Donna Belle Walker died on June 29.

She was born on Jan. 14, 1925, in Enterprise to Newton and Grace Hammack.

Walker was raised on a modest farm with her five sisters, with whom she shared a three-mile walk to their one-room school house each morning. After the Great Depression brought foreclosure to the Hammack  home, the family relocated to Minam, where her dad worked at a sawmill.

Walker worked her way through high school earning $2.25 a week at a golf club. She moved to Burns shortly after graduating.

Walker lived and worked in Burns for over 40 years, raising her children, Sonya and Calvin. She was a proud and hard-working mother, holding up to three and four jobs at a time — waiting tables, washing clothes and taking tickets at the movie theater.

After teaching herself to type, Walker got a job at the Burns Times-Herald, where she began a successful career in journalism and classified advertising. Later she worked at the Milwaukie Review for 12 years as the advertising manager and at the Sellwood Newspaper for six years as the general manager.

Walker retired to the Rose Villa Retirement community in Milwaukie, where she spent the last decade of her life surrounded by friends and active in her community.

Walker was happiest in her garden, planting vegetables and tending to her roses. She remained involved in her faith community until the very end of her life, volunteering as a deaconess at the Gladstone Christian Church, singing in several choirs and serving as a greeter and member of the executive committee at the United Fellowship Hall.

Walker loved to travel, spend time with friends, sip on a glass of wine and take walks through the garden. She lived her life by simply “being nice to people,” and will be remembered for her fierce determination, loving spirit, humble demeanor and her split pea soup.

Walker is survived by her daughter, Sonya Reedy; son, Calvin Ryan-Mosley; daughter-in-law, Claudia Ryan-Mosley; granddaughters, Tate, Erin and Allison Ryan-Mosley; brother-in-law, Al Delapiere; sister-in-law, Janet Mosley; and 15 nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held at the Rose Villa Fellowship Hall on July 2. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Walker’s memory may be made to the Rose Villa Foundation.


Patricia Ann (Harp) Sullivan died on June 23.

She was born on Dec. 13, 1941 in Waggoner, Okla., to William (Joe) and Juanita Harp, the youngest of four children.

Her family moved to Salinas, Calif., where Sullivan attended school.

She met and married Jerry L. Sullivan who died in 1958. They had two sons. They then moved to Weiser, Idaho, to be with family.

Sullivan was a gifted painter. She was generous with her work and gave them to grateful friends and family. She also loved her flower garden. Her last place of employment was Weiser Memorial.

Sullivan last attended Calvary Baptist in Weiser, Idaho.

She had a keen sense of humor and a gift of hospitality.

Sullivan is survived by her sons, Jerry L. Sullivan and wife Pam and Mark A. Sullivan and wife Tami; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Barbara Davis and husband Grady of Weiser, Idaho; brother, Bill Harp and wife Sharon of Payette, Idaho; cousins, Shirley and Carol Fort of Salinas, Calif; and numerous nieces, nephews, great- and great-great- nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry; parents, William and Juanita Harp; oldest brother, Gene Harp; and sister-in-law, Dorothy Harp.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date in Weiser, Idaho.


Helen Louise (Thies) Sands died on June 28 at her home in Hines from complications of congestive heart failure.

She was born on Oct. 20, 1934, in Burns to Herman and Gretta (Hufton) Thies.

Sands was raised on “C” Street in Burns, attended schools in Burns and graduated from Burns Union High School in 1952.

She met her husband, Robert Sands, in Burns when he was working for the power company. They were married in August 1957. They moved to Mitchell for a brief time.

After the death of her father in 1962, Sands and her husband moved back to Burns to run the GayWay Motel and Café in Hines.

She also operated the Sands Overnight Trailer Park and the Sands Mobile Home Park, both in Hines, with her husband.

Sands had two children — Robert “Bobby” in 1959, and Heidi in 1964.

In 1981, the motel was sold, and Sands moved to her home in Hines.

Sands enjoyed the outdoors and like to fish, hunt and camp. She spent many hours in her flower and vegetable gardens — they were her “pride and joy.”

Sands is survived by her husband of 54 years, Robert “Bob” Sands; son, Robert, “Bobby” Sands and wife Doris of Meniffe, Calif.; daughter, Heidi Eggers and husband Michael of Corvallis; sister, Margaret McRae of Hines; nephew, Tim Riley and wife Nancy of Dallas; niece, Sally Lovins of Hines; and grandchildren, Myindi and Charles.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Billy; and grandson, William.


Pastor Joel Meredith Hibbs died on June 25, surrounded by his family, following a three-month battle with cancer.

He was born on Feb. 9, 1954, in Key West, Fla., and raised in Tucson, Ariz.

Hibbs received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona at the age of 24, and then went into ministry.

After receiving his master’s degree from Western Seminary, he was the  pastor of churches in Portland, Burns, White Salmon,  Wash., and Page, Ariz.

He eventually retired after 31 years.

Hibbs is survived by his wife, Janell; children, Jesse, Jodi and Jason; and brothers Howie, Jeff, Tim and Matt.

A memorial service for Hibbs will be held on Wednesday, July 29, at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Page.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, contributions in his memory may be made to the bicycle ministry, Saddle Lights, run by his son and daughter-in-law, at www.saddle-lights.com  or mailed to Saddle Lights, 2751 N. Walnut Hills Dr. #62 Flagstaff, AZ 86004.

Comments and condolences for the family can be made online at: www.legacy.com


Betty Jo Enright 1953-2011

Posted on June 22nd in Obituaries

Betty Jo Enright died on June 17 at her home in Vale.

She was born on July 21, 1953, in Ontario to Junior and Ruth Miles.

The family lived in Vale and Juntura before moving to Burns in 1958. Her little sister, Penny, was born on her 10th birthday, and Enright said “she would rather have had cowboy boots instead of a new sister.”

After graduating from Burns High School in 1971, Enright went to Eastern Oregon College and majored in elementary education.

It was in college that she met her best friend, David Enright. She taught in Halfway before she and her husband were married on June 4, 1977, at her parents’ home in Vale.

On March 3, 1980, they were blessed with their daughter Jennifer. Jennifer expanded their family when she married Brent Newman.  One of Enright’s biggest excitements was when she became a grandmother when Brittney was born, and then later when grandson Colten arrived. Her face would always light up when she talked about them.

Those who knew Enright were impressed with her never-ending fight against juvenile diabetes and other medical conditions she had.  She was determined to prove that they were not going to keep her from doing what she wanted to do.

Some of Enright’s favorite things to do were camping with her family, taking walks with her dogs, working with her horses, sitting in the swing with her husband, spoiling her grandchildren and taking trips to Jackpot, Nev., with her husband. When coming home from Jackpot, she would usually have a sly smile because she had won more money from the machines than her husband had.

Enright is survived by her husband, Dave; daughter, Jennifer Newman and husband Brent of Nampa, Idaho; grandchildren, Brittney and Colten Newman of Nampa, Idaho; parents, Junior and Ruth Miles of Vale; sisters, Jeanette Sillonis and husband Al of Weiser, Idaho, Cindy Romans and husband Bill of Vale, and Penny McFetridge and husband  Steve of Vale; sister-in-law, Mary Miles Kinkaid of John Day; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her big brother, Bob Miles, and infant brother, Kenneth Don Miles.

A celebration of Enright’s life will be held at the Vale  Church of Latter-day Saints on Thursday, June 23, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Enright’s memory may be made to the Vale School District.


Carl Rick Kelley, 61, died on May 23 at Harney District Hospital.

He was born in Oroville, Calif., in 1950, one of three children, to Wilbur and Vera Kelley.

He lived in Oroville until his family moved to Burns in 1960, where he continued to live with his mother, stepfather, brother and two stepbrothers. He graduated from Burns High School in 1968.

In the early 1970s Kelley married Jamie Hopper and had two daughters, Dee Ann and Kim.

In 1968, he began working at NAPA Auto Parts. He worked there until he took a job as manager of Western Ranch and Home Supply/Ranch and Home when it opened in 1978. He continued to work there until 1998, when he made the decision to partially retire. In 1999, Kelley and his wife purchased the Keep Clean Carwash, and in 2009, he took a position as manager of Baxter Auto Parts. He worked there until his illness and death.

Kelley was known to everyone as a professional business man who loved to debate politics with anyone. He enjoyed spending his free time fishing, hunting, camping and four-wheeling with his family and friends.

Kelley is survived by his wife, Jamie Kelley of Burns; daughters, Dee Ann Kelley of Burns, and Kim Hill and husband Jody of Burns; grandchildren, Nicole Hill, Amber Jay, Kelley Jay, Brenna Jay, Zander Jay and McKenzie Kelley, all of Burns; and a great-grandson to be born in September.

He is also survived by brothers, Bryan Kelley of Seattle, Wash., and Rich Mingus and wife Debbie of Burns; sisters, Ellena Waller and husband Bud of Gridley, Calif., Tressa Hart and husband Gary of Fernwood, Idaho, and Georgia Hopper of Burns; numerous nieces and nephews; and many close friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Vera Morelock and Wilbur Kelly; step-father, Jim Mingus; and mother- and father-in-law, Robirta and Paul Hopper.

At his request, no funeral was held. Contributions in Kelley’s memory may be made to the Harney County Hospice or Harney County Save A Stray, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.


A memorial service for Sandra Ingles will be held on Saturday, June 18, at 3 p.m. at Hotel Diamond.

A potluck dinner will follow the service.

Contributions in Ingles’ memory may be made to the Harney County Cattlewomen’s Scholarship Fund, in care of Sue Otley, 50887 Happy Valley Road, Princeton, OR 97721.


Richard Lee Clark died on June 7.

He was born on Sept. 18, 1922, in the old hospital in Burns to Marjorie and Joseph Lee Clark.

Clark spent his youth in Burns, where he went through school from the first to the 12th grade, with the exception of two years that he lived in Seattle, Wash., with his mother and two aunts when he was in seventh and eighth grade. He and his mother moved back to Burns so he could finish his schooling with classmates.

Clark was drafted into the U.S. Army on Feb. 23, 1943, during World War, II. His tour of duty was spent in headquarters in Puerto Rico as a tabulating machine operator. On Jan. 27, 1946, he received an honorable discharge from the army and returned to civilian life. Prior to serving in the army, Clark had worked for Boeing as a tabulating machine operator.

After the war, Clark returned to Burns and was partners in, and operated Clark Pontiac. He also worked at Ereno’s Mens Store, later went to work for Edward Hines Lumber Company in the mill, and then became assistant purchasing agent. In 1960, he went to work for Georgia-Pacific in Toledo, as the purchasing manager. He worked there for 25 years before retiring.

On Jan. 5, 1947, Clark married Josephine Ocamica. They were married for 23 years before her death in 1970, and together they had three children — John B., Peter L. and Teresa A.

On July 31, 1971, Clark married Doris Thompson, and added three stepchildren to his family — Daniel W., Terry A. and Diana L. Thompson.

Clark retired in 1985, and bought the home of his grandfather, Julian Byrd, from his aunt, Gladys Stockton, and moved back to Burns to spend his remaining years.

He was a past fire chief of the Burns Fire Department, past post commander of the American Legion and was on the board of the Harney County Pioneer Association. Clark enjoyed golf and singing and he shared his passions with his wife, children and stepchildren.

Clark is survived by his wife, Doris; sons, John and wife JoAnne and Peter and wife Meg; daughter, Teresa Dudley and husband Chuck; stepsons, Daniel Thompson and wife Roseanne and Terry Thompson and wife Patty; stepdaughter, Diana Guthrie and husband Dan; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Contributions in Clark’s memory may be made to the Holy Family Catholic Church Parish Hall Fund or Harney County Home Health/Hospice, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.


Eldon “Chester” (Radar) Currey Jr. of McMinnville, Tenn., died June 1 in Atlanta, Ga.

He was born on March 4, 1947, in Burns to Eldon C. and Lillian (Bateman) Currey, the oldest child with three sisters and one brother.

Currey attended elementary and high school in Burns. After graduating from Burns Union High School in 1965, he joined the U.S. Navy. He served as an Airman 3rd Class during the Vietnam War era.

Currey retired from Warren County Sanitation. He found retirement was not for him, and since he loved working on heavy equipment and driving trucks, he went back to work for C&W Trucking Company and his passion of driving trucks.

His hobbies were working on cars and going to car races.

Currey is survived by his wife, Barbara Grove Currey;  sons, Eldon C. Currey III and wife Heather and Rodney A. Currey and wife Jessica, all of McMinnville, Tenn.; several stepchildren;  sisters, Alice Goetschius and husband James of Portland, Jackie Webb and husband Marvin of Emmett, Idaho, and Eleanor Duke and husband Richard of Burns; brother, John G. Currey of Spokane, Wash.; grandchildren, Alia, Eliana, Trent, Summer and Bryan Currey; and several step-grandchildren.

Currey was buried at Cantrell Cemetery in Smithville, Tenn., with military graveside rites administered by VFW Post 5064 and American Legion Post 173.


Roelan (Bob) T. Blom died on May 26 at Harney District Hospital with his five children by his side.

He was born on May 29, 1929, to Adrian and Anna Blom in Leadore, Idaho.

Blom attended elementary and high school in Leadore. After graduating, he immediately enlisted in the U.S. Army and was sent to fight in the Korean Conflict. While serving his country he was wounded in action, being struck in the leg by shrapnel. Blom was sent home to heal, and was soon stationed in San Pedro, Calif., where he met and married his wife, Maria (Mary) Gallegos, in 1952.

Blom and his wife moved to Diamond, where he worked as a ranch hand and a buckaroo on his sister’s ranch. When the ranch sold, he moved to the Whitsell Patrol Station, where he then worked as a heavy equipment operator for the Malheur Wildlife Refuge. He eventually moved to Burns, where he taught heavy equipment operation for the Job Corp.

Blom made many life-long friends in the Job Corp, and was eventually offered a job with the U.S. Forest Service as a heavy equipment operator. He retired from the Forest Service as the road maintenance supervisor.

Blom quickly found that retirement was not for him, and when offered, he took a position with the Bureau of Land Management as a road grader operator. In 1989 he officially retired and he was able to indulge in his passions for fishing and hunting, traveling to Arizona in the winters, visiting his hometown of Leadore and even taking up golf.

Blom is survived by his brother, Fred Blom and wife Preal of Leadore, Idaho; sons, Ray Blom and wife Tammy of Redland, Calif., Guy Blom of Lowman, Idaho, Karl Blom of Milton-Freewater, and Val Blom and wife Kim of Portland; daughter, Dahlia Bennett and husband Dennis of Burns; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Hank Blom and Adrian Blom; and sisters, Tona Hall and Thelma (Babe) Seaward.

Contributions in Blom’s memory may be made to the Burns Elk’s Lodge #1680, or to the Harney District Hospital Foundation, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720. LaFollette’s Chapel was in charge of arrangements.


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