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Obituaries for June 25, 2012

‘Pat’ Patterson

Oak Harbor, Wash., 1924-2012

William Carl “Pat” Patterson, 88, of Oak Harbor, Wash., a former Baker City resident, died June 20, 2012, at his home surrounded by family.

His memorial service will be at Oak Harbor Church of the Nazarene with Dr. Benjamin Norris officiating. Military honors will be conducted by the Naval Air Station Whidbey Honor Guard. Inurnment will take place at Arlington National Cemetery. 

Mr. Patterson was born on March 2, 1924, at Union to Samuel and Sarah Droke Patterson. Pat was raised at Baker City. 

He entered the U.S. Navy on Feb. 14, 1942, and served his country for 23 years. In 1950, Pat married Lola Brannock, who died in April 2003. 

They couple moved to various duty stations, and came to NAS Whidbey Island in 1958. Pat owned and operated Pat’s Mobil Service Station at Oak Harbor, Wash., until 1970. Next he sold New York Life Insurance, and then was employed at the Texaco Refinery at Anacortes, Wash., for 19 years. 

Pat married Katherine “Kay” Herring on May 21, 2005. He was a member of the Oak Harbor Church of the Nazarene, and helped build a new church at its current location. 

He had been a member of the Good Sam Club, enjoyed tinkering with mechanical things and loved to get in the great outdoors and go fishing from time to time, family members said.

Survivors include his wife, Katherine “Kay” at home in Oak Harbor, Wash.; four children, Bob Patterson (Rosemarie) of Torrance, Calif., Terry Patterson (Colleen) of Seneca, S.C., Sandy Moody (Alex) of Anacortes, Wash., and Odette Patterson of Virginia; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three sisters, Gerri Carpenter (Jim Stevenson) and Janie Carpenter (Carl), both of Baker City, and Iris Stuber of Roseburg; two stepsons, Duane Banks (Margaret) of Hillsboro and Arnold Morin of Payette, Idho; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lola; son, William Jr.; brother, Samuel; and sisters, Pearl and Anna.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, 12351 W. 96th St., Suite #100, Lenexa, KS 66220. 

Family and friends are encouraged to share memories and condolences at www.whidbeymemorial.com. 


Obituaries for June 20, 2012

Vera Lammert

Baker City, 1917-2012

Vera Elizabeth Lammert, 94, of Baker City, died June 13, 2012, at St. Alphonsus Care Center.

Friends are invited to join the family for burial of the urn at 2 p.m. Sunday at Mount Hope Cemetery.


Obituaries for June 18, 2012

‘Dee' Lefever

Baker City, 1918-2012

Delores “Dee” Johnston-Lefever, 93, of Boise, died June 13, 2012, at Meadows Lake Assisted Living Center in Meridian, Idaho, surrounded by her family.

Her service will be Friday, June 22, at 10 a.m. PDT at Thomason Funeral Home in Weiser, Idaho. Visitations will be Friday from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., and burial will follow the services at Fairview Cemetery.


Obituaries for June 13, 2012

James Mack

Baker City, 1948-2012

James Anthony Mack, 63, of Marsing, Idaho, died April 25, 2012, after a brief illness at his home surrounded by his immediate family.

Jim was born on June 22, 1948, at Minot, N.D., and raised in Baker City. He was the first of the 13 children born to Fabian and Irene Mack.


Obituaries for June 8, 2012

Eunice Barger

Portland, 1912-2012

Eunice Maurine Orr Barger, 100, a former Pine Valley resident, died April 20, 2012.

Interment will be private. Wilhelm’s Portland Memorial is in charge of arrangements.

Eunice was born on Jan. 11, 1912, at Manhatten, Kan. As a small child, she moved with her family to the St. Johns area of Portland.

Eunice attended Reed College. During World War II, she joined the Coast Guard and was stationed in France and at San Diego, Calif.

She married Alvin Barger and they lived at Tillamook before moving to Pine Valley. They lived at Pine Valley until Alvin’s death.

Eunice then moved to Clackamas in 1985 to be closer to her sister, Dorothy Petrina.

Eunice volunteered in local libraries and enjoyed reading, painting and socializing with friends. She had a great sense of humor, family members said. Eunice enjoyed her dogs and cats.

Eunice celebrated her 100th birthday on Jan. 11, 2012. She had lived with her nephew and his family for the past 2 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Dorothy Petrina; and her brother, Buster Orr.

Survivors include her nephew, Steve Petrina; and nieces and nephews.


Obituaries for June 6, 2012

Orman Bieber

Baker City, 1921—2011

Olive Bieber

Baker City, 1923—2005

Orman W. “O.W.” Bieber, 90, of Baker City, died Oct. 10, 2011.

His wife, Olive Bieber, 82, of Baker City, died Sept. 7, 2005.

Their ashes will be buried at Mount Hope Cemetery at 1 p.m. June 14. The Baker Elks Lodge, No. 338, will conduct the service. There will be a reception afterward at the home of Eloise Colton at 2444 Grove St.


Obituaries for June 1, 2012

Eva Dockweiler

Eva Susan Dockweiler, 95, died May 24, 2012, at Union. 

A funeral will be scheduled later.


Obituaries for May 30, 2012

Lenore Klugh

Velda Lenore Klugh, 84, a former Baker County resident, died May 22, 2012, at Atascadero, Calif.

She was born in 1928 at Tarzana, Calif. Lenore enjoyed life in the country with her husband, Dean, while living in Oklahoma, Kansas, Arizona, California and Oregon. She enjoyed being a part of the rural community participating in many activities including hosting a Bible study in her home and caring for ill neighbors. 



Obituaries for May 23, 2012

‘Dude’ Douglas

Marion Muncey “Dude” Douglas, 97, died April 6, 2012, at his home in Pine Valley. 

He was born on April 28, 1915, in Pine Valley to Edwin and Vina Douglas. 

Known as Dude to his friends, he attended Clear Creek Elementary School in the upper end of Pine Valley.


Obituaries for May 28, 2012

Donald Purcell

Donald Frank Purcell, 73, of Baker City, died May 16, 2012, surrounded by his family.

A celebration of Don’s life and memorial service will be Friday, June 1 at 11 a.m. at Baker City Christian Church on Highway 7 in Baker City. Friends are invited to join the family for the service, and for a reception immediately following the service at the church.

Interment will be held at a later date in Beloit, Wisc.

Donald was born on July 26, 1939, in Beloit to John and Helen (Sommer) Purcell. He was raised in Beloit and graduated from Beloit Memorial High School.  After graduation he moved to Janesville, Wisc., to learn the bakery business from his uncle, Kenny Hansen. He learned well and enjoyed being a baker for well over 50 years of his life. While in Janesville he met his first wife, Patricia Bruggee, and they married on June 17, 1961. Don and Pat had three children: Tammy, Timmy and Shelly.  The couple later divorced, but remained friends.

Don worked initially at The Rolling Pin in Janesville, then for many years at Market Square Pastry in Lake Forest, Ill.

In 1973 Don married Matina Gherondas. Matina had two children, Teddy and Gus, who Don raised as his own. Don and Matina divorced, but also remained friends and prayer partners by phone.

Don was an avid sailor on Lake Michigan. He loved reading and was a book collector. He enjoyed having knowledge at his fingertips. Don enjoyed gardening and camping. He loved the evening campfire with his family. He was a ham radio operator since high school, proficient using the Morse code. In later years he took many videos and family pictures.

Don struggled with health issues for many years. Five years ago he moved to Baker City to be near his daughter, Shelly, and her family.

Don is survived by his children: Tammy and her husband, Norm Boots, of Hoffman Estates, Ill., Tim Purcell of Milwaukee, Wisc., Shelly and her husband, Brent Wilson, of Baker City, Teddy Phillips of Zion, Ill., and Gus Phillips and his wife, Jennifer, of Zion; grandchildren: Hannah Wilson, Chad Drake, Sarah Bernardy, Tyler Purcell, Lexi Phillips, Sebastian Phillips, Kyle Phillips and Johnathon Phillips; five great-grandchildren; his sister, Sharyn and her husband, Tom Christensen, of Meridian, Idaho; several nieces and nephews and his beloved canine companions, Danny and Tara.

 He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Helen Purcell; his sister, Deanna Purcell; and daughter-in-law, Michelle Phillips.

Those who wish to make a donation in Don’s memory may do so to Baker City Christian Church through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

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