Obituaries for the week of Aug. 30 to Sept. 3

September 03, 2004 12:00 am

‘Mike' Hauser

Melvin Michael "Mike" Hauser, 34, of Fruitland, died Sept. 1, 2004.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 4, at Riverside Cemetery in Payette, Idaho. Pastor Dick Wilson will officiate.

Visitations will be until 7 o'clock tonight at Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel in Payette. Services and arrangements are under the direction of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel.

Mike was born to Marietta and Melvin Hauser on Feb. 1, 1970, at La Grande. He attended Brooklyn Elementary School and Baker High School at Baker City.

He earned an associate's degree at Treasure Valley Community College in law enforcement and was employed at the Snake River Correctional Facility for six years and the New Plymouth Police Department for two years.

During college, and several years after graduating, he was employed at the Gulf Pacific Cattle Company. In his younger years, he spent his summers working on his grandfather's ranch at Joseph.

Words that come to mind as we think fondly of Mike include adorable son and brother, loving father, true friend, personality plus sense of humor, sensitive, lover of nature, avid hunter, fisherman and boater. The ultimate enjoyment for Mike was spending time with his 3-year-old son, Trevor.

He is survived by his wife, Layna; his son, Trevor; his parents, Melvin and Marietta Hauser; brother, Kelly; sister, Michele; niece, Kyrie and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Merle Alford of Joseph and Richard and Mary McLaughlin of Payette.

Mike will be deeply missed by all who knew him and they will cherish the many memories they have of him.

Memorials may be made to the Trevor Hauser Educational Fund or to the charity of one's choice in care of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, P.O. Box 730, Payette, ID 83661.

James Kinkead

James Robert Kinkead, 82, died Sept. 1, 2004, at his home in Pilot Rock.

A celebration of life memorial will be held at the Community Presbyterian Church in Pilot Rock on Wednesday, Sept. 8, at 11 a.m.

Arrangements are in care of Bishop Funeral Chapel in Pendleton.

Jim was born March 10, 1922, at La Grande to George Wesley and Edith (Cowan) Kinkead. Most of his youth was spent in and around Sumpter. He graduated from Baker High School in 1941.

After high school he was in the National Youth Administration, where he was trained in machine and metal fabrication for the war effort. He then moved to Vancouver, Wash., where he worked in the shipyards until joining the U.S. Navy. He served in World War II until 1945. During that time he was stationed in North Africa, Sicily and Normandy.

In 1950 he attended Eastern Oregon University, and later transferred to Oregon State University in Corvallis. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in forest products.

In 1958 he married Barbara Livingston. He was employed at U.S. Gypsum from 1954 to 1986. He served on the Pilot Rock School District board and budget committee for several years. He was an active member of the Community Presbyterian Church.

Jim was named First Citizen of Pilot Rock twice, and named Booster of the Year.

He loved to attend sporting events at the high school, volunteering his time to take tickets and help raise funds for the youth of Pilot Rock.

He was also a life member of the Pendleton Elks B.P.O.E. 288 and the Union Masonic Lodge.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara; sons, Ray Kinkead and his wife, Patti, of Pendleton and James W. and his wife, Kathy, of Pilot Rock; a daughter, Lisa Cate and her husband, Kurt, of Pendleton; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, one brother and his daughter, Carla Dobbs.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pilot Rock Booster Club or to the Community Presbyterian Church in Pilot Rock.

Jim Ritter

Jim Ritter, 89, of Richland, died May 2, 2004, at the North Senior Care Home at Richland.

There will be a Celebration of Life and Memorial Service for him at 11 a.m. Friday at the Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway.

Jim was born at Halfway on March 3, 1915. His father was J.P. Ritter, a cattle rancher and community leader. J.P. had been a county commissioner as well as president of the local bank. Jim's mother was Ella Belle Canaday. His siblings were Harold, Clair, Perk, Ellen and Maud. They all died earlier.

The family lived on the ranch on Boulder Flat that is currently owned by Keith McLean. Jim grew up helping his father with the cattle and farming on the ranch. For a short time in his teen years, he traveled the rodeo circuit.

He participated in saddle bronc and bulldogging events at the local fair and surrounding areas. He also traveled to the Calgary Stampede, to Laramie and Cheyenne, Wyo., and to the Cow Palace in San Francisco. Kayo Garritson and George Hanson were his traveling buddies on a couple of occasions.

His brother, Perk Ritter, shared his love of rodeo. They were instrumental along with many others, in getting the Pine Valley Fair established in Halfway over the Labor Day weekends.

Jim met Evelyn Merrick while he was in the hospital in La Grande. They were married in 1943. They had one son: James, born in 1952, who lives in Canada.

Jim and Evelyn were very close to two nieces, Darlene and Joan Merrick. The girls lived with them for a couple of years. Their family ties remained strong over the years and Jim spoke of them often.

When Jim's mother, Ella, died, Jim and Evelyn moved in with his father on the ranch to help him through his elder years and to keep the ranch intact. During this time, Jim tried his hand at some outside career projects.

He built and operated a grain mill in Richland — the first mill of its kind in the area. Local farmers could take their crops directly to the mill and have them processed into feed.

Later Jim and Hugh Lockett operated a cube mill. It was located next to where Quilts Plus is now and across from the Halfway Feed and Seed.

Jim was a great, unknown inventor. His brother-in-law, Cliff Waldron, used to laugh and say, "Jim will spend 10 hours inventing something to do a job that would take 10 minutes to do."

His first invention was an automatic butter churner. He hated helping his mother churn cream into butter, so he devised jars that fit on a ring which in turn fit on the washing machine agitator. It actually made butter.

He also made and designed a grain auger. It was a spiral pole- type device that moved grain into the hoppers at his mill. It worked well and was the first of its kind seen in this area.

He also loved to make things with wood and was very adept with a hammer and saw. He made all kinds of animals, birdhouses, windmills and other items for yards. He also once built a chair that would transform into a ladder when needed.

His wife, Evelyn, died in 1967. Shortly afterward, he sold the ranch and moved to Canada where he stayed for several years.

He returned to Halfway in the early 1980s. He and a couple of friends decided to stake claims on a couple of mines. They spent many hours in the hills working these claims and dreaming of a rich gold strike.

Jim met Muriel Smith of Weiser, Idaho, through one of his mining buddies. They were married in 1984. They made their home at Weiser until Muriel died in May of 2000.

Jim closed out his home at Weiser and came back to Halfway. He stayed with his nephew, Bill Waldron, for a short time and then tried living at Settlers Park in Baker City. He was not happy there, so the family moved him to the North home at Richland.

This move made him very happy. It made him feel like he was back on the farm. He loved to feed the pigs and take care of other outside chores.

Survivors in Halfway and Baker City include Bill and Bob Waldron and their families and Melody Huff, granddaughter of Perk Ritter.

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

Madge Colton Lloyd

Madge M. Colton Lloyd, 84, a former Baker City resident, died Aug. 24, 2004, in Yakima, Wash., after a prolonged illness.

A celebration of her life will be announced at a later date. Services are tentatively scheduled for Sept. 15 in Baker City.

Madge, the daughter of John and Nora (Gilkison) Colton, married Robert H. Murray in 1939 and together they had 10 children. At the time of her husband's death they lived in Richland, Ore. With eight children to raise she decided to move to Baker City, where she returned to college to acquire skills for office work. She then worked as the city inspector's secretary, and later as a Deputy Sheriff Matron for Delmar Dixon.

She is survived by nine of her children: Robert L. Murray of Mabton, Wash.; Sheri Caldwell and her husband, Bob, of Pendleton; Shirley Steelman and her husband, Clif, of Prosser, Wash.; Richard Murray and his wife, Charlene, of Gillette, Wyo.; Joan Sherman and her husband, Jim, of Baker City; Nelda Ward and her husband, Joe, of Olympia, Wash.; Sherman Murray and his wife, Maxine, of Huntington; Thomas Murray and his wife, Rhonda, of Gillette; Blaine Murray and his wife, Kathy, of Kearney, Neb. She also is survived by 25 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren; and by several of her 14 siblings, including sisters: Nell Owens; June Premorvich and her husband, George; Jean Thompson and her husband, Elmer; LaRue Brooks and her husband, Stan' Joyce Turner and her husband, James; Gail Stevenson and her husband, Charles; and brothers Donald Colton and his wife, Ann; and Johnny Colton.

Madge was preceded in death by her parents, John and Nora Colton; an infant daughter, Judith Murray; husband, Robert Murray, husband, S.E. Woods; brothers, Frank Colton, Hugh Colton, Phil Colton, Bill Colton and Blaine Colton; and an infant granddaughter, Mary Kay Murray.