Irene S. Williams, 96, formerly of Juntura, died Wednesday, March 14.

Irene was born Jan. 14, 1916, in the family home in Juntura to Deane Goodman and Mattie “Nanna” Hoffman (Moseley) Goodman.

Irene attended grade school in Juntura. Irene and her sister, Mary Gail, could be seen riding their horses to and from school each day. A newspaper article written when Irene was 6 years old, told of how Irene and her friend Elizabeth Woodward could be seen galloping up to the Juntura school on their horses with the grace and ease of old experienced riders. This exemplifies Irene’s spirited outlook on life.

After grade school, Irene attended high school at St. Theresa’s Academy in Boise, Idaho. Irene would catch a two-car train referred to as the “Galloping Goose” from Juntura to Ontario, arriving in time to catch a train to Boise. She would return home (only on the holidays) by catching the evening train from Boise to Ontario, spending the night in the Moore Hotel and catching the “Galloping Goose” the next morning to Juntura.

Irene loved the ranching lifestyle and could often be seen working alongside her father riding and gathering cattle. In June of 1937, she married Drex W. Williams and they spent 74 years together. In 1938, while ranching in Drewsey, the first of two sons, Bill, was born.

In 1940, due to poor health, Irene’s dad requested Drex and Irene move to Juntura and take over his ranching operation. They returned to the home Irene grew up in and continued the ranching tradition established by her father. In 1940, their second son, Gary, was born.

Throughout the following years, Drex and Irene expanded their holdings, adding several ranches and increasing their cattle numbers. Irene was active in 4-H and taught many of the local girls how to knit and sew. In 1966, Irene joined the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) rising to the State of Oregon Regent (president). Irene was very active in genealogy and traveled the country (sometimes with grandchildren in tow) researching family history and following up on leads for others. She loved to work in her flower beds and grew the most amazing roses.

In 1970, Drex and Irene sold the main ranching operation to their two sons and began traveling overseas.
Irene was preceded in death by her husband, Drex Williams; parents, Deane and Mattie Goodman; sister, Mary Gail Blackaby; and great-granddaughter, Kelly Smith.

She is survived by her sons, Bill and Gary Williams; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held Friday, April 6, at 2 p.m. at Lienkaemper Chapel in Ontario. Following the memorial service, the family invites friends to join them for lunch at the Ontario Train Depot.

In lieu of flowers, send memorials to the Treasure Valley Scholarship Foundation in the name of Drex and Irene Williams Scholarship. Condolences can be made at: www.lienkaemper-thomason.com


Richard Bouschey Sr. died March 25 at Harney District Hospital.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 7, at 2 p.m. at LaFollette’s Chapel.


Michela M. Huso 1924-2012

Posted on March 28th in Obituaries

Michela Huso of Hines died March 7. Michela was born in Bari, Italy, in 1924.

She became a U.S. citizen in 1958, six years after her marriage to Rolf Huso, a foreign service reserve officer and WWII Navy veteran, whom she met when both were working for the U.S. Consulate General in Milan, Italy. Rolf preceded her in death in 1992.

From the time of her marriage until 1969, Michela raised a family and worked as a teacher in various countries in Africa and Asia to which Rolf was assigned by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development. Her three children were born in three different countries on three different continents.

In 1969, when Rolf retired from government service, Michela continued her career as an educator and became head of the English department at Burns Union High School (BUHS). Michela quickly realized that after a lifetime spent moving, it was time for her to put down roots, and the Burns-Hines community was the ideal place to do so.

During her more than 20 years teaching at BUHS she inspired and brought out the best in her students.

Although she was deeply connected to her community, she never lost her love of adventure and travel. She travelled often to visit her children and grandchildren and to explore new places with friends from home.

Michela is survived by her son, Ravic, and his wife, Barbara; two daughters, Manuela and her husband, Richard Brainerd, and Renata and her husband, Joe Beck; and three grandchildren, Natalie Huso, McKenzie Huso and Theo Brainerd.

Her children, their spouses and grandchildren will host a celebration of life at the Valley Golf Club April 7 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

All of her many friends in the community are invited to join Michela’s family in remembering her life and lasting legacy.

The family suggests that rather than flowers, anyone who might wish to make a charitable contribution in Michela’s name consider doing so to Partners in Care (Hospice) 2077 NE Wyatt Court, Bend OR 97701.


Beulah Mae Corns 1932-2012

Posted on March 28th in Obituaries

Beulah Mae Corns died March 21.

She was born in Mill City July 17, 1932, to Melvin H. Wilson and Olive Mae Wilson.

Her family moved to Bend in 1943, where Beulah attended school within the Bend School District and graduated from Bend High in 1951. In 1956 Beulah moved to Juntura and worked at the Oasis Café and lived with Pearl and Nonnie Zink until she got her own place.

Beulah continued to live in Juntura until she met and then married her husband Harold H. Corns in 1958. They moved to Drewsey, where Beulah gave birth to Rebecca in 1959 and Wayne in 1960. In 1961 the family moved to Crane, where she gave birth to Nancy in 1962. They raised their children in Crane, Frenchglen and Burns. They then settled in Juntura, where Beulah lived until 2009, when she then moved to Burns until her death.

During Beulah’s lifetime she enjoyed cooking, baking and crocheting for friends, family and numerous fund raisers in the community.

Beulah was preceded in death by her father, Melvin H. Wilson; her mother, Olive Mae Wilson; and her husband, Harold H. Corns.

She is survived by her brother, Melvin L. Wilson, and his wife, Doris, of Klamath Falls; her sister, Thelma Bradetich of Bend; daughter, Rebecca Kraus, and her husband, Charles, of Newton, N.C.; her son, Wayne Corns, and his wife, Edie, of Burns; her daughter, Nancy Harper, and her husband, Jerry, of Paradise Valley, Nev.; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, March 29, at 11 a.m. MST at the Juntura Bible Chapel, followed by a graveside service and a reception back at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of choice.


Wilberta “Willie” Shoemaker died March 27.

She was born Oct. 29, 1931. Services will be held in Hermiston on April 2 at 1 p.m. at New Hope Community Church on Highway 395 South.


Maria Rementeria 1927-2012

Posted on March 21st in Obituaries

Maria Rementeria, 84, died March 13 at Harney District Hospital.

She was born May 24, 1927, at their family farm in Serantes (Santurce), Spain, to Estanislao Urreta and Leoncia Casi. She was the fifth of eight children.

Maria, along with her two children, immigrated to the U.S. and in October 1961, came to join her husband in Burns, where she remained the rest of her life. She made various trips back to Spain to visit relatives and friends, but her home was in Burns.

One of her proudest days and greatest accomplishments was becoming a U.S. citizen through the naturalization process in 1978.

She was well known in the community for her cooking, in particular her Basque cakes and flan. Her family says she made the best blood sausages in the world.

She was very proud of her children and grandchildren and loved them very much.

Maria is survived by her children, Jose Rementeria and wife Kathy, and Maria Iturriaga and husband Claudio of Hines; and grandchildren, Luis Iturriaga of San Diego, Calif., Julie Rementeria of Salem and Nicholas Rementeria of Ashland.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Luis; four brothers; and two sisters.

Contributions in Maria Rementeria’s memory can be made to the Harney County Hospital Foundation or the Harney County Ambulance Fund in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720. Visit LaFollette’s Chapel’s website:  www.lafolletteschapel.com to sign the guestbook and send condolences to the family.

Recitation of the Holy Rosary was held Friday, March 16, in the Holy Family Catholic Church and Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated March 17.


Clay Ellis Fox 1922-2012

Posted on March 21st in Obituaries

Clay “Hal” Fox, 89, of Rickreall died with his wife at his side March 12.

Born Nov. 28, 1922, in Tillamook, Clay grew up in Rickreall on part of the original donation land claim of his great-grandfather George Johnson Baskett.

Graduating from Rickreall High School in 1940, Clay went on to attend Oregon College of Education (now Western Oregon University) and received his degree in education from Oregon State University, where he played basketball for Slats Gill.

After serving during World War II in the U.S. Navy, Clay eventually landed as a high school teacher and coach in Union. Before receiving his master’s degree from Portland State University and becoming principal of Camas High School in Camas, Wash., Clay was a beloved coach and teacher, leading teams to the state tournament and being a mentor of many students, both in and outside of school. His care and concern for his students and players continued on until the end of his life, and he maintained lifelong friendships with many.

Before he retired in 1977, Clay also was principal at Jordan Valley High School in Eastern Oregon as well as LaCenter High School in LaCenter, Wash. He and his family returned to Rickreall in 1991.

Clay purchased a small ranch east of Burns in 1979. He was a substitute teacher in Burns and Crane. He ran cattle and enjoyed hunting in the area for 17 years. His favorite hunting memories were with Carl Sheeon, Joe Cronin and Dick Hoffman. He loved the cowboy culture and admired the ranch and logging community.

To know Clay was to know his enthusiastic love for the outdoors and people. During his life he was unstoppable in his pursuit of being active. A true cowboy and sportsman, Clay loved horses, hunting, fishing and sports.

From setting a world record in boat racing, going on an unbelievable Yukon hunting expedition, competing in 100-mile endurance horse races to riding in rodeos, training many a bird dog and countless hours of coaching and teaching, he led an extraordinary life.

After meeting and marrying his wife of more than 40 years in 1971, the two pursued these passions together, touching many throughout each adventure. In his final years, Clay remained an avid hunter, rodeo fan and supporter of local high school and college sport teams.

Clay is survived by his wife, Lynne; sister June Tallman; three children, Dana (Jim) Akers of Portland, Clay “Ev” (Hope) Fox of West Richland, Wash., and Keli (Rob) Faw of Seattle, Wash.; and eight grandchildren.

A memorial and celebration of life will be held at Rickreall Event Hall Saturday, March 31, at 1 p.m. For information and to confirm attendance, email clayfoxtribute@ gmail.com. Remembrances may be made in his name to the Polk County Historical Society, the Oregon Duck Hunters’ Association or the American Heart Association.


Irene S. Williams, 96, of Ontario died March 14 at an assisted living center. Services are pending at Lienkaemper Chapel in Ontario.


Maria Rementeria, 84, died the morning of March 13. She was born May 24, 1927.

Recitation of the Rosary will be Friday, March 16, at 7 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, March 17, at 10 a.m.

Visit LaFollette’s Chapel’s website for more information: www.lafolletteschapel.com


Patrick R. Hickey, 65, of Sherwood died unexpectedly due to a heart attack Feb. 16. Pat had been working in Hawaii for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Refuge system when this occurred.

Pat was born Oct. 2, 1946, in St. Maries, Idaho, to Frank and Doris Hickey. He was raised on his family’s ranch and logging operation. In 1960, his family moved to Boise, Idaho, where Pat attended junior high and worked with his father and uncles learning how to construct houses.

During his sophomore year in high school, Pat’s family moved to Harney County. During his high school years, Pat was involved in football, wrestling, track, woodshop and drafting. His time spent in woodshop and drafting led him to an interest in drafting his own house plans later. During the summers, he helped to support his family by working for local ranches doing irrigation and haying jobs and by working for the E.M. Hall Construction Company continuing to learn the trade of construction.

He graduated from high school in 1965 and went on to attend two years of college at Oregon State University for drafting and photography.

In July 1966, Pat was drafted into the United States Army and went through basic training at Fort Lewis, Wash., before being sent to Vietnam. Due to Pat’s construction experience, he was assigned as supervisor to a crew setting up company compounds. Pat returned to the United States in January 1968 and was stationed at Fort Belvoir, Va., where he supervised operations on a large pile driving barge on the Potomac River constructing new docks. Pat was often quiet about his time served in the Army; however, his family learned after his death that he had been awarded medals for Good Conduct, a National Service Medal, a Vietnam Service Medal and a Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

Pat left the Army with an honorable discharge in July 1968 but remained in Virginia to work for Robert Rickter Construction, where he learned the specialty of masonry and worked on several large construction jobs before making his way back to Oregon and his family.

Pat joined the Oregon State Police in 1969 and was stationed in Ontario. During his time as a state police officer, Pat continued his education taking classes through Treasure Valley Community College in criminal justice.

Pat left the state police in 1983, after his father died, to move to Burns to help his mother run the family restaurant, the Silver Sage. During his years as owner of the Silver Sage, Pat was very active in the community.

Pat was an active member of the chamber of commerce, the fair board and the Lions.

In 1992, Pat went to work for the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge as a maintenance mechanic and then operated the Buena Vista station. In 2005, Pat became the heavy equipment coordinator for Regions 1 and 8.

The first person to hold this new position, Pat coordinated the heavy equipment safety and training and identified the need for vehicle and equipment purchases and coordinated the deployment of the maintenance workforce on special projects.

Pat was more than anything a loving and wonderful husband to his wife, Debbie, and father to his son and two daughters. His three grandchildren were his joy in life.

Pat was preceded in death by his parents, Frank H. Hickey Sr. and Doris E. Hickey; and his older brother, Frank H. Hickey Jr.

Pat is survived by his wife, Deborah R. Hickey; son, Patrick R. Hickey Jr.; daughters, Lisa P. Dave (husband Terald) and Kelly E. Hickey; grandchildren, Bjorn Petersen, Saleena and Ty Englestadter and Leon Dave; nephews, Frank Hickey III, Robb Hickey and Skyler Hickey; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the “Friends of Malheur Refuge,” in care of the Malheur Refuge, 36391 Sod House Lane, Princeton, OR 97721-9502

A memorial service will be held March 10 at 4 p.m. at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge Maintenance Building, 16507 SW Roy Rogers Road, Sherwood, OR 97140.


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