Gary M. Choate died at his home in Burns April 17.

Graveside services will be held Friday, April 27, at 2 p.m.


Wilberta (Speaker) Shoemaker, Willie, was born in El Dorado, Kan., Oct. 29, 1931, to Wilber Bell Speaker and Helen Dorothy (Schirmer) Speaker. She had no brothers or sisters. She moved to Gladewater, Texas, when she was 6 years old and lived there until shortly before her 13th birthday.

In 1944, she and her parents moved to Oregon. They spent the first couple of months in Salem and then moved to Tillamook, where she lived until after her marriage. She was an active member in the Tillamook Methodist Church and Sunday school and as a choir member and had many happy memories from the Methodist Youth Fellowship (M.Y.F.) meetings before the evening services. Some of these memories were the trips the M.Y.F. groups made to Camp Magruder at Rockaway as it was being built. The M.Y.F. helped clear and make trails around the camp buildings down to the lake and out to the beach at the ocean. Willie was baptized, married, and her first two children were christened at this church.

In high school, she was a member of the Silverwave Assembly of Rainbow for girls. She graduated from Tillamook High School in 1949. She worked a short time at the Tillamook Cheese Factory. In 1950, she went to work for “Ma Bell” at the telephone company. Through her job she met her husband-to-be, Ronald Phillip Shoemaker. They were married on New Year’s Eve in 1950.

In 1952, with baby daughter Shelley, they moved to Los Angeles, Calif., when Ron’s hitch was up in the Coast Guard. They bought their first home in Whittier, Calif., where their second and third children, David and Terri, were born. In 1957, they returned to Oregon and lived approximately one and a half years in Portland and then to Salem, where their fourth child, Andrew, was born.

In the spring of 1969, they moved to Hines. Willie worked at the old Tiller Grocery as a checker and then later in the meat department. She was a part-time bookkeeper at Burns Automotive Parts and at the Burns Times-Herald and owner-operator of her yarn shop, “Willie’s Wire Bird,” for about one and a half years.
In 1984, she and Ron went into partnership with Steve and Cindy Grasty and opened A Parts Store, and it was back to bookkeeping again.

Willie joined the Burns Christian Church in 1992. She was a member of the Harney County Arts and Crafts Association since 1978, during which time she held all of the offices at different times. In addition, she served several years as supervisor of the art department at the Harney County Fair. In 1992, she became a member of the library board.

Since moving to Hermiston on Labor Day 2006, she had met several close friends and joined a card making class at Danica’s Scrapbooking Store. She was so very creative, and she made a card for every event, birthday, holiday and special occasions. All her family and friends enjoyed the heartfelt emotion and caring put into every card they received.

She enjoyed her Red Hat friends from her clubs in both Burns and Hermiston. Through the years she made many friends through this club and remained in contact with many members.

Willie was an avid reader, mostly mysteries, and loved her collection of giraffes. Most of all she loved crafts of any kind: knitting, crocheting, sewing and oil and water color painting. In her 50s she bought a scroll saw and really got into decorative woodworking.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ron; her mother, Helen Speaker; and her grandson, Nickolas Shoemaker.

She is survived by her two sons, David and wife Mary Jo of Burns and Andrew of Benton City, Wash.; two daughters, Shelly and husband Reed Jassmann of Sammamish, Wash., and Terri and husband Pat Ward of Hermiston; six grandchildren, Holly (Jassmann) Hall, Christopher Ward, Nicole (Ward) Malmberg, Candice (Shoemaker) Every, and Joseph Shoemaker; and five great-grandchildren, Patrick Ward, Taylor Ward, Nickolas Malmberg, Whitney Malmberg and Quinn Hall.

Her final wish was to be cremated and to have her ashes scattered with her husband and mother, Helen Speaker, at Burnt Cabin Creek above Emigrant Creek. She wanted the poem “Beyond the Rainbow” read that she left with Pastor John Leffler and the music “Claire De Lune” played and “In the Garden” sung.

At her request, there are three different places to make donations in her memory. The first is to the Harney County Arts and Crafts Department at the Harney County Fairgrounds, Fairgrounds Road, Burns, OR 97720; the second is to the Harney County Library, 80 West “D” St., Burns, OR 97720; and the third is to the Vange John Memorial Hospice, 1050 W. Elm Ave., Suite 220, Hermiston, OR 97838.


Helene Hensen Streeter (formerly Helene Clark) died Friday, April 6, in Paradise, Calif.

