OBIT HolmesLora Burdett-Holmes, 80, passed away April 14, following complications from Parkinson’s disease.

Born Lora Burdett in Burns on August 17, 1934, Lora grew up a cattle rancher’s daughter, where a natural affinity for taking care of animals, and eventually people, developed.  After graduation from Burns Union High School, Lora headed north to Sacred Heart Nursing School in Spokane, Wash.  While working to become an RN, she met her soon-to-be husband, Kjell Holmes, of Stanwood Wash., who was in the Air Force. With her nursing degree in tow, Lora and Kjell were married in 1955, and Lora earned her “PHT” (Put hubby through) by working  at Providence Hospital in Seattle,  Wash., while Kjell worked to get his engineering degree.  Soon, new opportunities in California beckoned, and the two were on their way,  with the first stop in Northern California, where their son, Eric, was born, and she worked at Burlingame General Hospital. A few years later, the family moved to Southern California, where her daughter, Julie, was born, and Lora worked at St. Mary’s Hospital in Long Beach. In 1971, they finally settled down in San Diego, where Lora and Kjell continued to raise the children, and Lora worked part time as a nurse for such great facilities as Scripps Memorial and Casa de Manana. Lora enjoyed spending time with her husband, children and especially her grandsons. Lora loved to read and keep up on current events, she liked watching sports, cooking, and she became a Stephens Minister, where she was specially trained to provide one on one emotional and spiritual care to individuals facing a crisis or difficult situation.

She is survived by her husband, Kjell; son, Eric; daughter, Julie; and three grandsons, Charlie Jr., Nicholas, and Tommy.

A memorial service was held May 20 at Torrey Pines Christian Church. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Parkinson’s Association of San Diego.


Dale Thompson, 74, passed away Thursday, May 28, at his home, surrounded by family.

Dale was born Feb. 28, 1941.

He retired from the optical business and moved with his wife from Troutdale to Burns in January 2007.

He loved golf and traveling, and was loved by many people.

Dale is survived by his wife, Louann; son, Dennis Thompson of Camas, Wash.; grandson, Nick Thompson and granddaughter, Aprille Thompson, of Camas, Wash.

The family would like to express their appreciation to Harney County Home Health for their great care and compassion.

No services will be held.


OBIT Dawson WEBCarita C. (Mace) Dawson, 84, a life-long resident of Harney County, passed away May 14.

Carita was born Oct. 30, 1930, in Burns to Clarence and RoseEthel Mace. She was the fifth child of nine kids.

She worked on the family ranch, and was a sheepherder from age 6 until she was 15. She also lived in Wagontire at a young age, which was known as “Mace Flats.”

Carita attended school in Burns. She either walked or rode her horse to school, more than seven miles away.

She ran a buck rake and a four-horse rutter rake at the family ranch.

In September 1950, Carita married Tex Dawson.

Carita was active in 4-H for years. She was a Sunday school teacher at the Assembly of God Church in Burns for more than 50 years. When it shut down, she attended the Nazarene Church until her death. She decorated for many weddings and social events in the community and for various friends and family. Tex and Carita took in numerous foster children throughout the years. They raised hay and ran a few cows. Carita was known for digging up thistles, and keeping the weeds out of their hay field. In two days time, she was known to dig up 1,500 thistles.

She worked at various locations in Burns, including Johnson’s Studio, Gateway Motel and Queen’s Court.

She was a devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, foster mom, friend and aunt, always trying to help others however she could.

Carita is survived by her husband, Wheeler (Tex) Dawson of Burns; son, Clifford Dawson and his wife, Carol of Burns; daughter, Clarita (Bunny) Barker of Redmond; brother, Fred Mace of Battle Mountain, Nev.; sister, Carlon Haines of Echo; and numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Lewis Mace, Pud Mace, Delore Mace and Gene Mace; and sisters, Imogene Reinkemeyer and Carmon Rogers.


OBIT McVay WEBKenneth Lee McVay, 73, long-time Hines resident, passed away peacefully Saturday, May 16, surrounded by his family.

Ken was born Feb. 3, 1942, in Hines to Bert and Verna McVay. His father passed away when he was 8 years old. He and his brother, Lonny McVay, were raised by their stepfather, Elvin Pederson. On July 15, 1972, Ken married the love of his life, Sandy (Smith) McVay. They had an amazing 42 years together. During this time, they raised five children who blessed them with 15 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

His children are Todd (Dee) McVay of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Lisa (John) Hindman of Redmond, Tory (Yvonne) McVay of Milwaukie, Casey (Amber) Gaines of Roseburg, and Sam (Missy) McVay of Terrebonne.

