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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.

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


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.  

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