OBIT Angell WEBSolomon Elmer (Curley) Angell, 89, of Wilder, Idaho, formerly of St. Anthony, Idaho, passed away April 29.

He was born Dec. 9, 1925, in Chester, Idaho, to Solomon Elmer and Maria Rose Angell. Curley was raised in Twin Groves, Idaho, where he attended a little, two-room school until he graduated from the eighth grade. He then attended high school in St. Anthony, where he excelled in football and boxing and was the student body president his senior year. Curley’s outstanding ability as a boxer in high school led him to some semi-pro boxing throughout the intermountain West, including Canada.

On Dec. 26, 1944, Curley married his life-time friend and next door neighbor, Blanch Allen. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Idaho Falls Temple. Rodeo played a huge role in Blanch and Curley’s life. Soon after their marriage, they built a rodeo arena in West Yellowstone, Mont., and produced a weekly rodeo. The next year, they moved their rodeo business to Island Park to again produce weekly rodeos. For the next 10 years, Curley competed professionally all over the West. His main event was saddle bronc riding, but he rode bulls as well, winning several championships. Curley was accompanied by his wife, Blanch, as he rodeoed throughout the country, and she competed in barrel racing. During this period of competition, Curley and Blanch built a home on the small ranch that Curley inherited from his dad, and Curley worked as a journeyman lineman for local power companies. Curley and Blanch spent a lot of time raising their family of five.

In 1960, Curley gave up contesting in rodeos and formed the Curley Angell Rodeo Company. For many years, he produced rodeos all over Wyoming, Montana and Idaho.  During this period of time, Curley and Blanch essentially became the nucleus of rodeo life in Eastern Idaho. During this same period of time, during the winter months, and using his expertise as a lineman, Curley started a powerline construction company specializing in rough-terrain type jobs. He contracted all over the western states. During that time, Curley hired, trained, and became a powerful lifetime influence on many young men.

Soon it became obvious that powerline construction was more profitable than producing rodeos, so Curley started building powerline full time, year round. During the powerline construction phase of his life, Curley was awarded several powerline contracts in the Burns area, and this marked a major change in Blanch and Curley’s life. In 1976, they bought a small ranch there! Curley continued to operate his powerline construction business and also raised horses, cattle and hay on the ranch.

In 1994, Curley retired, and to be closer to part of the family, he and Blanch sold their Oregon ranch and moved to Wilder.

Although retired, Curley began trimming trees and building lodge pole pine furniture for his huge family of 79. There isn’t one of the family that doesn’t have some of the furniture he has made in their home.

Curley was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, an Eagle Scout, and worked many years as a scout leader. He had a great love of family, and in their 70 years of marriage, he and Blanch have continued to support children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in all of their sporting events.

Curley is survived by his wife, Blanch; sons, Tom (Chris) Angell, Billy Joe (Heidi) Angell of St. Anthony, and Casey (JoAnn) Angell of Wilder; daughter, Bonnie (Sam) Mackenzie of Jordan Valley; and brother, A.W. (Maurine) Angell . Curley is also survived by 15 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, three brothers, three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and a son, Jerry Lynn Angell.

A viewing for Curley will be held from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Thursday, May 7, at Flahiff Funeral Chapel in Homedale, Idaho, and from 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. Friday, May 8, at the church. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 8, at the LDS Church in Homedale, Idaho. Interment and graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at the Wilford Cemetery in St. Anthony, Idaho. Condolences may be sent to www.flahifffuneral


OBIT Billings WEBDouglas Franklin Billings Jr., 76, passed away April 27 in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. He was born Nov. 8, 1938, to Douglas Franklin and Nora Billings in Tipton, Tenn. He was wed to Nannette Velvet Cartisser April 24, 1999, in Desert Hot Springs, Calif. They were married for 16 years.

Douglas lived in Tennessee, Oregon, and Arizona. He was the chief of Police in Dundee and Hines.  Douglas enjoyed hunting, fishing, tae kwon do (black belt), archery, and woodworking. He was a Baptist.

Douglas is survived by his wife, Nannette Billings of Lake Havasu City; sons, Michael Billings of Dayton, Jacob Billings of Lake Havasu City, and Gien (Bear) Smith of Lake Havasu City; daughters, Dee Smith of Lake Havasu City, Melissa Shaffer of Dayton, Ohio, Dawn David of Big Fork, Minn., and Tabatha Lindley of Phoenix, Ariz.; brothers, Floyd and David Billings of Tennessee; sisters, Bobby Jean Cobb, Audrey Cox, and Renee Billings; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.  Douglas was preceded in death by his first wife, Christine; and his parents, Douglas and Nora Billings.

Services were placed in the care of Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home and Crematory.  Thoughts and condolences may be sent to the Billings family at


OBIT Drinkwater WEB 2Jack Drinkwater, long-time resident of 90 years, passed away April 29 at Harney District Hospital.

Jack was born Oct. 7, 1924, to Robert and Bessie (Smith) Drinkwater in Burns, at the old rock hospital located on North Egan Street. Both of Jack’s grandparents homesteaded in Harney County in the 1800s. Jack lived the first five years of his life at the Old Rock Home, 20 miles outside of Burns. He had lived in his present home ranch on Poison Creek for 85 years.

Jack attended a small rural school called Poison Creek, which included children in first through eighth grade. He rode his horse to school those first few years. He went to high school in the former Lincoln Junior High School building. As a freshman and sophomore, he rode colts after school in the present location of the Harney Behavioral Health Building on West Adams Street.

On Dec. 9, 1943, Jack married his high school sweetheart, the love of his life, Betty (Claire) Drinkwater. Jack was 19, and she was 18. They celebrated 71 years together. The couple loved to dance, and were excellent at it. They both had the happiest smiles on their faces as they kept time to the music of Big Band songs. At the young age of 19, Jack became a cattle rancher, running his own ranch.

Jack spent his life proudly in Harney County, stating, “Harney County will never let you down.” He was a servant of Harney County in many ways during his lifetime. He was a school board member for both Slater and Burns High School, he was a Burns High School budget board member, Harney County Fair Board racing director, finish and racing judge, brand inspector, watershed council member, library board member and Home Health/Hospice committee member. He served the community as a county commissioner for two different time periods. His first term of office was from 1957 through 1960. His second term was 1999-2002. And he was re-elected in 2003 until 2013.

Jack was the 81st Grand Marshal of the Harney County Fair in 2005. He considered it “a big honor” and rode his horse with pride in the parade and in the Grand Entry.

Jack loved God, his family and Harney County.

He stated, “I never have lived any place else or even attempted to.”

He was respected for his leadership, citizenship, and sportsmanship. He gave the very best he had to offer with the community’s interests at heart. He will be truly missed as a man of courage to do what is morally and ethically correct. His smile and laughter could brighten any day. He was a man of honor, a child of God who truly lived for the purpose he was made.

Jack is survived by his wife, Betty; sons, Dick and wife, Sandra (Cotey) Drinkwater, Bob and wife, Jackie (Church) Drinkwater, Bill and wife, Janice (Walker) Drinkwater, Jim and wife, Cheryl (Gear) Drinkwater; daughter, Diane and husband, Tom Weil; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

A Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Friday, May 8, at the Holy Family Catholic Church, and a funeral of Holy Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 9.

Donations may be made to Holy Family Catholic Church, Hospice/Home Health, or Dial-A-Ride, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.


WEB OBIT KindrickEsther Louise Kindrick, 95, passed away March 22 at Harney District Hospital.

Esther was born Dec. 5, 1919, to Levert G. and Della Maye Price in Dillon. Mont. She lived in Dell, Mont. with her two sisters, Hazel and Bonney, and younger brother, Lewis. She spent a great deal of her childhood living in railroad tie camps in north Teton County, Idaho.  They had a dog sled team for transportation in the winter months and also rode the mail train to town in summer.

Esther married John Travis Kindrick Oct. 3, 1938, and had one son, John Vernon “Jackie” Kindrick, born in July 1939. They moved to Oregon, and settled in the Willamette Valley, working on a fruit ranch before moving to Bend. They tragically lost their son, Jackie, in 1949. John and Esther lived in the Bend area for several years where they owned and operated a service station for a period of time. They sold the station and Johnny went to work as a contract lineman and helped put in power lines all over Oregon. When Johnny retired in 1972, the couple moved to Burns. They enjoyed fishing at Warm Springs and Owyhee reservoirs, camping, and exploring all the backcountry of Central and Southeast Oregon. Johnny passed away in 1987.

Esther was a very talented photographer and was a member of a photography club in Bend for several years. She also loved working with horses and dogs. She had a way with training animals. She once even tamed a badger to walk with a leash and had a pet crow. Esther also loved doing ceramics, gardening and going to yard sales. What she was most known for in Burns were her beautiful flowers and iris garden.

Esther was an incredibly strong and independent woman who lived life on her own terms.

She is survived by her niece, Glea Weaver, of Burns, and her many friends.


Elizabeth Jane Newton, 51, passed away April 13.

She was born Feb. 21, 1964, in Fort Bragg, Calif.

She is survived by her mother, Judith Choate; sister, Okalani Comfort; and brother, Sam G. Newton Jr.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at the Christian Church in Burns.

Dorothy L. Heinz 1934-2015

Posted on April 22nd in Obituaries

OBIT Heinz WEBDorothy L. Heinz, 81, passed away April 15, surrounded by her family and friends.

She was born Jan. 6, 1934, in Prairie City to Dolly and Nellie Williams. She grew up in Brogan, occasionally living in other places when she followed her dad, as he worked for the State Highway Department.

She married Don Heinz in November 1954. The couple had two sons, and were married for 53 years, until 2007, when Don passed away. She lived in the Burns/Hines community, and she worked for most of the years she spent here at US Bank, until she retired and worked part-time at Ebar Oil.

She was devoted to her family, rarely missing any events that her sons were involved with. Later, she did the same with her grandchildren and took great pride in all their accomplishments.

She never knew a person who she would not help out in some way. She loved to knit, read, and work in her yard, taking great joy in her flower gardens. She especially had a passion for hummingbirds, keeping her feeders full in the summer months.

She is survived by two sons, Dave and Dan (Bonnie) Heinz; grandchildren, Nick (Amanda), Cara, Ali, Taylor, Drew and Casey; and great-grandchildren, Amia, Aleah, Desiree, and Lexi.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Dolly and Nellie; brother, Darrell; sister, Beth Ann; and husband, Don.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 24, at Burns Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Harney County Special Olympics, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, PO Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.

LaFollette’s Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

OBIT Wickersham WEBHarold Duane Wickersham, 64, passed away April 9 at his home in Riley following a tough battle with cancer.

Harold was born Oct. 25, 1950, and raised in Nashoba, Okla. He lived in Medford prior to moving to Riley in 1993. He loved fishing, hunting and music.

Harold is survived by his wife, Deb; two daughters, Natalie and Shana; two grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Donations in his memory may be made to CAN Cancer in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns OR 97720.

A memorial service for Elmer Graves, who passed away Feb. 12, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at Burns Christian Church.

OBIT Hornbeck WEBSam (Buddy) Hornbeck, 76, passed away March 20 at home, surrounded by family.

Sam was born in Kingfisher, Okla., to Jesse and Lola Hornbeck. He was one of eight children. His father was an artist and they moved around a lot.   When Sam was 13, his father passed away in a car accident in Las Vegas, Nev., where they were living. Sam took it upon himself to quit school and help provide for his mom and younger siblings. Working as a gas station attendant, he first met his future wife Delcie Marie Russom in 1957. They were married in Las Vegas Sept. 14,1959. They had their first son, Robert Ell, Sept. 23, 1960. Their second son, Jessie Maurice, was born Nov. 19, 1961. In November 1962, just a few months before the birth of their third son, Sam moved his family to Henderson, Nev., where he joined the Henderson Fire Department. February 3,1963 Sam’s third son, James Stanley, was born Feb. 3, 1963.  Sam achieved the rank of lieutenant at the Henderson Fire Department.

In 1966, Sam and his brother, Stanley, packed up their families with their sights set on moving to Alaska, and on the way, they worked at mills, and ended up in Albany. There, he worked at a lumber mill for six months. After being established in Oregon, Sam was able to get on at the Albany Fire Department. In 1977, Sam moved his family to Redmond, where he worked as a firefighter/EMS trainer and coordinator for Central Oregon Firefighters. He began working as a paid firefighter, where he was instrumental in training the first female firefighters to work in the Redmond Fire Department. In 1985, he was awarded Firefighter of the Year.  He also worked with the Boy Scouts through the Mormon Church.

Sam had a great love of the outdoors, enjoying hunting, fishing, boating, camping, shooting, and anything to do with nature.  He was known to be a great camp cook, and cooked large meals for civic/church groups, as well as the designated fire house cook at all the fire stations he served. He enjoyed feeding, nurturing with his ideas and labor to improve the community and his family. Sam was known to have a great sense of humor, but most of all he enjoyed being with family. He took great pride and joy spending time with his wife, sons, their wives, grandchildren and friends.

After 36 years of service as volunteer and paid firefighter, Sam retired from the fire department in 1991. He and his wife retired to Seneca. There, he worked with the volunteer fire department and ambulance service. Sam and Marie opened a café with the help of their two younger sons. While living in Seneca, he also volunteered cooking for the local oyster feed. He was instrumental in planning and building the Bear Valley golf course and gun club in Seneca. In 2007, they moved from Seneca to Heppner. Sam worked with the local high school’s FFA and Forest Service to establish a grant from Fish and Game to bring about safety shelters for pheasants in the wild to be protected while they were young. He worked with the St. Patrick’s Day festival, Tea Party group, as well as being involved with the Mormon Church.  When Sam was diagnosed with cancer, he moved closer to his oldest son, Robert, in Burns, in November 2014.  On March 20, Sam lost his battle with cancer.

Sam is survived by his wife, Delcie Marie Hornbeck of Heppner; three sons, Robert Ell and wife, Penny, of Burns, Jessie Maurice and wife, Patricia, of Redmond, and James Stanley and wife, Bobbi, of Prineville; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; eight nephews and five nieces. He is also survived by his brothers, Lloyd and Douglas; and sister, Colleen.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, David (Bobby) and Stanley; and sisters, Eloise and Patsy.

A memorial service in Sam’s honor will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Lexington, with the date to be announced.

Junior R. Miles 1924-2015

Posted on April 15th in Obituaries

OBIT Miles WEBJunior R. Miles, of Vale, passed away April 6, surrounded by family in an Ontario hospital.

Born in Pocatello, Idaho, July 6, 1924, Junior was the oldest of six children born to Reese and Thora Byington Miles.

Junior served in the Army after high school. He married Ruth Potter on June 25, 1944, in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho. Their early married life took them from Lava Hot Springs to Salmon, Idaho, Homedale,  Idaho, Vale, Juntura, Burns, and back to Vale, where they lived for the past 40 years. He was a rancher for several years, and then began a long career with the Oregon State Highway Department, retiring in 1986.

He was a horse trainer and shoed horses his entire lifetime. He had a special gift with horses, and shared his talent with others who wanted to learn from him.  He was a horse 4-H leader for many years, helping many youth become better horsemen. He was a chaperone and helped transport the horses for Harney County Fair Courts.

Junior was very devoted to his wife and children. He loved spending time with his grandkids and great-grandkids. He was named “Harney County Father of the Year.” He was a very kind and patient man, and set a wonderful example for all who knew him.

Junior and Ruth celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary this past summer. Their love story held true to the end, being separated in death by only three weeks.

Junior is survived by his daughters,  Jeanette (Al) Sillonis of Weiser, Idaho, Cindy (Bill) Romans of Westfall, and Penny (Steve) McFetridge of Vale; daughter-in-law, Mary Miles of John Day; son-in-law, Dave (Debbie) Enright of Vale; 15 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren; sisters, Dorthy Wooters of Baker City, Lola (Dick) Brough of Kaysville, Utah,  and Maydene (Garth) Baxter of Wellsville, Utah; and brother, Glen (Marge) Miles of Central Point.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Potter Miles; an infant son, Kenneth Don Miles; son, Robert Miles of John Day; daughter, Betty Enright of Vale; brother, Virgil Rick Miles of St. George, Utah; and great-granddaughter, Hallie Romans of Westfall.

A funeral service was held April 11 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Chapel in Vale, with interment at Valley View Cemetery in Vale. Memorial donations may be made to Malheur County Fairgrounds, 795 NW 9th St, Ontario, OR 97914.

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