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Obituaries for Feb. 2, 2011


‘Gary’ Jaensch

Gerald F. “Gary” Jaensch, 69, of Baker City, died Jan. 28, 2011, in Baker City surrounded by the love of his family.  

His memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Gray’s West and Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave.  Friends are invited to attend a reception at the home of Gary’s daughter immediately after the service.

Gary was born on Sept. 28, 1941, to Charles and Marjorie Jaensch.  He attended grade school, middle school and the beginning of his high school years at Hillsboro and graduated from Baker High School in 1960. 

Gary and Sharon A. “Sherry” Jaensch were married on Sept. 7, 1963. They had two children: Tim and Lisa. Gary spent the majority of his working career in hardware sales and marketing, most memorably at Basche-Sage Hardware Co. and Builders Supply, both in Baker City.

He retired in 1996 and became an avid gardener. He kept a beautiful garden of roses. His children and grandchildren have fond memories of picking and eating raspberries off the vines with grandpa. 

Gary will be most remembered for his genealogy research as well as his contributions to the histories of Baker and Wallowa counties.

He was always eager and willing to help people piece together their past. He gained great joy from helping others, his family said.  

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Sherry; his children and their spouses, Tim and Erica Jaensch and Lisa and John Wilson; grandchildren, Ashlee, Casey and Kaylee Jaensch, Kody Younger, Lillyanna Wilson, Tyler and Stephen Talbot and Treyton Montgomery; brother, David Jaensch of Hillsboro; nephew, Eric Jaensch; and numerous cousins. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Marjorie; his grandparents, Hans and Clara Finstad; and his aunt, Lavonne Burgess.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Baker County Library Research Center through Gray’s West and Co., 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

‘Pete’ Cornelius

James Walter “Pete” Cornelius, 84, of Baker City, died Jan. 28, 2011, at his home.

His memorial service will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the New Beginning Pentecostal Church of God in Baker City. Pastor Everett Pierce will officiate.

Pete was born on Aug. 31, 1926, at Battlefield, Ark., to Walter Lee and Viola Pearl Cornelius. He joined the U.S. Army, serving for 8 years. Among other jobs, he worked for 11 years at Lindsay Olive at Lindsay, Calif., as a forklift operator.

He was a minister for the majority of his life. He was a youth leader at the Gospel Defenders in Madra, Calif., and then served as pastor at the Revival Center in Porterville, Calif., from 1985 to 1988. He served as pastor of the Pentecostal Church of God at La Grande from 1998 to 2002 and then retired from the Pentecostal Church of God in 2008.

Pete enjoyed traveling, fishing, sightseeing, visiting friends and family, amusement parks, zoos, singing and playing his guitar, going to church, revivals, and watching old westerns.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 45 years, Virginia June Cornelius; family members Ruby, Roy, and Raymond Cornelius, Christine Dye and Gladys Buttram; two daughters, Charlene and DeAnna; and son, Jay.

Survivors include his family members, Donald Lee Jackson, Judith LaNell Scott, Virginia Louise Vaughn and James Walter Miles Cornelius; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great- great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made in Pete’s name to Coles Tribute Center 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.


Ervin Carleton

Ervin Carleton, 66, of Huntington, died Jan. 29, 2011, at his home. 

Ervin Victor Carleton was born on March 27, 1944,at Willow Ranch, Calif., to George William and Elizabeth P. Conklin Carleton. 

Survivors include his loving wife, Emma, and many friends.

Coles Tribute Center is in charge of cremation arrangements.

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