Formerly of Baker City
Harry E. Kennison, 93, a former Baker City resident, died peacefully on Feb. 23, 2019, at Vancouver, Washington.
His memorial service and celebration of his life will take place Saturday, June 8 at 3 p.m. at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 800 Ellsworth Road in Vancouver.
Harry was born and raised in Wallowa, where his ancestors homesteaded in 1872 after traveling on the Oregon Trail. A child of the Great Depression, he joined the Marines as soon as he turned 18 and participated in battles at Okinawa and Iwo Jima, where he was one of the last lines of defense against kamikaze pilots.
After the war he returned to the Wallowa Valley, where he became a saw filer at the local lumber mill, and, in 1949, married another Wallowa resident, Mary Elizabeth Jackson Kennison. They were happily married for 68 years until her death in 2017.
At the mill, Harry steadily worked his way up to a management role, eventually becoming general manager of Kinzua Corporation and holding patents on hydraulic lumber mill machinery. He was so recognized in his field that the Oregon Board of Education consulted with him regarding vocational training. After many job-related moves to small towns across Oregon and Washington (including Pilot Rock, Baker City, Heppner and Omak, Washington), Harry and Mary settled down in Salem for their retirement. Many happy hours were spent golfing at the Santiam golf course, visiting grandchildren, and exploring exotic locales such as Fiji and Tahiti.
Harry was always passionate about sports, whether it was receiving a football scholarship to Linfield College (which he turned down in favor of serving our country), coaching Little League and Babe Ruth baseball in adulthood, or ardently following Oregon State University football, baseball and women’s basketball until his last few days.
Harry is survived and greatly missed by his daughter, Kara Kennison, and her husband, James Baumberger); his son, Gary Miller, and his wife, Jolene; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, as well as countless other family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary; their daughter, Janine Kennison; and their son, Kyle Kennison.
Harry is remembered for his intelligence, good advice, sense of humor, always doing the right thing, and for being one of the best men we ever met, his family said.
Memorial donations in memory of Harry can be made to the Kyle Kennison Scholarship in care of The University of Idaho Foundation, 875 Perimeter Drive, MS 3143, Moscow, ID 83844.
Formerly of Baker City, 1925-2019
Jack M. Clubb, 93, of Pendleton, and a former Baker City resident, died March 4, 2019 at his home.
His funeral will take place Thursday, March 14 at 1 p.m. at the Baker Elks Lodge, 1896 Second St., with Masonic, Elks and Naval honors. A reception will follow at the Elks Lodge.
Jack was born on Nov. 8, 1925, at Independence, Kansas, to Louis and Laura (Adams) Clubb. Jack lived in 11 different states until his family settled in Baker City in 1940, where they owned and operated Clubb’s Fountain, a landmark where everyone met. They served shakes, malts, sodas, chili, and banana splits. Jack worked at Clubb’s Fountain until he joined the service at age 16 with a phony ID.
He served in the Submarine Squadron Division as a range fighter/operator during World War II in the South Pacific. He was extremely proud of his service in the Navy. Upon returning home he attended the University of Oregon where he graduated in 1950 with a degree in law.
He married his first wife, Dorothy Haines, in Eugene. They later divorced. He worked in Eugene for Investors Syndicate until 1966.
Jack proposed to his beloved wife Patricia (Zimmerly) Clubb after she won a bet they made on whether she would win a golf tournament. The two were married in 1966 at McCall, Idaho. In 1972 the two moved to Pendleton, where they owned and operated Jack Clubb Chevrolet.
He had many business ventures including building Sublow Towers, the first high rise in Mazatlán, Mexico. Jack showed his passion for community involvement through donations and membe rship in many organizations including the Masonic Lodge, Al-Kadar Shrine, VFW, American Legion, Order of the Elks, Eagles, Pendleton Round-Up Hall of Fame and many others.
Jack enjoyed traveling, hunting, and golfing with the many friends he had. Jack was a man who didn’t wait for life to happen, he made it happen himself.
He is survived by his nephew, Jimmy (Toula) Clubb of Sacramento, California; his niece, Lynda (Liu) Alvin of Heppner; and his live-in caregiver, whom he considered his daughter, Elizabeth Doherty of Pendleton.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Laura; his brothers, Kenneth and Floyd Clubb; and his wife, Patricia (Twiggy).
Memorial contributions may be made to the Blue Mountain Lodge No. 34 AF&AM Baker City or to the Pat Clubb Memorial Scholarship to help Baker County students, through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.
To light a candle for Jack, go to www.grayswestco.com