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Home arrow News arrow News of Record arrow Obituaries for the week of July 18 to July 22


Obituaries for the week of July 18 to July 22

Ardis Rogers

Ardis Rea Rogers, 90, of Baker City, died July 19, 2005, at Settlers Park.

Her memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Coles Funeral Home. Pastor Robin Harris of Cornerstone Baptist Church at North Powder will officiate.

Ardis was born on Jan. 12, 1915, at Alpena Pass, Ark., to Minnie Walker and James Howard Rea. The family moved to Sandpoint, Idaho, in 1915 where they farmed.

Ardis, her sister, Theta, and her brother, Paul, went to grade school at Sandpoint. Her parents moved to Meridian, Idaho, where she finished grade school. Her parents moved to Barber, Idaho, a small sawmill town about six miles up the river from Boise where she finished high school.

Ardis was talented in Irish dancing. She and several other girls went to several towns and danced at high schools.

Ardis married Wayne Rogers on June 29, 1932. They bought a farm at Vale and lived in the Vale area until 1959 when they moved to Sumpter. They ran the Sumpter Supply for five or six years. In 1984, they moved to Baker City.

Ardis loved gardening, canning, picnicking and family activities. She was active in Eastern Star and attended church wherever she lived. In the past few years, she attended church services at Settlers Park provided by Pastor Robin Harris.

Ardis' great-grandparents immigrated from Ireland. Her great- grandfather changed the family name from Orea to Rea.

Survivors include her husband of 73 years, Wayne Rogers of Baker City; her children, Hazel Hansen and her husband, Norman, of Baker City, Lloyd Rogers and his wife, Donna, of Tonopah, Ariz., and Keith Rogers and his wife, Marlene, of Baker City; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, a sister and a half-brother.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or the Masonic Lodge or Eastern Star through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Helen Tilcock

Helen Marie Holt Tilcock, 88, peaceably passed away July 17, 2005, with her daughter at her bedside.

A graveside inurnment service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at Mount Hope Cemetery. There will be a reception at Geiser Pollman Park.

She was born on Dec. 10, 1916, at Harrison, Ark., to Kirby & Beulah Garrison Holt. When she was about 2, her parents and grandparents moved by wagon to Pampa, Texas. Her father and grandfather farmed for awhile and then Kirby went into construction.

She was later joined by two brothers, Howard and Kenneth. She went to school in the Pampa and Borger areas. One of her favorite memories is of riding and hiking in the Palo Dura Canyon area on the famous "Trail of Tears."

She met her future husband, G.E. "Tillie" Tilcock, while in high school. They were married on July 4, 1936. Her cousin Margarite helped them elope. During their 55 years of marriage they moved quite frequently, following the oil fields. They had three children: Shirley Joyce, Donald Pat and Sherry Helen. All three children were born in different states.

Helen and Tillie bought property in Sumpter in 1957. They tried to vacation there yearly. They moved there permanently in 1965. Many wonderful hours were spent there snowmobiling, rock hunting, wood gathering, fishing and enjoying great barbeques.

Helen loved crocheting, afghans, rugs, beaded jewelry, rock hunting, yard sales, visiting with friends and especially her family.

She was an extraordinary person and could be very stubborn, but she had a gentle heart and hand. She was lovingly known as Grandma Tea.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Sherry and Allen Younger of Baker City; son-in-law, Lyle Wilson of Weiser, Idaho; grandchildren and families: Corey and Ginger Younger, Amy and Don Morris and Kristopher and Amy Younger all of Baker City, Debra Lang of Sacramento, Calif., Pam and Mark Johnson of Missoula, Mont., Nolan and Julie Wilson of Helena, Mont., Patrick Tilcock, and Joe and Alice Tilcock of Reno, Nev.; a brother, Ken Holt of Las Vegas, Nev.; 20-plus great-grandkids and seven great-great-grandkids; adopted family, Ann and Ray Griffin of Baker City; and close friends, Brenda Morris of Baker City, Jim and Judy King of North Powder, and Heidi Dodson of Portland; and nieces, nephews, friends and her very special dear friend, Luella Larson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son, a daughter and a brother.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice through Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Perry Hobson

Perry W. Hobson, 81, of Baker City, died July 9, 2005, after a long battle with cancer.

His memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Agape Church on Highway 7. Forrest Turner and Garth Johnson will officiate. There will be a private family graveside service later at the Eagle Point Veterans Cemetery.

Perry was born on Oct. 13, 1923, at Monroe, Wash., to Perry S. Hobson and Florence Edmunds. He graduated from Benson Polytechnic High School in Portland.

He married Gene M. Jacoby on Aug. 21, 1942, at Vancouver, Wash. They later separated.

He joined the U.S. Navy on Feb. 23, 1943, serving during World War II. He was honorably discharged on Dec. 25, 1945, as an AMC 3rd Class, an aviation metalsmith in the Navy.

He worked many years as a mechanic-fabricator but his passion was gold mining. He really loved the search for mining properties and the lure of how to get all the minerals out of the ground.

He also enjoyed sailing and his church ministries.

Survivors include his four children, Perry Dave Hobson of Arlington, Wash., Sandie Hobson of Battleground, Wash., Steve Hobson of Medford, and Jill Ragsdale of Hermiston; five grandchildren, Cassie Trujillo and Jeff Hobson, both of Medford; Bo Gwen Jolly of Gresham, Bonnie Kettley of Vancouver, Wash., and Jason Ragsdale of Hermiston; five great-grandchildren, Tyler and Cory Trujillo and Kaleb Hobson, all of Medford, Grace Kettley of Vancouver, Wash., and Landon Ragsdale of Umatilla; brothers, David Hobson of Baker City, Allen Hobson of Coquille and Jack Hobson of Portland, Oregon; numerous nieces, nephews; and his many friends from church and the mining community.

He was preceded in death by one son, Terry Lee Hobson.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Covenant House Innkeepers, to assist getting kids off of the streets, at P.O. Box 731, New York, NY 10108-0900 or through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

‘Steve' Nevala

Steven Paul "Steve" Nevala, 49, of Baker City, died July 16, 2005, at his home.

There will be a gathering of family and friends at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Sunridge Inn.

Steve was a loving father, brother, son, and best friend. His family will always keep him and his love in their hearts.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Epilepsy Foundation, 4351 Garden City Drive, Landover, MD, 20785-7223.

Coles Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements.


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