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Obituaries for the week of June 4 to June 8

Kermit Myers

Kermit J. Myers, 87, of Baker City, died June 6, 2001, at Meadowbrook Place.

His graveside funeral will be Monday at 1:30 p.m. at Lakewood Funeral Home in Hughson, Calif.

Mr. Myers was born April 18, 1914, at Los Angeles to Catherine and Windom Myers. He was raised and attended elementary and high schools in North Powder, later graduating from Eastern Oregon Normal School in La Grande. He then began a 50-year career in education, starting in Vale as superintendent/teacher. He served Baker City schools for 20 years and completed his career as an educator in Modesto, Calif., as a principal and teacher.

On May 9, 1939, he married his soul mate, Thelma Harris, and they built a home in Vale and started a family. During World War II he was head of the ration board for Malheur County and continued as an educator there until 1946, when the family moved to Baker City. While teaching in Baker City, he raised his family, built a house, farmed, milked cows and kept bees on the 10-acre plot of ground on North Cedar Street which had originally been homesteaded by his parents years before.

In 1967 he and his wife moved to Ceres, Calif., where they lived until 1996, when Mrs. Myers passed away. In July 2000 Mr. Myers returned to the 10 acres in Baker City that he had farmed years before, to again enjoy the area and the support of family and friends at Meadowbrook Manor, an assisted living facility built on his 10 acres.

This incredibly positive, unselfish, hard-working man enriched so many lives with his grateful and giving heart and his strength and wisdom. He loved and respected life, nature, and especially his family.

Mr. Myers is survived by his sisters, Fern Galligan of North Powder and Shirley Spence of Haines; his brother, Kenneth H. Myers of McMinnville; his children, Kenneth J. Myers of Haines and Sharon Kirklin of Placerville, Calif.; grandchildren, Hal Kirklin of Oxnard, Calif., Wendy Kirklin of Sebastopol, Calif., and Jacob Myers of Port Orchard, Wash.; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Contributions in Mr. Myers memory may be made to the American Lung Association or the charity of your choice in care of Grays West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, Ore., 97814.

Brian Moody

Brian Lee Moody, 34, died in a plane crash Nov. 16, 2000, west of Sturgill Mountain in Idaho. The wreckage of the Cessna 206 was found May 21, 2001.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be at 11 a.m. Friday, June 15, at First Lutheran Church, 1734 Third St. in Baker City.

He was owner and operator of Baker Aircraft Inc., the fixed base operation at the Baker City Municipal Airport. He was a commercial pilot and certified flight instructor. He participated in golf and pool leagues in Baker City. With his great love of the outdoors, his interests included camping, biking, sailing, hiking and skiing.

Mr. Moody was born July 23, 1966, at St. Louis Park, Minn. He grew up in Buffalo Grove, Ill., a suburb of Chicago. Graduating from Buffalo Grove High School in 1984, he was involved in orchestra, choir and tennis, and he won a state award in drafting. He was also active in his church.

He graduated in 1988 from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., with a major in geography. While in college he was president of the Chapel Choir, and he also studied in Sweden for a semester. After college he was the boating director at Camp Michigania, and a flight attendant for Midway Airlines. Upon deciding to become a pilot in 1990, he worked in St. Paul, Minn., for Regent Aviation and Business Aviation before purchasing Baker Aircraft in March 1997.

Mr. Moody is survived by his fiance, Lois Gates, and her son, Sam, of Baker City; his parents, Beverly and Richard Moody of Buffalo Grove; his sister, Lora, brother-in-law, Marty, and niece, Anna Victoria Clausen of Lawrenceville, Ga.; his grandmother, Olga V. Moody of St. James, Minn.; his godchild, Lindsay Semler of Lake Forest, Ill.; many friends, aunts, uncles and cousins; and his dog, Samantha.

Mr. Moody was preceded in death by his grandparents, Esther and Emil Wolner, and Aldie Moody.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Brian L. Moody Aviation Scholarship Fund in care of U.S. Banks Baker City Branch, P.O. Box 827, Baker City, Ore., 97814.

Bob Morris

Robert E. Bob Morris, 71, a lifetime Baker City resident, died June 3, 2001.

Private family interment will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 23, at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Mr. Morris was born on March 9, 1930, at Baker City to William and Myrtle Borton Morris. He ranched most of his life and also did some logging. He worked for Ward & Sons for many years.

He was a lifetime member of the Baker County Sheriffs Posse and belonged to the Eagles Club. Mr. Morris loved rodeos and driving teams of horses in the parades.

Survivors include two brothers, Delbert, and his wife, Charolette, and Norman and his wife, Margaret; a sister, Bettie; a daughter, Kathleen; two sons, Charles and Michael; grandchildren, Jeff, Jon, Robert, Jacob, Bobbie and Kristie; great-grandchildren, Shane Arielle, Autumn, Kaila, Austin and Arielle and Shasta and Kaylie; stepchildren, Mike, Peggy and Patrick; and many nieces, nephews and cousins; and a special aunt, Anna Morris.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Myrtle; a brother, Swede Sr.; a son, Daniel; and a daughter-in-law, Nancy.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Oregon Lung Association through the Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, Ore. 97814.

Al Davis

Al M. Davis, 97, of Bend, a former Baker City resident, died June 4, 2001 at Bend.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Bend. The Mass will be con-celebrated by Bishop Thomas J. Connolly, emeritus, and Bishop Robert Francis Vasa. Recitation of the rosary will be Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Niswonger, Reynolds and Taber Chapel, 105 N.W. Irving in Bend.

Mr. Davis was born July 12, 1903, at Boise. He married Rhoda Ann Decker on Sept. 7, 1928, at Ontario. Together the couple raised eight girls and seven boys.

The couple lived in and around Boise and Idaho City for the first years of their marriage.

Mr. Davis worked for the U.S. Forest Service and the Highway Department. In 1940 they moved to Tacoma, Wash., where he worked in the shipyards during World War II. In 1945 they moved to Baker City, where he worked as a carpenter and millwright for the Burnt River Lumber Co., from which he retired in 1970. In 1987 the family moved to Bend.

Mr. Davis loved mining and was an avid rock hound. He especially enjoyed creating clocks and jewelry from the rocks he collected. He gave these to family and friends as gifts. He was an avid reader, especially enjoying material of historical or scientific content. He is the author of a book of poems titled The Place Where the Glacier Spat.

Mr. Davis is survived by his wife, Rhoda Ann of Bend; sons, Patrick Michael of Florence, Dennis James of Las Vegas, Thomas Joseph of Bend, and David Martin of Toledo; daughters, Mary Ann Davis of Bend, Carolyn Ciula of Fresno, Calif., Barbara Walker and Sharon Davis, both of Florence, Kathy Mason and Mary Elizabeth Davis, both of Eugene, and Therese Davis of Antioch, Calif.; a brother, Arthur, of Boise; sisters, Mary Holst of Lander, Wyo., and Pauline West and Frances Vincen, both of Boise; 30 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Davis was preceded in death by his parents; three sons, John Raymond of Eugene, Robert Francis of Tacoma, and Paul Andrew of Baker City; a daughter, Helen Agnes of Bend; and two brothers, Joseph of Baker City and Patrick of Boise.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Diocese of Baker, 911 S.E. Armour Road, Bend, Ore. 97702.

J.D. Young

J.D. Young, 26, of Apache Flats, Mo., a former Baker County resident, died May 30, 2001, in Callaway County, Mo., as a result of a motor vehicle accident.

His funeral wa Sunday at the Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home at Jefferson City, Mo. Burial was in Hawthorn Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Young was born on Sept. 8, 1974, at Las Vegas, Nev., to Jack Doil Young and Waynese Marie Moore Weston of Fulton. He attended elementary school at Halfway and at Brooklyn and South Baker schools in Baker City.

He was a 1993 graduate of South Callaway High School in Missouri and worked at Schultes Fresh Foods in Jefferson City, Mo. He enjoyed entertaining residents at Villa Marie Skilled Nursing Facility.

He married Lisa Kay Martin on May 2, 2000, at Cookeville, Tenn.

Survivors include his father, Jack Doil Young of Baker City; his mother, Waynese Marie Moore Weston and his stepfather, Don Weston of Fulton, Mo.; a sister and brothers-in-law, Brandee and Rex Pierce, Donald Martin and Cody Martin; grandfathers, Delane Moore of Yermo, Calif., and James Young of Halfway; great-grandmother, Julia Moore of Barstow, Calif.; nieces and nephews, Laura Martin, Martha Martin, Brittany Pierce, Breanna Pierce, Daniel Martin, Phillip Martin and Cody Martin; and aunts and uncles, Jim Young Jr., and his wife, Dana, of Halfway, Jack and Nancy Pfaff of Redmond, Rick Young of Texas, Pat and Nancy Moore of Missouri and Kenny and Tracy Beecroft of Las Vegas, Nev.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Childrens Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105-1905.

Dennis Jellick

Dennis M. Jellick, 46, a longtime Baker City resident, was found dead June 3, 2001, in Baker City.

His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Juniper Haven Cemetery at Prineville. Pastor Willard Fenderson will officiate.

Mr. Jellick was born on June 6, 1954, at Heppner to Mark and Della LaVelle Spivey Jellick. He was raised at Kinzua and was a 1972 graduate of Wheeler County High School.

He served in the U.S. Navy and received an honorable discharge. After leaving the Navy, he moved with his family to Prineville in 1976. While living at Prineville he worked in the mills. He moved to Baker City in 1984.

Mr. Jellick enjoyed fishing, hunting, the outdoors, shooting his rifle, riding motorcycles, shooting pool and reading books.

Survivors include his daughter, Amanda Jellick; his parents, Mark and LaVelle Jellick of Prineville; sisters, Kathy Brinkley of Prineville; nieces, Stephanie and Jennifer Brinkley; and nephews, Jeff and Brent Brinkley.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Prineville Funeral Home.

J.D. Young

J.D. Young, 26, of Apache Flats, Mo., a former Baker County resident, died May 30, 2001, in Callaway County, Mo., as a result of a motor vehicle accident.

His funeral wa Sunday at the Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home at Jefferson City, Mo. Burial was in Hawthorn Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Young was born on Sept. 8, 1974, at Las Vegas, Nev., to Jack Doil Young and Waynese Marie Moore Weston of Fulton. He attended elementary school at Halfway and at Brooklyn and South Baker schools in Baker City.

He was a 1993 graduate of South Callaway High School in Missouri and worked at Schultes Fresh Foods in Jefferson City, Mo. He enjoyed entertaining residents at Villa Marie Skilled Nursing Facility.

He married Lisa Kay Martin on May 2, 2000, at Cookeville, Tenn.

Survivors include his father, Jack Doil Young of Baker City; his mother, Waynese Marie Moore Weston and his stepfather, Don Weston of Fulton, Mo.; a sister and brothers-in-law, Brandee and Rex Pierce, Donald Martin and Cody Martin; grandfathers, Delane Moore of Yermo, Calif., and James Young of Halfway; great-grandmother, Julia Moore of Barstow, Calif.; nieces and nephews, Laura Martin, Martha Martin, Brittany Pierce, Breanna Pierce, Daniel Martin, Phillip Martin and Cody Martin; and aunts and uncles, Jim Young Jr., and his wife, Dana, of Halfway, Jack and Nancy Pfaff of Redmond, Rick Young of Texas, Pat and Nancy Moore of Missouri and Kenny and Tracy Beecroft of Las Vegas, Nev.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Childrens Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105-1905.

