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Obituary: Claude (Jack) Melvin Pace

Jack was born to Ora and Helen (Green) Pace at home on Prairie Creek.

Published on May 15, 2018 2:19PM



Claude (Jack) Melvin Pace

March 25, 1925 –– May 4, 2018

Claude Pace, 93, of Enterprise, died peacefully with his family at his side. A celebration of life will be 11 a.m. Saturday, May 19, at the Enterprise Christian Church on Hwy. 82 between Enterprise and Joseph.

Jack was born to Ora and Helen (Green) Pace at home on Prairie Creek. Jack learned the meaning of hard work while growing up on Crow Creek and Elk Mountain ranches.

After graduating eighth grade from Pratt School, Jack ranched for his dad, worked for the Dorrance Ranch, enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and was stationed in Okinawa at the end of WWII.

Upon returning home from the service, Jack met and married the love of his life, Dorothy Ann Reynolds, June 20, 1948, in Enterprise. They had four sons: Swede (Debbie), Jim (Leslie), Bob (Mary Kay) and Duff (Linda).

Their early years together were lived in logging camps and Troy before finally locating on Depot St. in Enterprise.

Jack worked for several Wallowa County logging companies and the Wallowa County Road Department. He finished his working career operating a D-8 Cat for Moffit Bros. of Lostine.

His final job was punching out the Hells Canyon Overlook off the 39 Road.

He loved to operate heavy machinery, fish, hunt, paint, sing, ride horses, read Louis L’Amour novels and especially love Dorothy, his sons and their families.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy, of nearly 70 years; Jim, Bob and Duff; daughters-in-law Debbie, Leslie, Mary Kay and Linda; grandchildren, Kim, David, Many, Christina, Kyler, Ryan, Amy, Robin and Anders and 14 great-grandchildren; sisters, Betty Lee Sasser, Donna Mae Campbell and Phylis Gibbs; brother-in-law Myron Gibbs; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and sister-in-law Rose Marie (Carper) Reynolds and her sons, Pat, Mike, Garry and Kelly.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, stepmother Beulah (Gribling) Pace, an infant brother and son Swede.

Jack had fond memories of his Granddad Green visiting on Crow Creek. When he came, that meant he got to go fishing in the beaver ponds.

Fishing became a tradition he then passed on to his grandchildren. He wondered if any of his grandkids would remember going fishing with him.

Jack’s life was one well-loved and well-lived.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Enterprise Education Foundation, P.O. Box 58, Enterprise OR 97828.

Arrangements entrusted to Bollman Funeral Home.


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