OBIT Gregg WEBPrivate Fred L. Gregg passed away April 23, 1944, as a member of the 649th Ordinance Ammunition Company.

Fred was born July 9, 1921, in Ontario.

On April 22, 1944, Fred’s company landed at Humboldt Bay, Hollandia, New Guinea, in support of the invasion by United States forces. On April 23, there was a large fire in the ammunition depot, and a number of men were consumed in that fire.  The monument at Fort William McKinley says his body was unrecoverable, so it is reasonable to assume that he was burned up in that fire.

Freddie entered the service from Oregon Sept. 23, 1942. He is memorialized within the “Tablets of the Missing” in Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines. Freddie was awarded the Purple Heart.

Jim and Iona Gregg would like their family, friends and community he loved to be with them as they memorialize Fred with a small plaque at the Drewsey Cemetery at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24.

There will be a potluck lunch at the Drewsey Community Center.

Everyone is invited to attend. Pictures and a little history will be available.


OBIT Delaney WEBBill Delaney, 88, passed away of natural causes Sept. 4 at Rose Haven Nursing Home in Roseburg.

He was born June 22, 1927, to Harold and Nola Delaney in Barber, Idaho. He was married to Betty Howell Oct. 23, 1948, in Humbolt County, Nev., and they were together for 65 years, mostly in Burns.

Betty passed away in 2012.

They moved to Sutherlin nine years ago to be close to their family.

Bill Delaney is survived by his son, Dana; daughter-in-law, Sandra; grandson, Corey; and sister, Lila Tilley of Burns.

OBIT WitheeDolores “Dodie” Helen Withee passed away Sept. 8 in Burns.

Dodie was born Sept. 23, 1929, to Jim and Blanche Zennie in Superior, Wis. She grew up on the shores of Lake Superior in Michigan and Virginia, Minn.

Dodie met Ray Withee in Tacoma, Wash., which is where they married on Oct. 17, 1946. They moved to Burns in 1948, which is where they raised their five children.

Dodie was an avid sports fan. Football, baseball, and softball were her favorites. On occasion, while her sons would be coaching, she would call them on their cellphones and ask why the “blankety-blank pitcher was still in!” If her sons (the coaches) didn’t answer, she would stroll down to the dugout and ask, “What gives?” to the delight of the players and umpires.

Dodie loved watching sports and has had as many as three televisions going at one time so she could watch different football games. She loved the football network and RedZone and had mastered watching multiple games, on several channels, all on MUTE. When Notre Dame played, the family knew not to call or visit. If Notre Dame lost, we left her to mourn in private.

Dodie loved baking, and was still baking until just weeks before her death. She made the best bread and cookies. Rye bread was her specialty. The “Withee size” has often been attributed to her skills as a baker.

She enjoyed bowling, playing bingo, and trips to the casino. She spent many hours crocheting (making many afghans and doilies), baking, and completing the crosswords in pen.

Dodie was an avid reader. She learned to read True Detective magazines as a very young child and continued to read throughout her life.

The family watched Jeopardy nightly with Dodie, and she was always the winner.

Dodie is survived by her daughter, Sandy (Glenn) Whitmore; sons, Dan (Lori), Mike (Toni), and Jim (Shana) Withee; sister, Jackie; brother, Jim; 14 grandchildren, Shannon Swindlehurst, Michele McMurray, Jon Michael, Eric, Tony, Joey, Katee, Kenny, Julee, and Nick Withee, Marc and Kelly Novak, Heather and Ian McNee; six great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray; daughter, Wendy Novak; brother, Ted; infant son, Ronald; and her parents, Blanche Waters and Jim Zennie.

A private family service will be held on her 86th birthday this week.

G. W. (Bill) Delaney

Posted on September 16th in Obituaries

OBIT DelaneyG. W. (Bill) Delaney, 88, passed away Sept. 4 at Rose Haven Nursing Center in Roseburg, after suffering a stroke.

He was senior class president and graduated in 1945. He joined the Marines and, after his discharge, he came back to Burns and started at the Hines mill, working there until he retired in 1989.

In 1948, he married Betty Howell. They had two boys, Dana and Shawn. His wife passed away in July 2013, and Shawn passed away in October 2013.

Several years ago, they moved to Sutherlin to be near their boy and grandson. They spent several winters in Yuma, Ariz. He was a lifetime member of the Burns Elks Lodge.

Bill was an avid hunter and fisherman, and loved the outdoors.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Dana and Sandra Delaney; grandson, Corey; sister, Lila Tilley of Burns; brother, Tom La Lande of Portland; and several nieces and nephews.

No services are planned at this time.

Death notice – William P. Moser

Posted on September 16th in Obituaries

William P. Moser passed away Sept. 13 at Harney District Hospital. An obituary with service information will follow at a later date.

Contributions in William Moser’s memory may be to Crane Athletic Fund, Adrian Athletic Fund, Nyssa Athletic Fund and/or Denio Community Fund, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, Oregon 97720.


OBIT YarberViolet May Hammonds Yarber, 97, of Redmond, passed away peacefully in her sleep Aug. 30.

Violet was born March 24, 1918, in Mount Vernon to George Hammons and Belle Fletcher. She was the oldest of nine children.

Violet married William F. Yarber on Nov. 20, 1933.  She worked for many years in the Harney County Hospital as a dietitian.

She is survived by her sister, Ruth Holmes of Canyon City; four children, Joyce Yarber (Les) of Prineville, Wilma Whitman (Butch) of Redmond, Patsy Baird (Dick) of Hines, and Bill Yarber (Carol) of Redmond; 11 grandchildren; and numerous great- and great-great grandchildren.  Services are pending and will be announced at a later date.

Redmond Memorial Chapel is honored to serve the family. Please visit the guestbook at or call 541-548-3219.

Robert Lee Novak 1952-2015

Posted on September 2nd in Obituaries


OBIT Novak WEBRobert (Bob) Lee Novak passed away Tuesday, Aug. 25.

Bob was born Dec. 5, 1952, to Donald and Patricia Novak. He was the oldest of five siblings, and held the position of big brother to four younger sisters. He was raised and educated in Redmond, where in his youth he was an all-around athlete who played football, baseball and basketball. A highlight of his high school career was when his basketball team made it to the state tournament.

Always known as a hard worker, Bob worked as a millworker, owned and managed a mobile home park, and was a contractor responsible for grounds keeping for the city of Burns parks and the cemetery. He was very conscientious about his work and always did more than the job required.

He married Wendy Withee in 1988, and soon after started a family. He took great pride and joy in his children, Marc and Kelly, and supported all their activities over the years. He coached all levels of baseball and even coached an Oregon Baseball Association traveling team taking his team to Florida and Arizona. He assisted with girls softball, helped his kids raise 4-H animals and was his children’s best fan.

Bob was an avid Denver Broncos and Oakland A’s fan, but enjoyed most sports. After high school, and over the years, he found a way to continue to play or participate in sports. He bowled, played softball and pool, and after moving to Harney County, took up hunting. He kept stats for the high school football team, played in fantasy football and baseball leagues, and loved to talk sports to whoever would engage in the subject. Between the Novaks and the Withees, he usually could find a willing participant. Bob’s quiet presence will be missed. His many nieces, nephews and his children’s friends can all attest to his willingness to help when help was needed.

He enjoyed being with his family and all the events associated with belonging to two big families. Some of his favorites were the many Withee family “Eat Ins” (potlucks), a trip to the casino every now and then, getting wood at Jim’s cabin, and the families’ yellow Labradors; Heidi, Molly and Bostyn.

Bob is survived by his son, Marc Novak; daughter, Kelly Novak; sisters, Joanne Pickles (Dave), Marcia Thanem, Mary Larson (Bryan), and Julie Novak (Rick); and many nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Wendy Novak; and his parents, Donald and Patricia Novak.

A church and graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Burns. Contributions in Bob Novak’s name can be made to Harney County Little League/ Babe Ruth or the Local Cancer Society in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.


OBIT Pepin WEBFrances Elfrieda Hager Hildebrand Pepin, 97, passed away peacefully Aug. 22.

She was born Nov. 21, 1917, to Artie Ray Hager and Valley Hildebrand Hager in Stillwater, Okla. She was the oldest of five children. She worked for the telephone company in Oklahoma before moving to Oregon.

In 1945, she married Count Pepin. The couple lived in Shevlin, a small mill town in Central Oregon, before moving to Burns, where they purchased a portable saw mill with other business partners. They worked and lived in the Ochoco National Forest in the summers and spent the winters at their home in Burns. Frances was a housewife, mother, and, later in life, volunteered. Frances loved animals, and she saved many stray cats and dogs.  These lucky animals found a safe place to live and plenty to eat at her home.

Frances is survived by her daughter, Arlene Simpson; granddaughters and sons-in-law, Jennifer and Sam Housley, and Shelly and Ben Spence; and great-grandson, Caden.

She was preceded in death by siblings, Jack, Leroy, Audrey, and Mary Lee Hager; grandson, Timothy; and ex-husband, Count Pepin.

A celebration of life and memorial dinner for Bill Robertson, who passed away in July 2015, will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, at the Drewsey Hall in Drewsey. The meat will be provided, salads and desserts will be appreciated.

Bill was a longtime rancher in Drewsey, and then moved to Ontario to retire and enjoy life.

Deborah Lynn Smith 1950-2015

Posted on August 19th in Obituaries


OBIT Smith WEBDeborah Lynn Smith, 65, passed away Aug. 3 at Harney District Hospital.

Deborah was born Jan. 28, 1950, in Kremmling, Colo., to Fred Jr. and Marjorie Jones. During her younger years, she lived in many places, including Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, California and Nevada.

Deborah attended high school in Reno, Nev., where she met and married William L. Grillo. They had three children, Sebrina, Chris, and Gena. Bill and Deborah relocated to Sonoma County, Calif., after Sebrina was born. After their divorce, Deborah continued to raise their children in Sonoma County.

While living and working in Alexander Valley, Calif., Deborah met and married Mark Smith. Shortly after marrying, Mark and Deborah moved their family to Burns. That is where they built their life together and their home that Deborah loved tending to. She had an amazing knack for growing and nurturing plants and flowers, which was apparent when you visited her home and saw the gorgeous planters full of color. Deborah loved being involved in the Harney County community and was always volunteering to help with one thing or another.

She is survived by her children, Sebrina Grillo of Santa Rosa, Calif., Chris Grillo of Santa Rosa, Calif., and Gena Anderson and her husband, Kenny of Twin Falls, Idaho; grandsons, Wacey and Brenden Anderson, both of Twin Falls, Idaho; sisters, Phyllis Scheierman of North Charleston, S.C., Melanie Boyer and Michelle Guilford, both of Sun Valley, Nev.; mother-in-law, Claudia Smith of Willits, Calif.; brother-in-law, Ken Smith and his wife, Rose of Willits, Calif.; four nephews and one niece.

Deborah was preceded in death by her husband, Mark; her mother and father; an infant son, Anthony; and brother, Donald.

Contributions may be made in Deborah’s name to either the Kiwanis Club or the Burns High School band. They may be mailed to LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.

A memorial gathering will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, at Big Bear Lodge in Hines. Another memorial gathering will be held in Willits, Calif. on Sept. 19.

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