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Obituaries for Sept. 26, 2012

Mary Robertson

Sawyer, Okla., 1942-2012

Mary Robertson, 70, of Sawyer, Okla., a former Richland resident, died Sept. 19, 2012, at her home with her family by her side. 

Her memorial service was Friday at First Baptist Church in Hugo, Okla. 

Mary Robertson was born on July 12, 1942, at Poplar Bluff, Mo., to Marshall and Mildred Loury Worley. Growing up she lived with various relatives and one foster family in several different states.

She attended many different schools in Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Mary was the oldest of her siblings, which include one brother, four half-brothers and two half-sisters. 

She married Earl Ray Robertson at Poplar Bluff, Mo., on Oct. 4, 1958. They had six children, four of whom are still living. 

They lived in several states but mostly in the Willamette Valley of Oregon before moving to Richland. The couple later divorced.

Mary worked at several places in Richland, including the Longbranch, the Shorthorn, Flip’s and Kid’s Plus. She also was a caregiver at Patterson’s Adult Foster Care Home, Reasoner’s Adult Foster Care Home and for several private homes with disabled or hospice patients. 

“She learned to love those beautiful special people,” her family members said.

She enjoyed crafts, baking, yard work, camping and family and friends.

In September 2003, she was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer, which had been in remission since October 2004. In October 2006, she moved to Sawyer, Okla., in southeastern Oklahoma near Hugo to be close to most of her family there. In 2008, the cancer, which she had fought since then, returned.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her grandparents; infant daughter, Patricia Robertson; infant son, Enoch Robertson; one granddaughter, Tina Tenbusch; and the father of her children, Earl Robertson.

Survivors include one son, Earl Wayne Robertson, and his wife, Debbie, of Antlers, Okla.; three daughters, Mary Ann Tenbusch of Sweet Home, Christine Dorrough and her husband, Steve, of Ozona, Texas, and Marsha Soderwall and her husband, Gregg, of Sawyer, Okla.; step-mother, Ella Worley of Prineville; siblings, Robert Worley of Washington, Mike Worley of Oregon, Pat Worley of Washington, Marsha Thomas of Arizona, Rex Banks of Ohio, Sam Banks also of Ohio and Elaine Banks of Kentucky; 11 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hugo First Baptist Church through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

‘Jay’ Garrison

Richland, 1923-2012

J. L. “Jay” Garrison, 89, of Richland, died Sept. 13, 2012, at Boise after a sudden illness.

There was a graveside service Sept. 22 at Fallon, Nev. A celebration of his life and potluck dinner in his honor will begin at noon Saturday at the Richland Community Park.

  He was born on Aug. 28, 1923, at Logan County, Ark. He was the eldest son of James L. and Flora Mae Garrison, who brought their family west and settled near Fallon, Nev. Jay was drafted into the U.S. Army from Churchill County. 

He served proudly during World War II under General Patton in the Black Hawk Infantry Division until he was wounded in action in Germany. In addition to the Purple Heart, Staff Sgt. Garrison also was awarded a Bronze Star. 

Jay moved to Oregon in 1954 and became highly regarded in the sawmill industry, first as a sawyer and later in management. Jay always enjoyed dancing and was a regular at the Fraternal Hall and the district-schoolhouse dances back in the day, family members said.

Later, daughters and granddaughters happily invited him to dance with them at their weddings. He enjoyed reading, golfing and bowling as well.

After retirement, he settled at Richland, where he enjoyed fishing, spending time with his family and just visiting with friends over a cup of coffee. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a member of the Eagle Valley Grange. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Richard; four sisters, Bea Stanhope, Reba Doyle, Juanita Hadley and Kay Luce; an infant daughter, Norma; son, Jimmy; stepson, Bill; stepdaughter, Sharon; and two infant grandchildren.

Survivors include his beloved wife, Beth; sister, Mamie Buhlig; brother, Allan; five sons, Clifford, Gary, Raymond, Robert and David; four daughters, Catherine Jackson, Patricia Shirley, Becky Cromwell and Elaine Francis; two stepsons, Ed and Monte Beasley; stepdaughter, Susan Cooke; 44 grandchildren; 87 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Susan B. Komen Cancer Foundation through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Elsie Butler

Baker City, 1927-2012

Elsie Margaret Butler, 85,  of Baker City, died Sept. 19, 2012, at her home after a long battle with cancer.

Her memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall, 975 S. Bridge St. A graveside service will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Elder Ed Haugland will conduct both services. 

Visitations will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St. 

Elsie was born on Sept. 3, 1927, at Baker City to Patrick and Dorothy Wicks. She lived on the family ranch most of her life. She rode a horse to the Pocahontas School in grade school.

 She married Dennis Bennett and they later divorced. She met Norman Butler at New Plymouth, Idaho, and they were married in April 1950. 

Soon afterward they moved to the family ranch where they ranched for 42 years until Norman’s death in 1992. They raised two children: Linda and James.

 Elsie was well-known for her excellent cooking. She loved to cook big meals for the hired men. They never had to bring a sack lunch. She made delicious pies, and some of the men said, “We just like working here for Elsie’s cooking!” She also canned hundreds of jars of food from her garden every year.

 She enjoyed many outdoor activities, including gardening, ocean fishing for salmon, and going into the mountains. She loved the ranch as it provided the perfect place for her to raise her dogs and cats.

 In 1993 she became one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. She loved reading the Bible and attending religious assemblies in different cities. She liked going to breakfast with her close friends, Don Germond and Isabelle Dunn.

 “Elsie was a loving person and will be missed by all who knew her,” family members said.

 Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Ronald Newton of La Grande; son and daughter-in-law, James and Rebecca Butler of Baker City; stepson, Larry Butler of Idaho; six grandchildren, Julie Matoza, Ryan Baxter, Justin Butler, Emery Pierce, Eric Pierce and Scott Newton; seven great-grandchildren; and other family members.

See Obituaries/Page 3A

Obituary for Sept. 24, 2012

Sheila Russo

Richland, 1939-2012

Sheila Russo, 73, of Richland, died Sept. 15, 2012, at her home.

Sheila was born on Jan. 12, 1939, at San Diego. She lived part time with her grandparents, Lester and Phoebe Brown, at Fallbrook, Calif., while her dad, Jack Thiel, served in the U.S. Navy, from which he retired.

Sheila’s mother, Marion Louise Brown, died of a heart attack when Sheila was very young. She grew up in the San Diego area. 

She married Andrew Russo on March 16, 1977, while working as a senior cook for the San Diego Unified School District. 

Sheila also worked as a floral designer in San Diego before serving the family business as an insurance administrator. She worked in that role until her retirement.

In her youth, Sheila was a rough-water swimmer. She loved to travel, thoroughly enjoyed nature and was an animal lover, family members said.

She also was a history buff and traveled extensively and continued to do so on the Internet after her health failed her. 

She loved life and lived it to the fullest, her family said.

Sheila was lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary. After her retirement, she and Andy enjoyed being full-time RV’ers. They served as camp hosts for Idaho Power parks for 10 years. They bought their home at Richland in 2009.

She was preceded in death by her 19-year-old son, Troy Vincent Sinnott; her father, Jack Thiel; and her mother, Marion Louise Brown.

Survivors include her husband of 35 years, Andy; daughters, Kim Gibson of San Diego and Stormy Rene Namer of Eagle, Idaho; stepchildren, Dena Lynn Arbaugh of Big Bear Lake, Calif., and Andrew F. Russo III of Iowa City, Iowa; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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

Obituary for Sept. 21, 2012

Kenneth Taylor Jr.

Baker City, 1947-2012

Kenneth Grant “Sonny” Taylor Jr., 65, of Haines, died at his home in Haines on Sept. 17, 2012. 

A celebration of his life will be scheduled later date. 

Obituaries for Sept. 19, 2012

Tanner Davis

Baker City, 1995-2012

Tanner Eli Davis, 17, of Baker City, died Sept. 13, 2012, at his home.

There will be a memorial gathering from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St. 

Tanner was born on Feb. 9, 1995, in Roseburg to Ted and Karrie Davis. Tanner attended Baker High School and his hobbies including skiing, soccer, hunting, reading, and spending time with his friends.

 Tanner’s greatest accomplishment was adopting a pit bull from the shelter and training her through Level 1 and 2 Practical Dog Solutions tests. His goal for his dog was for her to become a service dog.

 Tanner is survived by his father, Ted Davis of Baker City; his mother, Karrie Davis of Wilcox, Ariz., his sister, Selia Davis of Wilcox; his grandmother, Judethe Hill of Roseburg; and various other aunts, uncles, and cousins.

