Jilda K. Vorhees 1943-2014

Posted on October 22nd in Obituaries

OBIT VorheesWORKEDJilda K. Vorhees, 71, passed away Oct. 4.

Jilda was born May 3, 1943 in Flint, Mich., to Reginal and Predita Parsons.

She is survived by daughters, Jilda Torres of Florida and Kelly D. Voorhees of Burns; son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Candi Farr of Washington; six grandchildren, Brian and Chris McCord, Tamara Countryman, J.T. Farr, Austin and Shade Farr; and two great-grandchildren, Oakley and Kabella Countryman.


OBIT Hindman webMiles “Rich” Hindman, 74, of Redmond, passed away Oct. 7.

Rich was born in Baker to Charles Maurice Hindman and Lilly Isabbell Manary on May 31, 1940. He was raised a country boy in Durkee, where he was educated in a one-room schoolhouse. After attending high school in Baker, he went to business college and began his professional career, initially as a bookkeeper.

He married Mary Ann Nemec July 22, 1961. They lived in Baker before relocating to Burns in 1975, then Redmond in 1980, with Rich working in the grocery industry for more than 40 years, 33 of which were spent with Safeway.

Rich became an esteemed and beloved member of his communities through the infectious smile and warm, magnetic personality he brought to work every day. After retiring in 2000, he spent time in the Western United States, golfing and going on adventures with his wife. He reentered the workforce three years later in order to cultivate more warm, caring relationships similar to those he built throughout his career.

Throughout his life, Rich was an avid hunter, golfer, bowler and horseshoe player. He was an active member of the Redmond Elks Lodge for many years where he became an Exalted Ruler.

As a father, he became a fan of the Burns Hilanders, following his son’s athletic competitions. In later years, Rich passionately supported his grandsons’ sports teams in Redmond, and became a second grandpa to many of their teammates and friends. He was a proud member of the Rattler baseball club, and later, attended many home and away Redmond High School athletic events.

Rich and Mary Ann spent several months out of every year in Santa Cruz, Calif. with their daughter, Lisa, and her family. Grammy and Papa were very devoted to their grandchildren, attending sports and school events, plays, and going on walks. Their time together allowed them to make lots of memories, including sharing holidays, snuggles on the couch and playing together.

Richie held many people near and dear to his heart, including his siblings and their spouses; Joe and Sharon Hindman, Billy and Jeanette Hindman, Paul and Jan Osgood, Jim and Erin Hindman, Eddy and Margit Hindman, Betty Hindman and his many nieces, nephews and cousins. The extended Nemec family was also always very important to Rich.

Rich is survived by the love of his life, Mary Ann Hindman, his dedicated wife of 53 years; son and daughter-in-law, John and Lisa Hindman; three grandsons, Kenny Robinson and his wife, Audra, and a great-grandson, Kellen, Eric Hindman, and Trevor Hindman; daughter and son-in-law Lisa Hindman Holbert and Geordie Holbert; three grandchildren, Liliana Holbert, Ian Holbert, and Isla Holbert; his brother-in-law Dan Nemec, sister-in-law Margaret Moore, nephew, Andy, and niece, Mary.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his parents through marriage, Leonard and Martha Nemec, brother, Tommy Hindman, his daughter, Doorie Lynn Hindman, and his nephew, Matthew Nemec.

There will be a private ceremony with immediate family to celebrate Rich’s life in the Ochoco Mountains, at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Redmond Panthers football program (675 SW Rimrock Way, Redmond, OR 97756) or a youth sports program of your choice. There will be no funeral or service.

 


Gladys V. Phinney, 99, of Cove, passed away Sept. 23, surrounded by her family.

Gladys was born March 15, 1915, in Lakeview to Fred Bert and Bessie Mae Jones Frisby. She was the second of six children. She grew up traveling in Oregon, Idaho and Washington with her parents and four brothers. A sister passed away in 1917 as an infant. In the early 1920s, the family lived in Harney, where Fred worked on the Bower Ranch. Her mother passed away when Gladys was 14.

She married William “Tud” Phinney in 1933 in San Diego, Calif. In 1959, they moved to Cove, where they purchased a farm and raised cherries and pigs until the 1970s. Gladys loved gardening, antiques and traveling. Most of all, she loved her children and grandchildren.

Gladys is survived by her three children, Charles and his wife, Jo, Louise and her husband, Howard “Eugene,” all of Cove, and William and his wife, Yeanie, of Green Valley, Ariz.; brother, Kenneth “Mike” Frisby of Hines; 20 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, 20 great-great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Bessie, granddaughter, Karen, brothers, Elwood, David and Elmer, and baby sister, Lois.

