Obituaries for the week of Feb. 9 to Feb. 13

February 13, 2004 12:00 am

Barney Kilborn

Barney E. Kilborn, 85, of Baker City died Feb. 7, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

At his request, there will be no service.

Barney was born to Lloyd and Ethel Knowles Kilborn at Weiser, Idaho, on June 10, 1918. He was raised in the Weiser area. Growing up in the Snake River Basin, he developed a long-term love of hunting and outdoor activities.

During World War II, Barney worked on the railroad, which eventually brought him to Eastern Oregon where he lived in the La Grande area. In 1946, Barney married and moved to Redmond where he raised his family. In 1992, he returned to Eastern Oregon, settling in the Baker City area.

Barney worked as a heavy construction mechanic/welder. He worked as the project manager for two large dams in Oregon: Lake Billy Chinook and Blue River Reservoir.

In addition to hunting, Barney enjoyed camping, fishing and boating. He had been a member of the Operating Engineer Association, Local 701 Union, since 1963.

Survivors include his two children, Chris, and her husband, Tom Van Camp of Brookings and Gary Kilborn of St. Helens; seven grandchildren, Jake and Lacey Kilborn of La Grande, Kaleb, Damien and Colby Van Camp of Brookings and Melissa and Gregory Kilborn of St. Helens.

He was preceded in death by his oldest son, Terry Kilborn.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association through Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Joseph Meier

Joseph Henry Meier, 74, a former Baker City resident who purchased Leo Adler's magazine and book wholesale distributorship in 1977, died Feb. 6, 2004, at Portland after suffering a massive stroke related to Alzheimer's disease.

His funeral was today at Tualatin.

Mr. Meier was born on Aug. 15, 1929, in the home of his grandparents' in the then-rural Gardenville section of northeast Baltimore. He was the oldest of four children of the late Catherine Ann Worline Meier and Joseph William Meier.

He grew up helping his grandfather work his farm, including work with a team of horses. Part of that farm was later sold to the city and became Radecke Park.

"After those early years of experience from working the farm, Joe decided to pursue a new career in sales," said his brother, Robert H. Meier of Monkton, Md. "His first job in a lifelong sales career was distributing "Liberty Magazine" within the local Gardenville area when he was just 12 years old. He then moved on to delivering the Baltimore News Post."

Mr. Meier graduated from Polytechnic Institute in the early 1950s and went on to join the Maryland Air National Guard. He served eight years at the guard's home base at Harbor Field, the present Dundalk Marine Terminal, prior to the Maryland Air National Guard's move to its present location at Martin State Airport. He earned a degree in history from Loyola College at Baltimore.

"Joe met the love of his life, Ellen Patricia "Pat" Fogarty, at a local dance when he was 19, and they married in 1955," his brother said. She became his confidante and best friend for the rest of his life.

Mr. Meier then continued his career in sales and followed in the footsteps of his father, a career milk deliveryman, first with Koontz Creamery and later with Sealtest Dairy.

"After a few years, Joe decided that milk was not going to be the provider for his long-term objectives," his brother said. "He left the milk route business and went on to bigger and better things.

"After a few years selling for Johnson & Johnson, selling Band-Aids and likes, up and down the East Coast, he returned to his roots in publication distribution, and joined Time Inc.," his brother said.

In 1969, Mr. Meier transferred to a Time Inc. office in New York City and relocated his young family to Wilton, Conn. During his stay in the New York area, he worked for several publishing companies and traveled the country extensively calling on magazine wholesalers and retailers. He later returned to Time Inc. as an executive vice president, where he was instrumental in the newsstand launch of "People" magazine.

In 1977, Mr. Meier realized his entrepreneurial dreams when he moved his family West and purchased Leo Adler's company. The business grew and eventually served retailers in more than seven Western states.

In 1984, Mr. Meier and two friends purchased a similar business in Corvallis. Later, he merged the two companies into INCOR Periodicals Inc., a multi-million dollar distributorship. He retired in 2000, having earned a stellar reputation for innovation and integrity throughout the publications distribution industry.

Mr. Meier was beloved by his children as a great family man, and was known for his humor and storytelling. He loved traveling, woodworking, golfing, gardening and photographing his grandchildren. He read extensively and acquired a large history library.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Ellen "Pat" Fogarty Meier; and their four children, Mary Patricia Cieri of Redding, Conn., Joseph M. Meier of Boise, Timothy Meier of Portland and Kathleen Flores of Lancaster, Pa., and their spouses; seven grandchildren; a sister, Margaret M. Rolfes and two brothers, William J. and Robert H. Meier, all of Baltimore County; and many relatives and friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association at 1311 N.W. 21st Ave., Portland, OR 97209.

Kyle Kennison

Kyle Blake Kennison, 51, of Hermiston, a former Baker City resident, died Feb. 4, 2004, at Oregon Health Sciences University Hospital in Portland.

His memorial service was Monday at the Hermiston High School gymnasium. There was a private family graveside service at the Hermiston Cemetery.

Mr. Kennsion was born on Sept. 30, 1952, at La Grande to Harry and Mary Jackson Kennison. He was raised at Wallowa, Pilot Rock, Omak, Wash., and Baker City. He was a 1971 Baker High School graduate.

Kyle than attended the University of Idaho at Moscow where he was a student athlete, competing in track. He graduated with a double major, bachelor's degrees in sociology and education, in 1975.

Kyle taught school at Middleton, Idaho, from 1976 to 1979 when he moved to Hermiston. He taught government and economics classes as well as coaching track. He also was an assistant football coach and Key Club adviser for many years.

He served as the head track coach through the spring of 2001. Kyle married Dawn Voll on July 28, 1995, in the Cook Islands.

Kyle was very active in the community. He ran the swimming pool for many years, established the youth track program and the Track Officials Federation and was a member of the Bulldog Booster Club.

He was also a member of the oregon Athletic Coaches Association, and a University of Idaho Alumni member. He enjoyed sports, exercise, cars, traveling, music and working with the youth track program. He had great pride in watching his daughter, Kali, swim competitively, and his daughter, Shay, dance.

Survivors include his wife, Dawn Kennison of Hermiston; daughter, Kali Frisbee of Eagle, Idaho, and Shay Kennison of Hermiston; parents, Harry and Mary Kennison of Salem; a brother, Gary Miller of Bend; a sister, Kara Kennison of Vancouver, Wash.; and two granddaughters, Emily and Megan Frisbee.

He was preceded in death by an infant sister, Janine Kennison.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kyle Kennison Scholarship Fund through Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, P.O. Box 289, Hermiston, OR 97838.

‘Tim' Martin

Timothy D. "Tim" Martin, 40, a lifelong Baker City resident, died Feb. 6, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

His graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Ed Niswender of Calvary Baptist Church will officiate. Visitations will be until 7 o'clock tonight at Coles Funeral Home.

Tim was born on March 11, 1963, in Baker City to Robert R. and Lezetta Pridgen Martin. He was raised and educated in Baker City. Tim was a very loving son and brother and enjoyed taking care of his mother. He had a great love for animals and enjoyed being around little children. He also enjoyed music and fishing.

Survivors include his mother, Lezetta Martin of Baker City; brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard and Judy Martin of Hillsboro, Keith and Janet Martin of Baker City, and Rodney and Brenda Martin of Baker City; sister and brother-in-law, Pam and Cal Cantrell of La Grande; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert; sister, Karen; and an infant brother, Kenneth.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association through the Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Baker City, OR 97814.