Location: Coos Bay Oregon

Hovis, Earl – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Former Wallowa County resident, Earl Hovis, of North Bend, died Feb. 1, 1992, at St. Katherine’s Nursing Home in Coos Bay. At his request, no public services were held. Interment will be in Wallowa County at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Cool Bay Chapel. Mr. Hovis was born July 12, 1902, in Wayne County, Mo., the son of Robert E. and Minnie Hovis. He came to Wallowa County as a young person and attended Gwynn School, located between Lostine and Enterprise. On June 26, 1924, he married Vivian Emmons at Enterprise. They ranched and farmed in the Prairie Creek area for a number of years. Earl became known as an expert in handling horses. For several years he drove the six horse team on the covered wagon in the Chief Joseph Days pageant and was often driver of the stage coach in the Chief Joseph Days parade. Later the Hovises moved to Joseph where Earl was a log scaler for Boise Cascade until his retirement 22 years ago when he and Vivian moved to Coos Bay, Or. Survivors include his wife, Vivian, of North Bend; sons, Ivan Hovis of Portland and Robert Hovis of San Francisco, Calif.; daughter-in-law, Marjorie E. Hovis of North Bend; sister, Ruth Haggerty of Portland; and grandchildren, Marjorie E. Hovis of North Bend and Lois Kaping of...

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Owens, Carolyn – Obituary

Union, Oregon Carolyn “Kay” Owens, 89, of Union died April 17 in Madras following a brief illness. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. today at the Union Cemetery. Loveland funeral Chapel is handling arrangements. She was born in Coos Bay to Cecil and Elizabeth (Cramer) Brown on May 18, 1917. She married Russell Kullman in Cherokee, Iowa, in 1937, and then C. H. “Slim” Coats in Antelope in 1942. Kay worked in retail sales and did drafting for the aircraft industry during World War II. She was an accomplished clothing buyer and retailer. She is survived by her son, Bill Kullman of Culver; two granddaughters; two grandsons; and two great-grandsons. The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending April 21, 2007 Published: April 21,...

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Buoy, Wayland L. – Obituary

Imbler, Oregon Wayland L. “Buck” Buoy, 92, formerly of Imbler, died Aug. 10 at his home in Hermiston. Recitation of the rosary will begin at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Burns Mortuary Chapel in Hermiston. Mass will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church, Hermiston. Buck was born on Jan. 22, 1915, to Roy and Violet Linklater Buoy in Prescott, Wash. He was raised in Imbler and went to school there. He joined the Navy, serving in the South Pacific during WWII. He returned to Oregon and moved to Coos Bay where he worked as a body and fender man and a mechanic until 1957. Buck moved to Marin County, Calif., and later to Indio, Calif., in 1964. He was a member of the California Air Patrol where he was an accomplished sharp shooter. Buck married Jean Swartz on Sept. 5, 1969, in Novato, Calif. They moved to Hermiston. Buck worked at Hanford as a member of the Operating Engineers Union No. 370 until his retirement in 1982. The couple enjoyed wintering in California and later in Tucson, Ariz., until 1999. Buck was a member of the Eagles Lodge No. 2909, Elks Lodge No. 1845 and Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, pilot and rock hound. He loved trips to the mountains to gather mushrooms, huckleberries or just spend...

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Hayter, Wilbur Oren – Obituary

Funeral services are pending at the Ullrey Memorial Chapel of Yuba City for Wilbur Oren Hayter, 74, of Sutter County, who died last night [September 14, 1951] after a brief illness. Hayter, a retired farmer, was a native of Coos Bay, Ore., but has lived in this area for the past 17 years. He made his home on Elmer Rd., Rt. 2. Survivors include Hayter’s wife, Mabel; three sons, Leland Hayter of San Jose, Bill Hayter of the Navy, now stationed at Treasure Island, and Dean Chism of Lincoln; and two daughters, Margie Wallan of Lincoln and Alice Winget of Roseville. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Bonebrake, Charles Oren – Obituary

A lifetime resident of the area, Charles Oren Bonebrake, 63, died Wednesday [August 7, 1963] in Coos Bay. He was born April 26, 1900 at Ross Inlet. The funeral service for Mr. Bonebrake will be Monday at 1 p.m. from the Coos Bay Chapel of Campbell Watkins Funeral Homes. The Rev. Charles Sanders of the First Baptist Church, Coos Bay, will officiate. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Park. Mr. Bonebrake had been employed as a truck driver and logger. He is a veteran of World War I. Surviving him are a daughter, Mrs. Lucille Weiren, Beaverton, a son, Charles Jr., Aloha, Ore., sisters, Mrs. Lucy Lund, Empire, Mrs. E. A. Nelson, Olympia, Wash., and Mrs. Victor Schmeltz, Long Beach, Calif., and a brother, Holt, Empire. Also surviving are nine grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Lund, Lucy Ione Bonebrake Churchill – Obituary

Funeral services for Lucy Ione Lund, 82, a resident of Coquille, will be held Monday, Oct. 24 at 11 a.m. at the North Bend Chapel of Campbell-Watkins Funeral Homes with the Rev. Donald Forbes of the First United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. Mrs. Lund was born Jan. 14, 1895 in Marshfield and died Oct. 20 in Coos Bay. Her husband Edwin K. Lund, preceded her in death June 22, 1955. Survivors include her sons, Charles Churchill of Coquille, Thomas Churchill of Sauvies Island; two step-daughters, Catherine Garcia of Coos Bay, Emily Batten; and six grandchildren. The World, October 2, 1977 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Mills, Doratha Mae “Dottie” – Obituary

Doratha Mae “Dottie” Mills 76, of Baker City, died May 19, 2005, at her home. There will be a family service later at Ft. Laramie, Wyo. She will be buried in Wyoming alongside her mother and sister. She was born on Dec. 19, 1928, at Ft. Laramie, Wyo., to Orville E. and Doratha Knott Mills. She attended high school at Coos Bay and homesteaded at Big Piney, Wyo. She worked as a bartender in Sweet Home. She had gardening and houseplant skills and loved smelling freshly turned earth ready for planting — anything. Food first if money is tight, then flowers if you can afford them. She always knew just what to grow where and what to fertilize it with and how to talk to it! She had cooking skills and knew just how to make $5 a day stretch into some pretty good meals. How to look in the cupboard and “see” what to put together. Where someone else saw a can of soup, she taught her children to make a meal for four. Her children are considered to be pretty good cooks and can set a nice table thanks to the endless hours they spent watching her whip something up. They say they will never be able to make a sour cream raisin pie like she did, though. They say she was the best cook they ever...

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Miller, Wayne Dale “Lucky” – Obituary

Richland, Oregon Wayne Dale “Lucky” Miller, 76, of Richland, died April 15, 2003, at his home. A Celebration of Life in his honor will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Richland Christian Church. Gordon Bond will officiate. Lucky was born Sept. 22, 1926, at Martin County, Minn., to Jay Desmond and Minnie Garrison Miller. He came to Oregon as a young man, where he met his lifelong sweetheart, Dorothy Maxine Jones. They were married at Astoria on Nov. 3, 1945. Lucky served his country during World War II in the Navy Air Corps. After the war, he and Maxine lived in the Coos Bay area for several years, then moved to Myrtle Point, where they bred and trained Appaloosa horses. They were very active in the Sheriff’s Posse and there were many fond memories of the annual Easter Seal trail rides for children, hunting trips and good friends. In 1983, Lucky and Maxine moved to Eagle Valley, where they had resided since then. Lucky loved the outdoors, and was happiest when he was outside working, either making hay, moving dirt with his tractor, or working on some other project around the place. He enjoyed the many times he hunted with his good friend, Dave, from Portland, as well as just riding around in the mountains. He and Maxine spent many hours enjoying the mountain air, wildlife, gardening and...

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Carpenter, Randall Earl “Randy” – Obituary

Randall Earl “Randy” Carpenter, 45, of Coos Bay, died Nov. 25, 2002, as a result of a firefighting accident in the line of duty. His memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Baker High School gymnasium, 2500 E St. Pastors Chris Carpenter and Lennie Spooner will officiate. Cremation rites were conducted at Ocean View Memory Gardens Crematory at Coos Bay. Inurnment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Randy was born Dec. 9, 1956, at Baker City to G. Wayne and Drucilla M. Stiff Carpenter. He grew up in Baker City, graduating in 1975 from Baker High School. He attended Portland State and Portland Community College. In December 1978, he married Mary Mamrose and they had two wonderful daughters. He started his dental lab business in 1979, while holding several other jobs at the time. He started his firefighting career as a volunteer in 1979. During this time he was very active in the Oregon Volunteer Firefighter Association serving in all state offices, including president. Randy became a full-time fireman shortly afterward in Baker City. In February 1989, he moved to Coos Bay to accept a position with the Coos Bay Fire Department. Randy was the consummate professional. He was highly qualified in all operational and procedural aspects of his job. He was part of the original efforts to bring a hazardous materials unit to Coos Bay...

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Horn, Myrtle E. Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Myrtle E. Horn, 78, a longtime Baker City resident, died in her sleep Dec. 6, 2002, at her home. Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Gray’s West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave. Pastor John Goodyear of the Baker Valley Church of Christ will officiate. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, next to her beloved husband, “Gil,” immediately after the service. Visitations will be from noon to 8 p.m. Friday at Gray’s West & Co. Myrtle was born on Feb. 7, 1924, at La Grande, the fifth of seven children. She attended schools at Carus, Coos Bay and Oregon City before receiving formal nurse’s training at Portland. She worked as a telephone operator and was a nurse at hospitals at Enterprise and Baker City before retiring in the early 1970s. Myrtle had a great love for volunteerism and serving others. She spent many years as a 4-H leader and judged and served in various capacities and officer positions with the American Legion Auxiliary, 8 & 40, St. Elizabeth Hospital Auxiliary and the Garden Club. She also offered her knowledge and skill with crafts and handiwork to others, leading a community knitting club that benefited many. She was always ready and eager to accept a new project or to lend a helping hand. She was preceded in death by Gilbert, her husband of nearly...

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Taylor, Bob – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Bob Taylor, 73, of Baker City, died Dec. 12, 2002, at his home. At this time no services are planned. Bob was born June 16, 1929, at Walla Walla, Wash., to David Taylor and Mary Ellen Ramsey Taylor Huckins. He lived in many places as a boy. He enlisted in the Air Force when he was 17 years of age, working at the Pentagon most of his service time. After his discharge, he went to barber college, and after graduation he owned barber shops in Coos Bay, Roseburg, Union and Baker City. He also had shops in Melba, Idaho, and Pasco, Wash. He also was a truck driver and excellent cook. Bob loved music, and at one time has his own band. On March 26, 1984, he married Mary J. Bodewig in Weiser, Idaho. He was a member of the American Legion, Amvets, and Disabled American Veterans. Bob is survived by his loving wife of 18 years, Mary, his brother, Ken Taylor, Sr., a sister, Mary Orazine, and his loving companion Missy, who misses him very much, all of Baker City; his children, Lori of La Grande, Patti of California, Rob Reese of Union, Micki Reese of Nebraska, Jimmy David of Virginia, Barb Hellman and Larry Parlin, both of Oregon, Donna Saunders of Pennsylvania, and Debi Parlin of Idaho; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law, Bob Bodewig,...

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Zimmerman, Charles “Everett” – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Charles “Everett” Zimmerman, 90, of Baker City, died Oct. 18, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Pastor Ted Davis of The Faith Center at La Grande and Pastor Aaron Oglesbee of the Agape Christian Center at Baker City will officiate. Charlene Whitmore of Blue Mountain Foursquare Church will assist. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. There will be a reception afterward at the First Church of the Nazarene Fellowship Hall, 1250 Hughes Lane. Mr. Zimmerman was born on Jan. 16, 1912, at Baker City to Robert Oscar Zimmerman and Frances Alene Truscott Zimmerman. He was educated in Baker City. He married Sylva Michael on Oct. 22, 1941, at Virginia City, Nev. His funeral will be on the day of their 61st wedding anniversary. Early in his life, Mr. Zimmerman followed heavy construction, which he dearly loved. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps special services during World War II. He was a staff sergeant and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal. Upon return from the military, he pursued a career with Safeway Stores Inc., starting at Coos Bay. Later he was promoted to manager at Hermiston and then at Baker City where he served until retirement. After retirement, he and his wife lived on the...

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Biography of Robert Wingate

ROBERT WINGATE. – Among the many enterprising and successful representative men to whom the city of Tacoma owes so much for her present advanced position among Pacific cities, and for the assurance of future success, Robert Wingate deserves an exalted place. He is a Scotsman by birth, but is thoroughly identified with the land of his adoption, and is warmly attached to her popular institutions. He was born near Glasgow, Scotland, on the 17th of March, 1840. He received a thorough common-school education at the Western Academy in Glasgow. His father was a coal expert, a mining engineer, and the lessee of several coal mines. Upon leaving school, the son Robert entered upon an apprenticeship, beginning at the lowest round, and received under that practical father a training exclusively restricted to coal-mining. That mining education was only acquired by passing through every gradation. In his eighteenth year he became underground foreman in the Craig End Colliery. That continued to be his duty until, at the age of twenty, he had been promoted to the position of superintendent, called in Western Scotland manager. In that station he acted until 1864, greatly maturing his knowledge and experience, and being invested with great responsibility. During that year he came to California, bearing with him highly commendatory testimonials as to his knowledge, experience and reliability from the coal inspectors of the Western district...

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