At her request, private services were held. She also requested that part of her ashes be buried in Burns, where her grandmother, father, brother and aunt are buried.


Randall E. Rhines 1954-2014

Posted on October 8th in Obituaries

Randall E. Rhines, 59, passed away Sept. 26.

He was born Nov. 2, 1954, in Bremerton, Wash., to Robert and Vivian Rhines.

He loved the outdoors and enjoyed hiking, fishing, rock hunting and golfing. The highlight of his life was spending time with his grandson, Eli, taking walks and playing with trucks.

In his latter years, Randy got his wish of traveling in a motorhome and being a “snowbird.” He loved life, and family was his everything.

A service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, at Sands RV Park, and will be followed by a potluck.

 


Verdalee Currey Cogburn passed away Sept. 29.

Verdalee was born August 1932 in Burns to Mildred and Judd Currey.

She graduated from Burns Union High School in 1950.

Verdalee is survived by her husband, Gordon Cogburn; their four children, sister, Jeanne Sink; brother, Donald Currey; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A service was held Oct. 5, at Good Shepherd Church in Boring.

Condolences may be sent to: Gordon Cogburn, 15292 SE Lostene Dive, Clackamas, OR 97015.

 


Gene Odam

Posted on October 8th in Obituaries

Gene Odam, 85, passed away Sept. 30, at Harney District Hospital in Burns.

Gene was born in Winona, Mo., to Art and Leone Odam. The family moved to Vernonia, where Gene lived until he was called by the Army to serve in the Korean War.

Gene made his living as a logger, and resided with his family in Brownsville for many years. He retired to Burns in 1994.

He is survived by his wife, Leslie; brother, Jack; daughter, Lisa and husband, Rick Gehrke; sons, Dan and Stan; as well as grandchildren and nieces.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Bill and Myrl; sister, Helen; and son, Dave.

Gene will be buried next to his son, Dave, in a private cemetery in Brownsville.

LaFollette’s Chapel is in charge of arrangements.  Please visit www.lafolletteschapel.com and you can leave your condolences to the family.

 


Zora E. Retherford 1916-2014

Posted on October 1st in Obituaries

OBIT Retherford webZora E. Retherford, 97, passed away Sept. 10 at Ashley Manor.

Zora was born Dec. 18, 1916, in Banks to Joseph Lloyd Berry and Harriet Margaret Aydelott Berry.

Zora was the oldest of six children born to Joseph and Harriet, and she also had a half-brother that was older.

Zora grew up in the Willamette Valley, and as a child, worked in hop yards, peach orchards, and always helped with big vegetable gardens grown by her parents to feed their family. Even though they lived through the depression, they never felt deprived.

Zora attended Hopville grade school and finished eighth grade with the highest state average in Polk County, 97 percent. Zora graduated from Independence High School in 1935 as the valedictorian of her class. Zora received a state scholarship to Oregon State College and graduated in 1939 from the school of home economics with a bachelor of science degree. Her first teaching certificate was for junior high, high school and junior college. Zora loved school and would have gone to school all her life if she could have. She attended summer school and took correspondent courses to advance her teaching certificate.

Zora took her first teaching job in the fall of 1939 at Crane. Being from the green Willamette Valley, when she arrived in Crane she thought she’d died and gone to hell, the sagebrush and dust just about did her in, and her nose dripped for the next 75 years. Zora soon fell in love with the people in Harney County, and was glad to call it home.

Zora married Kenneth W. Retherford June 10, 1940 in Crane, and they were married 50-plus years. They had three children, Linda May, Kenneth Dale and Susan Gail.

Zora taught school for 24 years. She taught in Crane, Perrydale, John Day and Burns. While in Perrydale, she started the first school lunch program and it was very successful. In her career as a teacher, she taught home economics, science, girls P.E., world history, geography, typing I, bookkeeping, English, and fifth and sixth grade classes. One of her favorite classes was boys home economics in junior high. During her teaching career, Zora was also active in many organizations: BPW (Business and Professional Women), OEA (Oregon Education Association), Delta Kappa Gamma, 4-H, Brownies, and taught FHA (Future Homemakers of America).

After retiring, Zora and husband, Ken, traveled a lot. They went on a cruise to Alaska, they went to Hawaii, they were snowbirds in the winter months, going to Mexico and Arizona in their motor home. They also went to Oklahoma, where Ken’s family was from. That was Ken’s last trip, as he passed away in 1991.

After Ken’s passing, Zora wanted to return to the Willamette Valley to spend time with her brothers and sisters. So, Zora moved into a mobile home park in Monmouth, where her two sisters lived. They had a great time together for the next seven or eight years. When they had also passed, Zora wanted to return home to Harney County for the rest of her years.

Zora moved into The Aspens, but soon became bored. She needed dirt to dig in. Everywhere Zora lived was always covered with flowers and gardens. There was no dirt to dig in or plant anything at The Aspens. In 2000, at the age of 84, Zora and her daughter, Sue, bought a 102-year-old house on the hill by the library. For the next eight to nine years, Zora enjoyed fixing up the beautiful house and yard. In 2001, she received the beautification award from the Sunrise Garden Club. There was a lot of work done on the house and yard, but it was very rewarding and fun for Zora. At the age of 90-plus, there was a party to celebrate the house work (the upstairs had finally been finished after 109 years), and an early birthday for Zora.

Zora enjoyed the house and yard, but her dementia was taking its toll, so she had to move to Dutch Apple. She was there a year or so and they closed, so she then moved to Ashley Manor, where she lived until her passing.

Zora loved her family most of all, and spent a lot of time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Zora is survived by son, Kenneth, and wife, Randy; daughter, Sue, and husband, Tiny; brother, Larry, and wife, Jan; grandchildren, J.D. Tschunko, and wife, Lisa, Michelle Tye and husband, Steve, Sheree Retherford, Crystal Fretwell and husband, Kenny; great-grandchildren, Caden Tschunko, Amber and Stevie Tye, Jordie Collingwood, Ledger Tye, Hailey Vinson, Leland and Naomi Fretwell; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Harriet; half-brother, Lionel; sisters, Ella and Marilyn; brothers, George and Dale; husband, Kenneth; and daughter, Linda.

A Celebration of Life for Zora was held Saturday, Sept. 27. Donations in her memory may be made to the Sunrise Garden Club.


OBIT UgaldebwAdolpho David Ugalde, 84, passed away of natural causes Sept. 7 at his home in McDermitt, Nev.

Adolpho was born March 22, 1930, in Winnemucca, Nev.

He was the eighth of eight children born to Juan Antonio Ugalde and Paula Maria Erquiaga Ugalde.  He started school in Kings River Valley at the Nine Mile Ranch and completed the eighth grade in Orovada, Nev. He lived at the Buffalo Ranch with his Tia and Tio while he was in school. He worked at the Quinn River Ranch and at home at the Nine Mile Ranch until he went to serve in Korea from Sept. 19, 1951, to June 18, 1953, where he earned the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, National Defense, Rifleman Cross, and Infantry medals.

Adolpho came home from Korea and worked for numerous ranches throughout Nevada and Oregon. He met the love of his life, Elsie, and they were married on March 21, 1960. They enjoyed 48 years together. When Adolpho married Elsie, he became the father of her three children, Connie, Ken and Dave. Adolpho loved his new family very much. On Aug. 1, 1961 his son, Kap, was born.

Adolpho worked on many ranches from Paradise Valley, Nev. to Frenchglen. He was known for making some of the finest bridle horses in the country, and was often referred to as “The Prince A Horseback.”

In 1983, he went to work for McDermitt Mine, living in McDermitt, Nev. Then he went to work for Amax mine, where he worked until his retirement in 1995.

Adolpho loved branding calves, fishing, and spending time with his kids, grandchildren, and many friends. We will all cherish the great stories and memories that we have.

Adolpho is survived by his son, Kap A. Ugalde and Cathy of Fields; Connie Burlile and Les of Emmett, Idaho, Kenny Holloway of Kuna, Idaho, Dave Holloway of Emmett, Idaho; sisters-in-law, Sammie Ugalde and Donna Ugalde; grandchildren, Darcy Ugalde, Shane Ugalde, Tami Brutsman, Kelly McCraken, Raymond Smith,         Jamie Holloway, Kerri Bryant, Kyle Holloway,  Morgan Holloway, Kelsey Robinson, Kimberly Holloway; 15 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews, and his many great friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Elsie; parents, Antonio and Paula Ugalde; brothers, Jaime Ugalde, Emilio Ugalde, Theodore Ugalde and Daniel Ugalde; sisters, Helen Olson, Anne Mendieta and Aurelia Jones.

Adolpho requested no service. It was his wish to be cremated and be placed at one of his favorite spots where he loved to ride.


OBIT DickensonbwRonald Omar Dickenson, 58, passed away from heart failure Sept. 15 in Springfield.

Ron was born Aug. 2, 1956, in Burns to Earl and Kinuko (Kim) Dickenson. He attended Burns grade school and graduated from Burns Union High School in 1975. He married Becky Masson May 13, 1977, in Burns. Ron worked at the Edward Hines plywood mill for a few years before moving to Oakridge, then to Springfield, where he worked at Rosboro lumber Company until his death.

Ron loved his family, fishing, hunting and camping. He was a very generous, kind-hearted man with a great sense of humor and a quick wit. His broad, warm smile could be seen a mile away. His favorite camping spots were Steens Mountain, Spring Creek and Curry Garden Creek. He liked playing pinochle, and was usually on the winning team.

Ron is survived by his wife of 37 years, Becky; daughter, Crystal, and her husband, Tom Barto; son, Chad; three grandchildren, Joshua and Kayla Barto, and Cooper Dickenson, all of Springfield; mother, Kinuko (Kim) Dickenson; sisters, Janet Vinson of Burns and Ella Whiteaker of Hines; and brother David Dickenson of Burns.

He was preceded in death by his father, Earl Dickenson, in 1985.

A private memorial will be held in July in Burns.


Donald Boyd Sinkey, M.D. 1926-2014

Posted on September 24th in Obituaries

OBIT Sinkeybw webDonald Boyd Sinkey passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, Aug. 20.

Don was born to Alva Sears Aug. 3, 1926, in the Nebraska Industrial Home, in Milford, Neb. He was adopted by Frank and Ollie Sinkey Aug. 19, 1927. Don graduated from Dayton High School in Dayton, Iowa, in June 1944, and joined the Navy to fight for his country. He trained at Great Lakes, Ill., and served aboard the mine sweeper, USS Captivate, in the Asiatic Pacific during WWII. In 1945, he entered Naval Officers Training at the University of Utah, where, because of lack of funds, the entire unit of officers was discharged. He married the love of his life, Wanda Morrison, June 27, 1946, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Don completed premedical school at the University of Utah, served in the Army Medical Corps in 1951 at Fort Sam in San Antonio, Texas, and was accepted at the State University of Iowa College of Medicine. He graduated June 6, 1952. He interned at Broadlawns Polk County Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa, from 1952 to 1953. In 1953, he entered private practice as a family doctor in Osage, Iowa. In October 1955, Don and his family moved out west to Prairie City, and then to Burns. In October 1956, he joined the practice at Burns Clinic.

He joyfully delivered nearly every baby in Harney County, including his own grandchildren. He was the traditional family doctor, making house calls all over Harney County with his black bag always ready. He performed weekly surgeries at the county hospital, often doing his own lab work at the clinic,  and was always on call.

Don and Wanda loved the Harney County life; fishing, hunting, hiking, playing golf, and flying his Cessna 180 to remote airstrips for “fly ins.” Their favorite place to visit was the majestic Steens Mountain and Fish Lake.

In 1972, Wanda decided to return to nursing school, and Don was recruited by St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise, Idaho, to open a new Idaho Emergency Center. They moved to Eagle, Idaho, where Wanda went to Boise State Nursing School, and Don worked at St. Alphonsus as an emergency room physician and director.

They both learned to ski at Bogus Basin, and kept on “flying in” to remote mountain airstrips to fish and hike. They enjoyed playing tennis and golf, and became snow birds in Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

In 1983, Don decided to slow down and returned to part time private practice in Eagle, eventually retiring full time, and then moved to a little piece of heaven, Staffordshire, outside of Eugene, right on the banks of the McKenzie River.

Don found, and was reunited with his birth family in 1993, and met his aunts and cousins. His birth mother had passed away, but one aunt was living in Lebanon, and an uncle was in Washington. His birth family came to help celebrate Don and Wanda’s 50th wedding anniversary at Staffordshire. Don felt finding his birth family made his life complete.

Don is survived by his wife of 68 years, Wanda; daughter, Stephanie; sons, Bruce and Mark, and his wife, Marian; daughter-in-law, Carlotta Sinkey; grandchildren, Marilyn Wilber, Marea Wilber, Cody Wilber, Laura Isaacson, Caitlyn Sinkey, Shannon Sinkey, Erica Sinkey and Christopher Sinkey; great-grandchildren, Sadie and Emily Dean, Joseph, Skye, Cailyn and Sean Wilber.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 2537 Game Farm Road in Springfield.


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