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Obituaries for the week of Sept. 10 to Sept. 14

Tom Shira

Thomas T. Tom Shira, 66, a longtime Unity resident, died Sept. 13, 2001, at his home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 2 p.m. Monday at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets. The Rev. Robert C. Irwin will celebrate.

Vault interment will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Ritualistic rites will be accorded by the Baker Elks Lodge, No. 338. Military honors will be presented by Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 3048. Family and friends are invited to a time of fellowship and sharing in the Parish Hall after Mondays Mass.

Mr. Shira was born on Jan. 21, 1935, at Harper. He was the youngest son of Olen Ray and Belle M. Webster Shira. He was raised and educated at Harper.

In February 1954, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He proudly served his country as a yeoman 2nd class, with some time spent in the Korean War. After his discharge from active duty, he remained another four years in the reserves. He was honorably discharged on Feb. 17, 1962.

On May 12, 1956, he married June Marie Clark at Philadelphia. They returned to Harper and later moved to Unity.

Along with working his ranch and training horses, he was a highway maintenance worker for the Oregon Department of Transportation until his retirement in May 1997.

Mr. Shira loved working with his quarter horses. He rode his first horse at the age of six months. He excelled in riding, breaking and training horses.

He derived great pleasure from seeing an untrained horse becoming a well-mannered one. The only problem was that he often didnt sell the horse because hed fall in love with it and have to keep it.

He was an excellent husband, father and grandfather. He loved his family and friends very much. He loved to laugh. His children never feared getting lost because they could always find their dad with his laugh.

His other enjoyments included dancing, roping the kids, whistling, and visiting with friends. He also enjoyed watching a good heavy-weight boxing match.

He was a member of the John Day Elks Lodge and St. Joseph Catholic Church at Unity.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, June Shira of Unity; son and daughter-in-law, Kirk and Lisa Shira of Baker City; daughters and sons-in-law, Kathy and Dean Hatley of Island City, Karlyn and Jim Schindel of Boise, and Kerri and Matt McCowan of Cove; grandchildren, Chase and Mogan Shira, Austin Hatley, Connor and Brennar Schindel and Kegan and Cameron McCowan; brother and sister-in-law, Sargent and Betty Shira of Marysville, Calif.; sisters, Margaret Newman of Yuba City, Calif., and Wanda Rae Jones of Ontario; sisters and brothers-in-law, Phyllis and Buck Mulvany of Little Valley, and Tressa and Ray Falck of Harper; sister-in-law, Donna Shira of Adrian; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Clayton Shira.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Oregon Cancer Society through Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Brett Whitley

Brett Allen Whitley, 24, of Medical Springs, died Sept. 2, 2001, at his home.

His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2625 Hughes Lane. Vault interment will be in Mount Hope Cemetery.

Mr. Whitley was born in January of 1977 at Merced, Calif. He was a 1995 Baker High School graduate.

He enjoyed the outdoors and graduated from Treasure Valley Community College at Ontario with a degree in forestry. He enjoyed hunting, camping, snowboarding and four-wheeling.

He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Chuck Drummond and Davis Whitley.

Survivors include his parents, Phil and Judy Whitley; his brother and sister-in-law, Wayne and April Whitley; grandmothers, Dorothy Drummond and Nola Whitley; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eastern Oregon Chapter of the American Red Cross through Grays West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Vina Graves

Vina Lynn Cronk Graves, 98, of Vancouver, Wash., and a former Baker City resident, died July 21, 2001, at Vancouver.

Her memorial service will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 2130 Fourth St. in Baker City. Disposition was by cremation. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Mrs. Graves was born July 25, 1902, at Ord, Neb. Her family settled at Emmett, Idaho, in 1906, and she grew up there. She was a school teacher at Lookingglass for two years and a homemaker, teacher and school volunteer for 40 years in Idaho.

She was married to Kent W. Graves in 1926, and was the mother of two daughters. She lived in Baker City for a number of years. She had lived with her daughter, Loreta Wood, at Vancouver since 1984.

Mrs. Graves is survived by her daughter, Loreta Wood, of Vancouver; her granddaughters, Wendy Ricks and Kelley Heizer; five great-grandsons; a brother, E. Merrill Cronk of Bremerton, Wash., one of her 13 brothers and sisters; and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband and her daughter, Coleen Phillips.

Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church in care of Grays West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Pearl Smith

Pearl E. Smith, 72, a longtime Baker City resident, died Sept. 12, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

At her request, there will be no service. Disposition was by cremation.

Mrs. Smith was born at Blackfoot, Idaho, on June 3, 1929. She was a daughter of Rasmus and Lona Jones Knudsen. She loved to dance and decorate the homes of others with her knitting and crochet projects. She embraced the love to travel with her husband, Ken, visiting places in the Northwest, Canada and snowbirding in Arizona last year in their RV. Camping was her favorite pastime, especially in the company of family and friends. She will be missed by many.

