Obituary for Aug. 20, 2012

By Baker City Herald August 20, 2012 09:14 am

David Aeder

Haines, 1927-2012

David J. Aeder, 85, of Haines died Aug. 12, 2012.

There will be no funeral. Dave donated his body to the Oregon Health & Science University at Portland for research.

Dave was born on March 19, 1927, at Silverton. He was the youngest of four children born to Joseph and Katie Lincoln Oeder.

He met his future wife, NaOma Sall “online” — while he worked on a Columbia River tugboat and she was a Union Pacific telegrapher. They communicated via Morse Code before they met in person. They were married on June 7, 1945, and had five children.

In later years, they enjoyed traveling to the Southwest, and owned a winter home at Choloride, Ariz. NaOma died in 2006.

Dave was also preceded in death by two sisters.

After high school, Dave took some geology courses, but was mostly self-taught. He studied geology, mathematics, chemistry and electronics.

He earned his pilot’s license while still a teenager, and worked briefly as a crop duster. Dave and NaOma bought the Chloride Mine in Baker County in 1958 and it is still family owned.

He enjoyed prospecting and still was looking for the Mother Lode in the last years of his life. 

He designed and built machinery and all-terrain vehicles for his own use. In the early 1960s, he sold a patent on a prototype snowmobile. 

He had many jobs, including working in the oil fields as a well logger, in construction, building dams, logging, mining and mine reclamation, manufacturing, sawmills, electronics and commercial fishing out of Garibaldi.

Survivors include five children and their spouses, Pat and Michele Aeder of Garibaldi, Janet and Doug Rasmussen of Corvallis, Rick and Linder Aeder of Portland, Sandy and Dave Gobel of Beaverton and Haines and Karen and Bill Ellis of Baker City; 15 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Bob Aeder of Hawaii.