Nancy Hardie-Nylin 1947-2011

Posted on August 10th in Obituaries

Nancy Hardie-Nylin died on July 21 in Condon.

She was born on Aug. 1, 1947, in The Dalles to Bill and Donna (Klindt) Hardie.

When she was a baby, Hardie-Nylin lived on the family wheat ranch at Trailfork, 14 miles southeast of Condon. She then spent two years in the Phillipines, where her dad and great-uncle started a dairy.

After two years overseas, the family returned to the family ranch, and Hardie-Nylin’s three siblings were born. Her childhood was busy as she cleaned house, cooked, was often in charge of her younger siblings and tended livestock. Her family was her number-one priority.

Over the years she invited many friends to the ranch — college friends, co-workers and students. She was proud to show off her ranch home and her family.

She graduated from Condon High School in 1965, and attended Oregon State University. She later transferred to Marylhurst College for two years, and then returned to Oregon State to receive a bachelor’s degree in education in 1970.

Hardie-Nylin’s career in education started at the Christie School near Lake Oswego, and continued to The Dalles, Crane, Redmond, Burns, Goldendale, Wash., and finally to White Salmon, Wash.

She received a master of science in counseling in 1982, and went on to earn the National Certified Counselor award in 1984. While teaching in Burns she was involved in organizing the Special Olympics in the area and was active at the state level. She also organized Head Start and child care programs at Burns High School. Her commitment to her work earned Hardie-Nylin the Harney County Educator of the Year award in 1985.

After marrying Ken Nylin at the Lonerock Church in 1993, she sold real estate for several years. She also helped her husband finish the inside work on his house near Mt. Adams.

Hardie-Nylin is survived by her father, Bill Hardie; step-mother, Anne Hardie; sisters, Suzanne Hyde and husband Robbie, and Georgia VanWinkle and husband Jim; brother, John Hardie; step-son, Gary Nylin; and mother-in-law, Betsy Nylin.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ken; mother, Donna, and uncle, Earl Hardie.

A graveside service was held on July 26, at the Condon Cemetery.


Larry G. Richards 1937-2011

Posted on August 3rd in Obituaries

Larry G. Richards died on Tuesday, July 26, at his home on the Burns Paiute Reservation, from cancer.

He was born on April 10, 1937, to Ethel Louie.

Richards attended Slater Elementary and Burns Union High School. After high school he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corp and served from 1956 to 1958.  He was on active duty in the Marines until his honorable discharge on July 12, 1962.

Richards was well-known for being a Golden Gloves Boxer. He was coached by two of the best — Marc Osa and Bill Thornburgh.

In 1972, Richards became the first Tribal Police Officer on the Burns Paiute Reservation. He also served as Tribal Chairman and Councilman.

Richards worked at Edward Hines Lumber Company, and then the United States Forest Service until his retirement. He later went back to work for Choate Construction, working until Fall, 2009.

Richards enjoyed  spending time with his family, sharing silly moments, traveling to the Pendleton Round-Up and watching the annual parade, rodeo and race meet.

He will be remembered as a very kind, humble and unselfish man. Richards would help others in their time of need, or help with tribal projects that he saw needed to be done.

Richards is survived by his wife, Genevieve Richards; children, Shelly Richards, Todd Richards, Jody Richards, Renee Thomas, Vonnie Sam, Theresa Curtis and Rose Curtis; 14 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Contributions in Richards’ memory can be made to the Harney County Cancer Society Fund, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.  LaFollette’s Chapel was in charge of funeral arrangements.


Frank R. Hannan 1916-2011

Posted on August 3rd in Obituaries

Frank R. Hannan, 94, died on July 18 at Oregon Health Science University hospital in Portland, with his family at his side.

He was born on Sept. 8, 1916, in Baker City, to Thomas George and Alice Victoria (McComish) Hannan, the youngest of six children.

Hannan’s parents moved frequently with a portable sawmill; he spent his school years in Adna and Curtis, Wash., just outside of Chehalis. He graduated from Boisfort High School in 1935, and Abcock Diesel Electric Engineer Trade School in Portland in 1939. After high school he moved to Kinzo, where he met the love of his life and best friend, Georgia Sampson Kelsay. He courted her for four years as she completed nursing school in The Dalles. They were married on May 4, 1940, in Condon.

Hannan lived in Kinzu from 1940-1947, where he worked for the railroad. He moved to Burns and worked a variety of different jobs, including co-owner of The H and H Shoe Store, Wolverine Sawmill, Edward Hines Lumber Company and Oregon Northwestern (ONW) Railroad. He worked for ONW for 30 years, and was a true railroad man. He retired as head engineer, and he and his wife moved to Spray around 1977. He loved the time he spent in Spray, especially growing peaches the size of a softball. In 1991, Hannan and his wife moved back to Burns.

Hannan loved music, rock hounding, hunting, fishing, gardening, talking railroad and cutting wood.

He was jokingly nicknamed “The Wood Miser” by his children. He was an active member of the Holy Family Catholic Church in Burns, where he was also a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a lifetime member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. He will be remembered as being an honorable and loving man.

Hannan is survived by his children, Richard Hannan and wife Ellen of Molalla, Dennis Hannan and wife Judy of Newberg, Patti Schultz of Burns, Diane Brinkley and husband Randy of Burns, and Tom Hannan and wife Rhonda of Wilsonville.

He is also survived by his grandchildren, Mary Hannan of Albany, Bill Hannan of Newberg, Bob Hannan of Newberg, Tim Baird of McCall, Idaho, Mike Baird of Donnelly, Idaho, Heather Schultz of Burns, Toby Schultz of Lakenheath Royal Air Force Base, England (currently serving in Al Dhafra), Shannon Hayes of Billings, Mont., Jess Brinkley of Donnelly, Idaho, John Brinkley of Donnelly, Idaho, Tracy Hannan of Wilsonville, and Thomas Hannan Jr. of Wilsonville; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Hannan was preceded in death by his wife, Georgia; his parents, Thomas George Hannan and Alice Victoria Hannan; brothers, Roy, George and Jim; and sisters, Evangeline West and Mabel Hornseth-Owen.

Recitation of the Holy Rosary was held on Friday, July 22, at Holy Family Catholic Church.

Celebration of Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, July 23 at Holy Family Catholic Church with Father Stan Strzyz officiating. Interment followed the Mass in the Burns Cemetery.

Contributions in Hannan’s memory may be made to Harney County Home Health/Hospice, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720. LaFollette’s Chapel was in charge of arrangements.


Gayle Virginia Arnold, 71, of Prairie City, died July 18.

She was born Sept. 4, 1939, in Pryor, Okla., to Mary and Harry Gilpin.

She was married to Robert L. Arnold, and she had four children. Arnold spent her life as a home- maker and mother.

Arnold’s hobbies included reading the Bible, writing,  studying history, family history, copying of old family photos and spending time with family and friends. She was of Christian faith and attended Bible studies.

Arnold is survived by her daughter, Tammy Baeza of Springfield; sons, Michael McManus and Harry McManus of Burns; grandchildren, Krystal Clocksten, Tony Baeza and David, Lacy and Tracy McManus; and numerous great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents Harry Gilpin and Mary Gilpin; her husband, Robert Arnold; brother, Zack Gilpin; and daughter, Mary Sue McManus.

A private service will be held. Memorial contributions in Arnold’s memory may be made to Driskill Memorial Chapel in John Day.


Robert E. “Bob” Sands died on July 19 at the Heritage House in Burns, from complications suffered from a stroke in February.

He was born on Dec. 29, 1932, in Duchesne, Utah, to Charles and Iola (Sutton) Sands.

He attended elementary school in Myton, Utah, and graduated in 1950 from Roosevelt Union High School in Roosevelt, Utah.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army in March 1953 at Fort Douglas, Utah. After serving for two years he was honorably discharged in March 1955 at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, with the rank of sergeant.

During his time in the military he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.

While he was in the army Sands also worked for the Bonneville Power Company, where he completed a three-year apprenticeship prior to working as a journeyman lineman.

His work with the Bonneville Power Company brought him to Burns, where he met his future wife, Helen Thies. They were married in August 1957 in Hines. Together they raised two children — son, Robert “Bobby” born in 1959, and daughter, Heidi, born in 1964.

After the death of his father-in law, Herman Thies, in 1962, Sands and his wife moved back to Hines to operate the Gay Way Motel and Cafe. They also owned and operated the Sands Overnight Trailer Park and the Hines Mobile Home Park.

In 1981, the motel was sold, and they moved to a home in Hines. Soon after, Sands began a new career as the maintenance supervisor with the City of Hines, working there until his retirement in 2002.

In January 2007, Sands was honored by the Harney County Chamber of Commerce as their Senior Man of the Year. He was very humbled by this honor, but also very proud.

Sands enjoyed hunting and fishing, but he truly enjoyed his hobby of restoring old cars. He was also a member of the B.P.O.E. #1680 in Burns and was a past exalted ruler.

Sands is survived by his son, Robert “Bobby” Sands and wife Doris of Menifee, Calif.; daughter, Heidi Eggers and husband Michael of Corvallis; sister-in-law, Marge McRae of Hines; nephew, Tim Riley and wife Nancy of Dallas; niece, Sally Lovins of Hines; grandchildren, Myindi and Charles; and several nephews and family members in Utah.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Helen three weeks prior; sisters, Marjurie and Alyce; and grandson, William.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Harney County Senior Center.


Florence A. Thornton, 88, died on July 19.

She was born Dec. 1, 1922, in Rimbey, Alberta, Canada, the second child of 13 born to Clarissa Ellen Lyons and Oscar Ambrose Wikoff.

While Thornton was an infant her family relocated to Midvale, Idaho, where she spent her youth, graduating from high school in the class of 1942. Encouraged by her father, she enrolled and graduated from Good Samaritan School of Nursing at Northwest Nazarene College in Nampa, Idaho, as a registered nurse. Her nursing career spanned over 40 years, which included service in the field of obstetrics, surgery and pediatrics.

She met Fredrick Thornton in Weiser, Idaho, and they were married June 21, 1947. The couple moved to Portland and during her nursing stint at Emanuel Hospital, their two children, Cheryl and Fred Jr. were born. They returned to Weiser in 1955 to be closer to their extended families.

Thornton and her family moved to Burns in 1962, where she worked as an RN at Harney County Hospital until her retirement. She held the position of assistant head nurse, and was a member of the Oregon Nursing Association and the Harney County Nursing Association. As a career nurse, she excelled in all areas of patient care and was an excellent mentor to new nursing staff and held in high esteem by the medical staff.

In her spare time, Thornton enjoyed her home, family, gardening, sewing, reading, cooking, letter writing to family and friends and annual fall trips to the Oregon coast. She was a loving daughter, wife, mother, sister and grandmother. Thornton was famous for her chocolate cake, fried chicken and loved making pancakes for her grandchildren. She mastered her cooking skills early in life as an older sister, and while cooking for hay hands in Midvale during the summer months. She was a life-long member of the Nazarene Church.

After her retirement from nursing, her personal goal of U.S. citizenship was realized. She took her oath in Portland and was able to vote in her first election.

Thornton is survived by her children, Cheryl Thornton and  Jim Johnson and Fred Thornton, Jr.; grandchildren, Tina Thornton, Kari Mussatto and husband Bob and Jennifer Riley and husband Ryan; and great-grandchildren, Deric and Maci Mussatto and Kate and Rachel Riley.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her  husband of 56 years, Fred Sr.; sisters, Rose Wikoff, Margaret Jacobsen and Ruth Hopper; brother, Wesley Wikoff; and daughter-in-law, Pamela Liebig-Thornton.

Services were held on July 22 at the Nazarene Church, with interment at Grandview Cemetery in La Grande. Loveland Funeral Chapel was in charge of the arrangements.

Contributions in Thornton’s name may be made to the Nazarene Church, Children’s Ministries, 109 18th St., La Grande, OR 97850.


Frank Appelman, 76, died on July 21, at his home surrounded by family and friends.

He was born on Sept. 12, 1934.

No funeral services will be held at his request. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Harney County Hospice, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.


Charles Delbert Willey, 83, of Hines, died Sunday, July 2, at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.

He was born on Jan. 25, 1928, in John Day, to E.H. and Opal Marie (Keizur) Willey.

Willey attended school in John Day and graduated from Grant Union High School in 1947.

He was a corporal in the U.S. Army, serving the country as a machine gunner during the Korean War.

Following Willey’s honorable discharge from the Army, he  worked various jobs, and eventually retired from the Edward Hines Lumber Company in Hines, where he was a tree faller.

Willey loved his family, friends and his church family. He was a long-time member of Pioneer Presbyterian Church in Burns and became an elder in 1988.

As a youth, Willey and his brothers enjoyed life growing up in John Day. They spent many hours in the surrounding hills and on the Trowbridge Ranch, where his father worked. Life was simple, but was filled with lots of love.

Willey enjoyed woodworking and cabinetry, photography, athletics, bowling, fishing and many outdoor activities.

Willey is survived by his sister-in-law, Jean Willey of John Day, one niece and seven nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Dale and Robert (Bob) Willey.

A celebration of life service will be held at Pioneer Presbyterian Church in Burns on July 30, at 10 a.m., with Pastor Jean Hurst officiating. Internment will be at the Canyon City Cemetery at a later date.

Contributions in Willey’s memory may be made to Pioneer Presbyterian Church, 417 W. Washington, Burns, OR 97720.


Dennis Marvin Gideon,  64, of Burns died at the Veterans Memorial Hospital in Boise, Idaho, on July 13.

He was born in Taneyville, Mo., on Jan. 6, 1947, to Bearl and Opal Gideon.

Gideon grew up in Missouri with his four brothers and three sisters until he was drafted at the age of 19. He fought proudly for the United States Army while stationed in Vietnam in 1967-68.

In 1969, he moved to Burns where he met and wed Barbara Minniear. Gideon worked as a skilled electrician and owned his own business, Gideon Electric, for several years.

He loved the outdoors and enjoyed fishing and camping whenever he could. In his younger years, Gideon liked to fix up cars and drive in the Demolition Derby, where he won numerous trophies and prizes.

He was a loving and generous man, who cherished everyone in his life and would give anyone anything if he had it. He was extremely intelligent and gifted.

Gideon is survived by his  daughters, Michele Jones and Sherri Ruvio of Boise, Idaho; grandchildren, Chelsea, Garrett and Triniti; and countless friends.

Memorial services will be held at a later date


Frank Hannon died on July 18.

A Rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, July 22, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Burns.

A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 23.

A full obituary will appear at a later date.


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