Larry Allan Dove, 58, of Baker City, died May 25, 2005, at his home.

Visitations will be from noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. Sunday at the American Legion Club, No. 41, 2129 Second St. and a potluck brunch afterward.

His graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, at Kamiah, Idaho. He will be laid to rest with his parents.

Larry was born on Oct. 27, 1946, at Orofino, Idaho. He was the only child of Vernon D. and Gladys L. Dove. He grew up at Kamiah, Idaho, and was a 1965 Kamiah High School graduate. He proudly served his country through two tours of duty in the Vietnam War as a member of the U.S. Army.

Throughout his life, Larry worked in and around the logging industry. He started with the purchase of his own logging truck upon his return from the service.

He enjoyed the job of woods boss because he loved being in the mountains, but Larry’s true calling was that of mechanic. If it was a truck or a piece of heavy equipment, Larry could fix it for you, as anyone who ever knew him would attest to.

Larry married Tinna Kaiser in December 1985 at Asotin, Wash. Together they had a daughter, Lacey Lynn Dove. Larry also had a son, Ervin Dove, from a previous marriage.

Larry, Tinna and Lacey moved to the Baker City area from Lewiston, Idaho, in the summer of 1989. He worked as woods boss for Western Fiber in the Granite area until 1995 when he went to work for Gary N. Smith Trucking as head mechanic. He enjoyed that position until illness forced his retirement in 2002.

Larry’s pride and joy was his family. His daughter, Lacey of Baker City; his son, Ervin, and daughter-in-law, Sonja, and his three beautiful grandchildren, Constance, Katelyn and Luke, all of Spirit Lake, Idaho, were all the subjects of frequent brag sessions.

Larry unwittingly became a mentor to many people, especially the kids Lacey brought to the house and the boys to whom he taught his trade.

He had fun being a member of the Idle Hour’s Old Timers’ shuffleboard team. He also was a member of the American Legion. Larry had two constant shadows, his dogs, Peewee and Squeaker, who were always at his side (or in his lap!).

Larry was a big man with an even bigger heart and was always willing to help anyone in need. He will be greatly missed by many people.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans Van, 2129 Second St., Baker City, OR 97814, which helped him so much during the last three years.

Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, June 3, 2005
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor