Charles Richard “Dick” Kirby, age 81, of Baker City died peacefully at his home while surrounded by his family on May 2, 2022. A celebration of his life will be held at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, June 8th, 2022 at the Baker City Christian Church with a reception following. Pastor Jesse Whitford will officiate. A private family urn burial at Mount Hope Cemetery will take place following the reception.
He was born to Skinner and LaVaughn (Glen) Kirby in Baker on June 22, 1940. He grew up ranching in Durkee with his family. It was in Durkee that he and his first wife, Gayle, decided they would start their family and would welcome their three children; Stacey, Angela and Rich.
In the early 1970’s, Dick left full time ranching to work for Grizzly Bear Pizza and would spend the next several years managing pizza parlors until he became a licensed real estate agent. He spent a few years selling real estate until he went to work as a property appraiser for the Baker County Assessor’s Office from which he would retire in 2008.
Dick married the love of his life, Lana, in December of 1991. They spent many happy years together until her death in April of 2018.
Throughout Dick’s years, he took much pride in serving. He served six years in the Army National Guard of Oregon. He and his family had large involvement in the Durkee Steak Feed making their famous pan bread over the open pit. He was a member of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association. He served on Baker County Search and Rescue, Baker County Election Board and spent many years within the Masonic Lodge as a Shriner. Of all of the things he served in, nothing gave him as much pride as being a Shriner and the work he did as such. Most notably, Dick was instrumental in getting the East West Shrine Football Game to Baker City and was the game coordinator for many years.
Dick was survived by his children; Stacey (Kevin) Tatlock, Angie Mawhinney, Rich (Stefanie) Kirby, step-son; Richard (Beth) Garrett, sister; Cheryl Cornett, 14 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and four nieces and their families.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents; Skinner and LaVaughn Kirby, brother; Robert Kirby, brother in law; Marshall Cornett, granddaughter; Ashley Colton, and late wife; Lana Kirby.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Shriners Hospitals for Children through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, Oregon 97814.