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Obituaries for April 6, 2011


Maj. Laurie Kirk
Maj. Laurie Kirk, 81, of Nampa, Idaho, died March 29, 2011, at his home.
A Celebration of Life service will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday at The Salvation Army, 403 12th Ave. South, in Nampa. Inurnment will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Mount Hope Cemetery in Baker City.

Visitations will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Zeyer Funeral Chapel, 83 N. Midland Blvd. Nampa, Idaho. His wife, Shirley, plans to be available at the viewing from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
He was born on March 23, 1930 to Laurie Dee Kirk Sr. and Mary Burke Kirk at a mining camp in Elko County, Nev. He was raised in Sparks, Nev. and attended schools there. He was a graduate of Sparks High School.
He was called into the ministry of The Salvation Army in September of 1951. He was commissioned as a probationary lieutenant in June of 1952 and in June of 1953 became a second lieutenant.
His appointments led him to Stockton, Calif.; Sterling, Colo.; Grand Junction, Colo.; Salt Lake City; Portland at Harbor Light; and Petersburg, Alaska.
He met his wife at a conference at Mount Hermon, Calif. They were married in January of 1960.
After marriage their appointments led them to Sitka, Alaska; Fairbanks, Alaska; Oxnard, Calif.; Wrangell, Alaska; Petersburg, Alaska; Ketchikan, Alaska; Nampa, Idaho; Idaho Falls, Idaho; Vallejo, Calif.; and Helena, Mont. When they retired in March of 1995 they chose to make their home at Nampa.
He was an active member of both The Salvation Army and Rotary Club at Nampa.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley, of Nampa; sons, John (Eileen) of Citrus Heights, Calif., and Matthew of Nampa; daughter, Mary, of Nampa; three grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Steven and Aaron; two brothers, Charles of Carson City, Nev., and Jess of Sparks, Nev.; two sisters, Beryl Harris of Cottonwood, Ariz., and Lola Vincent of Paso Robles, Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and a sister.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Salvation Army Youth Center.
Zeyer Funeral Chapel, 83 N. Midland Blvd. Nampa, Idaho, is in charge of arrangements.

Lori Larkin
Lori Kay Larkin, 50, of Baker City, died March 31, 2011, at her home.
Her memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Community Connection building, 2810 Cedar St. Rick Forrester will officiate. There will be a reception at 2 p.m. at Baker Elks Lodge, 1896 Second St.
A second service is scheduled at 2 pm. April 16 at the United Methodist Church in John Day.
Lori was born on Feb. 11, 1961, at John Day to Robert E. Larkin and Wilma Amis Larkin. She attended John Day High School and attended Central Oregon Community College at Bend.
She was a truck driver and retired in 2008. She married Robert Donnelly in October of 1986 at John Day.
In February 2004, she married Roger Funk at Baker City. Lori loved to bass fish, tie-dye, camp, and river raft.
Survivors include her father, Robert E Larkin, and stepmother, Isa K. Larkin, both of John Day; sons Colby Donnelly of Scio and Christopher Donnelly of Baker City; brother, Jim Wham of The Dalles; and sister, Donna Walter of St. Helens.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Wilma Larkin; and her sister, Cherill Oury.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

Donald Kothe

Donald Glenn Kothe, 87, died April 1, 2011, at Baker City.
There will be a private family interment today at Eagle Valley Cemetery in Richland.
Donald Glenn Kothe was born on April 5, 1923, at Los Angeles to Theodore and Emma Larson Kothe. He was raised in Los Angeles, graduating from John C. Fremont High School in 1942.
He married JoAnn Dye on Oct. 28, 1949, at the El Monte Baptist Church in El Monte, Calif. Don worked in the shipyards during World War II.
He later went to work for Sears Roebuck & Co. for 5fi years. Don and his wife, JoAnne, then moved to San Bernardino, Calif., where Don found work with the water district where he was employed for 14 years. Don also worked for the city schools at Eureka, Calif., for two years and Humboldt University for five years.
In addition to living at Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Eureka and Fortuna, Calif., Don also lived in Richland and Baker City.
Don loved to play his accordion and would have loved to have been professional. He enjoyed reading and read the Bible 14 times in its entirety.
He also enjoyed watching television mysteries, people’s life stories and animal stories, except those about snakes. And Don loved winter.
Two of the most memorable times of his life were his 50th wedding anniversary and the summer that he and his wife, JoAnn, hand dug their swimming pool in the hot heat of San Bernardino. They really enjoyed it, family members said.
He was preceded in death by his wife, JoAnn; his parents, Theodore and Anne Kothe; and his brother, Theodore Kothe.
Survivors include two nieces and four nephews, Lee Holcomb (Jackie) of Fairfax Station, Va., Roseann Riggs (Frank) of Richland, Chuck Bunnell (Annie) of Springfield, Leslie Latzke (Fred) of Los Angeles,  Chris Holcomb of Smith River, Calif., and Tim Bunnell (Amy) of Harrisburg; Don also considered the people at Eagle Valley Foster Care home his family and especially his caregivers, Starr and Maria Dennis.
The family expressed appreciation for the many thanks to all the wonderful care that they gave Don. They also thanked three other very special people in Don’s life, Arno and Bernice Klemm and Jerry Carter, for all their help and friendship to Don.
Memorial contributions may be made to the benevolent fund for the Richland Methodist Church or the Eagle Valley Ambulance EMT fund through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.
 
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