Some people called him Richard, some people called him Orian, and some people called him Mack. But we just called him Pappy.
Pappy [December 3, 2005] was born on April 9, 1922, in Baker, Oregon to Earl B. and Louise Hopkins Mack. He and his brothers, Gerald B. Mack and Alvin Mack were raised around the gold and silver mines of Nevada and California where their father worked. Pappy told about the wild rustic life they lived then. He graduated from Antelope Valley High School in 1939.
In 1942 Pappy joined the United States Marines to fight in World War II. He was stationed in the Pacific Island war and fought with the Marine Raiders. He was awarded 2 Purple Hearts, a Silver Star, and a Bronze Star. Pappy was a brave, courageous, and proud Marine. He wore a tattoo of big mean Marine bulldog on his shoulder.
When Pappy returned from the war he met and married Ida Sly on July 26, 1948. During this time of Pappy’s life he worked as a gold and silver miner, a train fireman, and supervisor in the oil fields maintaining large fields of oil wells. His wife Ida was a nurse. Pappy took his grandson, Richard McGee and niece, Michelle Sly, on fishing and camping trips. Pappy always enjoyed attending church on Sunday. He enjoyed the companionship of many dogs that he always trained to do tricks. Pappy and his wife, Ida, had many years of happiness until she passed away in 1994.
Many family members including his brother, Gerald B. Mack and their family will miss Pappy. His grandson, Richard McGee and wife, Susie and their children, Katie and Candy will miss and long remember the many happy times with Pappy. Michelle Coburn and her family will fondly remember Pappy. The McCorquadale family including Ada, Doug and wife, Ann, and Jim, and wife, Kayce will miss and long remember Pappy. Eugene Mack and his family will miss Pappy. And Vernedine Ebbes, his best friend in the whole world, will really miss him.
Pappy brought a lot of happiness and energy to everyone he met. He made everyone feel important. Pappy was a simple man who enjoyed working in his garden, training his dog and playing cards with his friends. He will long be missed by those who loved him.
Chapel services will be held on Friday, December 9, 2005, at 1:00 p.m., at Hillcrest Mortuary. No visitation is scheduled.