Obituaries for June 20, 2012

By Baker City Herald June 20, 2012 09:44 am

Vera Lammert

Baker City, 1917-2012

Vera Elizabeth Lammert, 94, of Baker City, died June 13, 2012, at St. Alphonsus Care Center.

Friends are invited to join the family for burial of the urn at 2 p.m. Sunday at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Mrs. Lammert was born on Aug. 12, 1917, at Fruitland, Idaho. She was the younger baby of twins born to Charles Bert and Alma Agusta Troxell Morris. She was raised on a homestead between Alder Creek and Hill Creek near Pleasant Valley.

She met and later married her future husband, Alfred Leonard Lammert, also from a homestead family on Alder Creek.

She and Alfred lived on various ranch properties in the Alder Creek and Pleasant Valley area where their daughter and son were born. Alfred worked for a time at the Union Pacific Railroad station in Pleasant Valley.

They retired and moved to Baker City in the late 1980s where she continued to live after Alfred’s death in 1992.

She was always active in the Pleasant Valley Home Extension Service and enjoyed the farm and ranch life, her gardens, and raising farm animals.

She was an avid fisherman and would take every opportunity to go fishing on the local streams and lakes.

Survivors include her daughter and companion, Virginia Caldwell and Bob Pruett of Gladstone; son and companion, Allen Lammert and Margie Wagner of Salt Lake City; grandchildren and their spouses, Debbie and Richard Beck of Gladstone,  Rae and Darren Hughes of Gladstone and Kyle and Heidi Caldwell of Elgin; five great-grandchildren, and numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Alfred; her sister, Verna Francis; brother, Ernest H. Morris; and son-in-law, Raymond “Pete” Caldwell.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice through Gray’s West and Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR  97814.

Jack Simmons

Baker City, 1919-2012

Jack Isaiah Simmons, 92, of Baker City, died June 15, 2012, at St. Alphonsus Care Center. 

There was a viewing Tuesday at Gray’s West & Co. Another viewing is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at Driskill’s Memorial Chapel in John Day.

His graveside funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Fox Cemetery in Fox.

Jack was born on Aug. 30, 1919, at Pendleton to Harvey and Eva Cargill Simmons. He was a 1938 Pendleton High School graduate.

He later joined the U.S. Army Air Corps. After completing his military service, he worked as a road grader operator for Ellingson Timber from 1964 to 1983 where he was known as “Silent Jack.” He retired after 22 years.

He married Norma Colleen Green in 1942 in South Carolina. They had four children.

Jack enjoyed hunting, fishing, gold mining, gardening and woodworking.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Norma Simmons.

Survivors include his sister, Mildred Burton of Pilot Rock; his sons and daughters-in-law, Delo and Estrella Simmons of Baker City and Jeron and Charline Simmons of Baker City; his daughters and sons-in-law, Evelyn and Tony Johns of Prairie City and Janyce and Terry Foersterling of Baker City; five grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Baker City, OR 97814.