Dick Corbet 1925-2013

Posted on January 9th in Obituaries

Dick Corbet, a long-time Harney County resident, died in Bend on Jan. 1. Dick was born in Salem on June 3, 1925, to Walter and Ruth Corbet. He grew up in Salem and Southern Wisconsin. He graduated from Salem High School in 1943.

Dick married Connie Osa in 1946 in Reno, Nev. Dick and Connie recently celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary.

As a young man, Dick worked as a ranch hand in Harney County on the Jenkins and Hotchkiss ranches. He was employed by Edward Hines Lumber Company and later at the Bureau of Land Management as a range conservationist for many years. He retired from the BLM in the late 1980s. Dick raised cattle and farmed in Harney County both while working and as a retiree.

Known as a hard worker, Dick was respected for his knowledge of ranching and farming. He enjoyed purchasing land and improving the production of the properties. Dick’s honesty and trustworthiness were reflected in his selection as executor of the estates of several individuals. He sat on the Oregon State Jury for several years.

Dick is survived by his wife, Connie Corbet; daughter, Christy Skold (Roscoe); son, Mark Corbet (Peggy); son, Ross Corbet (Suanne); sister, Jane Kegel; sister-in-law, Margarita Garatea; grandsons, Travis and Josh Skold; six great-grandchildren; and  numerous nieces and nephews.

Dick requested that no formal service be held.

Murrel William Peasley, 81, died Jan. 1 at Harney District Hospital surrounded by his family.

Murrel was born May 26, 1931 in Erhard, Minn. to William “Bill” Peasley and Nettie Helgeson Peasley. He grew up near Erhard and helped on the family farm.

He was drafted during the Korean War and served in the Army. He finished his service in 1954 and returned to Erhard. He married Jenevieve “Idella” Toso Jan. 15, 1955 at the First English Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls, Minn.

The couple farmed near Erhard, and Murrel worked at several additional jobs during that time. Five of his six children were born in Minnesota.

In the summer of 1966, he took his family on a vacation to Burns to visit his brother, Carroll, who was working for Edward Hines Lumber Company. The wages there were better than farming and working at a fertilizer plant, so, upon returning to Minnesota, the couple decided to move to Burns for five years and work at the mill. They sold everything on the farm, packed up their family and the dog, and moved to Burns in a 1962 Ford pickup. He then went to work for Edward Hines in the plywood plant.

The couple had their sixth child in 1972 and remained in Burns for more than46 years.

Murrel retired from Snow Mt. Pine in 1990 and remained in Burns until his death.

He enjoyed being with friends and family. He was known for his famous cookies and his great sense of humor. His great loves in life were his family, horses, bull riding and country music.

He is survived by his wife, Idella; children, Linda Dobson (Duane), Kevin Peasley (Julie), Wade Peasley (Meloney), Brenda Schouviller (Mark), and Teresa Glerup (Jake). His legacy continues with 19 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by brothers, Clarence Peasley, Charlie Peasley (Eileen), and Carroll Peasley all of Erhard, Minn., and Darrell Peasley (Linda) of Burns; sister, Violet Emery of Erhard, Minn.; sister-in-law, Patricia Peasley of Glenrock, Wyo.; brother-in-law, Kenneth Toso (Judy) of Fergus Falls, Minn.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Skeet; sisters, Adeline and Betty; brothers-in-law, Harvey Mostue, John Bolstad, Lloyd Emery and Ivan Toso.

Contributions in Murrel’s name can be sent to the Burns Ambulance Fund and/or the Peace Lutheran Church of Burns.

Mary Lurie Welcome Whiting died, surrounded by family and friends, at the University of Washington Medical Center on Jan. 1, following a brief and sudden illness.

She was born Aug. 1, 1946, in Burns to Wallace and Dera Welcome, who preceded her in death.

She attended school in Burns, graduating in 1964. She attended Seattle University from 1964-68, graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English.  She worked 44 years for the Cataloging & Metadata Services of the University of Washington Libraries as an original cataloger responsible for books in German, French, special collections and videos.

She enjoyed music, traveling, films, reading and living life to the fullest with her family and multitude of friends.

She is survived by her younger sisters, Louanne (Jean) Fugal of Scio and Weslie Welcome of Burns; nephews, Chad (Marie) Clevenger and children Hannah and Carter of Salem and Ryan (Yue) Hayes and daughter Charlotte of Seattle; nieces, Nicole (Leo) Clevenger and Melissa (Zak) Dablow and children Dylan and Avery of Salem; cousins, Frani (Bart) Jenkins of Steamboat Springs, Colo., Janie (Tom) Ritley of Hansville, Wash., Colleen (John) Atkinson of Baker City and Eleanor Skelton of Boise, Idaho; and a litany of friends.

A celebration of her life will be held this spring at a gathering of family and friends at the Oregon coast.

Arrangements are being handled by the Harvey Family Funeral Home in Seattle, Wash. Condolences and reflections can be left online at: harveyfuneral.com

Donations may be made in her memory to:  Mary’s Place for Homeless Women and Children (marysplaceseattle.org), Life Long Aids Alliance (lifelongaidsalliance.org) or Chicken Soup Brigade (www.llaa.org/ser-vices/chicken-soup-brigade).

Edna Earle Denham 1931-2013

Posted on January 9th in Obituaries

Edna was born at home in Laurel, Miss., to Earl and Glennie (Grambrell) Denham Sept. 11, 1931. She was the third of five children. She grew up in Laurel with siblings and cousins. They swam all summer and built tunnels in the cotton sheds, which was a no-no. The family would gather around the radio on Saturday nights to listen to the Grand Ole Opry.

Edna moved with her parents and two younger siblings to Burns in 1946 at the age of 15. The family moved the next year to Seneca, where her dad worked as a boilermaker with the railroad. She met and married her first husband there and bore him three children. She met her second husband in 1956 and gave him a daughter.

She lived in Oregon, Alabama, California and back to Portland where she worked at Portland Adventist Medical Center. She retired in 1995 and moved back to Burns to be near her three daughters.

She enjoyed walking, reading, watching movies and spending time with her daughters and many friends.

She attended the Seventh-Day Adventist Church and was a devout prayer warrior.

She is survived by her children, Janet (Lohf) Moore and husband Harry of Burns, Paula (Lohf) Hutchins and husband Duane of Hines, Robert Lohf and wife Theresa of Polson, Mont., and Lynn (Ingle) Biggs of Hines; 11 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; brother, Dan Denham and wife Gail of Sunriver,; sister, Betsy Blomquist and husband Dave of Eagle Mountain, Utah; nieces; nephews; cousins; and many close friends.

A service will be held Friday, Jan. 11, at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

Perry Ross Cooper 1961-2012

Posted on January 9th in Obituaries

Perry Ross Cooper, 50, died on Dec. 22. He was born Dec. 31, 1961, in Klamath Falls to his mother, Susie, and father, Darrell.

After graduating from Heppner High School in 1979 Perry joined the Air Force and served one tour in Europe. Having been raised in a military family, he was excited to have the chance to see as an adult some of the places in Europe he had visited as a child.

Perry attended Blue Mountain Community College and worked at the Pendleton Armory for a time, from 1986 to 1990. Once he settled in Burns, Perry began working for the Burns School District in 1993 as a grounds keeper. He then began, in 1996, as the facility manager at Slater Elementary School. Perry was also actively involved in the community as a Boy Scout leader, Past Master for the Burns Masonic Lodge and a member of Pioneer Presbyterian Church.

Perry was passionate about his hobby of model airplanes, making sure to share his knowledge with his sons. He also cherished his position at the school and made sure to give extra time for the work needed. Throughout his life, Perry instilled a sense of hard work ethic in his sons by example and taking the initiative to manually fix anything that crossed his path. With a quote from his son Joel: “I wouldn’t be the man I am today without my father.”

Perry is survived by his sons, Joel, Andrew and Tyler; grandson, Henry; mother, Susie Robert; sisters, Darla Pierce and Leah Hyatt; and fiancee, Heather Sell and her daughter Alexandra Sell.

Donations in Perry Cooper’s memory can be made to the local Boy Scouts in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720. A guest book can be signed online at: www.lafolletteschapel.com.

Doris (Carlon) White, DVM, died Dec.19 following a short illness.

Doris  was born in Summer Lake on May 8, 1931, to Homer and Austa Carlon. She was educated  through the 5th grade in a one-room school. As a youngster, she spent winters in Summer Lake and trailed Carlon Bros. cattle to Wagontire for the summer. In 1944, the Silver Creek Ranch was purchased, and she became a full-time Harney County resident.

After graduating from Burns Union High School in 1949, Doris enrolled at Oregon State College in pre-veterinary medicine then transferred to Washington State School of Veterinary Medicine from which she graduated in 1955 with a Bachelor of Science degree in science and a degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. She was one of the first of three women in the U.S. to enter what was then considered a man’s profession.

Her first job as a veterinarian was at the Blue Cross Animal Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii, for 14 months.

She had to sell her saddle to get back to the states to take a job in San Diego, Calif., where she worked until her father’s death in 1957. She then returned home to Burns and worked for Dr. Minor for two years, before establishing her own practice.

Doris married Dr. Frank G. White on Aug. 18, 1959. From that day on, the doctors led busy, enriched and interesting lives.

Doris stayed deeply involved in her sorority, ESA, for years, eventually becoming state president. She pioneered the ESA “Million Dollar Bike Ride” in Burns, earning thousands of dollars for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. She was also very politically motivated and spent hours helping out with campaigns for her favorite candidate, lifelong friend Congressman Bob Smith. By the 1970s, she racked up a long list of accomplishments: 1951 Harney County Fair Court Queen, 1966 Outstanding Young Woman of America, 1967  Harney County Woman of the Year, 1970 nominated by Harney County Business & Professional Women’s Club for Golden Torch Award. She was the 1993 president of the Oregon, Washington and Northern Idaho Hereford Association and the 2002 Harney County Grand Marshal.

She raised three children, practiced veterinary medicine and participated in any other worthy philanthropic event she could get  involved with up until the early 80s. Then she decided it was time to get serious about her purebred cows.

Doris had a dream of having the best herd of registered Herefords in America, and during the 90s and early 2000s, her cattle were a household name among industry greats. In 1989, she had her first of many national champion females. In 1990, she showed a champion in Denver at the National Western Stock Show. She showed at least six national champion bulls. Her favorite was a bull named Ima Republican who claimed three titles for himself and show bull of the year. Because of his name, Doris convinced Senator Gordon Smith to do a photo opportunity with the bull. White Hereford Ranch was named Premier Breeder of the year five times.  Doris was especially proud of her Herefords. As late as 2011, she sold a heifer, WH MS Sara Lee 005, to a young man in Texas that was crowned the winningest junior-owned heifer in the state of Texas, thus earning a prestigious award along with $5,000 at the Fort Worth Stock Show in 2012.

Being progressive minded, she continually changed with the times and incorporated black cattle into her ranching plans. By 2004, she was raising three breeds of registered cattle. She stayed personally involved in the day-to-day operations, including veterinary medicine and riding her trusty mount “Smoky” right up to the end.

Doris dedicated her life to helping people, saving animals, her family and raising genetically superior cattle. She was a true pioneer, giving young women inspiration that, despite gender, “one can do whatever you want and still be a lady.”

Doris is survived by her children, son Jon and wife Margarita, daughter Mary Lee White and Sam Glerup and son Tom White and wife Rene; grandchildren, Carissa White, Evan White and wife Pria, Charlie White and Jake White; sister and brother -in-law, Betty and Mike Morgan; brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Wanda Carlon; and nephews, Bill, Mike and Terry Carlon.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Frank White.

A celebration of life will be held Jan. 2 at the Burns Elks Lodge #1680 at 11 a.m.

Contributions in her memory can be made to the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center.

Death notice — Perry Cooper

Posted on January 2nd in Obituaries

Perry Cooper, 50, died on Saturday, Dec. 22.  A memorial service was held Dec. 29 at Pioneer Presbyterian Church.

Perry is survived by his children, Joel Cooper Chapman, Andrew Cooper and Tyler Cooper; mother, Susie Robert; sisters, Darla Pierce and Leah Hyatt; grandson, Henry Chapman; and fiancé, Heather Sell.

Contributions in Perry Cooper’s memory can be made to the Boy Scouts in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.   A memorial book can be signed online and condolences to the family can be made at:

W. Dee Dickenson 1938 – 2012

Posted on December 19th in Obituaries

W. Dee Dickenson, 74, died Dec. 1 in Ontario.

He was born in Burns on May 1, 1938, to Walter and Esther (Weil) Dickenson.

Dee’s early years were spent enjoying his life with older brother Ralph whom he was very close to. His mother taught a 4-H cooking class, so Dee and his buddies learned to cook from the best. His father would take time from his lunch hour to play ball with his sons at the ball field next to their home.

His young life was full of fishing, hunting and camping trips; many get-togethers with family and friends; and playing football, basketball and baseball.

Dee attended all his years of school in Burns. After graduating from high school, he attended Eastern Oregon College, where he was the starting freshman quarterback. He led the Mountaineers to their only conference championship. In 2006, Dee and the team were inducted into the Eastern Oregon Football Hall of Fame. While his children were growing up, Dee taught religious education classes and coached many youth sports.

Dee and his wife, Janice “Kitsi” (Hannan) Dickenson, were married 54 years. Together they traveled all over the U.S., camping, hiking and sight-seeing in every state but Hawaii (Kitsi didn’t like to fly).

Together, they raised three children, son Terrance and daughters Myndee and Shandl.

Dee’s philosophy was to work hard, have fun and always be kind.

Dee is survived by his wife, Janice; son, Terrance (LuAnn) of Pasco, Wash.; daughters, Myndee (Jim Nakamura) and Shandl (Chris Mejia); 10 grandchildren, Desiree Good, Daniel Dickenson (Amber), Matthew Mejia (Jenna), Joshua and Michael Mejia, Jace Nakamura (Jeanette), Chaz Nakamura, Kole Nakamura, Sage Nakamura and Jandee Nakamura; and four great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Good, Kaizo Nakamura, Charlotte Dickenson and Aislee Mejia.

Dee was preceded in death by his daughter, Jo Dee Dickenson.

There was a Rosary at Blessed Sacrament Church Sunday, Dec. 16 at 5 p.m.

A funeral service was held Monday, Dec. 17.

Those who wish may send memorial contributions to the Ontario High School Athletic Department.

Condolences may be sent to the family at:

H. Jay “Bat” Masterson died Dec. 3.

He was born Sept. 22, 1935, to Herbert and Garnett (Anderson) Masterson in Burbank, Calif. When Jay was around the age of 7, the family moved to a farm in Southern Oregon. Jay attended Oregon Technical Institute in Klamath Falls where he met Ruth Durgin. They married in August 1956, and in 1958, they moved to Burns.

In 1958, Jay joined the National Guard and served for several years. Later, he completed his electrical apprenticeship and became a licensed electrician and worked in that position at Edward Hines Lumber (later Snow Mt. Pine, Frenchglen Millwork and LP Lumber). He served the Hines Volunteer Fire Department for 31 years and served as fire chief for six of those years.

He loved living in Harney County and calling it home. He and Ruth raised two children, Mike and Christine.

Life was always busy. When not working, the family spent countless weekends in the desert and mountains either camping, hunting or riding motorcycles. Many trips included family and friends. Jay always loved being with his family and friends.

His one self-indulgence was his Harley and going out for rides. His love of motorcycles, and his knack to fix them, made him well-known. He was always willing to help the neighborhood kids get their mini-bikes and dirt bikes running again. When his grandchildren came along, he always had a mini-bike working so they could ride around his big yard.

Jay is survived by his wife, Ruth; son, Mike Masterson and wife Sammie; daughter, Chris Wagner; six grandchildren, Lisa Wagner, Leslie Wagner, Anna Masterson, Whitney and husband Julio Ruiz, Alex Wagner, and Jay Masterson; sister, Emily and husband Tiny Knight; and great-granddaughters, Nevaeh and Henessy Ruiz.

He was a devoted husband, loving father, adoring grandfather and cherished friend.

Memorial services for H. Jay “Bat” Masterson were held on Friday, Dec. 7, at the Burns Elks Lodge.

Contributions in Jay’s memory can be made to the Desert Riders Group or the Hines Volunteer Fire Department in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.

Wanda May Kaser 1933 – 2012

Posted on December 12th in Obituaries

Wanda May Kaser died Nov. 30.

Wanda was born an only child May 30, 1933, to William and Virginia Miethke. She grew up in Evans Valley and went to school in Silverton. Wanda was a drum majorette for the high school band.

On June 30, 1951, she married her high school sweetheart, Sam Kaser. He was stationed at Tongue Point Naval Air Station in Astoria.

After serving in the Navy, the family moved to Corvallis in 1953. Sam went to college, while Wanda stayed home to raise four children. After college, the family moved to Coos Bay. Wanda worked as a nurse’s aid. While visiting her farther in Orick, Calif., Wanda sang with Jim Reeves and Patsy Cline.

The fall of 1960, the family moved to Burns. Wanda worked as a dispatcher for the Burns Police Department.

While in Burns, Wanda received her student pilot’s license and soloed in their 1949 Aronca Champ. She was an active member of the Harney County Women’s Horse Club.

In 1975, after all the children were off to college or the military, Sam and Wanda moved to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. Both Wanda and Sam worked for the Arabian American Oil Company. During the next eight years, they visited Switzerland, Germany, England, Africa, Thailand, India, Spain, Holland, the Philippines and Alaska.

In 1983, Wanda and Sam moved to Winnemucca, Nev., for a short time then made their home in Soldotna, AK.

In 1990, Wanda purchased a franchise to market JC Penney’s domestic goods over-runs. She operated “JD’s Factory Outlet” in Burns for two years. Wanda loved people and enjoyed working as a waitress and a bartender.

In 2004, they purchased a home in Hines to be closer to the family.

Wanda loved to travel. For the past 20 years, she and Sam traveled back and forth to their homes in Soldotna, AK; Granite and Hines. Wanda enjoyed going to rodeos, playing bingo, oil painting, digging clams and fishing. Wanda was an avid crafter. She learned many different methods of crafting and blessed her family and friends with her handiwork. She has a large collection of stuffed animals; her favorite were gorillas.

Wanda was a life member to many charitable organizations such as: American Legion Auxiliary, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, AmVets, Eagles, Moose International, Eastern Star, Ladies of the Shrine and Lady Elks.

Wanda is survived by her husband of 61 years, Sam Kaser; son and daughter-in-law, Kurt and Susan Kaser of Redmond; son and daughter-in-law, Dusty and Connie Kaser of Bend; daughter and son-in-law, Melodi and Louie Molt of Burns; five grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.

She was preceded in death by her son, Danny Kaser.

A celebration of life will be at the Moose Lodge in Redmond at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16.

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