A celebration of life and memorial dinner for Bill Robertson, who passed away in July 2015, will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, at the Drewsey Hall in Drewsey. The meat will be provided, salads and desserts will be appreciated.

Bill was a longtime rancher in Drewsey, and then moved to Ontario to retire and enjoy life.

Deborah Lynn Smith 1950-2015

Posted on August 19th in Obituaries


OBIT Smith WEBDeborah Lynn Smith, 65, passed away Aug. 3 at Harney District Hospital.

Deborah was born Jan. 28, 1950, in Kremmling, Colo., to Fred Jr. and Marjorie Jones. During her younger years, she lived in many places, including Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, California and Nevada.

Deborah attended high school in Reno, Nev., where she met and married William L. Grillo. They had three children, Sebrina, Chris, and Gena. Bill and Deborah relocated to Sonoma County, Calif., after Sebrina was born. After their divorce, Deborah continued to raise their children in Sonoma County.

While living and working in Alexander Valley, Calif., Deborah met and married Mark Smith. Shortly after marrying, Mark and Deborah moved their family to Burns. That is where they built their life together and their home that Deborah loved tending to. She had an amazing knack for growing and nurturing plants and flowers, which was apparent when you visited her home and saw the gorgeous planters full of color. Deborah loved being involved in the Harney County community and was always volunteering to help with one thing or another.

She is survived by her children, Sebrina Grillo of Santa Rosa, Calif., Chris Grillo of Santa Rosa, Calif., and Gena Anderson and her husband, Kenny of Twin Falls, Idaho; grandsons, Wacey and Brenden Anderson, both of Twin Falls, Idaho; sisters, Phyllis Scheierman of North Charleston, S.C., Melanie Boyer and Michelle Guilford, both of Sun Valley, Nev.; mother-in-law, Claudia Smith of Willits, Calif.; brother-in-law, Ken Smith and his wife, Rose of Willits, Calif.; four nephews and one niece.

Deborah was preceded in death by her husband, Mark; her mother and father; an infant son, Anthony; and brother, Donald.

Contributions may be made in Deborah’s name to either the Kiwanis Club or the Burns High School band. They may be mailed to LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.

A memorial gathering will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, at Big Bear Lodge in Hines. Another memorial gathering will be held in Willits, Calif. on Sept. 19.


OBIT Libbey WEBGertrude Lorna Libbey, 101, passed away Aug. 11 at Harney District Hospital.

She was born to Charles and Jenny Bown on Dec. 23, 1913, in Rancagua, Chile. She lived in Chile until 1970 when her husband, Rainey, retired from Anaconda Copper Mining Co. and they moved to Tucson, Ariz. Rainey passed away in 1996, and in 2008, Gertrude came to live in Burns with her daughter, Lorna Cagle, and husband, Charlie.

She is survived by her daughter, Lorna (Charlie) of Burns; daughter, Ellen (Rico) of Port Townsend, Wash.; sister, Ruth Bates of Tucson, Ariz.; grandsons, Jason (Krista) of Washougal, Wash. and Bryan (Leslie) of Eugene; great-grandchildren, Aidan, Addy, Laila, Bailey, and Aaron; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers; her husband, Rainey; and her son, John.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 29 at 1 p.m. at St. Andrews Episcopal/Peace Lutheran Church in Burns. Burial will be at Evergreen Mortuary in Tucson, Ariz., at a later date.

Donations may be made to Gallery 15 at P.O. Box 695, Burns, OR 97720, or to a charity of one’s choice.


OBIT Averill WEBHerbert “Rusty” Averill, 88, passed away July 23 in Las Vegas, Nev.

Rusty was born July 21, 1927 to Herbert and Wilhelmina Averill in Philadelphia, Pa. At the age of 17, Rusty enlisted in the Navy where he did several tours that took him around the world. During his time in the Navy, he and his crew were sent to the Bikini Atoll Islands where they endured the nuclear testing in the 1940s.

Rusty loved being out on the ocean so much that after his time in the Navy ended, he joined ranks with the Merchant Marines. After a failed first marriage, he wed Tiffany Joann (Morning Star) Zimmerman in 1950. Rusty had a son from his first marriage and three sons and five daughters with Tiffany. After the Merchant Marines, he and Tiffany settled down in Upper Darby, Pa. They later relocated to Delaware, where Rusty became a long-haul truck driver, which later led to him hauling large boats. He loved this type of work, but the long hours of driving eventually took their toll on his back. He retired from truck driving after having back surgery.

Rusty went on to work for a lock and key company. In 1978, Rusty and Tiffany decided to leave Delaware and head out West. They ended up settling in Las Vegas, Nev., where Rusty had his own locksmith company for a while. He then decided to do some security work, and this change in careers landed him a job as Deputy Constable with the Constable’s Office in Clark County, North Las Vegas. In a few years’ time, he was promoted to Chief Deputy Constable, which is where he worked until a botched back surgery in 1997 left him no alternative but to retire from the profession he loved.

Rusty and Tiffany continued to live in Las Vegas. They bought their first home together in 1998. Sadly, it was in this very home that Tiffany was murdered in 2001 during a home invasion robbery. However, Rusty decided to continue living there because, “It was the first home he and his wife had ever purchased together.”

From the time of his wife’s murder up until March 2015, Rusty was robbed in his home four more times, with the last time resulting in him being hospitalized with a gunshot wound to his leg. His family had tried several times to encourage him to move, but he loved Las Vegas and didn’t want to leave a place that had become such a big part of his life. It was late 2014 to early 2015 that he actually started considering moving up to Harney County to live with his daughter and her husband (Cheryl and Glenn Jakubowski of Burns). While Rusty was in the hospital after the last robbery, with the help of his youngest daughter and her spouse, Pamela West and Judy Rhodes, of Coventry, Conn., Cheryl Jakubowski made the trip to Las Vegas to pack up his belongings and move him to Burns. Rusty remained in the hospital at the time of Cheryl’s departure from Las Vegas because he was in no shape at that time to make the long drive.

After being bounced around from the hospital to skilled nursing facilities, Rusty’s health began to rapidly decline. With the help of her best friend, Amzel Prokop, Cheryl made another trip down to Las Vegas in a rented van with a hospital bed in the back with the intention of transporting Rusty up to Harney District Hospital. However, after battling back and forth with the hospital staff about whether or not he would be able to endure the trip, the hospital made the decision that Rusty’s health was too serious for him to be moved, especially for a 12- to 14-hour drive. The hospital staff felt that Rusty’s time was short, so they made the decision to place him in a hospice facility. He passed away less than a week later, just two days after his 88th birthday.

Throughout his life, Rusty enjoyed many hobbies, including model trains, building model ships, and spending precious time with his family. He was always the jokester and loved making people laugh.

Rusty is survived by his son, John Averill and wife, Joyce, of Indianola, Iowa; son, Bruce Averill of Las Vegas, Nev.; daughter, Tiffany Bartolomei and husband, Tony of Smyrna, Del.; son, Ronald Averill of Townsend, Del.; daughter, Susan Durnan of Middletown, Del.; daughter, Cheryl Jakubowski and husband, Glenn, of Burns; daughter, Pamela West and spouse, Judy Rhodes of Coventry, Conn.; grandson, Wayne R. Averill of Delaware;  granddaughter, Erin Berglund-Burns of Louisiana; granddaughter, Amy George of Maryland; granddaughter, Christine Colvin-Chun of Hawaii; grandson, Corey Wainikainen of Florida; grandson, Sean Averill of Delaware; granddaughter, Jennifer Averill of Delaware; grandson, Sean Averill of Iowa; and granddaughter, Susan Averill of Iowa; as well as numerous great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Tiffany Joann (Morning Star) Zimmerman Averill; son, Brett Averill; and daughter, Beverly “Jan” Averill.

For those wishing to make a donation in Rusty’s name, an account has been set up at Umpqua Bank to help the family with final expenses.


OBIT Donovan WEBBetty Powell Donovan, 92, passed away at home on July 23, with her family by her side.

Betty was born Oct. 18, 1922 in Denver, Colo., to Lawrence and Jeanne Gauthier. She graduated from Wheatridge High School in Colorado in 1941. Betty was an accomplished artist, dancer, bartender, 18-wheeler truck driver and rancher. She also was the postmaster in Black Hawk, Colo., for several years. She moved to Burns in 1973, where she ranched and worked for Oard’s Gallery and Indian Art Museum for many years.

Betty is survived by her daughters, Shirley Holloway Blanchfield, Donna Marshall Wheeler (Dennis), Kathleen Parks (Jim); son, Cuthbert Powell (Mary); grandchildren, Christopher Orblom, Lauren Orblom Frack, Shae Haley Williams (Ben), Jennifer Powell Van Zeipel (Patrick), and Amanda Marshall; great-grandchildren, Andrew, Hayley, Alycia and Sadie; nieces, Julie Simones, LariLee Lincoln, Ed Downs (Michelle); and one grand-nephew, Lee Lincoln Simones.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Donovan; son, Jim Donovan; and sister, Shoo Downs.


Patricia A. Couzens, 83, passed away peacefully in her sleep July 14.

She was born May 29, 1932, in Baker City to Glenn and Edna O’Neil.  Pat spent most of her childhood in La Grande. She graduated from La Grande High School in 1950.

Soon after graduation, she married John F. Couzens.

They lived in La Grande until 1956. They then moved to Hines, living there from 1956 to 1971. From Hines, they moved to Glendale, and lived there from 1971 to 1986.  In 1986, they moved to the Portland area.

Pat is survived by her daughters, Susan Defebaugh of Gresham, Lynda Fine of Burns, and Lisa Blackmun of Forest Grove;  five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Glenn and Edna O’Neil; brother, Thomas; and husband, John F. Couzens.

The family suggests remembrances to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.

OBIT Tropf WEBDoris Fae (Breach) Tropf, 74, passed away July 20.

She was born Aug. 19, 1930, to John and Louise Breach, near the Great Divide, near Craig, Colo. John and Louise and their seven children, Mildred, Glen, Wilma, Doris, Margaret, Wanda and Lawrence, lived at their homestead in Colorado until 1940, when they moved to Greenleaf, Idaho.

In 1968, Doris married Arno “Ike” Tropf, and in 1970, the family moved from Caldwell, Idaho, to Burns. Ike and Doris owned the Jiffy Mart for 20 years. They enjoyed doing business in the community, seeing their many friends and meeting new friends.

Family time and little children were the things Doris loved most. Her children, Earlene, Dean, Cindy and Rex, and all the grandchildren were the most important things in the world to her, and she loved visits and big family gatherings. She also loved visiting with all of her friends.

Doris is survived by her four children, Earlene (Larry) Anderson of Burns, Dean (Susan) Draper of Burns, Cindy Schab of Benton City, Wash., and Rex (Laurie) Draper of Hines; sister, Margaret Crill; brother, Lawrence Breach; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Arno “Ike” Tropf; siblings, Mildred Ivie, Glen Breach, Wilma Taulbee and Wanda Breach; and son-in-law Don Schab.

A potluck Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, Aug. 1 at noon at the home of Dean Draper, 620 East E Street in Burns.

Memorials may be made to the Boys and Girls Club of Harney County or Harney County Senior and Community Services Center, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.


OBIT Dalglliesh WEBJessie Joanne Anzini Dalglliesh passed away June 20 in Burns.

Jessie was born April 7, 1947, in Scotia, Calif. She filled the hearts of those who knew her with love – she was always positive, always smiling, and always hopeful. From the very beginning of her life, she was a pure joy to be around, and was loved by all. Jessie will be missed by many, but rejoice with many in the new system awaiting us all.

A memorial will be held Saturday, Aug. 1, at 3 p.m. at the Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall, 592 W. Madison in Burns.

Jo Ann Rose 1933-2015

Posted on July 29th in Obituaries


OBIT Rose WEBJo Ann Rose, 82, of Payette, Idaho, passed away at her home June 11.

Jo Ann was born March 18, 1933, in Burns, living there until 1957. She graduated from Burns High School. On Memorial Day in 1951, she married Glen Rose; six years and three sons later they moved to Prineville, one of her many moves being married to a government man.

Jo Ann worked her entire life, mostly in banking and some real estate. She semi-retired when Glen retired from the Bureau of Land Management, working a few more years at the US Bank in Ontario.

She enjoyed fishing, camping, traveling, with her most treasured trip being the three weeks spent in Australia and New Zealand, and for the last several years, playing bridge with lots of her friends.

Jo Ann is survived by her sons, Rick, Mike and Mac; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Jo Ann’s life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Four Rivers Cultural Center, 676 SW 5th Ave. in Ontario. Cremation was under the direction of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel in Payette. Condolences may be made to Jo Ann’s family at www.shaffer-jensenchapel.com.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity to honor Jo Ann’s memory

Friends of the late Mary Pengelly are invited to meet at Figaro’s Pizza at 6 pm. Thursday, Aug. 13, to share memories of the former Burns resident with her daughter, Aubra Pengelly-Pollack of Cheney, Wash.

Pengelly taught school in the Burns area schools for many years, and was active in the Harney County Historical Society, Desert Trail Association, Pioneer Presbyterian Church, Chamber Music Society and more before moving back to Klamath Falls in 1994 after the death of her husband, Russell Pengelly. Pengelly lived at Cheney, near her daughter, during the last years of her life. She passed away Jan. 9, 2015, in Cheney, and will be interred in August in Klamath Falls, where she grew up.

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