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Obituaries for July 6, 2011


Shirley Evans
Shirley Mae Evans, 82, died June 30, 2011 in Baker City.
Her graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Rock Creek Cemetery. Pastor Jesse Whitford of the Baker City Christian Church will officiate. Shirley was born on Jan. 1, 1929, at Lincoln, Neb., to Richard and Opal Bishop Thompson. She was raised in Portland and graduated from Roosevelt High School.
She married Carl Evans in 1952 and they lived at Scappoose for many years before moving to Baker Valley.
Survivors include her son, Scott Evans of Portland; brother, John Thompson of Portland; and sister, Sandy Thompson of Gold Beach.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl; and her son, Mark.
Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Gerard Burchard II
Gerard W. Burchard II, 36, died July 1, 2011 in Baker City.
Gerard was born on Nov. 14, 1974, at San Diego to Gerard and Barbara Burchard. He attended Helix High School and was a construction worker by trade. He was also involved with The Salvation Army.
Survivors include his son, Gerard W. Burchard III, daughter, Paige Burchard, mother, Barbara Burchard, and brother, Charles Burchard, all of Baker City; and sister, Correen Bogardus.
He was preceded in death by his father, Gerard W. Burchard; and grandmother, Lois Burchard.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Salvation Army through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

Thomas Holland

Thomas George Holland, 58, died June 30, 2011, at Baker City.
There will be no service at this time. Tom wanted his family and friends to remember him as he was before his illness.
Tom was born on Nov. 23, 1952, in Walla Walla, Wash., to William Henry and Helen Leslie Holland. Tom graduated from Walla Walla High School and also attended an A&P School at Moses Lake, Wash. He later joined the Air Force.
He married Lynda Joyce Sams on Feb. 14, 1994, at Walla Walla, Wash.
Tom later spent the majority of his career as an airplane mechanic and worked for Baker Aircraft for 11 years. Tom enjoyed reading and putting together model airplanes in his spare time.
His greatest joy was airplanes. He also enjoyed drawing, painting and going on long drives. Tom was part owner in the Serendipity Soaring LLC, which is still going at the Baker Airport.
He had the ability to remember everything he ever read which allowed him to accomplish many things. He believed his greatest accomplishment was moving to baker and meeting many people in town and through his work.  He was proud to call these people his friends.
Survivors include his ex-wife/forever love, Lynda Holland of Baker City; two stepsons, Zachary Avery of Baker City; Andrew Avery of Milton-Freewater; a daughter, Tanya Holland of Lewiston, Idaho; and a son, Christopher Holland of Lewiston; and many grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Helen Holland; and a son Rick Holland.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.
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