Baker City, 1959-2018
Chistopher L. “Chris” Bach, 58, of Baker City, died Jan. 12, 2018, at Bend.
There will be two wakes for Chris. The first will be in Bend on Saturday, Jan. 27, at 19697 Manzanita Lane, beginning at 2 p.m. The second will be in Baker City on March 24 beginning at 4 p.m. at the Idle Hour Tavern, 2805 Broadway St.
Chris was born on July 15, 1959, at McMinnville to Bill and June Bach. June moved the boys to Bend in 1959 and Chris was raised in his Grandma Irene’s house on Harmon Street.
Chris went to Bend schools and loved the out of doors. He worked in irrigation and landscaping.
Chris moved to Baker City in 1994. He spent a few years at Ephrata, Washington, and moved back to Baker City in 2016 and recently had returned to Bend.
He was preceded in death by his Grandmother Irene Peters; Mother June Bach; and Father Bill Bach.
Survivors include his brother, Michael Bach of Bend; nieces, Lael Bach of Anchorage, Alaska, and Lauren McCoy of Bend; and many other loving relatives and friends.
Donations may be made to Best Friends of Baker, a nonprofit animal rescue and advocacy organization.
Niswonger-Reynolds Funeral Home, Bend, is in charge of arrangements. Visit the online registry for Chris at www.niswonger-reynolds.com
Formerly of Baker City, 1951-2018
Tim Fincher, 66, a former Baker City resident, died Jan.15, 2018, at Kadlec Medical Hospital in Richland, Washington.
A private family service will be scheduled later.
Timothy Lee Fincher was born on Dec. 3, 1951, at Coos Bay to Doris Irene (Baker) and John Alfred Fincher. He grew up and went to school in La Grande. Tim joined the Army when he was 17 and was stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War.
For most of his working career Tim was a chef, and one of the best at that. His love for cooking led him back home to the La Grande area. Together with his parents he owned Grandma & Grandpa’s Family Restaurant at Elgin.
He lived in Baker from 1972 to 1978 and worked at the Stirrup Room as a bartender. Additionally, he cooked in some of the finest establishments in Phoenix, Arizona.
He also lived at Pacific City, and worked as head cook at the Tidewater Restaurant. His love for cooking again led him back home to the La Grande area and he cooked at the Longbranch for a while. After meeting his life partner, Dennis Stillman, he learned to drive truck and delivered watermelons out of Walchi Farms in Hermiston.
Tim loved cats. He had several that he cared for so much. His hobbies included designing original art from copper and other wires, and he most recently baked his niece’s wedding cake.
Tim was the type of person who had no enemies. If you knew Tim, you were his friend. He will be surely missed by all, family members said.
Survivors include his sister, Trudy Myrland, and her husband, Curtis, of Nampa, Idaho; his only uncle, Donald, and Donna Fincher of Summerville; his aunt, Lola, and Ken Colley of Salem; and his lifelong partner of 24 years, Dennis Stillman of Stanfield; his nephew, Kenneth Kalmbach, and his wife, Amanda, of Woodland, Washington; his niece, Shauna Clark, and her husband, Jason, of Kennewick, Washington; four great-nephews, three great-nieces and one great-great-niece of Walla Walla, Washington; and many cousins and friends who were close as family for him.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Doris Irene (Baker) Fincher; his father, John Alfred Fincher of La Grande; his sister, Pamela Mae Addington of Elgin; and a niece, Tineka Rae Fincher of Hermiston.
Those who would like to make a donation in memory of Tim may do so to help defray funeral expenses through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834. Online condolences may be made at www.tamispinevalley
Baker City, 1938-2018
Dennis Weldon “Denny” Gill, 79, of Baker City, died on the early morning of Jan. 6, 2018, at the Veterans Hospital in Boise.
A graveside service with military honors will take place Monday, Jan. 22, at 10 a.m. PST at Park View Cemetery in New Plymouth, Idaho. Following the interment, a celebration of life and reception will start at 11:30 a.m. at the VFW in New Plymouth.
Dad was born on July 27, 1938, to Weldon and Barbara Gill of Preston, Idaho. Raised in Payette, Idaho, along with his three sisters, Sandra, Diane, and Darla, he graduated from Payette High School in 1956.
After one year of college at the University of Idaho, Dad joined the United States Marine Corps, where he served his country honorably. He was a lance corporal when he finished his duty in 1961.
He went to work at Nelson Sheet Metal in Payette after the service. In 1963 Dad married the love of his life, Bonnie Marlene Dennett. Mom’s only son, Gregory Dennett, became part of Dad’s new family, as a son of his heart.
That same year Dad started working for Cascade Natural Gas Company. This journey lasted 33 years, where he had worked his way up to district manager of the company before retiring in 1996 in Baker City.
Dad and Mom enjoyed time with family and friends — any get-togethers, trips, and events shared along with a great love for golf. He was very involved with tournaments and events at the golf course at Quail Ridge Golf Course in Baker City.
After 51 years of marriage, Dad’s loving wife, Bonnie, died in October of 2014.
Dad was a member of the Elks Lodge and the United Way. He served on the board of the Industrial Committee as well as being a member of Baker Industrial Resource Information.
Survivors include his stepson, Gregory Dennett; his daughter-in-law, Jolynn Dennett; his grandchildren, Christopher Dennett, Kellen Dennett, Jessica Dennett, Alicia Wood and Rob Wood; five great-grandchildren; his sisters and brother-in-law, Darla and Vern Stoddard, and Sandra McHardue; his sisters-in-law, Lapreal Dennett and Bev Schlottman; and many nieces, and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Weldon and Barbara Gill; his loving wife, Bonnie Gill; his sister, Diane Carico; his brothers-in-law, Bill Dennett, Craig Schlottman, David Pittman and Bill McHardue; his sister-in-law, Betty Pittman; and his great-grandson, Donavin Rensink.
You will be very missed, Dad, and always in our hearts, his family said.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the charity of one’s choice through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834. Online condolences may be made at www.tamis
Baker City, 1928-2018
Marylu Guilliams, 89, of Baker City, died Jan. 11, 2018, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City.
A celebration of Marylu’s life will take place today at the VFW Memorial Club, 2005 Valley Ave., with a potluck from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., then a time of sharing at 6:30 p.m. Please bring your favorite dish and story.
Marylu was born on May 30, 1928, to Lewis and Florence Rohloff. She was raised and attended school in New Jersey.
Marylu spent most of her career as a bartender and cocktail waitress. In her later years, she was a cook and was excellent at her job.
She enjoyed fishing, camping and riding in the woods. She had a talent for beading Native American-type metals, and she sewed, which included making clothes for all four of her children. In addition, she also liked crocheting and knitting.
Marylu met Ivan Guilliams through friends and they fell in love. They were married in June of 2006.
She volunteered and belonged to the American Legion for 22 years. She had a passion for our veterans and was helping out and donating whenever possible. This encompassed visiting VA nursing homes and the VA Hospital along with making lap robes and various other things to give to them. Marylu will be remembered as being kind and generous.
She is survived by her daughter, Vicki, and her husband, Bill Holman; her sons, Kenneth, and his wife, Ruby Lee, and Gary Eugene Chapman; seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren; and furbabies Samson, Heidi, Buttons and Eyore.
Marylu was preceded in death by her husband, Ivan; and her son, John Derrick.
For those who would like to make a donation in memory of Marylu, the family suggests the American Legion Auxiliary through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home and Cremation Services, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834. Online condolences may be made at www.tamispinevalley