Home News Obituaries Obituaries for the week fo Jan. 16 to Jan. 20
Obituaries for the week fo Jan. 16 to Jan. 20
Anton Bernhard "Tony" Jorgenson, 90, died at his home in Richland on Jan. 9, 2006.
A graveside service was held in Salem on Jan. 11 at City View Cemetery. Pastor Ben Bryson of the Court Street Christian Church officiated the service.
Tony was born on Sept. 14, 1915, in Esplee, Minn., to Niles T. and Christine Olson Jorgenson. His early years were spent in Esplee.
At about the age of 14, he and his family moved to Salem. Tony graduated from high school in Salem and then returned to Minnesota to work for the railroad. It was while in Minnesota that he met and later married Hulda Olivia Thoreson on Aug. 3, 1938.
During Tony's life he dabbled in real estate. He enjoyed buying, remodeling and then selling homes. He was also contract painter. Tony owned several mining claims in Burnt River Canyon, which he worked for more than 20 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and working on cars, doing the mechanics.
He moved to Richland after the death of his wife, and has lived with his grandson Randy these last five years.
Tony is survived by his three grandchildren, Randy Jorgenson and Liz of Richland, Sandy and Russ Bailey of Jefferson, and Susan Jorgenson-Hartsell of Salem, and one-step grandchild, Wendy, and her husband Mike Graetzer of Stayton.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Hulda, a son, Gary Dale Jorgenson, one brother and four sisters.
Those wishing to make a memorial donation in memory of Tony may do so to the Eagle Valley Ambulance through Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home P.O. Box 543 Halfway, OR 97834.
Glen J. Davis, 76, of Baker City, died Jan. 15, 2006, at his home.
His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2625 Hughes Lane. Bishop Allen Bingham will conduct.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at Coles Funeral Home. There will be a graveside service at 12:30 p.m. MST at the Logan City Cemetery in Logan, Utah.
Glen was born on May 20, 1929, at Logan, Utah. He was the son of Glen J. Davis and Olga Zilles Davis. He was the oldest son, followed by George Davis of Anchorage, Alaska; Marie Farnes of Ogden, Utah; Ronald Davis of Springville, Utah; Wayne Davis of Millville, Utah; and stepsister, Frances Kay Carlson of Ogden, Utah.
At the age of 9, Glen was baptized at the Logan LDS Temple. He was a 1947 Logan High School graduate. While in high school, he was active in the R.O.T.C. After graduation, he enlisted in the army serving for three years. He served two additional years in the National Guard.
Glen then found an orange-and- black Plymouth convertible he was fond of while working at Standard Oil in Pocatello, Idaho. In 1955, Glen married Elmoyne Hoge in the Logan Temple.
Standard Oil transferred them to Bountiful, Utah. where they had Steve Davis, Glenda Smith, Rick Davis and Allen Davis. The company then transferred Glen to Baker City. Glen and Elmoyne then added Sandra to their family, making five children.
The family then purchased property on Wingville Road to build a house, raise cattle, sheep, milk cows and to involve the kids in 4-H. The family was always active in the 4-H program and also in the LDS church functions following the great example of their parents.
In 1979, Glen married Elnora "Elly" Rawlings at the Ogden Temple. Elly had three children, Mark Luker, Kathy Perrenoud and Mike Davis. Glen and Elly raised cows, goats and registered poodles. Glen retired from Chevron in 1986. He spent his last six months of work in Pasco, Wash.
In 1986, Glen and Elly were called to the Bagio Philippines mission where they served for two years, loving every minute of it. In 1997, they called Hewitt and Holcomb parks their home, living there on the river as caretakers.
Glen's interests were hunting and fishing, bowling and golfing. He served as primary teacher, Scoutmaster, Sunday school teacher, branch president and high priest for the LDS Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Boy Scouts of America or the LDS Missionary Fund through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
Helen Mae Derksen, 93, a resident of the Baker City area for the past six years, died Jan. 13, 2006, at Pendleton, where she was living temporarily.
Her memorial service was today at the New Bridge Church of the Nazarene near Richland, where she had attended regularly for the past three years. Her cremains will be buried later with her husband at the Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.
Mrs. Derksen was born on Nov. 17, 1912, in Dayton, Ohio, to George and Louise McClelland Martin. She was educated in Ohio and graduated from Davis Business College there. She also graduated from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago.
She married William J. Derksen on Sept. 20, 1942, at Long Beach, Calif. She was a clerical worker most of her career, working at Douglas Aircraft and Norton Air Force Base in Southern California. She also was a California state social worker for a short time. She retired in 1972 after moving to Oregon and working for a few years.
Mrs. Derksen grew up in a Christian home and attended church all of her life. The church was her life, family members said. She was a member of a Brethren Church in Southern California.
She and her husband were among the first members of the Morning Star Community Church at Salem, where they lived in the 1980s. After moving to Baker City in 2000, she attended the Baker City Church of the Nazarene and, since 2003, the New Bridge Church of the Nazarene.
Survivors include her daughter, Margaret Brickey of Sparta, and her husband, Dean; nine grandchildren, David Hoover of Brookings; Mike and Dan Hoover of Bonanza; Lisa Baker of Simi Valley, Calif.; Cindy Creager of Hermiston; Matthew Derksen of Portland; Heather Wood, Josiah and Adam Derksen, all of Molalla, and 13 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Helen; a son, George; her husband, Bill; and two sisters, Barbara and Georgia.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the Sunday School Room Furnishing Fund at the New Bridge Church of the Nazarene or the Baker Camp of Gideons International through Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR. 97834.
Marguerite C. Wirth Gilkison, 92,of Portland, died Jan. 13, 2006.
There will be no service
She was born on May 17, 1913, at Medical Springs. She was a homemaker and dressmaker and had lived in the Portland area for the past 12 years.
Survivors include a son, Bernard Gilkison; sisters, Nona Duby and Connie Nelson; a brother, Gordon Wirth; and three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Her daughter, Pamela Demetriou, died in 1996.
Herbert Kenneth Jones, 74, of Baker City, died Jan. 4, 2006, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.
There will be a private family gathering at a later date.
Herbert moved to Baker City 12 years ago with his wife, who died on Nov. 19, 2005. He missed her very much.
Herbert was born on June 21, 1931, at Damon, Texas. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1949 when he was 18, and spent the next 14 years serving his country.
After the military, he worked as a technician and repaired televisions for many years. He always loved to fix things. He had many hobbies, but what he loved most was collecting stamps and coins.
But his passion was trains. Every place he moved to he would start building another train set. He did this all his life, and he even had one started in Baker City. It was HO scale, and he even got his grandkids to love trains like he did.
He loved to take his family camping and hiking in the mountains. He had a thing for motorcycle choppers for a while and even joined a motorcycle club with his wife for a few years.
He loved to give his kids toys and taught them to love each other and be a loving family. His granddaughter, Faith Rae, will miss him very much, for she is the latest granddaughter he was getting into the choo-choo trains. He was the "Train Man."
Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Kris Jones of Crescent City, Calif., and Richard's son, Michael Jones, of Roseburg; daughter and son-in-law, Jackie and Jeff Heriza of Aurora, Colo., and Jackie's children, Jessica and Whitney McKnight of Boise, and Kristin Jones and Robert Heriza of Aurora, Colo.; son and daughter-in-law, Roger and Liane Jones of Baker City, and their children, Ashley, Gabby and Dylan; daughter and son-in-law, Sheila and F. Scott Ashby of Baker City, and Sheila's children, Tyler Reich and Kristina Friedman and Faith Rae and Amanda Ashby; daughter and son-in-law, Theresa and Bill Wenger of Van Nuys, Calif., and their children, Kenny and Billy; three great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.