Obituaries for Feb. 28, 2014

By Baker City Herald February 28, 2014 04:01 pm

‘Woody’ Hauter

Baker City, 1938-2014

Kenwood Smith “Woody” Hauter Jr., 75, died Feb. 25, 2014, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City.

There will be a remembrance from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at Crossroads Art Center, 2020 Auburn Ave.

Woody was born on April 6, 1938, at Chicago. He grew up predominately in Orinda and Fullerton, Calif. 

After graduation from high school, Woody enlisted in the U.S. Marines. He was on active duty stateside from July 1957 through January 1958 and continued to serve as a reservist until 1963. 

He attended college at University of California Berkley and finished his degree at Utah State University in Logan, Utah, receiving a bachelor’s degree in range management. 

Woody married Mary Kathryn “Mickey” Sears in 1959. Together they had four children. 

After college, Woody began his career with the U.S. Forest Service. This brought the family to Baker City in 1966. He worked as a hydrologist for the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest until his retirement in 1993.

Woody found his spirituality through nature. He loved the wild country, beautiful forests, rugged mountains, and unsettled Alaska. 

Some of his happiest days were spent skiing with family and friends at Anthony Lakes. He always was eager to share his passion for the sport with others. Woody was an avid hiker and backpacker and spent many days in camp or on the trail.

He had an artistic talent, which he expressed through photography. He enjoyed digital photographs of mountains, nature and animals, which he enhanced and modified on his computer. He loved sharing his photos through slide shows with family and friends.

He loved all kinds of music, from classical to rock and roll. He loved to dance and enjoyed watching and attending concerts, both live and televised. Music and reading were a large part of how he relaxed. 

He had special relationships with his pets. He always had a dog at his side and a cat in his lap. He loved all animals, both domestic and wild. 

Survivors include his daughter, Lori Rowland, her husband, Dan, their two sons, Kyle and Jace, all of Baker City; his son, Mark Hauter, and his wife, Kristin, and their two children, Cole and Hannah, of Kennewick, Wash.; daughter, Sandy Kemper of Hillsboro and daughter, Karen Hauter of Baker City; and his sister, Katherine Hauter Vaughn of Baker City. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ruth and Kenwood Hauter Sr.; and stepfather, Harold MacLean.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to New Hope for Eastern Oregon Animals, P.O. Box 146, Baker City, OR 97814.

Beverly Journigan

Union, 1935-2014

Beverly Evelyn Journigan, 78, of Union, did Feb. 14, 2014, at her home.

Her service will be at 3 p.m. today at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 1511 26th St., in La Grande. There will be a reception afterward at the La Grande Country Club, 10605 S. McAlister, Island City.

Beverly was born on June 9, 1935,at Ellingson, Mo., to Otho and Fay Sanders (now deceased). Married and widowed young, Beverly had three children (Steven, Alanna and Julie), when she met and married Ronald C. Journigan in 1965 in Baker City, where they raised their family before eventually settling in Union. Together Ron and Beverly had one son, Jeffery.

Beverly beat cancer four times before dying of complications related to diabetes. Beverly died suddenly at home (as she would have preferred) after a perfect cup of coffee, made by her loving husband, Ron, and a good visit with her dear friend and neighbor, Lavon. Ron and Beverly were expecting friends from Baker for lunch any minute. It was a good day.

Beverly loved life, family members said. She was feisty enough to be interesting and had many hobbies. Painting, sewing, gardening, and reading were just a few. 

She had a beautiful singing voice, and it was said that she could have been another Patsy Cline, but being shy, she contented herself to singing at home with her family and friends. She never met a stranger, always knew her neighbors, and easily made lifelong friends. Her door was always open and her heart wider still.

Beverly loved God, family, and friends — in that order. As one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, she shared her Bible- based hope with all who would listen, her family said.

Survivors include her husband, Ron C. Journigan; children, Steven Beck of Dry Creek, Alanna Spellman and her husband, Rick, of Union, Julie Horine and her husband, Larry, of Beaver, and Jeffery Journigan and his wife, Jori, of Wallowa; brothers and sisters, Delores (and Dick) Carrera of Fort Worth, Texas, Bud (and Judy) Sanders of Joseph, Bid (and Polly) Sanders of Mountain Home, Idaho, Marcella (and Mike) Wagoner, of Union; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and many, many friends. 

She was preceded in death by her two nieces, Shannon Sanders and Sherry Stein.

The family suggests that in lieu of flowers that Beverly be remembered with these actions: “Kiss your husband (wife) square on the mouth, get to know your neighbors, read your Bible daily. And kids, call your mother. She loves you more than you know.”

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Lyle Corcoran

Umatilla, 1960-2014

Lyle Dale Corcoran, 53, of Umatilla, a former Baker City resident, died Feb. 16, 2014, at Richland, Wash., with his family by his side. He fought a hard, short battle with cancer.

The family celebrate his life at noon on Friday June 21, at the Haines United Methodist Church.

Lyle was born at The Dalles on July 6, 1960, to Corky and Christene Corcoran. His family moved to Baker City in 1967.

He was a 1978 Baker High School graduate. In 1980, he married his high school sweetheart, Tracy Andrews. They had two children, David and Stephanie.

 After graduation, he worked for the Union Pacific Railroad for nine years. Lyle and Tracy later had their own log trucking business.

Lyle married Cindy Spietz in 1998. They moved to Prinville and he worked for Les Schwab Tire driving truck. He was the stepfather during this marriage to Mike and Katie.

Lyle was in a life-changing motorcycle accident in 2007 that left him disabled for several years. After a couple of years, he moved to the Boardman area and drove truck. 


He was reunited with his high school sweetheart, Tracy, and they enjoyed riding their motorcycles and traveling to new places. They also enjoyed spending time with their children and grandchildren.

Among other things, Lyle enjoyed woodworking, hunting with his buddies, Mark, Al and the Feltons.

Lyle was preceded in death by his parents, Corky and Christene Corcoran; and by a nephew, Steve Hall.

Survivors include his soulmate,Tracy Andrews; son, David, and his wife Jennifer Corcoran; daughter, Stephanie Corcoran; stepchildren, Mike, and his wife, Kristine Spietz, and Katie Spietz; grandchildren, Gwinevere, Chad, Gage and Morgan; sisters and their husbands, Linda and Roger Smith and Lois and Lorenzo Delcurto; stepfather, Myrl, and his wife, Wanda, of Haines; nephews, Wesley Smith and Aaron Smith; and a niece, Cindy Wright.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society through Gray’s West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR. 97814.