OBIT Bertelsen webShirley Ann Carlson Bertelsen, 69, passed away Aug. 10, in Eugene, surrounded by her family and loved ones.

She was born June 20, 1945, in Burns, to Albin and Vivian Carlson. She was the second of four children and the only daughter.

Shirley was raised in Hines, attended Hines Grade School and graduated from Burns Union High School in 1963, where she made many life-long friends. Shirley moved to Eugene in 1964 to attend beauty school. She met and married Roger Bertelsen the following year. They settled in Eugene, building their happy life together, and completed their family with the addition of their daughter, Carlene, and son, Gary.

Shirley is remembered in Eugene as the owner and operator of the Hair Loft Salons and Bubba’s restaurant, where she befriended her staff and customers; turning friends into extended family.

Shirley was well known for her devotion to her four grandchildren, Hans, Hailey, Kate and Leah. She also loved to spend time with her basset hounds and tend her stunning garden. Her family and friends will miss her fun-loving spirit, ability to take on any challenge, and her boldness and enthusiasm for life.

Shirley is survived by her husband, Roger; daughter, Carlene Elliott and husband, Georden; son, Gary Bertelsen and wife, Megan; grandchildren, Hans, Hailey, Kate and Leah; brothers, Rick, Jeff and Curt Carlson.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 3 p.m. Sept. 3, at Mt. Pisgah Arboretum in Eugene.


Robert W. Howes, 82, passed away Aug. 19 at his home in Hines.

A full obituary and memorial service information will follow at a later date.

Richard Burton Willeford

Posted on August 20th in Obituaries

Richard “Rich” Burton Willeford, 57,  passed away in a single vehicle accident on July 30OBIT Willeford

He is survived by his brother, Ron Willeford, and sister, Lori Graville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Burton and Verlo Willeford; brother, Robert Willeford; and wife, Lindy Willeford.

A Celebration of Life is planned for 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, at Harney County Community Center, 484 N. Broadway Ave. in Burns.

Geraldine Joyce 1929 – 2014

Posted on August 20th in Obituaries

OBIT Joyce webGeraldine Frances Joyce of Juntura passed away Aug. 17 in Vale.

She was born to Edward and Theresa Ford on Sept. 25, 1929, in Seattle, Wash.  She attended schools in the Seattle and Portland area. She graduated from Saint Mary’s Academy in Portland in 1948. She received her teaching certificate from Marylhurst College in 1951. She taught second grade at the Vale Elementary School from 1951 to 1953. In 1953, she married Thomas P. Joyce. They made their home in Juntura and raised their eight children on the family ranch.

Her faith was especially important to her. She was a faithful member of Saint Charles Catholic Church in Juntura. In addition to being a member of the Altar Society, and prayer group, she loved pilgrimages to the California Missions, Yugoslavia, France, and Poland. A special trip included a pilgrimage to Detroit, Mich., where her great uncle, Venerable Solanus Casey, is honored.

Geraldine prepared great meals for her family, the branding crews, cattle truck drivers, the vet, and anyone who came to the door. She especially enjoyed moving to “Cow Camp” in the summer to work alongside Thomas, repairing fences and tending to the cattle. She enjoyed the beauty of God’s creation, especially loving the creeks, the wildflowers and huckleberry picking.  Her highlight of the summer was a Mass, celebrated by Bishop Connolly with family and friends.

As a lifelong learner and educator, she sought further education through classes, historical field trips, reading, and family excursions to new places.

Geraldine enjoyed her time with her family whom she dearly loved.

She is survived by her sister, Theresa (Edward) Hale; children, Daniel, Rosemary (Dave) Wilson, Michael, Timothy, Nancy (Ron) Cunningham, Anthony (Katherine), Mark (Wendy) and Maria; 15 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas, and her siblings.

Recitation of the Rosary will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Vale. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Vale. Interment will follow in the Valley View Cemetery in Vale. Services are under the direction of the Nampa Funeral Home, Yraguen Chapel. An online guest book is available at

Memorials may be sent to Saint Charles Catholic Church in Juntura or Saint Patrick Catholic Church in Vale.


Shirley Jean Thomson

Posted on August 20th in Obituaries

Shirley Jean Thomson passed away Sunday, Aug. 17, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s/dementia.

Shirley was born in Burns to Clinton and Margaret Bagley. She was a caring, loving wife and mother.

Shirley is survived by her husband, William Z. Thomson of Ontario; son, William C. Thomson of Bainbridge Island, Wash.; daughter, Janice M. Thomson of Ontario; sister, Kay Hauth, and brother-in-law, Ronald Hauth of Burns; and granddog, Max.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Sally Branson of Burns.

A memorial service will be held at a later date and time. Condolences may be sent to Haren-Wood Funeral Chapel in Ontario.


John Patton, 79, passed away Sunday, Aug. 17, at his home in Hines.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal/Peace Lutheran Church at the corner of Diamond and A streets in Burns. A graveside service will follow.


Michael “Mike Banks” Gagnebin, 58, passed away suddenly on Monday, July 28.

At Mike’s request, no funeral services will be held. However, a Celebration of Life will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at Burns Elks Lodge No. 1680.



Conly Marshall, 87, passed away Aug. 6.

A memorial service will be held in September. LaFollette’s Chapel is in charge of arrangements

OBIT DemingRichard “Dick” Roscoe Deming, 73, passed away July 22 from a blood clot in the heart while vacationing in Fairview, Mont. and Dickinson, N.D.

Dick was born to Hazel Dolores Brandt Deming and Victor Roscoe Deming July 27, 1940, at the Broadhead Home in Fairview, Mont. Dick grew up on a farm three miles from Fairview.

Dick joined the Boy Scouts at a young age. Dick remembers when it came time to stand in line for chow time, he would remain in his tent and read his book until the line was almost done, then he would join the line of kids. He could see no reason to “just stand there.”

The love for reading books continued throughout his lifetime. The library in Burns stated that Dick was their best customer.

Roscoe had a love for horses and passed that love on to Dick. Chickens and geese were also raised. Dick raised two horses from money he earned doing odd jobs or chores for his father. He had Chico, the stallion, and Cyclone, the mare.

Dick was one of 28 students who graduated from Fairview High School in the spring of 1958. While he was in high school, he enjoyed chemistry. He thought he would like to work in this field when he got out of school. Dick boarded the Empire Builder (train) headed for Syracuse, N.Y., to attend an on-the-job and school program at General Electric to be a mad scientist. He passed all entrance exams with flying colors. He was turned down however, on the physical part of the exam due to curvature of the spine. He returned home.

Upon returning home, Dick went to work on the Allyn Watts farm for the summer. That fall, he attended Montana State University in Bozeman, Mont., with chemistry as his major.

During the summer after school was out, he worked on the Wilson Ranch at Nohly, Mont. He went back to school for the fall quarter in 1959, but had to leave after that quarter because of a lack of funds.

Dick worked at odd jobs until the spring of 1960, when he went to work at the Applegren Ranch at Wolf Point, Mont., where he worked until September. He then left that job to join the Air Force, but was rejected because of his back condition.

Dick went to work for Lew Chevrolet in Billings, Mont., for a while, then went to work as a Fuller Brush salesman in the Fairview-Sidney area during the winter of 1960-61. That spring, he got tired of door-to-door selling and went back to the Applegren Ranch. He also tried selling cars for Rex Dougherty Ford Company in Fairview during the first of the year until March 1962, but that didn’t work out any better than the Fuller Brush business.

Dick took a fool notion, that summer, and decided he could make good money hoeing beets for a local farmer, Soren Jacobson, in Nohly. That did not work out either.

In October 1962, he went to work at Central Standard gas station in Sidney, Mont. He worked there until April 1963, when he went to work at the Sidney Herald newspaper company for two years as a pressman and an ad compositor with hot type slugs. While working at the Sidney Herald, Dick became involved with a group called Young Americans For Freedom. The year was 1964. Barry Goldwater was running for president of the United States on the republican ticket. Dick had the chance to go with the group to San Francisco, Calif., where the convention of the republican party was to be held for Mr. Goldwater. It was held in the Cow Palace.

On the Aug. 21, 1965, Dick married Norma Storvik from Nohly. Right after the honeymoon to the Black Hills of South Dakota, they moved to Williston, N.D., and  Dick went to work for the Williston Herald as an offset pressman in the commercial department. Linus Eder was the commercial department’s boss. Dick ran the Chief 22 and the Multilith. He was trained to work the handfed press also. Hot metal type was on its way out when he started there, and so all new equipment was put in, and it was then called “cold type.” The oldtime linotypes went out the door and buckets of metal type were thrown away. Even the old newspaper press was taken out and a new four-unit web press was put in its place. Instead of lead, it was now black and white film.

On Oct. 31, 1968, a girl, Laura Jean, was born.

On April 20, 1970, a second daughter was born, Rebecca Kay.

Dick had a want of something better, and more understanding of the four-color presses, and he went to work for the News Review Publishing Company, also known as The Daily Idahonian in Moscow, Idaho. He accepted the position as head stripper at the Idahonian in August 1970. In the seven years he was there, he learned the steps of four-color process. He earned the Master Printer of America award. He started out as a darkroom technician and was promoted to shop foreman in charge of composition, darkroom, newspaper pressroom, commercial pressroom and job pricing.

Dick had always dreamed of owning his own print shop. An opportunity came when he was on the Moscow Nazarene Church board and they had a retreat at Pinelow Church Camp near Spokane, Wash. The guest speaker was Rev. Kenn Coil from Burns. He told of how the church had bought a press and no one knew how to fix or run the press as there was no print shop in town. The Burns Times-Herald had been doing commercial work in Burns, but had elected to sell that part of the company out and do newspapers only.

Dick went to Burns, to check it out and fell in love with the community. It reminded him of his home town of Fairview. Dick gave his notice, sold his home in three days, packed up and moved to Burns in February 1977. The new print shop was named Desert Graphics, and was set up in a few days. The location was in the Brown Building on North Broadway, which is now the Broadway Deli.

The second address for Desert Graphics was 341 North Broadway. Half was print shop and the other half held the stationery part. The stationery part was growing by leaps and bounds. The print shop needed to move.

The third address for the shop was now at 430 North Broadway. But it was only large enough to house the presses, not all the paper that comes with a print shop. He had out-grown the room and needed a building that would house all the presses and all the paper. Desert Graphics was moved the fourth th time to 506 North Broadway, one door down from the original door that it was started out in. Dick thought he should buy this building. To help pay the expense of buying this building, Dick turned it into a mini-mall which housed five different stores: a used tot clothing store, called The Tot Shop, a tape and T-shirt shop, called T’s “n” Tapes, a bookkeeping and tax man, called Sam’s Bookkeeping Service, and a small gift shop, owned by Chris Wagner.

The print shop took up three quarters of the building, and it became a seven-person shop.

Dick was asked to join the Rotary Club. He later went on to be its president on two different occasions. Dick went on to join several organizations, such as library board, budget committee, Harney County Chamber of Commerce, of which he served two different terms as president, 1988 and 1995. He joined the Merchants Committee, the Balloon Rally team, and he became the pistol shooter for the downtown bed races. Dick joined the Harney County Chamber Music Society where he played his French horn. Dick later became the president to the Chamber Music Society. He was honored with an engraved silver tray for his support and printing of their programs and news letters.

Dick enjoyed bowling. For a number of years, he bowled on the Thursday night men’s team.

In 1995, Dick went to Reno, Nev., and bowled in the Nationals. He got to bowl in a brand new National Bowling stadium. He also bowled in many state tournaments. On two occasions, he got to meet a distant relative, one on the Deming side of the family, and one on the Boles side of the family.

Dick continued to be active in the Nazarene Church. He served on the church board. He continued to be “jack-of-all-trades” in helping to maintain a smooth running church.

He enjoyed being the Sunday School teacher and Sunday School Superintendent for a number of years. He encouraged 25 people to go to a Sunday School conference in Nampa, Idaho. He brought the most people to the meeting, outnumbering the other churches there.

Dick enjoyed watching his favorite baseball team, the Dodgers. The Minnesota Vikings were his favorite football team.

Dick kept up with the Portland Trailblazers, but the Boston Celtics were his first love.

Dick is survived by his wife of 49 years, Norma; daughters Laura Boggs of Florence, and Becky Needham of Burns; extended daughter, Schelly Daugherty of Burns; grandchildren, Mitchell Boggs, Kristin Swift, Nicole Boggs, Colman Brown, Jake Needham, and extended grandson, Jordan Daugherty; great grandchild, Kenzie Ray Boggs,  due at the end of the month; brothers; Dean Deming, John Deming, Mark Deming, Clyde Deming; sister, Marilyn Bakken; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents, Roscoe and Hazel; brother, Jay; sister, Ruth; and twin grandsons, Kerry and Taylor.

OBIT MillerDavid “Rosko” Miller lost his long battle with cancer on July 25.

He was born Jan. 1, 1959, in Mountain Home, Idaho, and lived in places such as Burns; Sitka, Alaska; Pullman and Seattle, Wash.; and finally, in Louisiana.

David joined the United States Marines, where he served from October 1979 to May 1985. After his service to his country, he went on to get his certification as a diving technician and became a commercial diver. In his endeavors as a commercial diver, he adopted the nickname “Rosko.” That’s the name people came to know him by.

David had a passion for riding Harleys and was the road captain for the motorcycle club, Hole-N-Da-Wall chapter in Lafayette, La. He had many adventures in his life, including his time in Key West, Fla., overseas, and of course, his time in the Northwest, where most of his family resided.

Although David never had children or family of his own, he had a strong sense of family and came to the Northwest for regular visits.

He is survived by his mother, MaryAnn Gohl; his girlfriend, Susan Herbert; brothers, Bruce Miller and wife, Valerie, Robert Gohl and wife, Tricia; sisters, Debbie Miller and husband, Bing, Tammy Downing and husband, Chris; several nieces and nephews, including Crystal Miller and Alisha Bender; one great-nephew and one great-niece, who nicknamed him “Uncle Pirate.”

He was preceded in death by his father, Archie Jackson Miller.

David will be laid to rest at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Wash.

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