Obituaries for the week of Oct. 14 to Oct. 18

October 25, 2002 12:00 am

‘Ken' Hickerson

Kenneth "Ken" Hickerson, 63, of Baker City died Oct. 12, 2002, at his home.

His graveside funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Eagle Valley Cemetery in Richland. Pastor Gordon Bond of the Richland Christian Church will officiate. There will be a potluck for family and friends at the Richland Grange after the service.

Mr. Hickerson was born Feb. 19, 1939, at Baker City. He was the only son of Wallace Hickerson and Shirley Evans Hickerson Hageman. He was educated at Richland and Baker City.

Upon graduating, he joined the U.S. Army and served his country for three years and nine months. After his honorable discharge, he returned to Eastern Oregon University at La Grande where he studied engineering.

He then went to work for Precision Castparts, a Portland foundry where he worked until his retirement in 1999. On June 16, 1962, he married Karie Hooker. They had four children. He raised his children in the outlying Portland area.

Upon retirement, he returned to Baker City where he became involved with his miniature horses, which he dearly loved to work with.

Survivors include his daughters, Julie Lyon of Elgin, Jenny Brown of Seattle, Wash., and Jodi Hickerson of Baker City; son, Jay Hickerson of Seattle, Wash.; grandchildren, Jason Jones of La Grange, Wyo., Nicholas Jones of Elgin and Corey and Simon Brown, both of Seattle, Wash.; an uncle and aunt, Harold and Pat Evans of Portland; and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial contributions may be made directly to Pathway Hospice 1904 Resort St., Baker City, OR 97814, or through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, Oregon 97814.

Myrtle Blakeway

Myrtle L. Blakeway, 73, of Baker City and formerly of Gates, died Oct. 12, 2002, at her daughter's home in Baker City.

A private family service will be conducted later. Coles Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Blakeway was born April 21, 1929, at Homedale, Idaho, to Lloyd O. and Eva Mae Hurst Birge. She married Roderick A. Frazier in 1947. In the 1960s, they lived in Union and Wallowa counties. They also lived at Bates. He died in 1977.

She moved from Gates to Baker City in August of this year, to be near family. Mrs. Blakeway was a member of the Eagles Lodge. She enjoyed traveling, fishing, country-western concerts and crossword puzzles. She was an excellent cook.

Survivors include her children, Georgia M. Shaffer and her husband, Jack, of Elgin, Loretta Martinez of Baker City, Debbie Duckett, and her husband, Rick, of Elgin, and Rick Frazier and his wife, Tammie, of Portland; sisters, Mary Wynn, of Spokane, Wash., and Emma Hall and her husband, Luke, of Boise; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Claude Blakeway; a son-in-law, Rudy Martinez; and a grandson.

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

Ernestine Engstrom

Ernestine Elizabeth Engstrom, 82, died Oct. 8, 2002, at Richland.

Her graveside memorial service was Friday at Pine Haven Cemetery at Halfway. The Rev. Bill Shields of Pine Valley Presbyterian Church officiated.

Ernestine Elizabeth was born at Carson to Ernest and Neva Bowerman Carnahan on December 19, 1919. For most all of her life, she was raised by her Great-Great Grandma Carnahan at Halfway.

After high school graduation, she married Pete Basche. They had two children: Betty and Pete Jr. They made their home at Robinette until the back-up water of Brownlee Dam covered that area.

Ernestine moved to Kennewick, Wash., in 1959. She attended cosmetology school and became a licensed beautician. After her graduation, she served as an instructor at the Beauty College.

After her marriage to Pete, she married Victor Engstrom in 1977. After Vic's retirement from the California State Highway Department, they made their home at Halfway, until his death in 1996.

She enjoyed making friends, writing cards and letters to family and friends, sewing, canning, and cooking.

Survivors include her daughter, Betty Whitnah, and her husband, Warren, of Richland; her son, Pete Basche, and his wife, Kathy, of Kennewick, Wash.; a stepdaughter, Victoria Gregory, of Woodland, Calif.; a sister, Claire Colliton, and her husband, John, of Yakima, Wash.; brothers, Keith Carnahan of Lake Isabella, Calif., and Nolen Carnahan and his wife, Barbara, of Baker City; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest Carnahan and Neva Charters; her husband, Victor; a brother, Kenneth Carnahan; a sister, Mary Loueva Carder; and a stepson, Victor Engstrom Jr.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pine-Eagle Clinic through Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

John Fisher

John C. Fisher, 78, a longtime Haines resident, died Oct. 11, 2002, at his home.

At his request, his body was cremated and there will be no service.

John was born on Aug. 8, 1924, at Haines to Lena Maxwell Fisher and Calvin "Callie" Fisher. Upon his graduation from Muddy Creek High School in 1942, John enlisted in the U.S. Navy.

His military career spanned 23 years. He served during World War II, the Korean conflict and Vietnam. Upon his retirement from the Navy in 1967, John returned to Haines. He worked for Safeway Corp. for 17 years at La Grande and Baker City.

John was an avid golfer and also enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a member in good standing with the Elks Lodge, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Eagles Lodge. John will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Jeanette "Jean" Fisher; a daughter, Elaine Thomas of Oroville, Calif.; a son, John L. Fisher of West Linn; grandchildren, Meagan, Paul and Joe Fisher, all of West Linn, Michelle Slone of Palo Alto, Calif., and Sandra Slone of Portland; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, James and Charles Fisher; and a sister, Elizabeth Fisher Rhodes.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pathway Hospice through Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

John Benson

John J. Benson III, 60, of Muncie, Ind., died Oct. 13, 2002, at Williamsburg Village.

A private memorial service will be scheduled later.

Mr. Benson was born at Camden, N.J., the son of Virginia Campbell Benson and John J. Benson II. He taught at Royerton Elementary School and was a U.S. Air Force veteran. His memberships included St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and the Isanogel Center, where he had been on the board of directors.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Marianne Hardtke Benson; two sons, Dr. Sean Benson, who has a dental office in Baker City, and Brett Benson and his fiancee, Kathryn Wood, of Chicago; his mother-in-law, Doris Hardtke of Mapleton, Minn.; and an aunt, Betty Benson of Fort Myers, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial contributions may be made to the John J. Benson III, scholarship fund, through The Old National Bank, 110 E. Main St., Muncie, IN 47305 or to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 7301 Georgetown, No. 112, Indianapolis, IN 46268.

The Meeks Mortuary of Muncie, Ind., is in charge of arrangements.

Norna Morris

Norna Faye Morris, 82, a former Halfway resident, died Oct. 11, 2002, after a long illness. She had been in Marquis Care at Mount Tabor in Portland for a year.

Because of her love of the ocean and lighthouses, there will be a private family memorial at the beach, which will also be her final resting place.

Norna was born at Halfway on Aug. 21, 1920, to Warren and Lillie Makinson. She was raised at Halfway and graduated from high school there. Norna was very proud that her family members were Halfway pioneers.

She was an avid collector of cups, having collected them from all over the world. She will always be remembered by her family and friends for her eccentric dress, especially her shoes.

Norna was preceded in death by her two husbands, Henry Moulton and Ed Morris; seven brothers; a sister; a grandson; one great-grandson; and one great-granddaughter.

Survivors include two sons, Dale Moulton and his wife, Rae, of Union and Delbert Moulton and his wife, Linda, of Baker City; two daughters, Beverly Stultz and her husband, Bill, of Richland and Bonnie Deets and her husband, John, of Clackamas; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

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

John Hoffman

John Edward Hoffman, 82, of Forest Grove, a former Baker County resident, died Oct. 8, 2002, at Forest Grove.

His graveside funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Eagle Valley Cemetery in Richland. The Rev. Gordon Bond will officiate.

Mr. Hoffman was born on June 14, 1920, at Council, Idaho, to George and Jasmine Garrett Hoffman. He was raised at Sparta.

He entered the U.S. Army in 1944 and served in World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1946.

He married Edna Nale on June 25, 1939, at Creswell. They were divorced in 1966.

He married Thelma Shipton on April 17, 1969, at Walla Walla, Wash. Thelma died on April 23, 1997.

Mr. Hoffman lived in various places in Oregon. He lived at Pendleton from 1969 to 1998. During that time he drove logging truck. He also drove produce truck. In 1998, he moved to Halfway. He retired in about 1977.

He moved to Osprey Pointe at McMinnville in 2001 to be near his daughter and then moved to Forest Grove in June of this year.

He was preceded in death by a son, Charles Aber Hoffman, in 1954.

Survivors include sons, Charles Hoffman of Pendleton and Johnny Hoffman of Alaska; daughters, Linda Taylor of Yamhill and Sharon Chase and Frances Harkness, both of Baker City; sisters, Eula Grissom of Baker City and Peggy Haynes of Hermiston; a brother, William Hoffman of Washington; a stepdaughter, Karen Kidder of Portland; stepsons, Bill Shipton of Pendleton, Mike Shipton of Salem, Steve Shipton of Florida and Tim Shipton of Pendleton; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Doernbecher Children's Hospital or the Shriner's Hospital for Children through Macy & Son Funeral Directors, 135 N. Evans St., McMinnville, OR 97128.

‘Darcie' Gould

Doris Jo "Darcie" Gould, 57, of Athena, a former Baker City resident, died Oct. 10, 2002, at her home.

Her memorial service was at 2 p.m. today at the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home at Milton-Freewater. The Rec. Jeff Beazley of the Bethel Baptist Church at Milton-Freewater officiated.

Mrs. Gould was born on Dec. 6, 1944, at Glover, Okla., to Elmer S. and Lucille F. Powell Williams. She grew up and attended schools at Glover.

At the age of 17, she moved to Texas. She married Jay E. Gould on Dec 31, 1963, at Hugo, Okla. The couple lived in Texas for 15 years before moving back to Oklahoma where they lived until 1992. They next moved to Baker City and then to Athena in 1998.

Mrs. Gould loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting and painting. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren.

Mrs. Gould expressed her love for the outdoors by painting. Her paintings had won her numerous awards and she donated many of them to communities, businesses and clinics in towns from Oklahoma to Oregon. She was a member of the Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Jay E. Gould of Athena; a daughter, Voncille Sanderst of Baker City; a son, Herschel Gould of Irrigon; three sisters, Shirley Jackson of Baker City, Wilma Jackson of Wright, Okla., and Orgaree Jackson of Glover, Okla.; two brothers, Jimmy Williams of Glover, Okla., and Curtis Williams of Wright City, Okla.; five grandchildren, two great-granddaughters, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, two sons and two granddaughters.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family of Darcie Gould through the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main St., Milton-Freewater, OR 97862.