Robert Snyder

Formerly of Baker City, 1954-2019

Robert Dean Snyder, 64, a former Baker City resident, died Jan. 3, 2019, in Portland after a long illness.

A memorial for Bob will be held at a later date, and any contributions in his name and honor should go to the Shriners Hospital that is closest to you.

Bob was born on July 28, 1954, at Grande Ronde Hospital in La Grande, and he lived in Elgin until November 1959 when the family moved to Baker.

Bob’s childhood and life were changed forever in June 1958 when he lost his left leg as the result of lawnmower accident. Bob spent a lot of his early childhood and elementary school years at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Portland where he learned to cope with and overcome his disability.

Bob moved to Astoria not long after graduating high school, and he worked for Crown Zellerbach Corporation in Astoria until moving to Portland in the early 1980s where he stayed for the remainder of his life.

He will be missed by those who grew up with him and knew him best.

He is survived by his daughter, Sareena Nunez, and her children, Ava and Miles, of New Orleans; his brother, Lonny, of Hayden, Idaho; his nephews, Rick Snyder of La Grande, and Ryan and Nick Snyder of Hayden, Idaho.

Bob was preceded in death by both of his parents and his brother, Rick Snyder of La Grande.

Sharlene Cole

Baker City, 1932-2019

Sharlene Ann (Neumann, Valeen, Montgomery) Cole, 86, of Baker City, died Jan. 11, 2019, at her home.

A memorial service will take place later, with the time and date to be announced.

Sharlene Ann Cole was born on Aug. 7, 1932, at Kalamazoo, Michigan, to Dorothy Ollie Neumann.

Sharlene did a lot of traveling as a child. She moved to Oregon from California when she was eight years old and has lived in Oregon ever since. She attended school at Pilot Rock, a small community outside of Pendleton.

It was there that she met her first husband, Vernon E. Montgomery, in 1947, with whom she had two children: Robert V. Montgomery of Harpster, Idaho, and Brenda Lee Montgomery-Dickison of Baker City.

After the marriage with Mr. Montgomery was dissolved, Sharlene met her second husband, Raymond George Cole, in a logging camp where she was staying with her two children at the time. They fell in love and were married on April 3, 1953, at Pendleton.

They went on to have four child ren from that marriage which lasted a good lon g 46 years, with son Randy R. Cole, son Rance Everett Cole, who died of complications shortly after birth, son Richard Andrew Cole, and Elizabeth Ollie Cole-Thompson, who lived with Sharlene for these last five years at her home in Baker City, serving also in the last two years as her loving caretaker.

Sharlene was a born-again Christian and loved the Lord with all her heart. As a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Baker City for many years, she and Jack supported both individual missionaries as well as mission work in general. She and Jack Cole were also very involved in visiting the New Tribes missionary group stationed north of Baker City, when they came to her town, and supporting them in their world mission vision.

Sharlene greatly enjoyed and excelled at creating a loving home for her family. This included extensive yard work, planting and maintaining a large garden each year, hunting with her husband during deer and elk season, as well as mining gold on the 20-acre patented family gold mine on Elk Creek, south of Baker City, which her parents had acquired.

Speaking of Elks, she and her husband were members of both the Veterns of Foreign Wars and Elks clubs in Baker City. She kept in shape by being a member of TOPS, a popular weight loss program, where she also rose through the years in awarded recognition.

As a mother who spent hours in the kitchen cooking and baking — sometimes up to 40 loaves of bread, rolls, doughnuts, pies and cakes and more, a large portion of which landed in the freezer for the family to draw from as needed — Sharlene also added another recipient to her baking regimen… the Baker City Fire Department.

After a fire in an adjoining shop threatened to destroy part of the Coles’ renovated and rebuilt home, the fire department responded to the emergency and was able to put it out just in time. This happened twice. In overwhelming gratitude, Sharlene then took it upon herself to deliver fresh baked bread, pies and other goods to the firehouse after every baking session.

As if that did not ke ep her busy enough, she was also an Avon representative for 18 years, which allowed her to find and keep friendships and acquaintances throughout the community. She also owned and ran the Paper Book Exchange for five years — which her family believes was just a way to feed her voracious reading habits.

Speaking of reading, she spent her latter years, when the body was not able to move as easily, literally consuming mystery and murder books, including true life and historical novels with every waking moment. Another time-consuming habit that she practiced for over 40 years was that of writing a detailed journal every single day of the year, rarely missing an entry.

Besides her five children, she is survived by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren and a special friend, Dagmar Cole.

She was preceded in death by her son, Rance E. Cole (infant death); her parents, Dorothy Ollie Neumann, Valeen, Eckleberry; her father, Howard P. Valeen and stepfather, Malcom Frank Eckleberry; and her husband of 47 years, Raymond G. Cole, who died June 4, 1999.

Her life verse was Philippians 1:6, “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Her favorite color(s) were red and black, with her favorite flower being the rose. Her motto was simply to try and “live for the Lord,” doing her best to represent him with her life.

Any donations made in her honor should be directed to Heart ’N Home Hospice or the McEwen Fellowship in Sumpter through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home & Cremation Services, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834. Online condolences may be made at