Obituaries for Aug. 8, 2012

By Baker City Herald August 08, 2012 10:21 am

Michael Long

Baker City, 1973-2012

Michael Lewis Long, 39, a former Baker City resident, died July 26, 2012.

His memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Flagler Cemetery at Flagler, Colo.

Michael was born on Feb.  2, 1973, to Sherry and Roger Long. He attended Grades 2-8 in the Baker School District.

He was a 1991 graduate of Montezuma-Cortez High School at Cortez, Colo., and a  1991 graduate of Fort Lewis College at Durango, Colo.

He  traveled the U.S., Canada and the Netherlands with his software career. He loved his Jack Russell terriers, Gracy and Sydney.

An avid Denver Bronco Fan, he made Denver his home and traveled from there.

Survivors include his grandmother, LaVelle Long of Baker City; brother, Ryan of Denver; brother, Devin, and his spouse, Anna, and nephews, Jace and Levi, of Minneapolis; his father, Roger, and his mother, Sherry, both of Flagler, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Lewis Long of Baker City.

Erlinger Cremation of  Lafayette, Colo., is in charge of arrangements.

Jimmy Baker


Jimmy Ray Baker, 75, died July 29, 2012.

There will be a gathering of family and friends at 1 p.m. PDT Saturday at The Huntington City Park. All friends and family are invited; lunch will be served.

Jimmy Ray Baker was born on April 30, 1937, at Boise to Ora Ray Baker and Alice Pauline Crosby-Baker. He graduated from Huntington High School. 

He went to work for the railroad and also worked on local ranches. He married Bonnie Lou Paul and they moved to Bates, where he worked in logging and was the local butcher. 

He spent most of his life logging in the Northwest. He was a talented fiddle player and won numerous Northwest contests.

He loved to fish and hunt and one of his favorite things to do was cut up wild game for friends while enjoying music and parties.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ora and Alice; and his brother, Wayne Baker.

Survivors include his sister, Mary Lou Wright of Boise; brothers, Eddy Baker of Council, Idaho, and Joe Baker of Weiser, Idaho; his daughters, Celeste Isaac, and Reneé Buermann; and a son, Adam Baker of Sierra Valley, Calif.; his grandchildren, Raymond Paul Wicks, Ryan Wayne Wicks and Regina Elene Dunbar; and three great-grandchildren, Liberty Anne Wicks, Jake Ryan Wicks and Wade Paul Dunbar.

Barry Cushing

Boise, 1941-2012

Barry Charles Cushing, 70, a former Baker City resident, died Aug. 6, 2012, at Meridian, Idaho, from ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).

His funeral will be at noon PDT Saturday at Summers Funeral Home, 3629 E. Ustick Road, in Meridian.

Barry was born on Sept. 28, 1941, at Shelby, Idaho, to Darlene Eckel and Clarence Charles Cushing. He grew up at Shelby and was educated in Shelby schools. He was a 1959 Shelby High School graduate. 

After high school, Barry attended Iowa State University where he received a bachelor’s degree in forestry. He was also a member of the bowling team that won the Big 8 championship. Barry also enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

While attending college, Barry worked the summers for the U.S. Forest Service in places such as Wirt, Minn., and Baker City. While in Baker City he met the love of his life, Carol Dougherty. They were married April 25, 1966. 

Shortly afterward, Barry was hired by the Bureau of Land Management. This gave him and his family the opportunity to live in Oregon, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and Idaho where he made lasting friendships with so many.

In 1990, Barry and Carol moved to Boise, where Barry retired in 1994. He made the most of his retirement by playing golf, bowling, fishing, hunting, camping, and traveling with Carol. 

He also enjoyed playing bridge at the Senior Center and playing any card game with his family. His greatest enjoyment, however, came from spending time with his family and friends. 

Barry had an infectious laugh and was a friend to everyone. He was an example to all who knew him. He was charismatic, humble and kind and will be dearly missed, family members said.

“Barry faced ALS like everything else in his life: courageously. He got up every day when many people would have given in,” they said. “Though he will be missed dearly, he will live forever in our hearts and in our treasured memories of him.”

Survivors include his wife, Carol; three children, Karen Cushing of Harper, Drew (Carin) Cushing of Taylorsville, Utah, and Clay (Alyse) Cushing of Salem, Utah; seven grandchildren, Shelby, Madison, Danielle, Nicole, Jacob, Stone and Charlie; and his sister, Judy (George) Huckins of Kansas City, Mo.

The Cushing family extends special thanks to the University of Utah ALS clinic (Dr Bromberg and staff), Horizon Hospice and staff, and especially Dr. Whitesell, for being a great friend and support.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the University of Utah ALS clinic.

Jimmy Crabtree

Ogden, Utah, 1941-2012 

Jimmy Crabtree, 68, a former resident of Halfway and Oxbow, died Aug. 2, 2012, at the Ogden Veterans Memorial Hospital in Ogden, Utah.

During his life, he served seven years in the U.S. Navy, then went on to join the Merchant Marines, traveling the world for 30 years. 

Jimmy moved to Halfway in 2003 and later moved to Oxbow and  then to Utah where he lived with his sister, Diane Kenison, and her husband, Albert. 

He always had a smile and he was loving and caring and would give you the shirt off of his back if you needed it, family members said.

 Jimmy developed Alzheimer’s disease in 2005, which as his sister  Diane shared  “takes all but your soul and let’s your family watch.”

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Connie Hamrick.

Survivors include his sister, Diane, and her husband, Albert Kenison, of Tremonton, Utah; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Arlene Clegg

Baker City, 1926-2012 

Arlene Rose Clegg, 86, of Baker City died Aug. 3, 2012, at her residence.

Her graveside service will be Thursday, Aug. 9 at 11 a.m. at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Ralph Lawrence of the United Methodist Church will be the officiant. Visitations will be today from from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St.

Arlene Clegg was born on May 28, 1926, at Baker City to Clifford and Rose (Buxton) Engum. Arlene spent most of her childhood living in Baker City, with a short time spent living in Cornucopia while receiving her education during her youth. She married William “Bill” Clegg in Reno, Nev., on Oct. 21, 1972.

Arlene then remained in Baker City for the remainder of her life working as a bookkeeper for car dealerships and the Greyhound Bus Lines, where she received awards for her accuracy in her bookkeeping.

Mrs. Clegg was a member of the United Methodist Church. She enjoyed working in her yard, attending dinners at Community Connections and going for car drives in the beautiful mountains surrounding Baker City.

She is survived by her son, Larry Moura of Baker City; her daughter-in-law, Neena Moura of Ontario; her sister-in-law, Agnes Engum of Boise; her grandson, Jeff Moura; and nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bill; her son, Tony; her brother, Arnold Engum; her sisters, Bonnie Lay and Patricia Eardley; and numerous cousins.

Those wishing to make contributions in Mrs. Clegg’s memory may direct them to the United Methodist Church of Baker City. This may be done through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Elmer Emele

Baker City, 1926-2012 

Elmer Edward Emele, 81, of Baker City, died peacefully at home on Aug. 5, 2012, after a short battle with cancer.

Graveside services will be Friday, Aug. 10 at 11 a.m. at Mount Hope Cemetery, with a celebration of life at 1 p.m. at the Elks Lodge No. 338, 1896 Second St.

Elmer was born on Aug. 30, 1930, at Baker City to Vernon and Oddessa (Dean) Emele. He received his education in Baker City. He worked for Ellingson Lumber for 45½ years before retiring in 1995. He came up through the ranks, first as a forklift operator to green chain puller and on to learn the planer.

He was the heart of the mill, keeping the “Old Yates Planer” up and running, which was a challenge in itself. The mill shut down in 1996 (wonder why?).

We all should take a lesson from his strong and exemplary work ethics. Elmer’s passion was the Bronc & Bull Riding Blowout event held in mid-July. He was instrumental in its success, working many days and hours helping to prep the rodeo grounds for this Baker City event and working to get sponsors. Ken called him his right-hand man! Even in his late 70s, Elmer continued to help prepare for the event, working on the fairgrounds. One would see Elmer still building, painting, and cleaning while the youngsters were taking a break. Elmer wore the guys out!

He enjoyed building things and helped many friends out with decks, buildings and more. He created some pretty classy “stuff.” On Wednesdays, he looked forward to joining the ROMEOs (Retired Old Men Eating Out) for lunch.

He enjoyed being outdoors and he always looked forward to Elk Camp with Larry, Jerry and Kevin (Sometimes someone actually got an elk). He liked bowling and really enjoyed watching his grandsons and great-grandkids playing baseball. Football season was a favorite time for Elmer also. He certainly knew his players!

Those who will feel the empty place in our hearts the most and longest are his wife, Jackie, his daughter, Shirley, and his son, Bill.

Elmer is survived by his wife, Jackie Emele of Baker City; his daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and Jim Robison of Keizer; his son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Margaret Emele of Boise; his grandchildren, Jake and Ashly Pearce and their children, Draven and Paige, all of Baker City, Buck and Amy Pearce and their children, Cadence and Wyatt of Keizer; and Kamay, Mariah, Aislinn and Makailla Emele of Boise.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Vernon;  his uncle, Jeff Dean; and his grandson, Josh Pearce.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Jason and Stacy Bingham family. This may be done through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.