Obituaries for Jan. 26 to Jan. 30

January 30, 2004 12:00 am

Ruth Woodcock

Ruth F. Woodcock, 86, of Baker City died Jan. 22, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center.

Her memorial service was at 11 a.m. today at Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel. Sister Kay Marie Duncan of Pathway Hospice officiated. There was a reception afterward at the home of Woody and LaVelle Woodcock.

Ruth was born Aug. 31, 1917, at Weatherby to Charles and Martha Meyers Metsker. She lived her entire life in Baker County except for a period during World War II when the family lived at Vancouver, Wash. She married Sam Woodcock in June of 1936.

One of her greatest joys was helping people anytime help was needed. Family gatherings were also very special times for her. Ruth was a member of the Rebekah Lodge and the Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband Sam, who died on Aug. 26, 1966; her parents; a sister, Edith; brothers Carl, Earl, Lester, and George; and an infant son, Alfred.

She is survived by two sons, Woody Woodcock and his wife, LaVelle, and Bob Woodcock and his wife, Pam, all of Baker City; two daughters, Marjorie Anderson and her husband, Andy, of Park River, N.D., and Alpha Silver and Daryl Schuchardt of Baker City; grandchildren, Stan and Wendy Woodcock of Prescott, Ariz., Scott Woodcock of Nampa, Idaho, Steve and Janell Woodcock of Salem, Aisha and Brian Bushek of Molalla, and Melody Woodcock of Baker City; great-grandchildren, Clay, Nathan, Danny, and Tyler Woodcock and Clarissa Bushek; step-grandchildren, Mark Patrick, Michelle Bergener, and Monica Patrick and seven step great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pathway Hospice through Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Avis Wilson

Avis Elaine Wilson, 89, of Pendleton, a former Baker County resident, died Jan. 22, 2004.

There will be no service. She will be buried next to her husband at the Eagle Valley Cemetery in Richland.

Avis was raised at Austin and then moved to Eagle Valley. She married Elton Macy Wilson at Baker City on Jan. 15, 1934. They moved to La Grande in 1944 and lived there for many years.

They moved to Pendleton in 1985. Mr. Wilson died on April 30, 1996. Avis then made her home with her daughter and son-in-law, Darla and Mario Zubiria, until her death.

She enjoyed reading and was a life member of the Eastern Star, which she served as past matron. She was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Survivors include her daughters, Darla Zubiria and her husband, Mario, of Pendleton and Paula Pulver of Everett, Wash.; grandchildren, Lisa Hamilton and Tony Zubiria, both of Pendleton, Charlie Pulver of Lompoc, Calif., and Laura E. Abel of Everett, Calif.; and seven great-grandchildren.

Bishop Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Chuck Gordon

Charles "Chuck" Gordon, 80, former manager of First Interstate Bank in Baker City, died Jan. 23, 2004, at his home in Grants Pass.

His graveside service is pending.

He was born on Oct. 20, 1923. He was the adopted son of Mina and Charles Gordon Sr.

Charles married Lucille Pool at Grants Pass in 1946. They had two children, Rita and Brad; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Glen Hylton

Glen L. Hylton, 78, of Baker City died Jan. 24, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Care Center.

The date of his memorial service will be announced later.

Mr. Hylton was born on Dec. 3, 1925, at Enterprise to Alex and Susie Wakefield Hylton. He was raised in La Grande and attended school in the area until he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served during World War II in the Asiatic-Pacific from 1943 to 1946.

During his time in La Grande, he met the love of his life, Dorothy Mae Fihn. They were married on Dec. 15, 1946, at the First Christian Church in La Grande. The couple started their life together at Astoria.

Glen was employed by Pacific Northwest Bell Co. as a lineman. The couple had two children: a son, William Glen "Bill"; and a daughter, Glenda Mae. The family transferred to Baker City in 1951.

Glen stayed with Pacific Northwest Bell Co. and became an installation and repair technician in 1954. He worked in the position until his retirement in 1982.

The Hyltons enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting and RVing. Glen also loved woodworking, projects around his home, working in the yard and being with his family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all who loved and knew him.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Dorothy; his daughter, Glenda of Baker City; sisters, Doris and her husband, Lee Biser, and Leona Ward, and brother-in-law, Bob Johnston, all of Boise, and Bettie and her husband, Jim Bramer, of Fresno, Calif.; four grandchildren, Ryan, Tracy and Erica, all of Baker City, and Mindi and her husband, Peter Hallett, of San Jose, Calif.; daughter-in-law, Nikki, and her husband, Russ Rankin, of Baker City; and several nieces and nephews.

Glen was preceded in death by his beloved son, Bill; his parents; a sister, Wilma; nephews, Terry Barstow and Rod Markum; and numerous aunts and uncles.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post No. 3048, of Baker City and The Telephone Pioneers of America.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, the American Alzheimer's Association, the Eastern Oregon Chapter of the American Diabetes Association or the Oregon Humane Society through Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Gina Specht

Gina Dawn Specht, 36, died Jan. 21, 2004.

There was a gathering in her memory on Jan. 21, 2004, at the Milwaukie foster home where she lived.

Ms. Specht was born Oct. 8, 1962, in the Seattle, Wash., area. She lived in the Albertina Kerr Centers in the Portland metro area from 1978 to 2001. At that time she moved to an adult foster home in Milwaukie. She sorted mailings for the Edwards Vocational Center at Milwaukie.

Her adopted mother, Lorraine Brown, had lived in the Baker City area. She died in November of 2003.

Survivors include her brother Henry; and caregiver, Manuela Mann.

Stehn's Milwaukie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. More information is available by calling the funeral home at 503-654-7717.

Darlene Robbins

Darlene Emma Robbins, 71, a longtime Baker City resident, died Jan. 26, 2004, at Baker City after a lengthy illness.

Her memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. The Rev. Ron Kratzer will officiate. Inurnment will be later at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Mrs. Robbins was born Sept. 13, 1932, at Bentonville, Ark., to Austin and Grace Robbins. She moved in 1936 at the age of 4 from Nebraska to Ontario. She was a 1950 graduate of Ontario High School. She met her future husband while attending the Methodist Church Camp at Wallowa Lake.

She married Llewellyn Leroy Robbins on Aug. 26, 1951, at Nyssa. They had many things in common, including the same last name, though they were not related. They moved to Corvallis where Llewellyn attended Oregon State University majoring in vocational agriculture. Darlene worked as a telephone operator in Ontario and Corvallis.

In 1954, they moved to Heppner, where Llewellyn accepted his first teaching position. In 1961, they moved to Baker City, where they purchased a farm on Pocahontas Road and Llewellyn continued to teach at Baker High School.

Darlene worked for and became the manager of Montgomery Wards until 1985 when the couple purchased the franchise. When Montgomery Wards closed all the franchise businesses, they opened Robbins Arrow and continued in the retail business until 1994 when they both officially retired.

After retirement, they went to the Ukraine as lay missionaries in 1998 with a group from the Church of the Nazarene to help restore an educational unit. They loved to travel and took many trips to various parts of the United States.

They went on several cruises, one of which was a 50th wedding anniversary gift to the Panama Canal in 2001. They visited other islands along the way. Other interests included embroidery, cake decorating, playing pinochle with friends, camping, fishing, hunting, watching the birds feed out their front window, and supporting her grandchildren by attending various activities.

Survivors include her husband, Llewellyn Robbins; daughters and sons-in-law, Ree Ella and Carsten von Borstel of Grass Valley and De Ette and Vern Stofleth of Lakeview; son and daughter-in-law, Denzil and Kathy Robbins of Baker City; son, Perry Robbins, and Connie Whitney of Burns; grandchildren, Bernadette, Seth and Lindsay, Noah von Borstel, Kristopher and Maranda, Brandon, Lauren, Kassie Robbins, Kelsey, Katie Stofleth, and Brittany, Miranda, Bradley Robbins; great-grandchildren, Breck von Borstel and Alivia Robbins; sister, Ione Wells of Nampa, Idaho; brother and sister-in-law, Brock and Ruth Robbins of Cambridge, Idaho; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law of Nyssa, Norvelle and Betty Robbins and Merildean and Winona Robbins; special uncle, Delbert Viken; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many close friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Austin and Grace Robbins; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Leicester "Les" and Inga Robbins; and brother-in-law, Elbert Wells.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pathway Hospice, Baker City Nazarene Church Work and Witness Program, or a charity of one's choice through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

‘Chuck' Kenworthy

Charles Ray "Chuck" Kenworthy, 33, of Payette, Idaho, died Jan. 25, 2004, at Holy Rosary Medical Center in Ontario.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 2 p.m. MST Tuesday at Holy Family Catholic Church, 1212 First Ave. S., in Payette. Celebrant will be the Rev. Calvin Blankinship. Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery in Payette. Visitations will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. MST Monday at Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel in Payette. There will be a vigil service at 7 p.m. MST Monday at Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel at Payette.

Charles was born on Oct. 5, 1970, at Burley, Idaho. His parents are Joan and Dan Ledington and Larry Kenworthy.

He met Mary Upmeyer in grade school. They had known each other for most of their lives. They were married on Aug. 10, 1990, at Payette.

Charles was a loving father and husband. He was devoted to his children's activities and helped coach them in their sports. He enjoyed fishing, art and tinkering with electronics. He was a member of the Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus, 3rd Degree Knight.

Survivors also include his wife of 13 years, Mary Kenworthy, of Payette; two children, Dennis and Amanda; three brothers, Daniel Kenworthy and his wife, Wanda, of Nyssa, Robert Kenworthy and his wife, Kelly, of Baker City, and Matthew Kenworthy of Payette; two brothers-in-laws, J. R. Upmeyer and his wife, Joan, of Harrison, Mont., and M. Justin Upmeyer of Old Town, Idaho; his grandmother, Anne Hoyt, of Caldwell; grandparents, Robert and Irma Ledington of Payette, and Mike and Norma Upmeyer of Baker City; and many aunts and uncles and nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his Hoyt grandparents; and Uncle Norman and Aunt Jean.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Knights of Columbus Anti-Abortion Foundation or any program for mentally challenged children through Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, P.O. Box 730, Payette, Idaho 83661.