Obituaries for the week of April 29 to May 3

May 03, 2002 12:00 am

Cope Myers

Cope J Myers, 78, of Pacific, Wash., and a former Baker City resident, died April 8, 2002, at Rochester, Wash., at his son's home.

His memorial service was April 13 at Auburn, Wash.

Cope J was born in Baker City on Dec. 9, 1923, the oldest of six sons born to Cope L. and Georgia Myers. As a young man in Baker City, he and three of his brothers were known as "Big Babe, Little Babe, Tooter and Dutch."

Cope J served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He married Virginia Patterson at Gresham in 1945. They moved to Pacific, Wash., in 1948 and lived there for 54 years. He worked at Boeing Aircraft for 33 years, retiring in 1983. He also served in the Civilian Conservation Corps.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia, who died in 1994; a brother, Fred, who died in World War II; and a half-sister, Ruth.

Survivors include his daughter, Kathryn Brown of Auburn, Wash.; a son, Ken, of Rochester, Wash.; brothers, Glen, David and Carl of Baker City; Norman of Halfway; Ralph Weaver of Gresham; and a grandson, Josh.

Dwight Langley

Dwight Eugene Langley, 64, of Huntington, died peacefully at home on April 26, 2002, after a 2 year battle with a brain tumor.

The rosary will be said at 7 p.m. PDT Friday at St. Joachim's Catholic Church at Huntington. The funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. PDT Saturday at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Ontario. Private burial will be at the Lime Cemetery.

There will be an open house at 3 p.m. at the family home at 280 W. Adams St. in Huntington. Friends and family are invited to come and share memories.

Dwight was born on Sept. 2, 1937, at Baker City to Harland and Helen Langley. He was the first of six children and grew up working on the family ranch next to his father.

He attended school at Lime Elementary and later graduated as valedictorian of the Huntington High School Class of 1956. He attended Eastern Oregon College in La Grande (now Eastern Oregon University) for one year, but decided to return home and run the ranch with his brother, Fred. While working on the ranch, he spent eight years in the U.S. Army and Air National Guard.

Through a unique chain of events, he met his future wife, Tammy, while she was attending nursing school at Eastern Oregon College. After a whirlwind courtship of six months, they were married at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Salem in 1968.

Dwight loved his family and the cowboy life that he led. He spent his entire life riding horseback and tending cattle. Always willing to help others, he shared his love of horses and cows with all. He was the one to take all of his grandkids for their first horseback ride.

Dwight was an active member of St. Joachim's Church. He served his community as a member of the Burnt River Soil and Water Conservation District Board, Baker County Planning Commission, Baker County Cattlemen's Association, Malheur County Education Service District Board and Huntington School District Board.

Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Tammy, of Huntington; daughters and sons-in-law, Marie and Mark Martin of Fairbanks, Alaska, Karen and Matthew Walters of Gilbert, Ariz.; sons and daughters-in-law, Dusty and Christine of Fairbanks, Alaska, Andy and Jennifer of Bridgeport, Paul of Bozeman, Mont., and Shane of Portland; his mother, Helen Langley of Independence; a brother and sister-in-law, Fred and Arleta of Union; sisters and brothers-in-law, Virginia and Gordon Bloom of Baker City, Joy and John Walker of Kingston, Wash., Anita and Kent Nelson of Hereford and Gwen and Robert Steele of Independence; numerous nieces and nephews; and last, but, not least, his pride and joy, five grandchildren with two more on the way, Richard, Justin and Erin Langley of Bridgeport and Katie and Grace Martin of Fairbanks, Alaska.

He was preceded in death by his father, Harland.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Blessed Sacrament Building Fund. Arrangements are under the direction of the Haren-Wood Funeral Chapel in Ontario.

Julia Hughes

Julia Antonia Hughes, 72, a longtime Baker City resident, died April 25, 2002, as the result of a fire at her home.

Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Roger Scovil of the Baker City Christian Church will officiate. Interment will be in Mount Hope Cemetery.

Julia was born on April 23, 1930, in Iowa to William and Dorethea Driver. She married Archie Hughes and they had five children, two of whom died at birth. Julia loved the outdoors. Her favorite loves were hunting, fishing and camping.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Archie; her parents; and two children, Bryon and Richard.

Survivors include her daughter, Laura Chestnut and her husband, David, of Canton, Kan.; two sons, Anthony and Raymond Hughes of Baker City; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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