Obituaries for July 19-23

July 22, 2004 11:00 pm

Anthony Estrada

Anthony Michael Estrada, 3 months old, of Baker City, died July 14, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

The rosary will be said at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church in Hermiston. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. at the church. Vault Interment will be at the Hermiston City Cemetery.

Anthony Michael Estrada was born in Baker City on March 16, 2004. He was a wonderful, happy little baby boy, who loved to be picked up, cuddled and loved. His bright smile was contagious and he shared it with everyone he came in contact with.

Anthony touched many lives and hearts. He will be missed by the many people who adored him and shared his short life.

Survivors include his parents, Holli Diamond and Gonno Estrada; sisters, Alexis, 5, and Kaeli, 2; paternal grandparents, Pedro and Felicitas Estrada of Hermiston; maternal grandmother, Toni Diamond of Hermiston; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins

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

Helen Cox

Helen Shirley Leach Cox, 82, a former Baker City resident, died July 16, 2004, at the Royal Vista Care Center in Ellensburg, Wash.

Her graveside funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Hagerman Cemetery. There will be a memorial service later in the Seattle, Wash., area. Demaray Funeral Chapel of Gooding, Idaho, is in charge of arrangements.

Helen was born on Sept. 11, 1921, at Jerome, Idaho, to Fred and Nettie Leach. She was the only girl in a family with five brothers. She attended public school at Hagerman and played basketball on the Hagerman High School team.

Her team won the state tournament, which earned the players a trip to Los Angeles. After high school, she attended cosmetology school and became a beauty operator.

She will always be remembered for her kindness to others and for being a diligent worker at all she attempted. Last year's outstanding accomplishment was receiving an award from the Hospice Association for outstanding service. She made 200 hospice gowns in one year.

Her most treasured times were being with family. She also enjoyed her church activities and attended many Bible study sessions. Her friends were very important to her.

Being creative and artistic were characteristics of her personality. She enjoyed painting and also was an avid seamstress. Crocheting, knitting, gardening, baking and reading were her hobbies.

Her father, Fred Leach, was a professional baseball player, and she also was athletic. She enjoyed fishing and spent a great deal of time following the Seattle Mariners baseball team.

She married Reed Cox at Medford. They had three children. She later married Sonny Floyd of Bliss, Idaho, and they had a son.

Survivors include her children and their spouses, Anita and John Remple of Ellensburg, Wash., William Cox of Edmonds, Wash., Kenneth and Deborah Cox of Mill Creek, Wash., and Don and Sophina Floyd of Lake Stevens, Wash.; grandchildren, Mike Matthews of Talkeetna, Alaska, Angela McNair of Denver, Kristine Hale, Cynthia Cox and David Cox of Huntington Beach, Calif., Scott and Kendall Floyd of Winterhaven, Fla., and Kendle Nunez of Lake Stevens, Wash.; seven great-grandchildren and two more expected soon; two brothers, Ted Leach of Orofino, Idaho, and Ray Leach of San Antonio, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Nettie and Fred Leach of Hagerman; and brothers, Clark, Dan and Gene Leach.

Charles Johnson II

Charles William Johnson II, 76, of Baker City, died July 18, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

His memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane. Pastor Jon Privett and Pastor Lennie Spooner of the First Church of the Nazarene will officiate. Friends are invited to join the family after the service for a reception at the home of Charles' daughter, Charline Simmons.

Inurnment will be later at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Visitations will be until 3 p.m. today at Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave.

Charles was born on March 29, 1928, at Pitcher, Okla., to Charles William and Flossie Lucille Watkins Johnson. In his teens and 20s he worked various jobs, including ranch work, at a junk yard and as a lineman for the railroad until the requirements of insurance forced him to quit because of his disabilities.

He married Lillie Seiver at Galena, Kan., on Dec. 29, 1962. The couple later moved to Baker City, where they have resided for 23 years. He then became a stay-at-home dad who took care of his five children.

He loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and his dog, Suzi. He loved fishing, shopping, painting pictures, woodworking, leather work and telling all of his many stories that his family all loved listening to.

He also collected John Wayne movies and pictures and he loved his Hank Williams Sr. music. In his last four years he also started collecting die-cast cars and trucks that he would show to anyone who would take the time to listen and look.

He was a very generous man who loved his wife and children very much. He will be missed so much by all of them.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Flossie; his sister, Brenda; two brothers; and his grandson, Cody Johnson.

Survivors include his wife, Lillie, of 41 years; children, Charline Simmons, and her husband, Jeron, Charles Johnson and his wife, Eunice, Beulah Harmon and her husband, Jim, Clifford Johnson, and James Johnson and his wife, Sara, all of Baker City; 16 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters, Alberta, Peggy, and Sharon Moss; and brothers, Donny and Joe Potter.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lions Eye Bank through Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Pete Basche

Pete Basche, 90, of Richland, died July 17, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Care Center.

His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Richland Methodist Church. Interment will be at the Eagle Valley Cemetery in Richland. Pastor Bill Shields will officiate.

Pete was born on Nov. 23, 1913, at Home to Fred Walton and Martha Ellen Rhodes Wilson Basche. Pete rode a horse to school where his sister, Josephine, was his first teacher.

He also rowed a boat across the Snake River to attend school on the Idaho side for a period of time. He graduated from Huntington High School in 1933, then he completed a diesel mechanic course in Portland.

He lived and worked on the family's Snake River ranch until Fred and Martha moved to Halfway. There he met Ernestine Carnahan, and they were soon married.

He and his brother, Bert Basche, owned and operated the Halfway Grocery and Meat Market. In February 1942, Pete and Ernestine moved to Robinette. There he became a distributor of Standard Oil Co. of California products.

Pete was drafted into the U.S. Army in July 1943. He served in the Philippine Islands during World War II. After being wounded and returning home, he was honorably discharged in August 1945.

He returned to his business and family, which included Ernestine, Betty and "Little Pete." He remained there until the Brownlee Dam construction was nearing an end. The oil plant was moved to Richland in 1957.

Pete married Helen K. Leake Morrison in May 1959. He retired from Standard Oil in 1968. He soon became the postmaster at Richland, and retired from that in 1978. He and Helen enjoyed taking trips around the country for several years.

They were both very active Grange members. Pete was an avid photographer most of his life, and enjoyed the great outdoors of Northeastern Oregon. Baker County was always his home, but he loved visiting. Pete made friends with everyone, and will be missed by many.

Survivors include by his wife Helen, and a daughter, Betty L. Whitnah, and her husband, Warren, of Richland; a son, Peter M. Basche, and his wife, Kathy, of Kennewick, Wash.; four grandchildren, Kail Miller of Yucaipa, Calif., Bob Miller of Templeton, Calif., Rob Basche of Kennewick, Wash., and Jackie Basche of Sacramento, Calif.; five great-grandchildren, Shawn Mitchell of Alta Loma, Calif., Kipp Miller of Richland, Ande and Megan Miller of Templeton, Calif., and Austin Basche of Kennewick, Wash.; three nieces, Joan Coats Valluer of Fruitland, Idaho, Mary Jo Basche Rode of Ontario, and Eloise Wilson of Arcata, Calif.; and a nephew, Bill Wilson, of Lady Lake, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Martha Basche; brothers, Ivor Wilson, Jim Wilson, John Earl "Jack" Wilson, and Bert Basche; a sister, Josephine Coats; and a niece, Roberta Kay Basche.

Memorial contributions may be made to the United Youth Fund of Pine and Eagle Valley through Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Douglas Greene

Douglas Wright Greene, 75, a former Richland resident, died July 16, 2004, at Springfield.

His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Richland Methodist Church. There will be a graveside service afterward at the Eagle Valley Cemetery in Richland.

A memorial service will be scheduled later at Springfield.

Douglas was born on Oct. 27, 1928, at Richland to Russell and Mildred Greene. He was raised in Richland, graduating from Eagle Valley High School in 1946. While in high school, Douglas lettered in football and was student body president.

He joined the U.S. Army in 1950 and was stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash., and later in Germany during the Korean War.

After an honorable discharge from the Army, Douglas married Liddy May Clemons in 1953. Together they had two children, Debra and Scott. After 12 years of marriage they divorced, but they always remained close friends.

He graduated from Oregon Institute of Technology at Klamath Falls in 1955 with a degree in structural engineering. With his degree in hand, he went to work for the Oregon State Highway Department. After 31 years, Douglas retired in 1985 as project manager at Eugene.

Douglas married Betty Wolfe Scrivner on July 3, 1976.

He enjoyed model railroading, traveling, cooking, bird watching and John Deere tractors.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Mildred Greene.

Survivors include, his wife, Betty; an uncle, Sherman Allen of Baker City; his sister, Margie Blank of Richland; children, Debra Elaine Greene of Fayetteville, N.C., Scott Douglas Greene of Parma, Idaho; stepchildren, Ina Syphers of Ontario, Kyra Jones of Eugene, and Galen Scrivner of Vida; 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

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

‘Fernell' Depoali

Frances Fernell Depoali, 85, of Baker City, died July 15, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center after surgery to repair her fractured hip and developing pneumonia.

Her memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 975 S. Bridge St. John Skurat, a minister of Jehovah's Witnesses, will conduct the service. Interment will be with her father at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway.

Fernell was born on Nov. 7, 1918, at Chandler, Ariz., to Arthur Thomas and Mary Alabama Neel. While her father looked for work during the Depression, the family lived in many places, including towns in Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon and Idaho.

On June 17, 1934, she married Herman Young. They had a daughter, Jean.

She married William Depoali on Dec. 11, 1937, at Sparks, Nev. They had another daughter, Virginia.

After marrying William, she lived many years at Gardenerville, Nev., where she worked at the PayLess Drug Store as a clerk and bookkeeper, before moving to Baker City where she worked at the PayLess Drug store until she retired in 1984.

Fernell's smiling face and happy attitude will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. She had been a faithful Jehovah's Witness for the last 37 years.

She found great joy in sharing the Bible's message of hope for the future with others and she looked forward to being part of that future through the resurrection. She was active in her ministry until her death.

In the past, Fernell showed her love for those in the congregation in many ways, such as giving members rides to meetings and conventions and just by being her sweet self.

Survivors include her daughters, Virginia Robinson of Dayton, Nev., and Jean Depoali of Morrilton, Ark.; a sister, Erma Lee Summers of Polson, Mont.; two brothers, Noal A. Thomas of Prescott, Ariz., and David N. Thomas of Richland, Wash.; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Etta Kruckow; and a brother, Dale Thomas.

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