Obituaries for the week of Aug. 19 to Aug. 23

August 22, 2002 11:00 pm

Alice Warnock

Alice Antoinette Warnock, 94, died Aug. 16, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Hospital after a brief illness.

Private burial was at the Sumpter Cemetery.

There will be a memorial celebration of her life at 3 p.m. Sunday at the McEwen Community Church in Sumpter Valley. Pastor Bill Cox will officiate. There will be a beef barbecue at the church for family and friends after the service.

Alice was born June 17, 1908, to Herbert and Theresa Nystrom Brown at Portland. She was raised on farms at Woodburn and Mohawk, and graduated from Eugene High School in 1924 at the age of 16.

After earning a teacher's certificate from Oregon Normal School at Monmouth, she taught in a two-room school at Donna, a small community northeast of Springfield. Two of her pupils aroused her interest in their uncle, who could stand on his head horseback. This introduction led to her marriage to Dan Warnock on June 30, 1929, which lasted 73 years.

Working together in the Willamette Valley through the Depression and World War II, Dan and Alice were able to start a cattle ranch in Sumpter Valley in 1946 where they lived for 56 years.

After raising two sons, Dan and Ed, Alice continued her education and graduated from Eastern Oregon University at age 77. She continued classes in writing and had many short stories and poems published in the "Attic" and other publications.

Never one to hesitate about an interest, she marched straight ahead into many interesting pursuits. Watercolor painting become one of her passions and she met weekly with the "Paintabouts" for many years.

Alice was instrumental in the preservation efforts of the old Natatorium building, which was developed into the Oregon Trail Regional Museum. She served on the museum board for many years.

She was a longtime member of Eastern Star and the First Presbyterian Church. She worked with Dan leading 4-H clubs for several years, and enjoyed volunteering as a "Grey Lady" visiting hospital patients and helping with their needs. Alice was thrilled with the honor of being selected the Baker County Chamber of Commerce Legacy Woman of the Year in 1995.

Alice was blessed with the ability to notice and appreciate unique beauty in everyday things. Her gracious understanding and acknowledgment of people's unique gifts made her a wonderful friend.

She had a child-like wonder and endless curiosity that endeared her to people. There was never enough time to accommodate the amazing energy she had for people and her passions.

She was an elegant lady with a great sense of fun. Those who knew Alice will understand the family quip regarding her: "Always late, but well worth the wait."

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Sue Brown Iman; and a 3-year old brother, Thomas.

Survivors include her husband, Dan Warnock; son and daughter-in-law, Dan and Jo Warnock; and son, Edward Warnock; grandchildren, Dan Warnock, Randy Warnock, Terri Warnock, Jan Klarquist, Cindy Warnock, and Robin Ostby; and great-grandchildren, Tanner and Tyler Ostby, Cassi, Abby and Jerod Warnock and Aaron, Ford, Gabe and Clark Knowlton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Oregon Trail Regional Museum Endowment through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR.

Eve Heath

Eve Maree Heath, 71, of North Powder, died Aug. 17, 2002, at her home.

There will be a celebration of her life at 2 p.m. Saturday at her home at 820 Second St. in North Powder.

Mrs. Heath was born on Sept. 23, 1930, at Walla Walla, Wash., to Lefty and Dorothy Jones Watkins. She was raised and educated in Washington.

She married Chester P. Heath on March 9, 1978, at Seattle, Wash. She bowled at the Baker Bowl for many years. She devoted her life to her uncle, Bud Jones; her mother, Dorothy Pearson; her daughter, Cathy Ann; and her grandson, Jeff.

She enjoyed visiting with friends.

She loved the flowers in her yard and was very proud of her yard that her daughter helped her with. She will be missed and was very loved by her family.

Survivors include her daughter, Cathy Ann Sult of North Powder; her grandson, Jeff Sult of North Powder; her great-grandson, Max Riley Sult of North Powder; an aunt; and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Her husband died on Dec. 18, 1997.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Oregon Heart Association, 1425 N.E. Irving, No. 100, Portland, OR 97232-4201 or a charity of one's choice through the Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande, OR 97850.

‘Chuck' Pfeil

Charles Fred "Chuck" Pfeil, 73, of Baker City, died Aug. 18, 2002, with his family by his side on his ranch at Sutton Creek after a courageous 10-month battle with cancer.

His funeral will be Thursday at 1 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2625 Hughes Lane in Baker City. Mr. Darold Parry, 3rd Ward, will conduct the service. Vault interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery. A dinner at the church will follow the graveside service. Visitations will be today until 7:00 p.m. at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St.

Mr. Pfeil was born Feb. 11, 1929, at Farmington, W.Va., to Frederick Charles and Sylvia Idella McMullen Pfeil. The Pfeils migrated to the Boise Valley in Chuck's early years. During his school years, he worked after school as a welder and saved enough money to pay cash for a logging truck upon graduation from Boise High School in 1947. He logged in the Council area from 1947 to 1951. He then went to work for Morrison-Knudsen and became a construction welding supervisor. He help construct the Oxbow and Brownlee Dams and traveled extensively during the 1950s in Africa working on various construction projects. He returned to the states in the late 1950s. During the 1960s and 1970s he owned and operated Easyway Trailer Sales, moving and selling mobile homes in Baker and Union counties. He continually amazed people at how and where he could put a mobile home.

On July 17, 1973, he married Marilyn Martin. They were sealed for time and eternity in the LDS Boise Temple on April 26, 1996, and shared 29 years of marriage. Together they bought and operated the Sutton Creek Ranch. They transformed 300 acres of sagebrush and tar paper shacks into one of the finest alfalfa ranches in the valley. Chuck was always known for ingenuity and mechanical ability when it came to operating his business. He was also known for his "Hey Old Buddy" approach with his friends and he dearly loved and cared for all of his hay customers over the years. He was a wonderful caring man who will be greatly missed.

