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Obituaries for March 6, 2013


Vern Knapp Sr.

Baker City, 1934-2013

Vernon Guy “Vern” Knapp Sr., 78, of Baker City, died Feb. 24, 2013, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Boise after a short stay attended by family members and hospital staff.

His memorial service will be Tuesday, March 12, at 10 a.m. at the Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St. in Baker City. There will be a reception after the service at Vern’s Saw Shop, 890 Elm St.

Vern was born on July 21, 1934, at Hermiston to Guy Elmer and Ida Mae Stewart Knapp. They both were from pioneer families of Wallowa, Union and Baker counties.

Vern’s first eight years of school were spent at Mission. He was the only “white boy” out of 21 students. All eight grades were in one room with a pot-bellied wood stove. There was a small barn for the horses if the weather was bad. If the weather was really bad he had to stay with the teacher. In the summer he rode his bike 11 miles up hill both ways.

When World War II broke out his brothers, George and Ray, joined and Vern had to stay home to help his dad on the farm. He was only 7 years old but learned to operate equipment and run machinery before he could reach the pedals.

When his brothers and brothers-in-law came home from the service they built and operated a large sawmill on the Upper Umatilla River near Bingham Springs. They owned 920 acres with 2,000 acres of Taylor Grazing Act land. They lived in a huge log house with many outbuildings. The log house is still there. They cut ties for the railroad.

Vern and his brother, Ray, hunted, successfully, for more than 60 years, 40 years in the Elkhorns and Alaska. They both asked to have their ashes scattered in Killamacue and on their claim on Lightning Creek.

Vern did many things during his lifetime. He rode his motorcycle nearly 200,000 miles in his younger years, not quite making it to Alaska. He worked construction, ranched, logged, worked as a millwright, mined and scuba dived. He was an expert welder. He helped build the dams on the Snake River and the radar tower. He shot as a Master. He cut logs and right-of-way for 17 years until a tree broke his back. He continued cutting for two years until he had surgery. He went into Cliff’s Saws and Cycles to pick up some supplies and didn’t get out of there for 13 years. He had no equal as a two-cycle engine mechanic.

Vern and Alice bought Elk Creek Enterprises from Snoose and Ellen Williams in 1984 and ran a successful business for 28 years. There has been many changes in the industry but he maintained his good work ethic and cultivated many close friends whom he considered his extended family.

Vern’s greatest joy was his kids, grandkids and great-grandkids and being able to pass on the fun of living off the land and realizing the value of our natural resources and guarding our God-given rights. He really loved this land.

Vern married Colleen Marie Lozier and they produced Michael Ray, Debbie and Vikki Lee Knapp. They were later divorced.

Vern met Alice Shipman Waggerby. She took care of his children for a while before they were married. Alice brought into this union Lorna Lee, LuAnn, Leslie Kay and James Leonard Waggerby. Vern fully accepted the responsibility and a year later added Vernon Guy Knapp Jr. Vern called him the glue that cemented this family together. This unique family was raised in one household with one bathroom.

With his uncanny ability to make anything run, Vern made sure all the kids had motorcycles (which he built), snowmobiles, bikes and later cars. He also taught them to shoot and enjoy the outdoors. They all had animals and chores. They all had jobs at an early age. He was very much involved in their lives.  Vern was Alice’s best friend, companion and partner.

Survivors include his wife, Alice; his sisters, Irene Brinkman of Clackamas and Verla Loree Frost of Hermiston; his children, Michael Ray Knapp, Debbie Knapp, Ard and husband, Cleve, Lorna Lee and Kurtis Creger, LuAnn Jensen, Vikki Lee Athen, Leslie Kay Hawkins and husband, Scott, James Leonard Waggerby and his wife, Debra, Vernon Guy Knapp Jr. and his wife, Winnie; grandchildren, Camlin Ard, Dane Creger and wife Candi, Thad Creger, Jewel, “Little Alice” Duron and husband, Andrew, Justin Lee Jensen and Jessica Lyn Holliday, Suzanne Elizabeth Athen, Shane Sturdivant and wife, Katrina, Dylan Leight Russell, Alissa Renne Zimmerman and her husband, Kent, James Lee Waggerby, Jonathon, Dayden and Jordan Griffith, and Christian Guy Knapp.

Great-grandchildren, Tyson, Austin, Kya and Jayleese Creger, Ady Duron, Addison Ray, Wyatt Lewis Hall; and many nieces and nephews.

Vern was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, George Knapp and his wife, Mary, and Raymond Knapp, his wife Saimie, and Ray’s companion, Blanche Porter; his sisters, Velma and her husband, Nel Kuust, Marjorie and her husband Leon Shockman; and brothers-in-law, Charles Brinkman and Boyd Frost.

Those wishing to make contributions in Vern’s memory may direct them to the charity of their choice. This may be done through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Fred Moseley

Halfway, 1933-2013

Fred Moseley, 79, of Halfway, died on Feb. 27, 2013, while traveling in Yuma, Ariz.

There will be a celebration of Fred’s life in August, date and time to be announced.

Fred William Moseley was born on Oct. 27, 1933, at Halfway in a house down the hill from the Allstead place (on the north end of Halfway), to Nannie “Nancy” and Robert Kelso Moseley Jr.  He was raised and educated in Halfway, graduating from Pine Valley High School in 1952.

After graduation, Fred joined the U.S. Air Force in June of 1952. He went to school and had electrical training. During his stint in the service he was stationed in Cheyenne, Wyo., Guam, Thule, Greenland, France, Morocco, North Africa and New Mexico, being honorably discharged June 6, 1956.

Fred married Carol Jean Baird on Oct. 5, 1957, at Rose Hills Hillside Chapel in Whittier, Calif. They had four children, Mark and Craig, both born while the family lived in California, and Tami and Lori were born when the family relocated to Oregon.

Fred joined the Boilermaker Union in Portland and worked as a welder and business agent for 27 years.  He retired from the union.

Fred loved to travel, make friends and fish. One of his highlights was going to the Grand Ole Opry and he recently went to a Mark Chestnut concert where he was able to go back stage.  Fred  belonged to several organizations, which included the Masonic Lodge, Oregon Elks Lodge and Shriners. He was a Turkeybutt member for 30 years.

Fred loved to travel in his fifth-wheel home. He would spend the summers in Halfway and at Oxbow. He loved the area, but when winter came, he was headed down south, spending part of his time in Las Vegas, then traveling farther south the colder it got.

Fred never knew a stranger. He had a great laugh, a wonderful sense of humor and will be missed more than words can say, family members said.

Survivors include his daughter, Tami, and her husband, Lynn Carpenter, of Halfway; his son, Craig, and his girlfriend, Shane Nystrom, of Portland; his daughter,  Lori Moseley of Portland; grandchildren, Erick Carpenter of Troutdale, Sheri Carpenter of Portland, and Jami Young of Milwaukie; his brothers-in-law and their families, Joe Baird of Oceanside, Calif., Don Nelson of Blythe, Calif., and Bill Wise of Fremont, Ohio; several great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and a wealth of friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol Moseley in 1997; his son, Mark Moseley in 2005; and six siblings.

Those who would like to make a donation in memory of  Fred may do so to the Halfway High School Alumni Association, Pine Valley Museum or the Oregon Cancer Society through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

W. Floyd Douglas

Baker City, 1917-2013

W. Floyd Douglas, 95, of Baker City, a much loved husband, dad, grandpa and friend, died March 3, 2013, surrounded by family and friends.

At his request, there will be no service.

Floyd was born on April 5, 1917, at Portland. He experienced a life of many changes and technical advances, which he wholeheartedly embraced. He spent his early years on the family farm near Cherryville, Ore. 

Among his memories as a small child were watching his dad work their fields with horse-drawn machinery and riding in a horse-drawn wagon with his folks to pick huckleberries at the base of Mount Hood.

He spent many of his teenage years at the family mining claim near Greenhorn. Being the camp meat provider gave him the opportunity to roam the mountains there and develop a deep love of the outdoors that he instilled in his own children and grandchildren.

He met the love of his life, Madaline Hyatt, in 1939; they were married in 1940 and had a marriage that was legendary in its love and total commitment to each other. From the horse and buggy days to the space age/computer age, Floyd worked hard; raised four children; helped his neighbors and friends; and always met each day with that rearing-to-go attitude of his and contagious smile. 

Early in his marriage he and Madaline moved to Bourne, where he worked in the gold mines. During World War II, they moved to Vancouver, Wash., for employment in the shipyards there. After the war, he and Madaline moved back to Oregon, settling in Baker City where he spent the remainder of his life.

For several years Floyd was part-owner of Commercial Welding Company. He later started his own business, Douglas Welding & Supply, and before retiring, he worked for a time at Ellingson Lumber Company. While in his 80s he took a computer class, taught himself to type, and became very adept at “surfing” the net and emailing family and friends. When in his 90s and it became difficult for him to see the print, being an avid reader, he easily mastered his eBook and kept up with his reading until the very end.

Floyd is survived by his wife of 72 years, Madaline; four children: Larry (Nelli) Douglas, Ted (Gary) Douglas, William (Woody) Douglas, and Sharon (Jeff) Ziegenhagen; three grandchildren: Suzie Douglas, Mike (Shannon) Douglas, and Kathleen (Shannon) Quintero; eight great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and very special friend, Ben Estes. Good bye, dad/grandpa. We love you; miss you; will never forget you. Rest in peace. 

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