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Obituaries for July 9, 2010

Delbert Miller

Delbert Miller

Delbert Jack Miller, 75, of Baker City, died July 7, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

His graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Dave Deputy of Calvary Baptist Church will officiate.

Delbert was born on March 5, 1935, in Baker City to Laurel and Mary Eastman Miller. He was a 1953 Baker High School graduate.  He was an outstanding participant of basketball, football and track. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1957, serving in Germany as well as stateside.

He married Evelyn Howland on Feb. 17, 1953. The couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 25, 2005. There were four children born to this family.

After Evelyn’s death, he married Doris Duncan on July 4, 2006, residing in Baker City.

Up until his retirement in 2000, Delbert was a lumber grader for Burnt River Lumber Co., Ellingson Timber Co. and Malheur Lumber Co. at John Day. His work ethic could never be challenged, his family said. He was always the first person to step up when needed.

Delbert had many interests, hobbies and activities. He was a very dependable server at the Community Connection senior lunches as well as taking the Meals on Wheels to New Bridge and Halfway the past few years.

He also was a volunteer medical driver for the State of Oregon, driving for those who otherwise could not make it to their medical appointments in Boise, Fruitland, Ontario and La Grande.

He was a fisherman and hunter, weather permitting. He was an avid board game player as well as learning the games on the computer. He was known to many as Mr. Little League, not only as a coach for many years, but as a mentor for many who needed help with the game.

“He was a wonderful husband, great father, a caring brother as well as a tremendous friend and a mentor to many,” family members said. They called him their hero.

Survivors include his wife, Doris of Baker City; sons, Mike of Crooked River Ranch, and Tony of Wilsonville; daughters, Diann Jennings of Redmond and Therasa Jones of Terrebonne; three stepsons, David Kloss of Imbler, Daniel Kloss of Albany and Mike Kloss of San Francisco; 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; his sister, Anna and Eddie Hackett; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Evelyn; brothers, Lemuel, Orville, Bill, Elmer, Mick and Ray.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Calvary Baptist Church Building Fund or to a charity of one’s choice through Gray’s West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave. Baker City, OR 97814.

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