Henry W. Koontz, 72, a Hereford native, died Oct. 24, 2001.
His funeral was Sunday at the Burnt River Community Church at Unity.
Mr. Koontz was born on June 2, 1929, at Hereford to William and Rebecca Koontz.
He was drafted into the U.S. Army after high school and served his country in the Korean War. After being honorably discharged, he returned to the Hereford/Baker area and married Roberta Stultz. His passion in life became music.
He traveled between Portland and Wallowa singing and playing his guitar while making lasting friends along the way. He enjoyed conversations about religion and politics. In his eyes, a stranger was just a friend he hadn’t met yet. He will always be loved and greatly missed by those he leaves behind.
Survivors include daughters, Ellen Koontz and Carmen Bultena; daughters and sons-in-law, Candyce and Neil Crumb, Glenna and Daniel O’Neill and Linda and Art DesCamp; son and daughter-in-law, Henry “Cubby” and Viola Koontz; special friends of many years, Jean Williams; 21 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Chet and Mernie Koontz; sisters, Edith Derrick and Maxine Brouillette; sister and brother-in-law, Wilma and Mert Locks; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Rebecca; his father, William; and sisters, Donna Bradford and Nan Hix.
Used with permission from: The Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, November 2, 2001
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor