Baker City, Oregon
Paul B. Quarles, 63, of Baker City, died Oct. 31, 2004, at his home after a long illness.
His graveside funeral will be Friday at 1 p.m. PST at Fairview Cemetery near Weiser, Idaho. Charles Rich will conduct the service.
Visitations will be today until 7 p.m. at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. in Baker City.
Paul was born Aug. 2, 1941, at Lexy Crossroads, Tenn., to William Randell Quarles and Viola Estella Vines Quarles. His family moved to Hermiston when Paul was still in grade school. He graduated from Hermiston High School.
He married his wife, Marva, in 1963. They both felt very blessed that they were able to share their lives together for 41 years. They were also blessed with two children, Eric and Gina.
Paul worked part-time for Sears while he was still in high school and knew right away that he wanted a career in retail sales and merchandising. Fortunately he was able to do this until he had to retire because of poor health.
He truly loved what he was doing and had a special talent for it.
He worked for Sears in Boise and became the youngest department manager in their division. When he was offered a job with Skaggs Drug Centers, he began a 17-year career with the company, most of that time as a store manager. Paul and his family were transferred every few years and called many communities “home.” When they decided it was time to stop moving, they chose Baker City and have lived here for 22 years. Paul managed the Merc Department Store for several years and then went to work for Charlie and Linda Rich at Western Auto, until he had to retire.
He loved to bird hunt until his old bird dog, Ginger, couldn’t hunt with him any longer. Paul always enjoyed the outdoors, camping and fishing. He was also an avid sports fan, and followed all team sports from high school to professional games, car racing to ice skating. If it was a sport, he enjoyed watching it.
Paul was a southpaw pitcher on his high school baseball team and he had many happy memories of his days playing sports during high school and after.
Paul was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He will be missed so much.
Paul is survived by his wife, Marva; his son and daughter-in-law, Eric and Mila Quarles of Boise; a daughter, Gina Settlemire of Baker City; grandsons Eli and Wyatt Settlemire of Baker City; sisters Willa Moore and her husband, Hal, Barbara Bowling, and Dorothy Loveland and her friend Roger Schlaht, all of Hermiston; sisters-in-law, Doris Quarles of Washougal, Wash., and Carol Quarles of Gresham; and many nieces and nephews.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, William Quarles, Charles Quarles and Earl Quarles; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Marvin and Gene Fulkerson; twin grandchildren, Joseph and Mishell Quarles; a brother-in-law, Leonard Bowling; and a niece, “Babby” Bowling.
Memorial contributions in Mr. Quarles’ memory may be directed to Baker High School sports team. This may be done through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, November 5, 2004
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor