Obituaries for Jan. 29, 2014

By Baker City Herald January 29, 2014 09:56 am

Leone Haight

Halfway, 1922-2013

Leone Haight, 91, of Halfway, died Jan. 27, 2014.

Her memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Pine Valley Presbyterian Church in Halfway. There will be a reception afterward at the Pine Valley Presbyterian Fellowship Hall.

Leone was born on May 18, 1922, at Pocatello, Idaho, to John and Flossie Graham. She graduated from Pocatello High and earned her teaching certificate from Idaho State University, at Pocatello, which meant she was never a Bronco fan!

She met her future husband, Don Haight, on a movie set in Jackson Hole, Wyo., where Don was playing the part of an extra. They were married on Sept. 6, 1942. 

The war years were spent moving around the Southwest as Don trained to become a fighter pilot. When the war ended, they settled at Ogden, Utah, where their son, John, was born. 

They soon moved to Mitchell, where their daughter, Donna, was born. In 1952, they bought the ranch on Dry Creek and became “newcomers” to Pine Valley.

Leone taught first grade at the Oxbow School one year and substituted in the Halfway schools many times. Her kids’ worst fear was having their mom as a substitute teacher. 

She was an avid gardener and had two green thumbs. Flowers were her favorite, followed closely by various berries, squash, tomatoes, peas and beans. She was always ready to share a plant or cutting. 

In the winter months her windowsills were filled with pots of flowers, including tropical orchids and caladiums that her daughter brought her from Florida.

She was a member of the Pine Valley Presbyterian Church and a volunteer at Jacob’s Dream from its inception. Leone was an avid bridge and pinochle player, and was also known for her sticky buns.

Survivors include her husband, Don; son and daughter-in-law, John and Ranee Haight; daughter and son in-law, Donna and Chip Carter; grandson, Abe; and many cherished friends she considered family.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Jacob’s Dream or the Halfway/Oxbow Ambulance Service, through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Robert Schurman

Baker City, 1927-2014

Robert Wenford Schurman, 86, of Baker City died Jan. 26, 2014, at Meadowbrook Place. 

A private service has been held.

Robert was born on Sept. 9, 1927, at Chicago to Wenford R. Schurman and Ruth Burdett Schurman. After completing high school, Raymond spent two years in college, then enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served for more than two years and made the ranking of corporal. 

He then went on to Boeing Co. where he worked as a flight line mechanic for 12 years.

Robert married his wife, Shirley, at Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, in 1984. He retired in 1985.

 Robert enjoyed spending time in the outdoors fishing, and enjoyed communicating on his ham radio.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley of Baker City; sons, Ronald of San Antonio, Richard of Seattle and Robert of Marysville; daughters, Jeane of Lynwood, Wash., and Joane of Bothell, Wash.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Schurman; mother, Ruth Schurman; and sister, Donna Hanley. 

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

‘Ron’ Hogg

Baker City, 1935-2014

Ronald Lee “Ron” Hogg, 78, of  Baker City, died Jan. 24, 2014, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City.  

Visitations will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Coles Tribute Center. Dick Hindman and Bob Harrison will officiate. Private interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Ron will be honored as a veteran by the U.S. Navy Honor Guard from Boise.

Ron was born on Sept. 11, 1935, at North Platte, Neb., to Theodore M. Hogg and Lola Marrott Hogg. His family later moved to Baker City where Ron graduated. 

In 1953, he joined the U.S. Navy and served four years. While in the Navy, Ron met Evelyn Ann Golar. They were married on June 1, 1954, at Winnemucca, Nev. 

In 1957 Ron ended his military with a rank of interior communications electrician third class. After his navy career, Ron worked for Pacific Telephone and Telegraph (now known as AT&T) at San Diego for 15 years.  He then moved the family back to Baker City where he found himself a “jack-of-all-trades” as a business owner, driving truck for Transcon Trucking, driving a mail truck, doing carpentry work for whoever needed work done, working for the Bureau of Land Management and finally working for Cashway Lumber.

 When Ron retired from the workforce, he could never really settle down and enjoy his retirement.  He would always find something to do and would volunteer his time working at the Heritage Museum, Leo Adler House and Historic Baker City. 

Ron also assisted the Baker City community with his time on the “Citizens on Patrol” program.  He enjoyed helping senior citizens by helping on the Senior Health Insurance Assistance program.

Ron was very proud of the fact he received an honorable discharge from the Navy and an honorable discharge from the Oregon State Defense Force with a rank of major.  Ron was a member of the Teamster Union and Friends of the Museum.

For enjoyment, Ron liked woodworking, reading, driving and traveling.

Survivors include his wife, Evelyn, of Baker City; sons, Joseph Hogg of San Diego, and Theodore Hogg of Hillsboro; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore and Lola Hogg; a brother, Clarence; and a son, Michael.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place Street, Baker City, OR  97814.