Ireland, Harrison, Rowett, Copeland, Paustian

‘Steve’ Ireland

Baker City, 1952-2017

Stephen George “Steve” Ireland, 64, of Baker City, formerly of Milton-Freewater and Pendleton, died Aug. 10, 2017, at his home.

His memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday in the recreation room at the facility where he lived at 2970 Walnut St. His graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Milton-Freewater Cemetery. Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home in Milton-Freewater is in charge of arrangements.

Steve was born Oct. 13, 1952, at Walla Walla, Washington, to Martin Dee and Edith Mary Patton Ireland. He grew up on Ireland Drive at Milton-Freewater and attended local schools.

He graduated from McLoughlin High School in 1971. Steve had lived in Pendleton for a block of time and eventually settled in Baker City.

He enjoyed his daily routine of coffee with friends at the Truck Corral. Friends were very important to Steve.

In school he learned to play the trumpet,which sparked his love for music. He had an extensive collection of vinyl records that brought him much enjoyment.

His other passion was photography. Steve loved to take pictures of landscapes and nature. He became quite skilled at panoramic shots of the Eagle Cap Mountains around Baker City.

He was preceded in death by his parents, aunts, uncles and one cousin. He was the last member of his family.

Carmen Harrison

Former Baker City resident, 1941-2017

Carmen Harrison, 76, died peacefully at home Aug. 11, 2017, after a lengthy battle with lupus.

Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Layne’s Funeral Home, 16 N.E. Clark Ave., Battle Ground, Washington, 98604. There will be a celebration of life/potluck afterward. Details will be provided at the service.

Carmen was born at Venus, Nebraska, on Aug. 10, 1941, to Kenneth “Bud” and Jessie Carnell. Her childhood was spent in Baker, where she was raised by her mother and stepfather, Jessie and Jack Wellington, along with her siblings, Juanita, Roy and Tom.

Carmen graduated from Baker High School and went on to attend McGee School of Beauty in Pendleton. Carmen met her husband, Keith, in Baker while he was in the area working on the Brownlee and Oxbow dams. Keith and Carmen were married on Sept. 22, 1962. Soon after they were wed, Keith and Carmen moved to Vancouver, Washington, and later to Concord, California, and began their family.

Daughter Cheryl arrived in 1963 and son, Brian, arrived in 1965. In 1967, the family relocated to Vancouver, Washington.

Carmen worked as a beautician and then went on to become a special education school bus driver for the Battle Ground School District until retiring due to health issues.

Keith and Carmen operated a custom haying and farming business for many years. Keith talks proudly of how Carmen could operate any piece of equipment they owned. Carmen always put family first and loved her family with all her heart. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She enjoyed family camping trips and boating. Carmen also enjoyed gardening, canning, baking and reading. Her favorite hobby became quilting, which she excelled at, and many of her family members are blessed to own one of her quilts.

Survivors include her husband, Keith; daughter, Cheryl (Randy) and son, Brian (Danae); three grandchildren, Brianna Boespflug, Ryan Boespflug and Joshua Harrison; great-grandson, Monty Schmitz; her brother, Tom Wellington (Michelle) of Pendleton; and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the Kaiser Hospice team members for their care and support.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, memorial contributions may be made to the Lupus Foundation.

Harold Rowett

North Powder, 1949-2017

Harold Raymond Rowett, 68, of North Powder, died Aug. 14, 2017.

His graveside service will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at the North Powder Cemetery.

Raymond was born on July 7, 1949, at Baker City, to Harold and Grace Pearson Rowett. He was raised in North Powder and graduated from Powder Valley High School.

He served his country while in the U.S. Army in Germany, Korea and during three tours in Vietnam.

Raymond was an avid outdoorsman. He loved to spend time riding his four-wheeler in the mountains. He was a member of the Baker Eagles Lodge, No. 3456, American Legion and National Rifleman’s Association.

Survivors include his sisters, Judy Fordice (Keith) of Hermiston, and Patricia Christiansen (Gerald) of Montfort, Wisconsin; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Grace; and sister, Karolyn “Kelie” Mahon.

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‘Jan’ Copeland

Baker City, 1944-2017

Janet Lee “Jan” Copeland, 72, died Aug. 15, 2017, at her home at Settler’s Park Assisted Living in Baker City.

Her memorial service was at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18, at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St.

Jan was born on Dec. 23, 1944, in Baker City to William Clive Bigley and Billie Rae Sievers Bigley. She attended Juneau High School and graduated in 1962.

She specialized in shorthand, typing and was a certified secretary. She worked as an office manager and accountant in the construction industry for more than 40 years and retired in 2008.

She enjoyed reading, bowling, sewing, gardening, casino trips, bingo and arts and crafts. Jan was the president of the Eastern Oregon Headstart in Union and Baker counties from 1974 to 1976.

Jan had many great accomplishments in her life, but some of her greatest were her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include her mother, Billie Bigley of Baker City; brother, Clyde Bigley of Baker City; sisters, Bunny Bigley of Portland and Beth Bigley of Baker City; daughters, Denise Commins of Clarksville, Tennessee, Michelle Fournier of Mountain Home, Idaho, and Bridget Neff of Haines; and son, Charlie Copeland of Missoula, Montana; four grandchildren and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, William Bigley; brother, Richard Bigley; and brother, Billy Bigley.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR, 97814.

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Fay Paustian

Baker City, 1934-2017

Fay Almetta Paustian, 83, of Baker City, died Aug. 13, 2017 at her residence in Beehive Homes in Baker City.

At Fay’s request, no services have been planned.

Fay was born on June 8, 1934, at Woodburn to Ross and Irma Ray Raymond. At a very young age Fay moved to Grant County. She was a 1952 Prairie City High School graduate.

She married Gordon Bruce Paustian on May 28, 1960, at Winnemucca, Nevada, and together they raised five children: Carrol, David, Tamara, Gary, and Almetta.

Fay’s main occupation was being a homemaker, but she also worked for Kolb & Oster, Pioneer Federal Bank, Ben’s Transfer, Baker School District and the Baker County Assessor’s Office. She retired from Baker School District.

Fay enjoyed crocheting, knitting, sewing, gardening, bowling, square dancing and spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. While in school she played volleyball and was in band.

Fay also volunteered at Baker Co-op for the past several years. She did many great things in her life but the accomplishment she was most appreciated for was being a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Survivors include her husband, Gordon Paustian of Baker City; her daughter, Carrol Titus, and son-in-law, Bob Titus of Prairie City; her son, David Paustian of Baker City; her daughter, Tamara Zemmer, and son-in-law, Ron Meng of Baker City; her son, Gary Paustian, and daughter-in-law, Sherri Paustian of Nampa, Idaho; her son-in-law, Lee Fuge of Canby; her brother, Delmas Raymond, and sister-in-law, Mary Raymond of Prairie City; numerous extended family members; and 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and her first great-great- grandchild on the way.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ross and Irma Raymond; and her daughter, Almetta Rene Fuge.

Memorial contributions may be made in Fay’s honor to Heart ‘n’ Home Hospice through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

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