Joann Elaine Miller, 77, passed away March 9.

Joann was born July 28, 1937, in Albert Lea, Minn., to George E. and Myrtle C. (Morriem) Nelson. She attended Albert Lea High School, and upon graduation, she moved to Chicago, Ill. After marrying, she moved to Eugene, where she raised her family, later living in Washougal, Wash. and Crane, before settling in Bend more than a year and a half ago.

Joann was an administrative assistant when she wasn’t running her horse ranch. In 1980, Joann served as president of Base Area No. 2 Hospital Guild Sacred Heart Hospital in Eugene. She served as the president of the Oregon Quarter Horse Association from 1981-1982. She enjoyed modeling, quilting, making porcelain dolls, arts and crafts, horseback riding, buckaroos and her animals.

Joann is survived by her daughter, Kim (Phil) Kraemer of Bend; son, Michael (May) Edwards of Monroe, Wash.; daughter, Andrea (Randy) Osborne of Truckee, Calif; sister, Helen (Bill) Garriott of Merrill; four grandchildren, Alex (Amanda) Loomis of Dallas, Texas, Katherine Loomis of Chicago, Ill., Isaac and Mitchel Osborne of Truckee, Calif.; and two step-granddaughters.

Joann was preceded in death by her parents, George and Myrtle Nelson; and brother, Paul Nelson.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to all the caregivers who provided love and care to their mother, Joann. Memorial contributions may be made to the Equine Outreach at  or the Alzheimer’s Association at

OBIT Ebar workedEmilie Constance Rhen-Ebar, 70, passed away March 4, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Emilie was born Oct. 15, 1944, in Bagley, Minn., to Gladys Lilian (Ehlers) Rhen and Nils Gustaf Emil Rhen. Her only sibling, Rodney Rhen, was 5 years old when she was born.

Emilie started grade school in Leonard, Minn., and in 1950, the family moved to Hines, where she attended Hines Grade School. In 1952, they moved back to Leonard, then in 1953, the family spent a few months in Williston, N.D., before returning to Leonard. She later graduated from Clearbrook High School in 1962. She finally settled in Oregon in 1965, and in 1971, her only son was born.

Emilie drove the 4-C bus until May of 1979 when she started working for UPS. She was known throughout Harney County as simply Emmy, the UPS Lady. Emilie took a lot of pride in her work. Christmas was, of course, the busiest time of year and the worst of road conditions, but Emilie always made sure everyone got their presents before she went home to enjoy Christmas with her family. On June 6, 1995, she married John Ebar Sr. Emilie’s vacations were spent driving back to Minnesota to spend time with family and friends. She loved simply being around her aunts, uncles and cousins and listening to them tell stories. Emilie was always there to help, whether family or friend, she made many contributions and donations throughout Harney County, usually anonymously. She loved taking care of her grandchildren, as they were the love of her life.

Emilie enjoyed hunting and fishing, but she truly loved playing golf and cards with her family and friends at Valley Golf Club. After her retirement from UPS in 1999, she became more involved with the Valley Golf Club as a board member.

Emilie is survived by her husband of 20 years, John Ebar Sr.; brother; Rodney Rhen and wife Loraine; son, Justin Aamodt and wife, Nikki; stepsons, John Ebar Jr. and wife, Rozanne, and Joe Ebar; grandchildren, McKiah, Riley Aamodt and Emil Aamodt; step-grandchildren, McKenzie Ebar, Chris Rutledge, Mitchel Ebar and Michelle Ebar; nieces, RaeAnn and husband, John Jacobson, Tracy and husband, Duane John; and nephew, Devin and wife, Laura Rhen.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Fredrick and Augusta Rhen, and Henry and Hilda Elhers; parents, Emil and Gladys Rhen; two aunts; and six uncles.

