Obituaries for the week of Feb. 10 to Feb. 14

February 14, 2003 12:00 am

‘John' Burlew

Johnnie N. "John" Burlew, 85, a longtime Baker City resident, died Feb. 11, 2003, at his home.

His funeral will be at noon Saturday at First Lutheran Church, 1734 Third St. Pastor Dennis Hickman of the First Lutheran Church will officiate. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. There will be a reception afterward at First Lutheran Church.

Visitations will be until 5 p.m. today at Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave.

John was born on Nov. 9, 1917, at Baker City to Truman Allen and Johannah Mary Sorenson Burlew. He was raised mostly in Baker City.

John served in the U.S. Marine Corps from May 1943 to October 1945, attaining the rank of master sergeant. As a veteran of World War II, he served in battle at Bismarck Archipelago, New Britain and in the Philippine Islands.

John always made a living by his hands. He owned ad operated several different businesses. He owned a construction company, was a contractor, owned a shoe shop at La Grande and was a mill worker. He worked on the green chain for the Oregon Lumber Co.

John built his first house at Pilot Rock while working for the lumber company. He built many other houses in Baker City as well.

He built Tiny Jones' truck stop in Baker City and he helped to renovate the natatorium, which is now the Oregon Trail Regional Museum. He built milking parlors throughout the valley for farmers and did ditch work for the ranchers in the Baker Valley. He also built the tower at Lookout Mountain.

His hobbies included mining, fishing, hunting, welding and iron working and numerous other activities. John was known as an inventor. He was a creative man and could fix anything. Known for his sense of humor, his favorite phrase was "Zippity-Doo-Dah."

John was proud of his country, his community and most of all, his family.

Survivors include his daughters, Patrina Burlew of Baker City and Marie Jones of Emmett, Idaho; his granddaughter, Christy Smith, and her husband, Brian, of Nampa, Idaho, and their four children, Kassondra, Matthew, Colton and Darren Smith; his brother, Morris, and his wife, Margaret, of Grass Valley, Calif.; his nephew, David, and his wife, Jan, of Gold Hill; his brothers-in-law, Donald Christy and his family of Baker City, and Gerald Christy and his family of Meridian, Idaho; a sister-in-law, Teresa McCabe of Washington; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepmother, Harriet Burlew; and his beautiful wife, Nona.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Lutheran Church or a charity of one's choice through Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Ivan Edwards

Ivan Russell Edwards, 83, of Woodburn, Wash., a former Baker City resident, died Jan. 25, 2003.

At his request, there was no funeral.

Mr. Edwards was born on Feb. 4, 1919, at Baker City. He worked as a boilermaker, retiring in 1981. He was a member of the American Legion, No. 122, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Baker City. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and the National Guard. He served during World War II at Papua, New Guinea. He lived at Aurora before moving to Woodburn in 2001.

His interests included hunting and fishing. He married Elsie Schlunegger on Oct. 28, 1956, at Reno, Nev.

Survivors include his wife; daughters, Shellie Spangenberg of Aurora and Sally Vaughan of Woodburn; a son, Charles Edwards of Hubbard; a sister, June Rode of Baker City; three grandchildren and two stepgrandchildren.

Arrangements were by the Simon-Woodburn Funeral Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to Willamette Valley Hospice, 2700 Market St., N.E., Salem.

Harry Smith

Harry Smith, 81, a 50-year resident of Morton, Wash., and a former Baker City resident, died Feb. 7, 2003, at the Centralia Providence Hospital.

There was a private family service. Arrangements were under the direction of Brown Mortuary at Morton.

Harry was born on March 1, 1921, at Portland to Harry and Ruth Spencer Smith. He was raised at Baker City and joined the U.S. Army in September 1940.

Harry saw action in the battles of Rhineland, Ardennes, Central Europe and the Aleutian Islands. He was captured and spent eight months in a prisoner of war camp in Germany.

Harry received the American Defense Service Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the European-African-Middle East Service Medal.

After the war, Harry lived at Kapowsin, Wash., for several years, moving to Morton in 1953 where he worked for St. Regis as a cutter. He retired in 1978.

He married his wife, Virginia, at Randle, Wash., on Dec. 8, 1973. He was a member of the Lumber and Sawmill Worker Union, the American Legion Post, No. 215, a life member of the Disabled American Veterans Post, No. 41, American Ex-Prisoners of War, and the Morton Moose Lodge, No. 1144. He enjoyed fishing and hunting.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother; his stepfather, Sam McMurren; and an infant brother.

Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Virginia; his sons, Dennis Smith of Graham, Wash., Ron Smith of Puyallup, Wash., and Roy Griggs of Morton; his daughters, Marcia Obenchain of Eatonville; Robin Griggs of Morton, Wash.; his brothers, Bruce McMurren of Baker City and Lloyd McMurren of Wrangle, Alaska; six grandchildren, including Toni Griggs; and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lewis County Animal Shelter.

‘Betty' Earley

Elizabeth "Betty" Earley, 77, of Prineville died Feb. 9, 2003.

Visitations are today at the Whispering Pines Funeral Home at Prineville. There will be no service.

Elizabeth was born on June 21, 1925, at Moorehead, Ky., to Van and Flora Holbrook Vaughn. She married Crawford Earley in 1956 at Baker City.

She attended school in Virginia. Upon completing school, she married her first husband and moved to Ohio where she lived until 1956. She moved to Oregon until the early 1970s when she moved to Othello, Wash., and then to Southern California.

In 1985, she moved in with her daughter, Joyce. Elizabeth returned to Ohio in 1999 and then moved back to Prineville in 2001.

She had worked in the laundry and restaurant industries and in potato factories until 1985 when she retired for medical reasons. Her hobbies included crossword puzzles, cross-stitch work, traveling and being with her family.

Survivors include her son, Ronald E. Maxey, and daughter, Joyce C. Bolling of Prineville; brothers, William C. Vaughn of Upper Sandusky, Ohio, and Robert E. Vaughn of Bucyrus, Ohio; and six grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by three husbands, two children, three brothers and four sisters.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Salvation Army.