Obituaries for the week of March 5 to March 9

March 08, 2001 11:00 pm

Frank Gray

Franklyn Isaiah Frank Gray, 77, a longtime Baker City resident, died March 1, 2001, at his home.

His funeral will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Baker City Seventh-day Adventist Church, corner of 17th Street and Pocahontas Road. Pastor Leon Cornforth will officiate. Interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitations will be today until 7 p.m. at the Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St.

Mr. Gray was born Dec. 19, 1923, at Baker City to John Osborne Gray and Lurana Ann (Hall) Gray. His family homesteaded in the Baker Valley area and later moved to Hermiston and Pendleton. In 1946 the family returned to Baker, where Mr. Gray and his younger brother, Fred, began Universal Radio and Sound, a radio repair and recording studio business at 2260 10th St.

Mr. Gray met Muriel Dick in the summer of 1949, when she came to work as a nurse at St. Elizabeth Hospital. They were married in June 1950 at the Baker Seventh-day Adventist Church. Following their honeymoon, the couple moved to Spokane, Wash., where Mr. Gray worked as a radio technician. In 1956 the Grays moved back to Baker, and Mr. Gray founded Evergreen Radio & TV in the R.E. Wilson Appliance store at 1725 Main St. In the 1960s he and Fred formed the partnership of Grays TV at 1824 Main St., which they operated until the business was sold in 1985.

Mr. Gray was a 50-year member of the Baker Seventh-day Adventist Church, where he held many offices.

Mr. Gray is survived by his wife, Muriel, of Baker City; their children, Elizabeth Parker of Baker City, Rosalyn Patton of Portland, and Peter Gray of Las Vegas; three siblings, Almyra M. Walter, Fred Gray, and Bonnie Entermille, all of Baker City; four grandchildren, Nickolias Turner, Matthew Parker, and Donald and Daniel Gray; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Gray and Lurana Gray-Green; his stepfather, Charles Green; his older brother, John Riley Gray; a niece, Susan C. Gray; and a nephew, Stephen Gray.

Contributions in Mr. Grays memory may be made to the Baker Valley SDA School or the church parking lot fund, in care of Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, Ore., 97814.

Walter Taylor

Walter Edwin Taylor, 71, of Cove, died March 1, 2001, at his home.

His funeral will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Union LDS Chapel, 702 N. Main St. Bishop Jerry Baxter will officiate. Burial will follow at the Cove cemetery. Visitations will be today until 7 p.m. at Daniels Chapel of the Valley in La Grande.

Mr. Taylor was born Nov. 13, 1929, on his grandparents ranch near Chiloquin, a son of Marion and Orilla (Shadley) Taylor. He was the eighth of nine children. He worked as a timber faller until a logging accident in the early 1960s. He and his late wife, Shirley (Needham) Taylor, owned and ran the Cove Tavern in the 60s.

He attended school in Haines, Baker City and Tigard. He lived in Cove for 38 years.

Mr. Taylor loved children, hunting, fishing, his family, gardening, woodworking, rock hunting, reading and riding in the mountains. He also enjoyed watching sporting events, especially school sports. He taught hunter safety classes and coached Little League.

He married Rita (Bushnell) Schmidt on Sept. 22, 1990.

Mr. Taylor is survived by his wife, Rita, of Cove; three sons, Doug Taylor of Cove, Jack Dalton of Granger, Wash., and Allen Lee of Deer Trail, Colo; three daughters, Sue Taylor of Ronan, Mont., Theresa Ziaee of Yelm, Wash., and Fonda Timm of La Grande; two sisters, Rose Strenke of Lake Oswego, and June Cutshall of Tigard; seven stepdaughters, Cindy Witke of Grand Rapids, Mich., Laurie Gray of Pottsboro, Texas, Valorie Gutirrez of Riverside, Calif., Ronda Carter of Comstock Park, Mich., Vicki Bramblett of Wolfforth, Texas, Monette Howell of Hillsboro, and Michelle Huff of Grand Rapids, Mich.; two stepsons, Ken Fuller of Wolfforth, Texas, and Doug Fuller of Ontario; 36 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mr. Taylor was preceded in death by four brothers, Bill, Denver, Mick and Lyle; two sisters, Coena and Rowena; a son, Don Dalton; and a grandson, Brian Carter.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Walter Taylor Memorial Fund or to a charity of ones choice, in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande, Ore., 97850.

Wendell Muncey

Wendell Randolph Muncey, 85, of Baker City, died Feb. 22, 2001, at his home.

At his request, he was cremated, and there will be no funeral. Coles-Strommer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Muncey was born Aug. 4, 1915, on his maternal grandmothers place at Ostrander, Wash., a son of Edwin Francis and Amanda Asenath Holmes Muncey. He attended schools at Halfway.

After leaving school he became a truck driver and spent the rest of his life doing what he lived driving.

He worked for several companies in California before he was injured and had to quit. He returned to Eastern Oregon, and he always considered Halfway and Baker City as his home.

Contributions in Mr. Munceys memory may be made to the charity of ones choice in care of the Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, Ore., 97814.

Lynn Hicks

Harold Lynn Hicks, 52, of Jerome, Idaho, and a former Baker City resident, died March 1, 2001, at his parents home in Baker City.

His memorial service will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Pastor John Goodyear of the Baker Valley Church of Christ will officiate.

Mr. Hicks was born Nov. 5, 1948, at Norwood, Mo., a son of Raymond Eugene and Grace (Smith) Hicks. He received his education in Baker City and worked on various ranches in the area. He loved cars and trucks, and drove big rigs since he was 19 years old.

Mr. Hicks is survived by his wife, Kelly Hicks of Jerome; a son and daughter-in-law, Gene and Terri Hicks of Plattsmouth, Neb.; his parents, Grace and Raymond Hicks of Baker City; stepchildren, Sheldon and Tara Pearson of Sheridan, Holly and Jill Pearson of Jerome and Hagerman, Idaho; a sister, Patty Lang of American Canyon, Calif.; a brother and sister-in-law, David and Julie Hicks, and a brother, Douglas Hicks, all of Baker City; three grandsons and one granddaughter; and nieces and nephews.

Mr. Hicks was preceded in death by his grandparents, uncles and aunts.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society in care of Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, Ore., 97814.

Anna Tiffany

Anna Pauline Hutton Tiffany, 82, a longtime Baker City resident, died March 3, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Grays West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Pastor Lura Kidner-Miesen of the Baker City United Methodist Church will officiate. Visitations will be from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Tiffany was born on Dec. 3, 1918, at Sunnyside, Wash., to George and Emma Lomas. Her family moved to Keating where she met and married Logan E. Hutton. They raised six children over the course of the next 36 years.

She moved to Portland after her husbands death in 1970. She worked as a seamstress for Lipmans. She met Buster Tiffany in Portland and they were married on Aug. 28, 1974. They returned to Baker City in 1975.

Survivors include her husband, Buster Tiffany; sons and daughters-in-law, Ernie and Leona Hutton and Ronald and Doris Hutton; daughters and sons-in-law, Lorene and Bud Lewis, Karen and Erving Logan and Marlene and Neal Bork; grandchildren, Dannica and Taryn Hutton, Eric Hutton, Everett Bork, Shawn and Heidi Logan, Gary, David and Richard Lewis; two stepgrandchildren, Mike and Mark Bork; and 21 great-grandchildren. She also is survived by Mr. Tiffanys children, Dorothy Shelley, Barbara Gomez and Buster Edgar Tiffany; and his stepchildren, Dick Cline, Anita Cline, Betty Cline and Janie Cline; 16 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Logan Hutton; a son, Ralph Hutton, and his wife, Joan; brothers, George, Ernie, Freddie and Ray Lomas and a sister, Peggy Lytle; and her stepchildren, Merton Miles Tiffany, Betty Taylor, JoAnn Cline and Bobbi Cline.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of ones choice through Grays West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, Ore. 97814.

Winnie Sutter

Winifred H. Winnie Sutter, 88, of Baker City died March 6, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center.

At her request, her body was cremated. There will be a family service later at the Enterprise Cemetery.

Mrs. Sutter was born on July 31, 1912, to Everett and Della Kooch Stubblefield. She was educated at Enterprise and married Albert Sutter at Lewiston, Idaho. She lived at Yuba City, Calif., before returning to Oregon.

She lived at John Day and came to Baker City in 1996. She was a member of the Church of Christ in Californian and the Christian Church at John Day.,

Survivors include her stepson, Russell Bratcher, and his wife, Gloria, of Baker City; stepdaughter, Jenette Freeman, and her husband, Rex, of Fruitland, Idaho; sister-in-law, Virginia Stubblefield of Joseph; a niece, Carolyn Strohm, and her husband, Jim; nephews, James Zahm, and Bob, David and Bruce Stubblefield; an numerous cousins and great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Sutter; her sister, Golda Hackbarth; and brothers, Robert and Donald Stubblefield.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation through the Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, Ore., 97814.