Obituaries for Jan. 16, 2012

By Baker City Herald January 16, 2012 06:41 pm

‘Freeman’ Cockram, Richard Tally



"Freeman' Cockram

Edwin “Freeman” Cockram, 76, a former Baker City resident, died Jan. 5, 2012, at Vancouver, Wash.

His memorial service will be at 7 o’clock tonight at Messiah Lutheran Church, 905 N.W. 94th St., in Vancouver, Wash.

He was born at Baker City on April 18, 1935.

Freeman was raised at Baker where he spent the majority of his free time on the family Angus ranch. He graduated from Oregon State College in Corvallis where he met Shirley, his wife of 54 years. They had two children: Ann (Rick) Giles of Vancouver, Wash., and Linda (Jeff) Sandberg of Newberg.

Freeman left Baker in the mid-1960s and attended Wartburg Seminary in Iowa to become a Lutheran pastor. He served churches at Castle Rock, Wash., and Vancouver. After leaving the ministry, he worked for US Bank as a trust officer and then opened his own metal fabrication business.

Freeman enjoyed backpacking in the Wallowa Mountains, skiing, traveling and spending time at Sunriver. He was very involved in various volunteer activities, especially at Messiah Lutheran Church.  

Survivors include his wife, Shirley; his daughters, Ann Giles and Linda Sandberg; his brother, John (Tonya) Cockram; two grandchildren, Emily and Kevin Sandberg; an aunt, Bea Jordan; a number of nieces and nephews; and many who considered him a father, grandfather, mentor and friend.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Messiah Lutheran, The Ray Hickey Hospice House or The American Cancer Society.

Richard Tally

Richard Leland Tally, 76, a former Baker City resident, died Jan. 4, 2012 at Bay Area Hospital in Coos Bay with relatives by his side.

There will be a celebration of his life and spreading of ashes at 2 p.m. April 15 at the North Powder Cemetery in North Powder. Family friend, Forrest Turner, will officiate.

Richard was born on April 15, 1935, at Baker City to Eugene and Zella Tally.

He grew up on the Tally Family Farm at North Powder with his brothers, Bob, Kerwyn and Howard. His nieces have fond memories of playing Monopoly with Richard, affectionately referred to as “Uncle Dickey,” in the old farm kitchen.

Richard attended North Powder schools and was proud to be a member of the Boy Scouts of America Muddy Creek Troop where he earned his Eagle Scout rank, well exceeding the required number of 21 merit badges.

A special memory in his life was when the troop visited Valley Forge and Washington D.C. He was particularly impressed and moved by the Lincoln Memorial, stating that he was awestruck as he approached Lincoln and saw the way he was looking down upon him.

Richard was a 1954 Baker High School graduate and served in the U.S. Navy, receiving an honorable discharge.

He married Faith Bracher Sutter on June 22, 1958, at La Grande. They lived at Baker City and had a son, Stanley Greg Tally, born on March 16, 1959.

Richard later moved to Pendleton where he worked for U.S. Gypsum at Pilot Rock.

Richard was meticulous with his woodworking talents and carpentry. He built beautiful furniture and a grand bookcase that he donated to the Pendleton Eagles Lodge.

He loved to read and had multiple bookcases filled with books. He was in love with the Lord and enjoyed reading and studying the Bible, family members said.

Richard enjoyed hunting and being outdoors. He loved spending time with his family and his nephews have fond memories of fishing the Umatilla River with him.

Those who knew Richard loved his smile, pleasant demeanor and fun-loving attitude. He had a wonderful, special sense of humor and could bring a smile to anyone’s face, his family said. He was compassionate and loving toward his family and friends.

Richard married Barbara Faye McDonald Ayers on Sept. 9, 1969, at Pendleton. He worked for Sandy McDonald on his farm.

He graduated in diesel mechanics from Blue Mountain Community College and worked for Cummins Diesel Shops in Pendleton. He later moved to Klamath Falls where he continued his work in diesel mechanics until he retired.

Richard was dedicated to the Christian Church and gladly took care of all repairs that were needed in the Klamath Falls church. After retirement, Richard moved to Myrtle Point in 2004 to live with his brother, Kerwyn. After his health failed, Richard moved to Coos Bay.

Richard will be forever loved and missed, his family said.

He was preceded in death by his father, Eugene; his mother, Zella; and brother, Robert.

Survivors include his brothers, Kerwyn Tally of Myrtle Point and Howard and Lynn Tally of Eagle Point; his son, Stanley Mosley of Alaska; granddaughter,Crystal Mosley; grandson, Anthony Mosley; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Richard’s favorite supported charity, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, or the church of one’s choice.