OBIT SondermanRonald “Dennis” Sonderman, 75, passed away June 5 at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

He was born Sept. 9, 1939, to Alvin and Florence Pearson Sonderman of Indus, Minn.

Alvin Sonderman moved his family to Toledo in 1944 to work at the CD Johnson Lumber Mill. The Sondermans lived there a year before moving to  Salem, where they stayed until 1953, when the family moved to Port Orford. Dennis graduated from Pacific High School in 1958. After high school, he drove bus, logged, worked for Turner Auto Parts and a Standard service station in Gold Beach. He enjoyed cars, drag racing and flying, obtaining his pilot’s license at age 27. He was hired as a Curry County Sheriff’s deputy in January 1967.

In January 1967, Dennis became an instant family man and stepfather to Brett and Shane when he married Donna Jean Strawn Byerly. In January 1968, the family moved to Salem when Denis was hired by the Salem Police Department. The Sonderman family grew by two in July 1968, when twins Darren and Shelley were born. After spending five years in Salem, Dennis and Donna moved the family to Grand Island, near Dayton, into an old farmhouse (definitely a “fixer-upper”), on eight acres.

Dennis moved up through the ranks over his 25 years at the Salem Police Department, retiring as a lieutenant in 1993. Retirement coincided with completion of remodeling work on the farmhouse, which led Dennis to his next occupation. He obtained his general contractor’s license and proceeded to build, remodel and resell homes.

During this time period, he and Donna moved from Grand Island to Gold Beach, where they lived in several project homes, ranging from a house on the Rogue River to a hangar apartment at the airport. They finally ended up in Hines, where Dennis retired a second time, dividing his time between restoring classic cars, traveling with Donna, and spending time with his grandchildren. Dennis rarely met anyone who was not a friend to him, and he always had time to help anyone with a project, no matter how large or small.

Dennis is survived by his wife of 48 years, Donna; son Darren and his wife, Caryn, and their three children, Devan, Sydney and Wyatt of Atlanta, Ga.; stepson, Brett Byerly and his wife, Jennifer, and their two children, Erin and Kelly of Gresham; stepson, Shane Byerly and his wife, Laurie, and their two children, Shelby and Travis, of Dayton; brother, Ray and his wife, Shirley of Gig Harbor, Wash.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Shelley Rae Sonderman; parents, Alvin and Florence Sonderman; brothers, Vernon Sonderman and Allen Sonderman; and sister, Shirley Burson.

A celebration of life for Ronald “Dennis” Sonderman will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 11, at the Palmer Creek Lodge (Dayton Community Center), 606 4th Street in Dayton. Donations in his memory may be made to the “See Ya Later” Foundation of McMinnville


 

OBIT CampbellCurt Jeffrey Campbell, 56, passed away June 5, from complications related to a cancer surgery two weeks prior at Sunnyside Medical Center in Portland with his family by his side.

Curt was born in San Bernardino, Calif., during his father’s surgery residency and moved to Burns in 1959 at six months of age. He attended Burns Union High School, graduating in 1977, but missed the graduating ceremony as a result of painting his class year “77” on the gym roof – backwards! After high school, Curt attended Oregon State University (OSU) where he was a member of the Reserve Officer Training Corps and the Sigma Nu Fraternity. At OSU, he studied math and history, occasionally, when he wasn’t building the OSU homecoming bonfire or something else more fun.

Curt went on to serve in the military as an Army M.P. and Secret Document Courier during the time he was stationed in Europe. After returning to the states, Curt traveled the U.S., worked in the oil fields for a couple years, and settled down in Portland. In Portland, Curt managed the 40-person IT department for the Campbells’ veterinary practice, which he helped to grow to 750 locations in the U.S., UK and Latin America – the largest veterinary practice in the world. After the practice was sold, Curt found a new career as a successful real estate broker in the Portland-Vancouver area and managed the IT network at Silvies Valley Ranch.

Curt’s remarkable sense of humor and ability to effortlessly build relationships made him the friend everyone wanted to be.  He was a warm and welcoming host, and loved to guide friends and family to local restaurants and the newest “eateries” in the Portland area. Curt loved syfy, music, books, good food, gadgets of all types, and anything complicated and technical. He was never very far from his furry housemate, “Pete,” his Maine Coon cat, and enjoyed helping others with any pet-related problem, or practically anything else.

Curt’s quick wit and sometimes startling sense of humor brought much laughter to those in his life.  He was an amazing brother and uncle, and always there for his family, sharing his life and experiences with them. Curt’s uncanny ability to create treasured memories is a legacy treasured by those who were blessed by his friendship.

Curt is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Scott and Sandy Campbell; brother, Jeff Campbell, all of Silvies; sister, Kathy Jo Campbell; nephews, Tygh and Rand Campbell; uncle, Tim Campbell of North Carolina; aunts, Mary Campbell of Montana and Kathryn Goodwin of Boise; as well as many, many cousins and friends.

Curt was preceded in death by his parents, Bert and Johanna Campbell of Burns.

A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 27, at the Portland home of Scott and Sandy Campbell. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested in Curt’s name to Hannah’s Helping Hands, 7610 SE 162nd Ave, Portland, OR 97236, to support the “Curt’s Help” program, which will help families that are having trouble affording care for their pet.  Curt’s ashes will be spread, as he requested, in Harney County.


Johnny H. Reynolds

Posted on June 24th in Obituaries

Johnny H. Reynolds, 81, passed away May 8 in Nampa, Idaho, from complications caused by pneumonia and emphysema.

Johnny married Sue Shepherd, who was born and raised in Burns, on Aug. 11, 1960.

He served 20 years with the U.S. Navy, retiring in 1971, and then worked at various jobs in the Boise/Nampa area.

Johnny is survived by his wife, Sue (Shepherd) Reynolds; two children, Joe (Becky) Reynolds of Boise, Idaho, and Pam (Kim) Edwards of Eagle River, Alaska; grandchildren, Kayla Reynolds-Shippey, Tanya Reynolds, Christi (Chris) Kahklen and Brandon Edwards; great-granddaughter, Olivia Belle Kahklen; mother-in-law, Alice Shepherd of Burns; sister-in-law, Jo Ellen (Bill) McCurdy of Challis, Idaho; two brothers; one sister; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by six sisters, three brothers and father-in-law, Wallace Shepherd.

In accordance with John’s wishes, he was cremated and there was no memorial service.


 

OBIT Budge WEBGrant Jensen Budge, 89, passed away May 11 at his home in Medford.

He was born March 30, 1925, in Pleasant View, Utah, to Lawrence and Blanche J. Budge, the oldest of nine children.

He grew up in Malad, Idaho, and attended schools there. He was student body president of the high school and played football and basketball for teams that received several state championship awards during that time.

World War II changed the lives of many young men. Grant joined friends who shared that desire and enlisted in the Navy upon graduation from high school. He spent the majority of his service on the island of Guam as a radar technician.

Soon after he returned from serving his country, Grant married JoAnn Smith. To this union, three daughters were born, Toni, Barbara and Connie. They later divorced. On Nov. 9, 1968, he married Lorraine Fredrickson in Lincoln City.

Grant graduated from Utah State University with a degree in education and received his master’s degree from the University of Oregon. School administration became a life-long career. He became a teacher, a coach, and a principal in Eden, Idaho, Burns,Cascade Locks, Brookings, Drain, and Noclips, Wash. Grant moved to Grants Pass in 1976, and was the first principal at North Valley High School. He retired from the Josephine County School District in 1989.

He is survived by his daughters, Toni (Harry) Hurd of Redmond, Barbara (Wayne) Thompson of Medford, and Connie Sherbourne of Brookings; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grand-children; three brothers; and four sisters.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lorraine; and a brother.

A military service with military honors was held on May 29 at the Eagle Point National Cemetery.

Grant Jensen Budge, 89, passed away May 11 at his home in Medford.

He was born March 30, 1925, in Pleasant View, Utah, to Lawrence and Blanche J. Budge, the oldest of nine children.

He grew up in Malad, Idaho, and attended schools there. He was student body president of the high school and played football and basketball for teams that received several state championship awards during that time.

World War II changed the lives of many young men. Grant joined friends who shared that desire and enlisted in the Navy upon graduation from high school. He spent the majority of his service on the island of Guam as a radar technician.

Soon after he returned from serving his country, Grant married JoAnn Smith. To this union, three daughters were born, Toni, Barbara and Connie. They later divorced. On Nov. 9, 1968, he married Lorraine Fredrickson in Lincoln City.

Grant graduated from Utah State University with a degree in education and received his master’s degree from the University of Oregon. School administration became a life-long career. He became a teacher, a coach, and a principal in Eden, Idaho, Burns,Cascade Locks, Brookings, Drain, and Noclips, Wash. Grant moved to Grants Pass in 1976, and was the first principal at North Valley High School. He retired from the Josephine County School District in 1989.

He is survived by his daughters, Toni (Harry) Hurd of Redmond, Barbara (Wayne) Thompson of Medford, and Connie Sherbourne of Brookings; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grand-children; three brothers; and four sisters.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lorraine; and a brother.

A military service with military honors was held on May 29 at the Eagle Point National Cemetery.


John Dale McLain 1928-2015

Posted on June 17th in Obituaries

OBITMcLain WEBJohn Dale McLain, 86, of Hines, passed away June 12.

He was born Aug. 12, 1928 in Mena, Ark.

John married Rose Marie Poer Nov. 19, 1946.

He worked at Edward Hines Lumber Co. until his retirement in 1992.

John enjoyed leather work, writing short stories of his life, fishing, hunting, and playing steel guitar. He was also involved with the Burns Elks Lodge, the Pioneers, and the High Desert Fiddlers.

John is survived by eight brothers and sisters; daughters and sons-in-law, Patsy and Carl Klawuhn of Bonnie Lake, Wash., and Sandra and John Schatz of Eugene; son and daughter-in-law, Allan and Vickie McLain of Hines; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Rose Marie McLain; son, Ralph J. McLain; and sister, Edgel Sudul.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 19, at Burns Cemetery.

Contribution’s in John McLain’s memory may be made to the Harney County Cancer Society. LaFollette’s Chapel is in charge of funeral arrangements.


Daren Dean Smith 1960-2015

Posted on June 17th in Obituaries

 

OBIT SmithDaren Dean Smith, 54, of Shady Cove, passed away May 25 in an ATV accident.

Daren was born Dec. 18, 1960, in Ashland to C. Roger Smith and Nancy McMaster-Ceccato. Daren graduated from Phoenix High School in 1979.

Daren was a hard working machinist and laborer who, throughout his life, worked as a logger, and had careers at Biomass One and FD Thomas. Most recently, Daren had been able to combine his manual skills with his love for the outdoors as he was care taking the Wildhorse Ranch in Eastern Oregon.

Daren was a skilled outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. As a life member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Daren had successfully passed his love for hunting on to his daughters and was just beginning to imprint these important values on to his grandchildren.

Daren’s family extends throughout Southern Oregon and Northern California; however, you did not have to be a part of Daren’s family tree to be considered family. Daren was a fun loving man with a big heart. Whether it was pulling a truck out of the mud, getting Christmas trees for people who did not have one, or just being willing to spin everyone around the dance floor, Daren was loved by all who came to know him.

Daren is survived by his father, C. Roger Smith, and Pam Smith, of Central Point; mother, Nancy McMaster-Ceccato and Roger Ceccato of La Pine; sisters, Shannon Smith of Medford and Renee Berrey of Sisters; nephew Daniel Stroemple; daughters, Aimee Smith of Corvallis and Andrea (Cody) Rombach of  Bend; and grandchildren, Camilla Rombach and Owen Rombach .

His family invites you to share your memories of Daren and celebrate his life with some of Daren’s favorite things; family, friends, and food on Saturday, June 27, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at The Meadows, 555 Freemen Road, Central Point. Memories to be shared with his grandchildren may go to 21815 Hideaway Hills Ct. Bend, OR 97701. Memorial contributions to honor Daren may go to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation P.O. Box 8249 Missoula, MT 59807-8249.


 

OBIT Hochhalter WEBKathryn Marie (Vanderdasson) Hochhalter, 95, of Nampa, Idaho, passed away May 21.

Kathryn was born March 14, 1920, in Kalispell, Mont. She married Ralph Vanderdasson on May 10, 1938. Ralph and Kathryn had five children.

On Nov. 26, 1983, she married Edwin Hochhalter, and from this marriage, Kathryn gained four step-children.

Kathryn worked as a cake decorator and decorated wedding cakes for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. At age 84, she authored the book Analytical Rhyme Bible for Adults.

She is survived by three children; three step-children; 36 grandchildren; 56 great-grandchildren; and 22 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husbands; two children; one step-child; and three great-grandchildren.

Remembrances may be left for the family online at www.AccentFuneral.com


 

OBIT Blackburn WEBMisa Kei Blackburn 22, passed away June 7, with her family by her side in Portland.

Misa was born in Bend Dec. 16, 1992. She was an extraordinary person who amazed all who knew her.  She was born with spina bifida and needed a shunt in her brain to drain the excess fluid. As a result of her open spine, she was also paralyzed and had a seizure disorder. While this may all sound daunting, we were blessed in so many ways.

Being the first child, her parents, Curt and Kaeko Blackburn, had no clue to what was normal. Her weekly doctor appointments seemed routine and if she was a bit behind, her parents never knew because they had nothing to compare her too. It wasn’t until her brothers were born that they had several “a-ha” moments.

Misa was a Snow Mountain Pine baby and went to work every day with her mother for her first year.  She attended preschool at the Early Childhood Center where her Aunt Dina worked. At Slater Elementary, she met Heidi Hofman and Kaitlyn Osborne and together they would become the “three musketeers”. Their relationship would change and evolve like any other school aged friendships – there was a bit of posturing for attention, sprinkled with bullying, but at the end of the day there was love. Misa loved her teachers and aides and how they would dote on her hand and foot. She had her favorite class, P.E., and her not so favorite activity, speech, and she loved her bus rides home to Grandma Jassmann. Misa graduated from Burns High School in 2013.

To her family and friends, Misa was an adjective – how many times did we just explain “Oh, that’s just Misa.” She was a tough little cookie who had a wicked sense of humor.  She loved good food, chocolate milk, listening to Barney and her popper.   She loved her family and friends. Misa’s spirit and smile will be missed by all who knew her.

Misa is survived by her parents, Curt and Kaeko; brothers, Beau, Garrett, and Jake; grandmother, Dorothy Blackburn;  grandmother, Hatsuyo Jassmann; and her numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Misa was preceded in death by her grandfather, Jett Blackburn; grandfather, Larry Jassmann; and uncle, Ed Jassmann.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Portland Shriners Hospital and mailed to LaFollette’s Chapel at P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.


OBIT Fishel WEBArthur (Butch) R. Fishel, 72, passed away June 6 in Salt Lake City, Utah, following a short illness.

He was born Dec. 21, 1942, in Belle Fourche, S.D., to Clarence and Edith (Diedrich) Fishel.

He graduated from high school in Cut Bank, Mont., in 1960. After school, he joined the Marines Corps for four years and was honorably discharged after serving his country. He went on to become a sprinkler fitter at Local 699 for many years.

Arthur loved Harney County and all it offered. He also spent a lot of time at the opal mines in Nevada. He never met a stranger. A lot of people will remember him as a jokester — what a sense of humor he had! He loved wood carving, coin and metal detecting, traveling, and a good, traditional Native American vision quest.

He is survived by his  brothers, Donald of Sekiu, Wash., Harry of Washougal, Wash. and Gary of Toronto, Kan.; sister, Rose Mary of Placerville, Calif.; son, Greg of Kent, Wash.; daughter, Shelly of San Antonio, Texas; grandchildren, Brandon and Rebecca of Kent, Wash, and Nick, Stephanie and Thomas of San Antonio, Texas; and partner, Karen Zimmerman.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A celebration of life will be held Friday, June 19, at Hines Park. A pot luck will be held from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. A celebration of life will also be held on the Fourth of July weekend at the Rainbow Ridge Opal Mine near Denio, Nev.


Jo Ann Rose, 82, of Payette, Idaho, passed away June 11 at her home. Services are pending at Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel in Payette.


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