Sterling Hayes

Baker City, 1941-2018

Sterling Lionel Hayes, 77, of Baker City, died Jan. 29, 2018, as the result of a severe stroke.

Sterling was born on Jan. 1, 1941, at Baker City to Sterling and Mary Hayes. He was their firstborn, and also he was the first born that year (1941) in Baker City.

He spent a good part of his life in Washington where he met and married Kathy, the mother of his three children, Sterling Jr., Gregg and Tami-jo. As a Boilermaker Boomer he traveled a lot. During this time he had another son, Mark. In all of the moving, son Sterling Jr. shared that “I went to 52 different schools.” Sterling moved back to Baker City in 1982.

Sterling will be remembered as being very kind, very different, super smart, a man who loved animals and was a great dancer. He could fix and do most everything. He’ll be remembered for his whimsical imagination, like the soapbox he built for his grandchildren out of the hood of a truck, as well as all of the other wonderful things he built.

Sterling is survived by his children, Sterling Jr., Tami-jo and Mark; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and longtime companion Diana Borello.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathy, and his son, Gregg.

Those who would like to make a memorial donation in memory of Sterling may do so to help defray his service expenses through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home and Cremation Services, P.O. Box 543, Halfway OR 97834. Online condolences may be made at

Harold Bell

Baker City, 1927-2018

Harold Clinton Bell, 90, of Baker, died Feb. 8, 2018, at his home, surrounded by his family.

A celebration of his life and a potluck will take place March 3 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Eagles Lodge, 2935 H St.

Harold was born on Feb. 21, 1927, to Clifford and Flo (Benson) Bell. He attended schools in Baker City. Harold went into the Navy at the age of 17 for four years and was a World War II veteran. He was very proud of putting his flag out on display every day.

Harold met Lela Wunder in 1950 and they later married on May 4, 1952, in Baker. Together they had three daughters, Connie, Carol and Colleen. Harold and Lela would have been married for 65 years.

Harold worked for Wooters OK Tire Store and Chet Smith Motors for several years. Later he worked for Poe Motors and as maintenance man for the Super 8 Motel.

Harold enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. He was an avid bowler and loved to read. He loved to watch his grandson Josh play football and his granddaughters, Haley and Kymberly, play softball. He enjoyed spending time with his grandson Harold on the sand dunes near North Bend. He also enjoyed his time with his great-grandchildren, Ashton and Ally, listening to their fun adventures and music programs and going to the local fair to watch Drew and Morgan.

Harold is survived by his children: Connie and her husband, John Robinson, and Carol Srack, all of Baker City, Colleen and Rod Boesch of North Bend, son, Keith Montgomery of Baker City, and daughter, Karen Kirkland of North Powder and their families; grandchildren, Haley and Dan Morris, Kymberly and Daniel Hansel, Josh and Michelle Srack, and Delena, Jessie, Shawn and Harold Boesch; great-grandchildren, Drew and Morgan Morris, Ashton and Ally Hansel, DeAnna, Dillion and Briana Mendenhall, Chelsey, Angela, Deegan, Donavon and Blakelyn Boesch; and many nieces and nephews.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Flo Bell; his wife, Lela, in 2016; his brothers, Ernest and Ralph Bell; his sister, Dorothea Pierson; his sister-in-law, Alta Fales; and his son-in-law, Pete Srack.

For those who would like to make a donation in memory of Harold the family suggests Heart ’NHome Hospice, Fraternal Order of Eagles 3456, or a charity of your choice through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home and Cremation Services, P.O. Box 543, Halfway OR 97834. Online condolences may be made at