Leon E. Everhart Sr., 72, of Irrigon, and former longtime resident of  Burns, passed away April 30 at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, Wash.

He was born April 27, 1942, in Bonners Ferry, Idaho.

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Arrangements are pending at Burns Mortuary of Hermiston.

OBIT Timms WebEugene Timms, 81, of Burns, passed away Monday, April 21.

He was born in Burns on May 16, 1932, to Morgan and Dot Timms. Eugene married his lifelong best friend, Edna Evans, in 1953.

“Gene” Timms was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He inspired his family to be active community members, and devoted much of his life to helping others. His family and friends will always remember his enthusiasm for life and boisterous sense of humor.

Gene graduated from Burns Union High School in 1950, then proceeded to Willamette University earning a bachelor’s in business. Upon graduating from Willamette University, Gene served in the military. After serving his country, Gene returned to his family business in Burns, Alpine Creamery.

Gene was a civic leader who served in the Oregon senate for 22 years. He was passionate about serving Eastern Oregon, and was instrumental in working toward improvement of rural hospitals, as well as creating opportunities for his district.

Gene Timms is survived by his wife, Edna Timms of Burns; son, Tobi Timms of Bend; daughter, Trina Denson of Portland; four grandchildren, Shelby, Courtney, Justin, and Jackson.

A service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 1, at Pioneer Presbyterian Church, with a reception to follow.

Donations in memory of Gene may be made to the Kids Club of Harney County.

Paul Peter Parker 1948-2014

Posted on April 30th in Obituaries

Paul Peter Parker, 65, died April 16, 2014, at a local care facility. Paul was born on April 28, 1948, in Lebanon, Oregon, the fourth child born to Walter Clifford Parker and Anna Lorraine (Deardorff) Parker.

Paul attended Crane Union High School in Crane, Oregon, and then joined the Navy, serving aboard the U.S.S. Yorktown from 1966 to 1968.

At the age of five, Paul took his first ride in his father’s log truck, and his life-long love of trucks began. After leaving the Navy, he drove log trucks, but his favorite was always the eighteen-wheeler long haul. He criss-crossed the States many times, hauling everything from cranberry juice to a cylinder for a cruise ship.

In later years, his great passion was NASCAR. He complained about a failing memory, but knew all the drivers, their cars and numbers, crew members, wives, current standing and record. He also knew an amazing amount of NASCAR history.

Paul was preceded in death by both parents. He is survived by his three children, Paula, Cory and Chaney, and by his five siblings, Shirley Parker Stewart, Palmer, Alaska; Peggy Parker Tudor, Albany, Oregon; Walter Parker, Council, Idaho; Bertha Parker Thompson, La Grande, Oregon; Raymond Parker, Republic, Washington. There are also numerous nieces and nephews. Paul had a special affection for his nephew Aaron, and his niece Valerie.

There will be no service at his request. Hopefully his family will be able to gather later this summer to celebrate his life.

OBIT Toussaintbw webDonald Albert Toussaint, 91, passed away April 9.

Don was born Aug. 11, 1923, in Harvey, N.D., the 10th child of Elizabeth LeTournis Toussaint and Dominick Toussaint.  He went to high school in Minot, and joined the Navy when he was 18. He became a pilot, and served as a Lieutenant J.G. in the Navy until 1946. Then he flew as a bush pilot with his brother, Ed, for Alaskan Airlines from Ft. Yukon, Alaska.

He met Wilda Schonbrod in Fairbanks, and they were married in 1950. He then worked for several years with City Electric. Wilda left Fairbanks with the children in 1964, and Don came two years later. They lived in McMinnville for a few years, then moved to Portland, where Don worked for Grasle Electric Company until his retirement in the 1990s. He is remembered for his beautiful tenor voice, which he shared with audiences in church and in public, wherever he lived.

Don is survived by his wife, Wilda; four sons, three daughters, three grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

A funeral Mass will be held at noon May 9 at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Gresham.

A Celebration of Life in honor of Clifford E. Belcher Jr., who passed away Nov. 7, 2013, will be held on Saturday, May 3, from 1-4 p.m. at the family home at 25938 W. Bench in John Day.

All are invited to attend this open house. A light lunch will be provided. A private family service will be held earlier that morning at Canyon City Cemetery in Canyon City.

Jerry W. Nelson 1949-2014

Posted on April 16th in Obituaries

Jerry Nelson, 64, passed away March 27 at his home in Seneca.

Jerry was born Oct. 12, 1949, in Portland to Clifford L. and Eva C. Nelson. He made his home in Seneca for the past 37 years.

On Jan. 20, 1979, he married Renee Barott. They later divorced, but remained close friends.

Jerry is survived by his son Matthew J. Nelson, and fiancée, Sara, of Prineville; stepson, Brian (Schabahn) L. Day of Mill Creek, Wash.; grandchildren, Keegan and Haley Nelson of Prineville, and Braeden and Jonah Day of Mill Creek; sisters, Char Selph of Dixie, Wash., and Sandy Harris of Hillsboro; nephews, Jason and Jeremy Selph of Dixie; and many close friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Eva Nelson; brother, John Nelson; and stepbrother, Tom Thelander.

Contributions to help the family with costs may be made to http://tinyurl.com/jerrynelsonmemorial or to Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.

OBIT Cate webJohn Kenneth Cate (Slim) passed away April 1 in Burns.

He was born in a small town near Billings, Mont. Feb. 4, 1936. He lost his mother at the tender age of 9, so he was raised by his older sister, Tharon.

John joined the Army March 29, 1953, and he was given honorable discharge Jan. 20, 1961. He served in the Korean War.

He married Hatsumi Utsumi at the American Embassy in Tokyo, Japan, Aug. 29, 1958. He was serving in the U.S. Army at the time.

After residing in Japan, the couple moved to Tacoma, Wash. They welcomed eight children: Ray, Eugene, Clifford, Ian, Teresa, Riki, Tami and Jay, as well as 24 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

John will be missed for his humorous stories and his tremendous love of music. He also enjoyed working with wood. He greatly enjoyed his grandchildren and celebrated in their accomplishments.

John worked for St. Regis and West Tacoma Newsprint in Tacoma, Wash.; South Coast Lumber Co. in Brookings; Kinzua Corp. in Heppner; Edward Hines Lumber Co. in Hines; and Weyerhauser in Cottage Grove. He worked for Weyerhauser until his retirement.

John is survived by siblings, Marie Lamb of Fairbanks, Alaska, Pat Cate of Santa Rosa, Calif., Jan Cate of Wenatchee, Wash., and Roy and Dick Cate both of Omak, Wash.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Hatsumi Cate; daughter, Tami Clark; son, Jay Cate; and grandson, Ian Cate.

OBIT Glerup webBurtta Jean Glerup passed away April 3. Known by many as Jean, she was born April 5, 1944, in Bend, to Burt and Josephine Schroder. Jean was raised on a ranch south of Hines, called “The Swamp.” She attended school in Hines and Burns, and graduated from Burns Union High School in 1962. Jean was active in the Harney County Fair Court from 1960-61.

She was married to Doug Lowe from 1962-72, and together they had one son, Perry Lowe.

In 1973, she married George Glerup. The Glerups celebrated their 41st anniversary March 17.

Jean worked at the U.S. Bank in Burns for 23 years. In 1991, George and Jean moved to Vale, where together, they ran their company, George’s Shop and Rock.

In 2002, George and Jean sold their business, retired, and began traveling. Since that time, they spent most of their winters in Puerto Penasco, Mexico, and their summers in Coos Bay.

Jean is survived by her husband, George Glerup; son, Perry Lowe; daughter, Jeane Robinson; and her three grandchildren, Bridget Robinson, Trey and Emma Lowe. She is also survived by her brother Marion Schroder, his wife, Shelia, and numerous members of her extended family.

She touched the hearts of many on her journey through life. Jean requested to be cremated, and rather than a service, she would like her friends and family to celebrate her life as she lived it…with laughter and love.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.  Condolences may be sent to the family at www.Haren-Wood.com.

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.

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