Karen Margaret (Jetley) Howell died July 31 in La Grande, where she had resided for several years at the Evergreen Vista Nursing Home.

Karen was born April 13, 1931, to Arthur Christian Lee and Margaret Jennie (Welcome) Jetley, the younger of two children. She attended school in Burns, graduating in 1949.

Karen and Melvin (Sonny) Howell were married in Burns in 1949 and later divorced.

Karen is survived by her daughters Sherri Howell of Eugene and Tinley Vickers of Adrian; in-laws Marie Jetley of Mountain Home, Idaho, Betty (Howell) Delaney and husband Bill of Sutherlin; and numerous grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother Wesley T. Jetley; daughter Koral Howell; and son Nick Lee Howell.

Interment will be in the Burns Cemetery.

No service is planned.


Dennis L. Deiter, died on Saturday, Aug. 11, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Boise, Idaho.

A funeral service will be held Friday, Aug. 17, at 11 a.m. at First Evangelic Lutheran Church and a committal service to follow at the Burns Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the American Legion Post 63 or the First Evangelic Lutheran Church in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, PO Box 488, Burns, OR. 97720.  LaFollette’s Chapel is in charge of funeral arrangements.


Shamy Johnson, 96, of Vale, Oregon died August 2.

Shamy was born on May 26, 1916 in Vale and spent his life in Malheur and Harney counties. His father nicknamed him Shamrock when he was a toddler because he always wanted him to sing the shamrock song; the nickname was soon shortened to Shamy. He was on a horse from the time he was a preschooler. He landed his first cowboy job when he was 11 and never returned home. He spent the next several years working on ranches in Oregon.

Shamy married Erma Maupin in 1936 and everything they owned fit into one suitcase. They enjoyed nearly 66 years together. Shamy worked in the saw mill in his early 20s and saved every dollar he earned to buy his first ranch in Westfall.

Five years later he sold out and helped manage the Stockman’s café that he purchased with Kenney Johnson and George Troy.

In 1957 Shamy got his real estate license and sold ranches all over the Northwest. He was instrumental in putting together the first grazing association.

Shamy was the president of the Vale rodeo board in 1957 during the great flood of Vale and was instrumental in rebuilding the rodeo grounds in time for the rodeo that year. He started the suicide race and the grand marshal program and because of his years of service the Vale rodeo grounds were named the Shamrock Arena in his honor. He was inducted into the Buckaroo Hall of Fame in Winnemucca, Nev. on September 5, 2009.

Shamy was also the president of the Lions Club and the Chamber of Commerce and helped organize the Vale Auxiliary Police Program and served as its captain. He also volunteered for the fire and ambulance crews for several years.

He was a member of the Malheur County Livestock Association and was given an honorary lifetime membership for his outstanding contributions.

In 1960 he bought his second ranch in Durkee and sold out four years later and bought the Star Mountain ranch at Riverside.

He’s survived by his children Donna Murdock and Bill Bishop of Caldwell, Idaho, Judy and Larry Potts of Jordan Valley, and Patsy Jo McMicheals of Ontario; his brother, Gerald Johnson of Vancouver, Wash.; sister-in-law, Erma Johnson of Caldwell, Idaho;  daughter-in-law, Patsy Ann Pierce of Vale; 12 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by three honorary daughters, Betty Murphy, June Ringheimer and Judy Bagley.

He is preceded in death by his wife Erma Johnson, son Darrel Johnson, son-in-law Bob Murdock, grandson Billy Murdock, sisters Ernestine Ordway, Josephine Palmer Tomlinson and Patricia Holman, and brother Buzz Johnson.

Graveside services were held on Tuesday, Aug. 7, at the Valley View Cemetery in Vale. A reception and celebration of his life followed at the Christian Church. Services were under the direction of the Nampa Funeral Home, Yraguen Chapel. An online guest book may be signed at www.nampafuneralhome.com


Barbara Elizabeth Roeger (Chism) died July 16.

She was born June 26, 1971, and was adopted at age 10 by Ernest (Lenny) and Colleen Roeger.

Barbara grew up in Milwaukie with her two brothers, Scott and Brent. She gradutated from Rex Putnam High School and attended classes at Portland Community College and Treasure Valley Community College.

She had two sons, Kurtis and Kordell Chism.

She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007. She was very passionate about doing crafts and spending time with family.

Barbara is survived by her sons, Kurtis (La Pine) and Kordell (La Pine); companion, Rick Smith (Burns); parents, Ernest and Colleen Roeger (Milwaukie); brothers, Scott (Utah), Brent (Minnesota), Bobby Tumbleweed (Milwaukie), Trenton Starbuck (Bend) and Coby Tout (Sisters); sister, Amanda Beaubien (Burns); and several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

A service was held in Burns July 22. There will be a celebration of Barbara’s life at her parents’ house (7990 Southeast Lei Court, Milwaukie, OR) on Aug. 18.

In lieu of flowers her sons would like any donations made to the Susan G. Koman Foundation in Barbara’s name.


Ellen Louise Schirmer, 80, died July 11 after a long illness.

Ellen was born in Burns on Nov. 2, 1931, to Henry and Julia Geer. Ellen was the older sister to her two brothers.

She graduated from Eastern Oregon College in 1951 and married Dan Crump shortly thereafter. Her only child, Julie Ann, was born in 1957 and was the joy of her life.

Ellen was very active in Eastern Star during her life and was a past Worthy Matron. Ellen and Dan divorced in 1966.

She married Bill Schirmer in 1967 and then moved to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Ellen worked in the Kootenai County Courthouse as chief deputy clerk of the court until 1975, when Bill retired.

Ellen and Bill then embarked on the biggest journey of their lives by packing up everything and moving to Wrangell, Alaska, where they opened Schirmer’s Jewelry and built their dream home on the ocean. Ellen also worked for General Telephone of Alaska during their 15 years in Wrangell.

In 1990, Ellen and Bill left Wrangell and bought a winter home in Green Valley, Ariz., and a “Summer” fifth-wheel in which they lived while hosting in many of the Washington State Parks. During this time, they made many friends and enjoyed their retirement years.

In 2006, Ellen and Bill moved into an apartment they designed in daughter Julie’s home where they both lived until their deaths.

During her golden years, Ellen attended many Gonzaga basketball games with her daughter, Julie, where she enthusiastically cheered on her beloved Zags. Ellen also became a very accomplished writer and participated in a writing class for many years. Her writings and stories were a special pleasure to her family and friends. Ellen had a great talent for bringing memories of her experiences to life in such an exciting and humorous way, that you felt you were there with her. Many friendships developed due to Ellen’s zest and enthusiasm, her sense of humor, her active imagination and her sincere compassion for others.

Ellen was preceded in death by her husband, Bill, in 2008.

She is survived by her daughter, Julie; brother, Thad Geer, and his wife, Joyce, of Burns; brother, Don Geer, and his wife, Helene, of Mitchell; numerous nieces and nephews; and cats, Callie and Charlie.

A celebration of Ellen’s life will be held Saturday, July 28, at 11 a.m. at Heritage Funeral Home. Ellen will be laid to rest with Bill at the Eastern Washington Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake, Wash. In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations be made to SCRAPS Animal Shelter, 2521 N. Flora Road, Spokane, WA 99216.


Naadene Petersen died July 18.

She was born Oct. 22, 1926, to George and Ruth Riley of Drewsey.

She lived at Drewsey until 1974, when she moved to Ontario.

She is survived by her husband, Joe; son, Tony and wife Doreen of Caldwell, Idaho; cousins  and special nephew Tim Riley of Dallas; numerous friends; and her special little dog, Barney.

No services will be held at her request.

Remembrances in Naadene’s name may be made to the Drewsey Cemetery Fund.


Linda Gill 1941 – 2012

Posted on July 18th in Obituaries

Linda Gill died surrounded by her family and friends on June 29.

She was born May 27, 1941, in Portland to James and Shizuno Okita. She spent most of her childhood in Trout Creek and graduated from Burns High School.

In 1968, she married the love of her life, Craig Gill. She attended beauty school in Portland and worked as a hair stylist for many years, eventually retiring from Kenton Family Hair Care in 2006.

Linda was a caring and devoted mother and wife. She participated fully in her children’s lives from being a Cub Scout den leader to making sure that her children took full advantage of their educational opportunities. She was always there to cheer on and support her children in all their endeavors. Linda never complained, but quietly worked hard doing what needed to be done.

Linda enjoyed spending time with her friends and family, crocheting and attending her grandchildren’s sporting events.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Craig, and parents, James and Shizuno Okita.

She is survived by her brothers, Gil (Shannon), Karl and Paul (Nancy); daughter, Laura (Brian); sons, Derek (Lori) and Doug (Rita); six grandchildren — Reilly, Noah, Zanen, Keean, Zavery and Marissa; and several nieces and nephews.


Alycia Michelle Jenkins died June 29 at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.

Alycia was born May 2, 1995, to Rich and Renae Jenkins. Even as a baby, she did everything big … a loud belly laugh when she was only three months at the family dog, Bear … walking at nine months and running soon after … and a big love for horses at a very young age. When she got her first pair of chinks at age two, she immediately went to her rocking horse and began spurring in true cowgirl fashion. She seemed to be born for growing up on a ranch and loved every aspect of it.

Nothing was more important to Alycia than her family and friends. As a tiny girl, she became a shadow to her daddy. She adored her mother who imparted her work ethic and integrity. She could not have been a better big sister as she encouraged and inspired Corey and Elizabeth. She also enjoyed spending time with her grandparents on both sides as well as with her aunts and uncles and many cousins that she loved. She knew the meaning of friendship and loyalty and had the capacity to love people of all ages.

If you look up “overachiever” in the dictionary you should see a picture of Alycia. When she was 5 years old, Diamond did not have organized preschool, but instead, packets were sent out to all the little ones once a month. Alycia had hers done the first day it came in the mail.

Her passion for basketball started when she was in kindergarten and she took part in every activity available to her at Diamond Elementary where she attended kindergarten through eighth grade. She was a talented artist and loved drawing. She worked very hard to have perfect pictures and would scold Corey if his weren’t as good as she thought they should be and often spent time erasing for him so he could start over. If there was a baby calf brought to the barn, you can be sure that it had a fresh bed of hay and the best care that Alycia could offer. She was quick to help with all ranch jobs including operating the hay baler, the 2 a.m. heifer check, turning out cows on the mountains and branding. She never turned down an opportunity to hunt or fish.

She started 4-H at age 9 and did a breeding project with a red angus heifer. She diligently studied the EPDs in order to get the best offspring. Her hard work to improve and increase her herd won her the futurity belt buckle a few years later. Even in these early years, she recognized the importance of good breeding in order to improve the cattle industry. She won a national red angus contest and was awarded  the traveling cow and spent a lot of time and energy poring over the bull books to get the “best.” She also did 4-H leather and photography and loved going to summer camp.

When Alycia went to Crane Union High School, she landed like a whirlwind with action, enthusiasm, an incredible work ethic and a touch of humor, which was always lurking, waiting for the perfect moment to emerge! Alycia loved to laugh. She had a hearty laugh, but even more than laughing, she loved to make other people laugh.

Living life to the fullest, she participated in a sport each season, and she looked for opportunities every summer to be involved in sports camps to gain and perfect skills so she could be a better asset to her team. She participated at these camps with the same intensity that she had when she competed. Some of Alycia’s accomplishments include the MVP of the camp, the best ball handler award, and the spirit and agility award, and she was named to be on the All Star Team. Her most prestigious award was the Golden Ruler at an NBC basketball camp. It is given to less than 1 percent of all participants. It is their most distinguished accomplishment because there are high standards that must be met.

She hit the Mustang courts with her usual intensity and competitiveness and it earned her spots on the varsity teams as a freshman. By her sophomore year in volleyball, her coach was given many warnings because of the intense encouragement of her teammates by Alycia. Her fans still talk about the last game in the 2011 state championship tournament when Crane was playing for third. She came off the bench and literally “stole” the game. Her “never give up” attitude served the Mustangs well, as her hard play helped earn them the third-place trophy. Alycia was awarded “Player of the Game” for her efforts. How she played and practiced was contagious to those around her; she pushed her teammates to be the best they could be. Performing less than best was likely to result in an “Alycia” lecture. According to her friends it was always done in a positive way for the right reason.

Alycia participated in track her freshman year and won three medals at the Oregon State Championship meet after winning three events at the district meet. At state, she was on the winning 4×400 relay, was third in the 800 meters and second in the 1,500 meters. When you look through the journals she kept, you realize that the team was more important than her own accomplishments. She knew she had to run better than she ever had before in order to contribute enough points for the Mustangs to get the State Championship trophy. Just like all the other sports, she had a huge heart and will to win and knew that to win, it was preparation that made the difference.

Her sophomore year, she decided to compete in rodeo instead of doing track again. Many could not understand why she would walk away from a sport that she excelled in and start something else. But Alycia had a strong sense of who she was. Trying new things with no fear and being strong willed enough to not be influenced by what others thought came naturally to her. She started with a horse she borrowed from her best friend, Paige, but it wasn’t long until she had researched and found Swifty to buy for her own. She competed in breakaway roping, goat tying, pole bending and barrel racing. Alycia attacked rodeo the same as she did all other sports. She saw other competitors bail off their horses at a full run to tie a goat; Alycia knew that’s what she had to do and she did. She did face plants many times getting off at this speed. At one rodeo, she pulled the ligaments in her ankle, but “quit” wasn’t in her vocabulary so she taped her swollen ankle over her boot so she could finish her other events. Besides the dedication and hard work, there were miles and miles of giggles on the road with Paige. There were giggles up until she stepped up in the saddle to compete … then it became serious business. She hadn’t become the best, yet, but there is no doubt she would have worked hard enough to achieve that.

Alycia did so much in her 17 years … more than many do in 80. She will be remembered for that big smile she would flash just before she would greet you with her famous hug, as well as that incredible sense of humor that took people by surprise. She touched so many people in such a positive way.
Alycia Michelle Jenkins was preceded in death by her grandmother, Allene Dunn.

She is survived by her parents, Rich and Renae Jenkins; brother, Corey Jenkins; sister, Elizabeth Jenkins; grandparents, Larry Dunn and Dick and Pat Jenkins; aunts and uncles, Mark Dunn, Brett and Shelly Dunn, Bryan and Ronita Dunn, Karen Dunn and Zina Jenkins; cousins, Amy, Morgan and Mason MacRostie, Erin Dunn, Craig Dunn, Mark Dunn, Jennifer and Jon Dancer, Bryanna and Jacob Dunn; and numerous great aunts and uncles.


Harry Thomas Potter died July 3 in Burns after a long illness.

He was born June 11, 1928, in Woodstock, Vt., to Arden and Elizabeth Potter.

Harry served in the U.S. Army in 1946 to 1948 and worked for many years at numerous shirt factories including Embassy Shirtmakers. For 10 years he worked at Moonrise Books in Burns.

He enjoyed reading Westerns and travelling and was proud to say he had been to all 50 states. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to those who needed it.

Harry was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 50 years, Doris; and three brothers, Arden, Jack and William.

He is survived by two sisters, Louise Siluk of Florida and Elizabeth Papa of Glens Falls; four sons, David (Judy) of S. Glens Falls, Daniel (Sandy) of North Las Vegas, Nev., John (Laura) of Fort Edward and James (Sunshine) of Crane; one daughter, Patricia Pontolilo (Ken) of Bellingham, Mass.; eight grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and ex-daugher-in-law Linda Potter and her companion Bill Skellie of Queensbury.

At Harry’s request, a private family service will be held later in the summer at Blue Mountain Lake Cemetery.

Condolences to the family can be left on LaFollette’s Chapel’s website at: www.lafolletteschapel.com


Maxine Elizabeth Fones died June 19 at her home in Burns with her family by her side.

She was born July 28, 1921, in St. Maries, Idaho. Losing her mother to pneumonia at age 6 brought many hardships to the family. Several of her siblings had to go live with relatives.

She attended grade school through the eighth grade. She started her freshman year of high school but had to quit and take a job to help support the family.

She was working in a logging camp in Ponderosa as a cook when she met Loydd Fones. They were married May 10, 1938, in Baker. They relocated to Condon, Kinzua, The Dalles, Portland and back to Kinzua, all for different logging companies. When they learned the Oregon Northwestern Railroad was hiring, they headed for Burns. They found work and relocated in 1947. When they arrived, the first thing they saw were banners flying all up and down main street as the Harney County Fair had begun. They had three children, one suitcase and $2.50 in their pocket. They spent the rest of their lives in Burns.

They raised one son and five daughters here. Maxine was a work-at-home, wonderful mother who lived for her family. She was a truly dedicated homemaker and spent much of her time cooking. She canned everything that could be canned, made every kind of pancake syrup there is, and even brewed beer and made root beer for the kids. When bottling time came, the family would all line up; get the funnel, the capper and cases ready; and create a masterpiece. Everyone in the house would wake up with big eyes when one of those beer bottles would explode in the basement. They all thought they had been shot.

Maxine was quite a seamstress. If she wasn’t making a garment, she was cutting one down to fit the next kid.

On weekends, they always had a good time. They loved to play music and fish. Loydd played many instruments and Maxine was very good at playing her spoons. She was always ready to go fishing, which they did every weekend for years and years. After her husband, Loydd, died, she traveled with her kids and loved playing bingo. She also enjoyed her days at the senior center playing bunco and having dinner. Her huge family kept her very busy as everybody loved being with her.

Maxine was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Loydd in 1999; two granddaughters, Tonya Fones Hendrix and Angela Daniels; two sons-in-law, Frank Shafer and Richard Boushey; and one great-granddaughter, Nicole Estep.

She is survived by her son, Loydd Fones Jr. (John) and wife Betty of Burns; daughters, Rosa Lee Kimble and husband Jerry of Burns, Dona Tiller and husband Gary of Hines, Mary Boushey of Burns, Linda McManus and husband Bill of New Meadows, Idaho, and Jodie Desilets and husband Rick of Burns; 15 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

A family and friends memorial in celebration of Maxine’s life will be announced at a later date.


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