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Obituaries for Aug. 2, 2013

‘Rob’ Burgess

Baker City, 1964-2013

Robert Martin “Rob” Burgess, 48, of Baker City, died suddenly July 25, 2013, of a cerebral hemorrhage at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise.

His memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane. There will be a reception afterward at the Sunridge Inn.


Obituaries for July 26, 2013

‘Russ’ Murphey

Baker City

Russell Warren “Russ” Murphey, 74, of Baker City, died July 22, 2013, at his home after a long battle with lymphoma. His family was at his side.

His funeral was at 3 p.m. Monday, June 29, at the Baker Christian Church, 675 Highway 7. Pastor Jesse Whitford officiated. The committal service was at Rock Creek Cemetery. There was a celebration of life dinner afterward at the church.

Russ was born in California and was educated there. He worked for more than 25 years for the California Fish and Game and retired in 1990 after 22 years as a game warden. 

After his retirement he moved to Show Low, Ariz., where his wife, Marge, pursued a counseling career. They moved to Baker City in 2006 from Arizona. 

Russ loved the Lord and was an active member of the Baker Christian Church. He led several Bible studies and also led many hymn sings for the community. His beautiful bass voice will be missed.

Russ tried many part-time positions but principally loved to hunt and fish. He was a very friendly, wonderful man who will be sorely missed by family and friends. The fish of Baker County will now be safer.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Marge; their three daughters, Cyndi Huff (Dave) of Petersburg, Ky., Shelly Scott (Ray) of Baker City, and Jan Sorenson (Tony) of Cody, Wyo.; five granddaughters and three great-granddaughters; his sister, Jean Nagle (Hank) of Wilseyville, Calif., and his half-sister, Shirley Cook of Woodland, Calif.

He requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to his wife’s nonprofit Christian counseling business, Angel Rose Counseling through Gray’s West and Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814. He prayed daily for her ministry and was a great encouragement.

Louise Todd

Baker City, 1930-2013

Louise F. Todd, 82, a longtime Baker City resident, died July 23, 2013, at Settler’s Park Assisted Living Center.

 The rosary will be said at 10 a.m. Monday at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St. Her graveside memorial will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Father Julian Cassar of St. Francis de Sales Cathedral will officiate.

 Mrs. Todd was born on Aug. 12, 1930, at Rising City, Neb., to John Albert and Anna Willemsen Frericks. She was a 1947 graduate of St. Francis Academy and married Aubrey “Bud” Todd on Feb. 11, 1950, at Baker City.

 Mrs. Todd worked as a personnel manager for the BLM for 30 years, retiring in 1987. Her hobbies were volunteering with many organizations.

 She was a member and active with St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, Soroptomist Club and the Elks Lodge.

Survivors include her son, Marc Todd of Baker City; sister Connie Fisher of Echo; six grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and 12 great-grandchildren.

 She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bud; and a son, Gary.

 Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Obituaries for July 22, 2013

Steven Boyd

Formerly Baker City and North Powder, 1947-2013

Steven Michael Boyd, 66, a former resident of North Powder and Baker City, died July 17, 2013, due to a rafting accident on the Rogue River in Southwestern Oregon. 

A visitation will be Wednesday, July 24 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Gray’s West & Co.  Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. There will be a celebration of life memorial service at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 27 at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane in Baker City.

Obituaries for July 17, 2013

Jeanette Hull

Baker City, 1956-2013

Jeanette Marie Langton Hull, 56, of Baker City, died July 1, 2013, losing her courageous battle with cancer.

Jeanette’s Celebration of Life will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at the Eagles Lodge,  2935 H St.

Obituaries for July 15, 2013

William Tebeau

Formerly Baker City, 1925-2013

William Henry “Bill” Tebeau, 87, of Salem, a Baker City native, died July 5, 2013, surrounded by his loving family. 

The family welcomes all in celebrating Bill’s life on Saturday, July 20 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Center 50+, 2615 Portland Road NE in Salem. Arrangements are by Howell Edwards Doerksen Funeral Directors. To make online condolences visit www.hed-fh.com.

Bill was born on Nov. 23, 1925, at Baker to Henry and Frances Tebeau. Bill was a history maker. He exuded both humility and pride when reminiscing about his life and achievements. At age 12, he joined the Boy Scouts and worked his way up to the Eagle Scout designation and the Order of the Arrow. In 1943, Bill graduated from Baker High School, and was admitted to Oregon State College (later named Oregon State University). In June 1948 he became the first African American male student to graduate from Oregon State University, receiving his bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering.

Obituaries for July 12, 2013

‘Mickey’ Hood

Medical Springs, 1914-2013

Mildred Thompson “Mickey” Hood, 99, of Medical Springs, died July 7, 2013, at her residence.

A graveside service was at noon today at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Jesse Whitford of the Baker City Christian Church officiated. 

Mickey was born on May 16, 1914, at New London, Conn. At the age of 3 she was adopted by the Thompson family and was raised in Juliet, Ill. She received her education in a private girl’s school in Pasadena. 

On Dec. 23, 1971, Mickey married Edwin Hood. They lived at Port Angeles, Wash., on a fishing boat called “The Defense” for several years, later moving to Orcas Island, Wash. In 1990 they sold their boat, “The Horizon,” and moved to their home at Medical Springs.

 Mickey liked birding, flower gardening and was quite a boat handler. She helped her husband for many years in their commercial salmon fishing business.

Survivors include her husband, Edwin; her daughter, Cheryl Doide; and three grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one son, Brian Henry.

Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel handled the funeral arrangements.

Letha Hoopes

Baker City, 1921-2013

Letha Evelyn Lovejoy Hoopes, 91, of Baker City, a retired employee of the U.S. Soil Conservation Service, genealogist and gifted artist, died July 9, 2013, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City after a long illness.

Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2625 Hughes Lane. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. 

Letha was born on July 30, 1921, at Baker County to Addison Victor Nathaniel Lovejoy and Myrtle Rebecca Rizor Lovejoy. She was raised in Baker City and spent her summers at Gleason Mine in Dixie and during the later years of her youth at the Orion Mine near Unity. She started school at South Baker Elementary in 1926 and was a 1939 Baker High School graduate. She later attended business school.

Letha briefly worked for the draft board in 1940. She married John Garretson Hoopes at Payette, Idaho, on Feb. 21, 1942. Letha was a beloved mother of four sons and one daughter, whom she lovingly raised and cared for in their Baker City home. 

When the last of the boys began school in 1966, Letha worked for the U.S. Forest Service. The next year, she began employment at the Soil Conservation Service until her retirement. 

Letha was well-known for her talents as a gifted artist, including painting, embroidery, needlework, quilting, crochet and knitting. She loved to spend time in her vegetable and flower gardens. 

Letha was a member of the LDS Church where she held many callings, taught genealogy classes, performed German name extraction and served as a Temple worker in the Boise Temple.

 Survivors include her daughter, Nancy Fuller (Heber) of Highland, Utah; her sons, Dale Hoopes (Joyce) and Kenneth Hoopes, all of Baker City, and Rex Hoopes (Debbie) of Boise; her sisters, Elinor Turnidge (Sheldon) of Payson, Utah, and Eva Kellogg (Barry) of Walla Walla, Wash.; her brother, Walter Lovejoy (Margret) of Wasilla, Alaska; grandchildren, John Hoopes (Lauri) of Baker City, Ronda Lawson of San Antonio, Texas, RaNay Winter (Ryan) of Pleasant Grove, Utah, Ryan Fuller (Amber) of Lehi, Utah, Steve Fuller (Sariah) of Lehi, Utah, Russell Fuller (Laura) of Cedar Hills, Utah, Carissa Hatch (Bryan) of Midvale, Utah, Whitney Mortensen (Ben) of Logan, Utah, Taryn Hoopes, Tanner Hoopes and Alex Hoopes all of Boise; great-grandchildren, Alicia Spalding (Ben) of Pleasant Grove, Utah, Kristen Hoopes, currently serving an LDS mission in Brazil, Riley Winter and Chandler Winter of Pleasant Grove, Utah, Gideon Fuller, Garrett Fuller, Alaina Fuller, Liberty Fuller, Kallia Fuller, Charity Fuller, Tylee Fuller, Ethan Fuller, Spencer Fuller, Paisley Fuller, and Parker Fuller all of Lehi, Utah, Tarak Fuller, Samara Fuller and Ashton Fuller all of Cedar Hills, Utah, Grayson Hatch of Midvale, Utah, Levi Mortensen of Logan, Utah, Justin Staley (Tara) of San Antonio, Kevin Staley (Marissa) of Kennedale, Texas, and Jessica Young (Josh) of Warrenton, Mich., Joelle (Evan) Crowther of Spanish Fork, Utah, Kenneth (Abby) Cockram of Baker City, and Jamie Cockram of Walla Walla, Wash.; and great-great-grandchildren, Cora Spalding, Gavin Staley, Zoe Staley, Dalilah Staley, Ian Staley, Kaylee Young, Chloe Young, Preston Young, Dusting Young, Kayson and Mayci Crowther and Ty Wilkinson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Garrettson Hoopes; her parents; a son, Victor Garry Hoopes (Wanda); and a brother, Victor Lovejoy (Norma).

