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Obituaries for Oct. 26, 2011
D. Blaine Kenney
D. Blaine Kenney, 77, a resident of the Pine Creek area near Baker City, died Oct. 20, 2011, at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise.
A celebration of his life will be Saturday, Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane in Baker City. Blaine was born on Sept. 5, 1934, at Collbran, Colo., to Donald and Dorothy (Harris) Kenney. He was a 1952 graduate of Plateau Valley High School. He then went on to graduate from Mesa College in 1954 and Colorado State College in 1960. He was also working on his master’s in marine biology from Walla Walla University.
Blaine spent two years in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged as a SP4-E4. He was a teacher for the North Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventist and retired in 1987 after 27 years. From 1988-2000, he worked for the U.S. Forest Service, Wallowa- Whitman National Forest, in communications.
Blaine married Faith Clifton in Collbran in 1956 and together they had two daughters, Debbie and Jan.
Blaine’s hobbies included ham radios, electronics, hiking, preaching, painting, drawing, and getting firewood. He was on the Blue Mountain Interagency Fire Team and retired from the team in 2008. He also had his general tadio-telephone operators license. Over the years, Blaine has been affiliated with the Lamba Sigma Tau, Adventist Teachers Association, NPUC Executive Committee, and the KTSY Radio Operating Committee.
Blaine was preceded in death by his father and mother.
He is survived by his wife, Faith of Baker City; daughters and sons-in-law, Debbie and Ed Wilde of Independence, Ore., and Jan and Jim Abernethy of Littleton, Colo.; grandsons, Jared, Seth and Caleb Wilde of Independence, and Luke and Sam Abernethy; granddaughter, Chloe Abernethy of Littleton; his brother and sister-in-law, John D. and Joyce Kenney of Palisade, Colo.; his sister, Marjie Ann Jones Allen of Palisade; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Contributions in Blaine’s memory may be made to the Baker Valley Seventh-day Adventist School through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
Mae Rouse, 96, died Oct. 21, 2011, at her home in Redmond.
Visitations will Thursday from noon to 7 p.m. at Gray’s West & Company Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. in Baker City.
The Rosary will be said Friday at at 9:30 a.m. at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets, with Mass following at 10 a.m. Father Julian Cassar will officiate. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Friends are invited to join the family for a luncheon at the Parish Hall at St. Francis de Sales following the interment.
A memorial service will take place Nov. 3 at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Redmond, with Father Todd Unger officiating.
Germaine “Mae” DeRoest was born May 7, 1915, at Baker to Bruno and Sybilla DeRoest. Mae was the second child of nine and had two sisters and six brothers. She was raised in Baker and educated at St. Francis Academy. She married Daniel P. Rouse in 1933.
Mae was the reigning matriarch of the Rouse-DeRoest families. She enjoyed 96 years of good health and was still active in several clubs.
In her younger years, she painted a number of homes in Baker City and later became a floral designer for Ethan Allen Furniture in Lake Oswego for several years. Mae was an excellent card player and thoroughly enjoyed a card game. She also loved to entertain and still put out a good meal at 96 years old! She always had a beautiful yard and exotic flowers, most of which she got from her sister.
Mae was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel, in 1995; a son, Michael, in 1996; and a grandson, Jeffery, in 1990.
She is survived by her sons: Robert Rouse of Terrebonne and Ronald Rouse of Baker City; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; and her brothers, Joseph DeRoest of Provo, Utah, and Donald DeRoest of Baker City.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis de Sales Cathedral or the American Heart Association through Gray’s West & Company Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.
Wayne TroyWayne Troy, 79, died Oct. 21, 2011, at his home in Baker City.
Visitations will be Thursday from noon to 6 p.m. at Gray’s West & Company Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday at 1 p.m. at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets, with Father Julian Cassar officiating. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, with a luncheon following for family and friends at the Parish Hall at St. Francis de Sales.
Gerald Wayne Troy was born May 3, 1932, at Baker to Jeremiah and Blossom (Farrow) Troy. Wayne attended school in the Troy schoolhouse, a one-room school with a pot-bellied woodstove in the middle of the room, located on the Oregon Trail about five miles east of Pleasant Valley. After Wayne’s father died, he moved to Baker with his mother, brother, Neil, and grandfather, Dick Farrow.
He graduated from St. Francis Academy in 1950, then attended St. Martins University in Lacey, Wash. He served in the Coast Guard for four years. He was honorably discharged with the rank of EN2.
Wayne married Helen Knewitz at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral in Baker on Feb. 11, 1956. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2006.
While in school, Wayne worked for Neuberger & Heilner. He also worked the family ranches in the Baker Valley, Lower Powder, Medical Springs, Pocahontas and Pleasant Valley. The Troy ranch received the 2003 Century Ranch award. He remained active on the ranch until his death. Wayne was the weighmaster at the livestock sale yards in Baker, La Grande and Caldwell, Idaho, for many years.
Wayne had a soft heart, and his generosity was well known. He often provided assistance for those needing extra help in his community. This was one of his proudest accomplishments thoughout his life. He also enjoyed riding horses, swimming, boating and restoring his 1949 Dodge.
Wayne was a member of the St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, a life member of the Elks, the VFW and the American Legion, and a member of the Cattlemen’s Association. He was president of the Cattlemen’s Association in 1967-1968 and he was the engineer for the American Legion Train Engine No. 41 for the Independence Day parade for several years.
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, James Neil Troy and James Alfred Troy; and several aunts and uncles.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Helen M. Troy of Baker City; his daughters: Teresa Robertson and her husband, Bruce, of Palmer, Alaska, Patty Herron and her husband, Wayne, of Union, and Lyndia Williams and her husband, Doug, of Baker City; her grandchildren: Chelsea Herron of La Grande, Jadon Herron of Union, and Jessica Robertson and Anna Robertson, both of Palmer.
Memorial contributions may be made the the charity of one’s choice through Gray’s West & Company Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.