Obituaries for the week of Dec. 31 to Jan. 4

January 03, 2002 11:00 pm

Jim Weber

James S. Jim Weber, 85, died Jan. 1, 2002, at his home in Richland with his family by his side.

His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Richland Methodist Church. The Rev. Bill Shields will officiate. Interment will be in the Eagle Valley Cemetery at Richland.

Jim was born on March 19, 1916, at Brownsville. He was a 1938 graduate of the University of Oregon at Eugene and shortly afterward married Florence Staggs. They moved to Baker County in 1940 and became partners in Staggs and Weber, a prominent cattle and sheep ranch in the Keating area.

In 1971, Jim married E Jay Morrissey. Together they spent almost 20 years in Ontario where he owned Eastern Oregon Properties and engaged in sales and appraisals of ranch properties. He retired and they moved to Richland in 1991. He will be missed by his family and his many friends.

Survivors include his wife, E Jay; his sister, Jean Arnold of Portland; his daughter and son-in-law, Chary and Donn Mires of Baker City; his daughter, Linda Triplett of Baker City; his son and daughter-in-law, James and Clare Weber of Hidden Hills, Calif.; his stepdaughter and son-in-law, Sara Lee and John Seaman of Bellingham, Wash.; his stepson and daughter-in-law, Mike and Janie Morrissey of Keating; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Pathway Hospice of Baker City, the Eagle Valley Ambulance of Richland or the Oregon Trail Regional Museum of Baker County.

Arrangements are under the direction of Tamis Pine Valley Funeral Home in Halfway.

David Gardner

David Lee Gardner, 81, a longtime Baker City resident, died Dec. 29, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

His funeral was Wednesday at Grays West & Co. Pioneer Chapel. Pastor Ed Niswender of the Calvary Baptist Church officiated. Vault interment was in Mount Hope Cemetery. There was a reception afterward at the Calvary Baptist Church.

David Lee Gardner was born to Chester William Gardner Sr. and Cora Young Gardner in Baker City on April 22, 1920. He attended school in the Baker area and was a Baker High School graduate. After graduating, he spent several years delivering mail on the Sparta Stage Route. He had a great love for the people and the land.

Mr. Gardner entered the U.S. Navy a few days after Pearl Harbor and became an aviation boatswains mate first class. He was assigned to a carrier for the next three years in the South China Sea and the mid-Pacific where he was in harms way many times.

After World War II, Mr. Gardner returned to the farm up Washington Gulch where he resumed his great love for fishing and hunting. A few short years passed and he was recalled to service during the Korean conflict. He returned to the farm, however, because of family medical conditions. Dave served his country with pride and honor.

In later years, he became quite knowledgeable about the history of World War II, most particularly the naval battles. He was very concerned about the well-being and medical research being done for people with mental disorders. He actively urged Congress to provide additional funds for research.

He met and married Lorraine Hopkins in 1951. He was an avid sportsman and loved fishing (especially for steelhead), elk hunting and hunting for all types of birds.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Lorraine Gardner of Baker City; his sons, Terry Gardner of Ontario and Dave Lee Gardner Jr. of Baker City; a daughter, Barbara Zinter, and her husband, Sid, of Heppner; grandchildren, Barney, Josh and Jason Zinter of Condon and Heppner and Marc and Daniel Gardner of Moro; a brother, Chester William Gardner, and his wife, Rita, of Washougal, Wash.; a nephew, Frank Gardner of Burns; and numerous other nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression or the Mountain States Tumor Institute.

Gladys Byrne

Gladys Byrne, 97, a longtime Richland resident, died Dec. 31, 2001, at Elkhorn Village.

Her funeral was at 11 a.m. today at Elkhorn Village with the Rev. Roger Scovil officiating and at 2 p.m. at the Richland Christian Church with the Rev. Gordon Bond of the Richland Christian Church officiating.

Vault interment was at Eagle Valley Cemetery in Richland.

Gladys Byrne was born on Oct. 13, 1904, (Friday the 13th our lucky day, her family recalls), at Halfway to John Fredrick Garrett and Keturah Mary Coles Garrett. She was the fifth of eight children.

She often told how she was born in a smokehouse her father built for the Crow family, who then gave her the nickname of Little Smokey.

She married Ralph Byrne on March 5, 1921, at New Bridge. Ralphs first job as a married man was in Durkee. He used a team of horses to build old Highway 30.

After this job he used his team to help work on the streets of Baker City. From there they were involved in farming in Eagle Valley and at Sparta. They purchased the Pearl Wright place on lower Powder River in 1934 where they lived until 1950 when they purchased the Bunch place. They retired from the farm and moved to Richland in 1964.

They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on March 5, 1971, at New Bridge in nearly the same spot where they were married. Her children recall that after the celebration, Bob and Roberta took Gladys to get her 1961 Rambler she had secretly purchased and she got her first driving lesson that day from Bob while the rest of the kids stayed in the house and worried. She was 66 years old at the time.

Our dad said he was not riding in that car! they said, but he did. Gladys and Ralph were married for 58 years when Ralph died in 1979. Gladys continued to live in Richland until 1994 when she moved into her apartment at Elkhorn Village where she lived until her death.

Her family fondly remembers what a wonderful cook she was; she canned fruit, meat and vegetables and Myrtle remembers she canned more than 1,000 quarts of food one year. Her cinnamon rolls were the best in the world and her children remember how they could trade the school kids out of anything if they had a cinnamon roll to offer.

Her children also loved her baking powder biscuits, homemade cottage cheese with radishes, new peas and potatoes, homemade bread and canned peaches. If we had company, the chickens had better watch out, because they were dinner, her family said.

Their mother was always part kid herself, according to her family. She loved a good joke and water fights. Shed even bring the water hose into the house to get even with us. Bob accidentally locked her in the chicken house once and boy, was she mad when she got out. Mom loved her garden, her old milk cows, making quilts and making new friends.

The Byrnes home was open to any child any time. The couple was known for standing up for children who had no one to stand up for them. They always had a bed, food and love for other kids.

Gladys family recalled, Mom never knew who Dad would invite in off the highway to eat with us. One time a man knocked at the door and asked for food and they obliged him. When he left they found a silver dollar under his plate; this was at a time when a dollar really meant something.

We were poor in cash, but rich with love, family and plenty of food they raised on our place, their family said. There were hard times, but we all agree wed go back in a heartbeat given the chance!

She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Freda, in 1940; her husband in 1979; and four sisters and three brothers.

Survivors include four daughters, Myrtle Whittaker of Robertson, Wyo., Ada Patton of Irrigon, Betty Myers and Carl, of Baker City and Bonnie Dunn and Delaine, of La Grande; three sons, Joe Byrne and Marion, of Kennewick, Wash., Bob Byrne and Joye of Baker City; 28 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren and 18 great-great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Eagle Valley Ambulance or Pathway Hospice through Grays West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Vada Garrett

Vada Clarine Garrett, a former Richland resident, died Dec. 29, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Care Center.

Her memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Christian Church at Richland. Interment will be at Eagle Valley Cemetery in Richland.

Vada was born on Jan. 12, 1915, at Summerville to Alva B. and Mary Nettie Woodell Carder. The family moved to Halfway when Vada was a child and later to Richland. She was a graduate of Eagle Valley High School at Richland.

She was employed as a ticket clerk in the Richland Theater, and drove an ore truck and worked in the boarding house at the Cornucopia Gold Mine. She also was a telephone operator for Eagle Telephone and a bookkeeper for Eagle Valley Creamery Association.

Vada was a member of the Richland Seventh-day Adventist Church and carried the position of treasurer for 30 years. She participated in all church activities and was always available to teach Sabbath School and Vacation Bible School.

Vada married Joe Harrison on Sept. 11, 1936. They had two daughters: Annette and Arleen Jane Harrison. She married Earl Pete Garrett on Oct. 4, 1945. They had three children, Arleen and the twins, Earlynn and Rosalynn.

Pete and Vada operated the family farm at New Bridge until Petes death in 1991. They were well known for the beautiful fruits from the orchard and vegetables from a garden large enough to feed the whole valley.

Vada was a wonderful cook and made all family celebrations memorable. Her passions in life were her family, her church and her love for God. She lived her life as the true example of Christianity. One of her favorite pastimes was taking the kids out to pick wild flowers when they bloomed in the spring. She knew the name of each flower. She was loved for her generosity, loving spirit and an every-ready radiant smile.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Pete; an infant daughter, Arleen Jane; her parents; a sister, Clara Carder; and brothers, Melvin and Glenn Carder.

Survivors include her daughters Annette Tomat of Medford, Arleen Thomason, and her husband, Bud, of Baker City, and Rosalynn Gorham of La Grande; a son, Earlynn Garrett and his wife, Rhonda, of Ione; 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; a brother, Orval B. Carder and his wife, Beth, of Bend; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eagle Valley Ambulance Fund or the Alzheimers Association through Grays West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Chuck Weiland

Charles Chuck Weiland, 87, a longtime Baker City resident, died Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. A family memorial service will be held at a later date. Grays West & Co. is in charge of arrangements.

Chuck was born Feb. 22, 1914, in Jamestown, New York, to Albert and Antoinette Weiland. He was raised and educated in Rochester, N.Y., with two older brothers.

On April 23, 1938, he married Evelyn Bosse, his high school sweetheart. He was a purchasing agent and later manager of Fasco Industries, a company that manufactures a variety of vent systems and electric motors.

All this time Chuck indulged his pleasures in the out-of-doors, especially fishing, which he enjoyed all over the country.

Chuck retired early and he and Evelyn traveled all over the lower 48 states. He moved to the Baker City area in 1985 to be near his only daughter, Joyce McKie, after his wife died

Chuck made friends easily and became an Elk and a Mason. He spent most of his time with his nose in a book and a dog at his feet. His favorite chair gave him a good, close view of the deer that were always hanging around his yard.

He had a lifetime passion for automobiles, especially sports cars. At times he owned two or three at once.

In the Baker City area, he was probably best known for driving around in his bright red Corvette well into his 80s. He was a wonderful father and a kind man who will be missed.

Survivors include his daughter, Joyce McKie, of Baker City; and friend Borden Granger.

Faye Bryant

Faye Carmella Page Kochis Bryant, 75, a longtime Durkee resident, died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2001, at her home. Her funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, 2002, at Sacred Heart Church in Durkee. A reception at the Durkee Grange will follow.

Viewing will be from 10 a.m. through 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, at the Pioneer Chapel at Grays West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City.

Vault interment will be at the Malheur Cemetery in Bridgeport.

Faye was born Jan. 14, 1926, in Rigby, Idaho, to Clyde and Katherine Mitchell. She spent her early life in Kilgore, Idaho, where she was raised and graduated from high school.

She worked much of her life as a security guard, mostly in the timber industry. She also worked in a boarding house, in vegetable production, accounting, gardening, housekeeping and caretaking.

Her hobbies included tending her garden, enjoying the outdoors, and caring for animals. The family considered her a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She will be greatly missed.

Survivors include her husband, Fred Kochis; a brother, Gary Mitchell; children David Page, Don Page and wife Sue, Doug Page and wife Gina, Denny Page, and Beth Ann Page; a niece, Karen Hopke; a step-daughter, Wendy Flippo; 18 grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Arla; and three children, Michael, Cathy and Brenda.