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Devore, Joseph R. – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Joseph Arthur Devore was born at Boone, Iowa, July 9, 1850, and died at the home of his son Ray in Union, Oregon, August 20, 1927. He was married to Lucinda Ann Shafer at Cherokee, Iowa, in the year 1874. To this union nine children were born, Viola, Mae, James, Bert, ray, Arthur, Charles and Clarence Devore. His wife preceded him to the great beyond three years ago, Jan 6, 1924. One daughter, Viola, died at the age of 3 years. His daughter Mae Mason and son William Devore passed away during the war flu epidemic. He leaves to mourn his loss six sons-Clarence Devore, of Lawton, Oklahoma; James, Charles, Arthur and Ray Devore, of Union, Oregon; one grandchild, Arthur Devore, son of William Devore, was drowned at Globe, Arizona, at the age of 12 years. Fourteen grandchildren survive, Flo, Floyd and Alvin Mason, of Richland, Oregon; Dr. C. C. Mason of Baker, Oregon; Harry Mason, of La Grande, Mrs. Veta Hulick of Keating, Oregon; Fay, Robert and Lester Devore, of Baker; Norma Devore of Lawton , Oklahoma; Ruby, Reta, Gordon and Max Devore, of Union. Two great grand children, Norman Hulick of Keating and Elsie Mason, of La Grande. With the exception of one son, Clarence Devore and wife and two great grand children and...

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Trimble-Blank, Bonnie Mrs. – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Union, Union County, Oregon Bonnie Jean Trimble-Blank, 73, of Weston and formerly of Union, has left this life to start on her next adventure. She passed away March 5, 2006, at St. Mary Medical Center. There will be no services at her request. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt Cremations & Funeral Services, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, Wash., 99362. Bonnie was born Feb. 6, 1933, at Baker City, Ore. She attended grade school at Homestead, Cornucopia and Richland, Ore., along with various other schools. She graduated from Columbia High in Richland, Wash. This is where she met and married her first husband, John Trimble. John and Bonnie were married Dec. 6, 1952. Bonnie became a full time housewife. Although she did have to wait a few years for that first “cloth” diaper to appear on the clothes line, they were there for many years, as she had five children to keep her busy. This is what she enjoyed most family. After John’s death an old family friend introduced her son to Bonnie. This led to her marriage to Alvin Blank in November of 1993. In her younger years, she enjoyed going to her grandparent’s farm to ride the horses. She also did a little hunting with her dad (which she really didn’t...

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Jones, C. W. “Tiny” – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Haines, Oregon C.W. “Tiny” Jones, 82, a long-time Baker City resident and Baker and Union County businessman, died Sept. 7 at his home. A funeral service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Baker Elks Lodge, with a graveside service at 10 a.m. Thursday at Eagle Valley Cemetery with Pastor Gordon Bond of the Richland Christian Church. Mr. Jones was born Dec. 27, 1923, in Richland to C.E. “Curly” Jones and Pearl Ritter Jones. He was raised in Richland and graduated from high school in 1942. He served in the Army during World War II, and married Phillis Bennehoff in 1946. He started trucking in 1947 and owned Jones Truck Line for 30 years until he sold the business. The family also owned a ranch between Balier and Haines for many year. He also worked part-time for Blarchford Farm and bough and sold cows for Armour & Co. He retired in 2003. Survivors include a daughter, Kris Jones of Baker City, a son, Everett of Baker City, and a brother, Ralph Jones of Moses Lake, Wash. Dying earlier were two brothers, Herschel and Everett. Memorials may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation or to support multiple sclerosis research, in care of Coles funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City 97814. The...

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Whitnah, Calvin Hugh – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now La Grande, Oregon Calvin H. Whitnah, 70, of Richland, died Aug. 10 at his home. A funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Halfway. A vault interment will follow at the Eagle Valley Cemetery in Richland. A reception will take place at the New Bridge Grange. The Observer – August 12, 2008 _______________________________ Calvin Hugh Whitnah, 70, of Richland and formerly of La Grande, died Aug. 10 at his home. A funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at the LDS Chapel in Halfway, with a viewing to run from 1 to 1:45 p.m. Burial will follow at the Richland Cemetery. Friends and neighbors are invited to attend a memorial potluck at 5 p.m. Friday at Newbridge Grange. Coles Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Calvin was born June 6, 1938, to Harvey Marshall and Clarice Ann (Harwood) Whitnah in Rupert, Idaho. Growing up in Richland, Calvin was active in 4-H, football, basketball, hunting and helping run the family ranch. After graduating from Eagle Valley High School, Calvin studied at the Northrop Institute of Technology in California to become an airplane mechanic. Fortunately, he was unable to find work in California, and found himself back at home in Richland. Acting as chauffeur to...

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Ransom, Paul E. – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now La Grande, Oregon Paul E. Ransom, 83, of La Grande and formerly of Milton-Freewater, died Aug. 8 at Rose Cottage, an adult care center, in Kennewick. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla. Pastor Roger Holden will officiate. A reception will follow at the funeral home. Paul was born Sept. 30, 1924, to Ernest and Lou Hahn Ransom in Walla Walla. He attended elementary school on Government Mountain then the Forks School on the Walla Walla River. He started high school in Prescott, Wash. His family then moved to Elma, Wash., where he graduated from high school in 1941. He and Merle Chapman married in Elma, and they had two children, Jerry and Linda. He was married to Helen Crouse in Ellensburg, Wash., and they had four children: Calvin, Paula, Ernie and Kimberli. He later married Carol Cunningham in Nyssa. A farmer and cattle rancher, he raised purebred Charolais in Milton-Freewater and both Charolais and commercial cattle in Richland. He enjoyed horseback riding, hunting and pack horse trips into the Eagle Cap Wilderness and Hells Canyon. He was privileged to travel with his church on mission trips to Africa, Guatemala, the Samoan Islands and the Philippines. He was an ardent supporter of 4-H and...

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Hinzpeter, Norbert O. – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Norbert ‘Nibs’ O. Hinzpeter Formerly of La Grande 1919-2009 Norbert “Nibs” Otto Hinzpeter, 89, of Baker City and formerly of La Grande, died of a heart attack Oct. 22 at St. Elizabeth Health Services in Baker City. A celebration of his life will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at Community Connection/Baker Senior Center, 2810 Cedar St. in Baker City. Pastor Sally Wiens of the Haines United Methodist Church will officiate. Friends and family are invited to have a light meal at Community Connection following the service. Nibs was born Dec. 7, 1919, to William and Ida (Harris) Hinzpeter in St. Louis. He lived in St. Louis until he was 15 and enjoyed visiting his relatives on their farms in Illinois; going to the family clubhouse on the Merrimac River to fish and barbecue; and going hunting and fishing with family. He moved to Southern California with his family during the Depression where he attended Compton Union High School. He left school for a while during the Depression and after serving four years in the U.S. Air Force, from 1942 to 1946, he returned to school and graduated in 1947. During his term in the military, he earned an airplane mechanic’s diploma before being honorably discharged with the rank of Private First Class. He then went to...

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Schuck, Otto Mrs. – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Mother Of Fifteen Dead Mrs. Otto Schuck Dies at Baker Late Last Week After an illness of several years, Mrs. Otto Schuck 53 years old, died Friday afternoon at the hospital in Baker. Mrs. Schuck was born in Germany and came to the United States in1891, first residing in New Jersey and then in Cleveland, Ohio. Eight years later they moved to Oregon. Mrs. Schuck is survived by her husband and 15 children. They are: Chas. of Durkee, Otto of Union; Mrs. Clifford Smelcer, Mrs. Virgil Bird, Mrs. Albert Werner, all f Baker; Mrs. Clarence Mills of Telocaset; Joseph Schuck, Mrs. Harry Mattes, Arthur L., Mrs. Riley Worley, Eugene, Clara and Louise of Baker; Mary M. Brenden of Pendleton. North Powder News Saturday, July 10,...

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Simonis, Arthur Verdell

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now 3 Inches Snow Fall, Richland Not Enough for Sleighing; Funeral Held for Child Funeral services was held at the Christian church Thursday at 2 p.m. for Arthur Verdell Simonis, the nine months old son of Mr. And Mrs. Alex E. Simmonis [Simonis]. Rex. Earl Miller pastor of the Christian church officiated. The child had been ill three weeks with Pneumonia and passed away at St. Elizabeth’s hospital Tuesday evening. He had been taken there Monday for medical treatment. Interment was in the Eagle valley cemetery. The Baker Democrat Herald; Baker OR; Tuesday, December 22, 1936; Page...

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Simonis, Charles Edward – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Eagle Valley Native Dies Charles Edward (Ed) Simonis, a native son of Eagle valley, died Thursday afternoon. He was 78 years old. Simonis was born in Richland February 3, 1978 [1878]. He had lived his entire life in Eagle valley where he was a rancher. He married Stella Derrick in Richland, May 8, 1911. She survives him. Also surviving are a son, Ellis Edward, Salt Lake City; two sisters, Mrs. Anna Cropp, Baker, and Mrs. Ella Kirby, Durkee; three brothers, Lee, Louis and Alex all of Baker; a granddaughter, Karen Simonis, Salt Lake City, and several nieces and nephews. He was a member of the Richland Christian church, Myrtle chapter, Rebekah lodge No. 79 and the Odd Fellows. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon in the Richland Christian church, Rev. William Humphry presiding. Interment will be in the Eagle valley cemetery. West and Co. are directors. The Baker Democrat Herald; Baker OR; Friday, June 29,...

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Kirby, Ella R. – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Ella R. Kirby, 78, who lived in Baker County all of her life, died at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise, Tuesday, Feb 14, after a long illness. Rosary will be recited at St. Francis Cathedral in Baker Friday night and mass will be said Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. in the cathedral with Father Joseph Hayes officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery. Those who wish to contribute to the memorial fund for the Durkee Catholic Church in lieu of sending flowers. Mrs. Kirby was born March 14, 1882, at Richland, Oregon, the daughter of Fredrick and Mary Simonis, pioneers who settled in Eagle Valley after trekking across the plains in covered wagons. She Married W. L. Kirby and they celebrated their 6-st wedding anniversary on December 4, 1960. They lived in the Durkee area most of their married lives where they operated a cattle ranch. She was a member of the Durkee Catholic Church for 50 years and also belonged to the Durkee Grange. Survivors are the widower, W. L. Kirby; four sons, Randell of Ontario, V. S. of Durkee, Bill of Fairbanks, Alas., and James of Nampa, Ida.; four daughters, Mrs. Marshall Laughlin of Estacada, Ore., Mrs. Hugh Guthrie of San Lorenzo, Calif., Mrs. Florestine Landreth of Baker and Mrs. Mary Cottle of...

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Saunders, Raymond M. “Ray”, Jr. – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Raymond M. “Ray” Saunders Jr., 78, of Hermiston, a former longtime Baker City resident, died Dec. 2, 2005, at his home. His graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Eagle Valley Cemetery in Richland. Pastor Gordon Bond will officiate. Ray was born on July 30, 1927, at Salem. He moved with his family to Eagle Valley at the age of 5. He was a 1945 graduate of Eagle Valley High School at Richland. Ray married Alice Martin on March 10, 1946, at Richland. He joined the U.S. Navy, serving in the South Pacific on the USS Hollandia during World War II. He received the Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal for his service. After his honorable discharge, he and Alice moved to Baker City where they lived until moving to Hermiston in 2003. Ray retired as the parts manager at McNeil Auto Parts in Baker City in 1986. He was a member of the American Legion and a past member of the Baker Elks Lodge. Ray enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, spending time with all of his girls, his family and his friends. He cherished gardening with Alice, his wife of nearly 60 years, as well as going on different special trips with her and other family...

