Obitauries for Dec. 2, 2011

By Baker City Herald December 02, 2011 06:22 pm
Charles Dougherty, Gary Hornbeck, John Sanders, David Myers

Charles Dougherty

Charles James Dougherty, 83, died Nov. 24, 2011, at Baker City.

There will be no service at this time.

Charles was born on March 13, 1928, at Valen, S.D., to Charles and Minnie Huston Dougherty. He had a rough start in life, and at age 15 he moved to Oregon where he made his home. Charles worked in sales for many years and worked for Boeing for seven years, retiring in 1993.

He loved to invent gadgets and he dabbled in oil painting. With his job in sales, he did a lot of traveling, which he enjoyed until recently when his vision restricted his ability to drive.

Survivors include his ex-wife and mother of his children, Viola Dougherty of Yelm, Wash.; son, Sherman Dougherty of Las Vegas, Nev.; daughter, Susan Dougherty of Baker City; two grandsons, Chris Dougherty of Renton, Wash., and Anthony Dougherty of Baker City.

He was preceded in death by his youngest son, Curtis Dougherty.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lions Club through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

John Sanders

John Sanders, 54, of Sumpter, died on Nov. 16, 2011, at Sumpter.

There will be a private family gathering in his honor in the spring of 2012. 

John Charles Sanders was born on May 11, 1957, at Garden Grove, Calif., to William and Una Faye Pridemore Sanders. He lived and attended school in California until 1962 when the family moved to McMinnville. He was a 1975 McMinnville High School graduate.

While in high school, John worked at Rice’s Auction Yard. During his senior year of high school, he went to work for Smith’s Pie Co. at McMinnville where he was employed for 10 to 12 years. He then went on to work for ESP (Elastic Silicone Products).

John moved to Sumpter a year ago to live with his brother and family. John loved to play pool and always looked forward to the next game. He enjoyed the outdoors, bow and rifle hunting, duck hunting and fishing. He also participated in community events through the Jaycees program at McMinnville.

Survivors include his daughter, Jennifer Garrett, and two grandchildren, Tyler and Kaylee Douglas; his father, William Sanders of McMinnville; his mother, Una Faye Quick of Irvine, Calif.; brother, Tom, and his wife, Becky Sanders of Sumpter; sister, Linda Honse of Sheridan; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Gary Hornbeck

Gary Michael Hornbeck, 69, of Hood River, a former Baker City resident, died on Nov. 29, 2011, at his home with his family by his side.

He had been diagnosis with pancreatic cancer two weeks earlier.

His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Hood River Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 18th and May streets. Viewing will be from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Graveside rites will be at the Idlewilde Cemetery. There will be a special time for friends to meet with family from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont Ave., in Hood River.

Gary was born on July 27, 1942, at Baker City to Samuel and Iva Srack Hornbeck. He lived at Pondosa where he attended grade school and was a 1960 Baker High School graduate. He then attended Eastern Oregon College (now Eastern Oregon University) at La Grande.

Gary needed a date for his high school senior prom and he chose Noretta Koontz, a sophomore, to go with him. They were married for all eternity on July 31, 1962, at the Idaho Falls Temple and their courtship continued for 49 years.

 They lived at Pendleton for two years before moving to Hood River in 1964 when their first child, Kurtis, was born. Darla was next, then Julie, Bradley, Angela and Maria.

Gary was active in school and community events over the years as his children grew and he owned his dental lab and later his denturist office.

He joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1962 and served in many position of leadership since that time. He served as bishop of the Hood River Ward from Jan. 29, 2006, until Oct. 30, 2011.

While working as a bell hop at the Hotel Baker, Gary was offered a job as a dental lab technician in Pendleton. He accepted the offer and later moved to Hood River on Jan. 29, 1964. He purchased the dental lab that year and has served the community since that time making more than 23,000 dentures in his lab.

In 1980 Gary was in the first graduating class for licensed denturist in the nation. He served as an examiner for several years, as president of the Oregon Denturist Association and on the Oregon State Board of Denturist. During his career, Gary developed Sparkle Professional Denture cleaner that he continued to sell after his retirement in 2008.

Gary’s favorite pastime was rodeo and he enjoyed the Pendleton Round-up and the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas every year. He was also a talented artist sculpting several Western art pieces that were cast in bronze.

Gary was known for his sense of humor, family members said. Employees and friends might find petroleum jelly on their car doors, paper towels flying through the air at them or the loud bang of the Indian drum. At meal time, someone’s plate or glass was sure to disappear if they turned their head.

Before his death, Gary wanted to thank his many friends and family for their love, friendship and service he has witnessed through the years.

Survivors include his wife, Noretta; his children, Kurtis (April) Hornbeck of Klamath Falls, Darla (Bob) Schmecker of Lewiston, Idaho, Julie (Dave) Sintay of Orem, Utah, Bradley (Tricia) Hornbeck of Kelso, Wash., Angela (Bryce) Thueson of Nampa, Idaho, Maria Montufar and Paulo Montufar of Hood River; 27 grandchildren; sisters, Jeannie Cates of Baker City and Leanne Johnston of Ontario.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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David Myers

David William Myers, 78, of Baker City, died Nov. 26, 2011, at his home.

His graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception afterward at the Missouri Flat Grange Hall.

David William Myers was born on July 2, 1933, at Baker City to Cope and Georgia Watt Myers. He attended Baker schools.

After graduation, he served four years’ active duty in the U.S. Air Force and four years in the Reserves.

He worked for Boeing Aircraft as a flight inspector at Seattle, Wash. He transferred with General Dynamics Inc., working on missile sites at Roswell and Ruidoso, N.M. Later he went into business with his brother, Norman, and together they ran Myers Brothers Garage at Halfway for 17 years until their retirement.

During his retirement he did a variety of jobs; his favorite was working with his backhoe. He loved to tease and enjoyed giving anyone and everyone a hard time, family members said.

He was preceded in death by a 2-month-old daughter, Judy Denise; an older brother killed in World War II; and his parents.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Claudea “Jo”; daughter, Kitty Skurat, and her husband, John, of St. George, Utah; son, Daniel Myers of Baker City; granddaughter, Chelsea Massingale and her husband, Mark, of Salt Lake City; granddaughter, Sara Myers, great-granddaughter, Alex, and daughter-in-law, Sue Myers, all of Brinnon, Wash.; brothers, Glen Myers, Norman Myers, Carl Myers, Cope J. Myers and Ralph Myers, all of Baker City; many nieces and nephews; and his beloved canine companion, “Tommy.”

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.