Survivors include her husband, Ken Smith; her daughter, Kasuna Leslie Duffey; her son, Donald Duffey; her sisters, Barbara Archibald and Julia Oldenkamp; many nieces, nephews and countless cousins; and those whose lives she touched with her generosity, compassion and abundant love.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Fred Rasmussen; her parents, Rasmus and Lona Knudsen; and her sister Rose Holmes.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society through the Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Paul Moore

Paul Moore, 73, a longtime Baker City resident, died Sept. 11, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

A memorial service and family gathering will take place later. Disposition was by cremation at Eastern Oregon Pioneer Crematory. His remains will be placed in Willamette National Cemetery with his wife, Claire.

Mr. Moore worked construction all of his adult life, until he retired as a heavy duty mechanic. He loved to hunt and fish, and was always willing to help other people. He will be missed by his family and friends.

Mr. Moore is survived by his son, Dee Lane Moore and his wife, Beverly, of Oakridge; a grandson, Keith Moore, and granddaughter, Tracy Ankeman; three great-grandchildren; a brother, Aren S. Moore and his wife, Patty, of John Day; sisters, Monirah Moore of Portland and Carole Ashby and her husband, Wilbur, of John Day; a half brother, Tom Moore of Union; and four stepchildren, Nikki Wiskoff, Cindy Hammond, Tony English and Ginger Noland.

Mr. Moore was preceded in death by his wife and the mother of his children, Claire Moore; a son, Roland Moore; his second wife, Doris English; and his parents.

Contributions in Mr. Moores memory may be made to the charity of ones choice in care of Grays West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, Ore., 97814.

Barbara Youngman

Barbara J. Youngman, 80, a longtime Pendleton resident, died Sept. 6, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Care Center in Baker City surrounded by her family.

There was a private memorial service for her immediate family Saturday at the First Lutheran Church in Baker City. Pastor Dennis Hickman officiated. Disposition was by cremation at Grays West & Co. Pioneer Crematory. Interment will be with her family in Vancouver, Wash.

Mrs. Youngman was born on Jan. 15, 1921, to Henry and Jennie Woodbeck. She was raised at Vancouver, Wash. She married Walter J. Youngman on March 16, 1940. She made her home in Pendleton for 59 years. Mr. Youngman died in 1969 after 29 years of marriage.

Mrs. Youngman spent 35 years working for Pendleton Public School District. She began her career as a secretary at Washington Grade School during the time her children attended there. In 1970, she became the secretary to Assistant Superintendent Rudy Rada. She worked in that position until her retirement in 1983.

She embraced retirement and filled her days with a passion for gardening, for which she received a prestigious award from the Garden Club. Cooking and volunteering her time in the community were also among her retirement interests.

Her dedication and enthusiasm was evident from the time she spent as a greeter at St. Anthonys Hospital, volunteering for the Red Cross and at the Umatilla County Historical Society.

Her longtime commitment to the historical society provided her with an opportunity to share her love of history with others. She also enjoyed being a member of Peace Lutheran Church; PEO, Chapter GM; and the Delphians. In 1999, she relocated to Baker City to be closer to her family.

Mrs. Youngman is survived by her son, William Youngman of Lake Oswego; her daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Vaughn Folkman of Baker City; a grandson and his wife, Chris and Carrie Folkman of Baker City; a granddaughter and her husband, Amy and Dustin Switzer of Tigard; and two great-grandsons, Austin and Taylor Folkman.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter; her parents, Henry and Jennie Woodbeck; and a grandmother, Lida Woodbeck.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Umatilla County Historical Society, P.O. Box 253, Pendleton, Ore. 97810.

Garry Fox

Garry Glenn Fox, 66, a former Baker City resident and a recent resident of Portland, died Aug. 23, 2001, of heart failure.

Mr. Fox was a 1954 Baker High School graduate. He was active in football and track in high school. He later attended Eastern Oregon College of Education.

Throughout his life he worked as an electrical-mechanical engineer, primarily in the aerospace industry. He also was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in South Korea.

Survivors include two daughters, Shelly Loken of Bend and Kim Lauterbach of Baker City; a sister, Kathie Gallardo of Park City, Utah; and brothers, Kirby Fox of Portland and Matthew Landreth of Spokane, Wash.

Sandra Proebstel

Sandra D. Proebstel, 27, of La Grande, died Sept. 6, 2001, at Grande Ronde Hospital.

At her request there will be no services. Disposition was by cremation.

Mrs. Proebstel was born May 26, 1974, at Joliet, Ill., to Kenneth and Joyce Kunz Eich. She received her education in Illinois and Florida. She enlisted in the U.S. Army and met her future husband, Joshua Proebstel, at Fort Hood, Texas, where they were both stationed. They were married April 6, 1997, at Killeen, Texas.

After they were discharged from the Army, they moved to La Grande, where Mrs. Proebstel attended Eastern Oregon University. She also worked as a nurses aide. She enjoyed crafts.

Mrs. Proebstel is survived by her husband, Joshua Proebstel of La Grande; a son, Luke Proebstel of La Grande; her father, Kenneth Eich of Largo, Fla.; her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Eich of St. Petersburg, Fla.; a sister, Jackie Eich of Largo, Fla.; her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Carol and Steve Proebstel of Haines; and many aunts and uncles.

She was preceded in death by her mother and maternal grandparents.

Contributions in Mrs. Proebstels memory may be made to the American Cancer Society in care of Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, Ore., 97814.

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