Obituaries for the week of June 27 to July 1

June 30, 2005 11:00 pm

Loretta Han

Loretta Dee Han, 74, of Baker City died June 28, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

At her request there will be no service. Following her wishes, Loretta's family will return urns containing her remains and those of her husband, Ron, to their home at Lincoln City.

Loretta Dee Wirth was born July 17, 1930, at Elk, Wash., to Earl Fredrick and Alice Hazel Loynes Wirth.

Loretta meet Ronald Lee Han in Lincoln City. The couple were married on Jan. 31, 1977. Together for many years they ran Captain John's Restaurant at Lincoln City. Later relocating to Baker City, they purchased the Main Event and ran the tavern/restaurant together until Ron's death in 2001.

She was very social and well-liked by all who met her. She made many good friends at her Baker City business.

Loretta really enjoyed spending her vacations in Las Vegas.

Survivors include her sisters, Barbara Sneed of Baker City and Luanne Grinstad of Goshen, Ind.; a niece, Celestial Grinstad; and two nephews, Derrik Santy and Richard Sneed.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ron, and parents Earl and Alice Wirth.

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

Mary Ann James

Mary Ann James, 60, a former Baker City resident, died June 26, 2005, at the Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston.

Her graveside funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Hermiston Cemetery.

She was born on Dec. 14, 1944, at Nyssa to John Edward and Lucile N. Stephens Mahoney. She was raised at Nyssa and later at Baker City. She was a 1963 Baker High School graduate.

Mary married Leo James on June 8, 1963, at Huntington. They lived there until 1968 when they moved to the Hermiston area where they had lived since.

She worked as a housekeeper at the Hinkle Hotel for more than 15 years before retiring in 2002. She enjoyed flowers, fishing, traveling and sightseeing.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.

Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of arrangements.

Mabel Dinnick

Mabel Ann Dinnick, 93, a longtime Baker Valley resident, died June 28, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Care Center.

There will be no funeral, at her request. A private family celebration of life will be scheduled later.

Mabel, the daughter of Arch and Lizzie Long, was born on on June 26, 1912, at Muddy Creek at the home of her grandparents, Alonzo and Julia Long. She was the fourth of six children and attended her first 12 years of school at Haines.

Mabel was the final surviving member of the Haines High School Class of 1930. After graduating from high school, she continued her education at Eastern Oregon Normal School in La Grande. In 1960, she obtained her bachelor's degree in education from Eastern Oregon College.

Mabel taught 28 years in the Baker School District, 26 of those years were at North Baker School and two years were at Muddy Creek. Her great-grandparents donated land for the first Muddy Creek School in 1876.

She also taught for three years at Bourne and Columbia mines. One of the greatest pleasures Mabel experienced was a visit from her former students.

During her first year of teaching, she met and later married Wilbur "Bill" Dinnick. They were married on Dec. 30, 1933, at Weiser, Idaho.

Wilbur and Mabel moved to Cornucopia, where Wilbur worked in the mines. Their first daughter, Evelyn, was born during that time.

During World War II, Mabel and her family lived in the Los Angeles area where their second daughter, Roberta, was born. In 1946, they returned to Baker Valley, where they spent their remaining years.

The many interests Mabel had through the years included fishing, hunting, camping, lapidary, crocheting, reading, dancing, playing cribbage, and collecting antique bottles. She made beautiful winter scene collages, was an avid Trailblazer fan and always exercised her dry wit as well as her great sense of humor.

Mabel was outspoken, adventurous and spirited. She liked to have a good time and will be missed by many.

Mabel belonged to the National Education Association, Baker Retired Teachers Association, Oregon National Educational Foundation and Order of Eastern Star Halfway Inland Chapter, No. 136. She also did volunteer work for Baker Senior Citizens and the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center.

Survivors include her daughters, Evelyn Davis and her husband, Larry of Bend, and Roberta Donaldson and her husband, Jim, of Baker City; a sister, Georgia Sieg, of Baker City; grandchildren, Buck and Joe Davis of Bend, Eric Donaldson of Portland, and Laura Palmer of Framingham, Mass.; great-grandchildren, Brandon Davis of Pendleton and Olivia Palmer of Framingham, Mass.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur; her siblings, Floyd Long, Beulah Bell, Pansy Maxwell and Dora Allen; and her nephew, Mike Allen.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pathway Hospice or Eastern Oregon Museum at Haines, through Gray's West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

Dewey Flowers

Dewey Flowers, 66, of Star, Idaho, a former Baker City resident, died June 25, 2005, at Boise after an extended illness.

His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the First Christian Church in La Grande. His graveside service will be immediately afterward at Mount Hope Cemetery in Baker City.

Visitations will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Loveland Funeral Chapel in La Grande.

Dewey was born at Baker City on Sept. 29, 1938, to Ardes I. Regan Flowers and Dewey G. Flowers. While attending Baker schools, he achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. He attended the national Eagle Scout convention at Irvine, Calif., in 1953.

Dewey was the first drum major for the Baker Elks Drum and Bugle Corps, which he held dear to his heart. He gave many years as a leader, taking many kids through their memorable years to state and national Elks conventions.

He was a 43-year member of the Baker Elks Lodge. He attended Eastern Oregon University at La Grande from 1957 to 1959. He married Mardene Estes in December of 1959. He worked for the U.S. Forest Service for 37 years, retiring in 1994.

Dewey married Janice Conklin in August of 1997 and later relocated by himself to Star, Idaho. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and his cabin he shared with his son, Don, at New Bridge. His love was his children, grandchildren and family. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Survivors include his three children and their spouses, Don and Brenda Flowers of La Grande, Jani and Duane McLaughlin of Island City and Michelle and Kenny Wells of Bloomington, Ill.; 14 grandchildren, Heather, Justin, Jami, Jered, Sheena, Shawn, Brandon, Kyli, Dena, Dale, Kyler, Kadon, Madison and Kobe; seven great-grandchildren; four sisters, Winnifred Ward of La Grande, Virginia Foster and her husband, Richard, and Beverly and Art Klingman, all of Portland, and Ferriel and Paul Gregory of Salem; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to Doernbecher Children's Hospital through Loveland Funeral Home.

Darrell Willems

Darrell Harold "Knuckles" Willems, 61, of Halfway, died June 21, 2005, at the Boise Veterans Hospital.

Darrell was born at Algoma, Wis., on April 13, 1944, to Leonard and Doris Willems. After graduating from high school he joined the U.S. Army. He served from October 29, 1958, until May of 1970.

After his discharge from the Army he lived and worked in the Portland area as a heavy equipment operator. He later made his permanent home in Halfway.

Darrell and Fadyne Hurtado were married on Aug. 28, 2002, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall in Halfway. Darrell enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his friends. He was a member of the VFW Post, No. 7847.

Survivors include his wife, Fay; his son, Guy Willems; four stepdaughters; numerous grandchildren; and other relatives; and his faithful canine companion, Sari.

Memorial contributions may be made to VFW Post, No. 7847, through Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.