Percy Leroy King 1920-2011

Posted on August 24th in Obituaries

Percy Leroy King, 91, died on Aug. 19 in Burns.

He was born on Jan. 4, 1920, to B. Frank and Catharine King in Burns. He spent all of his life in Harney County, except for a short time in school in Eugene and in the service in the Army.

King’s early childhood was spent on the Thousand Springs Ranch, 10 miles north of Burns, where his father and mother raised cattle, sheep and horses, two huge gardens of vegetables, two hay fields and a large potato field. King learned to work with animals, loved them and was always kind to them.

When he was older, he trained the dogs to bring in sheep and cows with verbal commands. He had many different commands that the animals seemed to understand.

King started in the Bluebird School — the same school his dad had attended years before, which was by the Five-Mile Dam, five miles north of Burns. Percy also attended Sagehen School, Hines, Silver Creek School and Frenchglen. In 1936, he got his eighth-grade diploma at the Bluebird School. Being in so many schools, he met many people.

In 1942, King moved to Portland to live with his older sister, Frankie, and brother-in-law, Lewis Fedor. He found a job at Niccolai Door Factory, where he worked a few months before being drafted into the Army. On Aug. 28, 1942, he went to Fort Lewis for training, then to Fort Bliss, Texas, before shipping out at Staten Island, N.Y.  He was with the 533rd Company C, 7th Armored Division, which landed at Casablanca, Morocco, North Africa.  He spent time in other towns in North Africa, before returning to Casablanca to the hospital for his shipping orders.  He spent nine months overseas.  He worked the switchboard in Casablanca.

King was shipped back to Fort News, Va., then to White Sulfer Springs, W. Va., where he was discharged on Oct. 27, 1943. When discharged, he went home to Burns.

In 1945, King went to an automotive and machinery school in Eugene, while working at John Straub Hall on the University of Oregon campus, and a short time at Vets dorm. He lived across town and bought a bicycle to ride to work.

While living in Eugene, he belonged to the Salvation Army, where he played a baritone in the Salvation Army Band at Wednesday and Friday night meetings.

After finishing school, King went back to Burns, where he was promised a job in a garage in town.

This job fell through, and thus began his series of jobs on ranches, haying and working with all kinds of machinery. He worked many years for Delmar Clemens at the liquor store stacking merchandise, where he took much ribbing because he was not a drinker.

King was a member of the Grange, and when he was young he was chaplain for the Juvenile Grange. He loved to attend the dances at the Grange and picnics at Idylwild Park.  He belonged to the American Legion and was a life member of both the Disabled American Veterans and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

In later years, he built a  shop on the home place, where he lived in a trailer in back of the house. He stocked the shop with many tools he used to do repairs and build projects for other people. He mowed lawns, stacked wood and did odd jobs to earn a living.

In later years, he moved to The Aspens, where he needed their nursing care. King had a memory of every detail of his life from childhood, as he was excellent in remembering details.

King is survived by his sisters, Frankie Fedor of Winston, Jean Wenzel of Springfield, and Rose Robirts of Hines; nieces and nephews, Louise Levitin and husband Gerald of Napa, Calif., Vickie Wilson and husband Eric of Winston, Steve Fedor and wife Elaine of El Centro, Calif., Carol Dickinson and husband Ken of Springfield, Marjorie Smith and husband Tim of Florida, Kathy Teeter and husband Terry of Salem, Norman Wenzel of Portland, Duane Schmidt and wife Pat of American Forks, Utah, Jerry Schmidt and wife Kathy of Mt. Vernon, Wash., Sande English of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Frank Schmidt of Hines; and numerous great-nieces and nephews.

A graveside service for King will be held on Friday, Aug. 26, at 2 p.m. in the Burns Cemetery. A Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 5:45 p.m., at Holy Family Catholic Church.

Contributions in King’s memory may be made to the Harney County Senior Citizen Center, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720. LaFollette’s Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


Howard Owen Wayman 1935-2011

Posted on August 17th in Obituaries

Howard Owen Wayman, 76, of Notus, Idaho, died on Aug. 8 of cancer.

He was born on Feb. 3, 1935, in Fruita, Colo., to William Owen and Mable Simpson Wayman.

Wayman was raised by his mother, and at a young age he moved to Nampa, Idaho; there he met and married LaVon Perkins.  They were married for 57 years and had five children.

Wayman was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in the Korean War. After his service, he returned to dairy farming and then moved to Burns, where he began working for the lumber mill. He worked at the mill  for 28 years.

When the mill, closed Wayman moved to Waldport, where he had a successful contracting business until he retired. He and his wife then became snowbirds, until settling in Notus.

Wayman’s hobbies included woodworking.

Wayman is survived by  his wife, LaVon; and children, David and Kathleen.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters; a brother; sons, James and Tracy; daughter, Candy; and grandson, Jeremy.

A graveside service was held on Aug. 15, at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery in Boise, Idaho. A celebration of life was held in Nampa, Idaho. Zeyer Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.


George William Chambers died on July 23.

He was born on March 18, 1930, in Emmett, Idaho.

Chambers lived in Burns for several years before moving to Emmett.

He enjoyed bowling, hunting and spending time with his family and friends. He always had time for everyone, even a stray cat.

Chambers is survived by his children, Ken  Chambers and wife Emma of Nevada, Diane Ray and husband Bill of Montana, Howard Chambers of Emmett, Rob Chambers and wife Mary Lou of Emmett, Jeff Chambers of Illinois, and Julie Erikson and husband Steve of Illinois; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.


Hazel Altie Griffith died on Aug. 9.

She was born on Feb. 8, 1914, in Los Angles, Calif., to George and Lyda Benton, the fifth of eight children.

She married Fred Emmet Griffith in California, and then moved to Harney County in the early 1930s, after they purchased the Anderson Valley Ranch from Miller and Lux Cattle Company.

Griffith and her husband had three children, Margaret, John and William. They were divorced during World War II.

She later married William M. Griffith, and they continued to work the ranch for many years.

In 1943, Griffith moved to Crane to enroll her children in school. During that time she rented the Denman Hotel and boarded the highway workers who were paving the road from Burns to Folley Farm. For the next few years, Griffith spent her winter months in Crane and summers at the ranch.

She later worked at Wenzels Grocery Store in Burns,  the U.S. Forest Service as a cook, and then the BLM as a fire lookout. She also managed the Leathers Gas Station for many years.

Griffith spent several years in New Mexico before returning to Burns and managing the Nite Owl Cafe and the Gayway Cafe. She then settled into retirement.

Griffith loved to fish, and she knew all the best fishing holes in Harney County. She was an avid gardener, and always had a beautiful flower garden. She spent many hours landscaping and tending her yard.

Her later years were spent living in the Aspens.

Griffith is survived by her children, Margaret Farley and William Griffith; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; her parents; one brother; six sisters; and her son, John Griffith.

Contributions in Griffith’s memory may be made to the Holy Family Catholic Church Parish Hall building fund, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720. LaFollette’s Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


Camille Amber (Weare) Harte, 54, of Prineville, died on July 29.

She was born on March 26, 1957, as Camille Horst in Bismarck, N.D., then she was adopted at age 9 by Dr. Clifford Weare and his wife, Phyllis, in Burns.

As a young girl, Harte loved to swim, play tennis and volleyball and run on the cross county track team in high school. After receiving her GED, she moved to San Diego, Calif., then to Hawaii.

Returning to Burns, Harte worked at the Pine Room as a server and a card dealer.

In 1990, Harte moved to Illinois, where she learned to drive commercial trucks. From there she made her way to Great Falls, Mont., where she met her husband, Greg, while driving for Earl Foss Trucking.

They married in August 1993, and a year later moved back to the northwest, where she drove tanker trucks for Washington Trucking in Vancouver, Wash.

In 2009, Harte and her husband moved to Prineville, where she enjoyed her passion for horses, joining the Prineville Ridge Riders and Central Oregon Wild Horse Coalition. Her love of animals also led her to volunteer at the Humane Society of the Ochocos.

Harte is survived by her husband, Greg Harte; mother, Phyllis Weare; sister, Sally Edney-Weare; and brothers, Bill, John, Tom and Mike Weare.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 2 p.m. at the Crook County Library in the Broughton Room.

Contributions in Harte’s memory may be made to the Humane Society of the Ochocos and the Central Oregon Wild Horse Coalition. Whispering Pines Funeral Home is  in charge of the arrangements,  185 N.E. 4th St., Prineville, OR 97754;  541-416-9733.


Austin Tyler Wink 2010-2011

Posted on August 17th in Obituaries

Austin Tyler Wink, 9- months, died on Aug. 5, at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Wash.

Wink was a little man with a big heart. In life he wanted nothing more than to make others smile and laugh. Whether family, friend or stranger, he ensured everyone had a smile on their  face. Through various medical appointments and hospitalizations he continued to touch everyone’s hearts. He was such a brave little man and will always be a part of many people.

Wink is survived by his parents, Shauna (Wiley) Wink and Edward L. Wink of Spokane, Wash.; sister, LeahLynn Cates-Wink of Merlin; maternal grandparents, Ronald and Suzanne Wiley of Terrebonne; paternal grandparents, Toni and Brad Emerson of Irrigon and  Edward and Annette Wink of Kennewick, Wash.; maternal great-grandmother, Etta Mae Varns of Omaha, Neb.; paternal great-grandmother, Letha Wink of Kennewick, Wash.; and numerous other family members.

Funeral services were held on  Aug. 12, at Burns Mortuary Chapel in Hermiston, with burial in the Hermiston Cemetery.

Contributions in Wink’s memory may be made to the Mitochondrial Research Guild at Seattle Children’s Hospital, in care of Mitochondrial Research Guild, P.O. Box 761, Lynnwood, WA 98046.

A condolence book is available at: burnsmortuaryhermiston.com

Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, was in charge of arrangements.


Rose Derrick 1944-2011

Posted on August 17th in Obituaries

Rose Derrick died on July 29.

She was born on Aug. 17, 1944.

Derrick was a good mother and friend. She played music throughout her life, and worked at Edward Hines Lumber Mill.

Derrick is survived by her children, Lori Black, Tammie Minniear, Donald Black, Tina Black, James Black, Angela Montgomery and Charles Montgomery; brother, James Derrick and Arkley Derrick; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews


A memorial service for Dennis Gideon will be held Aug. 20, at 1 p.m. at the Burns Elks Lodge.

Family and friends are invited to attend. A small potluck lunch will be served.

For more information, call Michele Jones at 208-608-2509.


Mary Anne Hawley-Norris, 73, of Roseburg, died on Aug. 1.

She was born on Nov. 27, 1937, in Vallejo, Calif., to Norval and Elizabeth Gundershaug, the eldest of six children.

Hawley-Norris was raised in Lodi, Calif. In June 1959, she married A.L (Link) Hawley and resided in Harney County and Burns for over 26 years.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Stanford University in 1965, and worked for many years in nursing and home health.  After the death of her first husband, she went back to school to earn her master’s degree in nursing and become an Adult Nurse Practitioner at Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) in 1988.

She married Gale Norris of Sutherlin in January 1989, and resided in the Sutherlin and Roseburg area ever since. After the death of her second husband in May 1999, Hawley-Norris retired from Douglas Community Hospital and volunteered for many organizations over the years. She volunteered at Mercy Hospital Volunteer Services, Wildlife Safari in Winston, Roseburg Lions Club, TOPS Club, the P.E.O. Sisterhood, the Calapooia Reflections Museum in Sutherlin and the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life.

Hawley-Norris is survived by her children, Elizabeth Charley and husband Kevin of Lebanon, Lincoln Hawley and wife Jeannie  of Van Buren, Ark.,  Lisa Hawley of Roseburg,  Scott Norris and wife Vicki of Canby,  and Doug Norris and wife Teresa Norris of Roseburg.

She is also survived by her grandchildren, Christopher Hawley of Prescott Valley, Ariz., Jocelyn and Jared Charley of Lebanon, Cole Norris and wife Kristen of Canby and Josiah, Mahala, Eli and Alema Norris of Roseburg; and great-grandchildren, Brayden Wright, Selene Hawley and Nikoli and Brie Norris.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Hawley-Norris’ memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice.


Mary Yeteve Ackerman died on July 30 in Klamath Falls.

She was born on July 29, 1920, in Burns, to Clarence Nelson and Zella May (Irving) Young.

She was married to Robert (Bob) Henry Ackerman.

Ackerman enjoyed knitting, sewing, gardening, painting and drawing. She was a devoted mother and wife, and an independent soul.

Ackerman is survived by children,  Robert Young Ackerman, James Nelson Ackerman, Marga Rita Smith, Cyna Lisa Ackerman and Paul William Ackerman; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

No formal services will be held.


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