Obituaries for Sept. 21, 2011

By Baker City Herald September 21, 2011 05:46 pm

‘Sy’ Saunders
Elton Silas “Sy” Saunders, 96, died Sept. 5, 2011, at Meadowbrook Place.
There will be a celebration of his life at 11 a.m. Saturday at St Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 2177 First St. There will be a luncheon afterward in the Fellowship Hall.
Sy was born on Jan. 7, 1915, at Richland to Earnest and Catherine Orr Saunders. After spending his youth in Halfway, he attended high school at Eugene and graduated in 1936 from Oregon State College (now Oregon State University) at Corvallis. He was a member of the Delta Chi fraternity.
In 1939, he married Jane Elizabeth Collett of Portland. They were married for 58 years before she died in March of 1997.
After college, Sy moved back to Halfway where he worked for the U.S. Forest Service. A few years later he took a job as logging manager for Ellingson Timber Co. where he was employed Ellingson for 35 years. He started at John Day and moved to Baker City in 1966. After retirement, he continued working as a logging consultant until his death.
He was a member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, the Elks Lodge, the Masonic Lodge, the Oregon State Board of Forestry, and the Western Wood Products Association Forestry Committee. He served on the Baker City Planning Commission, Baker City Council and as acting mayor of John Day. He was also president of the Southern Oregon Grading and Scaling Bureau and a licensed surveyor in the State of Oregon.
Survivors include his two sons, Alan, and his wife, Alice Saunders, of Banks, and Ted and his wife, Martha Saunders, of Redmond; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, Matt and his wife, Carol Saunders, of Auburn, Wash., Meghan Saunders of Tigard and Eric and his wife, Amanda Saunders, and their two children, Cora and Cooper “Silas” of Happy Valley.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jane E. Saunders, and his daughter, Carolyn J. Saunders.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children through Gray’s West & Company Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

‘Tony’ Castillo
Antonio “Tony” Castillo, 68, died Sept. 16, 2011.
Cremation will be at Eastern Oregon Pioneer Crematory.
Tony was born on Feb. 12, 1943, at Clovis, N.M., to Sirildo and Guadalupe Duran Castillo.
He worked for Eastern Oregon Rentals until he retired. He loved to fish, do woodworking, and spend time with his family and friends.
Tony is survived by his longtime companion and soul mate, Carolyn Mehlhorn; brothers, Ruben and his wife, Elfida, of California, Benny and his wife, Sherrie, of Oregon and Bill and his wife, Rosa, of California; sisters, Margie Aguallo and her husband, Pete, of Nebraska, Yolanda Crespo and her husband, Kurt, of North Dakota, Rose Carmen of California and Delores Bond of Idaho; children, Tony Castillo Jr. and his wife, Sarah, of Utah, Michael Castillo and his wife, Becky, of Nevada, Adam Castillo and his wife, Mindy, of Utah, Ruby Castillo of Utah, Sylvia Castillo of Texas, and Ben Castillo; 21 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Gilbert Castillo; and sister, Mary Jane Mosqueda.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

Thomas Pearce
Thomas W. Pearce, 76, died on June 14, 2011, at Yuma, Arizona after a short illness.
His memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m Oct. 1 at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. All friends and family are invited to attend  and share old memories.
Up to the time of finding he had a serious health problem, Tom was still actively involved in his work.  He had been working the last 12 years for a company that rented equipment to the farmers growing crops for the market.
He enjoyed his work very much and was well-liked by not only his employers  and fellow workers, but the farmers he dealt with.   A memorial service was held in Yuma, shortly after his death for all those that would not be able to come to his hometown for a service.
Tom was born on July 11, 1935, to Ruth Densley Pearce and Roy Melford Pearce. His father was well-known for his carpentry work and many of the best homes in the valley were built by him.
Tom spent all of his younger years here in Pine Valley, until he graduated from high school. He made it a point not to miss the class reunions for all the past students of the old Halfway High  School.
He looked forward to that time each year. It was at one of these reunions, that he met a classmate from those years back, Darlene Myrick. Their relationship grew and they were married.
Tom is remembered by several of his classmates back in the early ’50s as a very friendly and outgoing person. If he was your friend, he was your friend for life. He was active in basketball, football, baseball and track.
He was a member of the FFA, Glee club and band. He also held student body offices.  After high school he worked at being a truck driver and spent some time back in the area when the dams were being built as a truck driver.
His real love was sales. He spent many years at that in different parts of the country, but mostly on the West Coast. It never bothered him to leave one area for another until he took the job at Yuma.
That is where he says he put down his second roots. But in writing his own obituary for the Yuma papers, he ended it with “Thank God I was able to grow up in the best place in the world, Eagle Valley!”
Survivors include his wife,  who Tom called his “best friend,” Darlene Myrick Pearce’ his stepchildren, Angelina and Joseph Genova; two daughters, Marcella Haines, and Jan Kalarquist; four grandsons; and two great-grandsons; and his cousins, Dan, Gary and George Gover.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Pine Valley Fair or the Pine Haven Cemetery.