Obituaries for the week of March 14 to March 18

March 18, 2005 12:00 am

‘Midge' Short

Mildred "Midge" Irene Short, 74, died peacefully at her home in Baker City on March 10, 2005. At her request, no services will be held. The family will hold a potluck wake in her honor on Saturday, March 19, at noon at the Baker County Extension Building, 2610 Grove Street in Baker City.

Midge was born Feb. 28, 1931, in Palmer, Idaho, to Archer Bradford Wayne and Irene Hack Wayne. She had three brothers and two sisters. She grew up in Baker County and graduated from Union High School. During these years she both attended and participated in rodeos.

Midge had various occupations throughout her lifetime, including stay-at-home mom, bartender, waitress and long-haul truck driver. Because of these occupations and the many adventures of her life, she traveled extensively throughout the United States. She lived in many communities throughout the area but spent most of her time in Baker City and Madras.

She was a passionate reader, a history buff, and an excellent cook. She was a tremendous storyteller and shared her joy and knowledge of the places she had been and people she had met with great humor, wit and sass, often leaving her listeners with sore sides and cheeks wet from laughing. She was a generous soul, known for taking in strays, both people and pets, becoming "Mom" to many people, and a valuable friend who will be greatly missed.

Midge had three children, Joni Lee Nagel, Calvin Loran "Bill" Elliott and Laurence Eric "Boo" Short.

Midge is survived by her husband, Lester "Shorty" Short; her two sons; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and numerous extended family members and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter, her sisters, and one brother.

The family requests no flowers. Donations in her memory can be made to Lester "Shorty" Short. This may be done through the Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Dorothy Boardrow

Dorothy May (Price) Boardrow, 88, of died peacefully in her sleep on March 14, 2005.

At her request there will be no services.

Dorothy was born Dorothy May Daniel on May 28, 1916, in Monroe, Mich., the third of four children. She headed west with her family at a very young age, living in Colorado, Portland, and Wolf Creek, Ore. At the age of 18, Dorothy regularly delivered mail and supplies by muleback in harrowing trips from Wolf Creek to a mining camp high in the mountains.

In 1934 Dorothy married Robert Price. They had three daughters. In 1940 the family moved to Pondosa, where they lived until the town was dismantled in 1958. She believed in volunteer service. During World War II she volunteered as an airplane spotter, and was very proud of the wings she earned for her efforts. She was an excellent seamstress, and taught sewing and cooking in 4-H. She was a Girl Scout leader, enjoyed nature, and spent many weekends camping. At home, she was skilled in upholstery, carpentry, wallpapering, painting, and small appliance repair. She loved growing flowers and was known for her wonderful sweetpeas.

During the Eastern Oregon winters of the '40s and '50s, the BC&T logging train would sometimes bury itself in snowdrifts between Pondosa and Telocaset. Dorothy's job was to deliver coffee and sandwiches to the crew while they dug out the train, usually in the dark of night. She would drive as close to the stalled train as she could and then hike in through deep snowdrifts to deliver the food. To find the train, she would blow through her hands to make a sound like a train whistle that friends said could be heard for miles. (She retained this ability nearly all her life.) The train crew would hear her and blow the train whistle to guide her. She was frequently accompanied on these late-night jaunts by one of her daughters and a wild snowshoe rabbit or two.

She and Robert divorced in the early '60s. Many years later she married Ralph Boardrow, who shared her love for traveling the country and exploring new places.

Dorothy is survived by her three daughters: Sara Price of Elgin, Susan MacLeod of Beaverton, and Bobbi Kremer of Elgin; six grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; and several nieces.

She leaves us with stories that in our times seem larger than life, and memories of her practical wit and philosophy. She is sorely missed by all her family and many friends.

Ron Gaub

Ron Gaub, 97, a longtime Baker City resident, died March 12, 2005, at his home.

Military rites will be conducted by the Baker City AMVETS and Veterans of Foreign Wars at 2 p.m. Friday at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Ron was born on Nov. 15, 1907, at Kramer, N.D., to John and Christina Keebler Gaub. He lived with his family until he was 17. He then rode his Harley Davidson to Oregon for the first time, returned to North Dakota and later returned to live in the Willamette Valley.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II aboard the USS Kenneth Whiting AV-14. After the war, he lived at Wallowa where he owned and operated a gun shop.

He moved to Baker County in 1955, where he married Alberta Sipp and continued to work in building and construction. He was employed by the U.S. Forest Service in 1966, helping to build Union Creek Campground, many bridges and camping areas throughout the Wallowa- Whitman National Forest.

He retired at age 75 after 16 years with the Forest Service. He enjoyed hunting and fishing throughout his life.

Survivors include his wife, Alberta of Baker City; son, John Gaub of Spokane, Wash., and son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Lenora Gaub of Baker City; grandchildren, Kathryn, Christina and Alexander Gaub of Baker City and Bradley Johnston and Angela Foersterling of Baker City; five great-grandchildren; two brothers, Clarence Gaub of Silverton and Ernest Gaub of Salem; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and his sister.

Memorial contributions may be made to the VFW's Disabled American Veterans Van Fund through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Betty Hardman

Betty Marie Hardman, 83, a longtime Baker City resident, died March 14, 2005, at her home surrounded by friends and family.

Her memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Haines United Methodist Church. Sally Wiens of the church will officiate. There will be a lunch reception afterward at the church. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery during a private family service at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

Visitations will be from 5 o'clock to 7 o'clock tonight and from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave.

Betty was born on Feb. 12, 1922, at Baker City to Benjamin and Laura Emele. She spent her life in the Baker and Burnt River valleys, except for the time she traveled with her husband during World War II. Betty grew up in the Muddy Creek area and later moved to Haines. She was a 1940 graduate of Muddy Creek High School and also of Baker Business College.

Her greatest interests were piano, gardening, birds, fishing and camping. Her pets were constant companions. Betty loved traveling with her daughter and son-in-law.

She was a lifelong musician and played the piano for churches at Unity and Haines. She was a member of the Baker United Methodist Church and the Haines United Methodist Church.

She also was active in 4-H. Her legacy is her family. She loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren because they were the absolute joy of her life.

She married Wally E. Hardman on March 18, 1943. Betty and Wally were partners in cattle ranching for many years at Unity and Baker Valley.

They purchased a franchise from Blitz Weinhard Inc. and for a number of years operated Hardman Distributing of Baker. Upon selling the distributorship, they returned to ranching at the foot of the Elkhorn Mountains.

Betty also worked in the business offices of Basche-Sage Hardware. For 15 years she worked as a dispatcher for the Oregon State Police headquarters in Baker City. She retired from the state position in 1979 and spent many years actively involved in the Baker County and Baker City Garden Club, which she served as president for three years.

She is survived by her two children, six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was a very loving and caring mother and grandparent. She will be remembered for her humor, love and compassion. She was very close to her family and she was very proud of them.

Survivors include her son, W. David Hardman and his wife, Paula, of Lynden, Wash.; her daughter, Roxy G. Hardman Ulrey and her husband, Don, of Baker City; six grandchildren, Jennifer and Benjamin of Bellingham and Lynden, Wash., Bradley and Justin of Salem, Jake of Baker City and Julee, who attends Eastern Oregon University at La Grande; six great-grandchildren, Alyssa, Kavika, Tanner, Megan, Mckennah and Lacey; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wally; her parents, Benjamin and Laura; and brothers, David and Gene, who died when she was a young child.

Memorial contributions may be made to Guardian Home Care and Hospice, Blue Mountain Humane Association and the Haines United Methodist Church Memorial Garden Fund through Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Walt Butler

Walt Butler, 79, a former Halfway resident, died on March 9, 2005, at Yuma, Ariz.

At his request, there will be no service.

Walt LeRoy Butler was born at Wiley City, Wash., on March 21, 1925, to Walt LeRoy Butler Sr. and Annette B. Sams. Walt left high school early, acquiring a GED. He then entered the U.S. Navy and served until 1946.

After the service, Walt went to work for Safeway stores in northern California, a career from which he retired in May of 1975.

In September of 1971, Walt and Elsie Scoggin were married at Carson City, Nev. The couple raised a blended family of seven children, Walter LeRoy Butler III, Christine, Cindy, Nannette, Linda, Donald and Darrell.

In 1976, Walt and Elsie moved to Halfway. Prior to their arrival in Halfway, Walt had been involved with the Ceres Fire Department, so it was a perfect fit for him to volunteer for the Pine Valley Fire Department.

Walt was also active with the Lions Club, American Legion, Halfway/Oxbow Ambulance Service, Elks Lodge, Sheriff's Posse, and both the Hells Canyon Junior Rodeo and Panhandle Labor Day Rodeo. He was a reserve deputy with the Baker County Sheriff's Department and served as mayor of Halfway from 1979 to 1981.

Walt loved to umpire the local Little League games. Every summer, he looked forward to helping his nephew, Larry Casebold, at Yakima, Wash., with his cherry and pear orchards.

Walt was always there when something needed to be done, or when others needed encouragement. He always had a joke, a wonderful smile and that little mischievous twinkle in his eye.

Walt loved to fish and to hunt deer and elk. He always had to "have his paper." He enjoyed keeping up on the events of the Panhandle area. In 1987, Walt and Elsie became winter visitors to Yuma, Ariz. In October of 2002, they became permanent residents of Yuma.

