Obituaries for the week of March 19 to March 23

March 27, 2001 12:00 am

Leo Boyce

Leo Herbert Boyce, 81, of Desert Hot Springs, Calif., died March 6, 2001, at Palm Springs, Calif., after a brief illness.

There was a private service for Mr. Boyce. The Desert Hot Springs Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Boyce was born on Dec. 13, 1919, at Baker City to John and Sophia Sinclair Boyce. He grew up in Baker City and was a 1940 Baker High School graduate. He married Florence Harrington on Sept. 11, 1973, at Coeur dAlene, Idaho.

His grandparents were pioneers. They came to Oregon by wagon train in 1880 and settled in Baker Valley.

Mr. Boyce served in World War II. He was a member of Co. F, 186th Infantry, the Baker unit of the Oregon National Guard. They were called into active duty in 1940.

He served with Co. F at Fort Lewis, Wash., and throughout the Pacific. They went to Australia and then was in the Papuan Campaign, the New Guinea campaign, the occupation of Biak and the Philippines invasion. He was discharged in 1946.

He entered the restaurant business in Portland in 1946 and owned and operated a restaurant for years before moving to Kennewick, Wash. There he owned and operated a catering service. He became known as a gourmet cook. When he retired they moved to Desert Hot Springs, but for several years he maintained a summer home in Baker City.

One of his interests was the treatment of diabetes. He was one of the original founders of the Childrens Diabetes Camp, which is still operating at Gales Creek. He helped build the camp and continued to be very active in the program.

He often used his vacation time to cook at the camp. Several Baker County children attend the camp every year and receive expert education on medications and diet.

Mr. Boyce was a sportsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was an enthusiastic golfer until his death. He started playing golf as a youngster. His home was near the old Baker golf course on the east side of town. He worked as a caddy to finance his golfing.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Gales Creek Foundation, 415 N. State St., No. 120, Lake Oswego, OR 97034-3231.

Adele Chandler

Adele Bernice Chandler, 97, a longtime Baker County resident, died March 20, 2001, at Spokane, Wash.

Her funeral will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. in Baker City. Associate Pastor Bob Whitman of the Baker City Christian Church will officiate. Interment will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery. Visitations will be today until 7 p.m.

Mrs. Chandler was born July 12, 1903, at Baker City to Madison White Sturgill and Ressie Myrtle Compton Sturgill. She was raised in Baker City and graduated from Baker High School. After graduation, she completed a teachers training and was a substitute teacher in North Baker and was a teacher in the Lookout Mountain area. On Dec. 28, 1922, she married Lowell Steveson Chandler. From this union, two children were born, Virginia Myrtle and Rodney Lowell Chandler. After her marriage, she quit teaching in order to take care of her family and raise her children. Mr. Chandler died on Dec. 12, 1968.

Mrs. Chandler loved to crochet, play cribbage and pinochle and was always read to take a trip.

She was a member of the Elkhorn Grange for more than 50 years and was a 7th-degree charter member. She also served for many years as a treasurer for the Grange. She was also a member of the Baker City Christian Church.

Mrs. Chandler is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Virginia and Jack McBride of Spokane; grandchildren, Gregory W. McBride and Roger K. McBride, both of Spokane, Bradford Lowell McBride of Seattle, Lorrie Chandler Harvey of Haines, and Cynthia Shanklin of Pilot Rock; four great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson, as well as several nieces and nephews and her loving caregiver, Bonnie Olsen of Spokane.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lowell; her son, Rodney; and her sister, Lenore Eccles.

Contributions in Mrs. Chandlers memory may be directed to the Eastern Oregon Museum or to the charity of your choice, in care of Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Merton Osborne

Merton Fisher Osborne, 82, of Baker City died March 20, 2001, at Evergreen Health and Rehab Center in La Grande.

His memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Ritualistic rites will be accorded by the Baker Elks Lodge, No. 338. There will be a time of fellowship and sharing after the service at the Baker Elks Lodge, 1896 Second St.

Mr. Osborne was born May 29, 1918, at La Grande to Ernest Douglas Hastings and Helen M. Fisher Osborne. He grew up at Fisher Hot Springs near Haines and graduated from Muddy Creek High School.

On April 26, 1939, he married Ellen Virginia Rutter. They had four children: Ron, Frederick, Pam and Gloria. Mr. Osborne proudly served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army. He served his tour at Camp Roberts where he walked every inch of the base.

He made his living working for various construction companies driving his own dump truck. He also worked some for an advertising company.

Mrs. Osborne died on Sept. 17, 1988. Mr. Osborne moved to La Grande with his daughter in January of this year.

He enjoyed camping with his family and friends, as well as going dancing and playing shuffleboard. Hunting and fishing also were favorites of his. Some of his most enjoyable times, though, were spent attending the Bull-a-rama at the Baker Fairgrounds during Miners Jubilee. He was a 47-year life member of the Baker Elks Lodge, the Baker City Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.

Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Ron and Sandy Osborne of Baker City; daughters and sons-in-law, Pamela and Rocky Hardwick of La Grande and Gloria and Jack Kleck of High Valley; brother and sister-in-law, Roger and Billie Osborne of Midwest City, Okla.; a sister and brother-in-law, Kathleen and Axel Honigbaum of Stanwood, Wash.; a sister, Bonita Fellers of Albany; sister-in-law, Ruth Osborne of Redmond; eight grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and many dear friends and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia; a son Frederick; a brother, Nigel; and his parents.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Elks Foundation or the Baker City VFW DAV fund through the Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Marvel Haynes

Marvel E. Ward Haynes, 93, a longtime Baker City resident, died March 19, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

Disposition was by cremation at Grays West & Co. Pioneer Chapel and Crematory.

There will be a family service at a later date.

Mrs. Haynes was born July 19, 1907. She married Thomas Ben Haynes in May of 1933.

For 67 years they were constantly together, traveling and exploring life side by side. In the early 1970s they moved to Baker City from Kingman, Ariz. The two of them shared many hobbies throughout their life together, the most memorable being rockhounding. A collection of some of the pieces they found during their many years of hunting together decorated the walls of their home.

Mrs. Haynes also enjoyed sewing, reading, gardening and the many visits from family and friends that blessed their doorstep.

She spoke very little of herself. Perhaps this is because she made Ben her life. There was rarely a moment spent apart, and his interests were hers as well. Their life together was a partnership to be admired and respected. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Mrs. Haynes was preceded in death by her husband, Ben, who died Jan. 19, 2001.

She is survived by her nieces and their husbands, Marilyn and Keith Shollenberger and Cindy and Jack Henner, all of Baker City; a sister and her family, Helen Peterson of Portland; and many other nieces, nephews and their extended families.

Contributions in Mrs. Haynes memory may be made to the Blue Mountain Old Time Fiddlers Association in care of Grays West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave.

Marcia Thornton

Marcia A. Thornton, 67, of Sumpter, a Baker County native, died March 19, 2001, at her home.

Her memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the McEwen Bible Fellowship. Pastor Bill Cox of the church will officiate.

Mrs. Thornton was born on Nov. 14, 1933, at Baker City to Alice and George Carver. She attended schools in Baker, Hermiston and Walla Walla, Wash. She was a 1951 Baker High School graduate.

She married Norman Charles Thornton on Dec. 1, 1950, at Pasco, Wash. They lived in Baker City and had homes in Wyoming, Utah, Montana, Nevada, Texas, Colorado and Oregon. Her favorite home was in Sumpter where she and her husband moved after retirement.

She loved auctions and was an avid antique collector specializing in old and rare bottles. She became an accomplished painter and loved crafts. She also loved the mountains, deserts and the ocean. She volunteered her time for many functions.

Survivors include her husband, Norm, of 50 years; her son, Michael William Thornton and his wife, Susan, of Richland, Wash.; a grandson, Kelly Franklin Thornton; her brother, William Amos Carver and his wife, Sue, of Tigard; and many cousins living in the Baker City area.

Bert Neuberger

Bert Neuberger, 84, a longtime Baker City resident who owned and operated Baker Furniture Co. on Main Street for many years, died March 19, 2001, at Settlers Park.

His graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Beth Israel Cemetery in Portland.

Mr. Neuberger was born Sept. 3, 1916, in Germany to Joseph and Jette Baum Neuberger. He was educated in Germany and worked for a bank at Frankfurt before coming to the United States in 1938.

He worked for several years for Emrich Furniture Co. at Weiser, Idaho. He moved to Baker City in 1940 and started the Baker Furniture Co. He owned and operated the store until his death. He loved his work and operating the store.

Survivors include his brother and sister-in-law, Gert and Erna Neuberger of Baker City; two nieces, Patricia and Rosalyn Neuberger of Portland; and a nephew, Robert Neuberger of Portland; and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Hans Neuberger.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of ones choice through the Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St.

Conrad Spicer

Conrad Charles Spicer, 83, of Settlers Park died March 15, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

His funeral was at 3 p.m. today at Grays West & Co. Pioneer Chapel. Pastor Dennis Hickman of the First Lutheran Church officiated. Disposition was by cremation.

