Mary Jean Cena Lemos 1943-2011

Posted on October 19th in Obituaries

Mary Jean Cena Lemos died on Oct. 8.

She was born in Weed, Calif., on April 9, 1943, to Gino and Lea Cena. The second of five children, she spent a lot of time with her brothers, Robert, Francis, and David Cena.

Lemos also grew up with the influence of her Nona Linda Cavarzan.  Her mother and grandmother taught her the Italian language, the art of gardening and the finer points of Italian cuisine.  Anyone who stepped into   her kitchen, shared a potluck or bought a coffee wreath at the Christmas bazaar, knew of the wonderful aromas and flavors that she could whip up.

As soon as she was old enough to read, Lemos began singing in the church choir with her father. People in Weed still talk about how beautiful it was to hear them sing together.

After graduating from Weed High School, she attended the College of the Siskiyou’s in Weed, and then transferred to the College of the Holy Names in Oakland, Calif. Lemos graduated from Holy Names with a degree in education, and began teaching at Weed Elementary soon after. That was the beginning to a long and fulfilling career, where she influenced many young lives.

In 1965, her parents added Linda Ann to the family. This long-awaited sister was a blessing to Lemos, who doted on her baby sister for the rest of her life.

The same year, she began dating her brother Rob’s friend, Jimmy Lemos, and they were married on June 24, 1967. This partnership lasted 45 years. Her husband was her best friend, fishing buddy, hunting guide, constant support and love of her life.

During their life together, Lemos and her husband had five children — Suzanne Marie in 1968, Lisa Diane in 1970, Daryl James in 1973, Sarah Christine in 1978 and Jarod Anthony in 1985. Prior to establishing their family in Burns, they lived in Eureka, Calif., where Lemos taught at an elementary school while her husband began his Master’s degree at Humboldt State. They also briefly lived in Corvallis, where her husband worked on his PhD at Oregon State University. The family spent five years in Coos Bay, where her husband was employed by the Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, conducting elk research. At the end of the elk research project in 1976, he  was transferred to the Steens Mountain Mule Deer project, stationed in Hines/Burns.

Lemos quickly fit into Eastern Oregon life, and soon became a regular in the church choir, singing at funerals and weddings and substitute teaching in all the schools. She enjoyed participating in community musicals, and is remembered for such key performances as Maria in “The Sound of Music,” and Nancy in “Oliver.”

Lemos enjoyed over 15 years as a Girl Scout leader, playing her guitar and singing many campfire songs.

She became the coordinator of the Religious Education program at Holy Family Church, and continued in this ministry for almost a quarter of a century.

She became a Noni (grandmother) in 1996. Lemos and her husband would travel often for events to see their nine grandchildren — Devin, Mikenna, Ellery, Landon, Cameron, Brycen, Raleigh, Brianna and Brent. The grandchildren loved sharing time with their Noni singing, laughing, story telling, picking veggies from the garden, fishing for catfish, having tea parties, baking bread, French-braiding hair, pulling baby teeth with her magic hankies and puzzle-making.

If there was a song to be sung, a crossword puzzle to finish, a volunteer needed at the Senior Center, a warm loaf of bread for dinner, or an encouraging word, everyone knew they could call on Lemos.

Lemos is survived by her husband, Jim, of Burns; daughters, Suzanne Yeakey and husband Jon, of Redmond,  Lisa Jones and husband Greg, of Hermiston, and Sarah Evans and husband Morgan, of Vancouver, Wash.; sons, Daryl Lemos and wife Jodette, of Nampa, Idaho, and Jarod Lemos and wife Natalie, of Burns; nine grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Gino and Lea Cena.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the CAN Cancer foundation, St. Charles Foundation, 2500 N.E. Neff Road, Bend, OR 97701-6015.  CAN Cancer is a non-profit organization that provides funds for transportation and lodging to cancer treatment patients and their families in and around Central and Eastern Oregon.

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LaFollette’s Chapel was in charge of funeral arrangements.

Gary E. Ludi 1955-2011 

Posted on October 19th in Obituaries

Gary E. Ludi, 56 died on Oct. 8, at Harney District Hospital.

He was born on May 2, 1955, in Burns to Alfred S. Ludi and Lillian (Nelson) Ludi.

Ludi grew up in Burns and graduated from Burns Union High School. He worked for Rodney and Lorie Knieriem’s Auto Body Shop for many years.

He was a member of the Burns Elks Lodge #1680 for 27 years, where he loved to volunteer. He enjoyed cutting wood, football and NASCAR. He was an avid fan of the Oregon Ducks.

Ludi is survived by his good friend, Katy Brigham; and Brigham’s children, Jami Kesinger, Gary Kesinger, Seth Aurland, Shaylynn Aurland and Jayda Kesinger.

A memorial service for Ludi will be held on Friday, Oct. 28, at 4 p.m. in the Burns Elks Lodge #1680.

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LaFollette’s Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Glen G. Fleury 1930-2011

Posted on October 19th in Obituaries

Glen G. Fleury died on Sept. 25, in Vancouver, Wash.

He was born on Dec. 8, 1930, in Glidden, Wis., to Rose and Eugene Fleury.

In 1949, Fleury moved to Seneca to work at Edward Hines Lumber Company as a logger. He went to Glidden on vacation during the spring layoff in 1951, and was drafted into the U.S. Army while visiting his parents. He served two years active duty, then transferred to the Army Reserve on September 1953.

He was honorably discharged in October 1959.

When he was discharged, Fleury returned to Seneca to work for Edward Hines. He married and started a family of six children. He later divorced.

After retiring from Edward Hines, he became a bartender at the Seneca Tavern. He remarried and moved to Rawlings, Wyo., where he worked as a janitor at McGriffs Truck Stop. His wife died in February 1999. After a short time, Fleury moved to live with his daughter in Pendleton, and then in 2002, they moved to Vancouver, Wash.

Fleury loved the small Seneca community, and held many fond memories of his logging buddies and many friends. Early in his logging days he was nicknamed “Grouch,” due to him being a logging crew foreman. Once he had grandchildren and great-grandchildren, he became “Grandpa Grouch.”

Fleury was proud of his family, and one of last statements was “it is an accomplishment when you live long enough to see all your children grow up and turn 50.”

Fleury loved the outdoors. He enjoyed taking long drives through the woods on the old dirt roads. He also enjoyed hunting, exploring and taking rides on sunny days. He also liked playing and teasing the family dog, and all of the cards and little gifts he received from his grandchildren.

Fleury is survived by his brothers, Donald, Lyle, Roger and Tim Fleury; sisters, Jackie Pabish and Diane Fleury; daughters Rose Delap and husband Chris, Carrie Burgess and husband Smokey and Glena Whiteaker and husband Doug; and sons, Danny Fleury and wife Jeanie and Dean Fleury.

He is also survived by his grandchildren, Sherry, Sabrina and Traci Emery, Tommy and Ashley Delap, Andrea Alvarado-Petron, Rachel Stone, Cristina and Tim Lovins, Chad Burgess, Shannon Whiteaker, Janda Grigby, Casey, Trisha and Stephen Fleury, Hailey Cross and Felisha Rubel;  several great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Fleury was preceded in death by his parents, Rose and Eugene Fleury; brother, Marvin Fleury; grandson, Glen Long; daughter, Cathy Ebard; and wife, Joan Fleury.

At his request, Fleury will be cremated. A memorial service with military honors will be held at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 S.E. Mt. Scott Blvd., Portland, Oct. 21, at 2 p.m. An after-service gathering will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m at the Phoenix Inn, 12712 S.E. 2nd Circle, in Vancouver, Wash.

Anna L. (Grow) Boales 1920-2011

Posted on October 19th in Obituaries

Anna L. (Grow) Boales, 91, died on Oct. 9 in Redmond.

She was born on April 9, 1920, in St. Johns, now a neighborhood area of Portland, to Frank and Opal (Glancy) Grow.

Boales graduated from Lincoln High School in Portland,  one of the two oldest public high schools west of the Mississippi River.

After high school she married Raymond F. Yackee. He died while serving in the United States Navy during World War II. She later married James Boales on Oct. 31, 1946, who was also in the United States Navy, and made it a career.

During World War II, Boales served her country by working as a welder of ships in Portland. She later became an operator for the telephone company and served in this capacity for many years.

After her husband retired from the Navy in the early 1960s, she moved to Burns, and later to Redmond.

Boales became a member of Emmaus Lutheran in Redmond, and then a member of Concordia Lutheran Mission in Terrebonne.

Boales enjoyed gardening, reading poetry and writing children’s stories. She had a love for the arts, and enjoyed hearing all the news about her daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Boales is survived by her  daughters, Pennelopy, Doni and Mary Ann; brothers, Charles and James; seven grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by both husbands, Ray and James, and granddaughter, Alecia.

A funeral service for Boale was held Oct. 15 at Redmond Memorial Chapel. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice. To sign the guestbook go to:

Duward A. “Duke” Tropf died on Oct. 7.

He was born on Jan. 9, 1925, in Madrid, Neb.

Tropf had been a long-time resident of Burns, and was the owner of Burns Plumbing and Heating from 1956 to 1984. He and his wife, Maggie, moved to Adrian. She died in 2006.

Tropf loved to fish and hunt. Two days before he died, his son, Arnold, took him fishing at a nearby reservoir, where he caught four trout, all of which were close to 16 inches. He was the only one that caught any fish that day, which was a dream come true for Tropf.

He is survived by his brother, Gordon from Champion, Neb., son, Arnold Tropf; granddaughter, Shawna Ray; grandson, Nathan Ritches; great-granddaughter, Savannah; and step-daughter, Barbara Choate and her family.

In lieu of flowers or cards, contributions in Tropf’s memory may be made to the Burns Lions Club, or a charity of one’s choice

Gary A. Ereno 1942-2011

Posted on October 12th in Obituaries

Gary A. Ereno died on Sept. 9, at his home in Calera, Okla.

He was born Feb. 24, 1942, in Nampa, Idaho, to  Jess and Loretta Ereno.

His family moved to Emmitt, Idaho, when Ereno was one year old, and then to Burns. Ereno graduated from Saint Martin’s High School in 1960, where he was vice president of the senior class and president of the debate club. He graduated from the University of Portland in 1966 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

After graduation, he worked in the Ereno Men’s Store in Burns, and then for NAPA Auto Parts in Burns and Redmond.

In 1967, he married Nancy Hinshaw. They had a daughter and a son before divorcing in 1980. Ereno moved to Calera, Okla., in 2006 to be closer to his children and their families.

Ereno had a gift for putting people at ease and making them feel special. He enjoyed meeting new people and making them smile with his great sense of humor. His kids always joked that he must know every person in Oregon.

Ereno loved spoiling his kids and grandkids, and always remembered to send his daughter and daughter-in-law flowers on special occasions.

He loved hunting and fishing with his buddies.  At home, he enjoyed woodworking, growing his beautiful roses and his faithful dog, Sammy.

Ereno is survived by his sister, Maryanne Kaplan; daughter, Vickie Corbett  and husband Brent; son, John Ereno and wife Lainie; grandson, Riley Ereno; granddaughter, Mykayla Ereno; nieces, Kelly Biondi,  Katrina Kaplan and Kristin Boyd; and cousin, Terri Williams and husband Ike.

Contributions in Ereno’s memory  can be made to the Boise Basque Museum & Cultural Center, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.  LaFollettte’s Chapel is in charge of funeral arrangements.

Marshall Keith Smith 1933-2011

Posted on October 12th in Obituaries

Marshall Keith Smith, 77, of Ontario, died on Oct. 1 at St. Alphonsus Medical Center,  surrounded by family and friends.

He was born in Tedders, Ky., on Oct. 12, 1933.

Smith moved to Crane in 1951, where he went to work for the Union Pacific Railroad.

On June 3, 1956, he married Hilda Marie Mannen in Hines. On July 6, 1956, he was drafted into the Army, and left for boot camp about a month after being married. He served two years in the Army and four years in the National Guard.

Smith lived in the Harney County area until 1984, when he moved to Ontario after the railroad closed its service to Burns. He retired from the Union Pacific Railroad in 1995 after 45 years of service. He was a member of the Bible Baptist Church located in downtown Payette.

Smith was a devoted family man, who loved the outdoors. He spent most of his time either hunting, fishing or camping.

Smith is survived by his wife, Marie, of Ontario; daughters, Nancy Stampke and husband Roger, and Laura Neuschwander and husband Duane, all of Burns; sons, Randy of Portland, Steve of Prineville,  George and wife Kerri of Boise, Idaho, and Ron of Meridian, Idaho.

He is also survived by grandchildren, Nathan Stampke and Amie, Chris Stampke, Patrick Stampke, Nolan Stampke, Karla Neuschwander, Julie Neuschwander, Peter Neuschwander, Adam Smith, Trevor Smith, Ryan Smith, Josie Smith, Eli Smith and Allyson Smith;  great-grandson, Ethan Marshall Stampke; siblings, Kelen Flynn, Kenneth and Beulah Rossberg, Junior and Carolyn Goodman and Charles and Shirley Moore; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ulysses and Kitty Smith; brother, Troy; and sister, Phyllis Knight.

A viewing was held on  Oct. 8, with a memorial service following at the Bible Baptist Church in Payette. Condolences may be made to the family at:

Contributions in Smith’s memory may be made to Payette Bible Baptist Church, in care of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, P.O. Box 730, Payette, ID 83661.

Dr. Carroll Llewellyn “Bud” Hibbard, DMD, 82, died on Oct. 8.

He was born Feb. 15, 1929, to Mabel and King Hibbard.

Hibbard was raised in Burns, and attended Burns High School, Northwest Nazarene College and the University of Oregon, prior to being admitted to dental school at the University of Oregon, where he graduated in 1955.

He was a member of the Nazarene Church and the Kiwanis, as well as a lifetime member of the Oregon Dental Association.

Hibbard served  as a captain in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany during the Korean War, serving as a dentist After his service in the military, he joined the Peace Corps, and served as a dentist to the people of Malaysia for two years. After his time in Asia, Hibbard chose to travel the world, heading east through much of the Middle East and Europe, then flying to New York, where he drove across the states and began to practice dentistry with his father in Burns.  However, he soon moved to Portland to begin a new practice, which also allowed him to meet his future wife.

Hibbard married his wife, Velma, on June 25, 1967. Together they raised their five children, as he continued to practice dentistry in Portland, Hubbard and Woodburn until he retired in 2001.

Hibbard was a devoted husband and father, and he also enjoyed hunting, fishing and flying. He often flew his Super Cub to the Steens Mountains for some relaxation during the fall hunting season, or for a spot of fishing in the heat of the summer.

Hibbard was never one to laze away a day, he could always be found working on a project — whether it was repairing practically anything around the house, trimming fruit trees, or rebuilding an airplane from the ground up. Every day he woke up was a day that he wanted to put to good use; he always had a plan for what needed to be accomplished in a day.

Hibbard will be remembered as a man of gentle character — one who allowed his actions to speak louder than words.

Hibbard is survived by his wife, Velma; five children; and 10 grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held on Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Molalla Church of the Nazarene, 920 Shirley St., at 11 a.m

Death notice — Mary Lemos

Posted on October 12th in Obituaries

Mary Lemos, 68, long-time CCD teacher and substitute teacher died on Monday, Oct. 10,  peacefully, surrounded by family.

Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be held on Friday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church, with Mass of Christian Burial to be held on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 1 p.m. in the Holy Family Catholic Church.

Lemos is survived by her husband, Jim Lemos of Burns; and children, Suzanne Yeakey and husband Jon  of Redmond, Lisa Jones and husband Greg of Hermiston,  Daryl Lemos and wife Jodette of Nampa, Idaho, Sarah Evans and husband Morgan of Vancouver, Wash., and Jarod Lemos and wife Natalie of Burns.

She is also survived by nine grandchildren; brothers, Robert Cena of Mt. Shasta, Calif., Fran Cena of Grenada, Calif. and David Cena of San Jose, Calif.; and  sister, Linda Gojenola of San Jose, Calif.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Gino and Lea Cena.

LaFollette’s Chapel is in charge of funeral arrangements.

Lloyd “Leon” Morrison Jr. died on Sept. 16, at his home, following a lengthy illness.

He was born on June 11, 1965, in Juneau, AK, to Lloyd and Verna Morrison.

Morrison and his family later moved to Kirkland, Wash., and then to Pleasant Hill, Ohio, before finally settling in Redmond, Wash., where he finished school.

From there, Morrison started a career in finance, business and sales. After working for several years, he moved to Mesa, Ariz., to care for his aging parents.

In 2007, Morrison and his mom moved to Burns to be closer to his sisters. It was quite an adjustment, however Morrison adjusted to the closeness of community and the abundance of friends that he was able to make in a small town.

He enjoyed music, dancing and his pets.

Morrison is survived by his sisters, Amzel Morrison of Burns and Joann Morrison of Omak, Wash.; niece, Stephanie; nephews, Tony, Bobby and Charlie; and many great-nieces and -nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, one brother and one sister.

Memorial services for Morrison will be held on Oct. 2, at 2 p.m., at the Burns Seventh Day Adventist Church, 306 N. Buena Vista in Burns. A fellowship dinner will follow.

LaFollette’s Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

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