Emilie’s final message to her family and friends: You know I loved you all, but some more than others. I hope you live life to the fullest, be loving and kind, be generous, always put God and family first. Remember this, always forgive. You may not forget, but always forgive, you’ll be a better person for it.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at the Peace Lutheran/St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. Immediately following the service at the church, everyone is invited to the Valley Golf Club at 345 Hines Blvd.

Contributions in Emilie’s memory may be made to the Harney County Hospice, Valley Golf Club or a charity of one’s choice.  You can sign the online guest book at

Daryl Dwane Ross 1954-2015

Posted on March 11th in Obituaries

OBIT RossDaryl Dwane Ross, 60, passed away Feb. 17 in Burns.

Daryl was born July 23, 1954, in Lodi, Calif. The Ross family moved to Baker County when Daryl was in the seventh grade. His dad, Jerry, managed several ranches in the Baker/Keating area.

Daryl graduated from Baker High School in 1972 where he was a standout basketball player. His basketball honors included all-league honors, all-state honors and numerous school records. He was also active in high school rodeo as a team roper and calf roper. After graduation, Daryl attended Montana State University on a full-ride basketball scholarship. At Montana State, Daryl received Big Sky Conference basketball honors and earned his bachelor’s degree in agri-business. Upon graduating, he played semi-pro basketball in Mexico and Europe and received an invitation to try out for the Portland Trail Blazers and Seattle Supersonics.

Daryl demonstrated his work ethic at an early age, working ranch jobs in his youth, such as changing irrigation hand line for 10 cents per pipe.  As an adult, Daryl worked at Municipal Pipeline Supply and Warnock Ranches in Baker, and Peila Ranch in Burns. He also worked many side jobs, such as building fence, operating equipment, and various construction projects. Daryl proudly stated that he “never turned down a paying job.” After moving to Burns in 1989, he began his 23-year career as a heavy equipment operator for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Daryl spent many hours operating the dozer and water tender on BLM wildfires. He was well known for his ability and determined attitude. He never hesitated when asked to tie into a line, regardless of the terrain or fire activity. He was equally known for his outgoing personality at the fire camp, as he had a natural camaraderie with the crew. He always had a smile on his face and a quick wit that was enjoyed by all who knew him.

Daryl was also extremely handy, a “jack of all trades.” He prided himself in a job well done and never settled for anything less. In his spare time, Daryl completely remodeled the family home, helped neighbors and family with home and property improvements, and was constantly tinkering in his shop. With Daryl’s inventive nature, he was always looking for ways to be more efficient.

However, Daryl’s real pride was his girls. He was always involved in their activities, and he found opportunities to support them in any way that he could. He used his talents to coach their youth sports teams, build their 4-H pig box, build an ice-skating rink, and construct a roping arena. He built a heated indoor basketball court in the barn, spent countless hours sharing his passion of competitive play, and never missed a game no matter the sport. Erin and Chelsea always said he was their strongest supporter, but also their toughest critic because he was always pushing them to be better. He was a terrific father who supported them both on and off the court.  Daryl relished family time, not only with his daughters but with all of his extended family.

Some of Daryl’s best memories were spent on Wagontire Mountain; camping, hunting, fishing, playing poker, and leading four-wheeler excursions. Over the years, Daryl found many passions, but most notably basketball, team-roping and later, golf. He loved the mental aspect of golf and always said that “your mind was your most powerful muscle.” He was determined to perfect his short game and swing, and spent countless hours on the golf course. Always a competitive person, everything could be made into a competition with the high-stakes of a quarter bet.

Despite his diagnosis of ALS, Daryl was determined to live life to the fullest. He retired from the BLM in 2011, and spent much of the following three years on the golf course and with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Ann (Peila) Ross; daughters, Erin Jenks and husband, JJ, and Chelsea Kagan and husband, Aaron; three grandchildren, Sonora, Copeland, and Simon; siblings, Charlie Ross, Ernie Ross, and Jane Fallon; and numerous other relatives.

