Obituaries for Aug. 15, 2012

By Baker City Herald August 15, 2012 10:37 am

‘Bob’ Hardesty

Formerly Baker City, 1938-2012

Robert A. “Bob” Hardesty, 73, a former Baker City resident, died Aug. 10, 2012, at Sparks, Nev., after a 7½-month battle with breast cancer.

With hospice care he was able to remain at his daughter Lynda’s home in Sparks.

A Celebration of Life will be on Aug. 25 at his daughter’s home in Sparks.

Bob was born on Sept. 4, 1938, at Lakeview to Ernest and Juanita Hardesty, joining brother, Lorne, and sister, Jackie, a year later. The family left the Lakeview area when Bob was 3 years old to move to the Sierra Army Depot at Herlong, Calif., where his father, who was a carpenter, helped build the base.

Bob attended school at Herlong, graduating from Herlong High School in 1957. He married his high school sweetheart, Dixie Huntley, and attended a year of Lassen Junior College while adding to the family with a son, Robert, and two daughters, Lynda and Penny. 

Bob loved Lassen County and all it had to offer as an avid outdoorsman, and he would take off fishing or hunting at a moment’s notice with family or friends. He loved all sports and took part in them all during his school years and even played softball until he was 30. 

After an industrial accident in 1969 and his subsequent retirement from federal service, he moved his family to Ontario and then to Baker City. After selling their home in Baker City, Bob and Dixie bought a motor home and became snowbirds, spending winters at Yuma, Ariz., summers in Oregon, spring in Nevada and fall on the Oregon Coast and as many other places as they could fit in. Bob and Dixie loved to travel and were always planning the next outing with family or friends.

While in California, Bob was a Little League coach for many years and could always be found teaching and taking the neighborhood kids fishing or hunting. In Oregon he was a volunteer at the Christian Church Food Bank each month, server for senior lunches or helping a friend with a project. He was a Good Sam member and enjoyed many fun outings with good friends.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Dixie; his son, Robert, of West Richland, Wash.; daughters, Lynda (Rick) McLellan of Sparks, and Penny (Wolf) Clemens of Trabuco Canyon, Calif.; grandchildren, Jason, Jennifer and Nathan Hardesty of Portland, Chase Clemens of Trabuco Canyon, Lisa (Isaiah) Eukel of Las Vegas, Nev., and Ricky McLellan of Alamogordo, N.M.; a great-grandson, Dominick of Las Vegas; nephews, Bart (Stephanie) Marsters, Bryan Marsters, and Blake (Lynn) Marsters of Herlong, Calif., Brett (Julie) Marsters, of Paradise, Calif., and Chad (Beth) Huntley of Albuquerque, N.M.; nieces, Lorna Mae Thomas of Baker City, Karen (Doug) Kircher, of Couer d’Alene Idaho, and Heidi and Heather Huntley of Irvine Calif.; and several cousins and many good friends who will miss him so much.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation or a charity of one’s choice.

Gifferd Ellsworth

Haines, 1928-2012

Gifferd Lester Ellsworth, 83, of Haines, died Aug. 11, 2012.

A private family interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Gifferd was born on Oct. 16, 1928, at International Falls, Minn., to Lester and Evelyn Ellsworth. He was one of eight children and after high school joined the Coast Guard in 1947. Gifferd married and had three children. He worked as a salesman, millwright foreman and prospector. 

During his life, he lived at Libby and Malta, Mont., Baker City and Haines. He had mining claims in Oregon and loved to talk gold with his friends.

He was a natural leader who was comfortable out in front making the plan, leading a crew or debating politics. He loved poetry, reading and to entertain with his wit, humor and stories. Gifferd was a man of unique character and will be remembered by all who crossed his path, family members said.  

Survivors include his daughters, Evelyn Seely of Medford and Tammie Rochefort of Vancouver, Wash.; his siblings, Enid Carr and Lollita Adams, both of Wirt, Minn., Arnold Ellsworth of Castle Rock, Wash., Lynn Ellsworth of Longview, Wash., and Robin Adams of Winterville, N.C.; 16 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. 

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