Carl Kostol

Baker City, 1922-2018

After living a very full and interesting 95 years, Carl Richard Kostol of Baker City died on March 14, 2018, in Baker City with his wife at his side. His sense of humor stayed with him to the very end.

The family will have a private interment at Mount Hope Cemetery with the Air Force Honor Guard. On Saturday, March 24, at noon his family invites you to a celebration of Carl’s life at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St. Bring a story to share!

Carl Richard Kostol was born on May 7, 1922, at Baker to Lars Severn Kostol and Millie Ricco Kostol. His sister, Edna Annette, joined the family seven years later. He spent his childhood attending Baker schools, and summers in the Prairie City area, working with his uncles on their ranches. He played football and basketball, skied, hunted and fished, and enjoyed the outdoor offerings of Eastern Oregon.

Carl joined the National Guard during high school and they were mobilized in the summer of 1940. He applied for pilot training in the Army Air Corps in 1942. By the end of his cadet training, he was certified to fly both P-38 fighter planes and B-25 bombers. He was eventually assigned to the 11th Bombardment Squadron, 341st Bombardment Group in the 14th Air Force (also known as the Reorganized Flying Tigers) and stationed at an airbase in Kweilin, China. Following 36 exciting and successful missions, Lt. Kostol’s plane was shot down after bombing the Kiukiang railroad yard on the Shanghai River. Over the next 30 days, Chinese guerillas escorted him 200 miles through Japanese territory and another 250 miles to his squadron at Kweilin.

Carl was awarded the Purple Heart for a battle wound, an Air Medal, and the Distinguished Flying Cross with two oak leaf clusters. He was honorably discharged from the Air Force in 1944.

Carl attended the University of Washington. At an Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity/sorority exchange, he met a young Chi Omega coed, Virginia Lee Benson of Hoquiam, Washington. He then attended medical school at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Carl and Virginia carried on a long distance courtship until she graduated. They were married in 1949, and she joined him in Quebec as he finished medical school. His residency was completed at Providence Hospital in Portland in 1953 and they moved to Baker to begin his medical practice by joining Dr. Palmer McKim at the Baker Clinic.

Their first son, Carl Steven Kostol, was born that same year, followed in regular intervals by Teresa, Cristyn and Lars (known as Casey as a child). In the late 1960s Carl, along with Palmer’s son, Robert McKim, and Menzie “Kim” McKim, built a new office building on Pocahontas Road and practiced there until his retirement in 1982.

As a general practitioner, Carl provided medical care to many families in Baker County, delivering babies, making house calls, and taking his rotation in the emergency room at St. Elizabeth Hospital. He counted many of the nuns not only as colleagues, but also as friends. He served on the Oregon Board of Medical Examiners, Baker County Parks Board, Salvation Army Advisory Board, and Baker City Airport Commission. He did free Salvation Army camp physicals for children for 25 years.

Carl took health and fitness very seriously: he was a jogger before jogging was cool. He played basketball at the YMCA and North Baker School until he was 72. As a member of the “Old Timers,” he was famous for his orange “Wheaties” sweatshirt and his running set shot. He was one of the founders of the Anthony Lakes Ski Area, and developed many of the runs. He served as the president of the Anthony Lakes Corporation, and served on the board several terms. He remained an avid skier into his late 70s.

Carl fished all the local streams, rivers and reservoirs constantly, and was sought after for his fishing advice. He took an annual fishing trip to Montana with Bob Love and Jesse Himmelsbach for over 40 years. He tied his own flies, thousands of them, and gave them away freely. He hunted deer, elk and chukars with friends Boots Rode, Henry Stiltz and Jesse Himmelsbach, as well as his sons.

After retiring from the medical field, Carl took up golf. He and Virginia checked out every new golf course in Central Oregon, and played several times a week at the Baker Golf Club. They also traveled to Hawaii and California to get a little sun and golf each winter for 20 years. He attended the biennial 14th Air Force reunions until they ended, due to lack of surviving veterans. He was featured in OPB’s Oregon at War documentary about World War II.

Carl is survived by his wife of 68 years, Virginia; son Carl S. Kostol and his wife, Patricia, of Tigard, and their sons Brian and Keith; daughter Teresa Droessler and her husband, Justin, of New Brighton, Minnesota, and their children Amy Fritz and Mark Droessler; daughter Cristyn Kostol and her husband, John Marble of Crawfordsville, Oregon; son Lars Kostol and his wife, Carla Kostol of Medford, and their sons Casey and Kelly; great-grandchildren Cy and Isaiah Kostol; brothers-in-law Leonard Woski of Chehalis, Washington and Roger Meusborn of Yakima, Washington; Meusborn and Woski nieces throughout Washington state, and many Ricco cousins in the Prairie City area. His sister, Edna Meusborn, passed away just last year.

Carl was a wonderful husband, father, doctor, friend, outdoorsman, Baker County booster and always a gentleman. He decided the way he wanted his life to be, and he purposely created that life, making this community a better place while he was at it.

For those wishing to make a memorial contribution in Dr. Kostol’s memory, the family suggests The Salvation Army or the Baker County Historical Society. If one wishes to light a candle in memory of Dr. Kostol, go to

Helen Carter

Haines, 1929-2018

Helen Evelyn Carter, 88, of Baker City died on March 11, 2018, at Settler’s Park Assisted Living.

A celebration of her life will take place Saturday, April 7 at 1 p.m. at the Haines Baptist Church, 714 Cole St. at Haines.

Helen Evelyn Maxwell was born on Oct. 6, 1929, at the Bronx, New York, to Lawrence Victor Maxwell and Helen Julia (Socher) Maxwell, both of whom immigrated to America as infants; her father from Ireland and mother from Czechoslovakia. Helen was one of seven children.

Her family spoke Czech in the home as long as the grandparents were living. Eventually at their passing, and being compelled to speak only English in school, the language was lost.

The family moved from New York to what was to be the family farm at Deer Island, Oregon, when Helen was a young girl, and she had many fond memories of growing up there, enjoying occasional trips back for a walk down memory lane, with her husband and children, and most recently as a surprise 85th birthday present with her son, Mike, and older sister, Florence.

In Helen’s early teens the family moved to The Dalles, where she worked as a waitress and came to meet the love of her life, Jim Carter, a recently discharged 18-year-old World War II veteran who had lied about his age at 15 to enlist in the Army, and who served three years in Germany. Soft-spoken, and slightly arrogant, Jim took a shine to the pretty young waitress, and she took an immediate dislike to the smart and flirtatious soldier! She told the story his buddy bet him that he couldn’t get a date with her, but he did, and five months later they were married. They celebrated 50 years of marriage in 1997.

Helen and Jim raised two sons, Michael and Gregory, and one daughter, Stephanie, while Helen continued to work as a waitress, then later a caregiver, and always as a Sunday School teacher. In 1987 the couple moved to Haines where Jim’s father had grown up, making their mark on the community they had joined, first resurrecting a little green house in “downtown” Haines, then building a new place in the foothills of the Elkhorn Mountains, on the road they named Deerhaven, for the multitude of mule deer on the property.

Helen lost Jim to cancer in May of 2000, but she stayed on the country place they built together until 2011 when she moved back into Haines city limits, and the place they had planned for “their old age.” She continued working as a caregiver for many years, her family often bragging about how “Mom is 86, and she takes care of old people!” She was a joyful sight around the community of Haines and Baker in her little red Ford Courier pickup. Friends and neighbors looked forward to her, and looked out for her!

Helen took joy in her family and friends, she loved animals, her church, and charities; she loved to give of herself and what resources she had, she was generous, loving, kind and dedicated.

Operation Smile was her most beloved charity, what better way to share her own smile, than to help a child! She loved baking sugar cookies at Christmas time, and opening her home to the local bachelor fellows for holiday meals. Her passions were gardening, playing guitar and singing, and loving the Lord.

She is home, her family said.

Helen is survived by her son, Michael Carter of Salem; her daughter, Stephanie Carter and her partner, Don Dodson of Haines; her brother, Bob Maxwell and his wife, Jean, of The Dalles; her sisters, Florence Roberson of Tigard and Sharon Holt of Palm Beach, California; her grandchildren, Christine, Blue, James, Aerie, Jennifer, Kymberly, Bradley and Daniel; and several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Lawrence and Helen (Socher) Maxwell; her husband, Jim Carter; her son, Gregory Carter; her brothers, Walt and Ed Maxwell; her sister, Carolyn Douthit; and her daughter-in-law, Mary Buff Carter.

To light a candle for Helen or to leave a condolence for her family, go to www.grays