Obituaries for April 1, 2013

By Baker City Herald April 01, 2013 09:30 am

Ivan Jensen

Formerly Baker City, 1924-2013

Ivan E. Jensen, 88, a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, formerly of Baker City, died March 23, 2013, at the Country Living Adult Foster Home in Pendleton.

A celebration of Ivan’s life will be Saturday, April 6 at 11 a.m. in Baker City at the Sunridge Restaurant.  

Ivan was born on Dec. 6, 1924, at Pleasant Valley, near Baker City, to Christain and Pearl Jensen. After completing school, he enlisted in the Army and served until October 1946. During this time he earned a Good Conduct Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal with one Bronze Service Star, Victory Medal, Asiatic Pacific Theater Service Medal and Army of Occupation Medal (Japan).

Ivan married Lena Fulton in 1951 and they divorced in 1956. In 1957 he married Margaret Sipp. The couple eventually settled on the Sipp Ranch in Bowen Valley where he built the house they resided in. After many years of service, Ivan retired from Ellingson Lumber where he worked as a certified lumber grader.

Ivan enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and carpentry.  He loved to bowl. He fed as many as 300 quail during the winters. He called them his “chickens.” Spending time with family and his faithful dog Willie was important to him.

He is survived by his daughter, Pam Williamson, and her husband, Pat, of Rochester, Minn., daughter, Rhonda McNeilus, and her husband, Pat, of Dodge Center, Minn., daughter, Shirley Baird and her husband, Dave, of Pendleton, son, Keith Jensen and his wife, Janet, of Baker City, daughter, Denice Wilson of Pilot Rock, and son, Robert  Jensen of Hermiston; he is also survived by his brother, Lloyd Jensen, and his wife, Carolyn, of Bly, sister, Mildred Stringer of Seattle, and sister, Norma Long of Baker City; 21 grandkids and 35 great-grandkids with two on the way; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret; his twin sister, Iva Brehmer, sister Thelma Metsker, sister Murel Roumagoux, and brothers Norman Jensen and Wayne Jensen.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, the Alzheimers Association or a charity of your choice in care of Pendleton Pioneer Chapel, Folsom-Bishop, 131 S.E. Byers Ave., Pendleton, OR.  Online condolences may be sent to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

‘Marnie’ Carter

Baker City, 1922-2013

Marjory “Marnie” Carter, 90, of Baker City, died March 23, 2013, at Angel Wings Adult Foster Care. 

A celebration of her life took place on Saturday, March 30, at Baker Valley Church of Christ.

Marnie was born on Aug. 3, 1922, at Portland to Dr. Willmot and Francis (Depue) Foster. The family moved after her birth to Minnesota, back to Portland, Newberg, Halfway, and then to Baker City. During her youth she was on the swim team.

Marnie married Merrill LeRoy Carter on March 17, 1951. She attended the University of Oregon where she became an X-ray tech. She was also a homemaker for many years.

She loved to watch and feed wild birds, knit, crochet, and read. Marnie was a kind, loving woman of Christ who will be welcomed with open arms in heaven by our Father. She will be missed.

 Marnie is survived by her husband; her children: Patrick Lee Carter, Cosette Marie Carter, Larry Lee Carter and Norma Jean Peterson; her grandchildren: Bobbi Joella Lunsford, Kelli Kollete Nunn and Artesha Carter; and her great-grandchildren: Kendra Lynn Lunsford, Dakota Randall Lunsford, Makayla Hope Lunsford, Natalie Nina Rose Nunn and Katelynn Nevaeh Nunn.

Vada Cameron

Elgin, 1943-2013

Vada Cameron, 69, died on March 27, 2013, at Robin’s Nest in Elgin.

A graveside service will be held at Welsh Hills Cemetery at Weathersfield Township, Ohio.

Vada Louise was born on Nov. 5, 1943, at Tunnelton, W.V., to William and Ida (Ridenour) Sypolt. She was raised and attended school in West Virginia. On Dec. 19, 1960, she married Hale Burkholder in Youngstown, Ohio.  They had two children, son Hale Jr. and daughter Vada. 

Most all of Vada’s life, she was not only a wife and mother to her family, she was a caregiver to many of her family members. Throughout Vada’s life she always put other people’s needs ahead of her own.

She enjoyed country music, dancing, and visiting family and friends in West Virginia. 

Hale died in 1984. Later Vada married Leslie Cameron, and they had 20 years together, later moving out west to Oregon.  She and Les lived in La Grande until her health began to fail. They then moved to Robin’s Nest in Elgin. 

Vada is survived by her husband, Leslie of Elgin; her daughter, Vada Louise and her husband, Richard Reid of McDonald, Ohio; her son, Hale Burkholder Jr. of Austintown, Ohio; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; her brothers, James Sypolt and Carl Sypolt; and her sisters, Elizabeth Moore, Garnet Sypolt and Betty Lou Sypolt.   

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Hale Burkholder; her parents;  her sisters, Mary Johnson, Alice Sypolt and Edna Johnson; and her brother, Charles Sypolt.

Those who wish to make a donation in memory of Vada may do so to the Oregon Chapter of the American Cancer Society through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

‘Bobbie’ Dangerfield

Sparta, 1924-2013

Edra Anna “Bobbie” Dangerfield, 88, died on March 24, 2013, surrounded by her family at her home in Sparta.

A private family gathering will be enjoyed celebrating her life this summer.

Edra Anna was born on March 30, 1924, at Amboy, Wash., to Ray and Gertrude (Crosby) Billings.  At the age of 5 or 6 her mother gave her a haircut. When her sister came in the room and saw Edra, she said “aren’t you a fine looking bobbie?” The nickname stuck. She grew up on a big farm near North Plains in Washington County, Oregon. Bobbie graduated high school in Hillsboro in 1942. Bobbie met her future husband, Keith E. Dangerfield, while attending civil service communication school. They were married on Oct. 9, 1943.  They had three children.

In her early working years, she worked at the U.S. War Department during World War II at Spokane’s Galena Air Base.

Bobbie loved her life as a wife of almost 70 years, a mother and homemaker. She enjoyed gardening, canning her fruits and vegetables, and making jam. She also enjoyed hunting, fishing, reading, circle a word puzzles, puzzles and card games. A thought and value she shared with her family was that the “door was always open.” She made all who came through the door welcome and comfortable. Bobbie was well known for providing good home-cooked meals and she made sure that there was room for all at the table.

While raising her family, the family lived in Grants Pass. These last seven years they have enjoyed living in Sparta. Keith and Bobbie would have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary this year.

Bobbie is survived by her husband, Keith; her daughters: Margaret Anna and her husband, Lindsey Lutman of Grants Pass, and Frances Carol and her husband, Bob Smithson of Grants Pass; her son, Michael Grant and his wife, Peggy Dangerfield of Roseburg; 12 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Francis Billings and Lester Billings; her sisters, Enid LaMerle Heiser and Edna Billings; and a great-grandson.

Those who would like to make a donation in memory of Bobbie may do so to Oregon Chapter of the American Heart Association through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.