OBIT BaileyLifelong Harney County rancher/farmer Walter David Bailey passed away April 2.

Walt was born March 26, 1939, in Burns to Tom and Maxine (Kerns) Bailey.  He was raised in Diamond Valley, where he attended grade school. He graduated from Crane Union High School in 1957. As with most Crane graduates, Walt shared many humorous stories of attending school at Crane.

On August 3, 1959, Walt married Janice Jenkins.  They made their home in Diamond, where they raised three children, Brad, Doug and Vade, until they moved to Catlow Valley, later Frenchglen, and eventually settled on a place outside of Burns.

Walt and Janice raised hay and cattle for many years until Walt retired from the cattle and truck driving about 12 years ago.  Walt and Janice continued to raise hay involving all five grandsons.

Walt loved to have a good visit with old friends, play a fun game of cards, and eat a good steak, but his greatest joy came from his family, especially his five grandsons. He often joked that he had enough grandsons for a basketball team, and always asked them, “Did you get a whoopin’ at school today?” Walt is famous amongst his grandsons for his life-lessons, like how to drive a tractor and load a truck of hay, asking them to do a task and always adding, “Or are you too little?”,  his “political correctness,” “The secret to gambling is to always use other people’s money,” and “Good ain’t forever and bads not for good.”

Walt is survived by wife, Janice; sons, Brad (Roxane), Doug (Lori), and Vade (Heather); and grandsons, Brennan, Zach, Logan, Zane and Luke Bailey.  Walt is also survived by brother, Fred; sister, Libby Schafer; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Walt was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Colleen Hutchins; and brothers, Tom and Bob (Beatle) Bailey.

At Walt’s request, there will be no funeral services.  Contributions in Walt’s memory may be made to Harney County Little League, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.


OBIT_DuntenMarjorie Beryl Moffet-Dunten, 95, passed away March 22.

Marjorie was born May 21, 1919, to William Perry and Gladys Mabel Sheer Moffet of Drewsey on the Middles Worth place, 14 miles northwest of Drewsey. They then homesteaded in the Griffin Creek area for a short time, and they eventually moved to the Drewitt saw mill that was owned by Marjorie’s grandparents, Elmer and Jane Drewitt, which today is referred to as Moffet Springs, two miles north of the Bluebucket cow camp. A brother, Coy Nile Moffet, was born, date undetermined, lived a short time, and was buried at Moffit Springs. Marjorie’s father worked at the Moffet mill, logging in the summer months. During the winter months, the family moved to Drewsey, where they owned a home and her father drove road grader for the Harney County Road Department.

Marjorie’s sisters, late Eugenia Otley, late Wanda Darlene Moffet, Hilda Langenfeld, Mardell Phillips, and brother, Bob Laughlin, were born in Drewsey. At age 12, Marjorie drove her dad’s model A, and her crippled uncle, John Ike Moffet, followed the road grader pulled by eight horses by her dad. John Ike would rake big rocks out of the road behind them as they moved along. One time, Marjorie, filled with courage, took her dad’s Model A out on the race track below Drewsey and two neighbor boys took their dad’s Model A, and they were racing. Marjorie’s dad saw the dust flying, walked out on the race track and stopped the race. Her dad said to her, “Young lady, is this what you’re supposed to be doing?” Marjorie said, “That look was worse than a spanking,” and never did it again. Unfortunately, Marjorie’s dad was killed in a car wreck when she was 14 years old, two months before Mardell was born. Marjorie attended Crane Union High School for a short time, but quit school to come home to help her mother care for her siblings. At this age, she was able to obtain a special permit to drive the car and take the family places they needed to go. Another task included going to the O’Toole ranch during lambing season to cook and take care of the kids.

Marjorie married Byron Dunten in 1942. He preceded her in death Jan.12, 1992. When she married Byron, she moved five miles west of Drewsey to the ranch where she lived and worked for the duration of her life. She worked in the hay fields, raised large gardens, milked cows, raised chickens, leppy calves, bummer lambs, and also enjoyed hunting, camping and family reunions.

At Kimble Flat School, which consolidated in 1955 with Drewsey, Marjorie’s job would consist of driving the kids from Kimble Flat area to Drewsey school for 26 years with not one late arrival and only having one flat tire throughout the duration. In 1956, she began to work at the Porter Sitz Store for 25 years. Trouble with her legs forced her to quit her job at the store, but she continued to stay active in other ways previously mentioned. She drove pick-up and horse trailer in the forest for her husband and family buckaroos. She still kept busy milking cows, raising chickens, and gardening, and enjoyed driving the mail route when needed. She worked at the Drewsey dump, and was recalled as the “dump bunny.” She has many nieces and nephews, and too many friends to count.

In June 2001, she was Queen Mother of Pioneer Days. In her later years, she enjoyed traveling to Burns or Ontario just to enjoy a meal. The family accompanied her on every adventure. Marjorie eventually was placed in assisted living, and the family would go and visit.  She was always asked how she had been, and she responded with, “just sitting on my butt,” which she didn’t enjoy because she was so active. She appreciated all the care she received while she was in the home at Ashley Manor, as well as the care she received from Kate Johnson. The last few days she was surrounded by family and friends which provided her with love and comfort.

Throughout her life, Marjorie enjoyed providing for others and never expected anything in return. Cooking breakfast, lunch, or dinner at the moment of arrival for any family members or friends. The grandkids would knock on the door wanting potatoes, popcorn, toast, or ice cream because no one could make these items as good as grandma. She must have had the magic touch of buttering toast for her grandson, Taylor, special water for boiling potatoes for Peyton, or an old time microwave that cooked the popcorn just right for Kelton. You could always expect to have a five-course meal anytime you were home or came back to the ranch to visit. The hay crew never went hungry, and the branding buckaroos always left with a full stomach, as she enjoyed sweating over a hot stove to be sure no one went hungry. Her signature sandwiches for any buckaroo you could always expect it had butter on it, whether it be a ham cheese, roast beef or bologna, even the pancake sandwiches she fixed for her husband.

Grandma had a great sense of humor for April Fools Day by putting coffee filters or wash cloths in your pancakes. You always knew something was up, the silence of biting into the pancake and waiting for her to explode with laughter. She was a comedian at times and it was returned back by family members with nicknames by son-in-law Jesse “parkay” which would always get a rise or smile. From road trips to see family in Prairie City to driving the pick-up and horse trailer to pick buckaroos up, she never questioned why, but always knew her help was appreciated. She enjoyed staying busy with whatever task was asked of her and never expected anything in return. She was an early riser and would be disappointed with herself if she slept past 6 a.m. It was another opportunity to add some laughter and give her a hard time. From talking to her sisters on Sunday evenings to having long visits with her son, Darrell, on the phone, she enjoyed visiting and keeping her mind busy. If it wasn’t visiting or helping family with duties, it was a relaxing evening watching the Grand Ole Opry, or a laughter out of the Golden Girls. Daily conversations would lead to her remembering what happened from date to date. She always knew special events of family members, friends of the valley, if it consisted of birthdays, anniversaries, or dates when someone had passed on. She was very knowledgeable of dates and events happening on a daily basis.

As a kind and caring mother and grandmother, with a unique personality and unselfish attitude, she carried all the traits of a person anyone would wish to become. One last thought to share – before eating a snack or having a drink in the evening after finishing a competitive game of aggravation, speed, pedro, or pinochle with a family member, she would always toast “to the lips through the gums, look out rear-end for here she comes”.

Marjorie is survived by her two sons, Darrell and his wife, Lucinda, of Paris, Ark., and  Charles, and his wife, Janice, of  Drewsey; 11 grandchildren, Sharlene, Barbara, Billy, Bobby, Tommy,  Debbie, Darwin Dunten, Jaylene (Jesse) Krueger, William (Cory) Dunten, Brad (Ashley) Dunten,  and Brett (Shanda) Dunten; 19 great-grandkids, and two great-great-grandkids.

Contributions in Marjorie Dunten’s memory may be made to the Drewsey Cemetery Fund, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, PO Box 488, Burns, OR  97720. LaFollette’s Chapel was in charge of arrangements.


Clell R. Radmacher, 74, of Salem, passed away March 18, following a lengthy struggle with kidney disease and congestive heart failure.

He was born June 24, 1940, in Portland to Ewald and Marjorie Radmacher.

Clell attended schools in The Dalles and Pendleton, graduating from Pendleton High School in 1958. He attended Multnomah Bible College for a year, then married his high school sweetheart, Marilyn Coulombe, and began a 24-year career with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), beginning on the Umatilla National Forest, and then transferring to the Malheur and Ochoco forests. He and his family lived in Hines for 16 years, and Clell became very involved with church, community, and civic affairs. He served on the Hines City Council for several years, as well as one term as mayor. Clell loved the mountains and desert of Harney County, and over the years since leaving in 1983, he often returned to visit as he left behind many friends and memories. After retiring from the USFS, Clell and his family moved to California, where he worked as the facilities manager for Calvary Church in Los Gatos for the next 16 years. His three daughters were all married there, and gave him six grandchildren who he loved and adored, and becoming “Papa” to them was the highlight of his life. In 1999, Clell and his wife returned to Oregon to retire in the Willamette Valley, and he found enjoyment in driving a school bus for the Salem-Keizer School District for six years, where he was much loved by the students. Because of health problems, Clell was forced to retire again, but not wanting to be idle, he went to work part time for Roberson Motors in Salem for about three years.

Music was a huge part of Clell’s life, and he was known for his whistling and beautiful singing voice. While in Burns and Hines, he sang in the church choir at Faith Baptist, in a men’s quartet (with Larry and Cliff Asmussen and Louis Hoke), and also a mixed trio (with Cliff and Peggy Asmussen), singing in church services and for various community events. He learned to play the trombone in grade school and continued to play, including 16 years in a church orchestra.  Among the things he enjoyed were teaching adult Sunday school classes and leading home Bible studies. Clell was a thoughtful and loving man with a contagious smile and a fun-loving personality, but it was his love for the Lord that inspired and touched many throughout his lifetime. He was loved and respected, and will be greatly missed by his family and friends, but we know he is with his heavenly Father and we will see him again someday.

Clell is survived by his beloved wife, Marilyn, to whom he was married for more than 53 years. He also leaves behind three daughters, Shelley (Tim) Sherman of Marysville, Wash., Karin (Graydon) Knappett of Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada, and Kristin (Jeff) Goodwin of Loma, Colo.; six grandchildren, Andrew Sherman, Stephen (Katie) Sherman of Marysville, Wash., Seth Goodwin of Loma, Colo., Hailey (Kaleb) Forseen of LaGrange, Wyo., and Katie and Brianna Knappett of Bracebridge, Ontario; four great- grandchildren; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and younger sisters, Sherry Ann Kulis and Darlene Heddle.

A Life Celebration will be held at 11 a.m. April 9 at Salem First Baptist. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the New Property Fund of Salem First Baptist in Clell’s memory.


Eldon Ray Black, 92, of Payette, Idaho, formerly of Crane, passed away March 17 at a care facility in Payette.

Services will be held at a later date. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel in Payette.


Ester Louise Kendrick, 95, passed away March 22.  At her request, there will be no funeral service. A full obituary will follow at a later date.


Colean Norton 1921-2015

Posted on April 1st in Obituaries

Colean Norton passed away March 28 at the Harney District Hospital.

Colean Rose Hirsch was born July 19, 1921, to Fred and Marie Hirsch in Simpson, Kan., where she lived on the family farm, worked for her neighbors, and graduated from Hayes Normal School, and then taught in one-room schools. During the war, she traveled to San Francisco, Calif. to aid the war effort by being a “Rosie the Riveter.” Not quite strong enough for the work, she visited her sister, Opal, in Burns. After several visits, she decided to move here and join the girls at the Edward Hines Lumber Company office. Also at Edward Hines was Rudy Sunderlin. They married Sept. 21, 1946. In 1947, Colean became a confirmed member of Hope Lutheran Church in Hines. They had two children, Paul and Karen. Rudy passed away in 1965. She later married John Norton.

As a member of the Lutheran church, she participated in the annual smorgasborg dinners, made potato sausage, taught Sunday School, was active in the Ladies Aid and held various offices in the church. She became a Cub Scout Leader, volunteered with the American Cancer Society and the American Legion Auxiliary, where she spent many hours selling poppies and working in the concession stand at the fairgrounds. In addition, she worked for 25 years as a deputy clerk at the Harney County Courthouse in the county clerk’s office.

She is survived by Paul and Beverly Sunderlin of Bend; Karen Starbuck of Princeton; John and Shelly Norton of Colorado Springs, Colo.; grandchildren, Brett Starbuck, Luke and Janeen Starbuck, Wade and Jody Starbuck, Tassie and Dave Hooper, Marty and Zina Norton, and Casey Norton; great-grandchildren, Wyatt, Sydney, Henry, Frank, Elias, and John Starbuck, Tommie John and Zach Hooper; sister, Opal Filteau; brother, Fred Hirsch; nieces, Christine Stott, Janet Swenson, Carole Ann Boyce, Cathy Freeman; nephews, Alan Singsaas, Butch Percival, Fred and Steve Hirsch.

Colean was preceded in death by her parents; twin sister, Pauline; husbands, Rudy and John; nephew, Jon Filteau; niece, Linda Singsaas; and son-in-law, Johnny Starbuck.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, at First Lutheran Church, 349 South Egan. Contributions may be mailed to the Community Flag Fund at P.O. Box 194, Burns, OR 97720 or deposited at US Bank.


Viola Pease Jennings, 99, longtime resident of Burns, passed away March 7 in the nursing home in Ritzville, Wash.

Viola was born Feb. 4, 1916, to Henry and Ida Pease, and married William (Red) Jennings in 1934. She graduated from Burns Union High School in 1934.

Viola was active in the Catholic Church and a longtime member of the Valley Golf Club. She worked at Safeway and the Hines Post Office.

Viola is survived by her daughter, Sally Jardee of Ritzville, Wash.; son, William Jennings Jr. of Burns; nine grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was held March 13.


A funeral service for Marjorie Dunten, 95, will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 26, at Drewsey Community Hall.


Ruth Miles 1926-2015

Posted on March 18th in Obituaries

OBITMilesWEBRuth Potter Miles, 88, passed away March 11 in Vale, surrounded by family.

Born in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho, on Aug. 1, 1926, Ruth was one of five daughters born to Glen and Josephine Potter. She married Junior R. Miles June 25, 1944, in Lava Hot Springs. Their early married life took them from Lava Hot Springs to Salmon, Homedale, Vale, Juntura, Burns and back to Vale, where they lived for the past 40 years. They just celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary this past summer.

Ruth loved raising her children and was very involved with their activities. She gave generously of her time for the benefit of all children. She was a room mother at school, Cub Scout Leader, Girl Scout Leader, and 4-H Leader for 25 years. She loved her grandchildren and created many memories by spending time together with them.

She was an accomplished seamstress, making clothes for her family and many others. She loved oil painting, crafts, dancing, family camping trips, and exploring new country.

Ruth will long be remembered for her kindness and sweet smile that made you instantly feel welcome and loved.

Ruth is survived by her husband, Junior Miles, of Vale; daughters,  Jeanette and Al Sillonis of Weiser, Idaho, Cindy and Bill Romans of Westfall, and Penny and Steve McFetridge of Vale; daughter-in-law, Mary Miles of John Day; son-in-law, Dave and Debbie Enright of Vale; 15 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren; sisters, Lorene Bowman of Quincy, Wash., and Jolene Tillotson of Pocatello, Idaho.

She was preceded by an infant son, Kenneth Don Miles; son, Robert Miles of John Day; and daughter, Betty Enright of Vale; sisters, Kathleen Potter and Dorothy Potter of Lava Hot Springs; and great-granddaughter, Hallie Romans of Westfall.

A funeral service was held March 16 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Chapel in Vale. Interment was at Valley View Cemetery in Vale. Memorial donations may be made to Malheur County Fairgrounds, 795 NW 9th St., Ontario, OR 97914.


Stan Bennett, 92, a longtime resident of Burns, passed away March 14 in Stayton.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 21, at Pioneer Presbyterian Church in Burns.

A full obituary will follow at a later date.


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