Hilda Fern (Wilkes) Sahlberg died on May 27 at Harney District Hospital.

She was born on June 4, 1933, in Lone Pine, the youngest child of Granville and Myrtle (Williams) Wilkes.

Sahlberg graduated from Lawen School in 1948, Crane High School in 1952 and Oregon Technical Institute in 1953 with a degree in bookkeeping.

She then spent the next 24 years with her husband in the military and in California, where she was a certified nurses aid. Sahlberg raised a son, Daniel, and a daughter, Pamela, while in California.

In her high school days, Sahlberg was an accomplished horse woman and barrel-racer. For two consecutive years she raised grand champion steers with exhibitions in San Francisco, Calif.

Sahlberg served as First Princess on the 1951 Harney County Fair Court, with Doris White as queen.

In 1977 she moved back to Burns and went to work at Harney District Hospital. It was there that she met George Sahlberg, who also worked at the hospital. They were married in 1978 and had celebrated their 33th anniversary on April 30.

Sahlberg was a member of the Harney County Historical Society, High Desert Fiddlers, Blue Mountain Old Time Fiddlers, Harney County Senior Center Advisory Board and the Burns Lions Club. She was a member of the Lions Club for 21 years, serving as the Lion Tamer for many years.

She looked forward to the district and state conventions, where she met many wonderful people and formed many lifetime friends. She also enjoyed working in the Lions concession stand at the Harney County Fair, where she could visit with her old classmates and friends from the rural areas.

Sahlberg worked at Harney District Hospital for 24 years, retiring in 2000. She was amazed at how many Harney County students receiving Lions Club scholarships were the children of those she helped deliver.

Sahlberg loved animals and this was evident in the care she gave them while growing up, and how she treated her dogs. She wasn’t afraid to reprimand someone if she saw them abusing an animal.

She enjoyed working in her yard and flower beds. It had bothered her during the past couple of years as failing health had prevented her from getting out and doing what she loved.

Sahlberg is survived by her husband, George of Burns; daughter, Pam Feeley and husband Frank of Lakeview; grandsons, Joe of Lakeview and Warren who is serving in Iraq; four great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Ansel Marshall and wife Cyndy of Bend; friend, Annis Lesher of Burns; and “adopted” children, Bob and Jackie Drinkwater.

She was preceded in death by her son, parents, one sister and two brothers.

At her request, no funeral service will be held. There will be a memorial service on June 11 at 10 a.m. at the Pioneer Presbyterian Church with Pastor Jean Hurst officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Sahlberg’s memory may be made to the Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation, P.O. Box 45, Burns, OR 97720; the Harney County Historical Society, P.O. Box 388, Burns, OR 97720; or the Harney County Senior Center, 17 S. Alder, Burns, OR 97720.

Gustave Edward “Ed” Neumann Sr. died on June 5 at his home with his children at his side.

He was born on April 27, 1924, in Milwaukee, Wis., to Gustave Neumann and Ollie Wagner, the oldest child with three sisters, one brother and two half-brothers.

Neumann came to Oregon after graduating from Glidden High School in Glidden, Wis. He then began his career as a timber faller.

He was married for 55 years to Delores Chase from Seneca. Together, they had three children — Gus, Rosemary and John.

In 1962, Neumann moved his family to Hines from Seneca, and lived there the remainder of his life. He retired from Edward Hines Lumber Company in, or around, 1986.

Neumann enjoyed hunting, fishing and sharing in the lives of his family and friends.

Neumann is survived by  his children, Gus Neumann, Rosemary Myers and John Neumann; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Delores.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, June 9, at 2 p.m. in the Burns Cemetery. Contributions in Neumann’s memory may be made to the Harney County Senior Center, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720

Sandra (Sam) Milberger Inglis, 59, died on May 21 when she was thrown from her horse.

She was born on Sept. 7, 1951, in Goldendale, Wash.

Inglis was raised in Appleton, Wash., where she attended school and later graduated from Lyle High School in 1970.

On Oct. 16, 1999, she married Rusty Inglis and moved to Princeton. She and her husband loved building a life and ranching together, which included many animals that she cared for and enjoyed tremendously. Inglis was an avid barrel racer and could be found participating at all barrel racing events.

Inglis’ contagious smile, great laugh and wonderful sense of humor endeared her to everyone who knew her.

People were always amazed at how hard she worked at everything she did.

She worked part time at the Princeton Post Office and was a member of the family at Hotel Diamond for 10 years.

Inglis loved Harney County and the ranching way of life. She was proud of the fine cattle and horses she and her husband had raised. When not involved with her ranch, jobs and barrel racing, she could always be counted on to help neighbors brand and move cattle.

Inglis was active in the Harney County CattleWomen and worked to help promote the ranching industry and rural lifestyle. She was generous with her knowledge of horses and barrel racing, sharing her knowledge with up-and-coming racers and even her own competitors. She jokingly would tell her husband, “Now watch, they’ll probably beat me.” She enjoyed competing at the Harney County Fair Friday Night Rodeo and barrel racing during the Harney County Fair.

Inglis loved her family and shared stories and pictures of her grandchildren with all of her friends.

Inglis is survived by her husband, Rusty Inglis of Princeton; father, Don Milberger of Goldendale, Wash.; twin sister, Susan Emerson of Carson, Wash.; sister, Cheryl Brown of Carson, Wash.; son, Michael Kessinger of Goldendale, Wash.; daughter, Christina Charpentier of Pendleton; and many grandkids, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Shirley Milberger and brothers, Robert and John Milberger.

A funeral for Inglis will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, on Mckinney Street in Goldendale, Wash., on June 3 at 1 p.m. A celebration of life will be held at the Diamond Hotel in Diamond at a later date.

George C. “Buster” Miller died on May 18 at his home in Battle Mountain, Nev.

He was born Nov. 14, 1934, in Burns, to Earl “Buck” and Mary (Taylor) Miller.

As a child, Miller lived at the Oregon End Ranch, west of Denio, Nev., and attended grade school in Denio. In 1952, he graduated from Crane High School in Crane, where he played high school football.

As a boy, Miller worked as a cowboy for his dad on the  family ranch. After high school, he continued to work as a buckaroo for various outfits including the Rock Creek Ranch for his uncle, Taft Miller and also the MC Ranch for Bill Kitt. He is listed in the book about Bill Kitt.

Miller moved to the Battle Mountain area in the late l950s and worked as a “cowboy rep” for Ellison Ranching at the Pitchfork Ranch. He then went to work for Tom Marvel and the W.T. Jenkins Company at the 25 Ranch.

In 1964, Miller began cowboying at the Dunphy Ranch for John Marvel where he stayed until 1969.  He then worked at a range of other jobs including various mines in the Battle Mountain area and also worked for the county for a short time. All the while, Miller continued to help his friends and neighbors with branding and cow work.

In the 1990s, Miller went to work for Dee Gold and Merigold where he worked for a total of five years. He retired from mining in December, 1996.  In March of 1998, Miller became a brand inspector (Badge 352) for the State of Nevada.

He continued to remain busy and active in his retirement by brand inspecting, helping friends and neighbors “cowboy” and even acquiring and raising his own herd of cattle.  Miller was considered an excellent roper and talented buckaroo.

Miller loved to cut firewood and supplied many people in the Battle Mountain area with a winter supply. He also raised a huge vegetable garden and readily shared his harvest.  He enjoyed fishing, watching rodeos and the PBR, and visiting with family and friends.  Miller was vocal in his opinions and always saw the humor in any situation.  He was well-known to affectionately tease those around him.

Miller is survived by his sister, Mary Purdy of Burns; sisters-in-law Josephine Miller of Montana and Arlene Woodell and husband Larry of Burns; niece, Earlyna  Hammond and husband Steve of Diamond; great- nieces and nephews, Corbin, Claire and Emery Hammond; and numerous other nieces and nephews and  special friends who considered him one of their own.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers Earl and Clyde.

