Obituaries for the week of Feb. 17 to Feb. 21

February 21, 2003 12:00 am

C. Jack Miller

C. Jack Miller, 86, a longtime Baker City resident, died Feb. 19, 2003, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

His memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Coles Funeral Home. Pastor Susan Barnes of the First Presbyterian Church will officiate. The service will conclude in the chapel. Friends and family are invited to the Rogers Hall at the First Presbyterian Church, 1995 Fourth St., for a time of fellowship and sharing after the service. Private interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Mr. Miller was born at Pilot Rock on July 30, 1916. He was raised at Clatskanie, where he graduated from high school. In July 1941, after two years at the University of Oregon, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps.

He was assigned to Fort Logan, Colo., and later to Luke Field, Ariz., where he attained the rank of staff sergeant. He subsequently attended Officer Candidate School. Upon graduation, he was assigned to the Pacific Theater as a second lieutenant in the 866th Army Anti-Aircraft Artillery.

He fought as a platoon leader in the invasions of the Philippines and Okinawa, and took part in the occupation of the Japanese island of Ihea Shima as battery executive officer with the rank of captain. With the end of the war in 1945, he left the army and returned to civilian life.

In 1948, he married LaVera Knox at Portland. Soon afterward the couple moved to Baker City where they operated an independent insurance agency, the C. Jack Miller Insurance Agency for 28 years and raised two children.

During his career, Mr. Miller was active in both trade and civic organizations, serving at various times as director of the Oregon State Insurance Agents' Association, president of the Baker Lions Club, and director of the Baker Chamber of Commerce. He received the Baker Junior First Citizen award from the Baker Jaycees. A lifelong Presbyterian, Mr. Miller was an elder in the church and past president of the Presbyterian Men's Club.

He loved hunting and fishing and with his wife, LaVera, was an avid golfer. In retirement, he and his wife spent winters traveling, cruising, and following the sun in Southern California.

Survivors include his wife, LaVera M. Miller of Baker City; his son, Gregory J. Miller of Portland; his daughter, Patricia L. Boothby of Baker City; grandchildren, Shawn Boothby of Bakersfield, Calif., and Travis Boothby and Ryan Boothby, both of Baker City; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Louise.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Violet Hunt

Violet M. Hunt, 78, of Baker City died Feb. 16, 2003, at her home.

Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Pastor Ralph Holcomb of the Baker City Christian Church will officiate. There will be a reception afterward at the Senior Center, 2810 Cedar St.

Visitations will be from noon to 8 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday at Gray's West & Co. Gray's West Pioneer Crematory will conduct the cremation after the funeral.

Violet was born on June 2, 1924, at Vernon County, Wis., to Alec and Nellie Watson Geddes. She graduated from high school at Grandview, Idaho, as the class salutatorian in 1942.

During high school, Violet dated a young man by the name of Ross Hunt. The couple married very soon after Violet's graduation in Mountain Home, Idaho, on June 15, 1942.

Ross and Violet spent their entire lives in the Northwest, living in Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. Violet was a Little League and Boy Scout mom and was always involved in community programs and organizations, some of which included the Red Cross, Baker County Possettes and the Baker County Search and Rescue.

She also was very active in the grange and, at one time, the Haines United Methodist Church and more recently, the Baker City Christian Church.

Violet was a huge advocate of being self-sufficient. She taught all four of her sons to cook and to clean for themselves. She also practiced what she preached, as she could often be found filling in on any job that needed done on the ranch, from cleaning house to driving a team of horses to bringing in the hay.

Violet enjoyed camping and fishing, gardening and all family entertainment. She was an extraordinary food canner and loved to can food of all types. She was a friend to everyone she met and will be greatly missed by all of her many friends and loved ones.

Survivors include husband, Ross Hunt; sons, Dan Hunt of Klamath Falls, Bob Hunt of Baker City, Russel Hunt and his wife, Anita, of Summerville, and Eugene Hunt and his wife, Rhea, of Federal Way, Wash.; granddaughter, Cheryl Porter and her husband, Robby, of Baker City; granddaughter, Paula Wigger and her husband, Cade, of Meridian, Idaho; grandsons, Daniel Hunt of Ontario and Curran Hunt of Federal Way, Wash.; granddaughter, Alyson Hunt of Federal Way,Wash.; stepgrandsons, Lane and Ross Kemp of Summerville; sister, Marie Vessels of Florida; seven great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pathway Hospice or the Shriners Hospital for Children through Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Carol Whiteley

Carol Berdean Whiteley, 72, of Halfway died Feb. 8, 2003, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

Disposition was by cremation. At the request of the family, there will be a memorial service in the spring. Coles Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Berdean was born on Oct. 20, 1930, at Halfway to Ray and Edna Buchanan Robertson. She attended Dry Creek School and Halfway Elementary School and was a 1948 graduate of Pine Valley High School at Halfway.

She attended beauty college in Portland and later worked as a beautician in Halfway at the Gray Gables. She married Lloyd "Bub" Whiteley on Dec. 12, 1953, at Las Vegas, Nev., where both were employed. They returned to Halfway in the spring of 1954 and had lived there since.

Berdean had several passions: kids, horses, rodeo, hunting deer and elk, and searching for the elusive mushroom. She loved kids and she was devoted to teaching them how to ride horses.

She formed the Hells Canyon Junior Riding Club in 1962 and worked with kids who wanted to participate in rodeo without having to purchase the high-dollar horses necessary to compete in the arena events.

As her daughter Jerri Kay said, "For a kid on a horse, having a benefactor like Berdean Whiteley is like being touched by an angel — just a little harder, a little louder and with a tad more cussing."

She loved to hunt, but probably even more she enjoyed looking at the beautiful animals. She would watch herds on a hillside for hours and was a local expert about where a hunter should go.

Her legendary mushroom spotting was unparalleled. She could spot a mushroom on the bank when nobody else could see a thing. Berdean was unique — a one of a kind and special person and will be missed by her family and friends.

Survivors include her husband, Bub Whiteley of Halfway; her daughter, Jerri Kay Goodwin of Meridian, Idaho; her two granddaughters, Macy Hack and Brittany Goodwin; her brother and his wife, Daryl and Dulcina Robertson of Halfway; aunts, Lena Buchanan, Edith McDowell and Estella Summers; and a niece and numerous nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Edna; her father, Ray; and her son, Mickey.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hells Canyon Junior Rodeo in care of Linda Miller, P.O. Box 734, Halfway, OR 97834 or Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.