Formerly of Baker City, 1952-2018
Timothy Michael Reed, 65, died in January at Big Bend State Park in Texas due to a hiking accident.
A memorial service and celebration of life is planned for the summer of 2018 at Seaside.
Tim was born in Portland and raised in Baker City. He graduated from St. Francis Academy in Baker City as a member of the school’s final graduating class in 1970. During his high school years he was active in music, sports, and as a member of the Boy Scouts attained the rank of Eagle Scout.
Tim attended Gonzaga University and Lewis and Clark College. Tim’s professional life was spent primarily in the textile, notions and fashion accessory industry. Over the years, he worked as a sales representative for Streamline Button Co., Bloomcraft Textiles, and Thompson of California Fashions. He became vice president of Daisy Kingdom, Inc. working alongside his wife, company founder and president, Patricia Reed. He completed his career as national sales manager of E.E. Schenck Co. in Portland.
In the last several years, he was able to connect with his birth siblings, which was a source of joy to him.
Tim loved the outdoors and was an avid skier and golfer. He enjoyed traveling the world with his wife, for both business and pleasure, and having memorable experiences together.
Tim is survived by his wife, Patricia Reed; his stepson, John McKibben; his grandchildren, David McKibben and Madison McKibben; his siblings, Greg Reed, Terri Stillway, Vonie Aeschliman, Arne Birk, Erik Birk and Siri Birk; his son-in-law, Dedrick Lomax; and numerous lifelong friends.
Tim was preceded in death by his adoptive parents, Preston and Marguerite Reed; his birth parents, Thomas and Linda Birk; his daughter, Heather Reed-Lomax; and his sister, Monica Reed.
Tim is loved and is greatly missed by family and friends alike, his family said.
Baker City, 1925-2018
Gloria J. Diers, 92, of Baker City, died Feb. 17, 2018, at Meadowbrook Place assisted living.
A service will take place this spring.
Gloria was born on Aug. 16, 1925, at Enderlin, North Dakota, to Joseph and Lillian Hopperstad. She was one of 12 children. Her family moved to St. Xavier, Montana, in 1939 where she attended high school. She graduated in Hardin, Montana, in 1942.
She married the love of her life, Gordys Diers, in Denver on Oct. 21, 1942. While he was serving his country in World War II, she worked as a civilian for the Pacific Overseas Air Transport Service Command and later with the Navy at Treasure Island near Oakland, California.
Later in life she worked as a secretary and bookkeeper for the Denver Dry in Denver and then as an executive secretary for the board of directors of the Mount Vernon Country Club in the Denver area. Together they owned the Pioneer Store in the mountains out of Golden, Colorado.
Gloria and Gordys moved to the Pine Creek area outside of Baker City in September of 1971. She was a Laubach Literacy volunteer in Baker City for many years and also volunteered at Churchill School in special reading and special math.
She belonged to First Lutheran Church and served as a council member and on various committees; she was also a member of the Lydia Circle. She regarded the church members as her second family.
Five years ago, Gloria moved to Meadowbrook Place where she met many new friends and received exceptional care. Gloria loved to play games of any kind with her family and friends. She especially loved to play pinochle. She loved to feed the hummingbirds and collected music boxes. Most of all, she loved and enjoyed her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include her oldest son, Gordy, and his wife Claire of Delta, Colorado; son, Gary of Portland; son, Glen, and his wife Joanna of Edmond, Oklahoma; and daughter, Gina Perkins, and her husband Lynn of Baker City; 10 grandchildren: Sarah Tal, Eric Diers, Kevin Diers, Audra Diers, Greg Diers,William Diers, Arden Perkins, Hayden Perkins, Evan Perkins, and Kelli Perkins-Rust; five great-granddaughters: Noel Diers, Tabby Diers, Eden Diers, Cece Diers and Gloria Bella Perkins; as well as many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gordys, who died Jan. 12, 1991; by five brothers and two sisters; and a grandson, Gared Diers.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Lutheran Church or to Meadowbrook Place (activity room) in care of Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home and Cremation Services, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834. Online condolences may be made at www.tamispinevalleyfuneralhome.com