Obituaries for the week of Oct. 6 to Oct. 10

October 10, 2003 12:00 am

Marjorie Bernard

Marjorie Child Bernard, 84, a long time resident of Baker City, died on October 8, 2003 at St Elizabeth Hospital.

There will be an open house and celebration of life from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Baker Eagles Lodge, 2935 H St.

Marjorie Child Bernard was born June 14, 1919, at Fairview, Wyo., to John Rensselaer Child and Miranda Bryson. She attended grade schools at Wyoming and high School at Payette, Idaho. After moving to Baker, she married Joe Bernard on Jan. 15, 1938.

Marge and Joe moved through out the Western United States as they followed construction and mining work. They have lived in Baker since 1955. Marge worked for Holman Studios in Baker for many years as a photo processor. She worked as a bookkeeper for SK&D the last 10 years of her working career.

Marge loved the outdoors and camped, hunted and fished in the mountains and streams of Eastern Oregon with her husband, Joe. When snowmobiles became available she became an avid snowmobile rider. The couple built a cabin at Greenhorn and spent nearly half their time living there during their retirement years.

Survivors include her husband, Joe, of 60 years; a daughter, Nadine, and her husband, Frank Collett of Tigard; a son, Les, and his wife, Kathie of Las Vegas, Nev.; four grandchildren and nine great- grandchildren; five brothers, Virgil of Corona, Calif., Noel of Middleton, Idaho, Harold of Ogden, Utah, Vern of Greenwood, Mich., and Myrl of Greenbay Wis.; two sisters, Iris of Tetonia, Idaho, and Verda of Laughlin, Nev.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Jack; a sister, Elma; and two grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to the Baker Elks Lodge through Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Lydia Zablosky

Lydia Zablosky, infant daughter of Angela Dawn Nixon and Michael John Zablosky, died two hours after her birth on Oct. 2, 2003, at Holy Rosary Medical Center in Ontario.

Her graveside funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Monte Loyd of the Baker Valley Christian Assembly will officiate. Visitations will be from 9 a.m. to noon Monday at Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave.

Survivors include her parents; her grandmother, Leah Goodale of Baker City; her grandfather, Gordon Goodale; uncles, Joey and Sonny Goodale of Baker City; aunts, Sara and Cloe Goodale of Baker City; and a very special friend, Anthony Anderson of Baker City.

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

Herman Gunnels

Herman Lee Gunnels, 58, of La Grande, died Oct. 6, 2003, at Reno, Nev.

There will be a celebration of his life at 3 p.m. Friday at the First Christian Church in La Grande. Visitations will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. today at Daniels Chapel of the Valley in La Grande.

Mr. Gunnels was born on Oct. 20, 1944, to Leslie and Marjorie Blair Gunnels at Ava, Mo. After his schooling, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

He married Carol Mayberry at Walla Walla, Wash., on March 16, 1962. They moved to Starkey in 1975 and in 1980 they moved to La Grande. He owned and operated Gunnels Brothers Inc. He loved his work in the woods.

Mr. Gunnels was a member of the Elks Lodge and enjoyed salmon fishing, vacationing, the casinos in Reno and Las Vegas, four-wheeling and his friends. He loved his family very much and they enjoyed many memorable vacations together.

Survivors include his wife, Carol Gunnels; children, Sandi and Frank Anderson, Ginger and Danny Webster, Lois and Doug Yearous and Lynn and Jeff Elliott all of La Grande; eight granddaughters and one grandson; brother, John Gunnels of Milton Freewater; sister and brother-in-law, Louise and Dick Clark of La Grande; numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Diabetes Association or the charity of one's choice through Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande, OR 97850. To view the obituary, sign the guest book or leave a condolence message, visit

Wesley Luster

Wesley G. Luster, 55, a former Baker City resident, died Sept. 8, 2003, in Boise with his family by his side.

There was a private memorial service Sept. 10 at Ann Morrison Park in Boise. Randy Nurmi of Calvary Chapel officiated. At his request, there also will be a private memorial in the Eagle Cap Wilderness Area.

Wes was born on Sept. 28, 1947, at Baker City, the sixth of seven children of Gilbert and Jessie Hightower Luster.

He was a 1965 Pendleton High School graduate. In 1967 he married Patricia Benedict. They later were divorced. The couple had two children: Cari and Corey. He married Carol J. Hills in 1982.

Wes graduated from the Oregon State University School of Engineering in 1970. He was a member of the Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying — Professional Engineer and the Board of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors — Civil Engineer.

