Margy Cyphers 1951-2014

Posted on March 5th in Obituaries

CyphersbwMargy Cyphers passed away Feb. 24 in Bend following a year-long illness.

Margy was born at Harney County Hospital Jan. 29, 1951. She was the third of four children born to Arthur L. (Bill) and Dixie D. Runnels of Burns.

Margy attended Burns Grade School and graduated from Burns Union High School in 1969, then attended Oregon College of Education in Monmouth for two years. She transferred to Treasure Valley Community College, where she completed nurses’ training, working summers as a dispatcher. Upon graduation, she moved to Salem to work at Salem Memorial Hospital and become certified as a respiratory technician. She then worked in this capacity at St. Charles Hospital in Bend for five years.

Margy’s next move was to The Dalles to work at Columbia Basin Nursing Home. During this time, she met her future husband, Dick Cyphers. Margy and Dick were married Nov. 26, 1983, in Dufur Methodist Church.

Dick and Margy then lived in Portland for two years, where Dick completed his education. This period was especially meaningful to Margy, as she was able to spend time with her beloved sister, Marcy Selid, Marcy’s husband, Mark, and their two children. The Cyphers returned to The Dalles in 1988. In 1995, they welcomed their son, Peter.

In 1997, the family relocated to Burns to be nearer Margy’s parents. Margy spent the rest of her working life at Harney District Hospital and High Desert Medical Center, where her skills and compassionate care were highly regarded.

Since 2012, Margy suffered from respiratory illness, which became worse when she and Peter were on a church mission in Mexico.

Margy grew up in First (Faith) Baptist Church in Burns, where she accepted Jesus as her savior.  She spent her life serving and caring for others. She loved planting flowers, reading, doing latchhook and embroidery, and going to garage sales. She especially enjoyed the Runnels’ annual family trips, including to Yellowstone Park, the Wallowas, the Oregon coast, and an Alaskan cruise.

She is survived by husband, Dick; son, Peter; mother, Dixie; brother, Dick (Dawna) of Nyssa; stepchildren, Ryan Cyphers and Mandy Cyphers; Marcy’s children, Stephanie Ostrom and Chris Selid; Dick Runnels’ children, Nicole Kellogg and Toby Runnels; and many nephews, nieces and cousins.

Margy was preceded in death by her brother, Steve (1970); sister, Marcy (1991); father, Bill (2007); and brother-in-law, Mark Selid (2011).

The family expresses special gratitude to Margy’s cousins who helped so much during the past year of her illness: Jo Katagi of Vancouver, B.C., and Charles and Judi Bailey of Vancouver, Wash.

Donations in Margy’s memory may be made to Faith Baptist Church, Harney County Senior Center, or Harney County Home Health, c/o LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.

A memorial service for Margy Cyphers will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 8, at Faith Baptist Church. LaFollette’s Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

OBIT KayC Pickthorne PhotoKayC Pickthorne, 59, passed away Feb. 18 in her home, due to complications associated with renal failure.

KayC was born Sept. 19, 1954, in Council, Idaho, to Kathryn Phippen and Gene LaFay. She attended high school in Nyssa. After graduation, she pursued an English degree at Oregon State University, but graduated with a degree in business. While at Oregon State, she met Bruce Pickthorne, her husband of 39 years. June 15, 2014, would have marked the couple’s 40th wedding anniversary. Bruce and KayC were married in Ontario, and then moved to Portland, where she worked for Union Pacific Railroad, and then the Portland Teacher’s Union, while Bruce managed the Portland Livestock Market.

On July 4, 1982, Bruce and KayC were blessed with a daughter, Katie Anne. In 1986, the family moved to Harney County, where they lived for the next 20 years. During that time, KayC worked for Frenchglen Millworks and in retail sales. When her husband retired from the Bureau of Land Management, Bruce and KayC retired to Rufus.

KayC was a loving wife, mother, and daughter; she was also very active in helping to organize community events and local fundraising efforts. She regularly donated to the local animal and homeless shelters, which were among the causes she passionately supported. She enjoyed reading, fishing, gardening, and spending time with her family. She was a fantastic cook, and always made sure everyone was well fed.

KayC is survived by her husband, Bruce W. Pickthorne of Rufus; daughter, Katie A. Pickthorne of Hood River; mother, Kathryn (Kay) Phippen of Boise, Idaho; brother, Kelly LaFay of Florence, Fla.; and many friends and family.

She was preceded in death by her father, Gene LaFay; and brother, Kip LaFay.

KayC will be remembered for her thoughtfulness, kindness, love of animals, and appreciation of life. She embraced all challenges with grace and commitment. She set a shining example of how to live life, and will be greatly missed.

The burial will be held Friday, March 7, at 1 p.m. at Evergreen Cemetery, 1155 South Park Blvd., in Ontario. Immediately following will be a Celebration of Life gathering at the Clarion Hotel, 1249 Tapadera Ave., in Ontario.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to your local humane society or homeless shelter.


Allen M. Gamble II 1947-2014

Posted on February 26th in Obituaries

Allen M. Gamble, 66, passed away Feb. 20.

He was born Aug. 20, 1940.

He served in the U.S. Navy, was a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, and loved fishing and camping.

Allen is survived by his son, Greg Gamble; daughter, Lynn Hanson; sister, Alice Gamble; brother, Mike Gamble; mother, Daisy Dean; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Allen M. Gamble; step-mother, Adleaide Gamble; step-father Charles Dean; and Judy Jefferson.

Contributions in Allen Gamble’s memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR. 97720.


Beverly Jean Langston 1940-2014

Posted on February 26th in Obituaries

Beverly Obit.pagesBeverly Jean Langston, 73, of Nampa, Idaho, passed away at home on Thursday, Feb. 13.

Beverly was born Oct. 10, 1940, to Hale and Jimmie (Mitchell) Ferguson in Nampa. She was raised in Nampa until moving to McDermott, Nev., where she met and married Gerald Langston in 1957.  They moved to Burns, where they raised their family until moving back to Nampa in 1982. Beverly worked at St. Al’s until retirement in 2006. One of her favorite sayings was, “I love just puttering around my home.” Her greatest treasures were her children, and her grandchildren were her jewels.

Beverly is survived by her daughter, Cindy (Dale) Penner; grandsons Tyler and Matthew; son, Jerry (Jaimee) Langston; and grandchildren, Nichole (Jordan) Sanford and Dakota; brother, Joe Ferguson; stepdad, Charles Howland; stepbrothers Tim (Evelyn) Howland and Dave (Kim) Howland; and stepsister, Dawna (Dick) Runnels; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald Langston; father, Hale Ferguson; mother, Jimmie (Ferguson) Howland; and brother, Mitch Ferguson.

Memorials may be made to the Beverly Langston Memorial Fund at Delta Ministries; or online at

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Iris V. Landin 1934-2014

Posted on February 19th in Obituaries

OBIT Landin workedIris V. Landin passed away Tuesday, Feb. 11.

She was born Nov. 19, 1934.

Iris was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1954. She worked at Edward Hines/Snow Mountain Pine for more than 27 years, and at numerous restaurants.

She worked very hard at putting headstones on children’s graves that were bare. She had a lot of acquaintances, and even more close friends.

Iris is survived by her children, Bunny Winter of Burns, Ted Landin of Prineville, and Ivy Conger of Ontario; 11 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, one grandchild and one great-grandchild.

Funeral information will follow at a later date.


Randy Lynn Jackson 1958-2014

Posted on February 19th in Obituaries

OBIT Jackson worked webRandy Lynn Jackson passed away at his home Thursday, Feb. 6.

He was born April 24, 1958, in Silverton to parents, Lester and Marvel Jackson of Silverton.


Beverly Jean Langston, 73, of Nampa, Idaho, passed away at her home on Feb 13.

She is survived by her daughter, Cindy Langston Penner; and son, Jerry Langston.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, Feb. 23, at 10:30 a.m. MT at Dakin Funeral Chapel, 504 S. Kimball Ave., Caldwell, Idaho.

A full obituary will run at a later date.


Linda May Retherford 1943-2014

Posted on February 19th in Obituaries

OBIT Rutherford workedLinda May Retherford passed away Jan. 22 at Gresham Rehabilitation and Specialty Care near Portland.

She was born in Burns Feb. 8, 1943, to Kenneth W. Retherford and Zora Retherford.

Linda had a rocky start in the world, as she was born breech and had breathing and swallowing problems. Linda was sent to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, where she spent the next 11 days. They diagnosed her with cerebral palsy.

In her younger years, Linda was cared for at home and home schooled. During these years, she also attended many private schools geared to help her with speech and motor skills. In the summer, she would go to Easter Seals camp, a special camp for disabled children. She made many friends and really enjoyed these summers.

As Linda got older (about 16 or 17 years old), she was allowed to attend school in the classroom where her mother taught, and she furthered her education.

Linda then moved to Portland to a nursing home that helped disabled people learn technical skills. She didn’t like it there, and returned to Burns where she lived in the Burns nursing home for the next 10 years. At this time, she got to know Alice Herauf and participated in the Special Olympics. She really enjoyed this, but still wanted more.

At this time, a family friend, Mary Howden, had heard of Community Vision Inc., a nonprofit organization that provided supported living services to people with disabilities. Many things had changed in Linda’s life at this point. Her father had passed away, and her mother was moving to Monmouth to be near her sisters. So Linda decided to “take the plunge” and moved to Portland, once again.

Through Community Vision Inc., she got her first apartment in Forest Grove in 199l. Along with 24-hour care, she received training in a career as a consultant and public speaker for people with disabilities. Linda traveled all over, speaking to groups about disabilities. One of her favorite trips was to San Fransisco, Calif.

Linda was losing more of her abilities due to her cerebral palsy, so her traveling had to end. But in 2004, she accomplished one of her greatest ambitions, purchasing her own home through a program with Community Vision Inc.

Linda enjoyed her home and shared it with friends and her church family. Linda had always loved God and was a member of “The Lion of Judah” Congregation of Messianic Jews.

Linda’s last four years were spent at Gresham Rehabilitation and Specialty Care, where she could receive the care that she required. Her friends and church family visited regularly and shared services and holidays with her.

Linda is survived by her mother, Zora Retherford; brother, Kenneth Retherford and his wife, Randy; sister, Susan Pedersen and her husband, Tiny; nieces, Michelle Tye, Sheree Retherford and Crystal Fretwell; great-nieces, Jordan, Hailey and Naomi; great-nephews, Ledger and Leland; an aunt; an uncle; cousins; and many friends.

Linda was preceded in death by her father, Kenneth W. Retherford.

A graveside service was held Feb. 1, with burial in the Burns Cemetery.

Thad Geer 1934-2014

Posted on February 12th in Obituaries


OBIT - Thad Geer webThad Henry Geer passed away peacefully at his ranch on Tuesday, Feb. 4.

He was born in Burns on Oct. 10, 1934, to Henry and Julia Geer. He grew up with his sister, Ellen, and brother, Don.

Thad was so full of life, with many friends and dreams. He loved to have fun. When he graduated from high school, his dad said, “Congratulations son. You have gone all through school and not learned a da__ thing. I think you have set a record.” He went on to attend college at Boise State, but that was not his thing, so he married the love of his life, Joyce Houtz, on Nov. 8, 1953. They built a house together when they were 20, and during that time, they had two daughters, Ramona and Cheryl. In 1963, he and Joyce fulfilled their dream of owning a ranch and bought the Glen Clemens Ranch. The family enjoyed working together in all aspects of ranch life. They later purchased a cabin in the woods and Bertha Soloman’s place on Red Barn Lane.

Thad loved ranching, hunting, friends, parties, food, family and music. He could play any instrument he picked up. He played in bands for many years. He loved to play his mandolin while sitting on the “throne” in the bathroom. One of his dreams was that his grandchildren would form a band, but that was not their dream.

He worked for the United Telephone Company as a lineman for 30 years, and was forced to retire when, at the age of 52, he had a heart attack while on the job. He drove himself to the hospital in Ontario, laid down on a bed in the emergency room, and said, “I need help. I’m having a heart attack.” He recovered, thanks to persistence, and went to ranching full time.

He loved spending time with family and friends, and keeping busy. He was a great story teller, but tended to exaggerate somewhat, and kept everyone entertained. He loved to invent and repair things. He could fix something to last better than anyone. Among his inventions was a special type of fence, a “fructor,” numerous fence stretchers, and a zip line at the cabin. When he lost a tooth, he carved one out of a toothbrush and super glued it in his mouth. He loved to make things out of horseshoes until Joyce said ,“NO MORE.” He could and would do anything.

Yearly trips with his daughters and grandkids were amazing. He always made them the highlight of the year.

Joyce did everything in the house as long as she was able. Thad had never washed a dish or clothing. When Joyce got ill, he had to learn that you need soap in the washer to do laundry, how to do housework and take care of finances. He never did perfect cooking, but he took wonderful care of Joyce for two and one-half years during her illness.

Thad is survived by his brother, Don and his wife, Helene; daughters, Cheryl and husband, Jim Drinkwater, Ramona and husband, Mark Hofman; grandchildren, Talon, Darci, Tanner, Joe and Heidi; great-grandson, Ryker, and many friends. He will truly be missed by all.

Thad was preceded in death by his sister, Ellen; and Joyce, his wife of 60 years.

A memorial service will be held at Pioneer Presbyterian Church at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. Contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Linda Lee Hahn 1947-2014

Posted on February 12th in Obituaries


Linda Lee Hahn, 66, passed away Monday, Feb. 3, at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.

Linda was born June 7, 1947, to Roy and Nellie (Clem) Mitchell in Spokane, Wash. She grew up and attended school in Federal Way, Wash., and later completed classes at Green River Community College.

She met her husband, Michael Hahn, in Texas. They were married Feb. 4, 1985. She had three sons and one daughter. She worked mainly in food service, but she did own an art gallery, as well. She excelled because of her people skills.

She enjoyed beadwork, jewelry-making, reading mysteries, movies, fishing, camping and traveling.

She is survived by her husband, Michael Hahn; mother-in-law, Marilyn Hahn; daughter, Monica McCanna; son-in-law, Ben McCanna; son, Phillip Lizee; daughter-in-law, Cheri Lizee; son, Raymond Hahn; daughter-in-law, Jennifer Hahn; seven granddaughters; one grandson; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her son, Shane Keene; and her aunt, Billie Jacobson.

Contributions in Linda Hahn’s memory may be made to the Harney County Food Bank, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.

A memorial service was held Feb. 7.

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