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Obituary: Al Walker

John Alpha "Al" Walker, 78, of Baker City, died Oct. 14, 2006, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

His memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Friends are invited to join the family after the service for a dinner at the Extension Building.

Al was born on Jan. 6, 1928, at San Jose, Calif., to Loyal Goodlow and Esther Barrette Walker.

The family later moved to Sweet Home, where he attended school until he started logging at the age of 15. He continued logging until he joined the military and went to Korea in 1955. He served until 1957.

Al returned home, and then followed his brother, Dave, to Happy Camp, Calif. There he met and married his wife, Esther. They had been married for 47 years when she died on Sept. 17, 2003.

During their time at Happy Camp they had three daughters: Carri, Sheryl, and Teresa. Al was also featured in NW Logging World for his outstanding achievements in logging.

He moved the family to Lincoln City, later to Molalla, and finally to Baker City. They loved it so much they decided to stay. He enjoyed everything that had to do with the outdoors. He loved to watch his grandkids play ball, and he spent many years coaching as well as playing softball.

Living in Baker City provided many opportunities working for several different logging companies, including his own. He worked on trucks in the winter months also. In later years he built roads for many different logging companies.

His work took him and Esther to Central Oregon and to many different sites in Idaho. They enjoyed traveling and seeing different sights, but always considered Baker City home. He always enjoyed shooting the breeze with old buddies in the mornings. He will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his three daughters, Carri Noble and her husband, Todd, of Baker City, Sheryl Payton and her husband, Vince, of Baker City, and Teresa Walker and her friend, Bram Novak, of Baker City; grandchildren, Tia Gibbs, Bo Gibbs and his wife, Mel, Justin Gibbs, Jason Gibbs, Kristie Payton and friend, Reginald Bacher II, all of Pendleton, A.J. Noble, Josephine Choate and her husband, Alex, Walter Ramsey, Frank Ramsey and Ande Ramsey; eight great-grandchildren, Gavin Willingham, Denise Gibbs, Madison Gibbs, Avery Gibbs, Aubrie Bacher, Jasmine Bacher, Bryland Allen Walker Gibbs, and Aidin Choate; sisters, Barbara Walker of Sweet Home and Caroline Putney and her husband, Russell, of Bend; a brother, David Walker, and his wife, Tish, of Sweet Home; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Esther; his parents; two sisters; and one brother.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or to the charity of one's choice through Gray's West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.


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