Frank Schatz 1943 – 2012

Posted on December 5th in Obituaries

Frank Schatz, 69, died at his home Friday, Nov. 23.

Frank Schatz was born in Glidden, Wisc., on Jan. 4, 1943, to Henry Schatz and Francis Hall Schatz. In the 1940s, the family moved to Seneca, as did many families, to work for Edward Hines Lumber Company.

Frank attended grade school in Seneca and high school at Grant Union High School in John Day.

In 1960, he enlisted in the Army, and spent two years in Germany. Upon returning home, he went to work for Edward Hines. He married Dorothy Kaneaster, and they made their home in Seneca before moving to rural Burns. Frank continued to work in logging for Edward Hines, Harney County Gypsum and L.T. & L.

In 1985, Frank moved into Burns where he started his own business, which he ran for several years before selling out and retiring.

Frank and his beloved dog, Charlie, could be found either at home, up at the casino or out at the truck stop having coffee with others, and all trying to solve the world’s problems.

Frank loved the outdoors, fishing, camping and riding four-wheelers with his friends. Frank was a hard worker and always a good provider. He was a great dad and a good friend to many.

Frank is survived by his son, Rich Schatz and wife Doris; daughter, Honey Schatz; brother, Keith Schatz and wife Margaret; sister, Rhea Rider and husband Don; grandchildren, Karmen and Richelle Schatz, Charla Lowry, Ashley Bailey and J.J. Bailey; six great-grandchildren; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Francis; brother, Dale; sisters, Diane and Dorna; and granddaughter, Savannah Bailey.

Graveside services were held Dec. 1 at the Burns Cemetery.

A condolence book can be signed online at:

LaFollette’s Chapel was in charge of funeral arrangements.

Catherine Julia Heinz, 87, of La Grande, formerly of Burns, died at the Grande Ronde Hospital in La Grande on Friday, Nov. 23.

Catherine was born April 13, 1925, in West New York, N.J., to Herman and Matilda (Jagemann) Wilhelm.

She was raised in Hackensack, N.J., and lived for several years in Burns, where she was employed as a nurse’s aide at the Harney County Hospital. She married Leslie Heinz, who died in 1988.

Catherine is survived by her children and their spouses, Edward and Karen Heinz of Battle Mountain, Nev., Bernice and Willard Hafer of La Grande and Jerry and Beth Heinz of Seattle, Wash.; sisters, Teresa Hackett of Redmond, Wash., and Frances Harvey of New Jersey; brother-in-law, Grover Heinz of Burns; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.

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

Memorial services will be announced at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 4th Street, La Grande, OR 97850.

Online condolences to the family may be made at:

Harlen D. Garrison died Nov. 16 of natural causes at the VA Hospital in Boise, Idaho.
“HD” (as he’d be known by many) was born March 1, 1920, in Golden, Mo., to Martin Columbus Garrison and Minnie May Bryant.
He married Helen Gay Howell on March 11, 1939.
He worked as a millwright at the Edward Hines Sawmill in Burns; as a crane operator at the White Satin sugar beet factory in Nampa, Idaho; and also for J.O. Young and Co. in Nampa.  He also helped build the Anderson Ranch Dam.
Harlen served in the Europe Theater of Operations, as part of the 82nd Airborne Division – 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment in World War II.
He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and enjoyed being a Cub Scout leader.
He is survived by his sons, Monte of La Grande; Gary Wayne of Deary, Idaho; Bruce of Gilbert, Ariz.; Dennis of Caldwell, Idaho; and Val of Gresham; daughter, Gaye Gunderson of Burns; 30 grandchildren; 97 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen; his parents; two brothers; two sisters; five grandsons; and two great-grandsons. 
Services will be held Dec. 1 at the Middleton LDS Church (1749 Willis Road, Middleton, ID 83644) at 11 a.m.  A viewing, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., also at the Middleton LDS Church, will precede the services.

Frank Schatz

Posted on November 28th in Obituaries
Frank Schatz, 69, died at his home Friday, Nov. 23.  
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, in the Burns Cemetery at 11 a.m.  A public viewing will be held Friday, Nov. 30, at LaFollette’s Chapel from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Frank is survived by his children, Richard Schatz and wife Doris, and Honey Schatz;  brother, Keith Schatz and wife Margaret;  sister, Rhea Rider and husband Don;  six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Contributions in Frank Schatz’s memory can be made to the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.  Condolences can be sent to the family online at: 

Dale Eugene Dixon 1946 – 2012

Posted on November 28th in Obituaries
Dale Eugene Dixon died Nov. 9 in Terrebonne. He was born April 8, 1946.
No services will be held at this time.
Autumn Funerals in Bend is in charge of funeral arrangements.

Catherine J. Heinz

Posted on November 28th in Obituaries
Catherine J. Heinz, 87, of La Grande, died at the Grande Ronde Hospital in La Grande Friday, Nov. 23.
A full obituary will be published at a later date. Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory will be handling the arrangements.

Donna Stampke 1930 – 2012

Posted on November 28th in Obituaries

Donna Stampke died Nov. 26. She was born April 27, 1930. A service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, at St. Francis of Assissi Church on 27th Street in Bend at 10 a.m.

Niswonger-Reynolds Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements.

Justin Martin De La Rosa was born in Dallas, Texas, to Jose and Deborah De La Rosa, Oct.5, 1984.

A chubby baby boy, he lived in Dallas, Texas until he was 5 years old, when the family returned to Burns. At that time, he began kindergarten at Slater Elementary School. The family remained in the area until Justin was 12, when they relocated to Salem. Justin attended school in Salem briefly, before moving to Mt. Angel, where he successfully completed his G.E.D. in 2002. Since then, he had worked in various customer service type jobs – these jobs were fitting to Justin’s outgoing personality.

He was such a character, and there was never a dull moment when he was around. Justin was a good-hearted guy, always full of laughs and had never-ending jokes. Of course, we can’t forget that “oh-so goofy laugh of his.” Above all, he truly enjoyed spending his days with numerous family and friends and was very proud to be Burns Paiute. As all, Justin was finding his way in this world, especially within this past year. He was working hard to improve his life, not only for himself, but his two children. In doing so, he maintained a full-time job, continually looking forward to his weekends, a happy time spent with his precious sons.

Justin leaves behind his two sons, Angel, 11; and Justin Jr., 9. The two were Justin’s world, and he loved them deeply.

Justin is survived by his parents, Jose and Deborah De La Rosa of Burns; sisters, Vanessa Gonzalez of Salem; and Josie Chavarria of Eagle Pass, Texas; brothers, Joe De La Rosa of Tualatin; and Tony De La Rosa of Klamath Falls; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Juan De La Rosa in 1991.

Kris Earl Lissman 1961 – 2012

Posted on November 21st in Obituaries

Kris Earl Lissman died Nov. 11 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Kris was born March 11, 1961, in John Day. He attended Burns High School.

Kris is survived by his wife, Carol; sons, Nathan and Justin; daughter, Brianna; parents, Ray and Nadine; siblings, Nila, Danny, Carolyn (Bill), Darlene (Jerry) and Sylvia (Jerry); and a large extended family, including his Waste Connections family.

Services will be held at  Chapel of the Hills in Auburn, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 24, at 11 a.m. A celebration of life will follow at another location. All friends and family are welcome to attend.

Iris Volena Morley 1931 – 2012

Posted on November 14th in Obituaries

Iris Volena Morley, 81, of Burns died at her home on Oct. 23, with family by her side.

Iris was born on April 19, 1931 in Mountain City, Tenn., to Nelson and Lottie Harper.

On December 29, 1948, she became Mrs. Nelson T. Morley and soon moved to Kinzua, where she raised six children of her own and a host of neighbor kids.  She loved to cook and always had doughnuts, maple bars and cookies to serve to whoever came around.

Iris worked at the Kinzua Mill for several years and later managed the Kinzua Mercantile, until Kinzua closed down.  She moved to Burns in 1978, where she worked at Snow Mountain Pine, Frenchglen Millworks and Lee’s Custom Cutting until she retired.

Her passion was gardening, and she could grow anything.  She also loved to sew, crochet, read and discuss politics.

Iris is survived by her sons, Lynn Morley and family of Fossil; and Rick Morley of Burns; daughters, Nancy Messenger and family of Condon; Chris Springer and family of Hood River; Debbie Morley and family of Burns; daughter-in-law, Jean Morley of Burns; several grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and numerous extended family members.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Nelson, in 1971 and her oldest son, Larry, in 2009.

A private graveside service for Iris was held on Oct. 27, in Fossil.

Sweeney Mortuary of Condon is in charge of arrangements.

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