Obituaries for Feb. 13, 2012

By Baker City Herald February 13, 2012 11:16 pm

Lois Robinson

Lois Irene McKim Robinson, 91, died Jan. 30, 2012, at St. Alphonsus Care Center in Baker City with her granddaughter by her side.

No services are planned at this time.

Lois was born on Dec. 5, 1920, to Martin and Harriett Bailey McKim at Clear Lake, Okla. She married Walter Robinson on July 5, 1938.

Walter and Lois moved from Oklahoma to Vancouver, Wash., in 1943 where she and Walter were employed as welders in the shipyards. In 1945, they moved to Baker County where they spent the rest of their lives.

Lois' hobbies were crocheting and gardening. She was a homemaker and enjoyed working in her yard and garden for hours at a time. She was known for having one of the most beautiful yards in the area.

Survivors include her two daughters, Kathleen Van Doren of Portland and Ann Colton of Baker City; son, Kenneth Robinson of Pendleton; 12 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

 She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter, in January of 2000; her son, Roy Robinson; seven brothers; and three sisters.

 Memorial contributions may be made to Heart 'n' Home Hospice through Gray's West & Company Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Avenue, Baker City, OR 97814.

'Van' VanDriesche

Marcel "Van" VanDriesche, 98, a former Baker City resident, died Feb. 8, 2012, at Stayton.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Stayton, where he was a member. Interment will be at St. Mary Cemetery in Stayton. 

Van was born at Baker City on Sept. 26, 1913, and grew up here. After graduating from Mount Angel College in 1939, he moved to St. Paul, where he taught, was the principal and coached basketball. 

Van moved to Stayton in 1943 and taught at Stayton High School and coached basketball and football for three years. In 1946, Van bought the Star Theatre in Stayton. He built a new theatre in 1948 and owned and operated it until 1976. 

Van was very active in the community, as a member of the Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce, Stayton Fire Department, Boy Scouts and Knights of Columbus, serving as district deputy. He served as president of both Regis High School and St. Mary Elementary School.

Van was on the sewer and water planning commission and served six different terms as mayor of Stayton. As mayor, he  appointed the committee for the hospital board and brought the railroad to Stayton. Van held the first railroad spike, while Sen. Mark Hatfield hammered it in.

He enjoyed fishing, which he did for 90 years, and golfing. 

Van married Ruth Lathrop on June 5, 1939, at Mount Angel. She died in 2005. 

Survivors include his children, Ken (Dee) VanDriesche of Salem, Carla (Gary) Rosenbalm of Stayton, Karen (Richard) Bettencourt of Groton, Mass., John (Diana) VanDriesche of Talbot and Roy (Sheila) VanDriesche of West Hampton, Mass.; 11 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

He also was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at Stayton or the Stayton Public Library. 

North Santiam Funeral Service of Stayton is in charge of arrangements.