OBIT Tropf WEBDoris Fae (Breach) Tropf, 74, passed away July 20.

She was born Aug. 19, 1930, to John and Louise Breach, near the Great Divide, near Craig, Colo. John and Louise and their seven children, Mildred, Glen, Wilma, Doris, Margaret, Wanda and Lawrence, lived at their homestead in Colorado until 1940, when they moved to Greenleaf, Idaho.

In 1968, Doris married Arno “Ike” Tropf, and in 1970, the family moved from Caldwell, Idaho, to Burns. Ike and Doris owned the Jiffy Mart for 20 years. They enjoyed doing business in the community, seeing their many friends and meeting new friends.

Family time and little children were the things Doris loved most. Her children, Earlene, Dean, Cindy and Rex, and all the grandchildren were the most important things in the world to her, and she loved visits and big family gatherings. She also loved visiting with all of her friends.

Doris is survived by her four children, Earlene (Larry) Anderson of Burns, Dean (Susan) Draper of Burns, Cindy Schab of Benton City, Wash., and Rex (Laurie) Draper of Hines; sister, Margaret Crill; brother, Lawrence Breach; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Arno “Ike” Tropf; siblings, Mildred Ivie, Glen Breach, Wilma Taulbee and Wanda Breach; and son-in-law Don Schab.

A potluck Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, Aug. 1 at noon at the home of Dean Draper, 620 East E Street in Burns.

Memorials may be made to the Boys and Girls Club of Harney County or Harney County Senior and Community Services Center, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.


OBIT Dalglliesh WEBJessie Joanne Anzini Dalglliesh passed away June 20 in Burns.

Jessie was born April 7, 1947, in Scotia, Calif. She filled the hearts of those who knew her with love – she was always positive, always smiling, and always hopeful. From the very beginning of her life, she was a pure joy to be around, and was loved by all. Jessie will be missed by many, but rejoice with many in the new system awaiting us all.

A memorial will be held Saturday, Aug. 1, at 3 p.m. at the Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall, 592 W. Madison in Burns.

Jo Ann Rose 1933-2015

Posted on July 29th in Obituaries


OBIT Rose WEBJo Ann Rose, 82, of Payette, Idaho, passed away at her home June 11.

Jo Ann was born March 18, 1933, in Burns, living there until 1957. She graduated from Burns High School. On Memorial Day in 1951, she married Glen Rose; six years and three sons later they moved to Prineville, one of her many moves being married to a government man.

Jo Ann worked her entire life, mostly in banking and some real estate. She semi-retired when Glen retired from the Bureau of Land Management, working a few more years at the US Bank in Ontario.

She enjoyed fishing, camping, traveling, with her most treasured trip being the three weeks spent in Australia and New Zealand, and for the last several years, playing bridge with lots of her friends.

Jo Ann is survived by her sons, Rick, Mike and Mac; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Jo Ann’s life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Four Rivers Cultural Center, 676 SW 5th Ave. in Ontario. Cremation was under the direction of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel in Payette. Condolences may be made to Jo Ann’s family at

In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity to honor Jo Ann’s memory

Friends of the late Mary Pengelly are invited to meet at Figaro’s Pizza at 6 pm. Thursday, Aug. 13, to share memories of the former Burns resident with her daughter, Aubra Pengelly-Pollack of Cheney, Wash.

Pengelly taught school in the Burns area schools for many years, and was active in the Harney County Historical Society, Desert Trail Association, Pioneer Presbyterian Church, Chamber Music Society and more before moving back to Klamath Falls in 1994 after the death of her husband, Russell Pengelly. Pengelly lived at Cheney, near her daughter, during the last years of her life. She passed away Jan. 9, 2015, in Cheney, and will be interred in August in Klamath Falls, where she grew up.


OBIT Petersen webPhilip Charles Petersen, 73, a lifelong resident of Riley, passed away at his home July 9, with his sons by his side.

Philip was born Nov. 7, 1942, in the old stone hospital in Burns.

Phil was raised on the Upper Valley Ranch near Riley, where he attended grades 1 through 8 at the two-room Suntex grade school. His parents drove him and his three brothers the 13 miles each way to school on unimproved dirt roads. His four brothers and he were an integral part of the family operation. Phil started running machinery when he was 9 years old. None of the four sons were ever allowed to drive teams, although all of them did gather cattle and brand calves at a young age.

Phil attended Burns Union High School (BUHS) and lived in the boarder house the first two years, and then his mother moved to town during the school year. He participated in wrestling and football in high school. As a graduate in 1960, he was part of the first class to graduate from the then new high school. Phil would tell stories of his memories growing up. One of his favorite stories was how, during his junior year, the sloughs down through the valley froze, and he and his brothers spent evenings skating on the ice and burning old tires to stay warm.

