Obituaries for March 7, 2014

By Baker City Herald March 07, 2014 09:56 am

‘Chuck’ Schlingman

Baker City, 1924-2014

Herman Charles “Chuck” or “Doc” Schlingman, 90, of Baker City died Feb. 14, 2014, at his home.

There will be a celebration of his life at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at the Baker City Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane. There will be a reception afterward.

Chuck was born on Jan. 16, 1924, at Denver to Herman Frank Schlingman and Ruth Merle Nesbitt Schlingman.

His incredible journey started in Denver where life took him to several cities before ending up at Gold Beach, when he was 5. Here, he unknowingly met the love of his life early on (she was 8) because he was friends with Virgene’s brothers. 

He was a 1942 graduate of Gold Beach High School. In December of 1943, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was certified in single-engine aircraft as a pilot. He finished his active duty in 1945.

 He then went to college at the University of California at Davis where he attended undergrad and veterinary school. He graduated in 1954 with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.

He married Virgene Wright on Jan. 29, 1950, at Redmond. He said it would be a cold day before he married and it was so cold that Virgene’s corsage froze while she was walking between the car and the church.

After graduation from veterinary school, he moved to Baker to join a veterinarian practice with Dr. Ragle at the Animal Clinic of Baker on 10th Street. He practiced there for 30 years where he was loved and respected.

During this time, he raised four children, Denice, Wyatt, Dyrk and Sherrie and belonged to numerous organizations. He loved to scuba dive, shoot, boat, hunt, fish and host the “great pumpkin” at Halloween. His greatest love was his wife and family. In his later years he loved to do Cowboy Action shooting, where he was known as “German Jack”.

Chuck traveled extensively and lived life to the fullest as he did not want to miss anything in life, his family said.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Ruth; two sisters; and a daughter, Denice Jones.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Virgene; sons, Wyatt, and his wife, Anne Schlingman, of Delta Colo., and Dyrk Schlingman of Oregon City; daughter, Sherrie, and her husband, Joe White, of Beaverton; and seven wonderful grandchildren. 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Northeast Oregon Compassion Center, through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

Elmer Hilton

Baker City, 1939-2014

Elmer Darrell Hilton, 75, of Baker City, died Feb. 27, 2014, at St. Alphonsus Care Center in Baker City.

His memorial service will be Sunday, March 9, at 2 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the Baker City Nazarene Church, 1250 Hughes Lane.

Elmer was born on Feb. 14, 1939, at Tucumcari, N.M. He grew up in the life of a cowboy. Raised in Eastern New Mexico, Darrell’s greatest hero was his grandfather, Papa Hilton, who taught him to rope and ride, and the ethics of being a good man.

Darrell later moved with his family to Tucson, Ariz., where he met and married his high school sweetheart, and raised three daughters and a son. He was a member of the Operating Engineers and worked on sites all over Arizona.

In 1980 he moved to Oregon where he remarried and had another daughter, and gained two stepsons.  He resumed his cowboy life, working for the Baker Auction Yard, building saddles, and ranching.

Above all, Darrell loved his family. He loved to hunt and fish, and of course to rope and ride. After his retirement, he remarried and moved to Seneca, where he had time to play golf, raise horses, enjoy his nine grandchildren, and play his guitar. Last fall he moved to Baker City with his loving companion, Ada McMillan, to be nearer to family.

Darrell is survived by his daughter, Josey Gaslin, her husband, Rob, and grandchildren Kalina, Harris and Henry, all of Baker City; his stepson, Neil Chaney, his wife, Frances, and children Neil John, Noah, and Abbigail, all of Prineville; his stepson, Ryan Chaney, his wife, Kristin, and children Tyce, Jaimon and Treyson, all of Salem; his daughter, Janie Vanneste, her husband, Mike, grandson, Philip, and great-granddaughter, Ella, all of Tucson; his daughter, Carol Cornell, and her husband, Ray, of Chino Valley, Ariz.; his daughter, Terri Kreoning and her husband, Dale, of Tucson; his son, Steven Flanagan of Flagstaff, Ariz.; and his brother, Kenton Hubble of Pennsylvania.

Darrell was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Sally Hilton of Seneca; and his sister, Phyllis Hilton of Kansas.

Donations may be made to the St. Alphonsus Medical Center Foundation (Billie Ruth Bootsma Clinic) or the Baker High School Rodeo Club, through Gray’s West & Company, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

Susan Spence-Sells

Phoenix, Ariz., 1964-2014 

Susan Marie Spence-Sells, 39, a former Haines-area resident, died Jan. 31, 2014, at Phoenix, Ariz., after a short illness. 

The family is planning a celebration of life memorial service for Susan in the late spring in the Haines area. Final plans will be announced to friends later.

Susan was born on Dec. 5, 1964. She was a warmhearted, kind and caring person whom the family dearly loved and will sincerely miss. 

She and her husband, Jim, spent most of their married life in western Oregon, but in recent years had been traveling to Arizona in the winters. They enjoyed their winters in the warmer state, where they also carried on a number of commercial projects. 

Susan spent her early life on the farms of the Spence family in the Rock Creek area near Haines and was a Baker High School graduate. 

Survivors include her husband, James Lowell Sells; her son, James Joseph Sells, and a grandson, Jaylyn James Sells; sister, Mary Jo Lovelace; brother, Kemet Spence; and numerous nieces and nephews.

George Smull

Durkee, 1936-2014

George John “Wick” Smull, 78, of Durkee, died March 2, 2014, at St. Alphonsus Care Center in Baker City.

There will be a celebration of George’s life at 1 p.m. March 15 at the Durkee Community Grange in Durkee. There will be a potluck afterward.

George was born on Jan. 19, 1936, at Dallas, Ore., to George and Daisy Smull. The family owed and worked a small lumber mill. George learned many skills in his younger years while working at the family mill. 

At the age of 7, he learned to drive Caterpillar and logging equipment pulling logs to the mill. After his two big brothers and older sister returned from the war, his two brothers moved to Haines where they found work on local ranches. As a result, George became passionate about the ranching lifestyle.

To achieve that goal and to join his brothers, George, at the age of 13 in 1949, worked an extra job to save $9.36 to pay the price of a bus ticket to Haines. The rest of the family soon followed. In the summers, they would work a small mining claim at Granite.

George was a 1954 graduate of Baker High School, where he meets Janice Edwards. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1955, and was stationed at San Diego until his discharge in 1959 when he returned to the Baker area.

George and Janice married in 1956 and raised five children: three girls and two boys. They made their home at Baker City, where George spent many years as a building contractor. 

He  learned his cabinetmaking skills at Baker Builder’s Supply. He also worked with Sid Johnson, learning general contracting skills.

George then ventured into being a self-employed general contractor, remodeling and building numerous homes in and around the Baker County area. He enjoyed working outdoors and loved his hobby ranching and farming with a few cows and a variety of farm animals.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, and seeing if his 4-by4 pickup would make it through that muddy field or climb that mountain. George and his youngest son, Cas, moved to San Francisco for several of years working construction.

He moved to Durkee in 1985, making it his permanent home for the rest of his life doing the things he loved most, farming and ranching for his son, Dale, and in later years his grandson, Jared, along with the rest of the Durkee community. 

He was always willing to help others ranch and farm, whether it be welding, digging holes with a backhoe, or driving tractor. As life limited his physical abilities, he enjoyed driving around Durkee making sure everyone was OK, and seeing if his friends were getting their work done, if not, he gave them a gentle nudge (grin).

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Zean and Bill Smull; sister, Zelda Harrington; and son, Christopher “Cas” Smull.

Survivors include his sister, Daisy (Trevor) Hughes of Logan, Utah; three daughters, Danna Rode (Floyd Morgan) of Baker City, Celeste (Vance) Bennett of Winnemucca, Nev., and Molly Haney- Smull; son, Dale (Sharry) Smull of Durkee; seven grandchildren, Corey Smith, Beamus, Cooper and Duncan Bennett, Jared and Jill Smull and Lorraina Haney-Smull; and three great-grandchildren, Colton and Cas Smith, and Lorelei Smull.

Memorial contributions my be made to the Durkee Community Center through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.