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Obituary for Oct. 31, 2012


Ruby Young

Baker City, 1915-2012

Ruby B. Young, 96, of Baker City, died Sept. 28, 2012, at Ashley Manor Care Center.

There will be a reception in her honor for family and friends at 2 p.m. Saturday at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St.

Ruby was born on Nov. 18, 1915, in Howell County, Mo., to John and Bertha Sinclair.  She was the oldest of five children. Her siblings were Jack, Evelyn, Arlene and Margie.

Ruby married Roy E. Young on Feb. 24, 1936, in Nebraska and they moved to Baker City in 1945 with their two children, Donna and Gary.

Ruby worked at Holman Studio as a photograph developer and at Crown Cleaners as a seamstress.  She enjoyed sewing, quilting and embroidery as well as any activity that included her grandchildren.

She was a member of the Dorcas Circle, First Lutheran Church and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary.

Survivors include her children, Donna Nelson of Hines and Gary Young and his wife, Pat, of Baker City; her sisters, Arlene and husband, Bill Coleman, of La Grande and Margie Toney of Haines; her grandchildren, Deni Casteel of Wilsonville, Julie and her husband, Jim King, and Tony and his wife, Bev Nelson, of Hines, Anne and her husband, Barry Nemec, and Christopher and his wife, Amy Young, of Baker City, and Craig and his wife, Leslie Young, of Eugene; 18 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy; her parents; a brother, Jack; sister, Evelyn; and great-grandson, Daniel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Dorcas Circle, the VFW Auxiliary or the Heart ‘n’ Home Hospice through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.


Obituary for Oct. 29, 2012


Glenn Timm

Baker City, 1935-2012

Longtime Baker City resident Glenn Harry Timm, 77, died Oct. 22, 2012, at his home after a valiant battle against cancer.

His funeral will be Saturday, Nov. 3 at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 1995 Fourth St. in Baker City. Interment with military honors will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery. Friends are invited to join the family at a reception to follow at the church. Later Saturday, there will be a celebration of Glenn’s life at 6 p.m. at the Quail Ridge Golf Course, 2801 Indiana Ave.

Glenn was born on March 21, 1935, at Milwaukee, Wis. He attended Washington High School where he was a top student and star athlete in multiple sports. Back then Glenn went by the nicknames “Slim” and “Curly.” He graduated in 1953. 

Following graduation Glenn joined the United States Army, becoming a radio and radar specialist stationed at Hanford Army base in Washington. It was here that he met the love of his life, Peggi Jean Husselton. They were married in Richland, Wash., in 1960. They celebrated their 52nd anniversary on Aug. 13 of this year.

 After an honorable discharge from the army, Glenn used the GI Bill to obtain his bachelor’s degree from Eastern Washington University. He and Peggi moved to Baker in 1962 where Glenn began his career as an educator, starting as a junior high school science and math teacher. He went on to obtain his master’s in education from the University of Oregon.

Glenn taught at the junior high for several years and then became the head teacher and principal of Haines School. During his time with the school district, Glenn also served as principal of Churchill and Brooklyn Schools as well as in the roles of assistant superintendant and director of curriculum. Glenn served the district for 32 years, retiring in 1994.

In 1987 Glenn and Peggi helped co-found the Oregon Trail Electrical Consumers Cooperative, with Glenn serving as the organization’s first secretary, carefully drafting and recording all of the company’s original minutes and founding documents. Glenn served on the board of directors, as well. Glenn was also on the founding board of the Baker Rural Fire District and was active in its deployment and development.

 Glenn and Peggi raised three children in Baker City, and he enjoyed participating in a wide range of volunteer and civic activities over his 50 years in the community, including coaching youth bowling, the YMCA, the Jaycees, the Me ’n You Dance Club, the Elks, and the Baker County Heritage Museum. They were also avid Baker Bulldog fans, supporting the many activities of their children and their friends. Glenn was a lifelong Green Bay Packer fan and wore the cheesehead proudly.

In his retirement, Glenn enjoyed travelling to Germany, Great Britain, France, Switzerland, Italy, Mexico, the Caribbean and within the United States. He also enjoyed spending time with his many grandchildren.

His family hopes that Mr. Timm’s former students will remember him as the dedicated teacher and conscientious educator that he was. He loved working with kids and tried to create an atmosphere where children were supported, loved and could grow academically.

 His father and mother, Harry and Erna; his sister, Carol; and his brother, Richard, predeceased Glenn. 

He is survived by his wife Peggi; his brothers, Thomas and Earl; his son Brett and his wife, Evonne; his daughter, Carol and her husband, Geoff; and his son, Gary and his wife, Mercy. Glenn is also survived by seven granddaughters: Amanda, Calli, Jacque, Jesi, Bekah, Emma and Elizabeth, and by four grandsons: Alec, Isaiah, Sacha and Will.

 For those who would like to make a memorial donation in memory of Glenn, his family suggests New Hope For Eastern Oregon Animals or the Baker County Heritage Museum, through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543 Halfway, OR 97834.


Obituary for Oct. 26, 2012


Rhonda Murray

Baker City, 1956-2012

Rhonda Gay Murray, 56, of Hot Springs, S.D., whose husband, Tom Murray, was raised in Eastern Oregon where they met, died Sept. 9, 2012, at Hot Springs.

Her memorial services was Sept. 15 at the Hot Springs Mueller Center.

Rhonda was born on May 29, 1956, at Rapid City, S.D., to  Edwin and Maxine Andersen Stocke. They raised Rhonda, her two sisters and her brother at Sparks, Nev.

Her childhood stories mainly consist of her quirky, fun and playful disposition, always bringing smiles and good gut laughs to those around her, family members said. 

She shared her life with Tom, who lovingly called her “Fred.” They were married on Oct. 11, 1980, and enjoyed 32 years of marriage. Half of that time was spent drinking their coffee together.

They welcomed their son, Beau, on Oct. 30, 1981. His mama was proud of the boy he was and the man he has become. Their daughter, Chelsea, was born on Jan. 31, 1984. They equally shared the title “best friends.” Rhonda also helped raise her stepdaughter, Angela.

Rhonda loved her grandbabies. The common spoiling always took place, but what they really loved doing regularly together was playing make-up and hair.

 Most of all, what governed Rhonda’s life was her God, Jehovah. She dedicated her life to Jehovah by water baptism on April 22, 1989.

From that point on her life’s work was to share Bible truths with as many as she could, her family said. Seven years ago she was able to volunteer at least 70 hours a month to this work she believed in, to help others come to know the true God of the Bible. 

She knew that death is just a time of sleep and that she will be resurrected to a paradise earth. 

Rhonda deeply cared for her family and had many friends that became part of her family. Overall, laughter surrounded her life.

Survivors include her husband, Tom Murray of Hot Springs, S.D.; son, Beau Murray of Ludlow, Vt.; daughters, Chelsea Stoyan Lucey and Angela Massey, both of Hot Springs, S.D.; parents, Edwin and Maxine Stoke of Sparks, Nev; brother, Edwin (Stephanie) Stoke Jr. of San Diego; sisters, Lorna Southard of North Carolina and Sheila (Theron) Wood of Reno, Nev.; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

 McColley’s Chapel of the Hills at Hot Springs, S.D., was in charge of arrangements. Written condolences may be made at this website: www.mccolleyschapels.com.


Obituaries for Oct. 24, 2012


Donna Densley

Baker City, 1923-2012

Donna Densley, 89, of Baker City, died on October 18, 2012 at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Baker City. 

Her funeral will be held in the warmth and beauty of spring, family members said.

Donna J. Densley was born at home in Twin Falls, Idaho, on May 22,1923, to Burton and Edith Dunn. She was just 18 months younger than her only sibling, Mary Jane.

Her father farmed and her mother was an elementary school teacher. When her father decided teaching would be more profitable than farming, his quest for more education led the family from Idaho to Corvallis, where her parents attended and graduated from Oregon Agricultural College.

Donna attended first grade at Corvallis; then, after her parents’ graduation, the family moved to Shedd where her father was principal and her mother taught English and home economics.

She had fond memories of her grandmother living with them, cooking the meals and making wonderful chair beds in the kitchen when she or her sister were ill. Tap dancing and piano lessons were begun for both girls.

Three years later, her father’s profession dictated another move, this time to Woodburn. As those were the Depression years and two incomes for only one family was frowned upon, her mother did not teach. 

Donna enjoyed Woodburn except for the summers, picking berries eight hours a day and receiving just $1.

The next move was to Coquille, where Donna attended and graduated from high school. Always a “doer” and not a “sitter,” playing trombone in the marching band and cheerleading were just two of her extracurricular activities. After school hours she worked, first at a café then a creamery.

Oregon State was the natural choice for college and that was where she met Dave.

World War II had begun; they were married in December 1943, and soon after Dave was in Europe with the 89th Division. Donna lived in Eugene with her mother. 

Their daughter was born in 1945. In April 1946, Dave returned, completed his college degree and the move was made to his hometown of Richland.

Besides being a homemaker, who in the summer prepared daily meals for the hay crew and then canned, she took leadership roles in 4-H, PTA, CowBelles and Eastern Star. She played bridge, sewed, knitted, crocheted and took pleasure in entertaining family and friends. 

Later for a time, she volunteered as an aide at Richland Elementary and knitted caps to be given to newborns at the hospital.

After Dave’s heart surgery in 1987, life changed from a focus on ranching to a focus on golf. She loved it and the people involved. 

In 1989 she made a hole-in-one. Wintertime meant golfing trips to southern California, Nevada and Utah. In 1996, the ranch was sold and they moved next to their dearly loved spot next to the golf course.

For years, until no longer physically active, Dave and Donna attended every Pine-Eagle High School football and basketball game and music program.

She fiercely loved their little dachshund, and he was devoted to her. She referred to him as her best friend in the whole world.

Donna was always busy, gregarious, full of fun, a joy to be with, small in stature, big on spunk, family members said. She had a passion for chocolate, clothing, purses, shoes, hankies, dancing, ’40s and ’50s big band music, and was wicked with a can of spray paint. For 10 years, dementia slowly stole all of her joys of life except her love of chocolate, music and dance.

The family expressed “many thank yous and blessings upon the dear friends who made more than a special effort on Wednesday evenings to continue to come to Dave and Donna’s home.” They also expressed their gratitude to the staffs of Heart ‘n’ Home, Ashley Manor and St. Alphonsus for their professional and compassionate care. 

“You are appreciated more than words can express.”

Survivors include her husband, David; her daughter and son-in-law, Janice and Tim Heater; two grandsons; two great-grandsons (plus one soon-to-be great-grandson); and several nieces and nephews.

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

Floyd Duncan

Baker City, 1928-2012

Floyd Earl Duncan, 83, of Baker City died Oct. 21, 2012, at his home. 

His memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church, 1995 Fourth St.

 Floyd Earl Duncan was born to Doris Melville Duncan and Herman Duncan on Dec. 30, 1928, at San Diego. He joined his older sister, Evelyn, and a few years later his brother, Clifford, was born.

 Floyd was always a hard worker; he learned by example and through necessity. A well-known motto that Floyd lived by was, “If something is worth doing, it’s worth doing right!” He gave quality work and expected the same in return, family members said. 

 In 1948, he married his high school sweetheart, Elizabeth “Betty” Aidem. He managed the La Puente Redi-Mix Plant near their Southern California home. 

The Duncans moved with their two daughters, Nancy and Linda, to the remote hills of northern California to work on a ranch in preparation for their dream of owning a ranch themselves. This was a very happy 18 months when Linda and Nancy were presented with their first horse, “good old Joe,” and attended a one-room, one-teacher schoolhouse, complete with eight grades and 16 students.

