Michael (Mike) Bentz, 51, passed away Thursday, May 14, as a result of a single occupant airplane crash near Juntura.

Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Burns. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 22, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Burns. A luncheon will follow immediately after Mass at the Harney County Fairgrounds. A private family interment will be held in Juntura.

You can go to www.lafolletteschapel.com and sign the online guest book for the family.

Contributions in Mike Bentz’s memory may be made to Young Ranchers Land and Livestock Fund and mailed to LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.

OBIT Means WEBAlberta  Thane “Buddy” Means, 78, a resident of the Hillsboro community, passed away May 8 at Empres Healthcare in Hillsboro.

Alberta was born July 22, 1936, (her dad’s 50th birthday) in Juneau, Alaska, the daughter of Albert Tucker and Alice Mae (Brannin) Tucker. She graduated from Juneau High School in 1954.  She attended Boise State University and received a bachelor’s degree in education.

She was united in marriage to Leaborn Edgar Means on May 29, 1958, in Boise, Idaho. Following their marriage, they made their home in Mountain Home, Idaho, where four of their girls where born, and Buddy taught second grade until the Means family moved to Burns in 1966. Their fifth baby girl was born in Burns, and Buddy taught first grade.  She went to summer school at Boise State until 1971 when she finished her BS degree. She was an active Member in Eastern Star, serving as Worthy Matron, District Deputy, and Mother Advisor for the Rainbow Girls.

In 1987, Buddy and Lee moved to Depoe Bay where she taught kindergarten in Newport. They later moved to Newport where she retired from teaching in 1997. She was a member of Atonement Lutheran Church, and she enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She also spent time crafting, tole painting, scrap booking, traveling, and singing her special songs. She moved to Joseph, where she lived for several years before moving to the Portland area, where she resided until her death.

Survivors include stepson, Jerry Means (Kay), of Nampa, Idaho; daughters, Lezlea Means (Nilda Weeks), of Portland, AlonaLea Benson of Newport, Leaberta “Bitty” Dent (Mike) of Burns, Shellea VanWinkle (Bob) of Joseph, and Marylea  Brooks (Shawn) of Bend; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Buddy was preceded in death by her parents; husband; stepson, Larry Means; brother, Shelby Tucker; and three sisters, Luella Kaston, Elizabeth Solosabal, and Frances Fresonke.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 21, at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 12405 S.W. Butner Road in Beaverton, with the Rev. Christine Core officiating. Concluding rites and interment will follow at 3 p.m. at the Willamette National Cemetery, 1800 S.E. Mt. Scott Blvd. in Portland. Family and friends are invited to attend a reception immediately following the church ceremony, to be held in the fellowship room of the church.

The family suggests that remembrances may be contributions to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, Michael J.Fox.org or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1650 NW Naito Parkway, No. 190, Portland, Oregon 97209, in her memory. Tualatin Valley Funeral Alternatives in Hillsboro is entrusted with the arrangements.


OBIT Baugh WEBBessie Beatrice Baugh, 94, passed away May 16 in Orangevale, Calif.

Bessie was born in Eureka, Calif., on July 26, 1920, to Amiel B. and A. Beatrice (McCune) Iversen. The family moved frequently to various places in Northern California, Oregon and Washington. Bessie graduated from Toledo (Wash.) High School in 1938.

In October 1939, Bessie married John C. Baugh in Kelso, Wash. John and Bessie subsequently moved to Harney County, where they lived on isolated cattle ranches for more than 50 years, and where their daughter, Edna Catherine, was born.

Bessie worked for 17 years at Harney County Hospital in Burns.

Following the death of her husband in 1995, Bessie moved to Medford, and then on to Rainier. After becoming increasingly disabled, she came to live with her daughter in Antelope, Calif.

Bessie loved Jesus and attended the Apostolic Faith Church.

Music and rhythm were of great delight and comfort to her. Although she never claimed expertise, Bessie enjoyed playing several instruments. She loved animals and birds, open spaces, the scents of early morning in the outdoors, and sunshine after rain or snow. She especially liked smiles and dedicated people.

Survivors include daughter, Catherine Eldred of Antelope, Calif.; sister, Grace Sprague of Rainier; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Bessie was preceded in death by husband, John Baugh; parents, Amiel and Beatrice Iversen; sisters, Juanita Martha Iversen and Marjory Helen Bowen; and granddaughter, Laurel Elizabeth Eldred.

A graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at Mount Shasta Memorial Park, 830 Lassen Lane, Mount Shasta, Calif.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Bessie’s memory to Jews for Jesus (https://store.jewsforjesus.org/donateonline) or American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (https://www.aspca.org/secure/memorial).

Carita Dawson, 84, passed away May 14. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 21, at the Harney County Church of the Nazarene in Hines, with interment to follow at Burns Cemetery.

A full obituary will follow at a later date.

Dick Morgan 1935-2015

Posted on May 13th in Obituaries


OBIT Morgan WEBDick Morgan, a lifelong Harney County resident, passed away Saturday, April 4.

Dick was born in Burns Sept. 29, 1935, to James Madison (Matt) Morgan and Jessie Marie Seward Morgan. He was born in his Aunt Vera Fine’s house, which sat on the corner of Grand and Washington Streets, where the current home of Harney District Hospital (HDH) Family Care Clinic is located. His first bassinet was a drawer in his Aunt Vera’s dresser. He was the last of four children, and was 12 years younger than his youngest sister. He was raised in Frenchglen while his Dad ran sheep with Joe Fine (Dick’s uncle by marriage), and they moved to the P Ranch when his dad began working for the refuge. His childhood friends, Joe and Jerry Miller and Fred Witzel, kept the Blitzen valley lively, as only young boys can do!

When Dick was in middle school, he and his mom and dad moved to Leavenworth, Wash. Dick was a trumpet player in the band there, and this is where his love of music really took hold. They spent approximately two years there until his dad’s health forced them to move to Ontario to be near doctors and family.  His dad, Matt, died when Dick was only 13.

Dick had always been a “spirited child” and had a mind of his own.  The “Dick Morgan Way” started young and was his theme throughout his life.  The “Dick Morgan Way” wasn’t necessarily the right way or the easy way, but it wasn’t necessarily the wrong way either. It was just his way. This spirit became a challenge to his mother and Dick started down a road of being very independent after the death of his dad. He graduated from Crane Union High School in 1953 where he played football, baseball, and basketball. When he wasn’t in school, he spent most of his free time with his childhood friends, Joe and Jerry Miller, with his sister, Irene, in John Day, and working as a buckaroo for Joe Fine.

After high school, he went to school at OIT in Klamath Falls for a time, worked for Edward Hines, and worked as a buckaroo, mostly for Roaring Springs Ranch. He also tried his hand at bareback riding on the professional rodeo circuit. His nephew remembers seeing him crash through a fence at the Grant County Fair rodeo. Soon after that abrupt dismount, his rodeo career ended.

In 1958, he was drafted into Uncle Sam’s Army.  Dick spent two years in the service, attending training at Fort Sill, Okla., and then on to Dachau, Germany, where he spent 17 months with the 2D Howitzer Battalion 37th Artillery. Now remember, he had that “Dick Morgan Way” which didn’t always match up with “Uncle Sam’s Way.”  Needless to say, his quirky sense of humor and adventure made sure he was an expert at peeling potatoes and paint! He was an original Beetle Bailey. One of his biggest misadventures was a train ride that lasted WAY too long. He got on in Munich and was headed back to Dachau. He fell asleep and passed Dachau, and woke up in a small train station in Floffenhaufen.  He eventually made it back to Dachau where the potatoes were waiting! He was very proud of those that served before him and liberated the camps at Dachau. His daughter had a chance to visit Dachau in the 1980s and they got to spend hours poring over pictures and sharing what they had each seen. He had a great respect and reverence for those who served in the military, but didn’t feel he deserved any recognition as a veteran. He always told people to focus their gratitude on those who served in combat time or spent their careers in the military. He made some good friends in Dachau and in the 1990s, was able to reunite with one his Army buddies after 30-plus years. He got the opportunity to travel to Virginia twice and visit his buddy, “Kirk,” telling stories and trying to top the other’s tall tales. They talked regularly on the phone for a minimum of an hour each time, fixing the ways of the world.

In 1960, he returned from Germany and picked his life back up as a logger and buckaroo. He made a lasting friendship with Babe Gibson and his son, Monty, and began working as his partner racing horses. He had an ownership in one horse, Harney King, who won a number of races and then was taken in a claims race in early 1963. As Dick noted, it gave him a nest egg for his upcoming marriage. At the racetrack is where he refined and honed his horse shoeing skills, enamored by how swift and accurate those racehorse farriers could set a shoe. As noted in some stories he’d written, prior to that he learned to shoe horses the Miller way – which was just get iron between the foot and the rocks. Shoeing a horse was an art to him, and he agonized over each foot that he crafted. He would tell you, “God knows I wasn’t built for it,” but he certainly did love it.

In June of 1963, he married Terry Karen Garris in Pendleton. They met at a Diamond dance in 1961 when Karen accompanied Susan Haines O’Toole home from college. Karen was going to nursing school in Portland, and Dick would go to Portland Meadows to race and take time to visit Karen. As he always said, he was a bright boy… he waited for them to get married until she graduated from college so she could support him!

