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David Ables

May 25, 2022


David Ables, 85, of Union, Oregon died Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at Ashley Manor in Baker City, Oregon.

David was born October 21, 1936 to parents Reginal and Mae Ables. He was raised in Soddy- Daisey, TN where he received his education. 

David moved to OR in 1952 with his uncle’s crew to work at a Sawmill in Union when he was 17 years old.  He loved OR so much that he spent the rest of his life here, except for 3 years when he was employed for Rose Air Craft in Sand Diego, CA. David notably worked for the Cattle Company of North Powder, OR for 30 years working as a ranch hand mechanic.

Dave met Darlene George one fateful day while she was at work in a restaurant in Union, OR.  They were married on August 13, 1956 in Chula Vista, CA. They had 6 children, each of which he was very proud of.

David loved wood work, hunting and fishing.  He enjoyed summertime, camp-outs with his family, and Country Western Music.  A memorable highlight in David’s life included a surprise wedding for his son David and his wife in TN.

David was preceded in death by his parents; brother Glen Ables and 3  infant children

He is survived by his wife Darlene Ables of Union, 3 children and their spouses, David and Charlene Ables of La Grande, Oregon, Curtis and Deanne Combs of Pasco, Washington and Debbie Ables of Union, Oregon: 4 grandchildren; sisters Mildred Bean, Jean Griffith of Tennessee and Mary Bingamen of Maryland.

For those who would like to make a memorial donation in memory of David the family suggests Multiple Sclerosis Foundation through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home and Cremation Services PO Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834. Online condolences can be shared at

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