Obituaries for the week of Oct. 18-22

October 22, 2004 12:00 am

Marie Rice

Marie Rice, 98, a longtime Halfway resident, died Oct. 13, 2004, at the Cascade Care Center in Caldwell, Idaho.

Her graveside service was Saturday at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. Friends joined the family after the service for a reception at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Marie Caroline was born on Aug. 26, 1906, at West Jordan, Utah, to Caroline Webster and Ephriam Bendixen. Her early years were spent in Utah and Idaho.

As a child her family moved to California and it was during that time that she watched the ashes from Mount Shasta fall, as it blew its top.

Later in life, Marie watched the ash fall from Mount St. Helens. She watched all the important things that were invented and happened in her lifetime.

When Marie was 18, she married Leslie Sagers; they had five children. They were farmers and lived in many places ending in Halfway. After they were divorced, she married Everett Rice; they had one daughter.

Marie liked to help people and enjoyed making beautiful things. She did anything that had to do with crafts. She made afghans, dollies, tablecloths and many things out of beads and anything else at hand. She started making rugs out of plastic sacks and had everyone in the valley saving sacks for her.

These rugs were sent all over the world. She never wanted to save any crafts for herself, she enjoyed giving them all away. Marie liked to play bingo, hunt for mushrooms, pick huckleberries and make pies. She sold pies at one time to the local restaurant in the area.

Survivors include three daughters, Alice Langer of Helix, Donna Harrell of Caldwell, Idaho, and Bonnie Zanelli of Halfway; 10 grandchildren, Denny Curtis and Tom Curtis of Halfway, Sammy Lineberger of Helix, Bonnie Quimby of Absorkee, Mont., Joanie, Terry, Leslie and Chuck Harrell of Caldwell, Idaho, Tammy Astley of Pasco, Wash., and K.C. Zachary of Caldwell, Idaho; 26 great-grandchildren and 25 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three sons, Swede, Rusty and Gene; two sisters, Fern Tolley of Moses Lake, Wash., Cleo Larvie of Omaha, Neb.; four brothers, Grant, who died as a child, Leon of Halfway, Vere of West Valley, Utah, and Roy of Delta, Utah; three grandsons, Mike, Mickey and Jack Langer of Halfway; and a great-granddaughter, Toni Harrell of Caldwell, Idaho.

Marie always had a smile for everyone and a helping hand for those who needed it.

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

Clifford Duncan

Clifford L. Duncan, 70, of Baker City, died Oct. 14, 2004, at his home surrounded by his family.

At his request, his body was cremated and there will be no funeral or memorial service.

Clifford was born on Aug. 20, 1934, at San Diego. He graduated from high school at El Monte, Calif. He moved to Baker City in 1970 to ranch with his brother, Floyd Duncan. Clifford retired as a diesel mechanic from Triple C Redi Mix in August 2004. He loved his work and loved fixing things.

Clifford loved his family dearly and was always willing to help someone in need. He worked very hard and loved to fish and watch drag racing. He loved God, and was proud of his country. Clifford was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Doris Duncan; his children, Karen Duncan of Portland, Ken Duncan and his wife, Candi, of Baker City, David Kloss and his wife, Teri, of Redmond, Dan Kloss and his wife, Deborah, of Albany, and Mike Kloss of San Francisco; his grandchildren, Shawn Duncan, Amy Duncan, Hayden Kloss, Mikayla Kloss, Ben Kloss, Joshua Kloss, and Jeremiah Kloss; his brother, Floyd Duncan and his wife, Betty, of Baker City; and many nieces, nephews and friends who will miss him dearly.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Janice Duncan; his father, Herman; his mother, Doris; and his sister, Evelyn.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Calvary Baptist Building Fund or Pathway Hospice through Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

‘Marty' Hagenbuch

Marvin Harold "Marty" Hagenbuch, 72, of Baker City, died Oct. 14, 2004.

His graveside service was at 2 p.m. today at Mount Hope Cemetery. The Rev. Lennie Spooner officiated. There was a reception afterward at the Baker City Church of the Nazarene Fellowship Hall, 1250 Hughes Lane.

Marty was born on Sept. 27, 1932, at Northampton County, Pa., to Paul M. and Ruth O. Kester Hagenbuch. He grew up in "Pennsylvania Dutch" country and was very proud of his German heritage.

After graduating from high school in Pennsylvania, Marty served in the U.S. Air Force, which led to a career with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). That work led him out West.

His work brought him and his first wife, Verna, from Burns to Baker in 1971. He worked at the Baker Airport in the maintenance department, mostly communications, weather and navigation, keeping all of the "technical stuff" operating correctly.

At that time the FAA had radar sites on Dooley Mountain. When maintenance at the site was required he rode a Snow Cat up to work on the equipment. After retiring from the FAA, Marty sold wholesale fishing supplies. He traveling all over to different stores.

Marty's first wife died in 1984 and he married Anna L. Smith Duncan on Feb. 14, 1992. Marty was a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He was an avid gardener and spent many years taking meticulous care of his yard and his many flower beds for as long as his health would allow.

