Thomas Roland Clugston, 60, of Unity, died May 21, 2001, at his ranch.
His funeral will be Friday at 2 p.m. at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. in Baker City. Lynn Shumway and Mark Minor of Burnt River Community Church will officiate. There will be a reception after the funeral at the Senior Center, 2810 Cedar St.
Visitations will be today until 4 p.m. at the funeral home.
Disposition was by cremation at Gray’s West Pioneer Crematory.
Mr. Clugston was born in Bradford, Penn., to Sylvia and Wayne Clugston. The family moved to the West Coast while he was still in grade school. He met his future wife, Bonnie, in high school, and they were married shortly after. He served in the U.S. Navy for four years.
The Clugstons spent their first years together in the Willamette Valley. They had two children, and Tom was a millwright and carpenter during those years. Their dream was to live on a ranch, and in 1979 they purchased a ranch in Unity, where they have lived since.
Mr. Clugston loved his ranch and being outdoors, whether it was riding the range, building fence, driving in the forest or enjoying the weather. He loved animals and nature and was hardly ever seen without his dog, Charlie.
He enjoyed life and loved laughter and conversation with his friends and family. Wherever he went he would always find someone to talk with. He could always make people laugh, and no one was a stranger.
Mr. Clugston was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star of Sumpter. He loved to have his friends and neighbors stop by to visit. He enjoyed sitting on the porch drinking iced tea and visiting with his friends. He loved his family and was looking forward to retirement so he could spend more time with his sweetheart, his children and grandchildren.
Mr. Clugston is survived by his wife, Bonnie; his mother, Sylvia Jenkins; his daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Scott Weide; his son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Jodi Clugston; grandchildren, Christopher, Danielle, Cody, Cooper and Travis; his brother, John Clugston; sisters, Linda Brocius, Bev Ciferri and Joan Humphries; his aunt, Donna Somers; and his uncle, Dick Kinsall.
Contributions in Mr. Clugston’s memory may be made to the Burnt River High School Scholarship Fund in care of Gray’s West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: The Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, May 28, 2001
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor