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Wesley Barnhart, 87, a former longtime Pine Valley resident, died Dec. 14, 2007, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center.

At his request, there will be no funeral.

Wes was born on Feb. 6, 1920, at Falls City to Clifford and Laura Perry Barnhart. When he was 6 years old, the family moved to a farm west of Nampa, Idaho, where he spent his childhood.

He spent 18 months in the U.S. Army from 1945 to 1946, stationed at Okinawa with the occupation forces. Afterward he spent several years as a buckaroo on large cattle ranches in Nevada. Most of his life was spent in the cattle business. He loved horses and the great outdoors.

He married Natalie Joy Patrick on Oct. 7, 1950, at Halfway. The couple had one son, Larry. They bought a farm in Pine Valley and spent 33 years on it. Wes and Joy moved to Baker City in 2002.

He will be greatly missed by those who loved him, his family said.

Survivors include his wife, Joy, of Baker City; three nieces, Roxylee Rumgay, Patty Smart and Hazel Atkinson; two nephews, Vernon Barnhart and Ron Chase; and several great- and great-great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son, Larry; his parents; one sister, Helen Chase; and three brothers, Eugene, Lewis and Glen.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, December 19, 2007
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor

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