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Backlund, Donna Ratliff Kowing Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Donna Kowing Backlund, 61, of Baker City, died Sept. 27, 2002, at John Day. Her memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Shiela Kowing, who live up Laycock Creek in the John Day area. Mrs. Backlund was born May 4, 1941, at Tillamook to Lawrence and Frieda Ammeter Ratliff. She grew up on a homestead near Washougal, Wash., where she was schooled. She later attended Blue Mountain Community College and was a certified dental assistant employed at Baker City for several years. On Dec. 28, 1957, she married Robert Kowing at Washougal. They later divorced. She married Richard Backlund in January 1991 and the couple lived at Baker City. Her hobbies included gardening and sewing. Mrs. Backlund is survived by her daughter, Cindy Davis of Ashland; three sons and daughters-in-law, Ken and Linda Kowing, Joe and Shiela Kowing, and Steve and Tami Kowing, all of John Day; 10 grandchildren; her mother, Frieda Ratliff of Baker City; brother and sister-in-law, Owen and Shirley Ratliff of Woodland, Wash.; two stepsons and a daughter-in-law, Rob and Lorie Backlund of Baker City and Rick Backlund of Virginia; and five stepgrandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father; a grandson, Samuel Wayne Kowing; and her husband, Richard, who died in June. Memorial contributions may be made to...

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Graves, Larry A. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Larry A. Graves, 66, a longtime Baker City resident, died July 26, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. His funeral will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Pastor Bill Cox of McEwen Bible Fellowship will officiate. Interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitations will be today until 8 p.m. at Gray’s West & Co. Larry was born March 12, 1936, in Baker City to Lawrence and Emma Graves. Though born in Baker City, Larry lived with his family at Sumpter at the time, and he continued to make his home there until his mid 20s, when he moved to Baker. Larry was a mill worker for much of his life, working at Ellingson Lumber for quite a while, and after that for Malheur Lumber in John Day. Later in his life he became a ranch hand for the Phillips Ranch, where he remained until his retirement. Larry and his wife, Roberta Calloway, raised one son, Norm, and two daughters, Trudy and Lorraine. Larry loved hunting and fishing and just being in the outdoors. He especially enjoyed getting together with his family during their annual hunting trips. He also was a lifetime member of the Friends of the Sumpter Valley Dredge. Larry is survived by his wife, Roberta; his mother, Emma Graves; his son, Norm; two daughters,...

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Widman, C. Wayne – Obituary

C. Wayne Widman, 69, of Parkdale, and a former Baker City resident, died March 31, 2002, at the Hood River Memorial Hospital. His funeral was at 11 a.m. today at the Hood River Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Burial was at the Upper Valley Cemetery. Wayne was born April 7, 1932, at Baker City to Carl Henry and Dorothy Ellen Williams Widman. He was raised and educated in Baker City and was a 1950 Baker High School graduate. After high school, Wayne left Baker City to work in a sawmill at Joseph. About a year later he returned to Baker City to work for a local hardware store in the sales department. On Dec. 7, 1951, Wayne married Jackie Weller in Baker City. Shortly after this Wayne started working for Staggs and Weber Co. at Keating. A job with the Forest Service brought him back to Baker City where he worked for a while. In the midst of all of this, Wayne and Jackie started their family of three sons and three daughters. After leaving his job with the Forest Service, Wayne went to work for Al Conforth Land and Livestock at John Day. His next job change brought about a move to Lebanon where he worked for Moty and Van Dyke selling industrial supplies for several years. Wayne left Lebanon in 1982 after he and his...

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Simard, The Rev. Robert – Obituary

The Rev. Robert Simard, 70, affectionately known as Father Bob during his 46 years of service as a priest of the Diocese of Baker, died Jan. 17, 2002, in Prineville. His vigil service will be at 7 o’clock tonight at St. Joseph Church in Prineville. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday with the Rite of Committal afterward at Deschutes Memorial Gardens in Bend at 2:30 p.m. Father Simard grew up in Cambridge, Mass., and attended St. John’s Seminary at Brighton, Mass. The Most Rev. Francis P. Leipzig ordained him to the priesthood on Feb. 25, 1956. For his first assignments, he served as assistant pastor in Ontario, Burns, Klamath Falls and Pendleton, where he also was chaplain to St. Anthony’s Hospital. In February 1960, he was named pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Chiloquin. One year later he became pastor of St. Elizabeth’s Church at John Day. He than served as pastor at St. Mary Parish in Elgin from 1968 to 1971. In 1971 he was transferred to Nyssa where he served until 1976 when he was named rector of St. Francis de Sales Cathedral at Baker City. In 1983 he became the first pastor of the new parish of Holy Redeemer at LaPine. On July 1, 1989, he was named pastor of St. Joseph Parish at Prineville. He retired because...

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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...

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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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Guilliams, Mary Anna Mrs. – Obituary

John Day, Oregon Mary Anna Guilliams, 88, of John Day, died July 6, 2001 at John Day. The rosary will be said Thursday at 7 p.m. at Driskill Chapel in John Day. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday at 11 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in John Day. Interment will be at Canyon City Cemetery. Mrs. Guilliams was born June 3, 1913, in John Day, to Joseph A. Pereira and Mary Amanda Potter. She graduated from John Day High School in 1931 and was a housewife. She worked at odd jobs such as taking in laundry and cleaning houses. She married Jack G. Guilliams on Aug. 20, 1935, in Payette, Idaho. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America and was a Cub Scout and Girl Scout leader for 11 years. She loved to crochet, do embroidery and work crossword puzzles. She is survived by her son, Lewis Guilliams of John Day; a daughter, Norma Upmeyer of Baker City; four sisters-in-law, Sybil Pereira of The Dalles, Louise Pereira of John Day, Bea Carlson of Boise, and Laura Guilliams of Salem; nine grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack; one daughter, four brothers; one sister; and one great-grandson. Contributions in Mrs. Guilliams’ memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice or to St. Elizabeth Catholic...

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White, Gary Dee – Obituary

Gary Dee White, 72, of John Day, a former Baker City resident, died March 28, 2001. His memorial service will be at 3 p.m. April 26 at the Driskill Memorial Chapel in John Day. Mr. White was born Jan. 23, 1929, at Baker City to Ted and Emma Perkins White. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and received a Victory Medal and an honorable discharge. He married LouAnn Griffith at Baker City in 1949. They moved to John Day in 1959 where Mr. White worked as a car and chain saw mechanic and served as a volunteer firefighter. He enjoyed cooking, sign painting, hunting and fishing and always had a great story to tell. Survivors include his son, Michael White of Boise; three daughters, Julie Moore of John Day, DeeAnn Waite and Cindy White of Bend; five grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his wife and parents. Used with permission from: The Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, April 20, 2001 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Hilderbrand, Ashley Jean – Obituary

Ashley Hilderbrand, 22, a longtime resident of John Day and Baker City, died unexpectedly Dec. 19, 2006, at Salt Lake City Medical Center in Salt Lake City. A funeral service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Baker City Christian Church, 650 Hwy. 7 in Baker City. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception following the services at the church. A funeral service will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at Whispering Pines Funeral Home in Prineville. Interment will follow at Juniper Haven Cemetery. Ashley Jean was born June 21, 1984, in John Day to Mariann “Connie” (Villastrigo) and Lee Hilderbrand. Ashley went to kindergarten in Prineville. The family then moved to Baker City, where she attended school and attained her state diploma from Baker Alternative School in 2002. Following graduation, Ashley traveled to Laramie, Wyo., and lived there for a year. She returned home to Baker City and went to work for Marvin Wood Products. After some time, she decided to move to Prineville, and went to work for Prineville Disposal. In January 2005, Ashley wanted to move back to Baker City and she immediately went back to work for Marvin Wood Products. Ashley enjoyed being outside, hunting and fishing. She enjoyed traveling to car shows and attending motto-cross rallies. Ashley loved music and dancing. Most special to her was spending time with her...

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Simonsen, Glenda Beth Healey Mrs. – Obituary

Glenda Beth Simonsen, 69, of John Day, a former Baker City resident, died Sept. 23, 2007, at Blue Mountain Hospital in John Day. There was a private family service. Glenda was born April 22, 1938, at Baker City to Glen and Anna Jacobson Healey. She was a 1956 graduate of Powder Valley High at North Powder. Glenda married Roger Simonsen in Baker City on July 31, 1959. Glenda was a business owner with her husband, Roger. Their work included highway construction, wholesale grocery, service station and auto repair. She also filled customer service positions at several John Day businesses. She was a community volunteer and enjoyed spending time with her family and trying to control her husband. She was affiliated with the Blue Mountain Hospice Auxiliary and the Grant County Chamber of Commerce. Glenda was preceded in death by her parents. Survivors include her husband, Roger, of John Day; her son, Glen Simonsen, and his wife, Lisa, of Shelton, Wash.; a daughter and grandpups, Beth Simonsen, Eddy and Bridget of Canyon City; granddaughter, Sara Bradshaw of Portland; grandson, Evan Bradshaw of Canyon City; a sister, Alice, and her husband, Bill Howe, of Baker City; sister, Doris, and her husband, Louis Townsend, of Baker City; a niece, Nancy Howe of Portland; nephew, Kenneth McKinney of Lake Oswego; sister-in-law, Toni Phillips and her husband, Mike, of Baker City; sister-in-law, Kay Mesford,...

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Flippence, Ginger Kay Saul Mrs. – Obituary

Ginger Kay Flippence, 56, of John Day, died May 7, 2008, at her residence. A funeral service was held Monday at Driskill Memorial Chapel. Pastor Daniel Wiese of the John Day Church of the Nazarene officiated. Vault interment took place at the Prairie City Cemetery. Ginger was born Jan. 25, 1952, in Baker City to Gene L. and Betty J. (Zemmer) Saul. She graduated from Prairie City High School in 1970. Ginger married Dennis J. Flippence Aug. 9, 1969, in Bates. She worked in back office operations at the Old West Federal Credit Union, retiring in June of 2007. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, gardening, fishing, boating and camping. She also enjoyed attending sporting events and bowling. She was a member of the John Day Elks Lodge and the John Day Church of the Nazarene. One of her greatest accomplishments was raising her family. Ginger is survived by her husband, Dennis Flippence of John Day; her two daughters, Kendra Gonzales and husband Buell of Mill City, and Robyn Curry and husband Cris of Riddle; her mother, Betty Saul of Seneca; two brothers, Randy Saul of Prairie City and Rick Saul of Seneca; two sisters, Cindy Combs of John Day and Jody Harig of Seneca; five grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Gene Saul. Memorial contributions may be...

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Keener, John William – Obituary

John William “Bill” Keener, 86, of John Day, who had logged in Northeastern Oregon for more than 46 years, died Sept. 19, 2009, at his home. His memorial service and a celebration of Bill’s life will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Bible Way Church in John Day. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception afterward at the John Day Senior Center. Bill was born on April 15, 1923, at Franklin, N.C., to James Ulric and Fannie Clementine Williams Keener. He was the fifth child of six children. He left home when he was about 12 and went to Springfield, Mass., where he worked on poultry farms. Bill also spent time in Georgia picking peaches. Bill came to Spray in the fall of 1946 with Alex Adams. He worked for M & R (Tommy Ross) logging, which was the first time he had driven a logging truck. Bill was married to Pearl and they had the café in Spray for a year. They were divorced in 1967. In 1949 Bill went to work for San Juan Lumber Co. The name was later changed to Hudspeth. He drove truck for quite a few years, then ran the machine to unload logs, feed the mill pond and deck logs. He worked for Hudspeth for 28 years. In 1978 he bought his own log truck, a self-loader and...

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