Carl Carnahan, 87, died April 26, 2007, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center.
His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Roger Scovil of the Baker City Christian Church will officiate. Friends are invited to join the family afterward for a reception at the church at 675 Highway 7.
Mr. Carnahan was born March 4, 1920, at New Bridge to Carl C. and Flossie M. Clements Carnahan. He attended grade school at New Bridge and was a 1938 graduate of Eagle Valley High School in Richland.
He worked on the family farm until entering the U.S. Navy on Jan. 28, 1942. He served as a corpsman and attained the rank of pharmacist mate first class.
He was assigned to the U.S.S. Tryon and served in the South Pacific from June 23, 1943, to March 11, 1945. During this time he was at the major battles of Tinian (Mariana Islands), Peleliu (Palau Islands) and Leyte and Luzon (Philippine Islands).
He was honorably discharged Nov. 19, 1945, and farmed in Eagle and Pine valleys, also working for the Oregon Department of Transportation maintenance section in Richland. He moved to Baker City in July 1972, continuing to work for ODOT and retired in 1985. He then worked part time for Monroe Funeral Home.
He was married for 61 years to Mary E. Libby Carnahan, whom he met while stationed at the Bainbridge, Md., Naval Hospital. He was a member of the Baker Christian Church.
He enjoyed horses, hunting, fishing, and picking huckleberries. He also did leather braiding.
Survivors include his wife, Libby, of Baker City; daughters, Judy Meneghin of Beaverton and Audri Alsman, of Tualatin; son, Jim Carnahan of Bend; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Joseph, and sister-in-law, Peggy; a niece, Donna Jane; a nephew, Duane; and a son-in-law, Gerald Alsman.
Memorial contributions may be made to Baker City Christian Church or the charity of one’s choice through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, May 1, 2007
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor