Obituaries for Aug. 19, 2011

Written by Baker City Herald August 19, 2011 09:35 pm
Ron Jennings, Daniel Guyer, Adelia Bennett

Ron Jennings

Ron Jennings, 70, died April 16, 2011.

At his request, his funeral was a veterans ceremony at Mount Hope Cemetery where he was buried alongside his mother. “He would rather we celebrate his passing with fond memories and lots of love,” family members said.

Ron was born on March 16, 1941, at Portland. He grew up at Elgin. Although he was a small-town boy, his knowledge and love of all things food and art began at an early age. His family owned Snyder’s Cafe at Elgin.

When he was 17, his parents moved to Baker City where he completed his senior year at Baker High School. His parents owned the Fireside restaurant on the hillside overlooking Baker Valley.

It was during this time that Ron’s life took a turn toward the artistic way, he family said.

After high school, he served three years in the military, stationed at Germany. Upon his release from the service in 1965, he returned to Oregon to pursue his dream, attending the Museum Art School, now the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) in the Portland Pearl District.

Ron thrived as an artist, his style was unique and his talent was relentless, family members said. He moved to New York City in 1967 where he received a two-year fellowship to study at the Brooklyn School.

In 1969, ron returned to the West Coast, moving to Los Angeles where he worked as a theater set designer. He also created custom art pieces for people such as Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristopherson, Waylon Jennings and Annette Funicello.

In later years, Ron’s family and friends said they enjoyed his stories “about the good old days when he ran around with the jet-set and the hippies of Hollywood.”

In 1982, he returned to Oregon to help take care of his ailing mother and to continue his career as an artist.

“For 30 years he lived the quintessential life of an artist, working in odd jobs here and there, and it was not unusual to see him on his daily walks throughout the Pearl District with his paint-covered pants, Birkenstocks and with a sketch pad and pencil in hand ready to make a quick sketch of something what would catch his eye,” family members said.

“In a nutshell, he lived his life as an artist, storyteller, avid reader of anything and everything and a zealot for current events and above all, a wonderful friend to those around him.”


Daniel Guyer


Daniel Franklin Guyer, 38, a former Baker County resident, died Aug. 15, 2011, at Ontario.

His graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Daniel was born on Aug. 23, 1972, at Ontario to Ronald and Gail Guyer. Although Daniel was born in Ontario, he started out his life living in Brogan until the age of 3. He then moved with his parents and younger brother, Vince, to Monmouth.

Because Daniel’s speech was delayed, he attended Oregon College of Education (now Western Oregon University) with a professor who was doing research in the area of speech development. Within six months, Daniel was speaking in full sentences and after that, he talked incessantly. His sister, Sally, was born while the family was living at Monmouth.

Daniel and his family moved back to Brogan the next fall and they lived there until the house they were living in burned down. He then moved to Huntington to live in his grandparents’ home until his family moved to Ontario two years later.

His youngest brother, Luke, was born while the family was living at Huntington. Daniel attended elementary, junior high, and high school at Ontario. He received his high school diploma in June of 1991.

He graduated from the Boise State University Professional Truck Driving School with a commercial drivers license (CDL) in September of 1993.

Daniel loved to work and started out his career at Ore-Ida Foods, cleaning and lubing the machines during his senior year of high school. After receiving his CDL, he started out driving farm trucks and then moved to driving flatbed semi-trucks.

Daniel moved to Portland during the summer of 1999 and worked in a window factory until he moved to Astoria to work in a fish cannery.

He returned to the Ontario area in the summer of 2000 and got a job working for Oregon Trail Mushroom Co. His first love was truck driving and he returned to driving semi-trucks in 2001.

After his mom’s death in July of 2009, he quit driving semi-truck and went to work for Murakami Produce driving Hyster. He always commented on how he loved to work at Murakami Produce because the people he worked for were always so friendly toward him, family members said.

“Daniel had a big heart and would never turn anyone away if they needed his help,” they said. “He will be greatly missed by his dad, brothers, sister, and friends.”

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ontario Food Bank or a food bank of one’s choice through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.


Adelia Bennett


Mary Adelia Thompson Bennett, 89, died Aug. 16, 2011, at Halfway.

Her funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Richland Seventh-day Adventist Church. Pastor Tony Brandon will officiate. Interment will be at Eagle Valley Cemetery in Richland. Friends are invited to join the family for a meal at the Richland Grange Community Park.

Adelia, who was often called “Dee” by family and friends, was born on March 27, 1922. She was the third of six children born to Florence and Fred Thompson Sr. at New Bridge, which is a short distance from where her family eventually settled at Richland.

During her younger years, she could usually be found following her father around and helping him on the farm. She attended Pleasant Ridge Grade School and Eagle Valley High School at Richland.

Adelia and Lovell Bennett, a hometown boy, were married Oct. 16, 1942, at Boise, Idaho. They always lived in the Richland and Halfway areas, where they raised two daughters, Marlene Geils and Pam DuMars.

They divorced in 1979. Adelia moved to the Baker City area for 20 years, returning to the Richland and Halfway area in 1999, where she lived until her death.

Adelia loved the outdoors, always enjoying a chance to go to the mountains and camp, which was a longstanding Thompson family tradition. Jack Creek, close to East Eagle Creek, was a particularly popular family camping spot and the site of many family water fights and snipe hunts.

She and Lovell had a cabin for many years on Papoose Creek, not far from Jack Creek and the “Paint Your Wagon” movie site of No Name City, which provided a lot of entertainment for those lucky enough to have a cabin nearby.

Picking huckleberries and gathering mushrooms in the spring were a specialty — she knew every good patch and was always willing to share her findings with others. She enjoyed gardening and crocheting and was a good seamstress.

Her pies, especially homemade mincemeat and lemon meringue, were favorite treats at family gatherings.

Horses were a part of her life and that of her family. Marlene and Pam became very active in the local riding club and Adelia served as leader for several years. She was also a member of the Hells Canyon Riders and treasurer and a member of the Baker County Sheriff’s Posse.

Her sewing skills were pressed into service regularly for rodeo princess and queen outfits for her daughters and granddaughters, as well as shirts and vests for the Hells Canyon Riders.

She worked as a personal caregiver for several years, which allowed the patient to stay in his or her own home in familiar surroundings. For many years she also enjoyed watching her brother’s home each winter, while he and his wife were out of town.

Adelia loved the Lord and was a member of the Richland Seventh-day Adventist Church. She served her church in several capacities, including as deaconess for the Richland church and Personal Ministries and Sabbath School secretary for the Baker City church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Florence Thompson; a sister, Freda Chandler; and two brothers, Lauren and Duane.

Survivors include her daughters, Marlene Geils of Anchorage, Alaska, and Pam DuMars and son-in-law, Bob DuMars, of Richland; four granddaughters, Angie Tucker of Richland, Cynthia Thomas of Meridian, Idaho, Celeste Prescott of Girdwood, Alaska, and Nicole Geils of Anchorage, Alaska; three great- grandchildren; a brother, Fred, and his wife, Joan, of Boise; a sister, Lorraine Lind, and her husband, Don, of Portland; a sister-in-law, Myrna Thompson, of Boise; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eagle Valley Ambulance Service or Eagle Valley Ambulance EMT Training Fund through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.