‘Bud’ Thomason

Baker City, 1941-2019

William C. “Bud” Thomason, 77, of Baker City, Oregon died June 24, 2019, at his home after a short courageous battle with cancer.

There will be a Celebration of Life Saturday, July 27, 2019, at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Pastor Brad Phillips of the Harvest Church will officiate. There will be a reception after the service.

Bud was born in Eugene to William C. and B. Merle (Mansell) Thomason on Oct. 30, 1941. He graduated from South Eugene High School in 1959.

While still in high school, Bud started working after school and weekends at a local grocery store. He continued in the grocery business, becoming an assistant manager until 1966.

Bud and his first wife, Sydney, had a son, Weston Major Thomason in 1967. He loved being a father and often said Wes was the pride of his life. They shared a love for the outdoors and the special memories they made together are priceless.

Seeking a more fulfilling career, Bud started the Apprenticeship and Training course to become a journeyman lineman. During the training period, he worked for line construction contractors throughout much of Oregon.

He completed the apprenticeship program in 1970 and held a six-month position with Bonneville Power Administration. He accepted a position with Tillamook PUD in 1971.

In July of 1977, Bud was offered a six-month temporary position with C.P. National Corp. in Baker City. That temporary position lasted for 27 years until his retirement from OTEC in 2005. Bud was proud to be a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. He loved being a lineman and often said he couldn’t wait to get up in the morning to go to work.

Bud met Arleen in 1981 and soon they became inseparable, except for his occasional hunting or fishing trips! They were married in July of 1984. They both loved the outdoors and traveling to faraway places.

They even became snowbirds after retirement loving the warmth of the desert and the many friends they met. Bud opened his arms and heart to Arleen’s children, Tessa and Eric, and welcomed each grandchild with his love and strength.

Arleen’s parents and siblings became his own extended family. He loved them deeply, and, as with his own family, was always willing to lend a hand and offer his support.

Bud had a heart of gold and showered family and friends with his affections, kindness and generosity. Even some wisdom from time to time!

He lived life to the fullest and was happiest if events involved hunting or fishing. If it had hide, feathers, or scales it was fair game. He always felt closest to God when he was out in nature.

Alaska held a special place in Bud’s heart. After graduating from high school, he and two friends drove to Alaska in a VW van.

He stayed in Fairbanks for a year before returning to Oregon, but he never could quite totally stay away. He returned over the years for five fishing trips and an entire summer with Arleen and the RV.

Bud’s personality was bigger than life. He had a great sense of humor and a spontaneous laugh that was uniquely his own. Arleen always said she would never lose him in a crowd because he was always laughing, and she would know right where he was.

He was a voracious reader, loved playing cards and working jigsaw puzzles. He developed a talent for woodworking and creating lasting woodcraft gifts for family and friends as well as renovating an old Victorian home.

A fact he tried to hide was that he had a fabulous singing voice. He could croon like Bing or wail like Willie Nelson. We hold dear the memories of the “concerts” he held while in the shower, family members said.

Bud was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Merle Thomason.

Survivors include his wife Arleen; son, Weston of Portland; Eric Pickler (Darlene) of Oak Harbor, Washington; Tessa Pickler of Moses Lake, Washington; brothers, Randy (Suzi) of Bend, Mike (Linda) of Earleville, Iowa; sister, Deborrah (Greg) Haag of Elmira; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; brother-in-law Earlynn (Rhonda) Garrett of Ione; sisters-in-law, Rosalynn Gorham of La Grande and Annette Tomat of Medford; numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, two aunts, and friends too numerous to list.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hilary Bonn Benevolence Fund through Gray’s West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814. To light a candle for Bud or to leave a condolence for the family, go to www.grayswestco.com.

Michael Berryman

Baker City, 1988-2019

Michael Joseph Berryman, 31, of Baker City, died June 30, 2019, at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland with family by his side.

There will be a public celebration of life at noon Monday, July 15, at the Baker City Airport. The same day there will be a graveside service at 11 a.m. at Rock Creek Cemetery for close friends and family.

Michael was born in the Year of the Dragon on April 12, 1988 at La Grande to Raymond and Jay Berryman. He graduated from Baker High School in 2006 and Eastern Oregon University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry.

Michael was an absolutely extraordinary and unique person with so many hobbies and passions that he achieved to master. He had a long list of titles and accomplishments, including thespian, blacksmith, stellar fisherman, fly-tie artisan, hunter, rifleman, archer, karate black belt, beekeeper, jewelry maker, knife maker on his homemade forge, musician of banjo and trumpet, fencing, friend, uncle, son, brother, brother-in-law, boyfriend and biologist.

Michael was also dedicated to his Christian faith in the Catholic Church, and even through the toughest times his views never faltered. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends and was known to stay up into the early hours with friends playing pool, video games or just telling funny stories.

Michael was a walking encyclopedia of many subjects including Godzilla movies and dragon folklore, reptiles, amphibians, insects, sharks, dinosaurs, Japanese animation, comic books, martial arts, Japanese swords, movies and TV shows like The Simpsons.

It was very important to Michael to light the spark of inspiration in those who expressed curiosity in his interests. He could easily be found teaching nieces and nephews how to fish at the 203 pond, or he traveled out of town to teach friends how to fence.

When Michael set his mind to try something new he put all his energy into mastering it. In 2017 Michael traveled for three weeks to Hope, Arkansas, in order to attend a bladesmithing school to better master his hobby.

Speaking of travel, Michael enjoyed traveling around the world to visit historic locations he had studied at home. Some of these locations included Ireland, Japan, and multiple trips to the Oregon coast to fulfill his unquenchable need to fish. Michael spent many hours practicing with his recurve bow, which included broadheads that he crafted from obsidian.

Following college, Michael decided to stay home in the Baker Valley and took on a job at Baker Aircraft. Michael loved to help out with all the services and more importantly tell stories of aircraft and airmen he would see on a daily basis at the airfield.

During his lunch break Michael could normally be seen grabbing a burrito at D&J’s Tacos and visiting with family and friends. Other foods that could bring Michael out of the woodwork included: bacon, doughnuts, angel food cake, Mountain Dew, and, of course, any smoked meats that he would spend endless hours perfecting.

Family members said Michael will be forever missed and would want everyone to live life to their fullest.

“Life is one giant game, use your defeats as a way to learn how to win in the future.” -— Michael Berryman

Michael is survived by his parents, Raymond and Jay; brothers, Kevin (fiancee LaDawn) and Craig (wife Amber); sister, Jill (husband Michael); nephews, Gannon, Bryceton, and Everett; nieces, Remington, Cora (goddaughter), and Mallory (goddaughter); girlfriend, Jenny Stouffer; grandparents, Evelyn Stepp, and Mario and Adele Stepp; and many cousins, aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Verne and Jane Berryman.

Contributions in Michael’s memory can be made to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, Or 97814.

To light a candle in memory of Michael, or to leave a condolence for his family, go to www.grayswestco.com

George Reed Jr.

Baker City, 1949-2019

George C. Reed Jr., 70, died July 6, 2019, at his home in Baker City.

The family will schedule a service later.

George was born on Jan. 30, 1949, at Portland to George and Ruby (Robison) Reed. He loved the outdoors, hunting, camping, and four-wheeling. George was loved by family and friends and will be greatly missed, his family said.

Survivors include his sisters, Pauline and Anna; daughters, Jill and Emily; and granddaughters, Paris, Phoenix and Willa.

To light a candle in memory of George, or to leave a condolence for the family, go to www.grayswestco.com