Helene was born in Burns on Sept. 17, 1923, to Roy and Ethel Clark. Both parents were second generation Harney County pioneers. Roy was an active stockman on several ranches throughout his life in Harney and Lake counties. He was married to the former Ethel A. Turner of Burns, who worked as a bookkeeper during their ranching years.

While growing up, Helene was also very active and involved with her family in ranching.

She graduated from Ashland High School in 1942. Then she worked in Burns and Lakeview before marrying Henry “Hank” Hensen on April 21, 1946. They moved to California. She primarily worked for 20 years in car dealerships in Oregon and California, and concluded her career of 25 years with the Department of Water Resources in Oroville, Calif.

Her retirement years in Paradise, Calif., were spent traveling with her loving and caring companion, Arley Emmons.

Helene was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Ethel Clark, and her sister, Donna Santos.

Helene is survived by her companion, Arley Emmons; daughter, Sonja Lund of Chico, Calif.; granddaughter, Brittany Lund of Paradise, Calif.; cousin Bunny Pope of Burns; and other nieces and cousins.

Private family services will be held in Burns.


John Henry Penland 1918-2012

Posted on April 18th in Obituaries

Former long-time Harney County resident John Henry Penland, 93, died March 6 in Puyallup, Wash.

He was born Oct. 4, 1918, in St. Louis, Mo.

John was preceded in death by Betty Penland.

He is survived by his daughter, Laurie Penland Monette of Puyallup, Wash., and four grandchildren.


Richard (Dick) Boushey, 68, died March 25.

He was born Feb. 19, 1944, in Oakland, Calif., to George Washington Boushey and Alma Boushey. He was the oldest of two children and grew up in Oakland before moving to the Northwest in 1981.

As a child, Dick learned to play the trombone and enjoyed it very much. While he was in the Navy for five years, he got the opportunity to play the trombone in live blues bands and loved every minute of it. Dick chose to become a journeyman electrician for his career after the Navy. He remained in the city until his career led him to a job at the BLM here in Burns in 1981.

Dick met his wife, Mary, in Burns in 1984, and they were married Aug. 31, 1985, in Reno, Nev.

His career took him and his family to many places, he took a promotion to Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico and another to Yosemite National Park in California, then on to Bend before settling back in Burns in 1995. He continued to work in the electrical field independently until retiring.

Dick enjoyed his life to say the least. Raising his son, Rick, and taking care of his family are what was important to him. His biggest joy was spending time doing anything with his family; it didn’t matter what. Dick not only had a great love for his family, but he also had a great love for his dogs. He loved the outdoors, camping, fishing and hunting and all the good times that come along with being outside with friends and family.

Dick was a very friendly man and kind to everyone that he met. He was a man full of wisdom and knowledge and was always on the search for more. He was a loving father and grandfather, a friend to everyone and just a down-home guy. He loved Harney County and knew that he would settle here.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Mary; son, Richard Boushey Jr. and wife Kelsha of Burns; granddaughter, Lilyana Boushey; niece and nephew Linda Ortega and Scott Boushey of California; stepchildren, Roberta Hammon, Deanna McVay and Bob Daniels Jr. and their families, including seven grandchildren; and many other family members in the Burns area.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his younger brother Jerry.

Funeral services were held April 7 at LaFollette’s Chapel.


Paul John Arritola 1942-2012

Posted on April 11th in Obituaries

Paul John Arritola, 69,  died Sunday, April 1, in Klamath Falls.

He was born Sept.16, 1942, in Jordan Valley to Paul and Felicia (Madariga) Arritola. He graduated from Jordan Valley High School in 1960.

He was active in his community, a familiar face in sports and rodeo social circles. Known to many for his larger-than-life personality with his quiet demeanor and strong opinions. His voice will be missed in many arenas in many states.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Dan.

He is survived by his three sisters, four children and 11 grandchildren.

A celebration of life memorial service was held  April 7 at the Klamath County Fairgrounds in the John Hancock  Event Center. A separate service was held in Jordan Valley  April 9 in the elementary school with concluding services, at the Jordan Valley Cemetery.

His family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made in his name to Oregon High School Rodeo Association and to Klamath Falls Junior Rodeo group. Flahiff Funeral Chapels, 208-459-0833, is in charge of the arrangements.


A memorial service will be held for 87-year-old Florence Duncan, who died Jan. 29, on Saturday, April 14, at 1 p.m. at LaFollette’s Chapel in Burns.


