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Obituaries for March 23, 2011
Eugene Perkins Jr.
Eugene Brent Perkins Jr., 82, died March 20, 2011, at St Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City.
His memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Gray’s, West & Co. There will be a memorial celebration after the service.
Eugene was born at Baker City on Nov. 16, 1928, to Eugene Brent Perkins and Francis Dora Love Perkins.
His legacy is primarily in the providing, protection, and love of his family, family members said. He was a very competent rancher throughout his life. The Komiza Ranch on Chandler Lane was homesteaded by his great-grandfather, in 1874.
His great-grandfather was a part of the Oregon Trail migration. He traveled with four other brothers in what has been designated as the Perkins train in many documents. At this point, there have been vie generations of continued ranch operation by the Perkins family.
Eugene graduated from Baker High School in 1946. He was drafted into the Army in 1951 and was stationed for two years at San Pedro, Calif., which is where he met and married his wife, Annie.
Upon his honorable discharge from the Army, he brought his wife back to the ranch, raised a family and continued operation of the ranch until his death. Over the years, it was important to him to maintain a relationship with many of his Army buddies.
Eugene had many interests: Dancing (he met Annie at a dance club in Los Angeles and they went on to amaze many people with their graceful and skilled dancing for more than 50 years), fishing, hunting and anything outdoors. He taught himself to play the fiddle and steel guitar. As a child, he danced in exhibitions along with some square dancing with his parents and eventually with his wife as well.
Eugene belonged to the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, Baker County Cattlemen’s Association, and the Baker County Wool Board. He was involved in his community whenever needed.
For a number of years, he was the chairman of the annual cattlemen’s picnic where he was responsible for all of the food being provided.
Eugene was not a “cowboy‚” as much as being a diligent, livestock-loving, outdoor-based rancher, his family said. His daily routines included: monitoring and maintaining livestock health, feeding, caring for newborn calves, compassion for the sickness in any of his animals, haying in the summer, irrigating his empire, and the use of either motorcycles or quad ATVs in the fields, rather than horses.
He always had horses but decided that motorized ranching was easier. In spite of not being a “cowboy” he still enjoyed his Stetson cowboy hat and boots when getting out on the town.
Eugene loved to tell stories and had a good recall of jokes. He felt very comfortable in social situations. Talking to Eugene was very enjoyable and could last from a few minutes to many hours.
His childhood recollections were very interesting. He collected dozens of different types of bird eggs (his collection is still intact today). He raised a baby porcupine whose mother had been injured, raised a Canada goose from an egg (it was the only one left in a nest that had been raided by a predator), and he always had a dog or two for a companion while out in the fields and around his livestock.
He will be greatly missed by friends from all walks of life, relatives, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and just about anybody who had the privilege to be in his company, his family said.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Annie Felando Perkins; four children, Gary, Shirley (Dinger), Frank, and Steve Perkins; his sister, Delores Perkins Gilmore of La Grande; 10 grandchildren, Nathan, Nicole (Lyon), Rebecca, and Mathew Dinger, Alisa Perkins Boulter, Steven Perkins, Natalie and Brian Perkins, Jeffrey Perkins and Logan Perkins; and four great-grandchildren, Maxwell and Mckenzie Lyon, Charlie Boulter, and Brynn Dinger.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one granddaughter, Jessica Perkins, who died in 2008.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.
Patricia Ann Clubb, 83, of Pendleton, a former Baker City resident, died March 16, 2011, at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, Wash.
Her graveside fuenral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Sister Kay Marie Duncan of Pathway Hospice will officiate.
Patricia was born on April 26, 1927, at Curtain to William and Ellnore Krchser Zimmerly. She graduated from high school at Cottage Grove, and then attended a couple of years of college.
In 1966, she married Jack Clubb at McCall, Idaho. She was a good homemaker and enjoyed playing golf and bridge, her family said.
She was a member of the Pendleton Country Club, bridge clubs, Hidden Valley Golf Club at Cottage Grove and the Episcopal Church in Pendleton. Over the years, she won many golf trophies, including a McCall, Idaho, tournament championship in 1966. She was P.C. Club Champion in 1968 and was the Hidden Valley Golf Club Champion for 10 years through 1964.
Survivors include her daughter, Stanlyn Dougherty of Enterprise; and her husband, Jack Clubb of Pendleton.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and one sister.
Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Carol Simmons, 76, of Baker City was found dead at her residence on March 20, 2011.
Visitations will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2625 Hughes Lane. Bishop Richard Hindman will officiate. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. There will be a reception afterward at the LDS Church Cultural Hall.
Memorial contributions may be made to the LDS Humanitarian Fund through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
Johanna Nell Paddock, 73,of Baker City, died March 19, 2011, at her home.
Johanna was born on Dec. 6, 1937, at John Day. She attended Baker schools and Eastern Oregon University at La Grande.
She married Bud Paddock. They had been married for 48 years at the time of her death.
Johanna was employed by United Airlines as a flight attendant. She later worked as a supervisory secretary at Lockheed Martin in Denver.
Survivors include her husband, Bud Paddock of Baker City; stepchildren, Rick Paddock and Kathy Heinz, both of Denver and Mike Paddock of Wichita, Kan.; sister, Sally Ann Welter of Portland; brothers, John Hardwick of Baker City and Buck Hardwick and Rocky Hardwick, both of LaGrande; and an aunt, Helen Hardwick of Burns.
Services were under the direction of Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St, Baker City, Oregon 97814.