Baker City, Oregon
Clarence Wilber Ruddell, 82, of Baker City, died at his home May 2, 2004. Pathway Hospice made it possible for Clarence to spend his last days with his friends and family near him.
His graveside service was at 10 a.m. today at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Ed Niswender of Calvary Baptist Church officiated.
Clarence was born in Baker City, on June 22, 1921. He spent his first years living with his parents on their ranch along Burnt River near Hereford. After the death of his mother, Nellie, Clarence’s father Byron Ruddell eventually remarried and moved the family to Independence. There Clarence finished his schooling and “learned” farming along with his new brothers, Ron and Glen Hardman.
During World War II, Clarence joined the U.S. Navy where he became a combat engineer and served in the Pacific. While on leave in the Los Angeles area, he found the woman he would treasure for the rest of his life.
He married Sylvia Munoz on Dec. 19, 1945. They had two sons, Byron Jim, and Maurice.
Jesus Christ became very important to Clarence at an early age and this relationship produced a life of service and ministry that often extended to the Hispanic community. Clarence left a legacy that can be seen in the people he spent time with. He left behind an example, wise words, and changed lives.
Clarence’s life was marked by variety and activity. His work history included farming, aircraft mechanics, logging, highway construction and mining. Years didn’t seem to slow him down.
He was still hunting deer and elk, camping, fishing and mining into his 80s. Clarence was a long-term member of the Eastern Oregon Mining Association and served on its board of directors.
Survivors include his wife, sons, seven grandchildren and 13 great- grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ruddell family or to New Tribes Mission through Gray’s West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, May 7, 2004
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor