Obituaries for the week of Sept 6-10

September 14, 2004 12:00 am

Mildred Felts

Mildred Bertha Felts, 99, of Baker City, died Aug. 29, 2004, at her home.

Her funeral was Friday at the Murman and Wilson Funeral Home in Johnston City, Ill. Interment was at Lakeview Cemetery in Johnston City. The Rev. Shelly E. Forrest of the First United Methodist Church in Johnston City conducted the services.

There will be a memorial service for her at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Baker United Methodist Church, 1919 Second St. The Rev. Jack Bynum will officiate.

Mildred was born on Aug. 5, 1905, to Simeon Addison Gore and Mary Catherine Roach Gore at Elvira, Ill. Elvira was a small neighborhood area consisting mostly of her grandfather, Dr. T.B. Gore's, general store, doctor's office, post office, home, and small farming area.

A few relatives and neighbors were scattered in the area. When she was 3 or 4, the family moved to Buncombe, Ill., where her father accepted a job as rural mail carrier on a 30-mile route out of Buncombe. She had three sisters, Edythe, Beulah, and Blanche; and three brothers, Ralph, J.C. and Everett. She and her brothers and sisters attended the Elvira and Buncombe schools until she was 15 and the family moved to West Frankfort, Ill., and on to Johnston City, Ill., where she graduated from high school in 1924.

She worked at the Johnston City ice plant for two years after her high school graduation. She then was employed by the CIPS (Central Illinois Power Service) from 1927 until her marriage to William "Wesley" Felts. They were married on Oct. 10, 1939, at Johnston City.

Mildred and Wesley had one daughter, Mary Catherine Felts Cunningham. Wesley died in 1979. The couple had been married for nearly 40 years. In 1982, Mildred moved to Baker City to be close to her daughter.

Mildred was raised in a close-knit family where she was made aware of God's love and care for us. She was taught honesty, integrity and love for one another.

At the age of 12 she accepted God as her savior at a Brush Harbor meeting. She was immersed in baptism into the Presbyterian Church of Buncombe, Ill. In 1924, she became a member of the First United Methodist Church at Johnston City where she was an active member for 80 years. She continued to communicate with her many valued Illinois friends after her move to Oregon.

In 1982, when she moved to Baker City, she became an active member of the Baker United Methodist Church congregation where she attended regularly and made many dear friends.

Mildred had been a member of the Royal Neighbors of America since 1928. For many years she was an active member of Home Extension in Illinois. During her working years, she also belonged to the Business and Professional Women's Club at Johnston City.

Throughout the years, Mildred, the homemaker, enjoyed cooking, arts and crafts, reading, working in her yard and garden, and visiting with her friends and family. Mildred, the artist, began painting in 1968. She continued to paint until her death.

She completed several art classes at John A. Logan College at Carbondale, Ill. When she moved to Baker City, she and her close friend, Maxine Foster, received instruction from Western artist Berger Fagenstrom at his art gallery on Resort Street.

Her favorite medium was oil. She painted landscapes, flowers, wildlife, still lifes, clowns, and anything else that caught her eye. She painted several outstanding pictures from her childhood memories and a self-portrait. Since she began painting, Mildred always gave God the credit for completing her work through the gift he gave her to paint.

In February of 2003, a new little painting buddy, Katy, an adopted 4-year-old black-and-white fox terrier mix dog joined Mildred. Katy sat and watched her paint, followed her around everywhere, and snuggled with her in her favorite chair. Katy will miss her dearly.

Mildred was a loving mother and friend. She was loved and cherished by her family, relatives, and friends, who will miss her dearly. She cared deeply for others and was an inspiration to those who knew her.

Mildred had a passion for life filled with many adventures. God was always the top priority in her life and she enjoyed sharing her faith with others. She was looking forward to her 100th birthday next year and the new adventures she might encounter along the way.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wesley Felts; her parents, Mary Catherine and Simeon Addison Gore; her sisters, Edythe Sheffler, Beulah Swedlund, and Blanche Ferges; her brothers, J. C. Gore, Everett Gore, and Ralph Gore; nephews, Donald Sheffler, Albert Gore, and Meddie Gore; and niece, Geraldine Snyder.

Survivors include her daughter, Mary Cunningham of Baker City; nephews, Joe Gore of Poseyville, Ind., Jim Gore of Evansville, Ind., Walfred Swedlund of Lombard, Ill., and Addison Gore of Nashville, Tenn.; nieces, Mary Lee Holland of Lilburn, Ga., Medora Morris of Suwanee, Ga., Betty Freeman of Raleigh, N.C., and Frances Paker of Florissant, Mo.; Vera Jane Watson of Smyrna, Ga., and Edith Vaughan of Wauconda, Ill.; and many great-nieces and great-nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Baker United Methodist Church of Baker City, First United Methodist Church of Johnston City, IL, or the American Heart Association through the Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR, 97814 or the Murman and Wilson Funeral Home, 211 W. Broadway Blvd., Johnston City, Illinois.

Delano Dickey

Delano Arthur Dickey, 69, of Baker City died at his home on Sept. 1, 2004.

At his request, there will be no funeral. A family celebration of his life will be scheduled later.

Del, as his family, friends and co-workers knew him, was born at Merced, Calif., on March 6, 1935, to Ephraim and Agnes Dickey.

He moved to Kennewick, Wash., at an early age and attended school there, graduating from Kennewick High School. He attended Columbia Basin College prior to entering the U.S. Air Force for four years.

He served overseas for a year and a half. After his discharge from the Air Force in 1962, he worked at the Hanford area before accepting a position with the General Services Administration at the Enterprise Federal Building in 1963.

He transferred to the Baker Federal Building in 1969 and remained there until he retired in 1995. After retiring, he went into the refrigeration business for himself. He had to discontinue the business three years later because of declining health.

Del's passion was to become a pilot. He took his flight training at Enterprise while working there. It was during his solo flights over Baker City that he fell in love with the area.

Del loved to fish, hunt, snow ski and ice skate. He was an accomplished pool player and bowler. He was a past member of both the Pasco, Wash., Elks Lodge and the Lions Club in Baker City.

Family members expressed their gratitude to those who cared for him for the last two months of his life and to family and friends who expressed their concern.

Survivors include his loving wife of 31 years, Lois; two stepdaughters, Jaleen Martin, and her husband, Jerry, of Richland, Wash., and Lanelle Graves and her husband, John, of Kennewick, Wash.; two stepsons, Laren Fusman of Denver and Gregg Fusman and his wife, Sandra, of Ferndale, Wash.; two sisters, Joyce Scott, and her husband, Joe, of Kennewick, Wash., and Gloria Moore of Kennewick, Wash.; and several nieces, nephews and stepgrandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Don.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pathway Hospice, 2192 Court Ave., Baker City, OR 97814 or through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Julius Hopper

Julius Roland Hopper, 80, of Huntington died Aug. 28, 2004, at his home.

There will be a potluck to celebrate his life from 11 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Friday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall at Huntington

Julius was born on July 3, 1924, at Weiser, Idaho, to Ira Melvin Bogue and Elizabeth Avaline Queen Hopper. In 1925, the family moved to their "Lost Watch Ranch" in the Mountain View district, 20 miles out of Huntington. To attend high school, Julius moved in with the Sumner family in Ontario, on the Oregon Slope, and worked for his room and board on their farm.

The Sumner family loved Julius so much they wished they could adopt him as their own. He had just started his sophomore year when he had to return home to help take care of the family ranch. In 1950, Julius moved to the other family ranch at Durkee. He lived at Durkee until 1965, when he moved to Huntington.

In 1978, he married Pattie Mitchell. For 35 years, he worked as an independent mail carrier on the Snake River and Malheur area route for the U.S. Postal Service. On his route, he was never a stranger. He loved visiting his clients.

He enjoyed people and made friends everywhere he went. Every year he enjoyed attending the "Hopper" reunion where lots of stories were told.

Even as a child, Julius was the family hunter. He was a hunter way beyond most hunters. Julius was extremely successful and was also kind enough to help teach others how to hunt.

He enjoyed telling stories to everyone about these hunting stories. Over the years he had collected animal traps and an extensive library of hunting books. Julius was a gun dealer and collector and always had to show his guns and traps to everyone who came to his home to visit.

Survivors include his wife, Pattie Hopper of Coos Bay; his sons Gary Hopper of Boise and Roger Hopper of Florida; his daughter, Janice Heiland of Gainesville, Fla.; grandsons, Jason Hopper, Andrew Hopper, Adolf Heiland, and Shawn Haskins; granddaughters, Tiffany Hopper, Julena Hixon, and Kalie Hopper; great-grandchildren, Garrett Haskins and Meghan Hixon; sisters, Franciene Leigh, Eleanor Strickland and Mary Lin Hundley; brothers, Eldon Hopper and Calvin Hopper; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ira and Elizabeth; his brother, Vyron Hopper; and his sister, Laura Beth Sankey.

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

Betty Jane Wendt

Betty Jane Wendt, 77, a former longtime Haines resident, died Sept. 3, 2004, at her home in Lebanon.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Robin Harris of the Cornerstone Baptist Church in North Powder will officiate.

Visitations will be held at Gray's West & Company Pioneer Chapel until 5 p.m. today.

Betty Jane was born March 27, 1927, in Carlinville, Ill., to Claude and Ollie May LaMandin.

Betty had done many things in her life. She went to college and received her master's degree, worked at a reserve bank, taught school, worked for the Forest Service in the mapping department and was a rancher's wife.

She met her husband, Ronald I. Wendt, while teaching school in Hereford. They married in 1953, and had two children, Owen and Johannah. The family lived in Hereford then later moved to Haines. They lived a good portion of their lives — 38 years — on a family ranch in Haines. In her later years, Betty moved to Lebanon with her daughter and son-in-law.

She loved to work in her flower and vegetable garden. Every fall she would be busy canning and freezing fruits and vegetables. She also liked taking care of her chickens. She enjoyed having her grandchildren around, watching them grow up. She loved the holidays of Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas, providing for all the trimmings for her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Claude and Ollie May LaMandin, her husband, Ronald I. Wendt, and her sister, Virginia Reis.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Owen and Anita Wendt of Haines; her daughter and son-in-law, Johannah and Charles Bushman of Lebanon; four grandchildren and 14 nieces and nephews.

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

Karlen Bailey

Karlen Leigh (Bowers) Bailey, 43, a former Baker City resident, died Sept. 6, 2004, in New Meadows, Idaho.

A private memorial is planned for later this month.

Karlen was born on Aug. 14, 1961, in Fallon, Nev., to Frank C. and JoAnn E. Bowers. They moved just outside of San Diego to Fallbrook, Calif., when Karlen and her siblings were very young.

The family moved to Baker City in 1977 after the death of her father.

Karlen had spent the last 12 years in the New Meadows area, where she did the things she loved the most — spending time with family and friends, camping and enjoying the Salmon River. She was well-loved for her kindness, free-spirited soul and her love of all animals. She was also known to have a sharp wit and tongue to match.

She is survived by a daughter, Morgan Brinton of Alta, Wyo.; a son, Seth McClarin of McCall, Idaho; a brother, David Bowers and his wife, Kirsten, of Helena, Mont.; a sister, Kathy Mitchell of West Magic, Idaho; nephews, Chad, Cooper and Henry; nieces, Kylie and Hannah and her many, many friends in New Meadows and McCall.

She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.

Memorial contributions may be made to the local animal shelter.

‘Chet' Davis

Chester R. "Chet" Davis, 77, of Baker City and a former Halfway resident, died Sept. 6, 2004, at his home.

His graveside memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. Military rites will be conducted by the Halfway Veterans of Foreign War Post, No. 7847.

Mr. Davis was born on Jan. 22, 1927, at Roy, N.M., to John Bernard and Kathryn Valentine Williams Davis. He received his education in San Diego and was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1945.

He spent time in Korea after the war and was discharged in 1947. He worked in the sawmill at Halfway and then moved to South Carolina. He later moved to southern California where he worked as a rod buster with the ironworkers there and on the Snake River dams. After his retirement, he moved to Baker City to be close to his family.

Survivors include his brother and sister-in-law, Alvin and Helen Davis of Baker City; sister, Ida Tramel of Ventura, Calif.; half sister, Freda Cato of Trenton, S.C.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Ralph; and a sister, Pauline.

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