Lorna Clore 1920-2014

Posted on June 11th in Obituaries

Lorna Rudelle Clore (Reinertson) passed away on June 2 in Medford, after 94 years of creating memories with family and friends.

Born April 26, 1920, in Brush Prairie, Wash., to Lona and Rudolph Reinertson, Lorna was the oldest of seven children. Her family moved to Burns in  1930, and she graduated from Burns Union High School in 1938. After high school, she was employed as a billing clerk at Edward Hines Lumber Company, and later worked as a bookkeeper for her father’s shoe store.

While living in Burns, Lorna met her best friend’s brother, Edward Arnold Clore, they fell in love, and married on June 7, 1943, while he was on leave from the Army Air Corp during WWII. In 1943, her husband was transferred to a base near Tampa, Fla., where  they spent the first  two years of their married life. Their first daughter, Cheryl, was born in July 1945, and shortly thereafter, with the war being over,  they were able to return home to Eastern, Oregon. Daughters, Joan and Kay, joined the family in 1948 and 1953. Throughout her life, Lorna was an encourager of her three daughters’ educational journeys. Whether serving as a room mother and baking cupcakes for a school celebration, attending special programs during their elementary school years or encouraging them to broaden their horizons by attending college and traveling, she was there with her advice as well as support.

Lorna was a leader in the local Lutheran community, planning and hosting women’s organizational events and teaching Bible studies.  She was also a member of the local garden club, and always had a beautiful yard with a bounty of colorful flowers.

After her husband retired, they moved to Creswell in 1975, and lived there more than 25 years. Following his death in 2001, she joined the Willamette Oaks Retirement Community in Eugene.  In 2009, she made a final move to Medford to live near daughter and son-in-law, Kay and Mark Goeres, who supported and cared for her in her last years.

Lorna’s first love was her family, then her home. She took pride in the accomplishments and successes of her family; they were a testament to her.

She is best remembered by friends and extended family for hosting lovely lunches, tea parties and patio dinners, and for having an open-door policy to anyone who wanted to stop by for a cup of coffee or tea and a chat. To her children and grandchildren, she was also an accomplished seamstress, making quilts, clothes and aprons to commemorate special times and holidays.

Lorna loved the warm winter weather in California and Arizona, and traveled south often. Later in life, Hawaii became her favorite travel destination.  She could often be found in a Hawaiian blouse, on or off the islands, and had a vast array of photo albums and postcards from the islands that she loved to share.

A long-standing Oregon resident, she will be missed by family, friends and all who knew her.

She is survived by two sisters, Ann Dewey of Eugene, and Corrine Bunyard (Don) of Coos Bay; two daughters and a son-in-law, Joan Thompson (David) of Redmond, Kay Goeres (Mark) of Gold Hill, and Larry Baker (Jan) of Gresham; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward, and her daughter, Cheryl.

A memorial service in her honor  will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 28, at Emmaus Lutheran Church in Eugene.


OBIT WhartonMarvin Eugene Wharton, 86, of Crane passed away June 5.

Marvin was born May 5, 1928, in Juntura to Minnie  and Curtis Wharton.

Marvin resided in Juntura for many years of his young life, ranching. He moved to Crane in 1964 and ran a cattle ranch. He loved ranch life and had a great love of horses. He had a way of connecting with them. He loved being surrounded by kids, family and friends, and was always willing to help.

Marvin is survived by sisters, Bettie Zink and Faye Pamperien; brother, Sam Wharton; children, Bonnie Swank, Frances Kasik and Austin Wharton; 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by son, Pete Wharton.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, June 13, at the Crane school in Crane, with a potluck to follow. The family will scatter his ashes on Sunday.

Douglas J. Whiteaker passed away Wednesday, June 4, in Burns.

Doug was born July 30, 1957, in Burns, to Alfred Whiteaker and Flossie Woolsey Whiteaker.

He graduated from Burns Union High School in 1976. Doug served one tour with the U.S. Navy as a 3rd Class Petty Officer. After returning home, Doug was employed at Harney County Road Department for 33 years. In 1981, Doug married Glena (Fleury) Whiteaker. Doug loved being outdoors, he enjoyed hunting, camping, ATVs and campfires.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Glena Whiteaker; daughter, Shannon Whiteaker of Baker City; brothers and sisters, Maxine Seadschlag, John Whiteaker, Jim Whiteaker, Darlene Williams, Janice Martin, Debbie Graven and Allen Whiteaker; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Marie and Alfred Whiteaker, and sister, Ruby Eggleston.

As requested by Doug, there will be no services.

Donations in Doug Whiteaker’s memory may be made to the “Wounded Warrior Project,” in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720. You can go to www.lafolletteschapel.com and leave your condolences to the family.

Leona Faye Gunderson, 91, passed away at her home on Sunday, June 1.