He was preceded in death by his infant son, Christopher McVay, his son-in-law, Mike Robinson, and his parents.

Ken was an avid outdoorsman. He loved hunting, fishing, camping, sports and spending time with friends and family.  He was well known for his sense of humor, story telling, compassion and big heart.

There will be a Celebration of Life for Ken from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, May 23, at the city of Hines Pavilion. Family friends, Eric and Tara Woodworth and Derrin and Rachael Robinson, have graciously offered to provide food services.

The family requests donations in Ken’s name be made to the Woodfin/Robinson Memorial Wrestling Tournament, in care of Paula Toney, Burns High School, 1100 Oregon Ave., Burns, OR 97720, or to the Jay Winn Memorial Buckle Classic wrestling tournament, in care of Stacy Puckett, P.O. Box 1425, Hines, OR 97738.

Michael (Mike) Bentz, 51, passed away Thursday, May 14, as a result of a single occupant airplane crash near Juntura.

Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Burns. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 22, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Burns. A luncheon will follow immediately after Mass at the Harney County Fairgrounds. A private family interment will be held in Juntura.

You can go to and sign the online guest book for the family.

Contributions in Mike Bentz’s memory may be made to Young Ranchers Land and Livestock Fund and mailed to LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.

OBIT Means WEBAlberta  Thane “Buddy” Means, 78, a resident of the Hillsboro community, passed away May 8 at Empres Healthcare in Hillsboro.

Alberta was born July 22, 1936, (her dad’s 50th birthday) in Juneau, Alaska, the daughter of Albert Tucker and Alice Mae (Brannin) Tucker. She graduated from Juneau High School in 1954.  She attended Boise State University and received a bachelor’s degree in education.

She was united in marriage to Leaborn Edgar Means on May 29, 1958, in Boise, Idaho. Following their marriage, they made their home in Mountain Home, Idaho, where four of their girls where born, and Buddy taught second grade until the Means family moved to Burns in 1966. Their fifth baby girl was born in Burns, and Buddy taught first grade.  She went to summer school at Boise State until 1971 when she finished her BS degree. She was an active Member in Eastern Star, serving as Worthy Matron, District Deputy, and Mother Advisor for the Rainbow Girls.

In 1987, Buddy and Lee moved to Depoe Bay where she taught kindergarten in Newport. They later moved to Newport where she retired from teaching in 1997. She was a member of Atonement Lutheran Church, and she enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She also spent time crafting, tole painting, scrap booking, traveling, and singing her special songs. She moved to Joseph, where she lived for several years before moving to the Portland area, where she resided until her death.

Survivors include stepson, Jerry Means (Kay), of Nampa, Idaho; daughters, Lezlea Means (Nilda Weeks), of Portland, AlonaLea Benson of Newport, Leaberta “Bitty” Dent (Mike) of Burns, Shellea VanWinkle (Bob) of Joseph, and Marylea  Brooks (Shawn) of Bend; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Buddy was preceded in death by her parents; husband; stepson, Larry Means; brother, Shelby Tucker; and three sisters, Luella Kaston, Elizabeth Solosabal, and Frances Fresonke.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 21, at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 12405 S.W. Butner Road in Beaverton, with the Rev. Christine Core officiating. Concluding rites and interment will follow at 3 p.m. at the Willamette National Cemetery, 1800 S.E. Mt. Scott Blvd. in Portland. Family and friends are invited to attend a reception immediately following the church ceremony, to be held in the fellowship room of the church.

The family suggests that remembrances may be contributions to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, Michael or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1650 NW Naito Parkway, No. 190, Portland, Oregon 97209, in her memory. Tualatin Valley Funeral Alternatives in Hillsboro is entrusted with the arrangements.


OBIT Baugh WEBBessie Beatrice Baugh, 94, passed away May 16 in Orangevale, Calif.

Bessie was born in Eureka, Calif., on July 26, 1920, to Amiel B. and A. Beatrice (McCune) Iversen. The family moved frequently to various places in Northern California, Oregon and Washington. Bessie graduated from Toledo (Wash.) High School in 1938.

In October 1939, Bessie married John C. Baugh in Kelso, Wash. John and Bessie subsequently moved to Harney County, where they lived on isolated cattle ranches for more than 50 years, and where their daughter, Edna Catherine, was born.

Bessie worked for 17 years at Harney County Hospital in Burns.

Following the death of her husband in 1995, Bessie moved to Medford, and then on to Rainier. After becoming increasingly disabled, she came to live with her daughter in Antelope, Calif.

Bessie loved Jesus and attended the Apostolic Faith Church.

Music and rhythm were of great delight and comfort to her. Although she never claimed expertise, Bessie enjoyed playing several instruments. She loved animals and birds, open spaces, the scents of early morning in the outdoors, and sunshine after rain or snow. She especially liked smiles and dedicated people.

Survivors include daughter, Catherine Eldred of Antelope, Calif.; sister, Grace Sprague of Rainier; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Bessie was preceded in death by husband, John Baugh; parents, Amiel and Beatrice Iversen; sisters, Juanita Martha Iversen and Marjory Helen Bowen; and granddaughter, Laurel Elizabeth Eldred.

A graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at Mount Shasta Memorial Park, 830 Lassen Lane, Mount Shasta, Calif.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Bessie’s memory to Jews for Jesus ( or American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (

Carita Dawson, 84, passed away May 14. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 21, at the Harney County Church of the Nazarene in Hines, with interment to follow at Burns Cemetery.

A full obituary will follow at a later date.

Dick Morgan 1935-2015

Posted on May 13th in Obituaries


OBIT Morgan WEBDick Morgan, a lifelong Harney County resident, passed away Saturday, April 4.

Dick was born in Burns Sept. 29, 1935, to James Madison (Matt) Morgan and Jessie Marie Seward Morgan. He was born in his Aunt Vera Fine’s house, which sat on the corner of Grand and Washington Streets, where the current home of Harney District Hospital (HDH) Family Care Clinic is located. His first bassinet was a drawer in his Aunt Vera’s dresser. He was the last of four children, and was 12 years younger than his youngest sister. He was raised in Frenchglen while his Dad ran sheep with Joe Fine (Dick’s uncle by marriage), and they moved to the P Ranch when his dad began working for the refuge. His childhood friends, Joe and Jerry Miller and Fred Witzel, kept the Blitzen valley lively, as only young boys can do!

When Dick was in middle school, he and his mom and dad moved to Leavenworth, Wash. Dick was a trumpet player in the band there, and this is where his love of music really took hold. They spent approximately two years there until his dad’s health forced them to move to Ontario to be near doctors and family.  His dad, Matt, died when Dick was only 13.

Dick had always been a “spirited child” and had a mind of his own.  The “Dick Morgan Way” started young and was his theme throughout his life.  The “Dick Morgan Way” wasn’t necessarily the right way or the easy way, but it wasn’t necessarily the wrong way either. It was just his way. This spirit became a challenge to his mother and Dick started down a road of being very independent after the death of his dad. He graduated from Crane Union High School in 1953 where he played football, baseball, and basketball. When he wasn’t in school, he spent most of his free time with his childhood friends, Joe and Jerry Miller, with his sister, Irene, in John Day, and working as a buckaroo for Joe Fine.

After high school, he went to school at OIT in Klamath Falls for a time, worked for Edward Hines, and worked as a buckaroo, mostly for Roaring Springs Ranch. He also tried his hand at bareback riding on the professional rodeo circuit. His nephew remembers seeing him crash through a fence at the Grant County Fair rodeo. Soon after that abrupt dismount, his rodeo career ended.

In 1958, he was drafted into Uncle Sam’s Army.  Dick spent two years in the service, attending training at Fort Sill, Okla., and then on to Dachau, Germany, where he spent 17 months with the 2D Howitzer Battalion 37th Artillery. Now remember, he had that “Dick Morgan Way” which didn’t always match up with “Uncle Sam’s Way.”  Needless to say, his quirky sense of humor and adventure made sure he was an expert at peeling potatoes and paint! He was an original Beetle Bailey. One of his biggest misadventures was a train ride that lasted WAY too long. He got on in Munich and was headed back to Dachau. He fell asleep and passed Dachau, and woke up in a small train station in Floffenhaufen.  He eventually made it back to Dachau where the potatoes were waiting! He was very proud of those that served before him and liberated the camps at Dachau. His daughter had a chance to visit Dachau in the 1980s and they got to spend hours poring over pictures and sharing what they had each seen. He had a great respect and reverence for those who served in the military, but didn’t feel he deserved any recognition as a veteran. He always told people to focus their gratitude on those who served in combat time or spent their careers in the military. He made some good friends in Dachau and in the 1990s, was able to reunite with one his Army buddies after 30-plus years. He got the opportunity to travel to Virginia twice and visit his buddy, “Kirk,” telling stories and trying to top the other’s tall tales. They talked regularly on the phone for a minimum of an hour each time, fixing the ways of the world.

