Obituaries for Oct. 2, 2013

By Baker City Herald October 02, 2013 03:42 pm

Jordan Ryan

Baker City, 2008-2013

Jordan Micheal Ryan, 5, died Sept. 27, 2013, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center Baker City.

There will be a celebration of life at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Harvest Church. Pastor Brad Phillips will officiate.

Jordan was born on June, 18, 2008, at Portland to Michelle Ryan. During his short life, Jordan loved fishing, swimming, going for rides in the car and looking for wildlife. He also loved telling stories, singing and his “Grandpa time.” 

Jordan was very proud of the fact that he learned how to ride his bicycle, play football, write his name, say his ABCs and that he could count. 

Jordan was a member of the Baker City Harvest Church.

Survivors include his mother, Michelle Ryan; stepfather, Nathan Craig; sister, Sarah; brother, Carlos Ryan; grandparents, Robert and Lori Horn; uncles, William and Wyatt Pifher; and great- grandmother, Judith LeSeur. All are Baker City residents.

 He was preceded in death by his great-grandfather, Michael LeSeur; cousin, Colton Ryan; and great-grandparents, Ralph and Cathy Ryan.

 Memorial contributions may be made to the Jordan Ryan Memorial Fund through  Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR  97814.

Myrtle Marie Carroll

Richland, Wash., 1920 – 2013

Myrtle Marie Carroll, 93, of Richland, Wash., a former Baker City resident, died Sept. 28, 2013, surrounded by family. 

Family members said she told everyone present she loved them and when she was told how much she was loved and that she was a wonderful mother and grandmother, she said, “Well, that’s all she wrote” and peacefully passed a few hours later.

Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Baker City Nazarene Church, 1250 Hughes Lane. Interment will be at her family plot in the Haines Cemetery.

Marie was born on June 22, 1920, to Thomas and Myrtle Maxwell Christensen on the Maxwell Ranch near Haines. Her father died in a farm accident when she was only 2.

 She often told stories about growing up in the kitchen with her beloved grandmother, Nancy Hand Maxwell, learning to cook, bake, smoke meats and can fruits and vegetables. 

During harvest they fed up to 40 farmhands and family members a day. She loved the kitchen and was a true culinary artist.

She attended Muddy Creek and Haines schools before attending Linfield College.

Marie married Daniel Moore in 1940. Thomas and Larry were born in Baker City and Daniel in Jackson, Miss. Dan and Marie divorced in 1950.

Marie married Joseph Carroll in 1952 and the family moved to Unity where Joe was a career employee with the U.S. Forest Service. They are the parents of JoDell, Rose Marie and Brenda.  Marie was hired by the new Burnt River School as the cook in 1963 and stayed on for the next 21 years.  

She enjoyed telling everyone that Burnt River students were the smartest, most polite and best looking. They still rave about her “killer” cinnamon rolls and other favorite foods.

She was one of the founders of the Burnt River Community Church in the early 1960s, inspired by a Reader’s Digest article about a missionary group in Oklahoma (Village Missions) that supplied ministers to rural churches.

After Joe’s death in 1984, Marie moved back to Baker City. Besides all the people she loved, her passions were family, church, water aerobics, pinochle, volunteering at the Heritage Museum and the Leo Adler House.  

She was preceded in death by her son, Danny; her husband, Joe; and daughter, Brenda. 

Survivors include her sister, Alta Rose, 96; sons, Tom and Larry (Roselynn); daughters, JoDell  (Jim), and Rose Marie (Robert); son-in-law, Mel; daughter-in-law, Jean; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Northeast Oregon Compassion Center. 

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Don Ingle Sr.

Baker City, 1929-2013

Don Ingle, 84, a Baker County native, died Sept. 10, 2013, surrounded by family at Sunny Vista Living Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. 

There will be a celebration of his life and open house on Saturday, Oct. 5, at Durango, Colo. Private interment will be later at Mount Hope Cemetery in Baker City.  

Donald Walter Ingle Sr. was born on Jan. 18, 1929, at Baker City to Glen and Bess Wiglesworth Ingle. Don grew up in the Sumpter and Bourne area, a place dear to him throughout his life. 

He returned often by private plane to be with family and friends and to partake of the required pheasant hunting excursions in the Medical Springs area.

He was a 1947 Baker High School graduate and attended Eastern Oregon University, majoring in mine engineering.

He married Arlene Carnes on April 29, 1949, in Boise. After working as a company representative for the Standard Oil Co. of California in the Pacific Northwest, Don and his family moved to Durango, Colo., in 1962 where he owned and operated Ingle Oil Co. with plants in Durango and Cortez, and later the Ingle Trucking Co.  

Don also transformed his lifelong love and talent for flying into an additional enterprise, Durango Air Service, which operated at La Plata Field for a number of years.  He was particularly proud to have served as chairman of the La Plata County Airport Commission in the 1970s and was instrumental in garnering funding and support to expand Durango/La Plata Field into a jet-capable, commercial airport.

Don was a member of the Civil Air Patrol, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the Elks Lodge, the Hillcrest Golf Course Board of Directors, and was a talented horseman and sportsman.

He will be best remembered for his love and support of family, wonderful and corny sense of humor, and love of the mountains surrounding his childhood home of Sumpter and Colorado’s San Juans, family members said.

Survivors include his loving wife of 64 years, Arlene, of Colorado Springs; four children, all of whom live in Colorado: Donna (Dave) Webber of Grand Junction, Deanna (Bob) Riley of Durango, Debi (D.J.) Jones of Colorado Springs and Donald (Karen) Ingle Jr. of Highlands Ranch (Don and daughter-in-law Karen adopted one other as father and daughter); nine grandchildren: Chris Engle, Ryan Engle, Ashley Jones, Drew Riley, Justin Webber, Katie Riley, Chris Riley, Hallie Webber, and Kylene Ingle; and 15 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Deah Michele Ingle; and sister, Doris Sailing.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to The Sumpter Valley Railroad, P.O. Box 389, Baker City, OR 97814. The Railroad is a 501(c)3 organization.

Joan Franklin

Baker City, 1938-2013

Joan Carole Franklin, 75, of Baker City, died Sept. 16, 2013.

At her request, there will be no service.

Joan was an adoring mother and grandmother, loving daughter, fun sister, devoted wife, caring aunt and best friend, family members said. She was born on March 24, 1938, at Somerville, Mass.,where she lived until she was 15.

Due to her father’s health, the Buckland family moved to the dry climate of Scottsdale, Ariz., where Joan graduated from Camelback High School in 1957.

Joan loved to have fun and she attended many parties and gatherings with family and friends. She especially loved to visit Baker City where her children and grandchildren live. Joan officially made Baker City her home three years ago.

She will be deeply missed by her family ad friends, who will cherish many fond memories.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Kent Franklin; her parents, Paul and Lois Buckland; and a brother, Thomas.

Survivors include her son, Michael Franklin, and his wife, Rebecca, of Baker City, and his daughter, Alannah Biles, her husband, David, and their two sons, Brayden “Bentley” and Cayden of Louisiana; her daughter, Jeanenne Bowers, and her husband, David, and their daughters, Alysia and Erika, of Baker City; her siblings, Pauline Longo, George Buckland and Christine Wages of Arizona and their spouses and their children and many nieces, nephews and cousins.