Obituaries for June 29, 2012

By Baker City Herald June 29, 2012 09:55 am

‘Don’ Kloss

Ontario, 1938-2012

Donald DeVere “Don”  Kloss, 74, of Ontario, died June 22, 2012, of a heart attack, with his wife and grandson by his side.

There will be a celebration of Don’s life at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 7, at the Boulevard Grange at 3890 Highway 201, in Ontario.  Those attending are asked to dress casually.

Don was born on Jan. 26, 1938, at Churdan, Iowa, to Bernice West Kloss and Harry DeVere Kloss. He was raised at Fort Dodge, Iowa, and was a graduate of Fort Dodge Senior High School. 

He served on the Fort Dodge Police Department in the 1960s. In the mid- 1970s, Don was transferred to Oregon while working for Transcon Trucking. 

He was the shop steward for the Teamster members of Transcon in the Baker City area until he was hired by the Teamsters Local, No. 670, as a business agent. He then moved to the Vale/Ontario area with his wife, Beverly, and her two children, Staci and Brandon. 

Don proudly, faithfully, and tirelessly represented the Teamsters and its members.  Retiring in 1999 from the Teamsters, he had provided ongoing part-time consulting since his retirement. 

It was said, “Don never retired he only took longer vacations.”  

Don enjoyed life with his wife, family, and friends.  He spent time traveling in their motor home, attending the sporting events of his grandchildren and cooking for family.  He was a longtime Seahawk Football fan.  

He was preceded in death by his parents. 

Survivors include his wife and loving partner of 29 years, Beverly Shukle Kloss, of Ontario; four sons, David (Teri) Kloss, Daniel (Deborah) Kloss, Michael Kloss and Brett Kloss; one daughter, Cyndi (Dan) Poppinga; two stepchildren, Staci (Sam) Trenkel and Brandon (Holly) Tarvin; grandchildren, Ben (Barb) Kloss, Josh Kloss , Jeremiah (Aunchalee) Kloss, Hayden Kloss, Mikayla Kloss, Danielle Poppinga, Drew Poppinga, Mitchel Kloss, Jordyn Kloss, Tyler Tarvin, Rashelle Tarvin, Hope Koranda, Andrew Trenkel, Nathan Trenkel and Ryan Trenkel; great-grandchild, Isabella; one older brother, Larry (Dorothy) Kloss; three younger sisters, Nancy (Denny) Crotts, Linda (Loren) Edwards and Wilma (Kenny) Veerhusen.  He also enjoyed a close relationship with Beverly’s family, Kay (Keith) Lyons, Gary (Cindy) Shukle and Karen (Brian) Combs and their families.

Memorial contributions may be made in honor of his parents to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.

‘Jack’ Gallagher


John Michael (Jack) Gallagher, 87, died June 22, 2012, after his strong body and spirit fought a valiant battle against several diseases.

A vigil service will be Friday, June 29 at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be Saturday, June 30 at 10 a.m. Both services will be at All Saints Parish, St. James Church in Lewiston, Idaho. Vasaar-Rawls Funeral Home in Lewiston is in charge of the arrangements.

Jack was born on March 4, 1925, at Bendena, Kan., the second of 10 children born to Ida May (Thomas) and Roger Gallagher. 

He spent his childhood on the family farm helping to work the crops and tend the animals. In 1944, he volunteered for the U.S. Army and served his country during World War II in France, Belgium and Germany. He drove and commanded an M8 armored car on reconnaissance and combat patrol.

After the war, Jack returned to Kansas to help his grandparents. After his grandfather passed away he reunited with his family in Caldwell, Idaho, and worked as a driver on construction jobs.

While applying for a job at Garrett Freightlines he met the secretary, Marie Mason, and left quite an impression. She told her boss not to hire him. He got the job despite her recommendation, and a short while later they began dating. Jack and Marie were married on July 3, 1950, in Nampa, Idaho.

They enjoyed 60 years of marriage until Marie’s passing in June 2011. In their first 20 years of marriage, Jack and Marie enjoyed three active children. They were then surprised with an additional baby boy in 1970.

Throughout most of Jack’s career, he was employed in the trucking industry. He worked for Garretts in Idaho and Utah and became a terminal manager. He moved his family from Idaho to California and went to work for Transcon Lines. Later they transferred to Nebraska, Oregon and Washington. He retired from Transcon in 1990.

Jack and Marie spent 15 fun winters in Yuma, Ariz. During these years he also enjoyed farming with his son, John, in Minnesota. The couple also visited family and friends all over the country. He faithfully helped all of them with their “honey-Do” lists and offered advice; both solicited and not, while pointing the Gallagher finger.

Jack has been an active member of the Catholic Church throughout his life serving the church in a variety of ways. He is a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus and has maintained his membership for 69 years. He is also a past member of the Teamsters, the Lions Club and the Elks.

Jack is lovingly remembered by his children: Kathy (Craig) Schwoyer of Livermore, Calif., John (Esther) Gallagher of Goodridge, Minn., Gail (Craig) Estes of Lewiston, Idaho, and David (Julie) Gallagher of Milton, Wash. He also leaves behind his brothers, Jim and Roger; sisters, Peggy Ryan and Ruth Ann Baker; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Jack was preceded in death by his beloved wife Marie; his parents; his son in-law, Michael Curtis; his sisters, Mary Patricia, Julia, Marie and May; and his brother, Tom.

Contributions in Jack’s memory may be made to the All Saints Building Fund. P.O. Box 676, Lewiston, ID 83501, your local hospice or your local cancer support programs.

Christine Kohl


Christine Marie Kohl, 50, of Union, died June 26, 2012, at her residence.

A “casual dress” celebration of the life of Christine will be Sunday, July 8 at 1 p.m. at the Eastern Oregon Livestock Clubhouse in Union followed by a potluck dinner. 

For information about the potluck dinner, please call Kim Brock at 541-519-0311.

 Christine was born on May 15, 1962, at Yreka, Calif., to her parents, Kenny Fox and Alice Margurite (Bunce) Fox. She grew up in Bremerton, Wash., before her family moved to Baker City at the age of 12. She graduated from Baker High School. Christine enlisted in the Air Force, and after serving her country she received an honorable discharge. She continued her education at Eastern Oregon University. At this time she met Johnny Kohl, and they were married on June 18, 1988. Christine put her education on hold while she raised her family. It was not until a few years ago that she went back to complete her education. With hard work and the proud support of her family, Christine graduated summa cum laude from Eastern Oregon University in 2009 with a bachelor’s of science degree in sociology.

Christine was employed by the United States Forest Service from 1989 to 2008, serving as a dispatcher and then as an administrative assistant. In her earlier years she worked at the Baker City Co-op and was a 4-H leader. She was educated in the practice of Reiki energy healing and achieved 4th level Reiki Master Teacher. Christine was active in Wings and served as a True Colors counselor. Her best and most enthusiastic support was reserved for her son, Haiden and his Union High School cross country team. She attended every meet with her support. Christine loved gardening and her flowers. She enjoyed canning and sewing for her family.

 Christine is survived by her husband, Johnny; two children: Haiden Kohl of La Grande and Tyger Ricard of Portland; her mother, Alice Saul of Baker City; her siblings: Kenny H. (Lori) Fox of Haines, Clifford L. (Kathy) Fox of North Powder, A. Kathy (Tracy) Moss of Prairie City, Billy (Arlene) Saul of Baker City, and Kim (Wes) Brock of Baker City; one grandchild, Tital Bailey of Portland; her aunt, Vicky Culver of Washington; her uncle, George Bunce of Indiana; and nine nieces and nephews.

 She was preceded in death by her father, Kenny H. Fox Sr., her dad, Roy R. Saul; her grandmother, Alice Bunce; and her grandfather, Ken Bunce.

Contributions in memory of Christine may be made to the Wings True Colors Scholarship Fund, in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande, OR 97850. Online condolences may be made to the family at

‘Bud’ Walker


John F. “Bud” Walker died on June 24, 2012 at his home in Baker City with his family by his side. 

The family will host a luncheon (Famous Lostine Tavern Tacos) and celebration of Bud’s life on Aug. 4, 2012 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lostine Tavern in Lostine, Oregon.

Bud was born in 1921 to an El Dorado County, Calif., pioneer family. He was the son of Eva Bell (Miser) and Tom Walker.

Bud was a cowboy first — recalling days of this youth on the family ranches and being able to go along on his first trail drive over Desolation Pass into Blackwood Canyon at the age of 5. Stories were often told of breaking mustangs in Nevada, guiding hunters and packing dudes with Bud Jones in Squaw Valley and later running his own pack string in Tahoe City, Calif. He enjoyed telling the stories of the time he took a group of wealthy Mills College co-eds on a horse trip from Tahoe City to Yosemite National Park, and when he provided the horses for the movie “Rose Marie” with Nelson Eddy and Jeanette McDonald. He was fond of saying that “rich or poor” everyone was welcome at camp and everyone was treated the same.

During World War II he worked as a foreman for Consolidated Aircraft in San Diego. After the war he joined the family ranch near Woodland, Calif. His two younger sisters introduced him to their boarding school roommate, Betty L. Cavin, and on the first date he knew this was the girl he would spend his life with.

Bud and Betty married in 1947 and were partners in life for 64 years.

Together they ranched in California and in Lostine. In Wallowa County, Bud worked for the Grain Growers and spent many happy years as a logger falling trees. Later he worked for the Umatilla County Marina. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting in the Wallowa Mountains and fishing in the Columbia and Snake rivers.

Bud was a great tease and had two sayings that many will long remember if they were ever hurt around him. When he knew for sure that your injury wasn’t too serious you could hear him telling you —“It sure will feel good when it quits hurting” and “don’t worry: it’s a long way from your heart.”

Bud specially enjoyed spending time with his only grandchild, Jessica. They spent countless hours together and through the years he hardly ever missed an event that she participated in.

He was preceded in death by his sister Marcie Watson.

Survivors include his wife, Betty of Baker City; daughter, Pam Walker and her partner Morgan Lynn of Auburn, Calif.; daughter, Paula and her husband Mitch Southwick of Baker City; granddaughter Jessica Southwick of Hermiston; sister, Gary and her husband Lee Roberts of Grants Pass, sister, Mazie and her husband, Dick Carnell of Sierraville, Calif.; sister, Patricia Johnson of Shingle Springs, Calif.; sister-in-law Virginia and her husband, Percy Haugen, of Woodland, Calif., numerous nieces and nephews and the wonderful friends who became part of our family.

Those who wish to make a donation in Bud’s name may do so to the Baker County Search and Rescue through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home P.O. Box 543 Halfway, OR 97834.