Location: Whitney Oregon

Hacker, Myrtle Christian Borman Mrs. – Obituary

Myrtle Christian Hacker, 86, of Baker City, died Oct. 25, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Care Center. Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Pastor Lennie Spooner of the First Church of the Nazarene. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Friends are invited to join Myrtle’s family after the service for a potluck reception at the home of Debbie Clelland, 1336 Valley Ave. Visitations will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Gray’s West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave. Myrtle was born on Dec. 23, 1918, at Whitney. She was the youngest of the five children born to Edward Ridgeway and Sarah Elizabeth Hanby Borman. Myrtle was a very caring person and was liked by everyone and touched everyone’s heart. She enjoyed attending church and church functions. Myrtle loved to cook and entertain large family gatherings. When Al was alive, the couple enjoyed hunting and fishing. Myrtle also had fun with the occasional trip to Reno, Nev. She loved flowers and, when she was younger, she loved to dance. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin H. Hacker; her parents, Edward and Sarah Hanby; brothers, Floyd Albert, Richard Ridgeway and Louis Hershal; and a sister, Thelma Virginia. Survivors include her son, Charles Couzens; grandchildren, DaVon Marie Spellman and Daniel Richard Couzens; great-grandchildren, Kiya...

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Hale, Eugene Vaughan “Gene” – Obituary

Whitney, Baker County, Oregon Eugene Vaughan “Gene” Hale, 92, a longtime Baker County resident, died May 31, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Care Center. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Pastor Roger Scovil of the Christian Church will officiate. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitations will be until 7 o’clock tonight at Gray’s West & Co. Gene was born on May 20, 1913, at Baker City to John “Sam” Hale and Mallie Mary Vaughan Hale. Gene’s father bought the Whitney ranch in 1903 and went from working in the gold mines to ranching. Sam died in the flu epidemic of 1929. Gene, with his brother, Piper, and mother, Mallie, continued ranching, first with cattle and later raising sheep. In 1935, the family moved the sheep ranch to Alderdale, Wash. With the outbreak of World War II, they sold the sheep ranch for use as a bombing range. Gene met and married Charlotte Davis. He and Charlotte returned to Whitney by train with only three cows to their name. They worked long, hard hours and were often isolated due to deep snowfall in the winters. Gene told how they lost their entire calf crop the first year, so to make ends meet he hauled supplies and mail to Greenhorn by wagon. Their determination and grit paid off...

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Burke, Sandra “Cass” Mrs. – Obituary

Sumpter, Oregon Sandra “Cass” Burke, 62, of Sumpter, died Sept. 1, 2003, at her home. At the family’s request, disposition was by cremation at Eastern Oregon Pioneer Crematory. A private memorial service will be scheduled later. Cass was born March 31, 1941. She was a wonderful mom, “the best on the block,” always taking time to color or play with her children. Cass spent the last years of her life with her husband, Bo, and friends near Whitney. She enjoyed entertaining her loved ones and will be greatly missed for her sense of humor, her amazing zest for life, and let’s not forget her wonderful talents in the kitchen. Cass worked at Borello’s Restaurant in Sumpter. Cass is survived by her husband, Raymond “Bo” Bohanman; close friends, Kathy Smith and Bonnie Quesenberry; daughters, Karen (Kelly) Mayo of Corvallis, and Marta Thompson of Albany; a sister, Lynn Phillips, of Susanville, Calif.; grandchildren, Levi Easton and Ryann (Joe) Johnson, both of Redmond, and Travis Easton of Bend; and great-grandchildren, Jackie, Christopher and Alana Easton, and Justin, Destiny and Eric Johnson. Memorial contributions may be made to 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, September 5, 2003 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Eccles, Richard David – Obituary

Richard David Eccles, 78, of Stockton, Calif., died Saturday, May 3, 2003, in a hospital. A memorial service was held in Stockton. Eccles was born Sept. 2, 1924, in Hood River and lived in Whitney and Prairie City where he attended the first grade. He lived in Stockton for 50 years. Eccles was a self-employed helicopter pilot for 40 years, and was a former president of Helicopter Association of American and Helicopter Association International. He served in the Naval Air Corps as a lieutenant and was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He is survived by his children, Richard, Kathleen and Robert, a brother Samuel Davis Eccles of Nyssa, Oregon and Naomi Ann Eccles Chitwood and six grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, San Joaquin Chapter, 2720 Gateway Oaks, Suite 1 Used with permission from: The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, May, 2003 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Rhoda, Mary Jane “Janie” Hobson Mrs. – Obituary

Mary Jane “Janie” Rhoda, 83, of Baker City, died Jan. 19, 2006, at Las Vegas, Nev., of cancer. A special Sunday service celebrating her life will be scheduled later at the Haines United Methodist Church. Mary Jane was born on Feb. 10, 1922, at Salem to Guy and Hazel Hobson. The family moved to Baker City in 1928. That same year they moved to Whitney, where her mother ran the Whitney Post Office, often assisted by Mary Jane and her brother, Loren. She was a 1939 Baker High School graduate and attended Willamette University, returning to Eastern Oregon to live at Halfway. There, she married Carl Rhoda in 1941. The Rhodas moved to Madras, where Carl was superintendent of schools and principal of Madras Union High School from 1945 to 1963. Mary Jane worked for many years at the Madras Market and was a member of the First Christian Church. Oakridge was her home from 1963 to 1991. Carl died on June 30, 1980. Mary Jane returned to live in Baker City in 1991. Mary Jane was honored at the 1991 Miners Jubilee in Baker City as a past 1941 Jubilee Rodeo Queen. She was a member of the Haines United Methodist Church and the Mutual Improvement Club. Her family expressed appreciation to those who sent cards and letters during her illness. Survivors include a son, Carl Rhoda of...

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