Obituaries for the week of July 30 to August 3

August 08, 2001 12:00 am

Dorothy Henner

Dorothy Jane Dot Henner, 73, of Haines, died July 29, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

At her request, there will be no services.

Mrs. Henner was born Nov. 11, 1927, at Baker City to James and Mabel York Hall along with her twin brother, Donald, who preceded her in death in the early 1970s.

She married John E. Henner Jr. in 1946 in Baker City, and lived and worked in Haines until 1960, when the couple moved to Irrigon. After living in the Hermiston area for seven years, she and her husband moved to The Dalles; they eventually moved back to Haines, where they retired. Mrs. Henner worked as a cook, waitress and bartender in many restaurants through the years. Mr. Henner was a mechanic. He preceded her in death in 1996.

In December of 1956 Mrs. Henner gave birth to the light of her life, her only son, Jack. Despite severe health problems, she endured pregnancy to give life to her son, who was at her side as she passed.

Mrs. Henner enjoyed many outdoor activities with her husband, adored her grandchildren and enjoyed sewing. Her rough exterior rarely gave way to her charitable side. She was there in her own way when someone was in need, and there are many people who have stories of their experiences with her.

Mrs. Henner is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Cindy Henner of Haines; her mother-in-law, Wilma Henner of Haines; a brother and sister-in-law, Edward and Violet Hall of Hermiston; sisters, Millie Hickerson of Baker City, Irene Martin of Boise and Loreen Spriet of Colorado; two grandchildren, Lora and Brandon; two step-grandchildren; one step-great-grandchild; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Henner was preceded in death by her husband; two brothers, Glen and Donald Hall; and a sister, Ada.

Contributions in Mrs. Henners memory may be made to the American Heart Association or American Cancer Society in care of the Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, Ore., 97814.

Roger Loennig

William Roger Loennig, 92, a Haines native and third-generation Muddy Creek rancher, died July 26, 2001, at Settlers Park in Baker City.

His graveside funeral will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Sally Wiens of Haines Methodist Church will officiate. Following the services there will be a reception at the Loennig family home at Muddy Creek.

Mr. Loennig was born March 8, 1909, to Benjamin Frank Loennig and Emma Elizabeth Lang at their home at Muddy Creek.

After graduation from Muddy Creek High School in 1927, he went to Los Angeles, where he earned his pilots license. He then returned to run the family ranch.

He married Alice Helen Williams on Dec. 21, 1935, in the Baker Hotel. Following their marriage, they moved into a new home on the ranch, where he lived until his death.

Mr. Loennig was active in local school boards from 1942-67. He served as State Representative in 1951-52 and State Senator from 1953-55. He was a member of the State Board of Aeronautics from 1955-70 and the State Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee from 1970-80.

As an active licensed pilots until the 1990s, Mr. Loennig established the Muddy Creek Airport in 1945 after purchasing a Piper Cub, the first of several planes he owned through the years. He was a captain in the Oregon National Guard Reserve during the Korean War and served on the Sheriffs Possee in the Oregon Air Search and Rescue. He was a founding member and active in the Flying Farmers. In 1949 he soloed to Havana, Cuba, with a group of other Oregon private pilots.

Mr. Loennig was a Mason in good standing since 1949, and had advanced to Master of the North Powder Lodge. He was also a 50-year Scottish Rite member, and a Shriner.

The Loennigs enriched their retirement by wintering in Yuma, Ariz. They also enjoyed traveling, and pulled a trailer across the United States and into Mexico, Guatemala and Belize. They also toured parts of Europe, South Korea, Alaska and Hawaii.

Mr. Loennig is survived by his wife of 66 years, Alice H. Loennig of Haines; children and their spouses, Alice Anne and Norris Faringer of Yakima, Wash., Bill and Beverly Loennig of Haines, and Sally and James Gantor of Hoodsport, Wash., grandchildren and their spouses, Felicia Faringer-Babin and Chris Babin, and Scott and Helen Faringer, all of Yakima; a great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Faringer, and step-great-grandsons, Nick and Alex Gosseen, all of Yakima.

Mr. Loennig was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Frank, Henry and Carl Loennig; and his sisters, Erma Poulson and Beatrice Lawhorn.

Contributions in Mr. Loennigs memory may be made to the Haines Methodist Church Building Fund in care of Grays West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, Ore., 97814.

Elmer Brown Jr.

Elmer Lee Brown Jr., 73, of Richland, died July 23, 2001, at his home.

At his request, there will be no funeral. His body will be cremated through Tamis Pine Valley Funeral Home at Halfway.

Mr. Brown, who was proud to be a Texan, was born in a barn on Oct. 28, 1927, while his family was following the harvest. They picked cotton and other foodstuffs.

Through hard work and a will to succeed, Mr. Brown later became a successful businessman. He worked for the railroad for a time, then worked in the woods in all aspects of logging and log hauling. He spent a large part of his adult life as a diesel mechanic.

His lifes ambition was realized when he moved to Eastern Oregon and founded his own backhoe, gravel and soil-handling business, Browns Backhoe.

Mr. Brown served seven years from 1945 to 1952 in the U.S. Navy as a damage-control man, second class. He was mainly in the Indo-China Sea area.

He married Muriel Theresa Nygaard on Jan. 19, 1950. They raised a family of six after settling in the Eugene area.

After moving to Richland, he married E. Lorraine Specht and they had 15 years together.

Survivors include three sisters, Helen Brown of Paris, Texas, Mary Frances Meadows and Vaneta Lois Bryan and a brother, Elmer Lee Brown, all of Sayre, Okla.; two sons, George Leslie Brown of Marcola and Airman E1 (AW) Roy Lee Brown of Sicily, Italy; three daughters, Theresa May Howard of Mystic, Conn., Wendy Louise Bryan of Chesapeake, Va., and Nancy Elaine Willett of Toano, Va.; and a close cousin, Jerry Jones, whose family did so much to help Mr. Brown when he was a child; and nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer Lee Brown Sr. and Willie Lucille Smart; his sister Gertrude Belle of Paris, Texas; three brothers, James Henry Brown, Eddie Waylon Brown and Johnny Mack Brown and a sister, Voleta Fern Brown all of Sayre, Okla.; and a daughter, Barbara Jean Davis of Springfield.

Memorial contributions may be made to Eagle Valley Ambulance through Tamis Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, Ore. 97834.

Vina Graves

Vina Lynn Cronk Graves of Vancouver, Wash., died on July 21, 2001, four days short of her 99th birthday.

Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.

There will be a memorial service for her on Sept. 16 at 2 p.m. at the Calvary Baptist Church, 2130 Fourth St.

Mrs. Graves was born on July 25, 1902, at Ord, Neb. Her family settled at Emmett, Idaho, in 1906 and she grew up there. She was a school teacher at Lookingglass for two years and homemaker, teacher and school volunteer for 40 years in Idaho.

She was married to Kent W. Graves in 1926, and was the mother of two daughters. Mr. Graves and her daughter, Coleen Phillips, preceded her in death.

She lived in Baker City for a number of years. She had lived with her daughter, Loreta Wood at Vancouver, Wash., since 1984.

Survivors, in addition to her daughter, include two granddaughters, Wendy Ricks and Kelley Heizer, and five great-grandsons; E. Merrill Cronk of Bremerton, Wash., one of her 13 brothers and sisters; and a number of nieces and nephews. Memorials contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 2130 Fourth St., Baker City, OR 97814.