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Blue Mountain Eagle
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Mary ‘Sharon’ Timken
April 26, 1937 - April 3, 2017
Mary “Sharon” Timken, 79, of Kingston, Idaho, passed away
Monday, April 3, at Blue Mountain Hospital. She had been stay-
ing with her daughter, Wendy Taylor, who had been taking care
of her in Long Creek throughout her illness. A memorial service
will be held in July in Nespelum, Washington.
Timken was born April 26, 1937, to Rudolph S. and Vera
L. (Wilson) Courville in Nespelum. She was a homemaker
throughout her life and enjoyed sewing and knitting. She was
also a member of the Kingston Baptist Church in Kinston,
where she loved playing the harmonica.
Timken was preceded in death by two sisters, Yvonne and
Kay, and a brother, Thomas.
She is survived by her husband, Richard Timken, of Kings-
ton; two daughters, Wendy Taylor of Long Creek and Lori Lem-
on of Ypsilanti, Michigan; two sons, Leonard Vanderkooy and
Larry Vanderkooy, both of New York; and two brothers, Robert
and Chuck Courville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Long Creek
Ambulance Service through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S.
Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.
To leave condolences for her family, visit driskillmemorial-
Archie LeRoy Titus
July 25, 1929 - April 11, 2017
Archie LeRoy Titus, 87, of Baker City died Tuesday,
April 11, at his home. A graveside service with military honors
was held Saturday, April 15.
Titus was born on July 25, 1929, in Eugene to Earl and Rosa
(McCracken) Titus. He attended school in Marcola through
eighth grade. Then his family moved to Prairie City. He didn’t
go to school there, as he was not required to attend because the
bus did not go to their house.
He and Nadine Horrell met through Nadine’s brother Jack.
The two were married on March 29, 1953. They ﬁ lled their
home with seven children, six sons and one daughter.
Titus was drafted during the Korean conﬂ ict and served in
the Army, later receiving an honorable discharge.
During his life, he worked for Boeing-Davidson Brothers
Road Construction, Hines Lumber mill and Ellingson Lumber
Company. He also worked for a time sheep shearing, logging,
truck driving and working for the Forest Service. He was a
heavy machinery mechanic, and he enjoyed picking up an old
motor at an auction and reworking it.
While working for Boeing, Titus lived in Seattle. He also
lived in Cornucopia, Prairie City, Portland and last in Baker City.
A favorite verse of his was John 3:17. He enjoyed mild weather
and will be remembered as the guy that could “ﬁ x anything.”
He was preceded in death by his wife, Nadine, in 2013,
and his siblings Andrew Ray (stillborn), Bob, Donald, Stanley,
Ruth and Hazel.
Titus is survived by his daughter Anita and her husband,
Gary Handyside, of Baker City; sons Archie and his wife,
Kathy, of Casper, Wyoming, James Titus of Bowman, North
Dakota, Justin Titus and his wife, Colette, of Bowman, Dustie
Titus of Baker City, Clay Titus and his wife, Danyel, of Bow-
man, Dave Titus and his wife, Janette, of Baker City; 13 grand-
children; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to New Hope for East-
ern Oregon Animals through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home
& Cremation Services, PO Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.
Online condolences may be shared at tamispinevalleyfuneral-
Matthew John Borgerson
March 14, 1957 - April 7, 2017
Matthew John Borgerson, 60, of Long Beach, Califor-
nia, passed away Friday, April 7, in Long Beach, where
a celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Borgerson was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on
March 14, 1957. He attended Grant Union High School
and continued his education at Blue Mountain Commu-
nity College and Portland Community College. For most
of his life, he owned and operated Crown Cleaners in
Huntington Beach, California, and later, Nautica Clean-
ers in Seal Beach, California.
He was dedicated in helping those less fortunate and
was endlessly volunteering to assist his friends, neigh-
bors and his church. He was fond of boating and trea-
sured the ocean view from his window.
Borgerson is survived by his father, John L. Borg-
erson, of Walla Walla, Washington; and sisters Jannae
Nichols of Newport Beach, California, Judi Seaver of
San Diego, California, and Amy Kreger of Long Creek;
brother Bob Knowles of Virginia Beach, Virginia; and
numerous nieces and nephews, all of whom he was very
proud of. He was preceded in death by his mother, Dor-
othy Borgerson, and sister Lynda Borgerson Knowles.
Memorial contributions may be made in the manner
of random acts of kindness to someone less fortunate, for
that is what mattered most to Borgerson.
Richard F. Brown
Richard F. Brown, 83, of Hines passed away Tuesday,
April 11, at Blue Mountain Hospital. Services have been en-
trusted to Driskill Memorial Chapel.
Dortha Hoppe, 91, of Star, Idaho, passed away Saturday,
April 8, at her daughter’s home in Star. Hoppe was a long-
time Canyon City resident. No services are planned at this
time. Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Moun-
tain Home Health and Hospice through Driskill Memorial
Chapel, which is in care of the arrangements. To share a re-
membrance, visit driskillmemorialchapel.com.
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Attendees enjoy dinner at the Long Creek School on
Saturday, April 15.
Long Creek dinner
Proceeds go to
Blue Mountain Eagle
An appreciation dinner
in Long Creek raised almost
$6,000 and fed over 150 peo-
ple on Saturday.
Proceeds from the dinner
went to the Long Creek Am-
bulance crew and Long Creek
Volunteer Fire Department.
Eric Sines of Long Creek
called the fourth annual din-
ner a “grand success.”
Money was split between
the ﬁ re department and am-
bulance crew to provide new
equipment and training. Mon-
ey from past dinners has been
used to purchase equipment
like deﬁ brillators for the ﬁ re
“It’s important to have a
strong ambulance crew in
remote areas of the coun-
ty like monument and Long
Creek because of the travel
distance,” Mayor Don Porter
Attendees were served
tri-tip with all the trim-
mings, mashed potatoes,
salad, rolls, dessert and a
beverage at the Long Creek
school. There was also a raf-
ﬂ e for a ﬂ at screen TV, 50/50
drawing and live and silent
The food was donated by
the Long Creek Booster Club,
the City of Long Creek and
the Long Creek Historical So-
ciety, and Sherry Craig Miller
was in charge of the cooking,
according to Porter.
P RAIRIE C ITY S CHOOL S TUDENTS OF THE M ONTH
Blue Mountain Eagle
Teacher Nate Barber nominat-
ed Tristan McMahan. He said Mc-
Mahan is a great student in class.
“He is a quiet student, but he
surprises you with how hard he
works in athletics and in the class-
room,” Barber said. “Tristan has a
silent conﬁ dence and he is respect-
ed and liked by his classmates.”
Teacher Nicole Merchant
nominated Cassie Hire. She said
Cassie is an extremely helpful
individual who always makes
sure the behind-the-scenes work
is taken care of for both the stu-
dent body and FFA. Hire has
grown and matured over the past
year and continues to show ac-
ademic excellence in the class-
room, she said.
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Helen Elizabeth Ricco, 98, passed away Thursday,
April 6, at Blue Mountain Care Center in Prairie City.
Funeral services were held Saturday, April 15, at the
Prairie Baptist Church with Pastor David Hoeffner
officiating. Interment was in the Prairie City
Cemetery. A reception followed at the Prairie City
She was the second of four daughters born to
Mathew and Catherine Bodnar Boehm on Sept. 25,
1918, in Metzenseifen, Czechoslovakia (now
Medzev, Slovakia). Her younger childhood years
came at the end of World War I.
The 1920’s were unstable, and in that part of the
world, the Russians and Prussianism were ever present.
Mathew came to the United States Dec. 27, 1922, via Ellis Island,
settling in Cleveland, Ohio. Mother Catherine and the four girls,
Margaret, Helen, Kay and Ann, arrived June 8, 1929, on the ship
the Mauritania, leaving Europe from Cherbourg, France.
Schooling in Cleveland, Ohio, was hard as they had to learn
the English language and restart the first grade. Helen attended
school thru eighth grade. She was a nanny for a doctor and his
family and often traveled with the family, including a trip to
Florida where she learned to swim. In 1939, at age 21, she began
working at Woolworth’s. Saturday nights in Cleveland were spent
at a German hall where they danced the polka and other German
In 1943 she and a friend, Ruth Fussi, came to Oregon to visit
Ruth’s sister, Dorothy, who had married Ernest Ricco Sept. 24,
1941. She met Eugene at this time. Eugene traveled to Cleveland
in 1946 at which time they were engaged. She never heard from
him for a year. They were married Oct. 25, 1947, in Cleveland,
Ohio, on her Mother’s birthday. The honeymoon was the trip West
to Prairie City, Oregon.
Adjustments from the Czech customs and living in Cleveland,
Ohio, to a rancher’s wife in Oregon were in tow, but the hills and
mountains reminded her of her home in Czechoslovakia many
years before. Her German-style cooking, gardening, sewing,
crocheting all became a part of this ranch life. Her love for dancing
the polka continued throughout her life.
In 1963, they purchased the Blue Mountain Hot Springs, and in
1968, Eugene and she moved there still operating it as a guest
ranch. The swimming pool was always her favorite. She enjoyed at
least one daily swim. She taught many of her grandkids to
She did the ranch bookkeeping until she was 95,
and never used a calculator.
Five children were born to Eugene and Helen:
Catherine in 1948, Russell in 1950, Brenda in 1952,
Wanda in 1956 and Christine in 1960.
Helen is survived by one son, Russell (Muffett)
Ricco of Prairie City; four daughters, Catherine Gibbs
of John Day, Brenda Ricco of Prairie City, Wanda
(Shannon) Voigt of Prairie City, and Christine (Clay)
Gyllenberg of Baker City. She is also survived by 11
grandchildren, Angela (Gus) Burril of Madras, Cherise (Jason)
Rebitzke of Gaston, Danielle Ricco of Boise, ID, and Caitlin (Eric)
Jepsen of Echo; Clayton (Karen) Gibbs of Santa Clara, CA, and William
(Stephanie) Gibbs of John Day; Megan (Dustan) Adams of La Grande,
Mindy (Ben) Stinnett and Levi (Shae) Voigt, all of Prairie City; and Cody
Gyllenberg of Pullman, WA, and Dusty Gyllenberg of Baker City; nine
great grandchildren, Teal and Shiloh Burril; Alexandra, Gretta and
Temperance Gibbs; Dekker, Kinley and Kahler Adams; and Wyatt
Stinnett; nieces, Carol (Byron) Rudishauser of John Day and Hedy (Pat)
Voigt of Prairie City; and nephew, Dr. Carl (Virginia) Kostol of Baker
City; two nieces and a nephew in Ohio, one niece in Indiana, and one
nephew in California.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene on Aug. 27,
1978; her parents, Mathew and Catherine Boehm; her sisters, Margaret,
Kay and Ann; daughter-in-law, Cynthia Ricco; and son-in-law, Bill Gibbs.
Pallbearers were Clayton Gibbs, William Gibbs, Levi Voigt, Cody
Gyllenberg and Dusty Gyllenberg. Honorary pallbearers were Gus
Burril, Jason Rebitzke, Eric Jepsen, Dustan Adams and Ben Stinnett.
Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Mountain Home
Health, Blue Mountain Care Center or Prairie City Senior Center. Driskill
Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
We all have memories now….She was loved and respected by all.
And now, at the age of 98, she is in God’s Hands to be rewarded for
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