Obituaries for the week of Nov. 25 to Nov. 29

November 29, 2002 12:00 am

Evelyn Grant

Evelyn Witham Grant, 90, a former Baker City resident, died Oct. 8, 2002, at Clackamas.

The rosary was said and there was a memorial service Oct. 15 at Zeller Chapel of the Roses. The Rev. Patrick Donoghue was the celebrant. Interment was in the Willamette National Cemetery.

Mrs. Grant was born on Nov. 26, 1911, at Baker City to William E. and Maud M. Witham. She was a 1929 Baker High School graduate. She worked at J.C. Penney.

She married W. C. Grant on June 17, 1941. She worked for the war industries during World War II.

Survivors include a daughter, Mary; a son, Jim; and two brothers, Thomas H. and Harvey E.Witham, both of Baker City.

‘Toby' Koeff

Benjamin Allen "Toby" Koeff, 32, of Baker City died Nov. 22, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

Friends and family may call at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., on Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The vigil service will begin at 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

The Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets. The Rev. Robert C. Irwin will celebrate the Mass. There will be a reception afterward in the parish hall.

The parents, Keith and Sharon Koeff, were blessed with Benjamin on Christmas Day 1969. He attended schools at Mason City, Iowa, and graduated in 1989 from Denver High School at Denver, Iowa.

He earned his welding degree from Hawkeye Tech at Waterloo, Iowa, and then proceeded to work for Unverferth Manufacturing at Shell Rock, Iowa. His family moved to Oregon in 1992. In 1996, he moved to Oregon to join them.

Benjamin had worked for a short time with Step Forward and for a lawn service until he was hired by Unverferth Manufacturing at North Powder as a warehouseman and truckdriver. He lived at North Powder for a short time before moving to Baker City.

Benjamin, who was also nicknamed ‘Toby,' enjoyed fishing, especially with his dad, wrestling and music, but his big interest was stock car racing and the NASCAR racing. His family was his life.

Benjamin was sweet and caring and loved children. He was known as "Gentle Ben" to many. Even though he was big in size, his heart was gentle as a lamb. He was a devoted brother to his younger sister, always looking out for her. He was a simple guy, who enjoyed the simple and small things in life and loved God. He was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church at North Powder. He will be so missed.

Survivors are his parents, Keith and Sharon Koeff, and his sister, Sheri Koeff, all of Baker City, Oregon; his loving aunts and uncles all from Iowa, Jim and Peg Kane, Ray and Pam Kane, Terry and Jean Lowman, Laura Koeff and Roger and Donna Kittle; and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Herschel and Marie Kane of Dunkerton, Iowa, and Gus and Claribel Koeff, of Waverly, Iowa, and his uncle, Delvin Koeff, of Nashua, Iowa.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross, Eastern Oregon Chapter, or a charity of one's choice through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Nona LaVon Burlew

Nona LaVon Burlew, 81, a Baker City resident, died Nov. 22, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

Her funeral was today at First Lutheran Church. Pastor Dennis Hickman of First Lutheran Church officiated.

Nona was born to John William Christy and Pearl Lillian Colson Christy on June 27, 1921. She was the oldest of five children.

Nona was a homemaker, loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was exceptionally caring and giving. She loved her family and friends very much. She was proud of her Pioneer Valley heritage, as her great-grandfather was one of the first settlers of the Baker Valley in 1862. She loved the outdoors, huckleberry picking, and sewing. She will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her husband, John Burlew; her daughters, Patrina Burlew of Baker City and Marie Jones of Emmett, Idaho; granddaughter, Christy Smith and her husband, Brian, of Nampa, Idaho; children, Kassondra, Matthew, Colton and Darren Smith; brothers, Donald Christy and his wife, Betty, of Baker City and Gerald Christy, and his wife, Joanne, of Meridian, Idaho; sister, Teresa McCabe of Washington; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Nona was preceded in death by her parents, and brother, Wallace Christy.

Memorial contributions can be made to First Lutheran Church or the charity of one's choice in care of Gray's West & Company, P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Elver Needles

Elver D. Needles, 94, of Baker City, died Nov. 25, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

Graveside services will be held Friday at noon at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Lura Kidner-Miesen of Baker City United Methodist Church will officiate. Interment will follow at the cemetery.

Visitations will be Friday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Gray's West & Company Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave.

Elver was born July 19, 1908, to Dennis and Leona (Hooker) Needles in Boise. He worked as a night foreman at the Ellingson Sawmill for 23 years.