Irene S. Williams, 96, formerly of Juntura, died Wednesday, March 14.

Irene was born Jan. 14, 1916, in the family home in Juntura to Deane Goodman and Mattie “Nanna” Hoffman (Moseley) Goodman.

Irene attended grade school in Juntura. Irene and her sister, Mary Gail, could be seen riding their horses to and from school each day. A newspaper article written when Irene was 6 years old, told of how Irene and her friend Elizabeth Woodward could be seen galloping up to the Juntura school on their horses with the grace and ease of old experienced riders. This exemplifies Irene’s spirited outlook on life.

After grade school, Irene attended high school at St. Theresa’s Academy in Boise, Idaho. Irene would catch a two-car train referred to as the “Galloping Goose” from Juntura to Ontario, arriving in time to catch a train to Boise. She would return home (only on the holidays) by catching the evening train from Boise to Ontario, spending the night in the Moore Hotel and catching the “Galloping Goose” the next morning to Juntura.

Irene loved the ranching lifestyle and could often be seen working alongside her father riding and gathering cattle. In June of 1937, she married Drex W. Williams and they spent 74 years together. In 1938, while ranching in Drewsey, the first of two sons, Bill, was born.

In 1940, due to poor health, Irene’s dad requested Drex and Irene move to Juntura and take over his ranching operation. They returned to the home Irene grew up in and continued the ranching tradition established by her father. In 1940, their second son, Gary, was born.

Throughout the following years, Drex and Irene expanded their holdings, adding several ranches and increasing their cattle numbers. Irene was active in 4-H and taught many of the local girls how to knit and sew. In 1966, Irene joined the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) rising to the State of Oregon Regent (president). Irene was very active in genealogy and traveled the country (sometimes with grandchildren in tow) researching family history and following up on leads for others. She loved to work in her flower beds and grew the most amazing roses.

In 1970, Drex and Irene sold the main ranching operation to their two sons and began traveling overseas.
Irene was preceded in death by her husband, Drex Williams; parents, Deane and Mattie Goodman; sister, Mary Gail Blackaby; and great-granddaughter, Kelly Smith.

She is survived by her sons, Bill and Gary Williams; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held Friday, April 6, at 2 p.m. at Lienkaemper Chapel in Ontario. Following the memorial service, the family invites friends to join them for lunch at the Ontario Train Depot.

In lieu of flowers, send memorials to the Treasure Valley Scholarship Foundation in the name of Drex and Irene Williams Scholarship. Condolences can be made at: www.lienkaemper-thomason.com


Richard Bouschey Sr. died March 25 at Harney District Hospital.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 7, at 2 p.m. at LaFollette’s Chapel.


Michela M. Huso 1924-2012

Posted on March 28th in Obituaries

Michela Huso of Hines died March 7. Michela was born in Bari, Italy, in 1924.

She became a U.S. citizen in 1958, six years after her marriage to Rolf Huso, a foreign service reserve officer and WWII Navy veteran, whom she met when both were working for the U.S. Consulate General in Milan, Italy. Rolf preceded her in death in 1992.

From the time of her marriage until 1969, Michela raised a family and worked as a teacher in various countries in Africa and Asia to which Rolf was assigned by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development. Her three children were born in three different countries on three different continents.

In 1969, when Rolf retired from government service, Michela continued her career as an educator and became head of the English department at Burns Union High School (BUHS). Michela quickly realized that after a lifetime spent moving, it was time for her to put down roots, and the Burns-Hines community was the ideal place to do so.

During her more than 20 years teaching at BUHS she inspired and brought out the best in her students.

Although she was deeply connected to her community, she never lost her love of adventure and travel. She travelled often to visit her children and grandchildren and to explore new places with friends from home.

Michela is survived by her son, Ravic, and his wife, Barbara; two daughters, Manuela and her husband, Richard Brainerd, and Renata and her husband, Joe Beck; and three grandchildren, Natalie Huso, McKenzie Huso and Theo Brainerd.

Her children, their spouses and grandchildren will host a celebration of life at the Valley Golf Club April 7 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

All of her many friends in the community are invited to join Michela’s family in remembering her life and lasting legacy.

The family suggests that rather than flowers, anyone who might wish to make a charitable contribution in Michela’s name consider doing so to Partners in Care (Hospice) 2077 NE Wyatt Court, Bend OR 97701.


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