OBIT EckleybwJoseph Ray Eckley, 61, passed away July 10 at his home in the Keating Valley area of Baker City.  No services are planned at this time.

Joe was born in Silverton Nov. 24, 1952, to Ben and Gloria Eckley.

He married Lois Patchin on Jan. 26, 1974. In 1979, they moved to Harney County where Joe worked for Turner Brangus Ranch for several years until buying property south of Burns. Together, they built an alfalfa hay and cattle ranch. In 2008, they sold the ranch and bought a small farm in Keating Valley.

Joe served in the Army National Guard for six years, earning the rank of staff sergeant. He was a past president of the Harney County Farm Bureau and a member of the Lower Powder River Irrigation District.

Joe loved farming and took special joy in the challenges of working the land.  He could fix anything and was endlessly creative when it came to making things work. He was quick to help a neighbor and was much respected by those who knew him. He enjoyed hunting, reading and gunsmithing. He loved life and lived it to the fullest.

Joe is survived by his beloved wife of 40 years, Lois; daughter, Jennifer Schick, and her husband, Mark, of Aloha; grandson, Joseph Schick, of Aloha;  mother, Gloria Eckley, of Woodburn; brothers, Stan Eckley and his wife, Mary Pat of Tillamook, and Keith Eckley and his wife, Corinne of Keizer; and sister, Diana (Kingsley) Kelley of Central Point; along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by father, Ben Eckley; brother, Jim Eckley; and grandson, Tyler Schick.

Contributions in Joseph Eckley’s name may be made to the Burns or Crane chapters of FFA through Gray’s West & Company Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.


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