Roy Vanderwall Was Local Leader
Funeral services for Roy Edison Vanderwall, Haines, Oregon, 74, a lifetime resident of Baker County was held at 2:00 p.m. Monday afternoon, May 26, 1969 at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel. Rev. Robert D. McNeil of the First Methodist Church, officiated. Interment followed at the Haines Cemetery.
Mr. Vanderwall made a major contribution to the economy of the valley as a leader and head of the Dairyman’s Cooperative, first organized in the late ’20’s and one of the most successful in the region during the next two decades prior to the decline of dairy farming.
Mr. Vanderwall was born July 21, 1894 in Haines the son of Garrett W. and Anna K. Fisher Vanderwall. He was born at Muddy Creek on the present homestead property for over 50 years as well as other property in the same area. He was graduated by Haines High School in 1912 and the Oregon Agricultural College in 1915. He served in the United States Army in the 199th Aero Squadron during WWI from 1917 to 1919. He was married to his wife, Loddie H. Vanderwall in Haines on Nov. 4, 1919.
For the past six years he actively worked at the Anthony Lake Ski area having operated the Poma Lift. The past year, he wrote a book of his memories of the beginning of the ski operations at Anthony called “Roy Looks Back at Anthony”.
He passed away Friday afternoon at St. Elizabeth Hospital after a short illness.
He was a member of Baker Elks Lodge No. 338, American Legion Post No. 41, the Farm Bureau and an associate member of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association. He had been active on the Muddy Creek School Board for 15 years and has also been active on election boards for years.
He is survived by his wife, Loddie; two sons, Royal F. Vanderwall of Los Angeles, Bert W. Vanderwall of North Powder, one sister, Sylivia McCoy of Hillsboro, three granddaughters, Rhea Mae Patton, Hilda Marie and Roberta Lee Vanderwall all of North Powder. One sister, Leona Compton preceded him in death in 1968. Friends contributed to the Oregon Heart Fund as a memoriam.
Source: The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, May 29, 1969 page 6
Contributed by: Belva Ticknor