 After searching for property during this period, Floyd and Betty turned to Baker, Ore., where Floyd long remembered the Blue Mountains and the fertile Baker Valley from a high school graduation trip. 

They bought the “old Satterburg” place on Pocahontas Road west of Baker City in 1960, where they began ranch life in earnest. They later sold this property to purchase the nearby “Ebell” ranch, which offered more acreage and better water rights. The ranch was sold in the late 1970s, but Floyd and Betty maintained their home on a small acreage on the ranch.

 Always intrigued with cars and machinery, Floyd was a fine mechanic. After ranching, the Duncans bought a semi-truck. 

Floyd hauled products for P&E Distributing and other firms. He loved to drive and put on a lot of miles over the next several years between Southern California and his beloved Baker County. 

Always a big adventure, his grandsons were often invited to ride along with their grandpa. When the boys got old enough, he sometimes let them off at Disneyland, building a lifetime of memories with his grandchildren.

 Floyd could also famously be seen in many car shows with his unique one-owner 1950 Dodge one-ton truck that he and Betty purchased and drove home from Detroit in 1950.

After its long service followed by decades of neglect, Floyd rebuilt the truck from the axles up and enjoyed car shows and tinkering with his truck for many years. He is the recipient of too many trophies and awards to count.

 Floyd was presented with the Legacy Man of the Year Award by the Baker County Chamber of Commerce in 2004. He lived naturally by the Golden Rule and was known by all as a kind and giving man who went out of his way to make life a bit easier for others, especially as friends aged and needed extra help, family members said.

He famously plowed the snowy roads of his neighbors, without any expectation of payment, during the winters for many, many years. He said “That’s just what good neighbors do.”

Through much hard work, Floyd and Betty achieved their goal of providing their daughters with storybook childhoods. 

A man of few words, Floyd’s friends and family will miss his easy smile and good-natured manner. He always said he was a lucky man — he even had a plaque attached on the front grill of his semi-truck that displayed the words: “Lucky Dunk.”

“He lived a good life; he knew how to work hard and played with the same enthusiasm; he enjoyed the bounty of profession and friendships that he originally sought when making Baker County his home,” family members said.

Survivors include his wife, Betty (known to all the grandchildren as “Cutie Pie, a moniker given her by Floyd) his partner in life for 64 years; his daughters, Nancy Duncan Berdahl (Alfred Berdahl) and Linda Wooters (Michael Wooters); grandsons, Travis, Trenton (Carrie), and Trevor (Alynn) Jones and Brandon and Tyson Wooters; eight great-grandchildren: Athena Wooters, Keath, Kaden, Elliyah and Kyrick Jones and Alexander, Elizabeth “Beth” and Amelia Jones.

 In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to a charity of one’s choice through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

Bob’ Balderston

Baker City, 1924-2012

Robert W. “Bob” Balderston, 88, of Baker City, died Oct. 1, 2012, at St. Alphonsus Care Center in Baker City.

His memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Coles Tribute Center. There will be a reception afterward at Coles Tribute Center. Private interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Bob was born on Nov. 10, 1924, at Philadelphia. He was the younger of two sons of Canby C. and Gertrude Emery Balderston.

Bob received his early education at Westtown School in Westtown, Pa., graduating in 1942.

As a Quaker, Bob had conscientious scruples against bearing arms. He was 18 when he and his brother, Fred, volunteered with the American Tield Service as ambulance drivers in September of 1942. They sailed to the Middle East with the AFS Unit Middle East 37 in January of 1943.

They both served with the British 8th and 9th Armies in the Middle East, North Africa, Italy and Austria in 1943-45. Bob returned to the states in 1945.

After his service, he attended the University of Colorado where he met the love of his life, Dorothea Bea “Dode” Ellingson. They were married in September 1950 and moved to Unity where bob assisted in managing the Ellingson Lumber Co. sawmill. They remained active in the operation, moving to Baker City in 1955.

In 1958, Bob and Dode moved to Englewood, Colo., where Bob continued his career. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity and remained an active supporter of Westtown School.

Although they had no children, Bob was a favorite uncle of his many nieces and nephews. Bob and Dode’s home at Englewood was always a welcome stop for visits, family members said.

The couple were also avid boosters of the Denver University hockey team and provided part-time employment and support for many of the players.

He was preceded in death by his mother, father and brother.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Dode; and many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

June Wilson

Chewelah,Wash.

June Wilson, 89, a former Richland resident, died the first part of October at Chewelah, Wash.

She was raised in Wyoming. During her life, she worked for Sears as a home interior decorator. In the 1950s, June and Gilbert ran the Chevron Station at Richland after her father’s death. When she and Gilbert retired, they moved back to Richland until their move to Washington to be closer to their children. 

Survivors include her husband of 70 years, Gilbert; and their three children, Butch, Diane and Dawn all of Washington; and her sister, Jewel Koopman of La Grande. 

Judy McLeod

Baker City, 1941-2012

Judy Nadine McLeod, 71, of Baker City, died Oct. 21, 2012, at her home surrounded by her family. 

In the final days of her life, she was comforted to know all four of her children and many grandchildren were at her bedside.

Visitations will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St. 

Her memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Baker City Christian Church, 675 Highway 7. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. There will be a reception afterward at the McLeod residence where Judy will be celebrated and remembered for the beauty, life, and laughter she brought us all, family members said. 

“There is a big empty space in our hearts that can never be filled and we want you back, Mama,” her family said.

Her primary caregivers, her loving and dedicated husband, Ron, as well as her equally dedicated daughter, Sonya, were always at her side.

Judy was born on Sept. 15, 1941, at Soledad, Calif., to Warren and Vestie Baker. Her fondest childhood memories were of her life in Jordan Valley, and the aroma of fresh-baked bread made by her Grandma Boatman.

When Judy was 18, she married and soon had four children. Her first husband disappeared and for several years she courageously supported her family on her own.

In 1970, Judy met the love of her life, her pillar-of-support, her constant companion, Ron McLeod. They soon married and without hesitation, Ron legally adopted her “brood of wild banshees.” The man still smiles today.

Judy had many successful careers: She began in the medical industry as a certified nurses assistant at Natividad Medical Center.

She also worked as a meat wrapper for Safeway, a bakery deli manager for Lucky Stores, and for a period of five years, she operated a day care in her home. 

Her life’s passion was rescuing and caring for all animals. Throughout her life, and in every capacity, Judy helped those less fortunate. 

Many people give testament that they would not be alive today if it were not for the love and support Judy unselfishly provided.

Judy was also an extremely gifted artist. Given any image, Judy could replicate exactly what she saw while simultaneously giving the image a life it lacked before her touch. 

Whether Judy had created another life-like portrait done with charcoals or painted another beautiful still-life, all were awed by her talents. It wasn’t an uncommon occurrence to walk into Judy’s home and listen to her family argue over which one of Judy’s paintings they would be allowed to take home with them.

Survivors include her loving husband of 42 years, Ronald S. McLeod of Baker City; her four children, Warren McLeod (Virginia), Beth Canales, Ronald S. McLeod Jr., (April — life partner), Sonya Delatorre (Julian), as well as Diana Monzo-(Padilla); grandchildren, Amber, Cody, Devin, Crystal, Tori, Melissa, Kayla, Tonya, Juliana, Kenny, Jett and Kaitlin; great-grandchildren, Kayden, Averi, Mile, Lillian, and Makayla; siblings, Angie Twyman and Earl “Buzzy” Baker; extended grandchildren; some ofher closest friends, Carla McDonald, Barbara Claxton, Joyce Beauther, Judy Clark, and Virginia Warsha; and pets, Champ, Coco, Brownie, Snow, Baby and Peek-a-boo.

The family expressed its appreciation to these people for the love, support, and care they provided to the family, and especially to Judy: Betty Shields, Bobby Neff, Ashley Dixon, Amber Waggoner, April Bennett, Seth P (hospice nurse), Dr. Schott, Dr. Lamb and many others.

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


Obituary for Oct. 22, 2012


Valerie Larkin

John Day, 1946-2012

Valerie Larkin, 66, a longtime John Day resident and former resident of North Powder, died Oct. 15, 2012, at Blue Mountain Hospital in John Day.

Her graveside service was Saturday at the Canyon City Cemetery. 

Valerie Fay was born on Jan. 9, 1946, at Baudette, Minn., to William and Victoria Mitchell McKinnon. She was the youngest of six children. 

The family moved to Mitchell where she started school. North Powder was also their home before they moved to John Day. Valerie graduated from Grant Union High School on May 28, 1965. 

Valerie met her husband Barney Larkin in the winter of 1964 at a local restaurant. She soon invited him to her junior/senior prom in the spring of 1965. 

It was a love that bloomed quickly and Barney proposed to her on May 18, 1965. They were married just one day after graduation on May 29, 1965. They spent 47 beautiful years of marriage together, family members said.  

Valerie enjoyed being a homemaker but also worked at the Grant County Cleaners for a few years. She later managed The Gold Town Pizza Parlor and also cared for her father and mother for several years.

Valerie loved spending time with her family and baby-sitting her nieces and nephews. She always cared more about everyone else than she did herself. 

She was everybody’s mom and best friend, her family members said.

Her children, Jaime and Jeremy had many friends who also called her mom. She never missed a game or an event that her children were participating in. She made it to every family event and gathering that she could. Valerie’s life became even more joyous with the birth of her beautiful granddaughter Alyx.

She was proceeded in death by her mother Victoria Mitchell McKinnon; her father, William McKinnon; and her oldest sister, Beverly McKinnon Klish.

Survivors include her husband, Barney Larkin of John Day; son, Jeremy Larkin of Prineville; daughter, Jaime Larkin, and granddaughter, Alyx Larkin, of Pendleton; brothers, Charles McKinnon, Dennis McKinnon and Donald McKinnon; sister, Shirley McKinnon Mentzer; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

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


Obituary for Oct. 17, 2012


Bobbie Hendon

Baker City, 1982-2012

Bobbie Sue Hendon, 30, of Baker City, died Oct. 9, 2012, at her home.

Her memorial service was Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. in Baker City. Pastor Nathaniel Neff of the Lighthouse Church officiated.

Bobbie was born on March 17, 1982, at Hamilton, Mont., to Clarence and Michael Russell Hendon. Bobbie attended Baker High School and graduated in 2003. She enjoyed swimming, fishing, hunting, attending church functions, horseback riding, spending time with friends, family and her partner, Russell Padock, and she also loved to sing. Bobbie was involved in the Lighthouse Church, The Eagles, Rough Riders 4-H Club and Northwest Bargain Center.

Bobbie Sue was a kind, loving, bright-hearted person who saw good in everyone. In 2003 she got her GED through Job Corps. Bobbie loved to sing karaoke, her bright shining heart will forever glow. She will be forever loved and missed by her family and friends.

Bobbie is survived by her partner, Russel Padock of Baker City; her father, Clarence Hendon of Soddy Daisy, Tenn.; her mother, Michael Cole of Baker City; her sister, Brandy Hendon of Baker City; her brothers, Brogan Cole of Baker City, Carl Hendon of Hermiston, and Allen Hendon of Hermiston; her sister, Francine Raines of Soddy Daisy; her uncle, Olen Hendon of Soddy Daisy; her uncle, Albert Mollar of Vancouver, Wash.; her grandmother, Georganna Sjong of Baker City; as well as three nieces and five nephews.

 She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Dan and Dianne Elkins, and Franklin and Louis Hendon; her uncle, Eddie Hendon; her aunt, Tina Hendon; as well as many others she will join to watch over us.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Bobbie Sue Hendon to the Susan G. Komen Foundation through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.


Obituary for Oct. 12, 2012

LaVerne Frazier

Pendleton, 1928-2012

LaVerne Francis Frazier, 84, of Pendleton, a former Baker City resident, died Oct. 7, 2012, at her home with her family.

Her funeral was Thursday at the Pendleton Pioneer Chapel.


Obituaries for Oct. 5, 2012

Allen Chapin

Baker City, 1922-2012

Allen J. Chapin, 90, of Portland, a former Baker County resident, died Oct. 1, 2012, at Portland.

His funeral was at 1:30 p.m. today at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

 

Shirley Koons

Formerly Rock Creek, 1938-2012

Shirley Fannie Pritchard Koons, 74, a longtime Maupin resident and former resident of Rock Creek near Haines, died Oct. 2, 2012, at her home.

Her graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Haines Cemetery. There will be a potluck afterward at the Haines Methodist Church.

A memorial service and potluck is schedule at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Maupin American Legion Hall.  

 

 

 


Obituaries for Oct. 3, 2012


Cliff Bond

Baker City, 1924-2012

Cliff Bond, 88, a lifetime Baker City resident, died Sept. 28, 2012, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City. 

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church, 1995 Fourth Street. Pastor Katy Halliburton will officiate. Friends are invited to join the family afterward for a reception in the Presbyterian Church’s Rogers Fellowship Hall. There will be a graveside service at 2 p.m. at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Cliff was born on Feb. 6, 1924, at Baker City to Herbert and Clara Bond. He was the younger of two siblings. 

Cliff was a very hands-on individual, building his first go-cart at age 12. He was a Baker High School graduate. 

After high school he joined the military and served in World War II. He was stationed in England where he spent four years at various bases and served as a top turret gunner in a B26 Marauder. 

While stationed in England he met his bride to be, Elizabeth “Betty” Ellis. They were married in Middlezoy, England, on Oct. 2, 1944.

After the war, Cliff and Betty returned to Baker where they raised their four children. Cliff was an electrician and a successful businessman. He owned and operated Baker Electric for more than 40 years. 

After returning to the States, Cliff’s hobbies included designing, building and racing hydroplane boats. Cliff did not settle for off-the-shelf and was very creative in his boat designs.

He invented a new design which he named the “cab over.” Cliff’s design was eventually adopted as the standard for the racing industry.

After 12 or 13 years, Cliff retired from boat racing and bought some property on the Brownlee Reservoir where he built a family cabin. Cliff wasn’t satisfied sunbathing on the dock, so he spent his time building an inboard ski boat, water ski jump, and a landing strip.

Around 1966, Cliff began building airplanes. His first airplane was a French Aerobatic Beryl. One of the challenges was converting the French plane construction plans to English. 

Once again, Cliff, not being happy with the plans, changed a 125 hp engine to a 200 hp, making a very high performance airplane. After going through a series of airplanes, he landed on the Super Ultra Decathlon. 

Pairing up with his flying buddy, Donn Mires, they launched “the Decathlons” and performed at various air shows across the West Coast. His love of flying never ceased. 

He and Betty built a house with a hanger on the lower floor and a runway 20 feet away. Cliff continued to fly until a few years before his death. 

Cliff also found time throughout his life to spend time with family. He built go-carts, tree houses, playhouses, peddle airplanes and many other unique things for his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed attending his children and grandchildren’s sporting events. 

He also enjoyed hikes to “buck knob,” deer hunting, fun times at elk camp, crappie fishing contests off the rock point, and his dogs and cats.  

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty; daughter, Sandy Satterburg; and his sister, Irene Crane. 

Survivors include his three children, Carl Bond and his wife, Linda, of La Grande, Jean Fromwiller and her husband, Tim, of La Grande, and Ross Bond and his wife, Kay, of Baker City; his son-in-law, Dale Satterburg, of Portland; 12 grandchildren, Clayton Bond and his wife, Amy, Carrie Spencer and her husband, Craig, Travis Fromwiller and his wife, Loui, Glen Fromwiller and his wife, Venus, Amber Fromwiller and her husband, Emmitt, Cathy Giesa and her husband, Aaron, Jenny Satterburg, Stephen Satterburg, Jeff Bond and his wife, Kara, Kristi Christensen and her husband, Kris, Casey Bond and his wife, Sarah, and Bobby Bond and his wife, Christa; 17 great-grandchildren; and his special companion of the past five years, Jean Hall, and her daughter, Beth Pointdexter, and her husband, Dan. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or to a charity of one’s choice through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814. 

Ernest Smith

Formerly Baker City, 1918-2012

Ernest Smith, 94, a former Baker City resident, died Sept. 30, 2012, in La Grande.

His funeral will be Saturday, Oct. 6, at 11:30 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2625 Hughes Lane in Baker City. Bishop Richard Hindman of the LDS Church will officiate. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.

 Ernie, as he was known by all who knew him, had been a resident of Wildflower Lodge Assisted Living Center for three months after a fall occurred from which he did not recover. He had lived independently until that time, being watched over by his son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Deby Smith. 

Ernest Emil Smith was born on Feb. 13, 1918, at Emmett, Idaho. He was the seventh of nine children born to Martin and Nancy (Webb) Smith of Emmett. Living in a rough-and-tumble home where his father, Martin, managed a boxing gym in their home basement, Ernie considered a career as a boxer but his mother refused to sign papers in which he would have become professional, as he was under age. He later said this really saved him from that world. After graduating from high school, and finding employment difficult to find, he followed his older brothers to Medical Springs where he found employment on a cattle ranch. His employer proved to be his future father-in-law, Robert Wanker. He married Hazel Ann Wanker in Emmett in 1940. World War II was just beginning and because of a health issue and a farm deferment, he worked on the farm and got a second job working in the Pondosa Mill making ammunition boxes at night. In 1944 he managed one of his father-in-law’s ranches and eventually bought the 6,000-acre parcel. The ranch became a destination for friends and family and many great times were had there. Their first son, Gary, was born in 1942 followed by Dallas three years later and Larry three years after that.

 Ernie was a very successful rancher, cowboy and farmer who loved his family and his job. Some said he looked like he was part of his horse by the way he rode and carried himself. He was always in good health and good spirits. He was trustworthy and expected the same from his fellow man, although it didn’t always happen. Hazel was in poor health much of her life and he stood by her side and cared for her through tough times. Even in their older age they would sit together holding hands.

 In 1972 the boys had moved on to other vocations rather than ranching and Ernie sold the ranch and bought a two-unit apartment in Baker City, where they lived and rented out the other apartment. He later purchased 20 acres just north of Baker that had an existing home, which he rebuilt into their dream home. This was the home that most of the grandchildren and great-grandchildren knew best and have the fondest of memories.

They lived there peacefully until Hazel had to be moved to a private care home. The large family home became too much for him to handle and with the death of Hazel, he sold it and moved to La Grande, closer to Larry and Deby Smith where they could care for him. His health deteriorated to the point he had to be cared for in an assisted living center.

Survivors include his sons and their wives, Gary and Judy, and Dallas and Peggy, all living in Utah, and Larry and Deby, living in La Grande. 

Ernie and Hazel have 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren with two more great-grandchildren who are due very soon. Ernie was the last surviving member of his immediate family.  He had a giving personality and ready smile that will be missed by all who knew him.

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


Obituaries for Sept. 28, 2012

Karen Taylor

Baker City, 1935-2012

Karen Alexander Taylor, 76, of Pendleton, a former Baker County resident, died Sept. 14, 2012, at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, Wash. 

There will be a graveside service of remembrance at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. 

 


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