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Collection: Baker County Oregon Obituaries

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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Leep, Janie E.

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Janie Elizabeth Leep, 70, 2350 F. Street, died Monday evening at her home. Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. (PST) Thursday at West and Co. Chapel with Joe Jewett officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery. Mrs. Leep, daughter of George and Lizzie Haines, was born in Gifford, Iowa, on November 22. 1890. She moved to Baker County at 18 and was married t Willis Leep at Halfway on Nov. 11, 1911. Mr. and Mrs. Leep lived in Halfway from 1912 until 1942 when the family moved to Baker. She was a member of the Christian Church. Survivors are the widower; a son George of Baker; a brother, Herman Haines of Star, Ida., four sisters, Lidia Ellis and Mary Harris, both of Baker, Rosie Banks of Milton-Freewater and Telva Womack of La Grande; six grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Baker Democrat Herald – – August 30,...

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Duncan, Fred P. – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now 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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Leep, Willis – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now William Robert Leep, 1415 4th St., Baker died Sunday evening at St. Elizabeth Hospital following an extended illness. He was 81. Mr. Leep was born Dec. 2, 1889 at Halfway, the son of pioneer parents Ellis and Lottie Reed Leap. He attended grade school in Carson, Ore., and graduated from Pine Valley High School on Nov. 11, 1911. He was married to the former Jane E. Haines. She preceded him in death in August 1961. Mr. Leep retired a number of years ago and during his retirement enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a longtime member of Baker Elks Lodge No. 338. Survivors include a son, George, Baker, and six grandchildren. Mr. Leepwas also preceded in death by his parents and a son, Leonard R., who died in January 1960. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Grays’ West and Co. Pioneer Chapel. The Rev. Marvin Carr of the First Christian Church will officiate. Interment will follow in the family plot in Mt. Hope Cemetery. Friends who wish to do so may call at the chapel until noon Wednesday as the casket will not be opened during the service. Baker Democrat Herald – – December 22,...

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Dreisbach, John – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now John K. Dreisbach, 55, 1320 Broadway, died Sunday afternoon in St. Elizabeth Community Hospital. Mr. Dreisbach was born at Topeka, Kansas, on Oct. 21, 1915. He Graduated from St. Francis Academy and served as a pilot during World Was II. He was also an instructor in B17 aircraft. He was employed by Allison-Fortner Supply Co. for a number of years and by Burnt River Lumber Company for the past 15 years. Mr. Dreisbach was a member of the Cahto Catholic Church and was past Exalted Ruler of BPOE No.338. Mr. Dreisbach is survived by his widow, Jeannette; his mother, Mrs. Anna Maude Dreisbach, both of Baker, and a brother, Father Charles Dreisbach, Gervais, Ore. Recitation of the Rosary for Mr. Dreisbach will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Langrell Mortuary Chapel. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Francis Cathedral with Fr. Charles Dreisbach officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Hope Cemetery. Graveside services will be conducted by officers of Baker Elk Lodge No. 338. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that those who wish may donate to Father Flanigan’s Boys Town in memory of John and Jack Dreisbach. These donations may be left at the Langrell Mortuary Chapel. Baker Democrat Herald – – December 22,...

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Doherty, Harold E. – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Harold E. “Sonny” Doherty, 54, Canyon City, a former Baker resident, died Monday, June 6, 1963, at St. Elizabeth Community Hospital. Mass of Christian Burial will be said at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Francis Cathedral in Baker. The Rev. Tony Ozmiek of St. Elizabeth Community Hospital will officiate. Interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery. Mr. Doherty was born on Dec. 17, 1928, in Baker to Harold and Elma Luster Doherty. He attended schools in Baker. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1950 and served in the Korean conflict. He retired from Boise Cascade Corp. as a weighmaster. He was involved in rodeo and loved horses. Survivors include his parents, Harold and Elma Doherty of Baker; two sons, Tim and Dan, both of Casper, Wyo.; two daughters, Kathleen Hurst of Elgin and Molly Doherty of Yakuatat, Alaska; two sisters, Shirley Dougharity of Baker and Louise Mitchell of La Grande; seven grandchildren, two nieces, two nephews and two aunts. The family suggest memorial contributions to the charity of one’s choice through Gray’s West & Co. 1500 Dewey Ave. Baker. Baker Democrat Herald – – June 7,...

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Bartmess, Arlie – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Daniels Valley Funeral Chapel for Arlie Bartmess, 1705 U Ave., who died Friday at Grande Ronde Hospital. The Rev. Roger Patrow of Zion Lutheran Church will officiate. Vault interment and concluding services will follow at 2:30 P.M. at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Baker. Mr. Bartmess, 79, was a logger until his retirement. He was born on May 14, 1904, in La Grande to Edward and Elizabeth (Robbs) Bartmess. He married Faye M Of____ley of Manhattan Beach, Calif., a daughter, Shannon Benefit, Hermiston; eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and numerous other relatives. He was preceded in death by five brothers, Claude, Gene, Clint, Rex and Benjamin; and a sister, Myrl. Baker Democrat Herald – – June 7,...

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Dean, Ovle – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now 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

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now 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

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now 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....

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Ruddell, Bryon Mrs. – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Hereford Woman Called By Death Mrs. Bryon Ruddell of Hereford died this morning at St. Elizabeth hospital soon after the birth of baby girl, who survives her. The deceased, who before her marriage was Nellie E. Martin, was born June 14, 1891 at Deerfield, Missouri, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Martin of the Pocahontas community. The Martins came to Baker in 1906, remaining until 1910, when they moved to Montana and Idaho, returning to this county in 1924. Nellie was married to Byron Ruddell January 13, 1916. Beside her parents and her husband, she is survived by another child, Clarence, aged 8, and a brother Lloyd L. Martin of The Dalles. Mrs Ruddell was an active member of the Hereford grange. Funeral arrangements will be made as soon as word is received from the brother in The Dalles. The body is at the West parlors. Baker Democrat Herald – – April 1,...

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Darling, Marie Eva – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Mrs. Marie Eva Darling, wife of Harry W. Darling, died in the Protestant Hospital Sunday Morning at 8 o’clock. She was taken to the hospital Wednesday. Mrs. Darling was born July 24, 1900, in Deerfield, Missouri, and lived in the section for about 20 years. The deceased is survived by her husband, one son, Jack; her mother, Mrs. Ada Prince of Baker and four uncles, R. W. Guinn of Baker, Bert Lou Guinn of Seaside, L. A. Guinn of Fort Scott, Kansas and O. H. Guinn of Deerfield, Missouri. Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 at Mount Hope Cemetery. Rev. A. J. Starmer of the Methodist Church South officiating. The body is at the Baker Funeral Home. Baker Democrat Herald – – April 1,...

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Holcomb, Richard – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Funeral services for Richard Holcomb, 57, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, July 26th at The Langrell Mortuary Chapel. The Rev. Robert McNeil of the First Methodist Church will officiate. Pastor Ronald Kratzer of the Church of the Nazarene assisting. Interment will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery. Mr. Holcomb was born September 27, 1910 at Middleton, Idaho, the son of Charles and Alice Holcomb. He attended schools in Idaho and came to Baker in 1930 and has worked for the Union Pacific Railroad for the past 38 years. Baker Democrat Herald – – July 24,...

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Hathaway, Becky Lou – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Baker City, Baker County, Oregon Funeral services for Becky Lou Hathaway, five-year-old daughter of Mr.and Mrs. Harry Hathaway, 2405 Estes St., will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday from the West and Co. Chapel. Pastor Victor Ernest will officiate and burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery. Becky Lou was born in Caldwell, Ida., on Jan. 30, 1954. She cane to Baker with her parents when she was 2 ½ years old. Besides her parents, she is survived by two brothers, Bradley Ray and Byron Linn, both of Baker; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Hathaway of Chico, Calif., and Mr. and Mrs. Richard M Michel of Meridian, Idaho. Baker Democrat Herald – – January 12,...

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Leep, Leonard R. – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Funeral services for Leonard R. Leep, 43, 2350 F. Street who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at St. Elizabeth Hospital last night, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday from West and Co. Chapel. Joe Jewett will officiate and burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery. Mr. Leep was born in Halfway on May 12, 1916. He moved with his parents to Baker about 14 years ago and had been employed as a truck driver. He served in World War II with the 3420th Ordnance Medium Auto Maintenance Co. in the European Theater and held membership in the American Legion Post 41, Anthony Lakes Post 3048 and Voiture 517 of the 40 et 8. He attended schools in Halfway. Survivors are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Willis Leep of Baker; four children, Kenneth, Karen, Ellis and Wallis; and a brother, George; three nieces. Baker Democrat Herald – – January 12,...

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