Obituaries for Nov. 30, 2011

By Baker City Herald November 30, 2011 06:08 pm

Lyle Barton
Lyle Barton, 49, of North Powder, died Nov. 26, 2011, at his home, with his family, after a battle with cancer.
A celebration of Lyle’s life took place Tuesday at the Baker City Eagles Lodge.

Lyle was born on Feb. 11, 1962, at Baker City to Joe and Elaine Logsdon Barton. He grew up in and went to school in Lakeview. Lyle was active in T-ball and Little League, and mostly passionate about cars, mechanics and all types of musics. He also enjoyed hunting fishing, cooking and snowmobiling.

His true passion was hard work, having many occupations in his life, including service in the U.S. Army National Guard. He followed the logging industry mostly. Lyle spent the majority of his life in the hills. The mountains is where he found himself at home.

Lyle left home at 16 to join Job Corps and eventually working as ranch hand in Oregon and Wyoming, moving to oil rigs and bartending shortly after.

He moved back to Northeastern Oregon where he met his first wife, Jan Calhoun. He married Jan in 1983, and they had two kids, Cody and Joesph. They lived in Baker City, Haines, Elko and North Powder.

Lyle met his wife, Laura Cassidy, in 2007, and they moved to Enterprise. In October 2010 they moved to St. Helens where they were married on Dec. 11, 2010. They returned to North Powder in July 2011.

Lyle was preceded in death by his father, Joe Barton.

He is survived by his mother, Elaine Logsdon; his wife, Laura Barton; his brother, Rick Barton; his sons, Cody and Joesph Barton, Joesy Perez, Evan Mock and Erick Davis; and his grandchildren, Elijah, Ceilee, Mitch, Garret Barton, and Cheynne Hascall.

Gary Hickerson

Gary Gordon Hickerson, 79, a former Baker City resident, died Nov. 24, 2011, at his daughter’s residence in Milwaukie.

A Baker City memorial service will be scheduled later.

Gary was the last of nine children born to Frank and Alma Hickerson. They had homesteaded 3,000 acres in the Eagle Cap Mountain area.

As the kids grew they moved to Baker so they could attend school.  He was in the Air National Guard and joined the U.S. Air Force in 1951 and served in the Korean War.

After his military service he worked as a log truck driver and later went to work as a truck driver for Safeway.

Gary was married four times.  He was preceded in death by all four of his wives and one daughter.

He lived at Union; Orchards,Wash.; Irrigon; and Las Vegas, Nev., before moving back to Baker City. At the time of his death he was living at Milwaukie so his daughters could take care of him.

Survivors include his daughter Joan Fustos, and son-in-law, Andy Fustos; grandchildren, Andrew and Ashley Fustos; and daughter, June James; and grandchildren, Jennifer, David and Kyle James.

Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel is handling arrangements.