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Obituaries for Dec. 31, 2010


Claude Spivey

Claude Raymond Spivey, 95, a longtime Baker City resident, died Dec. 29, 2010, at his home, surrounded by many family and friends.

His funeral will be Sunday, Jan. 2, at 2 p.m. at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Pastor Lennie Spooner of First Church of the Nazarene will officiate. A reception will follow at 3 p.m. in the dining hall at The Sunridge.

Graveside services, with military honors, will be Monday, Jan. 3 at 1 p.m. at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Claude was born on Dec. 2, 1915, in an old railroad shanty on the banks of the North River in Monroe County, Tenn. He was the oldest of 10 children born to Luther Adniram and Ora Lee (Ellis) Spivey. In 1929, at the young age of 13, he and his family migrated to Baker City, a journey that would take them 12 days in an old 1928 Buick.  Here he would remain for the entirety of his life.

Claude is survived by his four children: daughters, Deany Hayes and husband Phillip, Linda Bjorklund and husband Bill, and Evelynn Spivey, and son, Ron Spivey and his wife Ann; many, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ernestina (Gomez) Spivey in 2005.

In lieu of flowers, please make any contributions to the Sumpter Valley Railroad Restoration or the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation, home of the Southern Pacific 4449 Steamer, in care of Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814. Trains were a special passion for Claude, as witnessed by the incredible wooden replicas of several steam engines and their tender of which he created.

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