Obituaries for April 4, 2012

By Baker City Herald April 04, 2012 10:26 am

Stanley Siler

Stanley R. “Stan the Man” Siler, 58, a former Halfway resident, died March 30, 2012, at his home in Salem.

His memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 14, at the New Song Community Church in La Grande.

Stan was born on Feb. 13, 1953, in the rock bottom building on Main Street at Halfway to James and Violet Siler. He will be missed, family members said.

Survivors include his sisters, Carla McCall of La Grande and Connie Bluhm of Washington; brother, Richard Siler of Vancouver, Wash.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mark Hentze

Mark Hentze, 37, a former Baker City resident, died March 6, 2012, as the result of a flash flood on the Santo Domingo River in Colombia, South America.

There will be a celebration of his life April 13 at Redmond.

A Baker City celebration is scheduled at 2 p.m. April 15 at the United Methodist Church, 1919 Second St. Pastor Juanita Bergacker will officiate.

Mark was born on Nov. 9, 1974, to Dick Hentze and Jan Hentze. Mark grew up loving the outdoors and a variety of outdoor activities. He was a 1993 Baker High School graduate and a 1999 graduate of Eastern Oregon University at La Grande. Before finishing college, he began working for the U.S. Forest Service as a seasonal firefighter. His goal of becoming a smoke jumper was achieved in 2000 and he was with the Redmond Smoke Jumpers’ Loft throughout his smoke-jumping career.

Mark was a freelance writer and photographer at heart and had made kayaking and photography expeditions all around the globe. He first traveled to Colombia, South America, in 2005.

He quickly fell in love with the warmth and hospitality of the people and the beauty of the landscape. He returned every year thereafter exploring and documenting rivers for the book “Colombia Whitwater,” which he co-authored with Aaron Rettig.

Mark’s gentle nature and warm smile will always be remembered by his family, large circle of American and Colombian friends, “Bros” at the loft and by kayakers from around the world, family members said.

“We are thankful that God shared him with us for 37 years, and he lives on in our hearts and memories,” they said.

Survivors include his father, Dick Hentze; his mother, Jan Hentze; his brother and sister-in-law, Brad and Stephanie Hentze; his grandmother, Alice Hentze; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation, Word Vision or a charity of one’s choice through Grays’ West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

Larry Buchan

Larry Lloyd Buchan, 79, a former Baker City resident, died March 23, 2012, after an extended illness.

There was a celebration of his life Tuesday at St. John’s Catholic Church in Mukilteo, Wash. A private internment ceremony will be scheduled later at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Wash. 

Larry was born on Sept. 30, 1932, at Baker City. He grew up in Eastern Oregon and joined the U.S. Navy after graduating from high school.

After serving four years in the Navy, he went on to earn his journeyman plumbing license. He spent many years working in Southern California as a journeyman plumber.

He married the love of his life, MaryAnn, in 1956. They raised their family at Bellflower, Calif., until moving in 1979 to Everett, Wash., to own and operate the local Baskin-Robbins store. Starting with two stores in 1979, the family grew its business to four stores and continue to operate one today.

In 1982, Larry took  a job with the City of Everett, Wash., where he worked as a plumbing inspector until his retirement in 1998. He enjoyed many years of gardening, tinkering in the garage and short vacations with MaryAnn. Affectionately known as Larry, Mr. B or Papa, his energy was infectious wherever he went, family members said.

“He will be deeply missed by his family, especially at the regular Sunday dinner gatherings,” they said.

Survivors include his loving wife of 55 years, MaryAnn; his son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Jenine Buchan; daughters and sons-in-law, Cindy and Brian McMahan and Cathy and Jake Mitchell; his grandchildren, Chris Buchan, Kelli (Kent) Bergsagel, Brittany and Tyler McMahan, and Grace and Claire Mitchell; great-grandchild, Conrad Bergsagel; and brothers, Brian and Lyle Buchan.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd Buchan and Frieda Armbruster; and a sister, Vivian Ellison.

Friends may sign the The Herald (Everett, Wash.) guest book at this address:

Terry Blitch-Shuler

Terry Ilene Blitch-Shuler, 42, of Ontario, died peacefully on  March 29, 2012.

Her funeral will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Ontario Elks Lodge. There will be a potluck after the service.

 She was born on June 14, 1969, at Modesto, Calif., to Betty Hudson and Jerry Blitch. As a child she moved to Baker City. After a year, the family moved to Weiser, Idaho, where she went to school. After completing school, she moved to Baker City where she met Charles E. Risley IV. They had two children, Tiffany E. Risley and Charles E. Risley V. 

Later on in life after the children were older and had left home, she moved to Ontario, where she met Kenneth Shuler. Kenneth has two children, Willy and Grace Shuler. 

Terry and Kenneth were married on July 1, 2003. They bought a house at Ontario where she lived her final years.

Terry enjoyed fishing and camping on beautiful days. She was a very loving, caring, and outgoing person, family members said. She loved her husband, kids, brothers and family deeply. She was a smart, creative person who loved the little things in life.

“Terry was a special person to anybody and everybody who knew her,” they said.

Survivors include her children, Tiffany E. Risley of Vernal, Utah, and Charles E. Risley V of Casper, Wyo.; her brothers, Emory and James Blitch of Ontario; and her husband, Kenneth Shuler, and his children, Willy and Grace Shuler, of Ontario.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Betty Hudson and Jerry Blitch. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family to help pay for funeral expenses.

‘Bruce’ Bennett

John “Bruce” Bennett, 72, of Baker City died April 1, 2012, at Boise.

There will be a celebration of his life at 11 a.m. Friday at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane. Pastor Lennie Spooner will officiate. Refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall after the service.

Bruce was born on Nov. 28, 1939, at Enterprise to Edgar J. and Fannie C. Lydell Bennett. He married Rosary Evans on April 20, 2002. 

Bruce took great joy in reading his Bible, family members said. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and singing country western music as “Boxcar Bennett.” He was a long-standing member of the Nazarene Church.

Survivors include four sisters, Ruth Coone of La Grande, Kathy Dickenson of Montrose, Colo., Mary Ann Campo of Union and Nina Campbell; and one brother, Everett Bennett of Montrose, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a nephew, Ron Coone.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family of Bruce Bennett to assist with funeral expenses through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.