Obituaries for the week of Dec. 19 to Dec. 23

December 23, 2005 12:00 am

Dewey Jacobs Sr.

Dewey Jacobs Sr., 71, of Baker City, died Dec. 19, 2005, at his home.

His funeral will take place at a later date. Visitations will be Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Gray's West & Company Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey St.

Dewey was born Nov. 6, 1934, in Baker City. He lived here all his life.

He was a caring and loving man. He always took time to tell you a story or lend an ear if you needed someone to just listen.

Dewey served in the Army in Missouri, three times in Vietnam, Germany and Japan with honorable discharges. He also worked with the Baker County Sheriff's Department under Terry Speelman.

Dewey loved people and his hobbies. He loved to collect old cars, especially old Cadillacs. Boy, did he have an eye for those. He also loved to collect antiques and miscellaneous knick-knacks.

Dewey was a great man and will be forever missed.

He is survived by his sister, Ethel Taylor Rodgers; a brother, Dewayne Jacobs and his wife, Patty; sons, Raymond Jacobs, Dewey Jacobs Jr., Joey Jacobs and Jerry Jacobs; daughters, Virginia Jacobs Durham and Lucretia Jacobs McDermott; brothers-in-law, Frank Miller, of Baker City, and Joe Bailey, Ervin Bailey and Richard Bailey; sisters-in-law Elvina Hughes and Sandra Cartwright; and ex-wife Virginia Carter of Baker City; several nieces, nephews and cousins, numerous friends and his faithful dog, Lady.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Goldie Jacobs; brothers, Edward Pointer and Harold Pointer; sisters, Edna Emery Brill, Erma Price and Odetta Miller; and a sister-in-law, Pearl Christensen.

Anyone wishing to make a donation to help with funeral expenses can send a check to Dewey Jacobs Sr. c/o The Miller Family, P.O. Box 434, Baker City, OR 97814, or mail to Gray's West & Company, P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Russell Hall

Russell Francis Hall, 85, of Baker City, died Dec. 18, 2005, at his home.

His funeral will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane. Pastor Lennie Spooner will officiate. Military auspices will be provided by the United States National Guard. A private vault interment will take place at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Friends are invited to join the family following the services for a reception in the Nazarene Church fellowship hall.

Russell Francis was born June 17, 1920, in Baker City to Charles Frank and Mary Elizabeth Stultz Hall. He was raised in Baker and went to school at the Baker Academy.

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Russell was drafted into the U.S. Army. He served overseas in Australia and New Guinea as a foot soldier during World War II.

When Russell returned to Baker City after serving his country, he met Grace C. Fulton, who lived just around the way from his home. The couple married on Aug. 15, 1947, in Boise. Together they raised four children.

Russell worked many years in mills and the woods doing various jobs. For health reasons, he began working with Grace at her home daycare. He filled many roles for the daycare: driver, maintenance man, caregiver, etc.

Russell retired from the daycare in 1988, but he stayed busy by helping with the building and maintenance at the Nazarene Church.

He was a quiet and gentle man, very caring and giving. Russell helped care for not only his mother, but also other elderly people in town. He provided rides to the store or the doctor and even went as far as taking people into his own home for the holidays.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Mary Hall; a sister, Thelma Geneste; and two brothers-in-law, Bob Geneste and Hap Hartzel.

Russell is survived by his wife of 58 years, Grace; four children, Belinda Rithman of Boise, Inez Andrus and her husband, Don, of Keizer, Gary Hall and his wife, Roma, of Hermiston, and Paul Hall and his wife, Debbie, of Mobile, Ala.; grandchildren, Faith, April, Jonathon and Joshua Andrus, Stephanie and Teddy Rithman, Russell, Travis, Dean and Jessica Hall; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Gertrude Hartzel, of Florence, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, the First Church of the Nazarene, the Northeast Oregon Compassion Center, or the VFW Hall in care of Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Marcia Craig

Marcia Lareen Parker Craig, 69, died Dec. 12, 2005, at Boise from complications of a long, hard-fought and painful battle with throat and mouth cancer.

At her request, there will be no funeral. A memorial service and celebration of her life will take place March 18 at the First Presbyterian Church in Baker City, with a reception following at the church, 1995 Fourth St. Services are under the direction of Gray's West & Co.

Mrs. Craig was born March 20, 1936, at Baker City to Gifford Henry and Elfleda Midde Maxwell Parker. She grew up on her parents' ranch at North Powder, where she attended school grades 1 through 12, graduating from North Powder High School in 1954. She was active as a cheerleader, and she played drums in the high school band.

On Aug. 1, 1954, she married Alfred L. "Larry" Craig of North Powder. Most of their married life was spent in Alaska, where she pursued a career in public finance, becoming the finance director for the city of Kodiak, and later for the city of Palmer, excelling at both positions. She also served as a member of the Kodiak City Council.

Mrs. Craig enjoyed gardening, reading, traveling and creating lovely cross-stitched pieces for her friends and family. She was a loving, generous wife, best friend, mother and grandmother. Her leaving has a left a void in all the lives of those she touched.

She leaves behind her beloved husband, Larry Craig of North Powder; a son, Stuart of Wasilla, Alaska; a sister, Duveen Schubert of Pendleton; a grandson, Joshua Craig of Anchorage, Alaska; three brothers-in-law; and several nieces and one nephew.

Condolences may be sent to Larry Craig, P.O. Box 203, North Powder, OR 97867. The family suggests in lieu of flowers contributions be made to the hospice of your choice.

Ivan Whitt

Ivan Jim Whitt, 86, who lived in Baker City before moving to the Tri-Cities area, died December 16, 2005, in the loving arms of his family.

He was born April 7, 1915, in Leander, Texas, and resided in Tularosa, New Mexico, until going into the Army in October 1942.

Jim served with the 690th Replacement Company throughout the Luzon campaign during World War II. He was discharged in February 1946 and served as an Air Force reservist until January 1960. He lived in Baker City several years before moving to the Tri-Cities.

He was a lifetime member of VFW Post 3048 in Baker City and a member of Pipefitters Local 598 in the Tri-Cities.

Jim loved to fish, hunt and go camping. His family remembers many wonderful outings with him.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Elizabeth Evans Whitt; father, Davis Dolliver Whitt; his former wife and mother of his children, Verla Whitt; brothers, Wiley, Riley, Jess and Johnny Whitt; sister, Corrine; and stepson, Gary Wayne Shankle.

He is survived by his wife, Martha of Benton City, Wash.; daughters, Cecile and Gary Horn, Karen and Tom Hoyle; sons, Vernon and Steven; his stepchildren, Jerry and Ila Rae Shankle, Brenda Rohner, Theresa Shankle, Doris Fay Shankle, Phillip and Marilyn Shankle, Norman Shankle and Kathy Baker; five grandchildren, numerous step grandchildren, and several great grandchildren.

Formal services will be held at a later date. Visitation will be at Einan's Funeral Home from noon to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 20, 2005.

Memorial contributions may be made in Jim's memory to Office of Research, P O Box 641033, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164-1033 (specify for Alzheimer's research) or Tri-Cities Chaplaincy Hospice House, 2108 W. Entiat Ave. Kennewick, WA 99336.

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