Obituaries for the week of October 11 to Octboer 15

October 14, 2004 11:00 pm

Charles McAlary

Charles McAlary, 86, of Baker City died Oct. 13, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Health Services with his family at his bedside.

His graveside service was today at Mount Hope Cemetery. Sister Kay Marie Duncan of Pathway Hospice officiated. Friends joined the family after the service for a reception at the family home.

Charles McAlary was born at Vici, Okla., on Feb. 23, 1918, to Thomas S. McAlary and Ethel Lea Speck McAlary. He attended grade school in a one-room schoolhouse at Price Creek, Colo., and high school at Collbran, Colo.

He married Hazel Maxine Bowman on Nov. 19, 1939, at Vici, Okla. They spent the majority of their married lives at Collbran and on the family ranch at Rifle, Colo., where they raised their seven children.

In 1967 Charles, Hazel and three of their children moved to Baker City where they purchased and operated a coin-op laundry until their retirement in 1980.

Charles enjoyed traveling with his children, woodworking, mechanics and especially reading.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Hazel; daughter Joyce; four brothers; one sister; and one great-great-granddaughter.

Survivors include six children and their spouses: Edris Moore and her husband, Norlin, of Big Piney, Wyo., Betty Johnson and her husband, Fred, of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., Melvyn McAlary of Baker City, Ralph McAlary and his wife, Janet, of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., Chad McAlary and his wife, Shelly of Clarkston, Wash., and Bruce McAlary and his wife, Nancy, of McMinnville; two sisters, Leta Malm of Bakersfield, Calif., and Lena Maddux of Myrtle Creek; sister-in-law, Agnes McAlary of Rifle, Colo.; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter; and many more relatives and friends.

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

Wanda Havlik

Wanda Helen Havlik, 82, of Baker City, died Oct. 12, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Baker City Christian Church, 2998 Eighth St. Pastor Roger Scovil will officiate. Friends are invited to join the family for a luncheon at the church after the service.

There will be a second funeral at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Rockwood Church of God in Portland. There will be a reception afterward at the church.

Vault Interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Wanda Helen Clark was born on Oct. 31, 1922, to John A. Clark and Jessie Gilkison Clark. She was born at a home on Hunt Mountain Lane on what is now the Buckner Ranch.

She attended Baker schools and was a 1940 Baker High School graduate.

She worked through the war years at the Baker office of the Oregon Employment Service. She moved to Tillamook in 1947 to work with Bell Telephone where she met Frank Havlik. They were married on Sept. 28, 1947, at Portland.

Frank and Wanda settled in Gresham, where they watched their two children, Linda and Dale, grow up, marry and raise their families.

After Frank's death in 1989, Wanda remained in Gresham until 1994 when she returned to Baker City to be near her family and lifelong friends. Everyone was happy to have her close again, especially her sisters, Eva VanLeuven, Enid Pedersen, and her daughter, Linda Webb.

Wanda was quiet and loving, strong in her convictions and never desired to be in the spotlight. Friends admired her strong faith in God which gave her a wonderful and positive outlook on life; a happiness which she generously spread to her family and all those around her.

Three years of failing health didn't shake her outlook and strength in Christ. Amazed at her bravery, family members said they watched her face medical test after test seemingly unshaken and joking about each. A wit not to be equaled.

When told after two weeks in the hospital that nothing more could be done to improve her failing health she was jubilant, "ready to go to heaven." Of course, she made sure everyone, especially her grandchildren, understood how much she loved them; for them not to be sad and to always do their best.

"Those last days of her life were such a wonderful blessing for all who cared so deeply for her," her family said. "God truly did love her as much as she so often expressed."

"Thank you, Mother, Grandma, Sister, Aunt, Friend for being so very much a part of our lives. We will see you over there," they added.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank; parents, John and Jessie Clark; brothers, Charles and Vernon Clark; and sister, Eva Clark VanLeuven.

Survivors include a son, Dale Havlik, of Redmond; a daughter, Linda Webb, and her husband, Gary, of Baker City; granddaughter, Kelsey Stitzel, and her husband, Travis, of Cove; grandson, Jesse Webb, and his wife, Mechell, of La Grande; granddaughter, Amber, and grandson, Gabriel Havlik, of Redmond; great-grandson, Bryson Stitzel of Cove; sisters, Jessie Harrison of The Dalles and Enid Pedersen of Baker City; and numerous nephews and nieces.

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

Gladys Davidson

Gladys Davidson, 89, of Baker City, died Oct. 13, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center.

There will be no service. Burial will be at Lawncrest Memorial Park in Redding, Calif. Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Gladys was born on Oct. 19, 1914, at Pima, Ariz. She had lived at Baker City for the last 14 years.

She previously had lived at Redding, Calif., for 40 years. She was a homemaker and a mother of five. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She enjoyed cooking, sewing and gardening.

Survivors include her children, Edward Davidson of Baker City, Shirley Stephens of Placerville, Calif., Joanne Thompson of Hughson, Calif., and Gary Davidson of Antelope, Calif.; 10 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernie Davidson; and son, Thomas Davidson.

Ardyce Coleman

Ardyce L. Coleman, 64, of Lexington, Ky., a former Baker City and La Grande resident, died Sept. 9, 2004, at her home after an extended illness.

There was a private family memorial service on Sept. 15 at Grandview Cemetery in La Grande.

She was born on Oct. 28, 1939, at La Grande to Arthur S. and Laura M. Garrett. She attended Pondosa elementary school and was a 1957 Baker High School graduate. She was a 1961 graduate of Eastern Oregon University at La Grande.

She taught school in California and then married Larry Coleman in 1962. They made their home at Napa, Calif., for many years where she taught in the Napa public schools and at Napa College.

After retirement, the couple moved to Oregon and later to Kentucky. She was a member of the Lexington Community Church where she taught adult classes.

Music was always an important part of her life. She was an accomplished pianist and accompanist. She was active in the Lexington Opera Society.

Survivors include her husband of Lexington; her children, Jennifer of Nashville, Tenn., Justin of Monmouth and Josie of Cannon Beach; her mother, Laura Garrett of Star, Idaho; her brother, Jim, and his wife, Nancy, also of Star; and many aunts, uncles and cousins throughout Eastern Oregon.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Travis Bukowiec-Crow-Woolf

Travis Lane Bukowiec-Crow-Woolf, 25, of Halfway, died Oct. 4, 2004, as the result of a one-vehicle accident near Halfway.

His funeral was Friday at Pine Valley Presbyterian Church in Halfway.

Travis was born on Dec. 14, 1978, at Portland. He was raised in Vancouver, Wash., and was a graduate of Brush Prairie High School.

Travis loved life and enjoyed it to the fullest. He enjoyed drawing, hunting, fishing, old cars and just goofing off. He had recently remade his home in Halfway. Travis had two favorite sayings, "posse up" and "we're burnin' daylight.

Survivors include his parents , Daryl and Elaine Woolf; grandparents, Jack and Joyce Woolf; brothers, Jerrod Crow and his wife, Angie, Joseph Bukowiec and his wife, Melissa, Rickie Woolf and Robbie Woolf; sisters, Katherine Woolf, Billie Brown, Debbie Woolf, Kimberly Brock, Bobbi Jo Kubo and Ginger Selness; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews; one great- nephew, Justin; and his faithful companion, his dog "Patch."

He was preceded in death by his uncle, Larry Guniter; and his brother, Albert Woolf.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation or the National Wildlife Foundation through Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Terry Sitkoff Jr.

Terry Wayne Sitkoff Jr., 26, of Yakima, Wash., died Oct. 4, 2004, in a one-vehicle accident near Halfway.

His funeral was Friday at the Pine Valley Presbyterian Church in Halfway.

He was born on March 10, 1978, at La Grande to Terry and Diane Sitkoff. He was raised and educated in the Yakima, Wash., area and attended Pine-Eagle High School at Halfway and Spokane Community College.

Terry enjoyed rooting for his favorite team, the Dallas Cowboys, and cheering Mark Martin, No. 6, of NASCAR. He enjoyed snowboarding, mountain biking, hunting and fishing. He loved spending time with his daughter, Ashley, his nieces, Katelyne and Kelsey, and his nephew, Blake. During high school Terry enjoyed playing football and wrestling.

Terry's mother said he was the best father she ever knew. His sisters added that he was also a wonderful brother and thanked him for taking care of his girls.

Terry, his cousin Travis Lane Bukowiec-Crow-Woolf, and his good friend, Michael Joseph Supnet, all died in the same motor vehicle accident.

Survivors include his mother, Diane Sitkoff of Yakima, Wash.; father, Terry, and his wife, Noel Sitkoff of Halfway; his 3-year-old daughter, Ashley, who was his pride and joy; longtime girlfriend, Jamie Stephens; sisters, Jennifer Taylor of Yakima, Wash., and Anna Sitkoff of Spokane, Wash.; brothers, James and Gene Sitkoff and Jeffrey Apple of Halfway; nieces, Katelyne and Kelsey; his nephew, Blake; grandparents, Don and Martha Hawn of Wenatchee, Wash., Marion and Colleen Crow and Bob and Jo Vowell of Halfway; aunts and uncles including, Don and Pam Hawn of Wenatchee, Wash., Dee Dee and Bob Nelson of Seattle, Wash., Donna and Jerry Sanders of Moxee, Wash., Denise Hawn, Doreen and Mark Russell, and Duane and Pam Hawn all of Yakima, Wash., Michelle and Norm Letchworth of Halfway, and Rick and Rene Crow of Prosser, Wash.; numerous cousins; and his faithful dog, "Scrappy Doo."

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

Michael Supnet

Michael Joseph Supnet, 24, of Spokane, Wash., and Yakima, Wash., died Oct. 4, 2004, in a one-vehicle accident at Halfway.

A Memorial Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Spokane, Wash.

Local arrangements were under the direction of Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home.