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Former Baker City resident, 1933-2017
Robert “Bob” Myers, 83, a former Baker City resident, died Aug. 8, 2017, at his home in Yakima, Washington.
A private family service and a celebration of life for both Bob and Mauna Kay will be scheduled later.
Bob was born on Dec. 14, 1933, at Baker City to Porter Myers and Myrtle (Collins) Myers. He was a 1953 Baker High School graduate. Bob loved sports and went to college at the University of Idaho at Moscow to play football.
In June of 1954, he married his high school sweetheart, Mauna Kay Conklin, and they started their life journey together.
Bob was drafted into the military and was stationed in Germany. There, he and his wife were blessed with the birth of their son, Robin Myers. Upon discharge from the military, Bob and Mauna Kay returned home to Baker where they were blessed with a daughter, Sandi Myers (Abrams).
Bob and Mauna moved to Yakima in 1963 where Bob was employed with Standard Oil Co. and Myers Chevron. He worked for the company for more than 35 years. Together, Bob and Mauna also owned several service stations throughout the Yakima area.
Bob loved doing many things in life, such as visiting with friends, taking trips to the casino, and traveling with his beautiful wife. He loved to tell jokes to make others laugh and smile. Most of all, his favorite thing to do was to spend time with his loving family. He was known as Papa.
His loving family and anyone who has been touched to know him, will miss him dearly, family members said. In his final days, Bob wished to express on behalf of himself and Mauna Kay: “We want all of our relatives and friends to know we love you and wish we could visit with you.”
Survivors include his daughter, Sandi Myers (Abrams); his son, Robin Myers; granddaughters, Jenee Myers Twitchell (Grant), Shannon Myers and Brandi Abrams; one great-grandson, Avery Twitchell; Bob also has a very large extended family and wanted to express his love and gratitude to all.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to local charities.
North Powder, 1941-2017
Winston David Moore, 75, of North Powder, quietly slipped away on Aug. 14, 2017, when he thought no one was watching him.
A celebration of Winston’s life was held at his home in North Powder on Aug. 20
He was born on Oct. 11, 1941, at Colfax, Washington, to Wade and Dorothy Anderson Moore. As the son of a public school superintendent, Winston attended the public schools of both Edwall and Asotin, Washington, before graduating at Cusick, Washington, in 1959. He participated in numerous extracurricular activities including track, baseball, boy’s club, honors, and student council, being elected class president in his junior year in Asotin. He particularly excelled at basketball, playing “A” Squad as a forward in his sophomore and junior years in Asotin, and as “A” Squad center in his senior year at Cusick, scoring 193 points in 21 games played, helping the Cusick Panthers make their first appearance at the North West District tournament in five years.
Winston received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in anthropology from Washington State University at Pullman, and he pursued his doctorate at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. As both an undergraduate and graduate student, he supervised and participated in the excavation of some of the most important archaeological sites in the state of Washington, including Marmes Rock Shelter, and the Ozette Village Site. He taught anthropology and archaeology at California State College, Long Beach California, Wisconsin State University-Oshkosh, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. During his tenure at WMU, he directed archaeological field schools at the Sand Point site in L’Anse, Michigan.
This research shed new light on the Mississippian Mound Builders culture, contributing important insight into the lives, daily activities, belief systems and cultural practices of North America’s First Peoples. Today, the information from these discoveries are included in classroom textbooks throughout the United States.
At Washington State University, Winston met Shay Benton, whom he married in 1965. Together they raised two sons, Andrew Allan Moore, born in 1967 at Carbondale, Illinois, and Christopher Lander Moore, born in 1979 at Kalamazoo, Michigan. Winston and Shay were divorced in 2006.
After his teaching career, Winston pursued farming in Southwest Michigan for more than 16 years, and served as assistant nursery manager for the Van Buren Soil Conservation District in Lawton, as well as constable for Porter Township. In the late 1980s, he received his license in real estate, practicing at Shores Real Estate Company in South Haven, Michigan, for more than 20 years before his full retirement in 2010. That same year he relocated to North Powder, where he continued to pursue his favorite past-times and interests, including photography, geology, civil rights and environmental concerns, along with gardening, raising livestock, wine making, canning and preserving, reading, and cooking. He enjoyed preparing meals for his new friends in North Powder, particularly “Lunch Bunch” and his “Holiday Misfits.”
Winston is survived by his sister, Geraldine “Jerry” (David) White; his sons, Andrew (Ronda) Moore and Christopher (Renee) Moore; his granddaughter, Megan Moore; his great-granddaughter, Kortlyn Spencer; and his friend, Kathy Orr.
Winston was preceded in death by his parents, Wade A. and Dorothy C. Anderson Moore; his brother, Roger Moore; and his sister, Carol McKay.
Winston will be remembered by those who knew him as a kind and gentle man with a quick wit and a wonderful sense of humor. He was generous with his time, abilities, and ideas, yet hesitant to share his own burdens with others, even those who cared for him most. He was loved dearly. He will be missed.
Online condolences may be made at www.tamispinevalleyfuneralhome.com