Obituaries for Jan. 1, 2014

By Baker City Herald January 01, 2014 08:18 am

John Bohn

Baker City, 1926-2013

 John Braxton Bohn, 87, of Baker City died Dec. 24, 2013.

Born at North Powder on Aug. 21, 1926, to Axel and Sada Bohn, he attended both the University of Oregon and Oregon State University. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. John married Mary Roedel and together they had four children.

When he was 24 he opened Bohn’s Clothing Store at 1917 Main St. (formerly Powers Shoe Store and the current location of Zephyr).  Levi’s sold for $2.25 a pair. In 1961 the store moved to 2023 Main (currently Bella), then again in 1975 to 2021 Main. In 1995 John sold the business. Levi’s then sold for $36 a pair. John was a successful business man and we fondly remember his store motto “Anyone can get in our pants.”

John was active in city government, the Elks Club, golfing, hunting, fishing, gardening and teasing. He was involved in many local business ventures and good deeds. He was respected by all and a friend to many.

John was happily married to Mary for 63 years. She and their son, Steve, preceded him in death.

He is survived by his three daughters: Jane, Kate, and Chris (Chip Moulds); seven grandchildren; four greatgrandchildren; and his sister, Betty Boersma.

He will be remembered for his practical jokes, being a pillar of the community, his generosity and being the best Dad ever. 

John was a special man.  He touched many people whether it was around a coffee table, a cocktail table, or a hunting and fishing adventure.

John’s three great-grandsons share his namesake as his legacy lives on.

The family would like to thank the staff at both Settlers Park and Heart N Home for their special care and love during his last years.

‘Bill’ Leigh

Baker City, 1949-2013

 William Paul “Bill” Leigh, Jr., 64, of Baker City, died Dec. 26, 2013, at his home with his loving family by his side.

A celebration of his life is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 2, at 2 p.m. at the Baker Harvest Church, 3720 Birch St., with Pastor Brad Phillips officiating. A reception will be at the Harvest Church immediately after the service.

Bill was born on Jan. 2, 1949, at Baker to William Paul Leigh Sr. and Elaine Betty Lewis Leigh. They purchased the old Pleasant Valley schoolhouse where Bill spent a good portion of his youth. After graduating from Baker High School in 1967 he moved to Portland to further his career with Safeway. While working at Safeway he noticed a young lady working in the bakery department and found out her name was Cindy Kerby. It did not take him much time to realize she would be the love of his life. 

They were married on June 12, 1975, while in Victoria, B.C. When he married Cindy, he realized he also was blessed to become a father to Cindy’s seven-year-old daughter, Penny. Bill began working for Portland Bottling Company and spent many years delivering beverages to grocery stores. In 1979 Bill and Cindy was blessed by having a son, Ryan, who brought them an immense amount of joy.

In 1983 Bill made a career change from delivery man to computer programmer and he had to move his family to Bend,. As his skills and training advanced, a longing to return to his childhood hometown of Baker grew in his heart and when the opportunity presented itself Bill moved to Baker where he became the IT manager of a newly formed Oregon Trail Electric Consumers Cooperative during 1988.

Bill loved his family and encouraged each one in their ventures. He became very involved with his son’s sport activities, attending all the games, volunteering to umpire and coach and eventually becoming vice president of the Babe Ruth League. Spending time with his family in the mountains, four-wheeling, hunting, fishing and driving around looking for animals brought him much joy.

Bill’s love for Jesus and faith in God was an important part of his life and you could see his love by the way he always offered a helping hand to anyone who needed his friendship. Bill maintained a positive outlook in life after being diagnosed with cancer in 2010 and he battled to spend as much time with his family as possible. Bill was an active member of the Harvest Church in Baker City, the Powder River Sportsman’s Club, the National Rifle Association and the retired Men’s Coffee Group.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Cindy Leigh; his daughter and son-in-law, Penny and Phil Lemmon of Baker City; his son and daughter-in-law, Ryan and Donna Leigh of Nampa, Idaho; his sister, Judy Ingram of Baker City; his brother-in-law and sister, Lon and Mary Nalder of Oxbow; and three grandchildren, Hayley and Whitney Lemmon and Autumn Leigh.

 He was preceded in death by his father, William Leigh Sr.; his mother, Elaine “Hap” Leigh; and his two brothers, Louis and Lyle Ingram.

 Memorial contributions by be made to the Harvest Church Missions-YWAM or the Harvest Christian Academy-HCA through Grays West & Company, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR, 97814.