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Obituaries for the week of May 2 to May 6

‘Shorty' Phillips

Dave "Shorty" Phillips, 74, of Prineville, a former Baker City resident, died April 29, 2005, at St. Charles Medical Center at Bend.

At his request, there will be no public service.

Shorty was born on Oct. 10, 1930, to William George and Margarette Akin Phillips at Emmett, Idaho. The family moved to Kinzu when he was 16 where he worked in the mill.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served four years. After his discharge, he moved to Prineville in 1952. He married Colettia Joreg on May 2, 1953, at Goldendale, Wash. She died on Prineville on May 2, 1973.

He later married Ila Stephenson on May 6, 1976, at Reno, Nev. She died on Nov. 19, 2004, at Prineville.

He worked for Hudspeth Mill as a saw filer. He then worked for Crown-Louisiana Pacific and then for Ellingson Lumber Co. until his retirement in 1993.

Shorty lived in Baker City from 1987 to 1997, and then moved back to Prineville. He loved woodworking and the great outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. He was a life member of the American Legion, Post 29.

Survivors include his daughter, Becky Stewart of Prineville; a daughter, Barbara Phillips of Denver; son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Amy Phillips of Spokane, Wash.; stepdaughter and son-in-law, Sandy and Ernie Slavey of Prineville; stepson and daughter-in-law, Jesse and Kathy Fuller of Prineville; his brothers, Merle and Frank Phillips, both of Bend; sister, Juanita Beard of Prineville; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and numerous stepgrandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Prineville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Owen Bleakman

Owen Neal Bleakman, 88, a longtime Baker City resident, died May 3, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

There will be no burial service. Inurnment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Gray's West & Company Pioneer Chapel.

Owen was born Aug. 9, 1916, at Hardman to Bertrum Percy Bleakman and Hatty May Emery. He attended schools in Hardman and Heppner. When Owen was 18, he moved to Bates, where he worked at the Bates mill as a carpenter helper for one year. While in Bates, he met his wife-to-be, Katherine Taylor. They were married June 4, 1938, in Tacoma, Wash.

Leaving Bates, Owen bought a bus line, "Gray Rock Lines," which traveled from Arlington to John Day to Heppner and Pendleton. After two and a half years, Owen sold the bus line and moved to Tacoma, where he worked in the ship yards.

In 1943, Owen enlisted in the U.S. Navy and became an air force aviation machinist mate 1st class. He was stationed at Terminal Island, Calif., for two years. He was in the service from 1943 to 1946.

Returning to Baker City, Owen and his brother-in-law, Roy Crockett, purchased a service station and re-cap tire shop on 10th Street. They later built and owned three tire shops known as Roy & Owen Tires, located in Baker City, Ontario and Weiser, Idaho. In 1985, they both retired.

Owen was a life member of the Elks Lodge No. 338, Shrine Club president and past member of the Masonic AM & FM No. 47. He also served on the Baker Planning Commission for two years and the Chamber of Commerce board. He very much enjoyed being involved in the Powder River Sportsmen's Club. He loved to play golf and served on the Baker City Golf Board and was a lifetime member of the golf club.

Owen had a full and happy life. Family was very important to him. He was a avid golfer, hunter and fisherman and also had a love for nature and feeding deer and quail.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, one sister, his loving wife, Katherine Bleakman, and his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Roy and Rosie Crockett.

Survivors include his very special best friend, Mary Basche; nieces, Darlene Friedlander and Deanna Reeve and brother-in-law, Les Taylor. His dog, Teddy, was always by his side.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children through Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Mary Stull

Mary Lorane Stull, 80, The Dalles, died Saturday, April 30, 2005, at her home.

There will a celebration of life gathering from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at The Dalles Eagles Lodge, Seventh and Walnut streets.

She was born on May 17, 1924, at Baker City to Harvey and Edith Bryson Spivey. She married Ross G. Stull on Feb. 19, 1947. They lived in Oregon, Washington and Montana before settling into Fairbanks, Alaska, where they lived for 15 years.

Active in her community, she took part in the Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Loyal Order of Moose, and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, holding offices in each. She ran a bingo supply business for several years before retiring and moving to The Dalles in 1984 to be closer to her children and grandchildren.

She enjoyed working in her yard and flower beds, playing bingo and pinochle, knitting and crocheting, and making her annual birthday trip to Reno to celebrate with her daughters.

Survivors include her husband, Ross of The Dalles; her daughters and their families, Anne and Ken Gronwald of Portland, Ellen and Bud Lord of Goldendale, Wash., and Jessie and Leo Kochis of The Dalles; grandchildren and their spouses, Karla and Carl Perry of Vancouver, Wash., Cindy and Jerry Eder of Elko, Nev., Jim and Kim Jordan of Seaside, Gregg Murphy of Portland, Michael and Liz Murphy of Azusa, Calif., Mark Lord and Mary Ellen Lord of Goldendale, Wash., Lee and Becky Kochis and Chris Kochis of The Dalles; 12 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Eddie Jordan; her great-grandson, Carl Thomas Dunn; and her great-great-granddaughter, Victoria Lynn Gassner.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of The Gorge, 751 Myrtle St., The Dalles, OR 97058. Columbia Cremation & Burial is in charge of arrangements.

Larry Pratt

Larry Arnold Pratt, 67, of Prairie City, who was raised in North Powder, died April 28, 2005, after a long illness.

His graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Haines Cemetery. There will be a reception dinner afterward at the First Baptist Church in Haines, 714 Cole. Visitations will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Grays West & Co. Pioneer Chapel , 1500 Dewey Ave.

He was born on Dec. 2, 1937, to Louis and Edythe Pratt and was raised on the North Powder River, and attended North Powder School. He was a 1956 graduate of Powder Valley High School.

He was very popular in school and played all sports. He especially liked basketball and football.

He was a very social and friendly person, willing to lend a helping hand whenever needed. He was a very talented man who could fix anything. A lot of ranchers were upset when he couldn't shear sheep anymore, because he was so good at it.

He was very proud of his kids and grandkids and loved them very much. He will be missed by those who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his mother, Edythe; his sister, Wanda, and her husband, George "Danny" Gover; his friend and soul mate for 20 years, Clara Lemley; mothers of his children, Zona Pratt and Freda Wallace; his children, Jim, and his wife, Connie, Ray and his wife, Julie, Curt and his wife, Judy, Scott and his wife, Kathy, Shawn and his wife, Sandra, Dawn and her husband, Mike, and Arnie and his wife, Angie; eight stepchildren, 42 grandchildren and stepgrandchildren, and one stepgreat-grandchild; three nieces, Jeanie Gover, Twila Stenvik and her husband, Jon, and their two boys, and Jody Ericksson, her husband, Aaron, and their son; and his cousins, Kenneth and Judy McGowen, Marjorie Gress, John Pembrook; and the Homer Pierce family.

Preceding him in death was his father, Louis Pratt; a stepdaughter and a stepgrandchild.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Children's Hospital through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.

Condolences may be sent to P.O. Box 372, Prairie City, OR 97869.

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