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Ivan Richard Bork, 84, of The Dalles, a former Baker City resident, died July 21, 2001, at a care center in The Dalles.

There will be a graveside committal service at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Odd Fellows Cemetery in The Dalles. His memorial service will be at 2:30 p.m. at the Solid Rock Community Church of God at The Dalles. The Rev. Ken Post and Ellie Sutter will officiate.

Mr. Bork was born May 30, 1917, at Flora. He was the oldest of eight children born to Ira H. and Lora Moys Bork. He was the grandson of early Wallowa County pioneers, Rudolph and Bertha Bork. They came from Germany in 1885 and settled in Wallowa County as U.S. citizens in 1891.

Mr. Bork was married to Leola Surber on June 23, 1940, at Enterprise. They were married by Justice of the Peace A.B. Conway, who had married their parents, Ira and Lora Bork and Richard and Edith Surber in June 1916.

Mr. Bork was a logger in Eastern Oregon until moving to Baker City in April 1949. He worked here as a faller and a cat skinner. The family moved to Portland with Ivan Logging of Estacada in 1959. He went to work at the Tygh Valley Lumber Co. in June 1962 as a loader operator. He retired in 1982.

Mr. Bork’s favorite pastime was his ham radio, chatting with new friends and helping truckers with driving directions and weather reports. He also participated yearly in the Diabetes Bike-A-Thon.

Survivors include his wife, Leola of The Dalles; his children and their spouses, Rosalie and David Harnden of Prineville, Ivan Harry and Saundra Bork of Baker City, Wayne and Sharon Bork of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Darlena and Robert Salisbury of Albany; grandchildren, Brian, Lisa, Carl, Crystal, Timothy and Andy; great-grandchildren, Kristopher, Alina, Staranna, Nicholas, Tiffany, Steven and Stacey; his brother, Neal Bork of Baker City; and his sisters, Alma Gribling of La Grande, Ila Grenier of Scappoose, Erma Sewell of Sweetwater and Rita Bork of Orville, Wash.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, an infant son and an infant grandson.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Solid Rock Community Church of God or Hospice of the Gorge, 751 Myrtle St., The Dalles, OR 97058.

Used with permission from: The Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, July 27, 2001
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor

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