Formerly of Baker City, 1944-2017
George Daniel Gover, 72, a former Baker City resident, died Aug. 30, 2017, at his home in Salome, Arizona, with his wife of 54 years, Wanda, at his side.
George was born on Sept. 21, 1944, at Baker City. He and Wanda were married in Haines, on Sept. 21, 1962, George’s 18th birthday.
George loved to hunt, fish and enjoyed spending time with his family. He worked as a logger in Eastern Oregon until 1972. George and Wanda then moved to Vernonia, where he owned and operated a log truck. In 1982 they moved to Fairbanks, Alaska, where he owned trucks and hauled supplies to the North Slope until 1996, at which time he switched to hauling produce from Washington to Alaska until 1999. He then took the boat to Southeastern Alaska to do commercial fishing out of Pelican until 2014. George then retired and he and Wanda moved to Salome.
George is survived by his wife, Wanda; three daughters: Jeanie Gover, Twila Stenvik and her husband, Jon, and Jody Eriksson and her husband, Aaron; four grandchildren: Danny and Kyle Stenvik and Gabriel and Katie Eriksson; his brother, Ron Gover, and his wife, Sherryl; and his sisters, Helen Barnette and Roberta Mann.
George was preceded in death by his parents, Ron and Margarita Gover; his brother, Duane Gover; and other family members and friends.
Formerly of Baker City, 1925-2017
Elva Lou Ellen (Gribble) Guyer, 91, died Sept. 9, 2017, at Peoria, Arizona.
Her funeral will be on Saturday, Sept. 23, at 2 p.m. at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St. in Baker City. Interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery.
Elva was born on Nov. 10, 1925, at Bakersfield, California, to Austin Brooks Gribble and Lillian Louise (Ray) Gribble. Living with her grandmother, Ellen Ward, she attended Fruitvale School in Rosedale, California, and graduated from Kern County Union High School in 1943. While in high school, Elva was invited to sing with the Bakersfield Community College singers and she sang with a band at many USO events.
Following graduation, she worked for Lauck’s Bakery in Fresno, California, to save money for college. In the fall, Elva met Lt. Donald R. Guyer, a Marine Corps pilot flying out of Mojave, California. They became engaged in December, just before he was sent to the South Pacific.
When he returned, they were married on Elva’s 19th birthday, Nov. 10, 1944, at Fresno. As a newly married couple, they moved to Sanford, Florida, for a year to complete Don’s Marine service. After his discharge, they returned to Baker, where Don began his career with Eastern Oregon Savings and Loan and Elva shared her vocal talent with the community. While in California, at a Savings and Loan Convention, she was chosen to sing on the Art Linkletter Radio Show.
Don was called back into the Marine Corps in 1952. They lived in Santa Ana, California, and Pensacola, Florida. Upon returning to Baker in 1953, Elva worked at May’s Music Store and sang for community events. She taught ballet and tap for over 10 years, sang with the United Methodist Church and led a junior choir.
In 1954, Elva won a KBKR contest which qualified her to open the Oregon State Fair at Ted Mack’s “Oregon Amateur Hour.”
In 1959, Elva and Don moved to La Grande with the opening of the first branch of Pioneer Federal Savings and Loan. Mrs. Guyer began working in the tax department at the Union County Courthouse where she continued for almost 20 years. She sang with the Eastern Oregon Symphony Singers and United Methodist Church Choir.
Elva and Don returned to Baker in 1980 when Don became president of Pioneer Federal. She loved decorating for United Methodist Church events. Elva and her sister-in-law, Shirley Guyer, started the Methodist Church Bazaar in an attempt to provide the church with particular needs. Elva gave Leo Adler House tours and started Christian Comfort Creators that continues to meet in the United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Guyer was a supportive spouse in Don’s many organizations, a member of Eastern Oregon Star and the United Methodist Church since 1946. They had many fun-filled adventures traveling with their travel trailer and going to Yuma, Arizona, for the winters.
Elva is survived by her daughter, Ellen Youngbluth and her husband, David, of Prineville, Oregon, and Buckeye, Arizona, as well as their son, retired Marine Corps Maj. Steven O’Connor and his wife, retired Navy Commander Alda and their daughters, Madeline and Kaylin; her brother, Guy McCoy and his wife, Sue; her nieces and nephews, Randy Guyer and his wife, Mary Jane, Janet Chandler and her husband, George, Donald G. Guyer and his wife, Rose, Vickie Kirkwood, Dr. Robert R. McCoy and his wife, Amy, Kathy Krob and her husband, Jeff, Sandra McCoy, and Robert G. McCoy; as well as numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.
Mrs. Guyer was preceded in death by her parents, Austin Gribble and Lillian (Gribble) McCoy; her husband, Donald Rudolph Guyer; her brother, Ray Larkin McCoy; and her uncle, Russell Ward, who was like a brother.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Elva L. Guyer’s memory may be made to the United Methodist Church Memorial Fund of Baker City or the Shriners Hospital for Children. This may be done through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
To light a candle in memory of Elva, go to www.colestributecenter.com