Obituaries from the week of July 16 to July 20

July 19, 2001 11:00 pm

Bob Stewart

Robert Stanley Bob Stewart, 81, a lifelong Baker City resident, died July 17, 2001, at his home.

His graveside funeral will be Monday at 1 p.m. at Mount Hope Cemetery. Ritualistic rites will be provided by the Baker Elks Lodge. Interment will follow the service.

Visitations will be Monday from 9 a.m. until noon at the Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St.

Mr. Stewart was born July 27, 1919, at Baker City to Nelson and Mayme Baisley Stewart. He received his education in Baker City. On March 26, 1938, he married Vivian J. Kelley in Weiser, Idaho. During World War II he worked in Portland.

After the war he returned to Baker City, where he owned and operated Stewart Electric. He loved fishing and was an avid stamp collector. He was a proud and loyal member of the Baker Elks Lodge and had served as Exalter Ruler for the lodge. He was also a member of the Baker City Volunteer Fire Department and the Powder River Fire Department.

Mr. Stewart is survived by his wife of 63 years, Vivian J. Stewart of Baker City; daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Andy Tuttle of St. Helens; son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Margie Stewart of Anacortes, Wash.; a sister, Marion Hasher of Baker City; grandchildren, Margaret Cowan of St. Helens, Wesley Tuttle of Donald, Chri Stewart of Marysville, Wash., Gwen Potter of Mount Vernon, Wash.; and Russ Stewart of Anacortes; great-grandchildren, Chase Tuttle, Chad Cowan, Trey Potter and Megan Potter; one nephew and three nieces.

Mr. Stewart was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Margy Catterson.

Contributions in Mr. Stewarts memory may be made to the Pathway Hospice in care of Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, Ore., 97814.

Cleo Olp

Cleo Barbara Olp, 70, a former Baker City resident, died July 7, 2001, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis.

Burial was Thursday at Jefferson Cemetery at Jefferson.

Mrs. Olp was born on July 27, 1930, at Baker City to Leonard W. and Lola Morin Valentine. She lived all her life in Oregon, moving from Baker City to La Grande, to The Dalles and then to Salem and finally to Albany.

She married Fred B. Olp on March 2, 1949, in Baker City. She was a homemaker and loved cooking and gardening. She had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to sing and dance. She wrote extraordinary poetry, enjoyed a large extended family and was a devoted wife and mother.

Survivors include her husband, Fred; daughters, Evelyn Packard, Charlotte Olp and Lola Rose, all of Albany, and a daughter, Donna Elliot of Springfield; 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; brothers, Leonard Valentine and Darel Valentine and a sister Velma Blando, all of Baker City, and brothers, Don Valentine of Salem and Leroy Valentine of Huntington; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Sam and Leo; a grandson; and a great-granddaughter.

Ellen Wright

Ellen Donaldson Wright, 96, of Portland, a former Baker City resident, died June 26, 2001.

Her memorial service was June 30 at St. Johns Christian Church in Portland.

Mrs. Wright was born Sept. 24, 1904, at Weiser, Idaho, to William Donaldson and Mamie Nichols Donaldson.

She attended grade school at Prairie City and was a Baker High School graduate. She was an instructor at Western Beauty School for 10 years and worked at Peninsula Terminal and Lipman Wolfe. She married Floyd Wright in 1925. He preceded her in death.

Survivors include her stepson, Bernard Wright of Beaver Creek; five grandchildren, including Jill Nelson of Baker City; two great-grandchildren; and two cousins, including Mable Lee Conley and Virgil Bud Wunder of Baker City.