Obituaries for the week of June 18 to June 22

June 21, 2001 11:00 pm

Flo Kelly

Flores A. Flo Kelly, 71, of North Powder, died June 15, 2001, at her daughters home in North Powder.

At her request, there will be no public service. There will be a private family service later. Loveland Funeral Chapel of La Grande is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Kelly was born on July 7, 1930, at Bend to Bert and Agnes Beach Nickels. She was a Baker High School graduate. She lived at North Powder for about 15 years before moving to Bullhead City, Ariz., where she lived for about 15 years. She had been a resident of Gold Beach for the last 12 years before recently returning to North Powder.

She enjoyed gardening, crocheting and spending time with her family. She was loved by many and will be missed greatly by all who knew her.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Keith and Kathy Montgomery of Union and Gary and Becky Montgomery of Pilot Rock; daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and Roger Kirkland of North Powder and Maureen and Tony Smith of Bullhead City, Ariz.; brothers and sister-in-law, Nick and Betty Nickels of Gold Beach and Randy Black of Walla Walla, Wash.; a sister, Mary Aldrich of Gold Beach; a stepsister and her husband, Jewel and Dick Gates of Hillsboro; 12 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Agnes Black; her father, Randall Black; a brother, Bob Nickels; one stepbrother; and one grandson.

Oscar Shoemake

Oscar L. Shoemake, 72, a Baker City native, died June 13, 2001, at his winter home at Desert Hot Springs, Calif.

There will be a memorial service for him later at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Mr. Shoemake was born on Sept. 12, 1929, at Baker City. He was the youngest son of Albert G. and Nora Shoemake of Baker City and later of La Grande. He recently had celebrated his 30th wedding anniversary with his wife, Gini, and friends.

An educator by profession, he completed his graduate work at Western Oregon University at Monmouth. He was employed by the Oregon Department of Education and later served as Malheur County School Superintendent at Vale.

After leaving the education field, he and his wife, Gini, owned and operated The Hitching Post, a well-known bistro at Boardman. While there, he became a serious golfer, hunter and fisherman. He loved athletic events.

As an avocation, golf was his first love and he never hesitated to practice and to enforce the Rules of Golf, even with family members who were prone to violate on occasion. They were told the best wood they carried in their golf bag was a pencil.

He was a star athlete while attending La Grande High School and Eastern Oregon College of Education (now Eastern Oregon University) at La Grande. He served during the Korean War with an Army hospital unit in Japan where he also was active in physical education and sports activities.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Gini; two sons, Jimmy Shoemake of Seoul, Korea, and Randy of Portland, a son, David, died earlier; three grandchildren and many nieces and nephews, living primarily in the Northwest; two sisters, Ora Kate Olson of Anacortes, Wash., and Helen Webber of Rancho Mirage, Calif.; and two brothers, Robert of Desert Hot Springs, Calif., and James L. of Bellevue, Wash.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of ones choice or to a favorite anti-smoking campaign office.

Joan Shepardson

Joan Shepardson, 63, a lifetime Baker City resident, died June 17, 2001, at her home.

Her graveside funeral was at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Lura Kidner-Miesen of the United Methodist Church officiated. Vault interment was afterward.

She was born on April 28, 1938, at Baker City to Morris Red and Mildred Bradford Shepardson. She was raised in Baker City.

She enjoyed doing household and lawn chores and it was her motto that there is a place for everything and everything in its place. She also enjoyed typing, working puzzles, watching television and keeping scrapbooks.

Survivors include her sisters, Janet Shepardson of Baker City; cousins, Dr. Stuart Trenholme of Portland, Ica Dolven of La Grande, Beverly McKinnis of Baker City and Joy Hammond and Larry Bradford of Prairie City; nephews, Rodney Swift and Richard Rocci, both of Portland; and great-aunt, Geneva Cook of Keizer.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Morris and Mildred Shepardson.

Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church Memorial Fund through the Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, Ore., 97814.

Henry Miller

Henry William Big Bill Miller, 80, of Walla Walla, Wash., and a former Baker City resident, died June 14, 2001, at Walla Walla General Hospital.

There will be a celebration of his life on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Colonial-DeWitt Funeral Home and Cremation Specialists at Walla Walla.

Mr. Miller was born Feb. 4, 1921, at Baker City to Henry J. and Mattie L. Miller. He attended Oregon State University until World War II, at which time he served in the Marines, then the Sea Bees for the duration.

After that he was in the asphalt paving business with his father for many years in and around Eastern Oregon. He married Joan Bratt in 1947, and was later divorced. He was a member of the Baker Elks Lodge.

He later settled in Pendleton, where he married E. Monte James. They owned and operated Big Bills Rivoli Cigar Store and The Sunset Caf & Lounge from 1965 to 1987. Upon retiring he moved to Walla Walla, where he enjoyed fishing, sports, his time spent with his two cats, Smitty and Lefty, and his dog, Shorty. He was an avid Blazer and Mariners fan.

Mr. Miller is survived by his wife, E. Monte James; a stepdaughter, Laura James; stepsons, LaMarr and Mike James; daughters, Marty Rose of Kennewick, Wash., and Mary Kincaid of Baker City; a son, Robin, of Baker City; sister and brother-in-law, Phyllis and Franklin Lew of Klamath Falls; and five grandchildren.

Mr. Miller was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Blue Mountain Humane Society or the charity of ones choice through the Colonial-DeWitt Funeral Home and Cremation Specialist.