webOBIT GreigMary Ann Catherine (Labenz) Greig, 91, passed away June 10.

Mary Ann was born Nov. 22, 1922, in Monroe, Neb., to Conrad and Margaret (Hoelscher) Labenz. She was the oldest of seven children. The family grew up in the St. Edward, Neb., area.

She married Roger Lee Greig Dec. 29, 1947. The couple lived and farmed in Nebraska until 1955, when they decided to join Roger’s sister, Ellen, and her husband, Ed Hellbusch, and move to Oregon for work. When they arrived in Burns, Roger worked in the woods for Edward Hines, and Mary Ann worked as a cook for the fire and logging camps.

Soon, she went to work at Harney County Hospital as a housekeeper, and eventually retired as a supervisor.

Mary Ann and Roger didn’t have any children of their own, but they treated their nieces and nephews as if they were their own. They always had them stay overnight, and traveled with them when they were children on trips to see family in Nebraska, Wyoming, Washington and Canada. They took great pride in watching them all grow.

After Roger passed away in 1991, Mary Ann became very active in the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center. She enjoyed the daily luncheons, brunches, and volunteered there regularly. She enjoyed playing pinochle, bingo and bunco, and traveling to Bend on the bus with her friends to shop. She was very active with the American Legion, and enjoyed their meetings. She enjoyed flying to Nebraska every few years to visit her brothers and sisters, and to see her nieces and nephews grow there.

Mary Ann and Roger were devout in their Catholic faith. Mary Ann truly enjoyed attending Mass daily, and her fellow parishioners at Holy Family Catholic Church meant a great deal to her.

At the young age of 91, Mary Ann wasn’t one to just sit at home and do nothing. She was always active. She was an amazing cook, and enjoyed baking treats for her afternoon card games. She was a wonderful seamstress, and loved to crochet. She loved spending time with her special nephew and niece, Dag and Rachael Robinson, for dinners, barbecues, birthdays and holidays at the family cabin, or just “dragging Main,” as she called it. She remained very active, even when she didn’t feel that great. She didn’t want to miss out on spending time with her family and friends.

Mary Ann is survived by brothers, Gerald and Ralph, of Omaha, Neb.; sister, Florine Iverson, of Clay Center, Neb.; special nephew and niece, Derrin (Dag) and Rachael Robinson, of Hines; among many others.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Conrad and Margaret Labenz; brothers, Mark and Irvin; sister, Alice; and husband, Roger.

A memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 21, at Holy Family Catholic Church, followed by interment at Burns Cemetery.

Contributions in Mary Ann’s memory may be made to the Holy Family Catholic Church and/or Harney County Senior and Community Services Center.


webOBIT ChoateIma Elizabeth Choate, 87, passed away Friday, June 13, at her home in Hines, with her family at her side.

She was born July 21, 1926, in Burns. Her parents were Harry Howell (b.1880) and Velma Kelley Howell (b.1903).

Young Ima attended school in Burns, and graduated from Burns High School in 1944. At the age of 19, on January 21, 1945, Ima married Tom Choate, also from Burns, and the son of John T. (Jack) Choate and Itha Naomi Garrett Choate of Burns. Tom was serving in the United States Army Air Force. They were married in Great Falls, Mont. When Tom was honorably discharged in October 1945 from Great Falls Army Air Base, Mont., the newlyweds immediately moved back to Burns.

Ima and Tom created a beautiful family together, having four boys and one girl. From their five children, Tom and Ima came to have 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.

Ima Choate is survived by her children, John T. (Tommy) Choate Jr. and wife, Barbara, of Hines, Gordon Choate of Redmond, Jerry Choate and wife, Katherine, of Sidney, Mont., and Sharyn Ochoa and husband, Philip, of Santa Rosa Valley, Calif. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren, Dena Vinzant, Tom Choate, Mike Choate, Debbie George, Dawn Wilson, Becky Winters, Melissa Church, Jerri Lyn Clelland, Lorie Smith, Amanda Sherrill, and Matt Cooper; 16 great-grandchildren, Jonathan Vinzant, Jessie Vinzant, Jacob Ray, Felicia Choate, Marissa Choate, Alicia Plechaty, Tyler George, Hannah George, Nicole Morgan, Brooks Morgan, Austin Wilson, Bree Porfily, Logan Porfily, Lucas Roberts, Gauge Smith, Blake Sherrill; and four great-great-grandchildren, Jaydon Vinzant, Bentley Vinzant, Corbin Vinzant and Dakota Morgan.

Ima was preceded in death by her parents, Harry Howell and Velma Howell; siblings, Ruth Howell Armstrong of Vale, and Denise (DeeDee) Howell of Burns; her beloved husband of 65 years, Tom Choate (d.2010); and her son, Gary Choate of Burns (d.2012).

Services were held at LaFollette’s Chapel on Tuesday, June 17,  with eulogy given by son-in-law Philip Ochoa. Graveside services followed.

Donations in Mrs. Choate’s memory may be made to the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center directly, or in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.


webOBIT StewartDaniel Augustus Stewart, 50, passed away June 7 at the home of his parents, Louis and Evelyn (Davis) Stewart of Burns, with family and friends at his side.

He was born Feb. 1, 1964, at the Naval Hospital in Key West, Fla.

Dan moved to Burns in 1975 when his father, who was born and raised in Burns, retired from the Navy. Dan attended school in Burns.

The family moved to Walla Walla, Wash., in 1980 after Edward Hines Lumber Company reduced operations. He attended school there, working the summers for local farm operations. After leaving school, he was employed in several occupations, including gas station attendant, wood stove manufacturing, bow building and other operations for a local processing plant.

Eventually, Dan moved back to Burns, where he always liked living. He worked at McDonald’s, Coachworks and LP laminated beam plant, where he was a leadman before the company shut down. During his time here, he met Janet DeLay. They married in 2008, and Dan was the happiest he had ever been in his life. After LP shut down, Dan and Janet moved to Pilot Rock, where he worked at the lumber mill there. They also bought and ran a coffee stand. When Dan became unable to work in the lumber mill, they moved back to Burns.

After returning to Burns, Dan and Janet eventually went to work for the Malheur Field Station. He was employed there as the maintenance supervisor until he was unable to work, shortly before his death.

Dan always enjoyed being around other people and, because of this, he was able to make friends easily. He always kept track of his family and friends, calling them or going to visit them frequently, just to see how they were. Whenever there was a gathering of friends and/or family, Dan would always keep the kids occupied and entertained. They loved him for it.

Dan is survived by his wife, Janet; two step-daughters, Melissa and Samantha DeLay; grandsons, Tristin and Owen; granddaughter, Jaiden; parents, Louis and Evelyn Stewart; brother, Louis Stewart; sister, Yvonne Coyne; brother, David Stewart and wife, Cindy; nieces, Taya and Beccah Stewart, Crystal Cook, Felisha Fernandez and Michelle Miller; nephews, Michael Manning and David Stewart; several grand-nieces and grand-nephews; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and their children.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Andrew Stewart; grandmother, Agatha Robison; grandfather, Preston Robison; grandmother, Veave Miller; grandfather, Clarence Miller; uncle, Preston Robison; and aunt, Linda Robison.

There will be a Celebration of Life, with a potluck dinner, at Triangle Park June 21, beginning at 2 p.m. and lasting until visitation has concluded or dark.

The family requests that those wishing to make a donation do so to an organization or charity of their choice.


Lorna Clore 1920-2014

Posted on June 11th in Obituaries

Lorna Rudelle Clore (Reinertson) passed away on June 2 in Medford, after 94 years of creating memories with family and friends.

Born April 26, 1920, in Brush Prairie, Wash., to Lona and Rudolph Reinertson, Lorna was the oldest of seven children. Her family moved to Burns in  1930, and she graduated from Burns Union High School in 1938. After high school, she was employed as a billing clerk at Edward Hines Lumber Company, and later worked as a bookkeeper for her father’s shoe store.

While living in Burns, Lorna met her best friend’s brother, Edward Arnold Clore, they fell in love, and married on June 7, 1943, while he was on leave from the Army Air Corp during WWII. In 1943, her husband was transferred to a base near Tampa, Fla., where  they spent the first  two years of their married life. Their first daughter, Cheryl, was born in July 1945, and shortly thereafter, with the war being over,  they were able to return home to Eastern, Oregon. Daughters, Joan and Kay, joined the family in 1948 and 1953. Throughout her life, Lorna was an encourager of her three daughters’ educational journeys. Whether serving as a room mother and baking cupcakes for a school celebration, attending special programs during their elementary school years or encouraging them to broaden their horizons by attending college and traveling, she was there with her advice as well as support.

Lorna was a leader in the local Lutheran community, planning and hosting women’s organizational events and teaching Bible studies.  She was also a member of the local garden club, and always had a beautiful yard with a bounty of colorful flowers.

After her husband retired, they moved to Creswell in 1975, and lived there more than 25 years. Following his death in 2001, she joined the Willamette Oaks Retirement Community in Eugene.  In 2009, she made a final move to Medford to live near daughter and son-in-law, Kay and Mark Goeres, who supported and cared for her in her last years.

Lorna’s first love was her family, then her home. She took pride in the accomplishments and successes of her family; they were a testament to her.

She is best remembered by friends and extended family for hosting lovely lunches, tea parties and patio dinners, and for having an open-door policy to anyone who wanted to stop by for a cup of coffee or tea and a chat. To her children and grandchildren, she was also an accomplished seamstress, making quilts, clothes and aprons to commemorate special times and holidays.

Lorna loved the warm winter weather in California and Arizona, and traveled south often. Later in life, Hawaii became her favorite travel destination.  She could often be found in a Hawaiian blouse, on or off the islands, and had a vast array of photo albums and postcards from the islands that she loved to share.

A long-standing Oregon resident, she will be missed by family, friends and all who knew her.

She is survived by two sisters, Ann Dewey of Eugene, and Corrine Bunyard (Don) of Coos Bay; two daughters and a son-in-law, Joan Thompson (David) of Redmond, Kay Goeres (Mark) of Gold Hill, and Larry Baker (Jan) of Gresham; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward, and her daughter, Cheryl.

A memorial service in her honor  will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 28, at Emmaus Lutheran Church in Eugene.

 


OBIT WhartonMarvin Eugene Wharton, 86, of Crane passed away June 5.

Marvin was born May 5, 1928, in Juntura to Minnie  and Curtis Wharton.

Marvin resided in Juntura for many years of his young life, ranching. He moved to Crane in 1964 and ran a cattle ranch. He loved ranch life and had a great love of horses. He had a way of connecting with them. He loved being surrounded by kids, family and friends, and was always willing to help.

Marvin is survived by sisters, Bettie Zink and Faye Pamperien; brother, Sam Wharton; children, Bonnie Swank, Frances Kasik and Austin Wharton; 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by son, Pete Wharton.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, June 13, at the Crane school in Crane, with a potluck to follow. The family will scatter his ashes on Sunday.


Douglas J. Whiteaker passed away Wednesday, June 4, in Burns.

Doug was born July 30, 1957, in Burns, to Alfred Whiteaker and Flossie Woolsey Whiteaker.

He graduated from Burns Union High School in 1976. Doug served one tour with the U.S. Navy as a 3rd Class Petty Officer. After returning home, Doug was employed at Harney County Road Department for 33 years. In 1981, Doug married Glena (Fleury) Whiteaker. Doug loved being outdoors, he enjoyed hunting, camping, ATVs and campfires.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Glena Whiteaker; daughter, Shannon Whiteaker of Baker City; brothers and sisters, Maxine Seadschlag, John Whiteaker, Jim Whiteaker, Darlene Williams, Janice Martin, Debbie Graven and Allen Whiteaker; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Marie and Alfred Whiteaker, and sister, Ruby Eggleston.

As requested by Doug, there will be no services.

Donations in Doug Whiteaker’s memory may be made to the “Wounded Warrior Project,” in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720. You can go to www.lafolletteschapel.com and leave your condolences to the family.


Leona Faye Gunderson, 91, passed away at her home on Sunday, June 1.

There will be a Celebration of Life Memorial at the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 12.

Faye is survived by her two sons, Gale and Dean Gunderson.

Contributions in Faye Gunderson’s memory may be made to the Save A Stray program.


There will be a short inurnment service for Margy Runnels Cyphers, Saturday, June 7, at 11 a.m. at the Burns Cemetery. We welcome you.


Joshua Shepherd 1980-2014

Posted on May 28th in Obituaries

OBIT ShepherdJoshua James Shepherd, 33, of Burns, died in a tragic car accident on May 18 on Highway 20, just east of the Santiam Summit in Jefferson County.

Joshua was born Nov. 29, 1980, in Burns, to Jim and Elia Shepherd. He was raised in Riley, on the South Silver Creek Ranch where he attended Suntex Elementary, a one-room school house. He remained at this school through the sixth-grade, with his beloved sister, Janine, and other children from the ranching community.

Josh and his family later moved to Burns, where he attended Burns High School, and met his high school sweetheart, Jennifer Wagner. In 1998, he graduated from Burns High School and went on to Oregon State University (OSU), where he received a degree in agricultural resource economics. Josh was proud to graduate as a fourth-generation OSU grad in 2003/2004.

On Aug. 25, 2008, he married the love of his life, Jennifer, and the couple resided in Mt. Angel. On Feb. 3, 2010, they welcomed their wonderful son, Liam James, and not long after, on Sept. 17, 2012, they were blessed with their beautiful daughter, Penelope Paige. As a family, they enjoyed spending time together outside playing, gardening and being part of their close-knit neighborhood.

Josh worked for Kraemer Nursery Inc. in Silverton, where he loved the challenges of developing systems of supply chain management. His success and achievements at work were a source of fulfillment and pride for Josh and his family.

Josh will forever be remembered as a fun-loving, witty and hard-working son, father, husband and brother. Josh and Jen cherished their children, family, friends, and the communities of Harney County and Mt. Angel/Silverton.

Joshua is survived by his wife, Jennifer; their children, Liam, 4, and Penelope, 1; his parents, Jim and Elia Shepherd of Burns; and sister, Janine Simms, of Phoenix, Ariz.

A service for Josh will be held at Faith Baptist Church in Hines on May 31 at 11 a.m., with a luncheon to follow.

LaFollette’s Chapel is in charge of funeral arrangements, and a memorial service will be held in Silverton at a date to be determined.

Contributions in Joshua Shepherd’s memory may be made to an account that has been set up for Jennifer and the children at US Bank, account No. 153666352585. You can either drop it off at any US Bank, or send it to LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488; Burns, Oregon 97720.

You can leave your condolences to the family at www.lafolletteschapel.com.


Joshua Shepherd 33, died in an auto accident on Sunday, May 18. Funeral services are pending until his wife, Jennifer, has recovered from her injuries.

Joshua Shepherd is survived by his wife, Jennifer (Wagner) Shepherd; son, Liam Shepherd; daughter, Penelope Shepherd; parents, Jim and Eila Shepherd; sister, Janine Simms, and her children, Shayla and Blake.

You can leave your condolences to the family at www.lafolletteschapel.com. Thoughts and memories of Joshua may also be posted on the Facebook page: “In Loving Memory of Joshua Shepherd.”


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