Daryl was preceded in death by his parents, Gerald and Helen Ross; and siblings, Karen Bossert and DeAnna Anderson.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at the Burns Elks Lodge. A dinner, prepared by the Elks, will follow the service.

Contributions may be made to the Valley Golf Club Grounds Improvement Fund in Daryl’s memory or the ALS Association, through LaFollette’s Chapel.

L. Glenn Hays 1922-2015

Posted on March 11th in Obituaries

L. Glenn Hays, 92, former English teacher and wrestling coach at Burns High School, passed away March 3 in Aurora, Colo., of natural causes.

Glenn was born Dec. 28, 1922, in Longdale, Okla., to Hobart and Pearl (McCormick) Hays. In 1941, he dropped out of high school and enlisted in the U.S. Army. Later, he took part in the D-Day invasion of Europe. Once the war was over, he completed high school in Hennessey, Okla. There he met his future wife, Beverly Baines.  They were married in 1947.

After finishing college at Oklahoma A & M College (now Oklahoma State University), he and Beverly moved to Oregon, where Glenn taught and coached at Nehalem, Scappoose, Beaverton, Burns (1957-1963) and Bend high schools. He was a master teacher and a successful coach. His best wrestling squad, at Burns, finished second in the state in 1962.  His winning teams sparked a resurgence in Hilander athletics that continues to this day.

Glenn and his family lived in Bend from 1963-1993. Following Beverly’s death, he eventually settled in Aurora, Colo.

He is survived by his son, Rev. Vance Hays, of Portland; his daughter, Dixie Hays Sexton, of Bend; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly, in 1993; and his brother, Darrell, in 2014.

Disposition was by cremation. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at Parklane Christian Reformed Church in Portland. Memories and condolences may be sent to

Viola Jennings, 99, a longtime resident of Burns, passed away March 8 in Richfield, Wash.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 13, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Burns.

A full obituary will follow at a later date.

Kathy Johnson, 54, passed away March 6 at her home in Burns.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 14, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Hines.

A full obituary will follow at a later date.

OBIT Bates webRonald Edwin Bates, 81, passed away Feb. 25 at home in Hines, following complications from cancer.

Ron was born May 29, 1933, in Caldwell, Idaho, to Ed and June (Pitkin) Bates. He was the oldest of three children. His family moved to Vale, from Emmett, Idaho, when he was 3 years old. He attended school in Vale from first grade through high school, with the exception of attending one year of school in Twin Falls, Idaho.

Ron loved the outdoors.  He grew up fishing and swimming in the river with his brother and cousins, and climbing a mountain near town looking for lizards, porcupines, snakes and other critters. He has referred to these childhood experiences as some of the most enjoyable times of his life.

Sports were Ron’s life in high school. He was an accomplished athlete. He played on the first team in baseball all four years of high school. Ron also played on the first teams in basketball and football three years each. He led the league (which consisted of nine schools) in punting in football, and won the punting contest at a football jamboree with a 60-yard kick from scrimmage. He led the league in scoring in basketball as a senior.

After graduating from Vale High School in 1951, Ron studied fish and game management for two years at Oregon State College in Corvallis. He then served three years in the United States Army and is a veteran of the Korean War. Ron also spent time at bases in Maryland, New Mexico, and Washington.

Ron returned to Vale after his time in the service.  He accepted a job as deputy county clerk in the Malheur County Clerk’s office. This is where he met Deanna Marx, also an employee in the office. Ron and Deanna had the unusual opportunity to issue their own marriage license, and were married Dec. 30, 1958, in Vale.

Ron received a job offer from the Land Title Insurance Company in 1964.  He worked in the Ontario office for 18 months. In July 1965, the company sent him to manage the branch office in Burns. He continued to manage the Burns office until his retirement.

Ron and Deanna are the parents of six children.  Ron continued to enjoy the outdoors while raising his family, taking them fishing and camping. He took his family on a two-week vacation every summer.  Camping along the Oregon Coast and going to Disneyland were family favorites. Picnics at Idlewild, followed by taking a walk with Grandpa, were highlights for his grandchildren.

Ron retired from the Land Title Insurance Company in 1995. Deanna closed the doors of her in-home day care business in 1996. Retirement brought the opportunity for Ron and Deanna to spend six months of the year in St. George, Utah. They enjoyed the warmer weather during the winter months, and walked many miles throughout the years along the Virgin River Trail.  They continued to make St. George their second home until 2014, at which time Ron was too sick to make the trip.

Ron was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served as the bishop of the Burns Ward congregation for more than seven years. During his service as bishop, he chose the building site upon which the Burns Ward chapel currently stands.

Ron is survived by his wife of 56 years, Deanna; children, Marci, Gary, Veito, Debbie (John Sevy), Diane, and Gene (Becky); and 10 grandchildren. He is also survived by siblings, Larry Bates (Marilyn) and Linda (Jerry Maylin).

Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Ed Bates and June Pitkin Bates Croner.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 7, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Burns. A viewing will be held earlier that morning at 9:30 a.m. at the church building. Interment will be at the Burns Cemetery.

Contributions in Ron’s memory may be made to the National Park Foundation.

OBIT C.Walker webCharles James Walker passed away Feb. 25, 2014, as the result of trauma he suffered from an accidental fall.

Charles was born Oct. 13, 1951, in Burns. He was the eldest child of Charles Ira and Lorraine Walker’s six boys. His passing, one year ago, was kept private due to the family’s wishes.

Charles enjoyed many outdoor activities, and as a youth he participated in football, however, he suffered from severe asthma attacks which would eventually limit his physical activities.

His many hobbies included hunting, fishing, and caring for and raising family pets. During the early 1970s, while in Harney County, he purchased a horse named Blaze, and he would often spend weekends riding and caring for his horse at a local rancher’s home.

He had a passion for music and poetry. He taught himself to play the flute, and enjoyed the title of “lead vocals” for numerous rock and roll bands, which he shared membership with during the late 60s and 70s.

He was a 1970 graduate of Burns Union High School, and upon graduation, enrolled at Central Oregon Community College. From there, he traveled to Portland, and would later return to Hines where he was an employee for Edward Hines Lumber Co.

In 1975, he moved to Hayward, Calif., and worked professionally as a bartender, as well as a customer service associate for numerous hardware stores. He enjoyed living in California, and returned to Oregon only briefly during the last 40 years of his life, most recently living in John Day, with his brother, Mickey, prior to returning to Hayward.

In 1977, he met his future wife, Jackie Martinelli-Haley. The two of them were married Sept. 18, 1977, and, with Jackie’s daughter, Linda, they enjoyed their family life in the Bay Area.

At the time of his death, Charles was a part-time employee for Foothill Hardware of Hayward, Calif.

Charles had many friends, and he was truly a child of the 60s. He found comfort in music, and he had a passion for classic movies. He was a loving, caring husband and father, and his compassion toward others is certainly missed by those who knew him well.

He is survived by his daughter, Linda Martinelli-Haley; and brothers, Robert, Thomas, Michael, Mark and James.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jackie, who passed away March 12, 1998. His father, Charles Ira Walker, passed away in 1989, and his mother, Lorraine Walker, recently passed away Feb. 10.

Jackie’s death was very difficult for Charles. Her passing created a difficult void in Charles’ life. To honor her, he became a home-care facilitator for the state of California, and enjoyed the rewards that came from caring for others.

Elmer H. Graves 1916-2015

Posted on March 4th in Obituaries

OBIT Graves workedElmer H. Graves, 98, passed away Feb. 12.

Nearly 99 years old, he was born on April 25, 1916, and raised in Garden City, Kan.

In 1934, Elmer met his future wife, Azalea, when she joined the Christmas carolers that Elmer was out caroling with during Christmas break. They married two years later, and were married nearly 69 years before Azalea passed away at the age of 94.

