Obituaries for the week of Oct. 28 to Nov. 1

November 01, 2002 12:00 am

Palma Rouse

Palma Gerarda Rouse, 88, of Gresham, a longtime Baker City resident, died Oct. 30, 2002, at Gresham.

Visitations will be today at the Gresham Funeral Chapel. Her funeral will at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Gresham Funeral Chapel. There will be a reception afterward.

Her graveside funeral and burial will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Mount Hope Cemetery. There will be a reception at the Elks Lodge afterward.

Palma was born on Feb. 4, 1914, at Baker City. She was the oldest of nine children born to Bruno and Seibila Lomckriet DeRoest. In February of 1934, she married Jack Rouse.

They were lifelong partners and together raised five children. They were well-known Baker County cattle ranchers.

Palma was an avid gardener and active in the Baker County Garden Club. She also was a member of the St. Francis Altar Society and the Wool Growers Association.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack, and a son, Patrick.

Survivors include her daughters, Mary Ann McGrath of Portland and Janet Schomburg of Baker City; sons, John Rouse of Spokane, Wash., and David Rouse of Clackamas; sisters, Mae Rouse of Lake Oswego and Mary DeMey of Napa, Calif.; brothers, Francis and Don DeRoest of Baker City and Joe DeRoest of Provo, Utah; 15 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Donald Ellingson

Donald Matthew Ellingson, 84, of Baker City, died Oct. 30, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center.

At Mr. Ellingson's request, there will be a private family graveside service at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Don was born July 31, 1918, at Hawkins, Wis. He was a son of Robert P. Ellingson Sr. and Myrtle T. N. Peterson Ellingson. The family moved to Klamath Falls when he was a boy.

Don was a graduate of the University of Oregon at Eugene and a World War II veteran, having served in the Army Air Corps. He was a co-owner of Ellingson Lumber Co.

Survivors include his wife, Thaoma L. Ellingson of Baker City; son, Matthew Ellingson of Boise; daughter, Elizabeth Ellingson of Ashland; grandchildren, Jordan Ellingson of Boise and Kai and Ian White of Ashland; sister and brother-in-law, Dorthea and Robert Balderston, of Englewood, Colorado; sister-in-law, Helen Ellingson of Wilsonville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, Sigmond Ellingson and Robert P. Ellingson, Jr.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the charity of one's choice through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Paul Edwards

Paul Edwards, 79, a lifelong Baker City resident, died Oct. 25, 2002, at his home.

His memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Calvary Baptist Church, 2107 Third St. Pastor Ed Niswender will officiate.

Paul was born on Oct. 9, 1923, to Charles and Zella Van de Vanter Edwards at Baker City. He joined the U.S. Navy on Feb. 18, 1941, at the age of 17. He served his country through Nov. 24, 1945, during World War II. He served on the USS Anderson, a destroyer. Paul lacked 80 miles of having traveled around the world and was involved in most of the battles in the Pacific.

On April 6, 1947, he married Nellie Ann Perkins in Baker City. He spent most of his working years for Baker School District. He retired as maintenance supervisor in 1980.

He also served on the Baker Volunteer Fire Department and was Firefighter of the Year in 1975. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, motorcycling, four-wheeling, cutting wood with family and friends.

He was an active member of the Calvary Baptist Church. Paul didn't know a stranger and enjoyed being with people.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Nellie Ann, of Baker City; a son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Ruth Edwards of Lakeview; daughter and son-in-law, Pauline and Danny Evans of Baker City; grandchildren, Sarah, and her husband, Shawn Layng of Oakville, Wash., Justin Edwards of Vancouver, Wash., Wade Evans and his wife, Karen of Pilot Rock, Curt Evans of Dale, Tanya Dennis of Salt Lake City, and Leslie Morris and her husband, Jason, stationed with the U.S. Navy in Spain; great-granddaughters, Kaitelyn Evans and Ally Morris; sister, June Rode of Baker City; brother and sister-in-law, Ivan and Elsie Edwards of Sherwood; sister-in-law, Zena Edwards of Baker City; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Don and Peg Perkins of Baker City; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Zella and Charles Edwards; a brother, Leonard Edwards; and brother-in-law, Biz Rode.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Calvary Baptist Church through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Troy Horton

Troy J. Horton, 75, a former Baker City resident, died Oct. 24, 2002.

There will be a celebration of his life Saturday, Nov. 9, at 2 p.m. at the Fishhawk Lake Community Center. For directions, call Stan Horton at 503-755-2289 or look at web site

Troy was born at Taylorville on July 25, 1927. He graduated from Westport High School and then served in the U.S. Army.

His graduate and post-graduate work was at Linfield College at McMinnville. He was a recipient of the John Hay Whitney Fellowship in 1960-61 at Columbia University in New York.

He taught at Baker High School and then at Wilson High School in Portland. He returned to Baker City in 1974 and built a cabin on Elkhorn ridge above Baker City.

He focused on art, poetry and music. He wrote a children's book titled "Zipperthings," with Tom Novak doing the artwork.

With the onset of Pick's disease he moved to Fishhawk Lake (between Astoria and Portland) to be near his two sons, Stan and Troy.

In addition to his sons, survivors include a sister, Doris Thurston of Port Townsend, Wash.; a brother Daine Horton of Seattle, Wash.; six grandchildren and seven great- grandchildren.

Rusty Gene Purvis

Rusty Gene Purvis, 39, of Portland, died Oct. 27, 2002.

A graveside service will be held Friday at 3 p.m. at Ironside Cemetery. Floyd Cooper will officiate.

Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel is handling the arrangements.

Mr. Purvis was born Nov. 17, 1962, at Baker City to Don and Carol (Hill) Purvis. He attended Harper and Unity schools, and graduated from Riddle High School in 1981. He also attended Boise State University.

He was employed by Zilog in Boise and Fujitsu in Portland as a computer technician. He enjoyed fishing, football and NASCAR racing.

Mr. Purvis is survived by his sweetheart, Julie Brown of Portland; parents, Don and Carol Purvis of Prairie City, and brother, Don Jr. of Henefer, Utah.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents and two sisters, Tina Lou and Tori Rae.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in care of Gray's West & Company Pioneer Chapel, P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Shannon Dougherty

Shannon James Dougherty, 32, formerly of Baker City, died Oct. 25, 2002, at Independence after a three-year battle with A.L.S. (Lou Gehrig's Disease).

His funeral was today at 2 p.m. at Belcrest Memorial Park in Salem. Arrangements were handled by Howell-Edwards-Doerksen with Rigdon-Ransom Funeral Directors in Salem.

Shannon was born April 13, 1970, to Kiowa James and Roberta Lynn Dougherty.

He was diagnosed with A.L.S. in November 1999, and was told he had six months to live. He refused to accept that fate and said he would live to see his son turn 4. On Oct. 22 he kept that promise.

He adapted to all of the changes in his physical capabilities quickly, efficiently and with a seemingly effortless grace. A master of all trades, he retired from his own business as a professional floor installation and repair technician in February 2000. Having his own business was one of his lifelong dreams.

With his wife and three children, he moved from Baker City back to his homeland in the Willamette Valley in March 2000 to be closer to his parents, siblings, nieces and nephews.

In August 2001, he was hospitalized for pneumonia and was told he would not live through September without medical intervention. Irritated by such a bleak prognosis, and determined to celebrate another holiday season with his loved ones, he checked himself out of the hospital against medical advice.

At that time, Shannon had lived with the inability to speak, and the challenge of eating without any use of the muscles in his mouth and throat for more a year. He had developed some unique "survival techniques" in order to continue on without the aid of a feeding tube.

In the last eight months of his life, he lost all manual dexterity and his ability to walk or hold his head up, but he never lost his ability to appreciate humor and love. It was his love for everyone in his life which gave him the courage and strength.

Shannon is survived by his dad, Kiowa and his wife, Shannon's second mother, Sandy; in-laws, Sally and Chris Graf; his first true love, Sandra Hollister and their daughter, Stevirae Lynn; his wife, Dustine Lynn, and their sons, Augustus James and Shawn Tyler; three older sisters and their husbands, Kim and Bob, Kelly and Jesse and Kathleen and Rocky; two older brothers and their wives, Sean and Renee and Shane and Deana; stepbrother, Brad; nieces and nephews, Brandi, Fofo, Mandi, Brett, Robert, Rain, Elizabeth, Ashlee, Johnny, Alexx, Shannoa, Kyle, Kiowa, Mason, Madison, Micheal, Michcal, Dustin, Cody, Cameron, and Jasmin; cousins, Billy Jo, Sam and Kerry Martin, and their children, Jake, Josh, Little Sam, Rick, Curtis, Mellissa and Katelynn.

The family offered special thanks to Kirby, Malina, Paul, Laura, Girl Shannon, Gramma and Grampa Fiesen, Andrew, Andrianna, Lexy and Malia.

Instead of flowers, memorial contributions in his name can be sent to P.O. Box 385, Dallas, OR 97338.

Martha Monroe

Martha R. Monroe, 72, of Baker City, former co-owner of the Monroe Mortuary, died Oct. 26, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Pastor Susan Barnes of the First Presbyterian Church will officiate. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitations will be until 7 o'clock tonight at the funeral home.

Martha Ann Rafn was born Aug. 26, 1930, at Houston. She was the only child of Harold J. and Pearl Padgett Rafn. Her father was in the military and they lived in various locations during her younger years.

In 1948, they moved to Santa Ana, Calif., where she attended Santa Ana College. She attended dental school at the University of California at Berkeley and received her bachelor of science degree in dental hygiene.

After graduation, she returned to Santa Ana as a dental hygienist where she met Jim Monroe. They were married on May 24, 1964.

They remained in Orange County, Calif., until moving to Baker City in January 1981 after purchasing the Langrell Mortuary. Martha became a licensed funeral director and worked with her husband in the operation of Monroe Mortuary.

She also worked part time as a dental hygienist for Dr. Warren Whitnah. She remained a licensed funeral director helping in the business until 1996 when the Coles purchased the funeral home.

She was a member of the Soroptimist International of Baker County, PEO Chapter CJ, Esther Chapter of Eastern Star, Social Order of the Beauceant, AAUW and Daughters of the Nile.

In California, she was very active in starting several Hygiene Associations. She was also a member of the First Presbyterian Church and helped with the hospital auxiliary.

Survivors include her husband, Jim Monroe of Baker City; sons, Thomas Monroe and his wife, Rachella, of Silverdale, Wash., and Ross Monroe of Seattle, Wash.; grandchildren, Jonathan Edwards Monroe and Joel Thomas Monroe of Silverdale, Wash., and Riley James Monroe of Seattle, Wash.; and numerous cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Memorial contributions may by made to the Baker County Library Foundation through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

‘Don' Hunt

W. Donald "Don" Hunt, 78, of Orem, Utah, a retired longtime Baker City teacher, died Oct. 24, 2002, at Orem.

His funeral was at noon today at the Orem Park 4th Ward Chapel. Interment was in the Veterans Memorial Park at Bluffdale, Utah.

Don was born on Sept. 12, 1924, at Ora (Ashton), Idaho, to Purcell Byron and Stella Cora Hill Hunt. He graduated from Carey High School. He received two master's degrees from the University of Idaho at Moscow where he met Billie Evelyn Gooing.

They were married on June 27, 1948, and later sealed in the Idaho Falls Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Temple.

Don was a faithful member of the LDS Church. At the time of his death he was serving as the High Priest group leader of the Orem Park 4th Ward. His family described him as a kind and thoughtful man who will be deeply missed by family and friends.

Don served in the Naval Air Corps during World War II and saw action in the Pacific Theater. His Martin Mariner PBM bomber squadron received the Distinguished Flying Cross; Air, Campaign and Victory medals; and the Aircrew Insignia.

He excelled in academics and sports and was a standout baseball pitcher for the University of Idaho. During that time he attended a tryout with the New York Yankees and signed a contract with the team. However, an unfortunate injury to his wrist ended his baseball career.

His interest in sports continued throughout his life as a high school basketball and track coach and especially as an avid Brigham Young University sports fan.

For 36 years, Don worked as a devoted Baker School District teacher. He spent the majority of those years teaching biology and natural science. During the summers, Don worked various jobs that nurtured his love of the outdoors.

He managed the campground at Redfish Lake, Idaho, for 10 years and spent one summer as a movie extra during the filming of "Paint Your Wagon." He enjoyed a wide variety of activities including golf, gardening, entertaining his grandchildren, traveling and taxidermy.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Beatrice Hunt Mecham.

Survivors include his wife, Billie; brothers, Ronda Hunt of Twin Falls, Idaho, and Keith Hunt and his wife, Mary, of Carey, Idaho; a sister, Mildred Barton and her husband, Boyd, of Carey, Idaho; four children and their spouses, Larry and Claudia Hunt, David and Heather Hunt, Jennifer and Doryn Johnson and Tony and Cindy Hunt; 22 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

June Stallings

June Stallings, 77, a former Baker City resident, died Oct. 22, 2002, at Blackfoot, Idaho.

She was buried at 2 p.m. today at New Plymouth, Idaho.

She was born Jan. 5, 1925, at Woodward, Okla. She moved to Idaho with her family when she was 17.

June lived at Elkhorn Village from 1988 through 1996. She spent her years caring for her family. She did oil paintings, some of which she sold.

Survivors include her son, Wes "Huck" Stallings and his wife, Marge, of Nampa, Idaho; four grandchildren, Heidi Stallings and Megan Lambert of Nampa, Bradi Stallings of Baker City and Boe Stallings of Medford; and a great-grandson, Kalib Stallings of Burns.