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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.

Obituaries for June 25, 2012

‘Pat’ Patterson

Oak Harbor, Wash., 1924-2012

William Carl “Pat” Patterson, 88, of Oak Harbor, Wash., a former Baker City resident, died June 20, 2012, at his home surrounded by family.

His memorial service will be at Oak Harbor Church of the Nazarene with Dr. Benjamin Norris officiating. Military honors will be conducted by the Naval Air Station Whidbey Honor Guard. Inurnment will take place at Arlington National Cemetery. 

Mr. Patterson was born on March 2, 1924, at Union to Samuel and Sarah Droke Patterson. Pat was raised at Baker City. 

He entered the U.S. Navy on Feb. 14, 1942, and served his country for 23 years. In 1950, Pat married Lola Brannock, who died in April 2003. 

They couple moved to various duty stations, and came to NAS Whidbey Island in 1958. Pat owned and operated Pat’s Mobil Service Station at Oak Harbor, Wash., until 1970. Next he sold New York Life Insurance, and then was employed at the Texaco Refinery at Anacortes, Wash., for 19 years. 

Pat married Katherine “Kay” Herring on May 21, 2005. He was a member of the Oak Harbor Church of the Nazarene, and helped build a new church at its current location. 

He had been a member of the Good Sam Club, enjoyed tinkering with mechanical things and loved to get in the great outdoors and go fishing from time to time, family members said.

Survivors include his wife, Katherine “Kay” at home in Oak Harbor, Wash.; four children, Bob Patterson (Rosemarie) of Torrance, Calif., Terry Patterson (Colleen) of Seneca, S.C., Sandy Moody (Alex) of Anacortes, Wash., and Odette Patterson of Virginia; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three sisters, Gerri Carpenter (Jim Stevenson) and Janie Carpenter (Carl), both of Baker City, and Iris Stuber of Roseburg; two stepsons, Duane Banks (Margaret) of Hillsboro and Arnold Morin of Payette, Idho; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lola; son, William Jr.; brother, Samuel; and sisters, Pearl and Anna.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, 12351 W. 96th St., Suite #100, Lenexa, KS 66220. 

Family and friends are encouraged to share memories and condolences at www.whidbeymemorial.com. 

Obituaries for June 20, 2012

Vera Lammert

Baker City, 1917-2012

Vera Elizabeth Lammert, 94, of Baker City, died June 13, 2012, at St. Alphonsus Care Center.

Friends are invited to join the family for burial of the urn at 2 p.m. Sunday at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Obituaries for June 18, 2012

‘Dee' Lefever

Baker City, 1918-2012

Delores “Dee” Johnston-Lefever, 93, of Boise, died June 13, 2012, at Meadows Lake Assisted Living Center in Meridian, Idaho, surrounded by her family.

Her service will be Friday, June 22, at 10 a.m. PDT at Thomason Funeral Home in Weiser, Idaho. Visitations will be Friday from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., and burial will follow the services at Fairview Cemetery.

Obituaries for June 13, 2012

James Mack

Baker City, 1948-2012

James Anthony Mack, 63, of Marsing, Idaho, died April 25, 2012, after a brief illness at his home surrounded by his immediate family.

Jim was born on June 22, 1948, at Minot, N.D., and raised in Baker City. He was the first of the 13 children born to Fabian and Irene Mack.

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