Obituaries for the week of April 2 to April 6

April 09, 2001 12:00 am

Jack Wellington

Jack D. Wellington, 77, a lifetime Baker City resident, died March 31, 2001, at Settlers Park Assisted Living center.

His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Grays West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Members of the Masonic Lodge and Veterans of Foreign Wars will officiate. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitations will be until 8 oclock tonight at Grays West & Co.

Mr. Wellington was born Sept. 11, 1923, at Baker City and was a Baker High School graduate. He volunteered to serve in the U.S. Navy in 1942 and served in World War II. He married Jessie Caskey on Jan. 13, 1956, at Seattle, Wash.

He was a lifelong Keating Valley rancher, retiring in 1987. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, gardening, animals and woodworking. After retiring, he became an avid crossword puzzler as well. He was a member of several lodges, including the VFW, the Elks, and the Eagles.

He was very active in the Masonic Lodge. His Masonic positions included past master of Masonic AF/AM Baker Lodge, No. 47, a member of the York Rite Masons, past high priest of Keystone Royal Arch Masons, past illustrious master of the Masons Baker Council, No. 16, and past commander of the Baker Commandery, No. 9, of the Knights Templar. He also was a life sponsor of the Knights Templar Eye Foundation.

Survivors include his son, Tom Wellington of Pendleton; daughters, Carmen Harrison of Vancouver, Wash., and Juanita Carnell of Gresham; a sister, Joan Church of Vale; and nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jessie Wellington; a son, Ray Carnell; his parents, Tom and Phoebe Wellington; and a brother, Grant Wellington.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children through Grays West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, Ore. 97814 or directly at 3101 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, Ore. 97201.

Sarah Pierce

Sarah E. Pierce, 82, of Haines, died April 1, 2001, in a Boise care center.

There will be a graveside funeral later at the Weiser Cemetery in Weiser, Idaho. Disposition was by cremation at the Cloverdale Funeral Home.

Mrs. Pierce was born on April 24, 1918, at Weiser to William and Rachel Hoover. She was a 1937 graduate of the Weiser Institute. She attended two years of college in Chicago.

She returned home to the ranch on Mans Creek. She married Paul W. Rodabaugh in September of 1940. They had two children, Heather and Rachel. She later married Roland Pierce. He died in the mid 1970s.

She enjoyed accompanying soloists on the piano and organ at church. She played for many services, weddings and funerals. She had many hobbies.

She spent many years with her special friend, Jack Stevens of Haines. They enjoyed collecting antique cars and traveling to car shows. She had a 1966 Ford Mustang, which was her favorite.

Survivors include her daughters, Heather Birchmier of Boise and Rachel Woods of Phoenix; a sister, Velda Turnidge of Seattle, Wash.; six grandchildren, Shellie Wanaka, Lonnie Ainsworth, Paula Smith, Nellie Wilks, Irma Larson and Vicki Dyke; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Daniel Hoover; and one great-grandchild.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, 1100 Fairview Ave., North Seattle, Wash.

Jack Brannock

Jack Verl Brannock, 78, of Bend, a former longtime Baker City resident, died Feb. 6, 2000, at St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland.

His graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Haines Cemetery. David Brannock will officiate.

Mr. Brannock was born Oct. 10, 1922, at Homestead to Judson and Alma Irving Brannock. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II. His occupation was farming, which was supplemented by logging and mill work.

He married Mina E. Aldrich on March 5, 1961, at Mountain Home, Idaho. They lived in Baker City until he retired in 1991 and they moved to Bend.

Mr. Brannock is survived by two sisters, Betty Wilson of Baker City and Lola Patterson of Oak Harbor, Wash.; two daughters, Arlene Rice of Tualatin and Anna Holliday of LaPine; a son, David Brannock, of Vancouver, Wash.; and a foster son, Robert Wood of Portland; grandchildren, Callie Beth Brannock and Pamela Holliday.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mina, in 1992; brothers, Jarold and Arnold; and sisters, Fern and Bonnie.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Bend or a charity of ones choice through Grays West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, Ore. 97814.

Joshua Scott

Joshua David Scott, 21, of Baker City, died April 1, 2001, near Imbler.

His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Grays West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Pastor Monte Loyd of the Baker Valley Christian Assembly will officiate. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Friends are invited to join the family at the Baker Valley Christian Assembly Church, 3720 Birch St., for a reception after the service.

Visitations will be until 8 oclock tonight at Grays West & Co. Pioneer Chapel.

Mr. Scott was born on Oct. 10, 1979, at Goldendale, Wash., to Rose A. Kofstad and David E. Scott. He started school at Keating Elementary. He also attended North Baker Elementary, Baker Middle School and Baker High School, graduating in 1998.

He liked hunting, fishing, snowboarding, water sports and listening to music. He had a bright smile, which he wasnt afraid to share with anyone. He will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his parents, David and Rose Scott of Medical Springs; brothers, Huey Woodrum of Toledo, John Scott of Baker City and John Schockley of Seattle, Wash.; sisters, Theresa Scott of Boise and Rose Ewing of Newport; grandparents, Harvey and Marjorie Kofstad of Beaver Creek; and many aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, John and Stella Scott; and an aunt, Grace Swartz.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of ones choice through Grays West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, Ore. 97814.

Harrison Lare

Harrison Earl Lare, 86, of La Grande and a former Union resident, died April 3, 2001, at Twin Firs Retirement Residence at La Grande.

A celebration of life service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Loveland Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Ernest Smith of the Union United Methodist Church will officiate. Visitations will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Committal and vault interment will be at the Union Cemetery.

Mr. Lare was born on Jan. 1, 1915, at Kirwin, Kan., to Daniel Abraham and Alpher Etta Vest Lare. He was raised and attended elementary school at Kirwin, Kan., until 1926 when he and his family moved to Wallowa. They lived with his grandmother, Ellen Mollissia Vest, for two years until moving to their own home in Wallowa.

In 1934, he moved to Milton-Freewater with his mother an stepfather. He married Bernice June Roff on Nov. 23, 1935, at Pomeroy, Wash. They had one son, Gayle.

The couple were divorced on Dec. 22, 1937, and Mr. Lare moved to Pineridge for a short time before returning to Milton-Freewater. He married Marie Miller on May 28, 1940, at Walla Walla, Wash., and they had one daughter, Sandra. They had been married for 55 years before Mrs. Lares death on Oct. 17, 1995.

Mr. Lare moved to Mowich and worked for a sawmill for a short time before moving to Gilchrist where he worked on the green chain at the mill.

He and his wife and daughter moved back to Walla Walla, where he worked for Maughn Motor Co. as a mechanic for about three months. He then started working for Inland Motor Freight Co. as a mechanic for about six months.

He also worked for the Umatilla Canning Co. for a short time before returning to Gilchrist, working for the Gilchrist Logging Co. He serviced heavy machinery for about four years.

He later drove caterpillar and built roads until his retirement on July 1, 1977. This is when he and his wife moved to Union.

Mr. Lare enjoyed tying flies and spent most of his spare time fishing. He enjoyed gardening and working on televisions and electronics. He also enjoyed traveling to Arizona and California, spending the winter moths where it was warm.

Survivors include a son, Gayle Ramey, and his wife, Marianne, of Temecula, Calif.; his daughter, Sandra Davis of La Grande; grandchildren, Jeffrey and Debra Davis, both of La Grande; great-granddaughter, Breanna Marie Davis of La Grande; nieces, Ida Mac Wheeler of Ocean Springs, Miss., Ethel Leona Gilliam of Davenport, Wash.; nephews, Richard Wheeler of Milton-Freewater, Daniel Wheeler of Coos Bay, Raymond Bovent of Creston, Wash., Roland Bovent of New Jersey and Archie Gilliam of Bellevue, Wash.; a close cousin, Helen Brown of La Grande; his bird, Shorty; and other cousins and relatives.

He was preceded in death by his sisters, Lydia Lola Wheeler in 1987, Eva Ilene Gilliam in 1987, and infant sister, Celia Amelia Lare in 1927; and a niece, Virginia E. Bovent in 1963.

Memorial contributions may be made to Home Health and Hospice or to a charity of ones choice through the Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande, Ore. 97850.