Bill Myers, 64, of Klamath Falls died unexpectedly May 9 after launching his beloved drift boat on the Rogue River near Shady Cove.

He was born Jan. 24, 1948, in Corvallis to Doris and John Myers. He enjoyed a childhood full of camping trips, fishing, basketball, tennis and many other outdoor activities. He graduated from Corvallis High in 1966 and Oregon State with a degree in range management in 1971.

After college, Bill entered the Peace Corps and enjoyed his work in the deserts of Iran for more than two years.

Afterward he became a Farsi translator in Washington, D.C., and later on worked for the Earth Satellite Company doing remote sensing and mapping in California.

In 1979 he met the love of his life in Manhattan Beach, Calif., Margaret Ellen Hickey. Two years later they wed and shortly afterward moved to Eastern Oregon where Bill took a job working for the Soil Conservation Service as a district conservationist.

They made their home for the next 31 years in Eastern Oregon with stops in Heppner, Burns and Klamath Falls.

During this time they started a family and had three children, Alice, James and John. Bill loved being a father and spent years traveling all over the west coast for his children’s swim meets, basketball camps, football games, volleyball matches and track meets.

As anyone who knew Bill already knows, he loved the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. He was an avid sports fan and always cheered for the Hornets, Grizzlies and, of course, “The Beavs.”

Bill also enjoyed traveling, both worldwide and statewide. Family trips included Mexico, Pesca Maya, Hawaii, South Africa, Alaska, Turkey, New Zealand and the Florida Keys. But it was his Oregon backyard that he loved the most, Steens Mountain, Rogue River, Deschutes River, Paulina Lake, Cape Lookout, Gold Beach, Mt. Bachelor, and the coastal rivers full of salmon and steelhead.

Most of all, Bill enjoyed sharing all of these experiences with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Margee Myers; daughter, Alice Rhoades, and son-in-law, Brad Rhoades; sons, James and John Myers; father, John Myers; sister, Janis Halsey, and brother-in-law, Mark Halsey; and brother, Robert Myers, and sister-in-law Patti Myers.

A memorial service was held at the Blessed Sacrament Chapel at Pius X Catholic Church in Klamath Falls May 14.


Jack (John) Stoddart died at home May 15.

He was born April 10, 1917, in Borough of Kingston, Penn., to John Stoddart and Katherine C. Beck Hopkins. His childhood years were spent in Ross, Calif., where he attended Tamelpais Boys School. At age 18 he moved to Hollister, Calif., when his family purchased the Call Ranch. He graduated from high school in Hollister and then attended the University of California in Davis.

On April 15, 1944, he married Lois Fancher.  They moved to the Call Ranch where they began their family of their three daughters.

In 1950, the Stoddart Brothers purchased the Crooked Creek Ranch in Southeast Oregon and Jack and Lois moved their young family to Oregon where they continued their life work and passion for ranching.

Jack was an extraordinary, fun-loving, family-oriented character who saw humor in situations that could otherwise be difficult and explosive. Not only was Jack a rancher and cattleman, but also a fine horseman who took much pride in riding a good horse. His style and discipline was that of the old vaquero, and with a riata, he was an outstanding roper. A southpaw, he was known for his expertise and accuracy throwing shots like the culo, turn over, backhand, underhand and the figure 8, just to name a few.  To many aspiring to the trade, he was a great mentor and an even better friend.

His best wish would be for all his friends to know he appreciated their laughter, stories, and companionship. He loved his horses, cows, wife, children, dogs, friends and the 49ers (not necessarily in that order).

Jack was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Harry Stoddart II; and sister, Katherine C. Schenck.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Lois Fancher Stoddart; daughters, Jeanette (Richard) Yturriondobeitia, Becky (Gary) Rose and Lyn (Scott) VanArsdale; grandchildren, Dan (Jen) Yturriondobeitia, Jaime (Bob) Yturriondobeitia, Charmarie (Chad) Bradach, J.W. (Kelli) Rose, Samantha (Roy) Dowell, Todd (Angie) Garrett, Christy (Matt) Reese and Katie (Josh) Kay; great-grandchildren, John Barry Rose, Tommy Jack Rose, Emily Rose Dowell, Jackie Rae Dowell, Skyler Garrett, Gavin Reese, Owen Reese, Christian Kay and Caleb Kay; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial, celebration of Jack’s life will be held at 12-Mile Ranch June 10.  Barbecue and refreshments will be provided; bring a favorite picture and story to share.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Harney County High School Rodeo Team or Harney County Hospice, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720. A guestbook is available to sign and send condolences to the family online at: www.lafolletteschapel.com


Melvin G. Allen, 56, a long-time resident of Harney County, died May 15 at his home in Burns.

He was born Sept. 14, 1955.

He worked on ranches around Harney County most of his life. For the last several years he had been very ill. He was disabled 10 years ago. He would help anyone that needed it in any way he could.

Melvin is survived by his mother, Darlene Allen; sisters, Anita Allen-Anderson and Colleen Allen; brother, Kevin Allen; nephews, Wayne Stewart, Wade Crowley and Cody Allen; nieces, Juanita Wilber and Katy Perritte; two great-nieces; and three great-nephews.

A memorial fund has been set up in Melvin’s name at U.S. Bank. All proceeds will go to his cremation and memorial service.  A time and date for his memorial service will be published at a later date. LaFollette’s Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


Ruby Dell Campbell, 83, a long-time resident of Harney County, died May 9.

Ruby was one of 10 children born to James and Lee Emma Salers in Delta, Ala. It was there she met her husband-to-be, Leslie Campbell. They married in 1944 and shortly after, in 1945, they moved to Harney County, where they began a family. Alma Mae was the only child born to Ruby and Leslie, but they made a life in Harney County for years.

She worked at the Harney County Hospital as a nurses-aide until 1972, when she sustained an on-the-job injury, forcing her to retire.

Post-retirement from the hospital, Ruby continued to give her time and care to others in the community. She was active at the senior center and volunteered many hours at the Christian Church thrift store. Her hobbies included fishing, hunting, gardening and canning her homegrown fruits and vegetables. She also loved dancing and had a fondness for Elvis Presley and country music. When she found the time, she also enjoyed crocheting and sewing.

Most will remember Ruby for her unmatched generosity to others. Some may recall the incident of her first home catching fire and burning down. She lost many of her possessions, yet she dug up flowers from her garden and gave them to one of the responders to the fire as a way to show her gratitude. She simply wanted to share her joy with others.

Ruby had one daughter, five grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and a handful of great-great-grandchildren.

Ruby made a very big impact on all of those who knew her, whether it be family or friends or those she gave when in need.

A graveside service will be held Wednesday, May 16, at 10 a.m. in the Burns Cemetery.

LaFollette’s Chapel is in charge of funeral arrangements. Visit: lafolletteschapel.com
to sign the online guestbook and send condolences to the family.


Mary Lynn Carter died April 23 surrounded by her loved ones.

Mary was born to Jim and Martha Brown on May 29, 1951, in Burns under unusual circumstances. Martha had epilepsy, which resulted in difficulties with the birth. She was bed-ridden for a year afterward and Mary’s gradmother came to live with the family to help during that trying time.

Mary spent her entire childhood in Harney County. She graduated from Burns Union High School in 1969. After high school Mary worked for the local phone company. During that time, Mary met James Schouviller. The two dated for some time before they were married in May of 1972.

In 1975, Mary gave birth to their first son Matthew Jason. Shawn Dale later followed in 1978 and the family was complete. She was a stay-at-home mother until the boys started school.

As the boys grew older, Mary often enjoyed camping out, boating at Lake Owyhee Reservoir, or riding ATVs in the remote sections of Harney County. The family lived on the edge of town and enjoyed many of the simple pleasures that wide open spaces provide. If not at the house in the country, they could be found at Mary’s parents’ house or at one of her sons’ activities. Mary and Jim divorced in 1989.

This began a new chapter in Mary’s life. She was now a single mother doing her best to corral two very energetic boys. The three of them moved to Fruitland, Idaho, for about a year following her divorce.

In 1991 Mary became ill, and she and the boys returned to be with her family in Burns. After getting back on her feet, Mary began to work as a receptionist at the fish and wildlife refuge outside Burns. It was then that she met Ron Carter. The two were married in August of 1991 at the Corbett cabin. Together they enjoyed the outdoors and could often be found just driving around the wilderness near the cabin. They would drive for hours spotting wildlife and enjoying each other’s company.

Over the next few years Mary and Ron lived in Empire, Nev., and Payette, Idaho. Mary’s boys took jobs in the area and once again she was reunited with both sons. While in the Treasure Valley, Mary began working for the Oregon Department of Transportation at Farewell Bend.

After some time, the boys took opportunities in Portland. Wanting to be closer to them, Mary and Ron were both able to transfer their jobs to Salem. They settled in Keizer, and in 2003 Mary discovered she had cancer in her left arm. After a year-long bout she made a full recovery.

Mary continued working for ODOT until 2011 when she was diagnosed with leukemia. She moved to Spring, Texas, to receive treatment and be near Shawn and her granddaughter Taylor. Unable to get her disease into remission, she returned to Oregon and spent her last month with her son Matthew and his family in Portland.

Mary had a wonderful smile and contagious laugh. She was a wonderful and loving wife, mother, sister, aunt, daughter and friend. Her dedication was to her faith and those closest to her. She was strong in her faith even in her last days.

Her passions included involvment in the various churches througout her life, spending time with relatives close and distant and spoiling both her grandchildren and her puppies.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Ron Carter; and her parents, Jim and Martha Brown.

She is survived by her sons, Matthew and wife Amber, and Shawn Schouviller; grandchildren Tyler, Chase and Taylor; sister, Judy Schaefer; and two nephews, Marley and Ronnie Robinson.


Timothy Allen Lister died in Keizer Wednesday evening, May 2, after a fight against cancer that started in 2008.

Tim was born in Corvallis on May 18, 1955, to Robert Myrl and Clara Bell Lister. One of nine siblings, he grew up in the Corvallis, Halsey, Oakville and Albany areas and graduated from West Albany High School. In the years following graduation, Tim worked for floor covering firms in Corvallis and Albany doing a variety of flooring and carpet installations and remodeling jobs.

Growing up, Tim was outgoing, mischievous and fun-loving, a typical teenager driving his parents crazy. With siblings Mike and Dan plus their friends they were well known in the area for their antics.

Around 1988, lured by the lifestyle he loved and possible employment in Juntura, Tim moved to that town, 55 miles east of Burns, and spent the next 24 years creating a legend that will live on. Every family in the valleys and hills between Drewsey and Juntura has been touched by his helping hand in building and remodeling projects. He gave selflessly to whatever problems arose among the residents of that area. He “adopted” sons and daughters of the many ranch families, teaching them various skills and tricks in fishing, hunting and trapping, and, by example, teaching lessons of fairness, right and wrong.

Tim’s love for life was all about the outdoors: fishing, hunting, trapping and sharing those skills, during the seasons, with all his great friends from the valley. He never lost his connection with his youth and the friends that he grew up with. He supported himself by working for the school districts of Drewsey and Juntura doing landscaping, maintenance, repairs and construction.

Tim was able to make a final trip home prior to his death, to say a personal “goodbye” to his host of friends.

Tim is survived by brothers Dale Lister, Mike Lister, and Dan Lister and sisters Virginia Groshong, Gloria Norton, Diannah Holter, Anita Lister and Rebecca Crose.

On May 19 Tim will be returned to Drewsey, where he had previously chosen his final resting place in the hills that he loved. A Celebration of Life will be held in the Drewsey Community Hall starting at 11 a.m. A potluck dinner will follow.

Gifts in memory of Tim may be made to the American Cancer Society, at: http://main.acsevents.org/site/R


Gary Michael Choate died in his home in Burns on April 17.

Gary was born Oct. 6, 1953 in Burns to Tom and Ima (Howell) Choate. He was the fourth of five children. He attended school in Burns and graduated from Burns Union High School in 1971. Gary was well liked and popular with the ladies.

He had a love for games and was known for his skill in strategic games like chess. Billiards and cards were some of his personal favorites.

In 1973 Gary was seriously injured in a logging accident when he was struck in the head by loading tongs while working for the Larry Lowery Logging Operation on Corral Creek north of Burns. Gary was the first person in Burns to be transported by helicopter. He spent many months in a coma and when he came out he had to relearn how to do almost everything. He learned to count again by playing cribbage.

On Dec. 29, 1979 Gary married Judith Newton. They were married for 30 years and remained close friends until his death.

Gary was especially loved by his nieces and nephews because of his youthful nature and playfulness, which he had before and after his accident.

Gary had a special dog named Smokey. The two of them could often be found driving through town and around in the forest. He also had some cats that he loved very much.

Gary enjoyed playing cards — cribbage and Texas Hold ‘em to name a few. He was also a fierce pool player despite the loss of use of his left arm. He was very proud to have his own pool table and encouraged his friends and family to come by and play. Gary also had a love for old muscle cars and dragsters. He would attend car shows and drag races whenever possible.

Gary was preceded in death by his father, John T. Choate.

He is survived by his mother, Ima Choate of Hines; brothers, Tom Choate and wife Barbara and Gordon Choate, all of Hines, and Jerry Choate and wife Katherine of Sidney, Mont.; sister, Sharyn Ochoa and husband Phil of Moorpark, Calif.; ex-wife and close friend, Judy Choate of Burns; and many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held April 27 at the Burns Cemetery.


D. Stephen “Papa” McUne, 67, died in Tooele, Utah April 19.

He was born Oct. 7, 1945, to Haswell and Linden McUne.

Steve was a graduate of Brigham Young University and retired from the Deseret Chemical Depot.

He was most proud of his service to the church and particularly his mission to Mexico City, and he often shared the lessons he learned there with his friends and family.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents and one granddaughter.

He is survived by his son, Stephen W. (Deanna); daughter, Laura Brown (Michael); daughter, Michelle Arellano (Rogelio); daughter, Kimberly; son David (Lisa); 15 grandchildren; brother, Hal; sister, Sherrie; and sister, Sheila.

Funeral services were held April 25. Burial was at Tooele City Cemetery.


Denzil Eugene (Denny) Jones died April 25 at home from natural causes.

He was born Sept. 10, 1910, in Ione to Eugene Sullivan Jones and Ruth Baker. His mother died when Denny was 5 years old leaving him, his older brother, Harland, 7, and younger sister Mae, 3, to fend for themselves as their father worked on many different ranches around the Spray area. Mae went to live with a friend on an adjoining ranch, and Denny and Harlan lived with the buckaroos in the bunkhouse when their father was gone.

Denny’s father remarried when he was 7 years old.

Denny started working at an early age. His first job, at the age of 8, was to deliver wood to Spray with a team of horses. He loaded the wood, unloaded it and stacked it. There were times when he would be coming home in the dark with a bridge to cross, and he always wondered if he’d end up in the creek, but never did and always credited his horses to “knowing where they were going.”

When Denny was 14, the family moved to Prineville, a place Denny had only heard about. He was given a herd of 37 cattle and told to drive them from Spray to Prineville, a distance of 85 miles. It took him seven days, and when asked what he thought about on that trip, he said, “I wondered where the hell I was!” His dad informed him that there would be places to stay and buy meals along the way, but Denny barely managed to find something to eat every day.

