Obituaries for the week of April 28 to May 2

May 02, 2003 12:00 am

Marlin Ediger

Marlin Irvin Ediger died April 21, 2003, from heart failure.

At Marlin's request, there was no service. After cremation, a private burial was performed by his son at North Powder.

He was born Jan. 16, 1931, to Martha Stannel and John D. Ediger of Dallas. He married Mildred Louise Ediger, also of Dallas, on Aug. 22, 1952.

In 1960, the couple moved to North Powder, where he would spend his life between ranching and mill work. He finally had enough of pulling calves at 1 a.m. and feeding cattle at 20 degrees below and went to work for Boise Cascade, a job he retired from.

In his final years, Marlin was an employee of the city of North Powder as dog ordinance officer — a reflection of his lifelong love of animals, especially dogs and horses.

Marlin was "pure country" and enjoyed rodeos and gambling. He taught his children to ride before they could walk.

Marlin was a member of the Oregon National Guard. He was also a past member of the Lions Club of North Powder, holding office for several years.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an older brother, Edwin Ediger; his sons, Mitchell Ediger and Lamar Ediger; and his wife, "the love of his life," who died April 10, 1996.

Survivors include his children, Linda Louise Ediger of Tillamook, and Matthew Chet Ediger of Bakersfield, Calif.; a granddaughter, Tiffany Louise Ediger of Salem and a great-grandson Logan, also of Salem; a sister, Dorothy Jurgenson of Dallas; and a brother, Larry Ediger; sisters- and brothers-in-law, Ed and Jo Luthe of Salem and Don and Pat Swenson of Dallas, and brother-in-law, Doug Shore of Willowcreek, Calif.; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers or cards, memorial contributions may be made to the North Powder Fire Department through Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, P.O. Box 26, Baker City, OR 97814.

Ruth Clausen

Ruth I. Clausen, 88, of North Powder, did May 1, 2003, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

Her funeral will be later at Ojai, Calif. Interment will be at Ivy Lawn Cemetery in Ventura, Calif.

Ruth was born on May 15, 1914, at Chicago to Charles W. and Bertha O. Lichty Isenbise.

Survivors include his two sons, Jerald F. Clausen, and his wife, Barbara of Ojai, Calif., and Robert Clausen of Cave Junction; a daughter, Marie Marks and her husband, Gene, of North Powder; a grandson, James Marks of North Powder; granddaughter, JoAnne Hufford and her husband, Kody, of North Powder; grandson, Ted Clausen and his wife, Kathy, of Dayville; granddaughter, Kim Strong of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; grandson, Wayne Clausen and his wife, Janice, of Bakersfield, Calif.; granddaughter Julie Taylor, and her husband, Gary, of Bishop, Calif.; and grandson, Brian Clausen and his wife, Anna Marie, of Summerland, Calif.

Memorial contributions may be made to Doernbecher Children's Hospital through Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Douglas Nebelung

Douglas Paul Nebelung, 44, of Haines, died April 20, 2003.

Disposition was by cremation. A celebration of his life will be announced later.

Doug was born on Sept. 11, 1958, at Eugene to Paul E. and Charlotte D. Erickson Nebelung. He attended school at Eugene and worked there as an automobile painter and auto body repairman for 25 years.

Doug was an avid outdoorsman and liked the far outback country of both the mountains and desert. He liked fishing and camping with his friends and his dad, who was also his friend and buddy.

Survivors include his father, Paul Nebelung, and his sister, Lori Powell, who both loved him very much, both of Haines; a nephew, Aaron Powell; two nieces, Angela Cimmigatti and Nicole Edwards; an aunt, Mary Leavitt, and family, Gary, Robert, Carol, and Kathy of Eugene; an aunt, Myrtle Olson, and family, Judy, Rick, Rod, and Tiny Yeager; Dorothy Cooper of Kirkland, Wash., and family, Vanessa, Leonard, Gail and Terry; his girlfriend, Kris Marsh, and a friend, Julie, of Kennewick, Wash.; and his many friends in and around Baker City.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Charlotte Nebelung.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association through Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Bryan Cardwell

Bryan Stanley Cardwell, 75, a former Baker City resident, died April 27, 2003, at his home in Netarts.

At his request, disposition was by cremation.

Bryan was born Aug. 16, 1927, at Caldwell, Idaho, to Lloyd E. "Blackie" and Clara W. Shuey Cardwell. He was the oldest of three children.

The family moved to Baker City in the early 1930s. He married Eujeanna O'Brien on Sept. 5, 1946. She died in 1965.

Bryan and Eujeanna had four daughters.

He married Nellie Padgett in September 1965. She died in 1997.

Bryan worked in the logging industry, sawmills and mining. He also worked for Commercial Welding and Carlson Construction. For many years he drove taxi in Baker City. He and Nellie moved to Netarts in 1984. He was working as a landscaper for Shiveley Apartments at the time of his death.

His five daughters and their families, and music were the loves of his life. Everyone loved to hear him sing. Most times when he entered a room he was singing.

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

Survivors include his loving daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara Johnston of Netarts, Maxine and Tom Chandler of Sumpter, Lorna and Gorden Allen of Absarokee, Mont., Karen and Don Peterson of Sacramento, Calif., and Rhonda and Ron Hender of Camas, Wash.; a sister, Louise Mattes of Baker City; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; numerous nephews, nieces and many friends.

Dale Mehlhorn

Dale Mehlhorn, 72, of Hood River died April 24, 2003 at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital.

A memorial service will be scheduled later. In lieu of flowers, Dale would have appreciated your donation to your school sports program.

Dale was born Nov. 2, 1930, at Halfway to Audrey and Clyde Mehlhorn. He attended school at Halfway where he played football, basketball, baseball and ran track.

He married Jean Smith in 1948. They moved to Corvallis where Dale attended and graduated from Oregon State University.

Dale and Jean made their home in Baker County with their two sons. Dale acted as coach and fan throughout his boys' sports careers and was instrumental in starting the Little League program in Baker City.

Dale was an avid fly fisherman and hunter all of his life. Golf, gardening and travel kept him busy and active in his later years.

He retired as manager of Farm Credit Services in 1993. He and Jean moved to Hood River in 2000.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Fred Mehlhorn.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Jean; a son, Ed, and his wife, Jana Mehlhorn; grandchildren, Ragan McBeth, Sara Mehlhorn, Pam Kelly and Christopher Mehlhorn; two great-grandchildren; and lifelong friends, Roger Rode, Dean Miller, Forrest Miller, Galen Wilson, Fred Smith, Bud Smith and many other friends and relatives who will miss his willing smile and his quiet manner.

Anderson's Tribute Center at Hood River is in charge of arrangements.

Gene Ego

Gene F. Ego, 84, of Halfway and a former Baker City resident, died April 25, 2003, at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Portland.

At his request, disposition will be by cremation at Gray's West Pioneer Crematory and there will be no service.

Gene was born Oct. 11, 1918, to C.B. and Bessie S. (Doolittle) Ego at Cove. His family moved to Baker City when he was 5. Gene attended school at a one-room school-house on Sutton Creek, just south of Baker City. He worked for different ranches in the area during this time.

After leaving school in 1938, he went to work for the Oregon Lumber Co. where he remained until he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1942. He was sworn in at Fort Lewis, Wash., on Feb. 18, 1942, and moved to Fort Leonardwood, Mo., where he received engineer training.

He then was relocated for heavy equipment school, eventually joining the 120th Engineer Battalion Headquarters Co. Gene later ended up at Pine Camp, N.Y., where he had to dig tunnels through 13 feet of snow just to get to the street.

Along with his engineering duties, he also served as a chauffeur for some generals of the time, one of which was General Patton. Other places he was stationed included Virginia, North Africa, Sicily, Italy and Southern France. He was honorably discharged on Sept. 18, 1945, when he returned to the states.

After his discharge from the military, Gene continued to live in Baker City for several more years. He then moved to John Day, where he went to work in various sawmills. After moving to John Day, Gene married Dorothy Masterson on Aug. 29, 1952, at Boise.

Gene later took a job with the U.S. Forest Service, working primarily in the Malheur National Forest. The couple then moved to Medford where Gene worked for the Bureau of Land Management until his retirement in 1985.

He and Dorothy moved to Halfway in 1989 to enjoy their retirement. Gene enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and rock collecting. He was a life member of the American Legion, Post 41, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 3048. He was also a former member of the Powder River Good Sam Club.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Dorothy Ego of Halfway; one daughter, Erna Kay Williams, and her husband, Eric, of Troutdale; one grandson, James Paul Thompson of Troutdale; one sister, Adealia Veristain, and her husband, Mark, of Ontario; two brothers, William Ego and his wife, Flora, of Payette, Idaho, and Howard Ego of Vale; many cousins, numerous nieces and one nephew.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and three brothers.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion, Post 41, or the V.F.W., Post 3048, through Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Rita Bork

Rita Joylean Bork, 67, a former area resident, died April 1, 2003, at Oroville, Wash.

Her memorial service will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at McEwen Bible Fellowship in Sumpter Valley. Friends and family are invited to a potluck after the service.

Rita was born April 19, 1935, at Dayridge, near Flora. She married Bernard Murphy at age 17. Rita became a Christian when she married Bernie. They had five children.

Rita lived at Halfway, Baker City and Sumpter before moving to Oroville, Wash., four years ago.

Survivors include her children, Earl Murphy of St. Helens, Audrey Murphy Handyside of Oroville, Wash., Ladean Murphy Lyons of Oroville, Delbert Murphy of Spokane, Wash., and Terry Thompson of Oroville; sisters, Alma Gribling of La Grande, Ila Greiner of Scappoose and Erma Sewell of Scio; one brother, Neal Bork of Sumpter; and many grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Merna Murphy; her husband, Bernard Murphy; her mother, Lora May Bork; father, Ira H. Bork; and brothers, Raymon Bork, Everett Bork and Ivan Bork.