Baker City, Oregon
James “Jim” Richard Pellissier, 74, a longtime Baker City resident, died Sept. 25, 2004, at Boise.
His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Sister Kay Marie Duncan of Pathway Hospice will officiate. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception after the service at Community Connection, 2810 Cedar St. Visitations will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at Gray’s West & Co.
Jim was born on Feb. 9, 1930, at Quincy, Wash., to Oran and Euna White Pellissier. He was raised in logging camps at Tamarack, Idaho, and later on a ranch near Tonasket, Wash. He came to Baker City in 1949, where he has lived off and on since.
In 1951, Jim was drafted into the U.S. Army. He served two years in the transport group. He was stationed at Fort Eustis, Va., and at Fort Hood, Texas.
From 1954 to 1956 he attended Eastern Oregon College (now Eastern Oregon University) at La Grande and later Oregon State University at Corvallis. Jim graduated with a business degree.
After college, Jim went to work for the Edward Hines Lumber Co. outside of Bates and at Baker City. He also had worked for the Forest Service in different areas, first in Baker City then at Bellingham, Wash., Roseburg and Denver.
Jim then moved back to Baker City, where he lived along the Medical Springs Highway. He became involved in the livestock business, running nine trucks as Pellissier Livestock Transportation (PLT). Jim retired on Feb. 7, 1992.
Jim was married to Elsie Jane Callender of La Grande on July 20, 1959, at John Day.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Oran and Euna Pellissier; and a brother, Robert Joseph “Bob” Pellissier.
Survivors include his wife, Elsie; children, Beverly Anne Day, and her husband, Shane, of Sommers, Mont.; John David Pellissier and his wife, Chris, of Klamath Falls, James Oran Pellissier of Los Angeles, and Joseph Daniel Pellissier of San Francisco; his brother Frank LaVern “Mike” Pellissier of New Plymouth, Wash.; and his nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Baker County Meals On Wheels program through Gray’s West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, October 1, 2004
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor