Home News Obituaries Obituaries for the week of Dec. 24 to Dec. 28
Obituaries for the week of Dec. 24 to Dec. 28
Ralph A. Geils, 86, a Baker City native, died Dec. 23, 2001, at Meadowbrook Care Center.
His memorial service will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Grays West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Pastor Ralph H. Holcomb of the Christian Church will officiate.
Disposition was by cremation at Grays West & Co. Pioneer Crematory.
Ralph was born Oct. 27, 1915, in Baker City to Fred and Bertha Schiller Geils. He was raised and educated in Baker City, where he spent his entire life with the exception of three years and 10 months that he spent in the Army during World War II.
He married Pauline Whisman on Oct. 17, 1947, in Baker City. She preceded him in death on Jan. 16, 1983.
Ralph was a member of the Baker City Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Baker City Golf Club. He enjoyed the out of doors, his yard and garden, and he especially loved to golf.
He worked a number of years for the Sumpter Valley Railroad as a truck driver hauling lumber, and he later worked for the city of Baker.
Ralph is survived by his sisters, Ella Craven of Baker City and Doris Washington of Reedsport; his sister-in-law, Claire Rudolph of Baker City; a foster daughter, Donna Gardner of Irrigon; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Don Joseph Adcock, Sr., 68, of Sumpter, died Dec. 21, 2001, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Boise.
His memorial service was Wednesday at Coles Funeral Home. Dr. Clifford Billings of Baker City Community Church officiated.
Don was born Aug. 16, 1933, at Oregon City to Joseph Granville Adcock and Theresa Marie Adcock.
Don graduated from Oregon City High School. He then joined the National Guard, Coast Guard and then the Air Force, where he was in the 22nd Air Refueling Squad and earned a college degree in hydraulic engineering. He had a total of 20 years of military service in all.
Don married Patricia Irene Hainline on March 21, 1959, in Bliss, Idaho. They raised five children. They lived in Oregon City until 1975, when they moved to Sumpter.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and was a real history buff. He also enjoyed being with his family and friends. He always had a story to tell. He belonged to the Masons, Scottish Rite and Shriners. He also belonged to the Sumpter Valley Association.
Don is survived by his wife, Patricia Irene Adcock of Sumpter; two sons, Don J. Adcock Jr. of Baker City and Dean Adcock and his wife, Linda, of Eagle Creek; three daughters, Charlene Whiteside of Newport, Terri Adcock of Eugene and Judy Wells of Hood River; two sisters, Marie Anderson of Renton Wash., and Peggy Lewis of Estacada, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Granville Adcock and Theresa Marie Adcock; his infant twin brother, Dean Everet Adcock; and a sister, Dorothy Kern.
Contributions in Dons memory may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children at 3101 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, OR 97201-3095 or through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
Lillian L. McCoy, 97, of Baker City, died Dec. 25, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.
Her memorial service will be Friday at 2 p.m. at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Pastor Lura Kidner-Miesen of the United Methodist Church will officiate. Services will conclude in the chapel. Private vault interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery.
Lillian Louise Peggy McCoy was born Lillian L. Ray on July 5, 1904, to Ellen and Charles Ray on the Oil Comet Lease land in Bakersfield, Calif. She received a rural education. She married Austin Brooks Gribble and had one daughter, Elva L. Gribble Guyer. Austin preceded her in death.
Lillian later married George Henry McCoy. They lived in Caliente, Calif., where they owned and operated a grocery store for many years. After World War II, they moved to Keating, where they owned and operated the Keating Grocery Store. George drove the Keating School Bus and Lillian successfully sold Avon and Sarah Coventry jewelry and became a postmistress.
Peggy and George raised their two sons, George Guy McCoy and Ray Larkin McCoy, at Keating. Peggy loved music. She played the piano for dances at the Keating Grange and Medical Springs Grange where she was also a member. All who knew her remember how much she loved growing flowers. She used her other creative talents with sewing, crocheting, and all kinds of crafts.
Peggys survivors include her daughter, Elva Guyer and her husband, Don, of Baker City; her son, Guy McCoy and his wife, Sue, of Sunnyside, Wash.; her grandchildren, Ellen Youngbluth of Prineville, Robert G. McCoy of Mitchell, S.D., Sandra McCoy of Boise, Robert R. McCoy of Altadena, Calif., Kathy Krob of Snowhill, Md., and Carol Porter of Baker City; and great-grandchildren Matthew and Melissa Brooks and Kelly and Jacob Porter.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George McCoy, and her son, Ray McCoy.
Contributions in Peggys memory may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children at 3101 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, OR 97201 or to the United Methodist Church. This may be done through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
Loreing E. Jack Taylor, 82, of Joseph, and a former Baker City resident, died Dec. 24, 2001, at Wallowa Memorial Hospital in Enterprise.
His memorial service will be Thursday, Jan. 3, at 11 a.m. at the Joseph American Legion Hall. Private interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery in Baker City.
Mr. Taylor was born Feb. 9, 1919, at Baker City to Balen Alonzo and Dorey Higgins Taylor. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a past commander of the Baker City American Legion post and a member of the Joseph American Legion post. He was also a member of the Blue Mountain Fiddlers, and enjoyed his violin.
He married Gwendoline Doak on Oct. 3, 1994.
Mr. Taylor is survived by his wife; his sons, William Taylor of Salem and Russell Taylor of Baker City; his daughters, Melanie Taylor of Baker City, Joan Taylor of La Grande, Debra Taylor of Coquille, and Valerie Taylor of Coos Bay; a brother, Howard Taylor of Baker City; a sister, Della Crelland of Baker City; stepchildren, James Doak, Margret Vandomelin, Robert Doak and Stephen Doak; 7 stepgrandchildren and numerous grandchildren.
Contributions in Mr. Taylors memory may be made to the Wallowa Memorial Hospital Foundation in care of the Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise, OR 97828.
Pearl Rosetta Christensen, 75, of Baker City, died Dec. 19, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.
Her memorial service will be Friday at 1 p.m. at the Community of Christ Church, 2428 Madison St. in Baker City.
Pearl was born Feb. 3, 1926, in Salmon, Idaho, to Rosetta and Cloyed Bailey. She had one son, who died in 1969 while serving in the Army. She married Ronald Christensen on Aug. 15, 1964, at Winnemucca, Nev. They lived for several years near the Oregon Coast, moving to Baker City in 1975.
Pearl worked in the St. Elizabeth Nursing Home for several years. After she retired she did volunteer work in the Foster Grandparents Reading Program at North Baker School, and also in the Summer Reading Program at the Baker Library. She loved working with the children.
Pearl was a great cook. She enjoyed cooking for her family. Being invited to her home for dinner was an extra-special treat.
She loved her family and friends, which were the main focus in her life. She was an encourager and supported her family through all of lifes celebration of births, birthdays, graduations, weddings, etc.
Pearl loved her cat, whose name was Kitty. She also cared about all animals. Pearl was a kind person with a generous heart.
She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Karen Christensen of Sumpter; grandchildren, Cindy Christensen, Wes and Vicki Christensen, Carole Shankle and Wade and Shelly Christensen, all of Sumpter, Shari McMaster of Boise, and Bruce and LeAnn Jeffords of Prineville; her sisters, Elvina Hughes and Virginia Carter, both of Baker City, and Sandra Cartwright of Grants Pass; her brothers, Joe Bailey of Baker City, Richard Bailey of Kellogg, Idaho, and Irvin Bailey of Arizona; 15 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald Christensen; her son, Jack Christensen; and a daughter, Laetta Stump.
Contributions in Pearls memory may be made to the Community of Christ Church, the Humane Society, or to the charity of ones choice in care of Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place Street, Baker City, OR 97814.
Georgie Lee Proffitt, 68, of Albany, and a former Baker City resident, died Dec. 22, 2001, at her home due to complications from cancer.
Her funeral will be Friday at 1 p.m. at AAsum Funeral Home, 805 Ellsworth Street S.W. in Albany. Interment will be at Willamette Memorial Park.
Visitations will be Thursday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon at the funeral home.
Georgie was born Oct. 21, 1933, at Adrian, Mo., the first of three children born to George M. and Helen Louise (Robbins) Jones.
The family moved from Missouri to the Nampa and Caldwell area of Idaho when Georgie was a small child. She graduated from Nampa High School in 1951 and began nursing school in Blackfoot, Idaho, graduating in June of 1954 from the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Nampa.
She had married Harland Glen Proffitt five months earlier, on Jan. 8, 1954, in Nampa. They lived in Portland for three years, then moved to Baker City in 1959, where Georgie worked for Doctor Fullers office.
She enjoyed square dancing and bowling, and was active in the Jaycees.
The family moved to Albany in 1967, where they joined the First Christian Church, and where Georgie worked in the offices of Doctors Curtis and Moore before working for 17 years as a nurse at Teledyne Wah Chang. She retired in 1995.
She enjoyed social activities, as well as walking, sewing, knitting and baking.
Georgie is survived by her son, Douglas Proffitt of Salem; daughters, Debra Haile of Corvallis, Rhonda Mann of Albany, and Sandra Cox of Portland; sisters, Rosie King of Murphy, Idaho, and Jackie Dines of Marsing, Idaho; grandchildren, Dustin, Kristina, Shawn, Tyler, Brandon, Jeremy, Braxton and Kelsey; three stepgrandchildren and three stepgreat-grandchildren; her companion, Hank Ketsdever of Albany and his children, Bret Ketsdever of Gates, Dena Kammerud and Troy Ketsdever, both of Portland, and Brad Ketsdever of Carmichael, Calif.; and his grandchildren, Freya and Adam.
Georgie was preceded in death by her husband, Harland, who died in March of 1984.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society in care of the AAsum Funeral Home, 805 Ellsworth St. S.W., Albany, OR 97321.
Yvonne Elizabeth Boulton, 82, a longtime Baker County resident, died Dec. 18, 2001 at St. Elizabeth Health Services.
Her graveside memorial service will be conducted next spring. Arrangements are under the direction of Coles Funeral Home.
Mrs. Boulton was born Oct. 18, 1919, in Baker City to Dudley Edward Bowen and Ruby Masters Bowen. She grew up in Bowen Valley located outside of Baker on the way to Sumpter. She spent most of her life on the main ranch.
Mrs. Boulton graduated from Baker High School in 1937. She married Neil H. Boulton on March 2, 1941, in Weiser, Idaho, and they had two daughters.
The Boultons owned and operated the Koffee Kup Caf located across from the middle school on Broadway Street for many years. After they sold the Koffee Kup, Mrs. Boulton worked for the school district as a cook at the high school and then head cook at the middle school until her retirement.
Survivors include daughters, Leanne Humphries and her husband, Steve, and Marcie Boulton, all of Baker City; six grandchildren, Julie Ingalls and her husband, Casey, Jennifer Herrmann, Dustin Herrmann and his significant other, Angie Elliott, Micah Blank and his wife, Julie, Christopher Blank and his wife, Somer, and John Rivera, all of Baker City; and four great-grandchildren, Brittney, Bethanie and Brianna Ingalls, and Jonathan Herrmann, all of Baker City.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
Contributions in Mrs. Boultons memory may be made to the Alzheimer Association in care of Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814 or to Alzheimers Association directly at 1311 N.W. 21st Ave., Portland, OR 97209.
Gary Eldon Moser, 62, of Bellevue, Wash., and a former Baker City resident, died Dec. 15, 2001, of complications from pneumonia.
A family celebration of his life was held in Bellevue on Dec. 22, and an additional memorial service will be held for the Baker City relatives and friends in spring 2002.
Gary was born Dec. 22, 1938, in Baker City to Gladys Fern Morin Moser and Alvin Francis Moser. He graduated from Baker High School in 1957, and received both bachelors and masters degrees in education from Eastern Oregon University in La Grande. He married his soul mate, Chari Dielman, on July 22, 1960, in Columbus, Ga., where he was attending National Guard training. He taught social studies for 33 years in the Bellevue School District, where he was an admired educator, honored for his integrity, courage, positive outlook, and wonderful life spirit.
Among Mr. Mosers interests and accomplishments were: Eagle Scout, 1950s Baker Elks Drum and Bugle Corps member; 8 years service in the Oregon National Guard, Boy Scout leader, Sea Scout leader, gardener, home brewer, computer buff, certified pilot, commercial gill-netter, SCUBA diver, carpenter, flintlock rifle maker, auctioneer, ham radio operator, and square dancer.
Mr. Moser was preceded in death by his father, Alvin Moser, and his stepfather, Newton Ward.
Survivors besides his wife include his mother, Gladys Ward of Baker City; his sons, Jeff of Sedro Wooley, Wash., Gregory of Anchorage, Alaska, and Christopher of Kirkland, Wash.; grandchildren Chrysta, Monica, Ashli, Garon, Kyle and Ariel; brothers and sisters-in-law, Cork and Pat Moser of Anacortes, Wash., and Frank and Lois Moser of Caldwell, Idaho; maternal uncles Ted Morin of Baker City and Claude Morin of Provo, Utah, and a maternal aunt, Nellie Brannock of Baker City.
Contributions in Garys memory may be made to the education fund for his granddaughter, Ariel Moser, at Washington School Employees Credit Union, 325 Eastlake Ave. East, Seattle, WA 98109.