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Obituaries for March 21: Orrin Sass, Verlin Conner

Orin Sass

Orin H Sass, 81, a longtime Eagle Valley resident, died March 1, 2007, at St. Elizabeth Care Center in Baker City.

His graveside memorial was March 4 at the Eagle Valley Cemetery in Richland.

Orin was born on Dec. 17, 1925, at Richland to Claus P. Sass and Martha Alveda Morrison Sass. He was a 1943 Richland High School graduate.

He married Joanna Reavis on Dec. 31, 1950. They lived on the family ranch, where they dairied and ranched and raised their three children. He lived at Richland until failing health in 2004 led him to move to Settler's Park in Baker City.

Orin had a great love for Eagle Valley and everyone who lived there. He loved nature, was a great musician and loved playing the piano for anyone who would listen. He was an eternal optimist and made the best out of every situation he faced in life. He loved his grandchildren and put thousands of miles on dozens of cars driving the roads to see them.

He was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, loved God and loved to quote scripture.

Orin was preceded in death by his parents, Claus and Alveda Sass; and his sister, Lurley Sutton of Vernonia.

Survivors include a brother, Norman Sass of Yuba City, Calif.; his children, David Sass and his wife, Karen, of Genesee, Idaho, Catherine Sass of La Grande and Nancy Morrison and husband, Bobby, of Richland; grandchildren, Donald and Dana Moody, Blake Bars, Ashleigh Bars, Joshua and Megan Neuharth, Abby Morrison, Lucas Sass, Austin Sass, Tyler Sass and Carson Sass; great-grandchildren, Jack and Lucy Moody; and several nieces and nephews.

Verlin Conner

Verlin A. Conner, 77, of Tygh Valley, a Halfway native, died March 15, 2007, at his home surrounded by the things he loved.

There will be a celebration of his life at 1 p.m. Friday at the Tygh Valley Community Center.

Verlin was born at Halfway to Albert and Alberta Conner. He grew up in the Baker area and was a Union High School graduate.

At Union High School he was known as "Pee Wee Conner" on the football field. He was small, but mighty.

He worked for the Pondosa Lumber Mill for many years where he met and married Lavina P. Slinkard. They moved to Kinzua in 1958 to work for Kinzua Corp., at the small lumber town of Kinzua. Verlin loved Kinzua, for all that a small town can offer.

In 1978, Kinzua Corp. shut down and he and his wife found another small town the grew to love, Tygh Valley, a community of friendly and caring people. He worked for the Mountain Fir Lumber Co. until he retired in 1992.

Verlin was a man with many interests. He loved hunting, fishing, golfing, bowling, gardening, rock hounding, archery, jewelry making, square dancing, playing guitar and banjo in a country western band, and later in his life, winemaking.

He was known for being a "gentle" man, a gentleman and a kind and respectful person.

Survivors include his son, David Lovell, and a daughter, Verla Benson, both of Albany; grandchildren, Chris and Matt Lovell and Jamie, Casey and Soni Benson; four great-grandchildren; three sisters, Nellie Turner, Rosemary Howerton and Shirley Stoddard; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lavina Conner; his parents; three brothers; and two sisters.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Tygh Valley Pioneer Potlatch, P.O. Box 111, Tygh Valley, OR 97063 or Wamic Senior Bus Inc., P.O. Box 324, Wamic, OR 97063.


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