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Bowerman, Rex – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Horse Stumbles Rider Is Killed Rex Bowerman, of Halfway, was killed when thrown from his horse on the hill trail between Halfway and Richland Sunday sometime after 10 o’clock. Mr. Bowerman after visiting his sister, Mrs. Donald Sullivan in Richland left for home about 10 o’clock. It is believed the rider’s foot caught in the stirrup when his horse stumbled and was dragged approximately half a mile. The body was found by James Chandler and Del Taylor. They notified Mr. Bowerman’s parents. The dead man is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Bowerman, two brothers, Jesse and Floyd and two sisters, Mrs. Donald Sullivan, of Richland and Mrs. Ernest Canahan of Carson. North Powder News Saturday, May 14,...

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Cowles, Ada – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Baker City, Baker County, Oregon Ada M. Cowles, 83, a former Baker City resident, died January 9, 1999, at St. Louis, Mo. Private vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Mrs. Cowles was born Feb. 13, 1915, at High Valley to Frank Leslie and Elva Virgie Ross Burford. She married Charles C. Cowles in Cove on December 31, 1936, and moved to Baker City in 1949. Mrs. Cowles was a homemaker and had lived in Missouri for the past 15 years. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a son. Survivors include her niece, Margaret Shinoki of California: a nephew, Leslie Connell of Portland; and a great-niece, Amy Fae Shinoki. Memorial Contributions ay be made to a charity of one’s choice through the Coles-Strommer-Monroe Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814. Contributed by: Margaret...

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Cropp, James – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now James Silas Cropp, 76, died in Richland, Oreg, Thursday morning a the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Oran [Orin] Clemons. He was born Nov. 1, 1876 in Whitman County, Washington Territory, the son of W. F. And Margaret Cropp. He moved to Eagle Valley as a young man with his parents in 1894 and settled. He was married to Anna Jane Simonis Feb. 21, 1900. They moved to 2425 Balm street where they resided t the time of his death. They celebrated their golden wedding anniversary here in 1950, with all seven of their children attending. Survivors are the widow, Anna Jane, Baker; five daughters, Mrs. Agenes [Agnes] Willett, Rock Creek; Mrs. Norma [Norna] Sullivan, Hermiston; Mrs. Mary Clemons, Richland; Mrs. Adelene George, Baker; Mrs. Margaret Beard, Vancouver, Wash.; two sons, Wilbur Cropp, Summerville, and Marvin Cropp, North Powder; three sisters, Mrs. Fannie Motley, Halfway; Mrs. Catherine Alexander Independence, Mo.; Mrs. Prudence See, Tonkawa, Okla.; one brother, Warner Cropp, Portland; 24 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be Monday at 2 p.m. in West and company with the Rev. Joe Jewett officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery. The Baker Democrat-Herald, Saturday 3/7/1953; Baker City,...

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Duffy, Clinton J.

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Clinton J. Duffy, early day mining man of Baker county, dropped dead from a heart attack at his farm home near Richland, early Monday afternoon. Mr. Duffy, who was 83 years old was born in Ireland, and was among the first prospectors in the early ’80s in the camp of Cornucopia. He located the Queen of the West mine which was a big money maker for some time. He made a fortune in mining and later purchased a farm in Eagle Valley, engaging in farming and stock raising. Surviving are his widow, a son, Donald Duffy of Baker and a married daughter, living in California. He had been a member of the Eagle Oddfellows lodge more than 40 years and wore a veterans medal. Oregon Trail Weekly North Powder News Saturday, December 31,...

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