Elver is survived by his wife, Nellie, of Baker City; a brother, Charles, of Eagle, Idaho; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Baker Senior Center in care of Gray's West & Company, P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Nikkie Wiley

Nikkie Darlene Wiley, 59, of Ontario, died Nov. 24, 2002, in a Boise hospital.

Remembrance services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Ontario Lienkaemper Chapel with the Rev. W. Raymond Jarboe presiding. Private family inurnment will be held at a later date. A reception will following the services at the Ontario Elks Lodge, 20 SW Third St.

Visitations will be Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lienkaemper Chapel, 78 NW First St.

Nikkie Darlene was born June 17, 1943, in Akron, Ohio, to Carol A. Walker and John Daniell Carrick. She was raised in New Kensington, Pa., until 1958 when she moved to Huntington. She graduated from Huntington High School, and married Robert A. Wiley on Oct. 14, 1961. Together they raised four children and one nephew, then later divorced.

Her pleasures and combined interests included poetry, writing, sharing, caring, beading, sewing and the great outdoors. She was a devoted mother, grandmother and joyfully expecting to be a great-grandmother soon. Her greatest love and passion was caring for her children, grandchildren, everyone else's children and grandchildren, and dear beloved friends.

She is survived by her dear friend, Jack Hegleson of Boise/Ontario; her parents, Del and Carol Layland of Ontario; brother, Ron Redmond of Tampa, Fla.; sister, Cathy Ferrell and her husband, Billy, of Redding, Calif.; step-sisters, Helen Funderburk and husband, Jim, of Salt Lake City, and Shannon Carpenter and husband, Ira, of San Diego; step-brother, Steven Layland and wife, Carol, of Tampa, Fla.; children, Debria Wiley of Adrian, Bobby Wiley of Phoenix, Ariz., Carol Sue Phillips-Wiley of Adrian, and Michael Wiley and wife, Angie, of Huntington; nephew, Ricky Floyd of St. Anthonys, Idaho; grandchildren, Joshua Polfer and wife, Kayla; Danielle Polfer and husband, Shane; Mykal Jesse Box-Wiley, Robby Phillips, Kirsten Nicole Phillips, Jeremy Wiley, Bobby Wiley, Blake Wiley, Mykaela Wiley, and Tanner Lunsford; and many dear cousins, nieces, nephews and friends, as well as J.J. her beloved, devoted feline companion, and Roe.

She was preceded in death by her step-sister, Dorothy Jorgensen, her mother-in-law, Annette Timm, and her godmother, Birdie Bayne.

Memorial contributions may be made to a funeral fund for Nikkie Darlene Wiley in care of Lienkaemper Chapel, P.O. Box 970, Ontario, OR 97914.

Kayla Klock-Feeley

Kayla Shae Klock-Feeley, 12, of Canyon Lake, Texas, a former Baker City resident, died Nov. 14, 2002, at Canyon Lake as the result of a motor vehicle accident.

Her memorial service was Nov. 19, 2002, at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home at Canyon Lake. Burial was at Fair Oaks, Calif.

Kayla was born on Aug. 31, 1990, at Sacramento, Calif. She and her mother, Donna Barber, lived in Baker City in 2000.

She died when the 2000 Nissan Quest she was riding in collided with a school bus. The crash caused a chain reaction involving two other vehicles, according to a report in the San Antonio (Texas) Express News.

The Nissan was driven by her stepmother, Kay Klock. Her daughter, Sidney Klock, 11, also was a passenger in the vehicle.

They were on their way to school when the accident happened about 7:20 a.m. Kay Klock is a teacher and physical education coach at Mountain Valley Intermediate School where Kayla attended classes. About 30 school bus children were treated at the scene for scrapes and bruises, the newspaper reported.

Kayla is survived by her mother, Donna Barber of Sacramento; her father, Lonnie Klock of Canyon Lake, Texas; brothers, Valien Klock of Canyon Lake and Nick Barber, Corey Barber, Jayden Barber and Seth Barber, all of Sacramento; grandparents, Valerie Feeley of Baker City; great-grandparents, Bob and Freda Waldron of Baker City; cousins, Katirah Huff and Lexy VanCleave of Baker City; aunt and uncle, Lisa and Colin Huff of Baker City; uncles, Robert Feeley and his wife, Rita, of California, and Clint and Scott Feeley, both of Baker City.

A memorial fund has been established at Wells Fargo bank at Canyon Lake, Texas, to help defray funeral costs.