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Home arrow News arrow News of Record arrow Obituaries for March 18, 2011


Obituaries for March 18, 2011

George Phillips
George Arthur Phillips, 67, a former Baker City resident, died March 9, 2011, after a long battle with cancer.
His funeral was at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Burns Mortuary in Hermiston. Burial was at Riverview Cemetery in Boardman.

George Arthur Phillips was born on Dec. 3, 1944, at Baker City to Hap and Buddy Phillips. He attended Baker schools. George was active in 4-H and FFA.

He went to 4-H judging school in Corvallis for one year. He quit school his senior year to go to the Western School of Heavy Equipment at Weiser, Idaho.

After completing the program, George enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1964 and served with the 864th Engineers. He spent 19 months in Vietnam,  mainly as an equipment operator and then as head of the welding shop.

In 1967, he went to work for Union Pacific Railroad as an equipment operator and then as a foreman. He had to retire in 1991 because of an injury.

George coached Little League baseball for several years then he umpired for a number of years after that. George enjoyed golfing, fishing, and woodworking.

He also enjoyed country music and knew the words to just about any song ever recorded. He was a life time member of the VFW.  

Survivors include his wife, Hope; children, Lorie (Tod) Case of Pendleton and Dan (Kelly) Phillips of Boardman; grandchildren,  Dustin, Adrean, and Johnny Phillips and Brittany and Miranda Case; one great-granddaughter,  Elizabeth Garner; sisters, Helen (Marvin) Hopkins of  Hereford, Ariz., and Joyce (Woody) Williams of Boise; one brother, Allen (Marge) Phillips of Baker City; and numerous cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and all of his aunts and uncles.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church, 215 N. Main St., Pendleton, OR 97801 or the Portland Veterans Hospice Unit, 1601 E. Plain Blvd., Vancouver, WA 9866.

Friends and family are asked to  sign the condolence book at burnsmortuaryhermiston.com

Bill Lucas

William Ronald “Bill” Lucas, 80, of Baker City died March 11, 2011 at Settler’s Park Assisted Living Center.

Bill was born on Dec. 1, 1930, at The Dalles to William Glen and Pearl Ada Baker Lucas. The family moved to Portland during World War II, where he completed high school at Benson Technical. 

Spending a couple of years at the University of Oregon, he returned to The Dalles after he was married in 1950, working for Consolidated Freightways. When it closed, he bought Kelly Avenue Repair in 1962.

In 1973, after the kids were gone, he moved to Granite, where he and his wife, Joanne, were the first modern full-time residents.

He worked for Grant County as an equipment operator and a mechanic until his retirement. He loved to hunt, fish and have a beer with the many close friends he made over the years.

Bill was a master sergeant in the National Guard for 20 years and in the Sherriff’s Reserve in both Wasco and Grant counties.

“He was a fine man and he will be missed,” his family said.

Survivors include his three children, David, Daniel, and Carol; and seven grandchildren. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR  97814.


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