Obituaries for Oct. 10, 2011

By Baker City Herald October 10, 2011 08:06 pm

Claude Sexton
Claude Sexton, 85, of Halfway, died Oct. 8, 2011, at his home.
A Celebration of Claude’s life and reception will be held on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the V.F.W. Hall in Halfway.
Claude Allen Sexton was born on Sept. 17, 1926, in Portland. He was raised and educated in Portland.  Following school, Claude went into the Navy. It was while he was in the Navy that he met Maudest Whiteley. They were married on Jan. 18, 1947. They had four children.
After Claude’s stint in the service, he had a logging company in Bend. He also drove log truck in Alaska. When Claude and Maudy moved to Halfway, Claude operated a small engine repair business. 
Claude enjoyed his family, crappie fishing, chukar and pheasant hunting, rockhounding, making jewelry, gardening, oil painting and he played the lottery religiously.  His favorite season of the year was “fishin’ season.” Claude never missed a night of Sunday or Monday night football. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Edna Sexton; his sister, Charlotte; brothers, Donald and Jack; his daughter, Suzie Sexton; and his beloved canine companion, Mingo.
Claude is survived by his wife, Maudy; his son, Donald, and his wife, Vicki Sexton of Baker City; daughters: Claudia and her husband, Bob Strom, of Halfway, Terrie and her husband, Don Stumpff, of Bend; brothers, Ray Sexton and Ron Sexton; grandchildren, Ronni Herrold, Mark Sexton, Sally Baer, Sara Strom and Dylan Strom; great-grandchildren, Karley West, Megan West, Corbyn Herrold, Alyce Herrold and Kamrin Sexton.
For those who wish to make a donation in memory of Claude, the family suggests Pathway Hospice through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home P.O. Box 543 Halfway, OR 97834.

Eddie Dorrah
Eddie Dorrah, 93, of Baker City, died Oct. 4, 2011, at his home. He was in the company of family members at the time of his passing.
At his request, there will be no services.
Eddie was born on Sept. 9, 1918, in Eatonville, Wash., to Fred and Nora Dorrah.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II and served with a recon unit. He saw action in France, Germany and Italy. He received a Purple Heart and carried shrapnel from his wounds all his days thereafter. 
His working career was spent primarily in the lumber manufacturing industry in Washington, Oregon and Northern California.  He and his wife, Ruby, retired in 1973 and traveled extensively for 30 years.
Eddie was an avid outdoorsman, hunter, fisherman and also loved woodworking.
He was preceded in death by his son, Ronald, and his wife of 68 years, Ruby.
He is survived by his daughter, Judy; his son, Dennis; eight grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.
Contributions in Eddie’s memory may be directed to the V.F.W. Cancer Research or the Disabled American Veterans. This may be done through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.