Survivors include his wife, Elsie; son and daughter-in-law, Walter LeRoy Butler III and Patricia of Ceres, Calif.; daughters and sons-in-law, Christine and Glenn Naylor of Yarington, Nev., Cindy and Ed Blomdahl of Modesto, Calif., and Nannette and Lenny Anderson of Tuolumne, Calif.; daughter, Linda Nager of Delhi, Calif.; sons, Donald Scoggin of Ceres, Calif., and Darrell Scoggin of Delhi, Calif.; brother-in-law, Al Benton of Seattle, Wash.; nephews, Larry Casebolt and his wife, Susan, and Jack Zager and his wife, Diane; 15 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.

Walt was preceded in death by his parents, three stepsisters and one stepbrother.

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

Mary Meador

Mary Meador, 93, of East Wenatchee, Wash., a former Baker City resident, died March 14, 2005, at her home.

There will be a family memorial service at East Wenatchee. Burial will be at the Prairie City Cemetery.

Mrs. Meador was born on June 21, 1911, at Prairie City to George Custer and Edna Pearl Howell. She shared ranching with her husband, Garland T. Meador, on their Prairie City cattle ranch for 50 years until retirement when they moved to Baker City and Palm Springs, Calif. For the past 11 years she had lived at East Wenatchee to be near her family.

Survivors include her daughter, Jane, and son-in-law, L.L. "Skip" Nagler, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, all of Washington; a sister, Barbara Reynolds of Prairie City; foster daughter-in-law, Kay Barnhart of Redmond and three foster grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two brothers, Glenn and Arden Howell; and foster son, Wayne Pierce.

Charlie Bishop

Charlie Bishop, 74, of Baker City, died March 13, 2005, at Meadowbrook Place.

At his request, there will be no public funeral. His family will schedule a private service later.

Charlie was born on Oct. 26, 1930. He enjoyed camping, fishing, and playing cards and darts. His grandsons brought him great joy. He was a great brother and a very special uncle.

He was loved very much and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his longtime companion, Norma Ash; a son, Jackie Bishop, and his wife, Marie Bishop; and his parents.

Survivors include his stepchildren, Dave and Donna Ash, and their children, Nickolas and Zachery, Mary Jo and Mike Nee and their children, Spencer and Sawyer, and Dan Ash and Midge Parsons; a brother, Harmon, and his wife, Murl, of Arizona; and sisters, Camilla Schieitzer of California and Patsy Maybe of Missouri.

‘Smokey' Bowman

Gene C. "Smokey" Bowman, 76, of Baker City, died March 9, 2005, at his home after a year-long battle with cancer. His wife and children were at his side.

His memorial was at 1 p.m. today at Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel. Pastor Lennie Spooner of the First Church of the Nazarene officiated.

Interment was at Mount Hope Cemetery at the foot of his granddaughter Sophia's grave.

Gene was born Sept. 10, 1928, at Checotah, Okla., to Floyd and Maude Bowman. The family moved to the Gooding, Idaho, area where Gene attended school until he was 15, when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy.

After his time in the service, he worked on many ranches in Idaho and Nevada — always a top hand among the crew. He began to rodeo at an early age and won his first buckle in bull riding at Bliss, Idaho. He spent many years following rodeo in bull riding, saddle bronc riding and bulldogging. He was a pretty fair team roper, too.

Gene owned his own airplane and would fly over the family ranch and knock the tops out of the cottonwood trees to tell the family to pick him up at the airport. He also owned and operated several bars and restaurants over the years.

Gene married Betty Woods and they had three children: Becky, Dave and Brad. They later divorced.

On May 8, 1981, he married Shelley Hack at McDermitt, Nev. They spent their honeymoon in a branding camp with Cisco's. They started raising quarter horses and showing "Pepper," Gene's good yellow stud horse in cutting.

Gene did many things in his life, from being a cowboy to running heavy equipment to learning silversmithing. He was a truly remarkable and talented man.

He was preceded in death by his beloved parents, Floyd and Maude Bowman; a brother, Wayne Bowman; and a granddaughter, Sophia Noel Hack.

Survivors include his wife, Shelley; his daughter, Becky Goff, and her husband, Rex, of Spring Creek, Nev.; sons, Dave Bowman, Brad Bowman and his wife, Lori, all of Elko, Nev., and Ed Hack of Oregon; sisters, Thelma, Wilma, Mary and Ethel of Gooding, Idaho; one brother, Otis Bowman of Utah; grandchildren, Josh, Nick, Mandy, Donita, Sara, Nicole, Kristen, Hope, Holly, Beau, Michelle, Cheyenne and Skyler; numerous great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

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