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Charles "Chuck" Ferdig

June 21, 1929 ~ July 8, 2020 (age 91)


Charles Robert Ferdig, 91, of Baker City, died July 8, 2020, of natural causes at his residence in Memory Lane Homes.

At his request, there will be no funeral or service.

Chuck was born on January 21, 1929, in Filley, Nebraska to Charles E. and Rachel Ferdig. He was one of six children.

He was a veteran, serving in WWII after joining the United States Marine Corps at the age of 17.

He married Lavella (Reed) Ferdig February 4, 1951, in Sioux City, Iowa and they moved to Boise, Idaho in 1953. In 1966 they were blessed with a son, Robert. Chuck moved his family to Baker City, OR in 1967 to take a job at Ellingson Lumber Mill, working there until he retired.

Chuck served as the Pastor of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of LDS (Community of Christ) from the mid-1970s until the 1990s.

Chuck was a simple, hardworking, patient man with a deep love for the Lord and his family. He would do anything for anyone in need. Among his many interests, he mostly enjoyed tinkering around the house, reading, watching football (Greenbay Packers), baseball (Dodgers), and his nightly game shows, Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune with his loyal granddogs, Kinzey & Madison at his feet. He will best be remembered by his infectious smile that he shared so freely and the mischievous twinkle in his eyes.

He is survived by his son Robert “Rob” (Julie) Ferdig of Baker City; Granddaughters, Allisyn Ferdig of Baker City, Jessica Johnson of Boise, ID, Grandson, Joshua Johnson of Baker City, Great Granddaughter, Adalynn Johnson of Hillsboro, brother Norman “Norm” (Rosa) Ferdig of Excelsior Springs, Missouri, sister Patricia “Pat” (Richard) Brown of Meridian, Idaho and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by parents Charles E. and Rachel Ferdig; wife, Lavella Ferdig; son, Baby Boy Ferdig; daughter, Baby Girl Ferdig; brothers John and William “Bill” Ferdig; sister, Altamae (Ferdig) Knickerbocker and nephew David Ferdig.

Those wishing to make a charitable donation in memory of Charles R. Ferdig can mail or drop off their donation to Community Connection of Baker County, 2810 Cedar St., Baker City, OR 97814, or call (541) 523-6591 for a credit card donation or more information. Donations will be designated into Community Connection’s “Veterans Services Fund” to assist Baker County Veterans in need.  To light a candle for Chuck or to leave a condolence for the family, go to

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