Location: Keating Oregon

Adams, Frances Elizabeth Gilkison Mrs. – Obituary

Elgin, Oregon Frances Elizabeth Adams, 90, a former Baker County resident, died Dec. 11, 2004, at Elgin. There will be a celebration of her life Saturday at 11 a.m. at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande. Sally Wiens will officiate. Interment will be at the Elgin Cemetery. Visitations will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley. Frances Elizabeth Adams was born on Feb. 4, 1914, at Keating to Frank and Elizabeth Beber Gilkson. She attended school at North Powder until her senior year when she moved to Elgin. She played on the 1932 Elgin High School championship basketball team. After graduation, Frances met and married Ernest Adams at Union in 1933. Together the couple moved to Portland where Frances worked in the shipyards during World War II. After the war ended, Frances and Ernest returned to Elgin where together they opened Adams Supply Store. Frances was the bookkeeper and operator until her retirement in 1976. The couple traveled widely together, including trips to China, Hawaii, Alaska, and Mexico. She was very involved in the Good Sam Club, was a member of the Elgin Stampeders, the Elgin Stampeders drill team and the Women’s Service club. She enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, playing cards, riding horses and spending time with family. Survivors include her husband, Ernest Adams of Elgin; children and...

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Dean, Dallas – Obituary

Union, Oregon Dallas Dean, 81, of Baker City died Aug. 26 at his home. A reception and celebration of life will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at his son’s home, 44431 Anthony Lakes Highway in Haines. Mr. Dean was born July 1, 1925, to Marvin and Edith Hodgkins Dean at Keating. The family lived near Pondosa, and he graduated in 1943 from Union High School. He served in the Army during World War II, and was disabled by frozen feet at the Battle of the Bulge. He received the EAMC and Combat Infantry citations, the Bronze Star and unit citations. In 1946 he married Beverly White in Baker City, and worked for Silven Cleaners and Lew Bros. Tire Service. He owned the Shell service station at Main Street and Auburn Avenue, and later bought the Shell ownership from Lloyd Wells. After an early retirement he worked for Levinger Drug, B&K Chevrolet and the Best County car dealership. He finally retired in 1990. After his wife’s death he married Charlene Lee Moffit in 1990. The couple maintained a winter residence at Indio, Calif., for 12 years. They settled in La Grande in 2003 and recently returned to Baker City. He was a sports fan who followed his son’s high school track activities, and was a loyal fan of the New York Yankees. He met Yogi Berra and...

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Duncan, Fred P. – Obituary

Keating, Baker County, Oregon Fredrick P. Duncan of Keating died at 2:05 P.M. Sunday in St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, where he had been receiving treatment for four days. Born in Missouri December 28, 1861, Mr. Duncan came to Oregon with his parents when he was two years old. He engaged in farming at Keating for many years. Mr. Duncan was a member of the Woodman of the World. The deceased is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Opal Bennett of Pondosa and Mrs. Edna Smith of Portland; five sons, Oral of Spokane, Dalton of Tacoma, Cecil of Boston, Glenn of Kelso, Washington and Edward of California, and 10 grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the West and company chapel with Rev. B. E. A. Hoffman of the Pentecostal Church officiating. Interment will be in the Medical Springs Cemetery. Baker Democrat Herald- – January 27,...

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Dean, Ovle – Obituary

Ovle A. Dean, Pocahontas Road, a lifetime Baker resident, died Tuesday evening in St. Elizabeth community Hospital after an extended illness. He was 77. Mr. Dean was born Dec. 17, 1892, at Keating, the son of pioneer parents, Matthew and Estella Emele Dean. He was educated in Keating and Baker schools. He married his wife, Edna, in Pendleton. His entire life was spent ranching in Keating and Baker Valley. Survivors include his widow, Edna; a brother Marvin B. Dean; and two nephews, Dallas M. Dean, Baker, and Byrl Dean Jr., La Grande. He was preceded in death by a brother, Bryl E.Dean Sr. Mr. Dean was a member of the First Christian Church, the Keating and Wingville Granges and the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association. Funeral services were conducted at 1 p.m. today at Grays West and Co. Pioneer Chapel. The Rev. Marvin Carr of the First Christian Church officiated. Interment followed in the family plot in Mt. Hope Cemetery. Friends who wish to do so, may contribute to the First Christian Church Memorial Fund as a Memoriam. Baker Democrat Herald – – Dec. 4,...

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Dean, Marvin B. – Obituary

Marvin B. Dean; 85, 2365 Fourth St., a life-time Baker and Baker County resident, died Thursday, October 1, 1981, at St. Elizabeth Nursing Home. His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Grays West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. The Rev. Gerald C. Nelson of United Methodist Church will officiate. Interment will follow in Mount Hope Cemetery. Baker veterans will fold the flag. Mr. dean was born on March 7, 1896, in Baker to Matthew and Stella Emile Dean. He attended schools in Baker and Keating. He grew up on the family ranch in Keating. He worked for the Pondosa Lumber Co. for many years. He married his wife, Alice, in Weiser, Idaho, on Nov. 17,1950. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and the Missouri Flat Grange. Survivors include his wife, Alice, of Baker, a son, Dallas of Baker’ two stepsons, Everett DeBord of Pendleton and Robert Debord of Lincoln, Mont.; one stepdaughter, Elva Lloyd of Baker; two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Dean was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers. Friends may call at the chapel until service time Tuesday. The casket will be closed at the service. Baker Democrat Herald – – October 3,...

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Dean, Byrl Obit – Obituary

Keating, Baker County, Oregon Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 2 p.m. at Grays’ West and Co. Pioneer Chapel for Byrl Emele Dean Sr., 70, of 2117 Seventh St. He died early Monday morning at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Portland after a brief illness. Dean, is a native of Keating, was the son of Matthew and Estella Emele Dean. He received his education in Keating and Baker High School. He married Agnes Clancey Dean in Baker in May of 1920. He has been a rancher in the Keating area for many years. In later years, he moved to Baker where he was a representative for the Wheaton Monument Co. He was a member of Baker Elks Lodge No. 338. Dean is survived by his widow, Agnes; one son, Bryl Dean Jr., of La Grande; two brothers, Ovel A. Dean and Marvin B. Dean of Baker; two grandchildren, David Edward Dean of La Grande and James Madison Dean of Pendleton; two great-grandsons, Jonathan David Dean of Phoenix, Ariz., and David James Dean of Pendleton; and numerous nieces and nephews. The Rev. Robert McNeil of the First Methodist Church will officiate at the services with interment to follow in the family plot at Mt. Hope Cemetery with Baker Elks Lodge No 338 participating in the graveside rites. Friends who wish may contribute to the Byrl Dean Memorial Fund of St....

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Duncan, Roscoe E. ‘Roc’ – Obituary

Roscoe E. “Roc” Duncan, 72, 2039 Cherry St., a longtime Keating area rancher, died Saturday, Jan. 25, 1986, at St. Elizabeth Community Hospital. His Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Grays’ West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Monsignor Charles t. Grant of St. Francis Cathedral will officiate. Private interment will follow at Big Creek Cemetery near Medical Springs. Mr. Duncan was born on Sept. 9, 1913, at lower Powder Valley to W. H. “Win” and Emma Holt Duncan. He attended Medical Springs and Baker schools. He married Ruth H. Hermsen in Baker on Sept, 23, 1937. He was a life member of the Baker Elk Lodge, and past Master of the Medical Springs Grange. He was the past Chairman of the Keating Soil conservation District. He was a 4-H Leader for many years and was past a past Junior Show Chairman. He also was an honorary member of the baker Chapter of Future Farmers of America. Survivors include his wife, Ruth of Baker; a son, Roscoe Eugene “Gene” Duncan Jr. of Baker; two daughters, Emmy Bellows of Ontario and Sister Kay Marie Duncan of Portland; a sister, Mildred Williams of Portland; an uncle, Leslie Duncan of Baker; 11 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and eight nieces and nephews. The family suggest memorial contributions to the Oregon Lung Association through Grays’ West & Co. Pioneer Chapel. Baker Democrat...

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Bennett, Dale – Obituary

Baker City, Baker County, Oregon Dale Bennett, 89, of Baker City died July 2, 2005 at St. Elizabeth Care Center. A memorial service for Dale and his wife, June, will be scheduled later. Cremation was by Eastern Oregon Pioneer Crematory. Dale was born on Oct. 8, 1915, in Eagle Valley to Myrton and Opal Bennett. After graduating from Eagle Valley High School at Richland, he joined the U.S. Army and served in North Africa during World War II. Returning to Eagle Valley, he met and married June Borcher in 1949. The couple moved to the family ranch at Keating where their three children were born. In 1958, they moved to Baker City. Dale worked as a teamster for many years. Dale was an avid fisherman and hunter and enjoyed exploring the area around Baker City. He took his children fishing almost every weekend. Up into his 80s he walked five miles every day to “inspect what was going on in Baker City.” During his walks he would often stop to help with different projects, in particular the restoration of the Geiser Grand Hotel. Dale liked to attend the Baker Bulldogs athletic games, particularly volleyball and basketball to support his granddaughter. He was a current member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Baker Elks Lodge. His wife, June, died on Dec. 15, 2004. Survivors include a son, Vance...

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Wirth, James David – Obituary

Fall From Horse Fatal For Boy James David Wirth, 8-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Wirth of Keating, died at the Protestant hospital at Baker Saturday from the effects of a fall from a horse at his farm home Wednesday. The lad was rushed to the hospital immediately after the accident. His injuries did not at first appear to be serious but because of his weak condition due to a recent operation he failed to rally from the shock. Oregon Trail Weekly North Powder News Saturday, April 14,...

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Emele, Edith V. – Obituary

Edith V. Emele, 82, 2320 Estes St., a lifetime Baker resident, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 1980, at St. Elizabeth Hospital. Her funerral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Grays West and Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., with the Rev R. Peter Anderson of the First Lutheran Church officiating. Private interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery. Mrs. Emele was born on Feb. 22 1898, in Baker to John and Ada Brown Erwin. She attended schools in Keating and in Baker and was married to Harry Emele in Baker on January 22, 1918. She was a homemaker and a member of the Lutheran Church. Survivors included her husband, Harry, at home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Marjorie and John Carlson of Baker, and LaVelle and George E. Bonbright of Pendleton; a brother, Walter Erwin of Baker; three grandchildren, John Carlson of Portland, Lynn Smurthwaite of Baker, and Jan Denman of Seattle; two great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by four brothers, and three sisters. Friends may call at the chapel until noon Wednesday. The Casket will not be open during the service. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Mountain States Tumor Institution through Grays West and Co. Baker Democrat Herald – – November 25,...

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Taylor, Dorcy (Higgins) – Obituary

“Haines Woman Is Accident Victim” Mrs. Dorsey Taylor, Haines, was instantly killed in an automobile accident near Mission, Ore., on Christmas Day, friends here learned today. Her husband B. A. Taylor and daughter, Della, who were also riding in the car, were uninjured. The Taylor’s are former North Powder residents, having operated farms in the Wolf Creek and Sunny Slope areas before moving to Keating and later to Haines. La Grande Evening Observer, Saturday, 28 Dec 1946, Front Page. Contributed by: Robert...

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Ewing, Goldie J. Best Mrs. – Obituary

Goldie J. Ewing, 90, a lifetime Baker City resident, died Jan. 4, 2005, at Ashley Manor. Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Jimmy Larkin of Jehovah’s Witnesses will officiate. Goldie was born on Sept. 8, 1914, at Keating to William H. and Pearl Shulenbarger Best. She married Harvey C. Ewing on April 1, 1936, at Payette, Idaho. The couple were married 43 years when Harvey died in 1979. Home and family was the most important thing in her life. She was always there for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was a better carpenter than most and an accomplished seamstress. She enjoyed repairing dolls and making the clothes for her large collection until she lost her eyesight. Survivors include her son, Duane E. Ewing, and his wife, Sharron, of Baker City; foster daughter, Bonnie, and her husband, Eugene Warden, of Woodland, Wash.; brother, Elton Best of Baker City; two sisters-in-law, Veda Knoblauch of Baker City and Luella Densmore of Pendleton; grandchildren, Duane S. Ewing, and his wife, Melonie, of Haines, Mark D. Ewing and his wife, Debbie, of Baker City, Carmen E. Nelson and her husband, Jeff, of Baker City and April L. Bowers and her husband, Dave, of Baker City; great-grandchildren, Anne Lacey of Los Angeles, Levi, Sacha,...

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Colton, John J., Jr. – Obituary

Keating, Baker County, Oregon John J. Colton Jr., 90, a longtime Baker County resident, died July 31, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. The rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Monday at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Cathedral. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. There will be a luncheon afterward at the parish hall. Visitations will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. John was born the third of 15 children on Dec. 21, 1914. He attended grade school at the Washington School (Medical Springs Grange) and high school at St. Francis Academy, graduating from Baker High School. After graduation he herded sheep for the family ranch as well as working at the Pondosa sawmill. He married Anna Hope Harris on July 15, 1936. They were married for 53 years before her death in 1989. After their marriage, they herded sheep in the mountains of Baker and Union counties and began their family. During World War II, the family moved to Vancouver, Wash., where John worked as a welder in the shipyards. The sheep called him home before the end of the war and the family returned to Baker County where they lived and worked on the family ranch in...

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Dolby, Mary Caroline Colton Mrs. – Obituary

Keating, Oregon Mary Caroline Dolby, 91, of Baker City, died Nov. 21, 2004, at Ashley Manor. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Friends are invited to join the family for a luncheon at the Baker Elks Lodge, 1896 Second St. after the committal service. Visitations will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Gray’s West & Co. Mary Caroline Colton Dolby was born on Feb. 26, 1913, in upper Keating Valley in the big Colton house beside the Powder River. Her parents were John and Nora Gilkison Colton. She was the second child and first girl born in a family of 15. She had seven brothers and seven sisters. Mary attended grade school at the Washington schoolhouse above the Colton ranch (the Medical Springs Grange Hall in later years.) She stayed in Baker City at her grandparents’ home on Spring Garden Avenue, finishing school at St. Francis Academy. She graduated in 1931. She married James Ford Dolby on Nov. 24, 1934. They lived most of their lives in upper Keating Valley. Mary drove the Keating School bus for 10 years and was janitor at the same time. She embroidered, tatted, crocheted, and sewed beautiful clothes. Her daughters wore pinafores and homemade clothes even through high school and enjoyed...

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Duncan, Roscoe E. “Gene” – Obituary

Roscoe E. “Gene” Duncan, 65, a lifetime Baker County resident, died August 11, 2004, at his home. His memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets. The rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Sunday at the church. The Revs. Jim Stephens, Robert C. Irwin and Camillus Frenando will concelebrate the Mass. Gene was born in Baker City on October 12, 1938, to Rock and Ruth Duncan. He spent his childhood in Keating Valley and attended the Keating School as the only student in his grade level. He then moved to the Baker Middle School and attended high school at St. Francis Academy. Gene then attended Oregon State University at Corvallis, Gonzaga University at Spokane, Washington, and Eastern Oregon University at La Grande. In 1961, Gene was drafted into the U.S. Army. He married Mary Claire Montgomery on November 15, 1961. After his discharge, he returned to the ranch in Keating Valley where they lived for a couple of years. In 1964, they moved to Baker City where they raised their four children. Gene was a born salesman. He eventually started his own business, Duncan Wholesale, a food wholesale family run business. In his last working years, he worked in the agricultural department at Farmterial and Lumbermen’s, until his health conditions forced him into early retirement. Gene enjoyed...

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