Obituaries for August 23, 2013

By Observer Upload August 23, 2013 10:06 am
Savage, Burgess, Oswald, Dacus

Lorence ‘Doc’ Savage

La Grande

Celebration of life services for Lorence “Doc” Savage will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Lighthouse Church in Island City. Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of his care and arrangements.

 ‘Rob’ Burgess

Baker City


Robert Martin “Rob” Burgess, 48, of Baker City, died suddenly July 25 of a cerebral hemorrhage at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise.

His memorial service was Aug. 7 at the First Church of the Nazarene in Baker City. There was a reception afterward at the Sunridge Inn in Baker City.

Rob was born on Dec. 11, 1964, at Baker City to John C. and Frances E. Burgess.  He attended Baker schools and was a 1983 Baker High School graduate. Rob graduated from Eastern Oregon State College at La Grande in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business/economics with a specialization in accounting. He then lived and worked in Phoenix, Ariz., for one year.

After returning to Baker City, he married Tara L. Warren of La Grande in 1988. Rob and Tara had three children: Cole, 20; Erin, 19; and Jack, 13. Rob was very proud of his
children and their

Rob joined the firm of Guyer & Associates in 1989. After becoming a certified public accountant in 1994, he became a partner in
the firm in 1999. His knowledge of computers was

Rob was passionate about his community and was very active in civic affairs. He and his wife, Tara, were both Jaycees. Rob served on many boards: Anthony Lakes Board of Directors, YMCA board, the American Red Cross and the Golf Club Social Board. He was also active in the Chamber of Commerce.

Rob was an avid golfer, scoring multiple holes in one and winning several golf tournaments. He enjoyed flying from a young age in the family’s Cessna 206 airplane.  The family flew on many trips, including several to the East Coast.

Rob was an accomplished water skier and snow skier.  Many happy weekends were spent at the Snake River and at Anthony Lakes with family and friends. 

He also loved off-road motorcycling.

Rob was preceded in death by his grandparents, Fred and Anna Schodde and R.C. “Bud” and Dorothea Burgess; and his uncle, Dr. Dean Mahoney. 

Survivors include his wife, Tara Warren; children, Cole, Erin and Jack Burgess; parents, John and Frances Burgess; brother, Jim Burgess; sister, Amy, and her husband, Nelson Clarke; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Rick and Wanda Davies; and other relatives.

Memorial contributions may be made to Baker County Development Corp., in care of Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort, at Guyer and Associates, 2790 Main St., Baker City, OR, 97814, or to the Baker City Golf Club (Social Club), P.O. Box 167, Baker City, OR 97814. Contributions also may be made through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

 Carolyn Christi Oswald

La Grande


Carolyn Christi Oswald, 68, of La Grande, died Aug. 18 in Boise, Idaho. A memorial service will be held at 

2 p.m. Saturday at the Kingdom Hall in La Grande. Arrangements are entrusted to Daniels~Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center.

Carolyn was born on July 20, 1945, the daughter of Ivan Leroy “Pete” and Margaret (Rathbone) Hickman in Spokane, Wash. After graduating from high school, she lived in Spain, Ark., and Lewiston, Idaho, before moving to La Grande in 1972. On Aug. 12, 1971, she married David Oswald in La Grande. 

She was a member of Kingdom Hall. She enjoyed taking painting classes and sewing. She loved flowers and reading and always had a stack of books around her. She was a movie buff and loved to watch movies. She loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her children, Kelly Goodnight of La Grande, Coy Goodnight of La Grande, Joel Phifer of Eugene, Noel Oswald of Billings, Mont., and Gene Oswald of La Grande; 12 grandchildren; brother, Chuck Hickman of Keizer; and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her husband and a sister, Nikki Hickman.

 Thomas E. Dacus

Formerly of Elgin


Thomas E. Dacus, 91, formerly of Elgin, died July 8 in Hemet, Calif., from complications of C.O.P.D.

He was born Jan. 1, 1922, in Greene County, Ark., to J.E. and Annie Lee Dacus. From Arkansas, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and served in Europe during World War II. 

He was married on Jan. 26, 1946, in Jonesboro, Ark., to Mary Jo Croft.

He was an insurance broker in LaVerne, Calif., a real estate broker in Elgin and retired in Hemet.

Mr. Dacus was an accomplished pianist and writer and contributed to his community and the Baptist church, family members said.

Survivors include his spouse, Mary Jo, and children, Susanne Derby, Judy Nelson and Madeleine Boyer; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.