Location: Harney County OR

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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Oard, Albert G. “Al” – Obituary

Albert G. “Al” Oard, 84, a resident of Baker City, died June 17, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center. A private family celebration of life services will be held at a later date in the Burns Cemetery in Burns. Coles Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Al was born on Feb. 2, 1921, at Lawen to James and Clara Kesterson Oard. Their home was a ranch near Lawen, and Al attended the Crane and Drewsey grade schools. He was a 1938 graduate of Crane High School. He went on to college, attending Oregon State College at Corvallis from 1938 until May of 1942, when he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He was discharged in October 1945 as a first lieutenant bomber pilot. During his tour in World War II, he served in Europe and flew the B24 Bomber. He was shot down twice. He returned to Oregon State College and graduated in 1946 with a major in forest and range management. In December of 1945, he married Erma Lee Cawlfield at Burns. They made their home in various parts of Oregon working for the U.S. Forest Service. During his 40- year career with the Forest Service, he served as ranger, branch chief in range and the regional office in Portland, then as forest supervisor for the Malheur National Forest. In 1974, he moved to the Wallowa-Whitman...

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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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Harney County, Oregon Census

Harney County, Oregon was formed from Grant County in 1889. 1890 Harney County, Oregon Census Free 1890 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial 1890 Veterans Schedule $ 1810-1890 Accelerated Indexing Systems $ Hosted at Census Guide 1890 U.S. Census Guide 1900 Harney County, Oregon Census Free 1900 Census Form for your Research Free 1900 Census Images and Index Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial 1900 Harney County, Census (images and index) $ Free 1900 Census Transcriptions Alvord Precinct Catlow Precinct Diamond Precinct Pueblo Precinct Wild Horse Precinct Hosted at Census Guide 1900 U.S. Census Guide 1910 Harney County, Oregon Census Free 1910 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial 1910 Harney County, Census (images and index) $ Hosted at Census Guide 1910 U.S. Census Guide 1920 Harney County, Oregon Census Free 1920 Census Form for your Research Free 1920 Census Images and Index (partial) Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial 1920 Harney County, Census (images and index) $ Hosted at Census Guide 1920 U.S. Census Guide 1930 Harney County, Oregon Census Free 1930 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial 1930 Harney County, Census (images and index) $ Hosted at Census Guide 1930 U.S. Census Guide Back to: Oregon Census Records Back to: Census Records...

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Harney County, Oregon Cemetery Records

Most of these are complete indices at the time of transcription, however, in some cases we list the listing when it is only a partial listing. Cemeteries hosted at Harney County ORGenWeb Project Andrews Cemetery Boat Ford Cemetery Crane Cemetery Denio Cemetery Drewsey Cemetery Fields Cemetery Happy Valley Cemetery Harney Cemetery Holy Family Cemetery Indian New Camp Cemetery Indian Old Camp Cemetery Muller Cemetery Narrows Cemetery Riverside Cemetery Saddle Butte Cemetery Silver Creek Cemetery Silvester Smith Cemetery Van Cemetery Windy Point Cemetery Misc Graves Cemeteries hosted at Harney County USGenWeb Archives Andrews Cemetery Boat Ford Cemetery Crane Cemetery Denio Cemetery Drewsey Cemetery Fields Cemetery Happy Valley Cemetery Harney Cemetery Holy Family Catholic Church Cemetery Indian-New Camp Cemetery Indian-Old Camp Cemetery Misc. Graves in Harney Co. Mullers Cemetery Narrows Cemetery Riverside Cemetery Saddle Butte Cemetery Silver Creek Cemetery Silvester Smith Cemetery Van Cemetery Windy Point Cemetery Cemeteries Hosted at Harney County Oregon Political Graveyard      ...

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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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Davies, Thomas Carol “Tommy” – Obituary

Thomas Carol “Tommy” Davies of Princeton died on his 84th birthday, Jan. 3, 2006, at the home he was born in on the family ranch. Burial was Saturday at the Burns Cemetery. Tom was born on Jan. 3, 1922, at Princeton to J.W. “Bill” and Catherine “Mae” Barnhart Davies. He was the youngest of four sons. The boys attended grade school one mile from the ranch along with the neighbors’ children, some of whom became lifelong friends. Tommy had many happy memories of helping herd the family sheep on Steens Mountain, of running wild horses and of helping family and neighbors as the country changed over to cattle. Tom was a 1938 Crane High School graduate. He attended a war-time machinist school at Baker City where he learned skills to support the war effort. Returning to his lifelong home in Harney County, he said he rode some good horses in his lifetime, and his skill as a stockman was evident to all. He married Carolyn Held, a young school teacher from Iowa. They had two children: a daughter, Mary; and a son, Duane. Tom was a skilled carpenter and mechanic, and like his contemporaries, built things to last. He ranched all of his life in Harney County and was blessed to make his home on the ranch his family homesteaded. He was awarded the Grassman of the Year award...

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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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Nelson, Glenn “Gordy” – Obituary

Glenn “Gordy” Nelson, 73, died on Nov. 3, 2007 in Hines, Ore. He was born on Aug. 19, 1934, in Baker City. Nelson went to school in Baker City, graduating from St. Francis Academy in 1952. He entered the United States Air Force in September of that same year. Upon completion of his basic training at Parks Air Force Base in California, Nelson served as personnel clerk at Larsen Air Force Base in Washington. In April 1954, he was assigned as administrative clerk with the 1503rd USAF Infirmary, a unit long-noted for its superior performance in handling of air evacuees in the far east. He served with the 1503rd Air Transport Wing, Pacific Division, Military Air Transport Service. Nelson was selected airman of the month, an award based on morale, leadership, appearance, initiative and application of duty. During the two years he was stationed at Tokyo International Airport, he was an active participant in the intramural sports field and was named all-star shortstop of his league. He was a staff sergeant when he was discharged from the Air Force in September 1956. In 1957, Nelson married Donna Young. He was employed by Oregon Lumber Company, and Edward Hines Lumber Company as Personnel and Safety Director. When the mill closed, he worked for Western States Equipment until he retired in 1993. In his later years, Nelson worked at the schools...

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