Charles Delbert Willey, 83, of Hines, died Sunday, July 2, at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.

He was born on Jan. 25, 1928, in John Day, to E.H. and Opal Marie (Keizur) Willey.

Willey attended school in John Day and graduated from Grant Union High School in 1947.

He was a corporal in the U.S. Army, serving the country as a machine gunner during the Korean War.

Following Willey’s honorable discharge from the Army, he  worked various jobs, and eventually retired from the Edward Hines Lumber Company in Hines, where he was a tree faller.

Willey loved his family, friends and his church family. He was a long-time member of Pioneer Presbyterian Church in Burns and became an elder in 1988.

As a youth, Willey and his brothers enjoyed life growing up in John Day. They spent many hours in the surrounding hills and on the Trowbridge Ranch, where his father worked. Life was simple, but was filled with lots of love.

Willey enjoyed woodworking and cabinetry, photography, athletics, bowling, fishing and many outdoor activities.

Willey is survived by his sister-in-law, Jean Willey of John Day, one niece and seven nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Dale and Robert (Bob) Willey.

A celebration of life service will be held at Pioneer Presbyterian Church in Burns on July 30, at 10 a.m., with Pastor Jean Hurst officiating. Internment will be at the Canyon City Cemetery at a later date.

Contributions in Willey’s memory may be made to Pioneer Presbyterian Church, 417 W. Washington, Burns, OR 97720.


Dennis Marvin Gideon,  64, of Burns died at the Veterans Memorial Hospital in Boise, Idaho, on July 13.

He was born in Taneyville, Mo., on Jan. 6, 1947, to Bearl and Opal Gideon.

Gideon grew up in Missouri with his four brothers and three sisters until he was drafted at the age of 19. He fought proudly for the United States Army while stationed in Vietnam in 1967-68.

In 1969, he moved to Burns where he met and wed Barbara Minniear. Gideon worked as a skilled electrician and owned his own business, Gideon Electric, for several years.

He loved the outdoors and enjoyed fishing and camping whenever he could. In his younger years, Gideon liked to fix up cars and drive in the Demolition Derby, where he won numerous trophies and prizes.

He was a loving and generous man, who cherished everyone in his life and would give anyone anything if he had it. He was extremely intelligent and gifted.

Gideon is survived by his  daughters, Michele Jones and Sherri Ruvio of Boise, Idaho; grandchildren, Chelsea, Garrett and Triniti; and countless friends.

Memorial services will be held at a later date


Frank Hannon died on July 18.

A Rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, July 22, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Burns.

A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 23.

A full obituary will appear at a later date.


Joseph Perry Sherburn, 30, of Fields died at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Boise, Idaho, on July 4. He was surrounded by loved ones and suffered no pain.

His death was the result of a fatal automobile accident that occurred on the morning of July 3.

He was born on Nov. 24, 1980, in Lakeview to Lorin and Katharine Sherburn of Fields.

Sherburn grew up in the Fields area working on the family hay farm/ranch. He graduated from Crane Union High School in 1999.

After high school, Sherburn began college at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande before transferring to the University of Idaho in Moscow. It was there that he discovered his natural talent in economics and thus graduated from the University of Idaho in 2005 with a master of science in agricultural economics. His ability in this field led him to complete one year at Texas A&M University in pursuit of a doctoral degree in agricultural economics in 2006, whereupon he received the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award for the fall of 2005.

In the spring of 2006, Sherburn made the decision to return to the family hay farm/ranch in Fields.

He quickly became a critical component to the operation. Again, many of his exceptional talents and abilities were drawn upon throughout the years. Whether it was running haying equipment, working cattle or masonry work, there was precious little he couldn’t, nor wouldn’t, do.

Sherburn was also a very valued and active member of the Fields and Denio communities, serving on various boards. Examples of such positions include the Denio Community Club, rural volunteer fire department, and the Fields school board.

However, his greatest passions involved hunting and fishing. Sherburn’s spare time was spent outdoors pursuing these activities with many of his friends. Within the last few months of his life, one of his  greatest blessings became his girlfriend, Nichole Michaud, currently of Denio, Nev.

Sherburn is survived by his father and mother, Lorin and Katharine Sherburn of Fields; brother-in-law and sister, Nick and LaDell Schott of Orovada, Nev.; and nephew, Conrad Schott.

He is also survived by his uncles and aunts, Sarah Casey of Fields, Gene and Mindy Northrop of Fields,   Ted and Charlotte Sherburn of Murphy, Idaho, Nolan and Charmaign Edwards of Fields, and Roxanna Baldwin of rural Harney County, as well as numerous cousins.

A service for Sherburn will be held at the Denio Community Hall in Denio, Nev., on July 23 at 1 pm.

A potluck will follow. In lieu of flowers, contributions to his memory can be made to the Denio Community Club, P.O. Box 248, Denio, NV 89404.


Donna Belle Walker died on June 29.

She was born on Jan. 14, 1925, in Enterprise to Newton and Grace Hammack.

Walker was raised on a modest farm with her five sisters, with whom she shared a three-mile walk to their one-room school house each morning. After the Great Depression brought foreclosure to the Hammack  home, the family relocated to Minam, where her dad worked at a sawmill.

Walker worked her way through high school earning $2.25 a week at a golf club. She moved to Burns shortly after graduating.

Walker lived and worked in Burns for over 40 years, raising her children, Sonya and Calvin. She was a proud and hard-working mother, holding up to three and four jobs at a time — waiting tables, washing clothes and taking tickets at the movie theater.

After teaching herself to type, Walker got a job at the Burns Times-Herald, where she began a successful career in journalism and classified advertising. Later she worked at the Milwaukie Review for 12 years as the advertising manager and at the Sellwood Newspaper for six years as the general manager.

Walker retired to the Rose Villa Retirement community in Milwaukie, where she spent the last decade of her life surrounded by friends and active in her community.

Walker was happiest in her garden, planting vegetables and tending to her roses. She remained involved in her faith community until the very end of her life, volunteering as a deaconess at the Gladstone Christian Church, singing in several choirs and serving as a greeter and member of the executive committee at the United Fellowship Hall.

Walker loved to travel, spend time with friends, sip on a glass of wine and take walks through the garden. She lived her life by simply “being nice to people,” and will be remembered for her fierce determination, loving spirit, humble demeanor and her split pea soup.

Walker is survived by her daughter, Sonya Reedy; son, Calvin Ryan-Mosley; daughter-in-law, Claudia Ryan-Mosley; granddaughters, Tate, Erin and Allison Ryan-Mosley; brother-in-law, Al Delapiere; sister-in-law, Janet Mosley; and 15 nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held at the Rose Villa Fellowship Hall on July 2. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Walker’s memory may be made to the Rose Villa Foundation.


Patricia Ann (Harp) Sullivan died on June 23.

She was born on Dec. 13, 1941 in Waggoner, Okla., to William (Joe) and Juanita Harp, the youngest of four children.

Her family moved to Salinas, Calif., where Sullivan attended school.

She met and married Jerry L. Sullivan who died in 1958. They had two sons. They then moved to Weiser, Idaho, to be with family.

Sullivan was a gifted painter. She was generous with her work and gave them to grateful friends and family. She also loved her flower garden. Her last place of employment was Weiser Memorial.

Sullivan last attended Calvary Baptist in Weiser, Idaho.

She had a keen sense of humor and a gift of hospitality.

Sullivan is survived by her sons, Jerry L. Sullivan and wife Pam and Mark A. Sullivan and wife Tami; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Barbara Davis and husband Grady of Weiser, Idaho; brother, Bill Harp and wife Sharon of Payette, Idaho; cousins, Shirley and Carol Fort of Salinas, Calif; and numerous nieces, nephews, great- and great-great- nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry; parents, William and Juanita Harp; oldest brother, Gene Harp; and sister-in-law, Dorothy Harp.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date in Weiser, Idaho.


Helen Louise (Thies) Sands died on June 28 at her home in Hines from complications of congestive heart failure.

She was born on Oct. 20, 1934, in Burns to Herman and Gretta (Hufton) Thies.

Sands was raised on “C” Street in Burns, attended schools in Burns and graduated from Burns Union High School in 1952.

She met her husband, Robert Sands, in Burns when he was working for the power company. They were married in August 1957. They moved to Mitchell for a brief time.

After the death of her father in 1962, Sands and her husband moved back to Burns to run the GayWay Motel and Café in Hines.

She also operated the Sands Overnight Trailer Park and the Sands Mobile Home Park, both in Hines, with her husband.

Sands had two children — Robert “Bobby” in 1959, and Heidi in 1964.

In 1981, the motel was sold, and Sands moved to her home in Hines.

Sands enjoyed the outdoors and like to fish, hunt and camp. She spent many hours in her flower and vegetable gardens — they were her “pride and joy.”

Sands is survived by her husband of 54 years, Robert “Bob” Sands; son, Robert, “Bobby” Sands and wife Doris of Meniffe, Calif.; daughter, Heidi Eggers and husband Michael of Corvallis; sister, Margaret McRae of Hines; nephew, Tim Riley and wife Nancy of Dallas; niece, Sally Lovins of Hines; and grandchildren, Myindi and Charles.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Billy; and grandson, William.


Pastor Joel Meredith Hibbs died on June 25, surrounded by his family, following a three-month battle with cancer.

He was born on Feb. 9, 1954, in Key West, Fla., and raised in Tucson, Ariz.

Hibbs received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona at the age of 24, and then went into ministry.

After receiving his master’s degree from Western Seminary, he was the  pastor of churches in Portland, Burns, White Salmon,  Wash., and Page, Ariz.

He eventually retired after 31 years.

Hibbs is survived by his wife, Janell; children, Jesse, Jodi and Jason; and brothers Howie, Jeff, Tim and Matt.

A memorial service for Hibbs will be held on Wednesday, July 29, at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Page.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, contributions in his memory may be made to the bicycle ministry, Saddle Lights, run by his son and daughter-in-law, at www.saddle-lights.com  or mailed to Saddle Lights, 2751 N. Walnut Hills Dr. #62 Flagstaff, AZ 86004.

Comments and condolences for the family can be made online at: www.legacy.com


Betty Jo Enright 1953-2011

Posted on June 22nd in Obituaries

Betty Jo Enright died on June 17 at her home in Vale.

She was born on July 21, 1953, in Ontario to Junior and Ruth Miles.

The family lived in Vale and Juntura before moving to Burns in 1958. Her little sister, Penny, was born on her 10th birthday, and Enright said “she would rather have had cowboy boots instead of a new sister.”

After graduating from Burns High School in 1971, Enright went to Eastern Oregon College and majored in elementary education.

It was in college that she met her best friend, David Enright. She taught in Halfway before she and her husband were married on June 4, 1977, at her parents’ home in Vale.

On March 3, 1980, they were blessed with their daughter Jennifer. Jennifer expanded their family when she married Brent Newman.  One of Enright’s biggest excitements was when she became a grandmother when Brittney was born, and then later when grandson Colten arrived. Her face would always light up when she talked about them.

Those who knew Enright were impressed with her never-ending fight against juvenile diabetes and other medical conditions she had.  She was determined to prove that they were not going to keep her from doing what she wanted to do.

Some of Enright’s favorite things to do were camping with her family, taking walks with her dogs, working with her horses, sitting in the swing with her husband, spoiling her grandchildren and taking trips to Jackpot, Nev., with her husband. When coming home from Jackpot, she would usually have a sly smile because she had won more money from the machines than her husband had.

Enright is survived by her husband, Dave; daughter, Jennifer Newman and husband Brent of Nampa, Idaho; grandchildren, Brittney and Colten Newman of Nampa, Idaho; parents, Junior and Ruth Miles of Vale; sisters, Jeanette Sillonis and husband Al of Weiser, Idaho, Cindy Romans and husband Bill of Vale, and Penny McFetridge and husband  Steve of Vale; sister-in-law, Mary Miles Kinkaid of John Day; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her big brother, Bob Miles, and infant brother, Kenneth Don Miles.

A celebration of Enright’s life will be held at the Vale  Church of Latter-day Saints on Thursday, June 23, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Enright’s memory may be made to the Vale School District.


Carl Rick Kelley, 61, died on May 23 at Harney District Hospital.

He was born in Oroville, Calif., in 1950, one of three children, to Wilbur and Vera Kelley.

He lived in Oroville until his family moved to Burns in 1960, where he continued to live with his mother, stepfather, brother and two stepbrothers. He graduated from Burns High School in 1968.

In the early 1970s Kelley married Jamie Hopper and had two daughters, Dee Ann and Kim.

In 1968, he began working at NAPA Auto Parts. He worked there until he took a job as manager of Western Ranch and Home Supply/Ranch and Home when it opened in 1978. He continued to work there until 1998, when he made the decision to partially retire. In 1999, Kelley and his wife purchased the Keep Clean Carwash, and in 2009, he took a position as manager of Baxter Auto Parts. He worked there until his illness and death.

Kelley was known to everyone as a professional business man who loved to debate politics with anyone. He enjoyed spending his free time fishing, hunting, camping and four-wheeling with his family and friends.

Kelley is survived by his wife, Jamie Kelley of Burns; daughters, Dee Ann Kelley of Burns, and Kim Hill and husband Jody of Burns; grandchildren, Nicole Hill, Amber Jay, Kelley Jay, Brenna Jay, Zander Jay and McKenzie Kelley, all of Burns; and a great-grandson to be born in September.

He is also survived by brothers, Bryan Kelley of Seattle, Wash., and Rich Mingus and wife Debbie of Burns; sisters, Ellena Waller and husband Bud of Gridley, Calif., Tressa Hart and husband Gary of Fernwood, Idaho, and Georgia Hopper of Burns; numerous nieces and nephews; and many close friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Vera Morelock and Wilbur Kelly; step-father, Jim Mingus; and mother- and father-in-law, Robirta and Paul Hopper.

At his request, no funeral was held. Contributions in Kelley’s memory may be made to the Harney County Hospice or Harney County Save A Stray, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.


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