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Obituaries for Nov. 16, 2011

Ramona Idler
Ramona A. Idler, 78, of Baker City died Nov. 11, 2011 at her home.
Her graveside memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Mount Hope Cemetery. The Rev. Julian Cassar will officiate. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception at St. Francis de Sales Parish Hall, First and Church streets, after the service.


Obituaries for Nov. 14, 2011

Alice Parker
Alice Arlene Parker,74, died Nov. 11, 2011, at Boise.
Interment will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Obituaries for November 11, 2011

Larry Irey

Larry A. Irey, 70, a former Baker resident, died Oct. 24, 2011, at Boise after a long illness.
He was born in 1941 at Baker City to Lester and Charlotte Irey. He was a 1960 graduate of Baker High School where he was a member of the basketball team and the Lettermen’s Club, 2 & 3 and choir. In his senior year he served as vice president of choir.
After high school he went to work at Basche-Sage as a clerk. Later he moved to Boise where he worked for the Boise Project Board of Control for 32 years.
His funeral was Oct. 27 at Canyon Hill Cemetery in Caldwell, Idaho.
Survivors include his sister-in-law, Venet, and mother-in-law, Elnora, who had been his caregivers; his son, David, and daughter-in-law Debbie; and three grandsons and two granddaughters.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Karen; his parents; and two brothers, Clayton and Keith.

Colleen Tipton Jones
Colleen L. Tipton Jones, 86, died Nov. 6, 2011.
She lived at St. Alphonsus Care Center in Baker City and died after  an extended illness.
Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Baker City Christian Church, 675 Highway 7. Pastor Jesse Whitford will officiate. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception at the Baker City Christian Church after the services.
Colleen was born at Baker City in 1925 to Henry and Orpha Lucretia (Willey) Koontz. She was born on the 4th of July so it was decided to name her Colleen Liberty Koontz in celebration of our country’s independence, her family said.
She spent her childhood at the family farm at Hereford, homesteaded in the late 1800s by her grandfather, Orlando Chester Koontz. She was the youngest of five children, Leslie (1909), Ferne (1910), Clifford (1912), and Eva (1917). Brief illnesses took both brothers, Leslie and Clifford, in their late teens leaving her and her two sisters to help Lance and Orpha work the farm.
During the Depression, Colleen and the family briefly moved to Cascade, Idaho, where Lance and Orpha found work. Lance was employed in the Eccles Lumber Mill and Orpha worked in a boarding house baking pies.
They returned to the homestead in 1930. In 1943, Colleen graduated from Hereford High School with a graduating class of two. She then traveled to Sacramento, Calif., where she went to Western Union School and then went to work at Bremerton, Wash., in a Western Union office handling money for naval servicemen.
During this time she witnessed some evidence of the devastation of World War II, including a disabled destroyer with a torpedo hole in its side.
In June 1944, Colleen returned to Hereford and then to Baker City to be with her sister, Eva, after Eva’s husband had been killed by lightning. Colleen worked at Baker City briefly for Leo Adler and then with the First National Bank.
On Sept. 1, 1945, Colleen married Leo “Budd” Tipton after he came home from the service in June 1945. They remained in Baker City and had three children, Leslie (1947), Lynette (1950), and Steven (1951). Colleen enjoyed remaining home with her children while Budd worked.
After Colleen and Budd were divorced, she remained at Baker City where she continued to raise her children and work. She married Russell Jones and remained with him until his death in 1988.
She then lived at Baker City by herself, surrounded by family and a multitude of close friends.
Colleen was well-liked by everyone she met and could socialize until the “cows came home,” family members said. She was very close to family and was fond of family gatherings.
The family expressed special thanks to Patricia Tipton for her many cherished visits with Colleen during her stay at the care center in Baker City.
She was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands, Budd Tipton and Russell Jones; sisters, Ferne Anderson and Eva Dickerson; brothers Leslie Koontz and Clifford Koontz; and a baby sister, Alta Faye.
Survivors include son, Leslie Tipton and his wife, Diana Dominquez of Summerville; daughter, Lynette Tipton of Prineville; son, Steve Tipton and his wife, Linda, of Baker City; grandchildren, Jennifer Holliday of Salem, Casey Hulick, Abree Tipton of Lahaina, Hawaii, and Blaine Tipton of Steamboat Springs, Colo.; great-grandchildren, Tyler Hulick and Devon Hulick; nieces, Nancy Endicott, Mary Jo Higgins, Kay Nakada, Mary Lou Sackos; nephews, Mike Higgins, Richard Higgins, Donnie Dickerson, Pat Dickerson, Percy Dickerson, and Larry Anderson.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Heart ‘n’ Home Hospice through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, Ore. 97814.

‘Dotty’ Bowers

Dorothy “Dotty” Bowers, 69, of Baker City, died Nov. 5, 2011, at her home surrounded by love ones after losing her battle with cancer.
There will be no memorial service.
Dotty was born on June 26, 1942, at Chicago to George and Emily Hybl. The family later moved to Scottsdale, Ariz., where Dotty graduated from high school and attended college.
In 1962, Dotty married the lover of her life and best friend, David Bowers. The couple raised two children: David and Darlene.
While raising their two children in Arizona, Dotty loved spending time with friends and family. The family spent time camping, boating and playing in the sand dunes.
Dotty was very involved in her children’s school functions. She never missed a field trip and always offered her home for pool parties and other school activities.
The couple moved to Baker City in 1994 where Patty fell in love with the mountains.
She spent the rest of her days enjoying her family, gardening and working in stained glass.
Dotty was a bright and spirited soul who touched the lives of many, family members said.
“She could brighten your day with her soft-spoken way and welcoming smile,” they said.
Survivors include her husband of 50 years, David Bowers; her son, David Bowers, and his wife, Jeanenne Bowers; daughter, Darleen Profitt, and her husband, Nick Profitt; grandchildren, Alysia and Erika Bowers, Cody Denton, Payton Jones and Hunter Profitt, all of Baker City.

Jacqueline Wulk

Jacqueline Jule Wulk, 87, of Baker City died Nov. 5, 2011. 
There will be no funeral at this time.
Jacqueline was born on Jan. 4, 1924, at Los Angeles to John and Eliza Melton Lavelle. She met Willfred William Wulk and they were married on May 16, 1942. They had sons, John and William, and a daughter, Nancy.
The Wulk family made their way from California to Oregon where Jackie was a volunteer and the executive secretary for the Josephine County Chapter American Red Cross. They moved to Baker City from Grants Pass on May 22, 1996.
She was preceded in death by her husband.
Survivors include her sons, John (Sharon) Wulk of Baker City and William Wulk of Albany; daughter, Nancy Pugsley of Grants Pass; 10 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Baker City Chapter American Red Cross through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.


Obituaries for Nov. 4, 2011

‘Don’ Presley
Donavan Dwayne “Don” Presley, 78, of Island City, a former Huntington resident, died Oct. 31, 2011, at Boise.
His memorial service, with military honors, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., at La Grande.

Obituaries for Nov. 2, 2011

John Heart
John Edwin Heart, 64, a former Baker City resident, died Oct. 18, 2011, at his home in Rainier after a battle with cancer.
His funeral was Oct. 26 at The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Rainier.

Obituaries for Oct. 31, 2011

Jack Durflinger
Jack Frederick Durflinger, 72, of Baker City, died Oct. 26, 2011, at his favorite hunting stand in the Sumpter Valley doing what he loved.
A memorial service will be Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the Haines Methodist Church, Fourth and Roberts streets.

Obituaries for Oct. 28, 2011

Dorthy Burritt
Dorthy Alice Burritt, 83, of Baker City died Oct. 24, 2011, at Ashley Manor.
Her memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 at Gray’s West Company Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Sister Kay Marie will officiate. There will be a reception following the services at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge, 2935 H St. in Baker City.

Obituaries for Oct. 26, 2011

D. Blaine Kenney
D. Blaine Kenney, 77, a resident of the Pine Creek area near Baker City, died Oct. 20, 2011, at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise.
A celebration of his life will be Saturday, Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane in Baker City.

Obituaries for Oct. 24, 2011

‘Lynn’ Jones
Loris “Lynn” Jones, 63, of Klamath Falls, and a former Baker City resident, died Oct. 3, 2011, at Klamath Falls.
His funeral was Oct. 18 in Klamath Falls. Disposition was by cremation.

Dona Faye Thomas

Dona F. Hall Thomas, 84, of Baker City died October 13, 2011 at Meadowbrook Place.  A graveside memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, October 22 at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Baker City.
Dona was born May 17, 1927 in Baker, Oregon to Chester H. & Bertha C. (Samuelson) Thompson.  She graduated from Baker High School in 1944.  Dona worked many places around Baker including the Empire Theater, the Orphium Theater and the Eltrym Theater.  She also worked at Woolworth’s, First National Bank, The Credit Bureau in Baker, Bend and Pendleton.  She worked for Sam Coon, State Representative and she drove bus for the Baker School District, and later for the Union Labor Hall in Pendleton.
She married Tommy Hall and they had three sons, John, Robert and William.  They divorced and she later married Clare Thomas.  He died in 1992.  Later she met the love of her life, Bill Childers.  They beat a hot path between Pendleton and Baker for many years in order to see each other, until Dona moved back to Baker and they moved in together.
She enjoyed fishing, mushrooming, picking berries, gardening, going to the mountains, and she always had some sort of craft project in progress.  She would never turn down the opportunity to pull a practical joke on someone.
She belonged to the Sweet Adeline’s, a women’s barbershop quartet.  She was very active in the Eagles Auxiliary in Pendleton and Baker, serving as an officer in Pendleton.  She headed the Camper’s Club and the Nevada Club, Baker County Credit Women, The Baker County Possettes through the Baker County Sherriff’s  Posse. She worked on the Oregon Centennial in Baker, making many costumes for the celebration.
She is survived by her loving partner, Bill Childers and his children Vickie Fite & John Childers;  Two sons, Robert Hall and wife Merna of Baker City and William Hall and wife Wanda of Stanfield, OR;  Four grandsons, David Wright of North Powder, Jamie Hall of Pendleton, OR, Toby Hall & wife Nicole of Toronto, Canada, and Ty Hall & wife Tia of Irrigon, OR;  Four granddaughters, Cindy Wright & husband Jim of North Powder, Elizabeth Cook of Stanfield, OR, Wendy Dill & husband Rocky of Lebannon, OR, and Janie Schaaf of Lebannon, OR;  Three nieces, Pattie Hanson and Daralee Nebeker of Baker City and Kathie Carter of Arizona, and by her best friends since childhood, “The last of the Blue-Hairs,”  Bonnie Yeakley, V.J. Davis and Ruth Dibbles.  Along with numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Dona was preceded in death by her parents; A son John Hall and an infant daughter who died at birth; A grandson, Steven Hall; Brother and sister-in-law, Darell and Lee Thompson;  And by a sister, Louise Thompson.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Eagles Scholarship Fund through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place Street, Baker City, OR 97814.
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