Obituaries for January 17, 2014

By Observer Upload January 17, 2014 09:58 am
Beeghly, Taylor, Buerkel, Cardenas, Stein



Virginia L. Beeghly



Virginia L. Beeghly, 84, Enterprise, died Thursday at Wallowa Memorial Hospital. A full obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory will be handling the arrangements.



Corrinne Taylor



Corrinne Taylor, 89, of Summerville, died Thursday at Grande Ronde Hospital. Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels~Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center.



Donald George Buerkel

North Powder



Donald George Buerkel, 72, of North Powder, died Jan. 13 at his home. At this time, no public services will be held. Arrangements are entrusted to Daniels~Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center.

Donald was born on April 11, 1941, the son of George and Marian (Zoellner) Buerkel in Saginaw, Mich. He earned a bachelor’s degree in education and taught in schools in San Francisco until his retirement. He then ran a shrimp boat business for a year before moving to North Powder in 1992 to farm and ranch. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, cooking and was a talented potter. 

On Oct. 10, 2010, he married Young Sin. They attended St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and Zion Lutheran Church.

Survivors include his wife, Young of North Powder; sons, Steven Grogg of Mollala and James Groff of Clackamas; sisters, Pat and Barbara, both of Saginaw, Mich., and other relatives.


Kain Alexander Cardenas

La Grande



People loved his laugh, they loved his smile, they loved his everything, family members said.  

Kain Alexander Cardenas, 7 months, of La Grande, died Jan. 8 at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland. The service for Kain will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Baker City, with Pastor Tony Brandon officiating. A reception will follow after the service at the church.

Kain was born May 16, 2013, in Baker City, to Jeffrey Cardenas and Trisha Franke. Kain was named after his father. From the day of his birth, Trisha planned her days between her work and her baby. Kain would wake up in the morning and watch “Planet 51.” His favorite on that show was Rover, and he would just laugh and laugh. Kain watched “Planet 51” in the mornings and during his lunch. Kain was a fast crawler, and he would go everywhere at a fast speed. He loved lemon, pizza, sweet potatoes and tortillas.

Trisha would take pictures of Kain every day because she did not want to miss anything.

Kain would make every person smile, bringing joy to all who saw and looked at him, family members said. His laugh made everyone’s day, and his smile was worth a million dollars, they said. Trisha and Jeffrey said they will miss his kissy face more than anything.

Kain is survived by his father, Jeffrey Cardenas of Baker City; his mother, Trisha Franke of La Grande; his grandfather, James Cardenas, his grandma, Jeni Hyatt, and great-grandparents, Jim and Lori Dunn, all of Susanville, Calif.; his grandmother, Peggy Franke, and his grandfather, Mike Crane, of Baker City; his great-grandparents, Wanda and John Brunecz of Portland; his aunts, Brittany Franke and Amanda Taylor of Victor, Mont., as well as many other aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his great-grandfather, Steve Weeks; a cousin, Brian Stephens, and great-great grandparents, LaVerne and Marjorie Stubbs, and Dan and Diane Elkins.

Memorial contributions may be made to Kain’s Memorial through Gray’s West and Co., 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City OR 97814. 



Myron Stein




Myron Stein, died Jan. 13 at the Wallowa Valley Assisted Living facility in Enterprise.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Bollman Funeral Home with private burial at Joseph Cemetery. Bollman Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Myron was born Sept. 8, 1922, and lived most of his life in Wallowa County. He was from a family of 12 siblings — nine boys and three girls.

He liked to tell stories. One of his favorite was when his family lived in the Leap area and he recalled riding his horse to school, which was quite a distance.

Myron was a skilled old rugged cowboy who enjoyed riding a good mount. Over the years, he owned several horses he broke and rode himself. His love for horses was passed on to his children and grandchildren.

Myron tried his hand at several careers. In his early years, he was a sawyer, and then he farmed and raised Hereford cattle on shares with the Daggett family. After a severe back injury, he began to work for his son-in-law, Jim, at Kilgore’s Auto in Joseph.

Myron was a World War II veteran. He served in the U.S. Army and received several decorations and citations — the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon and World War II Victory Medal and Ribbon.

On Feb. 16, 1940, he married Margaret Quinn, and they had 66 years together. They enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing and spending time with family and friends. Myron also enjoyed a good game of cards and was a champion at checkers.

Myron was baptized at the Enterprise Baptist Church on March 22, 1964.

He is survived by his daughters, Saonni Talbott (husband Fred), Ernestine Kilgore (husband Jim), and daughter-in-law, Connie Stein; seven brothers and their spouses, John Jr., Warner, Keith, Ken, Don, Dale and Gail, and brother-in-law, Harold Lay; grandchildren, Bret Witty, Richard Witty, Kim Witty (Deb), Staci Bowman (Sam), Wes Kilgore (Sherri), Jeff Stein (Wendi) and Rick Stein (Brenda); 12 great-grandchildren, seven great-great-grandchildren and more than 100 nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret; parents, John and Alta Stein; son, Richard Stein; grandsons, James Witty and Bradley Stein; brother, Harry Stein; and his sisters, Ruth Makin, Ruby Pratt and Fern Wolfe and their spouses; and sisters-in-law, Lois Delaney and Cecile Lay.