Obituaries for Dec. 5, 2011

By Baker City Herald December 05, 2011 08:14 pm

Larry Cochran
Laurance W. “Larry” Cochran, 84, of Baker City, died Nov. 30, 2011, at Settler’s Park Assisted Living in Baker City.
His memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St. Pastor Garth Johnson of Agape Christian Center will officiate. There will be a graveside service at 2 p.m. at the Prairie City Cemetery. Military rites will be performed by the Oregon National Guard Honor Guard. There will be gathering at Grace Chapel in Prairie City after the graveside service.
Larry was born on March 26, 1927, at Prairie City, a son of John “Jack” and Hazel Laurance Cochran. He was raised on ranches in Prairie City and received his education there. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
He married Margaret “Mary” Born on April 6, 1947. The couple had two daughters, Linda and Vickie.
Larry spent his years working as a sheet-metal worker; he went back to college in his 40s and graduated as a licensed plumber. Larry installed and repaired the plumbing in many home in Baker City. He had many hobbies, which included woodworking, making beautiful tables and remodeling his home; fishing, including tying his own flies; hunting; and gardening, where he particularly loved his roses. Larry enjoyed teaching taxidermy and hunter safety classes.
His family meant everything to him. Larry enjoyed surprising his wife and family with unexpected gifts. On vacation one time he surprised his daughters with a trip to the Disney Ice Capades in Reno, Nev.
He took over organizing the family reunions for many years, and he loved reminiscing and visiting. His pets were very dear to him — he even had a talking parakeet that rode on his shoulder as he drove around town.
Larry felt strongly about community. He served as a state policeman; was a volunteer fireman for Baker City and was the leader of his block for “Block Watch.”
Survivors include his wife, Betty Plfiger Cochran of Baker City; his daughter, Linda Cochran of Ontario; his daughter and son-in-law, Vickie and Lee Mullin of Prairie City; his granddaughter and her husband, Elizabeth and Damon Pope of LaPine; his brother-in-law, Darrell Johnson of Prairie City; his nieces, Wanda Peterson of Fort St. John, Canada, and Candy Olson of John Day; his nephew, Garth Johnson of Baker City; his stepson, Steve Brown of Cambria, Calif.; his stepdaughters, Jay Green of Baker City, and Rella Browne and her husband, Dick, of Sumpter.
Mr. Cochran was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary; and a sister, Dorothy.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Alzheimer’s Foundation, through the Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

John Schaaf Sr.

John Francis Schaaf Sr., 84, died  Nov. 23, 2011, at Settler’s Park Assisted Living in Baker City.
A private family gathering will be held in the spring in the John Day area.
John was born on March 4, 1927, at Dayton, Ohio, to Raymond and Alma (Wannemacher) Schaaf. He graduated from Chaminade High School (for boys only) class of 1945.  John joined the U.S. Marine Corps on March 4, 1945, serving in the Military Police in Japan. In 1951 he married his wife, Bonita, and they had five children. He served in Korea from 1952-53 as combat MP, then as a cameraman with the 1st War Division. He continued his life’s work as a cameraman and enjoyed all that it had to offer, working in Southern California and Portland, Ore.
During John’s life, he enjoyed traveling, river rafting, gardening and observing nature. He had a “green thumb” and could grow anything. John enjoyed sharing his favorite thoughts — “ask little, expect nothing and never know disappointment.” He lived his life very much like that. John was a kind man with a generous heart.
John is survived by his children: Chip (John Francis, Jr.) Schaaf, Chris Schaaf, Celeste Schaaf, Jeanette Wallace and Bonnie Schaaf.
John asked that any donations made in memory of him go to the National Arbor Society. This may be done through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.