Jeffrey E. Bodily 1971-2014

Posted on September 17th in Obituaries

OBIT Bodily webJeffrey E. Bodily, 43, of Burns, passed away Aug. 27.

Jeff was born March 4, 1971, in Logan, Utah, to Lloyd Edwin and Sharron Godfrey Bodily. His family moved to California in 1972, but he always remained a country boy at heart. He looked forward  each year to returning to Cache Valley in the summer to shoot guns, fish and ride horses.

He also loved football and swimming. He was on his high school football and diving teams. He was a very outgoing, gregarious young man, always up for an adventure.

He worked in the construction industry in California, and loved seeing buildings come together. A back injury 13 years ago brought his construction life to an abrupt end. Constant pain ruled the rest of his life.

In 2001, he moved to Burns and lived the country life he so enjoyed. He started his family, and was so proud of his children, they were the light of his life. He loved to attend their school and sporting events.

He is survived by his parents of Smithfield, Utah; family, Carey Goss, Bryce Goss, Garrett Goss-Bodily and Cara Jo Goss-Bodily of Burns; brothers, Craig (Erin) Bodily of Draper, Utah, Ryan (Christy) Bodily of Henderson, Nev., Robert (Katy) Bodily of Lehi, Utah; sisters, Diane (Glen) Dewey of Granbury, Texas and Annette (Scott) Vest of Spanish Fork, Utah.

A funeral service was held Sept. 2 in Smithfield, Utah.


Maryanna Otley 1927-2014

Posted on September 17th in Obituaries

Maryanna Otley, 87, passed away Aug. 30 at Harney District Hospital.

Maryanna was born March 15, 1927, in Ontario to Glenn and Violet Brown. She spent her first 10 years in Diamond. Her parents raised sheep, and she was in the sheep camp at an early age. Her mother always had bummer lambs and Maryanna enjoyed them all.

She went to grade school in Diamond through the fourth grade, and then finished grade school in Crane. During her grade school years in Diamond, she became lifelong friends with Donna Tackman and Shirley Pearl Thompson. Her family sent her to St. Theresa’s High School in Boise, Idaho. She enjoyed those four years very much, and made many friends from all over the country. She only came home on Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter, traveling by train to do so.

In the summer, she would help her dad survey a livestock trail for the government on Steens Mountain. She met her future husband, Charley Otley, at a dance in Diamond. They were married Jan. 28, 1950. In 1951, Maryanna was diagnosed with diabetes. She, Charley and Dr. John Weare would drive to Ontario and get on the train to go to Portland and learn how to doctor her disease. She spent 63 years battling diabetes, and probably would have died several times if not for Charley.

In August 1953, their son, Bill, was born. When Bill was young, Otley Brothers summered steers on the land that Glenn, Violet and Maryanna had on Steens Mountain. Maryanna and Bill stayed at the cabin on the mountain and rode fence. They fished a lot, too.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, when Charley was involved with the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, they traveled a lot. She enjoyed that, but living out of a suitcase was sometimes a challenge.

In 1983, Maryanna had quadruple bypass surgery in Portland. In 1984, Otley Brothers was divided into three separate ranches, and Diamond Valley Ranch had the land on Steens Mountain that Maryanna and her folks homesteaded. She enjoyed seeing the baby calves play out her porch window every spring.

Then, in August 2011, after a short stay in the hospital, Maryanna moved to Sunshine House in Burns. At that time, Charley moved to the house in Burns that had belonged to Maryanna’s mother.

In August 2012, Maryanna’s husband of 62 years passed away and she stayed on with the “girls” at Sunshine House.

Maryanna is survived by her son, Bill, and wife, Rita; granddaughter, Kristie Cotton, and husband, Jeff; sister-in-law, Mary Otley; nephews and nieces, Bob Otley, Shirley Carson and husband, Earl, Harry Otley and wife, Mary, Sherry Stott and husband, Doug, Fred Otley and wife, Debbie, numerous great-nieces and great-nephews and their families.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charley; her parents, Glenn and Violet Brown; brothers-in-law, Harold Otley and Howard Otley; and sister-in-law, Genie Otley.

A funeral service for Maryanna Otley was held Sept. 8 at Burns Elks Lodge No. 1680.

Contributions may be made to AirLink, Shriners Children’s Hospital, or to a charity of one’s choice, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns OR 97720.


Zora Retherford, 97, passed away Sept. 10 at Ashley Manor.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at LaFollette’s Chapel.

Contributions in Zora Retherford’s memory may be made to the Garden Club, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.

John Dewey Patton 1934-2014

Posted on September 10th in Obituaries

WorkedOBIT PattonJohn Dewey Patton, 79, a fifth-generation Oregonian passed away Aug. 17, five months after being diagnosed with cancer.

John was born Sept. 16, 1934, in Myrtle Point to John J. and Maxine (Collins) Patton.

Most of his life was lived in-state, with the exception of a brief time in Northern California, where his father followed logging jobs, and two years in Pasco, Wash., where he attended Columbia Basin College.

John was quite young when he started working in the woods with his father, who said John always had truck wheels rolling in his head. Thus, his first experience with hauling logs began.

John worked in the John Day Valley for some time, during which he had a partnership with Skip Powell. He also worked for various other employers until a log rolled off a truck and crushed his right leg. Unfortunately, his stay in the hospital left him with a staph infection, the type of which no cure could be found. He realized at that point he would need to find a new occupation.

Unable to do the work he loved, he attended Columbia Basin College to earn a degree in auto mechanics. From this, he found work in Baker County for their maintenance department. Not being an indoor person, and still having truck wheels turning in his head, he realized this was not for him. His heart was still in the logging industry, so back he went.

In 1967, he purchased an International truck, which he named “Belinda,” and the two of them headed out looking for log-hauling jobs. He hauled for some time in the John Day valley, until he met Jim Howden, of H&H Logging in Burns. Jim told him if he moved to Harney County, he would have a job for him. This move proved to be prosperous in many ways and started the final chapters of his life.

John met Doris in 1969, and it didn’t take long for them to know they were meant to be a team. They were married April 4, 1970, and formed an extended family. John brought to the union two sons, Jeff and Joe. Doris brought daughter, Donna, and sons, Larry, John and David.

John’s relationship with Jim went from, not only working, to a great friendship, that lasted until Jim’s death years later. During this time, John and Doris formed their own company, John Patton Logging. They continued working for, and with Jim, later doing custom logging for personal landowners until they retired in 2002.

After one landowner job, John was awarded a citation from the state of Oregon Forestry Department for the excellent work he had done.

After 31 years of suffering with the staph infection in his ankle, John became ill. When the doctors examined him, they could not find any sign of the infection. Hearing this, John said, “Cut it off,” and so they did. What may have been a tragedy for others was a blessed relief for him. He fared wonderfully well with his prosthesis, and created many laughable stories because of it. Only one of which was, when it was bothering him and he had grandson, Ryan, take it down to the shop and cut part of it off.

John’s hobbies were hunting, fishing and traveling. He and Doris visited many monuments, museums and parks statewide, nationally and internationally.

John took many trips with his family. He hunted in Oregon and Idaho with his sons, Jeff and Joe; took trips to Alaska combining travel, fishing and hunting with son, David, and family. Included was a trip to Hawaii with son, Larry and wife; fishing on the Columbia and hunting with son, John and family. Donna also shared trips to Nevada and Alaska with him and Doris.

Three weeks in Italy and Austria with David and family were highlighted by being part of a huge crowd in St. Peter’s Square to witness Pope John Paul II ordain (the now-present Pope) Francis and others to the Office of the Cardinal. Several trips through the Yukon, British Columbia and Banff, Alberta, found them having high tea in the British tradition. And trips to Nevada to visit Doris’ friends and schoolmates were always a great pleasure to John.

John also learned to appreciate live Broadway productions, along with several operas and philharmonic concerts. The trade-off was tickets to Blazer games, especially when the Blazers were playing the Utah Jazz.

He also enjoyed many live appearances of pop and western musicians. While watching the Donna Fargo show, she came off the stage and shook his hand. His claim to fame!

His uncanny knack for finding things kept his family amazed. While driving, some of the more unusual things included a ticking ladies Timex watch near a snow bank in Yellowstone Park, a police two-way radio on a Hines street, scissors on a street in Eugene, a box of toys on a desert road off Highway 20, and most rare, a perfectly good Oreck vacuum cleaner in the Ochoco Forest while riding around with friend, Cal.

John’s sense of humor stayed with him even through his last days; and friends and family will repeat some of his vocabulary for a very long time.

He was a member of several organizations, mostly to do with the timber industry. He was president of the Grant/Harney chapter of Oregon Forest Product Transportation Association, in which he held state offices as well. He was also named Timberman of the Year at the Harney County Chamber Banquet.

John is survived by his wife, Doris; brother, Jim, and his wife, Rhea; sister, Janice Jones; children, Jeff, and his wife, Denise, Joe, Donna, Larry, John, and his wife, Pat, David, and his wife, Runae; 14 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren; nieces, Kristie and Lenore; nephew, Hank; and many friends.

John was preceded in death by his parents; a newborn daughter; and grandsons, Joe Jr. and Johnathan Mallars.

A funeral service was held Aug. 23 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church.

Contributions in John’s memory may be made to Harney County Home Health and Hospice and/or Ronald McDonald House of Central Oregon, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.

Conly Marshall 1926-2014

Posted on September 10th in Obituaries

WorkedOBIT MarshallConly Leon Marshall, 87, passed away Aug. 6 at the Aspen Assisted Living Center in Hines.

Conly was born Nov. 16, 1926, in Burns. He was the second child of Culver and Violet Marshall. The Marshalls lived about three-quarters of a mile from the mouth of the Blitzen River, north of the town of Voltage. He started grade school at Voltage, but that school was closed in 1935, so Conly went to school at Sodhouse. In 1937, the Marshall property, and many neighbors’ property, was condemned and converted into the Malheur Wildlife Refuge. Conly then completed his last two years of grade school in Ontario, and then attended high school in Grants Pass.

In high school, Conly was really into sports. He played football, basketball, tennis and track. In the summers, he got back to the high desert, working for Al Wallace of the Trout Creek Ranch in years 1939-41. The summers of 1942 and 1943, he was at the Disaster Peak Ranch, at the head of Little Whitehorse Creek, working for Arch Meyers and Culver Marshall. Conly said, “My brother and I earned enough money to buy a Model A, 1928, Ford pickup for $75. We were too young to have a driver license, but during the war they let us drive with a permit.” Culver Jr. and Conly would drive to Grants Pass to school and back to Harney County to work in the summers. “The main problem with this trip was gas and tires. We saved gas coupons to buy enough to get back to Grants Pass each fall,” Conly said.

Culver Jr. and Conly went through high school in the same grade, and after graduation in 1944, Jr. went into the armed services and Conly stayed home because of his age. In the spring of 1945, Jr. was killed at Luzon in the South Pacific Theatre, leaving Conly the only surviving son.

Conly married Barbara Joanne Smith of Grants Pass on Feb. 15, 1946. The next fall, Conly and Joanne moved to La Grande, where they went into a partnership with his father in the grocery business, spending most of his time behind the meat counter as a butcher. He invested in real estate, buying 320 acres of timberland with two cabins. In 1948, they sold the business and timberland, and moved to Grants Pass, where they bought a new home and Conly went to work for the power company.

In 1953, they moved to Beulah, to get back to what he really loved, ranching. He leased a ranch and started building a cow herd, along with a family. Three years later in 1956, they moved to Drewsey, where they lived for the rest of their lives. From Conly and Joanne’s lifelong marriage came six children: Craig, Gary, Conly Lee, Kevin, Coleen and Carla.

Conly’s loves were dancing, hunting, roping, sports, dogs, horses and kids. Combine any two or three of these and he was in heaven. For instance, hunting and kids, roping and kids, sports and kids, horses and kids, anything and kids. It was his love for kids that made him the Grand Marshal of the 75th Harney County Fair, Rodeo and Race Meet in 1999.

Conly said, “Bill Robertson gave me a buckskin colt in 1962 that was the daddy of all my horses. He was such a nice cow horse, had a good disposition, and I decided that any person who wanted a good horse, especially a young person, should have one of his colts.” For many years, the outstanding 4-H horseman of the Harney County Fair would win a colt donated by Conly or Don Opie. Many other young people were given the opportunity to train one the colts raised on the Marshall ranch.

Some of Conly’s contributions to the Harney County community were teaching hunter safety courses, teaching 4-H for 24 years, basketball coach at Drewsey for 10 years, assisted many girls trying out for Fair Court, helped many young people learn to train horses and how to rope, and served on the school board for 10 years. He also supplied cattle for team roping and cow cutting events, and spent many of his later years collecting history, on video, from any “old timer” that he could.

Conly was part of the community and the community was part of him. He said, “My wife, my family, and my friends during my lifetime are unbelievable. The help we received in good times and in bad, makes you wonder what we have to gripe about. I’ve had the best!”

Conly is survived by sons, Gary (Georgia) Marshall, Kevin (Cheryl) Marshall; daughters, Coleen (Speed) Perkins, Carla (Greg) Johnston and Maureen Marshall; 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Conly was preceded in death by his wife, Joanne; sons, Conly Lee and Craig; brother, Culver Marshall Jr.; and his parents.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Drewsey Community Hall.

Donations in Conly Marshall’s name may be made to any 4-H or youth group of your choice.

Randall E. Haugen 1933-2014

Posted on September 10th in Obituaries

OBIT HaugenRandall E. Haugen of Eugene passed away May 24.

He was born July 30, 1933, to Randall Joseph and Esther Margaret (Koloen) Haugen in Silverton.

In 1941, the family moved to Burns, where he became an Oregonian newspaper carrier. Randall did so well he won many newspaper-sponsored trips to Canada, California and Portland.

Upon graduating from Burns High School in 1951, he moved to Eugene and started working for Safeway. In 1952, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served in Korea until 1955. Upon his discharge, he went right back to Safeway. Randall worked at several locations in the Eugene area and Junction City, and eventually transferred to Portland. After years of working in the grocery business, he founded and operated the Rolling Hills Market in Troutdale from 1977 until he sold the business in 1998.

Randall is survived by his wife, Dianne Spurlock  Haugen; daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Chuck Dodge of Portland; grandchildren, Aimee and Brian Dodge; and sister, Carol Nygaard of Vancouver, Wash.

He was preceded in death by a son, Gregory Randall Haugen in 1993.

Carole Elizabeth Galka Dean

Posted on September 10th in Obituaries

WorkedOBIT DeanCarole Elizabeth Galka Dean, 75, of Burns, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, Aug. 30.

Carole was born in Emmett, Idaho. She was married to Daniel Dean, of Harney County, where they spent the last two years and eight months together.

Carole grew up in Burns, and first met Daniel in high school. Family movement and marriage took Carole and Daniel on separate paths until 2012, when they found their way back to each other and were married. Their short time together was marked with joy, happiness, and a deep love which was evident to all.

Carole was married to Henry Floyd Galka on Sept. 1, 1958. Together, they have seven children, 21 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren, one of which they raised as their own, Devyn Mercedes Guerrero. Carole’s avid love for the written word was passed on to her children and their children. A propensity toward the creative could be seen in her crocheting of blankets and necklaces. While primarily a homemaker, Carole worked in many different capacities, including a nurse’s assistant and assistant to her first husband in all secretarial type work for their engineering company.

Carole’s heart of compassion for her fellow man could be seen in her continuous outpouring of love and help to family, friends, and even complete strangers. She was a wonderful mother who thought of her children first, and would go without in order to provide for their needs and even wants.

She is survived by her mother, Kathryn Marie Hochhalter; siblings, Marlene Marie Lobato, James Raymond Vanderdasson, and Judith Kathryn Spriggel; children, Dinah Lynn White, Joni Beth Kutz, Lisa Anne Atkins-Croft, Henry Thomas Galka, Stephen Vincent Galka, Rebekah Lee O’ Hare, and Nichole Kathryn Hall; 20 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Carole was preceded in death by her father, Ralph Raymond Vanderdasson; brother, Ronald Wayde Vanderdasson; her first husband, Henry Floyd Galka; and granddaughter, Vanessa Marie Green.

Carole has been laid to rest in the high desert country of Harney County, at Fort Harney Cemetery.

LaFollette’s Chapel was in charge of arrangements.  Visit and sign the guest book and leave your condolences.

Robert Wayne Howes 1932-2014

Posted on September 10th in Obituaries

WorkedOBIT HowesRobert Wayne Howes passed away Aug. 19.

Bob was born in Wichita, Kan., May 2, 1932, to Wayne and Hope Howes. They moved to Burns in 1940 to the family ranch on Ryegrass Lane. He graduated from Burns High School in 1951. He then served two years in the Navy. After sailing in the Pacific ocean, he returned to Harney County and married Patricia Gregg.

He enjoyed all kinds of outdoor living and working. His first love was ranching in Harney County. During his 33-year career with the Forest Service, he smoothed many logging roads and built campsites that are still around for all to enjoy today. Sitting atop a horse was another pleasure he enjoyed. Teaching and playing chess with his grandchildren was great fun. He always had a smile and a giggle for everyone that knew him.

Bob is survived by sons, Jeff Howes of Coos Bay and Mike and his wife, Stephanie Howes of Burns; grandchildren, Chris and Rachel Howes of Burns, Nick and Elizabeth Howes of Bend, and Alycia and Miranda Howes of Burns; great-granddaughter, Macy Howes; great-grandson, Gabe Howes; brothers and sisters, Dorthea and husband, Clint Purdy of Burns, Don and wife, Teresa Howes of Silverton, Helen Kennedy of Sandy, John Howes of Portland; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Patricia.

A service for Bob will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 12, in the Memorial Building at the Harney County Fairgrounds.


A memorial service for Shirley Thomson will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at the Haren-Wood Chapel, 2543 SW 4th Avenue in Ontario. All are welcome.


Maryanna Otley passed away Saturday, Aug. 30, at Harney District Hospital.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 8, in the Burns Elks Lodge No. 1680.

Contributions in her memory may be made to either AirLink or Shriners Children’s Hospital in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, PO Box 488; Burns, OR 97720.


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