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Obituaries: Robert Young, Frances Rush

Robert Young

Robert Loyal Young, 88, of Richland died Nov. 4, 2006, at his home.

His memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception after the service at the Nazarene Church.

Robert L. was born on Dec. 12, 1917, at Seattle, Wash., to Loyal and Jessica Evans Young. He had an older sister, Hazel, and an older brother, who died as a child.

The family lived at Seattle and Loyal was an entrepreneur of various occupations. During the Depression, Robert L. came with his parents to Eastern Oregon where they bought and operated the Macy Mine for four years. Shortly thereafter, he moved back to Seattle and worked for five years for Boeing as a brake operator.

During World War II, he served as first lieutenant in Europe under the command of General George Patton. After the war, he returned to his work at Boeing until 1949, when he returned to Eastern Oregon and staked a mining claim. He then purchased land and began prospecting in earnest.

On April 6, 1952, Robert L. married Dale May Mitchell of Sparta at the New Bridge Nazarene Church. They had lived on the home place ever since.

Over the years, Robert L. worked as a miner, helped build the Brownlee and Oxbow dams, worked as a welder/mechanic for the farmers, ranchers and loggers of the area, and was employed by Baker Redi-Mix for a number of years as welder/mechanic/maintenance.

He loved to work in his shop, fabricating, and building and repairing all kinds of furniture and equipment parts. Whatever the need or idea, he could produce it, whether of metal or wood.

He enjoyed making things for his family, church projects, and friends. In his later years, he made and donated parts for P.E.T., a company that provides wheelchairs to paraplegics.

Robert L. loved God with a passion and endeavored to know him more daily, and to serve him faithfully. Robert L. gained his strength and wisdom from the Lord and was always quick to give God praise in all situations.

His faithful, godly example lives on in all who knew him. He and Dale had been active members of the Church of the Nazarene in Baker City for more than 38 years.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Dale; daughter, Sally Hufford and her husband, Del, of Libby, Mont.; son, Jeff Young, and his wife, Johanna, of Baker City; daughter, Susan Zoon, and her husband, Lawrence, of Brownsville; and eight grandchildren, Doug Hufford, Tom Hufford, Heather Kalevig, Jennifer Young, Jacinda Young, Benjamin Zoon, Nathan Zoon and Malcolm Zoon.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Loyal and Jessica Young; his sister, Hazel Parker; and an infant brother.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Church of the Nazarene or the charity of one's choice through Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Curtis Gibbs

Curtis John Gibbs, 72, of Baker City, died Oct. 31, 2006, at his home.

His memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Pastor Roger Scovil of the Baker City Christian Church will officiate.

Curtis was born on Jan. 1, 1934, to A. Elmer and Mariene Gibbs. He was born and raised on a ranch on the Oregon Slope and was a 1953 Weiser High School graduate.

Curtis came from pioneer families of Baker County. He loved his wife, Thelma, family and many friends. He loved life, his work and his visits from Milt Prowell and John Guthrie.

He mentored people in the community by his will to live and the way he lived his life. Curtis loved hunting on the ranch he grew up on, looked forward to it every year and missed it very much.

After graduating from high school, Curtis joined the U.S. Army. He served two years during the Korean War.

After his two-year duty, Curtis was paralyzed in an automobile accident and was in a wheelchair for 50 years. Curtis attended Boise State University. He later married Thelma. They had been married for 43 years.

Curtis was a Baker City businessman for 41 years. He was a 50-year member of the Elks Lodge and was a member of the chamber of commerce. Curtis received an outstanding director award in 1976. He cut the ribbon during the opening ceremony on the Whitney-Tipton Highway for Baker County.

"Curtis was the man he didn't have to be," his family said.

Survivors include his wife, Thelma J. Gibbs; his children, Mike Morrow, and his wife, Ren, of Haines, Elizabeth Neill of Baker City, James Ryan of Ontario and Laura Fuzi and her husband, David, of Baker City; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; his stepmother, Mary Gibbs; his sister, Linda Cameron, and her husband, Vern, of Milwaukie; brothers, Duane Gibbs, and his wife, Roseanne, of Ontario; several nieces and nephews; aunts, Jesse Gibbs of La Grande and Eva Dockweiler of Baker City; and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mariene and A. Elmer Gibbs.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Baker Chapter of Pathway Hospice through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Frances Rush

Frances Freda Rush, 87, a longtime Baker City resident, died Nov. 1, 2006, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

Her graveside service was Saturday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Jack Bynum of the Baker United Methodist Church officiated.

Frances was born on Aug. 22, 1919, near Haines to Ira and Nora Polley. She grew up on a farm in the Rock Creek area of Baker County and was a Haines High School graduate.

Although she lived most of her adult life in Baker City, she also worked in Washington state for a brief period during World War II as a welder in the shipyards and as an assistant manager of a Safeway store.

After marrying and raising her two children in Baker City, she worked making pies for several restaurants. She also was a cook at Brooklyn School. After she retired, she volunteered as a hostess for the senior lunches and at the Oregon Trail Regional Museum.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard M. Rush.

Survivors include her son, Michael James Rush, grandsons, Joshua, Nicholas and Christopher Rush, and great-grandchildren, Ashton and Aiden Rush, all of Baker City; a daughter, Karen Castillo, and son-in-law, Enrique, grandsons, Adrian and Gustavo Castillo and great-grandson, Gustavo Castillo of San Jose, Calif.

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