OBIT BakerAlice Kathleen Baker passed away peacefully Nov. 16 at her residence in Vale at the Pioneer Place. Alice was a long-time Harney County resident.

Alice was born Aug. 16, 1928, to Mike and Esther Mahoney in El Reno, Okla.

She was the youngest of three children. Alice joined older brother, Jack, and older sister, Bonnie. Alice grew up on a dairy that her father worked on, and went to school in El Reno. Alice’s father, Mike Mahoney, died when Alice was a very young girl. Alice moved to Burns with her mother, Esther, and stepfather, Fred Baker, in the spring of 1946,

Alice met Harold J. Baker, and they were married Nov. 26, 1946, at Harold’s parents’, Bob and Tressa Baker’s, ranch house located six miles north of Burns on the Silvies River. Harold and Alice then moved to Harold and Fred’s ranch, 20 more miles further north up the Silvies River, known as the Tim Donavan ranch at that time. Harold and Alice raised four sons on the ranch. Sons, Mitch Baker, Harold (Monk)Baker, Jim Baker, and Bob Baker.

It was very different and quite challenging for a young bride from the city of El Reno to start living a very remote and very rustic lifestyle of ranch life. Before winter set in, they had to store quite a lot of supplies to last six to eight months. Back then, the winters and springs were long and harsh. There was no getting out and coming to town once the snow came.

Alice loved visiting with her many friends, reading, writing poetry, rock hounding, taking pictures, and doing many of her other craft projects, including painting faces on rocks and doing pine cone projects. Alice wrote many poems for pioneer days, weddings, wedding anniversaries, and other special occasions for her many friends.

Alice is survived by four sons, Mitch and wife, Linda Baker, Harold (Monk) and wife, Kristina Baker, Jim Baker, Bob and wife, Linda Baker; special friend, Jan Baker; grandchildren, Amy and husband, Kevin Jones, Joe and wife, Heather, Paula and husband, John Colby; great-grandchildren, Braden and Tylie Garfield, Halleigh, Tayleur, Noah, and Abby Baker, Torri, Talon, and Tanner Colby, Kirstin Miller, Gracie, Tressa, Madison, and Alyssa Baker; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Alice was preceded in death by her husband, Harold J. Baker; father, Mike Mahoney; mother, Esther Baker; brother, Jack Mahoney; sister, Bonnie Avila; grandson, Ty Harold Baker; two half-brothers, Harold and Len Mahoney; and two half-sisters, Viola James and Verda Zajic.

A private memorial will be held at a later date.

Clarence A. Oster 1933-2015

Posted on November 18th in Obituaries

Oster OBIT WEBClarence Alfred Oster, 82, of Richland, Wash., passed away unexpectedly at home on Nov. 2, after a fall.

He was born on April 3, 1933, in his maternal grandparents’ home in Madras, and was the second of four sons of L. E. (Red) and Fannie Evalyn Messinger Oster who were homesteaders in the Fort Rock Valley. He grew up in ranching communities all over central and eastern Oregon.

In 1951, he graduated from Crane Union High School, a four-year public boarding school. Clarence then entered Eastern Oregon College of Education in La Grande and worked on ranches and in mills to fund his education. Requiring further funds, he volunteered for the draft in 1953, and served in the U.S. Army from Jan. 4, 1954, until Oct. 5, 1955. Before completing his service, he enrolled in Oregon State University. At the end of fall quarter, he transferred to the University of Oregon where he completed a BS (1957) and a MS (1958) in mathematics, with the help of the GI Bill.

While at the University of Oregon, he met the love of his life, Carolyn Ruth Kelts, and married on June 20, 1958. They honeymooned while moving to his job with Cal Tech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and received partial reimbursement for the journey. The newlyweds settled in Montrose, Calif., and worshiped at the Montrose Community Church where Clarence was baptized. Their first daughter, Karen Ruth, was born the following year.

Longing to return to the northwest, Clarence began working at General Electric (GE) in Richland, Wash., on Oct. 1, 1959, and the young family purchased a centrally located L-house. By the time Battelle’s Pacific Northwest Laboratory (PNL) had replaced GE, daughters Barbara Lea and Helen Irene (Petra Elena) had completed the family. Shortly after moving to Richland, they transferred membership to West Side United Protestant Church and have remained active members to this day.

During his career, Clarence worked with computers, programming code to support astronomy at JPL, nuclear physics at GE, and a variety of projects at PNL. He also taught advanced mathematics courses at the Joint Center for Graduate Studies and WSU Tri-Cities. In 1987, he joined Boeing Computer Services, doing projects similar to what he did for PNL. He retired April 10, 1998, from Lockheed Martin Services, Inc.

Clarence enjoyed tromping through cemeteries with his wife while researching ancestors. Other hobbies included woodworking, caning furniture, gardening, and reading. After retirement, Clarence enjoyed genealogical and wildflower photography, traveling, vacationing at the Oregon Coast, and most of all, napping. Clarence and his wife have consistently supported children through World Vision since 1961. His family is blessed that he wrote his memoirs, Anecdotes and Milestones, which he self-published in 2005.

He is survived by Carolyn, his wife of 57 years; daughters, Karen (Brad) Barton, Barbara (Norm) Jones, and Petra (Robert) Eichelsdoerfer; grandchildren, Dan (Audrey), Evelyn, and Ed Eichelsdoerfer, KaraLynn (Renee) and Ben Barton; step-grandchildren, Casey (Debbie) and Emily Jones; four step-great grandchildren; and sisters-in-law, Geri, Betty, and Kathy Oster, and Judi (Bob) Enstrom.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Arlie, Jess, and Leonard.

A graveside service with military honors will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at RestHaven Cemetery in Richland. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, at West Side Church in Richland. All are welcome to attend.

Memorial contributions may be made to West Side Church, 615 Wright Avenue, Richland, WA., 99352, 509-946-4656 or to World Vision, PO Box 78481, Tacoma, WA 98481 (reference source code: 31003726), 1-888-511-6519,

The family invites you to sign Clarence’s tribute at

Scott David Kelly, 85, of Boise, Idaho, passed away Nov. 9 at a Boise hospital. Arrangements are under the direction of Cloverdale Funeral Home.

Virginia Maize 1924-2015

Posted on November 11th in Obituaries

OBIT Maize WEBFrankie Virginia Maize passed away peacefully Oct. 23.

The oldest daughter among seven children of Taft and Nellie Miller, Virginia was born May 3, 1924, near the Narrows, and grew up in the ranching communities near Frenchglen and Burns. She was truly at home on the range, riding to herd and brand the cattle while helping to tend to her younger siblings.

After graduating from the public boarding high school in Crane, Virginia joined the WWII home front workforce by training to be a telegraph operator in Spokane, Wash. For the next 14 years, she was employed in the busy train depot near Olympia, Wash., where she helped many of the soldiers going off to war and also made the acquaintance of a friendly young cattleman, Weldon “Wimpy” Maize. Wimpy made a point to bring livestock to the train yard as often as possible, and was able to “railroad” Virginia into marriage in 1948. They worked the next few years together, building their dairy business in Nisqually, Wash.

In 1969, they purchased their own farm in Cinebar, Wash. There, in the Shoestring Valley, they made a life together raising cattle known far and wide for their quality. Virginia could be seen in the back of a cattle truck, still brushing and grooming a Holstein just before sending it off to a local dairy. They raised two daughters, also known for their quality, Gerri Maize of Mossyrock, Wash. and Elaine Maize Theriault (Bob) of Longview, Wash.

One of Virginia’s favorite Christian hymns was I Love to Tell the Story, and she lived it out, telling the gospel story as a Sunday School teacher at the Centralia Bible Chapel. Among her students were her daughters and her beloved grandchildren, Kelli Hogan (Tim), Jon Theriault, Austin Maize and Jeff Theriault.

She is survived by two of her brothers, Joe (Ingamoe) and Jerry (Linda) Miller; in addition to her daughters and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Weldon; and her siblings, Gene, Donald, Lucille, and Tiny.

Virginia Maize will live on in the hearts of her family. She was a “no frills” person who sacrificed her own comforts, preferring to focus her efforts to care for her farm and especially her family. If God has more work for her to do in heaven, she surely will be heard, as she often was here on earth, calling out, “Put on your boots. It’s time to do the chores!”

A memorial service was held Oct. 31 at Centralia Bible Chapel in Centralia, Wash.

Donations in her honor may be made to the Salkum Firefighters EMS Association, P.O. Box 124, Salkum, WA 98582.

Tom Chamberlain

Posted on November 11th in Obituaries

OBIT Chamberlain WEBTom Chamberlain of Klamath Falls passed away suddenly Oct. 30.

Tom was a pretty chill, funny guy, who loved to hang out with his friends, play pool, watch football, and blast Nirvana.

Tom attended school at Klamath Community College, undecided on a major because he was interested in learning about anything and everything. Tom never left the house without a book to read.

Tom was a culinary genius. His dishes were very creative, and he never used a recipe.

On top of all his learning and cooking, Tom played music. He merely had to pick up an instrument, and he could play it.

Tom’s influence on his family and friends was meaningful and everlasting. He had a unique relationship with each of them. His many interests gave him an advantage when spending time with his kids. With one of them, he could talk about “nerd” things like video games and role playing games. With his second son, he talked football, always ending his argument with “Da Bears!”

Tom could discuss art with his daughter and hunting with his last son. It was easy for Tom to visit with anyone.

He is survived by his wife, Misti; four children, Kirsten, 17, Ezra, 16, Nate, 15, and Dusty, 13; his parents, Dave and Gayle Chamberlain; brother, Mike; sister, Shanna; and his numerous Hawaiian shirts.

A service for Tom will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, at the Harney County Community Center, 484 N. Broadway Ave. in Burns, officiated by Gail Manning.

All in all, Tom was a cool guy.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made at Umpqua Bank. Account number on request, please contact Misti Chamberlain or Dave and Gayle Chamberlain.

OBIT Schatz WEBSandra Elizabeth Schatz, 65, passed away Oct. 28

She was born Aug. 18, 1950, to John D. and Rose Marie (Poer) McLain in Burns. After her marriage to John Schatz on June 26, 1970, the couple moved to Eugene.

An avid gardener, Sandra enjoyed the beauty of this world through her flowers, and through her children and grandchildren. Sandra was a preschool teacher at Messiah Lutheran School. She thought of this not as a job, but as an opportunity to show her love and support of children.

Sandy is survived by her husband, John Schatz of Eugene; sons, Jeremy Schatz and wife, Kelly Thurman, of Corvallis, and Chris Schatz and wife, Melissa Gustafson, of Eugene; granddaughters, Helena and Vivian Schatz of Eugene; brother, Allan McLain and wife, Vickey, of Burns; sister, Patsy Klawuhn and husband, Carl; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Rose Marie McLain, of Burns; and brother, Ralph McLain, of Christmas Valley.

A memorial service is planned for 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at Messiah Lutheran Church in Eugene.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Sandra’s name to Messiah Lutheran School or the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute through the OHSU Foundation’s Knight Cancer Challenge (

George “Rick” Weir 1948-2015

Posted on November 11th in Obituaries

OBIT WeirGeorge “Rick” Weir passed away Oct. 31.

He was born Sept. 26, 1948, to Floyd and Kathy Weir. He was the youngest of two children, joining his sister, Wendy Weir. The family moved to Burns when Rick was 12, where he went to grade school and graduated from Burns High School in 1967.  During high school, he was very active in sports. He received a basketball scholarship to Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario, where he attended school until his family relocated to Eugene for better opportunities. He decided to follow and continue his education at Lane Community College, majoring in forestry. After graduating, he got a job with the marking crew with the Burns Forest Service.

On June 23, 1973, Rick married Karen Myree Tiller. Starting their lives together, they lived at the Old Bennett Motel, until they moved to apartments in the old hospital.

In 1975, they had their first daughter, Karrie, and Katie joined later in 1985. Rick worked in various mills all over Eastern Oregon and Northern California for 40 years as a log scaler (16 years of that was  working all week and coming home on weekends).

In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and four-wheeling. He was a wonderful cartoon artist and added his own personality to his works of art. He refinished old wood furniture pieces, turning them into beautiful masterpieces that will last forever. He also enjoyed making huge campfires that would leave mud around the fire pit. He would spend a good hour in the grocery store talking to everyone to see how they were doing. He had the best humor and was always smiling, even more so when he was giving someone a hard time.

Rick is survived by his wife, Karen; daughters, Karrie and Katie; grandsons, Maximus and Bobby Dascomb; sister, Wendy Weir; nephew, Eric Weir; mother-in-law, Larraine Tiller; brother- and sister-in-law, Randy and Connie Tiller; brother-in-law, Rocky Tiller; and nephews, Robby Tiller and family, Brandon Tiller and wife, and Mathew Tiller.

He was preceded in death by Floyd and Kathy Weir; and father-in-law, Bob Tiller.


WEB OBIT WensenkClyde Fredrick Wensenk passed away Oct. 19 near Winnemucca, Nev., in a vehicle crash while traveling home from a bowling tournament with his wife, Martha, and his good friends, Blair and Joann De Shong.

Clyde was born April 24, 1945, to Fred and Gladys Wensenk in Willard, Mo. He joined three sisters; Delores, Marilyn and Linda at home. He moved with the family to Burns, where his youngest sibling, Rocky, joined the family. Clyde attended school in Burns.

Clyde married four wonderful women during his lifetime. As in most lives, people change and so do relationships. He married Dennie Jaques in 1965. He married Judy Hammons in 1969. He married Dauna Bossuot in 1984. He met the love of his later life, Martha Norris, and married her in 2004.

Clyde began his career working as a cowboy for numerous ranches in the area. He worked for Hines Lumber Co, operated heavy equipment, ran his own business, and worked construction. In retirement, he spent his time breeding, raising and training German Shorthair Pointers.

Clyde was a bit of a renaissance man; he was interested in a variety of activities; bowling, hunting, wood working, jewelry making. He was very creative and a bit of a stickler, never quite happy with his creations until they were perfect.

He was very proud of all of the kids he coached in Little League, Babe Ruth, high school baseball, and Park and Rec basketball.

One of his favorite pastimes was playing music. He started playing guitar as a young man. He enjoyed performing with the band at the Antlers in his early years, and with Ruel Teague and the Old Time Fiddlers in his later days.

Most will remember Clyde as pretty ornery with a great sense of humor. He loved giving people a hard time, especially those he really cared about. His morning sessions with the gang at the Doughnut club usually started him off on a good roll for the day.

Clyde is survived by his wife, Martha; mother, Gladys Wensenk; sister, Delores Mead; brother, Rocky and his wife, Shirley Wensenk; children, Jodie and Mike Hettrick, Wendy and Travis McCoy, James and Jess Norris, LT and Nanci Norris, Cole Wensenk, Sean and Charity Wensenk; grandchildren, Kyle, Kory, Talon, Emmalie, Taron, Kali, Samantha, Madison and Maddox; great-grandson, Nathan; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Fred Raymond Wensenk; siblings, Marilyn Edwards and Linda McKirdy; and nephew, Matthew Wensenk.

As he always said at the end of a game “Turn out the lights, the party’s over.”

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Douglas Walter Bailey 1962-2015

Posted on November 4th in Obituaries


WEB OBIT BaileyDouglas Walter Bailey, 53, of Hines, passed away suddenly in his sleep Oct. 25.

Doug was born Sept. 9, 1962, in Ontario to Walt and Janice (Jenkins) Bailey of Diamond. He was welcomed by older brother, Brad, and later they both welcomed brother, Vade. Doug was raised in Diamond, where he attended school to the eighth grade. There, he had many mischievous adventures in the Diamond Valley with his good childhood friends who remained true friends throughout his life. His mischievous adventures followed him to Crane High School where he graduated in 1981.

Doug loved the ranching life. He enjoyed gathering cattle, branding, and was the master fence builder of the family. He was known to be an extreme perfectionist, and when he decided to do a job, it was done to perfection.

Doug was employed by the Harney County Road Department for 24 years.  As true to his spirit, he was known to always have a good joke, but always did his job to perfection. He eventually worked his way up to foreman.

Doug married Lori on June 5, 1993, and made their home in Hines. They welcomed two sons and built a good life together. Doug and Lori traveled many miles attending wrestling meets, football and baseball games with their boys. Watching his sons participate in sporting events was a source of pride and enjoyment for Doug. He was especially proud to watch Brennan win a state championship in wrestling and Logan win MVP in baseball during their senior years of high school.

Doug was loved for his mischievous spirit, good jokes, zest for life, and many, many, many humorous nicknames he gave others. He was a tell-it-like-it-is person, who had a deep loyalty to his family and true friends. He had a quick wit, sharp sense of humor, and loved to play pranks. He will be extremely missed during the family get-togethers, hunting trips and pitch games.

Doug is survived by his wife, Lori; sons, Brennan and Logan; mother, Janice; and brothers, Brad and Vade. He also leaves behind sisters-in-law, Roxane and Heather; nephews, Zach, Zane and Luke; many aunts, cousins and good friend, Don Davis.

Doug was preceded in death by his father, Walt.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Elks Lodge in Burns. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Doug’s memory may be made to Burns High School Wrestling Program, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel in Burns.

Blair William DeShong 1942-2015

Posted on November 4th in Obituaries


WEB OBIT B. DeShongBlair William DeShong passed away Oct. 19 in a motor vehicle accident in Humboldt County, Nev.

Blair was born in McConnellsburg, Pa., on Sept. 21, 1942, to Sarah Fagley. Sarah passed of complications shortly after giving birth. He was willed to Mr. and Mrs. Reamer DeShong. Blair attended school in McConnellsburg.

In 1961, Blair joined the Air Force and became a Green Beret. He served two tours in Vietnam. After being discharged from service, he worked for the government. Once returning to Pennsylvania, he opened a saw mill. His first love was always working in the woods. He married his first wife, Evelyn, and they had two children, Michelle and Michael.

After being divorced, Blair resorted to his second love, bowling. Through a mutual friend, Blair met and married JoAnn. Blair started a construction business and the two worked together from time-to-time throughout the years.

In 1978, Blair moved his family to Burns. Once again, he started working in the woods as a faller. It wasn’t long before the logging industry vanished and he returned to construction. Blair spent his spare time with his children hunting, fishing, traveling, and building wood furniture. He was a history buff and traveled with his family all over the United States to visit historical sites, parks, and monuments. He even tried gold mining as a hobby for a while. He was always willing to try anything once.

Blair is survived by his daughters, Jenifer DeShong and Tina Brewer; sons, Darin (Stephanie) and Roger Boyd; grandchildren, Jory, Erica, and Kortney and Shannon Fritts, Brandon and Cole Boyd, Shealyne Peasley, Avery Boyd, Klaton Helvey, Aalyiah Palmer and Shyanne Fine.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Sarah Fagley; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Reamer  DeShong; and numerous sisters, brothers, aunts and uncles.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Nazarene Church. A potluck lunch will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to CAN Cancer, 557 W. Washington Street, Burns, OR 97720.

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