Wadean Modell Rohner Holcomb

Birth
Wingville, Baker County, Oregon, USA
Death 2 Feb 2017 (aged 99)
Richland, Baker County, Oregon, USA
Burial Richland, Baker County, Oregon, USA
Memorial ID 176502406 · View Source
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Longtime Baker County resident, 1921-2017
Wadean Modell Rohner Holcomb, 95, a Baker County resident for more than 90 years, died Jan. 12, 2017, at Ashley Manor Living Facility with her family at her bedside. Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Richland Christian Church. Pastor Gordon Bond will officiate. There will be a reception afterward at the church’s Fellowship Hall. Wadean was born on May 1, 1921, at Wingville to William Henry Rohner and Bertha Tanner Rohner. She was raised at Wingville where she learned her hard work ethic on the family farm. Her many outdoor tasks included milking the cows and tending the chickens.
She married George Noble Holcomb on July 12, 1942, at Wingville. They resided at the Holcomb Ranch in Richland where they operated a sheep ranch that later became a full-time cattle ranch. Wadean contributed to the ranch by being a homemaker, which included preparing meals for the lambing crews, keeping a plentiful garden and preserving the harvest. Wadean attended Baker High School and Baker Business College. She studied home economics at Oregon State College (now Oregon State University) for two years. She was a member of the Baker County Garden Club and the Order of Eastern Star, Esther Chapter 11. She was blessed with a keen mind until recent years. Her many interests included her love of gardening and cooking. She was patriotic; the respect and honor she demonstrated to our U.S. military was without waver. In 2012, Wadean’s wish materialized as the John Holcomb Memorial Park was dedicated at Richland. She had a great love for Baker County and considered it “God’s country.” Wadean lived through the Great Depression during her early life and that helped to form her conservative frugal nature and the ideology of saving for a rainy day that she practiced daily.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and two sons, John Noble and William Dean “Bill.” Survivors include her sister, Gloria Linebaugh of Bend; daughter-in-law, Wanda Holcomb of Richland; three granddaughters, Shannon (Marin) Miller, Gloria (Carlos) Montes and Christy Holcomb; and six great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to Eagle Valley Ambulance or a charity of one’s choice through Gray’s West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814. To light a candle in memory of Wadean, go to www.grayswestco.com.


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  • Created by: Babe Fain
  • Added: 19 Feb 2017
  • Find A Grave Memorial 176502406
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Wadean Modell Rohner Holcomb (17 Nov 1917–2 Feb 2017), Find A Grave Memorial no. 176502406, citing Eagle Valley Cemetery, Richland, Baker County, Oregon, USA ; Maintained by Babe Fain (contributor 46791800) .