Location: Bates Oregon

Duckett, Richard E. – Obituary

Elgin, Oregon Richard E. Duckett, 51, of Elgin, died Nov. 30, 2004, at his home of a brain tumor after a long illness. There was a celebration of his life Saturday at the La Grande Baptist Church. Loveland Funeral Chapel of La Grande was in charge of arrangements. Mr. Duckett was born on Nov. 15, 1953, at La Grande to Richard L. and Doris Duckett. The family moved to Bates in 1959. He was a 1972 graduate of Prairie City High School where he was a member of the Order of DeMolay and played baseball and football. He served in the U.S. Navy, and on Dec. 30, 1972, he married Debra Frazier at Prairie City. The couple lived at Antioch, Calif., and Canyon City before moving to Elgin in 1988. He worked as an electrician for John Day Lumber Co., Malheur Lumber, Boise Cascade and Marvin Wood Products in Baker City. He was a member of the Canyon city Masonic Lodge and enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with friends and family. He was quick with a smile and always had a joke to share. Survivors include his wife of Elgin; children and their spouses, Missy and Jason McKinnon, and Rick Duckett and his fiance, Nikki Stark of Island City; one grandchild; one stepgrandchild; his mother of La Grande; sisters and their husband, Georgia and Jim Boethin of Canyon...

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Clark, Raymond – Obituary

Raymond Clark, 70, of John Day, died April 20, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. At his request, there will be no memorial service. Raymond Harlo Clark was born on Aug. 6, 1934, at La Grande. He lived in the Harrisburg area on the Oregon Coast until his family moved to Austin. He attended grade school at Austin, and then continued his education at Prairie City, where he graduated from high school in 1952. After graduation, Ray went to work for a short time with the U.S. Forest Service. He then worked for six months at the Kinzua mill. In 1954, he married his childhood sweetheart, Janis. They made their first home at Bates where Ray worked for Edward Hines Lumber Co. When the mill closed its Bates site and moved to John Day, Ray made the move as well. He retired as a millwright from Edward Hines Lumber Co. after 40 years of service. Ray enjoyed hunting and fishing. He especially enjoyed being out in the hills. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Janis of John Day; a daughter, Cheryl, and her husband, Terry Sherman, of John Day; a son, Roger Clark of Pilot Rock; three grandchildren, Megan Sherman, Colton Clark and Kaylie Clark, all of John Day; and three sisters, Lois Jean King of Payette, Idaho, Betty Lou White of Portland, and Stella McCauley of Mount...

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Bailey, Hattie Sadie Anderson – Obituary

Funeral services for Hattie Sadie Bailey, 2432 11th Street, 79, were conducted April 26, at the Beatty Chapel. The pastor Joe Jewell officiated with interment following in the family plot at Mt. Hope Cemetery. Mrs. Bailey passed away on Saturday, April 23rd at the Blue Mountain Nursing Home in Prairie City, Oregon after an extended illness. Mrs. Bailey was born on August 19th, 1886, at Green Bay, Wisconsin, the daughter of Hans and Olga Anderson. She came to Baker in 1909 and had lived here since that time with the exception of the past year which she had lived with her daughter near Bates. She was married to George E. Bailey in Baker on May 20, 1917. Mr. Bailey preceded her in death on February 22, 1965. She is survived by one daughter, Elizabeth Keller of Baker; one granddaughter, Ann Elizabeth Keller of Baker and one niece, Violet Irwin of Burke, Idaho. She was a member of Neighbors of Woodcraft Lodge of Baker, Oregon. Record-Courier, Baker City, Oregon, April 28, 1966 Contributed by: Shelli...

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York, Flora Etta Killian Mrs. – Obituary

Flora Etta York, 65, 2584 Cedar Street, died Friday afternoon in St. Elizabeth hospital. Mrs. York, the daughter of Daniel O. and Genora Killian was born in Scopes, Missouri, September 21, 1898. She was married to Herbert A. York at Clarkston, Missouri, April 17, 1915. The family lived in Missouri until 1946 when they moved to Vale. They then moved to Unity where she lived for three years and to Bates where Mr. York was employed by the government. They moved to Baker in the fall of 1962. Mrs. York was a member of the Baptist church. She is survived by six children, Mrs. Betty Pearson of Baker, Mrs. Helen Hart of St. Louis, Missouri, Lester York of Dupo, Indiana, Gilbert York of North Fork, Virginia, Mrs. Genora Austin of Flint, Michigan, and Mrs. Clara Lee Berry of Arnold, Missouri; by three brothers, Luther Killian of St. Louis, Missouri, Lebern Killian of Flint, Michigan, and Charles Killian of Marble Hill, Missouri; by two sisters, Mrs. Mattie Mosley of Salem, Missouri, and Mrs. Mae Duckett of St. Louis; by 22 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Services for Mrs. York will be announced later by West and company. Source: Baker Democrat Herald, Baker City, Oregon, October 26, 1963, page 3 Contributed by: Sue...

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Combs, Harold – Obituary

Harold Combs, 83, of Baker City, died Oct. 16, 2005, at the Veterans Hospital in Walla Walla, Wash. At his request, he will be cremated and his ashes returned to his favorite place near Bates. There will be no funeral. Harold was born March 19, 1922, at Austin to John and Margaret Combs. He was a World War II veteran. He lived most of his life in and around the areas of Bates, Austin and Baker City, and had worked for the Oregon Lumber Company throughout the years doing various jobs. The old engines used for transporting logs and lumber were a special interest of his, and he loved talking about them with family and friends. Harold is survived by four sisters; three daughters, Alice Bartow of Baker City, Dianne Cramer and Kathleen Frazier of New Castle, Ind.; 10 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Harold was preceded in death by his son, James; his father and mother; one brother and four sisters. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice in care of Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, October 28, 2005 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Bleakman, Owen Neal – Obituary

Owen Neal Bleakman, 88, a longtime Baker City resident, died May 3, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. There will be no burial service. Inurnment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Gray’s West & Company Pioneer Chapel. Owen was born Aug. 9, 1916, at Hardman to Bertrum Percy Bleakman and Hatty May Emery. He attended schools in Hardman and Heppner. When Owen was 18, he moved to Bates, where he worked at the Bates mill as a carpenter helper for one year. While in Bates, he met his wife-to-be, Katherine Taylor. They were married June 4, 1938, in Tacoma, Wash. Leaving Bates, Owen bought a bus line, “Gray Rock Lines,” which traveled from Arlington to John Day to Heppner and Pendleton. After two and a half years, Owen sold the bus line and moved to Tacoma, where he worked in the ship yards. In 1943, Owen enlisted in the U.S. Navy and became an air force aviation machinist mate 1st class. He was stationed at Terminal Island, Calif., for two years. He was in the service from 1943 to 1946. Returning to Baker City, Owen and his brother-in-law, Roy Crockett, purchased a service station and re-cap tire shop on 10th Street. They later built and owned three tire shops known as Roy & Owen Tires, located in Baker City, Ontario and Weiser, Idaho....

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Gates, Clay Loren – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Clay Loren Gates, 82, of Baker City died April 8, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center. His graveside service was today at Prairie City Cemetery in Prairie City. Pastor Loyd Phillips of the New Hope Assembly of God Chapel at Vale officiated. There was a reception afterward at the Strawberry Mountain Grange in Prairie City. A former Grant County resident, Clay was born on April 24, 1921, at Ritter. He attended school at Ukiah, Long Creek, and Susanville. He lived his childhood at Galena. Clay worked for 48 years ranching and logging at Bates, John Day, Baker City and Alaska. Survivors include his wife, Helen Hacker Gates; a sister, C.L. Petty of Sumpter; daughter, Beverly Davis, and her husband, Bill, of Bear Valley; grandsons, Edward and Dakota, of John Day; and sisters-in-law, Hazel Wood of Prairie City and Sue Pureene of Sumpter. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lillian and Jack Gates and a wife, Zona Haskens Gates; and by many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Alzheimer’s Association or Pathway Hospice through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, April 23, 2004 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Scott, Betty Frances Chandler Mrs. – Obituary

Haines, Oregon Betty Frances Scott, 62, died March 17, 2004, at her home in Haines. As Betty’s wish, there will be no funeral. A celebration of her life will be scheduled later. Betty Frances Chandler was born on Dec. 2, 1941, to Russell and Margaret Hendren Chandler at Council, Idaho. She was the oldest of three children, with younger brothers Tom and Jay. The family lived at Bates prior to moving to Baker City in the late 1940s. She married Paul Raymond Scott on Feb. 6, 1959, at Baker City. Betty had two children, James Emery, born on June 10, 1960, at Baker City, and Joseph Earl, born on Feb. 23, 1963, at Provo, Utah. The family moved home to Haines in 1965. Betty worked over the years at several different positions, as a nurses aid, restaurant cook, at the Sell-Rite store in Haines, and as a professional tax preparer. Her most important work was as a wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker. Her family and friends were her top priority in life. She always had a big heart and an open door for children and animals of all sorts. Betty had a habit of placing everyone else’s needs before her own. If anyone needed help with something, all they had to do was ask, and she was there. She always remembered birthdays and holidays; you could rely on receiving...

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Dailey, Ivy A. Person Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Baker County, Oregon Ivy A. Dailey, 87, of Baker City, died Jan. 6, 2003, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. Her funeral will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Gray’s West & Company Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Pastor Ed Niswender of the Calvary Baptist Church will officiate. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. A reception will be held at the Calvary Baptist Church in Baker City following the interment. Ivy was born Oct. 10, 1915, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, to Charlie and Vira (Powers) Person. Ivy’s mother, Vira, passed away shortly after giving birth to her. Ivy’s father worked in various sawmills to provide for his family, while her aunt and sisters looked after her. She attended schools in Coeur d’Alene, Bates and Enterprise. Later in life she met Floyd Dailey. The couple fell in love and were married in 1935 in Weiser, Idaho. After their wedding, they moved to their ranch in Keating where they raised registered Herefords until 1965. Upon their retirement from the ranch, they moved to Union, where Floyd worked for the U.S. Forest Service. In 1974, he retired from the Forest Service and he and Ivy moved to Baker City. Both Floyd and Ivy worked for the Senior Center and did janitorial work for the Calvary Baptist Church in Baker City during this time. Ivy worked and played every bit...

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Sager, John Robert – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon John Robert Sager, 84, of Baker City, died Aug. 30, 2003, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. His memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at First Lutheran Church, 1734 Third St. Pastor Dennis Marttala will officiate. There will be a reception afterward at the church. John was the first baby born at Bates. He was born there on Oct. 21, 1918, to Jack and Clara Sager. During his younger years he moved with his family to sawmill towns from Stillwater, Minn., to Glenwood, Wash., where he finished the seventh grade. The family then moved to Pondosa, where he completed the eighth grade and graduated from Union High School in 1937. John worked for Collins Lumber Co. in Pondosa for 21 years. During that time he spent a year in the U.S. Army receiving an honorable discharge in 1943. When the mill closed in Pondosa, John moved to Baker City in 1959 to work for Ellingson Lumber Co. He spent his working years as a lumber grader and finished his last years as head grader. John enjoyed the outdoors and spent most of his free time camping, hunting, and fishing. He especially enjoyed camping and fly-fishing in the Eagle Caps, hunting for chukars or deer on the breaks of the Snake River, and bait fishing on the Powder River. When John wasn’t enjoying the outdoors he...

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Averett, Tom Joseph – Obituary

Tom Joseph Averett, 72, of Austin, a former Baker City resident, died Dec. 13, 2002, at his home. His memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., in John Day. The Rev. Darryl Johnson will officiate. Mr. Averett was born on Jan. 13, 1930, at Weiser, Idaho, to Ray Henry and Oma White Averett. He lived at Weiser and New Meadows, Idaho, before moving by train to Bates at the age of 6. He lived at Camp Creek near Galena with his family. They lived in a tent in Peter O’Rorke’s field for two years before moving to Bates. He attended elementary schools at Galena, Bates and Baker City and Baker High School. Mr. Averett worked as a logger, retiring in 1998. He married Rosalee Wright on Aug. 26, 1950, at the United Methodist Church in Baker City. He was a member of the Elks Lodge. He enjoyed hunting and driving in the country and he loved to spend time with his grandkids and his best friend, Merrit Woodley. Survivors include his wife, Rosalee Averett of Austin; sons, Dan Averett of Canyon City and Tom Averett of Dundee; a brother, Don Averett of Portland; a sister, Ella Rose Darlington of Pendleton; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Ray Averett; and his mother, Oma...

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Frazier, Zoe Harris Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Zoe Frazier, 91, of Baker City, died Sept. 4, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center. Disposition was by cremation at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Crematory. There will be a family memorial service at Haines. Mrs. Frazier was born on June 21, 1910, at Long Creek to Ziri and Irene Harris. She married Dallas Frazier on Sept. 19, 1930, at John Day. The couple made their home at Bates where Mr. Frazier worked for the Edward Hines Lumber Co. They moved to Baker City to retire. Mrs. Frazier was a homemaker most of her life and was a loving wife, mother and grandmother to her family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dallas Frazier; daughter, Patricia Conro; and a brother, Jim Harris. Survivors include her son-in-law, Jim Conro; grandchildren, Mike, Mark and Bruce Conro; great-grandchildren, Pat, Kelly, Keegan and Brenna Conro and Barbara Jean Buffington; and one great-great-grandchild, Wyatt Thompson. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice through Gray’s West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, Ore. 97814. Used with permission from: The Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, September 7, 2001 Transcribed by: Belva...

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