Standley Lee Ausmus, 84, passed away peacefully Jan. 16 in his residence at Somerset Assisted Living in Gladstone.
Standley, the son of Standley and Elsie Ausmus, was born Aug. 19, 1930, in Burns.
Stan and his older sister, Mary, grew up in the Lawen area of Harney County during the dry years of the 1930s, and his family was among those farming and ranching on the dry lake bed. He attended school in Lawen, Crane, and Burns.
On July 8, 1951, he married his high school sweetheart, Lois June Vining. Four children were born to them in the space of three years.
After the death of his wife, Lois, Standley married the second love of his life, Donna Lee Ausmus, on Dec. 31, 1970. Donna had two children of her own, increasing the family to two adults and six teenagers.
Standley was a people person, and was loved, admired, and respected by countless people. After serving in the Army, he earned a degree in biology from Pacific Union College and went on to pursue a variety of careers. His careers included: research chemist/metallurgist for the Bureau of Mines, and managing dispensation and stockpiling of strategic metals for the General Services Administration. He spent time farming and managing a walnut orchard. In addition, he worked for the state of Oregon managing the surface mine reclamation program. His final career, working alongside his wife, Donna, was with Hawthorn (previously Holiday) Retirement. Through his work in management and training there, he was able to inspire others with his philosophy of love, respect, and service to others. Even after retiring, he continued developing the company training and philosophy guidelines.
Standley enjoyed hiking, fishing, hunting, barbecuing, and making sourdough pancakes. For the last half of his life, he had a great love for, and faith in, God. He invested countless hours teaching Sabbath School, holding church offices, and working with kids as a Pathfinder leader.
After the death of Donna, Standley began struggling with failing health.
Standley is survived by his children and their spouses, Dwight and Debbie Ausmus of Burns, Andrea Teal of Puyallup, Wash., Douglas and Penny Ausmus of Newberg, Patti and Randy Sandvik of Puyallup, Wash., Pamela and Robert Stephan of Graham, Wash., and Vicki and Jeff Sargeant of Woodland, Wash.; 13 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. In addition, Stan is survived by numerous cousins, of which the following currently reside in Harney County: Louise and Elmer Watts, Pauline and Allan Braymen, Eileen and Gene McVicker, Jim and Mary Ausmus, Wesley, Lily, Joe, and Joanne Trainer, and Janet Braymen.
Standley was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Lois; his second wife, Donna; sister, Mary Murphy; his adopted brother, Daniel (Dale) Ausmus; and his step-son, Norman (Duane) Teal.