Standley Lee Ausmus 1930-2015

Posted on January 28th in Obituaries

Standley Lee AusmusStandley Lee Ausmus, 84, passed away peacefully Jan. 16 in his residence at Somerset Assisted Living in Gladstone.

Standley, the son of Standley and Elsie Ausmus, was born Aug. 19, 1930, in Burns.

Stan and his older sister, Mary, grew up in the Lawen area of Harney County during the dry years of the 1930s, and his family was among those farming and ranching on the dry lake bed. He attended school in Lawen, Crane, and Burns.

On July 8, 1951, he married his high school sweetheart, Lois June Vining.  Four children were born to them in the space of three years.

After the death of his wife, Lois, Standley married the second love of his life, Donna Lee Ausmus, on Dec. 31, 1970. Donna had two children of her own, increasing the family to two adults and six teenagers.

Standley was a people person, and was loved, admired, and respected by countless people. After serving in the Army, he earned a degree in biology from Pacific Union College and went on to pursue a variety of careers. His careers included: research chemist/metallurgist for the Bureau of Mines, and managing dispensation and stockpiling of strategic metals for the General Services Administration. He spent time farming and managing a walnut orchard. In addition, he worked for the state of Oregon managing the surface mine reclamation program.  His final career, working alongside his wife, Donna, was with Hawthorn (previously Holiday) Retirement. Through his work in management and training there, he was able to inspire others with his philosophy of love, respect, and service to others. Even after retiring, he continued developing the company training and philosophy guidelines.

Standley enjoyed hiking, fishing, hunting, barbecuing, and making sourdough pancakes. For the last half of his life, he had a great love for, and faith in, God.  He invested countless hours teaching Sabbath School, holding church offices, and working with kids as a Pathfinder leader.

After the death of Donna, Standley began struggling with failing health.

Standley is survived by his children and their spouses, Dwight and Debbie Ausmus of Burns, Andrea Teal of Puyallup, Wash., Douglas and Penny Ausmus of Newberg, Patti and Randy Sandvik of Puyallup, Wash., Pamela and Robert Stephan of Graham, Wash., and Vicki and Jeff Sargeant of Woodland, Wash.; 13 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. In addition, Stan is survived by numerous cousins, of which the following currently reside in Harney County: Louise and Elmer Watts, Pauline and Allan Braymen, Eileen and Gene McVicker, Jim and Mary Ausmus, Wesley, Lily, Joe, and Joanne Trainer, and Janet Braymen.

Standley was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Lois; his second wife, Donna; sister, Mary Murphy; his adopted brother, Daniel (Dale) Ausmus; and his step-son, Norman (Duane) Teal.

OBIT BurwellGladys Katherine Boswell, 92, passed away Nov. 4 in Burien, Wash.

Gladys was born Sept. 18, 1922, in Columbus, Ky., to William and Virginia (Dodge) Bone. She was the only girl out of six children. Being children of share croppers had its hardships and hard work. Attending school and work on the farm was very difficult, yet she was still able to complete up to the eleventh grade.

Gladys married Carl Travis Boswell Oct. 19, 1940, in East Prairie, Mo. They began their life together working on the Boswell family farm, near the Mississippi River. Their first home was one that had settled on the farm from a recent flood. In 1946, they moved to Silvies/Seneca, and then to Burns, where Carl worked as a logger. They enjoyed raising their children in the small town community, getting together with neighbors and friends, and attending the local Nazarene Church. In 1961, they moved to Burbank, Wash., for a short time, and then settled in Seattle, Wash. in 1962. Gladys and Carl loved to volunteer at the Peniel Mission in downtown Seattle on a regular basis, and she continued to do so after Carl’s passing in 1982. They enjoyed 42 years of marriage.

Gladys was active in several senior ministry programs, including the White Center YMCA senior program, the Prison Ministries outreach at Purdy, Wash. women’s facility, and the Highland Park Nazarene Church. She also volunteered to be an adult sponsor on many mission trips with their son, Dave, and his youth groups. The teenagers loved having her on the trips. She was their grandma during the two weeks, loving every minute.

Gladys is survived by her daughters, Carolyn Judith Nolan, and her husband, Craig of Cleveland, Ohio, Phyllis Ann Harris of Vancouver, Wash., and Connie Sue Foster and her husband, Len, of Morgantown, N.C.; sons, Gary Travis Boswell, and his wife, Judy, of Seattle, and David Allen Boswell, and his wife, Diana,  of Vancouver, Wash.; 15 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Travis Boswell; her parents; brothers, James Carl (Pete) Bone, William Clifford Bone, Paul Edward Bone, Charles Bone Jr., and Elvis Eugene Bone; grandson, Travis Nolan; and great-grandson, Joshua Harris.

A service was held Nov. 22, 2014, at Burien Evangelical Church in Burien, Wash. Howden-Kennedy Funeral Home was in charge of funeral arrangements. Share your memories of Gladys at the online guest book at:

Ruth Hurd-Hutchinson 1920-2015

Posted on January 28th in Obituaries

OBIT Hurd-HutchinsonRuth Hurd-Hutchinson, 94, passed away Jan. 20 in Redmond.

Ruth was born near St. Joe, Ark., April 6, 1920.

She married Jack Hurd in 1943, and together they had four children. They moved to Burns in 1954. She loved to crochet, dance, attend church, go to yard sales, and spend time with her friends and family. Everyone was welcome in her home, and all were well fed.

She is survived by three of her children: Judy Kanso of Las Vegas, Harry Hurd of Redmond, and Sudy McMurphy of Portland. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren. She was a beloved mother and grandmother.

Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Jack, and her son, Doug. She had also recently lost her second husband, Jim Hutchinson.

A graveside service was held at Burns Cemetery on Jan. 24.

OBIT SwordLaura Jean (Jordan) Sword passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 14. As the morning sun first peeked through the curtains, surrounded by family and cloaked in the prayers of innumerable friends, Laura went on to be with Jesus. Fighting with faith, strength, and dignity, she inspired, and continues to inspire many people. Her life was filled with both challenges and triumphs, but primarily, it was filled with love.

Laura was born March 16, 1957. She was raised on a ranch in Westfall. With six brothers and no sisters, she learned early to be tough or be quiet. She attended Harper High School and, in 1974, married William Ross. In 1979, Bill and Laura welcomed a daughter, Sabrina, and in 1981, they were blessed with their second daughter, Cheyenne. The couple lived in various places throughout Oregon and divorced in 1988.

In the late 1980s, Laura worked at Safeway and quickly rose to a management position. One day an old friend, Drewsey rancher John Sword, stopped by her office. After a brief courtship, the two were married and started what would become a legendary team. Laura and the girls moved out to the ranch, where she happily became a second mother to John’s children, Joelene and Zach.

Laura truly loved raising cattle. She loved calving, she loved haying, she loved buckarooing, she loved branding, and she loved picking replacement heifers. During calving season, she devoted her life to checking on her mamas and babies. More than one unsuspecting neighbor has stopped by in the late afternoon to find her still wearing her nightgown under her coveralls. She was a CattleWomen’s president, 4-H leader, and was one of two ranch women featured in the documentary “Harney.” She and John were also honored with the Harney County Chamber of Commerce Grassman of the Year award.

Laura loved to work and succeeded at everything she tried her hand at, except for maybe swimming – she always said that she floated like a rock. She was secretary of the Van Grazing Co-op, secretary of the Rancher’s Horse Sale, a part-time bookkeeper, she filled in at the post office, she beautified Harney County with her love of furniture restoration, interior renovation and organization, and she threw the best parties in the Drewsey Valley. She did all this and still managed to attend almost every sporting event in which her children and grandchildren competed.

One of Laura’s favorite things was spending time with her grandchildren. She could often be found in a tractor or on a four wheeler with at least one grandchild, teaching him or her about machinery, cattle, ranching and life. Laura also loved making elaborate birthday cakes with her grandkids, and taking them on adventurous picnics out in the sagebrush and juniper.

Laura is survived by her husband, John Sword; children, Joelene and Arnie Peasley, Zach and Tamara Sword, Sabrina and Tom Schaefer, and Cheyenne and Jake Fowler; grandchildren, Derrick Peasley, Andrew Peasley, John Michael Sword, Tate Sword, Maggie Schaefer, Carter Peasley, Lillie Schaefer, JohnRoss Fowler, GradyJay Fowler, and Isaac Schaefer; and numerous other family and friends.

A well-attended celebration of her beautiful life took place at the Drewsey Community Hall on Sunday, Jan. 25. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Laura Sword Memorial Fund, located at US Bank.

Death notice — Earl Sloan

Posted on January 28th in Obituaries

Earl Sloan, 74, passed away Friday, Jan. 23, at his home in Hines. No services will be held.

Nancy Hotchkiss Smith 1957-2015

Posted on January 28th in Obituaries

OBIT Hotchkiss SmithNancy Hotchkiss Smith, a long-time area bankruptcy and creditors’ rights attorney, passed away Jan. 19 at her home in Sacramento, Calif.

Born July 25, 1957, in Burns, Nancy was the proud daughter of cattle ranchers, Vera and Richard Hotchkiss, and always celebrated her pioneer roots. She relished being an Oregon State University “Beaver,” graduating in 1979, then moving to Sacramento to attend McGeorge Law School. In 1982, armed with her new law degree and license, Nancy began her legal career at Trainor Robertson & Fairbrook in the firm’s property management and bankruptcy departments. She loved the law, practicing with dedication, diligence, fairness and extraordinary insight. Nancy swiftly rose to partner and skillfully handled her firm’s loan enforcement matters, including foreclosure proceedings and receivership actions.

Nancy was acknowledged and honored many times by the legal community and her peers during her more than 30-year career. She was an “AV® Preeminent™” rated attorney and since 2005, was in the less than 5 percent recognized as a Super Lawyer by the independent publication Northern California Super Lawyers Magazine. She was also the first Sacramento area attorney to obtain national board certification in business bankruptcy law by the American Bankruptcy Board of Certification, and was honored in 2010 by Commercial Real Estate Women Sacramento (CREW) with its coveted “Woman of Impact” Award for her contributions to the real estate industry and her mentoring of others. For 2013, Nancy was named as one of The Best Lawyers in America®, a tribute awarded to less than 1 percent of U.S. attorneys. She spoke frequently and passionately to various professional groups throughout California and has been the president for the California Receivers Forum, the Barrister’s Club of Sacramento, CREW Sacramento, and vice president of the Real Estate Section of the Sacramento County Bar Association.

Nancy was a long time member of Fremont Presbyterian Church, serving in numerous capacities including board member, nomination committee and youth leader and teacher. She lived her faith everyday by how she treated and interacted with others. Her youth home worship meetings during the summer were famous, always ending with a barbecue and the pool.

Despite all her accolades and awards, Nancy always considered her best award was that of mom to her three cherished daughters, Mackenzie, Madeline and Katherine. She encouraged her girls to reach high and experience life, expected they do their best with compassion and fairness, and not to judge with “facts not in evidence.” Nancy cheered her daughters at every athletic event including swim meets, water polo matches and cheerleading events. As a Girl Scout leader, she frequently loaded her van with girls and equipment for a weekend camping expedition, regardless of the weather conditions and made every campfire one filled with memories. Nancy was an expert seamstress, making many Halloween outfits and each daughter received their favorite sewn polar-fleece blanket when they left for college. Her favorite times were when the four of them would “take to the road” as she called it, traveling to see family in Oregon, visiting national parks on route to colleges, or trips to England and Italy. She was so proud of her young women, celebrating their accomplishments, supporting, encouraging and loving them unconditionally. They were her greatest joy.

Nancy’s life was filled with remarkable achievements, many, many wonderful stories and the love of family and friends. She was an avid gardener and much to her daughter’s chagrin, on every trip always planned a visit to some garden. When asked what she wanted for her birthday the answer was always the same – a giant load of mulch. She lived life to the fullest, treasuring her family and friends; loved a great story and an even better glass of wine, played a wicked game of pinochle and had a delightful sense of humor and laugh. Nancy was an amazing, strong, independent, generous, smart, loving woman and for those lives she touched, we will never be the same. Godspeed dear Nancy.

Nancy is survived by many loved ones, including her three daughters, Mackenzie, Madeline and Katie; mother, Vera Hotchkiss; sisters, Susan Doverspike and Judy Hotchkiss; brother-in-law, Mark Doverspike; nephews, Donald, Steven and Daniel; niece, Katherine; and grand-nieces and nephews, Oliver, Lauren and Elliot.

Celebration of her life will be held at 1 p.m. Jan. 31 at Fremont Presbyterian Church, 5770 Carlson Drive, Sacramento, Calif. Donations in Nancy’s memory may be sent to Fremont Presbyterian Children and Youth Memorial Fund.

SAMSUNGMary Elaine (Griffiths) Pengelly, 86, passed away, surrounded by family and friends, on Jan 9. Her passing was the result of complications from diabetes, a disease she courageously managed for nearly 58 years.

