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Blue Mountain Eagle
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
OF THE MONTH
O CTOBER – L ONG
C REEK S CHOOL
Blue Mountain Eagle
JOHN DAY – The Grant
County Fair Board selected a
theme and the grand marshals
for the 2016 county fair.
The theme is “Kids at the
Fair Everywhere,” and the
grand marshals will be Carl
and Gale Sheppard of Prairie
The fair will be held Aug.
Members are also being
sought for the Grant Coun-
ty Rodeo Committee and the
Fair Board. Applications are
available at the fair of¿ce in
Trowbridge Pavilion or online
The deadline is 5 p.m. Fri-
day, Dec. 11.
For more information, call
the fair of¿ce at 541-575-
Elizabeth Camper is
the October Student
of the Month at Long
News obituaries are a free service
of the Blue Mountain Eagle. The
paper accepts obituaries from the
family or funeral home. Information
submitted is subject to editing. Obit-
uaries submitted to the Eagle with
incorrect information may be correct-
ed and republished as paid notices.
Send obituaries by e-mail, cheryl@
bmeagle.com; fax, 541-575-1244; or
mail, 195 N. Canyon Blvd., John Day,
OR 97845. For more information, or
to inquire about a paid memorial, call
A 1988 Dodge Aires driven by Dale Gleason Larkin landed on its top in the Powder River after it ran
off the road on Highway 7 near Baker City. The driver died in the incident. The Baker County medical
examiner said Nov. 16 that the cause of death was drowning.
Victim died of drowning, medical examiner says
By Carl Sampson
Blue Mountain Eagle
BAKER CITY — The
Prairie City man who died
Nov. 11 in a single-car acci-
dent had been on his way to
a medical appointment, the
Baker County medical exam-
Dale Gleason Larkin,
Clarence A. Oster
Clarence Alfred Oster, 82, of Richland, WA passed away
unexpectedly at home on November 2, 2015 after a fall. He was born
on April 3, 1933 in his maternal grandparents’ home in Madras, OR,
and was the second of four sons of L. E. (Red) and Fannie Evalyn
Messinger Oster who were homesteaders in the Fort Rock Valley.
He grew up in ranching communities all over central and eastern
In 1951, he graduated from Crane Union High School, a four-year
public boarding school. Clarence then entered Eastern Oregon
College of Education in La Grande and worked on ranches and in
mills to fund his education. Requiring further funds, he volunteered
for the draft in 1953 and served in the US Army from January 4,
1954 until October 5, 1955. Before completing his service, he
enrolled in Oregon State University. At the end of fall quarter, he
transferred to the University of Oregon where he completed a BS
(1957) and a MS (1958) in mathematics, with the help of the GI Bill.
While at the University of Oregon he met the love of his life,
Carolyn Ruth Kelts, and married on June 20, 1958. They
honeymooned while moving to his job with Cal Tech’s Jet
Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and received partial reimbursed for the
journey. The newlyweds settled in Montrose, CA and worshiped at
the Montrose Community Church where Clarence was baptized.
Their first daughter, Karen Ruth, was born the following year.
Longing to return to the northwest, Clarence began working at
General Electric (GE) in Richland, WA on October 1, 1959 and the
young family purchased a centrally located L-house. By the time
Battelle’s Pacific Northwest Laboratory (PNL) had replaced GE,
daughters Barbara Lea and Helen Irene (Petra Elena) had completed
the family. Shortly after moving to Richland, they transferred
membership to West Side United Protestant Church and have
remained active members to this day.
During his career, Clarence worked with computers, programming
code to support astronomy at JPL, nuclear physics at GE, and a
variety of projects at PNL. He also taught advanced mathematics
courses at the Joint Center for Graduate Studies and WSU Tri-Cities.
In 1987, he joined Boeing Computer Services, doing projects similar
to what he did for PNL. He retired April 10, 1998 from Lockheed
Martin Services, Inc.
Clarence enjoyed tromping through cemeteries with his wife while
researching ancestors. Other hobbies included woodworking, caning
51, was driving northbound
on Highway 7 at about
10:40 a.m. when his 1988
Dodge Aries left the road
near milepost 44.5, slid
down the embankment and
landed on its top in the
Powder River, an Oregon
State Police spokesman
He was pronounced dead
and reading. After
at the Oregon Coast,
and most of all
napping. Clarence and
World Vision since
1961. His family is
blessed that he wrote his memoirs, Anecdotes
and Milestones, which he self-published in 2005.
at the scene, according to an
OSP press release.
The cause of death was
drowning, Dr. James Davis,
the county medical examiner,
said on Nov. 16.
“As to what led up to that,
I’m not certain,” Davis said.
“Why he lost control of the
car I don’t know.”
Larkin was driving to La
Grande for a hemodialysis
appointment, Davis said. He-
modialysis is a treatment for
Larkin was wearing a
Dale Martin, 76, of Long Creek, died Nov. 8 in Bend. A me-
morial potluck will be at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, at the Long
Creek Community Church.
Arrangements are under the care of Driskill Memorial Chap-
el, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.
