Baker City, 1923-2019
Allan H. McCullough, 95, of Baker City, died April 2, 2019, at his residence at Meadowbrook Place.
It was his choice to be cremated and the ashes scattered in the Elkhorn Mountains, with no service.
In a letter that Allan wrote and that his son, Roger, submitted, Allan wrote: “My life has now ended as it does for everyone and I have no regrets. It has been a good life.”
Alan was born in 1923. He married Betsey Rogers in 1946 in Minnesota, and they had 69 years together, producing three children: Ann, Susan and Roger. They made their home in Baker City in 1949 when Allan accepted employment as a teacher at Baker High School.
In his letter, Allan wrote: “My greatest pleasure in life beyond my family was teaching the young people of this area for 34 years and I believe I had contact at BHS with about 3,000 students. Yes, I gave them something, but they certainly gave me much more in return. The students of this area are really special and they have been very successful in so many fields. Thank all of you for the wonderful years we spent together.”
Allan is survived by his daughter, Ann Hubbard of Portland; and his son and daughter-in-law, Roger and Betsy McCullough of Tustin, California.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Susan.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Allan McCullough Scholarship Fund at the Baker School District or through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814. All benefits of this fund will go to Baker High School students.
Allan concluded his letter with this: “Have a good life. I did.”
Baker City, 1937-2019
Bruce Richard Sharrah, 82, of Baker City, died April 2, 2019, at his residence.
A private family graveside service took place on Friday, April 5, at Mount Hope Cemetery.
On Feb. 16, 1937, at Madrid, Nebraska, Albert and Amy (Anderson) Sharrah were pleased to welcome their son, Bruce, to their family. Bruce attended high school at Pendleton, graduating in 1955, and Oregon State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy Science. He joined the Navy Reserves and spent eight years serving his country.
Bruce married Beverly J. Foster in Oregon City on Dec. 9, 1984. He worked for Payless for 33 years and he owned a Dairy Queen in Gladstone for six and a half years. Beverly and Bruce moved to Baker City in the early 1990s for Bruce to work as a pharmacist at Safeway. He also worked at Rite Aid and Albertsons before retiring in 2009.
He was the best Papa to his children and grandchildren and a wonderful husband to Beverly for 34 years. Bruce and Beverly were snowbirds, traveling to Arizona each winter for 15 years. Bruce loved nature and being outdoors. He loved hunting, fishing and exploring new places to proudly share with his family. He was a member of the Elks and the Rotary in Oregon City.
Bruce is survived by his loving wife, Beverly Sharrah of Baker City; his stepson, Kenneth (Rachel) Brown of Port Orchard, Washington; his sons, Douglas Sharrah of Baker City, David (Soe Soe) Sharrah of Myanmar, and Jeff Sharrah of Baker City; his stepdaughter, Carla (Michael Cox) Watkins of Vancouver, Washington; his sister-in-law, Delnita Sharrah of Black Diamond, Washington; eight grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Amy Sharrah; his brother, Ray Sharrah; and his stepson, Robert Brown.
Memorial contributions may be made to Heart ’n Home Hospice through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.