Mary was born in Klamath Falls, on Oct. 27, 1928, to Charles and Aubra E. (Bradbury) Griffiths. She was raised and attended school in Klamath Falls, graduating as the valedictorian from Klamath Union High School, Class of 1946. Mary earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of Oregon, Class of ’50, and later earned an advance degree from Radcliff College (Harvard) and a master of education from the University of Oregon. She returned to Klamath Falls and met her future husband, Russell J. Pengelly. They were married Aug 14, 1954, and raised two children.

In 1959, she moved to Burns, where both Russell and Mary taught school.  Mary started her teaching career as a fourth grade teacher. A few years later, she pioneered a new educational program in the field of special education for children in need of individualized academic support. Mary was especially fond of music; she was an accomplished musician, playing both the flute and piccolo. She was also involved in many community activities including: a founding member of the Desert Trail Association, and an active participant with the Harney County Historical Society, Malheur Refuge annual bird count, Chamber Music Society of Harney County and the Presbyterian Church, where she also sang in the church choir.

After retiring in 1987, Mary continued her many community activities, as well as traveling and researching family history.  After Russell passed away on June 11, 1994, she moved back to Klamath Falls for a few years, and then to Cheney, Wash. to be near her family.  Mary was well read, made friends easily, and had a great sense of humor!

She is survived by her brother, Frank R. (Dick) Griffiths; two children, David D. Pengelly and Aubra A. Pengelly-Pollack; and three grandchildren, Todd D. Pengelly, Aaron C. Pollack and Zara E. Pollack.

In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the Desert Trail Association Foundation, PO Box 34, Madras, OR 97741, or to a charity of your choice.

A memorial service, celebrating Mary’s life, is planned for 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, at the Cheney Assisted Living, 2229 N. 6th St, Cheney, Wash. A graveside service will be held in Klamath Falls later this year. Contacts: Aubra A. Pengelly-Pollack 509-434-9510; or Dave Pengelly 206-708-9868.

Clement George Lipke 1937-2015

Posted on January 21st in Obituaries

OBIT LipkeClement George Lipke passed away Jan. 15 in Fallon, Nev.

He was born in Wichita, Kan., on Oct. 13, 1937, to George and Gertrude Lipke. He grew up on the family dairy farm, and attended Clearwater High School in Clearwater, Kan. He learned early in life how to work, beginning and ending his school days with chores on the farm. He was ornery, and getting him to get his chores done was a challenge to his parents.

He left the farm shortly after graduating from high school and began a career in construction. He married Mary Ellen Ferris on April 11, 1959, and together they had six children.

After they were married, they settled on 10 acres that he and Mary Ellen bought west of Haysville, Kan. He formed a partnership with his cousin, and began building houses in the Wichita area. He built his family a nice home on their 10 acres. In 1973, the family moved to Leoti, Kan., and Clem worked in a feedlot for a short time.   While in Leoti, he met a local farmer and went to work for him, running his corn farm, which supplied feed to the feedlot. That Kansas farmer bought land in Harney County, and moved Clem and his family there in July 1976 to run the new farm. After the Oregon farm was sold, Clem stayed on in Harney County, moving into town in Burns. He built his family a house and began working in the woods in the logging industry. When logging slowed in Harney County, Clem went back to construction and worked as a self-employed contractor for several years.

After his first marriage ended in 1987, Clem moved to Fallon, Nev., to do construction work,  worked in a hardware store for a few years, but eventually continued the work he knew best, construction. Clem married Berniece Adams on July 16, 1994. He and Bea enjoyed exploring the countryside around Fallon until her death in November 2012.

After Bea’s death, Clem became active in square dancing and playing in bridge tournaments with his dancing and bridge partner, Jann Carlucci.   They became dear friends and enjoyed each other’s company. He really enjoyed these very active years.

Throughout his life, he enjoyed hunting with friends, playing cards, and taking driving trips. Clem never quit working. He continued to work, doing construction jobs, until his death at the age of 77. He loved an adventure, and frequently would hop into his vehicle and follow some adventure to see where it would lead. You never knew when he might show up. His ornery personality led to many funny stories from family and friends over the years. He enjoyed laughing about his adventures.