He is survived by Carolyn, his wife of 57 years,
along with daughters: Karen (Brad) Barton,
Barbara (Norm) Jones, and Petra (Robert)
Eichelsdoerfer; grandchildren: Dan (Audrey),
Evelyn, and Ed Eichelsdoerfer, KaraLynn
(Renee) and Ben Barton; step-grandchildren:
Casey (Debbie) and Emily Jones; 4 step-great
grandchildren; and sisters-in-law Geri, Betty, and
Kathy Oster, and Judi (Bob) Enstrom. He is
preceded in death by his parents and brothers:
Arlie, Jess, and Leonard.
A Graveside Service with military honors will be
Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 2:00pm at
RestHaven Cemetery in Richland. A Celebration
of Life Service will be Sunday, November 22,
2015 at 2:00pm at West Side Church in Richland.
All are welcome to attend.
Memorial contributions may be made to West
Side Church, 615 Wright Avenue, Richland, WA
99352, 509-946-4656 or to World Vision, PO
Box 78481, Tacoma, WA 98481 (reference
source code: 31003726), 1-888-511-6519,
The family invites you to sign Clarence’s tribute
The Eagle/Kim Kell
Prairie City resident Nancy Akers was all smiles,
winning a quilt made by Viola Rose and Latrona
Smith in a drawing held by the Grant County
Heritage Foundation. The money raised will benefit
the Grant County Fairgrounds PA system fund.
funds for fairgrounds
resident wins quilt
Duane L. Cheadle
Duane L. Cheadle went to be with his Lord at home on Sunday,
November 8, 2015. The family will have a memorial service at a
By Angel Carpenter
Duane was born on December 12, 1936, in Fryburg, North Dakota,
to Curtis and Frances (Manthy) Cheadle.
JOHN DAY – The Grant
County Family Heritage
Foundation raised $1,661 to-
ward the Grant County Fair-
grounds public address sys-
tem with a Tuilt rafÀe.
Prairie City resident Nancy
Akers’ name was drawn Oct.
14 as winner of the quilt made
by Viola Rose and Latrona
Blue Mountain Eagle
He moved with his mother and brother, Jerry, to Yakima, Wash.
When he was a freshman, he moved to Prairie City to live with his
dad and stepmother, Nina. He married Marilyn Rutter on
September 29, 1953. Duane helped his dad build the drive-in
theaters in John Day, Mt. Shasta and Dunsmuir, Calif. He attended
Prairie City High School where he played in district and state
championship tournaments. He graduated from Prairie City High
School in 1955.
He moved to Canyon City and worked for Herb McGetbrick, Gail
Dieber and then ran Eddy’s bread route. He then moved to west
highway and bought Eddy’s franchise, where he owned and
operated it with his brother, Jerry, for 13 years.
He was the Grant Union booster club president, life-time member
of the Canyon City Masonic Lodge #34 and Shriner’s, was a
member of the Rural Fire Department and on the John Day Grade
He refereed ball games, and with the money he received, he
bought Marilyn a beautiful Arabian mare. He was very active in
the First Christian Church.
He moved to Newport, to manage Century Twenty-One where he
made the two million-dollar club twice.
He then moved to Colorado to work as project director of the
Tiger River RV Resort where he sold RV memberships and lots.
Then he started Amity Sales and Marketing and Coast to Coast
from Colorado to New York with Charles Younger.
He moved to Florida and ran Celebrity RV Resort sites and
memberships. He also started church services at several RV resorts.
He drove the Baja pulling a 26.5 foot fifth wheel to Cabo San
Duane then moved back to Oregon as Ordained Bible Way
Church’s assistant pastor to Rev. Jack and Betty Retherford and
Garth Johnson. He later became pastor of the First Christian
Church for 10 years.
He moved to Prineville and was active in the Living Water Church
seatbelt, Davis said.
The fatal accident was
one of two that took place on
the same highway near Baker
City last week.
Kenneth Ammons, a
69-year-old resident of Bak-
er City, died at milepost 48
on Nov. 14. His car left the
roadway and rolled several
times, according to an OSP
Davis estimated that ¿ve
to eight fatal traf¿c accidents
typically occur each year in
Duane loved his Lord, wife Marilyn, his family,
especially the grandchildren, her family, his
church family, people, a good joke and his
four dogs; Shag, Murphy, Corby and Buddy.
His hobbies included bird hunting, deer
hunting, elk hunting, fishing, the mountains,
reading his bible, Civil War and World War II
history, old movies, watching football,
woodworking and gardening.
He is preceded in death by his mother Frances
Ulrich, father Curtis Cheadle, brother Jerry
Cheadle and stepfather Paul Ulrich.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Marilyn,
grandchildren and five great-grandchildren,
sister-in-law Flora Cheadle, sister Vickie (Don)
Kreis, one nephew, three nieces, four
grandnieces and three grandnephews.
Duane will be greatly missed.
Contributions can be made to Living Water
Church of God, I.Y.C. Scholarships through
Living Waters or Shriners Children’s Hospital
through Whispering Pines Funeral Home. 185
N.E. 4th Street, Prineville, Oregon 97754.
Smith of Quilts and Beyond
in Prairie City. The tickets had
been sold since last summer’s
Grant County Fair.
Tinka Oliver, Foundation
secretary-treasurer, said the
foundation also supported re-
building the livestock wash
racks at the fairgrounds for
“We’re still a very active
group, working for youth in
agriculture,” she said.
For more information
about the Foundation, call Ju-
lie Reynolds, president, 541-
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