Ray “Cracker” McCracken, 95, of Baker City died Sept. 28, 2009, at Settler’s Park Assisted Living Center.
His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Assembly of God Church in Riggins, Idaho.
Ray was born on Nov. 13, 1913, at Farmington, Iowa. He came to Idaho at the age of 14 with his parents. Their car broke down at Council so he stayed and worked at ranching and mining at Hornet Creek, Bear Cuprum, Idaho.
Ray worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1934. In 1935 he started work for the Circle C Ranch at New Meadows, Idaho where he met his wife, Ruth Todd. They were married on Oct. 23, 1942.
Ray continued to work for the Circle C Ranch at New Meadows, Baker City, and at Rapid River in Riggins until 1965. He then worked at the lumber mill in Riggins until his retirement.
“We love you Daddy, Grandpa, Great-Grandpa – you finally got to go home,” his family members said.
Survivors include his children and their spouses, Ronald and Jeri McCracken of Boise, Karen and Red Woods of Pollock, Rosalie and Kirk McCollough of Kuna, Idaho, and Corinna and Kevin Butler of Baker City; 10 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth, who died in 2005 after being married to Ray for 63 years.
Coles Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon September 30, 2009
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor