Obituaries for the week of Oct. 27 to Oct. 31

October 31, 2003 12:00 am

Cleo Engle

Cleo Irene Engle, 86, of Baker City, died Oct. 23, 2003, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

Her memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 2177 First St. There will be a reception afterward for friends and family at the church. The Rev. Connie Boone will officiate. Inurnment will be later at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Cleo was born on May 17, 1917, at Logan County, Okla., to Cleveland H. and Elsie Anna Raines Egelston.

Cleo moved to Grants Pass in 1949, and then to Baker City in 1952. In Baker City she worked as a manager and buyer for Hadleys Ready to Wear and was a receptionist at Baker Clinic for 32 years.

Cleo worked full time until she was 80 years old, then after retiring she continued working part-time for Dr. Richard Edmondson. She enjoyed spending time golfing, but most of all she enjoyed working and being with people.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, C. Mayburn Wilday; her second husband, Orville L. Engle; sisters, Wilnor Farley and Martha Steele; and brother, Harold E. Egelston.

Survivors include her brothers, C.J. Egelston and his wife, Vina, of Guthrie, Okla., and John E. Egelston of Halyobe, Mass.; sisters, Mary Serviss of Lamont, Okla., Frances Ledington of Guthrie, Okla., and Emma Dean Richards of Surprise, Ariz.; and many nieces and nephews.

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

Michael Craigmile

Michael Merald Craigmile, 53, of Aloha, a former Baker City resident, died Oct. 25, 2003, of an apparent heart attack while hunting in the Eagle Cap Wilderness.

His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Mr. Clifford Cole will officiate. Visitations will be until 7 o'clock tonight at the funeral home.

Mike was born April 22, 1950, at Portland to Margaret "Peggy" Stoddard Craigmile and Leslie Craigmile.

He grew up in Baker City and attended Baker schools, graduating from Baker High in 1969. His classmates fondly remember him as "the life of the party," honest, and always there when you needed him.

He was always available to listen when you needed him or to help in any way he was needed. He made each and every friend feel like they were the "special" one. They all knew that if you were Mike's friend, you had a friend for life.

Mike married the love of his life, Iris Ham, on June 6, 1970. Together, they had three boys: Michael Jr., Kevin and Kelly. Mike moved his family to Aloha in 1977.

His life revolved around his wife, their sons and the family business, C&S Mail Contractors Inc. He loved to go hunting with his family and friends. He enjoyed working on his trucks and staying in touch with old friends, but mostly, he loved spoiling his five grandchildren.

Mike was a member of the National Star Route Mail Contractors Association. In 1996, he was voted the Oregon Branch president. He enjoyed his membership with the association and was quite active.

His membership allowed him and Iris to travel to conventions in many parts of the country together. He very much enjoyed this special time with Iris these past seven years, traveling and seeing new things.

Survivors include his father, Les Craigmile of Springfield; his wife, Iris Craigmile of Aloha; sons, Mike and his wife, Jackie, Kevin, and Kelly and his wife, Karrie Anne, all of Aloha; grandchildren, Brandon, Austin, Damien, Ethan, and Sabrina; siblings, Penny and Larry Burgess of Fruitland, Idaho, Andy Craigmile of Seattle, Wash., Eric Morin of Boise, Kathleen Cavette of Mollala, Mary and Chuck Risley IV of Casper, Wyo., Glenabell and Bink Lewis of Baker City and Sharon and Tom Myers of Springfield; two uncles, Larry and Jack Stoddard of Huntington; sisters-in-law, Ida Personeni of Nevada City, Calif., Pam Barker and Sharon Carpenter, both of Baker City, Ginger and Rick Trittle of Haines; brothers-in-law, Mike Ham of Nevada City, Calif., Keith and Carleen Ham of Medford and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and many "special" friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, his mother and two uncles.

Memorial contributions may be made to Doernbecher Children's Hospital Foundation, 1121 S.W. Salmon St., Portland, OR 97205 or through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place Street, Baker City, OR 97814.

Lola Patterson

Lola B. Patterson, 77, a 45-year resident of Oak Harbor, Wash., and a former Baker City resident, died Oct. 23, 2003, at Providence General Medical Center in Everett, Wash., after a long illness.

Her graveside service will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Mount Hope Cemetery. There was a funeral today at Burley Funeral Chapel at Oak Harbor, Wash. Pastor Benjamin J. Norris officiated.

Mrs. Patterson was born on May 10, 1926, at Baker City to Adoniram Judson Brannock and Alma E. Irvin Brannock. She was raised at Baker City where she graduated from high school.

She married William C. Patterson on Jan. 5, 1950, at Boise. After living in Jacksonville, Fla., they moved to Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Wash., in 1958. Lola was a member of the Good Sam Club and AARP. She also was an active member of the Oak Harbor Church of the Nazarene.

