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Murdoch, John – Obituary

North Powder, Oregon John Murdoch, 81, of North Powder, died Jan. 19, 2004, at his son’s ranch in Oreana, Idaho. His funeral will be Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 11 a.m. at Haines Methodist Church. John was born Jan. 24, 1922, in Fruitland, Idaho, to John (Scotty) and Esther Hvidberg Murdoch. He graduated in 1940 from Haines High School. John married Barbara Daugherty on Feb. 13, 1943, in Weiser, Idaho. He joined the Navy in 1944, serving in the South Pacific during World War II. After the war, John ranched for several years, and then purchased the Chevron Service Station in North Powder, which he and his wife operated for 36 years. John enjoyed the great outdoors and his mules. He dearly loved his family, which he never failed to let them know. John will be missed. He was dearly loved by all his family and friends. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Barbara; his daughter, Donna Dias, and her husband, Ernie, Lora Murdoch and her dear friend, Doug Fialkowski; his sister, Elizabeth Eide and family; three grandchildren, Scott Murdoch, Lorrie Murdoch and her fiance, Rick Thompson, and Tonya Valentine and her husband, Mike; three great-grandchildren, Zackary, Joshua, and Logan Valentine. He was preceded in death by his son, Dennis, and his parents, Esther and John (Scotty) Murdoch. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the North Powder School Athletic Program, P.O. Box 10, North Powder, OR, 97867, or to the charity of your choice. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, January 30, 2004 Transcribed by: Belva...

Heitz, John Ray – Obituary

John Ray Heitz, 67, of Island City, died at his home Sept. 28 from mesothelioma. Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Island City. A viewing will precede the service beginning at 9 a.m. John was born Sept. 7, 1940, to John Helmic and Vera W. Heitz in Chicago. At 2, his family moved to Fruitland, Idaho, where they eventually acquired a small farm. John learned to work as he attended school. He hoed beets, picked fruit, worked at the cannery and graduated from high school. He also learned carpentry. After graduation in 1958, John joined the Air National Guard where he worked as an airplane electrician. On his way to basic training at San Antonio, the plane’s wings iced up while flying over the Texas panhandle. The plane went down and killed two of the crew. After John spent a week in the hospital, he no longer dreamed of being a pilot. After graduating from basic training he returned home to begin dairy farming in New Plymouth, Idaho. He married Kay Kelly on Aug. 5, 1960. They lived on the dairy farm for the first 11 years of their marriage. Health issues forced John out of farming and back into construction full-time. He fell in love with the Grande Ronde Valley at first sight and moved his family there 34 years ago. He pursued hobbies and interests such as hunting, cutting wood, making knives, black powder shooting, gardening, motorcycles and bow hunting. John fulfilled one of his dreams by building their family home on Mt. Emily with...

Kidder, William Ross “Bill” – Obituary

William Ross “Bill” Kidder, 85, of Lewiston, Idaho, died Sunday, Sept. 11, 2005, from complications related to age at the Lewiston Veterans Home, where he had been a resident for the last five years. Bill was born Dec. 26, 1919, in Ridgefield, Wash., to David and Olive Kidder. He attended grade school in Oregon and graduated in 1937 from Pendleton High School. He joined the U.S. Navy the same year and served for more than seven years in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He was discharged in 1946 as a lieutenant (jg) with many decorations for his efforts. Immediately after his discharge, he went to Saudi Arabia, employed by the Arabian American Oil Co. On his first vacation trip back to Oregon and Washington, he met and married Marilyn Stephens of Haines, Ore. She returned with him to Saudi Arabia, where they spent another 14 years. All four of their children were born there. After returning to the United States in 1962, Bill and his family lived in Fruitland, Idaho. Bill worked for Ore-Ida Foods and NACA Trucking until his retirement in 1985. Bill enjoyed hunting and fishing and many family weekends and vacations centered on these two activities. He loved stream fishing and could always catch his limit. Bill loved people. He always wore a great smile and was willing to visit. He was involved in the Shrine Club of Ontario, Ore., serving as wagonmaster of the Treasure Valley Food Caravan for more than 15 years. He was also a 40 year member of the Fruitland Lions Club. Bill and Marilyn moved to Lewiston in 1995,...

Hauser, Melvin Michael “Mike” – Obituary

Melvin Michael “Mike” Hauser, 34, of Fruitland, died Sept. 1, 2004. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 4, at Riverside Cemetery in Payette, Idaho. Pastor Dick Wilson will officiate. Visitations will be until 7 o’clock tonight at Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel in Payette. Services and arrangements are under the direction of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel. Mike was born to Marietta and Melvin Hauser on Feb. 1, 1970, at La Grande. He attended Brooklyn Elementary School and Baker High School at Baker City. He earned an associate’s degree at Treasure Valley Community College in law enforcement and was employed at the Snake River Correctional Facility for six years and the New Plymouth Police Department for two years. During college, and several years after graduating, he was employed at the Gulf Pacific Cattle Company. In his younger years, he spent his summers working on his grandfather’s ranch at Joseph. Words that come to mind as we think fondly of Mike include adorable son and brother, loving father, true friend, personality plus sense of humor, sensitive, lover of nature, avid hunter, fisherman and boater. The ultimate enjoyment for Mike was spending time with his 3-year-old son, Trevor. He is survived by his wife, Layna; his son, Trevor; his parents, Melvin and Marietta Hauser; brother, Kelly; sister, Michele; niece, Kyrie and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Merle Alford of Joseph and Richard and Mary McLaughlin of Payette. Mike will be deeply missed by all who knew him and they will cherish the many memories they have of him. Memorials may be...

Remington, Keith Lavern – Obituary

Sumpter, Oregon Keith Lavern Remington, 73, of Fruitland, Idaho, and Sumpter, died April 28, 2004, at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise. His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Monday at West Valley Free Methodist Church in Fruitland. Pastor Don Brown will officiate. Visitations will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel in Fruitland. Keith was born on Nov. 29, 1930, at Big Springs, Neb., to Clair and Pauline Remington. He loved people and helped so many. He also loved children and animals. He loved to fly his planes. He started flying in 1955. Keith worked for Idaho Power Co. from 1951 to 1959, living at Bliss and Brownlee. He also did emergency hospital flights and at one time even stocked fish in the high lakes with his plane. Keith loved to cook and owned and operated the Polar Bear Cafe at Nyssa from 1960 to 1970. Keith loved Sumpter, where he and Cindy built a beautiful home together. He and Cindy loved to take rides on their ATVs with his “little girl,” their dog, Misty. Keith owned the Sumpter General Store for several years. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was loved by many people and will be missed by so many. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge. Survivors include his wife, Cindy A. Remington of Fruitland; his mother, Pauline Elizabeth Remington Tomjack of Weiser, Idaho; his children, Michael Remington and his wife, Ahn, and grandsons, Jason and Jeremy, of Fredericksburg, Va., his daughter, Marsha Meeker and her husband, Brent, and grandchildren, Barrett and Lara of Camarillo, Calif.; two...

Russell, Gerald Dee “Jerry” – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Gerald Dee “Jerry” Russell, 67, died June 22, 2003, at his home in Baker City. At his request, there will be no formal funeral. His family will have a private gathering in celebration of being a part of Jerry’s life. He was born on Nov. 8, 1935, at Farmington, Iowa, to Craige and Annabelle Lucille Dee Russell. About the age of 8, he moved with his family to Fruitland, Idaho. It was there that Jerry graduated high school and a short time later married Barbara Reimers. The couple had two daughters: Lori and Sandra. During his life he worked as a route man for American Linen Supply in Boise and Twin Falls, Idaho. Most all of his working years were spent in the Oregon and Idaho areas. He worked for the National Guard Reserves in Boise for three years in maintenance repair. He then transferred to the armory in Baker City. He served at that site for eight years, retiring in 1974. He then moved to Salem where he lived for four years before moving to California. Last May Jerry moved back to Baker City, living with his daughter, Sandy, and his granddaughter, Kaitlin. Jerry was so thankful to be surrounded by his family during the last days of his life. Even on those days when his health seemed to betray him, he always had a sparkle in his eye and a wonderful genuine sense of humor. Jerry enjoyed being outdoors, hunting and fishing. In his early years he enjoyed bowling. Survivors include his daughters, Lori, and her husband, Rich Daniels, and Sandy Cassidy of Baker...

Newman, Margaret E. Shira Mrs. – Obituary

Margaret E. Newman-Homemaker, 86, passed away after a short illness in Paradise, Calif. on Friday, June 13, 2003. Services were June 19, 2003, 2 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 520 Clark St., Yuba City, Calif. Internment at Sutter Cemetery, Sutter, Calif. Margaret E. Newman was the eldest of seven children born to Olen and Belle Shira in Lineville, Mo. Nov. 4, 1916. The family moved west to Fruitland, Idaho, when she was 5-years-old. In 1928 the family homesteaded in Harper. Margaret met Boyd Newman and after a short courtship they were married April 24, 1939, at Weiser, Idaho They had three daughters, Sandra, Colleen and Connie. Margaret and Boyd were employed on ranches in Idaho and Oregon moving to Meadow Vista, Calif., in the early 1960s where Boyd became a construction worker. Margaret and Boyd lived in Anchorage, Alaska, while Boyd worked on the Alaskan pipeline. Retirement brought them to Paradise, Calif., moving to Yuba City, Calif. in 1988. Margaret sold her home in Yuba City and moved back to Paradise November 2002. For a short while she resided at Feather Canyon Retirement, at Paradise. Margaret loved growing flowers with roses being her favorite. Crocheting was one of the hobbies she enjoyed, always with a ball of thread in her lap. Many family members and friends have beautiful doilies that were gifts. She loved to visit and tell family stories. She is survived by daughters Sandra Morin, Paradise, Calif., and Colleen Newman, Baker City; brother, Sargent Shira, Marysville, Calif., sisters, Wanda Jones, Ontario, Phyllis Mulvany and Teressa Falck of Harper; eight grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren,...

King, Mary Mae Marshall Staley Mrs. – Obituary

Mary Mae Staley King, 88, of Blackfoot, Idaho, a former Baker City resident, died June 18, 2002, at the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center at Idaho Falls. Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Blackfoot Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Stake Center, 1650 Highland Drive. Gerald Humphreys will conduct the service. Visitations will be from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursday at the church. Interment will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mount Hope Cemetery. She was born April 16, 1914, in Nez Perce, Idaho, the daughter of George Allen and Molly Gertrude Humphries Marshall. She was educated in Baker City and graduated from high school in Eugene. She had lived in northern Idaho, Missouri, Pocatello, Idaho, Reseda, Calif., Boise, Homedale and Fruitland, Idaho. She moved to Blackfoot in 1979. Mary married Orland A. Staley in August of 1932 at Weiser, Idaho. She later married Loren Hayden and he died in 1981. On Oct. 6, 1983, she married Sam King at Blackfoot. She was a member of the LDS Church and helped with the name extraction program. She spent a lot of time at the Bingham Senior Citizens Center with her many friends. Mary worked as a salesperson in women’s clothing in California, Oregon and Pocatello, Idaho. She enjoyed golfing, fishing, working and putting together fashion shows. Survivors include her husband, Sam King of Blackfoot; sons and daughters-in-law, Allen and Dawn Staley of Groveland, Idaho, Orland Scott and Tammy Staley of Boise, and Jim Marshall and Karen Staley of Fargo, N.D.; a daughter and son-in-law, Janet and Ronald P. Jensen of Provo, Utah; stepchildren,...

Hyatt, Russell Frank – Obituary

Russell Frank Hyatt, 89, of Fruitland, Idaho, a former Baker City resident, died Jan. 15, 2002, at Holy Rosary Medical Center at Ontario. His funeral was Friday at Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel at Fruitland. Interment was at Parkview Cemetery in New Plymouth, Idaho. Russell was born on Feb. 11, 1912, at Union to Lloyd Burk and Ida E. Hyatt. He attended Baker City schools and was a 1931 Baker High School graduate. He continued his education at Oregon State University at Corvallis where he graduated in 1940 with a degree in animal husbandry and range management. He worked for the U.S. Forest Service from 1928 to 1941. He married Wilma Larsen of Baker City at Boise on Nov. 10, 1941. He enlisted in the Navy and joined the Seabees in 1941, serving until 1945. After his discharge from the military, the couple farmed and ranched on their Fruitland acreage. He also was a Payette County tax assessor. Russell was a lifetime member of the Ontario Elks Lodge, No. 1690. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Wilma; their two sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Jana of Fairbanks, Alaska, and Keith and Donna of Fruitland; four grandsons, Tony of Anchorage, Todd and his wife, Melissa, of Seattle, Wash., Jared and his wife, Doreen, of Elko, Nev., and T. Jay, also of Elko; two granddaughters and their husbands, Marci and Mike Holcomb of Meridian, Idaho, and Amanda and Shannon Mendive of Elko, Nev.; 10 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; a sister, Jerry, and her husband, Cub Begley, of Beaverton; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his...

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