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Obituary for May 31, 2013

Dally Cosby

Baker City, 1996-2013

Dally Cosby, 17, of Baker City, died May 25, 2013, at Huntington.

His funeral was at 2 p.m. today at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane. Pastor Joe Painter of the Pleasant Valley Fellowship officiated. Interment was in Mount Hope Cemetery. There was a potluck reception afterward at the Family Life Center at the Nazarene Church.

Dally was born on Feb. 29, 1996, at Ontario.

He was born and raised as a ranch kid, the youngest of four children. He started riding horses and helping his dad move cows when he was 3.

He was rarely found without his cowboy hat on. He never met a stranger; wherever he went people knew who he was. 

Dally loved to make people smile and laugh and was always ready to hear or tell a good story. He loved to sing and was able to sing an entire song from memory and easily move from one song to the next. He was always willing to share a bright smile and a big hug.

Dally liked to ride ranch broncs, and had won several buckles competing at local rodeos. He was always quick to help and encourage somebody and was often seen leading prayer behind the chutes.

Dally was a member of the Baker High School Rodeo Club and competed in saddle bronc riding. He made it to state finals his sophomore year. Before starting rodeo, he was in 4-H and showed sheep, beef and swine.

Dally had an amazing talent working with colts and was a good all-around hand. He worked for many local ranchers and enjoyed the work as well as the many friendships that he made with the men he worked for.

Survivors include his parents, Lance and Kadie Cosby of Baker City; his oldest sister, Katy, and her husband, Ryan, and his niece, Kaydance Davilla, of Baker City; sister, Landen, and her husband, Trevor Riekkola of Simms, Mont.; and grandparents, Kent and Bev Justus and Linda Cosby of Baker City.

He was preceded in death by his older brother, Kody Cosby; and his grandfather, Doug Cosby.

 Memorial contributions may be made to the Dally Cosby Memorial Fund through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

Death notice for May 28, 2013

Dally B. Cosby: 17, of Baker City, died May 25, 2013, at Huntington. His funeral will be Friday, May 31, at 2 p.m. at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane, with Pastor Joe Painter of the Pleasant Valley Fellowship officiating. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, and a potluck reception will follow at the Family Life Center at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Dally Cosby Memorial Fund through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

Obituary for May 27, 2013

Warren Coble

Nampa, Idaho, 1926-2013

Warren E. Coble, 86 of Nampa, Idaho, died May 16, 2013. 

His funeral was May 22 at Lakeview Church of the Nazarene in Nampa, Idaho. There will be a graveside service Wednesday, May 29, at 10:30 a.m. at the Eagle Valley Cemetery in Richland. 

Warren was born on Aug. 9, 1926, at New Bridge to Lloyd and Alma Coble. He was the youngest of two siblings. He married the love of his life, Violet Alexander, on Sept. 1, 1947, at Eagle Valley.

The couple then moved to Nampa, Idaho, where Warren worked in construction, contracting, and maintenance at Mercy Medical Center. 

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking and even dabbled a little in modeling.

Warren was loved by many and will be greatly missed, family members said. He had an unforgettable personality and smile that warmed the hearts of everyone he met. 

Survivors include his sister, Wanda Perrigan of Nampa; sons, Ronald Coble of Nampa and Duane (Becky) Coble of Nampa; granddaughter, Rosalyn (Steve) Kirkman of Nampa; grandson, Joseph (Ciara) Coble of Boise; great-grandsons, Taylor, Jack, Charlie Kirkman and Camden Coble; and a great-granddaughter, Emery Kirkman. 

He was proceeded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Alma Coble; his wife, of 58 years, Violet; an infant son; and his daughter, Natalie Allen of Nampa.

To share a memory of Warren or to offer condolences to Warren’s family, visit www.alsippersons.com

Obituary for May 24, 2013

‘Terrie’ Grant

Medford, 1948-2013

Teresa Jodelle “Terrie” Grant, 64 of Medford, died May 15, 2013, at her home after an extended illness.

Her funeral was at 1 p.m. Thursday at Medford.

Terrie was born on Dec. 11, 1948, at Baker City to Joseph and Doris Staedler. She was with the Baker High School graduating class of 1967 and went on to become a hairdresser after receiving her certification from Pendleton College of Beauty in 1968.  

She married Michael Maxwell from Baker and they had two children: Michael ‘Eric’ born in 1970 and Tammie, born in 1972.  They later divorced.

Terrie was the oldest of three siblings, which included her sister, Vicki, and brother, Skip. Throughout her life she was a very protective, loving and giving big sister.

She moved to Medford in 1986 to help her father, who was ill at the time. She married Charles “Chuck” Grants Jr. of Medford on Feb. 20, 1991.

Working from the time she was a teenager until she was limited by declining physical health, she was a hairdresser for 25 years and later worked as a market manager for Minute Market at Medford for many years.

Her interests included cooking, gardening, camping, having her pets with her and spending time with her family and friends. She especially was in love with her granddaughters, Skylar and Jamie.  

They brought great joy to her heart, as did her sister’s grandchildren, Hunter, Kyley, Alex and Kyana Chaves; and great-niece and great-nephew, Trinity and Christian Staedler. She was a wonderful and loving grandmother to them all, family members said.

Although she was actually their great-aunt, they all called her “Grandma Terrie.”

Terrie was a truly special soul with a strong faith in the Lord, which she would share openly. She was blessed with an exceptionally giving and compassionate heart, opening her heart to help anyone she came in contact with. 

She was “always there” for her family and friends. Her home was a perpetual revolving door for those she cared about and wanted to help.  When you were in Terrie’s home you knew you could be yourself and feel at home.  She will be so very missed and lovingly remembered, family members said.

Survivors include her husband, Chuck Grant; son, Eric Maxwell of Shasta, Calif.; daughter and son-in-law, Tammie and Jeff Andrews of Rogue River; stepdaughter, Mystie Haley of Pocatello, Idaho; sister and brother-in-law, Vicki and Steve Scrivner of Grants Pass; brother, Skip Staedler of Buffalo, Mo.; granddaughters, Skylar and Jamie Andrews, ages 11 and 10; nephews, Ryan Chaves of Baker City and Michael Staedler of Medford; nieces, Jolene and Jodi Staedler of Buffalo, Mo.; and many close cousins, relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by parents, Joe and Doris Staedler; and nephews, Benjamin and Todd Chaves.

Obituaries for May 22, 2013

Dana Rutter

Baker City, 1955-2013

Dana Dee Rutter, 58, a lifetime Baker City resident died May 18, 2013, at her home.

Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St. Pastor Nathan Neff of the Apostolic Lighthouse Church will officiate. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Obituary for May 17, 2013

‘Bob’ Bowen

Baker City, 1930-2013

Robert R.”Bob” Bowen Jr., 83, of Baker City, died May 11, 2013, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City. 

His funeral was at 2 p.m. today at Gray’s West and Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Visitation was from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Gray’s West and Co. Committal with military honors was at Mount Hope Cemetery

Bob was born on Feb. 6, 1930, to Robert and Velma Motley Bowen Sr. at Baker City. He was a member of the pioneer Bowen Family that settled in the Auburn area in 1862.

The family operated sawmills, banks and the Baker Herald newspaper and then settled the Bowen Valley south of Baker City. Bob was educated in Baker schools as a young man and then attended Hills Military Academy in Portland from 1945 until he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1948.

 He served in the Korean War and with occupation forces in Japan and was honorably discharged in 1952 as a technical sergeant. After completing his military service, he moved to Ontario where he worked in the produce department for Albertsons Grocery. 

In Ontario he was married to Joann Hawk. They later divorced.

He returned to Baker City where he married Mary Olson and combined their two families. They later divorced.  He married June Fisk on June 7, 1974, at Baker City.

 In Baker City he worked as a serviceman for Cascade Natural Gas Co. for more than 25 years. He retired in 1985.

 He loved the outdoors: fishing, hunting, snowmobiling and gold and silver mining. He enjoyed going to the Elkhorn Mountains and owned the Herculean and the Dutch Flat mines in the Cable Cove area.

 He was a member of the Baker Elks Lodge, the Disabled American Veterans, the Eagles Lodge, the American Legion, the Vets Club, the Korean War Veterans Association and the National Rifle Association. He and his wife enjoyed traveling all over the U.S., Alaska and Canada. 

 Survivors include his wife, June, of Baker City, three daughters, Deborah White of Portland, Susan Cunningham (Thomas) of Keizer and Donell Bowen of Baker City; two stepdaughters, Katharine Menser of Eagle Creek and Linda Nagle (Patrick) of Estacada; two stepsons,  Steven Scrivner (Vicki) of Grants Pass and David Scrivner (Robin) of Clinton, Iowa; a sister, Vonda Lee Bowen of Baker City; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or to the Disabled American Veterans through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

Obituary for May 15, 2013

Kareen Blankenship

Baker City, 1937-2013

Kareen Mae Blankenship, 75, died May 11, 2013, surrounded by her family after a long battle with cancer.

There will be a service in her honor in June in her hometown. 

Her strength, courage and love were an inspiration to all who knew her, family members said.

 She was born on May 25, 1937, at Chehalis, Wash., the third of four daughters of Les and Bess Powell Wright. 

She married the love of her life, Buck Blankenship, on Jan. 7, 1956. They raised three children on their farm and she also worked as a bookkeeper for many years.

Kareen was known for her love of gardening, especially growing iris. She loved watching her children and grandchildren play in all sporting activities. 

Her hobbies included painting, sewing, clam digging, antiquing, listening to country music, playing pinochle and RV camping. Kareen also enjoyed picking blackberries, huckleberries and mushrooms. She was known for her delicious blackberry pies and homemade V8 juice.

 In 2007, Buck and Kareen moved to Baker City to watch their two youngest grandsons participate in high school sports. She was a great supporter of the Baker Bulldogs, even attending a baseball game in her last week of life.

 Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Buck Blankenship; her daughter, Deb, (John) Hadaller, of Onalaska, Wash.; her sons, Denny (Colleen) Blankenship and Dan (Sheryl) Blankenship of Baker City; grandsons, Isaac, Brock, Derek and Dillon Blankenship, of Baker City, Barry Blankenship, of Seattle, Wash., Willis (Ashley) Blankenship of Palmdale, Calif., and Sean Hadaller of Onalaska, Wash.; granddaughters, Sara Hadaller of Onalaska, Wash., and Shelly Hadaller of Centralia, Wash.; three great-grandchildren; her sister, Carol Jones of Castle Rock, Wash.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 She was preceded in death by her parents; and her sisters, Neva Blankenship and Faye Workman.

 In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Baker High School Athletic Fund through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Obituaries for May 13, 2013

Margee Sagers

Halfway, 1924-2013

Margee J. Lee Curtis Sagers, 88, died May 11, 2013, at her home in Halfway.

Her graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception afterward at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall in Halfway.

Obitiuaries for May 10, 2013

Marian Schwenk

Phoenix, Ore., 1929-2013

Marian Teresa Schwenk, 83, of Phoenix, Ore., died April 17, 2013, at Providence Hospital in Medford, in the loving embrace of her family.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday, May 24, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 517 W. 10th St. in Medford.

She was born on June 18, 1929, at Baker City to James and Kate Morrissey. The Morrisseys came to the United States from Ireland and settled at Keating, where they became successful ranchers.

It was there that Marian spent an idyllic childhood full of hard work and play among beloved farm animals and open pastures. She attended Baker High School, married and raised a family before moving in 1972. She lived at Medford and Bend before retiring to Phoenix. 

Her family said Marian left life the way she lived it: with a strong spirit, profound gratitude for all of the blessings in her life, a deep faith in God and an overflowing love for her family. Family and faith were the centers of her world.

She was willing to make any sacrifice for the sake of those she loved. She never complained about the obstacles she encountered in life and instead overcame them through hard work and the determination to provide the best for her family.

She loved the important things in life: her home and the flowers that she planted each year, long talks with her loved ones, long walks in all kinds of weather, good movies, good books, and going out on special occasions. 

“She was the loving heart and soul of her family, who will never be able to fill the void she has left in their lives,” family members said.

Survivors include her loving husband of 40 years, Calvin Schwenk, and her daughters and their husbands, Joni and Arthur Roskofsky, Deanne and Jerry Thompson and Susie and Larry Parker, all of Medford; her sons, John Givens  and his wife, Laura, of Rochester, N.Y. and James Givens and his wife, Ilona, of Eugene; her grandchildren, Jason Hollen, Andi Black and her husband, Adam, and Jeremy Thompson, all of Medford, Ryan Parker and his wife, Jennifer, of Portland, Jazzmin Glover and her husband, Aaren, of Ashland, Harrison Givens of Orange, Calif., and Anna and William Givens of Rochester, N.Y.; great-granddaughter, Kayleigh Black of Phoenix; and her sister, Kathleen Franklin of Portland.

Perl Funeral Home of Medford is in charge of arrangements.

Obituaries for May 8, 2013

Cynthia Johnson

Medford, 1952-2013

Cynthia K. Henry Johnson, 60, of Medford, died April 21, 2013, Medford.

Her memorial service was April 25 with burial at the Eagle Point National Cemetery.

She was born on Nov. 21, 1952, at Medford. She suffered with sarcoidosis for many years and then developed congestive heart failure.

Cindy graduated from Baker City High and joined the U.S. Army soon afterward, serving mostly in Korea and Arizona.

She was a graduate of Southern Oregon University at Ashland. She worked for many years at the Veterans Domiciliary at White City until her health forced her to retire.

Cindy was very involved in volunteer work and she loved to make jewelry and to travel. She took several cruises and enjoyed them so much. She was always thinking of others and was quite a gift giver. 

Survivors include her son, Eli, daughter-in-law, Jessi, and grandchildren, Dominic and Lillian; brother, Kevin Henry of Medford; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, one nephew and her many friends who she treated like family  

She was preceded in death by her father, Jim; her mother, Carolyn; sister, Teresa; and brother, Mike.

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