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Hearing, Sam L. – Obituary

Sam Hearing 74, Native of Haines Sam L. Hearing, 74, of 1112 Washington St., Vernonia, former mayor and city recorder for the City of Vernonia, died Saturday in a Portland Hospital. Mr. Hearing was born and raised at Haines in Baker County. He was the youngest of 13 children of Sam P. and Susan Hearing. His grandparents came to Baker County at the time of the Civil War. Mr. Hearing came to Portland in 1928, where he was manager of a Safeway store, and in 1935 moved to Vernonia in that position. In 1938 he started his own store which is now owned and operated by his son. He gave up the store in 1945 and began his own insurance agency. Mr. Hearing became mayor of Vernonia in 1939 and served until 1951. He then resigned to become the city recorder, a job he held until he retired in 1959. He was a member of Vernonia Masonic Lodge 184, Nehalem Chapter, Order of Eastern Star; Vernonia Lodge No. 246, IOOF; Mt. Heart Rebekah Lodge, and Oregon Trailer club. Survivors include his wife, Eva; two daughters, Mrs. Clair (Virginia) Ewart, Ashland, and Mrs. Wilfred (Evelyn) Holce, Vernonia; a son Sam T., Vernonia; a brother, Earl M., Corvallis; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Evangelical Church in Vernonia. Interment was in Vernonia Memorial Cemetery. The Record Courier, Baker City, OR, Thursday, 30 October 1969, Page 5. Contributed by: Robert C....

Reed, Sarah E. Graham Mrs. – Obituary

Sarah E. Reed, 79, a Richland native, died Feb. 2, 1981, in Scappoose, where she had lived for the past three years. Mrs. Reed was born April 8, 1901, the daughter of Albert K. and Sarah C. Graham. Survivors include a son, Norman L. Wirth of New Orleans; a daughter, Avis A. Corley of Baker; a sister, Inez J. Wirth of Baker; two brothers, Albert K. Graham of Squim, WA., and Eldon E. Graham of Chico, CA.; eight grandchildren, six great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son, Dan D. Wirth, who was killed in WWII, and three brothers and four sisters. The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, February, 1981 Contributed by: Belva...

Taylor, Lyle – Obituary

Lyle L. Taylor, 75, of Vernonia, and former Baker City resident, died April 8, 1999, at the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland. Memorial services will be at 2 pm Sunday, May 2 at the Vernonia Evangelical Bible Church 967 State Street in Vernonia with Pastor Grant Williams will officiating. Interment will be private. Mr. Taylor was born July 14, 1923, in Haines, to Marion Henry and Arila Viola Shadley Taylor. He was raised and received his education in the communities of Haines and Klamath Falls. Mr. Taylor was a member of the Madesi Indian Tribe, a splinter tribe for the Pit River Tribe. He was a Veteran of WWII, having served in the U.S. Navy. On June 4, 1945, he was united in marriage to Elsie Nice in Baker City. They celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary this past June. Following their marriage, they made their home in Baker City until 1962, when they moved to Sherwood. In 1978, they moved to Jewell, where they lived for eight years until moving to Vernonia in 1986. As a young man, Mr. Taylor worked on the farm for his uncle. He later worked for Overhead Door Co. as well as farming. After moving to Jewel!, he farmed and raised cattle and sheep. He continued to raise cattle and sheep after they moved to their home in Vernonia. He enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, and was a bit of a rockhound. He enjoyed watching rodeos as he enjoyed riding horses as a young man. He liked to travel, esp. taking the bus to “Pucker Brush, NV.” He had a special place in his...

Sterns, John Austin – Obituary

Offers for the dead, followed by a requiem Mass, will be offered Monday, February 25, 9:30 a.m., for John Austin Sterns, 10256 S.E. 41st Court, Milwaukie, Oregon. Vault interment will follow at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland. Peake’s Memorial Chapel 1925 Scott St., Milwaukie, Oregon, is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Sterns was born in Baker on March 27, 1914. He died February 21 in a Milwaukie area hospital. Mr. Sterns lived in Baker until 1953 when he moved to St. Helen’s where he lived five years. In 1958 he moved to Medford and to Milwaukie two years later. He had been a pharmacist since 1939 and for the past years was employed by Hudley-Draper Drug Co. of Oregon City. He was married to June Metcalf at Baker on July 30, 1945. During World War II he served as Chief pharmacist’s mate. He is survived by his wife, June, Milwaukie; two sons, John B., Eugene, Oregon, and David L., Milwaukie; a daughter, Mary Kay, Milwaukie, and a sister, Mrs. Marge Kuder, Centralia, Washington. Those who wish may contribute to the Oregon Cancer Society. Source: Baker Democrat Herald, Baker City, Oregon, February 23, 1974, page 2 Contributed by: Sue...

Wicks, Albert G. – Obituary

Albert G. Wicks, 100, of Warren, a former Baker City resident, died Feb. 24, 2005, at Warren. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitations will be until 6 o’clock tonight at Gray’s West & Co. Albert was born on Sept. 21, 1904, at Hereford. He was the third child of Arrie Jane Osborn and Jasper E. Wicks. Albert’s father and grandfather, Henry M. Wicks, traveled to Oregon by covered wagon and homesteaded property in the Hereford area. Albert lived for many years in the Baker City area. As a young man he worked for his uncle, Jeff Phillips of Wingville. He later worked for John Rouse at Unity, Fred Phillips at Keating and Harlin Wendt at Baker City. During World War II he worked as a welder at the Swan Island Shipyard in Portland. He later worked on the construction of the Bliss Dam in Idaho. After Albert’s retirement from ranching, he made his home with his eldest son at Tigard and Warren. He was active in raising a large vegetable garden until 1999 when the infirmities of age kept him more confined to the house. He was a member of the Church of the Nazarene. Survivors include five children, Ronald, Clayton, Margaret, Wayne and Joyce; 32 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters; two brothers; three wives, Effie, Lola and Imogene; three stepchildren, Homer, Raymond and Betty; step granddaughter, Kimberly; and a great-great-grandson, Christopher. Used with...

Marvin, Frances E. “Fran” Lungberg Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Frances E. “Fran” Marvin, 79, a longtime Baker City resident, died June 5, 2004, at her home. A memorial Mass will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets in Baker City. Rev. Robert C. Irwin will celebrate the Mass. Following the services everyone is invited to the Parish Hall at the church for a luncheon. Mrs. Marvin was born June 30, 1924, at Sturgis, S.D., the daughter of Carl Melvin and Lida Elizabeth (Sheldon) Lungberg. In 1943 she graduated from high school in St. Helens. She married Gilbert “Gib” Marvin in St. Helens on Sept. 4, 1948. Mrs. Marvin worked for the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest in budget and finance, retiring in 1986. She also worked for Pioneer Bank part-time, retiring in January 2004. She is survived by her husband Gib Marvin of Baker City; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Sharlene Marvin of Clackamas; daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Gordon Eichman of Centennial, Colo.; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; a sister, Bess Riggs of St. Helens; a brother, Tim Lungberg of St. Helens; sisters and brothers-in-law, Violet and Robert Hoyt of Longview, Wash., and Donna and Bill Goodwin of St. Helens; a brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Marilyn Lungberg of Puyallup, Wash.; and by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Sally and Dorothy; and by a brother, Carl. Contributions in her memory may be made to Pathway Hospice through the Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, June...

Schwirse, Harold Joseph – Obituary

Oxbow, Oregon Harold Joseph Schwirse, 79, died on Saturday, June 26, 2004, at Oxbow. Hal had enjoyed coming to the Snake River area, long before Copperfield park was a park. A celebration of Hal’s life was held at St. Helens on Thursday, July 1, 2004. Arrangements are under the direction of Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home. Used with permission from: The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, July 2004 Transcribed by: Belva...

Shoemaker, Mark D. “Monk” – Obituary

Haines, Oregon Mark D. “Monk” Shoemaker, 65, a longtime St. Helens resident, died Dec. 21, 2003, of natural causes. At the family’s request, disposition was by cremation. No service is planned. Mark was born on March 27, 1938, at Toppenish, Wash., to Marcus T. and Lorraine V. Embrey Shoemaker. He attended grade schools at Hermiston, where he lived a large part of his life. He was a 1957 Hermiston High School graduate and later moved to Coquille and then to the Myrtle Point area where he went to work for Roseburg Lumber Co. for several years. In the mid-1960s, Mark moved to St. Helens where he broke ground for the Trojan Nuclear Plant. He worked there for about 30 years for the Laborers Local Union 320, where he was well-known and respected. He moved to Haines in 1999 after he retired. He enjoyed the outdoors, seeing the snow-covered mountains, being in the fresh air and being closer to the Snake River, where he enjoyed fishing. He also enjoyed deer and elk hunting each season with friends and family. Mark loved gardening and going to the mountains to pick mushrooms. He enjoyed trips to the coast to visit his family, especially during Easter time. He loved to hide the Easter eggs and watch his grandchildren hunt for them. And he enjoyed picking bouquets of daffodils. Mark was involved with his senior citizen neighbors and enjoyed his newly found friends. He was said to be their adoptive son — a son who always had a smile, joke or wave for anyone who passed by. Survivors include a son, Mark Shoemaker; two...

Watkins, Patricia Joe Frey Mrs. – Obituary

Patricia Joe Watkins, 76, of St. Helens, a former Baker City resident, died March 18, 2003, at St. Vincent Hospital in Portland. At her request, there will be no funeral. Patricia was born on April 3, 1926, at Baker City to Frank and Neni Eddy Frey. She attended schools at Austin, Baker City and Prairie City and was a 1943 graduate of Prairie City High School. She married Donald Leslie Watkins in 1946. She had been a resident of St. Helens since 1960. She worked for many years at the Bank of St. Helens and Western Bank at St. Helens as a bookkeeper. She was a member of the Eastern Star. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Donald, who died on April 18, 1996. Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Dorothy Watkins and Linden and Rebecca Watkins, all of St. Helens; two sisters, Margaret McConnell and Barbara Rush; and three grandchildren, Jake, Mitch and Kristy Watkins. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Hemophilia Society or the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital at Portland. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, March 24, 2003 Transcribed by: Belva...

Miller, C Jack- Obituary

Baker City, Oregon C. Jack Miller, 86, a longtime Baker City resident, died Feb. 19, 2003, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. His memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Coles Funeral Home. Pastor Susan Barnes of the First Presbyterian Church will officiate. The service will conclude in the chapel. Friends and family are invited to the Rogers Hall at the First Presbyterian Church, 1995 Fourth St., for a time of fellowship and sharing after the service. Private interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Mr. Miller was born at Pilot Rock on July 30, 1916. He was raised at Clatskanie, where he graduated from high school. In July 1941, after two years at the University of Oregon, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was assigned to Fort Logan, Colo., and later to Luke Field, Ariz., where he attained the rank of staff sergeant. He subsequently attended Officer Candidate School. Upon graduation, he was assigned to the Pacific Theater as a second lieutenant in the 866th Army Anti-Aircraft Artillery. He fought as a platoon leader in the invasions of the Philippines and Okinawa, and took part in the occupation of the Japanese island of Ihea Shima as battery executive officer with the rank of captain. With the end of the war in 1945, he left the army and returned to civilian life. In 1948, he married LaVera Knox at Portland. Soon afterward the couple moved to Baker City where they operated an independent insurance agency, the C. Jack Miller Insurance Agency for 28 years and raised two children. During his career, Mr. Miller was active...
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