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Home arrow News arrow News of Record arrow Obituaries for Aug. 27, 2010


Obituaries for Aug. 27, 2010

Ralph Jones,'Bill' Rush, 'Mac' McKimmy, Joseph Wonderly, 'Bimbo' Dennis

Ralph Jones

Ralph Jones, 80, a former Keating resident, died Aug. 23, 2010, at Milwaukie.

His graveside military service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Eagle Valley Cemetery in Richland.

Ralph was born at Keating to Clifford and Pearl Jones. He was one of four sons. He was a mechanic in the U.S. Army for four years during World War II.

In 1942, he married Betty Saunders, his high school sweetheart. She died in 1982.

Ralph drove a cattle truck most of his life. He owned Cattle Carriers with partner Sandra DeVito and retired in 2005. He loved to play golf and spend time with his grandsons.

Survivors include his daughter, Shannon McNerthney; sons, Gerry and Scott Jones; and two grandsons, Jesse and Andy McNerthney.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Sherie Hildreth Ovarian Cancer Foundation through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

‘Bill’ Rush

Wilfred Thomas “Bill” Rush, 79, a longtime Huntington resident, died Aug. 21, 2010.

No service is scheduled.

Bill Rush was born on Aug. 3, 1931, on the Rush family farm at Monona County, Iowa. In addition to not giving his mother enough time to get to the hospital, he was born six weeks premature.

Bill graduated from Whiting High School in 1949. He played minor league baseball for a short while and then enlisted in the U.S. Army on Nov. 20, 1951. He served in the Korean War and was honorably discharged on April 20, 1960.

During his time in Huntington from 1957 to 2010, Bill proudly and actively served in the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Huntington Volunteer Fire Department, Lions Club and as part-time city marshal.  He was extremely dedicated to his work and friends at Oregon Portland Cement/Ash Grove Cement West. He retired after 40 years of service.

He married the love of his life, Donna Jean, in November 1970. Between the two of them they had nine children and raised several grandchildren. Bill Rush was a loving husband, father, beloved son, brother, grandfather and great grandfather as well as a friend to all he met, his family members said.

He made it a priority in life to have fun.  He loved to hunt, fish and could tell a “fish story” with the best of them. He was always available to lend a helping hand to anyone who needed it.

Survivors include his wife, Donna J. Rush, their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, siblings, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins, as well as many friends, all of whom live throughout the United States.

Words of encouragement and condolences can be sent to: www.rushfamilycareservice.com.

‘Mac’ McKimmy

Albert Edwin “Mac” McKimmy, 90, died Aug. 25, 2010 at Portland.

His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Pine Valley Presbyterian Church in Halfway. Interment will be under the auspices of the Masonic Blue Mountain Lodge, No. 34, and the Oregon National Guard. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception afterward at the Pine Valley Presbyterian Church.

Albert Edwin “Mac” McKimmy was born on Dec. 11, 1919, at Caldwell, Idaho, to Clarence and Nellie McComb McKimmy. He was raised and educated in the Boise Valley. He attended three years of college and he served three years in the Army Air Corps as a pilot and flight instructor.

Mac married Norma Elaine Fitch on Aug. 4, 1941, at Payette, Idaho. They lived at Caldwell, Idaho, for the first year and then spent the next three years traveling to different air bases, mostly in Texas, while Mac served his country.

After 10 years of marriage, the couple started a family. They had three children.

In 1957, they moved to Halfway where Mac worked at the Pine Market for a short time. In 1958 Mac and Norma purchased the Halfway Market where he worked for the next 17 years. He later sold the store and started working at the elementary school as a custodian until retirement.

Mac’s hobbies included camping, hunting, fishing, gold panning, and recycling. He always called himself “Halfway’s Independent Recycling Engineer.” Mac was a good steward for the valley, feeding the ones who were down and out, hauling away rusted scrap metal and helping to provide the valley with a nice library, family members said..

Mac and Norma had just celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary.

Survivors include his children, Diane (McKimmy) and Dan Kestler of Oregon City, Mike McKimmy of Aurora and Scott and Randy McKimmy of Boardman; 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, with two more on the way.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Virginia.

Memorial contributions may be made to a local hospice or the Alzheimer’s Foundation through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Joseph Wonderly

Joseph Arthur Wonderly, 79, of Baker City, died Aug. 21, 2010, in Baker City.

A private celebration of his life will be scheduled later.

Joseph was born at Halfway to Arthur D. Wonderly and S. Josephine Wonderly. He was a lifelong Oregon resident, and lived in Umatilla for a little more than 30 years before moving to Baker City.

A Korean War veteran who served overseas driving trucks for supply lines, Joe found the love of his life after his discharge when he met and married Beverly S. Rogers. Their loving relationship lasted nearly 55 years. Beverly died a little more than a year ago. They had two daughters, Deborah S. Noe and Brenda K. Chung, as well as nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

For most of his career, Joe Wonderly drove trucks. He retired from Pendleton Grain Growers after having worked for the company for more than 30 years.

Joe was known to all as someone who could fix just about anything, his family said. His handiwork is apparent everywhere he has ever lived. There was no home that wasn’t greatly improved for his having lived there.

Family was important to Joseph and each child and grandchild would receive a bicycle at some point in their young lives that he would fix up and paint (and repair the inevitable flat tires), with steadfast love, family members said. Nothing pleased him more than loving and caring for his family. Family gatherings always found him happily in the center of things, often helping someone with a car or fixing a broken toy.

Joe also enjoyed fishing with friends, especially on the Columbia River. His keen wit and sense of fun made him a favorite of family and friends alike. Laughter was a constant reminder of his happy personality and positive outlook on life.

Joseph was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Fraternal Order of the Eagles. He will be greatly missed, his family said.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Beverly; a brother, Don Wonderly; and a great-grandchild, Ian Noe.

Survivors include his daughters, Deborah and Brenda; two sisters, Donaline Points and Kathleen Wittenberg; a brother, Daniel Wonderly; and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to  the Baker City Fire Department or the Baker City Police Department through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543 Halfway, OR 97834.

‘Bimbo’ Dennis

Roscoe Bill “Bimbo” Dennis died Aug. 22, 2010.

A family gathering celebrating his life will be scheduled later this year in the mountains,which he loved.

Bimbo was born on Sept. 11, 1955, to Bert and Bernadine Dennis of Richland. He was the youngest of four brothers. He was raised at Richland, graduating from Eagle Valley High School.

After high school he attended a meat cutting school. From there, he went to work for the Forestry Department. Bimbo loved to fish and hunt and especially to tell stories.

Survivors include his children, Roxann, and her husband, Tim Fisher, and family, LaVaughn Hull and family of Klamath Falls, Jake and Jen Dennis of Haines and Starr Dennis of Baker City; grandchildren, Sheldon, Austin, Colby, Mickayla and Shanea.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial contributions may be made to help defray funeral costs through Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway OR 97834.


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