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Obituaries for Aug. 1, 2012

Dick Ballantyne

Baker City, 1927-2012

Dick Ballantyne, 85, a former Baker City resident, died July 22, 2012. 

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3737 Liberty Road South, in Salem. 

He was born on Sept. 9, 1927, at La Grande to Pearl and Gilbert Ballantyne. The family moved to Baker City, where his father had a lumber mill. Dick grew up attending Baker schools. 

He played basketball and football at Baker High School and helped his team make it to the state basketball tournament, becoming an “All State Player.”

After graduation, Dick joined the U.S. Navy. From his boot camp training, he was selected to lead and train the next incoming group of men. When the war ended, he returned to Baker City. 

Dick had been previously recruited by Oregon State, so he packed his bags and headed southwest to join the Oregon State Beavers basketball team at Corvallis.

Dick spent four years at Oregon State where he met Pat and was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity. While at OSU, Dick had many accomplishments as a player. 

Some highlights were traveling across the country by train to compete in the NIT (National Invitation Tournament) at Madison Square Garden, the Pacific Coast Conference Championships, and a trip in 1949, to the “Final Four” of the NCAA Tournament.

Upon graduation from Oregon State, Dick took an entry level position as the head basketball coach and teacher at Roseburg High School. Two years later, in 1954, he was selected as the head basketball coach and math teacher at the brand new South Salem High School. 

In his 16 years of coaching at South Salem, he took many teams to state tournaments, placing among the top teams. In 1970, Dick earned the position of athletic director at South, which he held for the next 17 years. While in his teaching and coaching career, Dick was fulfilled by the relationships he built through coaching, teaching, and mentoring students.

Retirement brought many new adventures. Dick and Pat, along with their children, built a home at Camp Sherman where the outdoors was his playground. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, hiking, cross-country skiing, horseback riding and family gatherings. 

Dick also enjoyed traveling and competing in tennis with his brother, Gordon. Pat and Dick created many memories as they traveled extensively throughout Europe.

Survivors include Pat, his wife of 63 years; three children, Claudia of Colorado Springs, Colo., Linda of Beaverton and Jon of Salem; and seven grandchildren.

Dick was passionate about athletics and the role it played in the building of character within young adults. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Dick Ballantyne Student Athlete Scholarship Fund via MAPS Credit Union, in Salem.

City View Funeral Home of Salem is in charge of arrangements.

Jean Densley Connall

Coos Bay, 1920-2011

Jean Densley Connall, 91, died Oct. 3, 2011, in North Bend at the Pine Street Adult Foster Home.

There will be a celebration of Jean’s life at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 18, at the New Bridge Church of the Nazarene. The Rev. Ron Hunter will officiate. There will be a reception afterward at the New Bridge Grange Hall.

 Jean was born on July 28, 1920, at Richland to John and Belva Simonis Densley. She was raised in Eagle Valley on a sheep and cattle ranch where she created rich and lovely adventures she was able to share with her family throughout her life, and indelible memories that brought her comfort, familiarity and laughter, even as her health and memory deteriorated. 

Her warm love, quiet strength, subtle wit and willful sideways glances will be sorely missed, family members said. She was exceptional.

 Jean excelled in the Eagle Valley Schools, graduating from high school as valedictorian at the age of 16. She attended Oregon State College and remained a huge Oregon State sports fan until her death, attending her last home football game at the age of 87. 

She married her high school sweetheart, Wilbur Connal, on Feb. 3, 1940. Together they embarked upon a 55-year journey of home, family, joy, loss and above all else, love. 

They began their lives together at Cornucopia where Wilbur worked in the gold mine. Their first home that winter was a quaint, snow-bound, two-story, two-room cabin in the woods. After the mine closed, they moved to Portland for a job in the shipyards. 

In 1944, Jean and Wilbur moved back home to Richland, where they raised their three cherished children: Noel, Kathy and Doyle. They lived there happily until Wilbur’s death on May 31,1995. 

Jean continued living in their home until her health forced a move to Coos Bay to live with her daughter.

 Jean was heavily invested in her children’s lives and her community. She was active in PTA and the Booster Club. She volunteered as a 4-H leader, Cub Scout Den Mother, and served as worthy matron of the Order of the Eastern Star and as a Rainbow for Girls mother advisor. 

Jean was elected as recorder-treasurer for the city of Richland from 1958 to 1965. Jean then worked for U.S. Bank until her retirement.

 Although small in stature, Jean had a giant zest for life, family members said. She zealously loved pink, angels, teddy bears and roses. She was unapologetic in her devotion to the Atlanta Braves and her OSU Beavers. She loved Chinese food and loathed bananas unrepentantly. And to the end, Jean cherished children, friends, and adored “her Wilbur.” 

 Jean enjoyed many activities including baking, knitting, gardening, crossword puzzles, bridge club, Minnesota trips, cruises, solitaire, beach trips, and playing slot machines. Watching sports was another of Jean’s favorite past times especially when her children, friends’ children, or grandchildren were involved. 

 Jean’s unconditional generosity and love for her friends and family were unrivaled. Jean considered her friends as gifts and she cherished them all. Two wonderful young sisters, Sandra and Tykie Solosabal, came to her home as “boarders” and left her home years later as her family, always holding a special place in her heart. 

A major highlight in Jean’s life was her trip to Spain with Sandra. Through the years, Jean and Wilbur also rented rooms in their home to many young teachers who became lifelong friends. Jean loved them all.

Into each great life comes great joy as well as great sorrow, and Jean was able to weather both life’s peaks and valleys with grace and dignity. Blessed with three children, Jean and Wilbur were devastated by the untimely death of their son, Noel, in 1982. 

Although Jean never stopped missing her beloved son, her strength in this tragedy defined her grace just as much as her ability to share and spread the joys she experienced, family members said. 

 Then, of course, there were her grandchildren who were the center of her universe. The quintessential grandmother, she loved, praised, doted and bragged mercilessly to strangers about them, so much so that those grandchildren constantly felt her love and devotion, even when she was not physically present. 

Jean and Wilbur were the grandparents written about in storybooks, great distributors of love, affection, bear hugs and homemade cookies. 

“Their beautiful legacy of family and their example of great love is an eternal gift to their grandchildren,” family members said. “We are all made richer having had our lives so blissfully entangled in theirs.”

Survivors include her daughter, Kathleen Hosack, and her husband, William, of West Linn; son, Doyle Connall, and his wife, Candi, of Enterprise; daughter-in-law, Susan Hall Connall of Coos Bay; adopted daughters Sandra Way of Boise and Tykie and her husband, Bob Malone, of Bremerton, Wash.; brother, David Densley, and his wife, Donna, of Baker City; grandchildren, Sean Connall, and his wife, Stacey, of Tigard, Zachary Hosack and his wife, Malin, of Christiansburg, Va., JD Connall and his wife, Ruby Ann, of La Grande, Brittany Hosack MacDonald and her husband, Tom, of Downers Grove, Ill., Stacey Connall Stockhoff and her husband, Chet, of La Grande, Shannon Hosack Wallace and her husband, Colin, of Tualatin, Luke Hosack and his wife, Virginia, of Phoenix, Ariz., great-grandchildren, Allie, Marley, and Gabi Connall, Jade and Trista Connall, Tommy, Reese, Luke, and Tate MacDonald,Austin and Carter Stockhoff, Ashby and Brenna Wallace and Gunnar Hosack; and numerous nieces and nephews; special friends and caregivers, Tari Fitzpatrick; and Pine Street’s Russ and Karma Schellong. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur; son Noel; parents, John and Belva Densley of Richland; her siblings, John Densley, Alice Glenn, Belva Moody, and Churby Stanciu. 

The Coos Bay Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Friends and family are encouraged to sign the guestbook at www.coosbayfh.com.

Ada Schell

Twickenham, 1940-2012

Ada Schell, 71, of Twickenham, died July 26, 2012, at her son’s home in Prineville.

There will be a memorial gathering beginning at noon Saturday at Pete Schell’s home in Prineville. For directions, call 541-447-7932. 

Ada Pearl O’Neal was born on Sept. 8, 1940, at Kamiah, Idaho, to Raymond and Thelma Brummett O’Neal. The family moved to Kinzua in 1942 where Ada was raised and educated. She graduated from Fossil High School and then attended Links College of Business at Boise.

 She married Ernie Schell on Dec. 24, 1958, at Kinzua. They lived at Kinzua for two years before moving to Fossil, where they started a family. Ada worked in the newspaper office at Fossil. 

They moved to the Portland area where they remained for the next 29 years living at Boring, Eagle Creek and Sandy. Ada worked in grocery retail while raising the couple’s two children. She and Ernie retired at Twickenham where they enjoyed the quiet beauty of living on the John Day River.

“She left us with the memory of her instant smile and the twinkle in her eyes and will be missed by all her family and many, many friends,” family members said. 

 She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and her mother-in-law and father-in-law. 

Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Ernie Schell of Twickenham; son, Pete Schell and Nancy of Prineville; daughter, Brenda Admire of Roseburg; grandchildren, Brittany and Tim Cross of Vancouver, Wash., Jordan Schell and John of Bellingham, Wash., Taylor Schell of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Shawna and Jimmy Adams of Twin Falls, Idaho, and Michael Smith and Shara of Roseburg; great-grandchildren, Trenton Cross of Vancouver, Wash., and Catherine Adams of Twin Falls, Idaho; brother, Ray and Betty O’Neal of Heppner; sister, Darlene, and Dennis Teskey of Baker City; and numerous nieces, nephews and close friends.

 Memorial contributions may be made to Pioneer Memorial Hospice through Gray’s West and Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814. 

Obituary for July 27, 2012

Marquess Lewis


Marquess Lynn Lewis, 83, a longtime Baker City resident, died July 24, 2012, at St. Alphonsus Care Center.  

Private family inurnment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.

 Lynn was born on Jan. 28, 1929, at Baker City to Trudy and Marquess Clifton Lewis.  He lived in Richland until his father’s death at the age of 48. Lynn and his brother, Harlan, then lived with family and friends while his mother earned a living cooking in the area mines and ranches. Their mother finally made a permanent home for the family in Baker City.

 He started school at a one-room schoolhouse in Richland and rode a horse to school daily. Later he attended grade school and St. Francis Academy in Baker City and later graduated from Baker High in 1948.

 Lynn married Carol Duncan in Weiser, Idaho, on Nov. 17, 1950. They were married for 61 years. 

Lynn and Carol lived at Pondosa for 10 years, where he learned to grade lumber at the local mill. After the mill closed, the family moved to Baker City where he graded lumber at Ellingson Lumber Co. for 30 years. 

Survivors include his wife, Carol, of Baker City; his daughter, Carol Lynn Lewis of Portland; his grandsons, Nicholas and Christopher Gryniewski of Miami, Fla.; his granddaughter, Carrie Cundell of La Grande; his  daughter, Lynda Pearson, and son-in-law, Terry, of Baker City; his grandson, Bryan Pearson, and his wife, Emily, of La Grande; his son, Marquess Lynn Lewis Jr. and daughter-in-law, Dorothy; and his granddaughters, Jaymie and Sarah of Livermore, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Harlan, age 39; and his daughter, Lynn Ann, age 6.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Obituaries for July 25, 2012

Sally L. Powers

La Grande: 1923-2012

Sally L. Powers, 88, of Santa Barbara, Calif., and formerly of Baker City and La Grande, died July 19, 2012, at Santa Barbara. 

Her graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Hillcrest Cemetery in La Grande. 