Mr. Spicer was born on Aug. 25, 1917, at Yonkers, N.Y., to Henry and Augusta Spicer. He married Louise Marie Moore on Nov. 17, 1946, at Mount Vernon, N.Y.

Mr. Spicer served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart. He worked as a storm window installer in New York and later owned and operated a restaurant with his wife and daughters and sons-in-law. He and his wife retired to Florida and recently moved to Baker City to be closer to family.

Survivors include his daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and Bill Brown of Baker City and Janet and Bruce Rumford of Milford, Conn.; grandsons and their wives, Tyler and Corrina Brown, Aaron and Kathy Brown and Lucas Brown, all of Baker City, Jason and Heather Brown of Boise, Richard and Amanda Rumford, Charles Rumford and Russell Rumford, all of Connecticut; great-grandchildren, Cody, Tori, Alexa and Sidney Brown of Baker City, Destin and Jersey Brown of Boise and Kiel Rumford of Connecticut; a sister, Charlotte Pellico of Mount Vernon, N.Y.; and a brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Rose Spicer of New York.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association through Grays West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, Ore. 97814.

Clifford Rosamond Sr.

Clifford L. Rosamond Sr., 70, a longtime Baker City and Haines resident, died March 10, 2001, at his home.

His memorial service was at 5 p.m. Friday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Bishop Greg Baxter of the LDS church officiated. There was a reception at the church afterward.

Mr. Rosamond was born on June 24, 1930, at Trumann, Ark., to Enoch and Emma Rosamond. He worked in the brewery industry in southern California. Upon retirement, Mr. Rosamond moved to Haines and Baker City with his wife of 49 years, Dorothy May.

Since retiring to Oregon, he was able to enjoy many of his interests, which included hunting and fishing.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Rosamond; daughters, Taylor Rose and Julia A. Rosamond; a son, Clifford Rosamond Jr.; four grandchildren and a great-grandson; a sister, Wilma Quinonez of Baker City; and a brother, Jim Rosamond of Arkansas.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Rosann Estrada, who died in 1990.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association through Grays West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, Ore. 97814.

Lena Luster

Lena G. Luster, 89, of Baker City, died March 14, 2001, at a La Grande nursing home.

Her funeral was today at Grays West & Co. Pioneer Chapel. Pastor Allan Franks of the First Church of the Nazarene officiated. Visitations were Saturday at the funeral home. Interment was at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Mrs. Luster was born on Oct. 9, 1911, at Flora to Albert Loock and Myrtel Davis. She married Melvin J. Luster on Dec. 24, 1953, at Baker City.

She was active in the Moose, Eagles and Royal Neighbors lodges. Her hobbies were embroidery, fishing and cutting pictures out for scrapbooks. She also enjoyed going to the Senior Center with many friends and she loved to play in the Kitchen Band.

She loved hamburgers and when they were mentioned, she was always ready to go and get one. Garage sales were always a must and she had a great sense of humor.

Survivors include her stepson, Melvin K. Luster of Baker City; a daughter-in-law, Carolyn Luster; her daughter, Janet Kennedy of Elgin; 11 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Elma Dougherty; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Albert Loock; her mother, Myrtel Davis; a brother; a sister; and her husband, Melvin J. Luster.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association through Grays West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, Ore. 97814.

Conrad Spicer

Conrad Charles Spicer, 83, of Settlers Park died March 15, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

His funeral was at 3 p.m. today at Grays West & Co. Pioneer Chapel. Pastor Dennis Hickman of the First Lutheran Church officiated. Disposition was by cremation.

Mr. Spicer was born on Aug. 25, 1917, at Yonkers, N.Y., to Henry and Augusta Spicer. He married Louise Marie Moore on Nov. 17, 1946, at Mount Vernon, N.Y.

Mr. Spicer served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart. He worked as a storm window installer in New York and later owned and operated a restaurant with his wife and daughters and sons-in-law. He and his wife retired to Florida and recently moved to Baker City to be closer to family.

Survivors include his daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and Bill Brown of Baker City and Janet and Bruce Rumford of Milford, Conn.; grandsons and their wives, Tyler and Corrina Brown, Aaron and Kathy Brown and Lucas Brown, all of Baker City, Jason and Heather Brown of Boise, Richard and Amanda Rumford, Charles Rumford and Russell Rumford, all of Connecticut; great-grandchildren, Cody, Tori, Alexa and Sidney Brown of Baker City, Destin and Jersey Brown of Boise and Kiel Rumford of Connecticut; a sister, Charlotte Pellico of Mount Vernon, N.Y.; and a brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Rose Spicer of New York.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association through Grays West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, Ore. 97814.