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Obituaries for June 6, 2012


Orman Bieber

Baker City, 1921—2011

Olive Bieber

Baker City, 1923—2005

Orman W. “O.W.” Bieber, 90, of Baker City, died Oct. 10, 2011.

His wife, Olive Bieber, 82, of Baker City, died Sept. 7, 2005.

Their ashes will be buried at Mount Hope Cemetery at 1 p.m. June 14. The Baker Elks Lodge, No. 338, will conduct the service. There will be a reception afterward at the home of Eloise Colton at 2444 Grove St.

Orman was born on April 30, 1921, at Baker City to George F. and Patra Rasmussen Bieber.

Olive was born on Sept. 7, 1923, in Baker County to William and Daisy Grunig.

The couple were married on Jan. 13, 1944, at Vancouver, Wash. They were married for 61 years.

Orman was a farmer in Eastern Oregon for 18 years. He raised cattle and horses. He and the family moved to Mossyrock, Wash., in 1957.

In 1963, he moved his family to Port Angeles, Wash., to start Bieber Trucking & Logging. He owned several trucks and a small logging operation. Olive worked at a paint store for many years.

After retiring from his logging business in 1982, Orman worked as a night security guard for the Port of port Angeles for 14 years. He retired in 1995.

Orman loved to hunt and fish. He and Olive traveled to Alaska, Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean and Hawaii.

They made frequent yearly trips to Eastern Oregon to visit friends and family. Orman loved spending hours working on his trucks, projects and inventions.

He rarely had an idle day, only to travel, but that’s what kept him going all of those years, his family members said.

Orman’s last completed project was to record some of his many memorable hunting stories.

Orman was a lifetime member of the Baker Elks Lodge, No. 338, (56 years), and the Baker Heritage Museum. He belonged to the National Rifle Association, Medical Springs Grange, Sixth Degree, and the Sumpter Valley Railroad. He also served in World War II as a U.S. Army patrol leader.

Orman and Olive are survived by their son, James Bieber (Lynn) of Hamilton, Mont.; daughter, Sandra Cross (Larry), of Tacoma, Wash.; four granddaughters, Ramona and Tara Bieber of Bend; caregiver, DeAnna Stossel (Ray) of Port Angeles, Wash., and Danielle Polly (Todd) of Port Angeles, Wash.; six great-grandchildren; Orman’s brother, George Bieber (Leila) of Spokane, Wash.; Orman’s sister, Eloise Colton of Baker City; numerous nieces and nephews; and his beloved canine companion, Jenny.

Orman was preceded in death by his wife, Olive, who died on her birthday, Sept. 7, 2005; his father, George F. Bieber; his mother, Petra Bieber; and his good friend/hunting buddy/brother-in-law, Phil Colton, all of Baker City.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Diabetes or Heart Associations.

Dale Ault Sr.

Richland, 1941—2012

Dale Willard Ault Sr. , 71, of Richland, died May 19, 2012, at Settler’s Park Assisted Living Facility. 

There will be a celebration of Dale’s life and a fish fry at noon June 23, 2012, at the Richland Community Park.

Dale was born on May 16, 1941, in Spokane, Wash., to Willard and Irene Foland Bradley. He was raised by Stan Ault.

In his early years, Dale went to work in Kellogg, Idaho, in the silver mines. He hurt his back in the mid-1930s. It was then that he enrolled at Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls. 

Dale graduated with a degree in medical technology.  He then went to work at the Fourth Street Clinic in La Grande. 

Upon leaving La Grande, Dale worked at the Enterprise Hospital, then to the Burns Hospital and then to Dayton, Wash. He ended his career at Blue Mountain Hospital in John Day.

His son, Dale Jr., was born in 1974.

Dale loved to hunt in his earlier days, and, of course, fishing was his ultimate hobby, family members said. He loved riding motorcycles and for a short while he had a pilot’s license.

He married Della on July 15, 1990, at the Trees of Mystery in Northern California.  After retirement, he and Della spent winters at Quartzsite, Ariz., and his summers at Port Orford.  

Dale was a very friendly and loving man, family members said and would have given his shirt off his own back for others.  

Dale and Della made their retirement home at Richland.  They were very involved with the Eagle Valley Grange and absolutely loved the community and the people.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.

Survivors include his wife, Della; his son, Dale Ault Jr. , and his wife, Sarah; three grandchildren, Jon, Katelyn and Jenna; stepson, Dale Palmer Jr., and his wife, Kathy; sisters, Gerrie Skewis and Connie Thorsell; and cousins, Pattie McCullough, Bill Bowman and Ron Bowman.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wildflower site that welcomes visitors to Richland through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Ann Dockweiler

Baker City, 1930-2012

Ann H. Dockweiler, 81, of Baker City, died June 2, 2012, at her home with her loving husband of almost 60 years by her side.

Ann was born on Aug. 5, 1930, at Charlottesville, Va., to Ellis and Beatrice Morris.  She married Chuck “Doc” Dockweiler on June 21, 1952, at Alexandria, Va. They resided in Virginia for several years doing cross-country truck driving together. In 1964 Anna became the first woman to become licensed as an ICC driver for moving companies. 

In March of 1979 the couple moved to Baker City where Ann was a loving homemaker and devoted wife and mother, family members said.

Survivors include her husband, Chuck; daughter, Victoria Shirley; son and daughter-in-law, David and Twila Mullins; grandchildren, David Jr., Matthew, Brittny, and Joshua Mullins; one great-grandson, Austin; a sister, Dorothy “Tootie” Haney; and a niece, Pamela “Penny” Delaney.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Heart ‘n’ Home Hospice through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City OR 97814.

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