Obituaries for July 6, 2012

By Jayson Jacoby July 06, 2012 12:27 pm

Kenny Armbruster

Ontario, Calif., 1930-2012

Kenneth L. “Kenny” Armbruster, of Ontario, Calif., a former Baker City resident, died May 26, 2012, at his home with his family at his bedside.

Kenny was born in the tiny mining town of Sweet Mine, Utah, to Ray and Anna Armbruster. Because his dad was an electrician (self-taught) for mining companies, the family moved a lot. One year Kenny went to four different schools in three different states.

The family lived at Sumpter during his high school years and he attended Baker High School. Kenny ran track and played some football. After a mild concussion, he decided that maybe football was not the right sport for a 5-foot-3-inch kid, so he concentrated on track and did well.

He spent one year of college at Oregon State in Corvallis and then joined the U.S. Navy in 1950. The Navy provided him with electronics training and he then spent two tours of duty in Alaska aboard two sea-going tugs.

Leaving the Navy in 1954, he attended Cal Poly at San Luis Obispo, Calif., where he earned an electronics engineering degree.

He then took a job at General Dynamics in Pomona, Calif. where he worked for 35 years at a job he loved. He designed guidance systems for guided missiles.

When he retired in 1990, the first item on his “bucket list” was to go skydiving — a stunt he thoroughly enjoyed — at Perris, Calif. 

Next, he enrolled in a geology class at Chaffey College where he happily went on camping field trips with 18-year-olds.

After that, he spent his time studying geology and history, hiking, traveling (especially with Elderhostel), socializing with many friends and enjoying time with his five grandsons.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Doris; sons, Scott (Barbara) of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., and Keith (Dana) of Corona, Calif.; a daughter, Nora, of Claremont, Calif.; a brother, Robert; a sister, Joanne Warnock of Sumpter; and five grandsons, Scott, Nicholas, Wyatt, Quinn and Riley.

Fred Beymer Jr.

The Dalles 1924-2012

Fred Hennen Beymer Jr., 88, a former Baker City resident, died June 22, 2012, at the Oregon Veterans Home at The Dalles. 

His military memorial ceremony will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Fred was born on Feb. 10, 1924, at Portland. He moved with his parents, Fred and Mable Beymer, to Klamath Falls where they managed a hotel. While attending Henley High School, he met his future wife, Patricia Elaine Short.

Fred graduated from high school in 1942 and as World War II was under way, he and four of his buddies joined the U.S. Marine Corps. He went to Camp Pendleton at San Diego for paratroop training. 

After service in New Zealand and New Guinea, he and the 5th Division of the Marines were sent to the Big Island in Hawaii to train for assault on the strategic island of Iwo Jima. 

There is a monument on the Parker Ranch where they trained thanking members of the 5th Division of the Marines for their bravery in the war. Fred participated in the landing and securing of Iwo Jima.

Like most returning soldiers, he never spoke much of that horrifying experience. But he often said there are no atheists in fox holes. When Japan finally surrendered, Fred was one of the first U.S. soldiers to occupy Japan.

He was very proud of his service with the Marine Corps. One of his regrets was that he had not become a member of the Marine Corps Band. He was a talented trombone player. 

Before going to the Pacific, Fred’s high school sweetheart, Patricia, her parents and Fred’s parents met in San Diego where Fred and Pat were married on Feb. 19, 1944. While Fred was away, his first child, Michael Fred, was born. When the war ended Fred returned to his family at Klamath Falls.

He and Pat purchased a house and acreage from Pat’s father and proceeded to raise potatoes and children. Their son Mike’s birth was followed by the birth of Starla Sue, Bill Patrick, Becky Jo and Kelly Lee.

Fred taught his children the fine arts of baling hay, driving hay trucks, and riding horses. He drove them around Oregon, Washington and Idaho where they competed in junior rodeos. He was instrumental in founding the Klamath Falls Junior Rodeo. 

Fred was always a showman. Photos from that time show him pictured as a cheerleader in high school and as a performer in musicals with Fred and Pat’s friends as they put on shows to raise money to build the Mount Laki Presbyterian Church. They also sang in the choir at the church.

Fred and his father were in the Klamath County Sheriff’s Posse. One of their events was to ride from Klamath to Lakeview every year for the rodeo. Horses were a major part of Fred’s life.

In 1963, he loaded up his horses and family and moved them to Sisters where he worked for a rancher, while Pat taught school. They lived at Sisters for a while and then discovered nearby Camp Sherman where they bought an A-frame restaurant and sold homemade french fries, ice cream and hamburgers during the summer season.

Fred found a carpenter and together they put up an outdoor stable so he could put his children to work guiding trail rides. The family also took tourists into the Mount Jefferson Wilderness on pack trips where Fred would heat up his large grill and fry up a feast.

He was a man of many talents. One of Starla’s memories of Fred’s cooking was him laughing out loud as he watched his children at the counter crying as they tried to eat his “onion” pancakes.

From Camp Sherman, Fred and Pat went to the Oregon Coast where they had a pony ring at the Pixieland amusement park. Their next adventure was in Kahneeta on the Warm Springs Reservation where they again put their horses to work providing rides to guests of the resort.

Fred and Pat lived in numerous places over the years including Simnasho, Imnaha and in northern Nevada where Fred worked on ranches and Pat taught in one- and two-room schools. Fred also drove school bus and headed up the cafeteria.

They bought a house at Baker City and commuted back and forth from Orvada, Nev., to Baker City on weekends. 


Betty Carter

Baker City 1924-2012

Betty Mae Scott Carter died June 24, 2012, at her home in Baker City, just weeks before her 88th birthday.

There will be a celebration of her life at 4 p.m. Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church, 1995 Fourth St.

Betty was born on July 12, 1924, at Minneapolis to Grace Regina Sather-Johnson and Walter Irving Scott. She was a 1942 graduate of Central High School in Minneapolis, and went to work for Burroughs Adding Machine Corp.

 In the summer of 1947, she got a job at Hamilton’s Store in Yellowstone, where she met her future husband, Truman C. Carter, who was working as a lifeguard at the Geyser-Water Swimming Pool. They married five weeks later, on Aug. 8, 1947, at Elko, Nev.

By September, they returned to Baker City, where Truman worked as a schoolteacher and owned a log home on Seventh Street. For many years, Betty sold Real Silk Mills as a door-to-door saleswoman. The Carters also ran Elkhorn Archery Co. in the back shop of their home, later adding a small health food shop.

In 1970, they purchased the 24 Flavors Ice Cream Store on Broadway and added health foods, archery and backpacking equipment and a large selection of paperbacks and magazines. The Carters operated Carter’s Natural Foods, Archery and Backpacking until 1987.

Betty was active in the Presbyterian Church, regularly visited people at a local nursing home, volunteered her time at the Greater Baker Food Co-op, was a member of the Baker County People for Human Dignity group and loved making the yard sale circuit with family members.

Survivors include her sons, Barry, Kip and Corry Carter, all of Baker City; daughters, Tamara (and Phil) Mattson of Troutdale, Holly (and Bob) Gill of Madras, and Libby (and Dave) Rudolph of Baker City; grandchildren, Deva Williams of La Grande, Adam and Lisa Mattson of Troutdale, Chase Gill of Bothell, Wash., Carter Gill of Las Vegas, Nev., Kelsey Gill of Portland, and Turner Gill of Portland and Koby and Jordan Rudolph of Baker City; two stepgrandchildren, Amy and Ashley Rudolph of Vancouver, Wash.; and two great-grandchildren, Hunter and Chevelle Williams of La Grande.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Truman; her parents; her brother, Wallace “Bud” Scott; a granddaughter, Alexa Carter; and a daughter-in-law Susan Petersen-Carter.

Memorial contributions may be made to Heart ‘n’ Home Hospice or MayDay.

Cole’s Tribute Center is in charge of arrangements.