Blacker, Robert William “Bob” – Obituary

Discover your
family's story.

Enter a grandparent's name to get started.

choose a state:
Start Now

Durkee, Oregon

Robert William “Bob” Blacker, 56, of Durkee, died Jan. 22, 2007, at his home from complications of West Nile Virus.

His memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Durkee Community Church.

Bob was born in Baker City on Sept. 13, 1950, to Lora Riley Wright and Lee Arthur Blacker. He was the great-grandson of Charles and Minerva Baldock, who were early pioneer settlers in Baker Valley.

His father was a construction worker and the family moved frequently. The Blackers lived in many towns in Oregon, Washington and Montana while he was growing up and made many life-long friends along the way.
After graduating from high school at La Grande in 1968, he followed his father’s example and went into the diversified field of construction where he mastered working with concrete. He eventually worked on the Interpretive Center near Baker City.

In 1977 he married Roberta Hanna at Durkee. They lived at Portland where they had a son, Eric Lee. They later divorced. He lived most of his life in his beloved Eastern Oregon.

Some of his greatest pleasures were sharing hunting and fishing adventures with his brothers and friends and he especially loved the Snake River area. He enjoyed gardening, cooking, rodeos and ranching.

His family and friends said they will miss his charismatic laugh and generous nature.

Survivors include his girlfriend, Jody Nickerson, and her daughters, Stasia and Devon, of Durkee; his son, Eric Blacker of Los Osos, Calif.; a daughter, Tara Cheatum of Seattle, Wash.; a sister, Faye Winkle, and her husband, Jerry, of La Grande; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Chris Blacker of Durkee and Gary Wright of Portland.

Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, January 26, 2007
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor

MLA Source Citation:

White, Judy Wallis. Baker County, Oregon Obituaries. Published by Copyright 1999-2013, all rights reserved. Web. 25 January 2015. - Last updated on May 18th, 2011

Locations: ,

Contribute to the Conversation!

Our "rules" are simple. Keep the conversation on subject and mind your manners! If this is your first time posting, we do moderate comments before we let them appear... so give us a while to get to them. Once we get to know you here, we'll remove that requirement.

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Newsletter Signup

We currently provide two newsletters. Why not take both for a run?

Genealogy Update: We send out this newsletter whenever we feature a new, or significantly updated, collection or database on our website.

Circle of Nations: We send out this newsletter whenever we feature a new (or significantly updated) Native American collection or database on our website.

Once you've clicked on the Subscribe button above you'll receive an email from us requesting confirmation. You must confirm the email before you will be able to receive any newsletter.

Connect With Us!

Pin It on Pinterest


Share This

Share this post with your friends!