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Ross Frank Gorrell, 98, of Baker City, died April 11, 2007, at Boise.

His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Ross was born on Nov. 24, 1908, at Rocky Ford, Colo., to Joe and Dolly Gorrell. He moved to Baker City in 1944.

Ross spent most of his life on horses and working on ranches. He spent 15 years working for Lew Bros. Tires. He also spent 26 years working for Bill Schann at his feed lot and at the Baker Livestock Auction on auction days.

Ross retired in 1962, but continued to help out on various ranches in the Baker Valley. He loved to dance and enjoyed the Old-Time Fiddlers Contests.

Survivors include his son, Lonnie Gorrell, and his wife, Bonnie, of Boise; his daughter, Judy Lyneen McGurk of Hermiston; stepchildren, Jim and Shirley Adamson of Baker City, Arlene Schoen of Baker City and Birchie Westerland of Pendleton; his sister, Lola Waldron of California; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; eight great-great grandchildren; 12 great-great-great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and stepdaughter, Pauline Nicley, and her husband, Phil, and their family.

He was preceded in death by his son, Billy Gorrell; a daughter, Betty Jean Gorrell; a brother, Ted Gorrell; a sister, Eva Wilson; and three wives, Lillian Gorrell, Dolly Gorrell and Uva Gorrell.

Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, April 17, 2007

Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor

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