William “Bill” Knoblauch, 89, a longtime Richland resident, died Dec. 21, 2004, at Baker City.
His funeral was Dec. 27 at Richland. Interment was at Eagle Valley Cemetery.
Bill was born March 11, 1915, at Portland to Paul and Mary Elizabeth Knoblauch. He grew up in Richland on the family ranch. He attended school in Richland and after graduation he attended the Gem State Academy in Caldwell, Idaho.
Bill married his high school sweetheart, Veda Ewing, on June 5, 1935, in Caldwell. They made their home on the family ranch in Richland. During World War II Bill worked as a welder in the Vancouver, Wash., shipyards.
Bill was an avoid reader and sports fan. He loved his home and family. In 2001 Bill and Veda left the family home in Richland and moved to Baker City.
Bill is survived by his wife of nearly 70 years, Veda; their children, Carleton and Anne Knoblauch of New Orleans, Sharla Stevens and her husband, Wayne, of Oldtown, Idaho; grandchildren, Ronda Stevenson and Carol Peterson, both of Baker City, Dennis Knoblauch and his wife, Cheryl, of New Orleans, and Cathy Knoblauch of New Orleans; great-grandchildren, Sami Garrett and her husband, Justin, Bo Stevenson, Cody Peterson and Landon Peterson, all of Baker City; a special niece, Iva; and a nephew, Harvey.
Contributions in Bill’s memory may be made to the Eagle Valley Grange in care of Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, December 31, 2004
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor