Baker City, 1926-2019
James William Coleman, 92, of Baker City, died May 31, 2019, at his home.
A private family interment will take place on Saturday, June 15.
A celebration of life service will take place, also on June 15, at 2 p.m. at the Baker United Methodist Church, 1919 Second St. Pastor Lisa Payton of the church will officiate.
Jim was born on Oct. 21, 1926, at Conrad, Montana, the sixth of seven children born to Charles Frances and Rosa Ienath (Sausen) Coleman. He grew up on the family farm next to the Marias River, attending the Riverside School.
Jim served his country in the Korean War with the 24th Infantry Division. He served in Korea on the front lines defending the 38th parallel from March of 1951 until December of 1951. He earned the Bronze Star medal and was wounded three times, receiving a Purple Heart and two Oak Leaf Clusters.
After his honorable discharge from the service he returned home to Montana where he lived and worked until 1954 when he and his best friend, Bob Croucher, decided to restore a bus and see the United States. They were on their return trip to Montana when the bus broke down at Huntington, Oregon.
Jim and Bob went to work for Fred Couzens in Rye Valley. This is where he met and married Faye Frisco in 1955. They spent the first year of their marriage in Ketchikan, Alaska, before moving back to Oregon, finally residing in Baker City.
Jim worked as an equipment operator at Oregon Portland Cement until his retirement in 1980. Faye preceded Jim in death in 1986.
He met and married Beverly Short in 1989. They spent most of their time traveling to Yuma, Arizona, in the winter with the rest of the year living in Baker.
Jim loved the outdoors of Baker County, spending most summer days camping and fishing with family. He, his son-in-law and grandson enjoyed their numerous elk and deer hunting adventures. Jim was famous for his water-witching expertise and his talent of turning a simple piece of wood into a work of art with his carving talent. He also spent many hours restoring a 1941 Chevrolet pickup truck and a 1949 Willys Jeep.
Jim is survived by his wife, Beverly Coleman of Baker City; his sister, Mary Davis of Long Creek; his daughter, Rose Guyer (Don) of Baker City; his stepchildren, Becky Mink (Harvey Cannon) of Sunriver, Kelly Short of Salem, and Jim Short (Denise) of Holly, Michigan; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; and six stepgreat-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
To light a candle in memory of Jim or to leave a condolence for his family, go to www.colestributecenter.com
Norman Myers, 91, a longtime Halfway resident, died May 31, 2019, of natural causes.
A traditional funeral, officiated by the Masons, VFW Post No. 7847 and a military honor guard, will take place Tuesday, June 11, at 11 a.m. at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway.
Norman served in the Army Air Force as a young man, where he worked in the photo lab in Occupied Japan after World War II. He worked for Boeing Air in the 1950s and then spent the remainder of his working life self-employed as a mechanic, real estate agent and doer of many things! There wasn’t much Norman couldn’t fix or repair.
Norm was active in the Masonic Temple and the VFW Post No. 7847 in Halfway, working through the ranks alongside his much loved and respected father-in-law, Hensley Pritchard. Norm enjoyed traveling with his wife, Neta, and they had many trips to interesting places that usually ended up passing through Reno, Nevada, where Norm always enjoyed a little recreational time with the one-armed bandit.
Norm spent his last eight years in Baker City, and until recently could be seen driving daily to downtown Baker City and often having lunch with his grandson, Karmen, and other friends.
Norm is survived by his son, Ty Myers; his daughter, Dee Myers, and son-in-law, Lester O’Dell; his grandsons, Liberty and Karmen O’Dell; his brothers, Carl and Dutch; as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita “Neta” Pritchard Myers; his parents, Cope and Georgia Myers; and his brothers, Fred, Cope “Big Babe” and David.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the Shriners Hospitals for Children 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