Denny attended high school in Prineville. Every morning, he milked 32 cows, and then rode his horse seven miles to school. One morning it was 36 degrees below zero. He didn’t have any rubber galoshes (overshoes) and his feet were about to freeze. He came by a teepee, where a friend lived. Denny stopped and went in, no one was home but there was a fire going so he thawed out his feet and hands and went on to school. He was in the 10th grade when his father was asked if Denny could go on the race circuit caring for horses. There was always a need for money so a contract was signed (but never fulfilled in payment). He was glad to be rid of his living situation but was sorry he did not finish high school as he felt an education was essential.

During his racing career he lived in the boxcars with the horses, caring for them traveling from Vancouver, B.C., to Tijuana, Mexico. He exercised the horses, which eventually got him mounts at races. He was a successful jockey until, after getting two meals a day, he gained too much weight, making it difficult to make the 106-pound weight restriction.
Denny returned to Oregon working herding sheep in 1927 and 1928; however, he was too horsey to enjoy being a sheepherder so he then moved to Jonesboro Ranch working as a buckaroo. He eventually bought that ranch, which was his passion, and he received much enjoyment out of the ranch life and hard work.

He married Mildred Altnow in 1931 and together, they raised two children, Eugene and Karen. Denny and Mildred dedicated 67 years to each other throughout ranching and political endeavors.

Denny served as president of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association from 1968 to 1969, he was director of the American Cattlemens’ Association, president of the Malheur Co. Livestock Association, director of the Pacific International Livestock Expo and president of the Malheur County Pioneer Association. He was also a member of the Public Land Council board, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, the Juntura School District, the Malheur Juvenile Council and the Agri-Business Council of Oregon. Denny served as a lobbyist for the Oregon Cattlemens’ Association and was a member of the BPOE and the Freemasons.

Denny was elected to the Oregon State Legislature in 1973, serving until 1999. During those 26 years, he served on the Joint Committee on Ways and Means, where he was co-chair, the Emergency Board, and the committees for agriculture, transportation and education.

He is survived by his companion, Fannie Myers; son, Eugene (Miriam) Jones of Ontario; daughter, Karen Dinsmore, of Ontario; grandchildren Dan (Donna) Jones, Greg (Teresa) Jones, Wes Jones, Rebecca Jones, Jennifer (Todd) Koch, Todd (Jan) Dinsmore, Cherie (Harry) Jaques, and Rodd (Karen) Dinsmore; 14 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be held May 3 at 2 p.m. at the Four Rivers Cultural Center, 676 SW Fifth Ave. in Ontario. There will be a fellowship immediately following at the Elks, 20 SW Third St. in Ontario.

The family requests any memorial contributions to be sent to the FFA Denny Jones Scholarship fund at Ontario FFA Alumni, 4865 John Day Highway, Vale, OR 97918 or Lienkaemper-Thomason Funeral Center, 78 NW First Ave., Ontario, OR 97914


Mary Lavonne Wallace died March 25 at her home in Burns.

She was born July 12, 1941, in Fresno, Calif., to John and Cynthia. Mary was one of nine children.

She married David Harrison Wallace in Benicia, Calif. Mary and Dave raised five children as they moved around the word with Dave’s Air Force career.

Mary is survived by her husband of 55 years, David H. Wallace; five children, Mike Wallace, Barbara Wallace, David (Sara) Wallace, Brenda (Joe) Rabb and Bill Wallace; three grandchildren, Aubrey Rabb, Mikey Wallace and Suzie Wallace; two brothers, Calvin and Charlie; and one sister, Zedna.

Respecting Mary’s wishes, no services will be held. In lieu of flowers, consider directing any remembrances to an animal rescue organization of choice.


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