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Obituaries for April 6, 2012


An obituary for Mark Hentze in Wednesday’s Baker City Herald incorrectly stated the title of one of the organizations to which contributions may be made in his memory.

In addition to the Wildland Firefighter Association and a charity of one’s choice, memorial contributions may be made to World Vision through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.


‘Mel’ Cox

Melvin J. “Mel” Cox, 60, of Baker City, died March 29, 2012, after a swift battle with cancer.

There will be a celebration of life get-together for family and friends at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Club, 2005 Valley Ave.

Obituaries for April 4, 2012

Stanley Siler

Stanley R. “Stan the Man” Siler, 58, a former Halfway resident, died March 30, 2012, at his home in Salem.

His memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 14, at the New Song Community Church in La Grande.

Obituary for April 2, 2012

Lois Eardley

Lola Blanche Hiatt Eardley, 97, a former longtime Baker City resident, died March 1, 2012, at Bountiful, Utah.

Her funeral was March 6 at Bountiful, Utah, with interment at Lakeview Cemetery there.

Lola was born on Sept. 25, 1914, at Hermiston to Charles and Lizzie Hiatt. She was the seventh of nine children. 

Lola lived most or her life at Baker City, moving to Bountiful, Utah, in 1980 after retiring from the Forest Service. 

She married David W. Eardley in September 1939. They were later divorced. She was devoted to, and found great joy in her family of three children, seven grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Lola was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in many callings and touching the lives of many through her love and example, family members said. She enjoyed working in the Relief Society, directing music and choirs and several years of teaching early morning seminary to high school students.

She also taught swimming lessons at Radium Hot Springs for many years. Lola was a wonderful friend to those she worked and lived around her. She enjoyed cooking and homemaking and was generous with her service to others.

Some of her favorite activities, which friends would remember, were going huckleberrying and picnicking.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda (John) Chatelain of Salt Lake City; and sons Don (Connie) of Farr West, Utah, and Kim (Valerie) of Baker City; 7 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Myrna; and a great-granddaughter, Jolie.

Obituaries for March 28, 2012

Alberta Ainsworth

Alberta M. Ainsworth, 94, of Baker City, died March 22, 2012, at Meadowbrook Place. 

Her memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 42171 Chico Road.

Obituaries for March 26, 2012

Sandra Taylor

Sandra Lee (Backlund) Taylor, 64, a former Baker City resident, died March 21, 2012.

At her request, no service was held. Any remembrance should be to plant something in her name or make a donation to an animal rescue service.

Obituaries for March 21, 2012

‘Jean’ Burford

Geneva Marie “Jean” Burford, 73, of Union, died March 11, 2012, at a local care facility after a courageous battle with cancer.

There will be a celebration of life get-together for family and friends from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show Clubhouse, 760 E. Delta, in Union. Snacks will being furnished.

Obituaries for March 19, 2012

Gail Birdsong

Gail Roger Birdsong, a former Baker City resident, died Feb. 18, 2012. 

There will be no service.

Gail lived at Creswell until his marriage in 1960 to Patsy Miller. The couple moved to Roseburg and then to Baker City. They later divorced.

He next married his wife, Wanda, and then his third wife, Ruth. After his divorce from Ruth, he moved to Dallas.

Survivors include his sons, Patrick R. Birdsong and Joeseph R. Birdsong; his ex-wife and friend, Patsy; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Obituaries for March 16, 2012

‘Kenny’ Dunleavy

Benjamin Kenton “Kenny’’ Dunleavy Jr., 60, a longtime Baker County resident, died peacefully at his home in Portland on March 1, 2012, in the presence of his wife.

Ken was born on June 9, 1951, to Ben Dunleavy Sr. and Eugenia Louise Turner Dunleavy. His family lived at Galveston, Texas, until Ken was 8 years old, and then relocated to Huntington, where Ken and his brother, Paul, spent time helping on the family ranch. 

Ken was a 1970 graduate of Huntington High School, attended Treasure Valley Community College at Ontario and later sold cars for Dick Matthews Chevrolet in Ontario. 

He went on to marry his first wife, Carla Sharp. They had two children, Bryce and Kate. They eventually moved to Baker City where Ken started his law enforcement career. 

The couple divorced and Ken was reunited with his high school sweetheart, Kathy Needham, of Vale. The two married on May 2, 1989, and remained loyal companions until Ken’s death.

They could often be found enjoying their favorite hobbies together — camping, fishing, skiing, kayaking, trap shooting, and later, enjoying their new life in Portland. Ken served as the undersheriff for Baker County until his retirement in 2001. 

He didn’t wait long to jump into a new career and in May 2001 became a private investigator for criminal defense, working for some of the best attorneys in Oregon, including Ralph Smith, Duane McCabe, Dennis Hackler, Laurie Bender, Kathleen Bergland, Randy Vogt, Ken Bardizian, Dan Cronin, Ann Morrison, Eve Oldenkamp and many others. Kathy also became a private investigator and the two worked side by side for seven years.

Ken worked until just a week before his death, determined to see through a 24-year old cold case. He was dedicated to his work and colleagues until the very end.

“Kenny was loved by many and will be greatly missed,” family members said.

Survivors include his beloved wife of 23 years, Kathy Dunleavy; sons, Bryce Dunleavy, Mike Van Lith (Lisa), John Van Lith and Chance Dunleavy; his daughters, Kate Sandoval, Angela Stowell (Ethan) and Jennifer Dunleavy (Joe Medico); his dad, Ben Dunleavy (Lola) of Huntington; cousin, Wade Dunleavy; sisters-in-law, Dianna Bancke and Patty Barfield (Patrick); brother-in-law, Richard Thode; eight grandchildren, Brendon Dunleavy, Randy Turner (Matt), Tiffany Landers, Ty Van Lith, Braden, Trent and Alex Van Lith, and Elise Sandoval; and four great-grandchildren Teryn, Emma,Trevor and McKenzie. And it could not go without mentioning Kenny’s two dearly beloved dogs, Missy and Coda.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Eugenia Dunleavy; his brother, Paul Dunleavy; grandparents, Ben and Mabel Dunleavy and Earl and Louise Turner; twin grandsons, Nathanael and Gabriel Stowell; mother-in-law, Marge Needham; and grandmother-in-law, Doris Needham.

ln lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Fetal Hope Foundation, 9786 South Holland St., Littleton, CO 80127. Cards and letters can be sent to Ken Dunleavy Family, 731 S.W. King Ave., No. 16, Portland, OR 97205.


Billy Howland

Billy E. Howland, 64, of Huntington, died March 9, 2012, at his home after an extended illness.

There will be a celebration of his life at 1 p.m. March 24 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall at Huntington.

Billy was born on Sept. 14, 1947, to James C. Howland and Lorene Howland-Spriet.

He served in the U.S. Army, was a past mayor of Huntington and was an active member of the Lions Club.

The family expressed its appreciation to the Heart ’n’ Home staff members for their “outstanding assistance and care in the final time of his life.”

Survivors include his wife, Carold Howland; three children from his previous marriage to Carolyn Howland, Laurie and her husband, Tom Wilson, Mary and her husband, Lonnie Johnson, and Scott Howland; two stepsons, Isaac and Charles Yardley; five grandchildren, Tyler and his wife, Margie Wilson, who is expecting a great-grandchild for Billie, Lukas Wilson, Joseph C. “J.C.” Howland, Samantha Johnson and Alex Johnson; 11 siblings, Clifford and his wife, Debbie Howland, Nita and her husband, Dewayne Powell, Vernon Howland, Tera Cassie, Mike and his wife, Darlene Howland, John and his wife, Candice Howland, Ed and his wife, Betty Howland, Nelda and her husband, George Petitt, Lela Stangle, Marla and her husband, Jerry Coalwell, and Wilma and her husband, Harold Hawk; and an aunt, Irene Martin, twin to his mother.

He was preceded in death by his father, his first wife and his sister, June Wolf.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Heart ’n’ Home Hospice, 1106 S.W. Fourth Ave., Ontario, OR 97914.


‘Bill’ Howe Jr.

William “Bill” Howe Jr., 80, of Baker City, died March 12, 2012, at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. 

Private family inurnment will be later at Mount Hope Cemetery.

 Bill was born on Jan. 6, 1932, at Baker City to William and Aletha Geils Howe. He was a 1950 Baker High School graduate. He married Alice Healey in Baker City on Aug. 21, 1953.

 He spent 20 years in the Oregon National Guard where he received the rank as master sergeant.

 He and his wife owned and operated a service station in Portland and then bought the Chevron Service Station in Baker City, retiring in 1995.

 Bill was an avid gardener and enjoyed his woodworking and model railroad; he also was a member of the Elks Lodge.

Survivors include his wife, Alice Howe of Baker City; and a daughter, Nancy Howe of Portland.

 He was preceded in death by his parents William and Aletha Howe; a daughter, Mary Beth Howe; and a brother, Earl Howe.

 Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St. Baker City, OR 97814.


Earl Hoffman

Earl Edmond Hoffman, 84, a longtime resident of Island City and a former Baker County resident, died March 13, 2012, at La Grande.

There will be a private family gathering later at Morgan Lake near La Grande.

 Earl was born on July 19, 1927, at Halfway to William and Elizabeth Mills Hoffman. He worked in sawmills and in the logging industry most of his life. 

Earl loved to fish and also enjoyed hunting. He enjoyed watching baseball, most especially as one of his grandsons played for the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team. Earl was very social and most would describe him as being “happy go-lucky,” family members said.

 Survivors include his two brothers, Sam Horrell of Elgin and George Horrell of Richland; stepgrandsons; and numerous nephews and nieces. 

 He was preceded in death by his mother and father; and his wife, Janet.

 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.


Beveraly Miguel

Beverly Rae Miguel, 73, a former Baker City resident, died March 13, 2012, at Portland.

Her graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Haines Cemetery. Jack Pittman will officiate.

 Beverly was born on March 18, 1938, at Baker City to Ray and Enid Clark Pedersen. The family moved to Tillamook where Beverly was raised and educated. She later moved to Yonkers, N.Y., where she lived for 19 years. She returned to Baker City in 1981 where she worked for Baker City Police Dispatch for 17 years. In 2004 she moved to Beaverton.

 Survivors include her children, Dale Miguel of New York, Doug Miguel of Newport, Robin Miguel of Hillsboro, John Miguel of Louisiana and Christian Morrison of Beaverton; seven grandchildren, Sean Miguel, Travis Miguel, Taylor Nawrocki, Marilisa Miguel, Lela Morrison, Karena Morrison and Ian Morrison.

 She was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Enid Pedersen.

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

Obituaries for March 14, 2012

John Jennings

John H. Jennings of Baker City, Oregon passed away March 3, 2012 after a very active life well lived.

There will be a memorial service for John at Anthony Lake July 4, 2012.

Obituaries for March 7, 2012

Donald Hindman

Donald A. Hindman, 97, of La Grande, a former Durkee resident, died March 2, 2012, at a La Grande care center.

At his request, there will be no service.

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