Baker City, 1946-2019
Walter McLean, 73, of Baker City, died March 19, 2019, at his home.
His graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Mount Hope Cemetery in Baker City.
Walter James McLean was born on Jan. 16, 1946, at Ontario to John and Lucille McLean. He was raised and educated at Huntington, graduating high school in 1963.
It was while he was still in high school that he met his first wife, Carol Elain Thurston. Together they had three sons. They later divorced.
Walter tried his hand at marriage four additional times, each ending in divorce, but he gained new stepchildren and extended families that enriched his life and who he loved dearly.
Walter spent his career working as a carman and as a switchman for the Union Pacific Railroad, from which he later retired. This career path led him to live in many different places, including Pocatello, Idaho, and North Little Rock, Arkansas, but he always found his way home to either Huntington or Baker City.
Walter enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing. He also liked trading collectibles. He will be remembered for being a kind man with a big heart.
Walter was preceded in death by his sons, William and Brian McLean; and brothers, John and Ed McLean.
Survivors include his son, Brett McLean; daughter, Victoria Mclean; brother, Kenneth; sisters, Cody Simpson, Nancy Garhart and Barbara Carpenter; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the All Inclusive Playground (checks should be made payable to Baker City) through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home and Cremation Services, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834. Online condolences may be made at www.tamispinevalleyfuneral
Baker City, 1942-2019
Sandra Alberta Osborne, 76, of Baker City, died March 21, 2019, at her residence.
Her memorial service took place Tuesday, with a reception immediately following, all at Coles Tribute Center in Baker City. Pastor John Goodyear officiated.
Sandra was born on July 31, 1942, in Wasco County, to Forrest Albert Lutz and Winifred Louise (Graves) Lutz. She graduated from Baker High School in 1961 and then went on to attend Link’s Business School, graduating in 1963.
Sandra married Ronald Osborne on Dec. 5, 1992, at Baker City. She worked as a caregiver until her retirement from Step Forward Activities in 2017.
Sandra was a rescuer of animals, puzzle master, gardener, and voracious reader. She loved cooking with new recipes, card games and travelling.
She was a member of the Church of Christ, Elks Lodge, Best Friends of Baker, and the Baker Food Co-Op. Her many accomplishments include raising four beautiful children, owning and operating Buddy’s Dog Wash, being a devoted member of the PT Cruiser Club and being highly involved in Best Friends of Baker City.
Survivors include her sister, Judith Lutz of Baker City; daughters, Anne Marie Roberts of Baker City and Robin Black of McKinley, Texas; sons, Jerry Highley (Tawny) of San Diego and Joe Highley; daughter-in-law, Rachael Nickens of Baker City; and grandchildren: Caeley Black, Brennan Black, Elizabeth Highley, Taylor Highley and Emma Highley.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Winifred and Bert Lutz; husband, Ronald Osborne; granddaughter, Elizabeth Highley; brother, Charles Lutz; and sisters, Patricia Lutz-Catterall and Margret Lutz-Morby.
Memorial contributions may be made to Best Friends of Baker City through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
To light a candle in memory of Sandra, or to leave a condolence for the family, go to www.colestributecenter