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THURSDAY, MAY 26,2016
John Howard Rayl
John F. Steigler, Jr.
July 1935-May 2016
John Howard Rayl passed away at his home in
Stanfield, Ore. on May 4,2016. A Celebration of
John’s Life was held on Saturday, May 14,2016
at the Hermiston Seventh Day Adventist Church.
A private family burial will be held at a later date.
John was bom on July 12,1935 in Baker City,
Ore. to John Homer Rayl and Grace Bobb Cole Rayl. He grew up in
Baker City and attended school there until his senior year. John gradu
ated from Gem State Academy in Caldwell, Idaho where he met the
love of his life, Betty Ann Moore. They were married in 1954, making
their home in Baker City where they raised 4 girls.
He worked at Poiidosa on the railroad and was the engineer on the last
train out when they closed the mill. John was a building contractor and
built many homes and businesses but his first love was farming. He
always had a herd of cattle that would come when he called. John loved
buying a farm, fixing it up and selling it. He moved from PineCrpek to
Medical Springs to Hermiston and back to Medical Springs and then
back to Stanfield.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Betty, in 2014.
He is survived by his daughters; Valerie Tachenko of Baker City,
Carmine Walker of Stanfield, Ore., Brenda Johnson of Vancouver,
Wash., Jonell Jepson of Medford; special friend and companion Reesa
Leavitt of Hermiston; many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
For those who would like to make a memorial donation in memory of
John may do so to the Voice of Prophecy through Tami’s Pine Valley
Funeral Home & CS, PO Box 543 Halfway, OR 97384. Online condo
lences may be shared at www.tamispinevalleyfuneralhome.com
Oct. 1929-May 2016
Cora Colleen Woodworth passed away at the age
of 86 on May 5, 2016. She was a blessing to all
who knew and loved her. She was bom on Oct. 10,
1929 in Saginaw, Michigan to Martha and John
Klippert into a family that would encompass 9 siblings. Cora spent her
early childhood years in Lyman, Nebraska and in 1944 the family moved
to a small farm near Sunnyside, Wash. Cora graduated from Sunnyside
High School in 1948. She loved the drama club; she was in several plays
and worked as an associate editor for the high school newspaper.
Cora married Laurie Woodworth in 1949. They started their married life
on a dairy farm and eventually moved to the Outlook, Wash, area to grow
row crops. She was the ultimate farm wife; she supported her husband in
all his endeavors. She could drive tractor, help round up Cows and drive
the feed truck. She brought afternoon tea and homemade pie out to the
field to Laurie nearly every day. Together the couple raised 3 children,
Laurel, Gale, and Kevin.
Cora was gracious and extremely kind and had a quiet hidden strength.
She always put people at ease and made them feel very important. She
was known for her gentleness and at the same time was very strong willed.
Cora was a faithful, active life-long Lutheran, she was confirmed in 1945.
She was a member of First Lutheran Church of Baker City for 26 years,
previously attending Our Saviour’s Lutheran of Sunnyside, Wash, for 35
Cora’s family was her treasure and her delight. She is survived by her
daughters Laurel Goodrich (Bob) and Gale Faber (Jon) and son Kevin
Woodworth (Ruth). Her beloved grandchildren are Nathan Goodrich
(Molly), Daniel Goodrich (Sara), Ben Goodrich (Adrianne), Rachel Hard
man (Rob), Jeremy . Sehulz, Adani Wbodworth (Nina), and Leslie Wood
worth. She was called GG by her 10 great grandchildren: Ian, Cora, Ellie,
Leah, Noah, Lucas, Addison, Sven, Maiken and Griffin.
She is also survived by her step-granddaughter Rachel Faber Archer
(Adam) and great-granddaughters Riley and Jules and her former son-in
law, Jack Schulz.
She is survived by her siblings Josephine Eirich, Evelyn Eirich, Clayton
(Gerry) Klippert, Sally Cobane, Stanley (Bobbi) Klippert and Mike (Laura)
Klippert and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Martha, her sister
Shirley, her brother Oliver, and an infant son, James. Cora’s dear husband
Laurie passed away April 1,2016.
Cora and Laurie were married for 66 blessed years; their lives were in
tertwined. A memorial service for Cora and Laurie wase held on May 20,
2016, at First Lutheran Church in Baker City.