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

‘Tim’ Moore

Baker City, 1995-2012

Timothy “Tim” Moore, 62, a longtime Halfway resident, died Sept. 7, 2012, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City. A wake in his honor will be scheduled next summer in Halfway.

Tim went to school in Boise and graduated from Boise High School in 1969. He learned to lay carpet following high school and it was a trade that he worked at throughout his life. After high school he lived in the San Francisco area. When he moved back to Boise, he met and married Tracy in 1980 and in that marriage brought stepson, Jason. In 1986, Keith was born. 

During Tim’s life he worked as a carpet layer, worked in the mines in Jordan Valley and in the Halfway area at the Bonnanza Mine, and until his retirement he worked for Bud LaRue. 

Hobbies in Tim’s youth were camping, fishing and hunting. Later in life he enjoyed watching football, his favorite teams being the Chiefs and the Raiders.

Tim was preceded in death by his parents, Boyd and Betty Moore, and his wife, Tracy.

He is survived by his son, Keith Moore of Halfway; his stepson, Jason Dyami of Nampa; his sisters, Mary Moore of Waldport and Kathy Fitch of Kihei, Hawaii.

Those who wish to make a donation in memory of Tim may do so to defray expenses to Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home P.O. Box 543 Halfway, OR 97834.

Cherie Jimmy

Baker City, 1954-2012

Cherie Lynn Lissman Jimmy, 58, died Sept. 14, 2012, in Portland at the OHSU Hospital with her family around her.

There will be a celebration of her life at 2 p.m. Friday at the Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane.

“Cherie was a strong and caring woman who after years of fighting her multiple health conditions finally succumbed to her ailments and will no longer suffer,” family members said.

She was born on Aug. 24, 1954, at Nyssa to James and Betty Lissman. She was the oldest of five children. At the age of 6 she moved with her family to Baker City where she was raised. She was a 1972 Baker High School graduate.

After attending Eastern Oregon University at La Grande, she married Gerald Griffith. They had two sons: Justin Wayne Griffith and Eric Samuel Griffith.

She raised her boys in La Grande with her second husband, the love of her life, Billy W. Jimmy.

“She was an incredible mom and she loved life, family, friends and following her boys in all their sport and music activities,” family members said.

Cherie also loved her extended family and attended many of her nieces’ and nephews’ sporting events and activities.

She was often found crocheting baby blankets and pet sweaters for those she loved. Many of her son’s friends considered her their second mom.

She also was loved by many students at EOU and PSU where she worked in the admitting, education, nursing and agricultural departments.

She guided and encouraged those students as if they were her own. She will be greatly missed, her family said.

Survivors include her husband, Billy Jimmy of La Grande; her two sons, Eric Griffith, and Justin Griffith and his wife, Doyle, and baby daughter, Linda, of San Diego; her parents, Jim and Betty Lissman of Baker City; her siblings, Charles Lissman, and his wife, Sandra, of Boring, Barbara Baller, and her husband, Dennis, of Willamina, Lorin Lissman, and his wife, Sue, of Wasco and Sam Sullivan, and her husband, Mike, of Baker City; and 13 nieces and nephews.

Elsie Bennett

Baker City, 1932-2012

Elsie May Bennett, 80, of Baker City, died Aug. 13, 2012, at her home. 

At her request, there will be no service.

 Elsie was born on May 8, 1932, at Dixon, Ill., to Elwin Murray Bunnell and Lydia Madeline Rose. She attended Dixon Grade School, Amboy Rural School, and Mendota Township Grade School and High School in Illinois. She continued her education in California at UCLA, where she studied for 3½ years. 

Elsie married Claude Jay Bennett on Sept. 6, 1989, at North Bend. Claude and Elsie moved to Baker City in 1996 after Claude’s retirement.

Elsie is fondly remembered by many friends, nieces, nephews, neighbors, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by both her parents; her husband, Claude; and her brother, Erwin.

Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Obituaries for Sept. 17, 2012

‘Billie’ De Grofft

Baker City, 1923-2012

Betty Jean “Billie” De Grofft, 89, of Joseph, died June 12, 2012, at Enterprise in the Wallowa Valley Care Center, where she had lived for the past month and a half.

Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the United Methodist Church. There will be a celebration of her life from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Masonic Hall in Joseph. Her ashes will be scattered by family members Sunday in Baker County.

She was born on March 22, 1923, at Baker City to Daniel Price and Pear Thena Long Thrasher.

Billie was raised in the Baker Valley and was a 1942 Baker High School graduate.

