Linda Ruth Smith 1943-2014

Posted on April 9th in Obituaries

OBIT Smith webLinda Ruth Smith passed away April 2 at her home in Hines.

Linda was born Aug. 20, 1943, in Jefferson County, Mo. She was a life member of Eastern Star, and the Business Professional Women’s Association, having had multiple professions, and enjoyed working in the community, as both a professional and volunteer.

Linda and her husband, Darrel, were very active in the Harney County Fair Association.

She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Darrel; mother, Evelyn Rippee; brother, Marvin Rippee; children, Jim (Teri) Smith, Terry (Debra) Taylor, Lisa (Jack) Kennedy, Creig Smith, and David Taylor; 16 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren, with two more on the way.

She was preceded in death by her father, and her sister.

At Linda’s request, there will be no service. Donations in Linda’s name may be made  to Susan G. Komen, or to the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center.


William “Mac” Thomas MacAllister, 84, a resident of Harney County for nearly 30 years, passed away March 5.

Mac was born March 26, 1929, in Pittsburgh, Pa., to James S. MacAllister and Rhoda Heal.

Mac married Virginia Estel Meyer Oct. 8, 1955. They had no children. Mac served in the U.S. Army for three years, 1948-1951. He retired a Master Sergeant, supervisor of supply and inventory management for the U.S. Air Force in 1977, after 23 years of service. Mac worked as maintenance director for Harney County School District No. 3 after moving to Burns.

Mac was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia; and his five siblings.

To all those whose lives she touched, (Virginia) Maxine Schleef passed away March 27 at The Aspens in Hines. She is now hand-in-hand with all those loved ones she was missing. “Peace be with you.”


OBIT Baird workedPlease join the family of Ruby I. Baird at the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center, April 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., for a celebration of her life.

Share your memories and view her life’s journey through pictures.

Refreshments will be served.


Carol Ruth Simpson, 72, of Grants Pass, passed away Friday, March 7, after a long battle with cancer.

Simpson was born Aug. 16, 1941, in Okanagan, Wash., to Rex and Ruth Houtz. She started grade school in a one-room schoolhouse in Izee. After her father died in a logging accident, she moved with her mother and sister to John Day, where they lived for a brief period before settling in Burns. She graduated from Burns High School in 1959, and attended Eastern Oregon State College (now University) for two years. She transferred to Western Oregon State College (now University) and earned a bachelor’s degree in education in 1963. Upon graduation, she moved from Burns to Grants Pass, where she began her career by teaching first grade at Roosevelt Elementary School.

On July 25, 1965, in Grants Pass, she married Ferris Simpson. They enjoyed traveling, and toured Europe in the summer 1966. They had two sons, and spent many hours at soccer and basketball games, cross-country meets and other athletic events that their boys were involved in. She taught in Grants Pass for more than 30 years, with the majority of that time being at Highland Elementary School. Although she retired in 1998, she spent many years after that at Highland Elementary School substitute teaching, volunteering, and visiting with friends. She attended Edgewater Christian Fellowship and was a member of the Philanthropic Educational Organization. Upon retiring, she and her husband traveled to five continents. She enjoyed traveling, cooking, crafts, gardening, sewing, volunteering in her grandchildren’s classrooms, and trips to the Oregon coast. She especially enjoyed spending time at her cabin on the Rogue River in Union Creek, and was always up for a trip to the Oregon coast. In the 50-plus years Carol lived in Grants Pass, she never forgot her Eastern Oregon roots, and loved visiting her sister and nieces who reside there.

She is survived by her husband, Ferris Simpson; two sons, Scott of Eugene, and Craig of Grants Pass; and five grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Joyce.

A memorial service was held March 15 at Edgewater Christian Fellowship, with private interment at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Condolences may be sent to the family at Contributions may be made to Edgewater Christian Fellowship, 101 Assembly Circle, Grants Pass, OR 97526; or to Lovejoy Hospice, 939 S.E. Eighth St., Grants Pass, OR 97526; or to the American Cancer Society, 31 W. Sixth St., Medford, OR 97501.

Lloyd Emil Larson passed away March 19.

Lloyd was born Jan. 21, 1922, in Ione, Wash., to Oscar Emil Larson and Helga Katherina Danielson. He grew up in Klamath Falls, with one brother, Oscar, and two sisters, Eileen and Evelyn.

When he was a youngster, the family lived on the Klamath reservation. In 1936, they moved into Klamath Falls, so their dad could work for Warehouse Lumber Co. Many happy memories went along with the childhood adventures. The family moved to Prineville in 1939, where Lloyd graduated two years later. Just out of high school, he went to Oregon State University (OSU) and joined Theta Xi fraternity.

When Pearl Harbor was bombed, he and many others went to Portland and enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force in 1942. In 1946, he was honorably discharged, and he returned to OSU to continue his college education. It was in June 1949 that he married Elaine Alice Quinn, and the following year, they got busy raising 10 children, all born within 12 years.

Lloyd was always a lumberman, doing every job associated with the manufacturing and selling of lumber. Leisure time was spent bird hunting, fishing, and enjoying athletics with his family. The family moved around a lot, living in Oregon, Washington, California and Canada. No matter where the family moved, the Catholic Church played a big part in making any new town home. The family was very active within the church, so friends were made quickly. Lloyd was an active member of the Knights of Columbus and the Elks.

He is survived by one sister, Evelyn of Powell Butte; sons, Joseph, John and Steve of Spokane, Wash., and Daniel and wife, Jane, of Wilsonville; daughters, Jan Larson, Julie Brown, and Ann Choate and husband, Mike, of Burns, Mary Stevens of Seattle, Wash., and Virginia Snyder and husband, Bill, of Aloha.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Oscar; sister, Eileen; son, Dennis; and his wife, Elaine.

Dale James Hutchinson, 63, of Oregon City, passed away March 25 in Depoe Bay, surrounded by his family.

He was born Nov. 26, 1950. In addition to living in Burns and Crane at times, Dale also lived in Nevada, Idaho, and Southwest Washington.

He is survived by his wife, Lorre; sons, Matt and Emmet; step-sons, Dean and Kevin Baker; and four siblings, including Mike Hutchinson, owner of Hutch’s Western Bazaar in Burns.

Dale and Mike’s father, James Ralph Hutchinson of Burns, also passed away recently, on Dec. 23, 2013.

Bonita Master 1945-2014

Posted on April 2nd in Obituaries

Bonita “Kiwi” H. Masters, 69, of Burns, passed away March 18.

A local service has been held. A service in New Zealand will be held at a later date.

Baird Funeral Home of Bend was in charge of funeral arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the name of “Kiwi” at any US Bank.

OBIT Johnson webMel, (Johnny as some of his family and friends called him), passed away peacefully at his home in Burns March 21; his family was at his side.

Mel was born on Oct.10, 1922, in Clayton, N.M., where he attended elementary school, and assisted in the local store. His stories tell of good memories with the Hopi Indians and their rituals. In 1943, at age 18, he and a friend enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served in various assignments during this period, including as the athletic instructor for the Presidio, Calif. base. He received an honorable discharge on May 20, 1946, and was also awarded a WWII Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal and a Good Conduct Medal. Following his military service, he began employment with the U.S. Postal Service and advanced in the organization quickly.

Mel and Norma Jean Wilkins were married on May 15, 1946, in Reno, Nev. They started their family in the Palo Alto, Calif., area. They were married for almost 68 years at the time of his passing. Their life together shared many adventures and experiences, including a family reunion in New Mexico, a trip to Alaska, and celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary at Delintment Lake with family. The stories and memories are many and varied. When you listened to Mel relate his stories, they all included his wife (companion) and the hand of the Lord.

Mel was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and he and Jean were sealed for all time and eternity in the Oakland Temple. One of his favorite assignments in the church was serving with the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts; he was awarded the Silver Beaver Award, and served in scouting virtually his entire adult life.

Mel was very sports-minded, and really enjoyed golfing, particularly with his friends. He also enjoyed fishing, baseball, and football. At one time, he was as an avid “rock hounder,” and did quite a bit of lapidary work. He always had to have a project.

He and Jean lived in a number of places prior to moving to Burns. Some of these places included Menlo Park, Redwood City and Sunnyvale, Calif. They moved with their three children to Southern Oregon in 1963, and purchased the Three Link Ranch, living there for eight years. After the sale of this ranch, they lived in Shady Cove and Medford. Mel and Jean moved to Burns in 1977, where they spent a number of years restoring their more than 100-year-old home.

During his time in Burns, Mel served on the city council and was very active with the police and fire departments. He was instrumental in making the arrangements to combine the city offices. Mel also served as the president of the Harney County Cancer Society for about 17 years with very fond memories and success. He was also a member of the local Elks and Lions clubs. He believed in serving, and had a charitable heart.

He is survived by his wife and eternal companion, Norma Jean Wilkins Johnson; his daughter, Paula Jean Chambers, and her husband, John R. Chambers of Burns; nine grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Floyd Johnson; mother, Mary Graham-Johnson; all of his siblings; two sons, Darrell Ruland and Richard Alan; and two grandchildren.

Services to celebrate his life will be held on Tuesday April 1, at 11 a.m. in the chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Hines. The service will be followed by a luncheon and socializing.

If desired, donations may be sent to local charities, such as Home Health, Hospice or the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center.

OBIT Landin webIris Landin, 79, passed away Feb. 11 at her home following an on-going battle with cancer and heart problems.

Iris was born in 1934 in Lynden, Wash., to John and Hazel Boyd. After graduating from high school, Iris enlisted in the Navy. This is where she met and married Theodore G. Landin. After three children and a military move to the Air Force Radar Base in Burns, the two divorced.

Iris made Burns her home, where she worked many jobs, including waiting tables, cooking and typing menus. Then, she was hired on at Edward Hines Lumber Mill. She worked at the mill for 27 years before being forced into early retirement.

That didn’t stop her, however. She opened a business downtown, High Desert Sound, and later on she started a second-hand store in Hines, which she ran for several years.

Iris also, in her downtime, made sure that she put a headstone on as many children’s graves as she could. At least 10 graves have a stone that reads, “Granny Loves You.”

Iris is survived by  her brother, Dale Nordby of South Carolina; daughters, Nanette “Bunny” Winter of Burns, and Ivy F. Conger of Ontario; son, Ted G. Landin of Prineville; grandchildren, Amy Cooper, Andrea Reason, Jamey Landin, Jeff Conger, Brandon, Brian and Seth Landin; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Hazel Nordby of Ferndale, Wash.; father, John Boyd of Sunnyside, Wash.; brothers, Terry Boyd of Bellingham, Wash., and Louis Nordby of Ferndale, Wash.; granddaughter, Natasha Langston of Burns; and great-grandson, Anthony D. McVey of Burns.

Iris will be remembered for her love of animals, children, family, and her country.

A military burial will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 20, at the Burns Cemetery, followed by a family and friends potluck at the Valley Golf Club in Hines.


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