Sarah Luella Patten was born on Oct. 28, 1923, at La Grande. Known throughout her adult life as Sally, she graduated from high school at La Grande before heading out for Wilson’s Business College in Seattle in 1942. There she met and married Robert Edwin Powers, son of an Irish farming family from South Dakota. He was employed with the original three Nordstrom brothers at their first shoe store in Seattle.

Known as “Bob and Sally,” they were rarely apart. They married in September 1943, enjoying nearly 60 wonderful years together; they were, as it was often said, “two sides of the same hand.” They would later move to Walla Walla in southeastern Washington, where Sally worked for Pacific Power and Light prior to becoming secretary of the Southeastern Washington Fair Board, a position she continued to work from a home office constructed after the arrival of their daughter.

In 1966, the Powers family moved to Baker City and opened their own shoe store, which became known for specialty and boutique orders. They retired after 25 successful and happy years in business, enjoying travel and creative relaxation as they visited family and friends across the United States.

 In addition to her personal and professional partnership with her husband, Sally found time to become a certified Master Gardener; a collector and restorer of fine antiques (she once chased down a rubbish truck to take possession of a discarded Victorian chaise, which she then restored in an Egyptian motif of linen and silk); a designer and seamstress of beautiful gowns, dresses, and coats; and a producer of jams, chutneys, preserves and delightful fruit pies from their garden’s many offerings.

After Bob’s death in July of 2002, Sally moved in April of 2003 to Santa Barbara to live with their daughter and three grandchildren, before finally settling in the Samarkand retirement community, in an “independent living” apartment like she and Bob had visited often during their many trips to Santa Barbara. The Samarkand was a perfect fit for Sally, and she quickly jumped into an easygoing and multi-faceted lifestyle there, taking field trips and joining classes whenever the opportunity arose. She was the official Samarkand Christmas elf for three consecutive years.

 In the course of her time there, she would change residence to “assisted living” and then to “skilled nursing,” having battled back, with an indomitable spirit, from both illness and surgery, rallying to participate in the next big adventure. She went on to become a watercolor artist who worked in brilliant colors and with vivid imagery (she greatly surprised herself), and would play bingo with wicked winning streaks, acquiring stashes of goods which she would then give away.

She lived to see her eldest granddaughter marry, wearing her own wedding dress modified some 65 years later; celebrated each of her grandchildren’s university and college graduations; was there to love, cuddle and play with her first great-grandchild; and was recently made aware that another great-grandchild would soon make his debut. 

Sally lived to become a matriarch who had seen her family through the many cycles of life, and she left this world knowing that for her family right now, everything was good and every ship was sailing safely upright; this held great importance to her as a mother.

“Sally was a genuinely wonderful, generous and remarkable woman, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and she was one of those gentle souls who touched people by her kindness and simplicity,” family members said. “She was a fine example of those of whom it is said were from ‘the greatest generation.’ ”

Survivors include her remaining brother, Charles (Ethyl) of La Grande; her daughter, Colleen (Lee) of Santa Barbara and Rome, Ga.; her granddaughter, Mersedeh Imani Ruiz (James) of Templeton, Calif.; her grandson, Shafiq Hepp of Goleta, Calif.; her granddaughter Ajira Hepp of Goleta; her great-granddaughter, Aslah Imani Ruiz of Templeton; and a great-grandson on the way; many nieces and nephews across the country; lifelong childhood friends, Verna Courtright and Ruth Hulse Coriell, both of La Grande; and the many friends she held dear throughout the Samarkand communities.

She was preceded in death by her father, Harvey Patten; brothers, Clifton and Keith; her mother, Teresa Castle Patten; and her husband, Robert Powers.

Obituaries for July 16, 2012

Bob’ Love

Baker City, 1918-2012

Robert E. “Bob” Love, 94, a longtime Baker City resident, died July 12, 2012, at Ashley Manor. 

His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St. Bob Harrison of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will conduct the services. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. 

Visitations will be from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at Coles Tribute Center.

Mr. Love was born on Jan. 2, 1918, at Baker City to Floyd and Helen (Love) Love. He attended Baker schools, graduating in 1936.

He married Marian Ballantyne in September 1940 at Baker City. He owned and operated a Baker City car dealership for many years. 

Bob was a wonderful family man. He and his wife, Marian, had been married for 71 years. He loved gardening, college football and his annual fishing trips to Montana with Carl and Jess. 

After his retirement from the car dealership, he went to work for the Oregon State Police for four years. He will be greatly missed by his family.

 Survivors include his wife, Marian Love of Baker City; daughters, Diana Cottle Coleman of Sandy, Utah, and Joyce Ross of La Grande; a brother, Gene Love of Fairfield, Calif.; four grandchildren; and 11 great- grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Lucille Lillard, Evelyn Studer, Mildred McAllister, and Frances Perkins.

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

Obituaries for July 11, 2012

‘Marg’ Gover

Kennewick, Wash., 1918-2012

Helen Marguerite “Marg” Gover, 94, died July 8, 2012, at the Colonial House in Kennewick, Wash.


Obituaries for July 6, 2012

Kenny Armbruster

Ontario, Calif., 1930-2012

Kenneth L. “Kenny” Armbruster, of Ontario, Calif., a former Baker City resident, died May 26, 2012, at his home with his family at his bedside.

Kenny was born in the tiny mining town of Sweet Mine, Utah, to Ray and Anna Armbruster. Because his dad was an electrician (self-taught) for mining companies, the family moved a lot. One year Kenny went to four different schools in three different states.

The family lived at Sumpter during his high school years and he attended Baker High School. Kenny ran track and played some football. After a mild concussion, he decided that maybe football was not the right sport for a 5-foot-3-inch kid, so he concentrated on track and did well.

He spent one year of college at Oregon State in Corvallis and then joined the U.S. Navy in 1950. The Navy provided him with electronics training and he then spent two tours of duty in Alaska aboard two sea-going tugs.

Leaving the Navy in 1954, he attended Cal Poly at San Luis Obispo, Calif., where he earned an electronics engineering degree.

He then took a job at General Dynamics in Pomona, Calif. where he worked for 35 years at a job he loved. He designed guidance systems for guided missiles.

When he retired in 1990, the first item on his “bucket list” was to go skydiving — a stunt he thoroughly enjoyed — at Perris, Calif. 

Next, he enrolled in a geology class at Chaffey College where he happily went on camping field trips with 18-year-olds.

After that, he spent his time studying geology and history, hiking, traveling (especially with Elderhostel), socializing with many friends and enjoying time with his five grandsons.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Doris; sons, Scott (Barbara) of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., and Keith (Dana) of Corona, Calif.; a daughter, Nora, of Claremont, Calif.; a brother, Robert; a sister, Joanne Warnock of Sumpter; and five grandsons, Scott, Nicholas, Wyatt, Quinn and Riley.

Fred Beymer Jr.

The Dalles 1924-2012

Fred Hennen Beymer Jr., 88, a former Baker City resident, died June 22, 2012, at the Oregon Veterans Home at The Dalles. 

His military memorial ceremony will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Fred was born on Feb. 10, 1924, at Portland. He moved with his parents, Fred and Mable Beymer, to Klamath Falls where they managed a hotel. While attending Henley High School, he met his future wife, Patricia Elaine Short.

Fred graduated from high school in 1942 and as World War II was under way, he and four of his buddies joined the U.S. Marine Corps. He went to Camp Pendleton at San Diego for paratroop training. 

After service in New Zealand and New Guinea, he and the 5th Division of the Marines were sent to the Big Island in Hawaii to train for assault on the strategic island of Iwo Jima. 

There is a monument on the Parker Ranch where they trained thanking members of the 5th Division of the Marines for their bravery in the war. Fred participated in the landing and securing of Iwo Jima.

Like most returning soldiers, he never spoke much of that horrifying experience. But he often said there are no atheists in fox holes. When Japan finally surrendered, Fred was one of the first U.S. soldiers to occupy Japan.

He was very proud of his service with the Marine Corps. One of his regrets was that he had not become a member of the Marine Corps Band. He was a talented trombone player. 

Before going to the Pacific, Fred’s high school sweetheart, Patricia, her parents and Fred’s parents met in San Diego where Fred and Pat were married on Feb. 19, 1944. While Fred was away, his first child, Michael Fred, was born. When the war ended Fred returned to his family at Klamath Falls.

He and Pat purchased a house and acreage from Pat’s father and proceeded to raise potatoes and children. Their son Mike’s birth was followed by the birth of Starla Sue, Bill Patrick, Becky Jo and Kelly Lee.

Fred taught his children the fine arts of baling hay, driving hay trucks, and riding horses. He drove them around Oregon, Washington and Idaho where they competed in junior rodeos. He was instrumental in founding the Klamath Falls Junior Rodeo. 

Fred was always a showman. Photos from that time show him pictured as a cheerleader in high school and as a performer in musicals with Fred and Pat’s friends as they put on shows to raise money to build the Mount Laki Presbyterian Church. They also sang in the choir at the church.

Fred and his father were in the Klamath County Sheriff’s Posse. One of their events was to ride from Klamath to Lakeview every year for the rodeo. Horses were a major part of Fred’s life.

In 1963, he loaded up his horses and family and moved them to Sisters where he worked for a rancher, while Pat taught school. They lived at Sisters for a while and then discovered nearby Camp Sherman where they bought an A-frame restaurant and sold homemade french fries, ice cream and hamburgers during the summer season.

Fred found a carpenter and together they put up an outdoor stable so he could put his children to work guiding trail rides. The family also took tourists into the Mount Jefferson Wilderness on pack trips where Fred would heat up his large grill and fry up a feast.

He was a man of many talents. One of Starla’s memories of Fred’s cooking was him laughing out loud as he watched his children at the counter crying as they tried to eat his “onion” pancakes.

From Camp Sherman, Fred and Pat went to the Oregon Coast where they had a pony ring at the Pixieland amusement park. Their next adventure was in Kahneeta on the Warm Springs Reservation where they again put their horses to work providing rides to guests of the resort.

Fred and Pat lived in numerous places over the years including Simnasho, Imnaha and in northern Nevada where Fred worked on ranches and Pat taught in one- and two-room schools. Fred also drove school bus and headed up the cafeteria.

They bought a house at Baker City and commuted back and forth from Orvada, Nev., to Baker City on weekends. 


Betty Carter

Baker City 1924-2012

Betty Mae Scott Carter died June 24, 2012, at her home in Baker City, just weeks before her 88th birthday.

There will be a celebration of her life at 4 p.m. Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church, 1995 Fourth St.

Betty was born on July 12, 1924, at Minneapolis to Grace Regina Sather-Johnson and Walter Irving Scott. She was a 1942 graduate of Central High School in Minneapolis, and went to work for Burroughs Adding Machine Corp.

 In the summer of 1947, she got a job at Hamilton’s Store in Yellowstone, where she met her future husband, Truman C. Carter, who was working as a lifeguard at the Geyser-Water Swimming Pool. They married five weeks later, on Aug. 8, 1947, at Elko, Nev.

By September, they returned to Baker City, where Truman worked as a schoolteacher and owned a log home on Seventh Street. For many years, Betty sold Real Silk Mills as a door-to-door saleswoman. The Carters also ran Elkhorn Archery Co. in the back shop of their home, later adding a small health food shop.

In 1970, they purchased the 24 Flavors Ice Cream Store on Broadway and added health foods, archery and backpacking equipment and a large selection of paperbacks and magazines. The Carters operated Carter’s Natural Foods, Archery and Backpacking until 1987.

Betty was active in the Presbyterian Church, regularly visited people at a local nursing home, volunteered her time at the Greater Baker Food Co-op, was a member of the Baker County People for Human Dignity group and loved making the yard sale circuit with family members.

Survivors include her sons, Barry, Kip and Corry Carter, all of Baker City; daughters, Tamara (and Phil) Mattson of Troutdale, Holly (and Bob) Gill of Madras, and Libby (and Dave) Rudolph of Baker City; grandchildren, Deva Williams of La Grande, Adam and Lisa Mattson of Troutdale, Chase Gill of Bothell, Wash., Carter Gill of Las Vegas, Nev., Kelsey Gill of Portland, and Turner Gill of Portland and Koby and Jordan Rudolph of Baker City; two stepgrandchildren, Amy and Ashley Rudolph of Vancouver, Wash.; and two great-grandchildren, Hunter and Chevelle Williams of La Grande.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Truman; her parents; her brother, Wallace “Bud” Scott; a granddaughter, Alexa Carter; and a daughter-in-law Susan Petersen-Carter.

Memorial contributions may be made to Heart ‘n’ Home Hospice or MayDay.

Cole’s Tribute Center is in charge of arrangements.

Obituaries for July 4, 2012

‘Jack’ Pittman


John Fredrick “Jack” Pittman, 78, of Baker City, died June 25, 2012, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Boise.  

A celebration of his life will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Baker City Christian Church, 675 Highway 7. Pastors Jesse Whitford, Mike Whitford and Bob Whiteman will officiate. Burial of his urn will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.  Friends are invited to join the family for a reception in the church fellowship hall after the committal service.

Jack was born on Oct. 6, 1933, at Walla Walla, Wash., to Wayne and Kathryn Kidder Pittman. He attended high school at McEwen (near Athena), then attended one year at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash.  He worked as an assistant manager at U.S. Bank for approximately 40 years, retiring in 1994.  Jack married Georgia Looslie on March 5, 1954. He later married Peggy Leaton-Nickens in 1992.

For his outstanding contributions to the community, he was awarded Man of the Year, being honored for his efforts in funding Step Forward in Baker County and for his involvement in Historic Baker City Inc.  Jack was also nominated for the 2004 Legacy Man of the Year. He was a member of the Jaycees, the Lions Club and the Baker City Christian Church.

Some of the activities he was involved in include volunteering during Miners Jubilee to sell buttons and cook breakfast in the park, chairing the duck race committee and working on a variety of other Jubilee events. He also chaired the Lions Sight Conservation Committee and the Baker City Budget Board and served as a member of  the St. Elizabeth Hospital Board and Nursing Home Board.

He served as president of Baker County Alcohol and Drug Problems Inc., and was an organizer for the first mental health group in Baker City. He also participated in the Community Choir, volunteered at the Food Bank and coached youth from North Baker Grade School to participate in Special Olympic events in La Grande.

As a member of the Baker City Christian Church, Jack volunteered tirelessly serving as an elder, a deacon and a trustee, teaching adult Sunday School, serving on the Financial Ministry Team and overseeing the seniors ministry, taking communion to shut-ins and calling regularly to check up on them.  He performed baptisms, officiated funerals and helped with too many other activities to list. 

In the words of his pastor, “Jack’s life reflected Christ and it was very evident when you were around him that this man had spent a considerable amount of time with Jesus.”

Jack had many hobbies including fishing, woodcutting, hunting deer and elk, gardening and picking mushrooms and huckleberries. He often cut, delivered and stacked wood for people in need. He enjoyed teaching people, young and old, how to hunt mushrooms, ice fish and catch steelhead and crappie. He will be remembered by all the kids for supplying them with Dentyne gum.  Each day Jack was a loving husband, dad, stepdad and grandfather. 

Survivors include his wife, Peggy Pittman; two daughters, Dee Staab of Auburn, Wash., and Rhea Powell of Beaver Marsh; his son, Greg Pittman of Lakeview; stepdaughter, Shannon Russell of La Grande; stepson, Curt Nickens of Baker City; 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; three brothers, Don Pittman and Dick Pittman of Dayton and Leonard Pittman of Selah, Wash.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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

Erin Carrithers

Baker City, 1968-2012

Erin Kathleen Flanagan Carrithers, 43, of Vancouver, Wash., a former Baker City resident, died June 11, 2012, at her home. 

Her memorial service was June 18 at Scappoose.

Erin was born on Sept. 12, 1968, at Spokane, Wash., to Charles and Caroline Logsdon Flanagan. She attended school at Spokane and Lacey, Wash., and graduated from Baker High School in 1986.

She was employed in several different vocations, most recently as a flagger in road construction.

Survivors include her husband, Lee Carrithers of Vancouver, Wash.; her daughter, Anndi; twin sons, Connor and Joshua; her parents, Caroline and Bob Barton of Baker City and Charles and Connie Flanagan of Baker City; her sister, Dianne (Hal) Long of Sheridan, Wyo.; brothers, Shannon (Kristie) Flanagan of Scappoose and Patrick (Kristi) Flanagan of Baker City.

She was preceded in death by an infant son, Edmund Carrithers; sister, Colleen Flanagan Dayhoff; and grandparents.


Obituaries for July 2, 2012

Mildred Holt

Mildred Holt, 82, of Halfway died on June 20, 2012, in Baker City.

Services will be held at a later date in Waxahachie, Texas.

Mildred “Millie” was born on July 25, 1930, at Waxahachie to Joseph and Winnie “Shiplett” Buck.  She was raised and educated in Waxahachie, graduating from Waxahachie High School in 1948.  

Following high school, Millie attended Business College in Fort Worth, Texas, and shortly after began working as a secretary in Fort Worth. She met her husband Ross in October1951 and they were married in February 1952 at the house next door to her parents with Judge Ray officiating.

They lived in Fort Worth as her husband, Ross, was in the Air Force.

Early in the marriage, Millie traveled to England as Ross was going to be stationed there. At a young age she traveled the ocean in the third largest ship in the world, alone.  They lived in England for a year and a half, moving back to the states July 1954.

Son Jim was born in 1960 in Huntington Park, and in 1955 daughter Lori was born.  The family lived in Los Angeles, then moved to the San Fernando Valley in 1965. In 1969 Ross died and the family moved to Texas.

Millie, her mother Winnie and son Jim moved to Halfway in 1991. During Millie’s life she enjoyed gardening, sewing, quilting and doing fancy work.

Her favorite television show was “Jeopardy!,” and she loved John Wayne.

Millie was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Mary Edith Buck; her brother, Benjamin Edward Buck; and her husband, Ross.

Millie is survived by her son, Jim Justice of Halfway; her daughter, Lori Berg of Waxahachie; her grandchildren: Christy Nell Taylor of Fort Worth, and Jason Wayne Simpson of Waxahachie; great-grandchildren: Jacob Cole Taylor of Tyler, Texas, Brooklyn Belle Wildman of Red Oak, Texas, and Penelope Christine Woods of Fort Worth; and, her sister, Petronella Arledge of Lubbock, Texas.

Those who wish to make a donation in memory of Millie may do so to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Obituaries for June 29, 2012

‘Don’ Kloss

Ontario, 1938-2012

Donald DeVere “Don”  Kloss, 74, of Ontario, died June 22, 2012, of a heart attack, with his wife and grandson by his side.

There will be a celebration of Don’s life at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 7, at the Boulevard Grange at 3890 Highway 201, in Ontario.  Those attending are asked to dress casually.

Obituaries for June 27, 2012

Fred Widlund

Baker City, 1940-2012

Fred Allen Widlund, 72, of Baker City, died June 21, 2012, at his home. 

His memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First Church of Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane. Pastor Jerry McConnell will officiate.

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