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Thomas Reed “Tom” Blaylock, 79, died Sept. 8, 2005, at St. Charles Hospital in Bend.
His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the McEwen Bible Fellowship. Pastor Bill Cox will officiate. Interment will be at the Sumpter Cemetery. Military rites will be accorded by Baker City AMVETS, Post No. 1874.
Visitations will be until 7 o’clock tonight at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St.
Tom was born on Aug. 8, 1926, at Seattle, Wash. He came to Oregon in 1945. He rode a horse to Arlington to work on a ranch. He graduated from school at Arlington.
He entered the U.S. Army Air Corps for a short time during World War II. He was honorably discharged when the war ended and he returned to Oregon and worked on ranches in Eastern Oregon.
He rodeoed in 1947. He met his wife to be at this time, Colleen Moore. They were married February 22, 1948.
In 1993, Tom and Colleen retired at Sumpter. He was an artist and painted murals and made welcome signs in Sumpter.
Tom and Colleen had four children: Carol Ann, Robert, Rita Marie and James.
Survivors include his wife, Colleen; his children; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; sisters, Lois Edward of Spokane, Wash., and Katherine Wilkerson of Beaverton; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.
Memorial contributions may be made to the McEwen Bible Fellowship.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, September 16, 2005
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor