Obituaries for June 13, 2012

By Baker City Herald June 13, 2012 08:48 am

James Mack

Baker City, 1948-2012

James Anthony Mack, 63, of Marsing, Idaho, died April 25, 2012, after a brief illness at his home surrounded by his immediate family.

Jim was born on June 22, 1948, at Minot, N.D., and raised in Baker City. He was the first of the 13 children born to Fabian and Irene Mack.

He attended St. Francis Academy for 12 years, and was student body president his senior year. He excelled in math, science and football. 

Jim played guard and was co-captain of the 1965 St. Francis football team that won the state championship, defeating Fossil 28-0 in a memorable game carried out in four inches of mud on the Fossil rodeo grounds.

Jim’s football skill produced Shrine All-Star recognition and his last game was played for the East Team in the Baker High School stadium. 

Jim was awarded an academic and sports scholarship to play football for Boise State University. Unfortunately a chronic knee injury ended his college career early.

Jim remained in the Treasure Valley and worked in the commercial construction industry for the remainder of his life, retiring with a disability in 2003.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Irene, in 1984; his father, Fabian, in 2004; and his son, Gabriel Mack, in 2007.

Survivors include his wife, Chris, of Marsing, Idaho; his son, Ryan Mack, of Boise; daughters, Cathy and Samantha; stepdaughters, Donna Hiatt (Phillip) of Marsing, Idaho; Genger Riggins of Middleton, Idaho; and Lorie Reynolds of Las Vegas, Nev.; stepsons, Randy Bliss (Camber) of Merced, Calif., and William Bliss (Wendy) of Joseph; plus eight grandchildren on Chris’s side; brothers Jerrold F. Mack of  St. George, Utah, John P. Mack, of Montrose, Colo., Jeffrey S. Mack of Oak Harbor, Wash., Joseph D. Mack, St. George, Utah, Jason R. Mack of Riverton, Wyo., and Jordan T. Mack of Autaugaville, Ala.; sisters, Joyce I. Towle of Westport, Wash., Janice Mack Talcott of Olympia, Wash., Julia K. Crippin, of Montrose, Colo., Jacqueline Mack Hill of Hermiston, Judith Mack Cameron of Lake Oswego and Jillona M. Moretti of  San Antonio; and 25 nieces and nephews.

Vivian Peters

Baker City, 1916-2012

Vivian Idella Peters, 95, died June 11, 2012, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Baker City.  

Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St.  Ministers Michael Summers, Twila Krigbaum and Becky Welch will officiate. Private family interment will be at the Island City Cemetery. 

Vivian was born on Aug. 18, 1916, to Carl and Esther Miliander Wahlin on their homestead five miles east of Goodridge, Minn. She moved with her family in 1929 to a small farm 13 miles south of Fosston, Minn.

She married Ebright Peters on September 12, 1938. They lived in North Dakota and Minnesota before moving to Oregon in 1955. They moved to the Grande Ronde Valley of Oregon in 1960. Vivian lived there until moving to Baker City in 1991.

She was preceded in death by her husband Ebright; her son, Vilus Peters; her daughter and son-in-law Joy and John Boettcher; and her granddaughter, Beth Synan.  

Survivors include her sons, Virgil “Pete” Peters, Elvin (and Joan) Peters and Jerry (and Arden Bardol) Peters; daughter, Priscilla, (and Ron) Synan; daughter-in-law Jackie Peters; daughter-in-law, Jan (and Pat) Callaghan; and daughter-in-law Deb, (and Ron) Hoy;  grandchildren,  Alfons Peters, Renate (Peters) Ayers; Todd Peters, Jennifer Peters Swan, Jeff Peters, Rich Boettcher, Wayne Boettcher, Jerzy DaPra-Peters, Drew Synan, and Alex Synan; 17 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Ruth Quick and Fern Boettcher; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Baker County Meals on Wheels through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR  97814.

Clayton Davis

Seattle, Wash., 1919-2012

Clayton Alvin Davis, 93, of Seattle, a former North Powder resident, died April 21, 2012, at Seattle.

 He was the second of five children born to Edward Alvin and Henrietta Clementine “Hattie” Myers Davis on Feb. 4, 1919, at the family ranch west of North Powder. His grandparents, John S. and Susan Dealy Davis homesteaded the family ranch at North Powder in 1872. His maternal grandparents were Sam and Anna Haynes Meyers of Union County. 

Clayton grew up at North Powder and attended school there until the ninth grade when he quit school and went to work to help support the family.

Clayton met Marie Miller of Eastern Idaho, at North Powder, where her father worked for Union Pacific Railroad. Clayton worked for the Railroad for about a year. 

Clayton and Marie were married in 1939 at Weiser, Idaho. They moved to Walla Walla, where he followed the wheat harvest in the Palouse area.

In 1942, while working at Boeing, Clayton was drafted into the U. S. Army Air Corps. He was stationed at Honolulu and served during World War II. He was discharged in 1945.

Clayton owned and operated a Richfield Gas Station in Seattle and his brother, Kenneth, worked for him. Clayton worked as a mechanic and in later years worked as a heavy equipment operator in the construction field until his retirement.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marie, who died in 1985; his father, Edward, in 1964, his mother, Hattie Pearson, in 1983; his sisters, Susie Cecilia and her husband, Owen Gorham, Ida Joyce and her husband, William Tippett, and Jacqueline and her husband, Louis April; brother, Kenneth Davis; and son-in-law, Larry Hegenderfer.

Survivors include his children, Karen Hegenderfer of Spokane, Wash., Gary Davis of Salmon, Idaho, and Judith Davis of Seattle; seven grandchildren, Michael and Steven Hegenderfer, Carol Lynn and her husband, Dan E. Preedy, and Kim, Joel, Carrie and Jennifer Davis; five great-grandchildren, Devon, Sydney, and Logan Preedy, and Hope and Lucy Hegenderfer; a sister-in-law, Mary Davis of Montesano, Wash.; and many nieces and nephews.

Marian Danford

Baker City, 1918-2012

Marian Frances Danford, 93, died June 10, 2012, at Baker City.

There will be an informal graveside service at 1 p.m. PDT Friday at Hilltop Cemetery in Nyssa. The family invites anyone who wishes to join them in remembrance of Marian.

 Marian was born on Oct. 3, 1918, at home in Altoona, Pa., to Frank and Agnes Kelly Schmerbeck. Her mother subsequently died during childbirth when Marian was 8 years old, so she became an instant surrogate mother, of sorts, helping to raise her six brothers and sisters. She received her degree as a registered nurse from Altoona General Hospital in 1939. 

She then worked as a surgical nurse at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital and Anderson Hospital, both in Philadelphia, where she met Kenneth Danford, an intern attending Temple Medical School.  

They were married in 1942 at Mahnomen, Minn., where they made their home until moving to Nyssa in 1952, where they continued their medical practice and raised their family. 

 Family members described Marian as an outgoing and involved member of the community who loved duplicate bridge and bowling. She will always be remembered for her many fishing and hunting trips she claimed she never wanted to go on, but which became a family tradition that she said she sorely missed, once she was no longer able to go. 

She also loved to read and was interested and well-versed in a broad range of topics, which she was always happy to discuss, along with being an avid sports fan, attending the Nyssa Bulldogs’ games, oftentimes begrudgingly accompanied by one of the family’s dogs.

Marian was an amazing and loving wife, mother and friend and will be remembered as a remarkable person who touched the lives of everyone she came in contact with, family members said.

“She knew no strangers and she made her home a warm and comfortable refuge that was always open to everyone. The world is a better place because of Marian Danford and she will be greatly missed,” they said.

 Survivors include her two half-brothers, Dick Schmerbeck and Bill Schmerbeck, both of Altoona, Pa.; sister-in-law, Shirley Schmerbeck, of Tucson, Ariz.; her three children and their spouses, daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Gary Ward, and son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Jan Danford, all of Baker City, and son and daughter-in-law, David and Kristina Danford of Pleasant Hill, Calif.; six grandchildren, Kirby Danford, Kari Carter, Kelly Ward, Kacey Ward, Ian Danford and Ashley Nunes; nine great-grandchildren, Riley Carter, Emily Carter, Anna Carter, Silas Carter, Taylor Ward, Gage Ward, Madison Ward, Cohen Nunes and Natashya Summers; one great-great-grandson, Brenley Summers; and several nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband; her parents; her two brothers, David and Bob; and two sisters, Mary and Loretta.

 As a 39-year cancer survivor, the family suggests memorial contributions in Marian’s name be made to the American Cancer Society or to the charity of one’s choice through Lienkaemper Chapels, 78 N.W. First Ave., Ontario, OR  97914, or at www.lienkaemper-thomason.