During high school and after, she worked at the theater and at the J.C. Penney store in Baker City.

Billie’s future husband Hollis De Grofft, moved to Baker County in 1942 to manage a ranch at Auburn for his dad. Billie and Hollis met because of a dare from a mutual friend. The friend dared Hollis to ask Billie out on a date.

He asked her and they were married on May 5, 1944. They lived on the Auburn ranch until the spring of 1948.

Two of their three children were born at Baker City: Darrel was born in June 1945; and Lynda in October 1947. The family then moved to Wallowa where they were partners in a ranch with Holllis’s parents and his brother and sister-in-law.

Their third and last child, Duane, was born in Wallowa County in December 1948. Billie worked as a housewife and mother until the spring of 1956 when the ranch was sold.

In the fall of 1956, Hollis and Billie bought a hardware store in La Grande and Billie helped out in the store part time. The hardware store was sold in the spring of 1961 and the family moved back to wallowa County to Joseph where Billie was once again a housewife and mom before taking a part-time job at Paul’s Sports Corral.

In the late winter of 1965, the folks took a job of managing the Summit Creek Ranch on upper Imnaha where he worked until 1973. During this time, the “drive around the loop” was a popular Sunday drive for the local friends and family, and they always seemed to arrive about lunchtime at the ranch and Billie always seemed to have plenty, family members said.

She usually served barbecued chicken (at least four or five), a tossed salad and garlic bread — enough to feed whoever showed up.

Billie and Hollis lived at Joseph from 1973 to 1977 when they moved to High River, Alberta, Canada, for 20 years. During this time, Billie worked at Ruby’s dress shop in High River part time and was an organizer of the local coffee group.

The couple moved back to the states in July 1997 to Joseph, just before Chief Joseph Days. Billie enjoyed the excitement of Chief Joseph Days and was the driving force of a picnic at their house every year after the parade.

Billie was baptized on Feb. 25, 1945, at the Methodist parsonage and was a member of the United Methodist Church. She also was a 50-plus-year member of the Order of Eastern Star.

Her interests also included traveling, camping (picking huckleberries), growing flowers, volunteering (dance chaperone and various jobs at Chief Joseph Days), cooking and recipe swapping and knitting. She made many beautiful afghans, outfits and sweaters during her lifetime.

Survivors include her children: Dr. Darrel De Grofft (Marty) of Fort Collins, Colo., Lynda (De Grofft) Kooch (Reid) of Enterprise and Duane De Grofft (Patti) of Pendleton; grandchildren: Michelle (Kooch) Capps (Todd, David Kooch, Dan Kooch (April), Shari (De Grofft) Powell (Darin), Shaw De Grofft (Dena), Ryan De Grofft (Jen) and Tiah De Grofft; 11 great-grandchildren; five nieces and one nephew; and a brother-in-law and sister-in-law.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hollis; her parents; here sister, Juanita; and brother-in-law, John Osborn Sr.

Memorial contributions may be made to the OHSU Cancer Research Fund through OES or to a charity of one’s choice. Those contributing to the cancer fund are asked to make checks to Joseph’s Valley Chapter, No. 50, and send them to Barbara Roberts, 806 W. Greenwood, Enterprise, OR 97828.

Frank Michaels

Baker City, 1946-2012

Frank John “The Flyer” Michaels, 65, of North Powder, died Sept. 13, 2012, at a Boise medical center.

His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the North Powder Methodist Church.

Frank was born on Dec. 9, 1946, at La Grande to Lewis Albert and Evelyn Pearl Collins Michael. He was raised educated at La Grande and Cove.

Frank and Luella “Susie” Soles were married on April 11, 1967, at Weiser, Idaho.

Frank was a truck driver, operating both long-haul and log trucks.

He was a life member of the NRA and he participated in CB clubs earlier in his life. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and gun collecting. He loved spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Luella “Susie” Michaels of North Powder; children, Louie Michaels and his wife, Susan, of Pilot Rock, Dee Dee Wise of La Grande, Jessie Wilson and her husband, Jason, of La Grande; sister, Chris Funk of Pendleton; brother, Lewie Michael and his wife, Leslie, of La Grande; grandchildren, Anthony Jacoby, Patrick Michaels, Katie Flowers, Craig Michaels, Kenny Michaels, Michael Wilson, Nora Wilson, Jordan Wilson, Alisha Wilson, Nicholas Wise and Alexander Wise; great-grandchildren, Gentry Flowers, Lacey Sue Flowers, Jasmin Flowers, Dakota Michaels, Noah Michaels, Konner Michaels, Collin Michaels and Xavier Michaels; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a very special grandmother, Jessie Etta Michael.

Friends and family can see complete obituary, sign the guest book or leave a condolence at www.danielsknopp.com.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Frank Michaels Memorial Fund through Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center, Seventh Street, in La Grande.

Obituaries for Sept. 14, 2012

Jeffery Hoffman

Baker City, 1963-2012

Jeffery Wayne Hoffman 48, of Baker City, died Sept. 11, 2012, at his home.

His memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St. Pastor Ed Stoaks will officiate.

 Jeffery was born on Sept. 30, 1963, at Springfield to Henry J. and Ervina J. Wilson Hoffman. He was raised at Portland until he was 12. The family then moved to Union, where Jerry attended school.

He entered the Job Corps and in 1982 moved to Florida working in the stucco and masonry business. He returned to Baker City where he worked for Tasty Bake for several years before moving to Wyoming to work in the oil fields. He returned to Baker City in May of 2011.

 Jeffery’s favorite pastimes were fishing, four-wheeling and fixing up cars. Spending time with his family was his biggest enjoyment. 

“If you needed help with anything, Jeffery was always there to help you no matter what,” family members said.

 Survivors include his daughter, Christine Hallett; his mother, Ervina Hoffman of Baker City; his brother, Charles Hoffman of Baker City; brother and sister-in-law, Lewis E. and Kathy Hoffman of Baker City, and brother and sister-in-law, John and Lynda Hoffman of Big Piney, Wyo.; sister, Leila Baggerly of Baker City; sister and brother-in-law, Theresa and Harold Haynes of Baker City; uncles and aunts, Eugene and Natalie Hoffman, Edward and Pat Hoffman, Melvin and Vi Hoffman and Larry and Helen Hoffman; aunts and uncles, Mae and George Sidley, Marjorie and Marvin Cunningham, Marian and Ken Greveir, Carolyn and LaVern Carlton, Lanette and Bob Theroux, Shirley Taylor, Sharron and Boyd Abels and Cathy and Jack Kelly; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

 He was preceded in death by his father, Henry J. Hoffman.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Cindy Chandler-Eakin

Baker City, 1961-2012

Cindy L. Chandler-Eakin, 50, of Baker City, died Sept. 10, 2012, at her home.

There will be no funeral at this time. Her ashes will be buried later at Rock Creek Cemetery.

Cindy was born on Dec. 7, 1961, at Baker City to Patricia Serdy and Rodney Chandler.

Cindy lived at Portland for many years and came home in 2010 to be near family. Cindy was a loving wife and mother. 

She enjoyed making others happy and was a very caring person. She loved the outdoors, camping, and was an avid fisherman. You could always find Cindy in her wheelchair with her husband, Bruce, fishing along the Powder River. She made many friends along the walkway on the river.

 She was preceded in death by her father, Rodney Chandler of Haines; and her grandparents, Adele and Lowell Chandler of Haines.

Survivors include her husband, Bruce Eakin; her mother and stepdad, Patricia and Gene Reed of Baker City; sister and brother-in-law, Lorrie and Bill Harvey of Haines; sons, Nicholas Powell of Tualatin, Jonathan Powell of Eagle Creek and Daniel Powell of Vancouver, Wash.

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

Obituaries for Sept. 7, 2012

Agnes Evarts

Baker City, 1926-2012

Agnes Marie Gilbert Evarts, 86, died Aug. 22, 2012, at Baker City. 

At her request, there will be no memorial service. She will be buried with her parents at Mount Hope Cemetery. 

Agnes was born at Peculiar, Mo., on April 22, 1926, to Theodore Gilbert and Cora Simrell. She was a sister to Theodore “Jr.” Gilbert, Fred Gilbert, Boyd Gilbert and Jack Gilbert.

Agnes married William Dale Evarts of Roseburg on Jan. 10, 1942, at Weiser, Idaho. They had been married for 70 years; they raised four children: Jimmie, Larry, Carl “Corky” and Vicki.

Dale retired from the Teamsters at Anchorage, Alaska, where they had lived for 44 years. Dale and Agnes owned a ceramics shop, a fish store and a charter service in Alaska before returning to Oregon. 

Agnes also spent time living in Missouri, Idaho and Colorado.

Survivors include her husband, William D. Evarts of Baker City; sons, Jimmie Evarts, and his wife, Terrie,  of Baker City, and Larry Evarts, and his wife, Karen, of Murphy, N.C.; and daughter, Vicki S. Bocz, and her husband, Rick, of Grand Saline, Texas; and nine grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Cora Simrell and Theodore Gilbert of Baker City, OR; brothers, Fred Gilbert of Union and Theodore “Jr.” Gilbert of Humansville, Mo.; and son, Carl “Corky” E. Evarts of Anchorage, Alaska.

Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Heilmeyer

Baker City, 1915-2012

Mary Grace Corner Fales Heilmeyer, 96, of Baker City and longtime resident of Eastern Oregon, died Aug. 31, 2012, at St. Alphonsus Care Center.

Her memorial service will be at 11 a.m., Sept. 14, at the First Lutheran Church, 1734 Third St. There will be a reception afterward in the fellowship hall at the church.

Mary was born on Nov. 8, 1915, at Colfax, Wash., to George Corner and Adah Carter. She married Archie Fales on Nov. 20, 1932, at Sweet Home. They moved to Eastern Oregon in 1935. 

Together they ran a dairy farm until they moved to Baker City in 1947. Mary and Archie were divorced in 1952 and, in 1956, Mary moved to Pendleton where she worked in the woolen mill for six years. 

On May 15, 1959, Mary married Archie K. Heilmeyer.  The couple moved to Dale in 1963, then to  Eureka, Calif., where they lived from 1966 to 1972, and then on to St. Maries, Idaho, where Mary worked as a senior services coordinator for Benoweh County until they retired in 1977.

After her retirement, Mary and Archie moved to Payette, Idaho, in 1981 and to Fruitland, Idaho, in 1989.

They enjoyed spending their winters in Arizona and their summers at Fruitland, Idaho. Mary was an active member of the First Lutheran Church and she enjoyed fishing, traveling, crocheting, crafts and reading.

Survivors include five children: son David Fales and his wife, Patty, daughter Judy Chinn and her husband, Charlie, daughter Arcella Hall and her husband, Ken, stepdaughter Joan Hunsaker and her husband, Doug, and stepson John “Butch” Heilmeyer and his wife, Vicki; 13 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and 13 great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands, Archie Fales and Archie Heilmeyer; sisters, Dorothy Parker and Margaret Munts; brother, Gordon Corner; and daughter, Sharon Fales.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Lutheran Church Memorial Fund through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

Obituaries for Sept. 3, 2012

Wayne Foster

Baker City, 1919-2012

Wayne Libby Foster, 92, a longtime Baker County rancher, died Aug. 21, 2012, at home with his family present.

A memorial service in honor of Wayne will be Sunday, Sept. 9, at 3 p.m. at the United Methodist Church 1919 Second St. in Baker City. Friends are invited to join the family for a dinner being served immediately following the service at the church.

Wayne was born on Sept. 9, 1919, in Stockton, Calif., to Arthur Albert (Bert) Foster and Mary Rebecca Libby Foster. He grew up on a small farm near Santa Rosa, Calif., attending school there through the first year of junior college. He graduated from Santa Rosa High School in 1938.

Wayne had a short childhood as his father suffered a debilitating illness when Wayne was 6 years old. Being “the man of the house” came with many responsibilities that required a strong work ethic that he kept his entire life. In spite of many chores before and after school, he managed to find time to excel in several hobbies.

He raised and raced homing pigeons at a young age that culminated in winning a race from Salt Lake City to home base in Santa Rosa in one day. His winning bird carried a message from the governor of Utah to the governor of California, which Wayne personally delivered.

Throughout high school Wayne was very active in FFA. At first his focus was on hogs, which won him many awards including top showmanship at the 1936 California State Fair. He then shifted his attention to sheep, which led to the beginning of many years in the sheep business. The last of the sheep were sold in 2006.

Wayne and his friend Dick Gray both received the FFA American Farmer Degree award in 1938. Wayne had the honor of addressing the FFA convention in Kansas City, Mo., by NBC radio on a national feed. Dick was his best man at his wedding.

Wayne became the “consummate stockman” and expert judge of sheep, hogs, beef and dairy cattle, horses, and even turkeys.

Maxine Myra Smith, three years his junior, caught his eye in high school. Four years later, on Oct. 4, 1942, they were married. Their first home was on a leased ranch northeast of Santa Rosa.

Wayne was drafted into service for World War II but while in line at the induction center in San Francisco, officials pulled him from the line and sent him home to serve the war effort raising lambs and wool.

By the end of 1943 Wayne and Maxine moved their growing operation to the Demming Ranch southeast of Cloverdale, Calif. They remained there for 20 years, raising their family.

Kathleen Diana (Kit) arrived on Aug. 16, 1944, followed by Calvin James (Cal) on April 22, 1947, and then Donovan Wayne (Don) on Nov. 15, 1954.

In 1962 Wayne acquired the lease for the historic McNab Ranch in Mendocino County, south of Ukiah, Calif. By this time he had three ranches leased raising over 2,500 ewes and a few cows.   

In 1966 things came together enough to allow the purchase of a ranch near Roseburg. Wayne moved the family there that summer.  This was a very productive ranch that conservatively ran 1,200 ewes and 250 cows.

This property allowed him to trade up in 1976 into the present ranch south of Baker City. After 33 years of ranching in Baker County, Wayne and Maxine retired and split the ranch between Don and Cal.

Wayne had a very full and active life. He passed only 19 days short of his 93rd birthday, and he and Maxine would have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Oct. 4.

Wayne loved many hobbies, from running hounds on bobcat, bear, and cougars, calf roping, reining (bridal) horse competition; to perhaps his best in stock dog training and competition in trials. His prowess with dogs was known throughout the west. He was co-founder of the Redwood Empire Sheep Dog Association.

Wayne was also an avid hunter and fisherman, taking many pack trips into the Eagle Cap Wilderness for deer and elk.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his older sister, Edwina Elway and her husband, John; and his younger sister, Blanche Raglan.

Survivors include his wife, Maxine of Baker City; his brother-in-law, Charles Raglan of Penryn, Calif; his sister-in-law, Jeanie Smith of Santa Rosa; his daughter, Kit, and her husband, Glen, of Spokane Valley, Wash.; son Cal and his wife, Vickie Lou, and son Don and his wife, Vickie Gayle, all of Baker City; nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Those who wish to make a donation in memory of Wayne may do so to either the Wayne Foster Memorial Fund of the Oregon FFA Foundation, or the Baker Livestock Association Ranching Heritage Fund, through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR, 97834.

Mabry Anders

Baker City, 1991-2012

Spc. Mabry James Anders, 21, of Baker City, was killed in action by enemy fire on Aug. 27, 2012, in Kalagush, Afghanistan.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel in Baker City. The funeral will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. Francis De Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets in Baker City. Graveside services will be conducted at the Haines Cemetery immediately following the funeral. A reception at the Baker City Armory on Campbell Street will follow.

 Mabry was assigned to the 4th Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.

He was born on July 22, 1991, in Yuma, Ariz. He attended Baker High School and graduated in 2009. Mabry enlisted in the Army in late 2009. Mabry is our third generation to provide military service to our country.

Mabry was a fun-loving young man who lived life to the fullest. Mabry loved the outdoors and enjoyed riding dirt bikes, off-roading in his Jeep, riding horses, hunting, fishing and flying. He had a fearless spirit and a tremendous sense of humor. He touched many lives with his strong sense of friendship, encouragement and compassion. He always had a huge smile on his face that spread like wildfire to anyone around him. Mabry was very dedicated to his family, friends and to his brothers in arms. He loved serving his country and all of those he served with. 

 Mab always gave everything his all and in the end he gave all that he had. Mabry was recently quoted by a friend who said in a time of need Mab said: “If you want to learn something, learn how to live!” And boy did he know how to live.

Mabry is survived by his parents, Troy and Gen Woydziak of Baker City, and Dan and Gretchen Anders of Shell, Wyo. He also leaves his maternal grandmother, Donna Loecker of Basin, Wyo., and his paternal grandfather, Gary Anders of Greybull, Wyo. Additional grandparents include Greg and Ellie Woydziak of Baker City and Richard and Diana Saam of Shell. He also leaves behind several additional aunts, uncles and cousins.

Donations can be made in Mabry’s name to the Wounded Warrior Project. Checks can be mailed to: Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675, or donate online at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

Obituary for Aug. 31, 2012

Mary Dethloff

Portland, 1921-2012

Mary Louise Steward Dethloff, 91, of Portland, died Aug. 15, 2012.

There was a celebration of her life today at Assumption Village Assisted Care Center in Portland.

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. 

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