Memorial contributions can be made to First Lutheran Church through
Gray’s West and Company Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave, Baker City,
OR, 97814. To light a candle in memory of Cora, please visit
John F. Steiger Jr., 74, of Baker City died May
15, 2016 at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in
Boise, Idaho. A memorial service was held Sat.,
May 21 at the First Lutheran Church in Baker
City with Pastor Ian Wolfe officiating. A recep
tion followed in the church fellowship hall.
First things first: John Steiger died on Sunday, May 15 in Boise. It's a
harsh and cruel truth for all those he left behind, but those of us who
knew him well know that we ought to be watching out for one heck of
a punch line. If someone out there was going to make a joke out of death,
it would be John. There was nothing he liked more than spreading joy
and whimsy to the people he met. Some of his stories and jokes missed
the mark - full disclosure: as his son, I always thought that far too many
of his stories and jokes missed the mark - but it is undeniable that they
came from a deep well-spring of joy within his soul that was always try
ing to break out into the world.
John was bom to parents John and Christine Steiger in 1942 in Tucson,
Arizona. Around 1950, the family, now expanded with John's sister
Christine, moved to Southern California. John attended Covina High
School, where he graduated in 1960, before going on to California State
Polytechnic University in Pomona to study Civil Engineering. John had
a lifelong passion for education, but school was not his strength. He
often commented on the fact that he did not learn to read until he was
in the fourth grade, and calculus proved his nemesis in college. Though
the path was winding, John completed his Bachelor of Science degree
and went to work for Boise's Morrison Knudsen, a company he was
proud to serve as a Civil Engineer and Cost Estimator for more than 36
years, the vast majority of his professional life.
Those who knew John can probably agree about two defining features:
he was an amputee and he had a powerful sense of humor. The two were
linked. John lost his leg to cancer at 28 years old when given a choice
between the leg and his life. Having faced that choice, he committed
himself to loving the life that he had chosen. As he often said, "if it
sounded fun, I would do it." During his recovery period lifelong friend
ships emerged and John developed the booming laugh that is probably
still echoing through Baker County.
John's life was forever fulfilled when he met Leslie Olsen, a bright and
vivacious Baker City girl, while working ip Boise for MK. They almost
met years earlier while John was assigned to the Hells Canyon Dam
project. He stopped into Baker on the way to a holiday celebration, and
two Baker High teenagers noticed his Trans Am. They followed him
through town, but couldn't keep up when he hit the gas on the edge of
town. Fate didn't give up. John and Leslie met again in Boise and mar
ried in Baker on June 5,1976. Daughter Elizabeth joined them in 1977,
and son Eric in 1979. John's work moved the family to Texas in 1990.
John and Leslie resettled in Las Vegas in 1997.
Following John's retirement in 2002, they resettled in Baker City to
start the final happy chapter of John's life. Relieved of the stress of work,
John was free to embrace his passions - learning, gardening, fishing,
serving, and laughing. He joined the Masonic Lodge when he was 21,
and after retiring, became active in Blue Mountain Lodge #34 in Baker,
eventually serving as Master. He continued his Masonic journey by
entering the Scottish Rite and becoming a 32 degree Mason. He was a
member of the Baker Elks Lodge #338. He engineered scooters and
other devices that allowed him to move around his yard, coaxing veg
etables and flowers from the soil. He read voraciously, if slowly. He
shared his passion for learning with others; and he worked with literacy
programs and tutored youth. He pestered locals for stories and lessons
from their lives in ranching,' loggings and teaching; He enjoyed a wide
range of interests, but he was most interested in the people he met. He
was a member of First Lutheran Church, and served on the Church
Council. He made friends everywhere he went and never knew a
stranger. Whenever possible, he doted on and bragged about his grand
sons, Frederick and Otto.
John's Christian faith as a committed Lutheran ensured that he saw his
death not as a sad end, but rather the eternal reward promised to him by
the grace of Jesus Christ. He was preceded in death by his parents, his
sister, and his infant twins, Charles and Arielle. He is survived by his
wife Leslie, daughter Elizabeth and son-in-law Benjamin Cellar, son
Eric and daughter-in-law DeAnna Steiger, and their two children - Fred
erick and Otto.
He also is survived by his extended family including Madelyn Olsen,
Steven and Sue Olsen, Kristen and Carl Poteete, numerous nieces and
nephews, and many close friends. He was loved by a much larger com
munity of friends, family, and acquaintances who will feel his loss.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Lutheran Church,
Best Friends of Baker City or The Oregon Scottish Rite Clinic through
Gray's West & Company Pioneer Chapel.
To light a candle in memory of John, please visit www.
Gerard Lafreniere, 75, of
Baker City died at his home
with his family at his side on
Monday, May 9,2016. A Mass
of Christian burial was held on
Monday, May 16, 2016 at St.
Francis de Sales Cathedral in
Baker City. For those who
would like to make a meniorial
donation, the family asks that
you make it to the charity of
your choice through Tami's
Pine Valley Funeral Home PO
Box 543 Halfway, OR 97834.
Online condolences may be
shared at www.tamispienval-
Dan Liebman - A Celebration of
life will be held on Thursday,
May 12, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the
Pine Valley Grange
Halfway, Ore. Arrangements
are under the direction of
Tami's Pine Valley Funeral
Home & CS. Online condo
lences may be shared at
John Rayl - A Memorial Service
was held on Saturday May 14,
2016 at the Hermiston Sev-
enth-day Adventist Church. A
private burial was held at the
Mt. Hope Cemetery in College
Place, Wash. Arrangements are
under the direction of Tami's
Pine Valley Funeral Home &
CS. Online condolences may
be shared at www.tamispine
M. Geralean Sneddon - A Cel
ebration of Life/Memorial
Service was held on Saturday,
May 14, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the
Florence Christian Church in
Florence, Ore. A Graveside
Service will be held at Pine
Haven Cemetery on Saturday,
May 28, 2016 ¿t 11 a.m.
Arrangements aré under the di
rection of Tami's Pine Valley
Funeral Home & CS. Online
condolences may be shared at
Darlene Ballard - A Graveside
Service will be held on June
18, 2016 at 10 a.m. at the
Union Cemetery in Union,
Ore. Arrangements are under
the direction of Tami's Pine
Valley Funeral Home & CS.
Online condolences may be
shared at www.tamispineval-
Frances Carol Smithson, 69, of
Grants Pass and Sparta died at
her home in Sparta on May 23,
2016. Arrangements are under
the direction of Tami's Pine
Valley Funeral Home. Online
condolences may be shared at
June 1937 - Dec. 2015
Jerry Douglas Howerton of North Powder, Ore.
was bom on June 26, 1937 in Grangeville, Idaho
to parents Yancy and Lorraine Dawson Howerton.
He died on Dec. 18,2015 in Hermiston, Ore. at the
age of 78 years. Jerry was raised in Idaho, Washington and Oregon. He
graduated from Union High School in Union, Ore. Jerry served in the
United States Army as a paratrooper until his honorable discharge when
he returned to Oregon. He was united in marriage to Rosemary Conner on
April 1,1958 in La Grande, Ore.
Jerry served the Baker City Fire Department as an EMT and Captain for
several years and was a first aide instructor. He then moved to
Enterprise, Ore. and worked for the Oregon Department of Transportation
as a road Maintenance Coordinator from 1984 to 1993. He and Rosemary
worked for Columbia Helicopters as landing security from 1995 to .1997,
and then returned to North Powder where he worked for the Wilson Cattle
company for several years. He enjoyed playing guitar, singing, cutting
firewood, fishing, chess, cards, cribbage, table tennis and socializing. He
was a humble man but very proud of his entire family.
Jerry was a member of the Central Baptist Church in Baker City. He is
survived by his wife of 57 years; Rosemary Howerton, North Powder Ore.;
son Gerald Howerton of Baker City; daughter Karie Records of
Hermiston, Ore.; son John Howerton of Joseph, Ore.; sisters Eva Blanger,
Eatonville Wash, and Audriann Bunnell, Port Orchard Wash.; brother
Raymond Howerton, Baker City; 9 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren
and several nieces and nephews.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Barney
A celebration of life gathering with military honors will be held on Sat.,
May 28,2016 at 2 p.m. at Jerry & Rosemary's home, 62969 River Lane,
North Powder, Ore.
Jerry was very concerned about
children whose parents could not
afford presents. As a child he was the
recipient of charitable gifts at Christ
mas. In honor of his lifelong dedica
tion to sharing with children,
Contributions may be made in
Jerry’s memory to the Baker City
Salvation Army Christmas toy drive
in the form of new toys, donations,
or the downtown merchant's Angel
Transmission & Repair
Tree Tags for children's requests.
Please sign the online guest book a
2540 Cedar, Baker City
Bums Mortuary of Hermiston, Ore.
is in care of arrangements.
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on Sunday at 11 a.m.
Haines United Methodist Church
721 Robert Street, Haines, Oregon
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