Location: Burns Oregon

Pitcher, Carl Allen – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Carl Allen Pitcher, 70, of Nampa, Idaho, died Jan. 12 at home after a battle with cancer. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Kings Grace Church, 48 E. 18th St. in Junction City with the Rev. Gordon Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in the Gates Cemetery in Crow. A viewing will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Kings Grace Church in Junction City. Zeyer Funeral Chapel, 83 N. Midland Blvd. in Nampa is in charge of arrangements. Carl A. Pitcher was born on April 2, 1937, to Paul Franklin and Viola Pearl Smith Pitcher in Burns. He was raised on a cattle ranch in Silver Lake. He met his “queen of the universe” Deanna Johnson in Silver Lake and the two married on Oct. 28, 1960, in Veneta. After marriage Carl and Deanna moved to Crow where he worked in well drilling. After five years he started his own well drilling company. In 1988 they moved to La Grande where he continued to drill. Carl and Deanna eventually opened a bed and breakfast that they both enjoyed immensely, especially meeting the people who came to stay with them. In 2000 they retired and moved to Nampa. Those who knew him say his passion in life was to see marriages healed with God’s help, and for many years he and...

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Taylor, Margaret Irwin Mrs. – Obituary

Margaret I. Taylor, 77, of 1760 Valley Ave., died Saturday August 14, 1982, at St. Elizabeth Nursing Home. Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Grays West and Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. The Rev. Greg Eicher of the United Methodist Church will officiate. Interment will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery. Mrs. Taylor was born September 10, 1904, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Andrew and Sharah Irwin. She attended schools in Burns and Baker. She married B. A. Taylor in Caldwell, Idaho on June 9, 1952. She had worked in bakeries in Portland and the the Gwilliam Bakery in Baker. For 30 years she was the clerk of the J.C. Penney Co. Store in Baker. She was a member of the Rebekah Lodge and the Royal Neighbors lodge. Survivors include her husband, B. A. Taylor of Baker; two sons, Loring of Baker and Howard of Haines; two daughters, Raye Longbreak of Council, Washington, and Della Cousens of Baker; a sister-in-law, Ruby Irwin of Dallas and numerous grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Russell. Source: Baker Democrat Herald, Baker City, Oregon, August 16, 1982, page...

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Smith, Dorothy Mrs. – Obituary

Dorothy Smith, 85, of Unity, died July 30, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center. Her graveside funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Helix Cemetery. Jack Pittman of the Baker City Christian Church will officiate. Dorothy was born on Aug. 23, 1919, at Burns. She was the valedictorian of her high school class at Entiat, Wash. She attended Washington State College and later earned a degree in education from Western Oregon University at Monmouth. She taught elementary school for many years at Nyssa, The Dalles and the Reynolds School District in Portland. She married Arthur W. Smith in 1941. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur W. Smith; her brother, Carl Swain; and a granddaughter, Emily Smith. Survivors include two sons, Gary of Martinez, Calif., and Stephen of Wingville; a brother, Richard Swain of Santa Barbara, Calif.; a sister, Mary Rosengreen of Hillsboro; and three grandchildren, Amy Smith of Larkspur, Calif., Sarah Smith of Wingville and Allison Smith of Wingville. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association through Gray’s West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, August 5, 2005 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Adams, Charles M. “Chuck” – Obituary

Baker City, Baker County, Oregon Charles M. “Chuck” Adams, 79, a longtime Baker City resident, died July 29, 2005, at his home. His graveside memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Jack Bynum of the United Methodist Church will officiate. Coles Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Chuck was born on June 28, 1926, at Todd, N.C., to Wiley Lee and Hollie Wagner Adams. He graduated from high school and entered the U.S. Army serving in World War II. After he was discharged from the service, he married his wife, Charlene, on Sept. 26, 1947. He loved automobiles and his entire career centered around them. He worked as a mechanic at the Ford garage, in auto-parts sales for Basche-Sage Hardware Store, owned and operated Bridge Street Richfield Gas Station, worked as an auto-parts salesman for McNeil Auto Parts, and owned and operated Charles Adams Part House at Burns. He retired and he and his wife made their home at Baker City. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, woodworking, and photography. He won many awards for his photos. Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Charlene Adams of Baker City; his son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Doreen Adams of Hillsboro; grandchildren, Michaela and Colleen Brown and Benjamin Adams; great-grandchildren, Michael Brown and Jeffrey Brown; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death...

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Pollentier, David Allen

David Allen Pollentier, 59, died on March 5, 2005, at his home. There will be a celebration of his life at 2 p.m. Friday at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane. Pastor Jon Privett of the Nazarene Churchwill officiate. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitations will be from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Dave was born on Jan. 15, 1946, at Ontario to Alfons and Doris Giesler Pollentier. He was raised at Jordan Valley and Burns, where his father was station commander for the Oregon State Police. He was a 1964 Burns High School graduate and attended Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario. He married Terry Marie Boyer on April 30, 1966, at Payette, Idaho. He had two daughters, Cassandra and Mary. Dave was employed by the Oregon Department of Transportation from 1964 to 1967. His career with the Oregon State Police began in September 1967 as a recruit with assignment to the Baker Patrol Office, where he spent his entire career. He was a highway patrolman until March of 1988, when he transferred to the criminal division. During his career, he received numerous honors and awards, including the Oregon Peace Officers Association’s Non-Criminal Lifesaving Award and an Outstanding Service to Crime Victims Award from the Crime Victims Assistance Network of Oregon....

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Hagenbuch, Marvin Harold “Marty” – Obituary

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...

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Ellis, Christopher John – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Christopher John Ellis, 38, of Silverton, a former Baker City resident, died April 25, 2004. A small family memorial service will be scheduled later. Chris was born on Aug. 21, 1966, at Portland and spent his early years in Medford. In 1978, the family moved to Silverton where he completed high school and was active in athletics, particularly baseball. He graduated from Eastern Oregon University at La Grande with a degree in accounting. He married Sami Baisley of Baker City, and moved to Burns to work as an accountant. He became a certified public accountant CPA, remained in Burns for several years and was active in the Harney County Chamber of Commerce, eventually serving as president. In 1998, he took a position in Baker City as an accountant/CPA with Guyer, Lindley, Bailey and Martin. A few months later he was diagnosed with brain cancer and struggled with it until his death. In 2002 he moved to La Grande to be near his daughter. For the past year he resided in Silverton with his parents. The family wishes to acknowledge the caring and support provided by hospice services in Baker City, La Grande, and the Willamette Valley. They especially acknowledge the extraordinary efforts of Guyer, Lindley, Bailey and Martin on Chris’ behalf. Survivors include his daughter, Taylor of Riverview, Fla.; brothers, Steve of Renton, Wash., and Tim...

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Deiter, Eugene “Gene” – Obituary

Eugene “Gene” Deiter, 66, died June 18, 2004, at his daughter’s home in Vancouver, Wash. He had been ill for the last few years. There will be a celebration of his life at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 349 South Egan in Vancouver, Wash. Gene was born on Oct. 17, 1937, at Rifle, Colo., to Edwin and Pearl Nichols Deiter. He attended grammar school in Colorado until 1949, when the family moved to Burns, where he continued his education. When he was 17, he joined the military and served during the Korean War. During his military service, he married Elaine Williams in 1955. Later, they divorced. In 1974, he married Joann Kennedy. They had two children, Rose and Tracy. For 19 years he was employed by Edward Hines Lumber Co. Gene enjoyed gardening, working, traveling and talking with people. Survivors include his wife, Joann of St. Helens; mother, Pearl Deiter of Burns; brothers and sisters, Lana and Bob Barber and Vivian and Brent Drury of Hines and Dennis and Novell Deiter of Burns; children, Albert Deiter of Burns, Kelly and Ray Gregg of Redmond, Danny and Lou Ann Deiter of Burns, and Rose Quigley and Tracy Deiter of Vancouver, Wash.; stepsons, Joseph Fox and Jason Tryon of Vancouver, Wash.; 16 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his...

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Stafford, Craig J. – Obituary

Craig J. Stafford, 54, Glendale, a former Baker City resident, died of a heart attack on Oct. 11, 2007, at Glendale. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Burns Cemetery. Craig was born on Feb. 27, 1953, at Baker City to Ralph and Josephine Stafford. The family later moved to Burns. Craig was a graduate of Burns High School. He then attended college and became a teacher. Survivors include his sister, Jannette Manning and her husband, Raymond Manning; his sister, Teresa Whipple, and her husband, Bert Whipple; three nieces, Kristina, Carla and Crystal; two nephews, Michael and Aaron; two great-nieces and four great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Josephine Stafford; and his brother, Dawson Stafford. Arrangements are under the direction of LaFollette’s Chapel of Burns. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, October 16, 2007 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Singer, Carl Henry – Obituary

Carl Henry Singer, 88, of 130 Bryant Ave., No. 22, Walla Walla, Wash., died April 4, 2006, at St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, Wash. Funeral service was held at Groseclose Funeral home at 315 W. Alder St. at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3, 2006. The Rev. Albert Gillin of First Presbyterian Church officiated. Burial followed in Mountain View Cemetery, 2120 S. Second Ave. Memorial contributions may be made to Walla Walla Senior Center through the funeral home. Mr. Singer was born Nov. 22, 1917, in Boise, Idaho, to Henry and Carrie Chandler Singer. He graduated from Baker, Ore., High School in 1938. He married Madge Brown on Sept. 1, 1940, in Baker. He was employed by Baker Packing Co. as a meat cutter until 1960, and later worked for Safeway. In 1962, he went into business with his nephew Duane Estes, and purchased The Cut Rate Market in Baker. He sold his half of the business in 1966 and moved to Burns, Ore., where he worked for Tiller’s Grocery Store. The couple moved to Walla Walla in 1968, and he worked as a meat cutter for Fleenor’s Quality Stores until retiring in 1984. Mrs. Singer died in 2005. Mr. Singer was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Forresters I.O.F., the Walla Walla Senior Center and a lifetime member of Walla Walla Elks 287. He enjoyed...

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Shreffler, Clem – Obituary

Clem Shreffler, 96, of Prairie City, a former Baker City resident, died Feb. 6, 2006, at Prairie City. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Pastor Darrell Johnson of Grace Chapel at Prairie City and Ed Niswender of Calvary Baptist Church at Baker City will officiate. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitations will until 7 o’clock tonight at the funeral home. Clem E. Shreffler was born to Ferd and Mary Shreffler in Culdesac, Idaho, on Feb. 22, 1909. Clem was the fourth of six children in the family. At the age of 5, Clem and the family moved from Culdesac to Durkee. When Clem was 10, the family moved from Durkee to Baker City, where he completed the eighth grade and then worked a variety of labor and carpentry jobs over several years to help support the family. Clem eventually found a job with the Moura Sheep Ranch at Durkee, where he continued to work for several years. In 1932, Clem met the love of his life, Lucille Justice of Enterprise. They were married on April 8, 1933. Together they worked their way through the Great Depression, Clem as a sawyer at the Oregon Lumber Co., and Lucille as a bookkeeper for Montgomery Ward. On July 11, 1936, their first child, Dale, was born. Nearly four years later,...

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