Formerly of Baker City, 1946-2018
David Warren Freeman, 72, of Lafayette, Oregon, and a former Baker City resident, died July 29, 2018.
A celebration of his life will be on Saturday, Aug. 25, at 11 a.m. at the Payette United Methodist Church, 502 N. 11th St. in Payette, Idaho, with a lunch to follow. This will be a joint service for both Dave and his wife of 52 years, Betty, who died on July 11, 2018.
Dave was born on Jan. 5, 1946, at Ontario to Rex and Wilma Freeman. He met his wife, Betty, of 52 years, while growing up in Payette. They began dating when they worked together at the Charm Theatre — Betty sold tickets and worked the snack bar, Dave ran the projectors. They moved to Caldwell, Idaho, and lived there until Dave decided to go to school at the University of Idaho.
Dave attended the University of Idaho and earned a bachelor’s degree in business, with a major in accounting.
Dave and Betty had two daughters — Jodie in 1969, and Amy in 1972. The family moved to Baker City, where Dave worked as a staff accountant at Mitchell and Guyer. Needing a change of scenery, Dave went to work driving a log truck. He eventually started his own logging company. After several years, Dave went back into accounting and got his CPA license. He was able to become a partner at Mitchell and Guyer. Dave worked here for the rest of the family’s time in Baker City.
In 1989 Dave acquired an accounting firm in John Day, and Betty worked as the office manager. Dave and Betty lived in John Day for 25 years. While in John Day, Dave was blessed with two granddaughters, Paige in 1997 and Abbey in 2000. He finally retired in 2015.
He and Betty moved to Lafayette to be closer to Jodie, Amy and their granddaughters.
Dave enjoyed being in the outdoors. He spent much of his time hunting, fishing, camping, rafting, and the Freeman tradition of “going for a ride.” Dave was also an active philanthropist, especially with groups supporting the outdoors and children. He was always working on a “project” of some sort and willing to help anyone with a “project.”
Dave loved to tease his granddaughters, nephews, and nieces — times many of them won’t forget.
Loved ones surviving him include his daughters, Jodie Kester and Amy Freeman; his granddaughters, Paige and Abbey Kester; his brother, Rex Freeman; his sisters, Janiece Haylett, Elaine Stepp, Linda Phelps and Betty Dressen; and his beloved Norwegian elkhound, Elka. He’s also fortunate to have a large family of cousins, sister and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and friends.
Dave was preceded in death by his parents, Rex and Wilma Freeman; his brother, Charles Freeman; and his wife, Betty Freeman.
Memorial donations can be made to the Blue Mountain Hospital Ambulance, 170 Ford Rd., John Day OR, 97845, attention: Rebecca Rand.
Formerly of Baker City, 1936-2018
Roy Barnes, 82, a former Baker City resident, died July 21, 2018.
A memorial service will take place on Saturday, Aug. 18 at 4 p.m. at Community Connection, 2810 Cedar St. in Baker City.
A descendent of Klickitat County pioneers, Roy Huot Barnes was the first child of Charles Kenneth Barnes and Dolly Karama Huot Barnes. Born in Bingen, Washington, in early 1936, Roy graduated from Pendleton High School in 1954, joined the United States Army and was stationed in Germany. After being discharged in August of 1956, Roy went immediately to Willamette University on a football scholarship, then joined the Oregon State Police on June 17, 1957. Roy eventually retired as a lieutenant from the Oregon State Police Department at Baker on Dec. 31, 1985, after 29 ﬁ years of service.
Roy had two children, Donald Roy Barnes and Julie Rene Barnes. Roy married Betty Joyce Pierce on Nov. 6, 1984. They were married 35 years. Roy and Betty each made the other a better person. She was the love of his life. After they retired, Roy and Betty traveled for approximately two years before taking on a second career buying and selling antiques and traveling from show to show for the next 10 years. Roy and Betty might have woken up and decided to take off in 2 hours’ time for another adventure. Roy would never tie himself down to a specific schedule, it was always “let’s play it by ear.” He kept Betty on her toes.
Roy and Betty were always together and spent many hours exploring Eastern Oregon on 4-wheelers. He loved to hunt and fish and did these things as long as his health allowed him. In later years Parkinson’s and diabetes took many things from Roy. His sense of humor stayed with him, although Parkinson’s stole his voice. He could no longer travel but he walked to the coffee shop for the usual group chat every day. He will be missed by his family and friends. “We loved him very much,” they said.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Barnes of Bingen; his children, Don Massey of Portland and Julie Kerns of Haines; from a former marriage, stepchildren Renee Moore, Trina Betty and Tara Bishop; his brother, Don Barnes of Pendleton; his sister, Lola Riddle of Vancouver, Washington; two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws.
Memorial contributions may be made in Roy’s name to the Bingen Fire Department, Bingen City Park or Eagles Grand Aerie Parkinson’s Research. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.gardnerfh.com
Baker City, 1943-2018
Ruby Jewel Stoaks, 74, a longtime Baker City resident, died July 31, 2018, at her home with her husband, Edward, at her side.
There will be a visitation at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St. in Baker City. A Celebration of Life service will take place at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane in Baker City. Pastor Troy Teeter will officiate. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery after the service and there will be a reception at the Nazarene Church Fellowship Hall afterward.
Ruby was born on Oct. 23, 1943, at Kansas City, Missouri, to Glen and Mary McClard. She grew up in Kansas City and Cape Girardeau, Missouri, where her father owned and operated radio and TV repair shops.
Ruby was preceded in death by her father and mother and four brothers, three of whom died before they were 3 years old.
Ruby met her husband, Edward Stoaks, in January of 1961 and they were married in August of that year. They were happily married just 26 days short of 57 years. Together, they raised four children: Paul, David, Carolyn and Curtis.
Ruby was active in her church and was loved by those in the nursing home that her husband, Edward, ministered to. Ruby was a student of the Bible and loved to read. When her children were young, she was a 4-H club leader and taught leather working.
Later she bought a stretch limousine and founded Baker Valley Limousine, which she operated for 10 years. She thoroughly enjoyed carrying her clients on their special occasions and made many friends in the region.
Ruby enjoyed sewing and making quilts and scarves for family and friends.
Survivors include her husband and four children.
Memorial contributions may be made in honor of Ruby to the Northeast Oregon Compassion Center through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814. To light a candle for Ruby or to leave a condolence for the family, go to www.colestributecenter.com