There will be a Celebration of Life Memorial at the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 12.

Faye is survived by her two sons, Gale and Dean Gunderson.

Contributions in Faye Gunderson’s memory may be made to the Save A Stray program.

There will be a short inurnment service for Margy Runnels Cyphers, Saturday, June 7, at 11 a.m. at the Burns Cemetery. We welcome you.

Joshua Shepherd 1980-2014

Posted on May 28th in Obituaries

OBIT ShepherdJoshua James Shepherd, 33, of Burns, died in a tragic car accident on May 18 on Highway 20, just east of the Santiam Summit in Jefferson County.

Joshua was born Nov. 29, 1980, in Burns, to Jim and Elia Shepherd. He was raised in Riley, on the South Silver Creek Ranch where he attended Suntex Elementary, a one-room school house. He remained at this school through the sixth-grade, with his beloved sister, Janine, and other children from the ranching community.

Josh and his family later moved to Burns, where he attended Burns High School, and met his high school sweetheart, Jennifer Wagner. In 1998, he graduated from Burns High School and went on to Oregon State University (OSU), where he received a degree in agricultural resource economics. Josh was proud to graduate as a fourth-generation OSU grad in 2003/2004.

On Aug. 25, 2008, he married the love of his life, Jennifer, and the couple resided in Mt. Angel. On Feb. 3, 2010, they welcomed their wonderful son, Liam James, and not long after, on Sept. 17, 2012, they were blessed with their beautiful daughter, Penelope Paige. As a family, they enjoyed spending time together outside playing, gardening and being part of their close-knit neighborhood.

Josh worked for Kraemer Nursery Inc. in Silverton, where he loved the challenges of developing systems of supply chain management. His success and achievements at work were a source of fulfillment and pride for Josh and his family.

Josh will forever be remembered as a fun-loving, witty and hard-working son, father, husband and brother. Josh and Jen cherished their children, family, friends, and the communities of Harney County and Mt. Angel/Silverton.

Joshua is survived by his wife, Jennifer; their children, Liam, 4, and Penelope, 1; his parents, Jim and Elia Shepherd of Burns; and sister, Janine Simms, of Phoenix, Ariz.

A service for Josh will be held at Faith Baptist Church in Hines on May 31 at 11 a.m., with a luncheon to follow.

LaFollette’s Chapel is in charge of funeral arrangements, and a memorial service will be held in Silverton at a date to be determined.

Contributions in Joshua Shepherd’s memory may be made to an account that has been set up for Jennifer and the children at US Bank, account No. 153666352585. You can either drop it off at any US Bank, or send it to LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488; Burns, Oregon 97720.

You can leave your condolences to the family at www.lafolletteschapel.com.

Joshua Shepherd 33, died in an auto accident on Sunday, May 18. Funeral services are pending until his wife, Jennifer, has recovered from her injuries.

Joshua Shepherd is survived by his wife, Jennifer (Wagner) Shepherd; son, Liam Shepherd; daughter, Penelope Shepherd; parents, Jim and Eila Shepherd; sister, Janine Simms, and her children, Shayla and Blake.

You can leave your condolences to the family at www.lafolletteschapel.com. Thoughts and memories of Joshua may also be posted on the Facebook page: “In Loving Memory of Joshua Shepherd.”

OBIT EverhartWEBLeon E. Everhart Sr. of Irrigon, 72, passed away April 30 at Kadlec Regional Medical Center In Richland, Wash.

Leon was born on April 27, 1942, in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, to parents, Victor and Leona Kaulhavy Everhart.

Leon was raised and attended schools in Burns. He then joined the United States Army, and served in Vietnam. Leon was united in marriage to Margaret Mary Costa on March 25, 1962, in Reno, Nev. They lived in Germany for three years until his honorable discharge from the service when they returned to the states. They lived in California for a short time, before settling in Burns. Leon worked as a millwright for Snow Mountain Pine lumber mill, as well as a machinist for other mills. He and Margaret owned and operated the Tijuana Café and the Powerhouse Restaurant in Burns for several years. They later moved to Irrigon in the late 1990s, where they lived since. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, boating, and waterskiing.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Everhart, of Irrigon; sons, Leon Everhart Jr., and his wife, Tammy, of Maxville, Kan., Chris Everhart, and his wife, Marsha, of Caldwell, Idaho, and Kelly Everhart, and his wife, Shauna, of Lewiston, Idaho; sister, Sharon Reason of Redmond; brothers, Richard Everhart, and his wife, Vivian, of Burns, and Wes Everhart, and his wife, Delila of Logan, Utah; 14 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life gathering will be held on Saturday, May 17, at 3:30 p.m., at the Family Worship Center, 330 NE 8th St. in Irrigon.

