Obituaries from Oct. 24-28

October 28, 2005 12:00 am

Harold Combs

Harold Combs, 83, of Baker City, died Oct. 16, 2005, at the Veterans Hospital in Walla Walla, Wash.

At his request, he will be cremated and his ashes returned to his favorite place near Bates. There will be no funeral.

Harold was born March 19, 1922, at Austin to John and Margaret Combs. He was a World War II veteran. He lived most of his life in and around the areas of Bates, Austin and Baker City, and had worked for the Oregon Lumber Company throughout the years doing various jobs. The old engines used for transporting logs and lumber were a special interest of his, and he loved talking about them with family and friends.

Harold is survived by four sisters; three daughters, Alice Bartow of Baker City, Dianne Cramer and Kathleen Frazier of New Castle, Ind.; 10 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Harold was preceded in death by his son, James; his father and mother; one brother and four sisters.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice in care of Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

‘Stub' Burril

Glen "Stub" Burril, 77, of Baker City, a former Unity resident, died Oct. 21, 2005, at his home.

His graveside service will be at 2 p.m. MDT Friday at the Wilder Cemetery in Wilder, Idaho. Pastor Roger Scovil of Baker City Christian Church will officiate.

Visitations will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St.

Stub Burril was born Oct. 22, 1927, at Pierce, Idaho, to Charles and Lulu Burril. He attended schools around the Wilder, Idaho, area.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1945, and served as a radio operator until 1947. Stub married Vera Obeta Huckabee on May 7, 1951, at Wilder, Idaho. He worked in the timber industry in various areas around Oregon.

After moving to Unity in 1959, Stub was a logging truck driver, a profession he greatly enjoyed, until his retirement. In 1994, he moved to Baker City where he lived with his companion, LaVelle Givens, for 11 years.

Stub had many friends through his association with the Baker Senior Center. For many years, he enjoyed playing music for dances at the center. Times with family and friends enjoying the outdoors, camping, playing music, throwing horseshoes, and just driving out in the forests were Stub's greatest joys.

Survivors include his companion, LaVelle Givens of Baker City; a brother Ralph "Lyle" Burril of Kuna, Idaho; a son, Lexie Burril of Baker City; a daughter, Doneena Vandecar of Umatilla; grandson, Joseph Vandecar II, and his wife, Brandi, and their children, Baylea and Joseph III; grandson, Joshua Vandecar, and his wife, Amie; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Obeta; his parents; four brothers, Donald Burril, Clyde Burril, Lex Burril, and Burt (Fay) Burril; and one sister, Vivian (Lyla) Cornwell.

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

Donald Scott

Donald Ray Scott, 48, of Baker City died Oct. 24, 2005, at his home.

There will be no service.

He was born on May 17, 1957, at Baker City to Herschel and Donna Scott.

Donald treasured his Harley motorcycle and fishing. He also spent lots of time in his woodworking shop.

Survivors include his wife of two months, Mary Susan Scott of Baker City; one son from a previous marriage, Micah Scott of Sumpter; parents, Herschel and Donna Scott of Baker City; sister, Patricia Goode, and her husband, Curtis, of Summerville; brothers, Bud Scott, and his wife, Sandy, and Herschel Scott Jr. and his wife, Joyce, all of Baker City.

Donald was preceded in death by his brother, Erwin N. Scott.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pathway Hospice of Baker City in care of Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Jacob Buttram

Jacob Amos Buttram, 62, died Oct. 24, 2005, at his home in Durkee.

His memorial service will be at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at the Huntington Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall. Bill Burly of the Huntington Christian Center will officiate. There will be a reception by the Huntington Sorority afterward at the VFW Hall.

Amos was born on April 8, 1943, at Madera, Calif., to Ira and Gladys Buttram.

He served in the U.S. Army from Nov. 1, 1967, to Oct. 8, 1969. He spent 13 months in Vietnam where he received a Bronze star. When he left the Army he was a master sergeant. He served in the National Guard from 1974 to 1976 as a master sergeant.

On Jan. 10, 1972, he married Beverly Burshem from Arcata, Calif. They moved to Florence in 1972. Their son, Jake, was born while they lived there. In 1981, they moved to Houston, where he worked as chief engineer for Ramada Hotel for three years.

Amos then worked as head maintenance man for 28 apartment complexes. From there, they moved to Yachats and he managed the Landmark Restaurant & Lounge.

Amos and Beverly then moved to Weatherby where he worked for Nelson Construction and Idaho Sand & Gravel until he retired on April 30, 2005.

He loved to hunt, fish and prospect for gold. He enjoyed playing the guitar and singing with the Snake River Opry band in Huntington. He also loved gospel music and playing it at church.

He and Beverly led the Praise and Worship service at the Pentecostal Church of God in Baker City and the Huntington Christian Center.

Amos was a loving dad, a wonderful brother and uncle. He was always a happy man and so full of life. All those who knew him will miss him.

Survivors include his wife, Beverly Buttram of Burnt River Canyon, Durkee; daughter, Sherri Madison, and her husband, Mark, and grandson, Hunter, of Mesa, Ariz.; daughter, Lori Monaghan, and her husband, Pat, and grandson, Jason, of Watertown, N.Y.; son, Jacob "Jake" Buttram, and his wife, Sherry, and granddaughters, Heather and Kelsey, and grandsons, Nicholas and Brandon of Swiss Home; brother, Darrell Buttram, and his wife, Janice, of Tucson, Ariz.; sisters, Edith Bromagem, and her husband, Jerry, of Medford, Lorraine McReynolds, and her husband, Dennis, of Arcata, Calif., and Martha Keener and her husband, Larry, of Baker City; uncles and aunts, James and Virginia Cornelius of Baker City, Lucille and Olin Hubbard of Porterville, Calif., Laura Fincher of Stockton, Calif., and Juanita Cornelius of Anderson, Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ira and Gladys Buttram; daughter, April Buttram; grandsons, Justin Madison and Matthew Monahan; and a sister, Alta Marie Buttram.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Wildlife Federation through Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Virginia Coen

Virginia Bertram "Ginny" Coen, 89, died Oct. 20, 2005, at her home near Baker City.

Virginia's love of the Friday night jam sessions inspired her family to have her memorial service in the format of a jam session at her home, 14803 Mill Creek Lane. The service will be on Friday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. All those who would like to celebrate her life with the family are welcome. There will be "open mike" opportunities for those who would like to speak. Those attending are asked to bring an appetizer or dessert if possible.

Virginia Cromwell Bertram was born on Nov. 11, 1915, to George Murray Bertram and Ella Skinner Bertram at Toronto, Ontario, Canada. As a young girl she cherished summers spent with her family at a summer cottage in the Muskoka Lakes region north of Toronto.

It was there that she developed a love of the natural world and the quiet rural life. After graduating from Havergal Girls School she attended the University of Toronto receiving both her bachelor's and her master's degrees in early childhood development.

On Dec. 21, 1942, Virginia married Michael McPharlin, an American fighter pilot serving with the British Royal Air Force (RAF). She lost Michael on D-Day as he fought air battles over France. Five days later, on June 11, 1944, their daughter, Carleen Anne, was born at Toronto, Canada. Virginia and Carleen lived with family at Toronto and Ottawa throughout the war years.

During this time Virginia supervised the preschool program and taught at Creighton Street Public School. Around this time she also spent one season as head of the Vassar Summer Institute program for young children in Poughkeepsie, NY.

After the war, Virginia met Oscar Hoffman Coen. Oscar had been an American fighter pilot with Michael McPharlin in the RAF's 71st Eagle Squadron. The two men supported each other in many air battles and loved to fight together.

After the war Oscar traveled to Ottawa to take Virginia some of Mike's personal items. He brought yellow tulips and eventually a marriage proposal.

They were married on Jan. 14, 1951, at Otis Air Force Base, Falmouth, Mass. As an Air Force couple they moved frequently. At Edmonds, Wash., their daughter, Tymera Lynn, was born in 1954. Then in Minneapolis, Minn., daughter, Robin Kay, was born in 1956. Then they lived at Derry, N.H., and later Kinchloe, Mich.

Oscar retired from the Air Force in May 1962, and the family settled on a cattle ranch outside of Baker City. The family loved the outdoor ranching life, which was quite a change for Virginia who had spent most of her life in the city.

She was determined to become a rancher. Overcoming her fear of horses, she secretly rode the family's big buckskin bareback. Her bravery was revealed to her family, much to her chagrin, when the large bruises she received from her fall off the horse were inadvertently displayed.

Despite challenges, she came to love the beauty and serenity of her home at the foot of the Elkhorn Mountains.

The family moved to Tacoma, Wash., in 1966 where Virginia was active in Common Cause and the Democratic Party. The family continued to spend summers at the ranch outside Baker City.

In 1977 Oscar and Virginia realized their dream of moving back to Baker City and retiring to the pleasures of country life. With the help of friends they designed and built a log home looking out over the valley.

Virginia was a member of the Baker County Democratic Party and a strong advocate for the environment. She attended local meetings regularly and loved to challenge the established point of view.

She preferred to root for the underdog or anyone that she felt the world had turned its back on. As many of you know, Ginny saw the very best in her friends and insisted that they believe in themselves.

"Thank you to Virginia's many friends and caregivers, especially to Rose Blue Bird, for the years of compassion and companionship given to her," her family said.

She was preceded in death by her husband of more than 50 years, Oscar.

Survivors include a sister, F. Elizabeth Bertram of Ottawa, Canada; daughters, Carleen Baily of Pennington, N.J., Tymera Coen of Portland, and Robin Coen Sasso of Boise; grandchildren, Alec Baily and Jacob Baily, of Pennington N.J., and Elizabeth and Abigail Sasso, of Boise.

Myrtle Hacker

Myrtle Christian Hacker, 86, of Baker City, died Oct. 25, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Care Center.

Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Pastor Lennie Spooner of the First Church of the Nazarene. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Friends are invited to join Myrtle's family after the service for a potluck reception at the home of Debbie Clelland, 1336 Valley Ave.

Visitations will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Gray's West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave.

Myrtle was born on Dec. 23, 1918, at Whitney. She was the youngest of the five children born to Edward Ridgeway and Sarah Elizabeth Hanby Borman.

Myrtle was a very caring person and was liked by everyone and touched everyone's heart. She enjoyed attending church and church functions. Myrtle loved to cook and entertain large family gatherings. When Al was alive, the couple enjoyed hunting and fishing. Myrtle also had fun with the occasional trip to Reno, Nev. She loved flowers and, when she was younger, she loved to dance.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin H. Hacker; her parents, Edward and Sarah Hanby; brothers, Floyd Albert, Richard Ridgeway and Louis Hershal; and a sister, Thelma Virginia.

Survivors include her son, Charles Couzens; grandchildren, DaVon Marie Spellman and Daniel Richard Couzens; great-grandchildren, Kiya May Dee Couzens, Keisha Roe Couzens, Monica Marie Spellman and Jessica Kristin Spellman; and many nieces and nephews.

Marty Jo Thompson

Marty Jo Thompson of North Powder died at birth at St. Luke's Hospital in Boise.

Her graveside funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at North Powder Cemetery. Bishop Allen Bingham of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will officiate.

She was born on Oct. 24, 2005, at St. Luke's Hospital in Boise. She was so loved and will be missed by all, her family said.

Survivors include her father and mother, Colby and Erin Thompson of North Powder; her twin sister, Jacee Ann Thompson of North Powder; grandparents, Doug and Nanette Winkelman of Elgin and Brent and Jeanette Thompson of Haines; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and great-grandparents.