Location: John Day Oregon

Waldo, Joel F. – Obituary

Joel F. Waldo, 45, of Baker City, died Oct. 22, 2004, at his home with his devoted wife, Cindy, his mother-in-law, Phyllis, and his minister by his side. Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. choose a state: Any AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY INTL Start Now He was diagnosed with lung cancer on Oct. 16, 2003, even though he had never smoked a day in his life. His memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church, 1995 Fourth St. Pastor Susan Barnes will officiate. Joel was born on Aug. 19, 1959, at Sioux City, Iowa. He worked very hard all his life and was constantly learning new things so he could do it himself. Joel received his bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of Nebraska in Omaha in August 1985. Joel put himself through graduate school with Cindy by his side, encouraging him always. Joel received a master’s in wildlife management from Southwest Texas State University at San Marcos, Texas, in December 1988. While in Texas, Joel conducted a research project to determine...

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Hutton, Leona Fae Sissel Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Leona Fae Hutton, 50, of Baker City, died Dec. 10, 2004, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Boise. Her memorial service will be at 2 p.m Wednesday at the Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane. Pastor Lennie Spooner of the church will officiate. She was born at John Day on Dec. 9, 1954, to Gene and Betty Sissel. When she was 4 the family settled in Baker City. She was a 1973 Baker High School graduate. She married Ernest W. Hutton on March 23, 1984. In the late 1980s she graduated from La Grande College of Beauty. She worked in several beauty salons in Baker City. Most recently she was at The Last Resort Salon. Leona was an avid reader who shared her love of books with others. She also enjoyed tending the flowers in her garden. She was especially proud of her red geraniums. Survivors include her husband, Ernest Hutton of Baker City; her son, Eric Hutton and daughter-in-law Heather Hutton, and grandson, Hudson Hutton of Hillsboro; her mother, Betty Sissel, and grandmother, Mary Fretwell, of Baker City; her aunt Lana Lueschow and uncle Roger Lueschow of Maple Valley, Wash.; her brother, Bruce Sissel, and sister-in-law, Lynn Sissel of Edgewood, Wash.; her twin brother, Leslie Sissel, and sister-in-law, Vickie Sissel of Ontario; her sister-in-law Tina Sissel Watson and her husband, Rick Watson; her father-in-law, Buster...

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Schlegel, Maxine Nicely Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Maxine Schlegel, 81, a former Baker City resident, died Dec. 19, 2004, at Nampa, Idaho. At her request there will be no services. Disposition was by cremation. Maxine was born June 17, 1923, at Charleston, W.Va., to P.O. and Mae Carnes Nicely. She received her education at Fort Saint Jones, Canada. She graduated from Grant Union High School in John Day. Maxine worked at several restaurants in Baker City and Elgin. She is survived by her son, Dean Schouten of Nampa; a brother and sister-in-law, Phil and Polly Nicely of Baker City; and several grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Maxine was preceded in death by her parents, P.O. and Mae Nicely; her husband, Willie Schlegel; her son, Victor Schouten; a sister, Geraldine Nicely; and a brother, Dale Nicely. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, December 27, 2004 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Gates, Clay Loren – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Clay Loren Gates, 82, of Baker City died April 8, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center. His graveside service was today at Prairie City Cemetery in Prairie City. Pastor Loyd Phillips of the New Hope Assembly of God Chapel at Vale officiated. There was a reception afterward at the Strawberry Mountain Grange in Prairie City. A former Grant County resident, Clay was born on April 24, 1921, at Ritter. He attended school at Ukiah, Long Creek, and Susanville. He lived his childhood at Galena. Clay worked for 48 years ranching and logging at Bates, John Day, Baker City and Alaska. Survivors include his wife, Helen Hacker Gates; a sister, C.L. Petty of Sumpter; daughter, Beverly Davis, and her husband, Bill, of Bear Valley; grandsons, Edward and Dakota, of John Day; and sisters-in-law, Hazel Wood of Prairie City and Sue Pureene of Sumpter. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lillian and Jack Gates and a wife, Zona Haskens Gates; and by many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Alzheimer’s Association or Pathway Hospice through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, April 23, 2004 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Edison, Della Davis Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Della Edison, 52, of Baker City, died March 22, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. A celebration of her life will take place Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 2005 Valley Ave. A dinner will follow the service. Della was born in John Day to Opal and Norma Davis. After moving to Baker City, she met and married James Edison Sr. They enjoyed 34 years of marriage in which time they had three children: James Edison Jr., Kathy Free and Carrie Johnson. She also considered Rudy Soliz to be her son. Her greatest joy in life came from spoiling her 10 grandchildren. She was loved by many and will be missed greatly by all. Survivors include her husband, James Edison Sr. of Baker City; her children, James Edison Jr. and his wife, Leanne, of Boardman, Kathy Free, Carrie and Rod Johnson and Rudy and Debbie Soliz, all of Baker City; a sister, Linda Pifher-Davis; a brother, Rick Davis; grandchildren, Cheylan, Raymond and Kirsten Edison, Tyler, Amanda and Trevor Free, Wyatt and Aleecia Johnson and Sean and Tiffany Soliz; nephews, Shea Maliwauki and Jim Howerton; a niece, Nicole Howerton and many other nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Roger Davis, and numerous aunts and uncles. Memorial contributions may be directed to James Edison Sr. This may be done through...

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Rutter, Charlyne E. McKern Yokom (Whitesitt) Mrs. – Obituary

Charlyne E. Rutter, 89, of Baker City, died Oct. 19, 2007, at Ashley Manor, in Baker City. Her memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at the First Christian Church in John Day. Pastor Duane Cheadle will officiate. She was born on Oct. 20, 1917, at Mount Vernon to J.E and Jessie “Stormer” McKern. She attended school at Mount Vernon, graduating from high school on May 1, 1935. Charlyne married Dale Yokom in 1935. The couple had one daughter, Marilyn Colleen. Dale died in 1938 in a tragic accident. On April 4, 1941, Charlyne married Percy James “Jim” Rutter. Six weeks later Jim was called back into active service in the U.S Navy. During the war Charlyne and Marilyn accompanied Jim from Vallejo, Calif., to Staten Island, N.Y., via several other naval bases until he was shipped out to the Pacific Theatre. Charlyne then drove herself and Marilyn back to Oregon. After the war, Jim and Charlyne made their home at John Day. In 1953 they owned John Day Cleaners and Laundry. With Dana and Frances Saunders they opened Rutters Stationery Store in John Day and operated it until Jim’s health required them to sell the store to Idaho Typewriter Exchange. During these years Charlyne was a worthy matron of Eastern Star, mother adviser of Rainbow Girls and active in church. Jim died in 1962. Charlyne...

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Davis, Opal “Dee” – Obituary

Baker County, Oregon Obituaries Opal “Dee” Davis, 71, of Boardman, died Jan. 25, 2003, at his home. Private cremation with a Celebration of Life graveside service will be held later this year in Canyon City, with time and date to be announced later. Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of arrangements. Dee was born March 27, 1931, at Waldron, Ark., the third child of Reacel and Monta May Starr Davis. He was raised in Booneville, Ark., then moved to Oregon in 1948. There he married Norma Jean Wood on Aug. 9, 1949, in John Day. They had four children, Linda Davis Pifher, Della Davis Edison, Rick Davis, and Roger Davis. He worked as a cat skinner, mechanic, heavy equipment operator and road builder. Dee loved to hunt, fish and be with his family, and always had a story or joke to share. He was always ready to go fishing rain or shine, he hunted up until last year when his health declined. He will be greatly missed by those who dearly loved him. Dee is survived by his daughters, Linda Davis-Pifher of Boardman, and Della Edison and her husband, Jim, of Baker City; son and daughter-in-law, Rick and Dalene Davis of Baker City; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Arnold, Elmer and Dean; one sister, Janie; many nieces and nephews; and a very dear and special friend, Clarice...

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Speelman, Claude L. – Obituary

Claude L. Speelman, 90, of Hermiston, a former Haines resident, died Jan. 30, 2003, at St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, Wash. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the chapel of the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home at Milton-Freewater. Pastor Richard Wright will officiate. Private interment will be Wednesday in Mount Hope Cemetery. Claude was born Oct. 27, 1912, at Haines. He was the son of LeRoy and Lela Cross Speelman. He married Janet Pettie at Weiser, Idaho, in 1939. He worked construction and the couple moved a lot when their children were young. He later worked ranches in the Baker Valley. They lived for several years at Waitsburg, Wash., until their oldest son died in a sawmill accident in 1959. Later, they moved to John Day. His wife died in 1966. Claude moved back to Dayton where he married Edna Quigg. She died in 1991. He moved to Hermiston where he had lived with his daughter and son-in-law, Lela and Don Key. Survivors include his two daughters, Lela Key of Hermiston and Pat Chappell of Milton-Freewater; a son, Michael Speelman of Madras; three sisters, Marge McAllister and Lois Moberly of Milton-Freewater and Jewel Wright of Nampa, Idaho; 11 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. He also was preceded in death by his son, Joe LeRoy Speelman in 1959; and a daughter who died at birth in 1948, Ellen...

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Kempfer, Margaret Mary Van Beveren Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Baker County, Oregon Margaret Mary Kempfer, 90, a former Baker City resident, died Jan. 5, 2003, at Valley View Assisted Living in John Day. Rosary will be said on Thursday at Driskill Memorial Chapel in John Day, 241 S. Canyon Blvd. Mass will be celebrated Friday at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral in Baker City. Burial will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery. Mrs. Kempfer was born Feb. 7, 1912, in Moline, Ill., to John and Eliza Van Beveren, recent immigrants from Belgium. In 1915 the family moved to Baker City. She graduated from St. Francis Academy in 1930. She married Charles Kempfer in the mid-1930s. He passed away in 1970. She was employed by St. Elizabeth Hospital for many years until her retirement. She moved to John Day in 1994 and had resided at Valley View Assisted Living since 2000. Survivors include her children, John Kempfer Sr. of Aurora, Colo., and Charlene Gardner and her husband, John, of Canyon City; grandchildren, Tony Gardner and his wife, Carmen, Amy Walker and her husband, Mike, all of Canyon City, Linda Enloe and her husband, Don, of Highlands Ranch, Colo., Andy Gardner and his wife, Amber, of Sublimity, Patricia Kempfer of Aston, Penn., Jennifer Van Komen and her husband, Larry, of Nampa, Idaho, John Kempfer Jr. of Aurora, Colo.; great-grandchildren, Garret, Carli, Meghann, McKenzie, Christina, and Jacob; a sister, Palma...

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Ego, Gene F. – Obituary

Halfway, Oregon Gene F. Ego, 84, of Halfway and a former Baker City resident, died April 25, 2003, at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Portland. At his request, disposition will be by cremation at Gray’s West Pioneer Crematory and there will be no service. Gene was born Oct. 11, 1918, to C.B. and Bessie S. (Doolittle) Ego at Cove. His family moved to Baker City when he was 5. Gene attended school at a one-room school-house on Sutton Creek, just south of Baker City. He worked for different ranches in the area during this time. After leaving school in 1938, he went to work for the Oregon Lumber Co. where he remained until he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1942. He was sworn in at Fort Lewis, Wash., on Feb. 18, 1942, and moved to Fort Leonardwood, Mo., where he received engineer training. He then was relocated for heavy equipment school, eventually joining the 120th Engineer Battalion Headquarters Co. Gene later ended up at Pine Camp, N.Y., where he had to dig tunnels through 13 feet of snow just to get to the street. Along with his engineering duties, he also served as a chauffeur for some generals of the time, one of which was General Patton. Other places he was stationed included Virginia, North Africa, Sicily, Italy and Southern France. He was honorably...

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Pearce, Charles R. – Obituary

Charles R. Pearce, 89, of Nampa, Idaho, died at his home with his family by his side on April 4, 2003. His memorial service will be at 2 p.m. at the McEwen Bible Fellowship Hall at 15403 Sumpter Stage Highway near Sumpter. Pastor Bill Cox will perform the service at the Fellowship Hall. Charles and his wife Jeanette were members of this church when they lived in Sumpter. Arrangements are under the direction of Alsip & Persons Funeral Chapel, 404 10th Ave. S. at Nampa. Charles was born to Clara and David Penn Pearce at Belton, Texas, on Sept. 5, 1913. He grew up in Texas. During his early adult life, he worked in construction in many parts of Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico. He met and married Lucille Broyles at Wichita Falls, Texas, and they had two children, Linda and Jim. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1941 and served as a chief petty officer in the Navy’s Construction Battalion during the World War II. After the war, he settled at Houston. Charles and his family moved to California in 1959 where he worked in the Southern California area until his retirement. His wife, Lucille, died in California. He married his wife, Jeanette, in 1985 and moved to John Day. He and Jeanette moved to Sumpter in 1987. They moved from Oregon to Idaho in 1991, living at...

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Kleitch, Joseph P. “Benny” – Obituary

Joseph P. “Benny” Kleitch, 73, of Baker City, died April 24, 2006, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. Recitation of the rosary will be at 7 o’clock tonight at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Deacon James Watt of St. Francis de Sales Cathedral will preside. Mr. Kleitch’s funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Pastor Dennis Sams of the Boise Uclid Church of The Nazarene will conduct. Vault interment will be at 2 p.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery in La Grande. Visitations for Mr. Kleitch will be until 6 o’clock tonight at the funeral home. Joseph P. “Benny” Kleitch was born at home in Washington, Mich., on June 15, 1932, to Stephen J. and Lillian Kleitch. He was the only boy, having seven sisters; Caroline and Bernadette died during their first year of life. The family moved to Big Beaver, Mich., where his father, a rancher and butcher, opened a little grocery store. Ben would haul cattle to the stockyards in Detroit for his father during his teen years. He attended Big Beaver High School through his sophomore year and finished his last two years at Troy High School. He loved mechanics and working on cars and taught himself to repair televisions, radios and phonographs. His family called him a “jack of all trades, master of none.” He met Mary, his wife, in 1961 at a...

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Anderson, Charles “Chuck” – Obituary

Charles “Chuck” Anderson, 57, of Plevna, Mont., a former Baker City resident, died April 30, 2006, at the Fallon Medical Complex in Baker, Mont. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Baker United Methodist Church, 1919 Second St., Pastor Jack Bynum of the church will officiate. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. There was a service today at Peace Lutheran Church at Plevna, Mont. Chuck was born on Aug. 6, 1948, at The Dalles to Eldon James and Roberta May Griffin Anderson. He grew up and attended elementary school and high school at Condon, where he graduated in 1966. Chuck attended Central Oregon Community College at Bend where he earned a degree in natural resources. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during the Vietnam War. After completing military service, Chuck returned to John Day, where he began working in range management for the U.S. Forest Service. In 1980, he was transferred to Joseph, where he remained until 1993. He enjoyed working in the field with his string of pack mules and going down to The River (his name for the Snake River). After his retirement in 1993, Chuck purchased a ranch in Baker City where he fulfilled a lifelong goal of raising cattle and horses. While living in Baker City, he met Kathleen Foster. They were married on May 4, 2001. In...

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Knudsen, Clarice B. Coffman Stiff Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Clarice B. Knudsen, 95, a longtime Baker City resident, died Nov. 12, 2000, at Settler’s Park. At her request, there will be no funeral. A family celebration of her life is planned. Mrs. Knudsen was born Oct. 12, 1905, at Boulder, Colo., to Mitchell and Maude Coffman. She was raised and received her education in Scott City, Kan., and also attended business school at Boise. She married Robert Earl Stiff on June 14, 1925, in Boise, and they came to Baker City in 1944. They divorced in 1947. In May 1953 she married Leonard Knudsen in Baker City. They lived in John Day and Roseburg before returning to Baker City in September 1973. Mr. Knudsen passed away Sept. 12, 1994. Mrs. Knudsen worked as a desk clerk and banquet hostess at the Baker Hotel, as desk clerk at the Geiser Grand and Antlers hotels, and was the original owner and operator of the Inland Cafe. She was a longtime member of a Monday afternoon pinochle club, and was the last survivor of the original group. Mrs. Knudsen is survived by her daughters, LaVaughn Gould and her companion, Harold Harrop of Cave Junction, Drucilla Carpenter and her husband, Wayne, of Baker City, and JoAnne Hardy and her husband, George, of Unity; her sons, Duane Stiff and his wife, Carol, of San Clemente, Calif., and Carl Stiff and...

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Sawyer, Roy L. – Obituary

Roy L. Sawyer, 88, of John Day, and a former Baker City resident, died Aug. 9, 2002, at Valley View Assisted Living Center. His funeral will be Friday at 1 p.m. at the John Day Seventh-Day Adventist Church, with Pastor Rod Bieber of the church officiating. Interment will be at Terrace Lawn Memorial Gardens in Boise. Roy was born Dec. 27, 1913, at Hailey, Idaho, to Alma C. and Rose V. Sawyer. Roy spent his youth in the small town of Cascade, Idaho. He and his brother, Floyd, worked on the Cascade Dam. Roy served in the Second World War in the South Pacific. He married Kathyrn Ginley in 1953 in Nevada. After her death in 1970 he married Frieda. He worked for many years for the sawmill in Baker City. He cared for his mother until her death in 1976. Roy was a member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church for many years. He will be remembered for his jovial spirit and sweet disposition. The family wishes to thank the caring people at the Valley View Center for their kindness to our uncle in his last years. Roy is survived by five nephews, Deane Thompson of Fruitland, Idaho, T.S. “Bud,” Dan and David Thompson, all of Boise, and Kerry Wayne Thompson of California; four nieces, Patsy Boutwell of Atlanta, Ga., Mary Swank of Malad City, Idaho, Susan Cunningham of...

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