Obituaries for Feb. 1, 2013

By Baker City Herald February 01, 2013 09:46 am

Delores McClurg

Baker City, 1928-2013

Dolores Juanita McClurg, 84, died on Jan. 28, 2013, in Baker City. 

Dolores was born on Aug. 8, 1928, at Boise to John and Grace Sipp Davis. She graduated from Muddy Creek High School in 1948 as valedictorian of her class. 

Dolores married James W. McClurg on May 8, 1949. They had six children and were married for 58 years.

Survivors include her daughter, Mary Centre, and husband, Marvin, son, John McClurg, and daughter, Laurie McClurg, all of Baker City, son, Paul McClurg, of Casper, Wyo., son, James McClurg, and wife, Mary, of Augusta, Mont.; grandchildren, William Centre, and his children, Richard, and Gwen of Baker City, JoVanna Centre of Walla Walla, Wash., Timothy Nguyen and his children, Elly and Colby of La Grande, Lana Bentley and her husband, Donny, of Baker City, and Justin McClurg of La Grande.

 She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James McClurg; son, David McClurg; and grandson, Sam McClurg.

 Coles Tribute Center was in charge of arrangements.

‘Jerry’ Ross

Goldendale, Wash.

Gerald “Jerry” Ross, 87, of Goldendale, Wash., a former Baker City resident, died Dec. 28, 2012, at Nashua, N.H., while visiting his daughter, Jane.

His funeral was Jan. 5 at Davenport’s Chapel of the Good Shepherd in Klamath Falls. He was buried Jan. 7 at Silver Lake Cemetery.

Jerry was born to Emma and Ralph Ross in Arkansas. In 1936, his father built a home on the back of a truck and the family joined that famous migration from the impoverished South to the golden promise of California. There he came of age finding work in a variety of jobs, including coopering for the wine trade, managing hops and rice fields and doing general house construction.

 He married Helen Elizabeth Hobday and lived at Galt, Calif., before moving to Oregon to follow his dream of being a cowboy. He managed the Lombardi and Widman ranches in Baker City, and ended his career as manager of the Pitcher Ranch at Silver Lake.

He retired to Bonanza, where he continued to work for local ranchers and was a member of the Klamath Falls Missionary Baptist Church. After his wife died, he moved to Goldendale, Wash., to be near his son, Ernest.

 Survivors include his sons, Ernest of Goldendale, Wash., Charles of Ione and Daryl of Burns; daughters, Karen Ross Bossert of Salem and Jane Ross Fallon of Brookline, N.H. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen; and daughter, DeAnna.

Kelly Thompson

Baker City, 1955-2013

Kelly Michael Thompson, 57, died Jan. 3, 2013, at his home with his wife, Jody, and daughter, Kati, at his side.

There will be a celebration of his life at 1 p.m. April 27 at the Southwest Shore Campground off Hudspeth Lane near Sumpter.

Kelly was born on June 18, 1955, at Eugene to Norma Smith Thompson and Calvin Thompson. He later moved to California and then his family settled in Enterprise where he graduated from high school. After high school, Kelly attended college in Bend.

Kelly was a late-bloomer and did not marry until he was 40. He married Jody Griffith in October of 1996. 

They were best friends and soulmates. Kelly discovered his true talent was being a grandfather. He was an adored grandfather and he loved his grandchildren. 

In 1972, Kelly joined the Smoke Jumpers in Sumpter. After that he went on to work for Bond Jobe as a driller. Drilling was Kelly’s passion. 

He and his wife spent several years working on the road drilling. They had the opportunity to help build the Olympic Stadium in Salt Lake City. 

Kelly’s family expressed appreciation to Heart ‘n’ Home Hospice for the excellent service and care provided to Kelly and to them during the last months of his life. 

 He was preceded in death by his parents, Norma Bobbit and Calvin Thompson; his brother, Kyle; and his uncle. 

Survivors include his wife, Jody; daughters, Kati Baldwin, her husband, Craig, Mary Mata and her husband, Mark, and Arlee Smith, all of La Grande; son, Ben Young of Georgia; brothers, Dan Thompson, and his wife, Bobbi of Benton City Wash., Scott Thompson and his wife, Kim, of Oregon City, John Thompson; 11 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, a nephew and two great-nieces and his four-legged friends Bella, MayC, Gus, Wicca, and Squeek. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Heart ‘n’ Home Foundation through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.