Baker City, 1947-2017
James Timothy “Tim” Frakes, 70, of Baker City, died Oct. 20, 2017, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Boise, of heart failure.
At his request there will be no service. He was cremated and his ashes will be spread at a later date in Deschutes County.
Tim was born on June 6, 1947, at Redmond to James Shirley Frakes and Mary Eleanor VanVleet. He was raised on a dairy farm at Tumalo. He spent his growing up years in the Central Oregon area, graduating form Redmond High School, Class of 1965.
Tim and his father, James, loved to hunt. They made several trips to Canada moose hunting. Tim was also an avid fisherman.
He served in the Air Force from 1968 to 1972 and was stationed at Udorn, Thailand, during the Vietnam War. In the Air Force he was a supply sergeant.
When he returned home from the service he met and married Nancy Cooley. Tim and Nancy had a son, Tyler, in October of 1977. Tim and Nancy lived in Salem where Tim worked and owned his own construction business.
They then moved to Bend and owned a T-shirt shop in the Bend Mall. They eventually moved to Baker City, and Tim owned and operated Baker Diaries. He was literally known as the Milk Man. Tim and Nancy later divorced.
In 1986, Tim met the love of his life, Karen Jeffords Hack while delivering milk to the North Powder School where Karen was a cook. In 1988 Tim and Karen set off for their first adventure. One of many to come.
Tim and Karen moved to the Grand Canyon in Arizona and Tim was a mule wrangler for one year. Tim’s job was to guide tourists to the bottom of the canyon.
His son, Tyler, came to visit once and his dad guided him down into the canyon. It is a story Tyler tells with great affection. A job he truly loved because he got to spend time on his beloved mules and talk to people all day.
In 1989 Tim and Karen moved to Salem where Tim went to work for Stayton Rock, which later became Morris Brothers. In 1994 Tim and Karen purchased property in Scio where they raised Registered Red Angus Cattle. For the next few years Tim and Karen raised their cattle and took them all over to cattle shows.
Tim was very proud of his cattle and won various awards over the years. His love of pigeons followed him through the years. He always had a pigeon coop wherever he went.
In 1999 Tim and Karen were off on another adventure. This time they purchased a concession wagon, which he referred to as Tim’s Weenie Wagon. Tim and Karen traveled to various events selling there gourmet hot dogs. They eventually sold the concession trailer and the property in Scio and retired to Salem.
After Karen retired from Halton Caterpillar they moved to La Pine where they lived for four years. At this time Tim’s health began to decline so they spent their time traveling to various areas for grandchildren sporting events.
In 2012 despite declining health, Tim was off on his next adventure. He and Karen bought a small farm at Parma, Idaho, where Tim raised Boer goats, registered Low Line Black Angus cattle, and miniature burros.
In 2016 Tim and Karen were off again to Baker City, to be closer to family because of Tim’s declining health. He and Karen spent the summer camping and fishing with friends at Hells Canyon. Despite declining health, Tim had one more adventure in mind. He and Karen had purchased a new RV and he was headed to Arizona for the winter. He was one to never let the grass grow under his feet for long.
Survivors include his wife Karen Frakes of Baker City; his son, Tyler (Jenny) Frakes of Newberg; stepchildren, Steve (Jodi) Hack of Salem, Lisa (Sid) Prowell of Baker City, and Katrina (Gary) Davidson of Elgin; his grandchildren, Brooklyn and Mckenna Frakes, Reece (Alex) Hack, Reilly Jane Hack, Jace Prowell, Shelby Prowell, Drake Davidson and Shalynn Davidson; his sisters, Pat Dean of Redmond, and Shirley Schwartz of Portland; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, James Frakes; his mother Mary Eleanor Hobbs; his stepmom, Belva Frakes; and stepfather, Elmer Hobbs.
Cremation was under the direction of Alsip and Persons Funeral Chapel, Nampa, Idaho. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Former Baker City resident, 1930-2017
Dolores L. Roper, 87, a former Baker City resident, died Nov. 1, 2017, at her home in La Grande.
The team at Heart ‘n’ Home Hospice provided her and the family with wonderful, loving care and support through her final days.
There will be a celebration of Dolores’ life from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, at Community Connection of Northeast Oregon (the La Grande Senior Center), and will feature a buffet dinner and live music.
Dolores was born on July 13, 1930, at Monroe to Marcus and Lena Susan (Mc Coy) Brittain. Dolores joined an already large family of four brothers and one sister: Chancy, Thelma, Ralph and Thomas “Tom” Conaway, and Francis “Roy” Brittain.
She lived at Sumpter, and Baker City, and held a variety of jobs before getting married, including cooking for logging camps and working as a telephone operator. She was a lifelong learner, an avid reader, and enjoyed poetry and literature.
She married Thomas G. Roper on Sept. 27, 1952, and they had two daughters, Donnell J. Shariat and Linda S. O’Meara.
Dolores was known as a great cook who could whip up a large meal in no time. She baked the best pies and rolls, and won a few blue ribbons at the Union County Fair to prove it. Her heart and home were always open to others.
One of her proudest moments was when she and her husband, Tom, were recognized for their years as foster parents in 1986 by then-governor, Vic Atiyeh.
She was an active member of the community, and belonged to many organizations and social groups over the years, including the Union County Democrats, United Methodist Women, Union County Historical Society, Red Hat Society, and several bunco groups.
Dolores loved her time as a lay speaker for the Methodist church, and carefully planned out each of her sermons to not only relay information, but to entertain and captivate the audience. She became ordained to perform marriage ceremonies, and proudly officiated at the wedding of her daughter, Linda, wedding last year.
She took up painting in her early 70s, and had a way of making each of her beautiful paintings have a cozy, warm feel, just like her home.
Survivors include her brother, Tom Conaway of Durkee; her daughters, Donnell J. Shariat of Dallas, Texas, and Linda O’Meara of Middleton, Idaho; her grandchildren, Lory Sansinena of Boise, Ruby Cash of Boise, Penny Belyeu of Philomath, Hanniel John of Austin, Texas, Jonathan Shariat of San Francisco, and Michelle Overmyer of Austin, Texas; and her great-grandchildren, Kacy Mc Leod of Corvallis, and Amber, Paige and Kyle Belyeu of Philomath; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Marcus and Lena; her siblings, Chancy, Thelma, Ralph, and Roy; her beloved husband, Tom; and her childhood friend, Mary Ellen Morin, with whom she shared a birthday.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Dolores to Haven from Hunger (541-786-FOOD) or the Animal Rescue and Adoption Center of Eastern Oregon/Blue Mountain Humane Association through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, Oregon 97834. Online condolences may be made at www.tamispine