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McClain, Walter James “Jim” – Obituary

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Walter James “Jim” McClain, 70, of Baker City, died April 24, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

His graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Mount Hope Cemetery. There will be a reception afterward at the American Legion Hall, 2129 Second St.

Visitations will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Gray’s West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave.

Jim was born on Sept. 14, 1934, at Los Angeles to Walter Logan and Rosalyn Myers McClain. He served in both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy. He moved to Baker City in 1982.

Jim was married three times. He married Mable Norreen Williams in July of 1951; Joann Watson on July 13, 1981; and Laura Pogue on Sept. 9, 1995.

He was a longtime member of the Baker City Eagles Lodge and the American Legion. He loved to hunt, fish, camp and go dancing with his friends and family. He was a great husband and father.

Survivors include his wife, Laura McClain of Baker City; three daughters, Jodi McClain of Baker City, Vici Crites and her husband, Ed, of Ontario and Kelli Rodriguez and her husband, Anastacio, of Ontario; stepchildren, Jim and Tina Pogue, John and Sacha Pogue, Jason and Dorothy Pogue, all of Baker City, Dawn and her husband, Billy Willis, and Larry Puckett, of Texas, and Deena and Chad Vandehey of North Bend; 16 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and best friends and family, Ken and Debbie White of Baker City and Mary and Richard Ashley of Estacada.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family through Gray’s West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, April 29, 2005
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor

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