Obituaries for the week of June 15 to June 19

July 19, 2002 12:00 am

Jack Ryder

Jack Hughes Ryder, 70, of Sumpter, died July 15, 2002, at his home.

His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Pastor Bill Cox of the McEwen Bible Fellowship will officiate. Burial will be at the Blue Mountain Memorial Garden at Walla Walla, Wash.

Jack was born on July 3, 1932, at Baker City to William Horace Ryder and Helen Rose Hughes Ryder. He graduated from Baker High School and went on to attend Oregon State University at Corvallis for three years.

Jack served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He then moved to Orange County, Calif., where he spent quite a few years before returning to Oregon.

He lived at Juntura where he owned and operated the Oasis Restaurant and Motel for 22 years. Jack moved back to Baker County just two years ago after he retired, making his home at Sumpter. He enjoyed cooking, fishing and boating. He also loved animals and just being in the outdoors.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Snee Ryder of Sumpter; a son, Tom Ryder of Baker City; a daughter, Linda Bruni of Massachusetts; three sisters, Susan Ryder of California, Jane Richardson of Boise and Kathy Roden of Baker City; and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his second wife, Betty.

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

Louise Spicer

Louise M. Spicer, 74, of Baker City, died July 11, 2002, at Settlers Park in Baker City.

Her funeral will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Pastor Robin Harris of Settlers Park will officiate. Visitations will be Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Gray's West & Co. There will be a reception following at Judy and Bill Brown's home.

Disposition will be by cremation.

Louis was born July 15, 1927, at Mt. Vernon, N.Y., to Allen and Louise Moore. She married Conrad Spicer on Nov. 17, 1946, in Mt. Vernon.

Louise worked as a waitress, and later owned and operated Mr. Sizzle restaurant with her husband and daughters and sons-in-law. After retiring, the couple moved to Florida, and in October 1999 thy moved to Baker City as the first residents at Settlers Park.

Louise is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and Bill Brown of Baker City, and Janet and Bruce Rumford of Milford, Conn.; grandsons and their wives, Tyler and Corina Brown of Baker City, Aaron and Kathy Brown of Twin Falls, Idaho, Jason and Heather Brown of Boise, Lucas Brown of Boise, Richard and Amanda Rumford, and Chuck and Russell, all of Connecticut; great-grandchildren, Cody, Tori, Alexa, Sidney, Destin and Jersey Brown, and Kiel Rumford; her sisters, Magdalen Grace, Justina and Elizabeth; and a brother, Allen.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Conrad Spicer; her parents; and one sister.

Contributions in Louise's memory may be made to the A.L.S. (Lou Gehrig) Foundation, in care of Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Willetta Senter

Willetta Vaughn Senter, 80, of Pendleton, a former resident of La Grande and Baker City, died July 11, 2002, at Pendleton.

Her graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Island City Cemetery. Harold McKay will officiate.

Mrs. Senter was born on Jan. 30, 1922, at Boring, Ky., to William Gibson and Louann Foister Wyatt. She was educated in Laurel County, Ky.

During World War II she worked as a seamstress and as a tobacco sorter in the tobacco barns. She married Robert L. Vaughn Sr. in October of 1946 in Kentucky. In 1960 they moved to the Burnt River Valley near Durkee. Mr. Vaughn died on Aug. 9, 1962.

She married John T. Senter Jr. at Weiser, Idaho, on July 2, 1965. They lived in La Grande until moving to Baker City in 1967. They returned to La Grande in 1989. Mr. Senter died on Dec. 9, 1994.

Mrs. Senter moved to Boardman in 1995 and to Pendleton in 1998.

She was an extremely talented seamstress and did beautiful crochet work and hand quilting. She was a devoted wife and mother. Her family and friends were very important to her. She loved flowers, gardening, cooking and dogs.

Survivors include her children, Chuck and Joyce Ross of La Grande, Robert and Gayle Vaughn of Pendleton, Barbara and Dan Bell of La Grande, Mary Anderson of Houston, Texas, and Helen and Wayne Montgomery of Lake Ozark, Mo.; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Elizabeth Broughton of London, Ky., and Ed Wyatt of Homus, Fla.; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by a grandson, Robbie; a sister, Bea Hooker; and brothers, Virgil, Cecil, Jeff and Samuel Hooker.