Alma Mae Dunne 1946-2011

Posted on November 30th in Obituaries

Alma Mae Dunne died on Nov. 19.

She was born on Jan. 3, 1946, to Leslie E. Campbell and Ruby D. Salers Campbell in Burns.

Dunne was raised and educated in Burns, and graduated from Burns High School in 1964.

She was married in 1966, and moved to Salem with her husband to raise their family. Dunne then moved to Prineville, where she raised her children.  She also spent some time living in Washington and Alaska, eventually returning to Burns to be near her ailing mother.

Dunne thrived on caring and helping others. She loved unconditionally both her family and friends. She cared a great deal for others.

Dunne’s hobbies included crocheting, walking and socializing.

Dunne is survived by her children, Katrina Greene, Sheila Daoust, Monica Kelly and Rick Dunne, Jr.;  mother, Ruby Campbell; 18 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, Leslie E. Campbell; and daughter, Rona Landin.

In lieu of monetary donations in Dunne’s name, share a gift of kindness to one in need.

To sign the guestbook and send condolences to the family, go to: www.lafolletteschapel.com

LaFollette’s Chapel was in charge of arrangements.


Jack A. Lucas 1925-2011

Posted on November 30th in Obituaries

Jack A. Lucas died on Nov. 23.

He was born on Oct. 6, 1925, in Chicago, Ill.

Lucas spent his boyhood in Hoopeston, Ill., and was raised by his mother, grandparents, aunts and uncles.

Lucas served the United States during World War II. He was in the U.S. Navy from July 15, 1943, to Dec. 16, 1945. He served as an armed guard on a number of merchant marine ships, including the SS Stell Ranger, the SS Dynasty and the SS WMF Howe. His ships escorted convoys carrying supplies to the troops overseas, travelling the North Atlantic and the South Pacific. While in the Navy, Lucas visited England, Scotland, Ireland, Chile and Manila.

While he was stationed in New Jersey, he met his wife, Marie. Lucas and his wife lived in Illinois and Sayreville, N.J., where they had four daughters — Liz, Martha, Bobbie and Jackie. The home the family lived in Sayreville had one bathroom, which was a challenge for Lucas, the only male in the family.

The love and pride of Lucas’ life was his family, and he stayed very close to all. In total, he had 15 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Lucas was an industrious man. There were times in his life when he held two jobs, including working early mornings as a milkman. For most of his life he was in retail sales, selling carpet and furniture.

Following his family as they left New Jersey, Lucas and his wife moved to Phoenix, where he retired. He then followed family again, moving to Burns.

Lucas enjoyed sports, politics and a good joke.

Lucas is survived by his wife, Marie; daughters, Elizabeth Goulden of Kingwood, Texas, Martha Denarski and husband Ben of Burns, Bobbie Veneziano and husband Tim of Richland, Wash., and Jackie Turnbull and husband Floyd of Hermiston; sister, Sally Merritt of Oakwood, Ill.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Helen Clem.


Mackenzie Lee Williams 2010-2011

Posted on November 30th in Obituaries

Mackenzie Lee Williams died in her home in Burns on Nov. 22.

She was born on Nov. 30, 2010, to Tyler and Nicole Williams of Burns.

She is survived by her parents, Tyler and Nicole Williams of Burns; grandparents, Don Williams, Mark and Anna Oltman and Kris Elliott, all of Madras; great-grandparents, Joe and Bobbie Oltman of Burns, Verna Miller of Madras, and Karen and Carl Elliott of Madras; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by grandparents, Margaret Williams and A.P. “Bud” Elliott.

A graveside service will be held on Nov. 30, at 2 p.m., in the Burns Cemetery. LaFollette’s Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


Betty Jean Hilbert 1925-2011

Posted on November 30th in Obituaries

Betty Jean Hilbert, 86, died on Nov. 10 in Christmas Valley.

She was born on Jan. 5, 1925, in Marshfield, to Burell and Evelyn Stimson.

Hilbert was raised on a ranch in the Ritter area, and graduated from Long Creek High School.

On May 30, 1945, she married Everett Hilbert in Mineral Wells, Texas, where Everett was stationed in the Army. After her husband’s discharge, they came back to the Ukiah area to ranch.

In 1956, Hilbert and her husband bought a ranch in the Diamond area. They ranched there until retiring to Frenchglen. After “retirement” Hilbert worked at the Frenchglen Hotel for 25 years, and she and her husband both worked for Rock Creek Ranch.

Hilbert was an avid knitter, and she enjoyed making sweaters and afghans.

She had spent the last year in Silver Lake with her daughters.

Hilbert is survived by her daughters, Sharon Messner and husband Chuck of Adel, and Gloria Ash of Silver Lake.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett; parents, Burell and Evelyn Stimson; sisters, Cleo Marlin and Mary Lippert; and brother, Jim Stimson.

A memorial service for Hilbert will be held on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 11 a.m. in LaFollette’s Chapel.

Interment will be held in the Spring at Olney Cemetery in Pendleton.


A funeral service for  Royaline Oltman, 94, will be held on Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Episcopal Church in Burns at 1 p.m.

Contributions in Oltman’s memory may be made to the Harney County Senior Citizen Center Dial-A-Ride program, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.  LaFollette’s Chapel is in charge of funeral arrangements.


Funeral notice

Posted on November 23rd in Obituaries

A graveside service will be held for 65-year-old Alma Dunne on Wednesday, Nov. 23, at 11 a.m. at the Gray Butte Cemetery outside of Prineville.


Robert “Bubba” Wright died on Nov. 7, at Harney District Hospital, after a three and one-half year battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
He was born on Jan. 24, 1959, to Marvin and Florence Wright in Orange, Calif.

When he was two years old, Wright’s family moved to Oregon, where they moved around for his father’s work as a timber faller. They settled in Prospect around 1969, and Wright went to Prospect Elementary School and Prospect High School. He excelled in football and baseball, and played basketball only to stay in shape between sports.

After high school, Wright worked seasonally for the U.S. Forest Service fighting fire for two years. In the winter of 1979, he went to work for the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) in Prospect, plowing snow. He transferred to the Roseburg extra gang around 1985. In 1990, Wright was promoted to Section Foreman Boswell Springs in Drain. He then became the Transportation Maintenance Manager in Burns, working from Oct. 1994, through March 2004, where he ended his 23-year career with ODOT. He worked for the Harney County Road Department as the office manager from 2004 to 2008.

Wright met Brenda Artmire in high school, when he worked for her grandpa and father at their gas station in Prospect. They were married in December, 1985, and had two children — Krissandra in 1989 and Raymond in 1993. Wright and his family made their home in Sutherlin from 1989 to 1995, before moving to Burns, where he had lived for the past 17 years.

In 1989, Wright found his second love, flying. He obtained his private pilot’s license in July 1989, and went on to get his instrument and commercial endorsements. He flew anytime he could get a chance, and bought the first of his three airplanes when he moved to Burns.
Wright was involved with the Burns Lions Club, the Pioneer Presbyterian Church and the NRA as an endowment member. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, auto restoration, motorcycle riding and woodworking.

Wright is survived by his mother, Florence Wright; wife of 25 years, Brenda; children, Krissandra and Raymond; aunt, Nadine Haukos and husband Al; uncle, Walter Ridge and wife Jenny; many cousins; and his wife’s mother, father and sister.
He was preceded in death by his father, Marvin Wright.

A celebration of life service for Wright will be held Nov. 19, at the Harney County Fairgrounds Memorial Building at 2 p.m. Contributions in his memory made be made to the ALS Association or the Pioneer Presbyterian Church, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720. LaFollette’s Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences may be sent to the family online at:
www.lafolletteschapel.com


Clayton Hurst King 1934-2011

Posted on November 9th in Obituaries

Clayton Hurst King died on Oct. 31, after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born on Feb. 24, 1934, near Kadoka, S.D.

King married Mary Colleen Hughes (Connie) on Dec. 27, 1958, in Fort Pierre, S.D. He farmed and ranched in South Dakota until he and his wife moved to Oregon, where they continued to ranch for the next 45 years.

King enjoyed his family, hunting, fishing and traveling. He was a director for the Harney Electric Cooperative for 20 years. He was a devoted husband and loving father and grandfather. He will be remembered as a good man and friend by those who knew him.

King is survived by his wife of 52 years, Connie; daughters, Carla and Katie and husband Jason; son, Matt and wife Lisa; grandchildren, Chad, Tara, Cody, Mackenzie and Jason, Jr.; brother, Richard King; sisters, Beverly and Margee; sister-in-law, Phillis King; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one sister.

Contributions in King’s memory may be made to the Cancer Treatment Center of America.


Weslie Dale Slyter 1956-2011

Posted on October 26th in Obituaries

Weslie Dale Slyter died on Sept. 25 in Reno, Nev., as the result of an aortic aneurism.

He was born on June 11, 1956, in Weiser, Idaho, to Wilson “Rusty” Slyter and Hazel (Burnie) Slyter.

He attended school in Weiser from elementary school through high school, where he played football for the Weiser Wolverines and was active in FFA and other student activities.

Slyter’s love for hunting and fishing was well known and ingrained in him from birth. His family spent a lot of time in the outdoors — camping, fishing and hunting. Slyter was the happiest when he’d out-fish his brother, Dan, and his little sister, Patty would out fish him. He  had a very special bond with his sister and was very protective over her.

Slyter spent a lot of time growing up at his Uncle Roy Slyter’s ranch outside Weiser, with his four cousins —Chet, Randy, Tom and Lou. They worked hard on the ranch and he learned to rope, ride and work with cattle in the industry he loved. His cousins were like brothers to him and he treasured those relationships.

After he left school, Slyter went to work for Ralph Stephens in Midvale, and wound up helping Ralph and Deward Gill with their rodeo stock contracting business. He traveled to rodeos during the summer, and in the winter he worked at the Gill Ranch in Riggins, Idaho, where he adopted Donna and Gayle Gill as little sisters.

He married in 1980, and his wife and him had three children. He worked on ranches mostly in the Harney County area. His favorite place to be was at the Roaring Springs Ranch at the base of the Steens Mountain, south of Burns. He loved the opportunities to hunt, fish and trap in the “South End” area.

Slyter always had a story to tell, a coyote to hunt or a fish to catch. He greeted everyone he knew with a grin and a handshake.

Slyter is survived by his son, John Slyter and wife Brooks of Redmond; daughter, Lacy Slyter of Boise, Idaho; sisters, Patricia Ladd and husband Ladd of Anchorage, AK., Ethel Jean Balchunas of Vermont and Pearl Eilene Russell-Carter and husband Ray of Payette, Idaho; brother, Daniel Lee Slyter and wife Lorene of Utah;  niece, Cori Carter of Weiser, Idaho; nephews, Brett Slyter and wife Jodi of Weiser, Idaho and Arthur Rusty Ladd of Anchorage, AK; and many other nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

He was preceeded in death by his parents, Wilson and Hazel Slyter, and daughter, Dalli Slyter.

A memorial service for Slyter will be held on Nov. 5 at 11 a.m. MST at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Weiser, Idaho. Contributions for the memorial service can be sent to John Slyter, 2872 S.W. Indian Place, Redmond, OR 97756.


Diana McLean 1962-2011

Posted on October 26th in Obituaries

Diana Mclean, 49, died on Oct. 17, after a courageous and inspiring battle with cancer.

She was born on Jan. 29, 1962, in Myrtle Point.

McLean was the youngest of five children. Her father, Lester Cross, was a logger and the family moved frequently. She settled in Harney County about 30 years ago, and graduated from Crane Union High School.

McLean worked at the Ye Olde Castle in Burns for nearly 20 years. She was married for 18 years to George McLean.

She enjoyed needlepoint, sewing, crocheting, working and spending time with her family. McLean will be remembered as being very sweet, strong, caring and loving. She was a member of the Bible Baptist Church.

McLean is survived by her husband, George McLean of Burns; mother, Alice Cross of Burns; brothers, David Cross and wife Arlene of Burns, Neal Cross and wife Christy of Terrebonne and Bob Cross and wife Skye of Washington; sister, Mary Heimer and husband Jimmy of Burns; nieces, Victoria Cross of Burns and Nicole Rupe of Burns; great-niece, Olivia Rupe of Burns; sister-in-law, Mildred McLean of Maine; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Lester Cross and son, Steven.


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