Lois Bronson

Ironside, 1938-2018

Lois Marie (Affeld) Bronson, 79, of Ironside, died April 14, 2018, at Huntington.

A memorial will be held at a later date by the family.

Lois was born on Dec. 18, 1938, at Flint, Michigan, to Elmer and Irene Affeld. It was after her 1957 graduation from Grant Union High School in Canyon City that she met Thomas Bronson. The two were wed on May 24, 1959, at John Day.

During their years together on their hay and cattle ranch in Ironside, Lois worked right alongside her husband and together they raised four children. Lois lived life to the fullest through her passions for cooking, gardening and reading.

Lois was a steadfast woman, facing many adversities of health during her life. She was diagnosed with cancer in the 1970s and defeated it despite the great odds. She also endured heart complications later in life, and amazed doctors with her persistence and speed of recovery. She was a fighter, and she leaves a legacy of strength.

Left to honor Lois and remember her love are her husband of 58 years, Thomas “Tom” Bronson of Ironside; her four children: TJ (JoAnn) Bronson of Ontario, Eric (Rhonda) Bronson of Huntington, Pete Bronson (Terri Presley) of Prineville, and April Bronson (Jim Walker) of Burns; 10 grandchildren, six grand “fur kids,” three great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Curtis Affeld.

Juanita Steele

Halfway, 1924-2018

Juanita (McFadden) Steele, 93, a longtime Halfway resident, died April 19, 2018.

A private interment will be held at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway.

Born to the late William and Minnie (Cullum) McFadden on June 26, 1924, at Carson, she spent her entire life in beautiful Pine Valley. She received her elementary education in a one-room schoolhouse and graduated from high school in Halfway in 1943. She married her longtime friend, Ladd, on Aug. 25, 1949. They enjoyed 61 years together. She also liked to crochet and knit.

Juanita is survived by her nephews, Terry Smith of Prineville, and Larry Smith and his wife, Gail, of Prineville; and her nieces, Kyra Smith of Portland and Michelle Smith of Sandpoint, Idaho.

Juanita was preceded in death by her first husband, Niles Goodwin, Jr.; a sister, Mary; and her husband, Ladd.

Those who would like to make a donation in memory of Juanita may do so to the charity of your choice through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home & Cremation Services, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834. Online condolences may be made at www.tamispinevalleyfuneralhome.com

Dorothy Thompson

Formerly of Halfway, 1957-2018

Dorothy Thompson, 60, of Nampa, Idaho, and formerly of Halfway, died Feb. 25, 2018, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Boise, surrounded by family after a long battle with multiple illnesses.

A graveside service will take place May 1 at 1 p.m. at the Richland Cemetery. Friends are invited to join the family for a potluck to follow at the Richland Grange Hall.

Dorothy Pauline Thompson was born on March 8, 1957, at Denver to Bertha (Peggy) Melchior and James Melchior. She graduated high school from Pine-Eagle High School in Halfway. Dorothy was married to Herman Thompson on May 1, 1993; they were married for 25 years.

Dorothy was a very kind and compassionate woman, she was always there for anyone needing a helping hand. Her life evolved around those of her children and grandchildren. She was very active in providing support and encouragement in all their activities including but not limited to sports, FFA, 4-H, Girl Scouts, band, speech and debate. Dorothy was not only a mother to her children, but also to the children of the neighborhood. She could always be counted on to help baby sit or just offer comforting words of advice or wisdom whenever needed. No one ever left her home without being made sure they had a full stomach and was plenty warm. Dorothy also loved to play bingo and could be found most every Friday evening at the VFW Hall trying her luck.

She is survived by her husband, Herman; her daughters, Dara Melchior, Christy Crews, Megan Marquez, Shelbi Thompson and Ida Thompson; her sisters, Sherry Downing and Pam Miller; multiple grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, James Melchior and Bertha (Peggy) Melchior; her son, Gary Roy Thompson; and her brothers, Gary and Jim Melchior.

For those who would like to make a donation in honor of Dorothy, the family suggests the Pine-Eagle Preschool in Halfway through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home and Cremation Services, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834. Dorothy’s family also wishes to thank the doctors and staff of St. Luke’s Hospital in Boise for their outstanding care and devotion, and Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home in Halfway for all their help and support during this most difficult time.

Online condolences may be made at www.tamispinevalleyfuneralhome.com

Charles ‘Charlie’ Clark

Formerly of Baker City, 1962-2018

Charles Maynard “Charlie” Clark, 55, of Astoria, a former Baker City resident, died April 11, 2018, at his home.

A service will take place May 5 at 11 a.m. at the Astoria United Methodist Church, 1076 Franklin Ave., followed by a reception.

Charlie was born on Nov. 7, 1962, at Rupert, Idaho, to Lawrence R. Clark and Marjorie J. Wight Clark. Charlie attended school in Baker City, graduating as a Baker Bulldog. He attended Blue Mountain Community College and transferred to Clatsop Community College where he received his associate of science degree in industrial mechanics technology. He always had a love for all things cars, especially the old ones.

When Charlie came to Astoria, he fell in love with the town — the views, the history and the people. He vowed to live his life there and did so.

Charlie worked hard all his life and took pride in his work. He pumped gas, detailed cars, painted houses, landscaped and provided janitorial services.

Charlie was an artist who created out of odds and ends, nature and his imagination. He was an entertainer who kept the family laughing at holidays with his humor, directed at himself and at life’s daily events. He will be missed. When he wasn’t working, he served his church, Astoria United Methodist, which he considered his family. He was most proud of being a trustee.

Charlie is survived by his mother, Marjorie; his sister, Shawn (Mike); his brother, Mike (Kathy); many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews and their families.

He was preceded in death by his father, Lawrence; and a brother, Kent.

John McLean

Huntington, 1949-2018

John Wilson McLean, 68, of Huntington, died April 13, 2018, at Payette, Idaho.

A celebration of his life will take place in the fall with family and friends.

John was born on April 19, 1949, at Weiser, Idaho, to John (Jack) and Lucille McLean. He lived in Huntington all his life and attended all grades at Huntington School, graduating in 1968. He worked as a teen for Harold Hursh on the Hursh Ranch. After graduating he worked for Wayne Jensen, then for Bubb Motors. Part of his job for Mr. Bubb was driving the school bus, which gave him the opportunity to watch all sporting events, which included the years that Huntington High School won all the state championship football games.

He went to work at Lime for the Oregon Portland Cement Company in the early 1970s as a machinist, later moving with the company to the Ash Grove Cement Plant in Durkee, and retiring from there in 2006. John was also a longtime volunteer fireman for Huntington and served as fire chief for a time.

In 1967 he married Shelley Denton. Together they had two sons: John and Jerry. They divorced after 10 years of marriage. He later married Cindy Vermillion and they later divorced. For many years he has shared his life with his longtime companion, Cathy McCallum.

John enjoyed his family and friends along with hunting, fishing, cars and his motorcycles (especially his Harleys). He went on bike trips with his cousin, Jimmy, and his wife, Carla, and friend, Rod Rainey, along with other friends who enjoyed motorcycles. He was also very proud of his Scottish heritage.

John is survived by his sons, John R. McLean and Jerry D. McLean of Huntington; his companion, Cathy McCallum of Payette; his brother, Doug McLean of Astoria, sister-in-law, Dorrance McLean of Tracy, California, sister and brother-in-law, Codie and Charlie Simpson of Huntington; brother, Walter McLean of Baker City; sister, Nancy Garhart of Helena, Montana; brother, Ken McLean of Parma, Idaho; sister, Barbara Carpenter of Island City; along with many nieces, nephews and cousins, and his lifelong friend, Larry Marshall.

John was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Jack McLean and Ed McLean; and his nephew, Bill McLean.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

Casey Wendt

Baker City, 1990-2018

Casey Tanner “Carlos” Wendt, 27, of Baker City, died April 22, 2018.

His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Baker Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane. There will be a reception afterward at the church. Burial will be at the Haines Cemetery.

He was born on Oct. 5, 1990, at La Grande to Clint Wendt and Monette Chappel of Haines. He attended Powder Valley School and Walla Walla Community College. He married Dusty Wendt and was employed by the Chandler Hereford Ranch.

Carlos was a member of the state champion basketball team, 4-H and FFA and he played football.

He was a dreamer and a protector, his family said. His proudest achievement was being a husband and father, and the best friend, brother, uncle and son anyone could ask for, his family said.

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