Obituaries for the week of Nov. 8 to Nov. 12, 2004

November 14, 2004 11:00 pm

Carolyn Durr

Carolyn Durr, 70, died Nov. 5, 2004, at St. Luke's Hospital in Boise.

Her graveside service was at 1 p.m. today at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. Friends were invited to join the family for a reception at the Lions Hall afterward.

Carolyn Durr was born to Aubrey and Thelma Bonitz at Oklahoma City, Okla., on June 14, 1934. Her family later moved to Albany where she graduated from Albany High School. It was in high school that she met David Durr.

They were married in 1954 while he was serving in the U.S. Marines. They spent the first year and a half of their marriage at Albany. From Albany they moved to Corvallis and in 1972 they moved to Halfway with their five children.

Carolyn was an exceptional mother and grandmother, an avid gardener and an important member of her church, all while managing the family businesses.

She was the favored destination for 10 grandchildren whom she wrapped with love and wool hats. Most importantly, Carolyn was a strong Christian and she has heard the words "Well done, good and faithful servant," her family said.

She was preceded in death by her youngest daughter, Heather Durr, who died in 1988.

Survivors include her husband, David; daughters, Kim Durr of Mountain Home, Idaho, Karen Hearne of Halfway and Fawn Robertson of Baker City; her son, Shawn Durr of Halfway; a sister, Linda Bowen of Hillsboro; and a brother, Joe Bonitz of Albany.

Memorial contributions may be made to Focus On The Family through Tami's Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Berniece Schock

Berniece Schock, 71, of Hermiston, died Nov. 10, 2004, at the Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston.

Her graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Eternal Hills Cemetery in Klamath Falls.

She was born on Oct. 11, 1933, at Baker City to Clifford and Cecelia Bowman Parker. She married Harold H. Schock on May 23, 1952, at Payette, Idaho.

The couple lived at Pondosa and later in the Baker City area for more than 30 years. They moved to Ashland in 1990. Harold died in 1992.

Berniece returned to Baker City in 1994 and lived here until moving to the Hermiston area in 1999. She was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and the American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed doing embroidery work, crocheting, fishing, hunting, flowers, gardening and playing pinochle.

Survivors include her sons, Robert Schock and his wife, Kathy, of Klamath Falls, Vernon Schock of Milton-Freewater, Myron Schock of John Day, and Avery Schock and his wife, Nan, of Irrigon; two brothers, Jasper Parker of Portland and Stanley Parker of Wasco; 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harold; and a sister, Ruby Farley.

The Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of arrangements.

Evelyn Anderson

Evelyn Ruth Anderson, 80, of Baker City, who pioneered the 4-H horse program, died Nov. 10, 2004, at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise.

Her memorial service was Friday at the Cornerstone Baptist Church in North Powder.

She was born on Sept. 15, 1924, at San Francisco. She enjoyed many careers in her lifetime, some of which included working as a computer operator, phone system administrator, elementary school secretary and nurses assistant. But the true love of her life was horses.

She successfully lobbied to have horses accepted as a legitimate 4-H project in the 1950s. She had one of the first all-horse 4-H clubs in the United States, and organized trail rides, playdays and fairs. She loved each child and teen who came her way.

She also never missed a single basketball game for the fours years that some of the 4-H kids played on the Selah High School team in the late '50s and early '60s. She was affectionately known as "coach."

She was an avid gardener and made every house in which she lived a home. She was always up for an adventure, such as being a part of the Medford Oregon Sheriff's Posse, and she was part of the search and rescue team.

In 1976, Evelyn was one of the walkers in the Centennial re-enactment of the Oregon Trail covered-wagon trip which took two weeks and ended in Ashland. She was a hard worker, she loved kids and she touched many people's lives with her lively conversation, free advice and positive attitude. She will be greatly missed.

Her family expressed appreciation to the nurses and staff in the Critical Intensive Care Unit and Critical Care Unit of St. Alphonsus Hospital and especially to Dr. Kevin Clifford.

Survivors include her husband of 64 years, James R. Anderson; daughters, Carolyn Flynn of Haines and Lynda and her husband, Jim Rider, of Gig Harbor, Wash.; a sister, June Martin of Medford; grandchildren, Melody and her husband, Michael Hanna, of Medford, Randy and his wife, Lisa Reed, of Pasadena, Calif., Lisa and her husband, Mike Smith, of Liberty, S.C., Marlene Chapple and her fiance, Mo, of Pendleton, Monette and her husband, Clint, of Haines, Lloyd Rider and his fiance, Vicki, of Port Orchard, Wash., Tom Reynolds of Chicago, Anna and her husband, Bob, of Chicago, and Jon and his wife, Jennifer, of Silver City, N.M.; and 17 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Baker City Senior Center, where Evelyn thoroughly enjoyed the fellowship and the food.

‘Bill' Munkers

William Martin "Bill" Munkers, 77, of Baker City, died Nov. 8, 2004, at Settlers' Park.

A graveside inurnment will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Gordon Bond of the Richland Christian Church will officiate. Friends are invited to join the family at Lorraine's home after the service for a reception.

Bill was born on March 28, 1927, at Ontario to William and Helen Munkers. He was raised in the Juntura and Burns area until 1966 when he moved to Baker City. Bill ranched and farmed his whole life; at one time his family ran and worked 300 head of mares.

He worked around horse and cattle all of his life. Bill worked on several cattle ranches in the Baker area until his health failed in the late 1990s.

Bill was always ready to help anyone and he always had a few extra minutes to visit and have coffee. He was active at one time in the Baker County 4-H Association.

Bill was president of the Blue Mountain Quarter Horse Association and was also president of the Haines Rodeo Association. Anytime there was a rodeo going, Bill would be there, maybe not up in the grandstands, but always behind the chutes helping the young cowboys. He was one of the last real cowboys and he loved every minute of it.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Lorraine; five children, Debbie McBroom, John McCue, Connie Andonne, Bob Munkers, and Wendy Munkers; nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a stepson, Richard McCue.

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

Seth Dennis

Seth Beal Dennis, 89, a Sumpter Valley resident, died Nov. 9, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center.

There will be a private graveside service.

Mr. Dennis was born on Jan. 31, 1915, at Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Samuel and Sarah Smith Dennis. He was their 12th child.

After graduating from high school at Idaho Falls, he became a railway mail clerk. He married Helen Fenn in 1941.

He served in World War II in the African and Italian campaigns. When he returned from the service, he and Helen settled at Baker, where he worked as a railway postal clerk. Helen died in 1960.

Seth married Deloris Sell in 1961. They lived on their Sumpter Valley ranch after Seth retired from the postal service in 1973. He had a great love for the land and for the life of a rancher. He was a well-read man who had a gift for remembering and reciting prose and poetry.

Survivors include his wife, Deloris, of Sumpter Valley; his children, Phil Dennis, and his wife, Margie, of San Antonio, Texas, Dianne Lemmon and her husband, Jack, of Tualatin, Tony Dennis and his wife, Lisa, of Portland, and Chris Dennis and his wife, Allison, of Sumpter Valley; one sister, LaDosca Burton of Colville, Wash.; and five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Ralph Hensley

Ralph Vernon Hensley, 88, a longtime Baker City resident, died Nov. 5, 2004. at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Ralph Holcomb of the Christian Church will officiate.

Friends are invited to join the family afterward for a reception at the Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 2998 Eighth St.

Visitations will be until 8 o'clock tonight at Gray's West & Co.

Ralph was born on July 17, 1916, at New Bridge to Benjamin and Cora Jamison Hensley.

He graduated from Richland High School. He worked for the railroad for three years and then worked for the creamery at Richland.

He joined the U.S. Army on April 7, 1942. Ralph worked in the Second Field Hospital taking care of the wounded. He was in New Zealand, Australia, New Guinea and the Philippians. He was on nine different ships and flew on seven planes before being honorably discharged on June 6, 1945.

After returning home, Ralph worked for George Reed Logging and for Mel Hess. Then he worked at the Chemical Lime Plant for 14 years until it shut down.

After the plant closed, he went to work for the U.S. Forest Service on the Wallowa-Whitman Road Crew for 10 years. He retired on July 17, 1982.

Ralph and his wife, Theora, traveled for two years after retirement. Ralph liked to hunt deer, elk and birds. He also loved to go fishing.

Ralph was baptized on Feb. 11, 2001, at Baker Christian Church. He loved the Lord.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and all of his brothers and sisters, May Holland, Nettie Bloomer, Moscoe Hensley, Logan Hensley and Jack Hensley.

Survivors include his wife, Theora, of 43 years; sisters-in-law, Ramona Tony Sturgil of Fort Jones, Calif., Ginny Bryant of Baker City, Evelyn Beverage of Union, Leslie Hurse of Pendleton, Theona Hambleton of Baker City, and Helen Alexander of Astoria; and several nieces and nephews.

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