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Obituaries for Dec. 29, 2010

Fred Gray
Fred Earl Gray, 83, of Baker City, died Dec. 17, 2010 at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City.
A private burial was held at Mount Hope Cemetery. His memorial service will be held at a later date.

Fred was born April 9, 1927, in Baker City to John and Lurana (Hall) Gray. Fred studied radio and TV correspondence and graduated in this field.

He was self-employed as a radio and TV technician at Gray’s TV.  He retired in 1987.

He was married to Betty Niccum for 26 years. He then married Lettie Belle Hall. They were married for 26 years before she passed away on Aug. 5, 2005.

Fred was a ham radio operator and enjoyed anything electrical.  He and his older brother Frank often worked together on projects as well as operating Gray’s TV as a team. Some family members affectionately called them ‘The Boy Twins” as they were always together.

Fred was a longtime member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.  He held positions as a deacon and an elder. For many years he helped maintain the church and school facilities. He also helped with Pathfinders and sponsored youth through the school system.

He was a practical person who had good common sense. He had a dry sense of humor enjoyed by all. Many hours were spent working on church projects or visiting siblings and family friends. Despite life- time heart problems, he lived a busy life.

Survivors include his daughter, Nancy and husband Ron Nelson, Sr. of Baker City; granddaughter, Christy Watson and her children, Enola and Kasey of Baker City; grandson Ron Jr. and his five sons and two daughters of Boise; sisters Bonnie Entermille and Almyra “Marge” Walter of Baker City; nine great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceeded in death by his parents, brothers Riley and Frank Gray, infant sister Ruth Lurana Hall, daughter Susan Gray, and step-father Charles Green.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Baker Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church School through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St. Baker City, OR 97814

Douglas Cosby

Douglas Barker Cosby, 66, died Dec. 21, 2010, at his home in Baker City.

His funeral was Dec. 27 at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel. Pastor Al Fry of The First Presbyterian Church officiated. Interment was at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Doug was born on Feb. 5, 1944, in Lemon Grove, Calif., to Delmar and Beulah (Barker) Cosby. As a boy, he enjoyed vacationing with his family in the Mojave Desert and Baja. He liked motorcycle racing in his early 20s, then just riding on the open road and mountain riding with his son.

Hunting and fishing were major interests in his life. He enjoyed trout fishing the Powder River, crappie and catfishing at Hewitt Park and steelhead fishing at Hells Canyon. Elk hunting was probably his favorite; he was an excellent marksman and enjoyed reloading his own ammunition. Being very creative, he built and welded many things.

Doug joined the U.S. AirFforce in 1962, eventually working his way to S/Sgt. He did one tour in Thailand, Lackland AFB and Perrin AFB in Texas where he trained as an electrician. He served for eight years. He came to Baker with the Air Force where he met his wife to be. He married Linda Miller on July 26, 1968, in Caldwell, Idaho.  They had three children. Doug worked for ODOT for 14 years and at one time was assistant foreman in Richland. He had various jobs such as laying floor covering, driving concrete truck, welding, farm machinery mechanic, hauling and setting up mobile homes.

He was always involved with the family ranch, and when Linda’s father died in 1988, he ranched full time until his illness forced him to retire. After being diagnosed with cancer on his birthday in 2001 and being given two weeks to two months to live, he turned to the TV, watching The History Channel and building and manufacturing programs, always wanting to learn more. After being convinced to get a computer, he spent hours playing poker and bowling in the evenings.

Doug was a fun-loving man and tried to make even the hardest job fun. There was never a job he would not tackle and do it to the best of his ability. His abilities never ceased because he learned from experience. He was an honest person and demanded honesty from his family and friends. Being an intelligent individual, he could read something or do it once and have full concept of it. In his own words, he had a “steel trap mind.”

He was strong-willed, stubborn, quick-witted and had a keen sense of humor; he loved pulling pranks on people. Though he couldn’t sing or play an instrument he loved music. His music library held anything from big bands, country/western, Bee Gees, CCR to Dire Straits.  Doug once commented he lived his life the way he wanted and he would not change a thing.

He was a DeMolay member as a youth and a past member of the NRA.

He is survived by his wife, Linda of Baker City; son, Kieth of Langley AFB in Virginia; daughter, Joy of Des Moines, Wash., son, Lance of Baker City; and sister, Sue of California.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Robert; and his grandson, Kody.

Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled Veterans, through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

Richard Rivas

Richard Rivas, 49, of Baker City, died Dec. 3, 2010, at his home.

A private burial took place on Dec. 13. A memorial service will be held this spring. Time and date to be announced.

Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel is in charge of these arrangements.

Richard was born March 25, 1961, in Loveland, Texas, to Elisa and Francisco Rivas in Levelland, Texas. Richard spent most of his childhood in rural Blythe, Calif., where he and his family helped to harvest fruits and vegetables.

He moved to Washington with his oldest sister’s family and received a certificate in welding from Centralia Community College. After he moved to Baker City in 1998, he worked as a welder for S&R Industries before it closed. He also worked briefly at Farm and Industrial.

Richard enjoyed fishing and was an avid football and basketball fan.  He loved to garden and grew stupendous strawberries and blueberries. He constructed a terraced wildflower garden, which he was still perfecting. His favorite hobby was building projects. He built porches, chicken coops, a great kitchen pantry and was nearly done with his last building project, his shop. His sense of humor, kindness to animals, and steadfast diligence in completing his many projects will be missed by family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 11  years, Cathie Roach; stepdaughter, Katie Roach; family friend, Aaron Hoover; and many other friends.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Elisa and Francisco.

