Nancy Hotchkiss Smith 1957-2015

Posted on January 28th in Obituaries

OBIT Hotchkiss SmithNancy Hotchkiss Smith, a long-time area bankruptcy and creditors’ rights attorney, passed away Jan. 19 at her home in Sacramento, Calif.

Born July 25, 1957, in Burns, Nancy was the proud daughter of cattle ranchers, Vera and Richard Hotchkiss, and always celebrated her pioneer roots. She relished being an Oregon State University “Beaver,” graduating in 1979, then moving to Sacramento to attend McGeorge Law School. In 1982, armed with her new law degree and license, Nancy began her legal career at Trainor Robertson & Fairbrook in the firm’s property management and bankruptcy departments. She loved the law, practicing with dedication, diligence, fairness and extraordinary insight. Nancy swiftly rose to partner and skillfully handled her firm’s loan enforcement matters, including foreclosure proceedings and receivership actions.

Nancy was acknowledged and honored many times by the legal community and her peers during her more than 30-year career. She was an “AV® Preeminent™” rated attorney and since 2005, was in the less than 5 percent recognized as a Super Lawyer by the independent publication Northern California Super Lawyers Magazine. She was also the first Sacramento area attorney to obtain national board certification in business bankruptcy law by the American Bankruptcy Board of Certification, and was honored in 2010 by Commercial Real Estate Women Sacramento (CREW) with its coveted “Woman of Impact” Award for her contributions to the real estate industry and her mentoring of others. For 2013, Nancy was named as one of The Best Lawyers in America®, a tribute awarded to less than 1 percent of U.S. attorneys. She spoke frequently and passionately to various professional groups throughout California and has been the president for the California Receivers Forum, the Barrister’s Club of Sacramento, CREW Sacramento, and vice president of the Real Estate Section of the Sacramento County Bar Association.

Nancy was a long time member of Fremont Presbyterian Church, serving in numerous capacities including board member, nomination committee and youth leader and teacher. She lived her faith everyday by how she treated and interacted with others. Her youth home worship meetings during the summer were famous, always ending with a barbecue and the pool.

Despite all her accolades and awards, Nancy always considered her best award was that of mom to her three cherished daughters, Mackenzie, Madeline and Katherine. She encouraged her girls to reach high and experience life, expected they do their best with compassion and fairness, and not to judge with “facts not in evidence.” Nancy cheered her daughters at every athletic event including swim meets, water polo matches and cheerleading events. As a Girl Scout leader, she frequently loaded her van with girls and equipment for a weekend camping expedition, regardless of the weather conditions and made every campfire one filled with memories. Nancy was an expert seamstress, making many Halloween outfits and each daughter received their favorite sewn polar-fleece blanket when they left for college. Her favorite times were when the four of them would “take to the road” as she called it, traveling to see family in Oregon, visiting national parks on route to colleges, or trips to England and Italy. She was so proud of her young women, celebrating their accomplishments, supporting, encouraging and loving them unconditionally. They were her greatest joy.

Nancy’s life was filled with remarkable achievements, many, many wonderful stories and the love of family and friends. She was an avid gardener and much to her daughter’s chagrin, on every trip always planned a visit to some garden. When asked what she wanted for her birthday the answer was always the same – a giant load of mulch. She lived life to the fullest, treasuring her family and friends; loved a great story and an even better glass of wine, played a wicked game of pinochle and had a delightful sense of humor and laugh. Nancy was an amazing, strong, independent, generous, smart, loving woman and for those lives she touched, we will never be the same. Godspeed dear Nancy.

Nancy is survived by many loved ones, including her three daughters, Mackenzie, Madeline and Katie; mother, Vera Hotchkiss; sisters, Susan Doverspike and Judy Hotchkiss; brother-in-law, Mark Doverspike; nephews, Donald, Steven and Daniel; niece, Katherine; and grand-nieces and nephews, Oliver, Lauren and Elliot.

Celebration of her life will be held at 1 p.m. Jan. 31 at Fremont Presbyterian Church, 5770 Carlson Drive, Sacramento, Calif. Donations in Nancy’s memory may be sent to Fremont Presbyterian Children and Youth Memorial Fund.

SAMSUNGMary Elaine (Griffiths) Pengelly, 86, passed away, surrounded by family and friends, on Jan 9. Her passing was the result of complications from diabetes, a disease she courageously managed for nearly 58 years.

Mary was born in Klamath Falls, on Oct. 27, 1928, to Charles and Aubra E. (Bradbury) Griffiths. She was raised and attended school in Klamath Falls, graduating as the valedictorian from Klamath Union High School, Class of 1946. Mary earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of Oregon, Class of ’50, and later earned an advance degree from Radcliff College (Harvard) and a master of education from the University of Oregon. She returned to Klamath Falls and met her future husband, Russell J. Pengelly. They were married Aug 14, 1954, and raised two children.

In 1959, she moved to Burns, where both Russell and Mary taught school.  Mary started her teaching career as a fourth grade teacher. A few years later, she pioneered a new educational program in the field of special education for children in need of individualized academic support. Mary was especially fond of music; she was an accomplished musician, playing both the flute and piccolo. She was also involved in many community activities including: a founding member of the Desert Trail Association, and an active participant with the Harney County Historical Society, Malheur Refuge annual bird count, Chamber Music Society of Harney County and the Presbyterian Church, where she also sang in the church choir.

After retiring in 1987, Mary continued her many community activities, as well as traveling and researching family history.  After Russell passed away on June 11, 1994, she moved back to Klamath Falls for a few years, and then to Cheney, Wash. to be near her family.  Mary was well read, made friends easily, and had a great sense of humor!

She is survived by her brother, Frank R. (Dick) Griffiths; two children, David D. Pengelly and Aubra A. Pengelly-Pollack; and three grandchildren, Todd D. Pengelly, Aaron C. Pollack and Zara E. Pollack.

In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the Desert Trail Association Foundation, PO Box 34, Madras, OR 97741, or to a charity of your choice.

A memorial service, celebrating Mary’s life, is planned for 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, at the Cheney Assisted Living, 2229 N. 6th St, Cheney, Wash. A graveside service will be held in Klamath Falls later this year. Contacts: Aubra A. Pengelly-Pollack 509-434-9510; or Dave Pengelly 206-708-9868.

Clement George Lipke 1937-2015

Posted on January 21st in Obituaries

OBIT LipkeClement George Lipke passed away Jan. 15 in Fallon, Nev.

He was born in Wichita, Kan., on Oct. 13, 1937, to George and Gertrude Lipke. He grew up on the family dairy farm, and attended Clearwater High School in Clearwater, Kan. He learned early in life how to work, beginning and ending his school days with chores on the farm. He was ornery, and getting him to get his chores done was a challenge to his parents.

He left the farm shortly after graduating from high school and began a career in construction. He married Mary Ellen Ferris on April 11, 1959, and together they had six children.

After they were married, they settled on 10 acres that he and Mary Ellen bought west of Haysville, Kan. He formed a partnership with his cousin, and began building houses in the Wichita area. He built his family a nice home on their 10 acres. In 1973, the family moved to Leoti, Kan., and Clem worked in a feedlot for a short time.   While in Leoti, he met a local farmer and went to work for him, running his corn farm, which supplied feed to the feedlot. That Kansas farmer bought land in Harney County, and moved Clem and his family there in July 1976 to run the new farm. After the Oregon farm was sold, Clem stayed on in Harney County, moving into town in Burns. He built his family a house and began working in the woods in the logging industry. When logging slowed in Harney County, Clem went back to construction and worked as a self-employed contractor for several years.

After his first marriage ended in 1987, Clem moved to Fallon, Nev., to do construction work,  worked in a hardware store for a few years, but eventually continued the work he knew best, construction. Clem married Berniece Adams on July 16, 1994. He and Bea enjoyed exploring the countryside around Fallon until her death in November 2012.

After Bea’s death, Clem became active in square dancing and playing in bridge tournaments with his dancing and bridge partner, Jann Carlucci.   They became dear friends and enjoyed each other’s company. He really enjoyed these very active years.

Throughout his life, he enjoyed hunting with friends, playing cards, and taking driving trips. Clem never quit working. He continued to work, doing construction jobs, until his death at the age of 77. He loved an adventure, and frequently would hop into his vehicle and follow some adventure to see where it would lead. You never knew when he might show up. His ornery personality led to many funny stories from family and friends over the years. He enjoyed laughing about his adventures.

Clem is survived by his six children, two brothers and a sister: daughter, Deborah Arntz, and her husband, David, of Burns, son, Michael Lipke, and his wife, Esther, of McMinnville, son, Mark Lipke, and his wife, Debbie, of Moorpark, Calif., daughter, Elizabeth Lipke, and her husband, Scott Hennan, of Riverside, Calif., son, Matthew Lipke, and his wife, Kerrie, of Ankeny, Iowa, son, Benjamin Lipke, and his wife, Lindsey Dunham, of Veradale, Wash.; sister, Marie Hallacy, and her husband, Tom, of Haysville, Kan.; brothers, Sylvester Lipke, and his wife, Virginia, of Haysville, Kan., and Dennis Lipke, and his wife, Sherrie, of Haysville, Kan. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren, one great-grandson, and various nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held at the Eagles Lodge in Fallon, Nev., on Jan. 31 at 11 a.m., followed by a potluck luncheon. There will be a private family service in Spokane Wash.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Eagles Lodge in Fallon, Nev., P. O. Box 887, Fallon, Nev. 89407.

OBIT McRaeForbes William McRae Jr., “Mac” or “Bud,” passed away Nov. 15, shortly after celebrating his 95th birthday in Seattle.

He was born Nov. 3, 1919, in Portland, the eldest child of Forbes Sr. and Martha (Germann). The family moved to Burns in the mid 1930s, and Mac developed his lifelong love for the outdoors in the high desert of Eastern Oregon. He enthusiastically took up hunting, fishing, and working for his father’s hardware store, the Burns Lumber Co. When he went to get his driver’s license, the local agent waived the test, saying he’d seen Mac behind the wheel of the store delivery truck enough times to know he could drive.

After graduating from Burns Union High School in 1938, Mac attended Oregon State College (OSU), studying mechanical engineering. He graduated in 1942, and immediately went to work for Boeing. Mac spent the next 42 years there, working on projects as varied as the B-17, the B-52, Dyna-soar, the Apollo Lunar Rover, AWACS and the 707/CFM56 engine project.

Mac married his wife of 68 years, Ruth Stoltz, in 1946. They made their first home in Seattle, but soon moved to Normandy Park, where they lived until 2012. The family enjoyed camping, hiking, and boating vacations. Both children learned how to drive on the back roads of Harney County.

Mac was an avid skier and kept track of his vertical miles with elaborate computer spread sheets. One of the highlights of the year was his annual ski trip to Aspen, and he continued skiing into his early 80s, often joined by his granddaughter, Kendall.

Mac traveled a great deal for Boeing. During his last years there, he made several trips to France, which became vacation trips for him and Ruth. After retirement, they traveled throughout the West by trailer and camper, and took several cruise and car trips on the East Coast. On his last family trip in 2012, Mac attended his 70th OSU class reunion and visited Burns.

Mac is survived by his wife of 68 years, Ruth; daughter, Melinda; granddaughter, Kendall; son, Forbes III (William); grandson, Forbes IV (Liam), all of Seattle; and brother, Norman of Pasco, Wash. (now deceased); along with numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his infant son; and brother, Milton.

Remembrances may be made to the Harney County Historical Society. A memorial will be held in Seattle on Jan. 24. Contact for more information.

Joe Orrin Enneberg 1928-2015

Posted on January 21st in Obituaries

SONY DSCJoe Orrin Enneberg, 86, of Hines, passed away at Ashley Manor Jan. 11, six days shy of his 87th birthday.

He was born Jan. 17, 1928, near Mist, to Carl and Orra (McGee) Enneberg. He graduated from Vernonia High School, and served in the United States Army Air Corps.

In 1955, he married Betty “Micky” McDowell, and in 1956, they moved to Harney County, where they resided ever since. Until his retirement in 1982, Joe was the official in charge of the National Weather Service office located in Burns. After his retirement from the weather service, he also worked part-time for the state of Oregon as a brand inspector for several years.