As a young boy, he joined cattle drives and as a teenager, between his junior and senior year, he joined 3 Cs to build a dam in Galveston, Kan. He returned to high school to complete his senior year of high school and graduated in 1936.

Elmer and Azalea moved West, living in Nyssa, Klamath Falls and eventually Hines, where he worked for the Hines Lumber Co. for 30 years. Their only child, Kathleen, was born in Ontario while they were living in Nyssa. Elmer had also worked as a firefighter in Kansas the year prior to getting married, and also had worked for the railroad and a sugar factory prior to settling in Hines. Elmer built their home and purchased ranch property, raising a small herd of cattle, as well as working at the lumber mill. Elmer was actively involved in Azalea’s Girl Scout troop, even becoming an honorary Girl Scout. He was also a longtime member, greeter and elder at the Burns Christian Church.

Elmer is survived by his five grandchildren, Martie, Teri, Wayne, Jeff and Rusty; nine great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Gladys; as well as nieces and nephews. He leaves a legacy of love; loving the Lord, his family, friends and neighbors.

He was an exceptional dad, grandfather, brother, role model and friend.

A memorial service will be held on his birthday, April 25, at the Burns Christian Church, in celebration of a life well lived.

OBIT Kaser webSamuel Victor Kaser, 84, passed away Feb. 25.

Sam was born Oct. 1, 1930, in Dutch Flats, the second of five children, to Floyd Kaser and Mildred Storts. He grew up in Silverton, and attended high school at Benson High in Portland, graduating in early 1949. He married his high school sweetheart, Wanda Miethke, in 1951.  They had four children over the next six years, and remained together until she passed in 2012.

After high school, Sam spent four years on active duty in the Navy, serving for a time on the USS Yorktown. He continued in the Naval Reserve until retiring in 1970. Sam enrolled at Oregon State University following his active military service, graduating with an electrical engineering degree in 1957. He worked as an engineer for electric utilities in Burns, Baker and Redmond, before moving to Saudi Arabia in 1975, where they remained for nearly 10 years.  During this time, he and Wanda traveled the world, visiting exotic places like Sri Lanka, Thailand, India, Afghanistan, Holland, and Africa. He once visited family in Switzerland during a trip back from Saudi. He finished his engineering career in Alaska, retiring in about 1990.

But Sam’s adventures didn’t end there. He obtained his Merchant Marine Officer license to operate up to 100-ton ships in 1989, bought his fishing vessel, Barita, and commercial fished in the Sitka, Alaska area off and on for the next few years. Sam and Wanda loved to travel. Over the next 20 years, they traveled between their homes in Sterling, Ark., Granite, and Hines, and everywhere in between. They enjoyed all the outdoor life Alaska and Oregon had to offer, while also spending time with family in both states.

Sam truly lived life to the fullest. He bought a cabin in Granite about 1963, and he and Wanda owned it until their passing. He was never away from Granite for more than a year or two at a time, and loved spending time there during all seasons of the year. Sam was an occasional rancher and farmer, and for a short while he even drove a logging truck. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was also a scuba diver and dived in the Red Sea while living in Saudi Arabia. He obtained his pilot license in about 1967, bought his beloved 1951 Aeronca Sedan airplane, and flew it until his deteriorating health finally brought his flying days to a close after nearly 45 years.

Sam was also a great citizen. He was a life-long member of the Elks, Lions, Masons, Shriners, Moose, and the American Legion.  Through these organizations, he donated a great deal of time and money, helping improve the lives of countless people.

Sam is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Kurt and Susan Kaser of Redmond; son and daughter-in-law, Dusty and Connie Kaser of Bend; and daughter and son-in-law, Melodi and Louie Molt of Burns; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Sam was preceded in death by his wife, Wanda; and son, Danny.

A celebration of life will be held at noon Sunday, March 15, at the Moose Lodge in Redmond.

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