James Newman

Haines, 1931-2018

James Edgar Newman, 86, of Haines, died Feb. 12, 2018, at La Grande.

His memorial service will be Saturday, Feb. 17 at 1 p.m. at the Haines United Methodist Church with Sally Wiens officiating the service. Following the service, a potluck gathering will be held in the fellowship hall.

James was born on Oct. 6, 1931, at North Powder to James and Lena (Gorham) Newman. He attended North Powder High School and graduated in 1949. In 1957, James graduated from Oregon State College.

He was an engineer in the United States Navy and was on the USS Luzon. While in the Navy, he worked as an HVAC repair engineer. He also worked for the Soil Conservation Service and the Department of Agriculture. After he retired, he worked as a farmer in Muddy Creek and Wolf Creek.

On July 20, 1952, James married Elsie Donna Loennig at the Baker Methodist Church. He enjoyed beekeeping, woodworking, growing blueberries, building and fixing things — especially at the cabin at Anthony Lakes — family gatherings and being a workaholic in general. He was a member of the Haines Methodist Church, Crazy 8 Square Dancing, Anthony Lakes Homeowners Association and he helped build the original Rock Garden poma lift and ran it the first year.

James’ many accomplishments include building homes, the cabin, Canyon City, Condon and many remodels. He was also the recipient of a Korean Service Medal, United Nations Medal and National Defense Service Medal.

James is survived by his daughters: Rebecca Neys, and her husband, Joe, of St. Paul, Oregon, Angela Sherer and her husband, Bob, of La Grande, and Kathleen Von Striver of Oregon City; his son, Douglas Newman and his wife, Cynthia, of Baker City; his brother, Kerry Newman of Modesto, California; his sister, Marda Bloom of Baker City; 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lena and James Newman; his wife, Elsie Newman; his grandson, Gregory Von Striver; his daughter, Cynthia Diane Worcester; and his son, Eric Scott Newman.

Memorial contributions may be made in James’ honor to the Haines United Methodist Church through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

To light a candle in memory of James, or to leave a condolence for the family, go to www.grayswestco.com

James Sherman

Baker City, 1945-2018

James R. Sherman, 72, a lifelong resident of Baker City, died Feb. 7, 2018, surrounded by his loving family.

A memorial service with military honors will take place March 3 at 11 a.m. at the Elkhorn Baptist Church, 3520 Birch St., with Pastor Tim Fisher officiating. Following the service, a reception will be held at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St.

Jim was born on July 19, 1945, at Baker City to Alvin and Dorothy (Stewart) Sherman.

Jim was in the Army and served in Vietnam. Upon returning from the service, he went to work for the lumber mill. When the lumber mill closed, he spent the rest of his career as circulation manager at the Baker City Herald. He retired from the Baker City Herald after working there for 30 years. He was well known for being honest and fair to everyone. Paper carriers were always thankful for the chances he gave them and for believing that they could do a good job. Jim gave support, encouragement and daily affirmation of work well done and sent many youth into successful work careers.

Jim and Joan were married for 52 years and had three children, five granddaughters and one great-grandson.

Jim is survived by his wife, Patricia Joan Sherman of Baker City; his three children: James Daniel Sherman of Loveland, Colorado, Eric Wayne Sherman of Baker City, and Tanya Jean Handy of Baker City; his five grandchildren: Audrey, Cailan Nicole, Kenzie Renea, Dailon Joan and Jera LeNay; and his great-grandson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alvin and Dorothy (Stewart) Sherman, and his sister, Pamela Lee Sherman.

Memorial contributions may be made in Jim’s honor to the Elkhorn Baptist Church or the Wounded Warriors Program through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

To light a candle in memory of Jim, or to leave a condolence for his family, go to www.grayswestco.com

Lorene Colton

Baker County, 1940-2018

Lorene Alice (Wiester) Colton, 77 a longtime Baker County resident, died Feb. 10, 2018, in Boise, surrounded by her family.

Visitations will be Thursday, Feb. 15 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St. The Rosary will be said Thursday evening at 7 o’clock pm at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, Feb. 16 at 11 a.m. at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral with a reception following the service. Interment will follow at 2 p.m. at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Lorene was born on July 29, 1940, at Seattle to Harold William and Emily Irene Wiester (Street). In 1951, when Lorene was 10 years old, her family moved to Baker City where they bought a ranch on Mill Creek Road to raise sheep. Shortly after moving to the Baker Valley, Lorene’s father, Harold, met a fellow sheep rancher named Charlie Colton and their families became fast friends. Charlie’s second oldest son, Robert, would always lend a helping hand keeping their sheep out of the Baker watershed. Little did she know at the time that young man would become the love of her life.

She graduated from St. Francis Academy in 1958 as valedictorian. Robert and Lorene were married on Oct. 11, 1958, at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral in Baker. They raised six children out on the family ranch.

Lorene loved to spend her time working on the ranch, raking hay, tending sheep, and helping calve in the spring. She loved to travel the world with her friends and family. Her adventures took her to Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Alaska, Ireland, and all around the United States. Every summer she looked forward to trips into the Eagle Cap Wilderness picking huckleberries, picnics and camping.

One of her most enjoyable hobbies was nurturing her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was involved in many church activities including the Altar Society, Book Club Study Group and was the bookkeeper for St. Francis de Sales Folk Group. Bob and Lorene also enjoyed volunteering at Community Connection, serving lunch.

She knew that a successful rancher is one who has a wife who works in town so she became the Welcome Wagon Hostess for Baker. She then worked at the Chancery Office for Bishop Thomas Connolly. When the Chancery Office moved to Bend, she went to work at Pioneer Bank as a teller/new accounts until she retired in 2000 to work by Bob’s side out on the ranch.

Lorene had such a kind heart, warm smile and loving embrace for everyone she knew. She was so caring and compassionate for those around her. She taught us all the true meaning of kindness. Her unconditional love was one we could always count on, her family said.

She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 59-plus years, Bob Colton; her sister, Sharon Burke (Bill); her brother, Stephen Wiester (Debi); her brothers-in-law, Fred Colton (Joan) and Gordon Colton (Connie); her sister-in-law, Kathy Sherman (David); six children: daughter Nancy Staten (Chuck), daughter Karen Merdassi, son Michael Colton (Kathy), son Edward Colton, son Kenneth Colton (Jennifer), and daughter Mary Colton (Eric); and 19 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and many cousins, nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Lorene was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Irene Wiester.

Memorial contributions can be made in her honor to the Rachel Pregnancy Center or to the Shriners Hospital for Children through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place Street, Baker City, OR 97814.

If one wishes to light a candle in Lorene’s memory, go to www.colestributecenter.com

Marilyn Hutton, 88, died Jan. 12, 2018, at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Boise with her family by her side.

A traditional funeral service will take place Saturday, Feb. 17 at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, 1919 Second St. at Baker City. Interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery. Friends are invited to join the family back at the church for a reception following the interment.

Marilyn was born on Feb. 18, 1929, at Fresno, California and was the daughter of Gladys and Clarence Henderson. She was the “head yell queen” at Baker High School where she graduated in 1947.

Following graduation, she attended Beauty College in Fresno. Upon completion, she returned home to Baker City, where she worked at JC Penny until she was married. It was then that her profession transpired into a rancher’s wife and homemaker.

Marilyn met the love of her life, Duane Hutton, at the Old Covered Wagon Dance Hall on Old Highway 30, which, coincidentally, burned down that same night. After the dance, Marilyn ran home to tell her mom she finally met the man she wanted to marry. Duane and Marilyn were married on June 4, 1949, and had two children, Michael and Julie.

Marilyn loved golf. She was named a “Gold Nut Honorary” which was part of Duane’s golf group. She was the president of the Baker County Cowbelles for four years and a member of the Ladies Golf and Bridge Club. Additionally, she was a member of the local bowling league which went on to the state tournament. While at State, she got up, made three strikes in a row and totally couldn’t bowl at all after that. Marilyn was also a member of the Elks, making her a Lady Elk. Each year, she participated on the Class Reunion Committee for both her and Duane’s classes.

Highlights of Marilyn’s life included marrying her husband, Duane, and having her children, who then had grandchildren and great-grandchildren. It also included when she went on a cruise with Duane to Mexico with the Cattlemen’s Association and when she followed the NCAA Golf Championships as guest of good friend Danny Brooks, who is the head lady’s golf coach at Duke University in North Carolina.

Marilyn’s life philosophy was simply that everyone should love each other. Every day she would ask Duane, “Do you know who loves you?” Family always came first. She will be remembered as a people person who loved everybody and didn’t know a stranger.

Marilyn is survived by her loving husband of 69 years, Duane Hutton; her children, Julie Marie Adkinson of Welches, and Michael Duane and his wife, Terri Hutton, of Keating; her brother, Cary Henderson of Stevensville, Montana; her sister, Clare Howe of Eugene; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Gladys and Clarence Henderson.

For those who would like to make a donation in memory of Marilyn the family suggests Heart ’N Home Hospice through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home and Cremation Services, P.O. Box 543, Halfway OR 97834. Online condolences may be made at www.tamispinevalleyfuneralhome.com