During his senior year in high school, he along with four friends, Dennis Lesser, Orville Cheek, Dan Jordan and Claude Usery, joined the Army National Guard (ANG) and spent the rest of 1960 training at Fort Ord and Fort Bliss. They all committed to staying together the entire time through training; this was their first venture into the real world and these experiences generated a lot great memories that were talked about at class reunions.  Phil retired from the ANG in 1987, with 20 years of service.

In 1961, Phil began attending Oregon State University, majoring in industrial arts education. In mid-year of 1965, he finished his course work with his bachelor’s. In January, his first teaching job was at Calapooya Junior High School in Albany.  Two and a half years later, an old classmate from college called and asked if he would be interested in a job at Reynolds High School, and he spent one year at Reynolds. In the fall of 1970, he applied for a job opening at Burns Union High School, and spent the rest of his teaching career at BUHS, and later at Lincoln Junior High. He was awarded the 1982 Harney Co. Jaycees Educator of the year and the 1985 American Industrial Arts Teacher of the Year.

He spent his life working with cattle. In 1976, his brother, Jon, and he formed a partnership and leased their uncle Herb’s ranch on Soldier Creek.  They ran cattle there until 1982. In 1982, they leased the Whither’s ranch at Harney. After six years of running cattle on Uncle Herb’s ranch on Soldier Creek, in 1988, they moved their operation back to the Upper Valley Ranch. Then, in the spring of 1991, Phil and his brother, Jon, dissolved the partnership and divided the cattle. Phil continued to run the ranch until 1998, when he developed liver disease and had to sell most of his cattle. In 1998, Phil moved to what is known as the Peck Field with his remaining cattle. In 2004, he had a liver transplant, which was better than he had dared to hope for.

Velda Pace McEldowney and he were married in 1967. He and Velda’s two sons, Steven and Terry, were joined in the family in 1972 by Matthew. The cattle operation was always a family affair, which meant the kids spent most of their free time and vacation time doing ranch related work; even as the boys got older, Phil and Velda could always count on them for help. All three of the boys were raised the same, and Phil and Velda always wanted them to know that they proved themselves to be a great blessing. One of Phil’s and the boys’ special memories together  was to go fishing on Silver Creek every Memorial Day. Even though they never caught many fish,  the boys were always excited to do this, and continue this tradition with their own families today.

Phil is survived by his wife, Velda Petersen; sons, Steven, Terry and Matthew; nine grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; brothers, George, Daryl and Jon; as well as many nephews, nieces, friends and colleagues, all of whom held great respect and love for him and will forever hold his memory dear.

A ceremonial service to honor his life will be held Saturday, July 25, from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the Burns Elks Lodge, 118 N Broadway Ave. in Burns. Family and friends are encouraged to join to share their own account and reflection of their memories.


OBIT Van Cleave webJody Paul Van Cleave, 51, passed away July 14 at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.

Jody was born Dec. 24, 1963, in Astoria to Duane and Laura Van Cleave. Jody spent most of his adult life working on various ranches and building fences in Idaho.

He is survived by his parents, Duane and Laura of Burns; sister and brother-in-law, Lari and Todd Higgins of Burns; and two sons, Cody and Kelsey Van Cleave of California. He was preceded in death by his grandparents and brother, Ryan.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, July 25, at 11 a.m. at the Burns Cemetery.

Pamela S. Kohl 1964-2015

Posted on July 22nd in Obituaries


OBIT Kohl webPamela S. Kohl, 50, passed away July 5 at Harney District Hospital.

Pam was born Nov. 23, 1964, in Klamath Fall, the youngest of three children born to Elsie Armstrong and Nate Young.

She grew up in Burns, where she attended grades 1-12. Pam’s passion for singing led to her winning the Miss High Desert in 1982. Pam also sang at various weddings and funerals in Harney County,

Pam married the love of her life, Joe Kohl, March 22, 1986. She gave birth to three beautiful children, Nick, Maggie and Matthew.

Her love of taking care of people led her to getting her CNA/CMA license. Through her career, she worked for Harney District Hospital, High Desert Medical. Toni Feist and Melanie Arntz. She loved nothing more than going camping and being with her family. She was a well-loved person throughout the whole community, not just for her caring touch as a nurse, but a No. 1 fan to her children.

Pam is survived by her brother, Gary Young; sister-in-law, Sherie Young; sister, Tina Young; mother-in-law, Rose Carracaburu; uncles, Ron Carroll, Al Altnow and John Bush; aunts, Cathy Altnow, Mary Smith, Tammy Carroll and Shirley Bush; and grandchild, Brayson Kohl.

She was preceded in death by her father, Nate Young; grandfather, George Carroll; grandmother, Lorene Carroll; and uncle, Don Carroll.

A funeral service was held Friday, July 10, at Pioneer Presbyterian Church.

Aida “Ida” Julia Stampke-Rico passed away June 17 in Phoenix, Ariz.

Aida was born  in Burns Aug. 8, 1967, to Neil Stampke and Guillermina Stampke-Wolfe.

Aida was always an excellent student and athlete.  She graduated from Burns High School in 1985. She graduated from the University of Oregon and was a 1997 graduate of Lewis and Clark College, majoring in law.

After graduation, Aida immediately started her own firm in Phoenix, Ariz., specializing in workers’ compensation. She became very successful in a short period of time and decided to begin another career as a mother.

Aida is survived by her daughters, Isabella Nichole Rico, 14, Anna Mikayla Rico, 13, and Sofia Julia Rico, 10;  mother, Guillermina Stampke-Wolfe of Gooding, Idaho; brother, Albert and his wife, Traci Stampke of Fairfield, Idaho; sister, Hilda Allison and husband, Michael Allison of Hines; nieces, Megan and Nicole Stampke of Fairfield, Idaho, and Rachael Allison of Hines; nephew, Patrick Allison of Hines; and ex-husband, Javier Rico of California.

She was preceded in death by her father, Neil Stampke; brother, Oscar Stampke; and niece, Lauren Julian Allison.

A graveside service was held at the Burns Cemetery on July 18.

Contributions in Aida’s memory may be made in Aida Rico’s memory and mailed to LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720 to establish a college fund for her daughters.


OBIT Hoffman webJohn Jacob “Hooter” Hoffman, 52, passed away July 7 at his home in Burns.

Hooter was born Aug. 22, 1962, in Burns, where he was raised by his parents, Jack Hoffman and Betty (Baker) Cheek. Growing up, he loved the outdoors and taking family vacations to the lake to camp, fish and water ski. He enjoyed the beach and going to amusement parks for the roller coasters. After high school, he did some traveling and made many friends along the way.

Hooter worked various jobs throughout his life, including being a ranch hand, building fences, working retail at King’s, and maintenance at America’s Best Value Inn motel. He was such a “John of all trades,” and was so eager to help anyone at any time.

Hooter is survived by his son, Cory Reasoner; daughter, Kyeleigh Reasoner; sisters, Linda (Jack) Gideon, Rozann (Gale) Hoffman, and Jeanie (Bill) Harris Molt; nieces and nephews, Brian (Leeanna) Beausoleil, Damon (Savana) Stevens, Levi Long, Briann (Zyna) Lancaster, Dakota (Ka’anoi) Stockwell, Missy Collette, Robert (Kristina) Gideon, Darcy (Jeff) Stewart, Christy Fobi, Joe (Lindsey) Robertson, and Jesse Dressler; 14 great-nephews and nieces, including Jermaine, Trinity, Li’l Damon, Kendall, Emily and Jaxson; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his birth mother, Marla Muller; parents, Jack Hoffman, Betty Cheek and Orville Cheek; sister, Becky Griffin; niece, Becky Gideon Weiller; and his grandparents.

A Celebration of Life will be held at noon Saturday, July 25, at the Jeanie and Bill Molt residence, 33710 Rye Grass Lane.


OBIT Robertson webJohn William “Bill” Robertson, a longtime resident of Harney and Malheur counties, passed away peacefully on the evening of June 28 at the Presbyterian Community Care Center in Ontario.

Bill was born on Nov. 15, 1926, the only child of Russell and Vivian Robertson. He grew up in Juntura, and attended grade school and part of high school there. He finished high school in Vale, graduating in 1944.

After graduation, Bill went into partnership with his father at the Robertson Ranch in Otis Valley. On June 1, 1948, he married Carol Payne in Winnemucca, Nev. Together, Bill and Carol continued to operate the ranch and were blessed with four healthy sons.

In 1954, Bill fulfilled his childhood dream and purchased his grandfather’s ranch. Bill worked continually to modernize and improve the operation. He took great pride in his cattle and − with the help of his two oldest sons, Rex and Rod − was able to increase his holdings and build a reputation herd. He was a truly remarkable cattleman.

In 1991, he and Carol semiretired to Ontario, where he planted an orchard and a large garden, the yields of which he enjoyed sharing with his friends in Drewsey. Bill remained involved with the ranch operations until 2007, when he sold.

Bill is survived by his wife and partner of 67 years, Carol; their four sons, Rex Robertson (Georgie) of Drewsey, Rod Robertson (Debbie) of Drewsey, Ralph Robertson (Deb) of Astoria,  and Randy Robertson (Lolly) of Naknek, Alaska; nine exceptional grandchildren, 17 amazing great-grandchildren and one very special great-great-grandson. He is also survived by a host of good friends.

There will be no funeral. There will be a memorial in Drewsey, when the work is done this fall.

Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

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