Obituaries for Nov. 27, 2013

By Baker City Herald November 27, 2013 09:12 am

Donna Ryder

Baker City, 1932-2013

Donna Faye Ryder, 81 of Baker City, died Nov. 24, 2013, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center. 

Her services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Gray’s West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave.  The committal service be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Ryan Tachenko, Donna’s grandson-in-law, will officiate.

Donna was born on June 30, 1932, at Denver to Arthur C. and Marjorie Mae Woeber Berndt. She was a 1950 Ontario High School graduate.

Soon after graduation she moved to Baker City, where she worked at the Red Top Drive-In and at Millers Lunch. 

She would tell the story of how, while waiting tables, someone showed her how to load her arm up with plates of food. The first time she tried it, she arrived at the table and couldn’t figure out how to unload it, then she started to laugh and the scramble was on. 

While working at the Red Top she met her future husband, Joseph Ryder. They were married in 1952 and had two sons, Wayne and Tom. Joseph died in 2007.

In the early 1960s she worked at the Montgomery Ward store. In the mid-to-late ’60s, she went to work for US Bank. She continued to be a familiar face there until she retired in 1995.

After that she worked doing various bookkeeping jobs and cashiering at Baker Valley Auto Parts for her son, Wayne. When she decided to retire from that job, she continued to call or check in to make sure everything was being done correctly.

Donna always had a soft heart, family members said. When her boys were young, they were always bringing some stray or injured animal home and, of course, she would have to take them in. She always worried more about her family than herself and would call herself “Old WW” (for worry wart). 

She loved to work in her yard planting flowers and gardening and on any summer day you could see her doing so. She could never pass up the chance to save a distressed plant. If there was one at work that had pretty much failed down to a stick, she would take it home and nurse it back to health. So needless to say, there were plants all around the house. 

Donna always looked forward to her Wednesday card night playing bridge at the golf course. She had a wonderful smile and an unforgettable laugh that was heard quite often. She never had an unkind word to say about anyone and had a never ending love for her family.

“She will be missed by all who knew her,” family members said.

Survivors include her brothers, Phillip and Lynn of California; sons, Tom and Wayne, and Wayne’s wife, Jeanie, of Baker City; grandchildren, Christy DeMoss and husband, Daryl, of Heber City, Utah, Angie Aldrich, Eric Ryder, and Vanessa Tachenko and husband, Ryan, of Baker City; and great-grandchildren, Katie and Kiley Jo Aldrich of Baker City.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Joe; and her brother, Duane.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Baker Valley Seventh-day Adventist School through Gray’s West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR. 97814.

Charles Maslowski

Baker City, 1934-2013

Charles Clayton Maslowski, 79, of Baker City, died Nov. 18, 2013, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City.  

Charles was born April 25, 1934, at Forsyth, Mont., to Charles Raymond and Dorothy Schelin Maslowski. After graduating from high school at Colstrip, Mont., he joined the U.S. Marines. He served for three years, attaining the rank of sergeant.

Charles married Audrey Fennimore on Feb. 6, 1959, while at Seattle, Wash.

He was employed as a maintenance worker for Cascade Gas for a number of years, retiring in 1998.  Charles enjoyed farming and stamp collecting.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years; his son, Scott Maslowski of Kent, Wash.; brother, Morris Maslowski of Colstrip, Mont.; a sister, Julie Ann Schwin of Elko, Nev.; and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Charles and Dorothy; and his sisters, Carrie Maslowski, Marla Hugh and Frances Ray.

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

Birl Miller

Haines, 1938-2013

Birl Frank Miller, 74, died Nov. 12, 2013, at his home in Haines.

 Birl was born on Nov. 17, 1938, at Denver to Birl Miller and Lena Leslie Miller. He attended high school in Halfway. After high school he attended Blue Mountain Community College where he graduated in 1956. He was in both the Army and Navy for 20-plus years and ended his military career as a sergeant, E8. He was also proud of the fact he was Native American.

He loved to ride bareback broncos and bulls. He enjoyed fishing, camping and anything military, and he really enjoyed his firearms. Birl also took an interest in genealogy and enjoyed watching professional wrestling whenever possible.

 Birl was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Baker 1st Ward, the American Legion and he was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post No. 116. 

He was a former commander of the American Legion, Post No. 140, on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. He was also a member of the National Rifle Association. Birl was proud of the fact he was part of the Bay of Pigs Cuban invasion on April 17, 1961. He was an Army ranger assigned to the 11th Airborne Division. 

Survivors include his son, Mark, and his wife, Alicia, of North Powder; his son, Birl Miller, and his wife, Eunice, of Moorehead, Ky; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and three stepgrandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Birl B. Miller; his mother, Lena Leslie Miller; his daughter, Tilleena Miller Ransom; his brother, Orville Richard Miller; and a sister, Ada Jewel Miller.

Memorial contributions may be made to\59cyzg through Gray’s West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR  97814.