Obituaries for the week of Oct. 4-8

October 08, 2004 12:00 am

‘Don' Marshall

Donald Leslie "Don" Marshall, 78, of Halfway, died Sept. 30, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

There was a celebration of his life today at the Pine Baptist Church in Halfway.

Don was born on Sept. 10, 1926, at Drake, N.D., to Laurence Franklin Marshall and Melissa Louise McCarty. He was their only surviving child.

Don's father hopped a train from North Dakota to Oregon in September 1931. Don and his mom used the same hobo method of transportation to reach Oregon in October of 1931. They settled at Corbett.

In the early 1940s, the family moved to Woodburn where Don attended school. He played basketball and baseball and remained a sports enthusiast until his death.

He joined the U.S. Navy in 1943 and served in the Pacific on the USS Saratoga. Don met Jo-Ann Gregory at Woodburn and they were married in 1950.

They had three children: Gary, Mike and Vicki. Don and Jo-Ann divorced in 1986.

Don had his own dump truck business for a time and also worked on building the Detroit Dam in 1949 and 1950. He then worked for several trucking companies including Exley Trucking, Zellerbach Paper Co. and Georgia Pacific until his retirement in 1988.

Don was also part owner of 4M Cattle Co. with his wife, son and daughter-in-law.

He obtained his private pilot's license at age 53. He loved his Cessna 152 and time spent in the air. Don was an avid outdoorsman and especially liked to hunt, fish, horseback ride and team rope.

He loved to spend time in Eastern Oregon and dreamed of living there one day. Don moved to Halfway in 1991 where he took pleasure in building his own home and pursuing his outdoor hobbies.

Don married Wilma Williamson in 1993. They enjoyed fishing, dancing and traveling together until Don's ill health slowed him down.

Survivors include his wife, Wilma Marshall; his son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Kathy Marshall; his daughter and son-in-law, Vicki and Steve Brocato; his stepsons and their wives, Keith and Jean Williamson and Ken and Chris Williamson; and seven grandchildren and five step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his son, Michael Marshall; and his mother and father, Louise and Laurence Marshall.

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

Elsie Penn

Elsie Penn, 89, a lifelong Baker City resident, died Oct. 2, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

The rosary will be said at 7 o'clock tonight at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets. The Revs. Robert C. Irwin and Camillus Fernando will concelebrate the Mass. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Mrs. Penn was born on May 28, 1915, at Baker City. She was a daughter of Julius and Alida Scherrens Van Driesche. She was raised in Baker City and attended school at St. Francis Academy.

She married Edmond "Ed" Penn on Sept. 17, 1949. They made their home in Baker City where she worked for Consolidated and Portland Pendleton Motor Co. Freightway for a number of years as their office worker.

Elsie loved to grow flowers, especially iris and chrysanthemums. She was a lifelong member of St. Francis de Sales Cathedral.

Survivors include her brothers, Cyril Van Driesche and his wife, Clara, of Baker City; Marcel Van Driesche and his wife, Ruth, of Stayton; and Frank Van Driesche and his wife, Margaret, of Portland; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Ed.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis de Sales Cathedral for Mass intentions for Ed and Elsie Penn. This may be done through the church or through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Delbert Pierson Jr.

Delbert Francis Pierson Jr., 89, of Baker City, a former longtime resident of Prairie City and Burns, died Oct. 4, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center.

His graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Prairie City Cemetery. Jack Retherford of Bible Way Community Church will officiate. Friends are invited to join the family for a potluck reception at the Strawberry Mountain Grange Hall after the service.

There will be a memorial service later at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center.

He was born on Feb. 7, 1915, at Berry Creek, Alberta, Canada. He married Ruth Titus on June 30, 1935, after graduating from high school at Marcola. They enjoyed 54 years of marriage.

He was always active in church, even becoming a minister for a time. He never knew the word "stranger," making friends wherever he went. He enjoyed working at the Burns Christian Church Thrifty shop as well as hunting and fishing with friends.

He was preceded in death by four sisters; his wife, Ruth; his son, Roger; one granddaughter; and one great-grandson.

Survivors include his daughter, RoseAnne Day, and numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great- grandchildren and friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Blue Mountain Humane Association through Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Maurice Hurd

Maurice Charles Hurd, 86, of Lindsay, Texas, a former longtime Baker City resident, died Oct. 3, 2004, at his home.

His graveside funeral with honors will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. Pastor Billy Ledbetter of the First Baptist Church of Muenster, Texas, will officiate.

Maurice was born on March 1, 1918, at Ekalaka, Mont., to Wallace and Hazel Kinsey Hurd. He married Marcella Mae Dotson on March 26, 1950, at Sidney, Mont. The couple had three daughters: Susan, Maureen and Laurie.

In his youth, Maurice worked on his father's ranch herding sheep and cattle, haying and performing other ranching duties. He would often be hired out to work on other ranches, performing similar tasks. Once in 1936, he was hired to put up Russian thistle for hay in North Dakota.

It was also in 1936 that Maurice joined the Civilian Conservation Corps. Through the CCC he worked on road construction through Roosevelt State Park in North Dakota, and served as a hospital orderly and a radio operator. The last job carried over into his service in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He enlisted in the Navy in December 1939 and served as radioman 3rd Class. He served aboard the USS Houston, which sank after being torpedoed in the Battle of the Java Sea on Feb. 28, 1942.

Maurice and the other survivors were captured by the Japanese and spent 3 years as prisoners of war. During that time Maurice worked to build a railroad through the Burma jungle, replanted a rubber plantation, and later mined coal in Japan.

He was discharged from the Navy at Bremerton, Wash., on April 1, 1946. At the time of his release and discharge after the end of the war, he had served for six years, three months and 18 days.

For his service and his time spent as a prisoner of war, Maurice received the American Area Campaign medal, a one-star American Defense medal, a three-star Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign medal, a one-star Philippine Defense medal, a World War II Victory medal, a one-star Good Conduct medal, a one-star Presidential Citation and the Prisoner of War medal.

Once back in the United States, Maurice took advantage of his GI Bill of Rights eligibility. He enrolled at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Mont., in 1947. During his last year in college, he worked for a radio station, KOOK, at Billings where he performed duties as the broadcast engineer and other related tasks.

In 1951, he earned bachelor's degrees in history and political science. Maurice taught junior high and high school for nine years in Montana and California. He taught history, math and science as well as directing school plays and sponsoring a radio club.

He learned to square dance in California and later taught it in college. He called square dances at Townsend, Mont. In the summers between school years, Maurice often worked on ranches for the Soil Conservation Service to support his family.

In 1959, Maurice decided to quit teaching and return to school. He earned a master's degree in ranch management from Montana State University at Bozeman in 1961.

After graduation, Maurice went to work for the Bureau of Land Management, first as a range conservationist. At Lakeview he acted as "chief of party" in the surveying of 700,000 acres.

In 1963, he went to Vale where he spent 4 years publicizing the Vale Project. At Vale, he handled many aspects of public relations and training in the production of films, photographs and brochures as well as speaking and conducting educational and informative tours.

Also to his credit from his tenure at Vale, was his production and scripting work on the film, "This Waiting Land." He spent the rest of his career with the BLM at Baker City, where he retired in 1978 as a realty specialist.

Maurice and Marcella made their home at Baker City until 1998, when they moved to Lindsay, Texas, to be closer to their daughter, Susan, and her family.

During his retirement years, Maurice continued to be active. He found his greatest pleasure in a number of hobbies that he practiced during his working years and some that were newly acquired. He enjoyed photography, cooking, gardening, traveling, genealogical research, playing the organ, and his favorite, woodworking.

In his later years, Maurice read the Bible faithfully and attended the First Baptist Church of Muenster, Texas.

During his lifetime, Maurice was a friend to many and devoted in his love for his wife and his family. His perseverance and steadfastness inspired both love and respect from not only his family, but also from the many people who came to know him.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Howard; and sisters, Clarice Thomas, Lorena Flynn and Meryl Avery.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Marcella; daughters, Susan McIver of Gainesville, Texas, Maureen McIlroy of Sedona, Ariz., and Laurie Bruun of Tacoma, Wash.; seven grandchildren, Andrea Brinton Haga of Arlington, Texas, Stephen Brinton of Wilmington, Del., Anna, Aaron and Nathan Bruun of Tacoma, Wash., and Ashley and Stephanie McIlroy of Sedona, Ariz.; one great-grandchild, Olivia Haga of Arlington, Texas; a sister, Helen Maschera of Phoenix, Ariz.; sons-in-law, Mark McIver, Dan McIlroy and Carl Bruun; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to Home Hospice of Cooke County, P.O. Box 936, Gainesville, TX 76241.