Funeral services for Willis D. Carter, 67, 159 E. Idaho, Ontario, a former longtime Baker resident, was conducted Friday, June, 22, at West & Co. Memorial Chapel.
The Rev. James Berentson of the Fist Lutheran Church officiated. Interment followed at Mt. Hope Cemetery with the Baker Veterans Organizations conducting graveside honors.
Mr. Carter was born April 27, 1900 in Missouri. He had his early schooling in Missouri and was a veteran of WWI where he served in the United States Navy. He spent most of his life in Baker, Salem and Ontario and was well known in Baker as having the first Chrysler dealership in the state of Oregon. He was also a long time Nash dealer in Oregon.
In addition to his interest in automobiles, he was one of the first men in Baker County to have an airplane pilot’s (license?). He passed away early Wednesday morning in Pendleton after a long illness.
He is survived by his wife Maxine of Ontario; his son Earl of Hermiston; his stepson Elbert Rowen? of Baker and five grandchildren.
He was a member of the Salem Elks Lodge, the American Legion, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, September 28, 1967, page 9
Contributed by: Belva Ticknor