Harold Wayne Mitts, 65, of Haines died May 25, 2007, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.
There will be no funeral.
Wayne was born Jan. 15, 1942, in St. Louis. He was the oldest of eight children born to Oliver Leeroy and Fairy Bluebelle Keys Mitts. In 1944, the family moved to the Tri-Cities area of Washington.
Wayne’s parents moved the family to Gearhart in 1960 where he attended the Oregon Fairview School for the Disabled. Wayne attended school at Fairview until 1978, when he moved with his brother, Jerry, to Baker City. In 1979, they moved to Haines, where he resided for 28 years.
He worked with Step Forward and as a can clerk for Albertsons. In recent years, Wayne had been working around the house at Haines helping his brother.
Wayne was a TV fanatic. He loved to spend hours watching shows. He also loved to cook with his sister-in-law, Rosetta. In his younger years, Wayne spent time fishing and considered himself quite the fisherman.
He was a very lovable guy and in all of his years had never met an enemy.
Wayne was preceded in death by his father, Oliver Mitts; and a brother, Gail O’Dell Mitts.
Survivors include his mother, Fairy Hammerberg of Haines; siblings, Jerry Mitts, and his wife, Rosetta, of Haines, Don Mitts of La Grande, Ollie Albert Mitts of Spokane, Wash., Donna Jean Hardy of the Tri-Cities, Wash., and Janet Mitts of the Tri-Cities, Wash.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to Step Forward through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, May 31, 2007
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor