Obituaries for the week of Oct. 20 to Oct. 24

October 24, 2003 12:00 am

Grace Perkey

Grace L. Perkey, 84, of Sumpter, died Oct. 17, 2003, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

Her graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Sumpter Cemetery. Pastor Vern Hunt will officiate. Friends are invited to the Baker City Christian Church, 2998 Eighth St., after the service for a reception. Visitations will be until 7 p.m. Friday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St.

Mrs. Perkey was born on Jan. 15, 1919, at Goshen to Lora E. and Clinton Shelly. Clinton Shelly's parents were Mary and Pascal Shelly, who came by wagon from Missouri over the Oregon Trail and homesteaded at Pleasant Hill. Lora Shelly's parents were Catherine and Mathias Furrow who came to Oregon in 1901 from Kansas and settled at Pleasant Hill.

Grace was raised on a small strawberry and nut farm near Goshen. She graduated from Goshen Elementary School. She accelerated in her studies and went on to graduate from Springfield High in 1934 at the age of 15. She then attended the University of Oregon at Eugene for one year and then Oregon Teachers College at Monmouth where she received her teacher's certificate.

She began teaching at the age of 17 at Oregon's London Elementary School. Grace taught in Oregon for about 50 years, retiring from North Baker Elementary School. Over the course of her career, she touched the lives of more than 1,250 students.

She married Glenn Perkey at Springfield on Jan. 15, 1940, on her 21st birthday. They lived at the coast at Garibaldi, then later moved back to Eugene.

The couple had three children: Glenn Clinton Perkey, born in 1941; Clyde Perkey, born in 1943; and Sharon Lorane Perkey, born in 1945.

The family moved to Dorena and lived there for 15 years. Their son, Clyde Perkey, died at the age of 14.

In 1963, Glenn and Grace Perkey moved to Baker City, after their children were married. They purchased 500 acres up Beaver Creek just outside of Baker City. The couple later sold the property and built a log home on Bear Gulch Road at Sumpter. Mr. Perkey died in 1989.

Grace was a member of the Baker City Christian Church.

Survivors include her son, Glenn Clinton Perkey; a daughter Sharon Lorane Perkey-Hird-Brainard; nine grandchildren, Douglas Perkey, Karen Williams, Justin Perkey, Carla Kirkpatrick, Aaron Hird, Tonya Hird, Serene Connell, Dessa Brainard, and Gloria Gabriel; and 15 great-grandchildren, three of whom were born this year.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and her son.

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

Maxine Warner

Maxine Warner, 91, a lifetime Baker Valley resident, died Oct. 20, 2003, at her home.

The rosary will be said and Mass will be celebrated in private family services beginning at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets. The Revs. James P. Logan and Robert C. Irwin will be the concelebrants. Private interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Mary Maxine, the second daughter of Charles D. and Sabra Morin Dunn, was born at Baker City on April 12, 1912. As a gold miner's daughter, she spent the first two years of her education attending a two-room schoolhouse at the town of Cake in the Mormon Basin, where her father was general superintendent of the Rainbow Mining Co.

When the mines closed, the family moved to Baker City where she completed her education in Baker public schools. Her high school years were spent in the gray stone building now a part of the Baker Middle School complex.

Shortly after she finished her schooling, she worked in the fashion department for Montgomery Ward. Two years later she was hired at Rosana Shop (precursor to Mode-O-Day), which she managed until 1950.

On Sept. 25, 1948, Maxine and Carl A. Warner were married at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral. She continued working at Rosana until June 1950, when they moved to the Warner family ranches north of Baker City.

Carl and his brother, Fred, had formed a partnership known as Warner Brothers. Carl and Maxine were an integral part of the business until Carl's death in 1997.

Survivors include her daughter, Toni, and son-in-law, Mike Phillips; grandson, Shawn Sims, and his wife, Sheryl; stepgrandchildren, Kyla and Jeb Nagel and Brian Phillips; great-grandchildren, Carlton, Dylan and Emma; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Carl; and four sisters and two brothers.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Francis de Sales Cathedral or to a charity of one's choice through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Glenda Hibbert

Glenda Hibbert, 47, of Baker City, died Oct. 21, 2003, at Baker City after a long battle with cancer with her family at her side.

There will be a memorial service at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Huntington Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall with a potluck dinner afterward.

Glenda was born on Dec. 25, 1955, at Springfield. She enjoyed the outdoors and was known for her love of hunting and fishing near the Snake River in Eastern Oregon. She will be missed by her many friends and family.

Survivors include her parents, Glen L. and Violet Y. VanSickle of Huntington; her sisters, Judy Payne of Sedro Woolley, Wash., Joanna May of Bend and Carolyn Garcia of Ontario; her sons and families, Donnie of Nampa, Idaho, Raymond, who is serving in the U.S. Army, and Wesley of Huntington; three grandchildren; and her loving friend, Wally Butler of Baker City.

Coles Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Gladys Johnson

Gladys Johnson, 63, of Baker City, died Oct. 18, 2003, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Baker City Christian Church, 2998 Eighth St. Pastor Ralph Holcomb will officiate. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitations will be until 7 o'clock tonight at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St.

Gladys June Johnson was born June 6, 1940, to John and Sadie Staal. She was raised at Artisia, Calif., and was educated there. She married Marvin VanDyken, who preceded her in death.

On Oct. 14, 1981, Gladys married Andy Johnson. They lived in southeast Alaska. They moved to Baker City in 1991. Gladys' priorities in life were her God, her husband, her children and her grandchildren.

Her favorite thing to do was spend time in her garden. She loved to plant little seeds and watch them grow. She and Andy spent countless hours together in their garden, making sculptures, flower beds, and windmills. She had a great desire to pass on her gardening skills to grandchildren, friends or anyone who was willing to listen.

She was an accomplished artist. Her talents were oil painting, flower arrangements, ceramics and countless others.

Survivors include her husband, Andrew Johnson of Baker City; children, Shelly Weststeyn of Visalia, Calif., S. Scott Van Dyken of Three Forks, Mont., and Darin VanDyken of Baker City; grandchildren, Jacob Page, Ryan Weststeyn, Mark Weststeyn, Amy Weststeyn, Sean Newell, Ariana VanDyken and Danika VanDyken; stepchildren, Sandra Pruett, George Johnson, Andy Johnson Jr. and Dianne Dockery, and Fred Johnson; brothers and sisters, John Staal Jr., Arnold Staal, Doug Staal, Sam Staal, Barbara Koopman and Grace Reynavelt; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Marvin VanDyken; her father, John Staal; mother, Sadie Staal; sisters Marjory Booth and Celia Yohr; brother, Walter Staal; and daughter-in-law, Audry VanDyken.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the charity of one's choice through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Walter Zimmerman

Walter Wrightington Zimmerman, 87, of Haines, a former photographer at the Democrat-Herald (now the Baker City Herald) newspaper, died Oct. 20, 2003, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

According to his wishes, there will be no memorial service.

Walt was born at Oak Park, Ill., on Nov. 8, 1915, to Walter H. and Jennie M. Zimmerman. When he was a boy his family moved to California where he attended USC, graduating in astronomy. He attained his bachelor's degree from UCLA.

Using his astronomy major, he ran several small businesses building and selling telescopes, forming an astronomy club teaching high school students how to grind the lenses and build their own telescopes.

Walt spent the majority of his career as an electrical engineer at Lockheed Aircraft Corp. and was involved in such projects as the Lockheed Constellation and P-38s at Burbank, Calif.

After World War II, he transferred to the Missiles and Space Program at Sunnyvale, Calif., as a satellite systems design specialist, working on the Lunar Orbiter and Mission to Mars programs. His associations included: Director Stereo-Film Inc., California Fellow Meteoritical Society (treasurer), Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers, member of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, member of the Smithsonian Institution, member of the Planetary Society, member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Air Force Association and author of articles on meteorites and aviation.

He retired in 1971 and moved to Baker City.

His interests included astronomy, meteorology, flying, hiking and photography. He became a private pilot and then a member of the Civil Air Patrol where he flew numerous missions involved in locating downed aircraft. He took his family on many flying vacations, extending from St. Petersburg, Fla., all through the Southwest Indian Country and up to Point Barrows, Alaska.

Walt hiked every peak in California, including Mount Whitney. He hiked all through Death Valley, Navaho and Hopi Lands and the Grand Canyon area.

As a teen-ager, he photographed some of the state political campaigns. Later he developed his own photos in this home darkroom. After moving to Baker City, he worked as a photographer for the Democrat-Herald for several years.

He provided weather information to Boise's KTVB Channel 7 and later to the Baker City Herald.

His favorite church was the Haines Methodist Church, which he attended regularly.

He instilled in his children an appreciation of the outdoors. What others saw as impending disaster, Walt saw as an opportunity for another adventure. He was noted for his sense of humor and his motto being, "Leave 'em Laughing."

Survivors include Cathryn, his wife of 57 years; a brother, Frank Zimmerman of La Grande; a daughter, Kit, and son-in-law, Mick Lehnen of Troutdale; a son, George Zimmerman of Haines; daughter, Nancy Bardizian of Baker City and son-in-law, Ken Bardizian of Haines; grandchildren, Jesse Bardizian, who is attending the University of Montana at Missoula, and Summer and Alex Bardizian of Baker City; nieces and nephews, Anne and Larry Dellwo and their families of Bynum, Mont., Lloydene Hill of Portland and James Pollock of Portland.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Mary Carter.

Salvador Aguirre

Salvador Aguirre, 59, of Baker City, died Oct. 17, 2003, at his home.

Visitations will be until 5 p.m. today at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. There will be a vigil service at 6 o'clock tonight at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the cathedral. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. The Rev. Robert C. Irwin of St. Francis de Sales Cathedral will celebrate the Mass.

Salvador was born at Hondo, Texas, to Carlos and Ernestina Sanchez Aguirre. His family moved to Nampa, Idaho, when he was a child. Salvador worked hard in the farming and agriculture business for a lot of years to support his family.

He enjoyed being with his children and attending his grandchildren's sporting events. He played on the Baker City Pool League for five years.

Salvador married Flora Tate on Oct. 27, 1971, at Caldwell, Idaho. They raised three children. In 1994, they moved to Baker City.

Survivors include his children, Carlos and Brenda Aguirre, Lorna and Paul Romero and Mickey and Verland McKeen, all of Baker City, and Leana Aguirre and Angie Aguirre of Arizona; nine stepchildren: Debbie and Jesse Garza of Marsing, Idaho, David and Kathy Baird, Walter Baird, Ron and Jayne Baird, Bodie and Carrie Baird, Richard and Cindy Baird, and Annette Baird, all of Baker City, Winnie Mendez of Marsing, Idaho, and Elizabeth and Kelly Conklin of Boise; brothers and sisters-in-law; Joe and Barbara Aguirre and Emilio and Helen Aguirre; sisters and brothers-in-law, Janie and Joe Galaviz, Chello and Ephrum Labato, Mary and Larry Delay, Bertha Aguirre, Lupe Aguirre, and Corrina Aguirre; 40 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Flora Aquirre; parents, Carlos and Ernestina; and a sister, Mary.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Salvador Aguirre Fund at the Baker-Grant Federal Credit Union. This may also be done through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Mary Ellen Haynes

Mary Ellen Haynes, 78, of Baker City, died Oct. 17, 2003, at Settler's Park.

At her request, there will be no funeral.

Mary was born on Nov. 9, 1924, at Haines to Charles and Cora Jane Andrews Matthews. She was proud to have been born a twin. She spent most of her childhood at Lonerock and attended high school at Condon and Heppner.

At age 16 she quit school to go to work to help support her family. She worked in a sawmill at Kinzua until she met her lifelong companion. On April 21, 1945, she married Harvey Lauren "Pete" Haynes at Hillsboro. They had two daughters: Marilyn Jane and Cindy Lou. She was extremely proud of her girls and her grandchildren and would brag about them at the drop of a hat.

Mary enjoyed fishing, quilt making, sewing, playing softball, bowling and most of all her family. She loved cats and until the last couple of years always had at least one. Her first and foremost ambition was to make a good home for her family.

Survivors include her daughters, Marilyn Jane and her husband, Keith Shollenberger of Baker City and Cindy Lou Haynes of Clackamas; her adopted son, Manuel Gutierrez of Baker City; seven grandchildren, Laura Hoopes, and her husband, John, of Baker City, Thomas Caylor and his wife, Tracy, of Shoshone, Idaho, Celinda Linscott of Baker City, Jacob Westgaard of Clackamas, Amy and Migel Castro of Kuna, Idaho, Bryan Shollenberger of Walla Walla, Wash., and Brandon Henner of Haines; and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers and sisters.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Robert Fosnot

Robert D. Fosnot of Baker City died Oct. 17, 2003, at Canterbury Crest Nursing Center in Tigard where he had been receiving nursing care for a few days.

There will be a memorial service at his home at 3115 College St. at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Anyone who wishes to attend is welcome.

Survivors include his wife, Anne of Baker City; his sister and son-in-law, Sunny, and Ken Newell Of Portland; his nieces, Marlene Grant of Newberg and Michelle Karl of Seymour, Tenn.; three great-nieces and one great-nephew; nephews, Robby Heroux, and Kenneth Newell of Portland; his two stepdaughters, Jewel Kennedy and Jennifer Hafer of La Grande; and seven stepgrandchildren of La Grande.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Church of Christ Science of Baker City, 2210 Washington Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

Clara Moody

Clara E. Moody, 94, of Kuna, Idaho, formerly of Richland, died Oct. 14, 2003, at home with her daughter, Diane, and son-in-law, Don Reynolds, at her bedside.

Visitations will be until 8 o'clock tonight at Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Richland Methodist Church. Pastor Gordon Bond will officiate. Vault interment will be at the Eagle Valley Cemetery. There will be a reception afterward at the Eagle Valley Grange Hall in Richland.

Clara was born on Jan. 8, 1909, at Richland to Walter Sr. and Lizzie Saunders. She was the first daughter and had eight siblings and many responsibilities, which molded her into a very hardworking and strong woman.

She could outride her brothers on horseback and was captain of the girls basketball team in high school. In later years, she could outshoot most men on deer and elk hunts with her .30-.30 rifle (no scope).

Being raised in Richland, right around the hillside from the Moody bunch, led her to marry her sweetheart, George D. Moody on Sept. 24, 1927. This was a marriage that lasted for 72 years and covered many miles. The couple survived the Depression with hard work and great ingenuity. They had three daughters to care for: Darlene, Laurie, and Diane.

The family lived many places, but always came back home to Richland, where they finally settled to make a permanent home. Clara was always an adventurer. She flew to Alaska in her 80s with a granddaughter to watch the Quest Dog Races, and flew to several towns to watch the dogs come in. She went to Mexico with some sisters and brothers and all had a grand time.

Clara was a skilled homemaker. She canned, baked and filled the house with warm smells from the oven. While most people would be slowing down in later years, the Moodys traveled to various construction sites with Clara always making a wonderful and cheerful home wherever they went.

"Our mother was a very happy, cheerful person, no matter what the circumstances of her life," her children recalled. She enjoyed living her final 18 months with Diane and Don on their farm at Kuna, Idaho, with baby pygmy goats, puppies, chicks and miniature donkeys, and especially "Bear," her kitty. She left her children with big shoes to fill. She taught them all to be strong and flexible and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved you.

Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Darlene Taylor of Lapwai, Idaho, Laurie and Claude Culver of Anchorage, Alaska, and Diane and Don Reynolds of Kuna, Idaho; one brother, Walter Saunders Jr.; one sister, Marguerite Gover; 10 grandchildren; 24 great- grandchildren; and many great-great-grandchildren.

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

Marjorie Bryan

Marjorie Bryan, 68, a longtime resident of Halfway and Richland, died Oct. 13, 2003, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

Her funeral was Saturday at the Pine Baptist Church in Halfway. Interment was at the Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway with a reception afterward at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall.

Marjorie Naomi Kaesemeyer was born on Nov. 4, 1934, to Theodore and Myrtle Kaesemeyer at Milton-Freewater. Moving often during her childhood, Marjorie attended many schools in Oregon and Washington, graduating from Pendleton High School in 1952.

She met her husband, George Bryan, while working as a waitress at the soda fountain connected to his place of employment. They were married at Pendleton in 1953 and spent nearly 50 years together.

Marjorie and George spent most of their married life in Pine Valley. They had three children: Rick, Nikki and Monte. Marjorie had a tremendous love of family, and was proud to be a mother.

She was an avid bowler, traveling often to tournaments with her teammates, who became lifelong friends. She also loved painting, cooking and picnics with family and friends. Her family's best memories are centered on picnics and family gatherings.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Rick and Lauri Bryan of Halfway; daughter and son-in-law, Nikki and Richard Jeffery of Oakhurst, Calif.; son and daughter-in-law, Monte and Christy Bryan of Roseburg; grandchildren, Andrea, Christy, Stephanie, Noelle, Caleb, Beth, Trever, Cole and Hannah; her sister-in-law, Cleta Kaesemeyer of Spokane, Wash.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Ted and Deborah Kaesemeyer of Yuma, Ariz., Cliff and Judy Kaesemeyer of Halfway, Bill and Linda Kaesemeyer of Burns; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jerry and Roberta Bryan of Halfway; numerous nieces and nephews; and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Theodore and Myrtle Kaesemeyer; a brother, Burton Kaesemeyer; and her husband, George.

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