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Smith, Thomas – Obituary

Elgin, Oregon Aug. 9 — Thomas Smith, memorial service, 1 p.m., United Methodist Church, Elgin The Observer – August 4, 2008 ___________________________________ Thomas Ira Smith, 93, of McMinnville and formerly of Elgin, died July 10 in McMinnville. Memorial services will begin at 1 p.m. Aug. 9 at the United Methodist Church at Fifth and Birch Street in Elgin. Autumn Crematorium in Tigard was in charge of arrangements. Tom was born Sept. 22, 1914, to Ira Arthur and Henrietta Esther (Cruikshank) Smith in Gridley, Calif. The family soon moved to Elgin where Tom graduated from Elgin High School in 1932. Joining the Navy in November 1941, Tom served on a destroyer in the Pacific Ocean for the next four years. Tom reached the rate of chief petty officer before being discharged in November 1945. While on leave, he and Orlena Belle Roberts married in La Grande on March 17, 1945. They moved to San Diego for the balance of Tom’s enlistment. The couple moved to Pendleton, living there from 1945 to 1956. They moved their family to Halfway until 1960. Eventually settling in Ontario, they raised four children while running the family electrical business. Tom enjoyed hunting, camping and spending time with his wife and children in the outdoors. He learned to fly small aircraft. He and Orlena would fly back and forth visiting their children while they attended colleges...

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Cramer, Juanita Justine – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Juanita Justine Cramer, 86, of Ontario and formerly of La Grande, died Sept. 22 at home. A gathering of family and friends will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 17 at 1245 N. Fortner St. in Ontario. Haren-Wood is in charge of arrangements. Juanita was born May 9, 1923, to DC and Sallie Juanita Mosley in Johnson City, Tenn. She married Russell Cramer Nov. 23, 1973, in Payette, Idaho. She belonged to the Rebekah Lodge for 61 years. She lived in a local care center in La Grande from 2007 to 2008. Survivors include her husband, Russell Cramer; children, Jodi Bagley and Cindy and her husband, Jerry Foster; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other relatives. Memorial contributions may be made to Pathway Hospice in Ontario. La Grande Observer – October 05,...

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Robertson, Helen Mae – Obituary

Helen Mae Robertson Dies after brief illness; Funeral Services Sunday. Miss Helen Mae Robertson, 14, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Robertson, died at the Holy Rosary Hospital Friday after an illness of five days. She was taken ill with appendicitis Sunday and rushed to the hospital, where an emergency operation was performed, during which it was discovered that peritonitis had set in, and hope for her recovery was deemed slight. Her father, Traffic Officer J. A. Robertson, was called from La Grande and reached here before she passed away. Funeral services were held from the St. Matthews Episcopal Guild hall Sunday afternoon, under the direction of Rev. Frederick Marx Barton. The services were attended by members of the Ontario Girl Scouts, of which she was a charter member, and many of the class of ’32 of Ontario High school to shich she belonged. The pall bearers were boys of the class: Robert Graham, Blaine Breckon, Frank Jenkins, Clyde Huffman, Dean Chobick and Julian Wisdom’ honary pall bearers were from the Girl Scouts. Misses June Higginbotham, Ellen Marie Doolittle. Margaret Laxson, Helen Diven, June Edick, and Freda Harrison. From LaGrande and Baker came representative peace and traffic officers, associates of Mr. Robertson. Sergeant Huck Lieu. Allen and Traffic Officers Walter Lansing and W. W. Yancey lead the funeral procession. Besides her parents, Helen Mae is survived by...

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Phelps, James LeRoy Jr. – Obituary

Dad went to visit his Father in Heaven on October 8, 2007 after a brief illness. James was born in Weldona, Colorado on March 26, 1928 to James “Lee” and Gladys “Bernice” Phelps. The family arrived in Idaho in the late 1930’s, and he was raised on a farm on the hill outside of Roswell, Idaho. He graduated from Wilder High School spring of 1946 and entered the Navy that fall. He served his country in the Mediterranean on the U.S.S Midway. During those years he corresponded with Dorothy Burt and upon returning from the Navy he married Dorothy on July 7, 1948. They started their family in the Ten Davis area east of Parma, on the farm their first two of their children were born, Beth Nadine and John Rhannon. When John was eleven months old they moved to Colorado where James worked for the city of Fort Morgan, where the next two children David Patrick and Barbara Ann were born. They all returned to Idaho so that James could attend Boise Junior College. During the two years it took to earn his teaching certificate another son was born Bill Maynard. Upon completing college his first teaching assignment was in Grand View, Idaho. Their last child Josephine Louise was born while they were living there. James taught a total of 26 years and his last assignment was in...

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Chastain, Marie Veola Fahy – Obituary

Marie V. Chastain, 88, Ontario, died Jan. 16, 1991. Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Ontario Lienkamper Chapel. The Rev. Jack Becker will officiate. Interment will follow at Valley View Cemetery in Vale. She was born March 1, 1902, in Westfall, Ore., to Jay D. and Lucy Lamberson Fahy. She had lived all but nine years of her life in Malheur County, mostly in the Harper-Westfall area. She had been an active member of the Ontario Senior Citizens. She and Liberty Chastain were married Aug. 21, 1922 in Ontario. They had ranched in the Harper area. Survivors include her daughter, Luree Jennings of Marathon, Fla.; a sister, Hazel Whittenburg of Vale; eight grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; five great great grandchildren, a niece and a nephew. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lib, in 1966; a son, Elwyn, and a brother Elwyn Fahy. Argus Observer, January 18, 1991 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Hammack, Lester E. – Obituary

Lester E. Hammack 89, of Jamison, died July 13, 1989, in a Vale nursing home. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the First Christian Church in Vale, Rev. Paul Ratzlaff officiating. Internment will follow at Valley View Cemetery in Vale, under the direction of Lienkaemper Chapel of Vale. He was born June 12, 1900 in Lostine, Oregon, the son of John L. and Alice Bohannon Hammack. He moved with his parents and lived in Elgin, Echo and Milton-Freewater, Oregon before moving to Cow Valley in 1918. He moved to Jamison in 1920 where he ranched and farmed. He married Crystal Cammann August 28, 1924 in Payette, Idaho. She preceded him in death January 9, 1978 in Ontario, Oregon. He continued to reside in Jamison. He was a member of the Christian Church in Vale and a past Malheur County Commissioner, member of the Malheur County Cattlemen’s Association and director of the Dell Cemetery and a director of various other boards. Survivors include, one daughter, Verna M. Hammack of Vale, a son and daughter-in-law, W.C. ‘Bud’ and Lorraine Hammack of Jamison, four grand-daughters, Jeanie Singleton of Jamison, Cathy Reinke of Gooding, Idaho, Susan Snyder and Connie Brinton, both of Ontario, nine great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, many grand nieces and grandnephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, three half-brothers, two half-sisters and one...

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Opperman, Paul V. – Obituary

Prairie City, Grant County, Oregon Paul V. Opperman, 37, died June 6, 2006, in Hillsboro in an auto accident. A memorial service is planned at noon on Friday at Fir Lawn Mortuary, 1070 West Main St. in Hillsboro. Graveside services will be on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Prairie City Cemetery. Paul was born in Ontario on Jan. 2, 1969, and grew up in Prairie City, where he graduated in 1987. Known for his strong will, sense of humor and sometimes larger than life antics, a favorite saying of his family and close friends was, “you can take the boy out of Eastern Oregon, but you can’t take Eastern Oregon out of the boy”. Paul attended Western Oregon State College and was employed at Royal Moore Auto Center for the past 12 years where he developed many friendships. He is remembered for his big heart, intense love of his family, lifelong friendships, generosity and genuine concern for others. Paul lived big and loved much. His passions included sports, nature, fishing, local and Native American history, and truth. He is loved and remembered by his mother and stepfather, Sharon and Keith Kennedy; his father and stepmother, Paul David and Linda Opperman; two brothers, David and his wife, Melissa, and Mark and his wife, Robin; two sisters, Nina Press and her husband, Ron, and Joy McCall and her husband, Ron,...

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Webb, Lee Stanley – Obituary

Killed in Collision Blinding Dust is Cause of Crash near Ontario Lee Stanley Webb, 19 year-old Baker youth, was killed Thursday afternoon in a construction accident 10 miles north of Ontario. Webb, son of Mrs. Billie Webb and stepson of Herman Webb, was a prominent athlete at Baker High School, participating both in football and basketball. He graduated with the Baker High class of 1954. State police accounts of the Thursday accident, which happened at 4:40 p.m., said that Webb was driving a water truck for the Rogers Construction Company, which was engaged in new highway construction north of Ontario. Cars on the project stirred up a blinding curtain of dust, Jack Whillhit of Boise, driver of a carryall vehicle, and Webb collided in the dust. Whillhist is hospitalized with serious chest injuries. Webb, whose parents live at 3015 College Street, was born November 28, 1936 at Haines. He attended Baker public schools, graduating from high school in 1954. He was an outstanding athlete. He attended Oregon State College at Corvallis for a year. For the past two months he had been employed by the Rogers Construction Company, contractor on the Sperry Cutoff section of U. S. Highway 30 ten miles north of Ontario. He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Webb; a brother Harold Mike Webb; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Stanley of...

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Carter, Willis D. – Obituary

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...

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Holland, Edward A. – Obituary

Edward A. Holland, 71, of New Bridge, died on March 25, 2005, at the emergency room of St. Elizabeth Health Services en route home from St Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute at Fruitland. At his request, there will be no funeral. Edward Arlen was born on Feb. 18, 1934, at Ontario to May and William W. Holland of Harper. He attended Harper Grade School, and then in 1947 went to the New Bridge Grade School when his father transferred with the state Highway Division from Harper to Richland. Ed attended Eagle Valley High School at Richland for four years, graduating in 1953. He was a member of the Eagle Valley High School football teams that won state championships twice, first for six-man football and then for eight-man football. He was also selected as a Baker County all-star baseball pitcher. He spent his summer vacation in 1952 working for the U.S. Forest Service, a job he got in an unusual way. In those days the Forest Service searched for farm boys to hire. When Union District Ranger Harold Dahl was told that Ed Holland was working for farmers he asked Edward Braswell, then Sparta Butte lookout to see if Holland would drive to Lily White to meet the Union District clerk, Reynolds Baxter, to sign employment papers. Ed took the job and began splitting fence posts, then went on horse...

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Bradford, Steven Ray – Obituary

Steven Ray Bradford, 53, of Unity, died March 28, 2005. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Burnt River Community Church at Unity. Pastor Bill Cox of McEwen Bible Fellowship will officiate. The graveside service will be at Unity Cemetery. There will be a potluck dinner at a location to be announced later. He was born on March 15, 1952, at Ontario to Elbert and Donna Koontz Bradford. He lived at Unity all of his 53 years. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed hunting with his family and friends. In the last few years he was very supportive of the high school sports teams, foreign exchange students and the church youth. In his early years he worked at the Unity sawmill for Ellingson Lumber Co. He then worked for 10 years on the road crew. He began his own business “Bradford Excavating” and was self-employed until his death. He will be greatly missed by his friends and family. Survivors include his two children, Travis Bradford of John Day and Tracy Caylor and her husband, Tom, and four grandchildren, Caleb, Jordan, Hanna and Michael of Shoshone, Idaho; his sisters, Barbara Andrews and Karen Christensen; brothers, Rod Bradford, Brian Bradford and Rob Bradford; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Elbert Bradford; his mother, Donna Bradford; and one brother, Larry Boyer....

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Wingerd, Claude “Shorty” – Obituary

Claude “Shorty” Wingerd, 60, a former resident of LaGrande, OR, died Friday, July 26, in West Virginia. Graveside services for “Shorty” will be held Friday, August 2 at 10:00 a.m. in the Veterans section of Mt. Hope Cemetery, Baker City. Military rites will be accorded by the Mt. Home Air Force Base Honor Guard, Mt Home, Idaho. Friends may call for visitation at Gray’s West and Co. Thursday, August 1 from 9:00 a.m. until ?p.m. Mr. Wingerd was born, February 12, 1931 at Longmont Colorado, the son of Claude and Virginia (Black) Wingerd. At a young age, with his family they moved West, living in Ontario, OR., where he attended school. They then moved to LaGrande, where he graduated from LaGrande High School. After his graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in Korea, and Vietnam, he spent 27 years in the Army, retiring as a Sergeant Major. He is survived by his parents Claude and Virginia Wingerd, Baker City, his wife Norma Wingerd and son Dean Wingerd both of Meadow Ridge, West Virginia, three sisters, Louise Kamp, Gettesburg, PA, Betty Cloward, Newcastle, CO, and Alma Murchison, LaGrande, OR. Those wishing to make memorial contributions in the memory of “Shorty”, may direct them to the American Heart Association, Oregon Affiliate, Inc. 1425 N.E. Irv…(rest is missing) The Record-Courier, Baker City, Oregon, Thursday August 1, 1991 Contributed by: Belva...

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Derrick, Sharon Cathey Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Baker County, Oregon Sharon Derrick, 66, of Ontario, a former longtime Baker County resident, died May 7, 2005, at Ontario from colon cancer. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Community United Methodist Church, 240 S.E. Third St., in Ontario. Private interment will be later. Visitations will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Haren-Wood Funeral Chapel, 2543 Fourth Ave., in Ontario. Sharon was born on Jan. 25, 1939, at Belle Fourche, S.D., to Hugh and Laura Cathey. She moved to Baker City with her family in the 1940s. She married Harley Derrick in 1958. The family moved to their Jimtown farm in 1967. She raised her family in beautiful Pine Valley, an area she truly loved. In 1994, she and Harley moved to the Ontario area to be close to their grandchildren. The family expressed appreciation to Dr. Douglas Fraker, Dr. James Metz, Debbie Smith and the University of Pennsylvania staff for allowing her to participate in a Phase II study in photo-dynamic therapy to further the research for a cure for cancer. They also thanked Dr. Larry Fiorentino and the oncology nurses at Fruitland Mountain States Tumor Institute for their caring service. And they expressed appreciation to Dr. John Phillips and the staff of Holy Rosary Medical Center in Ontario for their love and concern for Sharon during her...

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Shephard, La Neva E. Scott Mrs. – Obituary

La Neva E. (Scott) Shephard, 89, of Ontario, died May 7, 2005 in an Ontario assisted-living facility. Funeral services will be Friday at 11 a.m. (MDT) at the First United Methodist Church in Ontario. The Rev. Linda Tucker will officiate. A graveside service will follow at 1 p.m. (PDT) at Mount Hope Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Lienkaemper Funeral Chapel in Ontario. La Neva was born July 10, 1915 to Herbert H. and Myrtle F. (Powell) Scott in Oroville, Wash. As a small child she moved and eventually settled with her family in Baker City, where she was an excellent student, graduating from Baker High School with a Certificate of Honor. La Neva also studied accounting, and was soon employed by W. C. Calder Enterprises, working within their offices. La Neva fell in love and soon married Wallace D. Shephard of Baker City on June 20, 1937 in Klamath Falls in the Christian Church. While Wallace was working in Klamath Falls, La Neva spent her days working as a personal secretary to Dr. A. Soule, M.D., and soon after worked for Shaw Lumber Co. as a secretary in their Klamath Falls office. Upon returning to Baker, La Neva worked as a secretary for the Baker Wholesale Grocery Co., and later resigned from that job to raise her growing family. When all of her five children were...

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Foster, Marvin LeRoy – Obituary

Baker City, Baker County, Oregon Marvin LeRoy Foster, 87, died March 3, 2005, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Boise of complications from surgery. His daughters and sister were by his side. At his request, his body was cremated and there will be no service. Instead the family asks that you keep him in your thoughts this way, “When I am gone, remember me with laughter for that is how I will remember you. If you can only remember me with tears, don’t remember me at all.” That’s the way he would have wanted it. He was born the third of four children to Martin and Mary “Mae” Wilding Foster on Jan. 23, 1918, at Hunter, Utah. In 1937, he accompanied a friend to Sun Valley, Idaho, looking for work at the Sun Valley Lodge, which in those days was a favorite vacation spot for Hollywood stars. He performed several jobs there, including work as a bell boy and as a caretaker for the children of people such as Bing Crosby and Ernest Hemingway. He took Hemingway’s boys bird hunting, bowling, skiing and ice skating and came to love them very much. He had many treasured pictures of his “kids.” On May 26, 1940, he married Helen E. Bolek, a chambermaid he met at the lodge. They finished working out the season at Sun Valley and then moved to the...

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