Obituaries for Dec. 30, 2002, to Jan. 3, 2003

January 03, 2003 12:00 am

Edward Dwyer

Edward D. Dwyer, 75, of Halfway, died Dec. 30, 2002, at his home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, Jan. 6, at 11 a.m. at St. Therese Catholic Church in Halfway. The Rev. Robert C. Irwin of St. Francis de Sales Cathedral will officiate. Interment will follow at Pine Haven Cemetery. Military rites will be accorded by Halfway V.F.W. Post No. 7847.

Mr. Dwyer was born April 8, 1927, in Kansas City, Mo, to Bert M. and Frances (Northington) Dwyer. He was raised in Kansas City and worked at various jobs until he entered the U.S. Army in September 1946. He was stationed at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. He was honorably discharged in September 1949.

After he was discharged, he worked at various jobs in Kansas. He moved to Whittier, Calif., in 1954, where he went to work as a carpenter for construction. He later moved to El Monte, Calif., where he met his future wife, Carolyn Weldon, at her sister's restaurant, where she worked as a waitress. He introduced himself and they started eating together.

Their relationship grew from friendship to love and they were married on July 11, 1958, in Downey, Calif. They lived in El Monte for five years and then moved to Valinda, Calif., where they resided until his retirement.

Mr. Dwyer loved to fish, and during one of their vacations they went to Halfway. He fell in love with Halfway and told his wife that he was going to move there after he retired. He retired as a 35-year union carpenter, and they moved to Halfway in March of 1992.

Mr. Dwyer loved to fish and watch all sporting events. He enjoyed Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune. He enjoyed playing bingo and was a life member of the Halfway Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post No. 7847, El Monte Elks Club and Moose Club.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Dwyer of Halfway; his son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Helen Macias of San Dimas, Calif.; a sister, Katherine Granstrom of Kansas City, Mo.; granddaughter, Wendy Macias, of Boulder City, Calif., and grandson, Chris Macias of Covina, Calif.; great-grandchildren Autumn and Seabron; and a niece and nephew.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Halfway V.F.W. Post No. 7847, in care of Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Marilyn Hunt

Marilyn Kennedy Hunt, 64, of Durango, Colo., and a former Baker City resident, died Dec. 29, 2002, from complications of an extended battle with scleraderma.

Her funeral will be Friday at 11 a.m. at The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Hughes Lane in Baker City. Services are under the direction Coles Funeral Home.

Marilyn was born Dec. 24, 1938, in Baker City to George T. Kennedy and Maxine (Wanker) Kennedy. She was married to David J. Hunt, also of Baker City, for 44 years. The family was sealed together in the Logan, Utah, Temple in 1963.

Marilyn was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and served over the years in many leadership positions. She was, above all else, a wife and mother, and her home was a delight and a place of order and peace to all who entered there.

She is survived by her husband and by her children: Cecelia Rysdam of La Grande, David Roger Hunt, Julie Hunt Russon, and K. Sunshine Hunt Smith, all of Pleasant Grove, Utah, and Todd C. Hunt of Ely, Nev. She is also survived by her sister, Donna Goodwin and her brother, Roger Kennedy, both of Baker City; and by 13 grandchildren, with one more expected.

She was preceded in death by her brother Robert, who died at age one.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Scleraderma Foundation or the Lupus Foundation. This may be done through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place Street, Baker City, Oregon 97814.

Robert Jones

Robert Paul Jones, 60, of North Powder, died Dec. 28, 2002, at his home.

A vigil service for Mr. Jones will be Friday at 7 p.m. at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. in Baker City.

Funeral Mass will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in North Powder. The Rev. Robert C. Irwin of St. Francis de Sales Cathedral will celebrate. Vault interment will be at the Haines Cemetery following the service.

Robert was born March 30, 1942, in Tulsa, Okla., to Jess and Gertrude (Shutler) Jones. He was raised and received his education in King Fisher and Crescent, Okla. He also attended engineering school at Oregon State University.

On Dec. 26, 1970, he married Mary Colburn at St. Peter's Catholic Church in The Dalles. They moved to North Powder in 1973 from La Grande. He worked as a surveyor for the highway department and the U.S. Forest Service. He also did ranching jobs, commercial fishing and managed the ski shop at Anthony Lakes. He loved skiing at Anthony Lakes, and he loved his children and grandchildren. He was great at mechanics and mathematics and his family loved how he could fix anything. He had a special appreciation for ways and values of the Native Americans. He had interests in plants, gardening, tropical fish and photography.

He is survived by his wife, Mary, of North Powder; his daughters, Katie, of Haines and Maureen, of Bayside, Calif.; his son, Robert, of Vancouver, Wash.; a granddaughter, Eva, and grandson, Jesse; a sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Ken Self of Grass Valley, Calif.; aunt and uncle, Jim and Harriett Dorman of Florence; a niece, Kristin Volkman of Coronado, Calif.; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Contributions in Robert's memory may be directed to North Powder Quick Response Team. This can be done through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place Street, Baker City, OR 97814.

Robert Beason

Robert M. Beason, 81, a former Baker City resident, died Dec. 28, 2002 at Eugene.

At his request, no memorial service will be held.

Mr. Beason attended local schools, and graduated from Baker High School as class president in 1939. He worked for the Bonneville Corps of Engineers for many years.

He served his country during World War II in the European theater.

He is survived by a daughter, Cathy Cone, of Eugene.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Nan Miller Beason, and a sister, Nancy Weeks.

‘Shorty' Taylor

Terry Grant "Shorty" Taylor, 41, of Albany, a former Baker City resident, died Dec. 29, 2002, at Samaritan Albany General Hospital.

At his request, there will be no funeral.

Mr. Taylor was born on Nov. 7, 1961, at Baker City to Kenneth and Roberta Miles Taylor. He lived in Baker City until he was 17 and then lived in various places before moving to Albany about 11 years ago.

He enjoyed drawing and writing poetry. He served in the Oregon National Guard.

Survivors include his father, Kenneth Taylor of Baker City; brothers, Bob Taylor of Waldport, Sonny Taylor of Haines and Ron Taylor of Waldport; sisters, Cindy Stubenrauch of Bend, Tami Butler of Albany and Vicki Cook of Vista, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Roberta Taylor.

The Fisher Funeral Home of Albany is in charge of arrangements.

John Clark

John Clifford Clark, 52, of Baker City died Dec. 24, 2002, at his home.

There will be a celebration of John's life at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Calvary Baptist Church, 2107 Third St. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception after the service.

John Clark was born on Dec. 28, 1949, to David and Floy Clark at Clovis, N.M. His family moved to Baker City in 1965.

During his high school years he worked for Ellingson Lumber in the Plywood Division, at Safeway and Ordway Evans Second Hand Store. John was a 1968 Baker High School graduate. He joined the U.S. Navy immediately after graduation.

John and Neva Walter were high school sweethearts. They were married in 1970 at the Calvary Baptist Church. They had two children: Edward, born in 1975; and Jennifer in 1977.

John enjoyed working, it was actually never work for him. He found it more of a hobby because he loved it so much. He worked for 17 years with Champion International Lumber Co. at Bonner, Mont., until the company was sold. While in Montana, John's favorite sport was ice fishing.

In 1990, they moved to Nevada, living and working as a welder mechanic at the BullFrog Mine in Beatty until 1999. In May of 2000 they moved to Tonapah where they spent 18 months until the job ended.

In March of 2001 he was diagnosed with tumors. They then moved home to Baker City where they have spent these past six months.

During John's life he enjoyed being outside and being in warm climate such as that in the desert and camping. He loved guns, learning about them, reading about them, and knowing all of the ins and outs about them. In his spare time he enjoyed making wooden or horseshoe puzzles

John was a friend to many, giving people his undivided attention when they would come to visit. He had a smile that lit up a room and there was no one who had a more unique laugh. John enjoyed watching his grandchildren and in the last weeks would spend hours just looking at pictures of them.

John was preceded in death by his son, Edward Lee Clark, who died May 14, 2002, at Miles City, Mont.

Survivors include his wife, Neva; a daughter, Jennifer Ann Clarksmith, and her husband, Kelly; his mother, Floy Jean Kennedy Clark of Baker City; a brother, James Clark; a sister, Diana Graham of Afton, Okla.; grandchildren, Abigail Anne Smith, Dylan John Smith and Joshua David Smith; very special friends, Brad and Jean Curtiss, Ken Jones, Doug Pierson, Robert Joseph, Don Meanor, John Garrsland, Tom Skeen, Steve Doney, Dan and Mary Anderson, John and Sandy Brennan, Bob and Linda Stouffer and Mike and Ruby Carroll.

John's body will be taken to Sutton Creek where he will be placed with his son, Edward.

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

‘Bill' Hooker

William Guy "Bill" Hooker, 92, of Union, died Dec. 24, 2002, at his home.

His graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Union Cemetery. The Rev. Jerry Peters of the Union United Methodist Church will officiate.

Mr. Hooker was born Jan. 15, 1910, at Cleveland, Wash., to Joseph J. Hooker and Emma Selinda Fletcher Hooker. At the age of 2 he moved to Asotin, Wash., where he grew up and attended public school.

Bill married Frances Harriet Wilsey on March 23, 1932, at Goldendale, Wash. Bill and his wife lived at Lewiston, Idaho, for a year before moving to Pondosa where he worked for the mill for 21 years.

In 1945, Bill and his family moved to Union where he went to work for the Forest Service. He loved hunting and fishing.

Mr. Hooker had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh and joke around. He was very close to his family and will be missed by all who knew him.

Mr. Hooker was preceded in death by his brothers, John J. Hooker, and his wife, Mabel, and Eugene Lyman Hooker and his wife, Opal Almira Hooker; a sister, Pearl Moore; half sister, Blanche Clark; half brothers, Frank Johnson and Charlie Johnson; and son-in-law, Aaron Ringer.

Survivors include his wife of Union; daughter, Norma J. Ringer of La Grande; son and his wife, William C. and Carol Hooker of Union; five grandchildren, Gayleen Marie Henderson, and her husband, Lynn, of Elgin, Mark Allan Ringer, Metta Jane Williams of Elgin, Deborah Ann Hull, and her husband, Todd, of Union, and Judy Renee Turner of Union; eight great-grandchildren, Mathew Douglas Hoffman, Joseph Eugene Hoffman, Chantle Malone, Mark Eugene Durbin, Kristina Turner, Austin Williams, Thomas Charles Hull and Rudy Oliver Turner; three great-great-grandchildren, Andrew Hoffman, Shane Hoffman and Mike; and sister-in-law, Donna Jean Scriver, and her husband, George, of Graham, Wash.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Union United Methodist Church through the Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande, OR 97850.