Edward Taylor

Edward Isham Taylor, 82, of North Powder, died Dec. 24, 2010, at his home, surrounded by his family.

A celebration of Ed’s life will be Thursday, Dec. 30 at 11 a.m. at the Powder Valley High School gymnasium. The committal service with military honors and Masonic rites will follow at North Powder Cemetery.

Ed was born on Aug. 26, 1928, at North Powder to Isham and Miriam (Pierce) Taylor. Ed graduated from Powder Valley High School in 1947. He participated in all sports and still holds the school record for the 100-yard dash at 10.0 seconds, which will never be broken (the race is now measured in meters.)

After graduating from high school, Ed worked in several jobs such as Harris Pine, North Powder Pine and the U.S. Forest Service prior to being drafted. He served in the U.S. Army from 1950-1952 while the U.S. occupied Germany. 

After serving in the military he returned to North Powder, where he spent time working at the North Powder Pine Company before his political appointment to postmaster by Lyndon B. Johnson in 1966. Ed retired in 1989 after 26 years with the U. S. Postal Service, and spent his winters near Yuma, Ariz.

In 1958, Ed married DeEtte Montgomery. Together they had three children: Tim Taylor, Carla Taylor, and Jane Wisdom. After his wife DeEtte, died in 1977, Ed married Maurine Nicholson, from Chinook, Mont. During this time, Ed and Maurine had been fortunate to travel to several different countries.  Ed was active in his civic responsibilities, including being a member of the Masonic Lodge and actively participating in the East-West Shrine All-Star Football Game. He was also a member of the North Powder Volunteer Fire Department, Lions Club, and was elected and served several years for the school board and city council.

Ed is survived by his brother, Thomas W. Taylor; his sister, Phyllis and her husband Dan Looslie; his son Tim and wife Dana Taylor; daughters, Carla (CT) Taylor, and Jane and her husband Mike Wisdom; his grandchildren, Hallie Wisdom, Ashley Wisdom, Cali Taylor, Cody Taylor, Lacey Wisdom; and several nieces and nephews. Ed is also survived by his wife, Maurine (Nicholson) Taylor and her children Jan and John Sturgeon, Tom and Sheri Nicholson, Dick and Nellie Jo Nicholson, Deb and Rick Smith, Bob and Diana Nicholson, Bill and Rochelle Nicholson; 18 step-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren.

Ed was preceded in death by his sister, Jean Barnett; parents, Isham and Miriam; and his loving wife, DeEtte.

Ethel Rogers

Ethel May Rogers, 96, died Dec. 24, 2010, in Baker City under the loving care of her son and his wife, Tim and Marian Taylor.

Her funeral will be Friday, Dec. 31 at 10 a.m. at the LDS Church on Hughes Lane. A viewing will be held from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., and at the church one hour prior to the service Friday.

Ethel was born May 24, 1914, in Baker, the daughter of Eugene Sidney and Goldie Catherine Voyles Pointer. She had an older brother, Edward Eugene, and later a younger brother, Harold Leslie.

In the early 1920s her parents divorced and Ethel moved with her mother to Little Lookout where she went to the Little Lookout School until about the seventh grade. She didn’t like all the work on the homestead and the abundance of rattlesnakes there.

Goldie married Howard Jacobs in 1924 and they had five more children, brothers and sisters to Ethel:  Edna, Odetta, Erma, Dewey and DeWayne Jacobs.

Ethel married Richard Dailey in 1928 and at 15 years old she had a set of twin boys, Elton and Eddie.  Eddie died at one year old and Elton died six months later.

Ethel married Melvin Elwin Taylor around 1934. In the ensuing years she married Melvin two more times. They had a daughter, Catherine Clara, and a son, Timothy LaVern. Catherine died when she was three years old of poisoning from a garden insecticide.

In 1956 Ethel married Rodney Lajamodiere and they were divorced a year later. Ethel then met and married Vernon Irving Rogers in 1958. Their marriage was later solemnized in the LDS Manti Temple.

Ethel worked as a waitress for Jack Eng at the Royal Café for over 20 years. She also worked as a cook for many years, including cooking at the cafeteria at Eastern Oregon College.

Vern and Ethel took in foster children for many years. In their later years the Rogers ran a retirement home for the elderly in both Cove and Baker City.

Ethel was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on July 10, 1959.   She enjoyed cooking, gardening and canning. She and Vern loved square dancing and participating in parades as the “Governor and wife of Eastern Oregon.” The couple also enjoyed Cadillacs, motor homes, and traveling. Ethel loved Christmas, especially fixing Christmas dinner.

She is survived by her remaining son, Timothy LaVern Taylor and his wife Marian of Baker City; five grandchildren: Timothy Melvin Taylor and Eden of Baker City, Leslie Arnold Taylor and Annette, of O’Fallon, Mo., Melanie Kae Fronk and Kevin of Kingwood, Texas, Michelle Robarge and Kevin of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and Nathan Hale Taylor and Stephanie of Vancouver, Wash.; step-grandchildren, Ron Naillon and Megan of Baker City, Christy Poe of Union, Jim Naillon and Jennifer of Upton, Wyo., Jay Naillon of Issaquah, Wash., and step-great-grandchild, Amanda Naillon who helped care for her; 21 great-grandchildren and 23 great-great-grandchildren; one brother, DeWayne Jacobs and wife Patti of Hermiston.

Ethel was preceded in death by her husband, Vern; two sons, Elton and Eddie Dailey; and a daughter, Catherine Clara Taylor.

Memorial contributions can be made to the LDS Church Missionary Fund.


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