Obituaries for Oct. 5, 2012

By Jayson Jacoby October 05, 2012 10:18 am

Allen Chapin

Baker City, 1922-2012

Allen J. Chapin, 90, of Portland, a former Baker County resident, died Oct. 1, 2012, at Portland.

His funeral was at 1:30 p.m. today at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

 

Shirley Koons

Formerly Rock Creek, 1938-2012

Shirley Fannie Pritchard Koons, 74, a longtime Maupin resident and former resident of Rock Creek near Haines, died Oct. 2, 2012, at her home.

Her graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Haines Cemetery. There will be a potluck afterward at the Haines Methodist Church.

A memorial service and potluck is schedule at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Maupin American Legion Hall.  

 

 

 

Allen Chapin

Baker City, 1922-2012

Allen J. Chapin, 90, of Portland, a former Baker County resident, died Oct. 1, 2012, at Portland.

His funeral was at 1:30 p.m. today at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Chapin was a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel, who served as a B-17 pilot and was a prisoner of war during World War II.

Survivors include his three sons and a daughter; his wife, Alberta, and her family; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the American Red Cross.

Springer and Son Aloha Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Shirley Koons

Formerly Rock Creek, 1938-2012

Shirley Fannie Pritchard Koons, 74, a longtime Maupin resident and former resident of Rock Creek near Haines, died Oct. 2, 2012, at her home.

Her graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Haines Cemetery. There will be a potluck afterward at the Haines Methodist Church.

A memorial service and potluck is schedule at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Maupin American Legion Hall.  

Shirley was born on April 16, 1938, at Baker City. She was the youngest of four children born to Hustes Guy and Thelma Esther Fisher Pritchard. She grew up on the family farm near Haines, a community she dearly loved. She attended schools at Rock Creek and Muddy Creek and was a 1956 Baker High School graduate.

 She was active in 4-H.  She did sewing, cooking, knitting, and raised sheep, beef, and rabbits for about nine years. She participated in the Baker County Fair each of those years. She also belonged to Rainbow Girls.

After high school, she moved to Portland where she met Richard Koons. They were married on June 30, 1957. They were divorced in 1980.

 They had four children: DeAnna Reckmann, Douglas Koons, DeNise LaFollette and DeOra Patton. The family travels took them to Washington, California, and then back to Oregon, where they settled at Maupin in 1967.

 Shirley was a loving and caring mother and grandmother, her family said. She helped support the family working at various places in Maupin as a waitress, store clerk, and school office aide. In 1980, she began a career at the Mount Hood National Forest, Barlow Ranger District, as purchasing agent and personnel clerk. She retired 23 years later in 2003.

Survivors include her children, DeAnna (Donald) Reckmann of Maupin, Douglas Koons of Maupin, DeNise LaFollette of Portland, and DeOra (Don) Patton of Maupin; her grandchildren, Katrina (James) Messner, Rachael Reckmann, Charity Reckmann, Daniel Hibbitts, Richard Koons, William (Sheena) LaFollette, Tina (Jeremy) LaFollette, Ricky (Jody) LaFollette, and DeVin (Brittney) Patton; her great-grandchildren, Samantha Reckmann Messner, Cody Messner, Isabella Messner, Saleen Hibbitts, Ariana Hibbitts, Sophia Hibbitts, Trystan Hibbitts, Joseph LaFollette, Alexis LaFollette, Christain Rosenburg, Tanner Rosenburg, Jacob Applebee, Nathan LaFollette, Jesse LaFollette and Dylen Patton; her sister, Esther VanOrtwick of Portland; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

Shirley was preceded in death by her father and mother; her brother, Hustes Guy “Sunny” Pritchard Jr.; her sister, Norna (Pritchard) Averett; and her daughter-in-law, Tamara (Wenz) Koons.

Memorial contributions may be made  to Providence Hospice of the Gorge.