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Rak, Marian Almira McClain Mrs. – Obituary

Marian Almira Rak, 77, died March 20, 2003, at St. Elizabeth Health Services after a brief illness. She was born July 31, 1925, at Hood River to William Herbert and Edith Grace McClain. She was raised and educated there and then attended Willamette University for three years, majoring in social work. In 1948 she married John Felix Rak of Salem. They settled in Newberg in 1950, where she lived until illness forced her to move to Baker City to be closer to her daughter, Betty. She lived in the Sunnycrest area for many years, moving back into town when her son, Patrick, died in 1985. Marian was very active in her church, singing in the choir for many years and always helping in the kitchen. She was the 1998 Interfath Volunteer Caregiver of the year, and lived to be useful. She is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth Ann of Sumpter; son-in-law, William; sister, Marcia Stone of Albuquerque, N.M.; numerous nieces, nephews and their children; and all the friends whose lives she made real contributions of time and care. Memorial contributions may be made to the Newberg First Presbyterian Church, 501 Mission Drive, Newberg, OR 97132-1656. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, March 27, 2003 Transcribed by: Belva...

Mehlhorn, Jean Smith Mrs. – Obituary

Jean Mehlhorn, 72, of Hood River, died July 20, 2003, after a short illness. A memorial service for her and her husband, Dale, will be scheduled later. Jean was born on Feb. 3, 1931, to Dorothy and Ray Smith at Mill City, Kan. She was a few minutes older than her identical twin sister, Joan. The Smith family moved to California where Jean spent her childhood and early school days. They settled in Halfway where she attended high school and met Dale Mehlhorn. Jean and Dale married in 1948 and moved to Corvallis, where Dale attended Oregon State University. Jean and her family then returned to Baker County. She worked as a receptionist for several area doctors and raised her boys. Jean’s greatest joys were camping with her family and watching her boys grow and participate in all manner of sports. In 1968 Jean and Dale moved to Ontario where together they managed Delta Feeders. After the sale of that business she went to work at an area drug store as manager of the cosmetics department. Retirement brought new interests. Dale and Jean became avid golfers. They spent many happy times traveling and playing dozens of courses throughout the West. They settled for the last time at Hood River, where they spent three happy years. Jean was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Fred Mehlhorn; and her husband, Dale. Survivors include her son, Ed Mehlhorn and his wife, Jana, of Fruitland, Idaho; granddaughters Ragan McBeth (Page), Sara Mehlhorn and Pam Kelly; grandson, Christopher Mehlhorn; great-grandson, Luke McBeth; great-granddaughter, Katie Kelly; sister, Deloris York, and twin sister, Joan...

Eccles, Richard David – Obituary

Richard David Eccles, 78, of Stockton, Calif., died Saturday, May 3, 2003, in a hospital. A memorial service was held in Stockton. Eccles was born Sept. 2, 1924, in Hood River and lived in Whitney and Prairie City where he attended the first grade. He lived in Stockton for 50 years. Eccles was a self-employed helicopter pilot for 40 years, and was a former president of Helicopter Association of American and Helicopter Association International. He served in the Naval Air Corps as a lieutenant and was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He is survived by his children, Richard, Kathleen and Robert, a brother Samuel Davis Eccles of Nyssa, Oregon and Naomi Ann Eccles Chitwood and six grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, San Joaquin Chapter, 2720 Gateway Oaks, Suite 1 Used with permission from: The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, May, 2003 Transcribed by: Belva...

Kinne, M. LaVelle Boyer Mrs. – Obituary

M. LaVelle Kinne, 71, of Hood River, a former Baker City resident, died Dec. 18, 2002, at Providence Medical Center at Portland. Her funeral was at 11 a.m. today at the Hood River Christian Missionary Alliance Church. Private interment was at the Pine Grove Cemetery. She was born Oct. 8, 1931, at Baker City to Harold “Bill” and Violet Craig Boyer. She was raised and educated at Baker City and was a 1949 Baker High School graduate. She married Gearl J. Seal in 1950. They had five children: Gearl C. Seal of Prineville, Shawna Nelson and Vernon Seal, both of Hood River, Debbie McGaughey and Candace Seal-Burton of Salem. She relocated to Hood River in 1975. She married Dean W. Kinne on April 17, 1976. They celebrated their 26th anniversary this year. LaVelle’s greatest joy was her family. She loved to cook, bake and can and enjoyed her flowers in the yard. She managed the Grizzly Bear Pizza Parlor for a few years at Hood River and also enjoyed day care in her home for several years. She could always be found in her kitchen doing what she loved to do most: cook for her family and anyone else in need. Survivors include her husband, Dean Kinne of Hood River; four children; 11 grandchildren, Andrew, Audra, Cody, Holly, Shannon, Mandy, Rick, Jarren, Danyel, Jessica and Sara; and seven great-grandchildren, Justin, Matthew, Dakota, Kayla, Chandelle, Brandy and Kaylie. She also loved her little dog and companion, Sadie. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Violet Boyer; and her daughter, Debbie McGaughey. Memorial contributions may be made to...

Holman, Henry Chester “Chet” – Obituary

Henry Chester “Chet” Holman , 84, of Hood River, died Sept. 19, 2002, at his home. His memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Anderson’s Tribute Center in Hood River. There will be a graveside service at 2 p.m. Friday at Juniper Haven Cemetery in Prineville. Visitations will be today at Anderson’s Tribute Center. Henry “Chet” Holman was born March 8, 1918, at Prineville to Henry Chester and Agnes Frison Holman. Chet was raised by his foster mother, Ida Wilson, of Prineville and was a graduate of Crook County High School. He worked for various employers in Prineville such as the Civil Conservation Corps, machinist for Alexander Yaukey Lumber Co., and master mechanic for Crook County Roads. During World War II Chet served in the U.S. Army as a staff sergeant. He was part of the Air Transfer Command. Mr. Holman was an airplane mechanic and worked on two of our former presidents aircrafts. Toward the end of Chet’s service in the military he went overseas and served at Okinawa. Mr. Holman was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 1945. After the war, Mr. Holman returned to Prineville and married Ina Hardenbrook. Together Chet and his wife lived at Los Alamos, N.M., where he worked for the University of California in its science lab. In 1960, Mr. Holman and his wife moved from New Mexico to Bonneville. In Oregon Chet worked for the Army Corps of Engineers. Chet put time in at both the Bonneville and The Dalles dams as a machinist. The couple moved to Hood River in 1965 where they had lived since. Chet...

McCray, Mary Coleta Huys Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Mary Coleta McCray, 82, a Baker City native, died Oct. 28, 2001, at her son’s home in Baker City. A vigil service is scheduled at 8:30 tonight at Grays West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets. The Rev. Rob Irwin will officiate. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. There will be a reception at the church after the service. Visitations will be until 8 o’clock tonight at Grays West & Co. Mrs. McCray was born on April 5, 1919, at Baker City to Leontine and Alphonse Huys. She was a 1937 graduate of St. Francis Academy in Baker City. She had worked with Kathleen Kivett for Sen. Stanfield after graduation. She married Ralph L. McCray on May 18, 1940, in Baker City. They had lived in John Day, Hood River and Redmond during their first years of marriage. They then spent the rest of their years together in Baker City. Mrs. McCray was very devoted to her Catholic faith. She was known and loved for her kindness and her sweet personality. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother and will be missed by many. Survivors include her daughter and husband, Kathleen and Al Johnson of Portland; sons and their wives, Jim and Debbie McCray of Baker City and Milton and Gina McCray of Huntingtown, Md.; grandson, James Darren McCray; granddaughters, Corrina Grace Brown and twins, Audrey and Kara McCray; and three great-grandchildren; sisters, Gabriel Boehmer of Portland and Palma Morrison of Darby, Mont.;...

Wheeler, Lillian Mae Lillard Mrs. – Obituary

Lillian Mae Wheeler, 86, of Hood River, a former Baker County resident, died surrounded by her family at Providence Brookside Manor on Sept. 17, 2001. Her graveside service was at 3 p.m. Friday at Idlewild Cemetery Mausoleum. Mrs. Wheeler was born on June 20, 1915, in Baker City to Willis W. and Ruth Jenkins Lillard. Her family also included two half brothers and a half sister. She grew up in Baker City, Haines and the North Powder area. She was a 1933 graduate of North Powder High School. She married Arnold W. Wheeler on Aug. 5, 1935, at Stevenson, Wash. She worked for many years for Diamond Fruit Growers at the Cascade House as a fruit packer. She enjoyed playing bridge with her many friends and continued that activity until her death. Her main love in life was her family and home, loving and caring for her husband, children and especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a longtime member of Hood River Valley Christian Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, sisters and an infant grandson. Survivors include her husband of 66 years, Arnold Wheeler of Hood River; her daughter, Jane Herman and her husband, Lee Roy, of Mosier; a son, Doug Wheeler and his wife, Jill, of Portland; granddaughters, Shelley Gove of Mosier and Nicole Wheeler of Monmouth; a grandson, Chris Wheeler, and his wife, Rachel, of Vancouver, Wash.; great-grandchildren, Emmy and Mariah Gove and Katelyn and Colton Wheeler; two sisters-in-law, Faye Lillard of Baker City and Kathryn Lillard of Klamath Falls; an aunt, Suzanne Jenkins McCulley of Baker City; and numerous nieces, nephews...

Ireland, Edith Rose – Obituary

Edith Rose Ireland, 92, of Mitchell died Dec. 20 at her home. Memorial services will be July 21 in Hood River. Mrs. Ireland was born in Hood River July 21, 1914, to James Ray and Emma May (Barton) Hathhorn. She grew up and was educated there. She married Willis “Mike” Ireland in Hood River June 19, 1931. She and her family lived throughout the Northwest, wherever there was a dam to be built. They moved to Elgin in 1999, then to Mitchell in November. Mrs. Ireland enjoyed quilting, sewing, knitting, making and stuffing animal toys and dolls, and various other crafts. She also enjoyed trips to Reno. She was a past member of IOOF, senior center, TOPS and the Rebeccah lodge, all in Oroville, Calif. Survivors include her son, Willis “Bill” and his wife, Karen Ireland of Colorado Springs, Colo.; her daughters and their spouses, Phyllis and Marvin Halstead of Mitchell, Patricia and Glenn Horn of Elgin, and Charleene and Edward Harmon of Prineville; 17 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. Dying earlier were her husband, in 1997, five brothers and one sister. The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending Dec. 30, 2006 Published: December 30,...
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