A celebration of life will be held for  Miller on June 1 at the Civic Center in Battle Mountain, Nev. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the “Buster Miller Memorial” to be presented at the Winnemucca and Harney County Ranch Hand Rodeos.  Donations can be sent to Earlyna Hammond, 46911 Hammond Ranch Road, Diamond, OR 97722.

Margaret Marlene Johnson Martin died on May 11 surrounded by her family in Lewiston, Idaho.

She was born on Aug. 9, 1935, in St. Maries, Idaho, to Ivan and Margaret Johnson. After her parents were divorced, her mother married Robert Russell.

On June 8, 1951, she married Orrin (Junior) Martin in Wallace, Idaho. They were  married for 60 years. In the early years of their marriage, they lived in Wallace, Idaho,  Eatonville, Wash., and Burns, before finally settling in Pierce, Idaho, in 1956. They had five children together. After raising their family, Martin and her husband moved to Lewiston in 2008.

Martin was a devout Catholic, attending Catholic school as a child and training to be a eucharistic minister.

She was a member of the Altar Society and was a Godmother to countless members of the church. She had been the president of AGLOW, a non-denominational spiritual group, and traveled to Louisiana, Illinois and Colorado with other ladies of the organization.

Martin enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing and huckleberry picking with her family. She played the guitar and piano, and made fond memories for her family with many jam sessions in her home. She also painted saw blades, crocheted doilies and tablecloths and taught her grandchildren to create these works of art. Each child, grandchild and great-grandchild received an afghan made specially for them.

All were welcome in Martin’s home, and people often dropped by at mealtime to enjoy her cooking — she enjoyed serving the priests and nuns providing service to Our Lady of the Woodland Church in Pierce, Idaho.

Martin and her husband always had room for visitors, they were foster parents (formally and informally) to more than 20 kids needing a  home or a place to stay. Martin also housed a foreign exchange student from Brazil and helped raise grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Martin is survived by her husband, Junior of Lewiston; and children, Randy Martin and wife Kathy, Dan Martin, Jeanne Borders, Don Martin and wife Sherry and Ron Martin, all of Lewiston. She is also survived by her mother, Margaret Russell; sisters, Marcheta Roser of Burns and Roberta Buckley of Hines; brother, David Russell of Bend; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Ivan Johnson; dad, Robert Russell; and great-grandchildren, Kaia Lynn Markwalter and Kyler Daniel Martin.

A rosary and funeral Mass was held at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church with graveside services at Normal Hill Cemetery. Mountain View Funeral Home of Lewiston, Idaho, was in charge of arrangements.

Roelan “Bob” Blom, 81, died on May 26 at Harney District Hospital in Burns.

Blom is survived by his children, Ray Blom Sr., Guy Blom, Karl Blom, Dahlia Bennett and Val Blom; brother, Fred Blom; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

Memorial services were held in Burns on May 31. Graveside services will be held on Thursday, June 2,  at 11 a.m. in the McRae Cemetery in Leadore, Idaho.

Contributions in Blom’s memory may be made to Burns Elks Lodge or Harney County Hospital Foundation, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720. LaFollette’s Chapel is in charge of funeral arrangements.

June Darlene Pitts Moon, 79, died on May 13 in Burns.

She was born on June 21, 1931, in Independence, Kan., to Ernest and Goldie Pitts.

Moon moved to Oregon from Kansas in 1944, when she and her brother, Orville, moved in with their Aunt Leona in Klamath Falls. She attended school there, graduating from Klamath High School. While living there, Moon worked in several jobs including at the historic Twin Theaters movie house. While at the theater, she met her soon-to-be husband, Joe Moon, who was attending college at OTI. They were married on July 23, 1950, in Klamath Falls.

Moon and her husband made their home on the Moon Ranch in the Double O Valley, until Joe was inducted into the army in 1955. After he got out of basic training, the couple moved to Seattle, Wash., where they lived until 1957. Following his discharge, Moon and her husband moved back to Double O, where they took over the ranch and started their own family — son, Donald; daughter, Barbara; and son, Geren.