Wes loved to ride mules in the Eagle Cap Wilderness Area in Oregon. He also enjoyed camping and fly-fishing.

Survivors include his children, Cari Luster Few and her husband, Tom, and Corey W. Luster and his wife, Krystal, all of Beaverton; his mother, Jessie McCabe of Pendleton; siblings and their spouses, Philena and Gene Thompson of Boise, Sue Shelton of Baker City, Bev and Don Crawford of Pendleton, Rosie and Ron Summers of Springfield, Jim and Debbie Luster of Spokane, Wash., and Bonnie and Kevin O'Hara of Boise; his former wife, Carol Luster of Spokane, Wash.; stepchildren, Catherine Hughes of Spokane, Wash., and Chris Hills of Spearfish, S.D.; grandchildren, Jackson W. Luster of Beaverton, Shane, Shelby and Caitlin Hughes of Spokane, Wash., and Ryan Hills of Spearfish, S.D.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Gilbert Wesley Luster.

Memorial contributions may be made to Habitat for Humanity, P.O Box 6571, Boise, ID 83707, or P.O. Box 17067, Portland, OR 97217-0067.

Ramona Taylor

Ramona G. Taylor, 89, of Baker City, died Oct. 4, 2003, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

Her graveside funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Sumpter Cemetery with vault interment after the service. Visitations will be Tuesday from 9 a.m. to noon at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St.

Ramona Gertrude Taylor was born March 25, 1914 at Mead, Neb. She was a daughter of John F. And Gertrude Larsen Mintken.

She received her education in Nebraska and then the family moved to the Corvallis area. It was here that she met her husband, Harold W. Taylor. They were married at Tacoma, Wash., on Sept. 2, 1941.

They lived in the Corvallis and Albany area until the early 1960s when they moved to Sumpter. She worked as a cook at some of the mines in the Sumpter area, and retired there. Mrs. Taylor continued to live in Sumpter until moving to Baker City in 2000.

Gertrude was an exceptional cook and loved to create great meals for family and friends. She derived great enjoyment from serving a fine meal or dessert.

Survivors include her children, William Lee Taylor of Sumpter, and Lana F. Taylor of Turner, and son-in-law, Carroll Taylor of Turner; two grandchildren, Mona Thompson and Robin Harris Mexico, both of Aumsville; six great-grandchildren, Mark and Bonnie Thompson, Brian Harris Mexico and Cori, Ariel and Brittney Taylor; a sister, Fern Lund of Portland, Oregon; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three brothers; and a grandson, Carroll Scott Taylor.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Fund through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place Street, Baker City, OR 97814.

Boyd Shelton

Boyd Albert Shelton, 80, of Halfway, died Sept. 29, 2003.

At his request, there will be no funeral. Friends are invited to join the family for a dinner at the Halfway Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall at noon Friday.

Boyd was born on Nov. 11, 1922. He wrote, "I was blessed with a wonderful wife, family and friends. My life was filled with many wonderful people, good times and bad. I never admitted to my shortcomings, although I had many. Despite those shortcomings, my friends and family stood by me and helped me through the difficult times."

Memorial contributions may be made to the Halfway/Oxbow Ambulance Service or the VFW Post 7847 through Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Lyle Adams

Lyle Adams, 77, of Walla Walla, Wash., died Oct. 2, 2003, at the Walla Walla Veterans Medical Center.

His graveside funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Jack Bynam of the United Methodist Church will officiate.

Mr. Adams was born on Dec. 28, 1925, at Baker City to Leo and Edna Kelly Weise Adams of Muddy Creek. During his youth, he was a popular violin player in the Baker area. He often was asked to play at school and community events.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1944. He served as a rifleman during World War II. He was injured during the Battle of the Bulge and was honorably discharged in August of 1946.

After his father's death in 1949, he moved with his mother and sister to Walla Walla. An avid ham radio operator, he enjoyed talking with fellow operators around the world. During the Vietnam War, he used his radio to run phone patches allowing soldiers in Viet Nam to communicate with their families in the states.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing while his health permitted. He then turned his abilities to home improvement projects. A dog lover, he always had a four-legged companion. The last was his beloved, "Coco."

Survivors include his sister, Jessie, and her husband, Leonard Rizzuti, of Walla Walla; and two nephews, Randy Rizzuti of Seattle, Wash., and Gary Rizzuti of Walla Walla, Wash.

He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans Association through the Herring Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder St., Walla Walla, Wash. 99362.