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Home arrow News arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for Aug. 29, 2012

Obituaries for Aug. 29, 2012

John Yeakley

Bakersfield, Calif., 1947-2012

John C. Yeakley, 65, of Bakersfield, Calif., a former Baker City resident, died Aug. 20, 2012.

His memorial service was Saturday at the Greenlawn Southwest Celebration of Life Center at Bakersfield.

 

Deborah Hall

Mobile, Ala., 1958-2012

Deborah Kile Hall, 54, a former John Day resident, died Aug. 28, 2012, at Mobile, Ala., after a long illness with her two children, Dean Hall and Jessica Hall Turner by her side. There was a private service at Mobile.

 

Rocky Hardwick

La Grande, 1945-2012

Rocky Hardwick, 66, of La Grande, died Aug. 24, 2012. 

There will be a celebration of Rocky’s life at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Church of the Nazarene in La Grande. 

John Yeakley

Bakersfield, Calif., 1947-2012

John C. Yeakley, 65, of Bakersfield, Calif., a former Baker City resident, died Aug. 20, 2012.

His memorial service was Saturday at the Greenlawn Southwest Celebration of Life Center at Bakersfield.

John was born on May 8, 1947, at Baker City to Harry and Gertrude Yeakley. He was the eldest of four children. He was a 1965 Baker High School graduate and attended Oregon Institute of Technology at Klamth Falls. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1967. His naval career began with his service in the Fighting Seabees, attached to MOTU 5 out of Port Hueneme, Calif. He was soon after deplyed to Vietnam with the Seabees, supporting the Marines at Dong Ha. After Vietnam, he was commissioneed as an ensign in the CEC (Civil Engineer Corps).

In 1971, during deployment in Japan, he met and married Takako Otani. The couple had two children: John C. Yeakley Jr. and Maryann Kozuru Yeakley. 

The Navy became John’s career. He received an engineering degree from the University of Washington and advanced degrees in petroleum engineering and business from the University of Texas while serving. 

In 1993, John retired as a lieutenant commander after 26 years of honorable service. Settling at Bakersfield, he took employment at Bear Valley, Calif., as general manager. He was employed in the position until he became ill in May of this year. 

John will be remembered for many fine qualities: his integrity, his distinguished service to our nation, his undying patriotism, his management skills, and his intelligence are qualities that immediately come to mind. 

However, to his family he will be remembered, above all, as a completely devoted provider and protector. He was a family man, first and foremost, and regarded his family as his highest and most honorable commitment, family members said.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Takako; his daughter, Maryann; his six grandchildren, Clay, Nick, Brandon, Jiro, Nicole, and Alex; his brother, Jim; and his sisters, Mary Ann and Betty Sue.

Deborah Hall

Mobile, Ala., 1958-2012

Deborah Kile Hall, 54, a former John Day resident, died Aug. 28, 2012, at Mobile, Ala., after a long illness with her two children, Dean Hall and Jessica Hall Turner by her side.

There was a private service at Mobile.

Deborah had been living at Mobile for the past 15 years.

Deborah lived most of her life at John Day. She was married at John Day to Paul Hall. They later divorced.

Deborah worked in nursing care most of her adult life. She will be very much missed by her family and longtime friends, family members said.

Survivors include her son Dean, and his son, Kamrin, and daughter, Jessica, and her husband, Ryan, all of Mobile; her parents, Dean and Jeanette Kile of John Day; her sister, Luann Tirico, and her family, of Bend; her brother, Doug; her former husband, Paul Hall, of Pendleton; her former mother-in-law, Grace Hall of Baker City; her former brother-in-law, Gary Hall and his wife, Roma, of Hermiston; and former sisters-in-law, Belinda Rithman and her husband, David, of Boise and Inez Andrus and her husband, Don, of Keizer.

Rocky Hardwick

La Grande, 1945-2012

Rocky Hardwick, 66, of La Grande, died Aug. 24, 2012. 

There will be a celebration of Rocky’s life at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Church of the Nazarene in La Grande.

Rocky as born on Dec. 16, 1945, at La Grande to his parents James Wandell “Rocky” Hardwick and Edna Mae Schultz Hardwick. He grew up in Baker City and was a 1964 Baker High School graduate. Rocky worked for Safeway Grocery all through high school and transferred to Bend.

He married Pamela Jean Osborne on May 29, 1965, at Baker City. They lived in Bend for the first year before Rocky was transferred to La Grande with Safeway. He worked at Safeway and Albertsons for the next few years. In the early 1970s he went to work for the Union Pacific Railroad until his retirement.

 Rocky was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved the outdoors. He enjoyed picking huckleberries, mushrooming and gold mining. He loved to spend time with his friends and family. 

Rocky was well- known for his fly-tying and gig-making. He never knew a stranger and he was always willing to give a helping hand to family and friends.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Pamela of La Grande; son, Todd Hardwick of La Grande; Loey Mattson and her husband, Stacey, of La Grande; son, Justin Hardwick of Portland, Ore.; brother, Wandell “Buck” Hardwick of Island City; brother John Hardwick of Baker City; sister, Sally Welter, and brother-in-law, Roger, of Portland, Ore.; sister-in-law, Helen Hardwick of Burns; sister in law, Gloria Sheehy, and brother-in-law Tim Sheehy of Union; sister- in-law, Sandy Osborne of Baker City; seven grandchildren, Cody, Karrah and Kendahl Mattson and Tylor, Trent, Travis and Taran Hardwick;  two great-grandchildren, Wyatt Hardwick and Aubrey Hardwick; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; and Adam, Luke and Megan Kleck, for whom he was a special uncle and father figure.

 He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Joe Hardwick; and sister, Johanna Paddock.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriner’s Hospital or the charity of one’s choice through Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande OR 97850. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.lovelandfuneralchapel.com.

 
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