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Dillman-Van Vleck, Luana Marie Baze Mrs.

Luana Marie Dillman-Van Vleck, 77, died Aug. 24, 2004, at Holy Rosary Hospital in Ontario, where she had been hospitalized the past few days for flu-like symptoms. 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 Luana will be remembered in the Baker City and Halfway areas as Luana Dillman, and the mother of Walt Dillman Jr., Sammy (Nancy Dillman) Mercer, Lonnie Dillman and Dock Dillman. Luana’s graveside memorial service will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. Pastor Bill Shields of the Pine Valley Presbyterian Church will officiate. Interment will follow the services. Luana, the daughter of Dock and Armilda Baze, was born Sept. 19, 1926, in the Grandview-Sunnyside area of Washington state. She was the fourth of nine children. She was raised in the Horse Heaven Hills near Prosser, Wash., and she boasted to her grandchildren how she rode with her father to wrangle wild horses for trade. “That’s how daddy made his living,” she said. “We’d wrangle the wild ponies in, break...

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McGregor, John Vernon – Obituary

John Vernon McGregor, 87, a longtime Livermore, Calif., resident, formerly of Baker City, died suddenly on May 13, 2005, after a brief decline in health. John was born to John and Frances McGregor in Ontario. He spent his first years on the family farm. He later moved to Baker City where he married Sadie Darlene Tripp in 1941. They lived briefly in Wonderland, Calif., where he worked as a welder helping in the construction of Shasta Dam. In 1942, he joined the Army Air Corps. He served as a tail gunner in a B-24 during World War II. He flew 50 missions fighting on the European Front. For the past several years, John and his wife, Darlene, faithfully attended the annual reunions held by the 376th Heavy Bombardment Group. After the war, John and Darlene moved their growing family to California, where he worked as a welder for a number of years. He then became a partner in an ornamental iron business during the 1950s. In 1959, John began a long career as a Mechanical Technician at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He retired in 1981. According to his family, John was “one of a kind.” He was enthusiastic about all of his varied interests. Over his lifetime he enjoyed hunting, archery, bowling, piloting his piper cub airplane, motorcycling, camping, taking family car trips and traveling in his R.V. He...

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Cole, Erma Willey Mrs. – Obituary

Erma Cole, 95, a former Baker City resident, died Jan. 18, 2005, in a care home at Aloha. She was born on Feb. 26, 1909, and was raised at Baker City. She was the 11th child of Eva Lovina and John Dexter Willey. She was a tomboy growing up. She loved reading history and graduated from Baker High School. She met Leonard “Doc” Cole at a Grange Hall dance at Hereford where she was visiting a sister. Doc was working on the highway construction at that time. They were married on Feb. 2, 1929, at his sister’s home in Vale. The couple bought 40 acres on April 24, 1935, about seven miles north of Vale. Since Doc was raised on a big ranch in Malheur City, he had a love and knowledge for the lifestyle. They had no ditches or water until the spring of 1937, so Doc went to Homedale to drive truck. They lived in a tent house complete with wood flooring and a wood-burning stove while this house was being put together. It was a two-room home, with a wood-burning stove for cooking and heat. Doc carried water for Erma from the outside pump. They had no electricity or running water. Erma was an excellent cook and baker and she always had plenty of food for company or whoever showed up at mealtime. She sewed her...

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Domby, Paul – Obituary

Paul Domby, 83, of Ontario, died March 6, 2005, at Holy Rosary Medical Center in Ontario. His graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Evergreen Cemetery in Ontario. Paul’s grandson, Maj. Brad S. Domby will officiate. There will be a public viewing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Lienkaemper Chapel in Ontario. Paul was born at home in Malheur on Feb. 1, 1922, to Stephen H. and Ella Kish Domby. He attended Ontario schools and married Joey Genevieve Larson on Jan. 1, 1943, at Weiser, Idaho. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1941 at Baker City and was later stationed at Pasco, Wash., Klamath Falls, and San Bruno, Calif. He served in the Pacific Theater during World War II and spent most of his time in the Philippines as Storekeeper 3rd Class. After being discharged in 1945, he worked for his brother, Frances, on the homestead at Malheur. Later he worked for the Oregon State Highway Department for three years. He then turned his hand to farming and ranching on Porter’s Flat and took a second job at the Oregon Portland Cement Co. at Lime, where he worked for 25 years. In 1979, he retired from the cement company early after the plant moved to Durkee. After farming on Porter’s Flat for about 50 years, he moved in with his daughter, Marcia, in...

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Munkers, William Martin “Bill” – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon William Martin “Bill” Munkers, 77, of Baker City, died Nov. 8, 2004, at Settlers’ Park. A graveside inurnment will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Gordon Bond of the Richland Christian Church will officiate. Friends are invited to join the family at Lorraine’s home after the service for a reception. Bill was born on March 28, 1927, at Ontario to William and Helen Munkers. He was raised in the Juntura and Burns area until 1966 when he moved to Baker City. Bill ranched and farmed his whole life; at one time his family ran and worked 300 head of mares. He worked around horse and cattle all of his life. Bill worked on several cattle ranches in the Baker area until his health failed in the late 1990s. Bill was always ready to help anyone and he always had a few extra minutes to visit and have coffee. He was active at one time in the Baker County 4-H Association. Bill was president of the Blue Mountain Quarter Horse Association and was also president of the Haines Rodeo Association. Anytime there was a rodeo going, Bill would be there, maybe not up in the grandstands, but always behind the chutes helping the young cowboys. He was one of the last real cowboys and he loved every minute of it. Survivors include his...

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Andrew, Wilma LaRee “Babe” Hickey White Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Wilma LaRee “Babe” White Andrew, 80, of Baker City, died July 7, 2004, at her home. Her graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Lennie Spooner of the Baker City Church of the Nazarene will officiate. The grave site will be dedicated by Bob Brady of Baker City. Babe was born on Oct. 9, 1923, to William Thomas Hickey and Emile Cole Hickey on the family farm near Ontario where she grew up with 11 brothers and sisters. She married Jack White on June 22, 1939. They made their home in Baker City where they raised eight sons and one daughter. Babe was a loving mother who enjoyed gardening, crocheting, and family functions. Survivors include her daughter, Sherri White of Baker City; son, Gary White of Baker City, son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Debbie White of Baker City, son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Claudette White of Waitsburg Wash., son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Cecilia White of Baker City, son and daughter-in-law, Bruce and Sharon White of Pasco Wash., son, Monty White of Baker City, and son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Carole White of Waitsburg Wash.; a sister, Sally Down of Pasco Wash.; 26 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack White; and a son, Richard White of Portland. Memorial contributions...

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Hoffman, Alvin C. “Si” – Obituary

Alvin C. “Si” Hoffman, 87, of Ontario, a former Baker County resident, died July 23, 2004, at his home. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. (MDT) Wednesday at Park Community Church in Ontario. Pastor Ed Renk will officiate. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery in Ontario. Visitations will be until 8 o’clock tonight (MDT) at Ontario’s Lienkaemper Chapel. Si was born at Powell, Wyo., on May 10, 1917, to Charles and Myrtle Hoffman. The family moved to Ontario in 1918. Si attended Cairo Elementary School and was an Ontario High School graduate. He married Maxine Cartwright in 1938. Si worked on a ranch in Rye Valley before moving to Granite to work in the mines. After the mines shut down he worked at a foundry in Baker City. He then worked for Oregon-Portland Cement until his retirement. He and Maxine bought a farm in 1964. Si was living on the farm at the time of his death. Survivors include a daughter, Sandy Baker of Ontario; a son and his wife, Chuck and Kathy Hoffman of Ontario; grandchildren, Jay Baker of Ontario, Darren and Kathy Baker of Englewood, Colo., Jeff Hoffman of Ballston, N.Y., and Todd Hoffman of Ontario; two great-grandchildren; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Gorden and Elaine Cartwright of Las Vegas, Nev.; sisters-in-law, Donna Ladd of La Grande and Lois Hoffman of Ontario; and numerous nieces and nephews. He...

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Hopper , Julius Roland – Obituary

Huntington, Oregon Julius Roland Hopper, 80, of Huntington died Aug. 28, 2004, at his home. There will be a potluck to celebrate his life from 11 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Friday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall at Huntington Julius was born on July 3, 1924, at Weiser, Idaho, to Ira Melvin Bogue and Elizabeth Avaline Queen Hopper. In 1925, the family moved to their “Lost Watch Ranch” in the Mountain View district, 20 miles out of Huntington. To attend high school, Julius moved in with the Sumner family in Ontario, on the Oregon Slope, and worked for his room and board on their farm. The Sumner family loved Julius so much they wished they could adopt him as their own. He had just started his sophomore year when he had to return home to help take care of the family ranch. In 1950, Julius moved to the other family ranch at Durkee. He lived at Durkee until 1965, when he moved to Huntington. In 1978, he married Pattie Mitchell. For 35 years, he worked as an independent mail carrier on the Snake River and Malheur area route for the U.S. Postal Service. On his route, he was never a stranger. He loved visiting his clients. He enjoyed people and made friends everywhere he went. Every year he enjoyed attending the “Hopper” reunion where lots of stories were...

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Busby, Roy Elton – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Roy Elton Busby, 36, of Redmond, a former Baker County resident, died May 27, 2004, of natural causes at his home. His memorial service will be at 3 p.m. PDT Thursday at the Christian Center in Huntington. Mr. Busby was born in 1968 at Baker City. He spent time intermittently at Lime with his grandparents, Elton and Margaret Griffith, who survive him. They currently live at Ontario. He also is survived by Roy and Wanda Jones of Haines. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, June 4, 2004 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Burbank, Maxine Rynearson Mrs. – Obituary

Hereford, Oregon Maxine Burbank, 84, of Ontario, a former Baker County resident, died of complications of diabetes and the results of four strokes on April 22, 2004, at Life Care Center in Boise. Her graveside funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Riverside Cemetery in Payette, Idaho. She was born on June 13, 1919, at Emmett, Idaho, to Emory John and Etta Mae Rynearson. She lived for many years at Hereford where she and her husband owned the Hereford Store. They moved to Ontario in 1957. Although retired for many years, she spent more than 20 years as a waitress at the Eastside Cafe in Ontario. She liked to go fishing, berry picking and shopping, but her passion was for crocheting and sewing. She also liked working in her yard and growing beautiful flowers. Survivors include a sister, Mary Redfeldt of Emmett, Idaho; a brother, Everett Rynearson of Sacramento, Calif.; six grandchildren, Wes Christensen, Wade Christensen, Cindy Christensen, Carole Shankle, Bruce Jeffords and Sharilyn McMaster; 15 great-grandchildren; a few great-great-grandchildren; and two nieces, Kathie Schroeder and Elana Parrot. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Ronald Christensen and Grant Burbank; a son, Jack Christensen; and two daughters, Julia Christensen and Loetta Christensen Stump. Arrangements are by Summers Funeral Homes, Ustick Chapel, at Meridian, Idaho. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker...

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Beatty, Brenda L. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Brenda L. Beatty, 63, a longtime Baker City resident, died June 8, 2004, at her home. Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 2177 First St. The Rev. Richard Thew will officiate. Deacon Connie Boone will assist. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Brenda was born on March 3, 1941, at Ontario to Thad P. and Genevieve Clinkingbeard Beatty. She attended school in Baker City and was a Baker High School graduate. She went on to college, getting her degree in nursing. She was a registered nurse and worked in the operating room during all of her career, working in Baker City and Boise, Idaho, hospitals. She retired as head surgical nurse from St. Elizabeth Health Services in Baker City. Along with her mother, she owned an antique shop in Baker City for 18 years. After her retirement, she went to work at Coles Funeral Home, working for Roger and Dawn Coles, as a receptionist. She also helped out with services and provided grief counseling. Because Brenda was raised around funeral service, she really enjoyed working at the funeral home and felt good about helping people through a difficult time. She loved flowers and gardening and enjoyed spending time with her family. She and her mother went to San Salvador, El Salvador, in Central America to adopt her daughter...

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Miller, Leona B. Brinkerhuff Mrs. – Obituary

Halfway, Oregon Leona B. Miller, 96, a longtime Halfway and Baker City resident and recently of Canby, died Jan. 5, 2004, at the home of her daughter, Roberta J. Hilger, and her husband, John. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Pine Valley Presbyterian Church in Halfway. Vault interment will be at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception afterward at the Pine Valley Presbyterian Church. Leona was born on Oct. 15, 1907, to John Weir Brinkerhuff and Myrtle Alice Dingman at Collbran, Colo. They moved to Oregon when she was 4 years old. They lived at Ontario and then Baker City. Leona married Ralph Patterson when she was 16. They had a son, Firmin Patterson. She and Ralph were divorced after 11 years. In 1938, Leona married Frank Miller. This marriage lasted 59 years, at which time Frank died. The couple had two daughters, Rhonda Dine and Roberta Hilger. Leona was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and was active for many years in the Presbyterian Church at Halfway. She loved to cook and always had a houseful of people. She also loved to nurse and to help people. Leona was preceded in death by her parents, John Brinkerhuff and Myrtle Allen; her husband, Frank Miller; and a grandson, John F....

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Robbins, Darlene Emma Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Darlene Emma Robbins, 71 died Monday, January 26, 2004 in Baker City, Oregon after a lengthy illness. Memorial services will be held Monday, February 2, 2004 at 11 a.m. in the Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place Street with Rev. Ron Kratzer officiating. Inurnment will follow at Baker Cemetery at a later date. Mrs. Robbins was born September 13, 1932, in Bentonville Arkansas to Austin and Grace Robbins. In 1936, she moved from Nebraska to Ontario, Oregon at the age of four. She graduated from Ontario High School in 1950. She met her future husband while attending the Methodist Church Camp at Wallowa Lake. She married Llewellyn Leroy Robbins on August 26, 1951 in Nyssa, Oregon. They had many things in common including the same last name, though not related. They moved to Corvallis, Oregon where Llewellyn attended Oregon State University majoring in Vocational Agriculture. Darlene worked as telephone operator in Ontario and Corvallis. In 1954, they moved to Heppner, Oregon where Llewellyn accepted his first teaching position. In 1961, they moved to Baker City, where they purchased a farm on Pocahontas Road and Llewellyn continued to teach at the Baker High School. Darlene worked for and became the manager of Montgomery Wards until 1985 when they purchased the franchise. When Montgomery Wards closed all the franchise businesses, they opened Robbins Arrow and continued in the retail...

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Witham, Hertha Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Hertha Witham, 85, of Baker City, died March 5, 2003, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. Her memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church at Third and Broadway streets. Pastor Ed Niswender of the church will officiate. There will be a reception afterward at the Calvary Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Mrs. Witham was born on Jan. 30, 1918, at Idaho Falls, Idaho. She was raised by Eugene and Mattie Lee LaBrier. Her early education was received in Boise and at Middleton, Idaho. She graduated from high school at Ontario in 1935. After graduation, she worked for Cables Chevrolet at Ontario where she developed a lasting friendship with Mrs. Cable. She married Harvey E. Witham on July 26, 1941, at Payette, Idaho. They had been married for 61 years. The couple had four daughters: Evelyn, Jeanne, Reba and Anna Lee. Mrs. Witham was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church for 55 years or more. She loved the Lord and He was very important in her life and in the lives of her family. Her favorite verses were Philippians 4:11-17. She accepted the Lord while she lived at Middleton. She was a deaconess for many years. She delivered Meals on Wheels to many a lonely soul. She loved to visit the shut-ins with flowers and to catch them up on the activities of...

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Holloway, Lela Mae Bartshe Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Baker County, Oregon Lela Mae Holloway, 97, a longtime Baker City resident, died Jan. 3, 2003, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. Her memorial service will be Friday at 1 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 1919 Second St. in Baker City. Pastor Lura Kidner-Miesen of the United Methodist Church will officiate. A reception will follow. Lela was born April 4, 1905, at Hermitage, Mo., to John Riley and Nancy Hart Bartshe. When she was one month old her family moved to Oregon, living in the Oregon Slope area between Payette and Ontario. She received her teacher’s training in high school and after graduation from Ontario High School, she started teaching at the age of 17. On May 14, 1927, she married Cecil Holloway, and they moved to New Bridge, where he was to teach school. They lived in the Eagle Valley area until 1934, when they moved to Baker City. She taught at both Churchill School and the old Tiedemann Grade School. In 1947 she went to work for the Greyhound Bus Agency, and she managed the agency until her retirement in 1985. Lela was active in the United Methodist Church, teaching Sunday School for many years and working with the women’s circles. Raising flowers was one of her passions. After working a full day at her job, gardening was her “relaxation.” Many were recipients of her...

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