La Grande, Oregon

William “Bill” Francis Weber Jr., 62, of Baker City and formerly of La Grande, died Aug. 11 at St. Elizabeth Health Services after a 10-year battle with cancer. Viewing will run from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday and funeral services begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at Gray’s West and Co. Pioneer Chapel in Baker City. A reception will follow at the Eagles Lodge.

Bill was born Sept. 26, 1944, to William F. Weber Sr. and Norma R. (Olp) Weber in Baker City. He graduated in 1962 from Baker High School. He had a 22-year career with the Union Pacific Railroad and lived in many cities during the time, including La Grande from 1964 to 1970. He raised his three children with the help of his family. He later met his life partner, Dorothy F. Smith, bringing three more children to the family.

Bill and Dorothy spent many years traveling to motorcycle rallies. They traveled through every state in the United States including Alaska. They also cycled in Canada, Mexico, Germany, Italy, Austria and the Bahamas. Bill enjoyed get-togethers, fishing, boating, camping, hunting and sharing his travel stories.

He is survived by his life partner, Dorothy F. Smith; his mother, Norma R. Weber; his children, Lenny Weber of Cove, Joanne Smith and her husband, Troy, of Pendleton, Dr. Kimberly Guthrie and her husband, Jay, of West Linn, Joe Gonzales and his wife, Jeannie, of Union, Amber Laite and her husband, Edward, of Prineville, Missy McNeal and her husband, Joseph, of Gresham; sisters, Shirley Boggs and her husband, Virgil, of Gresham and Janet Leopard and her husband, Duane, of Vancouver, Wash.; 13 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews and aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his father, William F. Weber Sr.; infant sister, Martha Anne Weber; and brother, Allen J. Weber.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in care of Gray’s West and Co., 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City 97814.

La Grande Observer, Obituaries For The Week Ending August 18, 2007 – Published: August 18, 2007

Submitted by: Dixie Ricker