In 1964, his daughter Terri Jo was born, and in 1969, his son, Fred Mattison (Matt), was born. He treasured his children and always put them first. He was always the parent who was silently in the background making sure whatever activity his children were involved in could happen. He spent hours grooming and lining the Little League ball fields in town. He’d work all day in the woods and then come home in the afternoon and line the fields so games could begin. The fields near Fillmore are named Morgan Field in honor of the work that he did. He shod almost every 4-Her’s horses during the time his daughter was in horse 4-H.  While she was on the fair court, he was the “fetch it” guy whenever they traveled.

Dick’s love of animals was almost legendary. Any animal that came to reside at the Morgan residence was loved and respected, right down to the hamsters Santa brought one Christmas. His black lab, Lucy Jane, was his constant companion, almost living in his pickup. Many people in town thought that his wife used to ride in the middle next to him on the seat, but on closer look it was just his black lab. His last “dog” was actually a cat that he cherished as much as any animal. We believe the Rainbow Bridge is where animals go to await their master’s entrance to heaven. That bridge was full of four-legged critters awaiting the return of their beloved Dick.

He was a man of many talents. He played the trumpet for many years in school, and loved most types of music (new age country, hip hop and rock and roll just didn’t quite make the grade). He was a bareback rider for a time (but always said that he couldn’t make enough money to support that habit), was a racehorse trainer/owner and pony person, a buckaroo, a horse shoer, author, and an artist who worked in pen and ink when he drew. When his hands would no longer let him draw up to the Dick Morgan standard, he became a paver stone artist. He designed and built driveways and walkways.  One of his favorite accomplishments was the paver stones over the graves of his sister, Edith Morgan Dripps, and her family at the Drewsey cemetery.   Everything that he did was with perfection and was done the Dick Morgan Way! And for those who knew him, it always seemed to be “just the right way!”

He is survived by his wife of 51 ½ years, Karen; daughter, Terri Jo Morgan; son, Matt Morgan; niece, Jane Dripps; nephews, Fred Waterman, Todd Morgan and Mark Morgan; and many great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Irene Morgan Waterman; brother, James Donald (Don) Morgan; sister, Edith Morgan Dripps; nephews, Gene Dripps and Steve Waterman; and nieces, Verna Jo Waterman Pierce and Kay Morgan.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Harney County Community Flag Fund or the High School Athletic Fund, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, PO Box 488, Burns, OR  97720.


OBIT Dahl WEBJohn Dahl, 37, passed away May 6, surrounded by the people who knew and loved him the most.

John was born March 31, 1978, in Moscow, Idaho. He later moved to Burns with his family, where he attended and graduated from high school. John was a naturally-gifted athlete who excelled in basketball, baseball and football. He was a varsity letterman in each sport, and was named “most promising freshman” in basketball during ninth grade. John loved sports, and anyone who ever played a game of one-on-one with him can attest to his skill and competitiveness.

During his high school years, John met the true and only love of his life, Mattye. They were married Feb. 7, 2004, and had two beautiful children together, Maci and Zachary. John’s greatest joy in life was his children. He was a wonderful father who wanted nothing more than to spend every minute with his children.

John loved the outdoors and the Oregon Coast. He often 4-wheeled and rode motorcycles throughout his life. John was also a sports fanatic, especially when rooting for his beloved San Antonio Spurs.

John is survived by his parents, John and Judy of Lewiston; children, Maci and Zachary of Portland; brother, Bill and family of Burns; brother, Sandy and family of Weippe, Idaho; as well as many grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

The family suggests that contributions in John’s memory be made to the American Kidney Foundation.

Alberta (Buddy) Means, long time Burns resident and teacher, passed away Friday, May 8. A service, to be announced at a later date, will be held in Hillsboro. An obituary will follow.

OBIT Pettengill WEBJeannette Pettengill passed away April 24 at the hospice clinic in Bend.

Jeannette was born May 8, 1944, in Wenatchee, Wash.

Jeannette went back to school in 1983 to get her GED, and she also became an LPN. She worked at a nursing home in Grandview, Wash., for many years. She moved to Burns and met her husband, Robert Pettengill. Together, they ran the Bow Wow and Meow Pet Food Bank, giving of their own income so others with pets could feed them.

Jeannette was also a member of the American Legion. She was always willing to help those in need.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Pettengill; children, Arnold (Ellen) Ford, James (Jody) Mallonee, Norman (Nicole) Mallonee, John Mallonee, and Lori (Anthony Rupe) Mallonee-Taylor; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 9, at Washington Park in Burns. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate pet food for the pet food bank.


OBIT Angell WEBSolomon Elmer (Curley) Angell, 89, of Wilder, Idaho, formerly of St. Anthony, Idaho, passed away April 29.

He was born Dec. 9, 1925, in Chester, Idaho, to Solomon Elmer and Maria Rose Angell. Curley was raised in Twin Groves, Idaho, where he attended a little, two-room school until he graduated from the eighth grade. He then attended high school in St. Anthony, where he excelled in football and boxing and was the student body president his senior year. Curley’s outstanding ability as a boxer in high school led him to some semi-pro boxing throughout the intermountain West, including Canada.

On Dec. 26, 1944, Curley married his life-time friend and next door neighbor, Blanch Allen. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Idaho Falls Temple. Rodeo played a huge role in Blanch and Curley’s life. Soon after their marriage, they built a rodeo arena in West Yellowstone, Mont., and produced a weekly rodeo. The next year, they moved their rodeo business to Island Park to again produce weekly rodeos. For the next 10 years, Curley competed professionally all over the West. His main event was saddle bronc riding, but he rode bulls as well, winning several championships. Curley was accompanied by his wife, Blanch, as he rodeoed throughout the country, and she competed in barrel racing. During this period of competition, Curley and Blanch built a home on the small ranch that Curley inherited from his dad, and Curley worked as a journeyman lineman for local power companies. Curley and Blanch spent a lot of time raising their family of five.

In 1960, Curley gave up contesting in rodeos and formed the Curley Angell Rodeo Company. For many years, he produced rodeos all over Wyoming, Montana and Idaho.  During this period of time, Curley and Blanch essentially became the nucleus of rodeo life in Eastern Idaho. During this same period of time, during the winter months, and using his expertise as a lineman, Curley started a powerline construction company specializing in rough-terrain type jobs. He contracted all over the western states. During that time, Curley hired, trained, and became a powerful lifetime influence on many young men.

Soon it became obvious that powerline construction was more profitable than producing rodeos, so Curley started building powerline full time, year round. During the powerline construction phase of his life, Curley was awarded several powerline contracts in the Burns area, and this marked a major change in Blanch and Curley’s life. In 1976, they bought a small ranch there! Curley continued to operate his powerline construction business and also raised horses, cattle and hay on the ranch.

In 1994, Curley retired, and to be closer to part of the family, he and Blanch sold their Oregon ranch and moved to Wilder.

Although retired, Curley began trimming trees and building lodge pole pine furniture for his huge family of 79. There isn’t one of the family that doesn’t have some of the furniture he has made in their home.

Curley was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, an Eagle Scout, and worked many years as a scout leader. He had a great love of family, and in their 70 years of marriage, he and Blanch have continued to support children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in all of their sporting events.

Curley is survived by his wife, Blanch; sons, Tom (Chris) Angell, Billy Joe (Heidi) Angell of St. Anthony, and Casey (JoAnn) Angell of Wilder; daughter, Bonnie (Sam) Mackenzie of Jordan Valley; and brother, A.W. (Maurine) Angell . Curley is also survived by 15 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, three brothers, three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and a son, Jerry Lynn Angell.

A viewing for Curley will be held from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Thursday, May 7, at Flahiff Funeral Chapel in Homedale, Idaho, and from 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. Friday, May 8, at the church. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 8, at the LDS Church in Homedale, Idaho. Interment and graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at the Wilford Cemetery in St. Anthony, Idaho. Condolences may be sent to www.flahifffuneral chapel.com.


OBIT Billings WEBDouglas Franklin Billings Jr., 76, passed away April 27 in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. He was born Nov. 8, 1938, to Douglas Franklin and Nora Billings in Tipton, Tenn. He was wed to Nannette Velvet Cartisser April 24, 1999, in Desert Hot Springs, Calif. They were married for 16 years.

Douglas lived in Tennessee, Oregon, and Arizona. He was the chief of Police in Dundee and Hines.  Douglas enjoyed hunting, fishing, tae kwon do (black belt), archery, and woodworking. He was a Baptist.

Douglas is survived by his wife, Nannette Billings of Lake Havasu City; sons, Michael Billings of Dayton, Jacob Billings of Lake Havasu City, and Gien (Bear) Smith of Lake Havasu City; daughters, Dee Smith of Lake Havasu City, Melissa Shaffer of Dayton, Ohio, Dawn David of Big Fork, Minn., and Tabatha Lindley of Phoenix, Ariz.; brothers, Floyd and David Billings of Tennessee; sisters, Bobby Jean Cobb, Audrey Cox, and Renee Billings; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.  Douglas was preceded in death by his first wife, Christine; and his parents, Douglas and Nora Billings.

Services were placed in the care of Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home and Crematory.  Thoughts and condolences may be sent to the Billings family at www.lietz-frazefuneralhome.com.

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