Baker City, Oregon
Katheryn Frances “Fritz” Clapp, 80, died Thursday, September 19, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.
Her graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Lura Kidner-Miesen of the United Methodist Church will officiate. Visitations will be Tuesday until 7 o’clock tonight at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St.
Mrs. Clapp was born Nov. 30, 1921, to Walter and Orpha Kelley Shryack at Eagle, Colo. She had one brother, Jack Shryack. The family moved to Haines in 1937 from Melba, Idaho. She attended grade school and freshman year at Melba, graduating in Haines in 1940.
She joined Weiss Brothers Furniture from 1942 to 1946. On April 2, 1946, she married Eldon Clapp at Pendleton. During a period in 1946, she worked at Ryder Brothers for Bob Bratt.
In 1947, they moved to Rapid City, S.D., where she worked at Dureks Furniture from 1947 through 1949. She demonstrated with sales, window displays, color coordinator and drapery measurements traveling in western South Dakota and Wyoming.
She moved with her husband, Eldon, to Paterson Air Force Base at Colorado Springs, Colo.; March AFB, Riverside, Calif.; Elmendorf AFB, Anchorage, Alaska; McClellan AFB, Sacramento, Calif., and Paine AFB, Everett, Wash.
In 1992, they moved to Baker City to help care for her mother, Orpha, until she died in 1996. During their married life they were know by close friends as Fritz and Ec.
Survivors include her husband Eldon of Baker City; her brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Betty Shryack of Spokane, Wash.; a nephew, Jan Shryack, and special friend, Tina, of Spokane, Wash.; a niece, Barbara Smith, and her husband, Mike, of Colbert, Wash.; and sister-in-law, Shirley Clapp of Baker City.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Eastern Oregon Museum through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, September 27, 2002
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor