Obituaries for Dec. 11, 2013

By Baker City Herald December 11, 2013 09:18 am

Don Madewell

Baker City 1962-2013

Don W. Madewell, 51, of Baker City, died Dec. 5, 2013, at his home.

His memorial service was at 2 p.m. today at Calvary Baptist Church, 2307 Third St. Pastor David Deputy officiated.

Don was born on Nov. 7, 1962, at Gresham to Bettie J. (Venable) and Thomas Madewell. Don was the first of five children. He grew up in the Gresham area where he attended schools.

He worked for many years in construction as a sheet metal fabricator. He married Debra Allbee in March of 1981. Don and Debra had three sons: Tom, Aaron and Jesse.

Don moved to Baker City three years ago to spend time with his mother. He was known for his generosity and his love for others, family members said.

He loved nature, fishing and hunting, yard work, landscaping, NASCAR races, watching the Oregon Ducks play football and helping other people.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents Hershel and Mary Madewell; and his uncle, Bill Madewell.

Survivors include his mother, Bettie Venable of Baker City; his father, Thomas Madewell of Moses Lake,Wash.; three sons and seven grandchildren, all of Everett, Wash.; two brothers,  Tim Madewell of Cathlamet, Wash., and Guy Davis of Baker City; two sisters, Gayle Kelly of Moses Lake, Wash., and Pamela Bailey of San Antonio, Texas; six nieces and nephews; and one great-niece.

Memorial contributions may be made to Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814, to assist the family with burial expenses. 

‘Jim’ Silva

Baker City, 1957-2013

James Joseph “Jim” Silva, 56, of Hereford, died Dec. 1, 2013, at his home.  

His memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Unity Community Hall. Pastor Gary Munger of the Burnt River Community Church will officiate.

Jim was born on Feb. 21, 1957, to Joseph and Carrie Paoli Silva at Petaluma, Calif. He was a 1975 Petaluma High School graduate.

He married Linda Groble at the Pengrove Community Church in Pengrove, Calif., on Sept. 15, 1979. He worked as a truck driver delivering raw milk to processing plants, then worked for L & L Trucking hauling gravel and building materials.

In 1978, Jim became the owner/operator of a cattle ranch at Petaluma. In 2001, he moved to Hereford where he found his dream house and ranch. He began working for the Oregon Department of Transportation in 2003, first as a seasonal snowplow driver and then full time as a maintenance contractor. 

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking, camping and restoring old equipment, trucks and tractors. His favorite thing in life was to make people laugh, family members said. 

Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Linda Silva; brother, Mike Silva and his wife, Roberta, of Malin; sister, June Ghiggioli, and her husband, Bob, of Petaluma, Calif.; brother-in-law, Steve Groble, and his wife, Lisa, of Ft. Collins, Colo.; and his mother-in-law and brother-in-law, Carol and David of Coppeopolis, Calif. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Carrie Silva; his stepfather, Melvin Ilg; and father-in-law, Richard C. Groble Jr.

 Memorial contributions may be made to St. Luke’s -MSTI  through Gray’s West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave. Baker City, OR  97814.

George Hardy

Unity, 1928-2013

George Hardy, 85, died Dec. 5, 2013, at his home in Unity.

The rosary will be said at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 16, at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets. Mass of Christian burial will be at 1 p.m. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception afterward at the church.

George Hardy left for his eternal home after 85 years of giving, his family members said. 

George was one of the last remaining original ranchers in the Burnt River Valley. He loved ranching and was a great cattleman. He never retired from working his ranch until the last few months of his life.

 He was a devoted husband, loving father, doting grandfather and a very proud great-grandfather. It was just as common for him to be seen sleeping in his chair with a grandchild as it was for him to be seen carrying an irrigation shovel.  

George was a faithful member of Burnt River’s St. Joseph Catholic Church. He was involved with his community and would help anyone in need, stranger or not. George wore many hats: ranch hand for cousins, Johnny and Mike Rouse; a school bus driver and janitor for the Burnt River School District; a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Elks Lodge. 

He served on the Upper Burnt River Weed District, Burnt River Irrigation District, and even took time to be a 4-H leader. His favorite hat was his cowboy hat. He enjoyed caring for his animals, which included feeding the wild birds (hummingbirds and quail were his favorites).

 George was as patient and humble as he was strong and hardworking. His example on Earth was one for all to strive for, family members said.

He loved poetry, making up poems along with little sayings and quotes. George will always be remembered by his family for his favorite saying: “Good Morning, good morning, we’re all in our places with bright and sunshiny faces.”

“Heaven is a much greater place now that George Hardy is there,” the family said.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, JoAnne; six children: Sherri (John Stelljes), Theresa (Ed Schumacher), Rob (Kelly Schurte), Bryan (Jeanette VanAtten), Danny (Kristen Storey) and Alicia Mena; 18 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren — with one on the way.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church (Unity), Burnt River High School Scholarship Fund or North Powder High School Scholarship Fund, through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.