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

Leo Payne

Baker City, 1941-2013

Leo John Payne, 71 of Baker City, died June 26, 2013, at Granite.

Private interment will be at a national cemetery. 

Leo was born on Sept. 8, 1941, at Portland to Frank and Rilla Porter Payne. He graduated with the class of 1959 from Grant High School in Portland. In 1960, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served honorably until his discharge in 1963. He was assigned to the 95th Fighter Interceptor Squadron.

After his military service, he attended and graduated from the University of Portland where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. In 1981 he married Susan at Winnemucca, Nev. During his working career he was an accountant for Baker Redi-Mix, and also for the Port of Hood River. He then co-owned and operated “Charlie’s Tavern” in Umatilla with Susan until he retired in 2005.

His hobbies included fishing, camping, traveling, golfing, riding motorcycles, and reading fiction.

Survivors include his wife, Susan Payne of Baker City; his brothers, Andy, Steve and Larry; his sister, Dorothy; his son, Michael Payne; stepson, Justin Handy of Baker City; his best friend and nephew, Frank Denton of Long Creek; his grandchildren include Mason, Logan and Jera Handy, all of Baker City.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Gray’s West and Co. Pioneer Chapel.

Obituary for July 10, 2013

Ed Kornblum


Edward Gerald “Ed” Kornblum, 76, died June 22, 2013, in La Grande.

There are no services at Ed’s request, but his ashes will be scattered at his favorite fishing hole.

Ed was born on Feb. 21, 1937, at Columbus, Ohio. Ed served in the Army.  After the Army he worked for the Oregon State Park service as a superintendent for the parks in the Tillamook area. 

Ed married Jean La Rochelle in 1987 and after he retired from the park service in 1995 they traveled the United States in their motor home.  

Ed loved to laugh and always had a smile for you. He loved traveling to out of the way places with the motor home. Ed was a fine craftsman and made beautiful items from wood. He loved to go fishing with his best friend of 30 years, Sam Baldwin of Union. 

Ed is survived by his wife, Jean; his daughter, Michele, and her husband, Eddy, of Elgin, and their three children, Matt, Steven and Alex; his son, Richard Kornblum of Tillamook; two stepdaughters, Elaine La Rochelle of Elgin and Darlene La Rochelle of Phoenix, Ariz.; and a sister, Meta Reistad, of Napa, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his three brothers, William, Allen and Ronald. 

For those who wish to make a memorial donation in memory of Ed, the family suggests the Grande Ronde Hospice as they were so good to Ed, through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Obituary for July 1, 2013

Bea Bottger

Baker City, 1933-2013

A. Beatrice “Bea” Bottger, 80, a former Baker City resident, died June 25, 2013.

Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 1280 N.W. Saltzman Road, in Portland.

Bea was born Ada Beatrice Chambers to Howard James Chambers and Jessie Elmeda Moses on June 10, 1933, at Baker City. Her father, Howard, suffered heart disease and the young family traveled extensively throughout Baker County in search of work. 

They lived at Cornucopia, Keating, Pondosa and Copperfield where Howard died in 1939. Jessie taught school at several places, including Missouri Flat where they lived for a time with Ruth and Rock Duncan on their ranch. 