Clem is survived by his six children, two brothers and a sister: daughter, Deborah Arntz, and her husband, David, of Burns, son, Michael Lipke, and his wife, Esther, of McMinnville, son, Mark Lipke, and his wife, Debbie, of Moorpark, Calif., daughter, Elizabeth Lipke, and her husband, Scott Hennan, of Riverside, Calif., son, Matthew Lipke, and his wife, Kerrie, of Ankeny, Iowa, son, Benjamin Lipke, and his wife, Lindsey Dunham, of Veradale, Wash.; sister, Marie Hallacy, and her husband, Tom, of Haysville, Kan.; brothers, Sylvester Lipke, and his wife, Virginia, of Haysville, Kan., and Dennis Lipke, and his wife, Sherrie, of Haysville, Kan. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren, one great-grandson, and various nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held at the Eagles Lodge in Fallon, Nev., on Jan. 31 at 11 a.m., followed by a potluck luncheon. There will be a private family service in Spokane Wash.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Eagles Lodge in Fallon, Nev., P. O. Box 887, Fallon, Nev. 89407.

OBIT McRaeForbes William McRae Jr., “Mac” or “Bud,” passed away Nov. 15, shortly after celebrating his 95th birthday in Seattle.

He was born Nov. 3, 1919, in Portland, the eldest child of Forbes Sr. and Martha (Germann). The family moved to Burns in the mid 1930s, and Mac developed his lifelong love for the outdoors in the high desert of Eastern Oregon. He enthusiastically took up hunting, fishing, and working for his father’s hardware store, the Burns Lumber Co. When he went to get his driver’s license, the local agent waived the test, saying he’d seen Mac behind the wheel of the store delivery truck enough times to know he could drive.

After graduating from Burns Union High School in 1938, Mac attended Oregon State College (OSU), studying mechanical engineering. He graduated in 1942, and immediately went to work for Boeing. Mac spent the next 42 years there, working on projects as varied as the B-17, the B-52, Dyna-soar, the Apollo Lunar Rover, AWACS and the 707/CFM56 engine project.

Mac married his wife of 68 years, Ruth Stoltz, in 1946. They made their first home in Seattle, but soon moved to Normandy Park, where they lived until 2012. The family enjoyed camping, hiking, and boating vacations. Both children learned how to drive on the back roads of Harney County.

Mac was an avid skier and kept track of his vertical miles with elaborate computer spread sheets. One of the highlights of the year was his annual ski trip to Aspen, and he continued skiing into his early 80s, often joined by his granddaughter, Kendall.

Mac traveled a great deal for Boeing. During his last years there, he made several trips to France, which became vacation trips for him and Ruth. After retirement, they traveled throughout the West by trailer and camper, and took several cruise and car trips on the East Coast. On his last family trip in 2012, Mac attended his 70th OSU class reunion and visited Burns.

Mac is survived by his wife of 68 years, Ruth; daughter, Melinda; granddaughter, Kendall; son, Forbes III (William); grandson, Forbes IV (Liam), all of Seattle; and brother, Norman of Pasco, Wash. (now deceased); along with numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his infant son; and brother, Milton.

Remembrances may be made to the Harney County Historical Society. A memorial will be held in Seattle on Jan. 24. Contact for more information.

Joe Orrin Enneberg 1928-2015

Posted on January 21st in Obituaries

SONY DSCJoe Orrin Enneberg, 86, of Hines, passed away at Ashley Manor Jan. 11, six days shy of his 87th birthday.

He was born Jan. 17, 1928, near Mist, to Carl and Orra (McGee) Enneberg. He graduated from Vernonia High School, and served in the United States Army Air Corps.

In 1955, he married Betty “Micky” McDowell, and in 1956, they moved to Harney County, where they resided ever since. Until his retirement in 1982, Joe was the official in charge of the National Weather Service office located in Burns. After his retirement from the weather service, he also worked part-time for the state of Oregon as a brand inspector for several years.

He is survived by his wife, Micky, of Hines; daughter, Anita Hunt, and her husband, Russ Hunt of Summerville; son, Gil Enneberg, and wife, Debbie, of Sisters; grandsons, Ross Kemp, Lane Kemp, Dereck Enneberg and Zach Enneberg; and one great-grandson, Max Kemp. He is also survived by his brother, Lee Enneberg, of Columbia City.

There will be no services at this time, but a Celebration of Life will be held later in the year. Contributions may be made to the local High Desert Fiddlers in memory of Joe Enneberg, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720. Please sign the online guestbook at

Whaddya Think?

Which sport would you like to play professionally?

Loading ... Loading ...

Destination Harney County

Destination Harney County 2012


Litehouse Technology

Litehouse Technology Logo

Ruthie's In His Image Photography

Ruthies In His Image Photography

Map of Burns