Obituaries for April 4, 2014

By Baker City Herald April 04, 2014 10:04 am

Raymond Chase

Childress, Texas, 1969-2014

Raymond W. Chase, 44, of Cuba, Mo., and formerly of Baker City and Union, died March 20, 2014, at Childress, Texas.

His memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Baker City Christian Church, 675 Highway 7. Pastor Jesse Whitford will officiate.

Known as Ray, he was born on Sept. 22, 1969, to Mary Ellen and Raymond Sondenaa at La Grande. His parents divorced when he was 3 years old. 

He grew up at Baker City, where as a child he loved spending time in the mountains, camping and hunting with his family and friends. He was a 1987 graduate of Baker High School, where he played football and wrestled.

As a senior, Ray worked for the Harrel Ranch. He always looked forward to Miners Jubilee, where he could “compete with the big boys.”

A jack-of-all-trades, Ray was known for always being willing to lend a helping hand. His favorite job was long-haul trucking.

In 2000, while driving through Cuba, Mo., Ray met his future wife, Shannon Wheeler. They were married in 2004 and lived in Missouri until 2008, when they moved to Union to be closer to Ray’s mother and family. While living at Union, Ray worked at the windmills and for ranchers. They moved back to Cuba in 2012.

Family and God were Ray’s passions in life. In addition to driving long haul, he was an EMT and was studying to be an ordained minister.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents; two aunts and two uncles; and his stepfather, Bud Jackson.

Survivors include his wife, Shannon, and their sons, Timmy, Matt, Tyler, Aaron and Logan, all of Cuba, Mo.; children, Kayla, Chris and Zach, all of Sioux Falls, S.D.; mother, Mary Ellen Jackson of Union; father and stepmother, Ray and Lynn Sondenaa of Fiji Islands; stepfather, Chuck Chase of Baker City; sisters and brothers-in-law, Colinda and Travis Knight of Childress, Texas, Cami and Josh Siel of La Grande, Tawnia Rivera of Hawaii, Kelly and Mike Karnowski of Baker City and Karen and Fred Overland of Caldwell, Idaho; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Norma and Tim Gray, and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Crystal and Mike Garrisoon, Aaron and Samantha Wheeler and Daniel and Tina Wheeler, all of Cuba, Mo.; many extended family members; and special childhood friends, Russ and Jenny Johnson of Baker City.

‘Betty’ Rud

Portland, 1916-2014

Elizabeth Marie “Betty” Veleke Rud, 97, of Portland, a former longtime Baker City resident, died Jan. 20, 2014, at her home.

There will be a memorial service in her honor at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 12, at Crossroads Carnegie Art Center, 2020 Auburn Ave.

Betty was born on April 16 1916, at Ferndale, Wash., to Dutch immigrant parents, Aart and Grietje Maria Veleke. She was raised in the Dutch community of Lynden, Wash., and attended school at Lynden and Aberdeen. 

Her first job was with SH Cress and Co. at Bellingham, Wash.

Betty met Rudolf “Rudy” Rud at a dance in Bellingham, and the two were married a few weeks later on Aug. 24, 1937. The couple moved to Portland, where Betty took decorating classes, and later to Lake Grove where they had two daughters, Linda and Kris.

In 1952, the family moved to Bend where Betty baked, decorated, and sold wedding cakes. She was a very skilled seamstress and also altered clothing.

In 1956, the Rud family moved to Tacoma, Wash., where Betty worked for Tudor Craft Drapery and learned to design and sew drapery.

They moved to Baker City, in 1960, and lived at Denny Creek, 11 miles south of town. Betty continued as a drapery and decorating consultant and in 1962 began working for Deans Paint and Glass on Main Street in Baker City.

Betty was known for her love of antiques and she and Rudy restored and refurbished them together. She particularly enjoyed working on antique picture frames and artfully restored hundreds of broken frames for many Eastern Oregon residents.

As a resident of the Baker City area for nearly 43 years, Betty loved to hunt wild mushrooms and took frequent trips to the woods with her family and friends for picnics. She was a wonderful cook, avid gardener, could sew anything, and had an amazing amount of creativity. She kept very busy in her little house on Elm Street, and loved having company over for coffee and visiting.

In 2003 she moved back to the Portland area to be closer to her family as her health declined.

Betty is survived by daughters, Linda Stoddard and Kris Gardner; son-in-law, Larry Gardner; grandson, Logan Jacobson; granddaughter, Kate “Katy” Stoddard Rockwell, and her husband, Travis Rockwell.

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