Chuck was a member of the Baker Valley ward at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he served many appointments within the church.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn of Baker City; a daughter and son-in-law, Diane Snell and Tom Beaver of Baker City, and their daughter, Tracy; a son and daughter-in-law, Duke and Jan Pfeil of Los Angeles, and their son Tim; and a son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Cathy Martin of Baker City and their children, Andrew and Anne Marie.

Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, Frederick and Sylvia Pfeil; and his son, Chris Martin.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pathway Hospice in care of Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Rosemary Mitchell

Rosemary Mitchell, 90, of La Grande, a former Baker City resident, died Aug. 17, 2002, at a La Grande adult foster home.

Her funeral was today at the First Church of the Nazarene in Baker City. Art Evans of the New Life Center at La Grande officiated. Interment was in Mount Hope Cemetery. There was a reception afterward at the Nazarene Church Fellowship Hall.

Mrs. Mitchell was born on Oct. 3, 1911, at Union to Robert and Mary Gilkison Jones. She married John R. Mitchell in Baker City on May 24, 1931. Their first years were spent at Sparta in a home built by John on a site now called "Mitchell Meadows."

In 1939, they moved to Union where they lived until 1946. Then they moved to Hereford until John retired from logging.

Subsequently they lived at Baker City, Fruitdale, Idaho, and then to Sumpter. After John's death in 1982, Rosemary moved to Baker City and then to La Grande in 1992 to be near her daughter.

Rosemary enjoyed working with John in the woods, gardening, camping and the outdoors. But most of all, she loved her family and spending time with them.

Survivors include her sister, Hilda McCumber of Mount Vernon; daughters, Myrnie Koontz, and her husband, Chet, of Hereford, Wanda Lowe of La Grande and Neddie Mitchell of Lostine; 17 grandchildren, 53 great-grandchildren and 20 great-great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Anna Jean Munsell; and two brothers, Dale R. Jones and Burl S. Jones.

Memorial contributions may be made to the New Life Center at La Grande or the Baker City Christian Church Building Fund through Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

June Breckon

June Annette Breckon, 80, of Elgin, died Aug. 18, 2002, at a La Grande care center.

Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Elgin Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Dedication of the grave will be at the Elgin Cemetery. Visitations will be at the church in Elgin Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

June was born on June 14, 1922, to Charlotta Milissa Springer and William Allen Gutridge in Baker City. She married Clayton Breckon at Seattle, Wash., on Jan. 1, 1942. She moved to Elgin 25 years ago from Eugene.

She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and for the last 20 years attended the Elgin Ward. She enjoyed making dolls and doll clothes, needlepoint, crocheting, quilt making, reading and she could beat her husband, Clayton, at Scrabble.

Survivors include her husband of Elgin; children, William Breckon of Redmond, Wash., Clayton Breckon of Phoenix, Ariz., Dale and Denise Breckon of Renton, Wash., Michael Breckon of Ogden, Utah, Jerry Breckon of Boise and Mary Lee and Mark Sweet of Nampa, Idaho; a brother, Edgar Gutridge of Baker City; 23 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Alice Esgate, Francis Craig, Margaret West, Delbert Gutridge and June Breckon; and brothers, Wayne Gutridge, Delbert Gutridge and William Gutridge.

The Loveland Funeral Chapel of La Grande is in charge of arrangements.

Wayne Guyer

Wayne R. Guyer, 78, of Weiser, Idaho, died Aug. 15, 2002, at his home.

His funeral will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. MDT at the Weiser High School auditorium. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery in Weiser.

Visitations are today from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. MDT at Thomas Funeral Chapel in Weiser.

Wayne was born Aug. 10, 1924, at Richland to Ralph Paul and Ethel Olive Haskins Guyer. He was raised and educated at Baker City, graduating from Baker High School in 1942.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy Amphibious Forces in 1942, and during World War II was deployed to the South Pacific for three years, after which he was honorably discharged.

Wayne married Ruby Cecille Spence on Nov. 30, 1946, at Baker City. The couple lived there, then moved to Weiser in 1948. He operated Richfield gas station on the corner of State Street and East Liberty in Weiser until it burned. After this he went to work for Frito Lay as a salesman, later working for Clark Wholesale. He finished his career working at the Weiser post office, retiring as postmaster. He was very proud to be one of the last presidential-appointed postmasters in the nation. He was appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1968.

Wayne was very community-minded. He enjoyed working with the youth and was an Idaho Hunter Safety instructor for many years. He also worked with the children at Park School, helping them with their reading skills.

He was a member and past master of Weiser Lodge No. 23 AF & AM, Commandry, Knights Templar, Royal Arch Masons, Thrice Illustrious Master, KYCH El Korah Shrine, Payette Shrine Club, Loyaute Chapter No. 19 Order of Eastern Star, El Korah Clowns, Kiwanis Club and Elks Lodge No. 1683. On May 10, 2002, Wayne was honored as the Idaho Outstanding Mason of the Year.

He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing and hunting and traveling with his late wife, Cecille.

Wayne is survived by his four sons, Ivan of Weiser, Garth and his wife, Chris, of Minneapolis, Minn., Dean and his wife, Rhonda, of Baker City, and Lynn and his wife, Susan, of Twin Falls, Idaho; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a sister, Helen James of Tacoma, Wash.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Cecille, who died in February 2001; and by a brother, Warren.

The family suggests memorials in his name be made to either the Shriners Hospital for Children, Fairfax Avenue at Virginia Street, Salt Lake City, UT, 84103, or Pathway Hospice, 323 W. Idaho, Ontario, OR 97914.