In Memory of Gary Jaensch
September 28, 1941 - January 28, 2011
Messages from his friends
Name Dora Gourley
I am so sorry to hear of Gary's passing. He has been so helpful in getting me information re: Wingville Cemetery when we were doing the graves there, and in sharing photos of old timer barns, people, their houses and other stories about folks we knew and found interesting. Baker City has lost a great genealogist.
Gary and I had many opportunities to visit and he was always helpful and considerate in any request I asked of him. He encouraged me and assisted me in getting many photos I've taken in various parks of Oregon over the years. I last told him some time ago that I felt a closeness to him and his character as if we had known each other for a long time.
Rest in peace Gary
Gary did so much for me and my Wallowa County genealogy that it is hard to know where to begin. But the one thing that I will always remember about Gary is that he remembered eating ice cream at my Dad's place in Wallowa. My father, Norris McClung, passed away on Oct. 7, 1963 when I was six months old and when I mentioned this to Gary, he told me that he remembered being at the Creamery and eating ice cream.
God bless you Gary for sharing with us all.
Thank You for all the work you have for us.
Gary contacted me many years ago as I had a connection to one of his families in Union County--the Hammack family.
Two of my great-grandmother's brothers married Hammack sisters. Gary provided me with copies of their marriage licenses and other information on the Hammack family.
I was always going to arrange a get-together any time I was traveling through Baker County. I regret not doing that, and shall miss hearing from him on our common relatives.
Rest in Peace Mr. Jaensch. Your legacy will live on. God Bless you.
Well where do I start?
I first met Gary back in 2003 via the Internet and we have corresponded ever since. Then as luck would have it I got to meet he and his wife in Baker City on my way back to my home. You know I had to set him straight on our family line and that started a journey by both of us to find the joint connection. Together we found that connection.
Gary was a dear friend and kindred heart. He loved finding new family and gathering friends along the way.
I will miss him and his positive attitude and his help in my searches. My family has been reduced by one.
I love you!
May the angels be with you on your new journey.
Gary and I exchanged perhaps a hundred email messages over the years on our Hammack ancestors. Gary was always willing to share and appreciative to receive. He was a diligent researcher of Oregon genealogy. Great guy...will be missed.
Your tribute to Gary Jaensch is touching and right on. Like you, I considered Gary a comrade in preserving local history. I'm glad his contributions are preserved in your wonderful local history website.
Gary helped me with my Baker and Wallowa Co. research when I very first started doing genealogy about 10 years ago. He has helped me on and off since then. He did a prodigious amount of work getting old records on line. His legacy will live long after him. I am sorry to hear he's gone.
Judy said it all. He loved finding extra tidbits for those researching their ancestors and was always working at getting more on the web site. I will miss his Portland phone calls when he visited his brother. Our occasional lunch with Judy when I landed in Baker City. And most of all, the work he was continuously doing for the Oregon Genealogy site.
Rest In Peace Gary.
Gary and I had met about 2000' over the internet searching our families. We had communicated over the years till finally meeting in person 2003'. As we found out we were 4th cousins and had met when I was Stationed at Baker 1965-1966. Small country, I always looked forward to seeing my cousin when I would go out to Oregon for family re-unions. Gary and I shared our genealogy quest for knowing our ancestors. I'll miss our e-mails and our occasional phone conversations but most of all that smile. I am sure his early morning McDonald's crowd are going to miss him also. Sharon, Lisa and Tim he was one of a kind and will be missed by all
He was such a help to Baker County Historical Society, both as a Board member and as s tireless worker. He is missed terribly by me and it is a blow to everybody. I am grieving over a wonderful friend.