Obituaries for the week of Sept. 13-17

September 16, 2004 11:00 pm

Louise Shelton

Louise Shelton, 91, a long-time North Powder resident, died Sept. 9, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

Her graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the North Powder Cemetery. Pastor Sally Wiens of Haines United Methodist Church will officiate.

Visitations will be until 7 o'clock tonight at Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave.

There will be a reception after the service at the North Powder Grange.

Louise was born Sept. 27, 1912, at Grand Valley, Colo., to John R. and Jenny Maria Bushby Wheeler.

She met and married Walter D. Clark in Grand Valley. They had three children.

The family later moved to Oregon. Louise and Walter divorced, and in 1950 she married Lee V. Shelton.

Louise was a telephone operator for several years. She loved to garden, crochet, quilt and cook for family gatherings. She was a member of the Wolf Creek Grange and a past member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary of North Powder.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother; her husband, Lee; a son, Walter; and two granddaughters, Nancy and Susan.

Survivors include her daughters, Betty Louise Arens and her husband, Arnold "Bud," of Eagle Point, and Carol Reedy of Baker City; seven grandchildren, Karen Pool, Terry Wright, Rebecca Dumas and Mike Reedy, all of Eagle Point, Carl Reedy of Anchorage, Alaska, Bob Reedy of Baker City and Christine Robinson of Florida; 10 great-grandchildren, 12 great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

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

Mildred Leishman

Mildred J. Leishman, 86, a longtime Baker City resident, died on Sept. 11, 2004.

Her graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 29, 2005, at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Mrs. Leishman was born on Sept. 18, 1917, at Baker City to pioneer parents, Bent and Mary Harrison Landreth. She was a Baker High School graduate and worked as a dental assistant before attending the University of Oregon at Eugene.

She was an active member of St. Stephens Episcopal Church and served on the Altar Guild.

Survivors include four children, Dick, Tom and Bill Gee and Julie Jackstadt; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by three sisters; a brother; and two husbands, Ned Gee and Paul Leishman.

‘Vern' Rogers

Vernon Irving "Vern" Rogers, 84, of Baker City, died Sept. 9, 2004, in Boise, Idaho.

His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2625 Hughes Lane. Bishop David Richards will officiate. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Friends are invited to join the family for a reception at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after the services.

Vern was born on Aug. 23, 1920, at Maquon, Ill., to Irving Holt and Vivian Lois Burroughs Rogers. He was the eldest of nine children. Vern's father, Irving Rogers, was an auto mechanic. He learned the trade in his dad's shop in Chillicothe, Ill.

He left home at 14 to work in Chicago. In 1942, Vern joined the U.S. Army Air Corps. He served as a B-17 bomber mechanic at Merced Air Field in Merced, Calif., and at Kirtland Air Field in Albuquerque, N.M.

After the war, Vern worked as a Tucker auto dealer and operated Roger's Kaiser-Frazer Service at Merced. Vern moved from Merced and worked as a mechanic for Ford dealers at Salt Lake City, and at The Dalles. He later worked for many Chevrolet shops in Southern California.

Vern worked for auto dealers at La Grande and Baker City after he moved to Eastern Oregon. He also taught shop classes at Union High School.

Vern was married to Olga Irene Grove in 1942. They had three sons: Donald Vernon, who was born on July 3, 1943; William Warren, born on Nov. 12, 1944; and John Lawrence, born on June 30, 1948.

Vern was remarried in 1954 to Beatrice Grimmett. The couple had one son together, Frank Eugene. In 1958, Vern married Ethel Pointer and became a stepfather to Tim Taylor.

Survivors include his wife, Ethel May Pointer Rogers of Baker City; his sons, Don Rogers of Winnemucca, Nev., John Rogers of Flagstaff, Ariz., William "Bill" Rogers of San Mateo, Calif., and Tim Taylor of Union; his sister, Mary Detwiler of Berrien Springs, Mich.; brothers, Patrick Rogers of Marathon Key, Fla., Daniel Rogers of Peoria, Ill., Henry Rogers of Chillicothe, Ill., and Harry Rogers of Berrien Springs, Mich.; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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

‘Bob' Worcester

Robert Marshall "Bob" Worcester, 76, of The Dalles, died unexpectedly of a heart attack at his home on Sept. 12, 2004.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at noon on Thursday at St. Peter's Catholic Church in The Dalles. The Rev. Joe Kelbel will officiate. Private cremation will follow at The Dalles Win-Quatt Crematory.

Visitations will be held Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Spencer, Libby & Powell Funeral Home.

Bob was born on Oct. 13, 1927, in Omaha, Neb., to Nathaniel and Marye Anderson Worcester. He grew up and attended school in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He entered the Navy in 1946 and served as a radio operator on a destroyer.

He married JoeAnn Greene in 1946 in Cedar Rapids. They moved to La Grande in 1973 where she preceded him in death in 1983. He married Kaethe Moll Gildersleeve on March 24, 1986, at La Grande.

Bob was a graduate of Coe College in Cedar Rapids and earned his master's degree in psychology from the University of Colorado in Denver. He was a therapist for Union County Mental Health in La Grande and he worked as a stress management counselor in private practice until his death.

Earlier careers included teacher, principal, assistant superintendent, and corporate vice president for both Motorola and Container Corporation of America.

For the last 13 years, Bob and Kaethe have made their home in The Dalles. His first priority was his family. He always enjoyed helping people, fishing, hiking, traveling and reading.

All those who were privileged to have known him will miss him greatly.

He is survived by his wife, Kaethe Worcester of The Dalles; four children and their spouses, Wendy and Harvey Dunlap of Oklahoma, Sally and David McCann, Robert D. Worcester, and Barbara Carper, all of La Grande; four stepchildren and their spouses, Christina and Jonathan Neumann and Alison Gildersleeve of Portland, Walter and Claudia Gildersleeve of Heimbach, Germany, and Jon Gildersleeve of Oakland, Calif.; 15 grandchildren, Robert, Misty, Matthew, Douglas, Katheryn, Sherry, Sarah, JoeAnn, Elizabeth, Julian, Isabella, Gannon, Simona, Elijah and Eric; nine great-grandchildren and two sisters, Marilynn Faber of Iowa and Ellen Connett of Colorado.

He was preceded in death by his wife, JoeAnn, and son, Robert Marshall Worcester Jr.

Memorials may be made to St. Mary's Academy Scholarship Fund, 1112 Cherry Hts. Rd., The Dalles, OR 97058.

‘Tom' Hochbrueckner

Thomas Peter "Tom" Hochbrueckner, 79, of Baker City died Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

His graveside memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Mount Hope Cemetery. The Rev. James R. Watt of St. Francis de Sales Cathedral will officiate.

Tom was born on Jan. 5, 1925, at Estacada. His father died when he was 5 and the family moved to Brooklyn, N.Y.

During the Depression years, he gained experience by working jobs out of the city during the summer. He worked in a crab canning factory in Maryland, on a small truck farm in upstate New York and as a waiter in a vacation boarding home in Pennsylvania.

He returned to Oregon and graduated from Estacada High School. After graduation, he entered the U.S. Navy where he served until the end of World War II.

He was recalled to service during the Korean conflict. After his discharge from the Navy, he entered the automotive parts distribution industry in the Los Angeles area.

In 1968, he took a position as parts distribution manager with Kaiser Jeep Corp. in Portland. He retired from the position in 1985 after several assignments across the nation and back.

Tom will always be remembered as "the only native Oregonian with a Brooklyn accent."

He was preceded in death by his mother, father and three wives, Lorraine, Martha, and Yvonne.

Survivors include four children; 10 grandchildren; eight great- grandchildren; one great-great- grandchild; and his sister, Mary Lentfer, of Homer, Alaska.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Francis Food Bank through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

‘Jack' Fry

John E. "Jack" Fry, 77, of Boise, whose family has owned a cabin at Trout Meadows for many years, died Sept. 11, 2004, at the Hospice Center of the Boise Veterans Hospital.

No memorial service is scheduled at this time. His family and friends will celebrate his life in the summer of 2005 at Trout Meadows in the Granite area. The date will be announced later.

Mr. Fry was born on June 1, 1927, at Canyon City to Everett and Ora Fry. He grew up at Mount Vernon.

He married Ada Newcome in 1950 at Oakland, Calif. They lived at San Leandro, Calif., until moving to Boise four years ago. He worked as a lath and plastering contractor in California until he was forced to retire after suffering a stroke at the age of 50.

The family cabin at Trout Meadows was purchased by Jack's father in the 1960s. They made many friends in Baker City and the neighboring communities over the years.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Ada, of Boise; a son, John, of New Baltimore, Mich.; a daughter, Marla, of Shaker Heights, Ohio; and six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.