Obituaries for Oct. 18, 2013

By Baker City Herald October 18, 2013 10:09 am

Charles Couzens

Baker City, 1934-2013

Charles R. Couzens, 79, a longtime Baker City resident, died Oct. 16, 2013, at Settler’s Park.

At his request, there will be no service.

Mr. Couzens was born on June 28, 1934, at Whitney to Charles and Myrtle Borman Couzens. He attended Baker City schools and graduated from Baker High School. Mr. Couzens served in the U. S. Army.

After his military enlistment, he worked at Coulee Dam and opened a meat shop there. He then returned to Baker City where he worked at a local meat shop for many years.

Mr. Couzens bought the Baker Cab Co. and ran it for many years. He later sold the business and retired. He liked to fish and enjoyed being on Cracker Creek near Sumpter.

Survivors include a daughter, DaVon; daughter-in-law, Linda Couzens; grandchildren; and his cousin, Edward “Ward” Haddix.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a son, Daniel.

 Memorial contributions may be made to the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR  97814.

Raymond Radabaugh

Baker City, 1926-2013

Raymond Charles Radabaugh, 87, died on the morning of Oct. 14, 2013, in Baker City.

At his request, there will be no service.

Raymond was born on June 27, 1926, at Baker City to William Aldred Radabaugh and Selma Lila Lehman Radabaugh.

Raymond met the love of his life, Marian Margaret Rick, in Baker City and they were married on Feb. 26, 1950. They celebrated 63 years of life’s adventures together.

Raymond attended schools in Baker City, one of those being the James School in the Wingville area west of town.  He had many fond memories of fellow classmates and his teacher, Mrs. Dean.

After finishing his schooling and farming projects with his father, Raymond lived at and worked for the Pondosa Lumber Co. He used to say, “you would make enough money to pay your room and board, buy new gloves every other day and a plug of chewing tobacco, then you would be broke on pay day!”

He and a good friend decided to leave Pondosa and work in the shipyards of Portland. He had worked only a short time in the shipyards when he received an invitation from Uncle Sam to join the Army in 1944. After standard and advanced training at Camp Roberts and Fort Ord in California, he was stationed in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska. He was honorably discharged in December of 1946.

After service to his country, Raymond worked for a couple of years for the Forest Service out of the Baker Ranger District. He loved working in the mountains above Baker and Sumpter valleys as a fire watch in the fire lookouts.

Raymond worked for the lumber industry from 1948 to 1972. He also worked for Peninsula Plywood Corp. at Port Angeles, Wash., for 16 years, before retirement in 1988.

Raymond and family moved from the log home he and his family built up Washington Gulch, west of Baker City, to Port Angeles in 1972 to work and enjoy the adventures and outdoor lore of the Olympic Peninsula of Washington. After retirement, Raymond and Marian moved to Goldendale, Wash., where they lived for nine years before returning to Baker City and the roots of his life.

Raymond loved the outdoors, especially hunting deer and elk and steelhead and smallmouth bass fishing with family and friends.

Raymond was a caring and loving husband, dad and friend and will be forever missed, family members said.

Survivors include his wife, Marian of Baker City; his sons, Bruce Radabaugh and his wife, Anne, of Lujenburg, Germany, and Keith Radabaugh and his wife, Jodie, of Baker City; his daughter, Sheila Fordrung and her husband, John, of Sequim, Wash.; eight grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his grandson, Jason Radabaugh.

Memorial contributions may be made to Heart ’n Home Hospice or a charity of one’s choice through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR  97834.