Obituaries for June 7 to June 11, 2004

June 10, 2004 11:00 pm

Roy Robinson

Roy Rodney Robinson, 62, a former Baker City resident, died May 29, 2004, in Richardson, Texas.

His memorial service will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. in Baker City. Pastor Ralph Holcomb will officiate.

Roy was born Feb. 26, 1942, in Pryor, Okla., a son of Lois and Walter Robinson. He worked in construction, spending 14 years in underground construction working for such construction companies as Morrison-Knudson and Peter Kewitt. Some of the projects that he worked on were the Washington Tunnel, second power plant at Grand Coulee Dam and the Alaskan Pipeline.

In 1980, he trained as an electronic technician. He worked at OECO in Milwaukie, Ore., for eight years. He was self-taught as a computer technician, starting back in DOS 3.0 days through Windows XP. He was self-employed.

He is survived by his wife, Paula, of Richardson; his mother, Lois Robinson of Baker City; brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Dianne Robinson of Pendleton; sisters, Ann Colton and her husband, Don, of Baker City, and Kathy Van Doren of Portland; and his sons, Theodore Robinson of Hillsboro and Roy R. Robinson, Jr., (Robbie) of Moberly, Mo.

Contributions in Mr. Robinson's memory may be directed to the American Cancer Society in care of Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

‘Junior' Gilliland

Harold "Junior" Gilliland, 73, a longtime Baker City resident, died June 8, 2004, at his niece's home near Baker City.

His funeral will be Monday, June 14 at 2 p.m. at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Pastor Roger Scovil of the Baker City Christian Church will officiate. Vault interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitations will be Friday until 5 p.m. and Monday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

Junior was born Jan. 21, 1931, in North Platte, Neb. He was the son of George and Clara (Yates) Gilliland. Junior and his family moved to Baker City in 1939. He attended school in Baker City. He went to work in the woods at age 17. Later in life, he worked for the Union Pacific Railroad, on the extra gang, for more than 25 years. He traveled with his crew and worked in Oregon and Washington until he retired in 1990 after an accident. He moved into the home of his niece, Bonnie Gentry, and her husband, Homer, in 1996.

Junior will be remembered by how he enjoyed taking pictures of people he met and riding his bicycle around town. He will be missed.

Junior is survived by his nieces, June Marie Coller of Hermiston and Bonnie Gentry and her husband, Homer, of Baker City; his nephews, K.C. Gilliland of Baker City and William R. Gilliland and his wife, Nancy, of Waldport; special friends, Ed and Virginia Bunschus of Mount Vernon; and numerous great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Bertha Clayton; and brothers, William Ivan, Vernon W. and James C. Gilliland.

Contributions in Mr. Gilliland's memory may be directed to the American Heart Association in care of Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Alford Allen

Alford B. Allen, 75, of Baker City, died May 4, 2004, surrounded by loving family members at the home of his eldest son, John, in Kennewick, Wash., after a long battle with cancer.

At Al's request, no official services will be held, but his ashes will be placed beside his loving wife Dora's side at Mount Hope Cemetery on Saturday at 3 p.m. Friends and family are welcome to attend.

Al was born at Washington, Ind., on July 23, 1929; however, in 1945 he spent two weeks convincing the county clerk to change his birth records to indicate he was born in 1928 so that he could enlist during World War II.

While in the Navy, in addition to performing duties as an electrician's mate, he was a member of a Navy boxing team and was known for his fierce left hook, winning all of his bouts by knockout.

Toward the end of his service he was stationed in Astoria, where he met Dora R. Long. They fell in love, were married, and moved to Baker City. They had three children, John, Mike, and Teresa.

Al lived in Baker for about 50 years. During that time, he had numerous jobs as a ranch hand, a logger, a truck driver, and a diesel mechanic. He was a hard worker and was well respected by those with whom he worked and was always ready to lend a hand when others needed help.

In recent years, he was a familiar sight riding a three wheeler and removing snow from sidewalks around his neighborhood along with long time friend Bill Pilcher.

He was a member of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Eagles Lodge.

He was preceded in death by his wife, "Dodie"; his son, Mike; his parents; his brother, Jim, and sisters, Wilma and Shirley.

Al is survived by "his lady" and special friend Jan LeGrande; his son, John, and daughter-in-law, Lynne; grandchildren, Heidi and Travis; daughter, Teresa Watson and son-in-law, Wes, and granddaughter Britney, of Portland; his son Mike's children, Michelle and Ryan; three brothers, Doug, George and Dan, all of Indiana, and his sister, Suzie, of Florida.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, which promotes cancer prevention and research, continuing the fight for a cancer cure.

Hope Morin

Hope Diana Marie Morin, infant daughter of Jason and Heather Morin, formerly of Baker City, died June 4, 2004, in Boise.

She was born May 27, 2004, in Boise.

Though she was little and only with us briefly, she will always be a big part of our heart.

Her graveside funeral was this afternoon at Mount Hope Cemetery. Brother Watson officiated.

Survivors include her parents, Jason and Heather Morin of Ontario; her brothers, Ian, Drew, and Cole; her aunt, Kelly Exferd of Payette, Idaho; two cousins, Madison and Kendall; grandparents, Arlene Williams of Boise and Arnold Morin of Payette, and John and Diane Trimmer of Pawnee Rock, Kan.; great-grandparents, Bill Patterson of Oak Harbor, Wash., and Gerald and Helena Dixon of Great Bend, Kan; along with extended family members in both Baker County and Barton Co., Kan.

Hope was preceded in death by her great-grandparents, Lola Patterson, Alice Hatchel and Vernell Morin; and a sister, Faith Morin.

Memorial contributions can be made to the St. Luke's N.I.C.U. in care of Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Carl Hensley

Carl Edward Hensley, 91, of Baker City, died June 4, 2004, at his home.

At his request there will be no services. Disposition was by cremation.

Mr. Hensley was born April 13, 1913, in New Bridge, a son of Beal Lewis and Iona (Graven) Hensley.

He received his education in Arizona and in New Bridge. He spent his years in Baker County, working as an equipment operator. Mr. Hensley helped build the Standard Station and Richfield Station in Halfway. He enjoyed reading and mining.

Mr. Hensley is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Virgil and Alice Hensley of Baker City; and by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Charles Hensley; and a sister, Esther Hensley Holcomb.

Contributions in Mr. Hensley's memory may be made to The Salvation Army through the Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

‘Fran' Marvin

Frances E. "Fran" Marvin, 79, a longtime Baker City resident, died June 5, 2004, at her home.

A memorial Mass will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets in Baker City. Rev. Robert C. Irwin will celebrate the Mass. Following the services everyone is invited to the Parish Hall at the church for a luncheon.

Mrs. Marvin was born June 30, 1924, at Sturgis, S.D., the daughter of Carl Melvin and Lida Elizabeth (Sheldon) Lungberg. In 1943 she graduated from high school in St. Helens. She married Gilbert "Gib" Marvin in St. Helens on Sept. 4, 1948.

Mrs. Marvin worked for the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest in budget and finance, retiring in 1986. She also worked for Pioneer Bank part-time, retiring in January 2004.

She is survived by her husband Gib Marvin of Baker City; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Sharlene Marvin of Clackamas; daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Gordon Eichman of Centennial, Colo.; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; a sister, Bess Riggs of St. Helens; a brother, Tim Lungberg of St. Helens; sisters and brothers-in-law, Violet and Robert Hoyt of Longview, Wash., and Donna and Bill Goodwin of St. Helens; a brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Marilyn Lungberg of Puyallup, Wash.; and by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Sally and Dorothy; and by a brother, Carl.

Contributions in her memory may be made to Pathway Hospice through the Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Juanita Durrett

Juanita Koopman Durrett, 84, of Baker City, died June 4, 2004, at Settlers Park.

A memorial graveside service will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. Pastor Samuel Wiseman of Faith Lutheran Church in La Grande will officiate.

Juanita was born in Pine Valley on July 6, 1919. She married Milford "Mel" Durrett, also of Pine Valley.

Juanita loved Jesus and was strong in her faith. She was a member of Lutheran Church of Faith in La Grande. She enjoyed her time at Home League and her friends at the Salvation Army.

She was a member of the Eastern Star. She was an accomplished seamstress and served for Macy's Department Store. She made many beautiful formals, tailored suits for her son and family wedding dresses. She knitted coats, baby clothes, sweaters and much more. She will be missed by all who loved her. She asked that there be "no sad tears for me."

She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years; their two infant sons, Melvin and Gary; her parents, Henry and Georgia Koopman; two sisters, Donna Higgins and Maxine Carnell, and her daughter-in-law, Shirley Durrett.

Juanita is survived by her son Douglas Durrett of California; a daughter, Melva, and son-in-law Rod Knutson of Montana; four grandsons, David and Todd Knutson of Montana, Mark Knutson of Oregon and Jason Durrett of California; seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson, and her very caring niece, LaRay Violette, of Baker.

Memorial contributions can be made to Pathway Hospice in care of Gray's West & Company, P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.