Obituaries for the week of Aug. 1 to Aug. 5

August 05, 2005 12:00 am

Helen Wilson

Helen Florence Wilson, 88, a former Northeastern Oregon resident, died Aug. 1, 2005, at a Portland hospital.

A celebration service is scheduled at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Laurelwood Baptist Church in Vancouver, Wash.

Helen was born on April 2, 1917, at Greeley, Colo. She was raised and educated at Delta, Colo.

Helen married Doyle "Doc" Wilson on May 31, 1936. They lived at Summerville from 1948 to 1962. She was a homemaker and mother, and an accomplished choir director and organist.

She was a member of Laurelwood Baptist Church at Vancouver, Wash., where she had lived since 1989.

Survivors include her husband, Doyle "Doc" Wilson of Vancouver; a son, Michael W. Wilson of Milwaukie; daughter, Janice Lund of Salem; sisters, Mildred Peterson and Lorraine Valentine, both of Baker City, Bernadine Nichols of Sweet Home and Fern Beck of Portland; 11 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Brazil Missions, in care of the Sellwood Baptist Church, 1104 S.E. Spokane St., Portland, OR 97202.

The Vancouver Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Phyllis Jones

Phyllis Ann Jones, 80, of Baker City, died Aug. 1, 2005, at her home.

Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Baker Elks Lodge, 1896 Second St. A graveside service will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at Eagle Valley Cemetery in Richland. Pastor Gordon Bond of the Richland Christian Church will officiate. Visitations will be until 7 o'clock tonight at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St.

Phyllis was born on Dec. 7, 1924, at Richland to Christia Miller and Eagle Bennehoff. She was a 1942 graduate of Eagle Valley High School at Richland and attended Multnomah College at Portland, graduating in 1944.

She lived at Portland until she married C.W. "Tiny" Jones in 1946 at Richland. They moved to Baker City in 1950, where they built Jones Truck Line.

They had two children: Everett, born in 1948, and Kristi Ann, born in 1955. Along with being a mother and wife, she worked as a secretary and dispatcher for Jones Truck Line for 30 years. After selling the truck line, she went to work for D&S Realty. She was employed there until the business sold. She then worked as a secretary for Century 21 until she retired in 2003.

Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Tiny Jones of Baker City; her son, Everett Jones of Gillette, Wyo.; and daughter, Kristi Ann Jones, and her husband, Mark Nelson, of Tumwater, Wash.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Duane Bennehoff.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Oregon Chapter; Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation; or the Baker Elks Lodge through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

‘Chuck' Adams

Charles M. "Chuck" Adams, 79, a longtime Baker City resident, died July 29, 2005, at his home.

His graveside memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Jack Bynum of the United Methodist Church will officiate. Coles Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Chuck was born on June 28, 1926, at Todd, N.C., to Wiley Lee and Hollie Wagner Adams. He graduated from high school and entered the U.S. Army serving in World War II.

After he was discharged from the service, he married his wife, Charlene, on Sept. 26, 1947. He loved automobiles and his entire career centered around them. He worked as a mechanic at the Ford garage, in auto-parts sales for Basche-Sage Hardware Store, owned and operated Bridge Street Richfield Gas Station, worked as an auto-parts salesman for McNeil Auto Parts, and owned and operated Charles Adams Part House at Burns.

He retired and he and his wife made their home at Baker City. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, woodworking, and photography. He won many awards for his photos.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Charlene Adams of Baker City; his son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Doreen Adams of Hillsboro; grandchildren, Michaela and Colleen Brown and Benjamin Adams; great-grandchildren, Michael Brown and Jeffrey Brown; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wiley Lee Adams and Hollie Ward.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or to the Youth Ministry of the Methodist Church.

John Colton Jr.

John J. Colton Jr., 90, a longtime Baker County resident, died July 31, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

The rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Monday at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Cathedral. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. There will be a luncheon afterward at the parish hall.

Visitations will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday at Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave.

John was born the third of 15 children on Dec. 21, 1914. He attended grade school at the Washington School (Medical Springs Grange) and high school at St. Francis Academy, graduating from Baker High School.

After graduation he herded sheep for the family ranch as well as working at the Pondosa sawmill.

He married Anna Hope Harris on July 15, 1936. They were married for 53 years before her death in 1989.

After their marriage, they herded sheep in the mountains of Baker and Union counties and began their family. During World War II, the family moved to Vancouver, Wash., where John worked as a welder in the shipyards.

The sheep called him home before the end of the war and the family returned to Baker County where they lived and worked on the family ranch in the Keating Valley. John worked on the ranch until he was forced to retire for health reasons.

He and Hope then began wintering in Arizona nearer to their two daughters. After Hope died, John continued to live on the ranch and to spend winters in Arizona, until this past year.

John had been active in the Baker County Sheriff's Posse, serving as captain. He was a past president of the Baker County Livestock Association, a longtime member of the Baker Elks Lodge and the Knights of Columbus and a lifetime member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church.

He and Hope enjoyed dancing, playing cards, gardening, fishing and hunting and spending time with his brothers, sisters, children and grandchildren. He also was an avid sports fan.

Survivors include his daughters and sons-in-law, Donaldine and Hal Huntington of Baker City and Loralee and Steve Ramsdell of Phoenix, Ariz.; his son and daughter-in-law, Gerald and Bonnie Colton of Baker City; his sisters, Nell Owen, June Premovitch, Jean Thompson, LaRue Brooks and Joyce Turner; a brother, Donald Colton; and nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Hope; five brothers, Frank, Hugh, Phil, Bill and Blaine; and two sisters, Mary Dolby and Madge Lloyd.

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

‘Peggy' Melchior

Bertha Mae "Peggy" Melchior, 71 of Halfway, died July 25, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center surrounded by her family.

A celebration of Peggy's life will be scheduled later.

Peggy was born and raised at San Diego. In 1950, while working at Rohr making airplane parts, Peggy met and later married Donald Johnson. They had one daughter, Sherry. That marriage ended in divorce.

A few years later, she married James Robert Melchior. They had three children, Jim, Dorothy and Gary. When Jim's tour of duty in the Navy was up, they returned to his home state of Colorado.

After a divorce in the mid 1960s, Peggy and her four children moved to San Diego to be closer to her family. In 1969, she had another daughter, Pamela.

In 1973, she traveled to Richland to visit friends and fell in love with the area. She immediately went home to San Diego, packed her things and moved with her children to Richland. They lived at Richland for a few years before they moved to Halfway. Peggy loved Halfway and never left.

She enjoyed gardening, farming, ceramics, teaching and loving her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved and lived for browsing yard sales and Jacob's Dream. Her family and friends hope very much that heaven has a Jacob's Dream. She also had an extensive collection of Coca-Cola memorabilia.

Survivors include her brother and his wife, Gene and Rose Lampert; children, Sherry Darlene and her husband, Clark Downing, James Eugene and his wife, Lynne Melchior, Dorothy Pauline and Herman Thompson, and Pamela Dawn and Jason Miller; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Pauline Lampert, who died in 2001; her father, Jesse James Lampert, who died in 1969; a son, Gary Melchior, who died in 1981; a grandson, Gary Roy Thompson, who died in 1980; and her ex-husband, James Robert Melchior, who died in 1996.

Peggy was deeply loved and will be missed by many, most especially by her grandchildren and great- grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice through Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Dorothy Smith

Dorothy Smith, 85, of Unity, died July 30, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center.

Her graveside funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Helix Cemetery. Jack Pittman of the Baker City Christian Church will officiate.

Dorothy was born on Aug. 23, 1919, at Burns. She was the valedictorian of her high school class at Entiat, Wash. She attended Washington State College and later earned a degree in education from Western Oregon University at Monmouth.

She taught elementary school for many years at Nyssa, The Dalles and the Reynolds School District in Portland. She married Arthur W. Smith in 1941.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur W. Smith; her brother, Carl Swain; and a granddaughter, Emily Smith.

Survivors include two sons, Gary of Martinez, Calif., and Stephen of Wingville; a brother, Richard Swain of Santa Barbara, Calif.; a sister, Mary Rosengreen of Hillsboro; and three grandchildren, Amy Smith of Larkspur, Calif., Sarah Smith of Wingville and Allison Smith of Wingville.

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

Wanda Gentry

Wanda L. Gentry, 83, of Ontario, who with her husband established the Gentry Ford Sales dealership, died July 27, 2005, at her home in the Meadow Brook Retirement Center.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Ontario. Ontario's Lienkaemper Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Wanda was born on March 18, 1922, at Portland to Walter B. and Verna D. Coffinberry. The family lived at Portland until 1926 when they relocated to Hot Lake and subsequently moved to Halfway in 1928. Wanda was a 1940 Halfway High School graduate.

She moved to Portland after high school to attend business school. Wanda married her high school sweetheart, Keith Gentry, on April 4, 1942. She continued to live and work in Portland during World War II while Keith was serving in the U.S. Navy.

After Keith's discharge, they moved to Baker City where they owned and operated the Third and B Market, a small grocery and convenience store. In 1949, Wanda and Keith moved to Pendleton where Keith got his start in the automobile business.

In 1952, they purchased the Ford Dealership at Weiser, Idaho. In 1958, they purchased the Ford dealership in Ontario and established Gentry Ford Sales Inc. Wanda was very active and involved in the business operations of the dealership throughout her life.

Wanda was a member of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church and PEO, Chapter AF. She was an avid golfer, fisherman and football fan. She had an opportunity to travel extensively throughout the world and truly enjoyed traveling with friends. Wanda's favorite times were spent at the cabin in McCall.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, John and Alicia Gentry of Ontario; a granddaughter, Kelli, and her husband, Dennis Wright, of Baker City; a grandson, J.Ryan Gentry of Ontario; and three great-grandsons, Nathan, Eli and Jacob, all of Baker City.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Matthew's Episcopal Church or the charity of one's choice.