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Obituary for Nov. 28, 2012


Rose Anna King

John Day, 1923-2012

Rose Anna King, 89, of John Day, a former Baker City resident, died Nov. 17, 2012, at  Blue Mountain Hospital in John Day.

Her memorial service will be scheduled later .

Rose Anna was born on June 2, 1923, at Baker City  to Victor and Vera McGarey Bergeson. She was a 1941 Baker High School graduate. She married Richard Nicholson O’Brien at Baker City on Feb. 19, 1949. He died on July 2, 1959 at Reno, Nev. 

She married Leonard J. King of Pendleton on June 22, 1972. Leonard died on June 5, 1985 at Reno, Nev.

Rose Anna worked for Idaho Power Co., the U.S. Forest Service and operated two small businesses. She was also a homemaker and a housewife in her later years.

Her hobbies included gardening, sewing and all sorts of arts and crafts, family members said. She most recently took up drawing and watercolor painting. She won a blue ribbon at the Grant County Fair for a rooster she painted in 2011. 

She loved a good game of chance and was extremely fond of Bingo. Collecting antiques was a passion and she saw the value in things no one else appreciated. She loved a good drive in the country and spent many hours driving around Pendleton in her later years.

Rose Anna was a volunteer for many years at the former Pendleton Community Hospital working in the gift shop and wherever she could be of service. She received an award for having more than 6,000 hours of service. 

As the wife of a Pendleton Round-Up director, she was involved in the Hall of Fame and donated many hours to that organization.

After the death of her first husband, she was forced to raise her son alone, get a job and move from her home.

She did just that and did a great job, family members said.

“No greater accomplishment can be asked of anyone than to take good care of family,” they said.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Victor and Vera Bergeson; a brother, George Bergeson; a sister, Alice Mae Hughes; first husband Richard N. O’Brien; and second husband, Leonard King.

Survivors include her son Richard Burke O’Brien of Prairie City; stepdaughter, Patricia Bryan of Houston; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Elks Eye Clinic through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.


Obituaries for Nov. 21, 2012


Gene Chadwick

Baker City, 1927-2012

Gene Ruby Chadwick, 85, a longtime Baker City resident, died on Nov. 18, 2012, at Meadowbrook Care Center. 

There will be a private graveside memorial at Mount Hope Cemetery. It was her desire to be remembered by her friends each in their own way.

Gene was born on Sept. 21, 1927, at Baker City to Oscar and Nellie Paige. She grew up in Baker City and graduated from Baker High School in 1945. After graduation, she went to work for Pacific Northwest Telephone Company and retired in 1976. She married Clifford Chadwick in 1947, they were married for 51 years. 

They had a farm outside of Baker City where many memories were made with all of the boys. Gene enjoyed many years of camping and fishing as well as many great times at the family mine at Elk Creek.

Gene is survived by her son, Larry Chadwick and his significant other, Carol Scarbrough; her daughter-in-law, Beverly Chadwick; two grandsons, Michael Chadwick and Norman Chadwick; a stepgrandson, David Torres; two great-granddaughters; several nieces and nephews; and special friend Hermus Brown. 

She was preceded in death her parents; her husband, Clifford; and by her sons, Lyle and Leslie Paul Chadwick. 

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

Paula Dougharity

Baker City, 1947-2012

Paula Jean Dougharity, 65, of Baker City, died Nov. 18, 2012, at Boise.

Her memorial service will be at noon Friday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave.

Paula Dougharity was born on May 13, 1947, at Baker City to Paul and Shirley Doherty Dougharity. Paula was a 1965 La Grande High School graduate and attended Mount Hood Community College at Gresham. 

Paula was self-employed as a bookkeeper. In her free time she enjoyed gardening, knitting, visiting with loved ones and friends and keeping the Internal Revenue Service in check, family members said.

Paula was very proud of being a double Dougharity/Doherty, being a loving and devoted mom and grandmother and raising four children. She also felt blessed to have the time to spend with her grandson, Sean Dougharity, and to help care for her new granddaughter, Danica. 

She had a passion for helping others prepare their taxes and enjoyed bookkeeping. Paula also barrel raced her dapple grey gelding, Bob, in her teens.

Survivors include her daughter, Jerre Jean Neeley of Pendleton; her son, Paul Roe of Pilot Rock; her son, Patrick Dougharity of Colorado; her daughter, Shawna Patton of Dundee; brother, Patrick Dougharity of Whitefish, Wash.; cousin, Tim Doherty of Burley, Idaho; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and her beloved dog and best friend, Max.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Shirley Dougharity.

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


Obituary for Nov. 16, 2012


Bill Wells

Sumpter, 1926-2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Obituaries for Nov. 14, 2012


Linda Nelson

Baker City, 1951-2012

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

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

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

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

Dwight Klaudt

Baker City, 1943-2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Louise Cochran

Baker City, 1919-2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Obituary for Nov. 12, 2012


‘Doc’ Franklin

Baker City, 1942-2012

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

At his request, there will be no service.

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

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

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

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


Obituaries for Nov. 9, 2012

Ellen Vershnik

Hermiston, 1918-2012

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

 

Donald Walker

Baker City, 1925-2012

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


Obituaries for Nov. 2, 2012


Beverly Searles

Baker City, 1935-2012

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

 At her request, there will be no service.

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

Coles Tribute Center is in charge of arrangements.

Ella Williams

Tacoma, Wash., 1935-2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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.


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