Obituaries for the week of Oct. 25 to Oct. 29

October 29, 2004 12:00 am

Herberta Chandler

Herberta G. Chandler, 91, of Baker City, died Oct. 25, 2004, at her home in Baker City.

Her graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Jack Bynum of the United Methodist Church will officiate.

Herberta was born on Jan. 27, 1913, at Baker City to Herbert and Linda Bodmer Chandler. She attended Baker City schools. After completing her college education, she worked as a clinical social worker with a master of social work degree. She pursued her career in the San Francisco Bay area helping many families.

Upon retirement she moved back to her hometown of Baker City to be close to family and friends whom she loved very much.

Herberta was a member of the Threadbenders Weaving Guild. She considered the members family and loved them all. She had a real passion for creativity through weaving, creating some major projects over the years.

Herberta was a strong supporter of Crossroads Arts Center. She enjoyed her many artistic friends and the culture that life had to offer. Herberta was a very special woman who touched the hearts of many people.

"We loved her very much and are all going to miss her," her family and friends said.

Survivors include her brother, Charles Chandler; nephew, George Chandler, and his wife, Janet Chandler; great-nephew, Duane Chandler; great-nieces, Kelli Chandler, Pattie Hall and her husband, Cliff, and their daughter, McKenzie, and Meg, Scott, Maddie and Katie Moore.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Linda Chandler; sister-in-law, Maribeth Chandler; and a nephew, Charles Hugh Chandler.

Memorial contributions may be made to Crossroads Arts Center or to the Threadbenders Weaving Guild through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Baker City, OR 97814.

‘Willie' Dickison

Wilson McConnell "Willie" Dickison, 81, a longtime Baker City resident, died Oct. 26, 2004, at Providence Medical Center in Portland, after brain surgery.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at McEwen Bible Fellowship near Sumpter. Pastor Bill Cox will officiate. Interment will be at the Sumpter Cemetery. After the committal service at the cemetery, everyone is invited to the luncheon at the Masonic Hall in Sumpter. Visitations will be Sunday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St.

Wilson was born at Flora on May 1, 1923, to Mark and Olive McConnell Dickison. He was proud of the Dickison family history. His grandfather, Artemus Jefferson Dickison, traveled across the plains alone from Missouri to Oregon Territory when he was 17.

Later he was with a group of five men who were on their way to the Boise Basin gold strike when they discovered gold and started the town of Granite.

Wilson attended Baker High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1940 at age 17 after his father was killed in a logging accident. He served for six years, reaching the rank of chief boatswain mate. He was honorably discharged in 1946.

He married Nadeen Barton, the sister of his Navy shipmate and best friend, at Martinez, Calif. They had two sons, who were his pride and joy.

Wilson worked on the Sumpter Valley Dredge for several years. He enjoyed working in the woods, building and maintaining logging roads, including the current road from Sumpter to Granite. He was a truck driver and supervisor for Basche Sage Hardware Co. and a heavy equipment operator for the Baker County Road Department. After "retirement," he worked for many more years building and maintaining forest roads.

He was a member and past master of McEwen Lodge, No. 125, A.F.&A.M. at Sumpter and served as the district deputy of the Grand Master of Masons in Oregon. He also was a member and past patron of Alpine Chapter, No. 82, Order of the Eastern Star at Sumpter.

He was active in Scouting and taught Hunters Safety classes when his sons were growing up. He enjoyed meeting with friends for coffee and betting on spoils.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and woodcutting with his sons and grandchildren and camping with his brothers and their families.

He is survived by his wife, Nadeen Dickison of Baker City; sons and daughters-in-law, Bart and Ann of La Grande and Jon and Dawna of Baker City; grandchildren, Billy, Dennis and his wife, Wendy, and Rylie, of Baker City, Nick of San Francisco, and Megan of La Grande; great-grandchildren, Kortney, Lyndsey, and Carter of Baker City; brothers and sisters-in-law, Andrew and Jo, Rod and Deloras and Wes and Kathy of Baker City and Paul and Nancy of Tennessee; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Carrie Hudspeth; and a brother, Jim.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Joel Waldo

Joel F. Waldo, 45, of Baker City, died Oct. 22, 2004, at his home with his devoted wife, Cindy, his mother-in-law, Phyllis, and his minister by his side.

He was diagnosed with lung cancer on Oct. 16, 2003, even though he had never smoked a day in his life.

His memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church, 1995 Fourth St. Pastor Susan Barnes will officiate.

Joel was born on Aug. 19, 1959, at Sioux City, Iowa. He worked very hard all his life and was constantly learning new things so he could do it himself.

Joel received his bachelor's degree in biology at the University of Nebraska in Omaha in August 1985. Joel put himself through graduate school with Cindy by his side, encouraging him always.

Joel received a master's in wildlife management from Southwest Texas State University at San Marcos, Texas, in December 1988.

While in Texas, Joel conducted a research project to determine if horizontal polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis of dried whole blood evidence could be used as a law enforcement tool in the identification of big game species. This was adopted by Texas Parks and Wildlife to help them with game-law violators.

Joel married Cindy Wichman on June 17, 1989, at Council Bluffs, Iowa. They had dated for 7 years. Joel and Cindy had known each other for more than half their lives.

They were true soul mates, which many friends attest to; they were devoted to each other, best friends, and each other's support system. Joel had his first career position after obtaining his master's degree with California Fish and Game at Mount Shasta, Calif.

In March 1990, Joel started working for the Forest Service at Eugene. His career as a fisheries and wildlife biologist took him and Cindy across Oregon.

After Eugene, they moved to John Day in April 1992, and then to Baker City in 1998 where they purchased their first home. Joel received many awards for his work.

He was very proud of his achievements as a biologist in preserving habitat and having a long-term effect on the land. Joel believed in working together with everyone involved whether they were Forest Service, logging, or the ranching community. Joel truly loved Baker City and felt this was home.

Joel became a Christian in January 2004 while in the depths of chemotherapy. He told people he was stripped raw with chemo and through reading "The Case for Faith" and "The Case for Christ," both by Lee Strobel, he was ready to accept Christianity.

Joel said both these books were very profound and were the scientific proof he needed. Joel and Cindy joined the First Presbyterian Church on July 25, 2004.

When a friend asked Joel if he had to do it all over again would he have cancer he replied yes, because otherwise he would not have become a Christian. Joel stressed to others to have compassion for your fellow man, to love yourself, and to be tolerant and forgiving of others.

Joel possessed the great ability to teach and share with others his spirituality; he touched the lives of so many people.

Joel loved nature photography, working in his yard, spending time with good friends, and all types of sports, especially Notre Dame and Nebraska college football games. He most enjoyed staying at home with Cindy and a few friends.

He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Darold O. Wichman.

Survivors include his wife, Cindy A. Waldo; his parents, Jackie and Robert Waldo, of Omaha, Neb.; siblings: Bob, and his wife, Marcia, and son, Christian; Cary and his children, Sidney, Emily, and Jack; John; and Kim Broyles and her husband, Rich, and son Matt, all of Omaha, Neb.; mother in-law, Phyllis Wichman of Council Bluffs, Iowa; brother-in-law, Mark Wichman and his wife, April, and their sons Connor and Seth; sister-in-law, Lisa Keathley, and her husband, Tom, also all of Omaha, Neb.; and many relatives and a host of dear friends.

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

‘Jim' Monroe

James Ross "Jim" Monroe, 71, a longtime Baker City resident and former owner of Monroe Mortuary, died Oct. 23, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

His funeral will be at 4 p.m. Thursday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Susan Barnes of First Presbyterian Church will officiate.

Visitations will be until 7 o'clock tonight and from 9 a.m., to 3 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Jim was born on July 7, 1933, at Santa Barbara, Calif., to Carl Thomas and Mamielee Riddlespurger Monroe. He was raised at Santa Barbara and was educated there, graduating from Santa Barbara High School. He continued his education at Ventura College at Ventura, Calif., before settling on the study of mortuary science. He attended the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science, graduating in 1954.

He then went to work at La Jolla Mortuary in La Jolla and Oxnard, Calif. His next employment was with Winbigler Mortuary at Santa Ana, Calif.

He met Martha Rafn at Santa Ana. They were married on May 24, 1964.

He continued to work for Winbiglers for 22 years before he and his wife purchased the Langrell Mortuary in Baker City in 1981. They operated the Monroe Mortuary for 15 years, retiring in December 1995.

Jim loved music and played several instruments, including the saxophone and clarinet. He loved Big Band music and had an extensive collection.

He and Martha enjoyed traveling and went on several trips abroad. He enjoyed people and always had a joke ready for any occasion.

When asked how he was, his favorite reply was, "I'm not dead yet." He loved to cook and specialized in gourmet meals.

He loved his boys and participated extensively in their activities, especially Boy Scouts, where he served as assistant Scoutmaster, and DeMolay, a Masonic youth group.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, No. 47, AF Baker Valley Scottish Rite; Esther Chapter, No. 11, Order of Eastern Star; past high priest and past commander of the York Rite in Santa Ana, Calif.; Baker County Shrine Club; Baker Rotary Club; Baker Elks Lodge, No. 338; and the First Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include his sons, Thomas Monroe, and his wife, Rochella of Silverdale, Wash., and Ross Monroe of Seattle, Wash.; grandsons, Jonathon and Joel Monroe of Silverdale, Wash., and Riley Monroe of Seattle, Wash.; half-sister, Barbara Hommer of Wawa, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Martha, in 2002.

Memorial contributions may be made to Crossroads Arts Center or the First Presbyterian Church through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Duwayne Sullivan

Edward Duwayne Sullivan, 80, died on Oct. 23, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center surrounded by his family.

There will be no funeral. Disposition of his ashes will be later on the family's property.

Duwayne was born to Edward and Myrtle Valentine Sullivan on Sept. 3, 1924, at his grandparents' home in Baker City. He was raised on the family ranch at Hereford.

Duwayne was a 1942 graduate of Hereford Union High School. He served in the U.S. Army during the latter part of World War II in the Pacific Theater.

After the war, he returned home and went into partnership with his father, Ed, and brother, Donald, at the ranch at Hereford.

Duwayne married Eleanor Mehlhorn in 1950. They had four children. Duwayne remained involved in the family ranch throughout his life. Although the original ranch has undergone some changes, his wife and children continue to ranch there today.

Duwayne enjoyed rodeo, hunting, a good horse and a loyal dog.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Myrtle, and his brother, Donald.

Survivors include his wife, Eleanor; his son, Dan "Boone" Sullivan and Molly McCoy; his daughters, Kathleen Sullivan of Hereford, Teresa Jones and her husband, Robert, of Baker City, and Mary Ann "Cookie" Wise and her husband, Wayne, of Hereford; six grandchildren, Jason Wise, Daniel Sullivan, Tara Wilson, Andrea Wilson, Justus Wise and Collin Jones; three great-grandchildren, Taytum, Morgan and Ethan Wise; a niece, Dianne Ramos, and nephew, Pat Sullivan, both of Hereford.

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

Carson Kaemming Jr.

Carson Kaemming Jr., 18, of Cheney, Wash., died Oct. 22, 2004, from injuries received in an automobile accident at Cheney.

His funeral was today at Cheney Funeral Chapel in Cheney. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Carson was born on March 30, 1986, at St. Augustine, Fla. He moved to Cheney, Wash., with his family in 1987 and lived at Cheney and Ritzville where he attended school and worked at Zips restaurant in both communities.

Survivors include his father, Carson Kaemming Sr. of Spokane,Wash.; his mother, Sharon Kaemming of Four Lakes, Wash.; his stepfather, Dennis McBride of Four Lakes, Wash.; brothers, Christopher Kaemming of Cheney, Wash., and Sean Kaemming of Four Lakes, Wash.; grandparents, Annette Craner and Greg Swaim of Newberg and Diane and Luther Kaemming of Maysville, N.C.; great-grandparents, Roland and Millie George of Baker City, Otha Robertson of St. Petersburg, Fla., and great-uncle and great-aunt, Ray and Linda Jones of Hermiston.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wishing Star Foundation. Cheney Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.