Obituaries for Oct. 25, 2013

By Baker City Herald October 28, 2013 10:17 am

Victor Vitone Sr.

Baker City, 1932-2013

Victor John Vitone Sr., 81, of Baker City died Oct. 21, 2013, surrounded by his loved ones.

A private memorial is planned for Victor on Nov. 1, 2013, at The Church of Jesus Christ of  Latter-day Saints multi-purpose room, 2625 Hughes Lane.

Victor was born on Sept. 5, 1932, at Paterson, N.J., to Alexander and Fernande Vitone. After finishing his schooling, Victor joined the U.S. Army for three years, achieving the rank of corporal. He proudly served his country during the Korean conflict.

 After he left the service, Victor worked as a service technician, delivering propane for AmeriGas. In 1966, he met and later married Willamae Myers in Hollywood, Fla.

Victor loved fishing, writing poetry and spending time with his family. He also loved spending many hours with his companion, Stormy, a yellow Lab who became important to him after his wife died.

Survivors include his daughter, Sandra, and son-in-law, Thomas Montoya, of Baker City; son, Victor Vitone Jr., and Kat White of Valdosta, Ga.; brother-in-law and sister–in-law, John A. and Myrtle Harris of Ray City, Ga., and Travis and Betty Apperson, of Ashburn, Ga.; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

 He was preceded in death by his wife, Willamae, who died in March of 2003; his parents; sister, Lou Rossborough; brother, Tony Vitone; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Perry and Evelyn Myers.

 Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Jeanette Anderson

Baker City, 1920-2013

Jeanette H. Anderson, 93, of Baker City, died Oct. 19, 2013, while at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Baker City. 

There was a memorial service and reception for Jeanette at 2 p.m. Thursday at Coles Tribute Center. Her final resting place will be at Finley’s Sunset Hills Mausoleum in Portland.

Jeanette was born on June 24, 1920. She was the only child of Orris and Mathilde Harbert. She attended Chapman Grade School and Lincoln High School in Portland.

She was a proud graduate and Alpha Omicron Pi sorority sister at the University of Oregon in Eugene. She was a lifelong avid supporter of the Ducks. 

She also enjoyed horseback riding, being a thespian, and the social whirl at the U of O.  Jeanette met her first husband, Robert Lewis Black, Sr. while at Oregon and they were married in 1941.

Jeanette and Robert lived in Pendleton early on where their only child, Robert Lewis Black Jr. was born. Eventually they moved to La Grand where Robert managed the local Van Patten Lumber Co. After Robert’s death in 1948, Jeanette taught at Central Grade School for a short time.

She married her second husband, H. Lynn Anderson in 1951. They had the Union Oil Co. distributorship in La Grande for many years. They moved to Portland where they owned and operated a dry cleaning business for several years.

Lynn died in 1983. Jeanette continued to live in Portland until she came to Baker City to live at Meadowbrook Place around 2010.

Jeanette was a member of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority since 1938, Job’s Daughters, Campfire Girls, the National Federation of Republican Women, Oregon Republican Century Club and Portland Northeast Club among others.

 First and foremost, Jeanette was a homemaker and enjoyed entertaining family, friends and business associates. Jeanette shared with family that she was lucky in love not once but twice and would glow with the memory of her husbands.

When asked by some why she was such a conservative she would reply, “You should have met my little grandmother from Missouri!” who had influenced her at an early age. She had a special bond with her dad. 

Her son Bob recalled on one of her favorite memories was when she was young she told her dad she wanted to go flying. His reply was, “Not now, but when you are 12 years old.” As time passed, Jeanette forgot about it but the morning of her 12th birthday, her dad told her she was going to go flying. 

He took her to Swann Island where a well-known pilot, Tex Rankin, flew Jeanette and her dad all around the Portland area in an open cockpit bi-plane.  She never forgot that experience.

She liked to tell of and admire her son’s cleverness as a very young boy when he informed her he would not be eating his vegetables until his dad came back from the war. She often bragged to others about Bob’s business and real estate prowess and was impressed at how he had become quite the family man. 

She recalled a funny time when her granddaughter, Robin, was riding with her in her new convertible in Portland. Little Robin started singing a favorite song of hers, “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head.” Not familiar with the song, Jeanette became worried that her convertible top was leaking and had a good laugh later when she figured it out.

As anyone could see who knew or met Jeanette, she was a very stylish lady and always “dressed to the nines,” even on her worst day (this can be confirmed by Bob with the wardrobes changing with the seasons and his aching back). 

 Finally, one will never forget her great pleasure in supporting her alma mater and her beloved Oregon Ducks.  She would never miss watching their games and had her Oregon pennants posted by her front door. She was very pleased when her two great-grandsons showed up wearing U of O Duck shirts and hoped for future Ducks in the family.

Jeanette’s family would like to thank the staff at Meadowbrook Place for their kindness and care during her time with them.

 She was preceded in death by her parents, Orris and Mathilde Harbert; her husband, Robert Lewis Black Sr.; and her husband, H. Lynn Anderson.

Survivors include her sons, Robert “Bob” Black and his wife, Michael, and Ron Anderson and his wife, Dee; daughter, Cathey Correa, and her husband, Richard; and nine grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Best Friends of Baker City or the Rachel Center through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR   97814.

George Raeburn

Portland, 1943-2013

George James Raeburn, 69, of Portland, died Oct. 22, 2013, as the result of a motor vehicle crash on Highway 26 just west of John Day.

There will be a Celebration of Life from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Canby New Life Foursquare Church, 2350 S.E. Territorial Road, Canby, OR 97013.

George was born on Dec. 20, 1943, at Bend to Byron and Maxine Raeburn.  George lived in Baker City and spent his summers working on a family ranch at Vale until his family moved to Clackamas where he finished his senior year of high school in 1963. 

In 1966, George married Dawn Gail Martin. They had two children, Kimberly and Todd.  

George spent four years in the Army Reserves,  and spent more than 10 years with Union Pacific Railroad in Portland. Then George pursued his true passion of classic cars and hot rods. 

He went back to school and started his own business: Custom Auto Restoration.  

Since age 17 he loved to make old cars look new again as a hobby. Starting off at just fixing up and detailing to later on developing skills to do body work and paint.   This hobby turned into a very successful business because of his exceptional talent, craftsmanship, integrity, and drive to do his very best for others, family members said. He would turn a rust bucket into an award-winning concourse car.

George was a hardworking man his entire life. He worked hard to support and provide for his family and was devoted to supporting Kim and Todd in their education and other endeavors.

George and Dawn’s marriage ended in 1984. In 1986 he married Susan Mark.  

George retired at 65. He and Susan did some traveling in the U.S. and in Europe. 

George continued to work on cars after retirement. There were always friends and past clients asking him to work on their cars because of who he was and his craftsmanship.

George died on his way to Baker City to visit some friends and to enjoy some open road in his own classic ’58 Chevy Bel Air Impala, his family said.  

Survivors include his wife, Susan Mark Raeburn; children, Kimberly Dawn Davenport and Todd Martin Raeburn; grandchildren, Grant, Abigail, Bryant and Belle; and brothers, Earl Raeburn and Roger Raeburn.