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Home arrow News arrow News of Record arrow Obituaries from the week Feb. 13 to Feb. 17


Obituaries from the week Feb. 13 to Feb. 17

Eugene Perkins

Eugene Edmond Perkins, 83, a former Baker City resident, died Feb. 13, 2006, at his home in Boise.

His memorial services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Southminster Presbyterian Church, 6500 W. Overland Road in Boise. The Rev. Edward Dunn will officiate. Private inurnment will be at Morris Hill Cemetery. Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel in Boise.

Eugene was born on June 28, 1922, at Baker City to Edmond P. and Nell E. Hansen Perkins. He was a Boise High School graduate and attended Boise State College.

Gene worked in radio and television broadcasting for many years and also did professional painting. He married Bettie J. Marley on June 12, 1946, at Boise.

Eugene was a member of the Southminster Presbyterian Church, International Brotherhood of Magicians, Society of American Magicians, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Boise Men's Choral Group and Optimists International.

He was always the humor bearer, through bad jokes and storytelling. He began doing magic shows at the age of 11 and continued well into adulthood, until they developed into an avocation. He traveled throughout Idaho, Utah, Montana and Oregon, doing magic shows as The Great Hougenie. He did his last magic show at church in 2004, and he had everyone laughing

He was an avid deer hunter and fisherman with his family and friends, as long as his legs and those of others could hold out. He dearly loved to tramp in the mountains.

Being the outdoorsman that he was, he and Bettie drove to Alaska in their camper five times, flew there once, and took two cruises. Two of his joys were the 64-pound Chinook salmon and 140-pound halibut he caught in Alaska.

He loved his children and grandchildren. Each year he took his children on interesting travel trips, always to a new destination.

He loved his church and all his friends there. He counted the collection money for many years, and as an elder, led the church finance committee. He also sang in the church choir for many years. He loved to listen to big band music of the '40s and '50s and rock music by Roy Orbison.

He was a very unique, generous, and kind person. All loved him and he will be forever in our hearts.

Survivors include his wife, Bettie Perkins; son, Gene B. Perkins and his wife, Marilyn M., and their children, Cody R. Perkins and Trevor B. Perkins, all of Boise; daughter, Jan K. Eggleston and her husband, Melvin L. of Boise, and their children, Lisa T. Eggleston of Nampa, Idaho, and Kevin B. Eggleston of Kuna, Idaho; great-grandchildren, Mina R. Eggleston and Robert Eugene Eggleston, both of Kuna; niece, Cherie J. Hawley of Diamond Bar, Calif., and grandniece, Brienne DeJong of Eureka, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Lois Givens; his aunt, Garnet Levy; and a cousin, Katherine Tyler.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eugene Perkins Fund at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise.

Jeanne Richardson

Kathryne Jeanne Richardson, 83, a lifetime Baker County resident, died Feb. 14, 2006, at her home in Baker City.

Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place Street. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Ralph Holcomb will conduct the services. Visitations will be Monday from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home.

Jeanne was born on Dec. 24, 1922, at Halfway to James Felix and Katie Nicatie Motley. She spent her entire life in Baker County except for the time she spent in the Waves during World War II.

Jeanne married George Gerald Richardson on May 24, 1944, and lived at Richland until 1949. Then they purchased the Richfield Oil agency in Baker City. They owned several businesses in Baker City prior to their retirement in 1975.

Until the onset of Alzheimer's disease, she was very active. She was a sportsman who loved fishing, hunting and skiing. She was also very active in the community.

She was a member of the Eagles Auxiliary, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary, Lady Elks, Soroptimist of Baker County, Beta Sigma Phi, and various bridge clubs in the area.

Jeanne loved God and was a member of the Christian Church in Baker City. Until her health prevented it, her favorite thing was going to church with her family. She was a loving and caring mother and grandmother.

She was always there to support and guide her family in good and bad times. All of her grandchildren spent a great deal of time with her.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, George and Joanne Richardson; her daughter, Nicatie, and her children, Allen, George and Michelle Worral; a great-grandchild, Chaz Worral; and numerous relatives and friends left behind to remember her beautiful smile and heart.

Jeanne was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, George Richardson; her parents; sisters, Lorriane Densley and Fern Dunn; and two grandsons, Trent Richardson and Roger Worral.

Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Research or the Baker Christian Church Building Fund through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

‘Fay' Morris

Carrie Fay Morris, 73, of Baker City, died Feb. 14, 2006, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

Visitations were from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. There was a reception afterward at the Eagles Lodge. Private burial was at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Fay was born on Dec. 30, 1932, at Christopher, Ill., to Barton Edward and Eliza Roxie Gully Connor. In 1964, she moved out West. After living in surrounding areas, Fay settled in Baker City where she lived for many years. She was a longtime member of the Eagles Lodge and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

She enjoyed the outdoors very much and spent her time fishing, hunting, boating, picking berries and going for country drives.

Along with her memberships in Baker County clubs, she enjoyed participating in festive events. Fay liked to bowl and to do many kinds of crafts.

Survivors include her daughter, Peg Morehouse of Baker City; sons, Michael Lesich of La Grande and Patrick Lesich of The Dalles; eight grandchildren, Carlene Govia, Christine Huddleston, Wendy Morehouse, Sami Jo Morehouse, Amanda Spring, Jacob Springer, bobby Sutton and Jimmy Sutton; great-grandchildren, Nicholas Springer, Paige Govia, Peyton Govia and Rylle Huddleston; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Barton Edward Connor and Elisa Roxie Gully Connor of Springfield, Ill.; brothers, Andrew, Matthew, James, Johnny, Raymond and Dule; and sisters, Mary Alexander, Viola Hungate-Kress, Gracie Lodygauski and Jewell Ingram.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family to help with funeral expenses through Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Mary Jane Rhoda

Mary Jane "Janie" Rhoda, 83, of Baker City, died Jan. 19, 2006, at Las Vegas, Nev., of cancer.

A special Sunday service celebrating her life will be scheduled later at the Haines United Methodist Church.

Mary Jane was born on Feb. 10, 1922, at Salem to Guy and Hazel Hobson. The family moved to Baker City in 1928. That same year they moved to Whitney, where her mother ran the Whitney Post Office, often assisted by Mary Jane and her brother, Loren.

She was a 1939 Baker High School graduate and attended Willamette University, returning to Eastern Oregon to live at Halfway.

There, she married Carl Rhoda in 1941. The Rhodas moved to Madras, where Carl was superintendent of schools and principal of Madras Union High School from 1945 to 1963. Mary Jane worked for many years at the Madras Market and was a member of the First Christian Church. Oakridge was her home from 1963 to 1991.

Carl died on June 30, 1980. Mary Jane returned to live in Baker City in 1991.

Mary Jane was honored at the 1991 Miners Jubilee in Baker City as a past 1941 Jubilee Rodeo Queen.

She was a member of the Haines United Methodist Church and the Mutual Improvement Club.

Her family expressed appreciation to those who sent cards and letters during her illness.

Survivors include a son, Carl Rhoda of Las Vegas, Nev.; three daughters, Bobbie Jaquette of Medford, Rhonda Posey of Mount Shasta, Calif., and Carla Anderson of Alva, Fla.; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

‘Ron' Bowers

Ronald Thomas "Ron" Bowers, 74, of Baker City, died Feb. 9, 2006, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Pastor Lennie Spooner of the First Church of the Nazarene will officiate. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Ron was born on May 26, 1932, at Baker City to Ernest Theodore and Neva Ball Bowers. He was reared by his paternal grandparents, Omar Bowers and Birdie Anne Reed "Dot" Bowers.

He was a Baker High School graduate. He married Nancy Jean Holloway in August 1969. Ron was both patriotic and community-minded.

He was a long and faithful member of the Lions Club, the Odd Fellows Lodge and the Grange. He was a past member of the Jaycees and the Historical Society and a life member of Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

At times he was a member of the Eagles Lodge, the Oregon National Guard, the Baker Ground Observer Corps, the Cancer Society, the Oregon Hunters Association and the Powder River Camera Club.

His was a life of active service and he held numerous offices. He won statewide awards in the groups in which he served. Ron appreciated his Bend pioneer heritage and worked with his aunt, Belle Reed, to preserve history of both the family and Eastern Oregon.

Ron had a strong faith and enjoyed membership in the Baker City Church of the Nazarene. Church members continued to disciple him even after he developed limited mobility and found it necessary to move to Meadowbrook Place.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Nancy; and his brother, Willis "Bill" Marion Bowers and Bill's wife, Jill.

He is survived by his brother's children, Robert Bowers Sr., Margaret Bowers, Clodgo, Karen Bowers Chester, Lola Bowers McArthery, Billijane Bowers Walton, Ronald Ernest Bowers and their families; his in-laws, Jeanette Jampolsky, Diana Becker, Sammye and Moe Linzel, Curtis Holloway, Gabrielle Starr; and many nieces and nephews. He will be missed by numerous "cousins," especially Colleen Jones, Donald Hand and Jo-Elyn Hand.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lions Eye Bank through Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Glenn Densley

Doyle Glenn Densley, 78, of Baker City died Feb. 10, 2006, at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise from complications of a head injury.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. There will be a graveside serve at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Eagle Valley Cemetery in Richland. Pastor Ralph Holcomb of the Baker City Christian Church will officiate. There will be a reception afterward at Richland.

Glenn Densley was born on Sept. 24, 1927, at Richland. He was the second son of Aaron and Edna Eidson Densley. He received his early education at the Eagle Valley elementary school and high school at Richland.

Glenn's love for nature and the outdoors was nurtured during his youth. As a boy, he assisted his parents in operating a pack service business that guided tourists on horseback into the Wallowa Mountains on hunting and fishing trips. He also helped his grandfather, William Densley, on the Densely family sheep and cattle ranches.

Like most young men of his era, he served his country in World War II. In 1945, he enlisted in the Merchant Marines. He also served in the U.S. Army as company supply sergeant and was stationed at Pusan, Korea, during Occupational Japan. He was honorably discharged on Sept. 30, 1947.

After leaving the military, Glenn worked in Baker County sawmills and the timber industry. Glenn and Lillian Caroline Cummings were married on June 1, 1948, at Baker City by Joe Jewett, pastor of the First Christian Church. The couple had four children: Carla, Aaron, Jody and Julie.

Glenn started his career in construction by working on the Brownlee Dam as a heavy-duty tire man, where he specialized in servicing and maintaining huge equipment tires. He followed this occupation for most of his working years and was involved in many road and dam projects in Oregon, California and Washington as well as the Alaska pipeline until his retirement in 1988.

Glenn had an appreciation of history and a love of the outdoors. His recreational time was devoted to collecting and preserving local history, trapping, gold mining and metal detecting. After retirement, he took up woodworking as a wood turner, designing laminated bowls from exotic wood. These beautiful bowls were given to family and friends and in appreciation to each nurse at the Eastern Oregon Dialysis Clinic where he was a patient.

Glenn's interest in local history and of the Sparta area motivated him to write a book about Sparta's colorful history. The book, titled "Sparta Gold," is nearing completion.

Survivors include his wife, Lillian; his children, Aaron Densley and Carla Koplein of Baker City, Jody Munsey of Florence, Ariz., and Julie Green and her husband, Doug Green, of Lebanon, Ohio; a sister, Margaret Corning of Baker City; a dear friend and cousin, Jim Eidson of Baker City; 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Emma Jean Greener and Madonna Ashby; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.


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