Obituaries for March 5, 2012

By Baker City Herald March 05, 2012 10:11 am

Donald Plummer

Donald Milton Plummer, 89, died March 2, 2012.

A private family gathering and remembrance will be scheduled later.

He was born on Nov. 23, 1922, at Kiger Island to Bob and Hazel Plummer. He married Mary Edith on June 19, 1942, at Weiser, Idaho.

He especially enjoyed driving log truck for Vern Golar of Baker City and helping friends and neighbors of Eagle Valley with refrigeration and other needs.

Don was head sawyer at the Ellingson Mill for many years during the 1960s and was the only person in Baker County who knew how to “hammer saws” for the larger mills.

He and Mary purchased the Ruckles property he grew up on near Keating Valley to raise their family. 

“A beautiful life we enjoyed!” family members said. 

They were also owner/operators of D & M Used Merchandise during the 1970s and enjoyed their many loyal friends and customers. 

“We proudly praise his honor  and integrity as a husband, father, brother, grandpa, uncle and friend,” family members said. “We know he’s in heaven — still watching over each of us.”

Survivors include four loving children, Donnalee Moorcroft and her husband, Morry, of Richland, Jim Plummer and his wife, Recia, of Elma, Wash., Martina Edwards and her husband Tom, and Milt Plummer and his wife, Marie, all of Wasilla, Alaska; his sister, Ollivella Walbank and  husband, Ron, of Colton; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; many loving nieces, nephews and 89 years of lifetime friends.

 Memorial contributions may be made to Heart ‘n’ Home Hospice through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543,  Halfway, OR 97834.

Eileen Munn

Eileen Yvonne Paustian Munn, 81, died March 1, 2012.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ontario at 1705 N.W. Fourth Ave. Visitations will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday. There will be a brief graveside service at about 2 p.m. Tuesday PST at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Eileen was born on Aug. 20, 1930, at Haines to Ernest and Elizabeth Betty Ward Paustian. She grew up on the family homestead adjacent to Bull Run in Unity. In her younger years, she also lived at Hereford, Baker, Lime, and Huntington. She was the oldest of eight children. She was a 1948 Huntington High School graduate. 

She married Loren R. Munn on May 26, 1951, at Baker City. They had three children: Steve, Kathleen (who died in infancy) and Theresa. Initially, they lived at Unity and worked on the ranch and in the lumber mill, eventually, moving onto a farm in Ontario in 1956. Eileen lived at Ontario for the balance of her life.

Eileen was always a hard worker. When she was 9 she was cooking for the hay crew on the ranch. She also worked as a cook at the cookhouse adjacent to the Lime concrete plant, sold Avon products for many years, worked on the farm, milked cows, worked at Ontario Clinic, for Dr. Thrasher and Dr. Bills and then worked for Holy Rosary Medical Center for more than 25 years. 

She was involved in the community,  including serving Solana Club, PTA, Oregon State Home Extension as well as 4-H clubs and Cub Scouts.

“She loves her friends and family and we love her,” family members said.

The family expressed special thanks to all Eileen’s caregivers at Presbyterian Community Care Center, the Ontario St. Alphonsus Medical Center and the Heart ’n’ Home Hospice.

Survivors include her three  brothers and their wives, Jack and Vivian, Gordon and Faye, and Les and Janice Paustian; four sisters and their husbands, Ginger and Jayson Mugar, Ashley and Jim Laitala, Pat and Joe Copperi, and Carol and Jeff Adams; her son and his wife, Steve and Connie Munn; her daughter and her husband, Theresa and Ron McLay; and seven grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.


Robert Weston

 Robert William “Bob” Weston, 77, of Baker City, did Feb. 28, 2012.

His life was celebrated Saturday at the Baker City Christian Church. Pastor Jesse Whitford officiated.

Bob was born at Milwaukee, Wis., to Anthony and Anna Kopatzke Wesolowski. He was raised in Wisconsin, along with his sister, Elaine. He also had a brother, Anthony, who died nine days before his birth. 

Bob was a 1957 graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Madison with a degree in engineering. He went on to serve in the Army Corps of Engineers for nine years, and was honorably discharged in 1966.

He was happily married for 50 years to his wife, Beverly (Levy). Together they had four beautiful children: Mark, Kristen, Joy and Lori.

Bob had a passion for learning, and was very accomplished academically. He had a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering. He then became an ordained Lutheran minister, and achieved a Bachelor of Divinity as well as a Masters of Divinity from Concordia College. He also obtained a Master of Arts in counseling and was board certified by the State of Colorado in counseling and marriage and family therapy.

Bob started St. Phillip Lutheran Church at Houston. He then served as pastor of University Hills Lutheran Church at Denver.  After retiring from the church, he began a counseling practice, and took great pride in the help he gave others.

Bob loved dancing with his wife, singing in choir, and was an avid reader and student. He loved baseball, was an accomplished athlete, and loved to watch sports. He will be remembered by all for his great smile, for being a happy and content man, and for always being kind and patient, family members said.

Bob’s biggest accomplishment was his family, and he was loved to the last minute of his life by his wife Beverly, who survives him.

Other survivors include his son, Mark, and his wife, Shannon; his daughter, Kristen Sandefur, and her husband, Eric; and eight grandchildren, Benjamin Weston, Jacob Sandefur, Mitchell Sandefur, Kaitlyn Sandefur, Meghan Weston, Emily Sandefur, Kyle Weston and Delaney Weston. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings; and his two daughters, Lori and Joy.

Memorial contributions may be made to Baker City Young Life through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.