Baker County, Oregon Obituaries
Baker City, Oregon
Glen Franklin Bates, 77, died May 1, 2007, at his home in Baker City.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave.
His memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Gray’s West & Co. Members of the Baker Elks Lodge, No. 338, will officiate.
Glen was born on Dec. 23, 1929, at Baker City. He was the second son of five children born to John Leon and Hazel Ernestine Gilbert Bates. He was raised in Baker City and was a 1949 Baker High School graduate.
After high school, Glen spent four years in the U.S. Navy as a Seabee. Glen graduated from Eastern Oregon University at La Grande with a bachelor’s degree in 1958. He went on to continue his education at Stanford University and the University of Wyoming at Laramie.
Glen was married to Joan Himmelberger on Sept. 30, 1955. They spent 52 wonderful years together. The couple raised two children, Frank and Josie.
Glen taught school at Union High School for eight years. He then moved on to work for C.P. National, becoming a division manager.
He was a board member for Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative; a past exalted ruler of the Baker Elks Lodge; a member of Rotary in Baker and La Grande, serving as president of the La Grande Rotary from 1978 to 1979; and serving on the committee of the Eastern Oregon University Foundation from 1978 to 1991.
Glen loved the outdoors, especially going to his cabin on East Eagle to snowmobile. In his younger years, he enjoyed hunting with his family and friends. He was loved by family and friends.
Survivors include his wife, Joan Bates of Baker City; son, Frank Bates, and his wife, Riza, of Dallas, Ore.; daughter, Josie Hermann, and her husband, Frank, of Baker City; grandchildren, Erin and Bill Hermann of Baker City; brother, Henry Bates of Baker City; sisters, Nancy Fee, and her husband, Harvey, of Baker City and Susan Derrick and her husband, Lee, of Payette, Idaho; and brother-in-law and friend, Clayton Young of Baker City.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Carol Young.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice through Gray’s West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, May 3, 2007
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor