Obituaries for Oct. 9, 2013

By Baker City Herald October 09, 2013 10:00 am

Kenneth Gilliland

Baker City, 1949-2013

Kenneth Charles “K.C.”  Gilliland, 64, of Baker City, died in the early hours of the morning of Oct. 3, 2013, in a tragic incident along with his nephew, Mike Piete. This took place at the family hunting cabin near Granite.

There will be a celebration of life for friends and family in the spring. A notice of time and place will be posted in the newspaper.

K.C. was born on March 7, 1949, at Baker, the son of William I. Gilliland and Betty E. Over.

K.C. attended school in Baker. After moving to Eugene he attended Lane Community College for carpentry and welding. K.C. started his contractor career in Eugene, he really enjoyed woodworking and his family enjoyed the many handmade gifts he bestowed on them. He was then drawn back to Baker City to be near his friends and family, and he continued his passion for woodworking here. K.C. loved to ride his Harley with his friends. Also in his spare time he enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding four-wheelers and snowmobiles. 

He is survived by his brothers and sisters: Bill (Nancy) Gilliland, Bonnie Gentry, June Coller, and stepbrother Gary Leathlean; nieces and nephews: Aaron Gilliland, Allen (Charlie) Grove, Willie (Lori) Grove, Kevin (Happy) Grove, Carlotta Piete, Jennifer Coller and Randy Coller; great-nieces and nephews: Franklin, Jamie, Justin, Travis, Alana, Danae, Dayna, Joe, Tiffany, and Kody; and numerous great-great-nieces and nephews.

K.C. was single and preceded in death by his mother and father; numerous aunts and uncles; his stepbrother, Lenn Leathlean; and stepfather, Bill Leathlean.

Contributions for K.C. can be made to the American Heart Association in his name, through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Edna Umpleby

Baker City, 1911-2013

Edna Bernice (Rishell) Umpleby, 102, of Baker City, died peacefully in her sleep on Oct. 4, 2013, at St. Alphonsus Care Center-Baker City with family members by her side.

There will be a memorial service Saturday, Oct. 12 at 3:30 p.m. at the Calvary Baptist Church in Cove.  Interment was in the Cove Cemetery, beside her late husband, Harold

Edna was born on Sept. 17, 1911, on a farm near Anthony, Kan., to John and Emma Rishell. She attended a rural school until high school; then she boarded in Anthony and graduated from Anthony High School.

She and Harold were married in Wilmore, Kan., on June 15, 1930, and began farming with family. Edna was always an active partner in all the farming operations.  They were grain farmers in Harper County, Kan. (except for a brief time in Western Kansas during the depression) until moving to the Willamette Valley in Oregon in 1947. Their four daughters (Linda, Lorna, Lila and Lois) were born in Kansas.

During their years near Junction City, Ore., they owned two farms, growing mostly cannery vegetables and strawberries. They also operated a dairy on one of the farms. Their son, Lyle, was born in Eugene.

Edna enjoyed many hobbies and was always busy. She excelled at sewing and made most of the girls’ clothes. She created lots of doll clothes for Christmas presents. She enjoyed reading to her family. 

 The family moved to North Powder in the early summer of 1958. Edna actively worked on the farm where the major crops included grain, cattle, and hogs. While in her 70s, she continued to enjoy running the combine.

Throughout her life, Edna faithfully attended church.  She made sure the children were able to be involved in many church activities and summer camps.

Harold and Edna moved to Cove after the ranch was sold. She enjoyed many years attending the Baptist Church in Cove and driving her friends to La Grande for appointments or shopping.  During her years in Cove, she crocheted many afghans and gave them to family and friends. She also loved working outside with her flowers and garden.

When her health began to fail, Edna moved to Baker City to be cared for by her daughters. After her 100th birthday, she fell and broke her pelvis and had to be moved into a care center.

Survivors include her five children: Linda Umpleby VanOrden and her sons, Ronald and Roger; Lorna Umpleby Tonack and her children, Gretchen, Johanna, and Tom; Lila Umpleby Shumway and her husband, Lynn, and their children, Karl, Kara and Anthony; Lois Umpleby Breckler and her husband, Randy; Lyle and his wife Sharon and their sons, Adam, Aaron, Andrew, and Alexander. She is also survived by nieces, nephews, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

 She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Emma Rishell; her two brothers, Lloyd and Vern Rishell; and two sons-in-law, Robert VanOrden and Ronald Tonack.

The family suggests memorial contributions in memory of Edna be made to Radio Bible Class Ministries in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande OR 97850.

Online condolences to the family may be made at 

Les Bernard

Baker City, 1940-2013

Les Bernard, 73, of Baker City, died Oct. 7, 2013, at his home.

His memorial service will be Saturday, Oct. 12, at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 2625 Hughes Lane in Baker City.

 Les was born on Sept. 19, 1940, at Tonapah, Nev., to Joseph Henry and Marjorie (Child) Bernard. He was raised in Southern California and lived in Baker as a youth. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1957 and served in France. After the military he moved back to Baker and married Janet Graven. They were later divorced. 

 On June 16, 1972, Les married Kathleen Porter in Rexburg, Idaho. He worked as an auto mechanic, then a diesel mechanic. He owned and operated his own long haul truck. He was also the service manager for Snake River Equipment and Smith Chevrolet in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

In 1991 Les moved to Boise, then to Las Vegas and back to Baker City in 2005 where he retired.

He enjoyed hunting, sailing and woodworking.  He made cabinets for his home, built furniture and enjoyed traveling to Arizona after his retirement.

Les is survived by his wife, Kathleen, of Baker City;  his son, James “Jim” Bernard and his wife, Melissa, of Rigby, Idaho; his stepdaughter, Roxanne Baldwin of Vancouver, Wash.; his sister, Nadine Collett and her husband, Frank, of Tigard; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Les was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Sandra Bernard, in 1978; and a son, Roy John Clay, in 1972.

  Gray’s West & Company Pioneer Chapel is handling funeral arrangements.