Obituaries for June 1, 2012

By Jayson Jacoby June 01, 2012 10:06 am

Eva Dockweiler

Eva Susan Dockweiler, 95, died May 24, 2012, at Union. 

A funeral will be scheduled later.

Eva was born on April 29, 1917, at Baker City to John and Clara Metzker Gibbs. She married Edward Dockweiler on Oct. 5, 1936, at Weiser, Idaho.

 Eva spent her life being a housewife, mother, grandmother and seamstress. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, mining, mushroom and berry picking and spoiling her grandchildren. She was affiliated with the Eastern Oregon Mining Association and Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Survivors include two sons, Ted Dockweiler and his wife, Polly, and Chuck Dockweiler and his wife, Ann, all of Baker City; two daughters, Gaye Murray, and her husband, Bill, of Livingston, Mont., and Mary Ellen Jackson of Union County; 20 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and nine brothers and sisters; a daughter and son-in-law, Bruce and Evalyn Longfellow; stepdaughter and son-in-law, Monroe and Mildred Jefferies; son-in-law, Bud Jackson; and infant daughter, Lorna Joyce Dockweiler.

Grays West & Co. Pioneer Chapel was in charge of arrangements.


Marvin Schmidt

 Marvin Milton Schmidt, 84, of Baker City, died May 17, 2012, at his home. 

Marvin was born on Aug. 30, 1927, at Warrenton, Texas. He graduated from high school in 1945. He joined the U.S. Navy and served aboard the USS Eversole until 1948. 

He married Bettie Lee Cook on June 6, 1947, at Grants Pass. They moved to Baker City in 1958.

Marvin was a civil engineer for the Oregon Department of Transportation for 33 years, retiring in 1985. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and will be eternally grateful to the Thompsons and Scotts at Cricket Flats, family members said.

He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Powder River Sportsmen’s Club and a longtime member of the Elks Lodge.

He loved Eastern Oregon and Baker City. He served as a member of the citizen planning commission for several years.

He was preceded in death by his son, Michael. 

Survivors include his wife, Bettie; daughter, Larrissa Thompson; and three grandsons, Mick Thompson of Boise; and Andrew and Jonathan Schmidt of Spokane, Wash.; and one great-granddaughter, Madisen Schmidt. 

Coles Tribute Center is in charge of arrangements.


Laura Hayse

Laura Lee Hayse, 86, of Baker City died May 14, 2012. 

A memorial train on the Sumpter Valley Railroad will be announced in the future — an event Laura would greatly enjoy.

Laura was born on April 18, 1926, at La Grande to Amos H. (Hal or Mac to those who knew him) and Amy (Hulse) McLain.  She was raised in the Grande Ronde Valley and graduated from La Grande High School. After living and working in several places, Laura settled in Baker City in 1959.

Widely read and possessed of an irreverent wit, Laura was an artist, cartoonist and caricaturist, finding inspiration in phenomena as diverse as the Northeastern Oregon light falling on a ponderosa pine or a river-washed rock in the shape of Richard Nixon’s nose. Her painted rocks were the source of much humor when displayed at the Baker County Library.  

Throughout the years she shared her interests in reading and painting with her friends, Pearl Jones, Mary Heriza, Betty Kuhl, Jane Hutton and other members of the Paintabouts watercolor painting group and the Literary Lunch Bunch book club. The outdoors were her great passion and she enjoyed birding, hiking, wood gathering and especially huckleberrying. For 18 years Laura was the local compiler for the Audubon Christmas bird counts in the Baker Valley and along the Powder River from Bowen Valley to Mason Dam.

Keenly interested in Northeastern Oregon history, Laura was active as a member of the Baker County Historical Society and other organizations, and was instrumental in the initial efforts to recycle the Baker Municipal Natatorium building into what is now the Baker Heritage Museum. She was also a founding member of the Sumpter Valley Railroad, and remained active there to the end of her life. One of her favorite pastimes was following abandoned railroad grades, keeping an eye out for the “phantom locomotive,” all the while taking notes about and often sketching the birds, trees, and wildflowers.

Laura is survived by her sister, Betty Joyce Bak of Yakima, Wash.; her sister-in-law, Leona McLain of La Grande; her partner, Jim Grigsby of Baker City; four children: Shelley Hayse of Oakland, Calif., Dr. Bruce Hayse of Jackson, Wyo., Gilbert Hayse of Los Altos, Calif., and Duncan Hayse of Las Cruces, N.M.; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Doris Grant; and a brother, David McLain, both of La Grande.

Memorial contributions in Laura’s name may be made to the Sumpter Valley Railroad in care of Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814, or directly to Sumpter Valley Railroad, P.O. Box 389, Baker City, OR 97814.