Obituaries for the week of May 5 to May 10

May 10, 2002 12:00 am

Margie Crowell

Margie V. Crowell, 79, of Baker City, died May 7, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Care Center.

Her memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Gray's West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave. Pastor Lura Kidner-Miesen of the Baker City United Methodist Church will officiate. There will be a reception afterward at the senior center, 2810 Cedar St.

Margie was born on Jan. 18, 1923, to Richard and Huldah Boyer. She was the granddaughter of Thomas and Marietta Dunn Boyer, a pioneer Hereford family who migrated to Oregon by wagon train in 1864.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, David Pierce in 1989; a daughter, Cheryl Dunnington in 1994; her parents; five sisters and a brother; and her second husband, Herbert Crowell, who died on April 27, 2002.

Survivors include her three sons, Keith Pierce of Tillamook, Clifton Pierce of California and Wayne Pierce of Albany; 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ethel Graven of Baker City and Pearl Coombs of John Day; a sister-in-law, Effie Turner of Baker City; four stepgrandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Fund, the American Heart Association or the Diabetes Association of Oregon through Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Hildreth Lindley

Hildreth Lindley, 83, a longtime Baker City resident, died May 6, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

The rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets. Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the cathedral. The Rev. Rob Irwin of the church will officiate. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. There will be a reception afterward in the church basement.

Visitations will be until 5 o'clock tonight at Gray's West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave.

Hildreth C. Lindley was born on Dec. 24, 1918, to Charles H. and Edna Love Colton, the fifth child in a family of eight. She attended Fairview School near the Colton ranch north of Baker City. One of her early teachers was her older sister, Helen Colton Pearson. She completed the third and fourth grades in a single year, graduating from St. Francis Academy in 1935 at the age of 16.

She attended Marylhurst College where she obtained her teacher training. She transferred to Eastern Oregon Normal School (now Eastern Oregon University) in La Grande, graduating in 1938. Her first teaching job was at Vale Elementary School where she taught from September 1938 until May 1940.

She married Farrell E. Lindley, who was a music teacher at Vale, on May 18, 1940. She and her husband moved to Pendleton where Farrell was teaching and she was home with her first child until June of 1942. She and Farrell then moved to North Powder to try their hand at ranching on property they purchased from Exom Lindley in June 1942.

In the fall of 1944, due to the acute shortage of teachers, both she and Farrell returned to Vale where they taught until 1946. In 1950 they sold the North Powder ranch and acquired a place near Vale where they operated a dairy and raised crops.

In the late summer of 1952, her husband was diagnosed with cancer. He died on Dec. 27, 1952.

Hildreth by then had four young children to care for. Within a few months, she obtained a job with the Baker School District. She taught at Haines for a year, and then was assigned to Brooklyn Elementary School where she taught for many years. She retired from teaching in 1982.

She was mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to many in Baker County, having lived in the county most of her life. Many of her former students and co-workers could be counted among her friends. She was affectionately known as "Tiny" to her siblings and childhood friends.

She was a lifelong member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, the altar society and sang for many years in the church choir. She will be remembered for her gentle and loving ways and her desire to impart the importance of a good education to her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Farrell; her grandson, Jacob Boyd; granddaughter, Michelle Lindley; and brothers, Charles M. and Walter "Bud" Colton; and an infant sister, Shirley May.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, John and Mary Ann of Salem, Larry and Ronda of Eugene and Dave and Sue of Baker City; a daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Stan Boyd of Eagle, Idaho; sisters, Helen Pearson, Viola Gaddis, LaVelle Long and Patricia Culley, all of Baker City; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren who loved her very much; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Covenant House or a charity of one's choice through Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Stanley Resnik

Stanley E. Resnik, 56, a long-time Baker City resident, died peacefully at his home on May 4, 2002.

Visitations will be Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. There will be a vigil service at 7 p.m. Friday at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets. Mass of Christian burial will be said at 10 a.m. Saturday at the cathedral. The Rev. Robert C. Irwin will celebrate. There will be a reception to celebrate Stan's life for family and friends after the Mass.

Stan was born at Port Jervis, N.Y., on April 16, 1946. He was a son of Jacob and Dorothy Goble Resnik. He was raised and educated in New York, attending St. Mary's Catholic School through eighth grade. He was a graduate of Port Jervis High School.

After graduation, on Aug. 17, 1965, he entered the U.S. Air Force. He was transferred to Baker City to work at the Air Force Radar Base. He met and fell in love with Pamela Rambo. They were married on Dec. 28, 1966, at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral. They had two children, Denise and Ashly.

After his honorable discharge from the Air Force, in August 1969, Stan went to work for the Chevrolet garage. He worked for the company for 23 years as an auto technician. In 1992, he went to work for the Baker School District as its transportation supervisor.

Stan loved to garden and was often found outdoors taking care of his fruit and pine trees and garden whenever he was able to. Boating, camping, fishing, mushrooming and elk hunting were other favorites of Stan's. As his daughter said, "he could catch a fish in a mud puddle." Some of his favorite times were spent on the Snake River and in the mountains.

