Obituaries for May 22, 2013

By Baker City Herald May 22, 2013 08:57 am

Dana Rutter

Baker City, 1955-2013

Dana Dee Rutter, 58, a lifetime Baker City resident died May 18, 2013, at her home.

Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St. Pastor Nathan Neff of the Apostolic Lighthouse Church will officiate. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Dana was born on Jan. 1, 1955, to Wallace and Bess Redsull Christy. She grew up in Baker City and graduated from Baker High School.

Dana met and later married Timothy Rutter on Sept. 20, 1975. She had two children. She epitomized the roles of mother and wife, family members said.  Despite short periods of employment and volunteering through places such as MayDay, Dana’s true “job” was that of a homemaker.

She enjoyed many extracurricular activities including reading, music, baking, fishing, and countless outdoor adventures in the mountains.

Dana’s life was dedicated to family and helping those around her. She was the wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, cousin, and friend that was there for everything and everyone.

She was always one to put others before herself, and give those around her everything she possibly could.

She touched many lives, whether it was personally, or at an arm’s length away, and for that, her family hopes that she will be remembered as the simple, tender, giving, caring, happy, and loving person that everyone knew her to be.

Dana was preceded in death by her husband and her parents.

Survivors include her son, Sean, and his wife, Keli Christy; daughter, Sarah, and her husband, Doug Meyer, four granddaughters, Makenzie Christy, Kaytlin Christy, Jordan Meyer and Jasmine Meyer; sister, Kim, and her husband, Dave Stricker of Sumpter; and brother, John “Happy” Christy of Denver, Colo.

 Memorial contributions may be made to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

TR Hilton

John Day, 1958-2013

TR Hilton, 54, of John Day, died May 8, 2013, at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.

His memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Grant Union High School in John Day.

TR was born on Sept. 18, 1958, at Arpan, S.D., to Calvin and Jo Ann Whitmer Hilton. He was a 1977 graduate of Lake Roosevelt High School and attended Blue Mountain Community College and Central Oregon Community College. 

He was an American Heart Association instructor and a state Emergency Medical Services (EMS) instructor, as well as instructing advanced cardiac life support, pediatric advanced life support, CPR, first aid, and PHILS.

He was in the U.S. Marines for a year and had been the ambulance director for Blue Mountain Hospital since 1986. 

TR married Kara Kohfield at Magone Lake on June 24, 2006. He enjoyed hunting, hiking, shooting, reloading for his guns, riding dirt bikes and his road bike, photography, woodworking, welding, running and bicycling. 

He adored his pet bobcats and loved teaching others.  He loved his children and grandchildren and was an inspiration to all, family members said.

TR was involved with establishing the Blue Mountain Hospital EMS Program and Grant County Ambulance Services. He served on multiple state EMS committees and advisory boards and was asked to lecture at conferences throughout the state.

He made a major impact in rural/frontier EMS and the metro area in his instruction.  He was awarded Paramedic Of The Year twice and EMS Educator of the Year. He also received EMC Cross and Unit citations.

Survivors include his wife, Kara, children, Casey Komning, and her husband, Danny, of Culver, Ted Hilton and his wife, Jessica, of Baker City, Shabri Vignery and her husband, Kevin, of Keizer, Rob Smith and his wife, Kelly, of Charlotte, N.C., and Maddie Hilton of John Day; siblings, Joleen Hankinson and her husband, Ed, of Kalispell, Mont., Lloyd Stringfield and his wife, Danise, Dean Stringfield and his wife, Pam, of Rifle, Colo., and Claude Hilton and his wife, Laurie, of Electric City, Wash.; and eight grandchildren.