Obituaries for the week of 8/16 to 8/20

August 20, 2004 12:00 am

Robert Mosley

Robert Eugene Mosley, 53, of Huntington, died Aug. 13, 2004, at his home.

His memorial service will be scheduled later.

Robert Eugene was born on Nov. 17, 1950, at Poplar Bluff, Mo., to Robert Joseph and Lois Pearl Sells Mosley. When Robert was only 18 months old, his family moved from Missouri to Oregon. He attended school at Lebanon, and graduated from high school at Powers.

Bob meet Jody Brotton at Powers. The couple were married in 1970 at Lebanon. Soon after their marriage, Bob joined the U.S. Marine Corps.

He was stationed in California. Robert's first son, Lance, was born in 1972. He and Jody later divorced.

Robert later married Debra. Boe, Bob's youngest son, was born in 1979.

In 1981, Bob moved his family back to the Willamette Valley and started work at the Smurfit Inc. paper mill. A few years later, the family relocated to Richland, and Robert started a fishing guide business.

Robert later returned to the valley to attend Linn Benton Community College at Albany. He graduated with honors from the dispatch courses.

He continued living in the valley until six months ago when he returned to Eastern Oregon. Bob had moved to Huntington to retire and to spend time with one of his favorite uncles, Sonny.

Robert enjoyed fishing, hunting, music, computers, spending time with his uncles and being with his grandkids.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert J.; and his brother-in-law, Patrick Pastmore.

Survivors include his two sons, Lance, and his wife, Jenna, of Aloha, and Boe and his wife, Trala, of Tillamook; his stepson, John Godown; stepdaughters, Michelle Walker and Corey Franklin; three grandchildren, Jacob, Evan, and Hayden; his mother, Lois Mosley of Lebanon; and his sister, Brenda Pastmore of Lebanon.

Memorial contributions may be made to Voluntary Services at the Portland Veterans Administration Medical Center through Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

‘Chuck' Phegley Jr.

Charles W. "Chuck" Phegley Jr., 72, a longtime Baker City resident, died Aug. 13, 2004, at a Boise hospital.

There will be a celebration of his life at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane. Pastor Roger Scovil of the Baker City Christian Church will officiate. There will be a reception afterward at the church.

Viewing will be for family only. Disposition will be by cremation through Gray's West & Co. Crematory.

Chuck was born on April 14, 1932, at The Dalles to Charles Wesley and Leolia Pear Phegley.

Graduating from high school in 1950, he was drafted by the U.S. Army in 1952. He served two years in Germany during the Korean Conflict. For most of his 72-plus years, Chuck dedicated his life's work to logging, first working for someone else and for the last 34-plus years for himself as Chuck Phegley Logging. He had won numerous accolades for his timber industry work, including being twice recognized as the Eastern Oregon Region Forest Practices Operator of the Year.

In addition to his deep appreciation and knowledge of the forests, Chuck also was incredibly civic-minded, having sought and been elected to the school board and city council at Halfway, volunteering on the Baker County Planning Commission and most recently in an elected position on the City Council for Baker City. In these capacities, Chuck was able to make a meaningful difference in the lives of his community's students and citizens.

Chuck continued to give to communities outside of the state and country through Work & Witness programs, supporting local missionary efforts in Arizona, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Western Samoa, Mexico and Ukraine, not to mention activities in his local church.

Chuck attributed his desire to give of himself to his deep and abiding faith in the Lord. He was constantly finding ways to share with others what he had been given.

"We are all comforted to know that while we will sorely miss him, he is at peace. We love you, Dad," his family said.

He was preceded in death by his parents and by a younger brother, James Phegley.

Survivors include his wife of more than 32 years, Willma Phegley; daughter, Karri Ryan, son-in-law, Patrick, and granddaughter, Taylor, of Meridian, Idaho; son, Craig Davis, daughter-in-law, Melody, and grandchildren, Brandon, Ashley and Rebekah, of Baker City; and son, Charles Wesley "Wes" Phegley III of Wallowa; cousins, David Phegley and Denise Phegley Grande; nieces, Beverly, Wendy, Becky, Marilyn and Kimberly; and former stepchildren, David Ritch and Suzie Ritch Twiss.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society through Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Marjorie Williams

Marjorie J. Williams, 92, a lifelong Baker City resident, died Aug. 12, 2004, at Meadowbrook Place where she had been living for the last year because of health problems.

Her graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Jack Bynum of the United Methodist Church will officiate. Visitations will be until 7 o'clock tonight at Coles Funeral Home.

Mrs. Williams was born on June 28, 1912, at Haines to Harry and Grace Truscott Spence. She was sister to Elwood, Owen and Paul Spence. The Spence family lived in the Keating Valley and at Baker City, where she received her education. She was a Baker High School graduate and had lived all of her life at Baker City.

Marjorie married Jay Williams in Weiser, Idaho, on Dec. 19, 1933. She and Jay made their home in Baker City and raised their son, Frank, and their daughter, Karey Rae. Besides being a housewife, homemaker and busy mother, she worked in many downtown businesses throughout her life, including restaurants, J.C. Penney and The Mode O'Day.

She also volunteered at St. Elizabeth Nursing Home, until a few years ago when she began to lose her eyesight. Marjorie was a member of the United Methodist Church and had attended Sunday services until her health kept her homebound.

Marjorie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. She lived life to the fullest, and loved Baker County and the beauties and wonders of Eastern Oregon. She was the Spence family matriarch, and will be missed by those who knew her and loved her.

Survivors include her son, Frank, and his wife, Mary, and her daughter, Karey Rae, and her husband, Charles Craig, all of Portland; grandchildren, Jay, and his wife, Carol, of Winston, Jennifer and her husband, Semio, Charlie, Margi and her husband, Sean, and Jodi and her husband, Todd, all of Portland; great-grandchildren, Aaron, Travis, and Kyla; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She also was preceded in death by her parents, brothers and husband.

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

Ruth Koplin

Ruth L. Koplin, 74, of Oreana, Idaho, a former longtime Bridgeport resident, died Aug. 12, 2004, at home with her family at her side.

Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Nyssa's Lienkaemper Chapel in Nyssa. Burial will be at Hilltop Memorial Cemetery in Nyssa. Visitations will be until 8 o'clock tonight at Nyssa's Lienkaemper Chapel.

Ruth was born on March 26, 1929, at Winchester, Idaho, the daughter of Otto Schubert and Edith Zimmeyer Schubert. She married Donald Koplin on July 3, 1946, and became a homemaker. She worked right alongside her husband and never considered herself too good to help him with ranch work. They ranched at Bridgeport for more than 20 years. Ruth and Donald had been married 58 years.

Ruth enjoyed making handmade quilts and selling them at local bazaars. Because of her excellent craftsmanship, people would come by the house just to buy a quilt. She also loved to can the fruits and vegetables she raised in her garden.

Ruth was always willing to help a neighbor, family and friend. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

Ruth leaves behind her husband, Donald Koplin of Oreana, Idaho; son, Clint Koplin, of Parma, Idaho; daughter, Evelyn Birkeland, of Washougal, Wash.; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

The family would like to thank Mercy Hospice for the care given Ruth and the many friends and neighbors who lent a helping hand the last days of her life.

Memorials contributions may be made to Mercy Hospice through Lienkaemper Chapel, P.O. Box 970, Ontario, OR 97914.