Jeanette Slobig

Baker City, 1940-2018

Jeanette P. Slobig, 77, a longtime Baker City resident, died Feb. 4, 2018, at Settler’s Park Assisted Living Community in Baker City.

There will be a Celebration of Life event later this year for her friends and family.

Jeanette was born on Feb. 17, 1940, at Oregon City to Gladys and Clarence Staggs. She was the youngest of five sisters.

Jeanette married Bob Slobig in 1965, and in 1973 they moved the family to Baker City. Jeanette will be remembered by many as one of the best waitresses that they ever had.

She wasn’t quiet about her work, but you got what you ordered the way you ordered it. The Baker Hotel, the Fireside, and Inland Café were just a few of the places she worked. But while working at The El Greco Restaurant and Lounge she met Silvan Calhoun, who offered her a job at The Haines Steakhouse where she spent the last 20-plus years of her career.

Survivors include her four children: daughter, Tina Petralia, and her husband, Tim Rick, of Baker City; daughter, Tracey Warner, and her husband, Scott, of Baker City; son, Troy Slobig, and his wife, Cory, of Yakima, Washington; and son, Tom Slobig, and his wife, DeeAnn, of Zillah, Washington; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; her sister, Jean Dilworth; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and three sisters.

Memorial contributions may be made to Best Friends of Baker through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

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Gaylord Baggerly

Former Baker City resident, 1939-2018

Gaylord Dee Baggerly, 78, formerly of Baker City, died Feb. 4, 2018, at his home in Bowman, South Carolina.

Gaylord was born on July 24, 1939, at Meridian, Idaho, to Dean and Frances Baggerly. He ranched in the Keating Valley and was a cross-country truck driver after serving four years in the U.S. Navy.

He was very talented with woodworking, welding, cooking and sewing, and he also enjoyed hunting and fishing. Gaylord was diagnosed with lung cancer less than a year before his passing.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Schrader of Bowman South Carolina; his brothers, Richard Baggerly, and his wife, Bonnie, of Echo, and Don Baggerly and his wife, Barb, of Baker City; his sons, Gaylord Mark Baggerly and Joseph Andrew “Andy” Baggerly of Baker City; and his daughter, Rae Ellen Shaner of Olathe, Kansas; and eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and one on the way.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Evelyn Mae Stewart.

J. Dale Buxton

Baker City, 1922-2018

J. Dale Buxton, 96, of Baker City, died Feb. 2, 2018, at Beehive Homes with his wife of 68 years, Marjorie, by his side.

A graveside service will be scheduled at a later date at Eagle Valley Cemetery in Richland.

Dale was born on Jan. 15, 1922, at New Bridge to Sam and Hazel Buxton. While growing up, he was very active in all school sports and worked in the hay fields. Many times, he would take his team of horses to Halfway to help with haying. He started school at age 5 to keep his sister Margie company in walking to school. He graduated from Eagle Valley High School in 1939. He then went to Portland and attended telegraph school. After school he went to work for the Union Pacific Railroad as a telegraph operator in Arlington.

He joined the Army in August 1942. He trained to be a pilot, but washed out due to vertigo and he said he was tired of washing out trainer planes (because flying made him sick to his stomach). He transferred to the signal corps. While he was en route to Saipan, the war ended, and he went to Hawaii. He was assigned to the 30th Bomb Group at Wheeler Field where he drove truck. After his discharge in 1946, he returned to Richland to work on his father’s farm and drive cattle truck for Tiny Jones.

In 1948 he went to a dance in New Bridge where he met his high school sweetheart, Marjorie Bowman from Vale. Nine years had passed since they had seen each other and their romance started all over again. They were married on Dec. 8, 1949, and moved to their new home in Richland that he helped build. He worked on his farm and drove a logging truck for Melvin Hess.

Dale and Marjorie had two children, Glen Dale and Judie Bernice. Dale started a milk-hauling route from Richland, Halfway and Baker Valley to Caldwell, Idaho, and later to Payette, Idaho. He served as a Scoutmaster in Richland. In 1968, he moved his family to Baker, where he hauled grain to the Morrow County Grain Growers. After retiring from hauling grain, he worked part time for Robbins Farm Equipment.

Dale was very active in the Methodist Church in Baker and was usually running the kitchen dishwasher after church dinners.

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie; his son, Glen, and his wife, Peggy Buxton; son-in-law, Robert Schock; grandchildren, Rick (Samantha) Buxton, Travis Buxton, Brian Buxton, Dondi Schock, Christopher (Chelsea) Schock; great-grandchildren, Caleb Buxton, Bailey and Sydnee Buxton, and Rylee Oak; nieces, Rini Beeman and Sharrell (Maury) Mooers; and many other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Hazel; his sister, Margie; and his daughter, Judie.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Baker Methodist Church through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home and Cremation Services, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97814. Online condolences may be made at www.tamispine