Please sign the condolence book at burnsmortuaryhermiston.com

Those who wish, may make contributions in Leon’s memory to a favorite children’s charity.

Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in care of arrangements.


OBIT MoultonWEBOrville Gene Moulton, 79, passed way April 28.

Gene was born March 30, 1935, in Ontario.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce Moulton; son, Edward Roy Moulton; Keith Pinster; and daughter, Edie Corns.

A graveside service was held May 3 at the Canyon City Cemetery in Canyon City.

Louise Maher 1919-2014

Posted on May 7th in Obituaries

OBIT-Maher webLouise Maher, 95, of Caldwell, Idaho, passed away Tuesday, April 29, of natural causes at a Caldwell care facility.

Louisa (Louise) Molly Panzeri Maher was born into Italian immigrants; Ernesto and Mary Gianera Panzeri in Silver City, Idaho on Feb. 19, 1919. At an early age she moved with her family to the Panzeri Homestead on Duck Creek near Jordan Valley. Ernesto later bought the fort on Jordan Creek, where the family lived. Louise attended elementary school on Flint Creek. In 1928, Ernesto died, and Mary Panzeri died in 1952. Her oldest brother was away in Utah working in the mines. The younger kids came together and ran the ranch themselves. When Louise was ready to head into high school, she and Mary moved to Jordan Valley where they rented an apartment behind the Elorriaga Boarding House. Later, she rented a room at the Gluch’s ranch. She and Annabelle Gluch were the same age and became lifelong friends as she was with Pilar Elorriaga.

Louise graduated valedictorian of her class at Jordan Valley High. While in high school, she met a handsome buckaroo by the name of Frank Maher. They were married April 3, 1938. Their first home was at the Brewster Ranch near Cliffs, Idaho, and the Owyhee River. The oldest two children, Charlie (Tuffy) and Anita, were born. Later, they purchased the Foster Ranch on Juniper Creek, where they completed their family with Ilene and Tony.

Louise was no stranger to hard work. She could do whatever needed to be done; driving pull-up, irrigating, and working right along with the men. However, she was also a wonderful caretaker, cook and especially mother.

In 1955, the family moved to Homedale, and ran cattle with Baldwin F., and Edward and Elise Brown. The two families became lifelong friends and family to each other. Lisie was the sister Louise never had.

The trip moving cattle from Strodes Basin to Indian Meadows was a nine-day trip, and covered more than 100 miles. She drove the camp wagon, set up camp every afternoon, packed everything up, and moved to the next camp site each of the nine days. She also did all the cooking on the sheepherder stove. She always had a leppy calf or an orphan colt or one of Ilene’s cats to accompany her. Summers spent in Indian Meadows were her favorite.

Louise taught herself how to type when she went to work for Crookham Company in the research department. She weighed sugar beet trucks in the fall. She then went to work for Paul Zatica and worked for him for 25 years. She started as a checker and worked her way up the ladder and became the bookkeeper. When she retired, Paul took both her and Frank to Mexico City as a retirement gift.

Throughout the years she was Frank’s constant companion and helper. She learned to ride a horse and buckaroo. She had a special love for cooking for her family. That love always came through in the taste. She spent the little bit of peaceful time she had knitting and crocheting. Each child received a crocheted bedspread set for their wedding gifts. Throughout her life, she became an accomplished seamstress making clothes for her family.

She and Frank, along with their lifelong friends, Ben and Adell, danced three to four nights per week at various square dance and round dance clubs around the valley. Louise loved to bowl and belonged to various bowling leagues.

Louise lived a selfless life. She lived for her family and friends. She served the ones she loved her entire life. She will be missed and celebrated.

Louise Maher is survived by her children, Charley (Jean) Maher, Anita (Tom) Gluch, Ilene (Jerry) Canning and Tony (Cindy) Maher; grandchildren: Tyra Gluch, Dan Gluch, Todd (Shelley) Gluch, Toni (Chris) Siegner, Crissy (Rob) Rea, David Maher, J.T. Canning, Ryan Canning, Scott Maher; and great-grandchildren, Chelsea and Charli Siegner, Emily, Nick, and Trea Gluch, Cassidy and Kelsey Gluch, Lane Maher, Alec Rea and Nicholas Maher.

Louise was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Carlos or Charley, who died in Italy, Pietro or Pete, Ernesto or Mig, and William or Willy; and a sister, Angelina who died in Silver City when she was only 3; her husband, Frank; and grandson, Nicholas Sullivan Maher.

The family would like to extend special appreciation to Ann and the staff at Canyon West for the loving care and kindness shown to their mother during her stay.

A memorial service was held on Friday, May 2, at Flahiff Chapel in Homedale.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Bernard’s Church, P.O. Box 186, Jordan Valley, OR 97910.

Condolences can be given at www.flahifffuneralchapel.com.

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