He also loved to watch NASCAR stock car racing and had one of the hottest cars in Baker City. He was also Dale Earnhardt's biggest fan.

In the late '60s and early '70s, Stan built a Chevy from the bottom up. His '57 Chevy, "Neise Leigh," was his pride and joy. Prior to the Chevy, he built a fast Chevrolet El Camino.

In 1999, he fulfilled one of his life's dreams by attending a NASCAR race in Las Vegas where he was able to watch Earnhardt race. He had a reputation of being the best automobile technician around.

Stan was a dedicated husband and father. He loved being with his wife, daughters and grandchildren and "Daddy Doo" and "Gampa" was always there for them. He was always ready for a good time and loved to throw a party. The more people, the better!

He lived life zestfully and with a positive attitude. A smile was always on his face. He enjoyed helping people and was always ready to lend a helping hand. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Pam Resnik; daughters and sons-in-law, Denise and Jon Foley of Akron, Ohio, and Ashly and Jake Pearce of Baker City; grandchildren, Alexis, Patrick and Deidre Foley and Draven and Paige Pearce; brother, John Resnik of Orlando, Fla.; sister and brother-in-law, Kathleen and Joseph Legato of Baker City; nephews, James Resnik, Paul Resnik, Joseph Legato, Jeffery Legato and his wife, Danielle and Trevor Legato; grand-niece, Julia Legato; brother-in-law, Arlie J. Rambo, and his children, Michelin, Bo J. and Heather; and best friend, Ross Bond.

He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother, James Resnik.

Memorial contributions may be made to Baker Pathway Hospice or St. Francis de Sales Church. This may be done through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

‘Brownie' Parker

George "Brownie Parker Sr., 83, a resident of the Pine Creek area near Halfway, died May 3, 2002, at his home.

His graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway.

George Perry Parker was born at Marietta, Okla., on March 31, 1919, to Sally and James Parker. Their family migrated to Roswell, N.M. around 1930. "Brownie" moved to Redlands, Calif., in 1933 working as a meat cutter there until 1936. At this time, he started a career of climbing trees that spanned seven decades.

He moved to Bakersfield, Calif. in 1939. He met and married Molly F. Foster that same year. Together they raised five children.

In 1963, "Brownie" married Judy Lee Brown and together they raised two children. His years in Bakersfield were filled with his occupation as a tree trimmer as well as farming cotton and other crops.

"Brownie" was a 30-year-plus member of the Kern County Rangers and twice served as captain of this organization. He loved horses and actively bred and raised registered quarter horses for more than three decades.

In 1969, he was the leading breeder of the American Quarter Horse Association in the Western United States. "Brownie" retired his tree service company in Kern County in 1977 and moved to Pine Creek where he built his log home, ran his sawmill and rode ol' Tom (most of the time) until his health would no longer allow it.

He will be greatly missed by all who loved him and by so many influenced by his unmatched work ethic and family ties.

He leaves behind his wife, Judy Parker; sons, Mike Parker of Dallas, Texas, Joe Parker of Federal Way, Wash., Jesse Parker of La Grande, and George Parker of Dallas, Texas; daughters, Sally Ayers of Dallas, Texas, Kathy Hayes of Dallas, Texas, and Michelle Wilson of Halfway; a brother, Jerry Parker of Santa Maria, Calif.; 28 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.

He was preceded in death by brothers, Ed Parker, Ray Parker, Earl Parker; and his sister Faye Hardwick.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation or the Crippling Osteoporosis Foundation through Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Annie Keller

Annie Delia Calder Keller, 98, a longtime resident of Haines and Baker City, died peacefully in her sleep on May 4, 2002.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2625 Hughes Lane. Bishop Tom Brock of the third ward will conduct the service. Interment will be in the Haines Cemetery. Visitations will be from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

She was born in south Baker City on Aug. 16, 1903, to Mark and Delia Calder. Ann married Col. Art Keller in 1935 at Vancouver, Wash. She was active in her community, serving in 4-H, Girl Scouts and Eastern Star of Sumpter, Haines, and Baker City.

She was an ardent gardener and enjoyed fishing and the outdoors. Ann and Art enjoyed their cabin in Granite and hiking in the mountains. She was a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many positions including Relief Society president while living in Maryland.

Because of Col. Keller's army career, she traveled and lived in many states and also lived in Formosa (Taiwan) for a year.

She was preceded in death by her parents; 10 brothers and sisters, her husband and one son, Vance.

Survivors include one sister, Phoebe Burby of Baker City; two daughters, Lois Ann Ward, and her husband, Alvin Ward, of Baker City and Maureen Mengis of Portland; and one son, Richard Baxter and his wife, Jacqueline, of Nile Valley, Wash.; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great- great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice through the Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Evelyn Lyman

Evelyn Lyman, 62, of Baker City died April 30, 2002, at Baker City.

Her graveside funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. Friends are invited to join the family for a potluck at the Lions Park in Halfway after the service.

Evelyn Louise Wilson Lyman was born to Frank and Martha Conner Wilson on May 8, 1939. She moved to Baker City in 1958 with her family.

Evelyn enjoyed fishing, painting, drawing and her garden. She enjoyed going to parades and when she was able, she enjoyed traveling.

Evelyn and Jim Lyman were married at La Pine on May 7, 1988. In 1990, Evelyn went to work serving the mail route from Baker City to Oxbow. Evelyn said she "loved and enjoyed all of the people she worked with and served."

Survivors include her husband, Jim Lyman; mother-in-law, Pauline Lewis; children, Lynn and Jerry Clark of Baker City, Tracy McMurren of Baker City and son-in-law, Robert McMurren of Pendleton, Brenda Stanhope of Payette, Idaho, Duane and Debbie Russell of Baker City, James Lyman Jr. of the Tri-Cities, Wash., daughter-in-law, Joyce Lyman of Salem, Dale and Elysa Lyman of Baker City, Michael and Sarah Lyman of the Tri-Cities, and Debra and Mike Riley of Stevensville, Mont.; grandchildren, Jason, Jammie, Annie, Amber, Ryan, Rachael, Rory, Jessica, Melody, Mike L., Tyler, Mike R., Candace, Gary and Chad; one brother, Charles Wilson; and sisters, Darlene Carpenter and Fern Schell; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Martha Wilson; her daughter, Ronda Dee Johnson; and four brothers, Vernon Curry, Lee Curry, Darrell Frank and Don Wilson.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mountain States Tumor Institute through Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543 Halfway, OR 97834.

Thomas Hindman

Thomas Albert Hindman, 69, a lifelong Baker County resident, died May 2, 2002, at the Boise Veterans Hospital of complications of lung cancer. His wife and daughters were at his side.

His memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Baker Elks Lodge, 1896 Second St. Members of the Elks Lodge will officiate. Visitations were Saturday at Gray's West & Co.

Tom was born in Baker City on May 20, 1932, to Charles M. and Lilly I. Hindman. He was raised at Durkee until his mother had to be admitted to a tuberculosis hospital. He then went to live with his aunt, Ethel Lee.

He was a 1950 Baker High School graduate. He joined the U.S. Navy shortly after graduation. During his four-year stint in the Navy, which was during the Korean War, he met and married Betty Dennis of Richland. They had three daughters, Audrey, Carol and Thomasana.

They divorced after 26 years of marriage. He married Sharon Billings in 1991.

Tom was a truck driver and rancher during his life. He dearly loved his cows and could identify them by name and recite their pedigrees. He loved fishing, hunting and the outdoors.

Tom was a lifelong member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Baker Elks Lodge, Eagles Lodge and the American Legion.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Anna; his parents; and a sister, Carol.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon of Durkee; daughters, Audrey Hindman of Baker City and Carol and son-in-law, Marvin Smith, of La Grande; stepsons, Sean Billings of Olympia, Wash., and Ken and his wife, Becky Billings, of Oregon City; stepdaughter, Karen Rotramel of Gresham; brothers and their spouses, Joe and Sharon of Pullman, Wash., Charles and Jeanitle of Boise, Jim and Erin of Baker City, Ed and Margit of Baker City, and Rich and May Ann of Redmond; a sister, Jan, and her husband, Paul Osgood, of Reno, Nev.; sister-in-law, Jan, and her husband, Ken Waldo, of Beaverton; brothers-in-law, Harold and his wife, Tami Cornelsen, of Tigard, Roger and his wife, Ginger Hatzenbuhler, of Beatrice, Neb.; nine grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews and cousins.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Elks Scholarship Trust Fund or Doernbecher Children's Hospital through Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Herbert Crowell

Herbert S. Crowell, 80, of Baker City, died April 27, 2002, at Settlers' Park.

At his request, there will be no funeral.

He was born on May 27, 1921, to Fred and Mabel Mills Crowell.

He served in World War II in the European-African-Middle Eastern Theatre and served in Sicily-Naples, Foggia-Rome Arno, South France Rhineland and Central Europe.

Mr. Crowell received several decorations and a Purple Heart. Upon his return, he worked in the steel mines of northern Minnesota until 1975 when he moved to Oregon to become a commercial fisherman and a contractor.

In 1994, he retired to Baker City where he enjoyed hunting, fishing, the mountains, dancing the two-step, telling stories and playing pool at the senior center with his friends.

Survivors include his first wife, Elizabeth Crowell, and his second wife, Margie Pierce Crowell, both of Baker City; a daughter, Connie, and her husband, Craig Sundblad, of Baker City; four sons, Ronnie of Irrigon, Terry and his wife, Myra, of Green River, Wyo., Thomas and his wife, Connie, of Boise, and Peter of Baker City; and 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.