JoAnn DeShong 1949-2015

Posted on November 4th in Obituaries

WEB OBIT J. DeShongJoAnn DeShong passed away Oct. 19 in a motor vehicle accident in Humboldt County, Nev.

JoAnn was born in Winchester, Va., Sept. 19, 1949, to Joseph and Frances Carroll of White Post, Va. She was the middle child of three children. As a young girl, she was a Girl Scout. JoAnn’s passion was English riding. In her late teens, she traveled to Milwaukie, Wis., to train and ride with top English riders in the country. She was a member of a Pony Club. She competed in show jumping, showing horses, and fox hunts.

She also competed in beauty pageants. She traveled to several states, such as Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia, to competitions.

JoAnn married Roger Dale Boyd. They had three children. They had six wonderful years together until tragedy struck. JoAnn was left as a widow raising three young children. She worked long hours to keep her family together.

She met and married the true love of her life, Blair William DeShong, in 1977. JoAnn was quite the Susie-home-maker and loved sewing. She canned everything she and Blair grew in their garden. She was happy when Blair suggested they move to Oregon. In December 1978, they sold everything and headed west. Shortly after moving to Oregon, the family had a new addition, Jenifer Elizabeth, in September 1979.

Through the years, JoAnn tried several careers. She became a certified nursing assistant in 1991, and started working at Harney District Hospital. She also worked in the surgery department as a scrub tech, and eventually became the manager of the Materials Management Department. She loved so many of her coworkers. She retired Jan. 1, 2015. She spent her time traveling to see her children, grandchildren and friends.

JoAnn is survived by her daughters, Tina Brewer and Jenifer DeShong; sons, Darin (Stephanie) and Roger Boyd; grandchildren, Jory, Erica, Kortney and Shannon Fritts, Brandon and Cole Boyd, Shealyne Peasley, Avery Boyd, Klaton Helvey, Aalyiah Palmer and Shyanne Fine; brother, Jack Carroll (Toni) of Hines; niece, Miranda (Ed) Moulton of Hines; and Jack Carroll Jr. of Saudi Arabia.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Frances Carroll.

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 made to CAN Cancer, 557 W. Washington Street, Burns, OR 97720.

Rick Hooter Weir, 67, passed away Saturday, Oct. 31, at Harney District Hospital. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 6, at LaFollette’s Chapel. A pot luck dinner will follow at the Burns Elks Lodge No. 1680.

Contributions in Rick Hooter Weir’s memory can be made to Alcoholics Anonymous. LaFollette’s Chapel is in charge of funeral arrangements.

Dorothy Anne Voegtly 1921-2015

Posted on November 4th in Obituaries


WEB OBIT VoegtlyDorothy Anne Voegtly, 94, passed away quietly Oct. 22 in Boise, Idaho, after a long life filled with family, friends, and a treasured career. She was a woman cherished by her children and loved by friends. Dorothy’s greatest joys were cooking, hosting others, sharing her compassion and enthusiasm for life.

Born Dorothy Anne Blinn on July 8, 1921, in Nampa, Idaho, she survived her three brothers: Herbert, Raymond, and Richard. Growing up in Boise, she attended St. Alphonsus Nursing School and graduated in 1942. She married James McDade and traveled during World War II, and then settled in Fields. There, she raised her five children and served as the community health resource.

In 1955, the family moved to Burns, and Dorothy continued her nursing career in surgery and as an on call obstetric nurse. Later, she went to Albany Medical School to become a nurse anesthetist, graduating in 1967, and retired in 1991. Many from the community remember her affectionately as “Nannie D”!

While in Burns, Dorothy was very active in the community, serving on the city planning commission, Chamber Music Society, playing the violin, the Eastern Star, Daughters of the Nile, and P.E.O., an organization which provides women educational opportunities. Professionally, she was very active and acquired a certification for hypnosis and inhalation therapy, providing more services to the community. She lobbied nationally to improve health funding for rural hospitals. In 1990, in recognition for her many outstanding accomplishments, she was awarded Harney County Woman of the Year.

Dorothy married Allan Voegtly in 1971, and together they traveled throughout the U.S. and Europe. They retired to Port Townsend, Wash. After his death in 1993, Dorothy returned to Meridian, Idaho, to be near family. During this time, she was an active member of Holy Apostles Catholic Church which contributed to her strong spiritual character. She also treasured her friendships and activities in P.E.O.

Dorothy is survived by four children: Mike McDade, Kathy Russell, Anne Donatelli, and Colleen Lindley; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her son, Pat, in 2001.

She left a legacy of compassion and an insatiable zest for learning and living. Her celebration of life and funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 9, at Holy Apostles Catholic Church, 6300 N. Meridian Rd. in Meridian.  Remembrances may be left for the family online at  Services are under the direction of Accent Funeral Home in Meridian.

Lynn Ryle Pryse 1933-2015

Posted on October 28th in Obituaries


OBIT Pryse webLynn Ryle Pryse, 82, of Baker City passed away Oct. 21.

Lynn was born April 11, 1933, in Prairie City to Gladys and John Pryse. He attended Prairie City High School where he excelled in basketball and football and general pranks. Lynn was drafted into the Army during the Korean war and was stationed in California.

After the Army, he was recruited to play football for Eastern Oregon College.

He married Sandra Yokom Sept. 11, 1955, which began a 60-year adventure. Lynn began his professional career with a series of leadership positions in varied fields. From the timber industry, to helping open the first Les Schwab store in Burns, to managing the John Day pool, and then ultimately working for 30 years for California Pacific utility. Lynn retired from Oregon Trail Electric Co-op in 1993 and embarked upon an active retired life.

Lynn loved archery hunting, golfing, camping, fishing, his Alpenlite travel club, watching his grandchildren in various sports and activities, and giving back to his community.

Lynn was active in the Baker City and Burns Lions Clubs, the Golf Board, American Red Cross, Trail Tenders, the Episcopal Church and various other service organizations throughout Eastern Oregon. Lynn was chairman of the state 1A basketball tournament for several years and loved watching basketball at Baker High School.

Lynn was a welcoming man who never knew a stranger. He was a great father and grandfather who enjoyed life to the fullest.

Lynn is survived by his wife of 60 years, Sandra Pryse; children, Cammy Warner (Fred Warner, Jr.) of Baker City, Kevin Pryse (Donna Pryse) of Burns, Mary Gerson (Jim Gerson) of San Clemente, Calif., and Jennifer Riley (Kevin Riley) of Milton-Freewater; brother, Dean Pryse of Parkdale; step-brothers, Marv Sumner of Baker City, and Richard Sumner; grandchildren, Courtney Warner Crowell (Adam Crowell) and Mackenzie Warner, Jamie and Katrina Pryse, Taryn and Bryce Gerson, and Megan, William (Mica Riley) and Camille Riley; and great-grandchild, Hazel Crowell.

Lynn was preceded in death by his brother, Daryl Pryse; parents, John and Gladys Pryse; and his in-laws, Orval and Camille Yokom.

There will be a celebration of life at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Baker City Episcopal Church and/or the Baker High School Athletic fund.

Phyllis Jean Henry 1921-2015

Posted on October 28th in Obituaries


OBIT Henry webPhyllis Jean Henry, 94, of Nampa, Idaho, passed away Saturday, Sept. 26, at a Nampa retirement center.

She was born April 11, 1921, in Portland to John Leroy Mogenson and Anna Christiansen Mogenson. She was raised and educated in Astoria. She married Warren D. Henry in 1950. He had earned lifetime licensures in dairy manufacturing and worked at the family creamery in Prineville. Later, the Henrys returned to college and seminary, and he became an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). They served in churches in Mount Vernon, Umatilla, Burns and Essex, Iowa. Rev. Henry died in 1971, and Phyllis returned to the Oregon area and resumed her education. She worked in the Medical field until taking an early retirement.

She was a lifetime member of the Presbyterian Church with membership in the First United Presbyterian Church in Nampa.  Through the years, she was active in many areas of the church program including music, children’s work, junior choirs and women’s work, including Eastern Oregon Presbyterial and three years as treasurer of PW of Cascades Presbytery. She also served as a church treasurer for several years. She was an ordained elder and served as clerk of session for several years. She was a member of the American Association of Medical Assistants and a 60-year member of Alpha Iota International Business Honorary.

She is survived by a son, Rev. Dr. John S. Henry and wife, Pamela, of Nampa.

A graveside service will be held in Shannon City, Iowa.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Nampa Funeral Home, Yraguen Chapel. An online guest book is available at

Elizabeth Ann Burnett 1945-2015

Posted on October 21st in Obituaries


OBIT Burnett WEBElizabeth (Betty) Ann (Glerup) Burnett passed away Sept. 18 at her home in Seal Beach, Calif., where she and her husband had resided for 12 years. Elizabeth lost her battle with lung cancer after almost a year following her second diagnosis.

Betty was born in Burns Aug. 5, 1945, and graduated from Burns Union High School in 1963. She met her husband while he was serving in the military in Burns. Betty and  Daryl Burnett were married May 3, 1963, at the Christian Church in Burns, and were happily married for 52 years. Betty followed her husband through 20 years in the U.S. Air Force, ending in retirement in 1981. Following military retirement, they worked with the government performing contract work, and then began their second retirement in California in 2011.

Betty traveled to Burns at every opportunity, visiting her only sister, Roberta (Bobbie) Oltman, and her three brothers, Dave, Sam and George Glerup. She also enjoyed seeing and visiting her many nieces and nephews residing in Harney County and Western Idaho.

When any of her family called or came to visit, her eyes would light up and she would smile like only a woman full of pride, joy and love for family could accomplish.

Betty is survived by her husband, Daryl Burnett; sons, Daryl Don II (Veronica), David William (Elizabeth), Daniel Kevin (Marci), and Douglas Brian Burnett; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Lizzie Pearl (Fisher) Glerup; her biological father, Earl (Jack) Cote; and her adopted father, Howard (Jake) Glerup.

Daniel Wade Smith 1952 – 2015

Posted on October 21st in Obituaries


OBIT Smith WEBDaniel Wade Smith passed away Sept. 22 following a two-year battle with cancer.

Dan was born Oct. 21, 1952, in Los Angeles, Calif., to Charles and Pauline Smith. He was the youngest of four children.

Dan moved to Burns in his early 20s and worked as a house painter and did various construction work.  He was working on the vet clinic when he met Debi Austin in 1976. She had a daughter, Trisha, and in 1979, they had daughter, Sarah.

He continued working construction and painting jobs until recent years when he went to work in the oil fields in North Dakota driving truck. He worked there until he became ill and returned to the Vale area. This was one of his favorite places, as it is right by the Owyhee River, where he was able to do his favorite thing: fish.

Dan is survived by his daughters, Sarah Pierce, and husband, Isaac, and Trisha Parish and husband, J.R.; grandchildren, Chanse, Alex and Jordan Pierce, and Kahlan, Kiara and Sandra Parish; and great-granddaughter, Harmony Pierce.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Pauline Smith; and sister, Sally.


OBIT Nyleen WEBRodney “Rod” LeRoy Nyleen, 84, passed away Sept. 25, from pneumonia.

Rod was born May 27, 1931, in Clearbrook, Minn., to Paul M. and Emelia (Kihlstadius) Nyleen.  He served in the U.S. Navy in aviation and as a Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class.

Rod received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Willamette University. He was also part owner and operator of a retail store in Burns. Rod owned and flew his own plane.  He loved to hunt and fish with his brothers and other family members. He loved to golf and play “pitch” (card game) after golfing.

Rod was a member and twice exalted ruler at the Burns Elk Lodge.

He is survived by his brother, Clifton Nyleen of Sutherlin.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel, 123 S. 7th St. in Cottage Grove. Arrangements by Smith-Lund-Mills.

A memorial service for William (Bill) P. Moser will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, in the Memorial Building at the Harney County Fairgrounds.

Following the service, there will be a potluck meal for family and friends of Bill.

The meat, bread and drinks for the meal will be provided. Everyone attending is asked to bring a side dish or dessert.

For more information, contact Teri Peter of Denio, Nev., or Anne Clark of Drewsey.

Donations in Bill’s memory may be made to the athletic clubs of Crane, Adrian or Nyssa high schools, or the Denio Community Club in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.


OBIT Moser WEBWilliam (Bill) Paul Moser was born Aug. 6, 1938, to Paul Augustine and Margret Alice (Hite) Moser in Ontario. Bill’s childhood days began in Vale, early school days were in Drewsey, and he attended high school in Crane. While in high school, he participated in football, basketball, and track. After graduating from Crane in 1956, Bill attended the College of Idaho in Caldwell, Idaho, for two years.

On July 19, 1958, Bill married Ruth Erquiaga of Denio, Nev., in Burns. He transferred to Oregon State University (OSU), in Corvallis and graduated in 1961 with a bachelor of science in range management.

While in college, Bill worked summers for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) doing range surveys and fighting fires. After graduation, he worked for Oregon State College as an extension agent in Lakeview for 10 years. In 1965, Bill and his wife, Ruth, purchased the Erquiaga family ranch in Denio. It became their permanent home in 1970 and continues to be carried on today.

Bill served as president of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association (District I) from 1998-2000 and vice president in 2004-2005. He was an active member of many organizations including, OSU Alumni Association, Millennium Member of the National Rifle Association of America, and various organizations. Bill served his community as a school board member for Fields Elementary and Crane Union High School, and as president of the Denio Community Club. He played an integral role in getting the basketball gym built in Denio after the community hall burned down in 1979.

Bill liked to hunt and fish, especially with kids and family. He was passionate about sports and dedicated much of his time to helping rural children learn life skills through basketball. A favorite thing to do was coaching rural basketball (more than 20 years) in Denio, which included children from Fields and Jackson Mountain schools. He was also an avid sports fan, faithfully and tirelessly attending football, basketball, volleyball, and track events of his children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends children throughout their grade school, high school, and college years.

Bill is survived by his wife, Ruth (57 years); daughter, Teresa (Greg) Jones; son, Joseph (Stacey) Moser; grandsons, Chris Jones, Paul (Hannah) Jones; granddaughter, Taylor Campbell; grandson, Lance Campbell; sisters, Patty Warton, Charlotte (Darrell) Northrop, Donna (Forrest) Wilson; brother, Norman (Anne) Clark; sister, Jeannie (Edward) Voltin; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, in the Memorial Building at the Harney County Fairgrounds.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to either the Crane, Adrian, or Nyssa Athletic Clubs, or the Denio Community Club in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, 332 W. Monroe St., P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.

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