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Royce L. “Tex” Arteburn, 93, a longtime Baker City resident, died Dec. 31, 2003, at St. Elizabeth Care Center.
His memorial service will be scheduled later.
Royce was born on May 16, 1910, at Quanah, Texas, to Lavella C. and Permicie J. Hawkins Arteburn. He came to Oregon with his family as a young boy. Tex grew up and graduated from high school at Pendleton.
In 1932, he moved to Baker City. He married his wife, Amy Heater, on Oct. 6, 1934. Royce worked in the insurance business serving Baker City and the surrounding area for years.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and being with his daughters and grandchildren. He will be remembered for his homemade jerky, dried fruit, and quick wit.
Survivors include his two daughters, Janet Wright, and her husband, Warren, of Spokane, Wash., and Gwen Rouse and her husband, Bob, of Terrebonne; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Amy, in 1990 and a daughter, Lynne, in 1995.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Elizabeth Care Center, through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, January 9, 2004
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor