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Obituaries for Aug. 6, 2010

‘Bill’ Cassidy

William Darley “Bill” Cassidy, 84, died Aug. 3, 2010, at Baker City.

No funeral is scheduled at this time.

Bill was born on Sept. 8, 1925, at Baker City to Carlton Darley “Darl” and Edna Cassidy. Bill attended Baker schools where he participated in sports and was a great athlete.

He was a 1943 Baker High School graduate. After graduating, he entered the U.S. Army during World War II. He was captured by the German Army during the Battle of the Bulge and marched before the retreating enemy.

He was discharged in the spring of 1945 with a Purple Heart and three Bronze Stars.

He married Dorothy Proffit on Sept. 8, 1951, at Winnemucca, Nev. Bill owned the Mobile Service Station at First Street and Court Avenue and then an auto repair shop before being enlisted by then-Baker School District Superintendent James R. Evans to take the position of supervisor of supportive services for the school district. Bill retired from that position in 1987.

He enjoyed fishing, cooking, hunting, camping and spending time with his family. He was a member of the American Legion and the Elks Lodge.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Cassidy; two sons, Michael Cassidy and Patrick Cassidy; sisters, Pat Justus of Baker City and Darlene Durgan of Tigard; several nieces and nephews; and two brothers-in-law, Gene and Norman Proffitt.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; and two granddaughters, Melissa and Jennifer Cassidy.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

Douglas Shorey

Douglas Wayne Shorey, 66,  died of cancer in his home in Baker City, on Aug. 4, 2010.

There will be an informal memorial gathering from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St.

Doug was born on April 1, 1944, at Council, Idaho, and was raised at Sutherlin. He was a 1962 Sutherlin High School graduate.

He went on to achieve a bachelor of science from Southern Oregon College in Ashland, graduating in 1972. He completed his graduate studies in Pocatello at Idaho State University where he attained a master’s in zoology in 1975.

An extensive teaching career followed his education. For 25 years, Doug taught earth science, biology, chemistry, math and horticulture for the Oregon State School System in the towns of Spray and Baker City. The last years of his career, he taught for Blue Mountain Community College and Eastern Oregon University.

While teaching at Spray he earned the Ralph E. Badgely Award for Outstanding Science Teacher of the Year. After retiring from teaching in 2005 he conducted riparian restoration in the Baker Valley.

During his retirement, Doug continued his leisurely pursuits of floating rivers and woodworking. His woodshop often contained various projects, including wooden boats being prepared for his next adventure.

Survivors include his wife Johanna; sons, Paul and Eli; mother, Ruby Shorey; siblings and spouses Richard and Ann Shorey, Merle and Mary Shorey, David and MJ Shorey, Pat and Sherry Shorey, Tom and Dawn Shorey, Dennis and Debbie Shorey, Ed and Cathy Shorey, Margaret and Bill Frey, Anna Strong, Helen and Chris Goodknight, Jerry Shorey and Nathan and Linda Shorey; and brother-in-law, Terry Watson.

He was preceded in death by his father, Floyd “Shep” Shorey; sister, Barbara Watson; and niece, Emily Mounce.

Memorial contributions may be made to Heart ‘n’ Home Foundation or Mountain States Tumor Institute (MSTI-Fruitland) through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel 1500 Dewey Ave. Baker City, OR 97814.


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