Clement George Lipke 1937-2015

Posted on January 21st in Obituaries

OBIT LipkeClement George Lipke passed away Jan. 15 in Fallon, Nev.

He was born in Wichita, Kan., on Oct. 13, 1937, to George and Gertrude Lipke. He grew up on the family dairy farm, and attended Clearwater High School in Clearwater, Kan. He learned early in life how to work, beginning and ending his school days with chores on the farm. He was ornery, and getting him to get his chores done was a challenge to his parents.

He left the farm shortly after graduating from high school and began a career in construction. He married Mary Ellen Ferris on April 11, 1959, and together they had six children.

After they were married, they settled on 10 acres that he and Mary Ellen bought west of Haysville, Kan. He formed a partnership with his cousin, and began building houses in the Wichita area. He built his family a nice home on their 10 acres. In 1973, the family moved to Leoti, Kan., and Clem worked in a feedlot for a short time.   While in Leoti, he met a local farmer and went to work for him, running his corn farm, which supplied feed to the feedlot. That Kansas farmer bought land in Harney County, and moved Clem and his family there in July 1976 to run the new farm. After the Oregon farm was sold, Clem stayed on in Harney County, moving into town in Burns. He built his family a house and began working in the woods in the logging industry. When logging slowed in Harney County, Clem went back to construction and worked as a self-employed contractor for several years.

After his first marriage ended in 1987, Clem moved to Fallon, Nev., to do construction work,  worked in a hardware store for a few years, but eventually continued the work he knew best, construction. Clem married Berniece Adams on July 16, 1994. He and Bea enjoyed exploring the countryside around Fallon until her death in November 2012.

After Bea’s death, Clem became active in square dancing and playing in bridge tournaments with his dancing and bridge partner, Jann Carlucci.   They became dear friends and enjoyed each other’s company. He really enjoyed these very active years.

Throughout his life, he enjoyed hunting with friends, playing cards, and taking driving trips. Clem never quit working. He continued to work, doing construction jobs, until his death at the age of 77. He loved an adventure, and frequently would hop into his vehicle and follow some adventure to see where it would lead. You never knew when he might show up. His ornery personality led to many funny stories from family and friends over the years. He enjoyed laughing about his adventures.

Clem is survived by his six children, two brothers and a sister: daughter, Deborah Arntz, and her husband, David, of Burns, son, Michael Lipke, and his wife, Esther, of McMinnville, son, Mark Lipke, and his wife, Debbie, of Moorpark, Calif., daughter, Elizabeth Lipke, and her husband, Scott Hennan, of Riverside, Calif., son, Matthew Lipke, and his wife, Kerrie, of Ankeny, Iowa, son, Benjamin Lipke, and his wife, Lindsey Dunham, of Veradale, Wash.; sister, Marie Hallacy, and her husband, Tom, of Haysville, Kan.; brothers, Sylvester Lipke, and his wife, Virginia, of Haysville, Kan., and Dennis Lipke, and his wife, Sherrie, of Haysville, Kan. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren, one great-grandson, and various nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held at the Eagles Lodge in Fallon, Nev., on Jan. 31 at 11 a.m., followed by a potluck luncheon. There will be a private family service in Spokane Wash.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Eagles Lodge in Fallon, Nev., P. O. Box 887, Fallon, Nev. 89407.

OBIT McRaeForbes William McRae Jr., “Mac” or “Bud,” passed away Nov. 15, shortly after celebrating his 95th birthday in Seattle.

He was born Nov. 3, 1919, in Portland, the eldest child of Forbes Sr. and Martha (Germann). The family moved to Burns in the mid 1930s, and Mac developed his lifelong love for the outdoors in the high desert of Eastern Oregon. He enthusiastically took up hunting, fishing, and working for his father’s hardware store, the Burns Lumber Co. When he went to get his driver’s license, the local agent waived the test, saying he’d seen Mac behind the wheel of the store delivery truck enough times to know he could drive.

After graduating from Burns Union High School in 1938, Mac attended Oregon State College (OSU), studying mechanical engineering. He graduated in 1942, and immediately went to work for Boeing. Mac spent the next 42 years there, working on projects as varied as the B-17, the B-52, Dyna-soar, the Apollo Lunar Rover, AWACS and the 707/CFM56 engine project.

Mac married his wife of 68 years, Ruth Stoltz, in 1946. They made their first home in Seattle, but soon moved to Normandy Park, where they lived until 2012. The family enjoyed camping, hiking, and boating vacations. Both children learned how to drive on the back roads of Harney County.

Mac was an avid skier and kept track of his vertical miles with elaborate computer spread sheets. One of the highlights of the year was his annual ski trip to Aspen, and he continued skiing into his early 80s, often joined by his granddaughter, Kendall.

Mac traveled a great deal for Boeing. During his last years there, he made several trips to France, which became vacation trips for him and Ruth. After retirement, they traveled throughout the West by trailer and camper, and took several cruise and car trips on the East Coast. On his last family trip in 2012, Mac attended his 70th OSU class reunion and visited Burns.

Mac is survived by his wife of 68 years, Ruth; daughter, Melinda; granddaughter, Kendall; son, Forbes III (William); grandson, Forbes IV (Liam), all of Seattle; and brother, Norman of Pasco, Wash. (now deceased); along with numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his infant son; and brother, Milton.

Remembrances may be made to the Harney County Historical Society. A memorial will be held in Seattle on Jan. 24. Contact for more information.

Joe Orrin Enneberg 1928-2015

Posted on January 21st in Obituaries

SONY DSCJoe Orrin Enneberg, 86, of Hines, passed away at Ashley Manor Jan. 11, six days shy of his 87th birthday.

He was born Jan. 17, 1928, near Mist, to Carl and Orra (McGee) Enneberg. He graduated from Vernonia High School, and served in the United States Army Air Corps.

In 1955, he married Betty “Micky” McDowell, and in 1956, they moved to Harney County, where they resided ever since. Until his retirement in 1982, Joe was the official in charge of the National Weather Service office located in Burns. After his retirement from the weather service, he also worked part-time for the state of Oregon as a brand inspector for several years.

He is survived by his wife, Micky, of Hines; daughter, Anita Hunt, and her husband, Russ Hunt of Summerville; son, Gil Enneberg, and wife, Debbie, of Sisters; grandsons, Ross Kemp, Lane Kemp, Dereck Enneberg and Zach Enneberg; and one great-grandson, Max Kemp. He is also survived by his brother, Lee Enneberg, of Columbia City.

There will be no services at this time, but a Celebration of Life will be held later in the year. Contributions may be made to the local High Desert Fiddlers in memory of Joe Enneberg, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720. Please sign the online guestbook at

OBIT SwordJan. 14, as the morning sun first peeked through the curtains, surrounded by family and cloaked in the prayers of innumerable friends, our beloved Laura Sword left us to be with Jesus. Fighting with faith, strength, and dignity, she inspired, and continues to inspire us all. Her life was filled with both challenges and triumphs, but, primarily, it was filled with love.

A celebration of her beautiful life will take place at the Drewsey Community Hall at 11 a.m. (PST) on Sunday, Jan. 25. Please come prepared to fellowship, share memories and eat. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Laura Sword Memorial Fund, located at US Bank.

Standley Ausmus, 84, passed away Jan. 16.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, at East Salem Seventh-day Adventist Church, 5575 Fruitland Road NE in Salem.

A full obituary will follow at a later date.

OBIT Pelroy-Kendall webAlice Helen Pelroy-Kendall, 76, of Yuma, Ariz. passed away Dec. 24.

Alice was born in Eureka, Calif., in 1938. She married Calvin Pelroy, a Marine of Orick, Calif., in 1955, and they moved to southern California. After Calvin left the service, they moved to northern California, where they had two children, and then to the high desert in Oregon, where their last two children were born.

Alice worked at Harney 4-C for the Burns Paiute Tribe in Burns. Then the family moved to Culver, where she worked with the Oregon Department of Health and Welfare as a social worker when her family moved to Kamiah, Idaho. After a few years, Alice commuted and attended Eastern Oregon State College in La Grande. She received two degrees, a bachelor of science in anthropology and sociology with high honors, and an associate degree in community service. She received her Idaho certification and went to work at the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare as a social worker until her retirement at age 62. Calvin passed away in 1991, and she married Dennis Kendall in 1993. They traveled extensively all over the continental United States, Mexico and Europe for four years. They moved to Yuma, Ariz., in 2007, and enjoyed an amazing  church family and friends in Yuma, early morning breakfasts out, and many road trips with family and friends.

She was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend. She loved the Lord and lived out her faith daily, spending much of her life helping others and making sure they knew God loved them and that they were special to Him. She served the Lord, and her joy was to be in the Lord’s house and about His work.

She recently left this written on a scrap piece of paper: “When life deals you lemons, it’s been said, ‘Make lemonade.’ When life opens pit falls, just wait awhile, you’ll rise when it seems God isn’t listening again. Remember King David once felt the same. He dwelt on God’s answers to his past dangers and felt his fearful heart begin to understand our God is faithful through all our troubles…even to the very end.”

Alice is survived by her husband, Dennis V. Kendall; son, Fred Pelroy of Burns and his wife, Linda Pelroy, their children Heather Pelroy, Katrina Pelroy and Rachael Pelroy; Grayce Lopez of El Centro, Calif., her husband, Rene Lopez, and their son, Calvin Lopez; and January Kolar of Burns and her husband, Michael Kolar, and children, Cynthia McGinty and husband, Darren McGinty, Katherine Batie and husband, Trent Batie, Jerimiah Kolar, Angel Kolar-Pratt and Joshua Kolar; as well as her step-daughter, Nancy McLean of Meridian, Idaho, and her children, Nicholas McLean and Amanda McLean; her many great grandchildren, Alexander, Jiriaya, Zechariah, Sean and Brooklynn, Annastasia, Jack, Rayna and Natalie.

Alice was preceded in death by her parents, Don Fulwider and Rosemary and Albert Wolf; her first husband, Calvin Pelroy; and their daughter, Coralie Pelroy.

There will be a celebration of life and potluck to follow at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at Faith Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.

Carol Nadine Nygaard 1938-2014

Posted on December 31st in Obituaries

OBIT NygaardCarol Nadine (Haugen) Nygaard, 76, of Vancouver, Wash., passed away at home, surrounded by family, following a lengthy illness.

She was born July 12, 1938, in Silverton to Esther (Koloen) and Randall J. Haugen. In 1941, her family moved to Burns, where she graduated from high school in 1956. She attended Oregon State University and later worked for Portland Public Schools.

She enjoyed traveling, birdwatching, archaeology, and spending time with family and friends.

She is survived by her daughters, Karen (Todd) Jones, Kathy (Paul) Martin and Kristi Nygaard; and grandchildren, Kristen (Ryan) Campbell, Kevin Jones, Erik Martin and Alexandra Martin.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Randall E. Haugen.

The family suggests contributions to the Oregon Humane Society. The online guest book may be signed at

Rod Presley - Natl. GuardRoddy Duane Presley, 70, passed away Dec. 25 at his home in Burns.

Roddy, or Rod, as he was best known, was born May 12, 1944, in Ontario to Eldon (Cyc) and Juanita Presley. He grew up and lived all his life in Burns, except for a few years in Washington state.

He married his high-school sweetheart, Gayla Houston Hebener, in May 1966, in Winnemucca, Nev. To this union two sons were born, Robby Morgan and Anthony Martin Presley. After Gayla passed away in April 2010, Roddy married Terri Swearengin Holt of Burns in July 2012 in a garden ceremony at their home in Burns.

Rod attended Oregon Technical Institute in Klamath Falls after graduation from Burns High School in 1962. He then went to work for Edward Hines Lumber Company most of his working career, rising to the job of electrician. With the prospect of the Hines mill closing, he then moved to the Snohomish, Wash., area as an electrician for their lumber mill for the next five years. Upon retirement, he and Gayla returned to their home of many years in Burns. Throughout his entire working life, he was known as a dependable and loyal employee who rarely used a sick day.

Saying Rod was a dedicated soldier in the Oregon National Guard for 22 years is putting it mildly; he loved talking about his career and experiences as a tank commander and 1st sergeant, especially around a campfire; it was a big part of his life. He was a long-time member of the Oregon Hunters Association.  Rod was also a member of The American Legion Harney County Post No. 63, and on Sunday, Dec. 21, seven members of the local Post presented Rod with an Officer Award in recognition and appreciation of his devoted service as a commander, vice commander, chaplain and membership chairman for the American Legion Post.

Besides being a loving husband to Gayla and Terri, and a father to two boys and two step-daughters, he was an avid outdoorsman, being introduced to the wide open spaces of Harney County at an early age by his parents.  Throughout his entire life, he took every opportunity to be out camping, hunting, four-wheeling, rock-hounding, exploring, and just enjoying the great outdoors he adored.

Many of the local folks can tell you that Rod was the kind of man who was always available to help out others. Whether it was lending a hand or fixing things, he “had your back.” He will be sorely missed by so many whose lives he touched.

He is survived by his wife, Terri; son, Anthony of Seattle, Wash.; brother, Denny Presley and his wife, Judy of Burns; sisters, Sharon Showers of Elko, Nev. and Linda Schmidt and husband, Charles of Hines; grandchildren, Lodi Presley of Burns, Jarryd Presley of Nellis AFB, Nev., Chance Presley and Robby Colton Presley of Prineville, and Elizabeth Merritt of Seattle, Wash.; great-granddaughters, Haily Lohf and Ashton Runnels of Burns; step-daughters, Jessica and husband, Jake Berry of Burns, and Chelsi Ferris of Phoenix, Ariz.; step-granddaughters, Bobby Jo and Jordynn Berry of Burns; step-grandsons, Tye Rookstool and wife, Jenny of John Day, Zane Rookstool and wife, Heather of John Day; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends.

Rod was preceded in death by his brother, Ronald Presley; his son, Robby Presley; his wife, Gayla Presley; and his parents, Eldon and Juanita Presley.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, Jan. 3, at 11 a.m. at Faith Baptist Church, followed by graveside services at the Burns Cemetery. Fellowship and potluck will follow at a location to be determined.

Contributions in his memory may be made to The American Legion Harney County Post No. 63, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel.

Lois “Betty” Jones 1915-2014

Posted on December 31st in Obituaries

obit - Betty JonesBetty Jones, 99, passed away Dec. 23 at home in Richland.

Lois “Betty” Adelle was born May 22, 1915, in Adams to Frank and Zelma (Lewis) Henry. The family moved to Catlow Valley by train when Betty was one-and-a-half years old. They lived in a dugout until lumber could be brought in by wagon to build a house. School days were spent in a one-room schoolhouse and the Crane Boarding School. Her parents raised the children with all the joys of the outdoors, including trapping jackrabbits for five cents for a pair of ears. She was so proud she could buy clothes and a saddle with her own earnings.

Betty loved horses and loved to tell her many tales of riding through the hills of the Steens, Wallowas and more. She loved helping others, including leading a 4-H riding club for young people. Her days were filled with laughter, fishing, and her great cooking.

On May 25, 1936, Betty and Henry T. Bunyard were married in Burns by the justice of the peace. They made their first home at Crane, and owned a gas station in Ashland. It was in Ashland that they had their first child, a son, Jim. They later moved to St. Johns Woods (which was in Portland) in 1942, and they both went to work for the Kaiser shipyard. Betty worked as a welder on the Victory Ships. The next child, daughter, Gayle, was born in Portland. The family moved to Elgin in 1947, and son, Gene, was born several years later. While in Elgin, they ranched, raising horses and sheep. Betty’s husband, Henry, followed construction from 1956 through 1959, then relocated the family to Richland on March 9, 1959. While in Richland, Henry started a land-leveling business. Betty always felt slighted that they didn’t have a real wedding ceremony, so on their 50th wedding anniversary in 1986, Henry and Betty renewed their marriage vows on horseback at the Pine Valley Fairgrounds. Henry passed away in March 1987.

Betty later married Herschel Jones in December 1989. Herschel passed in 2001.

During Betty’s life, she worked as a welder, waitress, cook, bartender and housewife, in addition to selling Avon products and Sarah Coventry jewelry. She belonged to the Eastern Star, Eagle Valley Grange, the Pine Valley Fair Board, Rebekahs, was Grand Marshall of the Baker County Fair, Grand Marshal of Eagle Valley Days in 2014 and a member of the New Bridge Church of the Nazarene.

Betty is survived by her son, Jim Bunyard and his wife, Sandi; daughter, Gayle Haga and her husband, Bob; son, Gene Bunyard and his wife, Bonnie; step-children Clifford Jones, and Nona Jones Burr (deceased); 15 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Betty was preceded in death by her husbands, Henry and Herschel; two sisters, Norma Myers and her twin sister, Peggy Cockrell in 1988; step-son, Butch Jones; and step-daughter, Nona Jones Burr.

There will be a viewing on Friday, Jan. 2, at Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. A traditional funeral service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 3, at 11 a.m. at the Eagle Valley Grange (which is in the newly remodeled Richland Elementary School at the corner of Main and Moody roads) in Richland. Interment will follow at Eagle Valley Cemetery. Friends are invited to join the family for a potluck reception to be held immediately following the interment at the Eagle Valley Grange.

Those who would like to make a memorial contribution in memory of Betty may do so to either the Eagle Valley Grange or the Eagle Valley EMTs through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834. Online condolences may be shared at

Robert “Bob” Clair 1951-2014

Posted on December 31st in Obituaries

Robert “Bob” Clair, 63, of John Day, passed away Dec. 5 at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, with his children by his side.

Bob was born Jan. 12, 1951, in McMinnville.

Bob loved being in the great outdoors; whether it was hunting, fishing or just taking a drive. His favorite hunting spot in his younger days was Crane Mtn. in Lakeview, and he would fish wherever he could cast a line. He loved to tell about the crazy hunting escapades he and his brothers would get themselves into. He enjoyed taking his dog, Fritz, for a run, with his good friend, Mickey.  Bob worked in the mill his whole life, driving forklift for Goose Lake Lumber and Fremont Lumber in Lakeview, and Edward Hines Lumber in Burns.  Bob wasn’t a man of many words, but he always made sure his kids knew that he loved them very much.

Bob is survived by his three children, April Prince of Grants Pass, Robby Clair of Klamath Falls, and Molly Clair of Burns; as well as, Julie, Martin, Grant, Sydney and Dustie, sons and daughters raised as his own; brothers, Mike and Ron; four grandchildren, Tallen, Adam, Konner, and Kylie; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; longtime friends, Charlie, Mickey, Loretta; and his faithful dog, Fritz.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Dolores Clair; sisters, Claudia, Goldie and Dee; and brother, Norman.

Bob was cremated per his wishes and will be scattered at his favorite hunting and fishing spots at a later date. There will be no service at this time.

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