Naadene Petersen died July 18.

She was born Oct. 22, 1926, to George and Ruth Riley of Drewsey.

She lived at Drewsey until 1974, when she moved to Ontario.

She is survived by her husband, Joe; son, Tony and wife Doreen of Caldwell, Idaho; cousins  and special nephew Tim Riley of Dallas; numerous friends; and her special little dog, Barney.

No services will be held at her request.

Remembrances in Naadene’s name may be made to the Drewsey Cemetery Fund.


Linda Gill 1941 – 2012

Posted on July 18th in Obituaries

Linda Gill died surrounded by her family and friends on June 29.

She was born May 27, 1941, in Portland to James and Shizuno Okita. She spent most of her childhood in Trout Creek and graduated from Burns High School.

In 1968, she married the love of her life, Craig Gill. She attended beauty school in Portland and worked as a hair stylist for many years, eventually retiring from Kenton Family Hair Care in 2006.

Linda was a caring and devoted mother and wife. She participated fully in her children’s lives from being a Cub Scout den leader to making sure that her children took full advantage of their educational opportunities. She was always there to cheer on and support her children in all their endeavors. Linda never complained, but quietly worked hard doing what needed to be done.

Linda enjoyed spending time with her friends and family, crocheting and attending her grandchildren’s sporting events.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Craig, and parents, James and Shizuno Okita.

She is survived by her brothers, Gil (Shannon), Karl and Paul (Nancy); daughter, Laura (Brian); sons, Derek (Lori) and Doug (Rita); six grandchildren — Reilly, Noah, Zanen, Keean, Zavery and Marissa; and several nieces and nephews.


Alycia Michelle Jenkins died June 29 at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.

Alycia was born May 2, 1995, to Rich and Renae Jenkins. Even as a baby, she did everything big … a loud belly laugh when she was only three months at the family dog, Bear … walking at nine months and running soon after … and a big love for horses at a very young age. When she got her first pair of chinks at age two, she immediately went to her rocking horse and began spurring in true cowgirl fashion. She seemed to be born for growing up on a ranch and loved every aspect of it.

Nothing was more important to Alycia than her family and friends. As a tiny girl, she became a shadow to her daddy. She adored her mother who imparted her work ethic and integrity. She could not have been a better big sister as she encouraged and inspired Corey and Elizabeth. She also enjoyed spending time with her grandparents on both sides as well as with her aunts and uncles and many cousins that she loved. She knew the meaning of friendship and loyalty and had the capacity to love people of all ages.

If you look up “overachiever” in the dictionary you should see a picture of Alycia. When she was 5 years old, Diamond did not have organized preschool, but instead, packets were sent out to all the little ones once a month. Alycia had hers done the first day it came in the mail.

Her passion for basketball started when she was in kindergarten and she took part in every activity available to her at Diamond Elementary where she attended kindergarten through eighth grade. She was a talented artist and loved drawing. She worked very hard to have perfect pictures and would scold Corey if his weren’t as good as she thought they should be and often spent time erasing for him so he could start over. If there was a baby calf brought to the barn, you can be sure that it had a fresh bed of hay and the best care that Alycia could offer. She was quick to help with all ranch jobs including operating the hay baler, the 2 a.m. heifer check, turning out cows on the mountains and branding. She never turned down an opportunity to hunt or fish.

She started 4-H at age 9 and did a breeding project with a red angus heifer. She diligently studied the EPDs in order to get the best offspring. Her hard work to improve and increase her herd won her the futurity belt buckle a few years later. Even in these early years, she recognized the importance of good breeding in order to improve the cattle industry. She won a national red angus contest and was awarded  the traveling cow and spent a lot of time and energy poring over the bull books to get the “best.” She also did 4-H leather and photography and loved going to summer camp.

When Alycia went to Crane Union High School, she landed like a whirlwind with action, enthusiasm, an incredible work ethic and a touch of humor, which was always lurking, waiting for the perfect moment to emerge! Alycia loved to laugh. She had a hearty laugh, but even more than laughing, she loved to make other people laugh.

Living life to the fullest, she participated in a sport each season, and she looked for opportunities every summer to be involved in sports camps to gain and perfect skills so she could be a better asset to her team. She participated at these camps with the same intensity that she had when she competed. Some of Alycia’s accomplishments include the MVP of the camp, the best ball handler award, and the spirit and agility award, and she was named to be on the All Star Team. Her most prestigious award was the Golden Ruler at an NBC basketball camp. It is given to less than 1 percent of all participants. It is their most distinguished accomplishment because there are high standards that must be met.

She hit the Mustang courts with her usual intensity and competitiveness and it earned her spots on the varsity teams as a freshman. By her sophomore year in volleyball, her coach was given many warnings because of the intense encouragement of her teammates by Alycia. Her fans still talk about the last game in the 2011 state championship tournament when Crane was playing for third. She came off the bench and literally “stole” the game. Her “never give up” attitude served the Mustangs well, as her hard play helped earn them the third-place trophy. Alycia was awarded “Player of the Game” for her efforts. How she played and practiced was contagious to those around her; she pushed her teammates to be the best they could be. Performing less than best was likely to result in an “Alycia” lecture. According to her friends it was always done in a positive way for the right reason.

Alycia participated in track her freshman year and won three medals at the Oregon State Championship meet after winning three events at the district meet. At state, she was on the winning 4×400 relay, was third in the 800 meters and second in the 1,500 meters. When you look through the journals she kept, you realize that the team was more important than her own accomplishments. She knew she had to run better than she ever had before in order to contribute enough points for the Mustangs to get the State Championship trophy. Just like all the other sports, she had a huge heart and will to win and knew that to win, it was preparation that made the difference.

Her sophomore year, she decided to compete in rodeo instead of doing track again. Many could not understand why she would walk away from a sport that she excelled in and start something else. But Alycia had a strong sense of who she was. Trying new things with no fear and being strong willed enough to not be influenced by what others thought came naturally to her. She started with a horse she borrowed from her best friend, Paige, but it wasn’t long until she had researched and found Swifty to buy for her own. She competed in breakaway roping, goat tying, pole bending and barrel racing. Alycia attacked rodeo the same as she did all other sports. She saw other competitors bail off their horses at a full run to tie a goat; Alycia knew that’s what she had to do and she did. She did face plants many times getting off at this speed. At one rodeo, she pulled the ligaments in her ankle, but “quit” wasn’t in her vocabulary so she taped her swollen ankle over her boot so she could finish her other events. Besides the dedication and hard work, there were miles and miles of giggles on the road with Paige. There were giggles up until she stepped up in the saddle to compete … then it became serious business. She hadn’t become the best, yet, but there is no doubt she would have worked hard enough to achieve that.

Alycia did so much in her 17 years … more than many do in 80. She will be remembered for that big smile she would flash just before she would greet you with her famous hug, as well as that incredible sense of humor that took people by surprise. She touched so many people in such a positive way.
Alycia Michelle Jenkins was preceded in death by her grandmother, Allene Dunn.

She is survived by her parents, Rich and Renae Jenkins; brother, Corey Jenkins; sister, Elizabeth Jenkins; grandparents, Larry Dunn and Dick and Pat Jenkins; aunts and uncles, Mark Dunn, Brett and Shelly Dunn, Bryan and Ronita Dunn, Karen Dunn and Zina Jenkins; cousins, Amy, Morgan and Mason MacRostie, Erin Dunn, Craig Dunn, Mark Dunn, Jennifer and Jon Dancer, Bryanna and Jacob Dunn; and numerous great aunts and uncles.


Harry Thomas Potter died July 3 in Burns after a long illness.

He was born June 11, 1928, in Woodstock, Vt., to Arden and Elizabeth Potter.

Harry served in the U.S. Army in 1946 to 1948 and worked for many years at numerous shirt factories including Embassy Shirtmakers. For 10 years he worked at Moonrise Books in Burns.

He enjoyed reading Westerns and travelling and was proud to say he had been to all 50 states. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to those who needed it.

Harry was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 50 years, Doris; and three brothers, Arden, Jack and William.

He is survived by two sisters, Louise Siluk of Florida and Elizabeth Papa of Glens Falls; four sons, David (Judy) of S. Glens Falls, Daniel (Sandy) of North Las Vegas, Nev., John (Laura) of Fort Edward and James (Sunshine) of Crane; one daughter, Patricia Pontolilo (Ken) of Bellingham, Mass.; eight grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and ex-daugher-in-law Linda Potter and her companion Bill Skellie of Queensbury.

At Harry’s request, a private family service will be held later in the summer at Blue Mountain Lake Cemetery.

Condolences to the family can be left on LaFollette’s Chapel’s website at: www.lafolletteschapel.com


Maxine Elizabeth Fones died June 19 at her home in Burns with her family by her side.

She was born July 28, 1921, in St. Maries, Idaho. Losing her mother to pneumonia at age 6 brought many hardships to the family. Several of her siblings had to go live with relatives.

She attended grade school through the eighth grade. She started her freshman year of high school but had to quit and take a job to help support the family.

She was working in a logging camp in Ponderosa as a cook when she met Loydd Fones. They were married May 10, 1938, in Baker. They relocated to Condon, Kinzua, The Dalles, Portland and back to Kinzua, all for different logging companies. When they learned the Oregon Northwestern Railroad was hiring, they headed for Burns. They found work and relocated in 1947. When they arrived, the first thing they saw were banners flying all up and down main street as the Harney County Fair had begun. They had three children, one suitcase and $2.50 in their pocket. They spent the rest of their lives in Burns.

They raised one son and five daughters here. Maxine was a work-at-home, wonderful mother who lived for her family. She was a truly dedicated homemaker and spent much of her time cooking. She canned everything that could be canned, made every kind of pancake syrup there is, and even brewed beer and made root beer for the kids. When bottling time came, the family would all line up; get the funnel, the capper and cases ready; and create a masterpiece. Everyone in the house would wake up with big eyes when one of those beer bottles would explode in the basement. They all thought they had been shot.

Maxine was quite a seamstress. If she wasn’t making a garment, she was cutting one down to fit the next kid.

On weekends, they always had a good time. They loved to play music and fish. Loydd played many instruments and Maxine was very good at playing her spoons. She was always ready to go fishing, which they did every weekend for years and years. After her husband, Loydd, died, she traveled with her kids and loved playing bingo. She also enjoyed her days at the senior center playing bunco and having dinner. Her huge family kept her very busy as everybody loved being with her.

Maxine was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Loydd in 1999; two granddaughters, Tonya Fones Hendrix and Angela Daniels; two sons-in-law, Frank Shafer and Richard Boushey; and one great-granddaughter, Nicole Estep.

She is survived by her son, Loydd Fones Jr. (John) and wife Betty of Burns; daughters, Rosa Lee Kimble and husband Jerry of Burns, Dona Tiller and husband Gary of Hines, Mary Boushey of Burns, Linda McManus and husband Bill of New Meadows, Idaho, and Jodie Desilets and husband Rick of Burns; 15 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

A family and friends memorial in celebration of Maxine’s life will be announced at a later date.


Imogene Reinkemeyer died June 27 in Redmond.

She was born July 7, 1919, in Burns to Amanda Juanita (Fine) Mace and Clarence W. Mace. She went to grade school in several places in Harney County and graduated out of Crane High School in Crane in 1937. She then married Floyd Kidwell in 1937 and two children were born to this union, Richard L. Kidwell and Lanora R. Gara.

Imogene married and divorced Dave Caufield. Then, on July 6, 1956, she married Paul H. Reinkemeyer in Winnemucca, Nev. Imogene lived in Harney County and Burns most of her 92 years. She worked for several years for Bill and Nora Finley at the City Center Motel, the Oregon/Washington phone company, Corbett Drug and JCPenney. In 1971, she went to work for the Adult and Family Services of Oregon, and she retired in 1987. She had also supported her family by taking in boarders, doing washing and cooking, etc.

Imogene was a lifetime member of Eastern Stars and Daughter of the Nile. She served as worthy matron of Eastern Star.

Imogene was raised by her grandmother Ella Smith since the age of 3. Her grandfather Bolen Fine came to Harney County as a buckaroo boss for Pete Finch. Ella (Barnes) Smith along with her parents and four sisters walked out of Little Rock, Ark., all the way to Harney County bringing cows and a covered wagon. The great-grandparents (Barnes) are buried in Drewsey.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Reinkemeyer; two brothers, Louis L. and Baldwin (Pud) Mace; half-sister, Carmine; and half-brother, Gene Mace.

Imogene is survived by her son, Richard L. Kidwell; daughter, Lanora R. Gara; two step-children, Sharon Rae and Denny Reinkemeyer; two half-sisters, Greta Dawson and Carlin Haines; a half-brother, Fred Mace; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held at LaFollette’s Chapel July 6 followed by a graveside service in the Burns Cemetery.

Contributions in Imogene Reinkemeyer’s memory can be made to the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.


Troy Brown died July 4.

Troy battled brain cancer for more than a decade. He survived three intracranial brain surgeries.

During these battles he raised a beautiful and talented daughter, Haily Rose Brown, 14. He was a genius engineer and designer, designing motor coaches and even yachts. He served as the lead engineer in designing a luxury coach for the Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry.

Troy lived in Burns from age 2 until his late 20s. He graduated from Burns High School.

Troy was an amazing marksman, starting with his single-shot .22, black powder rifles on into his modern “sniper” rifles. He loved attending the local Mountain Man Rendezvous, where he was always tough competition.

More importantly, Troy was kind, thoughtful, patient, loving, generous and forgiving. He chose not to play Little League baseball, even though he wanted to, because his dad needed him around to do chores on the farm. He passed up again on his dream to be an Army sniper to be there for his ailing parents. Even in Troy’s diminishing state, he was more worried about those around him than himself. Troy’s captivating smile and trusting dark brown eyes could calm the heart of anyone.

Troy was preceded in death by his father, Dennis Eugene Brown, and mother, Lela Kathryn Brown.
He is survived by his life partner, Alyssa Gripping; daughter, Haily Brown; step-children, Travis and Amanda; and brother and sisters, Dennis and Ginger Brown, Kayanna and Mark Schultz, Katrina Brown, Cheyna Brown and Jaimee Brown.

A celebration of Troy’s life will be held on July 14 at 2 p.m. at his home, 22460 Calgary Road in Bend.

All of Troy’s friends and loved ones are welcome.


Warren Dick Johnson died June 20 at his home in Burns.

Dick was born Oct. 24, 1922, in Alma, Kan., to Rupert P. and Carrie Johnson.

After graduating from Alma High in 1940, he received a football scholarship to Oregon State College (OSU). He played the position of fullback.

In 1943, during World War II, he joined the Elite 10th Mountain Ski Troops. The 10th were tasked with dislodging the entrenched Nazi forces in Italy.  He served in battles and campaigns in North Apennines and Po Valley. Among other awards, he received the Bronze Star with an Oak Leaf Cluster.

After the war, Dick returned to finish studies at Oregon State. He graduated in 1949 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He was a member of Delta Chi. He was a proud lifelong Beaver fan and supporter.

Dick made his home in Portland for the next 40 years. In 1953 he married Nancy Randolph (1920-1983). They dedicated their lives to work and family, enjoyed fishing and gardening, and were involved in many social and charitable groups.  Dick worked as an insurance broker for the firm Cole, Clark and Cunningham; he later became a CEO of Rollins, Burdick and Hunter, and was a vice president at Marsh and McLennan when he retired in 1994.

Among his many accomplishments, in 1977 he became an underwriting member of Lloyds of London.

After retiring, Dick threw himself into his passion for the Oregon desert where he owned the Wildhorse Ranch. Dick greatly enjoyed ranching and the rugged natural beauty of the Steens Mountain area. For many years Dick spent the cold winter months in Yuma, Ariz. There he met and married Martell Reynolds in 1995.  They were a part of a tight-knit group of friends, who all had a taste for adventure, fun and a deep love for one another.  In 2005 Dick sold the Wildhorse, and he and Martell settled in Burns. There they enjoyed the company of many good friends.

Dick had many hobbies, interests and passions.  He was an avid and skillful pilot. He loved to garden; wherever he lived he planted both orchards and groves of shade trees. He read voraciously and loved to learn.  He greatly enjoyed practical jokes and spent many hours planning and executing them. He was adored by his own children and was a “best friend,” mentor and benefactor to many young people. He took great joy in helping others.  Most of all he loved spending time with his many good friends, around a campfire or dinner table, telling stories.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents; his three sisters; and first wife, Nancy.

He is survived by his wife, Martell; son, Terry; daughter, Marnie; stepsons, Lane and Bud; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial gathering will be held July 10 at 2 p.m. at the residence in Burns, 71643 Turnout Road.  A second memorial will be held July 14 at 2 p.m. at the Arrowhead Golf Club in Molalla.

Gifts of memory may be directed to Harney County Hospice in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.  LaFollette’s Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


Carolyn Irene Ferris Merrill Bigart died recently.

She was born Jan. 8, 1930, to Gordon and Ora Ferris in Burns.

She married Marvin Ray Merrill on Nov. 27, 1946. He died Feb. 3, 2000.

In August 2000, Carolyn married Tom Bigart and joined his family, which included his son and his spouse, Mark and Nancy; daughter, Glenda; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

The last 12 years she and her husband, Tom, traveled the world on many cruises. Tom and Carolyn’s families were a big part of their lives. She enjoyed painting, yard work, reading, her church family and traveling.

She was preceded in death by her husband Marvin; and son-in-law Patrick Hickey.

She is survived by her four children; Lynn Christine Reagan and her spouse, Mike, of Payette, Idaho, Deborah Ray Hickey of Meridian, Idaho, Mark Gordon Merrill and his spouse, Melinda of Tualatin, and Leslie Ann Shoemaker and her spouse Rick of Ridgefield, Wash.; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Faye Keller of Spanaway, Wash., and Margery Defoe of Bend.

The services were held June 26 at the Elkton Bible Baptist Church.


Lisa Kathleen Camacho, 54, died June 16 at her home in Burns.

Services will be held at the Burns Elk’s Lodge Thursday, June 28, at 6 p.m. A potluck dinner will follow the service.

A full obituary will run next week.


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