OBIT Toussaintbw webDonald Albert Toussaint, 91, passed away April 9.

Don was born Aug. 11, 1923, in Harvey, N.D., the 10th child of Elizabeth LeTournis Toussaint and Dominick Toussaint.  He went to high school in Minot, and joined the Navy when he was 18. He became a pilot, and served as a Lieutenant J.G. in the Navy until 1946. Then he flew as a bush pilot with his brother, Ed, for Alaskan Airlines from Ft. Yukon, Alaska.

He met Wilda Schonbrod in Fairbanks, and they were married in 1950. He then worked for several years with City Electric. Wilda left Fairbanks with the children in 1964, and Don came two years later. They lived in McMinnville for a few years, then moved to Portland, where Don worked for Grasle Electric Company until his retirement in the 1990s. He is remembered for his beautiful tenor voice, which he shared with audiences in church and in public, wherever he lived.

Don is survived by his wife, Wilda; four sons, three daughters, three grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

A funeral Mass will be held at noon May 9 at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Gresham.

A Celebration of Life in honor of Clifford E. Belcher Jr., who passed away Nov. 7, 2013, will be held on Saturday, May 3, from 1-4 p.m. at the family home at 25938 W. Bench in John Day.

All are invited to attend this open house. A light lunch will be provided. A private family service will be held earlier that morning at Canyon City Cemetery in Canyon City.

Jerry W. Nelson 1949-2014

Posted on April 16th in Obituaries

Jerry Nelson, 64, passed away March 27 at his home in Seneca.

Jerry was born Oct. 12, 1949, in Portland to Clifford L. and Eva C. Nelson. He made his home in Seneca for the past 37 years.

On Jan. 20, 1979, he married Renee Barott. They later divorced, but remained close friends.

Jerry is survived by his son Matthew J. Nelson, and fiancée, Sara, of Prineville; stepson, Brian (Schabahn) L. Day of Mill Creek, Wash.; grandchildren, Keegan and Haley Nelson of Prineville, and Braeden and Jonah Day of Mill Creek; sisters, Char Selph of Dixie, Wash., and Sandy Harris of Hillsboro; nephews, Jason and Jeremy Selph of Dixie; and many close friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Eva Nelson; brother, John Nelson; and stepbrother, Tom Thelander.

Contributions to help the family with costs may be made to or to Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.

OBIT Cate webJohn Kenneth Cate (Slim) passed away April 1 in Burns.

He was born in a small town near Billings, Mont. Feb. 4, 1936. He lost his mother at the tender age of 9, so he was raised by his older sister, Tharon.

John joined the Army March 29, 1953, and he was given honorable discharge Jan. 20, 1961. He served in the Korean War.

He married Hatsumi Utsumi at the American Embassy in Tokyo, Japan, Aug. 29, 1958. He was serving in the U.S. Army at the time.

After residing in Japan, the couple moved to Tacoma, Wash. They welcomed eight children: Ray, Eugene, Clifford, Ian, Teresa, Riki, Tami and Jay, as well as 24 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

John will be missed for his humorous stories and his tremendous love of music. He also enjoyed working with wood. He greatly enjoyed his grandchildren and celebrated in their accomplishments.

John worked for St. Regis and West Tacoma Newsprint in Tacoma, Wash.; South Coast Lumber Co. in Brookings; Kinzua Corp. in Heppner; Edward Hines Lumber Co. in Hines; and Weyerhauser in Cottage Grove. He worked for Weyerhauser until his retirement.

John is survived by siblings, Marie Lamb of Fairbanks, Alaska, Pat Cate of Santa Rosa, Calif., Jan Cate of Wenatchee, Wash., and Roy and Dick Cate both of Omak, Wash.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Hatsumi Cate; daughter, Tami Clark; son, Jay Cate; and grandson, Ian Cate.

OBIT Glerup webBurtta Jean Glerup passed away April 3. Known by many as Jean, she was born April 5, 1944, in Bend, to Burt and Josephine Schroder. Jean was raised on a ranch south of Hines, called “The Swamp.” She attended school in Hines and Burns, and graduated from Burns Union High School in 1962. Jean was active in the Harney County Fair Court from 1960-61.

She was married to Doug Lowe from 1962-72, and together they had one son, Perry Lowe.

In 1973, she married George Glerup. The Glerups celebrated their 41st anniversary March 17.

Jean worked at the U.S. Bank in Burns for 23 years. In 1991, George and Jean moved to Vale, where together, they ran their company, George’s Shop and Rock.

In 2002, George and Jean sold their business, retired, and began traveling. Since that time, they spent most of their winters in Puerto Penasco, Mexico, and their summers in Coos Bay.

Jean is survived by her husband, George Glerup; son, Perry Lowe; daughter, Jeane Robinson; and her three grandchildren, Bridget Robinson, Trey and Emma Lowe. She is also survived by her brother Marion Schroder, his wife, Shelia, and numerous members of her extended family.

She touched the hearts of many on her journey through life. Jean requested to be cremated, and rather than a service, she would like her friends and family to celebrate her life as she lived it…with laughter and love.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.  Condolences may be sent to the family at

Linda Ruth Smith 1943-2014

Posted on April 9th in Obituaries

OBIT Smith webLinda Ruth Smith passed away April 2 at her home in Hines.

Linda was born Aug. 20, 1943, in Jefferson County, Mo. She was a life member of Eastern Star, and the Business Professional Women’s Association, having had multiple professions, and enjoyed working in the community, as both a professional and volunteer.

Linda and her husband, Darrel, were very active in the Harney County Fair Association.

She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Darrel; mother, Evelyn Rippee; brother, Marvin Rippee; children, Jim (Teri) Smith, Terry (Debra) Taylor, Lisa (Jack) Kennedy, Creig Smith, and David Taylor; 16 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren, with two more on the way.

She was preceded in death by her father, and her sister.

At Linda’s request, there will be no service. Donations in Linda’s name may be made  to Susan G. Komen, or to the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center.


William “Mac” Thomas MacAllister, 84, a resident of Harney County for nearly 30 years, passed away March 5.

Mac was born March 26, 1929, in Pittsburgh, Pa., to James S. MacAllister and Rhoda Heal.

Mac married Virginia Estel Meyer Oct. 8, 1955. They had no children. Mac served in the U.S. Army for three years, 1948-1951. He retired a Master Sergeant, supervisor of supply and inventory management for the U.S. Air Force in 1977, after 23 years of service. Mac worked as maintenance director for Harney County School District No. 3 after moving to Burns.

Mac was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia; and his five siblings.

To all those whose lives she touched, (Virginia) Maxine Schleef passed away March 27 at The Aspens in Hines. She is now hand-in-hand with all those loved ones she was missing. “Peace be with you.”


OBIT Baird workedPlease join the family of Ruby I. Baird at the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center, April 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., for a celebration of her life.

Share your memories and view her life’s journey through pictures.

Refreshments will be served.


Carol Ruth Simpson, 72, of Grants Pass, passed away Friday, March 7, after a long battle with cancer.

Simpson was born Aug. 16, 1941, in Okanagan, Wash., to Rex and Ruth Houtz. She started grade school in a one-room schoolhouse in Izee. After her father died in a logging accident, she moved with her mother and sister to John Day, where they lived for a brief period before settling in Burns. She graduated from Burns High School in 1959, and attended Eastern Oregon State College (now University) for two years. She transferred to Western Oregon State College (now University) and earned a bachelor’s degree in education in 1963. Upon graduation, she moved from Burns to Grants Pass, where she began her career by teaching first grade at Roosevelt Elementary School.

On July 25, 1965, in Grants Pass, she married Ferris Simpson. They enjoyed traveling, and toured Europe in the summer 1966. They had two sons, and spent many hours at soccer and basketball games, cross-country meets and other athletic events that their boys were involved in. She taught in Grants Pass for more than 30 years, with the majority of that time being at Highland Elementary School. Although she retired in 1998, she spent many years after that at Highland Elementary School substitute teaching, volunteering, and visiting with friends. She attended Edgewater Christian Fellowship and was a member of the Philanthropic Educational Organization. Upon retiring, she and her husband traveled to five continents. She enjoyed traveling, cooking, crafts, gardening, sewing, volunteering in her grandchildren’s classrooms, and trips to the Oregon coast. She especially enjoyed spending time at her cabin on the Rogue River in Union Creek, and was always up for a trip to the Oregon coast. In the 50-plus years Carol lived in Grants Pass, she never forgot her Eastern Oregon roots, and loved visiting her sister and nieces who reside there.

She is survived by her husband, Ferris Simpson; two sons, Scott of Eugene, and Craig of Grants Pass; and five grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Joyce.

A memorial service was held March 15 at Edgewater Christian Fellowship, with private interment at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Condolences may be sent to the family at Contributions may be made to Edgewater Christian Fellowship, 101 Assembly Circle, Grants Pass, OR 97526; or to Lovejoy Hospice, 939 S.E. Eighth St., Grants Pass, OR 97526; or to the American Cancer Society, 31 W. Sixth St., Medford, OR 97501.

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