Obituaries for the week of July 8 to July 12

July 12, 2002 12:00 am

Catherine Culley

Catherine E. Culley, 81, a longtime Baker City resident and former Sumpter resident, died July 6, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center.

Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Pastor Ed Niswender of Calvary Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery. There will be a reception afterward at Calvary Baptist Church, 2107 Third St. Visitations will be until 8 o'clock tonight at Gray's West & Co.

Catherine was born on July 7, 1920, at Astoria to Clarence E. and Lucille Lockwood Starr. After her mother died, she was adopted by Hal and Bertha Bradley.

She later married Harold Culley at Weiser, Idaho. The couple soon moved to Granite where they lived for quite some time while Harold worked as a miner.

They moved to Bourne to continue mining and eventually ended up in Sumpter to finish their mining career. Later, Catherine and Harold moved to Baker City.

Catherine loved to bake and was a very good cook. Her hobbies included crocheting and embroidering. The time she spent relaxing was spent with God and reading her Bible.

Catherine and Harold had five sons: Hal, Ron, Bob, Harold Jr. and Don Culley. She had many grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Calvary Baptist Church through Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Wallace Hansell

Wallace Arthur Hansell, 48, of La Grande, a former Baker City resident, died July 7, 2002, in an automobile accident on Interstate 84 near La Grande.

There will be a celebration of his life at 2 p.m. Friday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., in La Grande. Pastor Gary Hood will officiate. Burial will be private. Viewing will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at Daniels Chapel.

Mr. Hansell was born on July 5, 1954, to Delmar and Teen Gardner Hansell in La Grande. He was a 1971 La Grande High School graduate. He had operated a barber shop at the Geiser Grand Hotel and for the past nine years, the La Grande Barber Shop on Depot Street.

He married Koreen Frederick on Sept. 25, 1997, at Elko, Nev. He enjoyed flying his para-plane, fishing, gardening, skiing, bowling, painting and being with his kids.

Survivors include his wife of La Grande; children, Daniel and Beth Hansell, both of Baker City; his parents of La Grande; brothers and sisters, Michael Hansell, Patti Nagy and Ginny Lambert, all of La Grande, and Scott Hansell of Corvallis, David Hansell of Seattle, Wash., and Betty Owen of Imbler; and other relatives.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Oregon Diabetes Association through the Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Ron Tonack

Ron Tonack, 66, of Baker City, died July 6, 2002, as a result of the progression of ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).

His graveside funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Allan Franks of the Church of the Nazarene and Lynn Shumway will officiate.

Ron always enjoyed casual dress, his family members said. They encourage those attending the funeral to dress comfortably in the warm weather.

Ron was born Sept. 24, 1935, at Pendleton to Robert and Becky Tonack. He grew up in the Pendleton area. He received his bachelor's degree from Eastern Oregon College (now Eastern Oregon University) where he met and married Lorna Umpleby in 1960. The couple have two daughters: Johanna Young of Baker City and Gretchen Surber of Prineville.

Ron's love of teen-agers and his desire to help people led him to receive his master's degree in special education from the University of Oregon at Eugene. He then was invited to set up a special education department at a new high school in Anaheim, Calif. After two years, he was invited to return to Oregon to be the director of special education for Marion County.

While worshiping at the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Salem, Ron and Lorna felt God's leading to teach at The Alliance Academy at Quito, Ecuador, South America, where Ron used his special training to teach junior high math for six years.

Ron and Lorna and their family returned to Eastern Oregon in 1980, when they both became teachers at Baker High School. Throughout his career, Ron's passion was helping students realize their potential. During his 16 years at Baker High School his goal was to encourage and to help students develop skills to work and live independently.

Ron will be remembered as having a friendly greeting and a smile for everyone. He loved to lend a helping hand and always wanted to share his love of God through actions and speech.

After his disease made it impossible for him to be out among people, he spent hours each day praying for a very long list of people he knew as well as for those he heard had any kind of need. His influence was quiet, but far-reaching.

Survivors include his wife, Lorna, of Baker City; daughters and sons-in-law, Gretchen and Michael Surber of Prineville and Johanna and Jeff Young of Baker City; grandchildren, Justin, Andrew, and Erich Surber of Prineville, and Jennifer and Jacinda Young of Baker City; his sister Judith Terjeson of Pendleton and her sons, Rick and Mike; an aunt, Gladys Tonack; and several cousins.

Ron asked that memorial contributions be made to the Work and Witness ministry at the Church of the Nazarene or to Pathway Hospice of Baker City through Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Mildred Harris

Mildred Virginia Harris, 80, a longtime Baker City resident, died July 5, 2002, at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise.

Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Pastor Ed Niswender of Calvary Baptist Church will officiate.

Visitations will be from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday at Gray's West & Co. Interment will be in Mount Hope Cemetery.

Mildred was born on Sept. 10, 1921, at Wynne, Ark., to Walter and Emma France. She married Leonard H. Harris on May 24, 1941. They moved to the Northwest and raised their family in Baker City. They later moved and retired at Burley, Idaho, in April 1984.

She was a devoted wife and mother and active in her church for many years. She faithfully served her Lord by teaching Sunday school and participating in other forms of ministry. After retirement, they traveled extensively throughout the states, returning to Baker City in 1989.

"Our beloved wife and mother was much loved and will be greatly missed," her family said. "Her sweet spirit will live on in our hearts forever."

Survivors include her loving husband and three children: Carol and Rod Wright of Baker City, Craig Harris of Pendleton and Patricia and Jimmie Muckleroy of Baytown, Texas; seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Calvary Baptist Church Building Fund through Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.