CASA GRANDE — John Dale Nebeker, 82, died on Nov. 17, 2021.

Mr. Nebeker was born in Baker City, Oregon, in November 1939 to Merna and Edwin Nebeker and was raised there until joining the Navy. Upon returning from the Navy he married Bertha Moore and they had five children. He had many interests. He joined the Jaycees in his younger years and performed in melodramas as the hero. He often shared a joke with his friends. His grandchildren have fond memories of taking trips with him singing to the radio.

His career span varied from being a barber to law enforcement as a police officer and then on to parole and probation officer. But his true desire was to barber because he enjoyed working around people. One of his greatest career achievements was capturing two escaped convicts from a Utah state prison by himself. He was working for the Burley, Idaho, police department at the time of their escape.

He would later divorce and marry his high school sweetheart, Daralee Long. They shared many adventures through the years traveling in their motor home. They took cruises and saw places that neither of them had ever seen before. The greatest joy in his life was his five children; there wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do for them. He was proud of all of their accomplishments and was always sharing that with other people he knew.

He is survived by five adult children, Lynda Reynolds of La Pine, Oregon, Debra James of Casa Grande, Shauna Phillips of Peoria, Shawn Nebeker of Casa Grande and Merna Bennett of Caldwell, Idaho; a brother, Bryson DeVear Nebeker of Overland, Missouri; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Betty Nebeker and Lee Montoya, and a granddaughter, Jennifer Brown.

A graveside funeral will be held May 14, 2022, in Hope Cemetery, Baker City, Oregon.


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