David W. Rossberg 1964 – 2013

Posted on February 6th in Obituaries

David W. Rossberg, 48, of Crane died Jan. 2 after a long battle with diabetes.

David was born in Burns on May 13, 1964. He graduated from Wyoming Technical Institute with a degree in diesel engine repair.

David loved all types of machines. He drove a dump truck when he was 3 and was hooked on driving and vehicles ever since. A realized ambition of his was to have his own trucks and drive for a living. He was able to do this until his health became too poor. David was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed being outdoors.

David is survived by his daughters, Angelia, Lilly and Charity Rossberg; parents, Kenneth and Beulah Rossberg; sister, Tammi (Alex) Lockard; and nephews Gavin and Colby Lockard.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Jay and Zelda Rossberg and Ulysses and Kitty Smith.

A memorial in David’s honor will be held on May 25 at 1 p.m. at the Crane Fellowship Church.


Evelyn Maxine McDannel, 85, died Jan. 22 at Ashley Manor Care Center in Burns.

Evelyn Baltazor was born May 13, 1927, in Sheaville to “Bud” and Edith Baltazor. She grew up in Nampa, Idaho, along with her siblings Raymond and Lorraine. Evelyn attended Riverside Grade School and Nampa High School, where she met her husband, LJ (Bob) McDannel. During her high school years, she excelled in sports and was voted Nampa High School’s All Around Girl Athlete of 1945.

Evelyn was married to LJ (Bob) McDannel in Winnemucca, Nev., on June 30, 1946. They had three children.

She worked for Montgomery Ward Store in Nampa, Idaho, as a bookkeeper from 1945-48 and bookkeeper for the family business, Burns One Stop, from 1960-1990.

Evelyn belonged to Jaycettes, ParTee at Valley Golf Club and American Contract Bridge League. Her hobbies were golfing and bowling, and she received many awards in both sports.

Evelyn had a passion and love for golf, cards, partying and dancing. She looked forward to traveling south to Desert Center for the winter. Evelyn loved her family and friends very much. Bob and Evelyn were married for 66 years. It was very hard on her when the love of her life died in September.

Evelyn is survived by her children, Cynda Hensley and husband Rick of Lake Oswego, RJ McDannel and wife Sonja of Burns and Lee McDannel and wife Bonita of Ontario; sister, Lorraine Purdum and husband Col. Richard Purdum of Omaha, Neb.; sister-in-law, Lucille Baltazor; seven granddaughters; seven great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob; parents, Bud and Edith Baltazor; brother, Raymond Baltazor; and nephew, Jerry Baltazor.

A memorial service was held at Pioneer Presbyterian Church on Jan. 26. Contributions in Evelyn McDannel’s memory can be made to the Valley Golf Club or the Pioneer Presbyterian Church, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, PO Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.


Pat “Sage” Dillinger, 77, died Jan. 11.

Her love for the sun, water and sand made Seal Beach, Calif., the perfect place to raise her children. She then followed her late husband, Bud Dillinger, to Burns where they lived for 28 years.

She joined in many activities, did volunteer work and became a member of the Garden Club because of her love of flowers and gardening. She met many dear friends along the way. Her love of people and wonderful personality made the opening of her bed and breakfast house, “The Horton House,” a successful dream of hers come true for many years.

Never caring for the cold, she was able to spend her final days in Parker, Ariz., with her friend Mischa, where they shopped, laughed, went boating and laid in the sand at the beach.

Pat is survived by her children, Steve Thompson, Karen Jones, Larry Thompson, Renee Scott; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, Feb. 2, at 4 p.m. at the Burns Elks Lodge.


Jeremy Eugene Kellogg, 27, died suddenly on Jan. 17 in Ontario.

Jeremy was born on Jan. 2, 1986, in Baker City to Elvin “Woody” Kellogg and Vickie Rogers Kellogg. He was the Baker County New Year’s Baby.

Jeremy moved to Burns from Baker City in 1992 with his mother and older brother Ryan.

He attended school in Burns until 2000. He graduated from Baker High School in 2004.

He moved to Couer d’Alene, Idaho, in 2007 to work for Les Schwab Tire Center, then returned to the Ontario / Vale area in January 2013 to work for Owyhee water district as a ditch rider.

Jeremy was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved anything outdoors. He was always happy with a big smile on his face, and he loved spending time with family and friends.

Jeremy is survived by his fiancé, Julia Wallace of Ontario, and their unborn child due in July; mother, Vickie Kellogg of Burns; father, Elvin “Woody” Kellog, and stepmother, Debbie Kellogg, of Baker City; brother, Ryan Kellogg and wife Shannon of Baker City; brother, Brandon Kellogg and wife Lindsey of Baker City; stepsister, Christy Close of Payette, Idaho; sister-in-law, Shakira Close of Baker City; grandparents, Martin and Shirley Andre of Crowley and Lee Rogers of Boring; uncle, Vineto Andre of Crowley; nieces, Ashlie Hull and Caylie Kellogg; and nephews, Darren Elliott, Eric Collins, Weston Chastain, Luke Chastain and Hudson Zednik.

Jeremy was preceded in death by his grandfather, Eugene Kellogg; grandmother, Louise Briggs; brother, Daniel Close; and uncle, Bill Rogers.

A memorial service was held Jan. 26 at the Christian Church in Baker City. Interment was at Mt. Hope Cemetery.

A celebration of life is scheduled for July 4 in Arock at his uncle Bill Rogers’, who preceded him in death in 2006.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Baby Kellogg Trust Fund through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place Street, Baker City, OR 97814.

Condolences can be sent via LaFollette’s Chapel in Burns.


Grover Heinz 1919 – 2013

Posted on January 30th in Obituaries

Grover Heinz died at his home in Burns on Jan. 22 surrounded by his family.

Grover was the youngest of eight children born to John W. Heinz and Olive Parker Heinz. He was born in Crane May 27, 1919.

He attended school in Crane, graduating in 1940. While in school, he developed his love of football.

Grover enlisted in the Army during World War II. He served his country honorably, earning several medals including two bronze stars.

He met and married Mary Louise Wilhelm in 1947. The couple had two children, Barbara and George.

Grover was an avid sportsman, loving the outdoors. He had a great love of hunting, fishing and camping. He loved just about all outdoor activities, including gardening. He took great pride in his garden and working in his yard.

Grover worked for Edward Hines Lumber Company for about 35 years. Most of that time was spent working on the “Green Chain” and many other jobs.

After Grover’s wife died, he married Pearl Perry of Burns. The coupled lived in Burns; however, that marriage ended in divorce in April 2012.

Grover had a great love for his family and friends. He spent many hours playing cards or bingo or just plain visiting with his many friends from the senior citizen center.

Grover is survived by his daughter, Barbara Heinz of La Grande; son, George Sr. and wife Jeanne of Burns; grandchildren, George Heinz Jr. of Prineville and Amanda Lewellen and husband Jerry of Hines; great-grandchildren, Maegan Carpenter, Leslie Corn, Jessica Jones, Justin Lewellen and Keana Heinz; two great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and foster children, Elizabeth Devitt Lane of Ontario and John Devitt of Vale.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Stella Heinz; brothers, Roy, Marion, Bill, Arthur, Percy and Leslie; his wife of almost 50 years, Mary Louise; and numerous aunts and uncles including Chester Heinz.


A funeral service will be held Saturday, Feb. 2, at 10 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for David Archibald Hughes, 87. Burial will be in Sweet Cemetery in Sweet, Idaho.


Charles Russell Edward Davis, 100, died on Jan. 14 at Harney District Hospital.

Charles was born on May 3, 1912, in Middleton, Idaho, to Fred and Mary Davis.

Charles was married to Gladys Benson on Sept. 29, 1933, in Caldwell, Idaho.  Gladys died in June 2009. They were married 76 years.

In the early years of their marriage, they lived in Seneca, where Charles worked in the logging / lumber industry.  Their first daughter, Ladora, was born during this time.  In 1973, Charles joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and was stationed at a camp in Northern Idaho.  As this was a voluntary corps, he only stayed three months, but had many good memories of that time.

After the Owhyee Dam was built in Malheur County in 1932, land for irrigation became available in the ensuing years, and Charles and Gladys obtained 40 acres of land under the Homestead Act.  Their second daughter, Charlotte, was born, and a basement house was built.  Charles and Gladys cleared the land of sagebrush and farmed for six years (using workhorses) raising potatoes, onion seed and alfalfa.  It was a family farm for family living.  They referred to these years as “The Project.”

In 1944, Charles enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and Gladys and their two girls moved to Nampa, Idaho.  The farm was sold to a neighbor, and the basement house was never lived in again.  Charles served in the Pacific Theatre in 1944-45 and served for the duration of World War II.

Upon being honorably discharged from the military in 1945, Charles returned home to his family living in Nampa, Idaho, and for the next five years was apprenticed with his father working together as carpenters.  He built their second home, and their third daughter, Lynette, was born.

In 1950, the family moved to Burns.  Charles went to work at Edward Hines Lumber Company and built their home in Hines, where they resided for 50 years before selling and moving to an apartment.  Charles retired from Edward Hines Lumber Company in May of 1975, after 25 years.

Charles was a member of the Oregon National Guard at the Burns Armory, serving as a cook in the early 50s.  He was also a member of the American Legion for many years.  Charles was a devoted husband and family man who loved the outdoors and enjoyed many years of gardening with Gladys.  He was a farmer at heart, and both he and Gladys shared an enthusiastic and energetic nature for growing things.

Charles is survived by his daughters, Ladora Butler and Charlotte Hetherington of Boise, Idaho, and Lynette Davis of Central Point; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, five brothers, two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial and graveside service will take place in the spring.  Contributions in Charles Davis’ memory can be made to Harney  County EMS or Home Health in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.

A guest book may be signed and condolences to the family may be left online at: www.lafolletteschapel.com


Martha Louise Crane Reed died Dec. 30 at her home in Bennington, Idaho, following a struggle with brain cancer.

Born April 14, 1942, in Montpelier, Idaho, the second of 10 children, Louise lived a selfless life — more concerned about the welfare of others, with little thought for her own needs. She grew up the daughter of a sheepherder and began her life in a home with no inside plumbing. Chewing gum was often shared among siblings and nothing of use was ever thrown away. She attended elementary school in Bennington and junior high and high school in Montpelier. She fondly remembered her childhood despite limited resources.

Kindness and caring were paramount with little time for petty grievances or bickering. It was often said that Louise never uttered an unkind word about anyone.

Louise attended Idaho State in Pocatello, where she met Ronald Reed. The two were married Aug. 20, 1962, in the Idaho Falls Temple and celebrated 50 years together in August, with their six children and 25 of their 26 living grandchildren. She was an astute businesswoman and helped run the family motel business in Burns, where they lived for 20 years. For two of those years, Ron’s summer employment required Louise and their five young children to camp on site in the forest for weeks at a time. Typical of Louise, she didn’t complain, but made the best of it and made the tent comfortable. Louise and Ron placed emphasis on education, both at home and at school. Family vacations, often spent driving and camping around much of the U.S., in addition to running the family business, provided real-world learning experiences to their children. All of her children received degrees from Brigham Young University as a result of their parents’ tutelage and sacrifice.

A member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Louise constantly served others and spent her entire life diligently engaged in church service, where she blessed the lives of many people. In the latter part of her life, she served two 18-month missions with her husband, being assigned to Sialkot, Pakistan; Johor Bahru, Malaysia; Chisinau, Moldova; and Bucharest, Romania.

Louise is survived by her husband, Ronald; children, Ronald E. (Michelle), Garth (CayLynne), Mark (Tifiny), Dawn (Paul Jenson), Karen (Chris Thompson) and Jon (Becky); 26 grandchildren; and siblings, Wilma Crane, Eve (Mark Dayton), Ginger (Wayne Swensen, Melvin Crane (Dorothy), Norene (Dan Price), McKay Crane (Susie) and Laurence Crane (Linda).

She was preceded in death by her parents, William Butterfield Crane and Lula Robison Crane; sister, Karen (Russ Miller); brother, Timothy Crane (Marilyn); and grandsons, William Robin Reed and Edward Joseph Jenson.

Funeral services were held Jan. 5 at the Bennington LDS Chapel. Interment was at Bennington Cemetery.


Alan Jay Swartzlender Sr., beloved father, companion, coach, son, brother and friend, lost his final bout with cancer on Jan. 4, in Plush.

Al was born May 9, 1958, in Olympia, Wash.

There is nothing Al loved better than hunting, fishing, his children, dogs, coaching, competition and a good laugh.

Al had a 20-year coaching career, in which the Swartzlender family collected 14 high school state wrestling titles.

Al is survived by his long-time companion,  eight children, three grandchildren and one on the way, parents, siblings, nieces, nephews and many friends and acquaintances.

Donations in his memory may be made to any child in need or any youth sports team.

There will be no formal services.


Sue Ann Henkel 1961 – 2013

Posted on January 23rd in Obituaries

Sue Ann Henkel, 51, of Nampa, Idaho, died Thursday, Jan. 17, at a care center.

She was born Feb. 28, 1961, in Nampa, Idaho, to Alexander and Juanita Tiller Henkel. She attended and graduated from Nampa High School.

She lived in Idaho and Arizona and was a homemaker and a horse trainer. Sue loved horses, along with dancing, country music, singing and the great outdoors.

Sue is survived by her son, Kris Copenhaver of Florida; daughters, Lyndsee Dunbar, Shawna Henkel and Dani Shaw, all of Nampa, Idaho; six grandchildren; and siblings, Wanda Courtright and Tom Henkel.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Jolene McCann.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Zeyer Funeral Chapel, 83 N. Midland Blvd. in Nampa, Idaho.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Lyndsee Nelson at 1313 W. Teton, Nampa, Idaho 83686 in Sue’s honor.


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