Jean Alexander

Baker City, 1929-2018

Jean Alexander, 88, of Baker City, died April 1, 2018, at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise.

Graveside services will be scheduled later, tentatively in mid-June, at Monroe, Washington.

Jean Ellen Chaffee was born on Dec. 29, 1929, under a full moon to Ivan and Junietta Chaffee at Monroe, Washington.

She grew up and married Lloyd Temple in Snohomish, Washington, in 1947, and together they had three children. Jean later married Les Johnsen.

One of Jean’s recurring career roles was in caregiving. Working at Sitka Pioneer Home from 1958 to 1962 shaped not only Jean’s life, but her children’s as well. Tina recalls, “We spent many hours with her on her rounds after school, we loved it!”

Jean called herself a gypsy, as she frequently traveled, moved and wandered. She lived in Washington, Alaska and Oregon, with many moves in each state. Jean spent the last 10 years of her life in Baker County, near her youngest daughter.

Jean loved thrift shops, yard sales, dolls, teddy bears and crocheting blankets for the family. She was extremely proud of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and reveled in the fact each generation was smarter. Jean labeled herself a “Christian plus” as the Baha’i faith intrigued her as much as the Christian teachings.

Jean was pragmatic, enigmatic, uniquely, authentically and unapologetically herself. She did not have a favorite of the seasons and loved them all equally. However, the full moon had great significance for her entire life making it so remarkable that she was born on and left on a full moon.

Jean is survived by her daughters: Ann Sharee and her husband, Rufus Sprague of Sun City, Arizona, Tina Lloydene and her husband, Rob Hill of Halfway; her sister, Dolores Davis of Burlington, Washington; her grandchildren: Rufus and Tahirih Sprague of Algona, Washington, DeOle and Kalleagh Hill of Clovis, New Mexico, Brandi Raeburn-Hill and Chris Smith of Auburn, Washington; her great-grandchildren: Sena, Steffan and BreeAnna Sprague and Maddison Feeney of Algona, Washington, Ashlyn and Timbre Hill of Clovis, New Mexico, Willow and Arwen Raeburn, and Benjamin Smith, all of Auburn, Washington; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jean was preceded in death by first husband, Lloyd Temple, and her second husband, Les Johnsen; her son, Ralph Walter Temple; and her brothers, Richard “Dickie” and Alan Chaffee.

For those who would like to make a memorial donation in Jean’s honor, the family suggests St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Centers Palliative Care Unit through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home & Cremation Services, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834. Online condolences may be made at www.tamispine

John Hardwick

Baker City, 1935-2018

John Hardwick, 82, a longtime Baker City resident, died April 3, 2018, at Ashley Manor in Baker City.

Per his request, there will be no funeral.

John was born on Nov. 11, 1935, at Baker to James and Edna Hardwick. He graduated from Baker High School in 1953. He never married, and lived most of his life in Baker City.

John went to work for Western Union right out of high school, taking two years out to serve our country in the Army Signal Corps from 1958 to 1960. When he returned to Western Union he was a relief manager and retired in 1985.

John traveled a lot with his job, but was always happy to return to his home in Baker.

John loved the out of doors, and he enjoyed hunting, fishing and picking huckleberries.

At Christmas time he enjoyed making caramels and delivering them to his friends and family. Another hobby was working in his woodshop. He made small heart boxes, desks, tables and jewelry boxes. Many of the small heart boxes were donated to the Baker Heritage Museum for fundraising.

Roses were John’s favorite flowers — he had many bushes around his home.

John was a 55-year member of the Baker Elks Lodge 338, a life member of the Baker Heritage Museum and was a member of the Friends of the Museum Board in 2012. John also loved to support the Easter Egg Hunt, and for many years he donated anonymously to benefit children of his community. His hard work, dedication and love for his community earned him the Legacy Man of the Year award in 2016.

John was a very generous and loving man. If he knew you needed something he would try his best to get it for you. “We will all miss him very much!” his family said.

Some thoughts from John’s nephew Vince:

“My greatest memories were all the hunting and fishing trips he took me on. The fun and trouble I would get into when eating more huckleberries than I picked. A lot of memories around the holidays, candy making at Christmas and lighting all sorts of fireworks on the Fourth of July that he had collected on some of his business trips. John was so incredibly thoughtful and generous, words cannot explain. So grateful for all the memories the kids got to have with him; fishing and late night storytelling in the living room about the past and when he was growing up. We all will never forget him!”

John had many nieces and nephews who would have said many of the same things as Vince. The family was truly blessed to have John as long as we did.

John is survived by his sister, Sally Welter, and her husband, Roger, of Gresham; her sisters-in-law, Pamela Hardwick of La Grande and Helen Hardwick of Burns; and many nieces and nephews and their families.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Wandel and Edna Mae Hardwick; three brothers, Joe, Buck and Rocky, and one sister, Johanna Paddock.

For those who would like to make a memorial donation in honor of John, the family suggests the Baker Heritage Museum through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home & Cremation Services, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834. Online condolences may be made at