OBIT NovakWendy Elaine Novak, 62, passed away Jan. 29.

Wendy was born March 2, 1951, to Ray and Delores Withee in Burns.

Wendy grew up in a large family, with a sister and three brothers. She moved to Redmond as a young woman, and became involved in activities such as skeet shooting and softball.  She enjoyed hosting family and friends, and loved homemaking.

Wendy married Robert “Bob” Novak in 1988, and they soon started a family. The joy of Wendy’s life were her two children, Marc and Kelly. Raising her children and making a home for her family were her greatest accomplishments. Wendy and Bob spent many hours supporting their children in their sports activities and hobbies. Christmas was Wendy’s favorite season, and for her, it started in October. Christmas music, baking, decorating and giving were all reflections of her generous nature and her desire to be with family and friends. She enjoyed time around her backyard pond with family and visitors, and she was happy when it was either decorated with flowers or Christmas lights. The smell of home-baked bread often filled her home, and she was always eager to host a family gathering.

Wendy was so many things to so many people — a dedicated wife, a caring mom, a team mom, a fishing partner, gambling cohort, a canning buddy, a confidant, a caretaker, a friend to laugh with, and a friend to cry with. Most of all, Wendy was the type of person who loved much, and shared her kindness and generosity with those she loved and cared for.  Although her life was cut short, she has left her family and friends with wonderful memories.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Novak; son, Marc Novak; daughter, Kelly Novak; mother, Delores Withee; sister, Sandy Whitmore; brothers, Dan, Mike and Jim Withee; and many brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Ray Withee.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Burns.


Barbara Alice (Stinnette) Lofgren passed away Jan. 26  at Oakwood Country Place in McMinnville.

She was born in Cozad, Neb., Feb. 9, 1935. When she was 3, her folks moved to Corvallis, where she went to grade school and graduated from high school in 1953. She then attended Oregon State University until her marriage to Everett Byron Lofgren on Sept. 17, 1955.

She and her husband moved to Burns in 1975, and retired to McMinnville in 1995. She was an avid bowler, a member of the ESA sorority in Burns, and transcribed many oral history interviews for the Harney County Library. She followed her boys to many football, basketball, baseball and track events, and was an active member of the Hilander Booster Club.

She is survived by her husband, Everett; sons, Jeffrey (a major general in the Air Force) and his wife, Suzanne, and Eric (a battalion chief with the Gresham Fire Department) and his wife, Lisa; and five grandchildren. Her entire family spent the last week of her life with her.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Barbara’s memory may be made to a Parkinson’s Foundation in care of Macy & Son, 135 NE Evans St., McMinnville, OR 97128. To leave online condolences, visit the guest book at


Dr. Mary Elizabeth Weare,   65, passed away Thursday, Jan. 9, at her home in Bartlesville, Okla.

Dr. Weare was born in Portland May 3, 1948, the daughter of and Dr. John Henry and Emma (Tuchenhagen) Weare. She grew up and received her early  education in Burns.   She was a graduate of Lewis and Clark University in  Portland, where she received her degree in chemistry. Dr. Weare attended medical school at the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center in Portland, and took her residency training in psychiatry at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.

She was married to John Curtiss West May 15, 1976, in Burns. They made their home in Kansas City, until coming to Bartlesville in 1981. Dr. Weare began employment with Grand Lake Mental Health Center, and  established her private practice in Bartlesville in 1982, which she maintained until her death. Dr. Weare was medical director of the Behavior Health Unit at Jane Phillips Medical Center for 25 years.

Dr. Weare is survived by her husband, John Curtiss West of Bartlesville; two sisters, Mrs. Marjorie Graham of Portland, and Mrs. Elinor Bethke and husband, John of Alamosa, Colo.; three nieces, Dr. Barbara Graham, Dr. Katherine Graham and Sarah Bethke. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Services for Dr. Weare were held Tuesday, Jan. 28, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Bartlesville. Cremation arrangements were under the direction of the Stumpff Funeral Home  & Crematory in Bartlesville, Okla.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to  Green Country Free Clinic, 500 S.E. Frank Phillips Blvd., Bartlesville, Okla., 74003 or Price Tower Arts Center, 510 S.E. Dewey Ave., Bartlesville, Okla., 74003 or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Friends who wish may sign the online guest book and leave condolences at  or share a memory of Dr. Weare at


Linda M. Retherford, 70, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 22, at a care facility home in Gresham. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, in the Burns Cemetery.

Linda is survived by her mother, Zora Retherford; brother, Ken and wife, Randy Retherford; sister, Sue and husband, Tiny Pedersen; and numerous nieces and nephews.

LaFollette’s Chapel is in charge of funeral arrangements.

OBIT EstepShirley (Arzner) Estep, 85, passed away Jan. 16 at The Aspens in Burns.

Shirley was born April 23, 1928 to Herman and Millie (Post) Arzner in Lakeview. She was the youngest of three children. She married Howard Estep Oct. 1, 1943. They had four children, Francis, Gordon, Ron and Cheryl.

Shirley grew up in Lakeview, working in her parents grocery store and then at Lake District Hospital. She moved to Burns in 1961 and continued her career in nursing at Harney District Hospital, retiring after 30 years. She made many long time friends that she worked with and took care of at the hospital.

Shirley was a member of the Lakeview Theta Rho Club of the IOOF until she was initiated into the Lakeview Topaz Rebekah Lodge #22. When that lodge disbanded in November 2003, she transferred her membership to the Burns Sylvia Rebekah Lodge #43. In addition to her Theta Rho membership, she was a member of the Rebekah Lodge of the IOOF for 66 years.

Shirley enjoyed going hunting, fishing and camping with all of her family, and teaching them the outdoor life she loved. She cherished any time spent with her family and extended family. Related or not, everyone was family to her. She got the kids to mind by telling them she would take them over her checkered apron, and then she would laugh. She was always the “Go To Mom” from cleaning fish, processing wild game or just a shoulder to lean on. She will be missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her sons, Francis (Lillian), Gordon (Linda), Ron (Dorene); daughter, Cheryl Still (Flint); grandchildren, Gary (Jessica), David (Tina), Denae Crofoot (Shane), Marc (Deb), Michael (April), Jeremy, Ronnie (Shelly), Shirley Colvin (Phil), Firel (Carla), Dayla Reynolds (Monte), Clint Still (Naomi), LeeAnna Smith (Chris); step-grandchildren, Tommy Boren (Debbie), Pam Worton, Jennifer Yekel (Stuart), Janien Rhen (Jerud), and Ariona (Jose; 28 great-grandchildren; 9 great-great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at the Burns Elks Lodge #1680 on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 1 p.m. followed by a potluck. A graveside service will be held in Lakeview at the Odd Fellows Cemetery on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 11 a.m.

Contributions in Shirley’s memory may be made to the Sylvia Rebekah Lodge #43, Parkinson’s disease research or the charity of one’s choice.

June L. Long 1925 — 2014

Posted on January 15th in Obituaries

OBIT Long webJune L. Long, 88, passed away Jan. 2 at Renown Medical Center in Reno, Nev.

She was the fourth child born to Hazel Luella Roark McAdams and Fred McAdams, and had six siblings in total.

June was born July 5, 1925, on the family farm on Ustick Road in Meridian, Idaho. Her mother often told her that she was “the last of the firecrackers to explode on that 4th of July holiday in 1925,” and she was a firecracker until the end.

June attended the first and second grades of elementary school in Nampa, Idaho. When June was 8, her dad, for his job with Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph Company, was transferred to Weiser, Idaho.  June remembers these as particularly happy days and always considered Weiser her home town.  When June was 15, the family moved back to the farm on Ustick Road.  The clouds of war were gathering, and her parents, fearing what the war might bring, decided that the farm was a better place to provide for the McAdams brood.  June enrolled in Meridian High School, and graduated from there in 1943.

She immediately took the civil service clerk typist test, passed on her first try, and went to work in a variety of civil service jobs in the Boise, Idaho, area including the Department of Internal Revenue and the Veterans Administration. She also worked at Mountain Home Air Force Base during the war years.

