Robert “Bob” Ancil Rayne, 87, died Saturday, April 13, at a Meridian, Idaho, care facility of natural causes.

Bob was born Oct. 12, 1925, to Pearl and Ancil Rayne in Caldwell, Idaho. He graduated from Middleton High School in 1943 and immediately after joined the U.S. Navy during World War II.

In 1948, he married Ella Mae Ashcraft, and they had two sons, Larry and Harland Rayne.

In his younger days, Bob enjoyed rollerskating and flying airplanes. He wanted to become a commercial airline pilot, but wasn’t able to because he couldn’t pass the color test. He did, however, continue to fly small airplanes for fun.

Bob worked for Nishitani Gardens in Caldwell during high school and again after he got out of the service. After various jobs such as driving a bread truck and owning a service station, he moved to Oregon where he logged for himself and the Edward Hines Lumber Company in Hines. Eventually, he made his way back home to Middleton where he teamed up with his brothers, Tommy and Jerry, and ran the lumber portion of Rayne and Seal Enterprise in Nampa, Idaho. Middleton became his home for the rest of his life.

In 1968, Bob married Ruth Pickering, and they had one daughter, Roberta. Later in life he enjoyed gardening, and always enjoyed going for drives. Roberta remembers going for drives almost daily while growing up. Sometimes only to Caldwell, sometimes to Emmett, Idaho, but they always enjoyed taking the back roads and enjoying the scenery.

Bob is survived by his wife, Ruth; son, Harland Rayne; daughter, Roberta Wells; grandson, Darby Rayne; granddaughters, Morgan and Lauren Fisher; siblings, Ardith Tepfer, Ted Rayne, Marilynn (Hittie) Young, Cheryl (Dude) Williams and Sandy Watson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by parents, Ancil and Pearl; son, Larry; sisters, June, Ellen and Shirley; and brothers, Billy, Jerry, Jimmy and Tommy.

Bob loved his family more than anything else. He especially had a soft spot in his heart for his granddaughters, Morgan and Lauren. He always enjoyed family functions and visiting people. He always had a smile and a positive outlook on life.

Graveside services were held April 22 at Middleton Cemetery under the direction of Dakan Funeral Chapel. Memories and condolences may be shared at

Holly (Hogan) Unrein, 51, died at her home Feb. 28, from complications of severe COPD.

Holly was born Dec. 30, 1961, to Shirley and James Hogan of Salem.

Holly was a beyond fantastic mother, grandmother, wife, sister, daughter, aunt and mentor. She was always so very proud of her grandbabies. They were her pride and joy.

She loved beading and Farmville. Her daughetr introduced her to Facebook, and she was hooked. Family was always her number one priority. She would always take care of them before herself. She cherished every one of her friends. She was always the life of the party.

The loss of her is deeply heart-breaking, but she is now with the many other family and friends who have passed before her.

Pam L. Corrigan Landon died April 14 in Salmon, Idaho.
Pam was born August 18, 1950 in Salmon, Idaho. She was the second of five children born to John and Betty Corrigan of Challis, Idaho. Pam grew up on a ranch in Challis where she loved branding, cattle drives and especially riding horses. She had an intense love for all animals. 
Pam graduated from Challis High School in 1968. After high school, Pam enrolled in the School of Cosmetology in Pocatello, Idaho where she received her beautician license. In 1970, she met and married Richard Lockyer of McCammon, Idaho. To this union one child was born in 1971, ShanDel Raey Lockyer. They divorced after a short time.
Pam moved and made her home in the surrounding area of Nampa, Idaho. She decided to change her career path and attended ITT tech school where she graduated from their legal secretary program. She started working for the Idaho Department of Employment for several years. She decided to work in broadcasting. She took an executive position with Channel 12 until the summer of 1990 when adventure would call for Pam and her daughter to move to Alaska. They lived in Eagle River for a couple of years, then moved to Kenai where Pam pursued her love of fishing, clamming and camping. Pam explored all that Alaska had to offer for the next seven years. Moving to Alaska was a big dream of hers. In 1997, Pam moved back to Nampa to be close to her only granddaughter, KayLee Jade. She went to work in broadcasting for Channel 9, working there for several years until she moved back home to Challis where she lived for the past three years.
To say that Pam had many friends is an understatement. Pam was a very giving soul, she helped people where she could, and gave of herself to many. Time spent with Pam included fun, laughter and telling stories. She was a wonderful cook and loved to cook for anyone that was around her.
Pam is survived by her daughter, ShanDel Raey Harden (Randy); and granddaughter, KayLee Jade, of Crane; parents, John and Betty Corrigan of Challis; sister, Pat (Ron) Bricker of Challis; sister, Betty Jo (Levi) Oja of Spokane, Wash.; brother, Tim (Zelda) Corrigan, of Challis Idaho; brother, John (Martha) Corrigan of Crane; and many other relatives.
“Your smile and laughter will always be remembered.”
Pam was cremated by Jones and Casey Funeral Home. A celebration of life is planned for the summer of 2013.

Agustin Andueza 1926-2013

Posted on April 17th in Obituaries

Following a short illness, Agustin Andueza, 87, died April 5 in Portland.

Agustin was born March 15, 1926, in Lesaka, Navarra, Spain.

He was the 11th of 15 children born to Jose Andueza and Antonia Larralde, joining seven brothers and seven sisters.  Agustin lived a difficult life as a child. He grew up extremely poor, getting his first job herding sheep on a neighboring farm at the tender young age of 8, when his mother was widowed with 15 kids. Agustin would return home once a month to give all of his earnings to his mother.

After serving two years in the Spanish Army, Agustin came to America in June 1951 at the age of 25 to work in the sheep industry. Having spent several years working in the California and Nevada mountains, Agustin moved to Oregon in 1960, where he was the sheep foreman for Allied Corporation in Harney County. In 1961, he returned to the Basque country and married Juanita Sanzberro.

In 1962, their first son, Eugenio, was born, followed by daughter, Ana Isabel, in 1963. In 1967, Agustin brought his family to Burns, and daughter, Rosa Yvette, was born the following year.  Agustin spent the next 24 years working for the Edward Hines Lumber Company. Agustin always worked very hard and made many sacrifices in his own life to ensure that his family would not have to endure the same poverty and suffering as he did. He truly was an example of having lived “The American Dream.” Furthermore, he served as a surrogate father to several of his nephews, as well as many other recently arrived young Basque immigrants, as these young men found themselves in a new country, facing a new culture and a new language. Agustin supported them financially, as well as emotionally, as they adjusted to life in America.

On many Sundays, after attending church, Agustin would take the family to the Plaza Hotel (formerly located across from Safeway) to spend the day with friends eating, drinking, singing, dancing, playing “Mus” (Basque poker) and telling countless stories about the old days in sheep camp. Before going home for the evening, Agustin would always do a drive-by of the Star Hotel (another Basque boarding house located in Burns on Alder Street) for a nightcap or two, and to visit with more friends.

Every summer, Agustin would take the family on vacation to visit relatives in California, and/or attend Basque festivals in Nevada where he would compete as a wood chopper, often beating much younger competitors. While he didn’t always win, he consistently performed well enough to collect some prize money and be invited to return the following year.

Agustin was known for his generosity, both in terms of time and money, when it came to helping others. He could often be seen mowing a neighbor’s yard, shoveling their snow or helping friends with carpentry or ranch work. Agustin was also known to have given away tons of fresh produce from his immaculate gardens to anyone who asked or who just simply stopped by to visit.

Agustin enjoyed his retirement years working in the garden, fishing and occasionally traveling back to Spain. Agustin loved nothing more than being in the company of family and good friends, enjoying a glass of red wine, playing cards with friends and telling stories until the wee hours of the morning.

Agustin is survived by his wife of 51 years, Juanita, of Burns; son, Geno, of Eugene; daughters, Ana of Portland and Rosie of Boise, Idaho; and four grandchildren,  Oyana, Maya, Sebastian and Olivia. He is also survived by three siblings in Spain, brother, Jose Antonio Andueza; and sisters, Carmen Andueza and Tere Andueza Tellerria; as well as numerous nieces and nephews throughout the United States, Spain and France.

Olive Ruth Cooley Fleener died March 27.

Olive was born May 27, 1920, to Merrick and Ruth Cooley in Alturas, Calif. She was the seventh child of eight.

Her mother, Ruth, passed away during childbirth when she was 3 years old. She eventually went to live with her sister, Blanche Dunn, who raised her as a daughter.

She spent her younger days in Oregon, enjoying the outdoors, playing on “the ranch,” and hunting for arrowheads.

Olive married Medley Irwin Fleener, and they lived in many locations throughout the western United States. From this union they had three children, Ernest, C. Carmen and Shannon. Olive loved her family and worked a variety of jobs to care for them.

She was devoted to reading and studying the Bible on a regular basis. Olive always had a love for art, the outdoors, gardening, and had a personal flair that was only hers.

Olive is survived by her son, Ernest (Dot) Fleener of Texas; sons-in-law, Tom Tiffany and Larry Bouck; grandchildren, Bonnie Vaughn, Shelley Christensen, DeAnn Jansen, Sean Fleener, Ernie Fleener, Leslie Wardlaw, Senta Sandburg, Kyle Tiffany and Patrick Tiffany; niece and special friend, Mavis Oard; as well as several nieces, nephews and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, “Irwin” Fleener; and her daughters, Carmen and Shannon.

Contributions in Olive Fleener’s memory may be made to the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR. 97720.

Lawrence (Larry) N. Olson, 64, a former resident of Burns, died on Feb. 8 in Albany.

Larry was born in Burns on April 21, 1948 to Vernon A. Olson and Norma Jean Vignery-Olson.

Larry grew up in Burns and started his family in Harney County. Larry had many jobs in Harney County, whatever work he could find to help his young wife support their growing family. He worked as a farm hand and on the railroad. He also worked at the Burns Police Department while in training to be a police officer in the mid-1970s.  Larry left Burns at the end of the 70s when he was in his early 30s.

Larry was an avid outdoors man. He enjoyed hunting and camping, but his true passion was trapping and fishing. Larry became a commercial fisherman later on in life. He fished on a boat on the northern coast and later fished on a boat out of Newport.

Larry was a loving father, and enjoyed spending time with his first grandson, Tanner.

Larry is survived by two daughters, Abba Forest of Warrenton and Katie Dale of Klamath Falls; sister, Kristin Lee; two brothers, Bud and Brian Olson of Albany; two sons-in-law; and one grandson.

Larry was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Lawrence E. Olson and Abba M. Olson of Burns; his maternal grandparents, Noel Vignery and Viola Vignery; his parents, Vernon A. Olson and Norma  Jean Olson.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 21, at the Fishermen’s  Memorial in Newport.

Infant twins, Simon and Macie, died March 31, the day of their birth, at Lebanon Community Hospital in Lebanon.
Simon and Macie are survived by their parents, Nathan and Brittany Adelman of Lebanon; grandparents, Robert and Christine Adelman of Pendleton, and John and Michelle Tummonds of Burns; aunts, Genelle Duyck of Forest Grove, Juleen Adelman of Southern California and Brianna and Bryn Tummonds of Burns; uncles, Ryan Adelman of Boise, Idaho, Justin Adelman of Boise, Idaho, and Mark Adelman of Kennewick, Wash.; and several cousins. 
Funeral mass will be held Friday, April 12, at St. Edwards Catholic Church in Lebanon. 

Agustin Andueza died in Portland April 5.
Rosary will be held Friday, April 12, at 7 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church. Funeral Mass will be Saturday, April 13, at 11 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church. Committal will follow in Burns Cemetery.
A full obituary will follow at a later date.

Janice Louise Spurgeon, 69, died March 8 after a long battle with congestive heart failure. 
Janice enjoyed being outside, hunting, fishing, riding her four-wheeler, saying she was “born to ride” and, of course, going to yard sales in the summer and sitting on her front porch enjoying the afternoon in her rocking chair.  
She is survived by her children, Faron Graves and wife Maryann, Johnny Graves and wife LeighAnn, and Lisa Foster and husband Robb; grandchildren, Jeff Graves, Cambie Graves, and Bryant Santsaver and wife Katie; brothers, Doug and wife Karen, Gailord and wife Joy, and Leo Shepherd; nephew, Donnie Westfall and wife Peggy; niece, Tina Bossuot and husband Dave; great-niece, Tiffany Robarge; Tiana Louise and many more good friends and family (too many to list); and her dog, Junior. 
Janice was preceded in death by her husband, Ernie Spurgeon; father; mother; and many siblings. 
A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, April 13, at 1 p.m. at her home.

Patricia Ann Howes, 72, died of pneumonia on March 8 at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.
Pat was born in Burns on April 14, 1940, to Woodrow Ray (Pat) and Eunice Edith (Cronin) Gregg.
She married Robert Wayne Howes on Aug. 3, 1961. They lived in Burns, where she drove school bus and worked at Burns Department Store. In 1985, they moved to Prineville, where she managed the Humane Society Thrift Store and drove bus for the Redmond School District. She was a school bus driver for many years and treated every child as if he or she was her own. In 2000, the Howes retired and moved back to Burns.
Moving home gave Pat an opportunity to do the things she really enjoyed. She loved to tole paint and teach many types of crafts. She loved to do many outdoor activities, especially camping. Her love for family was most important in her life. She loved to have family and friends at her house at all times. Holidays were very fun for her, as she always had an open door and plenty of food for her guests.
She is survived by her husband, Bob Howes of Hines; sons and daughters-in-law, Jeff and Susan Howes of Coos Bay, and Mike and Stephanie Howes of Burns; grandchildren, Chris and Rachael Howes of Burns, Nick and Lizzie Howes of Bend, and Alycia Howes and Miranda Howes of Burns; great-grandchild, Gabe Howes of Bend; brothers; sisters; nieces; nephews; aunts; uncles; cousins; and all of the wonderful family and friends that she dearly loved.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m Saturday, April 6, at the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center in Burns.
Donations in Pat Howes’ memory may be made to the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.

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