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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Baker City, 1938-2014
Kenwood Smith “Woody” Hauter Jr., 75, died Feb. 25, 2014, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City.
There will be a remembrance from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at Crossroads Art Center, 2020 Auburn Ave.
Woody was born on April 6, 1938, at Chicago. He grew up predominately in Orinda and Fullerton, Calif.
After graduation from high school, Woody enlisted in the U.S. Marines. He was on active duty stateside from July 1957 through January 1958 and continued to serve as a reservist until 1963.
He attended college at University of California Berkley and finished his degree at Utah State University in Logan, Utah, receiving a bachelor’s degree in range management.
Woody married Mary Kathryn “Mickey” Sears in 1959. Together they had four children.
After college, Woody began his career with the U.S. Forest Service. This brought the family to Baker City in 1966. He worked as a hydrologist for the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest until his retirement in 1993.
Woody found his spirituality through nature. He loved the wild country, beautiful forests, rugged mountains, and unsettled Alaska.
Some of his happiest days were spent skiing with family and friends at Anthony Lakes. He always was eager to share his passion for the sport with others. Woody was an avid hiker and backpacker and spent many days in camp or on the trail.
He had an artistic talent, which he expressed through photography. He enjoyed digital photographs of mountains, nature and animals, which he enhanced and modified on his computer. He loved sharing his photos through slide shows with family and friends.
He loved all kinds of music, from classical to rock and roll. He loved to dance and enjoyed watching and attending concerts, both live and televised. Music and reading were a large part of how he relaxed.
He had special relationships with his pets. He always had a dog at his side and a cat in his lap. He loved all animals, both domestic and wild.
Survivors include his daughter, Lori Rowland, her husband, Dan, their two sons, Kyle and Jace, all of Baker City; his son, Mark Hauter, and his wife, Kristin, and their two children, Cole and Hannah, of Kennewick, Wash.; daughter, Sandy Kemper of Hillsboro and daughter, Karen Hauter of Baker City; and his sister, Katherine Hauter Vaughn of Baker City.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ruth and Kenwood Hauter Sr.; and stepfather, Harold MacLean.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to New Hope for Eastern Oregon Animals, P.O. Box 146, Baker City, OR 97814.
Beverly Evelyn Journigan, 78, of Union, did Feb. 14, 2014, at her home.
Her service will be at 3 p.m. today at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 1511 26th St., in La Grande. There will be a reception afterward at the La Grande Country Club, 10605 S. McAlister, Island City.
Beverly was born on June 9, 1935,at Ellingson, Mo., to Otho and Fay Sanders (now deceased). Married and widowed young, Beverly had three children (Steven, Alanna and Julie), when she met and married Ronald C. Journigan in 1965 in Baker City, where they raised their family before eventually settling in Union. Together Ron and Beverly had one son, Jeffery.
Beverly beat cancer four times before dying of complications related to diabetes. Beverly died suddenly at home (as she would have preferred) after a perfect cup of coffee, made by her loving husband, Ron, and a good visit with her dear friend and neighbor, Lavon. Ron and Beverly were expecting friends from Baker for lunch any minute. It was a good day.
Beverly loved life, family members said. She was feisty enough to be interesting and had many hobbies. Painting, sewing, gardening, and reading were just a few.
She had a beautiful singing voice, and it was said that she could have been another Patsy Cline, but being shy, she contented herself to singing at home with her family and friends. She never met a stranger, always knew her neighbors, and easily made lifelong friends. Her door was always open and her heart wider still.
Beverly loved God, family, and friends — in that order. As one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, she shared her Bible- based hope with all who would listen, her family said.
Survivors include her husband, Ron C. Journigan; children, Steven Beck of Dry Creek, Alanna Spellman and her husband, Rick, of Union, Julie Horine and her husband, Larry, of Beaver, and Jeffery Journigan and his wife, Jori, of Wallowa; brothers and sisters, Delores (and Dick) Carrera of Fort Worth, Texas, Bud (and Judy) Sanders of Joseph, Bid (and Polly) Sanders of Mountain Home, Idaho, Marcella (and Mike) Wagoner, of Union; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and many, many friends.
She was preceded in death by her two nieces, Shannon Sanders and Sherry Stein.
The family suggests that in lieu of flowers that Beverly be remembered with these actions: “Kiss your husband (wife) square on the mouth, get to know your neighbors, read your Bible daily. And kids, call your mother. She loves you more than you know.”
Online condolences to the family may be made at www.lovelandfuneralchapel.com.
Lyle Dale Corcoran, 53, of Umatilla, a former Baker City resident, died Feb. 16, 2014, at Richland, Wash., with his family by his side. He fought a hard, short battle with cancer.
The family celebrate his life at noon on Friday June 21, at the Haines United Methodist Church.
Lyle was born at The Dalles on July 6, 1960, to Corky and Christene Corcoran. His family moved to Baker City in 1967.
He was a 1978 Baker High School graduate. In 1980, he married his high school sweetheart, Tracy Andrews. They had two children, David and Stephanie.
After graduation, he worked for the Union Pacific Railroad for nine years. Lyle and Tracy later had their own log trucking business.
Lyle married Cindy Spietz in 1998. They moved to Prinville and he worked for Les Schwab Tire driving truck. He was the stepfather during this marriage to Mike and Katie.
Lyle was in a life-changing motorcycle accident in 2007 that left him disabled for several years. After a couple of years, he moved to the Boardman area and drove truck.
Baker City, 1962-2014
Kathryn L. “Kathy” Rose, 51, of Baker City died Feb. 13, 2014, at her home.
Kathy was born on May 30, 1962, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Baker City to Gene C. and Coral Jane Rose. She was the fifth of five children born to the Rose family.
Kathy spent the first six years of her life in Baker City, and then moved with her family to Ontario. She was an accomplished competitive swimmer, earning state championships in both backstroke and relay events. She was a 1980 Ontario High School graduate.
Kathy graduated from Portland State University in 1986. During her college career, she participated in and thoroughly loved her two terms spent studying and traveling throughout the world via the University of Pittsburgh’s Semester at Sea program.
She would later return to the Semester at Sea program in administrative staff and recruitment positions — again allowing her to tour the world.
In 1985-1986, Kathy lived in Tokyo where she taught English to the employees of the Fujistu Company. She took the opportunity to travel extensively throughout the country and many other parts of the Orient.
In 1987, Kathy continued her passion for travel by becoming a flight attendant for American Airlines. She earned numerous awards and recognition for more than a decade of service to the airline.
Her work allowed her to see numerous domestic and international destinations. Kathy had a particular interest in the African/ Middle East regions of world. She collected a number of wonderful items she shared with family and friends over the years.
In 1991, she married Rod Herring. Their marriage lasted 10 years. The majority of their time together was spent in the area of Hermosa Beach, California.
Kathy returned to Baker City in 2002 to be closer to her family. She will be remembered for her generous spirit and her willingness to engage any and all people in warm conversation, family members said. Her friendships spanned worldwide. She loved sending cards and notes — often highlighted with small drawings — to those who might need a little cheer. Her sense of humor, even in tough times, was often noted and appreciated by her family and friends. She will be deeply missed by all who loved her.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Coral Jane Kneeland Rose.
Survivors include her father, Gene Rose; brother, Bill Rose, and his wife, Karen; sister, Connie Ross, and her husband, John; brother, Bob Rose, and his wife, JoAnn; sister, Mary Jane Guyer, and her husband, Randy; nieces and nephews, Kelley, Christie, Kevin and J.J.; and her great-nieces Elsie Jane and Madeline Rose.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Rachel Pregnancy Center or Best Friends of Baker County through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.
Vanetta Yvonne Rogers, 83, of Halfway, died Feb. 20, 2014, at Life Care Center in Puyallup, Wash.
A private family service will be scheduled later.
Vanetta Yvonne was born on Sept. 16, 1930, to Edger and Cecile Green King at New Franklin, Mo.
Yvonne met her husband of 42 years, James Everett Rogers, at Marysville, Calif. After retiring from Rideout Memorial Hospital in 1987, she and Jim traveled in their RV until 2005 when they settled at Halfway.
At home in Halfway, Yvonne enjoyed setting out on the porch and sharing a smile and a wave as friends drove past. She had the greatest love for her children and grandchildren and amazed everyone at how she always remembered birthdays and anniversaries, family members said.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim; her brother, Lowell King; and her sister, Leota White.
Survivors include a sister, Lois Selby of Yuciapa, Calif.; her uncle, Oran King of Calamesa, Calif.; her children, Duane Anderson of Halfway, Kathy and her husband, John Toepper, of Graham, Wash., Keith Bonson of Mesa, Ariz., Rhonda and her husband, Bob Bunker, of Renton, Wash., Gary and his wife, Jacquie Bonson, of Finley, Calif., Renee and her husband, Gary Patton, of Cardington, Ohio, Terry Bonson of Burlington, Vt., and Tami and her husband, Ted Cogan, of Irvine, Calif.; six stepchildren; 28 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Wounded Warriors Project through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.
Baker City, 1993-2014
Editor’s Note: We’re reprinting Schyler Miller’s obituary at the request of the funeral home, which omitted grandparents from the obituary published in Friday’s issue:
Schyler Miller, 20, of Baker City, died Feb. 17, 2014, at St. Lukes Hospital in Boise.
A funeral service in celebration of Schyler’s life will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Baker City Christian Church, 675 Highway 7. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Friends are invited to join the family afterward for a potluck reception at the Christian Church.
Schyler John Miller was born on March 22, 1993, at Eugene to Greg and Kristin Schildmeyer. Schyler moved to Baker City with his family in 1998, where he started attending school at North Baker Elementary.
Schyler was a 2011 Baker High School graduate. During his high school years, he loved jazz band as well as theater, a passion he shared with his sister. After high school, Schyler began working with Eastern Oregon Regional Theater and often landed the main character. He worked at Jackson’s gas station and loved the people he worked with. Schyler was very disappointed that he had to stop working there due to relapse of the leukemia.
His mother helped him his car, “Ladybug.” He enjoyed a variety of music, including blues, jazz and Irish pub. He enjoyed the “Steam Punk” genre and was quick-witted.
Schyler started to write a book and got through five chapters before he got what he said was “writer’s block.” He could sing, and his parents particularly enjoyed it when he would sing Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.”
Schyler had a unique positive way of looking at the world, and those in it. He had a gift of making those around him feel comfortable and he loved to make people laugh.
In 2013 he went to the fantasy fair in California with his friends and he loved that. There he touched more lives and made more friends in the Steam Punk community while assisting his beloved friend and mentor, Scot Violette, as the Magician Professor Algernon.
Schyler fought a valiant fight and his courage and strength were amazing, family members said. He touched many lives and will be significantly missed by all who knew and loved him.
The family is compiling stories and memories of Schyler to be put in a memory book for his family. Anyone with a favorite story or memory is asked to email it to Greg Miller at
or mail to Greg Miller, 22644 Van Buren St., Grand Terrace, Calif. 92313.
Survivors include his parents, Kristin and Shondo Dailey of Baker City, and Greg and Suzanne Miller of Grand Terrace, Calif.; his brothers, Brandon Miller (Michelle) and Zane Dailey; his sister, Hanna; stepbrother, Keegan and stepsister, Saige; his grandparents, April and Glenn Hogan of Junction City, Chuck and Marion Miller of Crooked River Ranch, Dave and Sue Schildmeyer of Phoenix, Ariz., and Meb and Jacque Dailey of Richland; and aunts, uncles, nephews, cousins and many very special longtime friends.
He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents; and his grandmother, Mina Jean Dailey.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Schyler Miller Memorial Fund at the Eastern Oregon Regional Theatre (EORT) or to the St. Lukes Mountain States Tumor Institute Pediatric Clinic in honor and memory of Schyler through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.
Baker City, 1948-2014
Harold Allen “Harry” Chartier, 65, of Baker City, died Feb. 3, 2014, at his residence.
There will be a celebration of Harry’s life and potluck dinner at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Annie’s Cafe in Richland.
Harry was born on Oct. 4, 1948, at Boise to Sidney and Maebell Pond Chartier.
In 1978 Harry moved to Alaska to work as an engineer. He married Mary Soltis and they moved to Sitka in 1981 to raise their family.
For nearly 20 years, Harry worked as a building official with the city of Sitka. He was proud to serve the community he loved with fairness and integrity. He approached his job with a heart of service and a can-do attitude, family members said.
Harry was a personality. He had a way of walking into a room bringing cheer in right behind him. When he would meet a new person, he would look them in the eye, find an authentic connection and leave that person feeling special and truly seen. Magically, Harry could do this by just sitting alone behind a microphone with his friends (his listeners) of his KCAW radio show “Coming up Country,” a show he hosted every Friday night for many years.
Harry also helped build community through his volunteering with Southeast Regional Emergency Medical Services (SEREMS). He cared about people in their time of need and was there for Southeast Alaska.
Harry’s bones needed some sun, so after retiring from the city 10 years ago, he headed for Eastern Oregon. Many benefited from the gifts of rocks, pebbles and arrowheads he would find.
He had a smile for everyone he encountered and had two green thumbs on two “helping hands.” Harry was a very patient man, especially while fishing.
Harry respected peace and took time to touch many hearts. His generosity, enthusiasm, strength through adversity and genuine love of life will not soon be forgotten, his family said.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Harold Allen Chartier memorial fund through Gray’s West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave. Baker City, OR 97814.
Baker City, 1963-2014
Bruce Oliver Davis, 50, of Baker City, died Feb. 6, 2014, at his home.
His memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets. Father Robert Greiner will officiate. The Correctional Officer Honor Guard will provide honors.
Bruce was born on June 18, 1963, at Cirencester, England, to Billy Davis and Patricia Darling Davis. He was a graduate of West Seattle High and decided he wanted to do something in law enforcement. He was proud of the fact that he became a correctional officer and worked for the Powder River Correctional Institute.
Bruce met and later married Emma Davis on June 4, 1990, while they were in the Phillipines. Emma and Bruce have two children, Treavor and Emily. The family will miss Bruce and loved him very much.
Bruce loved the outdoors and enjoyed going fishing, hunting and camping.
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and was on the Baker County Search and Rescue dive team.
Survivors include his wife of 23 years, Emma Davis; a son, Trevor Davis of Corvallis; and a daughter, Emily Davis of Corvallis.
Gray’s West & Co. is in charge of arrangements.
Baker City, 1919-2014
Miriam E. Higley, 94, of Baker City, died Feb. 1, 2014, at St. Alphonsus Care Center in Baker City.
A celebration of her life will be scheduled later.
Miriam was born on Friday the 13th of December 1919 at Leavittsburg, Ohio, to Ray Phillips and Zoe Diffendarfer Phillips. Her younger brother, Keith, died of spinal meningitis at the age of 15. In high school, Miriam was a gymnast and a track star. During her senior year, she was homecoming queen and her escort was Amer Newton Higley, whom she later married on Sept. 13, 1940.
During World War II, Amer served in the Pacific on the USS Lamprey submarine. Amer was enchanted with the Pacific Northwest and told Miriam that he would move out West after the war.
In 1955, Miriam and Amer moved to Salem. They built their first Oregon home in South Salem with their two children, Gwen and Keith.
Miriam and Amer were charter members of the Westminster Presbyterian Church where they were youth group leaders and Miriam also served as a deacon and elder.
In 1960, they built their second home in the Spring Valley area of West Salem. Miriam took great pride in homemaking, gardening, fishing, camping, traveling and hosting parties for their many friends and family.
In 1975 Miriam and Amer moved to Baker City and built a home on Ben Dier Road. They co-owned a log cabin at Bourne and spent many happy times with family and friends there.
During the 1980s Miriam served as administrator at the Elkhorn Village. In 1987, the love of her life, Amer, passed away.
Miriam continued to be involved with the First Presbyterian Church in Baker and served as a deacon and elder. She also was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and a volunteer for the Sumpter Valley Railroad and the Interpretive Center.
From 2002 to 2008, she lived with her son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Karen Higley of Baker City. In 2008 she moved to Meadowbrook Place where many of her friends lived and she enjoyed the social life of endless card games.
In November, 2011 she suffered a broken hip, which made it necessary for her to move to St. Alphonsus Care Center where she resided under their excellent care until her death.
Survivors include her children, Gwen Villwock and son-in-law, Steve, and Keith Higley and daughter-in-law, Karen; her grandchildren, Kevin Higley, Lisa Overstreet, Kelley Hatch, Michael Villwork, Andrew Villwork and Scott Ungerecht; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her younger brother, Keith Phillips; her parents, Ray and Zoe Phillips; and her husband Amer Newton Higley.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Alphonsus Care Center Activities through Gray’s West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave, Baker City, OR 97814.
Fred Kaup Jr.
Caldwell, Idaho, 1950-2014
Fred William Kaup Jr., 63 of Caldwell died Feb. 8, 2014, at his home of natural causes.
He was born on Oct. 25, 1950 at La Grande to Fred William Sr. and Erma Goff Kaup. He was always very proud of being named after his father. He was the oldest of five children: George Kaup of Walla Walla, Wash., Douglas Alan Kaup (deceased), Robin (Sherry) Kaup of Silverton and Teresa (Dave) Clough of Joseph.
Fred graduated from Athena High School and attended college. During his early life he worked with his father managing various family-owned grocery stores. His favorite work was running the family ranch at Joseph and growing onions in Walla Walla.
He went to work for the Oregon Department of Corrections in 1987 as a temporary hire and stayed with that career as a correction officer until his untimely death.
Fred was an outstanding and professional corrections officer. His ethics in his personal and professional life were the best, family members said. He was much admired by his co-workers and respected by the inmates, because he treated the inmates with respect while enforcing the rules in a straightforward and fair manner. He was always honest in everything that he did.
Fred married Shirleen Isaacson and they had three children: Fredrick Kaup of Austin, Texas, Angela (Mike) Lees of Emmett, Idaho, and Michael Kaup of Emmett, Idaho. He also was blessed with three grandchildren, William Kaup, Rhiley Lees and Ella Lees. He was later divorced.
Fred married Lana Johansen and became a member of a large, extended family who welcomed him with open arms. They loved and admired him.
Fred joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served honorably in many positions. He was very proud of the pioneer heritage and legacy reaching back to family members who survived the Willy and Martin handcart expeditions.
Fred was a true outdoor enthusiast. He loved to hunt and fish and was happiest when he was in the hills, his family said. He also learned to enjoy helping gather herbs in the wild. He especially enjoyed the chokecherry syrup over his favorite vanilla ice cream.
Mere words cannot convey the soul and worth of a man, they are only a listing of life events, his family members said.
“Fred was loved and admired by many and will truly be missed. He was one of a kind,” they said.
Zeyer Funeral Chapel of Nampa, Idaho, is in charge of arrangements.
Baker City, 1937-2014
Dorothy Leomia Morgan, 76, of Baker City died Feb. 4, 2014, at a local care center.
Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St. There will be no graveside services due to inclement weather.
Leomia was born on July 30, 1937, at Ontario to Leslie Peter Jensen and LaVina Dorothy Jensen. She attended Ontario schools and was an Ontario High School graduate.
In January 1957, she met Grant Morgan. They were married in May of that year.
They started their lives together at the ranch of Grant’s mother, Annie. They continued living at Unity for several years while Grant worked on the ranches in the area.
Annie helped Leomia get to know the ladies in the community by convincing her to join one of the clubs in Unity called the “Zip and Zoom” club. She held the offices of president, treasurer and secretary.
Leomia also worked for Lloyd Evans at the sawmill cleaning the bunkhouses. And she managed an apartment complex for several years in La Grande after Grant’s death.
Leomia and Grant moved to Baker City after Grant had a heart attack. Baker soon became home to them.
After Grant’s death, Leomia performed community service by visiting the elderly and shut-ins. She enjoyed visiting with them and sharing stories. She was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and attended many of their functions.
Survivors include her sisters-in-law, Mary Morgan Sigler and Mary Scott Morgan; several nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and great- great-nieces and great-great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Grant; her mom and dad and sister and brother, and three brothers-in-law.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.