Obituaries for October 3, 2012

By Observer Upload October 03, 2012 01:36 pm
Vaught, Smith, Bond


Raymond ‘Dale’ Vaught

Formerly of La Grande


Raymond “Dale” Vaught, of Beaverton and formerly of La Grande, died Aug. 28 in Portland. 

Following a private service at the Hillcrest Cemetery, the family will welcome friends at Bud Jackson’s Sportsman’s Bar and Grill at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 6.

Known as Dale, he was born and raised in La Grande. He attended school in La Grande and graduated from La Grande High School in 1950.

His pursuit of a degree in education at Eastern Oregon College was interrupted by a four-year stint in the U.S. Navy. 

In 1956 he returned to La Grande with his wife, Janet, and their children and earned a bachelor’s degree from what is now Eastern Oregon University.

Dale’s teaching career began in Elgin. After several years, he and his family relocated to the Portland area, where he taught for 31 years in the North Clackamas School District, retiring in 1989.

Dale was an active member of the Oregon State Elks Association, the Casey Eye Institute at OHSU and, later in life, the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Evelyn (Hoehne) Braden of La Grande.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Janet, their three children, 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.


Ernest Smith

Baker City


Ernest “Ernie” Smith, 94, of Baker City, died Sept. 30 at Wildflower Lodge in La Grande. A funeral service is planned for 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Baker City Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Bishop Richard Hindman will officiate. Vault interment will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Baker City. Arrangements are under the direction of Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Funeral Chapel of Baker City.



Clifford Bond

Baker City



Cliff Bond, 88, a lifetime resident of Baker City, died Sept. 28 at the Baker St. Alphonsus Medical Center. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 4 at the First Presbyterian Church, 1995 Fourth Street, in Baker City. Pastor Katy Halliburton will officiate. Friends are welcome to join the family following the service for a reception in the Presbyterian Church’s Rogers Fellowship Hall and for a graveside service at 2 p.m. at Mt. Hope Cemetery.

Cliff was born Feb. 6, 1924, in Baker City to Herbert and Clara Bond. He was the younger of two siblings. Cliff was a very hands-on individual, building his first go-cart at age 12. He attended and graduated from Baker High School.

Following high school he joined the military and served in World War II. He was stationed in England, where he spent four years at various bases and served as a top turret gunner in a B26 Marauder.

While stationed in England he met his bride-to-be, Elizabeth “Betty” Ellis, and they were married in Middlezoy, England, Oct. 2, 1944. Following the war, Cliff and Betty returned to Baker where they raised their four children. Cliff was an electrician and a successful businessman. He owned and operated Baker Electric for more than 40 years.

After returning to the States, Cliff’s hobbies included designing, building and racing hydroplane boats. 

He invented a new design, the “cab over,” which was eventually adopted as the standard for the racing industry.

After 12-13 years, Cliff retired from boat racing and bought some property on the Brownlee Reservoir, where he built a family cabin. He spent his time there building an inboard ski boat, a water ski jump and a landing strip.

Around 1966, Cliff began building airplanes. After going through a series of airplanes, he landed on the Super Ultra Decathlon. Pairing up with his flying buddy Don Mires, they launched “the Decathlons” and performed at various West Coast air shows.

Dick’s love of flying never ceased. He and Betty built a house with a hangar on the lower floor and a runway 20 feet away. Cliff continued to fly until a few years before his death.

Cliff also found time throughout his life to spend time with family. He built go-carts, tree houses, playhouses, peddle airplanes and many other unique things for his children and grandchildren. 

He enjoyed attending his children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events, hiking, deer and elk hunting and crappie fishing contests.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty; daughter, Sandy Satterburg; and sister, Irene Crane.

Survivors include his children and their spouses, Carl and Linda Bond of La Grande, Jean and Tim Fromwiller of La Grande and Ross and Kay Bond of Baker City; son-in-law, Dale Satterburg of Portland; 12 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren; and his companion of the past five years, Jean Hall, and her daughter and son-in-law, Beth and Dan Pointdexter.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or a charity of choice in care of Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City 97814.

The Observer publishes free obituaries as a community service. Obituaries are edited to fit news guidelines. Photos are encouraged. Paid space is available for families who would like to include more information.