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Baker City, Oregon

George D. McLeish, 77, of Baker City, died Feb. 23, 2003.

His memorial service will be at 3:30 p.m. Friday at the Coles Funeral Home. Pastor Lura Kidner-Miesen of the United Methodist Church will officiate. Private interment will be Monday at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Mr. McLeish was born Feb. 20, 1926, at Wiggins, Colo. He was a son of James Andrew and Gertrude Amy Baker McLeish. He received his education at Wiggins, Colo., Payette, Idaho, and Baker City.

In 1943, he entered the U.S. Navy to serve his country during World War II in the South Pacific. He was honorably discharged in 1946.

After his discharge, he returned to Baker City and went to work for Ellingson Lumber Co. as a planer operator. On July 21, 1951, he married Jessie Elizabeth Emery at Carson City, Nev.

George continued to work for Ellingson’s until his retirement in 1989 as a shipping clerk. After his retirement, George and Jessie liked to travel, especially their twice annual trips to Nevada.

Jessie died in April 2001. Since that time, George had enjoyed going to the Senior Center. He volunteered serving meals and wherever needed. He provided several entree meals at the center in memory of his wife, Jessie, and for his birthday last Thursday, Feb. 20. He also enjoyed watching ball games on television and doing yard work.

On Dec. 8, 2002, he became a member of the United Methodist Church. He was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post No. 3048, the American Legion and the Baker Elks Lodge.

Survivors include his sister and brother-in-law, Doris and Dan Burton of Milwaukee; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, George and Effie Turner of Baker City; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Jessie.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Senior Center or to the United Methodist Church through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, February 28, 2003
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor

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