James Van Cleave, was born March 14, 1927, and was taken home on December 10, 2015. James was born in Austin, Oregon. He grew up lending a hand on the family ranch in the Burnt River area. James received his schooling in a one room school house on "The Big Flat."\n\nJames was drafted during WWII. He served in the South Pacific, 3500 Ordinance, under Dwight D. Eisenhower. His service to his country ended at the Panama Canal where he met the love of his life, Ines M. Cedeno. They were married for 70 years. James & Ines were blessed with 6 children, all born and brought up in Baker County.\n\nAlways eager to lend a hand to whomever was in need, never expecting anything in return. James was the ultimate "fix it" man. Talented at many different trades such as welding, TV repair, mechanic, and gas station owner to mention a few. For 12 years, he was a heavy equipment operator for the Baker County road crew. James retired with the USPS after 10 years of service running the John Day mail route. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. James is survived by his lovely wife Ines M. Van Cleave, children and grandchildren.\n\nJames will be laid to rest at Mt. Hope Cemetery, private and immediate family only grave side service, Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. Donations can be made to the Veterans Hospital in Boise, Idaho through Gray's West & Co Pioneer Chapel at 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR.