Baker City, Oregon
Marvin Harold “Marty” Hagenbuch, 72, of Baker City, died Oct. 14, 2004.
His graveside service was at 2 p.m. today at Mount Hope Cemetery. The Rev. Lennie Spooner officiated. There was a reception afterward at the Baker City Church of the Nazarene Fellowship Hall, 1250 Hughes Lane.
Marty was born on Sept. 27, 1932, at Northampton County, Pa., to Paul M. and Ruth O. Kester Hagenbuch. He grew up in “Pennsylvania Dutch” country and was very proud of his German heritage.
After graduating from high school in Pennsylvania, Marty served in the U.S. Air Force, which led to a career with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). That work led him out West.
His work brought him and his first wife, Verna, from Burns to Baker in 1971. He worked at the Baker Airport in the maintenance department, mostly communications, weather and navigation, keeping all of the “technical stuff” operating correctly.
At that time the FAA had radar sites on Dooley Mountain. When maintenance at the site was required he rode a Snow Cat up to work on the equipment. After retiring from the FAA, Marty sold wholesale fishing supplies. He traveling all over to different stores.
Marty’s first wife died in 1984 and he married Anna L. Smith Duncan on Feb. 14, 1992. Marty was a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He was an avid gardener and spent many years taking meticulous care of his yard and his many flower beds for as long as his health would allow.
He was a good neighbor and friend, always willing to help however he could. Marty loved his wife and family deeply and will be sorely missed by those left behind.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Verna.
Survivors include his wife, Anna; a stepson, Rodney Duncan; many friends; and two brothers, Jack and Bruce, and a sister, Phyllis, all of Pennsylvania.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Northeast Oregon Compassion Center through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, October 22, 2004
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor