Obituaries for Aug. 9, 2013

By Baker City Herald August 09, 2013 10:07 am

Gerald ‘Jerry’ Morelock Jr.

Ontario, 1955-2013

Gerald LeRoy “Jerry” Morelock Jr., of Ontario, a former Baker City teacher, died Aug. 3, 2013, at Boise surrounded by his family.

“He went to be with his redeemer, Jesus Christ, after fighting a courageous seven-year battle of multiple myeloma,” family members said. “He is now pain-free and dancing in heaven.”

There will be a viewing from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel in Payette, Idaho. A Life Celebration service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Christian Life Fellowship in Ontario at 366 S.E. Fifth St.

Jerry was born on Jan. 27, 1955, at Bakersfield, Calif., to Jerry Sr. and Carol Morelock. He was the eldest of five siblings, Rick, Karen, Maggie, and Jon. He spent the early childhood years in Bakersfield, and then his family moved to Idaho. 

Jerry grew up loving sports. He was an all-state lineman and wrestler. He was a 1973 graduate of Borah High School at Boise and then went on to Boise State University, studying mathematics. 

Following his passion for music, he received his bachelor’s degree in performance education and his master’s degree in performing arts. This led to a teaching career of almost 35 years in the towns of Bliss, Idaho; Winnemucca, Nev.; and Baker City and Ontario in Oregon.

He met his wife-to-be, Danae Ann DeLaune, in 1977. They were married on Aug. 4, 1978, and were blessed with 35, cherished years of marriage. Jerry and Danae had two children, Christana DeLaune Morelock, 22, and Matthew Gerald Morelock,15.

Jerry was a devoted husband and father.

“He was a brilliant man, who pondered the stars and enjoyed the exquisiteness of God’s universe,” family members said. “Jerry was extremely creative and had an adventurous soul.”

His favorite places to be were alongside his family and friends, including his church family. He loved the mountains and that is where he chose to design and build his cabin in High Valley, Idaho.  

“His faith in God was his backbone and his vigor. He thoroughly understood what it meant to have a binding relationship with his savior,” his family said.

Jerry loved worshiping and serving the Lord, which led to numerous years of involvement in choirs, worship and praise teams, and helping the church body. He never hesitated to lend a hand or say a prayer for those in need. 

“He was an inspirational man, with a servant’s heart and touched countless lives in his students, friends, and family; a man so kind, compassionate, full of honor and integrity. He will be greatly missed,” his family said.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jerry Morelock Sr.; and his brother, Rick Morelock. 

Survivors include his wife, Danae; children, Christana and Matthew Morelock; his mother, Carol Morelock; sisters, Karen Roe and Maggie Strickland; brother, Jon Morelock; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Darlene and Phil Skelly; numerous nieces and nephews; and a great many friends. 

Condolences may be made to Jerry’s family at

In lieu of flowers, family members suggest memorial contributions to the Treasure Valley Christian School — Jerry Morelock Scholarship Fund, Christian Life Fellowship — Heat the House Building Fund or the Ola Ladies Club, through the Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, P.O. Box 730, Payette, ID 83661.

Kathleen Kirkpatrick

Baker City, 1951-2013

Kathy Kirkpatrick, 61, of Baker City died April 10, 2013, at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainsville, Fla., of medical issues related to a car accident.

Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at the First Presbyterian Church, 1995 Fourth St., in Baker City.

Kathleen Ann Kirkpatrick was born on May 9, 1951, at Baker City to Bruce and Anne Kirkpatrick. She was raised and educated in Baker City. Kathy was active in the First Presbyterian Church, 4-H, Girl Scouts, and Rainbow Girls.

After graduating from Baker High School, Kathy attended Oregon State University at Corvallis where she was a member of the Sigma Kappa Sorority. She transferred from OSU to Boise State University Nursing School where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. After graduation, Kathy worked in hospitals in San Francisco and Portland. 

Later she became a “travelling nurse,” working in locations throughout the United States and finally settling in St. Petersburg, Fla.

After her diagnosis of lupus and multiple sclerosis Kathy devoted her life to her beautiful daughter, Ruth. Together, they enjoyed her cats, camping and her church family. Her faith was very strong and she enjoyed working in her church as well.

She was preceded in death by her father, Bruce Kirkpatrick; and her brother, Bill Kirkpatrick.

Survivors include her daughter, Ruth Kirkpatrick of Gainsville, Fla.; her mother, Anne Kirkpatrick; her brother, John, and his wife, Jeanie Kirkpatrick; her sister, Susan Lewis, and her husband, Brent; sister in law, Dana (Kirkpatrick) Kutsch and her husband, Kim; nieces, Nicole, Elizabeth and Cara; and nephews, Ryan, Adam, and Kevin.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Kathy Kirkpatrick Memorial Scholarship Fund through Daniels Chapel of the Valley Funeral Home, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande, OR 97850.