Obituaries for July 8, 2011

By Baker City Herald July 08, 2011 06:20 pm

Buster Lowery
Buster Lowery, 66, died July 1, 2011, due to complications from a fall related to advanced Alzheimer’s disease.
There will be a celebration of his life at 11 a.m. Friday at the United Methodist Church in Haines. There will be a luncheon reception afterward at the church.
An additional Celebration of Life service is scheduled for 1 p.m. July 23 at the home of Gary and Susie Tewalt, 16410 Hwy 126, Sisters.
Buster was born on Feb. 1, 1945, at Bend to Elmer J. “Jack” and Bernardine Shaw Lowery. He spent the very beginning of his life at a logging camp south of La Pine. He attended schools at Sisters and was a 1963 Sisters High School graduate.
Buster married Gloria Montgomery and they had two children: Rusty Lowery and Heidi Lowery Albertson. They were married for 29 years.
Buster served in the U.S. Army in the 1st Armored Division, stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. After his discharge, he returned to Oregon and received an associate degree from Treasure Valley Community College at Ontario.
Buster moved to Baker City in 1995 and began working on Bob Tallman’s ranch in the Keating Valley. He married Trudy Large in 1996 at the historic Shaniko Hotel.
Agriculture was an integral part of Buster’s life and he had many ag-related occupations. Among them were changing irrigation sprinklers as a teenager, ranch work in general for various operations, service as a loan officer for Production Credit Association at Klamath Falls, Yreka, Calif., and Lakeview.
He was a lease operator of his own ranch at Lakeview and also worked as a ranch real estate broker at Lakeview and Baker City. He was a long-haul truck driver and most recently he was involved in the Step Forward Program where he made many friends among the staff and clients.
Buster was involved in many civic activities. He was a member of  the Lions Club and the Elks Lodge and he was instrumental in organizing Oregon High School Rodeo and served as OHRA president.
He was an active member of the Haines United Methodist Church.
Buster truly enjoyed being involved with people, his family said. He was fascinated by young children and had a true gentleman’s appreciation for all of the ladies in his life.
Buster also had a profound appreciation for anything in nature, from the most majestic mountains to the tiniest butterfly. Very often, he would stop what he was doing to watch the sun go down. His greatest joy lately was watching the kit fox antics out the front window of his home, family members said.
Buster was truly a gentle soul and his quiet soft spirit will be sorely missed by his family and friends, they said.
Survivors include his wife of 15 years, Trudy; mother, Bernardine Lowery of Redmond; brother, Victor Jack Lowery of Texas; sister, Susie Tewalt of Sisters; son and daughter-in-law, Rusty and Treva Lowery of Medford; daughter and son-in-law Clint and Heidi Albertson of Lakeview; stepson, Jamie Large of Springfield; and stepdaughter, Rebekah Petz of Bend; eight grandchildren, Grady Lowery, Britney Young, Reed Steele, McKenna and Cara Albertson, Haidin Lowery, and Brady and Taylor Petz.
He was preceded in death by his father, Jack Lowery; and his grandparents.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Haines United Methodist Church through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Robert Simonsen
Roger Kenneth Simonsen, 70, of John Day, died June 27, 2011, at his home.
A private family service was conducted. A story-telling laugh fest will be scheduled later.
Family members said he was a master of fun and never missed an opportunity to play a joke on his friends and family.
Roger was born on Jan. 8, 1941, to Arthur and Elizabeth Dunn Simonsen in Baker City. He married Glenda Healey on July 31, 1959.
Roger was a longtime business owner, starting his career in road construction with his father in Baker City. He was a John Day resident for nearly 40 years and operated several businesses, including the John Day Dairy, John Day Chevron and The Auto Shop.
A former mayor of the City of John Day, he also served on the City Council and Planning Committee as well as the Grant County Road Department advisory board. He and his wife, Glenda, were very active in the community as volunteers with the Grant County Chamber of Commerce, the Blue Mountain Hospital Auxiliary and a member of the Elks Lodge for 50 years.
Survivors include his daughter, Beth Simonsen of John Day; his son, Glen Simonsen, and his wife, Lisa of Shelton, Wash.; granddaughter, Sara Bradshaw of John Day and grandson, Evan Bradshaw of Copperas Cove, Texas; sister, Kay Mesford of Richland, Wash.; sisters, Carole Dixon, and her husband, Jess, of Canby; brother, Lee Simonsen, and his wife, Millie, of Portland; sister, Toni Phillips, and her husband, Mike, of Baker City; sister-in-law, Alice Howe, and her husband, Bill, of Baker City and sister-in-law, Doris Townsend of Baker City; numerous nieces and nephews; special friends and neighbors, Doris and Don Wright of Crooked River Ranch; Lynn and Collin Edwards of Raymond, Wash.; Phil and Peggy Gray, Dean and Joyce Nodine, Melvin and Harriet Crum, Stan McKay and all of his coffee buddies of John Day and his dogs, Eddy, Bridget and Dutch.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Glenda.
Memorial contributions may be made to the City of John Day Fire Department, Blue Mountain Hospital Auxiliary or to any Grant County organization of one’s choice through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day OR 97845.

Gerard Burchard II
Gerard W. Burchard II, 36, died July 1, 2011 in Baker City.
His memorial service will begin at 5 p.m. Friday at Gerard’s house at 2550 Main St.
Gerard was born on Nov. 14, 1974, at San Diego to Gerard and Barbara Burchard. He attended Helix High School and was a construction worker by trade. He was also involved with The Salvation Army.
Survivors include his son, Gerard W. Burchard III, daughter, Paige Burchard, mother, Barbara Burchard, and brother, Charles Burchard, all of Baker City; a sister, Correen Bogardus; and a stepson, Camren Pedersen of El Cajon, Calif.
He was preceded in death by his father, Gerard W. Burchard; and grandmother, Lois Burchard.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Salvation Army through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.