Gerold Strang

Formerly of Baker City, 1947-2019

Gerold Hurbert Strang, 71, formerly of Baker City, lost his battle with cancer and died peacefully at his home in Long Beach, California, with his family at his side.

His memorial service took place at the Green Hill Memorial Chapel in California, with the Elks and Navy personnel presiding. He was laid to rest at Green Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

Gerold was born on Dec. 24, 1947, at Hermiston to Charles Hurbert and Inez Strang. He lived in Umatilla and Hermiston until the family moved to Baker City in 1955. Gerold started school at Churchill School and finished his schooling in La Centura, California. After graduation he joined the U.S. Navy and was stationed in San Diego. He spent four years in the Navy, then went into the Naval Reserves where he remained for 22 years.

He then worked for Boeing as a machinist.

He met and married Billy Jean O’Niel, and they made their home in Long Beach, California.

Gerold was a fun-loving person who loved to play golf and was an excellent bowler. He was president of the Paramount Elks bowling league, setting up all the tournaments and traveling with the members.

Gerold is survived by his wife of 44 years, Billy Jean; his stepchildren, Marvin O’Niel, Penny O’Niel and Peggy Markow, and a grandson, Joseph Markow, all of California; his sisters, Martha Douglas, Audery Parker, Donna Netzel, Cecle Denman and her husband, Gordan, and Linda Brodbeck and her husband, Jim; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Dale Welter

Formerly of Baker City, 1944-2019

Dale Welter, 74, of Canyon City, and formerly of Baker City, died Feb. 1, 2019, at his home with Alice at his side.

Per his request there will not be a service.

C. Dale Welter was born on Sept. 15, 1944, at Baker City. He was raised and educated in Baker City, graduating from Baker High School in 1963. He married Karen Knee and together they raised one daughter, Debbie. Karen died in 1970.

Dale worked construction most all of his life and he served from 1965 to 1972 in the National Guard. He enjoyed time with his family, and golfing.

In 1990 Dale met Alice West in Canyon City. They enjoyed golfing and spending time together.

Dale is survived by his companion of 30 years, Alice West; his daughter, Debbie, and her husband, Randy VanReken; two grandchildren and his brother, Roger Welter.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Karen; his parents, Cliff and Bea Welter; and his brother, Mike Welter.

Those who would like to make a memorial donation in memory of Dale may do so to Blue Mountain Home Health or Blue Mountain Hospice through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home & Cremation Services, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834. Online condolences may be made at

‘Bobby’ Buxton

Baker City, 1951-2019

Robert “Bobby” Buxton, 67, of Baker City, died Jan. 31, 2019, at his home surrounded by his family.

A celebration of his life and potluck reception will take place Saturday, Feb. 23, at 4:30 p.m. at the Baker Eagles Lodge, 2935 H St.

Robert Dean “Buck” was born Feb. 25, 1951, at home in Richland to LeRoy “Boots” and Verda Buxton. Bobby received his education in Richland until his junior year where attended school in Burns. He completed his senior year at St. Francis Academy in Baker City, graduating in 1969.

Bobby met Carolyn Molyneaux when they were classmates in high school. They married and together had one son. They later divorced.

Bobby married Sherry Buxton on June 17, 1995, in the backyard of their home in Baker City. He often said that was a red-letter day. The day was not only memorable because it was their wedding anniversary, but because it was also the day before Sherry’s birthday, and she didn’t want him to forget.

Bobby worked for the Oregon Department of Transportation for 30 years, retiring in 2003. He then worked for Gresham Transfer, Kerns Rainbow Ranch and for himself.

Bobby was one of the first members of the Eagles Club No. 3456 in Baker. He was a member of the band The Countrymen, which included Terry Speelman and Danny Buxton. They played country music at the Eagles and other venues making memories that he reveled in.

Bobby was an avid outdoorsman who adored the mountains. He loved hunting, fishing, four-wheeling, camping, mushrooming and picking huckleberries. Bobby had a green thumb and he took pride in growing roses and hot peppers.

Bobby was an excellent metal fabricator. He enjoyed any project that required welding or metal work, no matter the challenge. He had a sweet tooth for his wife’s thick chocolate cake and banana cream pie. He never knew a stranger and was a friend to all helping anyone who needed help. Bobby also had a very wicked sense of humor and a twinkle in his eyes. He would often say, “If you need it, go get it!”

He was preceded in death by his parents, LeRoy and Verda Buxton; his siblings, Baby Buxton, Verda Darlene Fuller, Cherral LaDonne Spurgeon, Richard LeRoy “Dickie” Buxton, William Frank “Billy” Buxton and Danny Ray Buxton.

Bobby is survived by his wife of 23 and ¾ years, Sherry Buxton of Baker City; his son, Jeffery Dean Buxton of Baker City; his stepson, Paul T Karp of Wisconsin; his sister, Colleen Quinton of Baker City, and his sister and brother-in-law, Rhonda and Joe Stubbs of Baker City; numerous nieces and nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; special and close friend, Terry Fosbeck; and Bobby’s faithful Schnauzer compani on, Tasha Joy Bell.

Bobby’s family would like to thank Heart ’N Home Hospice for the excellent care and support they received from Melissa, Seth and Heather. The kindness, the gentleness and the overall goodness was greatly appreciated.

For those who would like to make a donation in memory of Bobby, the family requests donations be made to help defray funeral expense through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home & Cremation Services, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834. Online condolences may be made at