He was a good neighbor and friend, always willing to help however he could. Marty loved his wife and family deeply and will be sorely missed by those left behind.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Verna.

Survivors include his wife, Anna; a stepson, Rodney Duncan; many friends; and two brothers, Jack and Bruce, and a sister, Phyllis, all of Pennsylvania.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Northeast Oregon Compassion Center through Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Virgil Aikey

Virgil Aikey, 66, of Sumpter, died Oct. 16, 2004, at the Boise Veterans Hospital.

There will be a wake in honor of his life at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Elkhorn Restaurant in Sumpter.

Virgil was born on Aug. 7, 1938, at Canadaqua, N.Y. He moved to Southern California in 1960.

He served in the U.S. Army in the 101st Airborne. He was the youngest journeyman in the heating and sheet metal business in the 1960s in Southern California.

After that he became a swimming pool contractor for Bee Sunny Pools in Chatsworth, Calif. In 1988, he moved to Bend, and then to Sumpter in 1993. He spent the winters at Yuma, Ariz.

In 1986, he married Jo, his best friend.

Survivors include his wife; sons, Virgil and Robert; daughter, Becky; stepson, Keith; stepdaughters, Tammy and Mary Jo; four grandchildren; seven stepgrandchildren; and last, but not least, his very special friend, Lil Bit.

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

Lyle Rasmussen

Lyle Lillian Shelton Rasmussen, 90, of Salt Lake City, died Oct. 17, 2004, at her home.

Her funeral will be at noon Thursday at Larkin Mortuary, 260 E. South Temple, in Salt Lake City. There will be a viewing from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. just prior to the service. There also will be a viewing from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Halfway.

There will be a graveside service at noon Saturday at the Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. Dale Bingham of the Valley Ward will officiate.

Lyle was born on Jan. 2, 1914, at Bear, Idaho, to Earl and Jane Shelton. During her childhood, Lyle's family lived several places in Idaho and Washington. By the time Lyle was a teenager, the family had made a permanent home in Halfway.

After high school, Lyle attended beauty college and later worked as a beauty operator in Boise. After World War II, Lyle moved to Salt Lake City where she attended business college and worked as a secretary.

In 1947, Lyle married Keith Rasmussen in Salt Lake City. In the early 1950s the couple moved to San Francisco where Keith established a dental equipment company, and Lyle was an executive secretary for the Libby-McNeil company.

For 40 years Lyle and Keith lived on Russian Hill with a great view of San Francisco Bay. Over the years, Lyle's love of San Francisco became a legacy that touched the lives of countless family members and friends who came to visit.

Lyle also loved to travel with Keith on business trips whenever she could. They collected artifacts from their world travels and included beautiful music and literature among their most treasured possessions.

In the early 1980s, Lyle and Keith established a second home overlooking Temple Square in Salt Lake City. They eventually moved the manufacturing company to Utah and Keith continued with that until his death in 1988.

Lyle deeply missed her companion and the wonderful life they had together. She worked hard and carried on with his business, retiring at the age of 84.

Lyle made a profound impression on all who knew her. Her elegant style and grace became her trademark.

The twinkle in her eye was one indicator of her great sense of humor and keen wit. She was generous and down-to-earth, always appreciating those who demonstrated integrity and kindness.

Lyle passed through extremely difficult challenges at times in her life. Lyle's dear and loyal friends, Parley and Ann Lloyd, have offered tremendous love and support to Lyle for the past 14 years. The three of them share a unique and eternal bond of friendship.

Lyle was a lifetime member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She had strong faith and willingly served in various capacities as a church member.

The last three years Lyle has shared a special and close companionship with Aaron and Sherie. Together with them, Lyle has been assisted by wonderful caregivers.

Her family expressed sincere appreciation to them for their loving care in Lyle's final years.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; three sisters, Orpha Buchanan, Cora Bradford, and Laura Brunelle; two brothers, Hyle Bradford and Boyd Shelton; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Arrangement are under the director of Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel.

‘Pete' Peyron

William "Pete" Peyron, 82, of Baker City, died Oct. 3, 2004, at his home.

There will be a celebration of his life at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Community Connection Senior Center, 2810 Cedar St. There will be a luncheon afterward.

Pete was born Adrian Rene Peyron to Henry Benjamin Peyron and Louise Marenthier Peyron on Aug. 10, 1922, in the original farmhouse on the Peyron Ranch east of Baker. Pete was also known as "Bill," and was affectionately called "Unky" by his nieces, who adored him.

His parents came to America in 1908 from France and settled in the Baker Valley in 1917. Pete was the youngest. His brothers, Henry, Gaston and Paul, and his sister, Rose, all attended the one-room schoolhouse, Sunnyslope School No. 69.

While growing up, Pete worked on the ranch, milking cows, watering livestock and herding sheep and hogs. He quickly developed a love for ranching.

When Pete was drafted early in World War II, his father told the Draft Board, "You've taken three of my sons — you're not taking the last one!" Pete stayed with his family working the land, and helped other families in the area whose sons were serving in the war to bring their crops in as well.

He remained on the ranch, making it his lifelong career. He took care of his parents in their later years. At the age of 50, he married Elizabeth Huntington Peyron on Jan. 18, 1973.

Those who knew Pete said he had a "passion for water," which was the lifeblood of the ranch, and Pete took it very seriously. He spent countless hours working on local irrigation projects. Pete was on the Baker Valley Irrigation Board from 1963 to 1990 and was involved with the completion of the Mason Dam irrigation project in 1968 with other directors Alvin Ward and Charles Colton.

He also worked on the maintenance and upkeep of the Smith Ditch, which irrigated the Peyron Ranch property. The Ranch was the last property on the ditch and in the earlier years before Mason Dam was put into operation, it was a daily struggle to get water to it.

The original ranch was a combination of rocks, hillsides, sagebrush and alkali. The family bought their first John Deere tractor in 1941 for $1,000, and Pete got busy turning the ground into pasture and hay land.

Pete's brother, Paul, said not only was Pete his brother, he was his best friend and they shared many activities together including playing on the Missouri Flat baseball team. The team practiced on Lindley Lane in a cow pasture and Pete played first baseman.

Pete was a contented, peaceful man who accepted life, and whatever circumstances arose, with courage and dignity. He never once looked at a difficult situation and asked, "Why me?" Even when he was diagnosed with adult-onset hydrocephalus in 1987, he accepted his condition and went on with his life as best he could. Through it all, he never lost his wonderful sense of humor.

"Playing Kid," was one of his favorite sayings and his good friend, Babe Deardorff, who began working on the Peyron Ranch at the age of 10, said it was something he also liked to do. He recalled the time years ago when he was on the power buck and Pete was driving the farmhand. It was quitting time and the two decided to have a race while driving the machinery back to the house. Pete hit a fence and broke all but one tooth off of the farmhand.

Even though he took time to play, Babe said Pete was an extremely hard worker. "If you ever got into a ditch and had to shovel with Pete, you had better keep up."

For several summers Pete's nieces, Sue, Pam, Nancy, Laurie and Donna, worked on the ranch as his all-girl hay crew. Pete said, "Even though they couldn't fix machinery, they weren't as hard on the machinery as boys."

Pete loved raising sheep and cattle, and knew all of his cows by name as well as their lineage. He enjoyed attending the local cattle sales and always looked forward to bumping into neighbors and friends for a cup of coffee and a doughnut.

He also had a fondness for dogs and cats and befriended many over the years. If a stray dog wagged his tail or a lost cat mewed at him, they undoubtedly became permanent residents of the Peyron Ranch. And he never went anywhere without a few of these faithful companions bouncing beside him.

Although Pete was baptized as an infant, he felt that church was best experienced outside in the midst of God and nature. He hunted and fished in his younger years, but later on he couldn't bring himself to kill a deer, he said they were too beautiful to destroy.

Pete spent his entire life, except two years from 2002-2003 when he was being cared for at St. Elizabeth Care Center, on the Peyron Ranch. Even when his illness prevented him from doing many things, he continued to enjoy nature from his window and remained awed by the beauty of it all.

"Memories of this gentle giant among men will continue to touch the hearts of many for generations to come," his family said. "As he passes from this world, he leaves behind a legacy of environmental stewardship and kindness to humanity that will continue to benefit those who knew him."

Memorial contributions may be made to the Senior Center for the Community Connection bus or the charity of one's choice through Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Emily Burnside

Emily L. Burnside, 89, a long-time Baker City resident,died Oct. 21, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center.

Visitations will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Her graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Mrs. Burnside was born Oct. 30, 1914, at Saskatchewan Providence, Canada, to Albin and Anna Cerkonck. The family moved from Canada to Fall City, Wash., when she was a young girl. She received her schooling there.

She married Elmer Lloyd Burnside in 1935 at Yakima, Wash. They lived in several locations until settling at Richland working on a farm. In 1942, they moved to Halfway where they owned and operated a restaurant, bar and hotel, now known as Stockman's.

They divorced in 1946 and Mrs. Burnside moved with her children to Baker City where she had lived since.

In Baker City, she took care of her children as well as many others as a certified foster parent for Children Services. She also ran a day care center for many years.

She loved her family and taking care of children. She enjoyed cooking and always had a large garden. She will be very missed by her children and grandchildren who loved her very much.

Survivors include her children, Deannie Burnside Wirth, and her husband, Wayne, of Spokane, Wash., Patricia Burnside Brooks of Pine City, Wash., Wayne Burnside and his wife, Linda, and Daryl Burnside and his wife, Tammy, both of Baker City; sisters, Helyn Edwards of California and Mary Frost of Grants Pass; grandchildren, Randy, Rhonda, Andrea, Theresa, Susan, Lynda, Kevin, Christopher, Jeromy, Benji, Todd, Angel and Travis; 16 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, John Curtis; and her former husband, Elmer Burnside.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Elizabeth Health Care Center through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.