He is survived by his wife, Micky, of Hines; daughter, Anita Hunt, and her husband, Russ Hunt of Summerville; son, Gil Enneberg, and wife, Debbie, of Sisters; grandsons, Ross Kemp, Lane Kemp, Dereck Enneberg and Zach Enneberg; and one great-grandson, Max Kemp. He is also survived by his brother, Lee Enneberg, of Columbia City.

There will be no services at this time, but a Celebration of Life will be held later in the year. Contributions may be made to the local High Desert Fiddlers in memory of Joe Enneberg, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720. Please sign the online guestbook at

OBIT SwordJan. 14, as the morning sun first peeked through the curtains, surrounded by family and cloaked in the prayers of innumerable friends, our beloved Laura Sword left us to be with Jesus. Fighting with faith, strength, and dignity, she inspired, and continues to inspire us all. Her life was filled with both challenges and triumphs, but, primarily, it was filled with love.

A celebration of her beautiful life will take place at the Drewsey Community Hall at 11 a.m. (PST) on Sunday, Jan. 25. Please come prepared to fellowship, share memories and eat. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Laura Sword Memorial Fund, located at US Bank.

Standley Ausmus, 84, passed away Jan. 16.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, at East Salem Seventh-day Adventist Church, 5575 Fruitland Road NE in Salem.

A full obituary will follow at a later date.

OBIT Pelroy-Kendall webAlice Helen Pelroy-Kendall, 76, of Yuma, Ariz. passed away Dec. 24.

Alice was born in Eureka, Calif., in 1938. She married Calvin Pelroy, a Marine of Orick, Calif., in 1955, and they moved to southern California. After Calvin left the service, they moved to northern California, where they had two children, and then to the high desert in Oregon, where their last two children were born.

Alice worked at Harney 4-C for the Burns Paiute Tribe in Burns. Then the family moved to Culver, where she worked with the Oregon Department of Health and Welfare as a social worker when her family moved to Kamiah, Idaho. After a few years, Alice commuted and attended Eastern Oregon State College in La Grande. She received two degrees, a bachelor of science in anthropology and sociology with high honors, and an associate degree in community service. She received her Idaho certification and went to work at the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare as a social worker until her retirement at age 62. Calvin passed away in 1991, and she married Dennis Kendall in 1993. They traveled extensively all over the continental United States, Mexico and Europe for four years. They moved to Yuma, Ariz., in 2007, and enjoyed an amazing  church family and friends in Yuma, early morning breakfasts out, and many road trips with family and friends.

She was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend. She loved the Lord and lived out her faith daily, spending much of her life helping others and making sure they knew God loved them and that they were special to Him. She served the Lord, and her joy was to be in the Lord’s house and about His work.

She recently left this written on a scrap piece of paper: “When life deals you lemons, it’s been said, ‘Make lemonade.’ When life opens pit falls, just wait awhile, you’ll rise when it seems God isn’t listening again. Remember King David once felt the same. He dwelt on God’s answers to his past dangers and felt his fearful heart begin to understand our God is faithful through all our troubles…even to the very end.”

Alice is survived by her husband, Dennis V. Kendall; son, Fred Pelroy of Burns and his wife, Linda Pelroy, their children Heather Pelroy, Katrina Pelroy and Rachael Pelroy; Grayce Lopez of El Centro, Calif., her husband, Rene Lopez, and their son, Calvin Lopez; and January Kolar of Burns and her husband, Michael Kolar, and children, Cynthia McGinty and husband, Darren McGinty, Katherine Batie and husband, Trent Batie, Jerimiah Kolar, Angel Kolar-Pratt and Joshua Kolar; as well as her step-daughter, Nancy McLean of Meridian, Idaho, and her children, Nicholas McLean and Amanda McLean; her many great grandchildren, Alexander, Jiriaya, Zechariah, Sean and Brooklynn, Annastasia, Jack, Rayna and Natalie.

Alice was preceded in death by her parents, Don Fulwider and Rosemary and Albert Wolf; her first husband, Calvin Pelroy; and their daughter, Coralie Pelroy.

There will be a celebration of life and potluck to follow at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at Faith Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.

Carol Nadine Nygaard 1938-2014

Posted on December 31st in Obituaries

OBIT NygaardCarol Nadine (Haugen) Nygaard, 76, of Vancouver, Wash., passed away at home, surrounded by family, following a lengthy illness.

She was born July 12, 1938, in Silverton to Esther (Koloen) and Randall J. Haugen. In 1941, her family moved to Burns, where she graduated from high school in 1956. She attended Oregon State University and later worked for Portland Public Schools.

She enjoyed traveling, birdwatching, archaeology, and spending time with family and friends.

She is survived by her daughters, Karen (Todd) Jones, Kathy (Paul) Martin and Kristi Nygaard; and grandchildren, Kristen (Ryan) Campbell, Kevin Jones, Erik Martin and Alexandra Martin.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Randall E. Haugen.

The family suggests contributions to the Oregon Humane Society. The online guest book may be signed at

Rod Presley - Natl. GuardRoddy Duane Presley, 70, passed away Dec. 25 at his home in Burns.

Roddy, or Rod, as he was best known, was born May 12, 1944, in Ontario to Eldon (Cyc) and Juanita Presley. He grew up and lived all his life in Burns, except for a few years in Washington state.

He married his high-school sweetheart, Gayla Houston Hebener, in May 1966, in Winnemucca, Nev. To this union two sons were born, Robby Morgan and Anthony Martin Presley. After Gayla passed away in April 2010, Roddy married Terri Swearengin Holt of Burns in July 2012 in a garden ceremony at their home in Burns.

Rod attended Oregon Technical Institute in Klamath Falls after graduation from Burns High School in 1962. He then went to work for Edward Hines Lumber Company most of his working career, rising to the job of electrician. With the prospect of the Hines mill closing, he then moved to the Snohomish, Wash., area as an electrician for their lumber mill for the next five years. Upon retirement, he and Gayla returned to their home of many years in Burns. Throughout his entire working life, he was known as a dependable and loyal employee who rarely used a sick day.

Saying Rod was a dedicated soldier in the Oregon National Guard for 22 years is putting it mildly; he loved talking about his career and experiences as a tank commander and 1st sergeant, especially around a campfire; it was a big part of his life. He was a long-time member of the Oregon Hunters Association.  Rod was also a member of The American Legion Harney County Post No. 63, and on Sunday, Dec. 21, seven members of the local Post presented Rod with an Officer Award in recognition and appreciation of his devoted service as a commander, vice commander, chaplain and membership chairman for the American Legion Post.

Besides being a loving husband to Gayla and Terri, and a father to two boys and two step-daughters, he was an avid outdoorsman, being introduced to the wide open spaces of Harney County at an early age by his parents.  Throughout his entire life, he took every opportunity to be out camping, hunting, four-wheeling, rock-hounding, exploring, and just enjoying the great outdoors he adored.

Many of the local folks can tell you that Rod was the kind of man who was always available to help out others. Whether it was lending a hand or fixing things, he “had your back.” He will be sorely missed by so many whose lives he touched.

He is survived by his wife, Terri; son, Anthony of Seattle, Wash.; brother, Denny Presley and his wife, Judy of Burns; sisters, Sharon Showers of Elko, Nev. and Linda Schmidt and husband, Charles of Hines; grandchildren, Lodi Presley of Burns, Jarryd Presley of Nellis AFB, Nev., Chance Presley and Robby Colton Presley of Prineville, and Elizabeth Merritt of Seattle, Wash.; great-granddaughters, Haily Lohf and Ashton Runnels of Burns; step-daughters, Jessica and husband, Jake Berry of Burns, and Chelsi Ferris of Phoenix, Ariz.; step-granddaughters, Bobby Jo and Jordynn Berry of Burns; step-grandsons, Tye Rookstool and wife, Jenny of John Day, Zane Rookstool and wife, Heather of John Day; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends.

Rod was preceded in death by his brother, Ronald Presley; his son, Robby Presley; his wife, Gayla Presley; and his parents, Eldon and Juanita Presley.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, Jan. 3, at 11 a.m. at Faith Baptist Church, followed by graveside services at the Burns Cemetery. Fellowship and potluck will follow at a location to be determined.

Contributions in his memory may be made to The American Legion Harney County Post No. 63, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel.

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