Obituaries for Jan. 9, 2012

By Baker City Herald January 09, 2012 06:05 pm

Duane Cassidy
Duane A. Cassidy, 95, of Baker City, died Jan. 5, 2012, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City.
His memorial service will be Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 11 a.m. at the Presbyterian Church, 1995 Fourth St., in Baker City, with the reception to follow at the church.  The service will be led by pastor Katy Haliburton.
Duane was born on May 21, 1916, at Havre, Mont., to Florence and Jack Cassidy. His childhood years were spent in Southern Idaho where his folks were in farming and ranching. He moved to Bly, Ore., in 1938 and was employed by the Ivory Pine Lumber Company until Dec. 8, 1941. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps the day after Pearl Harbor was bombed.  During World War II he flew 24 missions in B-17 bombers before being shot down over Germany.  Wounded, he spent time in a German prison camp, was a prisoner of war until being liberated in May of 1945. Duane received numerous military service decorations, including the Purple Heart and the Distinguished Service Medal.
After the war he returned to Klamath Falls where he married Martha Jane Givan on June 29, 1945. Married for 66 years, they had four sons: Larry, Garry, Kelly and Buzz, who were at his side when he passed away.
Duane worked for nearly 40 years for Ellingson Lumber Company, first at Klamath Falls, then moving to Baker in 1963. He retired at age 68. Very active in community service, he enjoyed participating on the Klamath Volunteer Fire Department, Baker City Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the Baker 5J School Board, and Baker County Budget Committee. 
His family-centered activities included Boy Scouts as Scoutmaster and being both a Little League and Babe Ruth baseball coach. Duane’s interests included hunting, fishing, camping, golfing and all things outdoors. On their Salmon Creek ranch where they lived for 35 years, he pursued his passions of carpentry, woodworking and gardening.  He was a champion for education all his life, reading newspapers, magazines, books on the West and war history. Duane was also a lifetime member of the Presbyterian Church, Masons, and the Shiners.
Duane is survived by his wife, Martha Jane; his sons: Larry, Garry, Kelly and Buzz; his grandchildren: Kevin, Chris, Brian, Laci, Amber, Kyle and Mickey; and seven great-grandchildren.
Coles Tribute Center is in charge of the arrangements, and memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Shiners’ Children’s Hospital through Coles, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Tim Silven
Timothy Carl “Tim” Silven, 59, of San Antonio Palopo, Guatemala, and Baker City, died Jan. 2, 2012, as a result of injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident.
Catholic funeral services were held at San Antonio Palopo, Guatemala, with internment above Lake Atitlan, one of Tim’s favorite places.
He was born on Oct. 22, 1952, and was raised in Baker City by his parents, David C. and Kathleen D. Silven. He attended St. Francis Academy until its closure, and graduated from Baker High School. Tim was a private investigator for several law offices in Eastern Oregon. He loved the outdoors — kayaking off the coast of Baja, hiking in the Utah national parks, exploring ruins in Guatemala and Mexico, or just relaxing at the family cabin on Eagle Creek. He always documented his adventures with amazing photos.
His passion for music was lifelong; from a small boy with his electric guitar that, when played, the whole neighborhood would hear. He loved sharing his music with others, and he encouraged many to honor the music inside them. Tim’s love for life and adventure, his gusto and generosity of spirit, were strong. He inspired many. Tim touched many lives and he will be missed by his family and many devoted friends. Home to Tim was always the Baker Valley.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dave and Kay Silven.
Survivors include a son, Kantner Silven of Vancouver, Wash.; sisters, Patti Hanley and her husband, Bill, of Baker City, and Mardi Diouf of Portland; brother, Andy Silven, and his wife, Wendy, of Albany; best friend, Debbie Friedman of Baker City; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.