife, Peggy Snyder Stella of Baker City; daughters, Dawn Bishop, and her husband, Timothy,  of Baker City, and Shannon Keck and her husband, Robert, of Baker City; son, Vincent Stella, and his wife, Toni, of Oxford, Pa.; grandchildren, Cierra Keck of Baker City, Skyler, Jordan, Vincenzo and Chase Stella of Oxford, Pa. 

 He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Jack Stella; and sisters, Sandy Bogdon and Marie Hartman.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Vincent B. Stella Memorial Fund at Banner Bank or through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Phyllis Rood

Lincoln City, 1928-2013

Phyllis Louise Rood, 86, a longtime Haines resident, died April 14, 2013, at the McMinnville Hospital. 

A memorial gathering will be scheduled later this summer. 

Phyllis was born on April 14, 1928, at Emmett, Idaho, to Doc (James) and Nell Delzell Haskin.

 She married Walter Rood on Nov. 17, 1945. They had two children, Larry Rood and Bonnie Maxwell.

They frequently moved while raising their family until finally settling at Haines in 1959. The last few years she has been residing in Lincoln City with her daughter.

Phyllis was an accomplished artist in oil painting as well as ceramics. She operated Phyllis’ Boutique for many years. She loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing, camping and working in her yard.

Survivors include her son, Larry Rood, and his wife Kay, of Haines; daughter, Bonnie Maxwell, and her husband, Dewey Maxwell, of Lincoln City; a brother, James Haskin, and his wife, Donna, of Boise; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and many nephews and nieces.

Thelma Myers

Baker City, 1932-2013

Thelma Jean Myers, 81, died April 10, 2013, at Baker City surrounded by family.

Family and friends are welcome to attend an urn interment at her father’s grave site at 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 19, at Mount Hope Cemetery. Friends are invited to join the family for a celebration of life gathering afterward at the home of Gail VanSickel 1950 Edgewater St.

Thelma was born in 1932 at Lake City, Ark., to William Floyd and Myrtle Olivia Clegg Thornton. Thelma moved to Baker City at the age of 4 and attended Baker City schools. She married Glenn “Dutch” Myers in 1947 and together they raised nine children: Dennis, Glenda, Steven, Ronda, Timothy, Tina, Teresa, Shane and a grandson, Ely Myers.

Thelma was a hard worker and began working at the age of 13, holding various jobs primarily in retail sales until retiring from Safeway in 1997. She loved working at Safeway; she had great rapport with co-workers and customers and made many friends. She always missed working after her retirement. 

She loved traveling, the beach, rock collecting, picking mushrooms, watching her favorite television programs and movies, yard sales, good Mexican and Chinese food, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Thelma was greatly loved and will be remembered for her sense of humor, strong commitment to fairness, unconditional love, generosity and kindness to others, family members said. She will be missed by all those who knew her.

Survivors include her husband, Glenn “Dutch” Myers and all of her children; 22 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; her sister, Lenora; numerous nephews and nieces; and her little dog, Barney.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother; and her brothers, James and Floyd Thornton. 

Memorial contributions may be made to a local food bank through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834. 

Eloise Colton

Baker City

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

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

Eloise was born at Baker City to George and Petra Rasmussen Bieber. She attended Baker High School. 

Eloise was a homemaker, worked at Safeway and was an alterations seamstress for Neuberger and Heilner. 

She married Philip H. Colton on Feb. 1, 1937, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Duncan. Philip died in October 1971.

Eloise enjoyed gardening, sewing, quilts, playing pinochle, games, cooking, traveling, crocheting doilies, and hosting many garage sales. She had a deep love of family and lifelong friends and spent many hours visiting folks in the hospital and nursing homes, giving perms and styling hair. 

She was enthusiastic about life and had a great love for learning. 


She was mischievous, loyal, giving, caring and extremely social. Eloise also had a unique ability to remember details from when she was a young girl.

Eloise was proud to be involved with many groups and organizations in her community. Her affiliations and accomplishments included Blue Mountain Extension, Garden Club, American Red Cross (30 years), Medical Springs Grange, Red Hat Society, Baker City Elks, Oregon Trail Interpretive Center volunteer, Baker Heritage Museum volunteer, and Baker County Posse. 

She received many awards at Baker County Fairs. She was also involved with sewing cheerleader uniforms, bridesmaid dresses, formals, and Bakerette uniforms.

Survivors include three daughters, Carol (Bud) Dotson of Walla Walla, Wash., Lana Emery of Port Angeles, Wash., and Beth (Bruce) Wood of Salem; nine grandchildren; and numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and her brother, Orman Bieber.

Memorial contributions may be made to The American Heart Association or Cancer Fund.


Obituaries for April 17, 2013

Eloise Colton

Baker City

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

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

Obituaries for April 15, 2013

Morry Moorcroft

Richland, 1943-2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Obituary for April 12, 2013

Steven Grimes

Baker City, 1942-2013

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

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

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

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

Survivors include his two sons and two granddaughters. 

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

Obituaries for April 10, 2013

Dusten Nichols

La Grande, 1984-2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Michael O’Hara

Baker City, 1923-2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Obituary for April 3, 2013

Roy Lennberg

Lakeview, 1921-2013

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

A memorial gathering will be scheduled later this summer.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Obituaries for April 1, 2013

Ivan Jensen

Formerly Baker City, 1924-2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘Marnie’ Carter

Baker City, 1922-2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vada Cameron

Elgin, 1943-2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘Bobbie’ Dangerfield

Sparta, 1924-2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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