Charles “Chuck” Anderson, 57, of Plevna, Mont., a former Baker City resident, died April 30, 2006, at the Fallon Medical Complex in Baker, Mont.
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His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Baker United Methodist Church, 1919 Second St., Pastor Jack Bynum of the church will officiate. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. There was a service today at Peace Lutheran Church at Plevna, Mont.
Chuck was born on Aug. 6, 1948, at The Dalles to Eldon James and Roberta May Griffin Anderson. He grew up and attended elementary school and high school at Condon, where he graduated in 1966. Chuck attended Central Oregon Community College at Bend where he earned a degree in natural resources.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during the Vietnam War. After completing military service, Chuck returned to John Day, where he began working in range management for the U.S. Forest Service.
In 1980, he was transferred to Joseph, where he remained until 1993. He enjoyed working in the field with his string of pack mules and going down to The River (his name for the Snake River). After his retirement in 1993, Chuck purchased a ranch in Baker City where he fulfilled a lifelong goal of raising cattle and horses.
While living in Baker City, he met Kathleen Foster. They were married on May 4, 2001. In 2002, they purchased a ranch south of Plevna, Mont., where they had lived since.
Chuck always enjoyed being outdoors, especially in the Hells Canyon area and being around the wildlife. He was passionate about his family and took pride in everything he did. He instilled in his daughters a great respect for life and love. He held a special dedication for his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Kathleen of Plevna; two daughters and their spouses, Mandie and Ian Reed of Harlowton, Mont., and Paddie and Michael Cape of Amity; his mother, Roberta Williams of Culver; two stepsons, Chad Oster, and his wife, Kristy, of Bigfork, Mont., and Collin Cruickshank of Eugene; a stepdaughter, Andrea Cruickshank of Shreveport, La.; five grandchildren, Riley and Eric Reed, Abigail Cape and Colton and Kyler Oster; a brother, Kevin, and his wife, Renee-Vaughan Anderson, of Bend; and a sister, Susan, and her husband, Rick Cornett, of Moses Lake, Wash.
He was preceded in death by his father, Eldon.
Remembrances and condolences may be made to the family at this Web site: www.stevensonfuneralhome.com. Gray’s West & Co. is in charge of Baker City arrangements.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, May 5, 2006
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor