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Joshua A. Hardesty, 19, a longtime Baker City resident, died Nov. 13, 2002, as the result of an automobile accident.
There will be a celebration of his life at 3 p.m. Sunday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Pastor Monte Loyd of the Baker Valley Christian Assembly will officiate. There will be a reception afterward at the family home. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Mount Hope Cemetery.
Josh was born at Grass Valley, Calif., on July 5, 1983, and moved to Baker City in 1989. He was a 2001 Baker High School graduate.
Joshua was employed at Mel’s Discount Auto Parts as the exhaust specialist. He was known as “The Muffler Guy.”
Joshua was an avid hunter, both rifle and archery. He was proud of his 5-by-5 Pope and Young buck. Most of all, his greatest achievement was his daughter, Dallas.
He will be missed by all his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather and grandmother, Mr. and Mrs. W.F. Watson (Frank and Alpha) of Baker City and Mr. and Mrs. Erman P. and Carmen Hardesty of San Francisco; his uncles, William F. “Skip” Watson and Jerry Lee Watson, both of California.
Survivors include his wife, Laura Hardesty, and daughter, Dallas Brooke Hardesty of Baker City; his parents, Paul E. and Loana Hardesty of Grass Valley, Calif., and Robert and Victoria Worsham of Baker City; brother, Justin and Kristy Watson; sisters, Holly Hardesty and Tammy Hardesty and brothers, Timothy and Raymond Sullivan; aunts, Julia Bingham, Laura Watson, Cindy Shukle; uncle, Rodger Watson; cousins, Will Watson, Kimberley Bingham, John Beatty, Colleen Klassen, Rick Watson, Tracy Watson, Rhonda Yanez, Michelle Rosin, Todd Beatty, Chris Beatty (his best cuz), Ashleigh King, Alexis Rosin. Nephew Kasey Watson; and niece, Teija Hardesty.
Memorial contributions may be made to the National Rifle Association through Coles Funeral Home 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, November 15, 2002
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor