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Perry W. Hobson, 81, of Baker City, died July 9, 2005, after a long battle with cancer.
His memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Agape Church on Highway 7. Forrest Turner and Garth Johnson will officiate. There will be a private family graveside service later at the Eagle Point Veterans Cemetery.
Perry was born on Oct. 13, 1923, at Monroe, Wash., to Perry S. Hobson and Florence Edmunds. He graduated from Benson Polytechnic High School in Portland.
He married Gene M. Jacoby on Aug. 21, 1942, at Vancouver, Wash. They later separated.
He joined the U.S. Navy on Feb. 23, 1943, serving during World War II. He was honorably discharged on Dec. 25, 1945, as an AMC 3rd Class, an aviation metalsmith in the Navy.
He worked many years as a mechanic-fabricator but his passion was gold mining. He really loved the search for mining properties and the lure of how to get all the minerals out of the ground.
He also enjoyed sailing and his church ministries.
Survivors include his four children, Perry Dave Hobson of Arlington, Wash., Sandie Hobson of Battleground, Wash., Steve Hobson of Medford, and Jill Ragsdale of Hermiston; five grandchildren, Cassie Trujillo and Jeff Hobson, both of Medford; Bo Gwen Jolly of Gresham, Bonnie Kettley of Vancouver, Wash., and Jason Ragsdale of Hermiston; five great-grandchildren, Tyler and Cory Trujillo and Kaleb Hobson, all of Medford, Grace Kettley of Vancouver, Wash., and Landon Ragsdale of Umatilla; brothers, David Hobson of Baker City, Allen Hobson of Coquille and Jack Hobson of Portland, Oregon; numerous nieces, nephews; and his many friends from church and the mining community.
He was preceded in death by one son, Terry Lee Hobson.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Covenant House Innkeepers, to assist getting kids off of the streets, at P.O. Box 731, New York, NY 10108-0900 or through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, July 25, 2005
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor