Cindi Spriet


Cindi Jo Nichols Spriet, 53, died Dec. 25, 2017, at her home.

There will be a graveside service at the Haines Cemetery later in the spring.

Cindi was born in Baker City on June 13, 1964, to Tom and Bernadine Nichols. She joined three older brothers: Doug, Dan and Terry. She attended Baker schools and was a 1982 Baker High School graduate.

In October 1982, Cindi married Rick Spriet and they moved to Springfield. They were blessed with four wonderful children: Adam, Zac, Jamie and Kimberly. Cindi loved being a stay-at-home mom and instilled her strong values of compassion, devotion and faith in her children by her loving example.

She enjoyed volunteering at her children’s schools and helping in their classrooms. She was a natural caregiver and provided help to those around her. She loved music, composed songs and wrote lyrics, and enjoyed singing with her family. She was creative and had a great sense of humor and an infectious laugh.

Cindi especially loved the outdoors and from her earliest years, enjoyed hiking and camping. She usually out-fished everyone else. Cindi was also a precious part of a large extended family. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed, family members said.

Survivors include her parents and her husband, Rick, and their four children, all of Springfield; brothers Doug (Marilyn) Nichols of Hood River, Dan (Mary) Nichols of Hillsboro and Terry Nichols of Springfield; in-laws, Harley (Myka) Spriet and Jodi Spriet of Baker City; three aunts, Mildred Peterson (Hugh Whitbread) and Lorraine Valentine of Baker City, and Fern Beck of Portland; an uncle, Gary (Kitty) Nichols of Baker City; several nieces and nephews; and many cousins.

Memorial contributions in Cindi’s name may be sent to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Alice (Morris) Bacon

Baker City, 1930-2017

Alice Bacon, 87, a lifelong Methodist and longtime Baker City resident, died peacefully on Dec. 30, 2017, with her husband of 62 years and family nearby.

A memorial celebrating her life will be scheduled in the spring, when family and friends can safely travel.

Alice was warm and kind. She was generous, welcoming, clever, devoted to her family, lively, hard-working, dependable, and a friend to many.

Alice was born to Sam and Oradelia (Chmidling) Morris at the family farmhouse in the Missouri Flat area. The Morris family came from Missouri to settle in Baker County over 125 years ago, originally intending to raise thoroughbred race horses. But apparently cattle fed their large families better.

Alice had many fond memories of family reunions and huge cousin gatherings at the various family farm orchards; and she enjoyed organizing gatherings later.

Alice and her dear cousin, Nellie (Perkins) Edwards, would ride a horse bareback with a hint of mischief. She rode a horse to school with her brother until a bus was available. But after she got frostbite waiting at the bus stop she wintered in town with cousins so she could walk to school. Her biggest adjustment to town living was the shock of drinking cold milk; she was used to it being still warm from the cow.

Four of her brothers served in World War II in the Pacific region (including the Philippines, New Guinea, and Luzon), and in the European Theater including Africa (Casablanca, Africa, Sicily, France, Germany, and Austria). As a young teen she collected metal and items for the war effort with her friends.

Alice attended Baker High School, and graduated in the class of 1948. Yearbook notes remark how peppy, spirited, vivacious and beloved she was. She delighted in helping plan, decorate, and organize the many class reunions.

After graduation, she attended Willamette University, then returned to work at the Baker City Bank (and many iterations of banks since then), the library and the movie theater.

She met her future husband, Leonard “Bake” Bacon, at the movie theater. They both enjoyed adventures in the mountains and at the Snake River area. They were married in 1955 at the Baker United Methodist Church. After a decade of enjoying their nieces and nephews, they adopted their son, Charles Leonard, from the Klamath Falls area. On the same trip, they also picked up a retired race boat named Blue Velvet. Thus began the adventure of parenting and water skiing hijinks. A few years later, they had a premie daughter, Mary Alice. Soon their house became a regular hangout place for her children’s friends. They enjoyed Alice’s snacks, clever banter, and her piano (originally used for Alice and Bake’s parties and sing-alongs).

Alice used her bookkeeping skills as the secretary for the Burnt River Irrigation District; handling her husband’s electrical contracting business, Bacon Electric; and the finances for numerous organizations and boards where she volunteered. She also managed the finances and medical care for two of her local brothers and her parents.

Raised as a farm girl, Alice was always determined and strong. She fought and beat cancer three times, and dueled with an infection of MSSA from hip surgery. She never hesitated to speak her mind if something didn’t seem right.

Alice was always busy, thoughtful and involved. She volunteered for her Beta Sigma Phi sorority for more than 60 years, helped at the VFW and was in the VFW Auxiliary, counted ballots and helped with voting booths, bowled in the Coffee Cup League, was a Lady Elk, organizing and helping with school events, gardened, read voraciously, researched for her investment club, enjoyed baking (especially known for her “creative use of zucchini” recipes and potent rum cake), and showed her creativity with needlepoint and other crafts. She enjoyed fishing, water skiing (Leonard encouraged her to climb up top when making waterskiing pyramids), boating along the Snake River, driving in the countryside, playing cards (bridge and pinochle), and enjoying her property on the Snake River. She was also interested in family and local history, making a trip to Kansas and Missouri to visit important family locations. She would check on her parents, in-laws, brothers, friends, and neighbors — often bringing items from her garden or baked goods. She would readily welcome many into their home and cabin, and “put another potato on” when additional guests arrived.

Survivors include her husband of more than 62 years, Bake; her sisters-in-law, Laura Morris and Gladys McKelvy; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Adele and Olen Ragsdale; her daughter, Mary “Sam” McTavish; son-in-law, Alec McTavish; two grandchildren, Lindsay and Hayden McTavish. She leaves behind dearly loved nieces, adored nephews, and their families — Don Morris, Ann Morris, Deanna (Ragsdale) Lawlor, Mike Ragsdale, Kathy House, Gloria Beutler, Blake Bivins, Terry Howe; and many friends of her children whom have called her “mom,” especially Shelly Shively.

Alice was preceded in death by her parents, Sam Morris and Oradelia (Chmidling) Morris; six brothers and two sisters —Alfred, Julius (Jude), Bill, Vernon, Don, Martha, and twins Paul and Pauline; her son, Charles Bacon; her niece, Susan Morris; and too many of her children’s lifelong friends who kept in touch, especially Lynne Gorte.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to local food banks of your choice (Alice never wanted anyone to go hungry), or the Baker City United Methodist Church Memorial Fund in care of Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814. To light a candle in Alice’s memory, go to

Donald Kipp

Formerly of Baker City, 1929-2018

Donald Carroll Kipp, 88, died on Jan. 6, 2018, at Keizer.

A celebration of his life will take place in April at the McNary Golf Club.

Don was born on April 27, 1929, at Caldwell, Idaho, to Callie Jane and C.H. Kipp. He attended school in Baker and studied at Caldwell High School and St. Francis Academy in Baker. He was active in athletics, particularly football, track and basketball.

Don married the love of his life, Lenore Lund of Sandy, on June 9, 1951, at the Chapel of the Hills while both were students at the Oregon College of Education in Monmouth. There he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He earned his Ph.D. in educational administration in 1972.

Don served as a military police officer in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. During his service, their daughter Becky was born, and he met her upon completion of his service when she was 16 months old.

Don and Lenore then earned their Oregon teaching licenses and started teaching together at Three Lynx School.

They suffered the loss of two infant daughters: Susan in 1957 and Julie in 1961. However, God recognized their longing for more children, and He provided adoptions of son Tom, on Jan. 4, 1962, and son Jon, on Nov. 17, 1963.

During his career, Don was the teaching principal of Happy Valley School, principal of Milwaukie’s Harmony Elementary School, and the first principal of Rowe Junior High School. At age 39, Don became superintendent of schools for Madras and Jefferson County. In 1974, he was asked to join the Oregon Department of Education.

Don became superintendent of Woodburn School District in 1984, and was recruited as an adjunct professor for Portland State University and the University of Oregon. He was a founding member of the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators.

While he enjoyed tremendous professional success, family was always his greatest joy. Don was a good friend to many and maintained lifelong friendships from childhood. He was a devoted member of the Lutheran Church; one of his closest friends was Pastor Lloyd “Bud” Roholt of Milwaukie Lutheran Church.

Don was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing with family and friends. He took up golf in retirement and was a regular at McNary Golf Course. He loved reading, travel and camping.

Don is survived by his wife of 66 years, Lenore; his daughter Becky (Larry) of Lake Oswego; his sons, Tom (Julie) of Redmond, and Jon of Hillsboro; his granddaughters, Stephanie (Bryon) Hobby of Billings, Montana, and Annie Lenore Glenn of Forest Grove; his grandsons, Brian (Sandie) of Salem, and Zachary Glenn of Forest Grove; his great-granddaughters, Fiona and Maryn; and his great-grandson, Sam.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and brother, and two infant daughters.