Obituaries for the week of Nov. 22 to Nov. 26

November 26, 2004 12:00 am

Jan Knox

Janice S. "Jan" Knox, 60, of Haines, died Nov. 22, 2004, at her home.

Her funeral will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. in Baker City. Mr. Tim Knox will officiate. Vault interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitations will be today until 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Jan was born June 7, 1944, in Baker City to Charles and Nada (Hickerson) Samson. She received her education in Baker City and lived in Bend for a time. She worked as a cook on a large ranch in Antelope. She also tended bar. She returned to Baker City and met Robert Knox. They were married May 14, 1976. She has since been a homemaker.

Jan loved crafts of all kinds and she put a lot of her loving heart into making crocheted baby blankets for her grandchildren. She also made a lot of afghans for family and friends. She enjoyed gardening, and canning the fruits and vegetables she grew. Her planting and growing of her flowers and roses were an absolute joy to her, then watching the hummingbirds come to dine. She loved to fish, and when her husband Bob and she lived in Port Angeles, Wash., the salmon were put on the run because she always caught the biggest ones. Being in the mountains camping, hunting, and fishing with family and friends were such a joy to her. People who knew her always would say she had a loving and forgiving heart.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Knox; children, Jessie and Ryan Miller, Buffy and Rod Taylor, Dawn and Kevin Speck, Chuck Samuelson and Jodi Samuelson; stepchildren, Rebecca and Scott Guthrie, Robert and Clara Knox and Curt and Kathy Knox; sister and brother-in-law, Anita and Howard Coen; 20 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a half-brother, Wayne Peters; a daughter, Sunday Gouge; and a step-son, Steve Knox.

Contributions in Mrs. Knox's memory may be directed to the American Diabetes Association. This may be done through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

George Leep

George Ellis Leep, 85, a longtime Baker City resident, died Nov. 21, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

His funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at at Coles Funeral Home. Jack Pittman will officiate.

Mr. Leep was born on Aug. 17, 1919, at Halfway, Oregon. He was a son of Willis Robert and Janie Elizabeth Haines Leep.

He graduated from Halfway High School. He went to work at the Cornucopia Mines and then worked for Boeing Aircraft from August 1941 until he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in March of 1942. He was honorably discharged in November 1945.

He proudly served his country as an Air Guard on a Merchant Marine Ship. After his discharge, the family returned to Baker City where he worked with his uncle, Mark Ellis, at Phillips Petroleum for 28 years until his retirement.

He was a member of the Baker Elks Lodge, No. 338, where he served as exalted ruler; the American Legion; and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Survivors include his wife, Frances Leep of Baker City; children, Elizabeth Erwin, and her husband, David, of Oregon City, Marydee Rea and her husband, Lloyd, of Baker City, and Margy Heilman and her husband, Eric, of Milwaukie; grandchildren, Georgene Rea, Marianne Stone and her husband, Daniel, Francine Rea, Lloyd Rea III, Jimmy Heilman and Jeffery Heilman; three great-grandsons, Griffin and Gavin Stone and Aiden Ellis Heilman; and one niece and two nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Leonard Ruben Leep.

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

Mary Dolby

Mary Caroline Dolby, 91, of Baker City, died Nov. 21, 2004, at Ashley Manor.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Friends are invited to join the family for a luncheon at the Baker Elks Lodge, 1896 Second St. after the committal service.

Visitations will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Gray's West & Co.

Mary Caroline Colton Dolby was born on Feb. 26, 1913, in upper Keating Valley in the big Colton house beside the Powder River. Her parents were John and Nora Gilkison Colton. She was the second child and first girl born in a family of 15. She had seven brothers and seven sisters.

Mary attended grade school at the Washington schoolhouse above the Colton ranch (the Medical Springs Grange Hall in later years.) She stayed in Baker City at her grandparents' home on Spring Garden Avenue, finishing school at St. Francis Academy. She graduated in 1931.

She married James Ford Dolby on Nov. 24, 1934. They lived most of their lives in upper Keating Valley. Mary drove the Keating School bus for 10 years and was janitor at the same time.

She embroidered, tatted, crocheted, and sewed beautiful clothes. Her daughters wore pinafores and homemade clothes even through high school and enjoyed them so much. She raised a garden and always had a pretty yard and flowers. She canned lots of food over the years and cooked wonderful meals.

She enjoyed belonging to the Medical Springs Extension Club and was an honorary member of the Baker County CattleWomen.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Ron and Lonna Dolby of Baker City; daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Lou and Bucky Wirth of Medical Springs, and Betty Jean and George Dwyer of Medford; 10 grandchildren and their spouses, John and Janice Wirth and Jim and Lori Wirth, all of Medical Springs, Vickie and Cal Foster of Baker Valley, Brian Dolby and Craig and Shelia Dolby of Baker City, Tami Randall of Portland, Neil and Karen Tally of Phoenix, Ore., Debbie and Cliff Knotts and Patti and Bill Huss of Vancouver, Wash., and Bill Dwyer of Medford; 26 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren; brothers John Colton and Don Colton and his wife, Ann, of Baker City; sisters, June Premovich and her husband, George, of Wenatchee, Wash., Nell Owen of Baker City, Jean Thompson and her husband, Elmer, of Mount Vernon, LaRue Brooks and her husband, Stan, of Richland, Joyce Turner and her husband, Jim, of Elgin, and Gail Stevenson and her husband, Chuck, of Kent, Wash.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Nora Colton; her husband of 56 years, Ford Dolby; baby daughter, Dorothy May; one sister, Madge Lloyd; and five brothers, Frank, Hugh, Phil, Bill, and Blaine Colton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or the Baker County Livestock Producers Foundation Scholarship, through Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Alvin Tarter

Alvin Hansford Tarter, 96, a former Pine Valley resident, died at his home in Medford on Nov. 17, 2004.

His graveside service was today at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway.

Alvin Hansford Tarter was born on Oct. 26, 1908, at Baker City to Frank and Laura Daley. Alvin was raised by Hansford and Myrtle Tarter. He spent his first few years at Copperfield, then later moved to Carson where he was raised and went to school.

Alvin married Edith Robertson in June of 1926 at Baker City. They lived at Carson and had two children, Alvin Dale and Galen Robertson. Alvin and his wife bought the ranch from his father and made their home on the 60 acres.

Alvin drove freight wagon, ranched and farmed his property for many years, and operated a sawmill on his lower property. After the death of his wife, Edith, Alvin moved to Medford to be close to his son, Galen, and his family.

Alvin worked for the Rogue River National Forest Service on the road crew in Medford until his retirement in 1975. He enjoyed visiting his son, Dale, and his family at Scappoose and making frequent trips to his ranch in Carson. Alvin loved being in the outdoors, wildlife, his garden and his grandchildren.

Alvin was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Edith; and eldest son, Dale.

Survivors include his son, Galen Robertson Tarter, and his wife, Marian, of Medford; six grandchildren, Gary Tarter of Portland, Paul Tarter of Richland, Rod Tarter of Halfway, Gaylen Dennis Tarter of Medford, James Alvin Tarter of Sacramento, Calif., and Gale Tarter Smith of North Bend; 12 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions from friends or family will be donated to the Assisted Living Home, Granite Peaks, under development at Halfway. Contributions may be made through Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

‘Vern' Jacobson

Vernon Z. "Vern" Jacobson, 85, a retired Baker City manager, died Nov. 18, 2004, at Baker City.

His memorial service was Saturday at Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Pastor Susan Barnes of the First Presbyterian Church officiated.

A graveside inurnment will be in the spring at the Prairie City Cemetery.

Vern was born on June 16, 1919, at Alder, Wash., to Arnt and Elizabeth Jacobson. He spent his young life in Washington before serving in the U.S. Army as a captain in the 2nd Armored Division during World War II.

Vern graduated from the University of Washington at Seattle with degrees in engineering and mineralogy. He spent his professional life as a mining and civil engineer. He was employed by the City of Baker City as city engineer and city manager until his retirement.

The family expressed appreciation to Pat and Roy Valentine for their kindness and care of Vern this past year.

Survivors include his son, Gary Jacobson of Tulelake, Calif.; daughters and their spouses, Pat and John Baglien of Weiser, Idaho, and Carol and Steven Tanaka of Seattle; sister, Norma Norris of Kingston, Wash.; and his pride and joys, grandchildren Nicole Rodman Bourland, Logan Jacobson, Jacob Baglien, Rebecca Baglien, Krysta Baglien, Kelsey Tanaka, and Lindsey Tanaka; and great-grandchildren, Ryan Bourland and Tara Bourland.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Lela Anne French Jacobson; his brother, Jay Jacobson; and daughter-in-law, Carol Jacobson.

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

Ila Phillips

Ila Marie Phillips, 71, of Prineville, a former Baker City resident, died Nov. 19, 2004, at her home.

Her memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the upstairs room at the Veterans Club in Prineville.

Mrs. Phillips was born on Jan. 8, 1933, at West Plains, Mo., to Claude and Ila Stephenson. Soon after her birth, the family moved to Prineville where she spent most of her life.

Along the way she met the love of her life, Allen Phillips. They were married at Reno, Nev., and together they raised a family. They lived in Baker City for a time.

Ila was known for her great skill in the kitchen, and also was known for her ability to iron clothing, which she did for many people. She also is remembered for her enjoyment of doing crossword puzzles and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She will be missed by many.

Survivors include her husband, Allen of Prineville; daughter and son-in-law, Sandy and Ernie Slavey of Prineville; son and daughter-in-law, Jessie and Kathy Fuller of Prineville; daughter, Becky Stewart, and her companion, Kent Brandon of Prineville; son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Amy Phillips of Spokane, Wash.; and daughter, Barbara Phillips of Denver; her brother, Guy Stephenson of Cottage Grove; sisters, Mabel Barnes of Prineville and Fern Finwick of Kingman, Ariz.; 12 grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice. The Prineville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Robert Dunn

Robert Delaine Dunn, 47, of Amity, a former Baker City resident, died Nov. 4, 2004.

There will be a memorial service in the spring. Macy's Funeral Home at McMinnville is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Dunn was born on Jan. 6, 1957, to Delaine and Bonnie Byrne Dunn at Baker City. He graduated from Grant Union High School in 1975 and served in the U.S. Army for 10 years. He lived in various places in Eastern Oregon, including La Grande, before moving to Amity in 1998. He worked as an auto mechanic and enjoyed cars, music and being with his family. He left a piece of himself with everyone he met. He will be remembered for his kindness.

Survivors include his companion, Rhonda Armour of Amity; her daughters, Madelline, Candice and Shauna Armour; his children, Athena Street-Morris of Evanston, Wyo., Olivia Dunn of Ladd, Ill., Brenda Dunn of Portland and Kevin Dunn of Redmond; six grandchildren; his parents of La Grande; siblings, Debi Shervey of Hermiston and Chris Dunn of La Grande; and other relatives.