Obituary for Jan. 23, 2013

By Baker City Herald January 23, 2013 10:06 am

Richard Traw

Baker City, 1936-2013

Richard Traw, 76, of Baker City, died Jan. 20, 2013, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Baker City surrounded by his family after a long and heroic battle with cancer.

Private interment will be at the Eagle Valley Cemetery in Richland. There will be a celebration of his life at 11 a.m. Friday at the Agape Christian Center on Highway 7.

 Rick was born on Aug. 25, 1936, at Chiloquin. He was the second of six children born to Cleo and Trula Mae Traw.

His early years were spent at Klamath Falls. He started the seventh grade at Richland Elementary School and was a 1955 graduate of Eagle Valley High School at Richland. In 1956, he married his high school sweetheart and wife of 56 years, Colleen “Johnny” Traw.

 His first job was working for the creamery in Eagle Valley, and he also worked on the Brownlee Dam project. Then he found his niche – roads, trucks and heavy equipment.

 Rick worked for the Baker County Road Department for 32 years, beginning as a part-time employee. His career there included seasonal truck driver, blade operator, and assistant roadmaster. He retired as the Baker County roadmaster in 1990. Rick absolutely loved building and maintaining roads.

 He also loved the outdoors. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He particularly enjoyed steelhead fishing.

 He was preceded in death by his parents, Cleo and Trula Mae Traw; sister, Bernice Mallard; and brother, James Traw.

 Survivors include his wife, Colleen; brother, Don Traw, and his wife, Sandra; sister, Jan Fields,and her husband, Jerry; sister, Sue Beck; daughters, Debbi Jo Duby, and Dondi Scumaci and her husband, Mark; grandsons, Jeremiah Duby, and his wife, Kristin, and Tabor Woolard  and his wife, Crissy; granddaughters, Hannah, Andrea and Rebecca Duby; great-granddaughter, Ilsa Duby; and great-grandson, Asher Woolard, arriving in February.

Memorial contributions may be made to Agape Christian Center Mission Fund, cancer research or the charity of one’s choice through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.