Lila Shumway

Baker City, 1941-2017

Lila Leota (Umpleby) Shumway, 75, of Baker City, died Sept. 20, 2017, at The Bee Hive Homes in Baker City where she and her husband, Lynn Shumway, shared a room after short hospital stays.

Lynn held Lila’s hand as she passed. Lynn died the next day, Sept. 21.

A memorial service for Lynn and Lila will be Saturday, Oct. 7, at 2 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, corner of Third and Broadway streets in Baker City. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception to be held immediately following the service at the church.

Cultural changes were many during Lila’s life. She was born on Nov. 26, 1941, at Anthony, Kansas, to Harold and Edna Umpleby, and moved with the family to the Junction City area of Oregon, in 1947. Lila started school a year early at the Riverview school near Junction City where each grade, 1-8, included three to five students. Riding bicycles was the preferred method of travel on the lane between home and school, and bicycles filled many pastime hours of childhood. Metal “lunch boxes” carried sandwiches made at home the night before, homemade cookies, fruit in season and usually a thermos of cold milk. Milking happened twice a day and the milk went from the barn to the filter and the “separator” to the refrigerator to be chilled overnight. Lively softball games filled school lunch hour with students of all ages included in the family-style game. The Riverview school consolidated with Junction City schools, so the bicycles were put away and the school bus became part of daily life. Lila attended fourth through 11th grades in Junction City.

Everyone in the family worked on the farm by milking cows, taking care of calves, hoeing weeds, working with tractors to cultivate between the rows of beans, carrots, sweet corn, silage corn, etc. Lila’s parents felt it was important to play as a family, so they developed a standard size, packed dirt tennis court with a standard net and lines. Everyone became quite skilled at the game. There were always bales of hay with a target attached for archery practice, a hoop for basketball shooting practice and competitions, jump ropes, and favorite inside table games. Eventually a pool table replaced the dining room table.

In June of 1958, the Umpleby family moved to the Powder Valley of Eastern Oregon. Lila graduated as co-valedictorian from North Powder High School with the class of 1959. Her college years were spent at Seattle Pacific College where she earned her bachelor of arts degree.

After a few years working as the assistant to the director of the Seattle Science Center, Lila chose to return to Eastern Oregon. She was hired as a teacher at Burnt River High School in Unity where her duties included selling tickets at the ball games. She repeatedly told the story of Lynn standing at the gate and visiting with her rather than going in to watch the game.

Lynn and Lila were married on July 29, 1967, and quietly celebrated their 50th anniversary in July. During those 50 years they built a home in which they lived and worked on the Shumway ranch near Bridgeport. Lila took courses to become a certified teacher and taught both elementary and high school levels. They adopted and raised two children, Karl and Kara Shumway, and later adopted Tony Shumway. Lila taught business courses at Baker High School for several years and the family established a home in Baker so Lila would not have to drive over “Dooley” twice a day. However, it was always important to be at home in Bridgeport on weekends and to attend services at the Burnt River Community Church. Lila loved to decorate the church with different flowers and planned carefully for special decorations at Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. She also, at times, played the piano to accompany the singing in the services. Lynn was frequently the “fill-in” pastor both in services and in calling upon people who needed encouragement. Both Lynn and Lila loved being in the mountains, and over the years, they built their own log cabin in a special spot.

When the family ranch sold, Lynn and Lila developed a beautifully landscaped new home in Baker City and planned to spend their retirement years enjoying their views of both the Elkhorn and Wallowa mountain ranges. Lila especially loved artistically planning landscaping and growing both flowers and vegetables. Her artistic ability was not limited to landscaping. She took many art and painting lessons and consistently improved through the years. She became very accomplished in painting with acrylics and recently studied the techniques of water colors.

Lila is survived by her siblings, Lyle Umpleby and his wife, Sharon, of North Powder, Linda Van Orden of Junction City, Lorna Tonack of Baker City, and several nieces and nephews.

For those who would like to make a gift in memory of Lynn and Lila, their wishes were to either the Village Missions, or the Burnt River Community Church through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home & Cremation Services, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834. Online condolences may be made at

Lynn Shumway

Baker City, 1939-2017

Lynn Roger Shumway, 77, a longtime Bridgeport rancher, died Sept. 21, 2017, after a long journey with cancer. His beloved wife, Lila, went ahead of him by one day.

A memorial service for Lynn and Lila will be Saturday, Oct. 7 at 2 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, corner of Third and Broadway streets in Baker City. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception to be held immediately following the service at the church.

Over a span of 16 years, Walter William and Iva Bernice (Walters) Shumway were graced with seven children. Lynn, the fourth child, was born Sept. 28, 1939. The family was made up of three groups: The Big Kids: Bill, Duane and Steve; The Little Kids: Lynn and Ross; and The Girls: Marjie and Esther. Lynn was the true middle child and the oldest of The Little Kids.

The family lost their mother when Lynn was 15. In order to keep the little sisters with the family, the five boys had to take on being secondary parents, as well as ranch duties. The Shumway brothers, except for Steve who sold his interest in the ranch early and moved to Idaho, continued to work the ranch together until it was sold.

Lynn attended school at Hereford, graduating from there in 1957. He had memories of having more than a few fights in the early years, resulting in bloody noses, because of his name. He often wondered why his parents named him Lynn, or what inspired his name. In his senior year he was cast in the role of Scrooge in the play, “The Christmas Carol.” It required a copious amount of memorization which proved easy for him. Later in life he would use that gift to memorize large portions of the Bible.

After high school, Lynn enrolled at Oregon Technical Institute, where he graduated with an associate’s degree in agriculture in 1959. He played both football and basketball while there.

Upon graduation he returned home to work on the ranch, then he enlisted in the Army.

He was more than ready to experience some adventure and was happy to serve Uncle Sam for two years at Fort Lewis, Washington, particularly after hearing his older brothers’ stories of there. He was trained to be a cook, but luckily he was a big tall guy, and much to his relief, that fact helped him end up as a military policeman. He was a deputy game warden over a vast reserve, which suited him perfectly. He came home with many of his own stories to share.

Upon returning home he allowed his roots to grow deep into ranch life. Despite the struggles that came with ranching, Lynn loved it! He was a born cowboy. He was never interested in looking for anything different.

But there are a few drawbacks to country living. When you live at the end of a gravel road many miles from anywhere, it’s tough to find a mate. When he began longing for a wife, Lynn ask God if He would send a gal his way, then gave him a couple of names as possibilities. Two long years went by without an answer.

Finally, at the start of the 1966 school year, his youngest sister, Esther, came home and announced there was a new teacher ... and she was single! Her name was Lila Umpleby. Their faces remained blank but shortly thereafter Esther overheard Lynn telling Ross he remembered meeting Lila a few years before at church in Baker. Esther, deciding to help things along, invited Lila to supper — she accepted. It didn’t hurt that Lila was a tall, slender, dark-haired beauty, and being a farmer’s daughter as well was a definite plus!

After that initial meeting, Lynn developed a sudden interest in high school sports, traveling to every possible game where a pretty young teacher/girls coach would be in attendance. It wasn’t long before there was a question posed — an affirmative answer given. Lynn and Lila were married on July 29, 1967.

In 1974 the family of two became a family of four upon the adoption of Karl and Kara. Lynn continued to ranch, while Lila took care of the children, made draperies and eventually returned to teaching; this time in Baker City. Later Lynn and Lila adopted their grandson, Tony, who added a whole new dimension of joy and challenge to their lives as they learned many things about autism.

Lynn was active in his community. He was invested in and served with the Burnt River Community Church. He loved the fellowship there and would willingly preach if the pastor was gone. He performed many funerals for friends and neighbors over the years. He also served as chairman of the board for the Burnt River Irrigation District for many years. He served on the Baker County Planning Commission.

Lynn was a man of passion. He expressed much of his emotion through poetry. Lynn loved the land and the wildlife that inhabited the ranch. He spoke often of watching the sandhill cranes do their mating dance or of the time he was witness to the sage grouse mating ritual.

Ultimately though, to him there wasn’t anything cuter than a Hereford calf. In the spring he reveled in watching them run, jump and play with boundless energy.

The need to sell the ranch was a particularly difficult thing for Lynn to accept. If he’d had a choice of how he could leave this earth, he probably would have elected to be on his horse riding the range.

Lynn and Lila had 50 years of a loving partnership, but they were too ill to celebrate that milestone.

Lynn is survived by his sons: Karl (Ali) Shumway of Portland, and Tony Shumway of Baker City; his daughter, Kara (Steve) Strutz, of Baker City; his granddaughter, Kami, and two greatgrandchildren; his brothers: Bill (Sally) Shumway of Bridgeport, Duane (Beulah) Shumway of Baker City, Steve (Elsie) Shumway, of Council, Idaho, and Ross (Patty) Shumway of Summerville; his sisters, Marjie (David) Pidcock of La Grande, Esther (George) Smith of La Grande; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents and his wife, Lila.

They will be sorely missed. Rest in peace dear ones, the family said.

For those who would like to make a gift in memory of Lynn and Lila, their wishes were to either the Village Missions, or the Burnt River Community Church through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home & Cremation Services, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834. Online condolences may be made at

Kory Firestenberg-Scott

Formerly of Baker City

Kory Michael Firestenberg-Scott, 23, of O’Brien, Oregon, and a former Baker City resident, died on Sept. 30, 2017.

A celebration of life will take place Sunday, Oct. 8 at 2 p.m. at the home of Tawnya and Shawn Campbell, 9363 Holland Loop, in Cave Junction.

An avid outdoorsman, Kory enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing. His hobbies also included fantasy football and playing pool with the 199 Pool Team. Kory will be missed by his work family at Rogue Truck Body, where he took great pride in his job.

While living with his father, Kory attended Baker High School with the Class of 2012.

Kory loved the underdogs of this world with his innate capacity for compassion and kindness. He began each day with his infectious smile, going out into the world to truly live and love. Kory’s epic bear hugs had a way of making everything feel alright, and will be sorely missed by many.

Though Kory is no longer with us in body, his spirit will live on in all who had the pleasure of knowing and loving him. He was an amazing son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend to many. The legacy he leaves behind is one of kindness, joy, adventure, compassion and love, his family said.

Kory is survived by his parents, DeAnn Bethke and Craig Scott; his step-parents, Sarah Scott and Marvin Bethke; his sisters, Jasmine Firestenberg-Aaron, Katelin Scott, Dakota Scott, Haven Bethke and Olivia Russo; his paternal grandparents, Ben and Evelyn Scott; his maternal grandparents, Jeanie Cornett and Robert Firestenberg; and grandparents of the heart, Marla Aaron and Gary Burden. Kory also has many aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends who will continue to love and miss him greatly.

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