Obituaries for Dec. 19, 2012

By Baker City Herald December 19, 2012 10:00 am

Kevin Layton


Kevin James Layton, 52, of Huntington, died suddenly on Dec. 12, 2012, at his home.

Mr. Layton was found on the floor of his residence with a weak pulse by paramedics who tried to revive him.

Mr. Layton is to be cremated. No services are planned.

He was born and school in Riverside, Calif.

He is survived by his former wife, Jodi; his daughter, Danielle; grandchildren, Skyler and Jayden of Baker City; his father, Donald Layton of Riverside; his sister, Sheila Layton of Riverside; his brother, Dan Layton of Columbus, Ohio; and nieces Michele Rowan of Portland and Kristal Hackett of Baker City.

Mr. Layton had two previous marriages that yielded other children who wish to remain anonymous at this time.

Roland Campbell

Baker City, 1929-2012

Roland Campbell, 83, of Baker City died Dec. 15, 2012, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City after a tiring battle with aspirated pneumonia.

His funeral will be Friday, Dec. 21 at 11 a.m. at the Baker City Nazarene Church, 1250 Hughes Lane. A reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall of the church.

 Roland was born on March 10, 1929, at Baker City to Ralph and Wilma (Holt) Campbell. He attended Saint Francis Academy and graduated from Baker High School in 1947. He also attended South Kitsap High School in Port Orchard, Wash., for a short time while his father worked in the naval shipyards during World War II.

After graduating from high school he went on to attend Linfield College in McMinnville. His mind was more on a young lady he had met on a blind date while visiting friends in Port Orchard than it was on college courses, so he decided to follow his heart. Instead of returning to Linfield the following year, he extended his hand in marriage to the love of his life, Irene Stratton. Irene and Roland were married on Aug. 19, 1950, celebrating 60-plus years of marriage before Irene’s death May 24, 2011.

In his early years of employment, Roland worked at his father’s business, Campbell Electric, doing repairs on electric motors. He enlisted in the Naval Reserves in June of 1949 and was honorably discharged in March of 1954.

A few days before his 24th birthday Roland received the honor of becoming a fireman for the Baker City Fire Department. He was able to serve in this new career for only eight months due to some unforeseen circumstance that would change the course of his life. He was one of three fireman hurt in the Huntington Roundhouse Fire in 1953.

While recovering from injuries he received in the fire, Roland contracted polio. Although he was no longer able to offer his physical help as a fireman he later returned to the station as a volunteer manning the alarms.

He spoke often of the guys at the station; laughing and smiling as he recalled practical jokes, good conversations, and cups of strong coffee. He considered them as part of his extended family and they held a special place in his heart.

After an extended recovery from polio, his determination and integrity landed him a job with the accounting firm of Mitchell & Guyer, now known as Guyer & Associates. He displayed a strong work ethic and developed many friends over the years he worked for this firm. His dedication was recognized beyond the walls of the accounting firm and he was offered a job as City Finance Officer in 1973 for the City of Baker. This position lasted for 23 years until his retirement in 1996.

Roland was known as a “people person” and formed many friendships while working in public office. His dedication, hard work, and high moral standards were a positive and prosperous benefit for the community in which he lived and served.  He was proud to call Baker City his home.

When he wasn’t pushing pens and pencils, and adding numbers, Roland focused on his family and his faith. He found pleasure in attending his children’s school, church, and sporting activities. He was a proud father who offered his children sound advice, encouragement, and prayer.

He enjoyed gardening and spent many hours helping Irene care for their large vegetable garden and processing the harvest to feed the family of seven throughout the winter.

For many years, he kept bees and harvested the honey from the hives. This hobby as a “Bee Keeper” earned him the title as “Grandpa Honey” which he was referred to by all his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

When a quiet time of R & R was needed Roland could be found with fishing pole in hand and casting his line in the rivers and streams of Baker County. However, the hobby that had the strongest pull on him was HO Model Railroading.  The sight and sound of those miniature trains brought out the little boy in him and he could spend hours reading Model Railroad magazines.

He was looking forward to setting up his large collection of trains and tracks this winter at his daughter and son-in-laws home where he was living. His son-in-law, Chuck, had built a large portable table and provided heat in his garage, offering a space for Roland’s Model Railroad to come to life. Being able to have his collection set up on display and be able to play with his trains any time of day (or night) was a lifelong dream of Roland’s.

His love for trains wasn’t limited just to small scale. His attention could easily be lured away by the sound of a whistle or the sight of a passing train. While watching it pass he often offered history and details of engines, cars and cabooses. Before his passing, he was able to enjoy many train rides in the states and a few beyond U.S. borders.

After retiring, Roland and Irene were able to fulfill their dreams of traveling. Their adventures led them throughout the U.S. and Europe. Many trips were as a team members with Work and Witness offering their talents and skills to the various projects as a labor of love.

Roland had a servant heart that motivated him to volunteer in many areas. Some of those organizations fortunate to have him come along side and offer his talents and gifts were: Boy Scouts, Little League baseball, Northeast Oregon Compassion Center, and the Baker City Nazarene Work and Witness Teams. He also served as a church leader, Sunday school teacher, and officiated for many years at council meetings for the City of Baker.

Many will remember Roland as a man anchored in strong faith and integrity, driven by determination and detail, and prompting smiles and laughter with his quick wit. He will be greatly missed by those who had the pleasure of knowing, loving, and befriending him.

He is survived by his three daughters: Nancy Campbell of Seattle, Diane Buchanan of Yakima, Wash., and Jeanine Carey and her husband Chuck, of Baker City; and a son, Lyle Campbell of Sacramento. Roland had the job of being “Grandpa Honey” to eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by an infant sister, Madeline; his parents; two great-granddaughters; a son, Alan Campbell; and his wife, Irene.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Baker City Fire Department, the Northeast Oregon Compassion Center, Nazarene Work & Witness Teams, or a Youth Camp Scholarship through the Nazarene Church through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.