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Home arrow News arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for the week of Aug. 18 to Aug. 22

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Obituaries for the week of Aug. 18 to Aug. 22

Chad Day

Chad Eric Day, 30, of Redmond, died August 15, 2003.

A visitation for family and friends will be held Thursday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, 685 W. Hermiston Ave.

A gathering will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the home of Vicki and Mike Koontz, 924 W. Alder St. in Hermiston.

Private inurnment will be held at the Hermiston Cemetery.

Chad was born Oct. 17, 1972, at Hermiston to Bob and Vicki Clark Day. He was raised and grew up in Hermiston, where he enjoyed playing baseball and soccer and attended Hermiston schools until the 12th grade.

He then moved to Redmond, where he graduated in 1991.

Chad worked in home construction in the Redmond area for a time before moving to Pendleton in 1993, where he worked at the Fleetwood Manufacturing Plant. He worked there until 1996 when he returned to Central Oregon and resumed working in home construction.

Chad was a member of the Christian Church in Redmond, where he was baptized earlier this year.

In the fall of 2002 he traveled to Mexico on missionary work where he headed up construction of a home for a homeless family. It was a high point in his life when he was able to hand over the keys to the house.

Chad enjoyed archery hunting, football, his work and the rodeo.

He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Vicki and Mike Koontz of Hermiston; a daughter, Jessica Day of Ridgefield, Wash.; his fiancee, Vanessa Vaughan of Terrebonne; grandfather, Don Day of Hermiston; grandmother, Mildred Clark of Hermiston; stepgrandparents, Floyd and Connie Williams and Fred and Esther Koontz, all of Baker City; a sister, Monica Hofbauer of Hermiston; stepsister, Kristi Koontz of Florida and stepbrother, Eric Koontz of Redmond.

Chad was preceded in death by his father, Bob Day, in 1988, his grandfather, Guy Clark and his grandmother, Thelma Day.

Those who wish may make contributions in Chad's memory to a memorial fund in care of Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, P.O. Box 289, Hermiston, OR 97838.

Dan Warnock Sr.

Dan Warnock Sr., 96, a longtime Sumpter Valley rancher, died Aug. 15, 2003 at St. Elizabeth Care Center.

His graveside service will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Sumpter Cemetery. There will be a memorial service afterward at 4 p.m. at the McEwen Community Church. Family and friends are invited to a beef barbeque afterward at the church.

Dan was born on Jan. 30, 1907, at Joseph to Dan W. and Mariah Mortensen Warnock. He was the youngest of nine children.

He was raised on the family cattle and horse ranch on Crow Creek in Wallowa County. His schooling included the Elk Mountain one- room school, Joseph and then Wallowa High School, where he played on the 1924 championship football team. He graduated in 1925.

The breeding of fine thoroughbreds was a passion of his father. Dan rode in many race meets and county fairs throughout Northeastern Oregon as a very young jockey.

After high school, he moved to the Willamette Valley and attended Eugene Business College. A teacher at a local small school caught Dan's fancy and on June 30, 1929, Dan and Alice Brown were married. The union that lasted 73 years until Alice's death a year ago.

Dan worked various jobs including 11 years at the Eugene Farmers Creamery. He always wanted to return to ranching in Eastern Oregon, so Dan traded and raised livestock in order to accumulate enough equity to buy his own place. In 1946, he and Alice were able to purchase a small place in Sumpter Valley and start a cattle ranch. They lived there 56 years.

Dan believed in living every day. In addition to building and working his ranch, he took time to take hunting trips, do lots of fishing (later he did this horseback), enjoy his horses and dogs and work with kids. He led the Powder River Wranglers 4-H Livestock Club for 23 years.

Many folks enjoyed the winter horse-drawn hay rides on his bob-sled or "mule bus." Dan and Alice fostered a niece through high school, were hosts for foreign exchange students and kept Navajo Indians for a work-study program. He was a role model for many young folks, and fondly called "Pa" by many friends and family. In later life, he and Alice took many trips, touring both in this country and internationally.

He was a member of the Presbyterian Church, the McEwen Masonic Lodge and the county and state livestock associations. He was the 1969 state of Oregon, "Father of the Year." He has received the Diamond Jubilee excellence in agriculture award from Oregon State University and was nominated several times for the "Old Hand" award at the Haines Fourth of July celebration.

Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Dan and Jo Warnock; son, Edward Warnock; grandchildren Dan, Randy, Terri and Cindy Warnock, Jan Klarquist and Robin Ostby; and nine great- grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Baker County Livestock Producers Foundation (a scholarship fund for qualifying Baker County students), through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Margaret Judkins

Margaret Aliene Judkins, 86, of Ontario, a former Baker City resident, died Aug. 16, 2003, at Ontario.

Her funeral will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Pastor Jon Privett of the First Church of the Nazarene will officiate. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Visitations will be until 8 o'clock tonight at Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel.

Mrs. Judkins was born on Nov. 15, 1916, at Snyder, Texas. She married Robert Garrett Judkins on Nov. 15, 1936, at Snyder, Texas. She enjoyed traveling and gardening.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1998; and by a son, George Murphy Judkins.

Survivors include a granddaughter, Barbara Davis of Payette, Idaho; three grandsons, Gary Judkins of Juneau, Alaska, and Justin T. and Jason D. Judkins, both of Baker City; great-granddaughters, Ashley Ann, Ashley Renee and Audrianna Judkins, all of Haines; great-grandson, Dyllon Judkins of Juneau, Alaska; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society through Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

David Holman

David William Holman, 82, a Baker City native, died July 10, 2003.

There will be a celebration of his life at Santa Maria, Calif. A memorial service and interment will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mount Hope Cemetery. A picnic for family and friends is scheduled after the service at 3 p.m. at the home of his nephew, Gary Holman.

David was born in Baker City on Oct. 3, 1920, to Harriett Carter and Fred Holman. He was a 1939 Baker High School graduate. While in school, he enjoyed participating in many sports and was honored as Athlete of the Year.

Dave was a descendant of a pioneer family. His grandmother, Florence Boyer Powell, was the daughter of Thomas and Marietta Boyer, who homesteaded in the Hereford area. He took great pride in his family's history and shared many stories of his ancestors and his own years of growing up in Baker City.

Dave had a distinguished banking career, which began in 1943 at Portland. He held positions in banks in Oregon and then in California and Nevada. He served in various positions at both branch and head office levels, such as executive vice president, loan officer, bank manager and regional vice president.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Jessica; four children; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Tom Holman; and two sisters, Dorothea Mitchell and Marie Wilson.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Carl, Robert, Louis and Wilbert.

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