Obituaries for the week of Dec. 9 to Dec. 13

December 13, 2002 12:00 am

Myrtle Horn

Myrtle E. Horn, 78, a longtime Baker City resident, died in her sleep Dec. 6, 2002, at her home.

Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Gray's West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave. Pastor John Goodyear of the Baker Valley Church of Christ will officiate. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, next to her beloved husband, "Gil," immediately after the service.

Visitations will be from noon to 8 p.m. Friday at Gray's West & Co.

Myrtle was born on Feb. 7, 1924, at La Grande, the fifth of seven children. She attended schools at Carus, Coos Bay and Oregon City before receiving formal nurse's training at Portland. She worked as a telephone operator and was a nurse at hospitals at Enterprise and Baker City before retiring in the early 1970s.

Myrtle had a great love for volunteerism and serving others. She spent many years as a 4-H leader and judged and served in various capacities and officer positions with the American Legion Auxiliary, 8 & 40, St. Elizabeth Hospital Auxiliary and the Garden Club.

She also offered her knowledge and skill with crafts and handiwork to others, leading a community knitting club that benefited many. She was always ready and eager to accept a new project or to lend a helping hand.

She was preceded in death by Gilbert, her husband of nearly 57 years, who died just six months ago.

Survivors include two daughters, Gayl DelPero and Carol Vonderheit; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; a sister, Kaye Lenox; and many nieces, nephews and wonderful friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to St. Elizabeth Hospital Auxiliary or 8 & 40 of the American Legion through Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

James King

James Wallace King, 67, a former Richland and Baker City resident, died Dec. 10, 2002, at Hillsboro.

The rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Monday at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral. The Rev. Robert Irwin of the church will officiate.

Vault interment will be at Eagle Valley Cemetery in Richland. There will be a reception afterward at the Parish Hall at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral.

James was born on June 6, 1935, at Richland to James and Erma Richardson King. He attended grade school at Richland and was a graduate of Eagle Valley High School at Richland.

Mr. King spent most of his life working as a mechanic on ranches in the Richland area. Later in life, he spent some time in Baker Valley working as an auto mechanic.

He had moved to Hillsboro just a few months ago to be close to his family. He loved hunting, picking huckleberries and just spending time in the mountains.

Survivors include two brothers, Richard of Newberg and Daniel of parts unknown.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice through Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 9714.

Rosanna Strenke

Rosanna Strenke, 76, of Lake Oswego, a former Haines resident, died Dec. 7, 2002, at Tualatin.

Her graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Crescent Grove Cemetery at Tigard.

Rosanna Taylor was born on Aug. 7, 1926, at Haines. A lifetime Oregon resident, she moved to Portland during World War II to work in the shipyards. She was a welder and burner.

She married Oscar Strenke in 1946. They were employed as long-haul drivers in the 1940s and were members of the Teamster's Union, No. 305. Mr. Strenke died in 1976.

She was a member of the Pit River Indian Tribe of California (Madesi Band).

Survivors include her companion, Marvin Cropp, of Lake Oswego; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.

Young's Funeral Home of Tigard is in charge of arrangements.

¬ĎArnie' Fleetwood

Arnold Eugene "Arnie" Fleetwood, 69, of Baker City, died Dec. 6, 2002.

At his request, there will be no services, and he will be interred with his son, Mike.

Arnie was born Jan. 2, 1933, to George William and Ruth Marie McGragh Fleetwood in Omaha, Neb. He was raised in orphanages most all of his youth, but received an education and graduated in Omaha. In 1950, Arnie joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served in Korea for three years.

During Arnie's life, he enjoyed working in various occupations. He worked construction, logged on the Oregon Coast, worked underground in a copper mine in Arizona and spent 1974 to 1976 working on the Alaska pipeline.

Arnie enjoyed hunting, fishing, prospecting, crabbing on the coast, and the outdoors in general. These past five years he has lived in the Richland, Durkee and Baker City area.

Survivors include his companion, Jane Fields of Baker City; sons, Arnie and Ron; and one granddaughter, Shawna Fleetwood of Santa Rosa, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his beloved son, Michael, who died Feb. 12, 1999.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Food Bank in care of Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Olive Standerfer

Olive M. Standerfer, 85, a lifelong resident of Baker county, died Dec. 6, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

Graveside services will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Mount Hope Cemetery. Minister John Goodyear of Baker Valley Church of Christ will officiate.

Visitation will be today until 7 p.m. at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place Street, Baker City, Oregon.

Mrs. Standerfer was born Feb. 19, 1917, on the Lower Powder Ranch in Keating. She was a daughter of William Henry and Pearl (Shulenbarger) Best. She received her education in the Keating School.

In 1940, she married Larkin Parsons. They later divorced. In October, 1972, she married Buford Standerfer. He died in 1993. After her marriage to Buford, the couple moved to Nyssa, where they remained until he retired and they returned Baker City.

Mrs. Standerfer enjoyed sewing, cooking and going on picnics. Being with her family meant a lot to her and she enjoyed camping and fishing with them. She enjoyed collecting pictures and liked her potted flowers, of which she had many.

She loved animals and always had cats. She really enjoyed watching and feeding the squirrels and loved being outside. In her younger years prior to her first marriage, she cooked on many ranches during the season. After her marriage, she worked in housekeeping and as a nurse's aide at the hospital.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, L. David and Peggy Parsons of Baker City; stepson and daughter-in-law, Byron and Sylvia Standerfer of Grace River, Wash.; stepdaughter and son-in-law, Shirley and Roger Smith of Lynnwood, Wash.; grandchildren, Pearl Parsons of Portland, Rachael Parsons and Naomi Parsons, both of La Grande; 13 stepgrandchildren; brother, Elton Best of Baker City; sister, Goldie Ewing of Baker City; nieces, Betty Honea of Elko, Nev., Zelda Lion of Nampa, Idaho, Lynda Geyer of Florida and Bonnie Warden of Woodinville, Wash.; nephews, Jerry Best of Medford, and Duane Ewing of Baker City.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Buford Standerfer and Larkin Parsons, three brothers, Harold Best, Lloyd Best and John Best, and four nephews, George Best, Waldo Best, Roger Best and Carl Best.

Those wishing to make memorial contributions in Mrs. Standerfer's memory may direct them to a charity of their choice. This may be done through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place Street, Baker City, OR 97814.

Vivian Culley

Vivian L. Culley, 75, a resident of Baker City, died Dec. 8, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

A family memorial service will be held at a later date.

Mrs. Culley was born April 24, 1927, in New Plymouth, Idaho, a daughter of Harvey W. and Clarissa Lenore Lakey Bacus. She was raised and educated in the Baker and Haines area, graduating from Haines High School.

She enjoyed driving around the Baker Valley looking at animals, and also enjoyed making latch hook rugs.

She is survived by six children, 13 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, two nephews and three nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, one son, and a nephew, John Best Jr.

Those wishing to make memorials contributions may direct them to the American Cancer Society in care of Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.