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Obituaries for March 26

Mary Hopkins

Baker City, 1921-2014

Mary Hopkins, 93, of Baker City, died March 19, 2014, at Settlers Park Assisted Living Community, in the embrace of loving family and compassionate caregivers. 

Her memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The family has invited all attending the service to share a dinner with them after the service.

Mary was born on Jan. 22, 1921, in Michigan. She was the second of four daughters born to Frank and Gertrude Howland. 

Her early years were spent with her family in Eastern Oregon and Idaho, including a part of the Cambridge Valley, known then and now as Advent Gulch. It was there she met her future husband, Orin Hopkins. They were married on Dec. 8, 1938.


Obituaries for March 24, 2014

Nancy Fee

Colville, Wash., 1933-2014

Nancy Catherine Bates Fee, 80, of Colville, Wash., died March 20, 2014, at her family home after a long illness.

Her memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Baker United Methodist Church, 1919 Second St. 

Nancy was born on Dec. 18, 1933, at Baker City to John and Hazel Gilbert Bates. She was one of five children.


Obituaries for March 21, 2014


Nathaniel Johnson

Formerly Baker City, 1977-2014

Nathaniel Lee Johnson, 36, a former Baker City resident, died March 12, 2014, in Bend.

His funeral was March 17 at Harvest Church in Baker City with Pastor Brad Phillips officiating, followed by interment at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Nathan, his family’s gift from God, was born Sept. 7, 1977, at Baker City to Gary L. and Anita L. Johnson. He joined a sister, Melodie Eve.


Obituary for March 19, 2014


Bert Vanderwall

Haines, 1928-2014

Bert W. Vanderwall, 86, of Haines, one of the true pioneers of skiing, died March 13, 2014, surrounded by his family.

There will be a viewing from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. There will be a celebration of his life at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Baker City Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane. There will be a graveside service afterward at the Haines Cemetery.

He was born on Feb. 8, 1928, at Haines to Roy and Loddie Hornbeck Vanderwall. He joined a brother, Royal, and was preceded in death by a brother, Garrett.

Bert attended Muddy Creek School and graduated with the last graduating class from Muddy Creek High School in 1947, riding his horse to school all year long. 

Bert’s passion was skiing and he made many trips to the Little Alps and Anthony Lakes prior to the ski area being active, by hiking to the top. This was often a nine-hour day for only a couple of trips off the mountain for pleasure. Bert and his dad were instrumental in helping to create and open the ski area as we know it today.

Bert married his high school sweetheart, Betty Cox, on Aug. 6, 1948. They had three daughters: Rhea, Hilda, and Roberta. 

Bert briefly attended Oregon State University at Corvallis, but returned to work on the Muddy Creek farm when his Dad was injured in an accident. He quit farming when he and Betty bought Anthony Lakes Summer Resort. 

Bert drove logging truck and then worked construction for more than 35 years. His favorite machine was a Cat 235 excavator. He loved that machine!

Bert was a ski instructor for more than 50 years, and on the Anthony Lakes Ski Patrol (ALSP). All three of his daughters followed in his footsteps and became members of ALSP. All of his kids and grandkids have followed the family tradition and become skiers.

Bert was a legend at Anthony and for many he really was “Anthony Lakes.” If you ever skied on the mountain, undoubtedly you knew Bert or at least skied Bert’s Run. Bert was mountain manager and ski host for years.

 In 2012, Bert received the Gemutlichkeit Award given out by Oregon Ski Magazine. This award is given to those who are known for their “comfortable ambience, friendliness, informality, coziness, snugness, good nature, pleasantness, approachability, easy going nature, warm, amicability.” This was BERT!

He loved to sing and play songs. He was often up at Anthony Lakes to lead the Easter Sunrise service with his music. He was a very active member of the Haines Baptist Church and in the choir, and really enjoyed his time spent volunteering and spiritually mentoring inmates.

After retiring, Bert became involved with the Small Woodlands Association. He served on the board of directors, earning the distinction of first runner-up for Tree Farmer of the Year, while tree farming their forest properties.

He was often found using his sawmill to help build fencing rails, or whatever anyone wanted. He loved spending time out tinkering with wood in his shop, using wood that he got for himself in the mountains. He made numerous small tables and figurines.

“What we will always remember is his contagious smile, great attitude, and friendly demeanor, which he maintained through his last days,” family members said. “Next time you’re at Anthony Lakes, ski a few runs for Bert.” 

Survivors include his wife, Betty; his three daughters, Rhea Patton (Jim), Hilda Knight (Bill), and Roberta Vanderwall; his grandkids, Kristie Osborn, Bert Huddleston (Tobey), Wendy Secl (Kelly), Amanda Bowman (Travis), Miryka Donovan (Bill), and Riley Huddleston; and 11 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Anthony Lakes Ski Patrol or the Haines First Baptist Church.


Obituaries for March 17, 2014


‘Matt’ Gwin

Baker City, 1952-2014

Carl Mathew Lee Gwin of Baker City, known to his friends as “Matt,” died March 12, 2014.

A celebration sharing stories and memories of Matt will be at Geiser-Pollman Park in Baker City on Tuesday, April 15, at noon.

Matt was born on July 27, 1952, at Grass Valley, Calif., to Mary E. and John B. Gwin.

Matt truly enjoyed music, especially traditional blues, himself being an accomplished harmonica player. He enjoyed walks with his dog, Sledge, rain or shine and you could often find them out for a walk.

Matt loved old collectibles, and could often be found looking for treasures at yard sales and local thrift stores. He looked forward every year to hunting mushrooms with his family, and fishing along the Powder River. Matt always had a joke for the day, or some bit of factual trivia to share with family and friends. One of his favorite poets was Robert Service. One of his favorite sayings was “Never mistake kindness for stupidity.”

When he was home he could almost always be found “widdling” a piece of wood or “puttering” around the yard. His favorite time of year was summer, and he was baffled as to why anyone would want air conditioning. He could brighten anybody’s day with his quick wit and charming smile, family members said.

“He will be missed greatly by his family and friends. We will forever hold dear every memory of him, each holding a special place in our hearts,” they said.

Survivors include his daughter, Crystal Anne Webb of Willow Creek, Calif., and her children, Hannah, Eva and Loren; his son, Lucas Buddy Lee Gwin; his mother, Mary E. Minton-Mather; his brother, Clyde V.  “CV” Gwin  and CV’s partner, Terrie Lynn George, and his cousin, Ray Thompson, all of Baker City.

Memorial contributions to help defray funeral expenses may be made to Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home and Cremation Services, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Carolyn Carlton

Portland, 1942-2014

Carolyn Evelyn Carlton, 71, died Feb. 25, 2014, at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. She was surrounded by her children at the time of her death.

Her memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at the Rebekah Hall on 32nd and Holgate in Portland.

She was a member of the Rebekah Lodge in Oregon and Utah. She enjoyed crafts,  such as crocheting and knitting on plastic canvas. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, John E. Wilson of Baker City, who died on Dec. 2, 1979; her mother, Evelyn M. Eckley Rice of Union, who died on June 10, 2003; her brother-in-law, Henry J. Hoffman of Baker City, who died on Jan. 26, 2009; and nephews, Jeffrey W. Hoffman of Baker City, who died on Sept. 11, 2012, and Mark McHargue, who died on Jan. 2, 1984.

Survivors include her husband, LaVern E. Carlton of Ontario; sons, Theodore L. Carlton of Sweet Home, Christopher L. Carlton of Salt Lake City and Clifford L. Carlton of Portland; daughter, Tammy K. Carlton-Perez of Gresham; grandchildren, Tabitha Tolbert (and her two children) of Gresham, Shandra Dryer of Gresham and Izik Perez of Gresham, Misty L. Bayliss (and her two children), of Buhl, Idaho, Khristen D. Newswander (and her two children) of Providence, Utah, Willow A. Hammon (and one child) of Pocatello, Idaho, Kyah R. Carlton of Eagle, Idaho, and Nicholas B. Carlton of Pocatello, Idaho; Camille A. Pace of Pocatello,  Idaho, ex-wife of Christopher L. Carlton; and Casey Perez, husband of Tammy K. Carlton; sisters, Ervina J. Hoffman of Baker City, Lanette and Bob Theroux of Mesilla Park, N.M., Shirley K. Taylor of Baker City, Sharon and Boyd Abels of Glennallen, Alaska, and Kathy and Jack Kelly of Olathe, Kan.; brother, Dallas Wilson of Baker City; and many other relatives.


Obituary for March 14, 2014


J. Scott Mohr

Guangzhou, China, 1966-2014

J. Scott Mohr, 47, died March 7, 2014, at Forest Grove.

There will be a celebration of his life at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 30, at The Reserve Golf Course in Hillsboro. Pastor John Cockram will officiate.

Scott was born on Oct. 23, 1966, at Gold Beach to Phillip Daniel Mohr and Judith Marie Anderson Bentsen. He was raised at Toledo, Ore., and was a 1985 Toledo High School graduate. He attended Mount Hood Community College at Gresham and Western Oregon State College at Monmouth where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in business.

He married Jeanne Marie Cockram on Feb. 9, 1991, at Baker City. They celebrated their 23rd wedding anniversary this past February. They raised their two girls and made their home in the communities of Eugene, Beaverton and Vernonia, until 2008, when they moved to Guangzhou, China.

Scott had worked for Nike for 24 years. He worked his way through many divisions of the company, most recently as manufacturing engineering operations director of footwear.

In addition to traveling with his family, he enjoyed classic cars, music and sports.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Judith M. Bentsen; and Jeanne’s parents, Fred and Annette Cockram.

Survivors include his wife, Jeanne, and daughters, Kayla and Alexa of Guangzhou, China; his father and stepmother, Phillip and Beverly of Albany; stepfather, Roger Bentsen of Vernonia; grandmother, Cleone Wise of Crooked River Ranch; sisters, Natalie Mohr, and her son, Daylen, of Wilsonville, Deborah and Johnny Delfs and children, Zenzi and Jorn of Forest Grove, and Rachael Bentsen of Hillsboro; and his in-laws of Baker City, Michelle and Collin Kaseberg, Cherie and Craig Ward, Daryl and Monette Cockram and their families.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Knight Cancer Challenge, in care of OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, 3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, OR 97239. (Nike employees please use:  https://nike.benevity.org/user)

To sign the online guest book or to send a condolence to the family go to www.fuitenrosehoyt.com.


Obituaries for March 12, 2014


Ralph Myers

Forest Grove, 1930-2014 

Ralph Douglas Myers, 83, of Forest Grove, a former Baker County resident, died Feb. 8, 2014, at the Forest Grove Rehabilitation and Care Center.

Private Cremation Rites will be at Hoyt Crematory in Forest Grove.

Ralph was born on July 17, 1930, at Astoria, the first son of Ray Oliver Myers and Alice Mae Douglas Myers.


Obituary for March 10, 2014


Charles Reisner

Richland, 1943-2014

Charles Patrick Reisner, 70, of Richland, died Feb. 24, 2014, at Boise.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Richland Christian Church. Interment will be at Eagle Valley Cemetery in Richland. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception after the interment at the Richland Christian Church.

Charles Patrick was born on Nov. 26, 1943, at Portland to August “Augie” John and Clara Belle Imes Reisner. He was raised at Portland. Charles was a 1962 Grant High School graduate. In his teens he was a race car driver.

 Charles met Janeane at a restaurant where live music was playing and Charles asked a beautiful woman with “sparkling eyes” to dance ... the rest is history. Charles and Janeane were married on Aug. 22, 1981 at Vancouver, Wash. He instantly had four teenage children: Cindy, Kerry, Kristine and Mark.

Charles was a hod carrier at Portland and Anchorage, Alaska, from 1962 until 2000, when he retired. 

Charles loved woodworking, fishing, helping others, making his wife happy (which she said he did everyday without fail), loving his children and grandchildren, and traveling in his fifth-wheel trailer with Janeane and their feline friends. 

Charles said after moving to Richland that he wasn’t going to move to any other place he just said “the only place I’m gonna move is down the road (meaning the cemetery), and that’s the truth.” And that he did.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Billy; and sister, Trudy.

Survivors include his wife Janeane; daughters, Cindy Crawford of Kingman, Ariz., Kerry Rodriguez of Portland, Kristine and her husband, John Case, of Ashland; son, Mark and his wife, Deb Crawford of Portland; 16 grandchildren, two great- grandchildren and two on the way.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Richland Christian Church or the New Bridge Nazarene Church through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.


Obituaries for March 7, 2014


‘Chuck’ Schlingman

Baker City, 1924-2014

Herman Charles “Chuck” or “Doc” Schlingman, 90, of Baker City died Feb. 14, 2014, at his home.

There will be a celebration of his life at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at the Baker City Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane. There will be a reception afterward.

Chuck was born on Jan. 16, 1924, at Denver to Herman Frank Schlingman and Ruth Merle Nesbitt Schlingman.


Obituaries for March 5, 2014


Marlyn Riggs

Enterprise, 1948-2014

Marlyn Allen Riggs, 66, of Enterprise, a former longtime Baker County resident, died Feb. 17, 2014, at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, Wash., from complications of influenza/pneumonia.

There was a celebration of his life Feb. 26, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall in Enterprise.


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