William Francis “Bill” Weber Jr., 62, of Baker City, died Aug. 11, 2007, at St. Elizabeth Health Services after a 10-year battle with cancer.
His funeral will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Pastor Nathaniel Neff of Lighthouse United Pentecostal Church will officiate. There will be a reception afterward at the Eagles Lodge, 2935 H St. Visitations will be Friday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Gray’s West & Co. Disposition was by cremation at Eastern Oregon Pioneer Crematory.
Bill was born on Sept. 26, 1944, at Baker City to William F. Weber Sr. and Norma R. Olp Weber. He attended Baker City schools and was a 1962 Baker High School graduate.
He held a 22-year career with the Union Pacific Railroad, living in many cities during this time. He raised his three children with the help of his family.
Later in his life he met his life partner, Dorothy F. Smith. Bringing with her three more children to the family, Dorothy and Bill spent many years traveling, going to motorcycle rallies and enjoying their large family.
Being avid motorcycle and travel enthusiasts, they traveled through every state in the United States, including Alaska. They also cycled Canada, Mexico, and abroad to Germany, Italy, Austria and the Bahamas.
Bill loved spending time with his family. He enjoyed get-togethers, fishing, boating, camping and hunting, and he would often share his travel stories with everyone.
Survivors include his life partner, Dorothy F. Smith; his mother, Norma R. Weber; his son, Lenny Weber of Cove, daughters, Joanne Smith and her husband, Troy, of Pendleton, and Dr. Kimberly Guthrie and her husband, Jay, of West Linn, son, Joe Gonzales and his wife, Jeannie, of Union, daughter, Amber Laite and her husband, Edward, of Prineville, and daughter, 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, nephews, aunts and uncles.
He was preceded in death by his father, William F. Weber Sr.; his infant sister, Martha Anne Weber; and his brother, Allen J. Weber.
Flowers, and donations to the American Cancer Society, may be sent to Gray’s West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, August 15, 2007
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor