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.

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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.

Mary Jean Cena Lemos 1943-2011

Posted on October 19th in Obituaries

Mary Jean Cena Lemos died on Oct. 8.

She was born in Weed, Calif., on April 9, 1943, to Gino and Lea Cena. The second of five children, she spent a lot of time with her brothers, Robert, Francis, and David Cena.

Lemos also grew up with the influence of her Nona Linda Cavarzan.  Her mother and grandmother taught her the Italian language, the art of gardening and the finer points of Italian cuisine.  Anyone who stepped into   her kitchen, shared a potluck or bought a coffee wreath at the Christmas bazaar, knew of the wonderful aromas and flavors that she could whip up.

As soon as she was old enough to read, Lemos began singing in the church choir with her father. People in Weed still talk about how beautiful it was to hear them sing together.

After graduating from Weed High School, she attended the College of the Siskiyou’s in Weed, and then transferred to the College of the Holy Names in Oakland, Calif. Lemos graduated from Holy Names with a degree in education, and began teaching at Weed Elementary soon after. That was the beginning to a long and fulfilling career, where she influenced many young lives.

In 1965, her parents added Linda Ann to the family. This long-awaited sister was a blessing to Lemos, who doted on her baby sister for the rest of her life.

The same year, she began dating her brother Rob’s friend, Jimmy Lemos, and they were married on June 24, 1967. This partnership lasted 45 years. Her husband was her best friend, fishing buddy, hunting guide, constant support and love of her life.

During their life together, Lemos and her husband had five children — Suzanne Marie in 1968, Lisa Diane in 1970, Daryl James in 1973, Sarah Christine in 1978 and Jarod Anthony in 1985. Prior to establishing their family in Burns, they lived in Eureka, Calif., where Lemos taught at an elementary school while her husband began his Master’s degree at Humboldt State. They also briefly lived in Corvallis, where her husband worked on his PhD at Oregon State University. The family spent five years in Coos Bay, where her husband was employed by the Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, conducting elk research. At the end of the elk research project in 1976, he  was transferred to the Steens Mountain Mule Deer project, stationed in Hines/Burns.

Lemos quickly fit into Eastern Oregon life, and soon became a regular in the church choir, singing at funerals and weddings and substitute teaching in all the schools. She enjoyed participating in community musicals, and is remembered for such key performances as Maria in “The Sound of Music,” and Nancy in “Oliver.”

Lemos enjoyed over 15 years as a Girl Scout leader, playing her guitar and singing many campfire songs.

She became the coordinator of the Religious Education program at Holy Family Church, and continued in this ministry for almost a quarter of a century.

She became a Noni (grandmother) in 1996. Lemos and her husband would travel often for events to see their nine grandchildren — Devin, Mikenna, Ellery, Landon, Cameron, Brycen, Raleigh, Brianna and Brent. The grandchildren loved sharing time with their Noni singing, laughing, story telling, picking veggies from the garden, fishing for catfish, having tea parties, baking bread, French-braiding hair, pulling baby teeth with her magic hankies and puzzle-making.

If there was a song to be sung, a crossword puzzle to finish, a volunteer needed at the Senior Center, a warm loaf of bread for dinner, or an encouraging word, everyone knew they could call on Lemos.

Lemos is survived by her husband, Jim, of Burns; daughters, Suzanne Yeakey and husband Jon, of Redmond,  Lisa Jones and husband Greg, of Hermiston, and Sarah Evans and husband Morgan, of Vancouver, Wash.; sons, Daryl Lemos and wife Jodette, of Nampa, Idaho, and Jarod Lemos and wife Natalie, of Burns; nine grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Gino and Lea Cena.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the CAN Cancer foundation, St. Charles Foundation, 2500 N.E. Neff Road, Bend, OR 97701-6015.  CAN Cancer is a non-profit organization that provides funds for transportation and lodging to cancer treatment patients and their families in and around Central and Eastern Oregon.

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LaFollette’s Chapel was in charge of funeral arrangements.

Gary E. Ludi 1955-2011 

Posted on October 19th in Obituaries

Gary E. Ludi, 56 died on Oct. 8, at Harney District Hospital.

He was born on May 2, 1955, in Burns to Alfred S. Ludi and Lillian (Nelson) Ludi.

Ludi grew up in Burns and graduated from Burns Union High School. He worked for Rodney and Lorie Knieriem’s Auto Body Shop for many years.

He was a member of the Burns Elks Lodge #1680 for 27 years, where he loved to volunteer. He enjoyed cutting wood, football and NASCAR. He was an avid fan of the Oregon Ducks.

Ludi is survived by his good friend, Katy Brigham; and Brigham’s children, Jami Kesinger, Gary Kesinger, Seth Aurland, Shaylynn Aurland and Jayda Kesinger.

A memorial service for Ludi will be held on Friday, Oct. 28, at 4 p.m. in the Burns Elks Lodge #1680.

To sign Ludi’s guest book and send condolences, go to

LaFollette’s Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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