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Obituaries for Aug. 29, 2012

John Yeakley

Bakersfield, Calif., 1947-2012

John C. Yeakley, 65, of Bakersfield, Calif., a former Baker City resident, died Aug. 20, 2012.

His memorial service was Saturday at the Greenlawn Southwest Celebration of Life Center at Bakersfield.


Deborah Hall

Mobile, Ala., 1958-2012

Deborah Kile Hall, 54, a former John Day resident, died Aug. 28, 2012, at Mobile, Ala., after a long illness with her two children, Dean Hall and Jessica Hall Turner by her side. There was a private service at Mobile.


Rocky Hardwick

La Grande, 1945-2012

Rocky Hardwick, 66, of La Grande, died Aug. 24, 2012. 

There will be a celebration of Rocky’s life at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Church of the Nazarene in La Grande. 

Obituaries for August 27, 2012

Maudest Sexton

Baker City, 1926-2012

Maudest Grace Whiteley Sexton, 85, died Aug. 18, 2012, at Baker City.

There will be a celebration of her life at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Halfway, Oregon on Saturday.


Laura Zweifel

Baker City, 1916-2012

Laura K. Zweifel, 95, of Baker City, died Aug. 24, 2012, at her home surrounded by family.

At her request, the family has planned a private service.


Obituary for Aug. 24, 2012

Linda Vanette Holloway, 57, died Aug. 21, 2012, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City. 

Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Obituaries for Aug. 22, 2012

‘Ray’ Parker

Monmouth, 1953-2012

Wilfred Ray Parker, 59, of Monmouth, a former Baker City resident, died Aug. 18, 2012, after an extended illness.

His memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, at the Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. 

He was born on Jan. 14, 1953, in Baker City to Stanley and Velma Parker. He served with the U.S. Air Force from 1971 to 1977. He completed his associate degree from Chemeketa Community College at Salem. 

He enjoyed computer technology, reading, classic films, and was a dedicated artist. During his life he worked to build his own construction company and was committed to continuing his education.

Survivors include his daughters, Errin Parker and Cassandra (Jeremy) Polen; his son, Robert Parker; two grandsons, Connor and Mason; his brother, Doug, (Kathy) Parker; two sisters, Sue (Lorrin) Lissman and Deniece (Craig) Parker, and their children.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ray Parker Memorial Fund, which has been established at the Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center, which is in charge of arrangements. 

Online condolences may be

made at www.dallastribute.com.

LaVern DuMars

Richland, 1928-2012

LaVern Wesley DuMars, 84, of Richland, died Aug. 9, 2012, at his home. 

Private family interment will be at the Eagle Valley Cemetery in Richland.

Vern was born on Dec. 23, 1928, at La Grande to Leonard Wesley and Amy Pearl DuMars.

Vern went to school in La Grande for 11 years. The family moved to Union his senior year where he graduated in 1947. 

He got to see the Pendleton Round-Up as a child when the arena was just a circle of vehicles. Vern spent summers as a teenager working in the grain fields around Pendleton.

After graduation, Vern joined the U.S. Army and served in the Korean War.

He married the love of his life, Pearl Edith Forsea, on April 19, 1953. They lived at Union where Vern got a job at the feed mill, working his way to manager. His first two children, Bob and Margaret, were born while the family lived at Union. They later moved to Snake River and daughter, Chris, joined the family. 

When the dams went in, they moved to Eagle Valley. Two more daughters, Barb and Dana, completed the family.

Vern and Pearl dairied many years in Eagle Valley. Vern also served on many boards.

He enjoyed many camping trips to the Eagle Cap Wilderness on horseback with the whole family while the children were growing up. He also enjoyed many trips to Canada and camping trips with Barb’s family. Vern really liked watching his grandkids grow up and was very proud of them.

For 59 years, Vern’s favorite thing was dancing and holding hands with his sweetheart, Pearl. They would sneak off to go dancing and still be home in time for morning milking.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Amy; brother, Gene DuMars; and youngest daughter, Dana Lynn DuMars.

Survivors include his wife, best friend and sweetheart, Pearl; son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Pam DuMars; daughter, Margaret Teets; daughter and son-in-law, Chris and Rob Stacey; daughter and son-in-law, Barb and Bill Ephrom; 15 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

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

John Ames

Richland, 1932-2012

John Ames, 80, died on Sunday, August 19, 2012, at Richland. 

There will be no service.

John was born on Feb. 15, 1932, at El Centro, Calif. He was raised in the Imperial Valley, graduating from high school at El Centro in 1950. John joined the U.S. Navy in 1951 during the Korean War. He served on the U.S.S. Essex for four years.

John married his childhood friend and sweetheart, Anita McLaughlin, at Bremerton, Wash., on May 23, 1953. They raised three children: John, Frank and Lorina.

John worked in agriculture most of his life. He liked working the ground and watching the crops grow.

He and Anita bought a home in Richland and moved there permanently in 1990. He continued farming his place and also leased the Ellis Ranch and a portion of Idaho Power property. He enjoyed getting out on the land riding horses.

He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and three sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Anita; children, John Ames, Frank Ames and Lorina Moody; two sisters; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

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

Obituary for Aug. 20, 2012

David Aeder

Haines, 1927-2012

David J. Aeder, 85, of Haines died Aug. 12, 2012.

There will be no funeral. Dave donated his body to the Oregon Health & Science University at Portland for research.

Dave was born on March 19, 1927, at Silverton. He was the youngest of four children born to Joseph and Katie Lincoln Oeder.

He met his future wife, NaOma Sall “online” — while he worked on a Columbia River tugboat and she was a Union Pacific telegrapher. They communicated via Morse Code before they met in person. They were married on June 7, 1945, and had five children.

In later years, they enjoyed traveling to the Southwest, and owned a winter home at Choloride, Ariz. NaOma died in 2006.

Dave was also preceded in death by two sisters.

After high school, Dave took some geology courses, but was mostly self-taught. He studied geology, mathematics, chemistry and electronics.

He earned his pilot’s license while still a teenager, and worked briefly as a crop duster. Dave and NaOma bought the Chloride Mine in Baker County in 1958 and it is still family owned.

He enjoyed prospecting and still was looking for the Mother Lode in the last years of his life. 

He designed and built machinery and all-terrain vehicles for his own use. In the early 1960s, he sold a patent on a prototype snowmobile. 

He had many jobs, including working in the oil fields as a well logger, in construction, building dams, logging, mining and mine reclamation, manufacturing, sawmills, electronics and commercial fishing out of Garibaldi.

Survivors include five children and their spouses, Pat and Michele Aeder of Garibaldi, Janet and Doug Rasmussen of Corvallis, Rick and Linder Aeder of Portland, Sandy and Dave Gobel of Beaverton and Haines and Karen and Bill Ellis of Baker City; 15 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Bob Aeder of Hawaii.

Obituaries for Aug. 17, 2012

David Roberts

Pendleton, 1954-2012

David William Roberts, 57, of Pendleton, a former Baker City resident, died Aug. 13, 2012, at a Richland, Wash., hospital. 

There was a celebration of his life Thursday at the Roy Raley Park in Pendleton. 

Mr. Roberts was born on Sept. 18, 1954, at Fallbrook, Calif., to William and Beulah White Roberts. He lived at Salt Lake City,where he attended school before the family moved to Baker, Oregon when David was 13.

He was a 1973 Baker High School graduate. Shortly after graduating, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He served for eight years, from 1973 until his discharge in March of 1981. During his time in the Marines, he  earned several medals.

He married Cathy Farrar on June 2, 1989. He later lived at Winnemucca, Nev., where he worked in mining. 

The family moved to Pendleton in 2000. While there he worked as a warehouseman for Walmart, and also at the Pendleton Walmart Store.

He was a huge Oakland Raiders fan as well as a fan of NASCAR. He also enjoyed football and the outdoors, including camping and fishing.

Survivors include his wife, Cathy Roberts of Pendleton; his parents, William and Beulah Roberts of Baker City; children, Priscilla Wynne of North Carolina, Sara Roberts of California, Bryan Roberts of Pasco, Wash., Ryan Roberts of California, and Matthew Roberts, Megan Roberts and Zachery Roberts, all of Pendleton; brothers, Wade Roberts and Kirk Roberts of Baker City and Kyle Roberts of Bend; and any grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Children’s Miracle Network through Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, P.O. Box 489, Pendleton, OR 97801. 

Friends and family members may sign the register book or send condolences online to this address:


Lana Bailey

North Powder, 1967-2012

Lana Beth Sanborn Bailey, 44, of North Powder, died July 31, 2012.

Her funeral will be at noon Sunday, Aug. 26, at Hamilton Mylan Chapel in Vancouver, Wash. There will be a remembrance luncheon afterward next door at the Briar Rose Inn.

Lana was born on Sept. 16, 1967, at Vancouver, Wash., to Sally and Frank Sanborn.

She loved fishing, camping, gardening, going to the beach, cooking and any reason to get together with family and friends.

Lana worked caring for sick and elderly people and was considering returning to school for a nursing degree. She also loved working on her stepmother’s family ranch, the Maxwell Ranch.

Lana deeply loved her family and she was very beloved to them. She will be remembered by many as the fun-loving person she was, and to her niece and nephew as their funny, “crazy Auntie Lana,” family members said. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her grandparents (the Swensons and the Sanborns); and aunt, Mae Knight.

Survivors include her sister, SuAnn, and her brother-in-law, Dennis Loewen; nephew, Zach Loewn; double cousin, Jon Sanborn; and niece, Savana Sanborn; stepmother, Cheri Maxwell Sanborn; uncle, Bob Sanborn; aunt, Katherine Edmison; uncle, Gus Swenson; and aunt and uncle, Carol and Dan Peoples; 11 cousins; and her dearest friend, Shannon Underhill. While she was married to Ron Bailey, she loved being a stepmom to Jon and Jessica Bailey.

Obituaries for Aug. 15, 2012

‘Bob’ Hardesty

Formerly Baker City, 1938-2012

Robert A. “Bob” Hardesty, 73, a former Baker City resident, died Aug. 10, 2012, at Sparks, Nev., after a 7½-month battle with breast cancer.

With hospice care he was able to remain at his daughter Lynda’s home in Sparks.

A Celebration of Life will be on Aug. 25 at his daughter’s home in Sparks.

Bob was born on Sept. 4, 1938, at Lakeview to Ernest and Juanita Hardesty, joining brother, Lorne, and sister, Jackie, a year later. The family left the Lakeview area when Bob was 3 years old to move to the Sierra Army Depot at Herlong, Calif., where his father, who was a carpenter, helped build the base.

Bob attended school at Herlong, graduating from Herlong High School in 1957. He married his high school sweetheart, Dixie Huntley, and attended a year of Lassen Junior College while adding to the family with a son, Robert, and two daughters, Lynda and Penny. 

Bob loved Lassen County and all it had to offer as an avid outdoorsman, and he would take off fishing or hunting at a moment’s notice with family or friends. He loved all sports and took part in them all during his school years and even played softball until he was 30. 

After an industrial accident in 1969 and his subsequent retirement from federal service, he moved his family to Ontario and then to Baker City. After selling their home in Baker City, Bob and Dixie bought a motor home and became snowbirds, spending winters at Yuma, Ariz., summers in Oregon, spring in Nevada and fall on the Oregon Coast and as many other places as they could fit in. Bob and Dixie loved to travel and were always planning the next outing with family or friends.

While in California, Bob was a Little League coach for many years and could always be found teaching and taking the neighborhood kids fishing or hunting. In Oregon he was a volunteer at the Christian Church Food Bank each month, server for senior lunches or helping a friend with a project. He was a Good Sam member and enjoyed many fun outings with good friends.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Dixie; his son, Robert, of West Richland, Wash.; daughters, Lynda (Rick) McLellan of Sparks, and Penny (Wolf) Clemens of Trabuco Canyon, Calif.; grandchildren, Jason, Jennifer and Nathan Hardesty of Portland, Chase Clemens of Trabuco Canyon, Lisa (Isaiah) Eukel of Las Vegas, Nev., and Ricky McLellan of Alamogordo, N.M.; a great-grandson, Dominick of Las Vegas; nephews, Bart (Stephanie) Marsters, Bryan Marsters, and Blake (Lynn) Marsters of Herlong, Calif., Brett (Julie) Marsters, of Paradise, Calif., and Chad (Beth) Huntley of Albuquerque, N.M.; nieces, Lorna Mae Thomas of Baker City, Karen (Doug) Kircher, of Couer d’Alene Idaho, and Heidi and Heather Huntley of Irvine Calif.; and several cousins and many good friends who will miss him so much.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation or a charity of one’s choice.

Gifferd Ellsworth

Haines, 1928-2012

Gifferd Lester Ellsworth, 83, of Haines, died Aug. 11, 2012.

A private family interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Gifferd was born on Oct. 16, 1928, at International Falls, Minn., to Lester and Evelyn Ellsworth. He was one of eight children and after high school joined the Coast Guard in 1947. Gifferd married and had three children. He worked as a salesman, millwright foreman and prospector. 

During his life, he lived at Libby and Malta, Mont., Baker City and Haines. He had mining claims in Oregon and loved to talk gold with his friends.

He was a natural leader who was comfortable out in front making the plan, leading a crew or debating politics. He loved poetry, reading and to entertain with his wit, humor and stories. Gifferd was a man of unique character and will be remembered by all who crossed his path, family members said.  

Survivors include his daughters, Evelyn Seely of Medford and Tammie Rochefort of Vancouver, Wash.; his siblings, Enid Carr and Lollita Adams, both of Wirt, Minn., Arnold Ellsworth of Castle Rock, Wash., Lynn Ellsworth of Longview, Wash., and Robin Adams of Winterville, N.C.; 16 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. 

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

Obituary for Aug. 13, 2012

Tanya White

Baker City, 1977-2012

Tanya Marie White, 36, of Baker City, died in an automobile accident Aug. 4, 2012, near Baker City. 

A celebration of her life, with a luncheon, will be Tuesday, Aug. 14 at 2 p.m. at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St. in Baker City. 

Tanya was born on July 10, 1977, at Orange City, Calif., to Alan Glenn and Sandra Jean (Scherwinka) White.  Tanya graduated from high school in Gold Beach, Ore.  She enjoyed raising rabbits, fishing, camping and hunting.

 Tanya is survived by her sons, Chance and Chase Brister of Baker City; her parents, Alan and Sandra White of Baker City; her sister, Shilo White of the Tri Cities; and her bothers, Derrick and Terry Scherwinka.

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

Obituary for Aug. 10, 2012

Dorothy Rudolph

Baker City, 1922-2012

Dorothy Ruth Proctor Rudolph, 89, died August 4, 2012, at St. Alphonsus Care Center-Baker City. 

At her request, there will be no memorial service.

Dorothy was born on Sept. 16, 1922, at Salida, Colo., to Charles and Ellen Rout Proctor. She married Kermit Lee Rudolph and eventually moved to Baker City, where she raised her family and worked. 

In her younger days, she was involved in Cub Scouts, Brownies and the PTA. Dorothy enjoyed sewing, traveling and reading books.

Survivors include her son, Daniel Rudolph, and his wife, Carol, of La Grande; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; and her daughter, Susan Rudolph Ward.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Baker City St. Alphonsus Care Center Activities Department through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR. 97814.

Obituaries for Aug. 8, 2012

Michael Long

Baker City, 1973-2012

Michael Lewis Long, 39, a former Baker City resident, died July 26, 2012.

His memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Flagler Cemetery at Flagler, Colo.

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