Formerly of Baker City, 1927-2018
Lois Anne Kleck, 90, formerly of Baker City, died Nov. 5, 2017, at Dayton, Washington.
Her memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 14, at the home of Wayne and Julie Paxton, 2795 Hughes Lane, in Baker City. Pastor Mouse McKinney, a longtime friend of Lois,’ will officiate.
Lois was born on Feb. 14, 1927, at Scottsbluff, Nebraska, to George and Lottie Kuempel. She married Dr. Jack Kleck, DVM, in June 1948 at the Methodist Church in Denver.
Together they fulfilled their dream of owning and operating a cattle ranch, training quarter horses, practicing veterinary medicine and raising their children: Jack, Judy, Jeff and Emry.
Lois loved art, books and saving dying plants. She would often try to revive a suffering plant from the yard or from the clearance rack of the grocery store.
Lois attended painting and ceramics classes and collected a few original paintings. Probably her greatest passion was reading books and keeping a small collection of old books.
After her children were raised, Lois went to work at the Baker County Library where she was surrounded by books and could share her passion with others. She also used her artistic talent to create window displays at the library.
Her love of literature finally led her to partner with Betty Kuhl and establish a bookstore, Betty’s Books, in Baker City.
According to her family, Lois will be remembered for the love she had for her husband and children, her compassionate, sweet soul, her loving embrace and her tireless efforts to make everyone comfortable and happy.
Survivors include her sons, Jack, Jeff and Emry; several nieces and nephews; and nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Lottie; sister, Elaine; husband, Jack; and daughter, Judith.
Formerly of Baker City, 1947-2018
Owen “Jake” Jacobs, 71, formerly of Baker City, died June 29, 2018, at his home at Wild River Ranches in Evanston, Wyoming.
There will be a Celebration of Life for Jake in Evanston during the Labor Day weekend.
He was born on May 20, 1947, at Baker City to Clarence LeRoy Jacobs and Mildred Helen Burnett Jacobs.
Jake’s early years were spent on the family ranch in Oregon. He was a 1965 Baker High School graduate. He enlisted in the Navy in 1967, and he was honorably discharged in 1970.
During his naval career, he was stationed in Anchorage, Alaska, and at Miramar Naval Station in Southern California. While at Miramar, he was an air traffic controller.
After leaving the Navy, he went on to college and graduated from Oregon State University. After graduation he went into the cattle business. In the early ’80s, he moved to Evanston and went to work in the oil and gas industry with Amoco.
Later, he and Eileen opened the Book Nook in the Blyth & Fargo building until 1996 when he left to work in the oil and gas industry as an independent contractor.
While living in Evanston, Jake was very active in the community and Catholic church. He was a volunteer at YAHA and received the volunteer of the year award.
He was also one of the people instrumental in organizing the re-enactment of the Great Endurance Horse Race from Evanston to Denver in the early 1990s. Jake eventually moved to Denver, where he went to work for Encana until his retirement in June of 2013.
On Sept. 3, 2011, he married Mary Block at their home at Wild River Ranches, where he resided until the time of his death.
Jake enjoyed downhill and cross-country skiing, golf and he was an avid reader. He had a great love for the outdoors. His love for the wide open spaces is why he chose living in Oregon, Wyoming and Colorado. He loved horses and dogs. Everywhere Jake went he would have a Boston terrier by his side.
Jake was a fascinating storyteller, a writer of poetry and always appreciated a good party.
He was a spiritual man and because of his heritage, he was extremely interested in the Native American culture and, as a result, he spent time on reservations and became accomplished at playing the Indian flute. Jake was an honorable, loving and caring man, family members said.
Jake’s family, many friends and colleagues will mourn his passing. He was a real cowboy!
He was preceded in death by his parents and the late Eileen Downs Jacobs.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Block; stepdaughters, Christy Roberts, Julie (Rhett) Puder and their sons Harrison and Mack; one sister, Carol Jacobs and her husband, Burke O’Brien, of Prairie City; one nephew, Justin Attaway and his wife, Wendy, and their children Ryan and Jonathon of Meridian, Idaho; one niece, Angie McInerney, her husband, Sean, and their children, Mesa and Jaylee of Kuna, Idaho.