Obituaries for the week of Aug. 5 to Aug. 9

August 09, 2002 12:00 am

Erma Price

Erma Cathrine Price, 70, a longtime Baker City resident, died Aug. 1, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

Her memorial service will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Deryl Leggett of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will officiate. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Visitations are today until 8 p.m. at Gray's West & Company.

Erma was born Sept. 19, 1931, in Baker to Howard and Goldie Jacobs. She graduated from Baker High School.

She married John F. Price on May 2, 1950. They were married for 30 years. They lived and worked in California until they moved back to Baker in 1969. Erma worked at St. Elizabeth Hospital as the billing manager for several years.

Erma enjoyed arts and crafts, square dancing, and family outings. Her favorite activity was sitting in her backyard and watching the deer that ate the apples from the trees.

She is survived by four children, Raymond of Baker City, Johnny and his wife, Karla, of Baker City, Norman of Layetteville, Ga., and Cathy Robbs and her husband Steve of Boise; two brothers, Dewayne Jacobs and his wife, Patty, of Hermiston, and Dewey Jacobs of Baker City; two sisters, Oddetta Miller and her husband, Frank, of Baker City, and Ethel Rodger and her husband, Vern, of Baker City; and six grandchildren, Jason and Shalene Robbs, and Mandi, Chris, Ray and Kyle Price.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Price; her mother and father; two brothers and one sister.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Connection of Baker County in care of Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Christia Bennehoff

Christia Bennehoff, 96, a longtime Baker City resident, died July 30, 2002, at Meadowbrook Place in Baker City.

Upon her request, there will be no services.

Christia was born Feb. 24, 1906, to Walter and Ida Miller. She was raised in Pine and Eagle valleys. She later married Eagle Bennehoff.

Christia is survived by her son, Duane; two daughters, Phyllis Jones and Natalie Tawney; nine grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Pathway Hospice or the charity of one's choice in care of Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Ted S. Bloomer Sr.

Ted S. Bloomer Sr., 91, a longtime Durkee rancher, died Aug. 5, 2002, at the Holy Rosary Medical Center in Ontario.

His graveside funeral will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Mount Hope Cemetery mausoleum. Jim Rex of the Baker City Christian Science Church will officiate. Disposition will be by mausoleum entombment. A reception will follow at the Durkee Grange.

Visitations will be today until 8 p.m. at Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave.

Mr. Bloomer was born July 16, 1911, at Lebanon, Mo., to William A. and Maude F. (Blackburn) Bloomer. The family moved from Missouri to California when Ted was three years old. He attended schools in Escondido and Orange County, Calif.

During the Depression, when money was scarce and jobs were hard to find, he and some of his friends would hitch rides on the freight trains to various places in the Pacific Northwest, looking for work. Those kids called this "riding the rails." Later Ted and an uncle, Guy Blackburn, traveled in a Model A Ford to fight huge forest fires in Washington.

Ted met Dorothy Ramey at the Montebello Ballroom and they were married in Yuma, Ariz., on Sept. 17, 1936. After their marriage, they lived in El Monte, Calif., where they owned and operated the Woodland Park Stables. Tarzan movies were filmed in the park. In 1944 they sold the stables and purchased a ranch near Anza, Calif., where they raised cattle and grain. In 1959 the Bloomers sold the ranch and moved to Durkee, where they purchased a cattle ranch. Their cattle were moved by rail to the Durkee stockyards. These were the last cattle to unload by rail in Durkee.

Ted and Dorothy were married for 60 years until her death in 1996. He was affectionately known by children and adults as "Papa Ted." He loved to take daily drives to check on the ranch and enjoyed colorful life experiences with people.

Survivors include his sons and daughters-in-law, Gary and Kathy Bloomer and Ted and Diane Bloomer of Durkee; a foster son, Floyd Ramey of California; a brother, Bill Bloomer of Utah; grandchildren and their spouses, Sharry and Dale Smull and Natosha Bloomer of Durkee, Tammy Bloomer, Cindy and Tod Chandler and Travis and Tish Bloomer, all of Baker City, Craig Bloomer of Chicago and Michelle and Dan Richwine of Bend; great-grandchildren, Jared and Jillona Smull of Durkee, Marley and Hollis Robb and Tabor Chandler of Baker City; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy; an infant daughter; his parents; a sister, Lucille; a brother, Robert, another brother, Arthur, who was killed in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II; and a foster son, Steve Ramey.

Memorial contributions may be made to Baker F.F.A. Chapter in care of Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Delmar Hansell

Delmar A. Hansell, 85, of La Grande, and a former Baker City resident, died Aug. 1, 2002, at his home.

A celebration of his life took place Aug. 2 at Loveland Funeral Chapel, with Pastor Gary Hood of ioneer Park Church officiating.

Mr. Hansell was born Feb. 3, 1917, in Corvallis to William Henry and Lydia L. Bullis Hansell. He attended Corvallis and Newport high schools.

He married Ernestine (Teen) Gardener on Nov. 12, 1947, in Caldwell, Idaho. They lived in Corvallis, then moved to Baker in 1950 and to La Grande in 1956, where Mr. Hansell was a custodian at Greenwood Elementary School. He later transferred to the grounds department. He worked for La Grande School District for 26 years, retiring in 1982. He was known for his love of fishing, the outdoors and his family.

Mr. Hansell is survived by his wife, Ernestine, of La Grande; sons, Mike Hansell of La Grande, Scott and Cheryl Hansell of Corvallis, David Hansell and special friend Mike, of Seattle; daughters and their spouses, Patti Nagy and Ginny Lambert of La Grande, and Betty and Bill Owen of Imbler; sisters, Laverne Martin of King City, Jean Black and Beverly Howard of Corvallis; 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his son, Wally; his grandson, Kris; two sisters and one brother.

Contributions in Mr. Hansell's memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association or Grande Ronde Hospital Home Care Services in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande, OR 97850.