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Baggerly, Richard Dean – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon

Richard Dean Baggerly, 92, a longtime Baker City resident, died May 28, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Health Services after a short illness.

His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Baker City Christian Church, 2998 Eighth St. Pastor Ralph Holcomb and Pastor Bob Whiteman of the Baker City Christian Church will officiate. Vault interment will be in Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitations will be until 8 o’clock tonight at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave.

Mr. Baggerly was born on Sept. 17, 1908, at West Point, Ill., to Lucy Ann Poling and Henry Wilburn Baggerly. His father was a truck farmer there. They moved to Meridian, Idaho, in about 1916 where he attended school. After leaving school at an early age, he worked at farming and filled in with various construction jobs using his horses.

He married Frances Rae Bamford on Aug. 2, 1926. They would have celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary this August. He moved his family to Eastern Oregon in 1946 where he ranched in the Keating Valley until he retired and moved to Baker City.

He was an avid horseman and entered his draft horses in pulling contests winning frequently. Historic Baker City honored him for his services in pulling the Baker City Trolley.

He was a devoted member of the First Christian Church since he was a teen-ager, later serving as a board member and deacon of the local church as long as his health permitted.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Evelyn Mae Stewart; son-in-law, Kenneth Stewart; a brother, Ellis Baggerly; and sisters, Ruby Brown and Hazel Skogsburg.

Survivors include his wife, Frances Baggerly; and sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Bonnie Baggerly of Echo and Don and Barb Baggerly and Gaylord and LaDonna Baggerly, all of Baker City.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice through Gray’s West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, Ore., 97814.

Used with permission from: The Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, June 8, 2001
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor

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