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Baker City, Oregon

Charles McAlary, 86, of Baker City died Oct. 13, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Health Services with his family at his bedside.

His graveside service was today at Mount Hope Cemetery. Sister Kay Marie Duncan of Pathway Hospice officiated. Friends joined the family after the service for a reception at the family home.

Charles McAlary was born at Vici, Okla., on Feb. 23, 1918, to Thomas S. McAlary and Ethel Lea Speck McAlary. He attended grade school in a one-room schoolhouse at Price Creek, Colo., and high school at Collbran, Colo.

He married Hazel Maxine Bowman on Nov. 19, 1939, at Vici, Okla. They spent the majority of their married lives at Collbran and on the family ranch at Rifle, Colo., where they raised their seven children.

In 1967 Charles, Hazel and three of their children moved to Baker City where they purchased and operated a coin-op laundry until their retirement in 1980.

Charles enjoyed traveling with his children, woodworking, mechanics and especially reading.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Hazel; daughter Joyce; four brothers; one sister; and one great-great-granddaughter.

Survivors include six children and their spouses: Edris Moore and her husband, Norlin, of Big Piney, Wyo., Betty Johnson and her husband, Fred, of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., Melvyn McAlary of Baker City, Ralph McAlary and his wife, Janet, of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., Chad McAlary and his wife, Shelly of Clarkston, Wash., and Bruce McAlary and his wife, Nancy, of McMinnville; two sisters, Leta Malm of Bakersfield, Calif., and Lena Maddux of Myrtle Creek; sister-in-law, Agnes McAlary of Rifle, Colo.; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter; and many more relatives and friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eastern Oregon Chapter of The American Red Cross or to the charity of one’s choice through Gray’s West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, October 15, 2004
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor

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