Obituaries for the week of Sept. 23 to Sept. 27

September 27, 2002 12:00 am

‘Chet' Holman

Henry Chester "Chet" Holman , 84, of Hood River, died Sept. 19, 2002, at his home.

His memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Anderson's Tribute Center in Hood River. There will be a graveside service at 2 p.m. Friday at Juniper Haven Cemetery in Prineville. Visitations will be today at Anderson's Tribute Center.

Henry "Chet" Holman was born March 8, 1918, at Prineville to Henry Chester and Agnes Frison Holman. Chet was raised by his foster mother, Ida Wilson, of Prineville and was a graduate of Crook County High School.

He worked for various employers in Prineville such as the Civil Conservation Corps, machinist for Alexander Yaukey Lumber Co., and master mechanic for Crook County Roads.

During World War II Chet served in the U.S. Army as a staff sergeant. He was part of the Air Transfer Command. Mr. Holman was an airplane mechanic and worked on two of our former presidents aircrafts. Toward the end of Chet's service in the military he went overseas and served at Okinawa. Mr. Holman was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 1945.

After the war, Mr. Holman returned to Prineville and married Ina Hardenbrook. Together Chet and his wife lived at Los Alamos, N.M., where he worked for the University of California in its science lab. In 1960, Mr. Holman and his wife moved from New Mexico to Bonneville. In Oregon Chet worked for the Army Corps of Engineers. Chet put time in at both the Bonneville and The Dalles dams as a machinist. The couple moved to Hood River in 1965 where they had lived since.

Chet enjoyed hunting and boating, but most of all he just loved to spend time with his family no matter what they were doing.

Survivors include his wife, Ina Holman of Hood River; sons, Phillip Holman of Washougal, Wash., and Richard and his wife, Vikki Long Holman. of Albuquerque, N.M.; daughters, Sheila Holman of Haines, and Juli and her husband, Ken Twidwell, of The Dalles; grandchildren, Stephani and Ranay Twidwell and James, Erika, Christine, Sidney, Allison and Hannah Holman.

Mr. Holman was preceded in death by his son, Sidney Holman.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Crook County Historical Society through Anderson's Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

Dorothy A. Renz

Dorothy Annette Saunders Renz, 76, a former Baker County resident, died Sept. 22, 2002, at Ashley Manor Care Center in Redmond.

Her graveside memorial service will be Saturday, Sept. 28, at 1 p.m. at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Dennis Hickman of First Lutheran Church will officiate. Disposition will be by cremation.

A reception will follow at the Sumpter Junction Restaurant.

Dorothy was born in New Bridge on March 25, 1926, to Merritt and Eva Saunders. She lived with her parents, and two younger brothers, Stan and Bud, on a beautiful ranch in Richland for the next 18 years.

Dorothy lived her life as a kind and gentle person. She never met a stranger, ate chocolate at every opportunity, and was always ready for the next adventure. Her laugh and smile will be carried in the hearts of all who knew her.

Dorothy was valedictorian of her graduating class at Eagle Valley High School. She was very proud of her achievement and often shared her pride with her son and daughter as she encouraged them to pursue a quality education. Following her high school graduation, she left Richland for Yakima, Wash., to attend business college. She worked in a local movie theater while attending school, one of those adventures about which she liked to reminisce.

Dorothy moved back to Baker and married Howard Donald Renz in 1947. Dorothy and Don had two children, Lynn and Mike. Don passed away in 1993.

Dorothy used her business college training and secured positions of responsibility with the State of Oregon Highway Department, the Pine-Eagle School district and the job she loved best, caseworker for the State of Oregon Social Services Department. Dorothy was always happiest when she could help others.

The musical talent, famous in the Saunders family, didn't skip Dorothy. She played the violin, loved to sing in community choirs, and always sang along when any music was playing.

Dorothy is survived by her children, Mike Renz and Lynn Renz Brogan; and two granddaughters, Hillary and Megan.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Redmond, Sisters and Grant County Chapter, in care of Gray's West & Company, P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

‘Fritz' Clapp

Katheryn Frances "Fritz" Clapp, 80, died Thursday, September 19, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

Her graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Lura Kidner-Miesen of the United Methodist Church will officiate. Visitations will be Tuesday until 7 o'clock tonight at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St.

Mrs. Clapp was born Nov. 30, 1921, to Walter and Orpha Kelley Shryack at Eagle, Colo. She had one brother, Jack Shryack. The family moved to Haines in 1937 from Melba, Idaho. She attended grade school and freshman year at Melba, graduating in Haines in 1940.

She joined Weiss Brothers Furniture from 1942 to 1946. On April 2, 1946, she married Eldon Clapp at Pendleton. During a period in 1946, she worked at Ryder Brothers for Bob Bratt.

In 1947, they moved to Rapid City, S.D., where she worked at Dureks Furniture from 1947 through 1949. She demonstrated with sales, window displays, color coordinator and drapery measurements traveling in western South Dakota and Wyoming.

She moved with her husband, Eldon, to Paterson Air Force Base at Colorado Springs, Colo.; March AFB, Riverside, Calif.; Elmendorf AFB, Anchorage, Alaska; McClellan AFB, Sacramento, Calif., and Paine AFB, Everett, Wash.

In 1992, they moved to Baker City to help care for her mother, Orpha, until she died in 1996. During their married life they were know by close friends as Fritz and Ec.

Survivors include her husband Eldon of Baker City; her brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Betty Shryack of Spokane, Wash.; a nephew, Jan Shryack, and special friend, Tina, of Spokane, Wash.; a niece, Barbara Smith, and her husband, Mike, of Colbert, Wash.; and sister-in-law, Shirley Clapp of Baker City.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eastern Oregon Museum through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.