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News of Record for April 21, 2014


Deaths

Arlene C. Sherman: 69, of Baker City, died April 18, 2014, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City. Gray’s West & Co. is in charge of arrangements.

Ricky Flores: 42, of Caldwell, Idaho, died March 21, 2014, as the result of a jet board accident below Hells Canyon Dam on the  Snake River. His body was recovered on Wednesday, April 16. Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home & Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.

Funerals Pending

 James Lowell “Jim” Sells and Susan Marie Spence-Sells: Joint memorial service and a celebration of their lives, 11 a.m., Saturday, April 26, at the Haines United Methodist Church. The families invite all to share in the luncheon to be served afterward and to enjoy the social time to reconnect with family and friends.

C. Ray Jones: Celebration of his life, 3 p.m., Sunday, May 4, at Crossroads Carnegie Art Center, 2020 Auburn Ave.

BIRTHS

Reynolds: Ashlyn Gazley and  Samuel Reynolds of Baker City, 9:11 a.m., April 13, 2014, at Grande Ronde Hospital in La Grande; a boy, Damian Reynolds, 8 pounds,10 ounces; grandparents are Leonard and Sasha Gazley, Timothy Reynolds and Angela Endicott.

 

Obituaries for April 16, 2014

‘Joe’ Curtiss

La Grande, 1966-2014

Joseph Francis “Joe” Curtiss, 47, of La Grande, died April 11, 2014, at his home. 

There will be a Celebration of Life service at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 17, in the 4-H Building at the Fairgrounds in La Grande. There will be a potluck afterward. For more information regarding the potluck, call Becky at 541-805-1585.

Joseph was born on June 24, 1966, at Baker City to Donald Lee Curtiss and Judith Ann Dickerson. Throughout his life, he made his home at Baker, La Grande, Gresham, and Hermiston in Oregon and at Boise, Idaho. 

Spending much of his life in La Grande, Mr. Curtiss attended school at Riveria Elementary, La Grande Middle School, La Grande High School, and Eastern Oregon State College. 

He was married to Terry J. Schiller for four years. Later, he found and married his true love, Sheral Curtiss. They spent 19 happy years together. 

Joseph was employed as a construction worker. He eventually became disabled. He was enrolled in the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program. 

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News of Record for April 14, 2014


Deaths

Don Haight: 93, died April 11, 2014, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City. His memorial service and a celebration of his lie will be at 2 p.m. Friday, April 25, at the Pine Valley Presbyterian Church. Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home & Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.

Alan J. Endicott: 55, of Pendleton, a former Baker City resident, died April 10, 2014, at his home of natural causes.

A celebration of his life will be announced after arrangements are finalized. A full obituary will be published later. Friends and family are invited to sign the online guest book at www.burnsmortuary.com.

Funerals Pending

Sid Johnson: Memorial service with military honors, 11 a.m., Monday, April 21, at the Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane. Pastor Katy Nicole of the First Presbyterian Church will officiate. Memorial contributions may be made to the Small Woodlands Association or the First Presbyterian Church through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

 James Lowell “Jim” Sells and Susan Marie Spence-Sells: Joint memorial service and a celebration of their lives, 11 a.m., Saturday, April 26, at the Haines United Methodist Church.

Benny Smelcer: Graveside memorial service, 1 p.m., Saturday, April 26, at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception afterward at the Pine Valley Presbyterian Church.

POLICE LOG

Baker City Police

Arrests, citations

MENACING: Christina Lynn Howe Dix, 45, of 2595 Walnut St., 11:37 a.m. Friday, at her home; jailed.

FAILURE TO APPEAR and CONTEMPT OF COURT (Warrants): Shona Diane Proffitt, 49, of 1370 Ninth St., 5:15 p.m. Saturday, at her home; jailed.

FAILURE TO APPEAR (Marion County warrant): Randy Lee Luster, 53, of 2500 H St., 8:59 p.m. Saturday, in the 2100 block of Main  Street; jailed and later released on bail.

Baker County Sheriff’s Office

Arrests, citations

AGGRAVATED FIRST-DEGREE THEFT, BY RECEIVING: Larry Gene Martin, 48, 240 Fifth St., North Powder, 10:50 a.m. Thursday at the sheriff’s office, cited and released.

 

News of Record for April 11, 2014


Deaths

Don Haight: 93, a longtime Halfway resident, died today at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City. Arrangements are under the direction of Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home.

Funerals Pending

Jeanne Tharp: The rosary will be said at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 12, at St. Therese Catholic Church in Halfway. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. 

Friends are invited to join the family for a reception at the Pine Valley Grange Hall in Halfway after the service. 

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Therese Catholic Church or to the Halfway/Oxbow Ambulance Service through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Elizabeth Marie “Betty” Veleke Rud: Memorial service, 11 a.m., Saturday, April 12, at Crossroads Carnegie Art Center, 2020 Auburn Ave.

Dennis Wright: Memorial and celebration of life, Saturday, April 12 at 2 p.m. at the Eagle Valley Grange/Community Center, 42008 Moody Road in Richland. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Heart ‘N Home Hospice, American Cancer Society or Ducks Unlimited, through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Levi Tristan Brence: Memorial service, 1 p.m., Monday, April 14, at the Harvest Church, 3720 Birch St. Pastor Brad Phillips will officiate. 

There will be a reception afterward in the church fellowship hall. Memorial contributions may be made to Levi’s family to help with expenses. This may be done through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

Sid Johnson: Memorial service with military honors, 11 a.m., Monday, April 21, at the Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane. Pastor Katy Nicole of the First Presbyterian Church will officiate. Memorial contributions may be made to the Small Woodlands Association or the First Presbyterian Church through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

 James Lowell “Jim” Sells and Susan Marie Spence-Sells: Joint memorial service and a celebration of their lives, 11 a.m., Saturday, April 26, at the Haines United Methodist Church.

Benny Smelcer: Graveside memorial service, 1 p.m., Saturday, April 26, at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception afterward at the Pine Valley Presbyterian Church.

POLICE LOG

Baker City Police

Arrests, citations

UNLAWFUL DELIVERY OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE (Two Baker County warrants): Marsan Kay Edison, 31, of Baker City, 2:42 p.m. Wednesday, in the 200 block of Bridge Street; jailed. 

Baker County Sheriff’s Office

Arrests, citations

AGGRAVATED FIRST-DEGREE THEFT, BY RECEIVING: Larry Gene Martin, 48, 240 Fifth St., North Powder, 10:50 a.m. Thursday at the sheriff’s office, cited and released.

 

Deaths and Funerals Pending for April 9, 2014


Deaths

Levi Brence: 21, of Baker City, died April 8, 2014, at his home. Gray’s West & Co. is in charge of arrangements.


Funerals Pending

Jeanne Tharp: The rosary will be said at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 12, at St. Therese Catholic Church in Halfway. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception at the Pine Valley Grange Hall in Halfway after the service. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Therese Catholic Church or to the Halfway/Oxbow Ambulance Service through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Elizabeth Marie “Betty” Veleke Rud: Memorial service, 11 a.m., Saturday, April 12, at Crossroads Carnegie Art Center, 2020 Auburn Ave.

Sid Johnson: Celebration of Life service, 11 a.m., Monday, April 21, at the Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane. Coles Tribute Center is in charge of arrangements.

 James Lowell “Jim” Sells and Susan Marie Spence-Sells: Joint memorial service and a celebration of their lives, 11 a.m., Saturday, April 26, at the Haines United Methodist Church.

Benny Smelcer: Graveside memorial service, 1 p.m., Saturday, April 26, at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception afterward at the Pine Valley Presbyterian Church.

 

Obituaries for April 7, 2014


Jeanne Tharp

Formerly Halfway, 1920-2014

Jeanne Cathrine Tharp, 93, a former Halfway resident, died March 26, 2014, at Copper Summit Assisted Living Center in Pocatello, Idaho, with her family by her side.

The rosary will be said at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 12, at St. Therese Catholic Church in Halfway, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception afterward, at the Pine Valley Grange Hall.

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Obituaries for April 4, 2014


Raymond Chase

Childress, Texas, 1969-2014

Raymond W. Chase, 44, of Cuba, Mo., and formerly of Baker City and Union, died March 20, 2014, at Childress, Texas.

His memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Baker City Christian Church, 675 Highway 7. Pastor Jesse Whitford will officiate.

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Obituaries for April 2, 2014


Jean Griffith

Bozeman, Mont., 1932-2014

Jean Griffith, 81, of Bozeman, Mont., a former Haines-area resident, died March 30, 2014.

Her funeral was Tuesday in the Spring Hill Presbyterian Church at Bozeman. 

The family will announce plans for a local service later.

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Obituaries for March 31, 2014

Ben Mewhirter 

Baker City, 1933-2014

Sanford Benjamin “Ben” Mewhirter, 81, of Baker City died March 13, 2014, at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise. 

There will be a celebration of his life at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at the Baker City Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, 2005 Valley Ave. 

Ben was born on Feb. 12, 1933, at Sturgis, S.D., to Sanford Benjamin Mewhirter Sr. and Margaret Benoist Mewhirter. He was half American Indian and was a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of Eagle Butte, S.D. 

At age 16, Ben enlisted in the National Guard, followed by serving six years in the U.S. Navy and three years for the U.S. Army Corps. He finished his active duty in 1960 and worked the next 22 years for the Ford Motor Co. assembly plant in Milpitas, Calif. 

Ben was first married to Yachiyo Nanaka of Japan who had a daughter, Judy. They divorced in 1977, and in 1978, he married his “wife for life,” JoAnna Kirkman, who had five children: Dean, Dan, Julie, Rita and Rick. 

After the Ford plant closed in 1983, Ben worked at a company that manufactured camper shells, a residential home for the mentally handicapped, and a tour bus company. In 1996, Ben and JoAnna moved to San Luis Obispo, Calif., where Ben drove a van to transport mentally and physically handicapped people. 

In 2002, the couple bought a home at Baker City and Ben worked seasonally for the U.S. Forest Service. In 2008, JoAnna was moved to an assisted living center at San Jose, Calif. 

After his separation from JoAnna, Ben decided to spend his final years surrounded by Oregon’s open-spaces, beauty, and charm, family members said.

Ben accepted the Lord as his savior and went to church throughout the years. He enjoyed fishing and being in the outdoors. 

Ben was a very quiet, gentle, caring, and kind man, and always went above and beyond to help others. He is deeply loved and will be greatly missed, family members said.

Survivors include his wife, JoAnna Mewhirter; daughters, Judy Segura of Gilroy, Calif., Julie (Tim) Perry of Atascadero, Calif., and Rita Burns of San Jose, Calif; sons, Dean (Cathy) Lees of Atascadero, Calif., Dan Lees of Baker City and Rick (Lynda) Rodarte of San Jose, Calif; niece, Cheri Davidson of Eagle Butte, S.D.; nephews, Sanford Gabe of Ft. Thompson, S.D., and Kevin Mewhirter of Eagle Butte, S.D.; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Estelle Marie.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Northeast Oregon Compassion Center, 1250 Hughes Lane, Baker City, OR  97814.

‘Gus’ Sword

Baker City, 1928-2014

Gustav “Gus” Sword, 85, of Baker City, died March 25, 2014, at his home. 

His memorial service was Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church in Baker City.  Interment was at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Gus Sword was born on June 2, 1928, at the old Protestant Hospital in Baker City to Efraim “Ed” and Anna Sword. He was raised and educated at Baker and was a 1946 Baker High School graduate.

Gus was drafted into the U.S. Army on Oct. 1, 1950, during the Korean War and served at the Ordnance Supply Depot in Japan. 

He married Cleta Faye Simrell on April 29, 1955.  They had a son, Joseph Carl, and daughter, Carol Jean.

He worked for the Howard Jones-John Deer Tractor Co.  Later, he worked at Burnt River Lumber Co. and retired from Ellingson Lumber Co. He was a lifelong member of the Calvary Baptist Church. His Christian faith and family were very important to him, family members said.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Cleta; children, Joseph Sword, and Carol and her husband, Bob Whelan; brother, Don Sword and his wife, Evelyn, of Vale; special nieces, Neva Walter Clark of Nevada, Jeanne Walter Gillert of Texas, and Laura Sword Hancock of Vale; sister-in-law, Betty Simrell of Costa Rica; brothers-in-law, Barry Simrell and his wife, Esther, of Milton-Freewater,  Norman Simrell and his wife, Luella, of Prairie City, and Robert Simrell and his wife, Vicki, of Eugene; and extended family.

 He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Viola, and her husband, John Walter; and nephew, Steven Sword. 

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

‘Pete’ Boice

Richland, 1930-2014

Donald D. “Pete” Boice, of Richland, died March 21, 2014, at his home. 

There was a gathering, celebration and stories of Pete’s life Sunday, March 30, at the Shorthorn Restaurant in Richland. 

He was born on Sept. 18, 1930, at Brackenridge, Pa., to Walter D. and Florence M. Behning. He graduated from high school at Brackenridge. After work in steel mills, ranches and lumber camps, he attended college at Fort Collins, Colo., where he met and married Frances R. Heywood.

He worked his way through school, and his education in geology eventually led him to management level positions with cement plants around the world, from Rogue River and Grants Pass in Oregon, to Trident, Mont., Apple Valley, Calif., Marietta, Ga., Jakarta, Indonesia, and Morgan City, La. 

His last position was with US Steel in Trenton, Mich., where he was vice president of the lime and gypsum division. He retired in Elgin, and then moved to Richland.

Pete loved fishing, hunting, camping, and puttering in the shop, family members said. He will be greatly missed by his family, and his dog, Hector. 

Survivors include his four children, Karen, Dave, and Kevin, all of Montana, and Dan of Michigan; grandchildren, Brad, Jenny, Amanda, James, Peter and Ben; nine great-grandchildren; his sister, Jean Schaeffer; nieces, Linda, Michelle and Laura; nephews, Bob, Bill and Lane; and his aunt, Betty Blackmore.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Jack.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ducks Unlimited through the online memorial page http://www.ducks.org/tributes/Donald%20D.%20%22Pete%22%20Boice, or sent to the Baker Chapter through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

 

Obituaries for March 28, 2014

‘Patty’ Perry

Baker City, 1923-2014

Patricia Louise “Patty” Perry, 91, of Baker City, died March 17, 2014, at the Partners In Care Hospice House at Bend. It was St. Patrick’s Day and her 91st birthday. 

Her graveside funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, at the Eagle Point National Cemetery in Eagle Point. There will be a memorial service in her honor at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26, at the Agape Christian Center, 650 Highway 7, in Baker City.

Patricia was born on March 17, 1923, at Mishawaka, Ind., to Grant and Myrtle Wynegar. She grew up in Indiana and graduated from high school at South Bend. 

She married Burt B. Perry in 1953 at Costa Mesa, Calif. After moving the family to Oregon, Patricia worked as a school bus driver for the Grants Pass School District for many years.

Patty was well-known for having a big heart, family members said. She enjoyed traveling, spending time with her friends from church and providing ministry at the Powder River Correctional Facility.

She particularly loved her dog, Hayley. She was a member of the Agape Christian Center in Baker City, and a past member of the Red Hat Society. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Burt Perry; and her son, Rick Schricker, and his wife, Leslie; and one brother. 

Survivors include her daughter, Debbie (Frank) Davis; her grandchildren, Jeff Schricker, Jayme Schricker, Matthew Davis and Francesca (Ben) Kenfield; and her great-grandchildren, Jonny and Sebastian Kenfield. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Partners In Care Hospice, 2075 N.E. Wyatt Court, Bend, OR 97701 or at www.partnersbend.org. 

Baird Funeral Home of Bend is in charge of arrangements.

Jamie Snodgrass

Portland, 1968-2014

Jamie M. Snodgrass, 46, of Texas, a former Baker City resident, died March 23, 2014, in Texas.

There will be a candlelight vigil in her honor at 6 p.m. Saturday at Geiser-Pollman Park. For more information, call Daisy Carrier, 541-519-3406.

Jamie loved rock climbing and collecting, watching birds, swimming and camping. She loved the outdoors. In addition to her Baker City and Texas homes, she also had lived in Washington.

Survivors include her mother, Mary Eskridge; her father, Marshall “Poppy” Eskridge; her partner, Michelle Standley; sons, Robert Osborn and his family, and Albert “Little Man” Rowley; her uncle, Chris Specht; and her daughter, Daisy Carrier. 

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