Obituaries for Jan. 8, 2014

By Baker City Herald January 08, 2014 09:16 am

Earnest Blair

Baker City, 1932-2013

Earnest Kenneth Blair, 81, of Prairie City, a former Baker City resident, died Dec. 22, 2013, at his home.

Private services have been held. 

Mr. Blair was born on May 1, 1932, at Baker City to Harvey “Pops” Blair, and Irma Verhaeghe Blair. While growing up at Baker City, he attended St. Francis Academy. He was in the U.S Army from 1951 to 1954, and received an honorable discharge with the rank of corporal. 

Earnest worked as a truck driver making fuel deliveries to various places in and outside of Grant County. He did this for 65 years, until retiring in 1998.

He enjoyed fishing and woodworking. He was a volunteer for the Prairie City Fire Department for more than 20 years, was involved with the City Council at Prairie City and was a Boy Scout leader. 

Survivors include his sisters, Louise Blair Stewart, Loretta Blair Cook and Jeanette Delepierre Beck; his brother, Francis Delepierre; his sons, Kenneth A. Blair of Vancouver, Wash., and Scott E. Blair of Portland; daughter, Deanna L. Vosika of Portland; and his companion and best friend, Beverly Schmit of Prairie City; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harvey and Irma Blair. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845. 

Velma Shults

Baker City, 1914-2014

Velma Ann Snow Shults, 99, of Baker City, died Jan. 2, 2014, while at Meadowbrook Place. 

Visitations for Mrs. Shults will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St. Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Coles Tribute Center. Sally Wiens of the Haines Methodist Church will officiate. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. 

Velma was born on Sept. 22, 1914, in Laclede County Mo., to Claude and Ressie Pittman Snow. She grew up in Missouri, married, and had a daughter, Bobbie. The marriage ended in divorce. 

She then met and married Howard Shults in 1946 and they moved West to California, living at various locations. Her second daughter, Liz, was born at Alturas, Calif., in 1948. 

They moved to Baker City in 1950 where he worked as a bookkeeper for Ellingson Lumber Co. They later moved to Chiloquin where Howard died in 1965. Velma became a widow at the age of 51.

After Howard’s death, she moved back to Baker City to be near her oldest daughter, Bobbie, and worked in the office of Baker Dairies. In the early 1970s, she moved to North Bend, where Liz lived. She was there for more than 20 years, working as a clerk in a drug store. She retired at the age of 75.

Approximately 10 years later, she moved back to Baker City where she remained, eventually living at Meadowbrook Place Assisted Living Facility for the past six years. 

Her family remembers Velma as a wonderful homemaker, making delicious desserts and meals for her family. She was a seamstress supreme, making outfits for her daughters to wear for special occasions. In her later years, she read lots of her favorite novels and crocheted dozens of dish rags. She endured her old age very well with her friends at Meadowbrook Place. She is already missed by all who knew and loved her, family members said.

Survivors include her daughter, Bobbie, and her husband, Glen Daugherty; her daughter, Liz, and her husband, Andrew McGuire; several grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Shults; her parents, Claude and Ressie Shults; and her only brother, Claude Snow Jr., and his wife, Mary Ann.

Memorial contributions may be made to Heart ‘n’ Home Hospice or a charity of one’s choice, through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

‘Bud’ Nichols

Formerly Baker City, 1962-2013

Leslie M. “Bud” Nichols, also known as Leslie M. Heyen, 51, formerly of Baker City, died Sept. 1, 2013, while camping in the great outdoors he loved so much.

Cremation will be in Cottage Grove, and there will be a private family service in the summer.

Bud was born on March 27, 1962, at Roseburg to the late Margaret and Leslie C. Nichols. He was the third of four siblings.

The family moved to Baker City in 1969 and Bud attended Baker City schools, graduating in 1983.

Bud married Teri April in 1989. Two daughters were born to this union. The marriage later ended in divorce.

He married Donna Taylor in 1996. A son was born to this union. The marriage later ended in divorce.

Bud married Tracy Heyen in 2002.

Bud worked for the Union Pacific Railroad, in sawmills and the logging industry throughout his life. He was injured in a logging accident, became disabled, and battled health problems for many years. He enjoyed camping, hunting with rifle and bow, fishing and any excuse to be outdoors.

He is survived by his wife, Tracy Heyen of Yoncalla; his daughter, Chalene Nichols of Baker City; his daughter and son-in-law, Kashia Nichols and Jack Clark, and granddaughter, Aspen Clark of Emmett, Idaho; his son, Leslie “Buddy” Nichols of West Lake Stevens, Wash.; his father and stepmother, Leslie C. and Norma Nichols of Bouse, Ariz.; his sister and brother-in-law, Jodi and Jim Thomas of Baker City; his sister and brother-in-law, Kari Nichols and Jerry Raver of Grandview, Wash.; his brother, Robert Nichols of Madras; several stepchildren and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret Nichols, and his grandmother, Elva Nichols.