In 1951, she met Eddy Hopfer at the Moore Hotel in Ontario. Sparks flew, and they were married in a formal ceremony at St. John’s Cathedral in Boise that same year.  They moved to Burns, where Eddy was employed by Harley and Nona Hotchkiss on their ranch. Eddy and June had two children. Edward Hopfer Jr. (Bucky) was born in 1953. June became pregnant with Cindy in 1954. Eddy fell ill during this time and died in April. Cindy was born in September of the same year. During this time, through the sorrow of losing her husband and singularly raising two small children, June showed remarkable strength and courage.  She went back to work in Burns, and was a well-loved fixture at the high school. She eventually married Geren W. Long in 1957. They were married 53 years. Geren’s work with the Bureau of Land Management took the family to Vale in 1962. They bought their much-loved farm there, and their son, Clifford Alan Long (Cliff), was born in 1966. Geren subsequently took job transfers to Kanab, Utah and Reno, Nev., and June was there supporting the family at each move. During their years in Reno, June embarked in a successful real estate career that lasted the next 30 years. She was 80 when she gave up her real estate license. Her real estate career included owning Blackaby Real Estate in Ontario, after they moved back to their farm in 1982.

During the years of moving around with Geren’s various job assignments, June’s ability to reach out with her naturally-loving and open personality helped cultivate life-long friends wherever they lived. It never mattered to her if she didn’t know a soul in town, or whether they were “the new family” on the block.  June had a talent for making friends quickly. Her generous nature, non-judgmental viewpoints, loving acceptance of everyone, and hilarious, quick wit and sense of humor served her well her entire life and was intact until the end.

June and Geren moved to Nampa, Idaho, in 2001 after the sale of their farm in Vale. This allowed them to be closer to son, Cliff and wife, Annette, and their children.  June’s new vocation was spoiling and loving all her grandchildren.  Geren passed away in 2011. June continued to live alone until spring of 2013. Cliff and Annette relocated to the Seattle area with new jobs, so June moved to Winnemucca to be closer to son, Edward, and daughter, Cindy, and their loving and supportive spouses, Sandy and Joe. She was living in Winnemucca at the time of her death.

June was a great cook, an amazing gardener, a champion floral arranger, loyal friend, and a talented realtor. But her main love was her family. Her husband, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and a bevy of siblings, in-laws, nieces and nephews all were graced by her love and light. She made everyone feel special in their own way.

She is survived by her sister, Ruth McAdams Wilkins; sons, Edward Hopfer (Sandy) and Cliff Long (Annette); and daughter, Cindy Hopfer Ulch (Joe). She is also survived by seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Eddy Hopfer; second husband, Geren Long; brothers, Bobby McAdams, John McAdams, Hank McAdams and Thomas McAdams; and sister, Shirley Ann McAdams Carrier.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the charity of your choice, in June’s name.

A memorial will be held in the Boise Valley in the spring, with a reception to follow. Memories and condolences can be sent to, or

Richard William Ingraham III, 56, passed away Thursday, Dec. 19, of natural causes, after finishing a perfect day of skiing at Mount Bachelor.  Fittingly, he passed in the Deschutes National Forest, the same wilderness he had devoted his entire life to working and playing in.

Born May 28, 1957, in San Francisco, Calif., he had his early schooling in Napa, Calif.

His family moved to Bend in 1970, where he graduated from Bend Senior High School in 1975.  He studied fire science at Central Oregon Community College, and began a 28-year career with the Forest Service.

He was an accomplished skier and mountaineer. Among his accomplishments were ascending the Three Sisters in one day, and trekking the Pacific Crest Trail from Mt. Bachelor to the Canadian border. He taught countless nieces, nephews, friends and strangers to ski and to love the alpine environment. In recent years, he channeled his love of skiing and his passion for teaching into becoming an instructor for the Oregon Adaptive Ski program (OAS).

He was an aspiring inventor and author who continuously sought to better those around him and spread his knowledge to others.

He spent countless days, weeks and months fishing, hunting and enjoying the Central Oregon lifestyle. He was the quintessential “local” and surpasses the label of outdoorsman.

Brought up in the Bay Area and Oregon, he was fiercely loyal to the San Francisco Giants and 49ers, the Portland Trailblazers, and the Portland Timbers.

He is survived by by his mother and father, Dick and Jan Ingraham of Burns; sister, Katie (Kathy) Rowles and husband, Charlie, of Bend; brother, Jeff Ingraham and wife, Jennifer, of La Pine; nephews, Scott Rowles and wife, Amy, of Bend, and Andrew Ingraham, of La Pine; nieces, Kiersten Rowles and Heidi Freisen, and husband, Daniel, of Bothel, Wash.; several aunts, uncles and cousins in Portland and California.

He was preceded in death by grandparents, Richard W. Ingraham Sr., of Manila, Philippine Islands, Norton A. Forsyth of Santa Rosa, Calif., Katherine Forsyth of Santa Rosa, Calif., and Margaret Warner Hagen of Seattle, Wash.

A celebration of Richard’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 15, at Christian Life Center Church, 21720 E. Hwy 20 in Bend.

In lieu of flowers, please send your donations to the Oregon Adaptive Ski program, 63025 OB Riley Rd, #12, Bend, OR 97701 in memory of Richard Ingraham.

OBIT Threadgill webGary Dean Threadgill of Hines, 49, passed away Dec. 16 in Bend from complications of pneumonia.

Gary was born April 26, 1964, to Beverly June (Sevey) Threadgill and Ronald Wade Threadgill in Mount Vernon, Wash. Gary grew up in the state of Washington. He attended school in the Tacoma area.

Gary was very enthusiastic about music, and had quite a collection of different musical tastes, ranging from classical to jazz to hard rock.


He also had an amazing ability to fix any machine or car with his mechanical expertise. Gary was a wonderful baker, and was making a career in the bakery business, until he suffered a horrible car crash in 1988. Because of his medical health problems, he was no longer able to pursue his dreams.

Gary was very friendly, and all those that were blessed to know him, knew he had a big heart. he usually had a smile on his face, despite the severe pain he suffered with each day.

Gary is survived by his parents, Ron and Beverly Threadgill of Burns; brothers, Ron (Kathy) Threadgill of Steilacoom, Wash., Don (Tina) Threadgill of Burns, and Jon (Tonia) Threadgill of Hines; sister, Geraldine (Scott) Malin of Milton, Wash.; as well as aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and cousins.

Per his wishes, there will be no service at this time.

Contributions in Gary’s memory may be made to the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center.


Christian Malas Echevarria, 22, passed away Jan. 6, following an automobile accident.

Christian was born March 2, 1991, at Humboldt General Hospital in Winnemucca, Nev. He attended kindergarten in Winnemucca, and first through eighth grade at Paradise Valley Elementary School. He graduated from Lowry High School in 2009. He then attended Boise State University for a year before earning a degree in Business Technology from Eastern Idaho Technical College. While attending EI Tech, he received his EMT Certification, and subsequently joined the EMS team at Humboldt General Hospital. He participated in football, basketball, and excelled in track and field, winning state championships in the 200 meter dash and the long jump. He participated in 4H, FFA, and  rodeo. He loved anything outdoors, especially snowboarding and skateboarding.

He is survived by parents, Bryn and Gary Echevarria; sister, Alicia Echevarria; grandparents, Monte and Patricia Siegner; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Joe “Dooley” and Grace Echevarria.

Services are to be held in Paradise Valley  Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Paradise Valley New Building Fund, P.O. Box 55, Paradise Valley, NV 89426.

Jim Hutchinson 1919 — 2013

Posted on January 8th in Obituaries

Jim Hutchinson, 94, passed away Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, at Harney District Hospital.

Jim was born Jan. 5, 1919, in Burns. He was a World War II veteran, fighting for his country in the Pacific Theater during WWII. Receiving an honorable discharge, he returned to Burns and resided there for the rest of his life.

Jim was featured in the Range magazine, based out of Carson City, Nev. The article stated that Jim was one of the “real genuine cowboys,” and it told about his life very accurately. His doctor, just before he passed away, said he was the toughest 94-year-old he has ever met! He was one of the best, for sure, and well-liked by everyone.

He is survived by his wife, Ruthie; daughters, Vicky, Janice and Lynne; sons, Dale and Michael.

A memorial service was held on Thursday, Jan. 2, at the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

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