Obituaries for Jan. 5 to Jan. 9, 2004

January 09, 2004 12:00 am

Floyd Burnside

Floyd H. Burnside, 81, a former Baker County resident, died Jan. 6, 2004, at the Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston.

A funeral service was held Friday at the Burns Mortuary Chapel in Hermiston. Burial with military honors followed at the Hermiston Cemetery.

Floyd was born Jan. 10, 1922, at Richland to Andrew and Julia Tuttle Burnside. He was raised and attended schools in Sparta.

He joined the U.S. Army, serving overseas during World War II.

Floyd was united in marriage to Viola "Vi" Driver on June 12, 1947, at La Grande. They lived in Baker City for a time before settling in Hermiston in 1961 where they have lived since.

Floyd worked at the Umatilla Army Depot as a munition handler from 1961 until he retired in 1977.

He was a life member of the Hermiston VFW Post #4750 Desert Post. He enjoyed bowling, hunting, fishing, woodworking, gardening and making things.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Vi Burnside of Hermiston; daughters, Dorothy Trotter, Jeannette Smith and Gail Raines, all of Hermiston; sons, Marcus Burnside of Pueblo West, Colo., and Dale Burnside of Hermiston; brother, Kenneth Burnside of Warrenton; 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Floyd was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Lloyd, James and Ray; sisters, Cleo and an infant sister; and grandchildren, Mandie Burnside and Patrick Richardson.

Memorial contributions may be made to the VFW Post #4750 in care of Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, P.O. Box 289, Hermiston, OR 97838.

Wilbur Neff

Wilbur Wayne Neff, 72, of Baker City, a former longtime Bend resident, died Jan. 7, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Lighthouse United Pentecostal Church, 2407 Seventh St. Pastor Nathaniel Neff will officiate. There will be a reception afterward at the Calvary Baptist Church, 2107 Third St.

Visitations will be until 7 p.m. today at Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave.

There will be a second funeral Saturday at 11 a.m. at the True Gospel United Pentecostal Church in Bend. There will be a reception afterward at the True Gospel Church. Interment will be at Deschutes Memorial Garden Cemetery in Bend.

Wilbur was born April 29, 1931, at Medford to Ray and Elenore Ragsdale Neff. The family moved to Bend when Wilbur was very young. Although he completed most of his education in Bend, he also attended schools at Oregon City and at Ritzville, Wash.

In 1948, at the age of 17, Wilbur joined the U.S. Navy. He served in Okinawa during the end of the Korean War. At the age of 20, he was honorably discharged. He returned to Bend where he continued to live for most of his life.

In 1953, he met Virginia Cady at a Christian Supply Store. On July 31, 1953, after an entire month- long courtship, Wilbur and Virginia were married in Bend.

They remained married for the last 50 years. The couple had three children: one son, Nathaniel in 1954; and two daughters, Annette in 1957 and Hannah in 1963.

After several years of working odd jobs, Wilbur went to work for the U.S. Postal Service. He continued to work there for 17 years, until he retired in 1991.

He spent the next eight years enjoying the retired life. In 1999, Wilbur and Virginia moved to Baker City to lend a hand with the Lighthouse Church School alongside their son, Pastor Nathaniel Neff.

Wilbur always enjoyed going out for a burger, often saying, "They don't call me Wimpy for nothing!" He loved buying flowers for his wife and enjoyed spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Virginia of Baker City; his son, Pastor Nathaniel Neff and his wife, Gewnett, of Baker City; his two daughters, Annette Donahue of Napa, Calif., and Hannah Micheletti and her husband, Paul, also of Napa, Calif.; a brother, James Neff and his wife, Pat, of Madras; and a sister, Alice Bowers of Portland.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Jerry Neff, who died in the mid 1970s, and Larry, who only lived to be a month or two old.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lighthouse U.P.C. through Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, P.O. Box 726, Baker City, Oregon 97814.

Don Scott

Donald Duane Scott, 76, a longtime Halfway resident, died Dec. 20, 2003, at his home.

There will be a graveside celebration of his life at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 7847, will officiate. There will be a reception afterward at the VFW Hall. In case of bad weather, the service will be at the VFW hall.

Don was born at Medford on Aug. 4, 1927, to Leo and Mary Key Scott. He attended school at Walterville and Springfield before joining the U.S. Navy in 1944. He served in the Navy until 1954, many of those years as an electrician on the USS Union.

After the service, he drove logging truck. He met his wife Herberta "Herbie" at Durkee. They were married at Winnemucca, Nev., on May 25, 1957. They spent most of the next 14 years in Eugene where Don drove truck for Eugene Plywood.

In 1971, Don and Herbie went into partnership with their daughter, Sheila, and her husband, Denny Farwell, and purchased Stockmen's in Halfway. Several years later Don and Herbie purchased and remodeled the local Laundromat.

They sold the Stockmen's in 1978 and Don went to work for MK Construction. He spent 12 years working on the dam at Brownlee, and other construction jobs at Moapa, Nev., and Jackson Hole, Wyo.

Don loved his family, his dogs, and a good game of poker. He enjoyed having company, driving his 1932 antique Ford in local parades and was a lifetime member of the VFW, Post 7847.

Survivors include six children, Ted Rankin of Springfield, Sheila Farwell and Patti Huff of Halfway, Bruce Rankin and Terry Crow of Eugene and Jim Scott of Arlington, Tenn.; his sister, June Knox of Halfway; niece, Shelley Knox of Springfield; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and extended family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Mary; his wife, Herbie, who died in 1985; and his brother, Jim Scott, who died at the age of 19 in 1957.

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

Carl Williams

Carl J. Williams, 86, of Baker City, died Dec. 21, 2003, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

Friends are invited to join the family for the praying of the rosary, at 7 p.m. Friday at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets. Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the cathedral. The Rev. Rob Irwin will officiate. Graveside inurnment will be later at Prineville's Juniper Haven Cemetery.

Carl was born at Monroe, N.H., on Oct. 16, 1917, to Carl J. and Luella Williams. He grew up at McIndoe Falls, Vt. He worked in the family sawmill until his marriage to Rita F. Lymburner of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on Oct. 17, 1942.

The couple then moved to Burlington, Vt., where they had two daughters. Beverly Ann was born on Jan. 9, 1944, and Rita Sandra was born on March 4, 1945. Rita died on June 16, 2002. The family lived at Burlington until they moved west in 1956.

Living in the West had been a lifelong dream for Carl, an avid outdoorsman. A dedicated fly fisherman who tied his own flies, Carl, along with his family, would trek miles to find the perfect spot in the perfect trout stream or lake.

His idea of heaven was to spend the day with his beloved wife, Rita, paddling his Oldtown canoe on a high mountain lake under a blue sky in the wilderness. In fact, he often referred to the woods as his church.

Carl was also a talented artist, writer and poet. He most admired Vermont poet Robert Frost. Carl's writings and journals remain a rich and poetic legacy for his family. His other interest was music. He played guitar until sustaining a serious hand injury in 1985.

A registered architect in the states of Oregon and Washington, Carl designed numerous buildings, both public and private, as well as participating with other architects on projects primarily in Oregon.

He first worked in architecture in California and then moved to Salem in 1965. He and Rita moved to the Bend/Prineville area in 1979. Carl was in private practice there until he moved to Baker City from Prineville in 1999 when he retired from architecture.

One of his last projects was a remodel and handicapped addition to St. Joseph's Catholic Church at Prineville where he and his wife were parishioners.

Carl will be remembered by his family for his utter commitment to them, his smile and sense of humor and his immense and unstinting generosity to his fellow human beings. A non-judgmental man with a ready ear to listen and counsel, Carl was always there to lend a helping hand at the drop of a hat. His loss to his family will be as immeasurable as will be heaven's gain.

"I'm sure, Dad, that you're dropping a fly in heaven's most beautiful stream as I write this – Good fishing!" his daughter said.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Rita, his daughter, Beverly Higley, and his grandson, Leon Higley, all of Baker City; nephews, Michael Williams of Salem and Robert Davis of Rehoboth, Mass.; and nieces, Denise Williams of Milton, Wash., Christine Jacobsen of Salem, and Mary Hanson of Sunriver; and cousins in Vermont.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eastern Oregon Chapter of the Red Cross through Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Kimberly Maher

Kimberly Ann Maher, 42, of Wheatland, Wyo., a former Baker City resident, died Jan. 1, 2004, at the Wyoming Medical Center.

Her memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. The Rev. Michael Carr will officiate.

Kimberly was born on May 24, 1961, at Canandagua, N.Y., to Kenneth and Nancy Lawless Maynard. She was raised and attended school at Lander, Wyo. She moved to Casper, Wyo., on Oct. 7, 1992. She married Douglas Doc Burton Maher at Natural Bridge.

She worked as a licensed social worker for the Platte County Sheriff's Department. She also was employed by the Hemry Home at Casper, and at New Directions Northwest in Baker City.

She enjoyed crafts, camping, cooking, traveling, whale watching on the coast and spending time with friends, family and her granddaughter.

Survivors include her husband of Wheatland; her children, Joshua Derek of Casper, John Douglas of Spokane, Wash., Angel Dawn of Evansville, Wyo., Timothy David of Casper and Crystal Dawn of California; two sisters, Kathy and Kara, both of Casper; and two brothers, Kenneth of Rock Springs, Wyo., and Kevin of Lander, Wyo.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hemry Home Scholarship Fund, 5223 S. Beech St., Casper, WY 82601.

Carlon McBroom

Carlon M. McBroom, 69, of Baker City, died Jan. 1, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

His funeral will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Baker City Amvets will conduct the service. Visitations will be today until 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Carlon was born Dec. 16, 1934, at Bernie, Mo., to Ada Belle and Joseph McBroom. He attended school in Richland, graduating from Eagle Valley High School in 1952. Upon graduating, he spent the next 10 years in the U.S. Air Force, serving in Alaska, Georgia, Spain and lastly in Mountain Home, Idaho.

On May 14, 1956, he married Ellen E. Hoadley in Weiser, Idaho. Upon completion of his military duty, he settled his family in Baker City.

He specialized as an auto mechanic in the military and continued that as an occupation, working in several auto repair shops throughout Baker City. He also worked several years as a millwright for Ellingson Lumber Co.

He was an active member of the Eastern Oregon Mining Association. Carlon's interests through the years included fishing, hunting, horseback riding, and most of all he enjoyed gold mining. Carlon was known as a considerate, sharing person, willing to help anyone who asked.

He is survived by his wife, Ellen E. McBroom of Baker City; sons and daughters-in-law, Joe and Debbie McBroom, and Larry and Paula McBroom, of Baker City; daughters and sons-in-law, Anita and Owen Wendt of Haines, and Susan and Dave Green of Hermiston; six grandchildren and one stepgrandson; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Bobbie Joe McBroom, and sister, Marie Louise George.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mountain States Institute through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Gene Grove Sr.

Gene D. Grove Sr., 68, a longtime resident of Elma, Wash., died Dec. 29, 2003, at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, Wash.

At his request, there will be no funeral.

Mr. Grove was born on Feb. 28, 1935, at Holdrege, Neb., to John and Helen Grove.

He married Jean Hendricksen in Baker City on Feb. 5, 1955. She died in 1999.

Mr. Grove had worked at the Mayr Brothers Mill for more than 20 years. He was a member of the Elma Eagles, and enjoyed fishing and camping trips.

Mr. Grove is survived by his son, Gene Grove Jr. of Elma; a daughter, Sandy Peterson of Bozeman, Mont.; brothers, Paul of Baker City, Gary of Seattle, Wash., John of Centralia, Wash., and Gale of Montesano, Wash.; a sister, Pearl, of Oregon; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Friends are invited to share memories, and to sign the family's online guest book at

Memorial contributions may be made to East Grays Harbor County Cancer Fund in care of Nina George, P.O. Box 243, Elma, WA 98541.

‘Tex' Arteburn

Royce L. "Tex" Arteburn, 93, a longtime Baker City resident, died Dec. 31, 2003, at St. Elizabeth Care Center.

His memorial service will be scheduled later.

Royce was born on May 16, 1910, at Quanah, Texas, to Lavella C. and Permicie J. Hawkins Arteburn. He came to Oregon with his family as a young boy. Tex grew up and graduated from high school at Pendleton.

In 1932, he moved to Baker City. He married his wife, Amy Heater, on Oct. 6, 1934. Royce worked in the insurance business serving Baker City and the surrounding area for years.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and being with his daughters and grandchildren. He will be remembered for his homemade jerky, dried fruit, and quick wit.

Survivors include his two daughters, Janet Wright, and her husband, Warren, of Spokane, Wash., and Gwen Rouse and her husband, Bob, of Terrebonne; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Amy, in 1990 and a daughter, Lynne, in 1995.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Elizabeth Care Center, through Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Jacquelyn Smith

Jacquelyn D. Smith, 66, of Enterprise, and a former Baker City resident, died Jan. 1, 2004, at her home.

Her funeral will be Friday at 2 p.m. at the Bollman Funeral Home in Enterprise. Interment will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Lyle Cemetery in Lyle, Wash.

Jackie was born on April 14, 1937, in Baker City to Harold and Maude VanBiber Aycock. She attended school in Wallowa and The Dalles. She was very active in school activities and was a song leader for the Cougars. She was a model and dance instructor while living in Portland.

She worked as an office manager for the U-Haul Company in Seattle for many years. She also worked as a deputy sheriff in Baker County. She married Larry Smith in Baker City on July 17, 1979. She ranched with her husband on the Burnt River, where they ran a cow-calf operation. They were longtime members of the Burnt River Community Church.

Jackie is survived by her husband, Larry, of Enterprise; her sister, Patty Simpson, and niece, Kyanne; sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Anna Clark of Baker City, Lee and Melonie Clark of Livermore, Calif., Hal and Lynn of Manteca, Calif., and Miles and Becky Smith of McKinleyville, Calif.; and many grandchildren.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Arthritic Foundation in care of the Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise, OR 97828.