In 1960, he returned from Germany and picked his life back up as a logger and buckaroo. He made a lasting friendship with Babe Gibson and his son, Monty, and began working as his partner racing horses. He had an ownership in one horse, Harney King, who won a number of races and then was taken in a claims race in early 1963. As Dick noted, it gave him a nest egg for his upcoming marriage. At the racetrack is where he refined and honed his horse shoeing skills, enamored by how swift and accurate those racehorse farriers could set a shoe. As noted in some stories he’d written, prior to that he learned to shoe horses the Miller way – which was just get iron between the foot and the rocks. Shoeing a horse was an art to him, and he agonized over each foot that he crafted. He would tell you, “God knows I wasn’t built for it,” but he certainly did love it.

In June of 1963, he married Terry Karen Garris in Pendleton. They met at a Diamond dance in 1961 when Karen accompanied Susan Haines O’Toole home from college. Karen was going to nursing school in Portland, and Dick would go to Portland Meadows to race and take time to visit Karen. As he always said, he was a bright boy… he waited for them to get married until she graduated from college so she could support him!

In 1964, his daughter Terri Jo was born, and in 1969, his son, Fred Mattison (Matt), was born. He treasured his children and always put them first. He was always the parent who was silently in the background making sure whatever activity his children were involved in could happen. He spent hours grooming and lining the Little League ball fields in town. He’d work all day in the woods and then come home in the afternoon and line the fields so games could begin. The fields near Fillmore are named Morgan Field in honor of the work that he did. He shod almost every 4-Her’s horses during the time his daughter was in horse 4-H.  While she was on the fair court, he was the “fetch it” guy whenever they traveled.

Dick’s love of animals was almost legendary. Any animal that came to reside at the Morgan residence was loved and respected, right down to the hamsters Santa brought one Christmas. His black lab, Lucy Jane, was his constant companion, almost living in his pickup. Many people in town thought that his wife used to ride in the middle next to him on the seat, but on closer look it was just his black lab. His last “dog” was actually a cat that he cherished as much as any animal. We believe the Rainbow Bridge is where animals go to await their master’s entrance to heaven. That bridge was full of four-legged critters awaiting the return of their beloved Dick.

He was a man of many talents. He played the trumpet for many years in school, and loved most types of music (new age country, hip hop and rock and roll just didn’t quite make the grade). He was a bareback rider for a time (but always said that he couldn’t make enough money to support that habit), was a racehorse trainer/owner and pony person, a buckaroo, a horse shoer, author, and an artist who worked in pen and ink when he drew. When his hands would no longer let him draw up to the Dick Morgan standard, he became a paver stone artist. He designed and built driveways and walkways.  One of his favorite accomplishments was the paver stones over the graves of his sister, Edith Morgan Dripps, and her family at the Drewsey cemetery.   Everything that he did was with perfection and was done the Dick Morgan Way! And for those who knew him, it always seemed to be “just the right way!”

He is survived by his wife of 51 ½ years, Karen; daughter, Terri Jo Morgan; son, Matt Morgan; niece, Jane Dripps; nephews, Fred Waterman, Todd Morgan and Mark Morgan; and many great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Irene Morgan Waterman; brother, James Donald (Don) Morgan; sister, Edith Morgan Dripps; nephews, Gene Dripps and Steve Waterman; and nieces, Verna Jo Waterman Pierce and Kay Morgan.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Harney County Community Flag Fund or the High School Athletic Fund, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, PO Box 488, Burns, OR  97720.


OBIT Dahl WEBJohn Dahl, 37, passed away May 6, surrounded by the people who knew and loved him the most.

John was born March 31, 1978, in Moscow, Idaho. He later moved to Burns with his family, where he attended and graduated from high school. John was a naturally-gifted athlete who excelled in basketball, baseball and football. He was a varsity letterman in each sport, and was named “most promising freshman” in basketball during ninth grade. John loved sports, and anyone who ever played a game of one-on-one with him can attest to his skill and competitiveness.

During his high school years, John met the true and only love of his life, Mattye. They were married Feb. 7, 2004, and had two beautiful children together, Maci and Zachary. John’s greatest joy in life was his children. He was a wonderful father who wanted nothing more than to spend every minute with his children.

John loved the outdoors and the Oregon Coast. He often 4-wheeled and rode motorcycles throughout his life. John was also a sports fanatic, especially when rooting for his beloved San Antonio Spurs.

John is survived by his parents, John and Judy of Lewiston; children, Maci and Zachary of Portland; brother, Bill and family of Burns; brother, Sandy and family of Weippe, Idaho; as well as many grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

The family suggests that contributions in John’s memory be made to the American Kidney Foundation.

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