Jan. 23, 1938-Jan. 24, 2005

BAKER CITY - Raymond "Reese" McCall, 67, of Baker City, died Jan 24, 2005, one day after his 67th birthday, at St. Elizabeth Health Services in Baker City.

An Elks Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, at Baker City Elks Lodge, 338, 1896 Second St., Baker City. There will be a gathering at the lodge following the service.

Mr. McCall was born Jan 23, 1938, at Nampa, Idaho. His family moved to Hermiston in 1942 where he grew up and attended school. He graduated from Hermiston High School in 1956.

His boyhood days were spent in 4-H and FFA. He raised blue ribbon cattle on his parents' farm near Hermiston and tried, with a good friend, to grow the famous Hermiston watermelons, but instead grew baby-sized watermelons.

He spent most of his adult years in California where he was a firefighter with the Mountain View City Fire Department. He retired in 1989 as a fire engineer and he and his wife, Nita, retired to the Baker Valley where they enjoyed their five acres with their horses, dogs, cats and other domestic and wild animals.

Mr. McCall worked with the Baker Rural Fire Department.

After the death of his wife, Nita, in October 1995, he moved into Baker City from the Pocahontas District.

He enjoyed working and participating with the Elks bull and bronc riding competition during the Miner's Jubilee.

Survivors include daughters Melinda McCall of Albany, Machelle Jones of San Jose, Calif., Dereesa Smith and her husband, Tracy, of Walla Walla, and Corey McCall; a son, Paul McCall, of Santa Rosa, Calif.; sisters, Norma Carrow of Salem, and Bonnie of Baker City; brother Stanley of Hermiston; eight grandchildren, Jason, Brandy, Kendra, Shane, Reese, TJ, Tiffeny and Cody; a great-grandson; uncles, an aunt, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, and by his parents.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Baker Rural Fire Department through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place Street, Baker City, OR 97814

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