Victor Vitone Sr.
Baker City, 1932-2013
Victor John Vitone Sr., 81, of Baker City died Oct. 21, 2013, surrounded by his loved ones.
A private memorial is planned for Victor on Nov. 1, 2013, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints multi-purpose room, 2625 Hughes Lane.
Victor was born on Sept. 5, 1932, at Paterson, N.J., to Alexander and Fernande Vitone. After finishing his schooling, Victor joined the U.S. Army for three years, achieving the rank of corporal. He proudly served his country during the Korean conflict.
After he left the service, Victor worked as a service technician, delivering propane for AmeriGas. In 1966, he met and later married Willamae Myers in Hollywood, Fla.
Victor loved fishing, writing poetry and spending time with his family. He also loved spending many hours with his companion, Stormy, a yellow Lab who became important to him after his wife died.
Survivors include his daughter, Sandra, and son-in-law, Thomas Montoya, of Baker City; son, Victor Vitone Jr., and Kat White of Valdosta, Ga.; brother-in-law and sister–in-law, John A. and Myrtle Harris of Ray City, Ga., and Travis and Betty Apperson, of Ashburn, Ga.; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Willamae, who died in March of 2003; his parents; sister, Lou Rossborough; brother, Tony Vitone; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Perry and Evelyn Myers.
Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Baker City, 1920-2013
Jeanette H. Anderson, 93, of Baker City, died Oct. 19, 2013, while at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Baker City.
There was a memorial service and reception for Jeanette at 2 p.m. Thursday at Coles Tribute Center. Her final resting place will be at Finley’s Sunset Hills Mausoleum in Portland.
Jeanette was born on June 24, 1920. She was the only child of Orris and Mathilde Harbert. She attended Chapman Grade School and Lincoln High School in Portland.
She was a proud graduate and Alpha Omicron Pi sorority sister at the University of Oregon in Eugene. She was a lifelong avid supporter of the Ducks.
She also enjoyed horseback riding, being a thespian, and the social whirl at the U of O. Jeanette met her first husband, Robert Lewis Black, Sr. while at Oregon and they were married in 1941.
Jeanette and Robert lived in Pendleton early on where their only child, Robert Lewis Black Jr. was born. Eventually they moved to La Grand where Robert managed the local Van Patten Lumber Co. After Robert’s death in 1948, Jeanette taught at Central Grade School for a short time.
She married her second husband, H. Lynn Anderson in 1951. They had the Union Oil Co. distributorship in La Grande for many years. They moved to Portland where they owned and operated a dry cleaning business for several years.
Lynn died in 1983. Jeanette continued to live in Portland until she came to Baker City to live at Meadowbrook Place around 2010.
Jeanette was a member of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority since 1938, Job’s Daughters, Campfire Girls, the National Federation of Republican Women, Oregon Republican Century Club and Portland Northeast Club among others.
First and foremost, Jeanette was a homemaker and enjoyed entertaining family, friends and business associates. Jeanette shared with family that she was lucky in love not once but twice and would glow with the memory of her husbands.
When asked by some why she was such a conservative she would reply, “You should have met my little grandmother from Missouri!” who had influenced her at an early age. She had a special bond with her dad.
Her son Bob recalled on one of her favorite memories was when she was young she told her dad she wanted to go flying. His reply was, “Not now, but when you are 12 years old.” As time passed, Jeanette forgot about it but the morning of her 12th birthday, her dad told her she was going to go flying.
He took her to Swann Island where a well-known pilot, Tex Rankin, flew Jeanette and her dad all around the Portland area in an open cockpit bi-plane. She never forgot that experience.
She liked to tell of and admire her son’s cleverness as a very young boy when he informed her he would not be eating his vegetables until his dad came back from the war. She often bragged to others about Bob’s business and real estate prowess and was impressed at how he had become quite the family man.
She recalled a funny time when her granddaughter, Robin, was riding with her in her new convertible in Portland. Little Robin started singing a favorite song of hers, “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head.” Not familiar with the song, Jeanette became worried that her convertible top was leaking and had a good laugh later when she figured it out.
As anyone could see who knew or met Jeanette, she was a very stylish lady and always “dressed to the nines,” even on her worst day (this can be confirmed by Bob with the wardrobes changing with the seasons and his aching back).
Finally, one will never forget her great pleasure in supporting her alma mater and her beloved Oregon Ducks. She would never miss watching their games and had her Oregon pennants posted by her front door. She was very pleased when her two great-grandsons showed up wearing U of O Duck shirts and hoped for future Ducks in the family.
Jeanette’s family would like to thank the staff at Meadowbrook Place for their kindness and care during her time with them.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Orris and Mathilde Harbert; her husband, Robert Lewis Black Sr.; and her husband, H. Lynn Anderson.
Survivors include her sons, Robert “Bob” Black and his wife, Michael, and Ron Anderson and his wife, Dee; daughter, Cathey Correa, and her husband, Richard; and nine grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to Best Friends of Baker City or the Rachel Center through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.
George James Raeburn, 69, of Portland, died Oct. 22, 2013, as the result of a motor vehicle crash on Highway 26 just west of John Day.
There will be a Celebration of Life from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Canby New Life Foursquare Church, 2350 S.E. Territorial Road, Canby, OR 97013.
George was born on Dec. 20, 1943, at Bend to Byron and Maxine Raeburn. George lived in Baker City and spent his summers working on a family ranch at Vale until his family moved to Clackamas where he finished his senior year of high school in 1963.
In 1966, George married Dawn Gail Martin. They had two children, Kimberly and Todd.
George spent four years in the Army Reserves, and spent more than 10 years with Union Pacific Railroad in Portland. Then George pursued his true passion of classic cars and hot rods.
He went back to school and started his own business: Custom Auto Restoration.
Since age 17 he loved to make old cars look new again as a hobby. Starting off at just fixing up and detailing to later on developing skills to do body work and paint. This hobby turned into a very successful business because of his exceptional talent, craftsmanship, integrity, and drive to do his very best for others, family members said. He would turn a rust bucket into an award-winning concourse car.
George was a hardworking man his entire life. He worked hard to support and provide for his family and was devoted to supporting Kim and Todd in their education and other endeavors.
George and Dawn’s marriage ended in 1984. In 1986 he married Susan Mark.
George retired at 65. He and Susan did some traveling in the U.S. and in Europe.
George continued to work on cars after retirement. There were always friends and past clients asking him to work on their cars because of who he was and his craftsmanship.
George died on his way to Baker City to visit some friends and to enjoy some open road in his own classic ’58 Chevy Bel Air Impala, his family said.
Survivors include his wife, Susan Mark Raeburn; children, Kimberly Dawn Davenport and Todd Martin Raeburn; grandchildren, Grant, Abigail, Bryant and Belle; and brothers, Earl Raeburn and Roger Raeburn.
Baker City, 1927-2013
Donald H. “Don” Kelso, 86, of Baker City, died Oct. 19, 2013, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Baker City.
His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Gray’s West and Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Pastor Jim Steele of the Happy Valley Evangelical Church will officiate. There will be a graveside service at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Boise National Cemetery.
Don was born on Jan. 24, 1927, at Madrid, Neb., to Edgar and Bernice Henry Kelso. He was raised in Nebraska and as a teen he moved to northern Idaho for a short time before returning to Nebraska.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on Jan. 9, 1945, and served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre. He was wounded in action and received a Purple Heart.
He was honorably discharged on May 14, 1946. After his military service he moved to Lebanon, Ore., where he worked as an auto mechanic and at a lumber yard. He married Phyllis Gravelle in 1947. After 11 years they divorced.
He married Ruthann Hatcher in 1963 and they later divorced.
He was married to Bonnie Medrow for more than 25 years before her death in 2005. On July 6, 2011, he married Elizabeth Wells.
He returned to Baker City from Lebanon in 1956 and worked as a heavy equipment mechanic. He moved to Meridian, Idaho, in 1978 and then came back to Baker City in 2009.
He enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. He was well-known as someone who could fix or make anything and he built many trailers and even built wreckers. He also enjoyed collecting antiques.
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Wells-Kelso of Baker City; son, Boyd Kelso of San Francisco; son and daughter-in-law, Allen and Sandi Kelso of San Antonio, Texas; and daughters and sons-in-law, Janet and Jerry Groves of Meridian, Idaho, and Jeannie and Wade Preble of Milwaukee; brother and sister-in-law, Merideth and Merle Kelso; and sister and brother-in-law, Hazel and Jim Graham; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and several stepchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sons, Larry and D. Jeffery.
The Dalles, 1925-2013
Ross Gilbert “Godfather” Stull, 87, of The Dalles, died Aug. 8, 2013, peacefully at home with his family.
There was a celebration of his life on Aug. 31 at the Eagles Lodge in The Dalles. Interment with military honors was Saturday, Sept. 7, at Mount Hope Cemetery in Baker City. There was a Celebration of Life service afterward at Baker City American Legion Hall.
Ross was born on Sept. 25, 1925, at Payette, Idaho, to Graff Javan and Jessie Lynn Ringer Stull. He served in the U.S. Navy, as a sonar operator on the USS Chickasaw in the South Pacific during World War II.
He married Mary Lorane Spivey on Feb. 19, 1946. They had four daughters.
Ross worked many jobs in his life but his love of the railroad finally led him to Alaska where he retired on the Alaskan Railroad in 1986. He loved fishing and socializing and was always telling jokes.
“We will forever miss that special smile and quick wit,” family members said.
Survivors include his daughters, Ann Gronwold and her husband, Ken, of Buckeye, Ariz., Ellen Lord of Dallesport, Wash., and Jessie Kochis and her husband, Leo, of The Dalles; grandchildren, James Jordan, and his wife Kim, Cindy Eder, Karla Perry and her husband, Carl, Greg Murphy, Michael Murphy and his wife, Liz, Mark Lord, MaryEllen Lord, Lee Kochis, and his wife, Becky, and Chris Kochis; and many great- and great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary; daughter, Edna May Westby; son-in-law Marion “Bud” Lord; sisters, Iola Blodgette and Inez Cartwright; brothers, Blaine, Clifford and Max Stull; and great-great-granddaughter, Victoria Gassner.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Providence Hospice of the Gorge, 1630 Woods Court, Hood River, OR 97031.
Baker City, 1934-2013
Charles R. Couzens, 79, a longtime Baker City resident, died Oct. 16, 2013, at Settler’s Park.
At his request, there will be no service.
Mr. Couzens was born on June 28, 1934, at Whitney to Charles and Myrtle Borman Couzens. He attended Baker City schools and graduated from Baker High School. Mr. Couzens served in the U. S. Army.
Coral Jane Rose, 84, of Haines, died peacefully at her home on the morning of Oct. 8, 2013.
At her request, there will be no service.
Coral was born on Oct. 1, 1929, at Eugene. She was the only daughter of William Claire Kneeland and Coral Agnes Graham Kneeland.
She graduated from University (Uni) High School at Eugene, and attended the University of Oregon where she met her husband, Gene C. Rose.
They were married on Dec. 27, 1950, at Eugene. This year marks their 63rd wedding anniversary.
Coral worked to support Gene’s law school education. Upon his graduation in 1953, the couple moved to Baker City where Gene practiced law.
In 1956, the couple moved to Tacoma, Wash., as a result of Gene’s assignment to the U.S. Air Force. They returned to Baker City in 1957.
In 1968, the family moved to Ontario, where Gene was a partner with the law firm Yturri, Rose.
Coral worked nonstop to raise their five children. She also owned and operated an antique shop: Classique Antiques — fulfilling her life-long passion for collecting historic and primitive items.
Although many friends were made in Ontario, Coral and Gene were eager to return to Baker County in the mid-1990s to retire.
Coral lovingly dedicated her life to her husband, her children, her grandchildren and her numerous friends. All who entered the Rose home were made to feel comfortable as a result of Coral’s warmth and grace, family members said.
She was noted for her superb cooking and her ability to entertain at a moment’s notice. She was deeply admired for her straightforward, common-sense attitude, often highlighted by a rye sense of humor. Coral never waivered from her independent thinking, but welcomed and enjoyed all points of view.
She had an abiding love for all animals, as witnessed by the numerous pets that lived and were loved in her home throughout the years. She was an active volunteer and thoroughly enjoyed her time working on behalf of the community.
Coral was deeply connected to her home in Haines, and found special peace and solace working in her garden, surrounded by her beloved pets.
Survivors include her spouse, Gene; son, Bill Rose, and his wife, Karen; daughter, Connie Ross, and her husband, John; son, Bob Rose, and his wife, JoAnn; daughter, Mary Jane Guyer, and her husband, Randy; daughter, Kathryn Rose; grandchildren, Kelley, Christie, Kevin and J.J.; and her great-grandchildren, Elsie Jane and Madeline Rose.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Eastern Oregon Museum at Haines and Heart ‘n’ Home Hospice, through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.
Keith Swafford, 80, died Oct. 4, 2013, at his home in Richland after a long, brave battle with cancer.
His memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, at the Richland Grange Hall in Richland. Friends are invited to join the family after the service for refreshments.
Keith was born to Norman and Lenore Swafford at Kalkaska County, Mich., where he spent his youngest years with his six siblings. The family moved to the Hood River Valley in 1944 and made their home on Dee Flat where Keith went to school. He later joined the Army where most of his time was spent in Germany. After being discharged he went to work for the U.S. Forest Service and later for Hood River Sand and Gravel from which he retired.
In 1959, Keith met and married the love of his life, Freeda Short. They had one daughter, Tamara Lynn.
Keith was always Mr. Fixit. If it didn’t work he couldn’t quit until he solved the problem. Hunting and fishing were the driving forces in Keith’s life and his dreams were realized in 1993, when he retired and moved to Richland on Brownlee Reservoir where he could hunt and fish to his heart’s content.
Survivors include his wife, Freeda; his daughter, Tammy; three grandchildren, Justin, Erica and April; two great-granddaughters; a brother, David; and a sister, Jo Shay.
Those who would like to make a donation in memory of Keith may do so to help defray service expenses through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.
Baker City, 1970-2013
On the morning of Oct. 3, 2013, Michael Richard Piete died in a tragic event occurring at a family cabin in Grant County.
A gathering for a celebration of life will be today at 4 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Club, 2005 Valley Ave. in Baker City. Curtains open at 7:45 p.m. and karaoke at 8 p.m., also at the Veterans Memorial Club.
Mike Piete was born on Jan. 9, 1970, at Baker City to Bonnie Piete and Howard Piete. One thing Mike loved most was his family. This includes his wife of nine years, Carlotta Piete; his three stepchildren, Joe Truscott, Tiffany Rivera and Kody Kolb; his 10 grandchildren; his mother, Bonnie Gentry, father, Howard Piete, stepmother Elaine Piete; brothers Alan Grove, Kevin Grove and Willie Grove; and his sisters, Leah Mayer and Brandy Martens.
Mike moved to Canada in 1971 when he was 1 year old, where he lived until he was 16. He then moved to Eugene, where he attended Willamette High School. He moved back to Canada and worked for his dad for several years. In 1997 he returned to Baker City where he pursued his career of operating heavy equipment. In that time he made many friends.
He met the person who became his soul mate, his wife, who he grew close to for five years and then married for nine years. In that time Mike also became a dad to Carlotta’s three children, Joe, Tiffany and Kody, who he treated and took in as his own. Mike also became “Papa Mike” to all his grandkids who loved him dearly.
Mike loved the outdoors and everything that came with it — hunting, fishing, camping, 4-wheeling, snowmobiling and boating. When Mike wasn’t working he was always spending time with family and friends making memories which no one will forget. All the family would like to give a special thanks to Mike’s best friend, Dennis Glerup, who never left his side.
His family said: “We thought of you with love today. But that is nothing new. We thought about you yesterday. And days before that too. We think of you in silence. We often speak your name. Now all we have is memories and your picture in a frame, your memory is our keep sake. With them we’ll never part. God has you in his keeping, we have you in our hearts.”
Those wishing to make contributions in Mike’s memory may direct them to Memorial for Michael Piete, through the Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
Baker City, 1949-2013
Kenneth Charles “K.C.” Gilliland, 64, of Baker City, died in the early hours of the morning of Oct. 3, 2013, in a tragic incident along with his nephew, Mike Piete. This took place at the family hunting cabin near Granite.
There will be a celebration of life for friends and family in the spring. A notice of time and place will be posted in the newspaper.
Baker City, 2008-2013
Jordan Micheal Ryan, 5, died Sept. 27, 2013, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center Baker City.
There will be a celebration of life at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Harvest Church. Pastor Brad Phillips will officiate.
Jordan was born on June, 18, 2008, at Portland to Michelle Ryan. During his short life, Jordan loved fishing, swimming, going for rides in the car and looking for wildlife. He also loved telling stories, singing and his “Grandpa time.”
Jordan was very proud of the fact that he learned how to ride his bicycle, play football, write his name, say his ABCs and that he could count.
Jordan was a member of the Baker City Harvest Church.
Survivors include his mother, Michelle Ryan; stepfather, Nathan Craig; sister, Sarah; brother, Carlos Ryan; grandparents, Robert and Lori Horn; uncles, William and Wyatt Pifher; and great- grandmother, Judith LeSeur. All are Baker City residents.
He was preceded in death by his great-grandfather, Michael LeSeur; cousin, Colton Ryan; and great-grandparents, Ralph and Cathy Ryan.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Jordan Ryan Memorial Fund through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.
Myrtle Marie Carroll
Richland, Wash., 1920 – 2013
Myrtle Marie Carroll, 93, of Richland, Wash., a former Baker City resident, died Sept. 28, 2013, surrounded by family.
Family members said she told everyone present she loved them and when she was told how much she was loved and that she was a wonderful mother and grandmother, she said, “Well, that’s all she wrote” and peacefully passed a few hours later.
Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Baker City Nazarene Church, 1250 Hughes Lane. Interment will be at her family plot in the Haines Cemetery.
Marie was born on June 22, 1920, to Thomas and Myrtle Maxwell Christensen on the Maxwell Ranch near Haines. Her father died in a farm accident when she was only 2.
She often told stories about growing up in the kitchen with her beloved grandmother, Nancy Hand Maxwell, learning to cook, bake, smoke meats and can fruits and vegetables.
During harvest they fed up to 40 farmhands and family members a day. She loved the kitchen and was a true culinary artist.
She attended Muddy Creek and Haines schools before attending Linfield College.
Marie married Daniel Moore in 1940. Thomas and Larry were born in Baker City and Daniel in Jackson, Miss. Dan and Marie divorced in 1950.
Marie married Joseph Carroll in 1952 and the family moved to Unity where Joe was a career employee with the U.S. Forest Service. They are the parents of JoDell, Rose Marie and Brenda. Marie was hired by the new Burnt River School as the cook in 1963 and stayed on for the next 21 years.
She enjoyed telling everyone that Burnt River students were the smartest, most polite and best looking. They still rave about her “killer” cinnamon rolls and other favorite foods.
She was one of the founders of the Burnt River Community Church in the early 1960s, inspired by a Reader’s Digest article about a missionary group in Oklahoma (Village Missions) that supplied ministers to rural churches.
After Joe’s death in 1984, Marie moved back to Baker City. Besides all the people she loved, her passions were family, church, water aerobics, pinochle, volunteering at the Heritage Museum and the Leo Adler House.
She was preceded in death by her son, Danny; her husband, Joe; and daughter, Brenda.
Survivors include her sister, Alta Rose, 96; sons, Tom and Larry (Roselynn); daughters, JoDell (Jim), and Rose Marie (Robert); son-in-law, Mel; daughter-in-law, Jean; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Northeast Oregon Compassion Center.
Express your thoughts and memories on our online guestbook at www.einansfuneralhome.com.
Don Ingle Sr.
Baker City, 1929-2013
Don Ingle, 84, a Baker County native, died Sept. 10, 2013, surrounded by family at Sunny Vista Living Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
There will be a celebration of his life and open house on Saturday, Oct. 5, at Durango, Colo. Private interment will be later at Mount Hope Cemetery in Baker City.
Donald Walter Ingle Sr. was born on Jan. 18, 1929, at Baker City to Glen and Bess Wiglesworth Ingle. Don grew up in the Sumpter and Bourne area, a place dear to him throughout his life.
He returned often by private plane to be with family and friends and to partake of the required pheasant hunting excursions in the Medical Springs area.
He was a 1947 Baker High School graduate and attended Eastern Oregon University, majoring in mine engineering.
He married Arlene Carnes on April 29, 1949, in Boise. After working as a company representative for the Standard Oil Co. of California in the Pacific Northwest, Don and his family moved to Durango, Colo., in 1962 where he owned and operated Ingle Oil Co. with plants in Durango and Cortez, and later the Ingle Trucking Co.
Don also transformed his lifelong love and talent for flying into an additional enterprise, Durango Air Service, which operated at La Plata Field for a number of years. He was particularly proud to have served as chairman of the La Plata County Airport Commission in the 1970s and was instrumental in garnering funding and support to expand Durango/La Plata Field into a jet-capable, commercial airport.
Don was a member of the Civil Air Patrol, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the Elks Lodge, the Hillcrest Golf Course Board of Directors, and was a talented horseman and sportsman.
He will be best remembered for his love and support of family, wonderful and corny sense of humor, and love of the mountains surrounding his childhood home of Sumpter and Colorado’s San Juans, family members said.
Survivors include his loving wife of 64 years, Arlene, of Colorado Springs; four children, all of whom live in Colorado: Donna (Dave) Webber of Grand Junction, Deanna (Bob) Riley of Durango, Debi (D.J.) Jones of Colorado Springs and Donald (Karen) Ingle Jr. of Highlands Ranch (Don and daughter-in-law Karen adopted one other as father and daughter); nine grandchildren: Chris Engle, Ryan Engle, Ashley Jones, Drew Riley, Justin Webber, Katie Riley, Chris Riley, Hallie Webber, and Kylene Ingle; and 15 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Deah Michele Ingle; and sister, Doris Sailing.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to The Sumpter Valley Railroad, P.O. Box 389, Baker City, OR 97814. The Railroad is a 501(c)3 organization.
Baker City, 1938-2013
Joan Carole Franklin, 75, of Baker City, died Sept. 16, 2013.
At her request, there will be no service.
Joan was an adoring mother and grandmother, loving daughter, fun sister, devoted wife, caring aunt and best friend, family members said. She was born on March 24, 1938, at Somerville, Mass.,where she lived until she was 15.
Due to her father’s health, the Buckland family moved to the dry climate of Scottsdale, Ariz., where Joan graduated from Camelback High School in 1957.
Joan loved to have fun and she attended many parties and gatherings with family and friends. She especially loved to visit Baker City where her children and grandchildren live. Joan officially made Baker City her home three years ago.
She will be deeply missed by her family ad friends, who will cherish many fond memories.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Kent Franklin; her parents, Paul and Lois Buckland; and a brother, Thomas.
Survivors include her son, Michael Franklin, and his wife, Rebecca, of Baker City, and his daughter, Alannah Biles, her husband, David, and their two sons, Brayden “Bentley” and Cayden of Louisiana; her daughter, Jeanenne Bowers, and her husband, David, and their daughters, Alysia and Erika, of Baker City; her siblings, Pauline Longo, George Buckland and Christine Wages of Arizona and their spouses and their children and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Reno, Nev., 1919-2012
Paul Charles Peyron, 93, also known as “Uncle Dick,” died a year ago on Oct. 9 2012, at Reno, Nev., after a short illness.
He was born on Oct. 4, 1919, to Henry and Louise Peyron. He was raised on the east Baker Valley homestead until enlisting in the 417 Night Fighter Squadron. He chronicled this experience in the book “Viva la Guerre!” After World War II, Paul used his training as an airplane mechanic to land a job with Hughes Air West.
He retired from the airlines in the 1970s as supervisor over the entire West Coast. Men who worked under him for many years said they had never heard him say an unkind word about anyone, though he had the difficult position of liaison between union and management.
After his retirement, he enjoyed traveling to Europe, retracing his parents’ lives and his war experiences. He and his loving companion, Paule Bosace, flew twice on the Concord.
An avid reader, Paul left an extensive library reflecting his love of current events and history. One of his talents included making history come alive for those who had not lived it.
Though Paul lived the final segment of his life in Reno, Nev., his love for the land his parents homesteaded went unabated. He knew every mound, fence post, rock pile and riser by heart. He was instrumental in taking these memories into the next generations.
“We miss his wisdom, wit, intellectual curiosity, generosity of spirit and steady presence,” his family said.
Survivors include his companion, Paule Bosace; nieces, nephews-in-law and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Henry, Gaston and Pete “Bill,” and his sister, Rose; nephews, Henry Benjamin; and great-nephew, Benjamin David.