Moon enjoyed working the ranch beside her husband and family. She especially enjoyed her sheep, dogs, cats and watching grandchildren grow; not necessarily in that order.

During spring turnout, Moon was often found walking behind the herd, pushing baby calves out to spring pasture. When asked if she needed a horse, she would reply, “Then who would bring the truck?”

When she wasn’t helping push calves, Moon could be found in her kitchen. She loved to cook; and she loved big brandings when neighbors and friends came to help. She also enjoyed cooking at the holidays with homemade rolls, candy, pies, cakes and more. No one ever left her table hungry.

Moon was a dedicated, strong individual. When her husband was diagnosed with multiple-sclerosis, she cared for him until his death. She also cared for her mother-in-law, showing endless love for her family.

Moon is survived by her brothers, Orville Pitts and wife Betty from Doris, Calif., and Kenny Pitts and family; son, Geren and friend Candace from Double O; grandchildren, Josh, Miranda, Jeanne and Chrissy Moon; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Goldie Pitts, brothers, Donald and Marvin, son, Donald, daughter, Barbara, and husband, Joe.

A funeral service was held at LaFollette’s Chapel on Friday, May 20, with committal in the Burns Cemetery.

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

Doris May Dickenson, 84, died on May 9 due to illness.

She was born on March 8, 1927, in Vinton, Va., to Joseph and Sallie Shifflett, the oldest of three children.

Dickenson married Lyle Dickenson on July 1, 1965. She was known to everyone she met as “Granny.” She enjoyed crafts and crocheting bride dolls and made every child she knew a “magic” wallet.

She is survived by her children, Sharon Evans and husband Leroy, Jerry Freeman and wife Peggy, Patti Gordon and husband Joe, Ray Dickenson and wife Sue and Violet Wedlock and husband Mike. She is also survived by 27 grandchildren, 56 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lyle.

A funeral service was held on Friday, May 13. A graveside service was held on Saturday, May 14, in the Burns Cemetery.

Donelson Fir-Lawn Memorial Center was in charge of arrangements. Condolences can be sent to www.firlawnfh.com.

Penny B. (Rudzik) Sharp, 64,of Oakland, died on May 16 at home.

She was born in Roseburg on June 27, 1946, to Boley and Frances Rudzik.

Sharp graduated from Glide High School.  After attending Heald Business College, she worked at Wells Fargo Bank in Sacramento, Calif.  She returned to Oregon in 1971 and worked at Douglas National Bank and  Roseburg Lumber before moving to Burns in the early 1980s.

Sharp and her cousin, Frank Oden, operated a ranch in Burns for a number of years. She was active in Harney County 4-H. Many kids spent their summers at the ranch learning to drive and how to get along, much to their parent’s benefit. She continued to live in the Burns area for a few more years before returning to Oakland, where she lived with her nephew.

Sharp is survived by her  brother, Bill Fummerton and wife Cora of Roseburg; sisters, Marlyse James and  husband Tom of Sacramento, Calif., and Jane Barker and  husband Ray of Lincoln, Calif.; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

A celebration of Sharp’s life will be held the weekend of July 4 in Roseburg. All friends are welcome to attend.

For more information, contact Celine Weber at 541-440-9602 or at celinemweber@q.com.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory can be made to Umpqua Valley Humane Society or Saving Grace Pet Adoption Center. To leave condolences and sign an online guest book, go to: www.wilsonschapelof therosesfh.com.

Wilson’s chapel of the Roses is in charge of arrangements.

Lana A. Willhoite, 50, died on May 15 in Burns after battling cancer.

She was born on Sept. 2, 1960, in England.

Willhoite is survived by her children, Brandi and James; mother, Susan; brothers, Will and Rob; sister, Jane; and long-time companion, Bob.

A celebration of Willhoite’s life will be held at a later date.

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