Pamela S. Kohl 1964-2015

Posted on July 22nd in Obituaries


OBIT Kohl webPamela S. Kohl, 50, passed away July 5 at Harney District Hospital.

Pam was born Nov. 23, 1964, in Klamath Fall, the youngest of three children born to Elsie Armstrong and Nate Young.

She grew up in Burns, where she attended grades 1-12. Pam’s passion for singing led to her winning the Miss High Desert in 1982. Pam also sang at various weddings and funerals in Harney County,

Pam married the love of her life, Joe Kohl, March 22, 1986. She gave birth to three beautiful children, Nick, Maggie and Matthew.

Her love of taking care of people led her to getting her CNA/CMA license. Through her career, she worked for Harney District Hospital, High Desert Medical. Toni Feist and Melanie Arntz. She loved nothing more than going camping and being with her family. She was a well-loved person throughout the whole community, not just for her caring touch as a nurse, but a No. 1 fan to her children.

Pam is survived by her brother, Gary Young; sister-in-law, Sherie Young; sister, Tina Young; mother-in-law, Rose Carracaburu; uncles, Ron Carroll, Al Altnow and John Bush; aunts, Cathy Altnow, Mary Smith, Tammy Carroll and Shirley Bush; and grandchild, Brayson Kohl.

She was preceded in death by her father, Nate Young; grandfather, George Carroll; grandmother, Lorene Carroll; and uncle, Don Carroll.

A funeral service was held Friday, July 10, at Pioneer Presbyterian Church.

Aida “Ida” Julia Stampke-Rico passed away June 17 in Phoenix, Ariz.

Aida was born  in Burns Aug. 8, 1967, to Neil Stampke and Guillermina Stampke-Wolfe.

Aida was always an excellent student and athlete.  She graduated from Burns High School in 1985. She graduated from the University of Oregon and was a 1997 graduate of Lewis and Clark College, majoring in law.

After graduation, Aida immediately started her own firm in Phoenix, Ariz., specializing in workers’ compensation. She became very successful in a short period of time and decided to begin another career as a mother.

Aida is survived by her daughters, Isabella Nichole Rico, 14, Anna Mikayla Rico, 13, and Sofia Julia Rico, 10;  mother, Guillermina Stampke-Wolfe of Gooding, Idaho; brother, Albert and his wife, Traci Stampke of Fairfield, Idaho; sister, Hilda Allison and husband, Michael Allison of Hines; nieces, Megan and Nicole Stampke of Fairfield, Idaho, and Rachael Allison of Hines; nephew, Patrick Allison of Hines; and ex-husband, Javier Rico of California.

She was preceded in death by her father, Neil Stampke; brother, Oscar Stampke; and niece, Lauren Julian Allison.

A graveside service was held at the Burns Cemetery on July 18.

Contributions in Aida’s memory may be made in Aida Rico’s memory and mailed to LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720 to establish a college fund for her daughters.


OBIT Hoffman webJohn Jacob “Hooter” Hoffman, 52, passed away July 7 at his home in Burns.

Hooter was born Aug. 22, 1962, in Burns, where he was raised by his parents, Jack Hoffman and Betty (Baker) Cheek. Growing up, he loved the outdoors and taking family vacations to the lake to camp, fish and water ski. He enjoyed the beach and going to amusement parks for the roller coasters. After high school, he did some traveling and made many friends along the way.

Hooter worked various jobs throughout his life, including being a ranch hand, building fences, working retail at King’s, and maintenance at America’s Best Value Inn motel. He was such a “John of all trades,” and was so eager to help anyone at any time.

Hooter is survived by his son, Cory Reasoner; daughter, Kyeleigh Reasoner; sisters, Linda (Jack) Gideon, Rozann (Gale) Hoffman, and Jeanie (Bill) Harris Molt; nieces and nephews, Brian (Leeanna) Beausoleil, Damon (Savana) Stevens, Levi Long, Briann (Zyna) Lancaster, Dakota (Ka’anoi) Stockwell, Missy Collette, Robert (Kristina) Gideon, Darcy (Jeff) Stewart, Christy Fobi, Joe (Lindsey) Robertson, and Jesse Dressler; 14 great-nephews and nieces, including Jermaine, Trinity, Li’l Damon, Kendall, Emily and Jaxson; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his birth mother, Marla Muller; parents, Jack Hoffman, Betty Cheek and Orville Cheek; sister, Becky Griffin; niece, Becky Gideon Weiller; and his grandparents.

A Celebration of Life will be held at noon Saturday, July 25, at the Jeanie and Bill Molt residence, 33710 Rye Grass Lane.


OBIT Robertson webJohn William “Bill” Robertson, a longtime resident of Harney and Malheur counties, passed away peacefully on the evening of June 28 at the Presbyterian Community Care Center in Ontario.

Bill was born on Nov. 15, 1926, the only child of Russell and Vivian Robertson. He grew up in Juntura, and attended grade school and part of high school there. He finished high school in Vale, graduating in 1944.

After graduation, Bill went into partnership with his father at the Robertson Ranch in Otis Valley. On June 1, 1948, he married Carol Payne in Winnemucca, Nev. Together, Bill and Carol continued to operate the ranch and were blessed with four healthy sons.

In 1954, Bill fulfilled his childhood dream and purchased his grandfather’s ranch. Bill worked continually to modernize and improve the operation. He took great pride in his cattle and − with the help of his two oldest sons, Rex and Rod − was able to increase his holdings and build a reputation herd. He was a truly remarkable cattleman.

In 1991, he and Carol semiretired to Ontario, where he planted an orchard and a large garden, the yields of which he enjoyed sharing with his friends in Drewsey. Bill remained involved with the ranch operations until 2007, when he sold.

Bill is survived by his wife and partner of 67 years, Carol; their four sons, Rex Robertson (Georgie) of Drewsey, Rod Robertson (Debbie) of Drewsey, Ralph Robertson (Deb) of Astoria,  and Randy Robertson (Lolly) of Naknek, Alaska; nine exceptional grandchildren, 17 amazing great-grandchildren and one very special great-great-grandson. He is also survived by a host of good friends.

There will be no funeral. There will be a memorial in Drewsey, when the work is done this fall.

Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

Pamela S. Kohl, 50, passed away July 5 at Harney District Hospital.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, July 10, at Pioneer Presbyterian Church. A committal service will follow in the Burns Cemetery.

A potluck will be held at Burns Elks Lodge after the service.

Contributions in Pamela’s memory may be made to Harney County Hospice or to Pioneer Presbyterian Church in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.

Aida “Ida” Julia Stampke-Rico, 47, passed away June 17 in Phoenix, Ariz.

Ida was born Aug. 8, 1967 in Burns.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 18, at the Burns Cemetery.

Contributions in Aida’s memory may be made to LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720 to establish a college fund for her surviving children.

A Celebration of Life for Joe Enneberg will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 4, at the Enneberg home at 505 N. Highway 20 in Hines.

There will be a short memorial service, a hamburger and hot dog barbecue, followed by an afternoon and evening of music and stories. Take along a lawn chair, stories and a dish to share.


WEB - OBIT FowlerJean Fowler, 89, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly June 16 at the Prineville Hospital in Prineville, in the presence of her closest and dearest friend, Jeanie Talbot.

Jean was born Feb. 17, 1926, in Winnemucca, Nev., the sixth child of Doss and Mable McNinch. She was raised in Winnemucca, and attended local schools. She made her home for many years at the CS Ranch where her husband, Jay, was superintendent of the Bullhead Cattle Company. She was active in the CowBelles and numerous other civic organizations.

Her family, many friends, horses, cooking, pottery and jewelry combined to make her a beautiful and happy life. She was well known for her cooking and her horsemanship, as well as her smile and outspokenness.

After semi-retirement, she moved to Hines, where she made many new friends and worked at Oard’s. She later purchased a home in Prineville, where she was living at the time of her death.

Jean is survived by her children, Dan Fowler of Burns and Wilma Norsby of Townsend, Mont.; sisters, Grace McErquiaga of Orovada, Nev., Doris Eyheralde of Reno, Nev., and Dorothy Hammond of Burns; brother, Henry (Hank) McNinch of Stockton, Calif.; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

As requested, her ashes will be scattered over Snowstorm Mountain, where she spent many a day buckarooing.

A service is planned for July 18 in the Memorial Building at the Harney County Fairgrounds.


OBIT SondermanRonald “Dennis” Sonderman, 75, passed away June 5 at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

He was born Sept. 9, 1939, to Alvin and Florence Pearson Sonderman of Indus, Minn.

Alvin Sonderman moved his family to Toledo in 1944 to work at the CD Johnson Lumber Mill. The Sondermans lived there a year before moving to  Salem, where they stayed until 1953, when the family moved to Port Orford. Dennis graduated from Pacific High School in 1958. After high school, he drove bus, logged, worked for Turner Auto Parts and a Standard service station in Gold Beach. He enjoyed cars, drag racing and flying, obtaining his pilot’s license at age 27. He was hired as a Curry County Sheriff’s deputy in January 1967.

In January 1967, Dennis became an instant family man and stepfather to Brett and Shane when he married Donna Jean Strawn Byerly. In January 1968, the family moved to Salem when Denis was hired by the Salem Police Department. The Sonderman family grew by two in July 1968, when twins Darren and Shelley were born. After spending five years in Salem, Dennis and Donna moved the family to Grand Island, near Dayton, into an old farmhouse (definitely a “fixer-upper”), on eight acres.

Dennis moved up through the ranks over his 25 years at the Salem Police Department, retiring as a lieutenant in 1993. Retirement coincided with completion of remodeling work on the farmhouse, which led Dennis to his next occupation. He obtained his general contractor’s license and proceeded to build, remodel and resell homes.

During this time period, he and Donna moved from Grand Island to Gold Beach, where they lived in several project homes, ranging from a house on the Rogue River to a hangar apartment at the airport. They finally ended up in Hines, where Dennis retired a second time, dividing his time between restoring classic cars, traveling with Donna, and spending time with his grandchildren. Dennis rarely met anyone who was not a friend to him, and he always had time to help anyone with a project, no matter how large or small.

Dennis is survived by his wife of 48 years, Donna; son Darren and his wife, Caryn, and their three children, Devan, Sydney and Wyatt of Atlanta, Ga.; stepson, Brett Byerly and his wife, Jennifer, and their two children, Erin and Kelly of Gresham; stepson, Shane Byerly and his wife, Laurie, and their two children, Shelby and Travis, of Dayton; brother, Ray and his wife, Shirley of Gig Harbor, Wash.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Shelley Rae Sonderman; parents, Alvin and Florence Sonderman; brothers, Vernon Sonderman and Allen Sonderman; and sister, Shirley Burson.

A celebration of life for Ronald “Dennis” Sonderman will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 11, at the Palmer Creek Lodge (Dayton Community Center), 606 4th Street in Dayton. Donations in his memory may be made to the “See Ya Later” Foundation of McMinnville


OBIT CampbellCurt Jeffrey Campbell, 56, passed away June 5, from complications related to a cancer surgery two weeks prior at Sunnyside Medical Center in Portland with his family by his side.

Curt was born in San Bernardino, Calif., during his father’s surgery residency and moved to Burns in 1959 at six months of age. He attended Burns Union High School, graduating in 1977, but missed the graduating ceremony as a result of painting his class year “77” on the gym roof – backwards! After high school, Curt attended Oregon State University (OSU) where he was a member of the Reserve Officer Training Corps and the Sigma Nu Fraternity. At OSU, he studied math and history, occasionally, when he wasn’t building the OSU homecoming bonfire or something else more fun.

Curt went on to serve in the military as an Army M.P. and Secret Document Courier during the time he was stationed in Europe. After returning to the states, Curt traveled the U.S., worked in the oil fields for a couple years, and settled down in Portland. In Portland, Curt managed the 40-person IT department for the Campbells’ veterinary practice, which he helped to grow to 750 locations in the U.S., UK and Latin America – the largest veterinary practice in the world. After the practice was sold, Curt found a new career as a successful real estate broker in the Portland-Vancouver area and managed the IT network at Silvies Valley Ranch.

Curt’s remarkable sense of humor and ability to effortlessly build relationships made him the friend everyone wanted to be.  He was a warm and welcoming host, and loved to guide friends and family to local restaurants and the newest “eateries” in the Portland area. Curt loved syfy, music, books, good food, gadgets of all types, and anything complicated and technical. He was never very far from his furry housemate, “Pete,” his Maine Coon cat, and enjoyed helping others with any pet-related problem, or practically anything else.

Curt’s quick wit and sometimes startling sense of humor brought much laughter to those in his life.  He was an amazing brother and uncle, and always there for his family, sharing his life and experiences with them. Curt’s uncanny ability to create treasured memories is a legacy treasured by those who were blessed by his friendship.

Curt is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Scott and Sandy Campbell; brother, Jeff Campbell, all of Silvies; sister, Kathy Jo Campbell; nephews, Tygh and Rand Campbell; uncle, Tim Campbell of North Carolina; aunts, Mary Campbell of Montana and Kathryn Goodwin of Boise; as well as many, many cousins and friends.

Curt was preceded in death by his parents, Bert and Johanna Campbell of Burns.

A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 27, at the Portland home of Scott and Sandy Campbell. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested in Curt’s name to Hannah’s Helping Hands, 7610 SE 162nd Ave, Portland, OR 97236, to support the “Curt’s Help” program, which will help families that are having trouble affording care for their pet.  Curt’s ashes will be spread, as he requested, in Harney County.

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