Baker City, Oregon
Earl M. Spivey, 84, of 2610 Indiana Ave., died Sept. 7, 2002, at his home.
His body was cremated. At his request, there will be no funeral.
Earl was born to Luther A. Spivey and Ora Lee Ellis Spivey at Haw Knob, Tenn., on June 18, 1918. He came to Baker City as a young man in 1929.
He attended South Baker School and then entered the U.S. Army in 1938. He was sent to Schofield Barracks in Hawaii with the 19th Infantry Co. He held the rank of corporal. He was a sharpshooter and machine gunner. He worked in the day room until he was discharged in September of 1940.
He returned to Baker City where he met Dorothy Margaret Hixson. They were married on Sept. 3, 1941, at Payette, Idaho.
He worked in the lumber industry most of his life as a truck driver and then as a log truck loader. He was employed by Bly Logging at Klamath Falls where they moved in 1958 and he spent the rest of his working days there. He retired in 1983.
He loved to hunt, fish and travel until ill health forced him to stop. He and his wife returned to Baker City in 2000 to be with the rest of their family and relatives.
The family expressed appreciation to Dr. Nowak, Debbie Vencil and “all the wonderful people at the Pathway Hospice for the care that they provided for Earl.” They also expressed appreciation for the care given by the nurses at St. Elizabeth Health Services during his stay there.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Dorothy of Baker City; his sons, Larry D. Spivey and his wife, Pauline, of Reno, Nev., and Michael R. Spivey, and his wife, Victoria, of Klamath Falls; his grandchildren, David of Springfield, Michael W. of Klamath Falls, and Niechelle Lutz, and her husband, Steve, of Mac Doel, Calif.; stepgrandchildren, Elaine Perry of Reno, Nev., Steve and Lorrie of Coquille and Jason and Umanda and Mike Perry and Toni of Portland; brothers and sisters and their spouses, Claude and Tina, Clyde and Pat and Henry and Hallie, all of Baker City; LaVelle Jellick and Mark and Glenn and Connie Spivey, all of Prineville, Blanche Pearce of Durkee, Hazel and Robert Reid of Heppner and Roy and Margie Spivey of Salem; brother-in-law, William A. Hixson and his wife, Dorothy, of La Grande; and many nieces and nephews; and great-grandchildren, Matthew Lutz of Mac Doel, Calif., and Cody and Brandon Spivey of California.
He was preceded in death by one son, Dale; his parents; and a sister, Edna Springer.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, September 13, 2002
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor