Joseph A. Truax 1929-2010

Posted on October 20th in Obituaries

Joseph A. Truax, 81, died on Oct. 7 at the Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, Wobit-truax.jpgash.

Truax was born on Jan. 9, 1929, in Nampa, Idaho, to   Francis and Grace Cook Truax.

Truax lived in various locations and graduated from Roseville High School in Roseville, Calif.

He married his high school sweetheart, Patsy G. Benoit, in Roseville on Feb. 14, 1949. They lived in Seneca and later in Hines. He worked for Edward Hines in the lumber business most of his adult life.

After retirement, Truax moved to Milton-Freewater in 2003 to be near his family. His wife died on Oct. 28, 2008.

Truax is survived by his daughters, Kathy Reese and husband Randy of Milton-Freewater and Jody Ward and husband Mike of Payette, Idaho; son, Keith Truax and wife Debbie of Milton-Freewater; brother, Don Truax of West Linn;   grandchildren, Amy Evey, Erin Ward, Rhiannon Stallings, Sara Weikel and Kyle Truax; and great-grandchildren, McKenna Stallings, Hailey Stallings and Asher Evey.

Memorial services for Truax will be held on Saturday, Oct. 23, at 1 p.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Canyon City.  Inurnment will follow at the Canyon City Cemetery. Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main St, Milton-Freewater is in charge of arrangements.


Teresa Ann Juhola 1962-2010

Posted on October 20th in Obituaries

Teresa Ann (Holland) Juhola died on Sept. 29 at her home after suffering from chronic illness since childhood.

She was born on Jan. 15, 1962, in Bakersfield, Calif., to David Leroy Holland and Wanda (Hendrix) Holland.

Juhola attended Mt. View High School in Bend. In 1985, she married Eric John Juhola in Bend. She lived there until 2006 when she relocated to Burns.

Juhola loved to be around her grandchildren. She had numerous hobbies including scrapbooking, beadwork and crafts and opal mining.

Juhola is survived by her mother, Wanda Nelson; step-father, Richard Nelson; husband, Eric Juhola; brother, John Holland; daughters, SueAnn Coe, Krystal Juhola and Amber Juhola; 10 grandchildren; and numerous other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her father, David Leroy Holland.

At her request, no services will be held.


Emma Therese Fox 1916-2010

Posted on October 13th in Obituaries

obit-fox.jpgEmma Therese Fox of Prineville died on Oct. 8.

She was born on June 10, 1916, in Burns, to Shakespeare and Annie Kennedy. She was noted to be the oldest living full-blooded member of the Paiute Tribe in Burns.

Fox attended school at Ft. Bidwell, Calif., Warm Springs and Chemawa  School in Salem. After completing school, she moved to Burns and was a cook at the Day School.

She then met and married Don G. Fox, and they were married in Winnemucca, Nev.

Fox traveled with her husband on various road construction jobs in most of Eastern Oregon and started a family.

After her husband died in 1971, she moved back to Burns and was a homemaker. She moved to John Day in 1979, and then in 1988, to Prineville, where she was active at the senior center.

Fox enjoyed  playing pinochle, bingo, beading, leather work, baking, digging roots, fishing, hunting, playing marbles, telling stories and visiting with her family.

Fox is survived by her son, Sidney Fox and wife Cindy of Palmer, Alaska; sister,  Nepa Kennedy of Burns; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; 18 great-great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and extended family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, five brothers and sisters, one son and one granddaughter.
Visitation will be held on on Monday, Oct. 18, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Whispering Pines Funeral Home Chapel, 185 N.E. 4th St., in Prineville.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 11 a.m. at Whispering Pines Funeral Home Chapel. A graveside service will follow at 1 p.m. at the Redmond Memorial Cemetery in Redmond.

Contributions in Fox’s memory may be made to the Soroptomist Center, 180 N.E. Belknap St. Prineville, Or. 97754. Whispering Pines Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


Marcus Antonio Lewis 1965-2010

Posted on October 13th in Obituaries

Marcus (Mark) Antonio Lewis died on Sept. 22, in Burns.obit-lewis.jpg

He was born on Jan. 3, 1965, to Frederick R. Lewis and Ruth Hoodie Lewis.

When Lewis was four, his family moved to Arizona. He attended pre-school in Laveen, Ariz., at St. John School.

In 1971, he moved back with his family to Burns, where he attended school at Slater Elementary and Lincoln Junior High. Lewis attended Chemawa Indian School in Chemawa and then went into the Job Corps in Moses Lake, Wash.

Lewis lived in Vancouver, Wash., with Tami Williams. Together they had two children — Sasheena M. Lewis, born in 1984, and Marcus Randall Lewis, born in 1985.

He worked at the Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, casino as a security guard, as well as working in the cage and gift shop.

He finally settled back in Burns because of a long-term health problem.

Lewis enjoyed computers, music, jokes and playing the guitar. He was known for his good nature and his laugh.

Lewis is survived by his mother, Ruth Lewis of Burns; daughter, Sasheena M. Lewis; son, Marcus Randall Lewis; grandchildren, Skyler Jorden, Sean Jorden and Samantha Lewis; brothers, Randall Lewis and Vincent Lewis; and sisters, Glenda Thompson, JoAnn Aspaas, Monica Jackson and Schemel Lewis. He is also survived by his aunts, Avalina Narcia and Delores Cawker; uncle, Philip Lewis; and numerous cousins and other relatives.


Ronda L. Stewart died on Sept. 16 at Harney District Hospital after battling a long illness.obit-stewart.jpg

She was born on July 14, 1952, in Ipswich, S.D.

Stewart is survived by her husband, Linn Stewart of Burns; granddaughter, Cleo Rodriguiz of Burns; mother-in-law, Pat Lorentz of Burns; brother, Jim and wife of Tri-Cities, Wash.; son, Chris Wilson and wife Tami of Tennessee; daughter, April Wilson of Yakima, Wash.; and three grandsons.

At Stewart’s request, no service will be held.


A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 6, at LaFollette’s Chapel at 10 a.m. for 19-year-old Tia Crawford.

Crawford is survived by her parents Cassie Crawford and Larry Larkin; brother, Tyler Larkin; and sister, Julia Larkin.

She was preceded in death by her great-grandpa Crawford and grandpa Bumpus.

Contributions in Crawford’s memory can be made to the Burns High School After School Art Program in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488; Burns, OR 97720. LaFollette’s Chapel is in charge of funeral arrangements.


Betty Jean Dixon Harris 1936-2010

Posted on September 29th in Obituaries

obit-harris.jpgBetty Jean Dixon Harris died at Harney District Hospital on Sept. 26, while being held by her husband of over 50 years.

She was born on Sept. 15, 1936, in Burns to Jess and Ida Dixon.

She attended school in Burns, and later graduated from Milwaukie High School in 1954.

She married Jerry Harris on March 29, 1955, and in 1959, they relocated to Burns, where they raised four children.

She loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing and especially camping. Harris  also enjoyed working in her yard.

Harris is survived by her husband, Jerry, of Hines; aunt,  Thelma Buckmeyer of Burns; sister, Beverly of Oregon City; brother, Lloyd of Milwaukie; son, Marty and wife Twila of Grangeville, Idaho; daughter, Connie Tiller and husband Randy of Hines; sons, Randy Harris of Hines and Rick Harris and wife, Michelle of Burns;  seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Harris was preceded in death by her parents and two older brothers.

A memorial service will be held for Harris on Oct. 2  at 3 p.m. at LaFollette’s Chapel in Burns. In lieu of flowers,   contributions in her memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice.


Juanita Gladys Presley 1921-2010

Posted on September 29th in Obituaries

Juanita Gladys Presley, 88, died on Sept. 19 at the Ashley Manor Care Facility in Burns.obit-presleybw.jpg

She was born on Dec. 25, 1921, in New Plymouth, Idaho, to Andrew Cockrell and Willie Mae (Carpenter) Cockrell, the fourth of sixth children.

Presley’s parents had migrated west from Oklahoma after the birth of their first child. Her father was a section foreman for Union Pacific Railroad, and when Presley was 4 years old, they moved to Crane, where they lived in a train car on a railroad siding until they moved to the newly-built Section House at Lawen. Her family moved back to Crane when she was in the third grade, into another house constructed of railroad cars. Presley’s bedroom was the caboose.

On May 13, 1939, she married Eldon (Cyc) Presley in Payette, Idaho. They settled in Burns where her husband was employed by the Burns Ford Garage. In 1941, the opportunity arose to purchase the Richfield Service Station on Main Street in Burns. Presley’s husband was at first in partnership with Red Wolverton and they started Cyc & Red’s Richfield, but it eventually became just Cyc’s Richfield. While Presley was busy maintaining a home and raising their children, she also became a vital part of the business, especially with the bookkeeping. She continued this role for more than 40 years.

In 1946, Presley and her husband built their own home on East Madison, where they lived the remainder of their lives. Following her husband’s death in 2002, Presley remained in her home with her caregiver, daughter, Sharon Showers. After staying in her own home for 61 years, Presley moved to Ashley Manor Care Facility in November 2007.

Presley was an accomplished cook, and friends and family always received a warm welcome in her home. Many feet were planted under the tables in her dining room, the basement “dancing” room and the backyard picnic area.

Presley was a Worthy Matron in Eastern Star, as well as being involved in an investment club, bridge clubs and being a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She was a gifted writer, writing scripts for Eastern Star, submitting articles to the newspaper and spending hours putting a Crane reunion booklet covering the classes of 1922-1940. She also wrote a short story for “Redbook” magazine titled “Hannah.”

Presley was a good hunter and could bait a fish hook with the best. After her husband’s retirement, they traveled extensively, with destination including Alaska, Hawaii and 16 foreign countries.

Presley is survived by her brother, Robert Cockrell of California; sons, Rod Presley and Denny Presley of Burns; daughters, Sharon Showers of Spring Creek, Nev., and Linda Schmidt of Hines; nine grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew and Mae Cockrell; husband, Cyc; son, Ronald; brothers, Everett (Rusty), Gerald (Duge) and Clyde (Sonk) Cockrell; sister, Mabel Altnow; grandson, Robby Presley; and great-grandson, Michael Showers.

A funeral service for Presley was held on Friday, Sept. 24, at LaFollette’s Chapel.  A graveside service followed at the Burns Cemetery. A reception followed at the Burns Elks Lodge. Contributions in her memory can be made to the Harney County Senior Center, or the Alzheimer’s Association.


Emogene (Jean) Pratt 1932-2010

Posted on September 29th in Obituaries

Emogene (Jean) Pratt died of natural causes on Sept. 12 at her home in Burns.

She was born on Oct. 15, 1932, to Wilda and Dewey McBride.

Pratt loved to camp and play games with her children, as well as a large number of friends in the Burns area.

Others will play her favorite games with less enthusiasm now that she is gone.

Pratt is survived by her sisters, Bonnie and husband Dawyne of Portland, and Sarah and husband Henry of Caldwell, Idaho; and children, Jeanie Blake and husband Darrel of Tonopah, Nev., Jeanette Wentz of Minot, N.D., Annette Vincent of Caldwell, Idaho, Mike Roper and wife Stephanie of Parma, Idaho, and Judy Brixey and husband Will of Willow Springs, Mo.

She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

Pratt was preceded in death by her husband, Burt; mother, Wilda McBride; father, Dewey McBride; brothers, Leroy, Pete, Donny and Terry; and granddaughter, Jolene Riley.

A memorial service for Pratt will be held at a later date. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Harney County Hospice, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.


Ida Isobel LaDu 1926-2010

Posted on September 29th in Obituaries

Ida Isobel (Baisley) LaDu, 83, died on Sept. 10, in Woodburn.

She was born on Dec. 17, 1926, in Baker City.

In 1944, she married James LaDu. She spent her life working as a mother and homemaker.obit-ladu.jpg

LaDu is survived by her sons, Mike and Dennis; daughters, Judy, Joan, Mary, Patty, Jamie and Lanette; brother, Wesley Baisley; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; as well as her son-in-laws and daughter-in-laws.

Contributions in LaDu’s memory may be made to the St. Francis Dining Hall, P.O. Box 12699, Portland, OR 97212-0699.


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