Baker City, 1957-2019
Lester Dalgliesh, 61, of Baker City, died May 16, 2019, at his home.
A family gathering will be arranged and announced at a later time.
Lester Eugene Dalgliesh was born on May 31, 1957, at Baker City to Roy and Hope Dalgliesh. He was raised and educated in Baker City, graduating from Baker High School in 1976. Lester affectionately earned the nickname “Chop” and was called by that name throughout his life.
Chop married Hannah Cherry on Sept. 26, 1987. They met while she was visiting for the summer, over a game of foosball.
Chop ran his own business, Lester Construction Inc.., which focused on forest restoration. He enjoyed this job because he was able to spend time in one of his favorite places — the mountains. Traveling to work required him to stay on the west side of Oregon a lot. He also worked in California, Washington and Ohio. Chop was given an award from the Forest Service for “Outstanding Performance” over the fiscal years 1998, 1999, and 2000. This award is usually only given to Forrest Service employees. Chop was very proud of the forests that he helped rebuild and made sure to point out every area he had worked to his daughters. “Our dad was such a strong, hardworking man,” they said.
Chop enjoyed all things outdoors, including camping, fishing, hunting, and taking drives to the mountains. He knew all the best areas to look for mushrooms, to find huckleberry patches and the very coolest secret places in the mountains. Chop had faith, but never went to any church, except the outdoors which he would call “God’s Church.”
Chop loved animals (and they loved him). His special pet was our rat terrier, Boo Bear. He was proud of his family, but not as proud as they were of him. He was always honest, proud, never complained, and had the best sense of humor. Chop showed us what perseverance was all about, his family said.
In later years, Chop was struck with kidney problems. His nurses referred to him as the poster boy for dialysis, as he was on it for 6 years without one infection. This is not a normal occurrence and the nurses were always happy to see him. Chop was kind to everyone and touched a lot of people’s lives.
Each year Chop planted one of the best gardens. Just this spring with his heart at 10% capacity, he finished planting his beloved garden just two days before he passed away. This would be his final accomplishment.
A favorite saying of Chop’s was “I’ll see you bright and squirrelly!” He lived by the life philosophy that everything happens for a reason.
“Dad had so many fantastic stories and was the best at telling them,” his daughters said. “There are too many good ones to choose from. All of them will remain with us, they’ll just never be told the same way again.”
Chop is survived by his wife of 31 years, Hannah Dalgliesh of 31 years; his daughters Althea Dalgliesh and her fiancé, Tyler Thamert of La Grande, Elizabeth (Libbe) Dalgliesh of Baker City and Rachel McCullough of Redmond; his grandchildren, Mason and Lance of La Grande; his brothers, Dan and Dave Dalgliesh of New Mexico; his sister, Trudy Dalgliesh of Baker City; his nieces, Cindy, Sherry, Haley, Lisa, Jessie and Lindsay; and his nephew, Ryan.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Hope Dalgliesh; and his twin brother, Larry.
The family requests donations of blankets for dialysis patients, in memory of Lester, because you get so cold when doing treatments. They can be dropped off with either Hannah or Althea. If you would like to send a monetary donation the family suggests Eastern Oregon Dialysis through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home & Cremation Services, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834. Online condolences can be made at www.tamispinevalleyfuneralhome.com
‘Tom’ Chandler Jr.
Baker City, 1945-2019
Russell Thomas “Tom” Chandler Jr., 74, of Baker City, died Sunday, May 19, 2019, at his residence.
There will be a graveside memorial service, with military honors, at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, at Mount Hope Cemetery in Baker City. Friends are invited to join the family for a potluck reception at the Baker Eagles Club, 2935 H St., after the service. (The main dish will be provided; side dishes would be appreciated.)
Tom was born on April 25, 1945, at Prairie City to Russell and Margaret (Hendren) Chandler. He graduated from Baker High School in 1963. After high school, Tom served four years in the Marine Corps. On Jan. 1, 1967, he married Maxine Cardwell at Morehead City, North Carolina.
Tom worked as a carpenter for 15 years. He was self-employed and also worked for Boise State University. He enjoyed elk hunting on China Creek with his sons and riding ATVs on Sumpter trails and roads. He loved the outdoors and his mountains. He was a VFW lifetime member and a member of the Eagles Lodge.
Tom was proud to have been a policeman for six years, working for the Oregon State Police at Grants Pass, and for city police departments at Ontario and Baker City.
He was also proud to serve his country, having served in Vietnam, the Coast Guard in Astoria on the Yocona for two years, and the National Guard from October 1970 to October 1971. He was a drum major for Baker Elks Drum and Bugle Corps.
He got his sons started in motorcycle ra cing, was president and Babe Ruth coach for Little League, and a coach for flag football. Some of his many accomplishments include being a guide for the Cougar Washington Annual 4 Wheeling Ride, fireguard at Boundary Guard Station, and volunteer fireman for Baker City. He would always go out of his way to help people, his family said.
Survivors include his wife, Maxine Chandler of Baker City; sons, Thomas Chandler of Baker City and Robert Chandler of Augusta, Georgia; sisters-in-law, Karen Petersen of Baker City, Lorna Allen and her husband, Gordon, of Absarokee, Montana, and Rhonda Hender and her husband, Ron, of Walla Walla, Washington. He is also survived by three grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Margaret Chandler; sister, Betty Scott; and brother, Jay Chandler.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Avenue, Baker City, Oregon 97814.
To light a candle in Tom’s memory or to offer on-line condolences to his fa mily, please visit www.grayswestco.com