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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. 

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.

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