Obituaries for the week of May 10 to May 14

May 14, 2004 12:00 am

Gary Grace

Gary Dean Grace, 52, of Halfway died April 26, 2004, at Las Vegas, Nev., from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident outside Kingman, Ariz., on April 22, 2004.

There will be a celebration of life memorial service at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Lions Club Park in Halfway. Friends are invited to a potluck at the Lions Club after the service.

Gary was born on April 4, 1952, at Biloxi, Miss., to Lowell and Bonnie Lindsay Grace. His father was in the U.S. Air Force, stationed at Keesler Air Force Base at the time.

Gary grew up in many different areas of the country and overseas, due to his father's Air Force career. The time he loved most was in Alabama learning to hunt and fish in the rural area around Millbrook during his middle school and early high school years.

Gary graduated from Warner High School at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines in 1970, but received his diploma from Huntington Beach High back in California. He returned to the United States to work. Later in 1970, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force himself.

Father and son were in the armed services at the same time. Gary enlisted and was sent to Lachland Air Force base in Texas as his father, Lowell, was retiring from Clark Air Force Base.

Gary's avionics training was done at Chanute in Chicago. He spent some time at March Air Force Base in California and Keesler Air Force base in Mississippi — having come full circle.

Gary served from 1970 to 1975 in the Air Force. He was based in Guam during the Vietnam War, maintaining F-4 fighter electronics as an avionics specialist and later worked at Bitburg in Germany. After leaving the service, he returned to California, where his parents had retired.

In 1976, he married Lee A. Meier. They had two sons: Michael Dean Grace and Jeremy James Grace. That marriage ended in 1997.

Gary went back to night school after the service to continue his education while he worked at various jobs in water treatment as well as power and utilities. Ultimately, he became an electronics specialist working for California Edison for 15 years.

When Edison deregulated, he was looking for a job. His uncle, Jack Lindsay, had worked for Idaho Power Co. for many years, and encouraged him to apply for a job in the Northwest. On June 29, 1998, he was offered the job of technician for Idaho Power and moved to Brownlee.

He received the job offer by phone while getting some job screening tests done at the Pine- Eagle Clinic. This place would later figure prominently in his life.

The Panhandle area was perfect for Gary, as he was an avid hunter and fisherman all his life. He loved shooting of all types, and did his own reloading.

At the time of his death, he was in the process of training a chocolate pointing Labrador by the name of "Harley" for bird hunting. He often said that moving up to Oregon was one of the best things he had ever done.

From the time he was 9 and talked his father into a Cushman scooter to deliver his papers on instead of a bicycle, Gary's passion was motorcycles. He rode anytime he could, for any reason or no reason at all.

He loved the saying, "Live to Ride, Ride to Live." He rode many bikes over the years, but had always dreamed of owning a Harley Davidson motorcycle. He bought a used red Sportster in early 1999, but found that with a peanut tank, crossing long desolate stretches was rather hazardous.

The dream of a new Harley came true in the form of a Cobalt Blue Dyna Glide on June 19, 1999. He put many thousands of miles on that bike, rain or shine — including talking Kate into riding pillion back to South Dakota for the Sturgis Rally in 2001. He did, however, buy her a new, more padded seat for her birthday before they went!

Gary met Kate Kossler as a patient at the Pine-Eagle Clinic. They were acquaintances first, then friends for several years before realizing they saw something special in each other.

They started dating and became engaged on July 1, 2001. He taught Kate and both her girls, Briana and Kirian, to ride motorcycles. He was so proud when they got their official motorcycle endorsements.

In February of 2002, Gary and Kate went to Boise to pick up a new back tire for the Dyna and found a new Softail Heritage Classic sitting on the floor at the Harley dealership. He wound up buying three tires that day.

He loved the sportiness of the Dyna, but as he was always thinking of someone else, he felt that Kate would be more comfortable riding two up on a larger tourer, even when he had concerns about "being able to reach the ground."

They spent many hours and miles riding together, including touring the Northwest, British Columbia and Alberta on their honeymoon. They were in the Southwest on vacation, planning to attend the Laughlin River run when the accident happened.

Gary and Kate were married on June 29, 2002, as Gary felt that June 29 was a day that good things happened to him. Many friends and family were there to share their joy, including Gary's sons and grandchildren, who Kate was meeting for the first time.

Gary and Kate believed that they had each found the love of the lives and were confirming that love before God and man. Gary was an active Christian, serving as a board member for many years at the Oxbow Christian Fellowship.

He was a life member of the North American Hunting Club, and a member of the National Rifle Association and of the Harley Owners Group. At the time of his death, he was looking into starting an Eastern Oregon chapter of the Black Sheep, an organization of Harley Davidson riders for Christ. He was also active with the Hells Canyon Junior Rodeo and Baker County Fair Board and Rodeo.

Gary was well-loved and respected by his family and those who knew him. He never had an unkind word to say to or about anyone. He will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his wife, Kate Grace; sons, Michael and Jeremy Grace; stepson, Ian R. Kossler; stepdaughters, Briana and Kirian Kossler; parents, Lowell and Bonnie Grace; sisters, Cherie Warr and Cindy Baker; brother, Jim Grace; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to U.S. Bank where a scholarship is being established in Gary's name.

‘Lil' Aman

Lillian Aman, 63, a longtime Richland resident, died May 9, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

Her memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Richland Christian Church. Gordon Bond will officiate. After the service, friends are invited to join the family for a potluck at the Richland Christian Church.

Lil, as she liked to be called, was born July 14, 1940, in the small farming town of Holloway, Minn., to Melvin F. "Ty" and Alice N. Clark. When she was a young girl, her parents moved to San Diego to find work, but she always remained a small-town farm girl.

In 1964 she met her soul mate and best friend, Curtis J. Aman. They were married in San Diego on July 8, 1965. In 1969, they moved to Oregon, first living on the coast and then moving to Richland in 1983.

She worked for Pine Eagle Co-op until it closed, and for Baker City Co-op Supply until she retired because of a back injury.

Lil loved the outdoors, especially fishing and camping on the Brownlee and Oxbow pools. When relaxing, she enjoyed crocheting and knitting. When she was with her family and friends she enjoyed playing board games and card games.

Lil loved life, her family and her God. She was an excellent wife, mother and friend. Lil will be deeply missed by all those who knew her and especially by her husband and family.

Survivors include her husband, Curt; a daughter and three sons and their spouses, Rick and Lyn Zick of Mountain Home, Idaho, Kimberly Chandler and her fianc, Lenny Weber, of Cove, Jeff and Susan Zick of Myrtle Point, and Curt and Colleen Aman of Emmett, Idaho; nine grandchildren, Joshua and Tai Chandler, Richard and Jason Zick, Shona and Jane Zick, and Amanda, Tabitha and Alex Aman; one great-grandchild, Seth Chandler; her mother, Alice N. Clark of San Diego; sisters, Michelle Johnston and her husband, Kevin, of San Diego, Juanita Wong and her husband, Mike, of Santee, Calif., and Melveen Quiroz of Lancaster, Calif.; one niece, four nephews and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her father, Melvin "Ty" Clark; a brother-in-law, Dennis Quiroz; and a nephew, Shawn LaVigne.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Richland Christian Church through Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543 Halfway, OR 97834.

Kurt Oldland

Kurt M. Oldland, 22, of Central Point, who spent time in Baker City with his aunt Sylva Zimmerman, died May 6, 2004, in a motorcycle accident at Central Point.

His memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at First Church of the Nazarene, 1974 E. McAndrews Road, Medford. There will be a reception afterward.

Kurt was born on May 27, 1981, at Medford to Jim and Linda Oldland. He attended Central Point schools and Rogue Valley Community College.

He was an enthusiastic history buff and loved geography. He represented Rogue Valley three times at the state Geography Bee.

He appreciated cars and building models and enjoyed science fiction. He and his dad enjoyed camping and fishing together on the Rogue and Deschutes rivers. He was a loving son and a good friend to many.

Survivors include his father, Jim L. Oldland and his wife, Susan Oldland; his mother, Linda J. Oldland; brothers, Lynn and Jerome; grandmothers, Frances Oldland and Dorothy Stephenson; an uncle, Gary Ray; aunts, Bethany McGuire and Sylva Zimmerman; cousins, Jaemi Howard, Steve Howard, Savannah Ray, Kiara Taylor and Logan Taylor; and many good friends.

He was preceded in death by his aunt, Kristen Oldland; and his grandfather, Len Oldland.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Compassionate Ministries, First Church of the Nazarene at Medford.

Barbara Monaghan

Barbara Jean Bowman Monaghan, 77, of Aurora, Ill., a former North Powder resident, died April 9, 2004, at her home surrounded by her devoted children and grandchildren.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. June 26, 2004, at Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church in Hermiston. Committal will be at the Hermiston Cemetery. There will be a celebration of Barbara's life immediately after the services. Her family and friends are invited to come and share in the commemoration of her life.

Barbara was born to Roland "Bill" and Vera Clarke Bowman on June 28, 1926, at Spokane, Wash., the second of their four children. The Bowman family moved to Bend, where Barbara attended school before moving to Salem where her father operated Bowman's Garage until his death in 1981.

Barbara was married on Dec. 19, 1943, at Salem, to Bernard R. Monaghan. They spent more than 40 happy years of their life together until Bernard's death in 1984.

Barbara was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt who will be deeply missed by her family and many friends. The most important part of Barbara's life was the love and care that she gave so freely to her family. She never knew a stranger.

Bernard and Barbara and their family moved to North Powder, in 1950 and to Hermiston in 1969. After Bernard's death, Barbara joined her daughters at Woodridge, Ill. She later moved to Somerset, N.J., where she lived until returning to Aurora, Ill. She had lived there for the past six years.

Barbara had dear friends across the country and touched many lives with her quick humor and ready smile. Her spirit of adventure and love of travel and learning was contagious.

She loved music and dancing, keeping the seasons by the wild birds migration, oak trees and butterflies. She loved the ocean, seashells, and exploring lighthouses along both coasts.

Survivors include her children, Judith Monaghan, Becky Monaghan Jones and her husband, Mike, of Pendleton, Michelle Monaghan Krumholz and her husband, Matt, of Oswego, Ill.; her son, James D. Monaghan, and his wife, Penny, of Aloha; grandchildren, Scottianne Rebmann, Jason Monaghan, Justin Monaghan, and Nathan Krumholz; great-grandchildren, Mariah and Mason Muth; and other relatives, Dorothy DeLapp, Debbie Becker, Rodney and Mary Monaghan, Pauline Monaghan, Woodrow Shockley, Jean Monaghan, Walt McCall, and her treasured nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard; her parents; her brother and close friend, Billy Bowman; Bud and Mary Cox, Keith Monaghan, Helen Shockley and Jean McCall; and nephews, Gene Bowman Cox, Maynard Cox, and Kevin DeLapp.

Alan Campbell

Alan C. Campbell, 52, died April 29, 2004, at Sacramento, Calif.

There will be a celebration of his life with a graveside service at Mount Hope Cemetery at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. Immediately afterward there will be a memorial celebration and luncheon at the Baker City Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane. Pastors Jon Privett, and Lennie Spooner will officiate.

Alan was born on Nov. 7, 1951, at Baker City to Roland and Irene Campbell. He attended school in Baker City, and was a 1970 Baker High School graduate.

He attended Northwest Christian College for one year at Eugene. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army. During his four years of service he attained the rank of sergeant and was accepted into the newly formed 2nd Ranger Battalion.

After his military service, Alan attended Eastern Oregon University at La Grande. He graduated cum laude in 1982 with a bachelor's degree in English.

He studied law at the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, and was a member of the Trainor Honor Society. He graduated with distinction, received his Juris Doctor degree in 1985 and was admitted to the California bar that year.

He had also been admitted to the federal district courts for the southern and eastern districts of California, and to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In 1991, he joined the office of the County Counsel for Sacramento County. He represented the county Regional Sanitation District and Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency.

As a youth he was a member of Boy Scout Troop 444 in Baker City, and as a parent he spent many hours with his son in Troop 118 of Elk Grove, Calif. He will be known for his kindness, integrity, reliability, strong work ethic, wonderful sense of humor, and his love of the Lord, and seeking to know him better. He was a devoted father, loving to his family, and dedicated to his country.

Survivors include his son, Matthew, and his wife, Jacqueline, of Elk Grove, Calif.; his parents, Roland and Irene Campbell of Baker City; three sisters, Nancy Campbell of Seattle, Wash., Diane Buchanan and her husband, Dave, of Yakima, Wash., and Jeanine Carey and her husband, Chuck, of Baker City; one brother, Lyle Campbell, of Sacramento, Calif.; three nieces, Maureen Boisselle, Katie Shamion, and Michelle Betts; five nephews, Nick Carey, Daniel Campbell, and David, Samuel, and Josh Buchanan; two great-nieces and two great-nephews and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

His specific wish was to be buried in Baker City.

Memorial contributions may be made to the 75th Ranger Battalion, Boy Scouts, or to the Baker City Church of the Nazarene through Grays West and Co.y Pioneer Chapel, P.O Box 726 Baker City, OR 97814.

‘Dash' Lay

Deshler Coleman "Dash" Lay, 91, a former longtime Baker City resident, died April 27, 2004, at Farmington Square, an assisted care center in Medford.

His graveside service was April 30, at the Mountain View Cemetery in Ashland. Chaplain Paul Hagedorn, of the Providence Hospital Hospice Unit officiated.

Dash was born on June 1, 1912, to Joseph and Katie Lay, a pioneering Union County farm family. He spent most of his childhood on the family farm in "The Park," a pristine area of woods, springs and fields in the Beagle Creek drainage, just north of Medical Springs.

He attended a neighborhood grade school, and high schools in Union and Baker City, graduating from Baker High School.

On Christmas Eve of 1933, Dash married Myrtle Inman of Payette, Idaho. After a few years of farming in Union and Baker counties, the couple moved to Haines, where he was employed as parts manager for the Haines Commercial Equipment Co. In 1956, Dash and Myrtle moved to Baker City, where he became employed as stock manager for Levinger's Rexall Drug Store, remaining there until retirement.

In September 2002, Dash and Myrtle moved from Baker City to Medford to be near their only child, Kerry Lay, and his wife, Janice, who are longtime Ashland residents.

Dash was a master carpenter and woodworker, who particularly enjoyed using a lathe to make decorative household items. He was also an avid gardener, and he enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. Dash embodied the terms "friend" and "neighbor." He was always very well-liked and appreciated for his generosity, helpful nature and sense of humor. He was hard-working, a kind and loving husband, father and grandfather, and a wonderful provider to his family. Everyone who has been touched by Dash will feel a great loss.

Dash and Myrtle resided at Fountain Plaza retirement community until Mr. Lay's health recently required his transfer to the nearby Farmington Square. The couple celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary this past Christmas Eve.

Survivors include his wife, Myrtle; their son, Kerry, and his wife, Janice; grandchildren, Geoffrey Lay of Tualatin, Bradley Lay, of Phoenix, Ariz., and Christopher Lay of Glendale, Ariz.; sisters, Gay Lerwill of Redding, Calif., and Errolo Burford of College Place, Wash.; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and four brothers.

Myrtle will continue to reside at Fountain Plaza in Medford. She asks that memorial contributions be made to any charity of choice, but particularly recommends the Providence Hospital Hospice Unit in Medford.

Betty Lethlean

Betty E. Lethlean, 79, a long-time Baker City resident, died May 5, 2004, at her daughter's home.

Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Baker City Christian Church, 2998 Eighth St. Pastor Roger Scovil will officiate. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitations will be until 7 p.m. tonight at Coles Funeral Home.

Betty was born on Nov. 21, 1924, at St. Louis, Mo. She was a daughter of Gordon and Esmerilda Tippett Bennett. She married William Ivan Gilliland and they moved to Baker City in 1944. He was killed in a logging accident in 1960.

In September 1965, she married Carl "Bill" Lethlean at Prineville. In 1972, they moved to Roseburg, where they lived until Bill retired. They then moved to Waldport, before returning to Baker City in 1991 where they made their home together until his death in 1998.

Betty loved gardening and being outdoors. She enjoyed being with her family and reading. She was a member of Baker City Christian Church.

Survivors include her children, Bonnie Jean Gentry, and her husband, Homer, of Haines, William R. Gilliland and his wife, Nancy, of Waldport, Kenneth "K.C." Gilliland of Pendleton, and June Marie Coller of Hermiston; stepchildren, Merle L. Lethlean and Gary Wallace Lethlean of Newport; brother and sister-in-law, Burton and Mescal Paine of Hermiston; sister, Donna Moore of Washington; 16 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren; and special friends, Mary and Don Plumber of Richland and Alfred and Elenor Glenn of Boise; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husbands, William Gilliland and Carl "Bill" Lethlean.

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