Obituaries for November 11, 2011

By Chris Collins November 11, 2011 08:02 pm
Larry Irey

Larry A. Irey, 70, a former Baker resident, died Oct. 24, 2011, at Boise after a long illness.
He was born in 1941 at Baker City to Lester and Charlotte Irey. He was a 1960 graduate of Baker High School where he was a member of the basketball team and the Lettermen’s Club, 2 & 3 and choir. In his senior year he served as vice president of choir.
After high school he went to work at Basche-Sage as a clerk. Later he moved to Boise where he worked for the Boise Project Board of Control for 32 years.
His funeral was Oct. 27 at Canyon Hill Cemetery in Caldwell, Idaho.
Survivors include his sister-in-law, Venet, and mother-in-law, Elnora, who had been his caregivers; his son, David, and daughter-in-law Debbie; and three grandsons and two granddaughters.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Karen; his parents; and two brothers, Clayton and Keith.

Colleen Tipton Jones
Colleen L. Tipton Jones, 86, died Nov. 6, 2011.
She lived at St. Alphonsus Care Center in Baker City and died after  an extended illness.
Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Baker City Christian Church, 675 Highway 7. Pastor Jesse Whitford will officiate. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception at the Baker City Christian Church after the services.
Colleen was born at Baker City in 1925 to Henry and Orpha Lucretia (Willey) Koontz. She was born on the 4th of July so it was decided to name her Colleen Liberty Koontz in celebration of our country’s independence, her family said.
She spent her childhood at the family farm at Hereford, homesteaded in the late 1800s by her grandfather, Orlando Chester Koontz. She was the youngest of five children, Leslie (1909), Ferne (1910), Clifford (1912), and Eva (1917). Brief illnesses took both brothers, Leslie and Clifford, in their late teens leaving her and her two sisters to help Lance and Orpha work the farm.
During the Depression, Colleen and the family briefly moved to Cascade, Idaho, where Lance and Orpha found work. Lance was employed in the Eccles Lumber Mill and Orpha worked in a boarding house baking pies.
They returned to the homestead in 1930. In 1943, Colleen graduated from Hereford High School with a graduating class of two. She then traveled to Sacramento, Calif., where she went to Western Union School and then went to work at Bremerton, Wash., in a Western Union office handling money for naval servicemen.
During this time she witnessed some evidence of the devastation of World War II, including a disabled destroyer with a torpedo hole in its side.
In June 1944, Colleen returned to Hereford and then to Baker City to be with her sister, Eva, after Eva’s husband had been killed by lightning. Colleen worked at Baker City briefly for Leo Adler and then with the First National Bank.
On Sept. 1, 1945, Colleen married Leo “Budd” Tipton after he came home from the service in June 1945. They remained in Baker City and had three children, Leslie (1947), Lynette (1950), and Steven (1951). Colleen enjoyed remaining home with her children while Budd worked.
After Colleen and Budd were divorced, she remained at Baker City where she continued to raise her children and work. She married Russell Jones and remained with him until his death in 1988.
She then lived at Baker City by herself, surrounded by family and a multitude of close friends.
Colleen was well-liked by everyone she met and could socialize until the “cows came home,” family members said. She was very close to family and was fond of family gatherings.
The family expressed special thanks to Patricia Tipton for her many cherished visits with Colleen during her stay at the care center in Baker City.
She was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands, Budd Tipton and Russell Jones; sisters, Ferne Anderson and Eva Dickerson; brothers Leslie Koontz and Clifford Koontz; and a baby sister, Alta Faye.
Survivors include son, Leslie Tipton and his wife, Diana Dominquez of Summerville; daughter, Lynette Tipton of Prineville; son, Steve Tipton and his wife, Linda, of Baker City; grandchildren, Jennifer Holliday of Salem, Casey Hulick, Abree Tipton of Lahaina, Hawaii, and Blaine Tipton of Steamboat Springs, Colo.; great-grandchildren, Tyler Hulick and Devon Hulick; nieces, Nancy Endicott, Mary Jo Higgins, Kay Nakada, Mary Lou Sackos; nephews, Mike Higgins, Richard Higgins, Donnie Dickerson, Pat Dickerson, Percy Dickerson, and Larry Anderson.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Heart ‘n’ Home Hospice through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, Ore. 97814.

‘Dotty’ Bowers

Dorothy “Dotty” Bowers, 69, of Baker City, died Nov. 5, 2011, at her home surrounded by love ones after losing her battle with cancer.
There will be no memorial service.
Dotty was born on June 26, 1942, at Chicago to George and Emily Hybl. The family later moved to Scottsdale, Ariz., where Dotty graduated from high school and attended college.
In 1962, Dotty married the lover of her life and best friend, David Bowers. The couple raised two children: David and Darlene.
While raising their two children in Arizona, Dotty loved spending time with friends and family. The family spent time camping, boating and playing in the sand dunes.
Dotty was very involved in her children’s school functions. She never missed a field trip and always offered her home for pool parties and other school activities.
The couple moved to Baker City in 1994 where Patty fell in love with the mountains.
She spent the rest of her days enjoying her family, gardening and working in stained glass.
Dotty was a bright and spirited soul who touched the lives of many, family members said.
“She could brighten your day with her soft-spoken way and welcoming smile,” they said.
Survivors include her husband of 50 years, David Bowers; her son, David Bowers, and his wife, Jeanenne Bowers; daughter, Darleen Profitt, and her husband, Nick Profitt; grandchildren, Alysia and Erika Bowers, Cody Denton, Payton Jones and Hunter Profitt, all of Baker City.

Jacqueline Wulk

Jacqueline Jule Wulk, 87, of Baker City died Nov. 5, 2011. 
There will be no funeral at this time.
Jacqueline was born on Jan. 4, 1924, at Los Angeles to John and Eliza Melton Lavelle. She met Willfred William Wulk and they were married on May 16, 1942. They had sons, John and William, and a daughter, Nancy.
The Wulk family made their way from California to Oregon where Jackie was a volunteer and the executive secretary for the Josephine County Chapter American Red Cross. They moved to Baker City from Grants Pass on May 22, 1996.
She was preceded in death by her husband.
Survivors include her sons, John (Sharon) Wulk of Baker City and William Wulk of Albany; daughter, Nancy Pugsley of Grants Pass; 10 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Baker City Chapter American Red Cross through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.