Dennis Jellick

Dennis M. Jellick, 46, a longtime Baker City resident, was found dead June 3, 2001, in Baker City.

His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Juniper Haven Cemetery at Prineville. Pastor Willard Fenderson will officiate.

Mr. Jellick was born on June 6, 1954, at Heppner to Mark and Della LaVelle Spivey Jellick. He was raised at Kinzua and was a 1972 graduate of Wheeler County High School.

He served in the U.S. Navy and received an honorable discharge. After leaving the Navy, he moved with his family to Prineville in 1976. While living at Prineville he worked in the mills. He moved to Baker City in 1984.

Mr. Jellick enjoyed fishing, hunting, the outdoors, shooting his rifle, riding motorcycles, shooting pool and reading books.

Survivors include his daughter, Amanda Jellick; his parents, Mark and LaVelle Jellick of Prineville; sisters, Kathy Brinkley of Prineville; nieces, Stephanie and Jennifer Brinkley; and nephews, Jeff and Brent Brinkley.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Prineville Funeral Home.

Daniel Woolard

Daniel D. Woolard, 59, a longtime Baker City resident, died May 31, 2001, at his home.

His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Grays West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Pastor Neil Castle of the First Church of the Nazarene will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitations will be for family only.

Mr. Woolard was born on Sept. 26, 1941, at Jackson Hole, Wyo. As a child, he moved to Silverdale, Wash. He served his country with distinction in the U.S. Army while stationed in France.

After his tour of duty, he moved to Baker City in 1978. He had been the owner and operator of Woolards Drywall since 1983. He was active in the Baker Elks Lodge and the National Rifle Association.

He was an avid sportsman who loved fishing, hunting, camping, boating and four-wheeling. He was a loving man, loved by all who knew him, and he loved life to the fullest.

It is said that a measure of ones life can be seen in the number of friends he has. If this is true, Mr. Woolards life cannot be fully measured, according to his family. He was one of those rare individuals who had the character and charisma to make friends with anyone he met, they said. Even greater is the fact that he would do anything for a friend in need, whether the need was spoken or unspoken.

The world is a lesser place with the loss of Danny, but all who knew him are richer, they said.

Survivors include his wife and soul mate, Linda; brothers, Tommy and William; sister, Maralee; sons, Eric, Brent, Bryan, Josh, Kenny and Sean; and grandchildren, Adrienne, Breanna, Jacob, Josh, Jonathan, Donald, Joey, Nick and Alex.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Elks Meadowwood Speech Camp through Grays West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, Ore. 97814.

Joseph Ondris

Joseph Ondris, 84, a longtime Baker City resident, died May 29, 2001, after suffering a heart attack.

His memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, 2005 Valley Ave. His body was cremated in Boise.

Mr. Ondris was born on Sept. 16, 1916, in West Virginia and was raised at Phillips, Wis., near the home of Ellingson Timber.

He began his logging career in the Civilian Conservation Corps camps in Wisconsin during the Depression and the days of cross-cut saws. Prior to his service as a drill instructor in World War II, he worked at the GM locomotive factory in Chicago.

His first trip west was to a logging camp at Pierce, Idaho, in 1936. At the time, Pierce was still a wild West town replete with wooden sidewalks and a marshal with two six-shooters.

After World War II, he moved to Seneca where he began a 30-year career falling timber. He worked at Izee, Bates and Pondosa. He also logged in the redwoods in northern California and at Ketchikan, Alaska. He had lived in Baker City for 55 years.

Survivors include his daughter, Linda Pucel, and her husband, Bob; three sisters, Frances Sauter, Irene Burgaglio and Carol Comer; brothers, Charles, Michael and Steven Ondris; grandchildren, Robert Penny, Dana and Qiana; and great-grandchildren, Lorin, Ryan, Ellen and Leo.

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