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    8 — THE BAKER COUNTY PRESS
FRIDAY, JANUARY 12, 2018
Local
— Obituaries —
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Sid Ziegler
Richland, 1926-2017
At OSU Sid met Donna
Lee Hayden. They later
married and moved to
Yreka, CA, where he
worked as a timber cruiser
for Fruit Growers Timber
Co. in Hilt and then Pine
Mountain Lumber Co. in
Yreka. While there, the
young couple was blessed
with three children, Scott
and twin daughters- Jan
and Jill.
In 1964 Sid moved his
family to Lincoln City, OR
after he took a job work-
ing for Fort Hill Lumber
Co. in Valley Junction as
a log buyer. He worked
there many years, provid-
ing well for his family. He
finished his career working
for Hampton Lumber Co.
of Willamina after they
bought out Fort Hill.
Donna Lee died in 1988.
Later, Sid married Beverly
Hinrichsen, of Seattle.
They enjoyed their short
time together until she was
taken by cancer. In 1993
he married Elma Williams
of Richland, OR. They en-
joyed 24 years of marriage
and she remained by his
side, caring for him, all the
way to the end.
Sid loved working in
the woods and had many
hobbies, including hunting,
fishing, rock hounding,
silversmithing/jewelry
making, and gardening. He
had a remarkable ability
of setting goals and then
reaching them. He was
a man of his word. He
was full of purpose and
he loved his family and
providing for them. He is
dearly missed.
Sid is survived by his
wife Elma, son Scott (Ma-
rie), daughter Jill (Bob),
step-daughter Penny (Bill),
eight grandchildren, three
great-grandchildren, seven
step-grandchildren, and
eight step-great-grandchil-
dren.
Sid was proceeded in
death by his parents, sister
Carol, his first two wives
Donna Lee and Beverly,
his daughter Jan, and step-
daughter Sherry.
A remembrance will be
held at a later date on the
coast, when the weather
is a little easier to travel
in. For those who would
like to make a memorial
Chaves
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Chaves said, “Their rea-
son was that the work re-
maining to be done had to
do with eligibility services
for the Oregon Health
Plan...” which includes
receiving calls from OHP
applicants, and then deter-
mining what their eligibil-
ity is, a function Chaves
said he was informed
needs to be performed by
State employees.
His response to that was,
“In the one-year contract
we had before, that’s
exactly what were doing.
So, we did it before, and
now, it has to be done by
State employees. On top
of that, they said not to
worry, because they were
still going to take care of
economic development in
rural Oregon (Governor
Kate Brown stated as much
herself), by putting State
union employees in some
of the rural DHS offices, as
call center people.”
donation in memory of Sid,
the family suggests the
Eagle Valley EMT Fund
through Tami’s Pine Valley
Funeral Home PO Box 543
Halfway, Oregon. On line
condolences may be shared
at www.tamispinevalleyfu-
neralhome.com.
vest Church General Fund
through Gray’s West & Co.
Pioneer Chapel at 1500
Dewey Avenue, Baker
City, OR 97814.
To light a candle in
memory of Julie, or to
leave a condolence for the
family, please visit: www.
grayswestco.com.
Julie Marie Sallquist
LaMiller
of Union,
Oregon; son
Jamie Mc-
Claughry of
Baker City,
Oregon;
grandchil-
Jeanie
dren Tyrone McClaughry
Jackson and
his wife Tiffany Knepper
of La Grande, Oregon;
Haley Still of Union,
Oregon, two great-grand-
children Isaiah and Aaliyah
Jackson; eight surviv-
ing siblings Carol Sivley
of Alabama, Kathleen
McClaughry of Haines,
Oregon, Patricia Culver of
Mount Vernon, Oregon,
Jeff McClaughry of North
Powder, Oregon, Cyndi
McClaughry of North
Powder, Oregon, Julie
Flood of Hood River, Or-
egon, Jim Durham of Hood
River, Oregon, Devaree
Milhon of Queens Creek,
Arizona; Many nieces,
nephews, and extended
family.
For those who would
like to make donation
in memory of Jeanie the
family suggests the Union/
Baker Special Olympics
through Tami’s Pine Valley
Funeral Home and Crema-
tion Services PO Box 543
Halfway, Oregon 97834.
On line condolences may
be shared at www.tamispi-
nevalleyfuneralhome.com.
Maryland.
Marguerite went on to
achieve a Doctorate in
Medical Science from
Loma Linda University in
California.
She then worked as
a teacher in Maryland,
Michigan, Illinois and
Oregon.
In 1988 she went to
Frontier School of Nursing
in Hyden, Kentucky for
her Family Nurse Practi-
tioner Degree. Working
with people in the hills of
Kentucky was considered a
great highlight of her life.
As an educator she
presented papers at nursing
societies in both the USA
and Australia.
In 1994, she founded the
Family Heath Clinic in
Union, Oregon. She was
dedicated, loyal, had a
strong work ethic, and was
truly compassionate.
She leaves behind a sister
in Spokane WA, a sister
in Gresham OR, a Brother
in Woodland, WA and her
faithful companion dog Eli
whom never left her side.
For those who would
like to make a donation
in memory of Margue-
rite the family suggests
Heart and Home Hospice
through Tami’s Pine Valley
Funeral Home and Crema-
tion Services PO Box 543
Halfway, Oregon 97834.
Online condolences may
be shared at www.tamispi-
nevalleyfuneralhome.com.
Baker City, 1949-2017
Jeanie McClaughry
Julie Marie
Sallquist, 68,
of Baker City
died Monday,
January 1,
2018 at
Settler’s Park
Assisted Liv-
Julie
ing.
Sallquist
A visitation
was held on Thursday,
January 4, 2018 from 4:00
p.m. to 8:00
p.m. at Gray’s West &
Company Pioneer Chapel.
The funeral service was
held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday,
January 5, 2018 at Gray’s
West & Company Pioneer
Chapel with Pastor Brad
Phillips officiating. A re-
ception will follow at
Coles Tribute Center lo-
cated at 1950 Place Street,
Baker City, OR 97814.
Julie was born on May 4,
1949 in Silverton, Oregon
to Lewis and Holly
(Woodward) Paulson.
She attended and gradu-
ated from Woodburn High
School.
In 1970, Julie graduated
from the University of
Oregon.
She married Jon Sallquist
on June 8, 1996 in Tuala-
tin, Oregon. She worked as
an administrative assistant
at Linda Zimmerman Real
Estate for 10 years and
retired in 2010.
Julie loved rock
climbing, hiking, skiing,
mountain biking, traveling,
working out at the gym and
playing piano. She was a
member of Harvest Church
and Peterson’s Bible Study.
Julie is survived by her
husband, Jon Sallquist of
Baker City, Oregon; her
daughter, Holly Ferris of
Gresham, Oregon; her son,
John “JJ” DeClerck of
Portland, Oregon; and her
daughter, Brianna Cervana
of Portland, Oregon. She
is also survived by six
grandchildren.
She was preceded in
death by her parents, Lewis
“Ole” Paulson and Holly
Paulson.
Memorial contributions
may be made to the Har-
Baker City, Died 2017
Jeanie McClaughry, 61,
of Baker City, Oregon died
Tuesday December 19,
2017 at her home in Baker
City, Oregon. As per her
request, there will be no
funeral service.
Jeanie was loving
mother, grandmother and
great-grandmother. She
was a sister of 10 siblings
and was termed a “identi-
cal mirror twin” as well.
Jeanie lived a beautiful
life. She enjoyed surfing
in her younger days while
living in Newport, Oregon.
Jeanie always made new
friends as she was an out-
going people person. She
especially loved living in
Eastern Oregon and always
enjoyed going to the lakes,
ponds and reservoirs to go
fishing. Christmas was one
of her favorite holidays.
She treasured decorating
her Christmas tree making
it fancy and beautiful and
spending time with her
family. Halloween was an-
other favorite holiday that
she shared with her twin
Joanie, the two delighted in
making their own costumes
and entering costume con-
tests every year.
Most of her working life,
she worked as a bartender.
One bar in particular where
she worked was at the
Longbranch in La Grande.
Jeanie adored spending
time with her grandchil-
dren and great-grandchil-
dren, she loved them very
much. They truly lit up her
life and she was always
talking about them.
Jeanie was loved by
many family and friends
and will be sorely missed.
Her beautiful smile and
laugh will forever be in our
hearts.
She was preceded in
death by her parents Wil-
liam Thomas McClaughry
and Virginia Aue:brother
David McClaughry; her
twin sister Joanie Mc-
Claughry.
Jeanie is survived by
her daughter Brandi and
her husband John Loebs-
Marguerite Pike
Marguerite Pike, 78, of
Union, Oregon died Tues-
day December 20, 2017 at
her home in Union with
her sister by her side. A
Memorial Service was held
Friday January 6, 2017, 4
p.m. at the Seventh Day
Adventist Church in Cove,
Oregon.
Marguerite was born in
Manchester, New Hamp-
shire to parents Victor and
Hope Pike on March 22,
1939. During her youth,
she was educated in New
York, Indiana and Wis-
consin. She loved photog-
raphy, especially when it
came to taking pictures of
wildlife. Marguerite also
had an interest in the medi-
cal field which she pursued
with great zest.
She attained her Reg-
istered Nursing degree
in Hinsdale, Illinois and
received her Masters in
Medical Surgical Nurs-
ing from the University
of Maryland in Baltimore,
James A. Attaway
Chaves said that the
down side is that one State
employee in that position
costs twice as much as one
of his performing the same
job here.
He said, “Our efficiency
was consistently signifi-
cantly higher...Financially,
it doesn’t make sense.
From an effectiveness
perspective, is it better
to have 60 people in five
different offices, or, all in
one group? And, we have
a proven track record.”
For the first seven of the
ten years Chaves provided
call center services for the
State, his company, which
he operates with his wife,
Kathleen, was the premium
billing agent for OHP,
which means that Chaves
sent out the bills, received
the premiums, deposited
those in the State’s ac-
count, etc.
With the execution of the
Affordable Care Act, also
known as “Obamacare,”
and former Governor John
Kitzhaber’s involvement,
Chaves said, that function
ended, since the premiums
were no longer required,
and OHA was then formed.
During the last Or-
egon Legislative session,
Chaves said, lawmakers
made the decision to have
DHS start performing
many of the functions that
were normally handled by
OHA, including call center
services.
This, coupled with
major changes in key State
management personnel,
contributed to the disorga-
nization, and the ensuing
issues, Chaves said.
“I’m comfortable with
saying that the key deci-
sion makers all understood
what they were doing—as
far as the dollar costs, our
effectiveness—in fact,
even on the call where they
said they weren’t going to
continue (with the con-
tract), they said, ‘Every-
body around here knows
you guys did a great job.’
The question is, if we’re
doing a great job, and cost
half as much, why aren’t
we continuing?”
Chaves said that, even
with the possibility of the
call center services now
being performed by several
hundred union employees
in the Salem-based facil-
ity (he didn’t confirm the
number), “Give us some-
thing else—that’s not all
those people are doing...
There are many things the
call center responds to,
besides eligibility.”
Chaves said he plans
to pursue contracts in the
private sector now, since
he believes there’s more
stability there, though he
will assess the possibility
of a government contract,
if the opportunity arises. “I
think that merit, efficiency,
and cost are factors in the
government world, but,
I don’t think they’re the
primary factors, in Salem,
right now. Whether it (
the call center work) goes
west, or stays east, it’s a
union thing now.”
Chaves now has 20
employees, with above-
minimum wages and full
benefits—down from a
previous total of 80—in-
volved in work such as
elections reports in five
different states, and soft-
ware applications services
for small- and medium-
size City and County
governments in Oregon.
Chaves Consulting is the
prime contractor for the
Oregon Records Manage-
ment Solution, and the
managing general partner
and half-owner of Synergy
Data Center & Services, in
the Baker Tower building,
Chaves said.
Whether this issue sur-
faces as a political one or
not in the future, he’s been
in regular contact with
legislators, including Con-
gressman Greg Walden,
who strongly supports
Chaves’ project, Chaves
said (Walden had met in-
person here with Chaves to
discuss the issue).
He said that this is the
first issue he’s encountered
of this type.
The end to the contract
means there is a far-
reaching effect on the local
economy, Chaves said,
since the loss could be
multiplied many times.
Chaves said, “We
weren’t doing this for the
profit—our profit margin
on the call center was
pretty low. We were doing
Union, 1939-2017
Baker City, 1921-2017
Lt. Col. James A. At-
taway, USAF, Ret., of
Baker City, Oregon passed
away on December 18,
2017 in Boise, Idaho at the
age of 96.
A Graveside Service will
be held in Spring 2018 at
Mt. Hope Cemetery in
Baker City, Oregon.
Jim was born on May 29,
1921 in Phoenix, Arizona
to Albert and Bessie
(McCulley) Attaway.
He attended high school
in Bellflower, California
and graduated in 1939. He
then attended Fullerton Ju-
nior College where he re-
ceived cadet pilot training,
graduating in 1941. Jim
also obtained pilot training
for B-24s and B-17s in the
United States Air Force.
Jim married Rosemary
Cravens on August 17,
1945 in Detroit, Michigan.
On October 30, 1941, at
20 years old, Jim became
an official United States
Air Force pilot. He flew B-
17s over Europe. His B-17
was “Black Heart.” Jim
flew 25 missions in World
War II.
On one of his missions,
Jim and his crew were to
drop bombs on a target.
When they got to their
target, for some unknown
reason, they were alone
without backup.
They dropped the bombs,
hit their target and headed
home. They encountered
several German fighter
planes and two of their
engines were shot out and
a waste gunner was killed.
When they landed safely
back at the base, they real-
ized how lucky they were
to be alive. On examina-
tion of the plane Jim real-
ized he had a 20 millimeter
shell sitting under his seat,
inches from taking his life.
Also, there was an explo-
sive device lodged beneath
the plane that failed to ex-
plode. Jim’s family thanks
him for his service and
thanks God for protecting
him.
Jim retired from the
United States Air Force af-
ter 20 years of service. He
then worked for the FAA
Flight Service at Baker
Airport and retired after 20
years.
He loved golf and played
with the guys twice per
week until he was 90 years
old. He was a member of
the Nazarene Church, Elks,
American Legion and
Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Jim is survived by his
daughter, Cathy Blankin-
ship of Baker City, Or-
egon; son, John Attaway of
Boise, Idaho; and daughter,
Susan Cassidy of Baker
City, Oregon.
He is also survived by
six grandchildren and 15
great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death
by his parents, Albert and
Bessie Attaway; his wife,
Rosemary C. Attaway; and
his son, Danny S. Attaway.
Memorial contributions
may be made to the Rachel
Pregnancy Center-Baker
City through Gray’s West
& Co. Pioneer Chapel at
1500 Dewey Ave., Baker
City, OR 97814.
To light a candle in
memory of Jim, or to
leave a condolence for the
family, please visit: www.
grayswestco.com.
it to create jobs here, and
to give people a chance to
prove themselves, and to
excel.”
He pointed to two signs
attached to the front of his
desk.
Within a blue circle, one
reads “Kindness Patience
Accuracy,” and the other
one, within a red, prohibi-
tion sign-type circle, reads
“Drama Gossip Blame.”
He said, “That kind of
work environment is what
motivated these people to
excel.”
The end to the contract
means there is a local
economic loss that can be
multiplied many times,
Chaves said.
“If they want to have
an impact anywhere in
rural Oregon, they should
take all of the call centers
they have with every State
agency, and put them into
the private sector, around
rural Oregon.
“That would make a big-
ger difference in economic
development than anything
else I can think of,” he
concluded.