Nadra Lavache White, 57, of Prineville died on March 24.

She was born on July 12, 1953, in Long Beach, Calif., to Bryon and Leona (Browning) Macey.

White was a graduate of Prairie City High School. After school, she married and started a family. After some time White went to work for Edward Hines Lumber Company in Burns, and later went on to work for Frenchglen Millworks, also in Burns.

On Oct. 10, 1992, she married Joel White in Lake Tahoe, Nev. She moved to Prineville in 1993 and went to work for Contact Lumber, where she remained until she retired due to illness.

White enjoyed photographing wildlife and nature. She enjoyed horses, working in her flower garden, hunting and fishing.  She also got a lot of  joy out of being with her grandchildren.

White is survived by her husband, Joel White of Prineville; son, Jerry Jones of Boise, Idaho; daughter, Shellie Tiller and husband Ted of Burns; daughter, Elisha  Miller and husband Chance of Riley; son, Jeremy White of Ten Mile; brothers, Tom Macey and Doug Macey of Cyprus, Calif.; and  seven grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Jim Blake.

A memorial service will be held for White at 2 p.m., March 30, at Faith Baptist Church, 777 N. Saginaw, Hines.

Contributions in her memory may be made to PMH Hospice, 1201 N.E. Elm St., Prineville, OR 97754.

Whispering Pines Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


Mass of Christian Burial will be held for 88-year-old Dr. Frank White on Friday, April 1, at 10 a.m. at the Holy Family Catholic Church.

White died on March 28. He was born on May 19, 1922.

Contributions in White’s memory can be made to the Harney County Senior Citizen Center in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, PO Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.


Inez Ausmus 1911—2011

Posted on March 16th in Obituaries

Inez Mary Ausmus died Saturday, March 5, in her home at The Aspens in Hines. She was 99 years and nine months of age.

She was born May 14, 1911, near Hanston, Kan., in Hodgeman County, to Isaac and Pauline NeVore.

Ausmus’ father was an oil-well driller in Oklahoma. Her early childhood was spent in the temporary housing for the families of the drillers. The little wood houses were on skids and when the well was finished, the houses were moved to the next site. The small rural schools could not accommodate the influx of children of these temporary residents so Ausmus and her brother, Alton, were home-schooled by their mother until they moved to Blackwell, Okla., to make a permanent home.

Ausmus entered fifth grade in Blackwell and graduated from Blackwell High School in 1930. She attended Oklahoma College for Women at Chickasha, Okla., where she majored in Latin. She was on the swim team and performed water ballet. After college, she taught school in rural Kansas until her marriage to Henry Ausmus May 1, 1937, in Blackwell, Okla.

In 1938, when her daughter was five months old, Ausmus and her family moved to Harney County where her husband had been born and raised.

They lived in several homes on properties they were later to purchase to make up the ranch where they raised barley, alfalfa  and cattle, and made a home for their four children, three and one-half miles east of Burns.

Ausmus loved life. She loved children, people, birds, wildflowers, exploring the county with her children and her mother, fishing, gardening and cooking and was an accomplished seamstress.  She sewed her own clothes, her daughter’s clothes and made shirts for her husband and sons. She raised turkeys and chickens, butchered and sold turkeys and chickens, sold eggs, and sent cream to the creameries by train from the depot in Burns. She enjoyed entertaining and many will remember the Christmas open house and the cookies she served on Dec. 24, every year, for years. She collected dishes, tea cups, purpled glass, opalescent milk glass, figurines and more.

Ausmus was involved in church activities at Pioneer Presbyterian Church from the time she first arrived in Harney County. She taught Sunday School, was a leader for the Little Ladies Aid, team taught the adult Bible class with William D. Cramer, Sr., and was elected elder, served on Pioneer session for several terms and was active in the Presbyterian Women’s group.  She was a delegate to Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly in Denver, Colo., in 1964. Ausmus continued to be active in the church until 1996 when she moved to The Aspens Assisted Living Center in Hines.
Ausmus was involved in many community activities throughout her life. She belonged to Sylvia Rebekah Lodge #43 in Burns and was a past noble grand and a recipient of the Degree of Chivalry, the highest honor the Independent Order of Odd Fellows bestows to Rebekahs. Whether it was visiting the sick or cooking quantity recipes for the St. Patrick’s Luncheon, wherever Rebekahs were at work, she was there.

She belonged to Poison Creek Grange, was active in the Grange’s Home Economics Club, Soroptimist Club, Business and Professional Women and Sagebrush Club.

Ausmus was also on the Burns School District Board of Directors when Slater School was new, and while the Washington and Fillmore schools were built. She served on the library board and was chairman of the Harney County Library Board when the new library was built. She was named Woman of the Year in 1968 at the annual Harney County Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet.
Ausmus worked with the Girl Scouts, 4-H and the PTA. If children were involved, she was there.

After her own children were grown, she invited the neighborhood children to egg coloring parties at her home at Easter time. After her grandchildren were grown, she invited the neighborhood children to color Easter eggs. She continued to work with youth in the church and as a 4-H leader when she no longer had her own children involved.

She was known for her flower arrangements and for her study of Harney County wildflowers.

Ausmus photographed, identified and prepared a slide show of wildflowers, which she presented to local groups and Oregon Native Plant Society in Portland.  The slide show is archived at the Harney County Library.

She was the first resident to move in to an apartment at The Aspens.  She continued to be an active participant in life. She kept a scrapbook of staff and residents, which detail the activities at The Aspens for more than 10 years.  And she never lost her sense of humor. She kept the staff and other residents laughing with her witty remarks. She reminded her daughter frequently that, “this is a good place for me to be and don’t you ever forget it.”  She died peacefully in her home there with her family at her side.

Ausmus is survived by children, Pauline Braymen and husband Allan of rural Burns, James Ausmus and wife Mary of rural Burns, David Ausmus and wife Barbara of Tacoma, Wash., and  John Ausmus of Emida, Idaho; grandchildren, Karen Hamlington of Bethel Springs, Tenn.,  Janet Braymen of Burns, Michael Braymen of Baker City, Shawn Fox of Arkansas, Toni Payne of Tualatin,  Henry “Hank” Ausmus of Emida, Idaho, Glenda Carter of Nampa,   Idaho, Brenda Ausmus of Boise, Idaho, and Amanda Ausmus of Kuna, Idaho.

She is also survived by great-grandchildren, Kate and Jeremy Hamlington of Tennessee, Tim Payne of Tualatin, Dallas Ausmus of Fort Lewis, Wash., and Aliana, Sean, and Jonathon Fox of Arkansas; nieces and nephews, Phil NeVore and Laveta Reynolds of Oklahoma City, Eileen McVicker of Portland, Standley Ausmus of Gladstone, Louise Watts of Lawen, Kay Lane of Oregon City, Donna Fincher of Summerville,  Arlene Harris of Fairfield, Mont., John O’Keeffe of Houston, Texas, and many other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry, in 1991; her parents;  brother, Alton; grandson, Daniel Ausmus, also known as Daniel Waterman; nieces Mary Murphy and Margaret Trainer; and daughter-in-law Jerre Ausmus.

Services were held March 12 at Pioneer Presbyterian Church in Burns with interment in the Burns Cemetery. Contributions in Ausmus’ memory may be made to Pioneer Presbyterian Church, or to Harney Pioneer Homes for The Aspens, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720. LaFollette’s Chapel was in charge of arrangements.


Dennis Gunderson 1953-2011

Posted on March 16th in Obituaries

Dennis Gunderson died on March 7 in Kennewick, Wash.

He was born in Hines on May 8, 1953, to Theodore and Delora Gunderson.

Gunderson attended Oregon State University, graduating with a construction management degree in 1975. He was a lifelong fan of the Beavers.

He met his wife, Teddi, at church in 1979, and they married in 1981. There began a wonderful and loving partnership of 30 years.  Traveling always brought Gunderson and his wife great pleasure. He also enjoyed his many church friendships and activities, especially the weekly care group.

Their daughter, Shantelle, was born in 1984, and son, Zane, was born in 1987. As a family  they enjoyed trips to California, Florida, Hawaii, Mexico, Oregon Coast, and many camping, cruising, and motorcycle adventures. Attending his children’s sporting events was also a huge highlight.

Gunderson’s deep love of God and his willingness to serve, brought enjoyment through singing in the church choir and many leadership positions at the Cathedral, and South Hills Church. For 30 years he played 5 a.m. basketball at Pasco High School. He worked at Washington River Protection Solutions, and his friends there meant a lot to him.

Gunderson is survived by his wife, Teddi Gunderson; children, Shantelle Gillis and husband Matt, Zane Gunderson and Carly Gunderson; grandson, Hunter Hasse; mother, Delora Harkey; siblings, Marcia Kinder and husband Charles and Dan Gunderson and wife Cathy; in-laws, Dick and Bev Schmidt; and sister-in-law, Traci Zubka.

He was preceded in death by his father, Theodore Gunderson.

A memorial service will was held on March 12 at South Hills Church in Kennewick, Wash.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in Gunderson’s memory may be made to MS Foundation, 6520 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309,  or 24 Hours for Hank (Cystinosis Foundation), 565 Whiskey Jack Circle, Sandpoint, ID 83864.


Hazel Campbell 1924-2011

Posted on March 16th in Obituaries

Hazel Campbell died on Jan.18.

She was born on March 19, 1924.

Campbell and her husband, Jack, moved to Burns from Prineville 17 years ago.  They were involved with the Harney County Senior Center and the Faith Baptist Church.

Campbell will be remembered as a wonderful mother and grandmother (Mema), She was also an excellent quilt maker and seamstress.

Campbell is survived by her husband, Jack Campbell; daughters, Sherrin Long of Prineville, Ann Laursen of Portland, Carolyn Hutton of Manteca, Calif., Pam Morton of Yakima, Wash., and Sandra Lane of Washington; 16 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a grandson.

Memorial services will be held on March 19, at 1 p.m. at the Faith Baptist Church of Harney County, 777 N. Saginaw in Hines.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Harney County Senior Center.


William E. Parks, age 87, of Spirit Lake, Iowa, died on Feb. 8 at Hilltop Care Center in Spirit Lake.

Thirteen days later, after her husband’s death, Dorcas E. Parks, age 89, of Spirit Lake, died on Feb. 21 at Lakes Regional Healthcare in Spirit Lake.

William E. Parks was born on Jan. 1, 1924, in Spencer, Iowa, to Frank and Chloe (Eckerman) Parks.

He graduated from Spencer High School, where he was first-team all-conference and honorable mention all-state in basketball.

William served his country in the United States Army during World War II. He served in North Africa, Sicily and Italy. After the service, he attended Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls, Iowa, before enlisting in the U.S. Army Officer School, where he was commissioned first lieutenant.

Dorcas was born on Nov. 6, 1921, in Spencer, S.D., to Karl and Emma (Engelcke) Voigt.

Dorcas moved with her family to Sioux Falls, S.D., where she graduated from high school. She furthered her education, graduating from Morningside College with a degree in journalism.  Dorcas worked for the Sioux City Journal and the Spencer Daily Reporter, where  she met her husband.

William and Dorcas eloped and were married on May 12, 1951. They lived in Albia, Eagle Grove, Milford, Windom and Colorado, before moving to Spirit Lake, where William became the editor of the Spirit Lake Beacon. Dorcas worked in the Spirit Lake High School Library and at the drugstore.

William enjoyed spending his spare time golfing, bowling and woodworking, specializing in miniatures. A large dollhouse he constructed was filled with miniature furniture he created. Dorcas loved spending her spare time reading, knitting and teaching others to knit.  Both William and Dorcas enjoyed their time together, traveling and spending time with their grandchildren.

William and Dorcas Parks are survived by their four children, Patrick, Brent, Randy and Tammy; Dorcas’s sister, Raeburn Louscher; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial  service was held on Saturday, March 12,  at Grace Lutheran Church in Spirit Lake. The Schuchert Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Jenell (Jan or Nell) Pearl Vaughan, 86, died on March 6 at Ashley Manor in Burns.

She was born in Signal Mountain, Tenn., on April 11, 1924, to Raymond and Irene Simons.

Vaughan spent her childhood growing up in and around Chattanooga, Tenn.

In the late 1940s she met her first husband, Joe Lewis Lancaster. The couple had three children — Leroy, Jerry and Gary. Her first child, Leroy, died tragically as a baby, something Vaughan never quite recovered from.

In the early 1950s, she and her family moved to Southern California. She and her husband separated, and she continued to raise and support her two sons as a single mother.

She was then married to Frank Vaughan for several years.

At heart a very loving and giving woman, Vaughan often opened her home to many children in need as she raised her sons, all of whom she treated as her own.

In the late 1960s, Vaughan met her true partner in life, Lowell Dean Reimers, known to everyone as “Ray.” Though they never married, she called Ray her “best friend.” He offered support and love to Jan and her family — and was very much loved in return. The two spent the remainder of Ray’s years together.

Vaughan’s Christian-Cherokee heritage will be remembered through her strength, perseverance, forgiveness, love for family, loyalty, a respect for the natural world and a powerful sense of spirituality. She was a woman who never judged, did not hold grudges and was always willing to offer kind words or reach out her hand to those who needed it most. She was also a woman who loved to laugh and spend time with others — most desirably outside, where she could breathe in the open air and experience the natural world. Her grandchildren have the fond memories of their grandmother spending the days fishing or in the woods.

Vaughan is survived by her  sons, Jerry and Gary Lancaster; grandchildren, Nadine Wilson, and Yevette, Rudy and Tawnya Lancaster, and six great-grand children.

A family gathering was held for Vaughan on March 13.


Merle Dorothy (Gunderson) Weil, 85, died at the home of her daughter in Albany on Feb. 22.

She was born on April 8, 1925, to Casper Edwin and Margaret Myrtle (Glerup) Gunderson at the family home in Grassy Butte, N.D. Weil joined brothers Sam, Ted and Cliff.

The family lived on a small homestead on the breaks of the Little Missouri River, near the Montana border. In 1926, after the death of her father, her family moved to the Horseshoe Ranch, operated by her grandfather, Sam Glerup, near Mobridge, S.D. Her little brother, Casper, was born there in 1926. The family then moved to a home of their own in rural Campbell County, S.D.

Weil attended grade school in South Dakota. In 1939, after finishing the eighth grade, she and her mother came to Burns to where her older brothers and uncles had previously moved. She baby-sat and cooked for ranch hands to help make ends meet. Weil attended Burns High School, graduating in 1943. Following her graduation she worked at U.S. Bank. At this time all four of her brothers were serving in the armed forces during World War II. She spoke of dancing in the streets when the war was over.

On April 14, 1946, she married the love of her life, Ralph “Buck” Weil. They made their home on Riverside Drive in Burns in a house they built. Weil and her husband had four children — a daughter in 1948 who died at birth, Michael in 1950, Thomas in 1952 and Jennifer in 1955.

After her children all began school, Weil worked in the hot lunch program at the schools. She was also a Den Mother for her son’s Cub Scout program. She loved and found great joy in her children and their accomplishments, especially in the grandchildren and great-grandchildren they provided her.

In the summer of 1970, Weil moved to Canyon City so her husband could be closer to his job as manager at the Edward Hines Planer Mill in Seneca. After his retirement they moved back to Burns in the summer of 1987, where Weil provided care of her mother until she died in January of 1988.

Weil’s home was always open to family, friends and visitors. She and her husband loved to attend activities in support of their grandchildren. Her husband died in March 2007.

Weil had a compassionate, loving and giving character. She was a volunteer with the Slater Reading Program, and a member of Pioneer Presbyterian Church and VFW Auxiliary, where she gave of her time and talents. She was always ready with home-baked goodies for visitors or to deliver to someone in need.

Weil is survived by her brother, Cliff Gunderson and wife Alyce; and children, Mike Weil and wife Kathy, Tom Weil and wife Diane and Jen Hagen and husband Stan.

She is also survived by grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Stephanie, Matt, Mason and Logan Radinovich; Paul, Taci, Joe and Megan Weil; Jeff and Valerie Weil; Kelly Weil; Ben, Kristen, Molly and Jack Hagen; and Sara, Kevin and Carson Foster; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Buck Weil; her parents; brothers, Casper, Ted and Sam; baby daughter; and great-grandson, Joel.

A celebration of life was held on March 5 at Pioneer Presbyterian Church. Contributions in Weil’s memory may be made to the Pioneer Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund or the Harney County Senior Center.


A funeral service will be held Saturday, March 12, at 2 p.m. at Pioneer Presbyterian Church for Inez Ausmus who died on March 5 in her home at The Aspens.

Burial will be in the Burns Cemetery with a graveside ceremony following the church service.

Contributions in Ausmus’s memory may be made to Pioneer Presbyterian Church, or to Harney Pioneer Homes, Inc. for The Aspens, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.


Graveside services for Mary Glerup will be held on Friday, March 11, at 11 a.m. at the Burns Cemetery.

Glerup died on Dec. 25, 2010.

A reception will follow at the Burns Christian Church.


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