Survivors include her husband, William, at home; daughter, Sandy Moody, and her husband, Alex, of Anacortes, Wash.; sons, Arnold Morin of Ontario, Terry L. Patterson, and his wife, Colleen, of Stuart, Fla., and Robert L. Patterson, and his wife, Rosemarie, of Torrance, Calif.; grandchildren, Beth Patterson of Waterbury, Conn., Shannon, Taylor and Michael Patterson, all of Stuart, Fla., Billy Patterson of Torrance, Calif., Kristy Hobson and her husband, Jamal, of Redmond, Wash., Steven Moody and his wife, Holly, of Cody, Wyo., Patrick Moody of Anacortes, Wash., and Jason Morin, and his wife, Heather, of Great Bend, Kan.; three great-grandchildren; a sister, Betty Wilson of Baker City; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She as preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Jerold, Arnold and Jack Brannock; and sisters, Fern Connors and Bonnie DeMasters.

Memorial contributions may be made to Nazarene Missions International, 6401 The Paseo, Kansas City, MO 64131-1213, or to a charity of one's choice.

Berger Fagenstrom

Berger Fagenstrom, 88, died Oct. 21, 2003, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center.

There will be no funeral.

Berger Saint Fagenstrom was born at Great Falls, Mont., on March 17, 1914, to Hjalmar and Hilma Hammer Fagenstrom. He was raised in Montana and as a child he watched Charley Russell and O.C. Seltzer paint.

After graduation from high school, he won a statewide art scholarship to Montana State University at Bozeman. He went on to enroll at the Art Center School in Los Angeles, and was there off and on for four years when finances were available.

During his stay at the Art Center he worked at Disney for about a year. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy the day after Pearl Harbor. He was assigned to the newly established Seabees, or Naval Construction Battalion, and was sent to the Pacific area. He was assigned as the battalion artist and some of his works are displayed in the Seabee Museum at Oxnard, Calif.

Because of his wife Ruth's illness, he was forced to go into construction to pay for extensive medical bills. He joined various art groups in Beverly Hills, Palos Verdes and South Bay. Through these groups he sold many paintings at group shows and had eight one-man shows in 1978.

1979 was a catastrophic year. His wife, Ruth, had stroke after stroke. After her death, he left California for Oregon at his twin brother Cregor's suggestion because of its great Western atmosphere and possible artistic future.

In 1980, he opened "McCord's," the first art gallery in Baker City. He painted many pictures, but out of necessity, had to make his own frames, which became noted for their western charm.

In October of 1982 he married Dorothy "Misty" Gerard in Baker City. They enjoyed having the business and worked well together. In 1989 they sold the business.

He had shown his work in all the Western shows at Ellensburg, Kalispell, Eugene, Boise and Great Falls. He not only painted, but he also taught. One highlight in Baker City is a mural he painted in a building owned by John Bootsma. The mural was 40 feet long and 10 feet high.

Berger is survived by his wife, Misty.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Ruth, in 1979; and his brother, Cregor, who died in 2002.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice through Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Donald Alexander

Donald Taylor Alexander, 70, of Medford, a former Pine Valley resident, died Oct. 14, 2003.

Inurnment will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 30, 2004, at the Pine Valley Cemetery in Halfway. There will be a reception afterward in the Grange Hall for a time of sharing memories and good stories. There was a Celebration of Life service Oct. 18 at the Rogue Valley Square Dance Center in Medford.

Donald was born on Feb. 17, 1933, at Halfway to Verlie "Babe" and Evelyn Wyatt Alexander.

He married his childhood sweetheart, Kolesta "Kay" Mills on Sept. 14, 1952. Don fell in love at the age of 13 and he and his wife spent the rest of their years together making beautiful memories and fulfilling dreams of traveling and spending time with their grandchildren.

Second only to his wife, he managed to find time for deer and elk hunting, salmon, steelhead or fresh-water fishing, square dancing and photographing his grandchildren while watching their academic and sporting events.

He was a 1951 graduate of Pine Valley High School at Halfway. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1951 to 1955. Afterward he attended Oregon Institute of Technology at Klamath Falls, majoring in heating and air conditioning.

He worked his trade selling wholesale refrigeration equipment and parts. He enjoyed working with his friends in Boise and later in Medford at Thermal Supply. Even after retirement, he would spend his Mondays helping out.

Survivors include his wife, Kolesta; daughters, Debby Flores of Boise, and Cheri and her husband, Steve Kelly, of Boise; son, Norman, and his wife, Rose, of Central Point; grandchildren, Donald and Jaimee Stansberry, Danielle Flores, Steven and Chasity Kelly, Charlie, Becky and Emily Alexander, Alex Flores, Aubrey and Trey Kelley; sister, Karen, and her husband, Bill Taylor; nieces, Tonya and Xandra; and nephew, Bill Babe.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Babe and Evelyn Alexander; and a grandson, Travis Stansberry.