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In loving memory of Raymond “Reese” McCall, 67, who died Monday, Jan 24, 2005 at St Elizabeth Health Services in Baker City.
An Elks Memorial Service will be held Saturday, January 29, 2005 at 2 p.m. at the Baker City Elks Lodge, No. 338, 1896 2nd Street, Baker City. There will be a gathering at the Lodge following the services.
Reese was born Jan 23, 1938 in Nampa Idaho. His family moved to Hermiston Oregon in 1942. He graduated from Hermiston High School in 1956. His boyhood days were spent in 4-H and FFA. He raised blue ribbon cattle on his parent’s farm in Hermiston. He tried with a good friend to grow the famous Hermiston watermelons instead grew baby sized watermelons.
He spent most of his adult years in California where he became a fire fighter for Mt. View City Fire Dept. He retired as a fire engineer in 1989. He and his wife Nita retired to Baker Valley where he and Nita enjoyed their 5 acres with their horses, dogs, cats and other domestic and wild animals. He worked with Baker Rural Fire Department. After the death of his beloved wife Nita in October 1995, he moved into town (Baker City) from Pocahontas District.
He enjoyed working and participating with the Elks Bull and Bronc riding competition during Miners’ Jubilee
He is preceded in death by wife Nita and parents William (Bill) and Eloise McCall.
Survivors include: Daughters, Melinda McCall of Albany, Oregon, Machelle Jones of San Jose, California and Dereesa and husband Tracy Smith of Walla Walla, Washington, Corey McCall, Son Paul McCall of Santa Rosa California. Sisters Norma (husband Ray) Carrow of Salem, Oregon and Bonnie (husband Bob) of Baker City.
Brother Stanley (wife Peggy) of Hermiston, Oregon. Eight grandchildren, Jason (wife Stephanie), Brandy and Kendra of Albany, Oregon, Shane and Reese of San Jose, California and TJ, Tiffeny and Cody of Walla Walla, Washington. Favorite and first “great grandson” Parker Raymond McCall. Two Uncles, Alvin McCall of Hermiston, Oregon and Louis McCall of Bridgewater, Iowa. Aunt, Henrietta Braden of Denver, Colorado.
Six nieces and two nephews.
Those wishing to make memorial contributions in Mr. McCall’s memory may direct them to the Baker Rural Fire Department. This may be done through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place Street, Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, January, 2005
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor