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Obituaries for Sept. 17, 2010

Lori Miles, Dorothy Irby, 'Mike' Henry

Lori Miles

Lori Kristine Miles, 45, died in her sleep Sept. 14, 2010, at her North Powder home.

Her memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church, 1995 Fourth St. Pastor Al Fry will officiate. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception at the church fellowship hall after the service.

Lori was born on Nov. 5, 1964, at Spokane, Wash., to Robert and Connie Torgeson. She attended schools in Washington, and proudly attained her GED more 10 years later at La Grande. She also began coursework at Blue Mountain Community College to enter nursing, encouraged by her husband, Gregg.

While married to Jerry Gardner, she raised her children, Doug and Kady.

Lori and Gregg Miles were married on Sept. 25, 2004, at Baker City. Lori’s life was centered on her children and family. Not a day went by that she didn’t touch them with her care and devotion, family members said. She was never happier than when doing for others.

The many bright afghans, quilts and blankets she made and gave to family and friends were evidence of her generosity and skill at crocheting and crafts. She was always willing to help on the ranch where she had to learn a completely new set of skills. Her love of animals increased with that new phase of her life.

A debilitating accident that left her with a crushed vertebrae, kept her down but not out. She had just finished canning a large harvest of apricot jam and always baked the biggest and best cookies.

Survivors include her husband, Gregg; her children, Douglas and Kady Gardner of La Grande; and stepchildren, Christian Miles of North Powder, and Elle of Portland; her sister, Monica Braden, brother, Jason Torgeson, and aunts, Diane and Denise, all of Washington.

Memorial contributions may be made to Baker Community College Foundation, which provides scholarships, textbooks and programs throughout Baker County and North Powder, through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel,1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

Dorothy Irby


Dorothy June Irby, 86, died Sept. 13, 2010, at Baker City.

There will be no service at this time.

Dorothy was born on Sept. 19, 1923, at Grants Pass to Rupert and Goldie Graham Garrison. She grew up at Virginia City, Mont. She worked as a caregiver at Prineville where she retired.

Dorothy enjoyed traveling, social dining, gardening, flowers and her family and friends. She was affiliated with the Assembly of God Church. She also enjoyed reading and writing scriptures and the Awana Club.

Survivors include her husband, Truscott Irby of Baker City; two sons, Rupert Dykstra of Arco, Idaho, and David Lueck of Alder, Mont.; sister, Dorris of Anchorage, Alaska; grandchildren, Leone Dykstra, Brandy Beatty, Dwaine Dykstra, David Dykstra and Vern Dykstra; great-grand children, Coby and Dwight Beatty, Brandon, Kaydence and Anna Dykstra and Maddix, Kade and Nicholas Dykstra.

She is preceded in death by her first husband, Alfred Dykstra; daughter, Darlene Dykstra; great- grandson, Conner Dykstra; and her parents and grandparents.

Memorial contributions may be made to Harvest Church through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

'Mike’ Henry


Michael Shawn “Mike” Henry, 52, of Baker City, died July 2, 2010, at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise surrounded by friends and family.

His memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Eagles Lodge, 2935 H St.

Mike was born on May 8, 1958, at Medford, to Jim and Caroline Henry. He was the youngest of four children. He attended Catholic school until the second grade when his family moved to Baker City to open Jim Henry Distributing. While attending Baker schools, he made many lifelong friends with whom he would always stay in touch.

In 1986 Mike met Sandy whom he married on Aug. 19, 1988, and became Dad to her three children. They moved to Denver, Colo., where they had a daughter together. They later divorced, but he remained a loving father figure to her children.

Mike worked many jobs throughout his life including logging, sales, bartending and construction, but mostly he will be remembered distributing beer for his parents.

He was a member of the Baker Eagles Lodge where he was a trustee for many years and the Baker Elks Lodge where he preformed the duties of tiller. He loved outdoor activities such as golfing and hunting, but more than anything he loved to fish.

He was quick to show what bait to use, how and where to cast, and if you acted like you couldn’t tie a knot, he would grab the fishing pole and tie it for you, his friends recalled. Last summer he was able to fulfill a lifelong dream of fishing in Alaska with friends.

He always valued his family very highly, and when his mother and father became ill he stepped in and took care of them until their last breath. He had a quick wit, great sense of humor, infectious smile and he made friends wherever he went.

Even though his life was not long, he made an impact on many people’s lives. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Survivors include his sister, Cindy Johnson; brother, Kevin Henry; sons, Mark LaMere and Brandon Kaario; daughters, Emily Turner and Michaela Hockenberry and son-in-law Jacob Hockenberry; special uncle, Dick Henry; granddaughter, Veda Turner; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Theresa Henry; his father, Jim Henry; and his mother, Caroline Henry.

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