Obituaries for June 26, 2013

Maxine Miller

Richland and Baker City, 1924-2013

Dorothy Maxine Miller, 88, of Richland and Baker City, died June 20, 2013, with her son and daughter-in-law at her side.

Her memorial service and a celebration of Maxine’s life will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Richland Christian Church. Gordon Bond will officiate. Friends and family are invited to a reception afterward at the church.

Obituaries for June 21, 2013

Mark Lindsay

Wisconsin, 1951-2013

Mark Davis Lindsay, 61, a former Baker County resident, died June 17, 2013, at a hospital in Wisconsin after a six-year battle with cancer. 

His service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Chapel, 2625 Hughes Lane. There will be a graveside service at noon at the Haines Cemetery.

Mark was born on Sept. 16, 1951, to Melvin Grant Lindsay and Ella Mae Lindsay. He was raised at Rock Creek, along with four siblings: Diana (Steve) Preston, Charlotte (Dave) Hanna, Tom (Gae) Lindsay and Jane (John) Davis.

He married Debbie Colton on Aug. 16, 1975. They divorced in June of 1990. 

Upon graduating from Baker High School in 1970, Mark attended Ricks College at Rexburg, Idaho, where he met and dated Terri White. The two had recently reconnected and were to have been  married a week before he died. 

After his 19th birthday, he left to serve a mission for the LDS church in Phoenix, Ariz., then continued his education in Arizona, La Grande and at Brigham Young University.

In 1982, Mark started a cleaning business at the BSU Pavilion in Boise where all his children learned to work. He worked for BSU for seven years doing security, back-up systems for select-a-seat and running the cleaning business.

The last 12 years he worked as a long-haul truck driver. Mark will be remembered for his fun, quirky personality, and his loving generosity, family members said.

They expressed their appreciation to his fiancee, Terri White, for staying with him in Wisconsin until his death, and to Wish Granters for providing a trip to Disneyland with his granddaughters last summer.

“He will be always loved and remembered,” family members said.

Survivors include his five children, Justin (Mandee) Lindsay, Amy Lindsay, Charlotte Lindsay and Kris Lindsay; grandchildren, Alexander, Elizabeth, Shaeda and Lilly; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son, Michael Lindsay.

Relyea Funeral Chapel of Boise is in charge of arrangements.

Linda Clausen

Bullhead City, Ariz., 1939-2013

Linda Lee Clausen, 73, of Bullhead City, Ariz., and formerly of North Powder, died Feb. 12, 2013, at her home with her loving husband. 

Her memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the North Powder Cemetery.  

Linda was born on Oct.26, 1939, at Baker City to Gerald Lester Petersen and Lula Adeline Davis. 

She grew up on their ranch near North Powder and attended elementary school at Powder Valley School and then moved to Umatilla with her mom.  

She was a descendent of John S. Davis and Susan Dealy Davis, who homesteaded the family ranch at North Powder in 1872, and Chris and Rosella Petersen, who were pioneers in Baker County.

Linda married Bruce Clausen on Nov. 26, 1987, at Las Vegas, Nev.  

She was preceded in death by her parents, Gerald Petersen and Lula and William Cantrell; a son, Stanley Yale Culp; sisters, Patricia Ann “Patsy” Patterson and Dorothy Christine O’Mohundro; brother, Johnny Chris Petersen; niece, Leslee Ann O’Mohundro; and nephew, Lee Roy O’Mohundro; and brother-in-law, Ronald Patterson.  

Survivors include her beloved husband, Bruce Clausen of Bullhead City, Ariz.; daughters, Tara and Dallas Aschoff and Tracy and Ronald Buckholz; stepchildren, Michael H. and Bonnie Clausen and Michael and Debra Perry; grandchildren, Dylan Aschoff and Ailee Rae Aschoff; nieces and nephews, Jeannie and Randy Durante, Paula and Stephen Almond, Richard L. O’Mohundro, Michael Chris and Deborah Petersen, Thomas Gregg  and Patricia Petersen, Jeffrey Philip and Joanne Petersen,  Stephen John and Teresa Petersen, Susan Kay and David Bailey and Amy Roth Petersen; brother-in-law,  Lewis O’Mohundro of La Grande; and sister-in-law, Jan Petersen of La Grande.       

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