Royaline C. Oltman 1917-2011

Posted on December 14th in Obituaries

Royaline C. Oltman died on Nov. 27, at Harney District Hospital, with her daughter at her side.

She was born on Jan. 29, 1917, to John and Evelyn Alexander.

Oltman came to the Burns/Hines area at the age of 12, with her parents, sisters and brother. She attended Hines Elementary School and graduated from Burns High School. While attending school, she met life-long friends.

She married George Oltman in a double-ring ceremony with Eva and Carroll Jordan on April 23, 1937. They had been married for 60 years when he died in 1997. There first child, Michael, was born in 1939 and their second was born in 1948.

Through the years, Oltman was employed at the Chamber of Commerce, the telephone company, Welcome’s Home Drug Store and with the 4C’s as a teacher’s aide. She loved her job at the 4C’s the most, teaching the children math and reading.

Throughout her life, Oltman participated in the community through the IOOF/Rebekahs, volunteering at the Episcopal church and serving as homeroom parent for both of her children.

Oltman was also active in the arts and crafts club. She enjoyed making crafts for the Christmas fairs, particularly her Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls. Her many talents included oil painting, sewing, crocheting, knitting, tole painting, decopauge and ceramics. There wasn’t a creative challenge she did not attempt after she “figured it out.”

Oltman was a friendly, outgoing person who enjoyed everyone’s company from old friends to the young woman at the medical clinic. She thrived on politics as a lifelong Democrat, watched old movies and cheering for the Oregon Ducks and “her coach.” She rarely missed Perry Mason reruns, and enjoyed reading Agatha Christie novels, working crossword puzzles and discussing “Dancing With The Stars” with her friend, Joann Helmer.

Oltman is survived by her daughter, Evelyn and Roxanne;  sister, Betty Hackey; son-in-law, Donn Eesley; nieces and nephews, Trisha Johnson and husband Jim, Brian Hackney, Dexter Clark and wife Linda, John Grabski and wife Kim, Robbie Graskie and wife Nona, Sherry Lain and husband Don, Joe Oltman and wife Roberta, John Oltman, Tony Oltman and wife, Devina; caretaker, Janice Walker; and many other cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her son, Michael and husband, George.

Contributions in Oltman’s memory may be made to the Harney County Dial A Ride.

Charles William “Chuck” Steele, Jr., 65, died on Nov. 17, of natural causes.

He was born on June 27, 1945, in Eugene, to Charles William Steele and Pearl Rebecca Steele.

Steele was in the U.S.  Army for several years, and then worked as a weigh master for the State of Oregon until his retirement.  He had lived in Eugene and Burns.

Steele loved camping and hunting and fishing, and went on many camping trips with his nephews.

Steele is survived by his sister, Charlene; and numerous nephews, nieces and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Pearl Steele.

Steele will be laid to rest in the Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

A memorial service will be held in Burns next spring. LaFollette’s Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

To sign the guestbook and send condolences to the family, go to the LaFollette’s Chapel web site at:

Drexel W. Williams 1911-2011

Posted on December 14th in Obituaries

Drexel W. Williams, 100,  of Juntura died on Dec. 4.

He was born on Jan. 29, in the family home at Drewsey to Sylvester “Ves” Williams and Effie L. Holladay.

Williams attended grade school in Drewsey and graduated early. He began high school in Seattle, Wash., at the age of 12. He also attended high school in Eugene. After he graduated,  Williams’ father wanted him to continue his education and attend college, but gave him the option of using the money for college or buying cattle.

Williams chose cattle  and began his life journey as a cattleman.

He married Irene S. Goodman on June 1, 1937, and they spent 74 years together. In 1938, Williams’  first son, Bill, was born to the couple while still ranching in Drewsey.

In 1940, due to poor health, Deane Goodman requested that Williams and his wife move to Juntura and take over his ranching operation. Williams at first resisted the idea, but later conceded and sold his cattle and began the purchasing of Deane’s holdings.

In 1940, his second son, Gary, was born.

Throughout the following years, Williams and his wife expanded their holdings, adding several ranches and increasing their cattle numbers. In 1970, he sold the main ranching operation to his two sons, but continued working his small ranch in Otis Valley. He remained running this operation until 2001, and even at the age of 85 he could still be seen walking the fields irrigating.

Williams was an active member in the community and participated in many different organizations, including the Juntura School Board, the Masons and the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association.

Williams is survived by his wife, Irene; sons, Bill Williams and Gary Williams; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Lee Williams and George Williams; sisters, Francis Genn and Rotha French; and granddaughter, Kelly Smith.

Memorial services will be held Friday, Dec. 16, at 2 p.m. at Lienkaemper Chapel in Ontario. Following the memorial service, the family would like to invite friends to join them for lunch at the Ontario Train Depot.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Williams memory may be made to the Treasure Valley Scholarship Foundation, in the name of Drex and Irene Williams Scholarship.

Ronald Ray Cornwall 1954-2011

Posted on December 7th in Obituaries

Ronald Ray Cornwall, 57, formerly of Hines, died Nov. 2, in Perris, Calif., following an extended illness.

He was born on May 30, 1954, in Burns to Donald Ray and Anita M. Cornwall.

Cornwall attended schools in Hines and Burns, and received his GED while serving in the U.S. Marine Corp. He married Kathlyn Sue Davidson on Oct. 16, 1976, in Anaheim, Calif. Together, they had three children —  Shannon Denise, Robert James and Michael Shaun Cornwall.

After a 20-year career in which he obtained the rank of Gunnery Sergeant, Cornwall retired from the U.S. Marine Corp, having served his country honorably. He enjoyed computer technology, and spending time with his family playing computer games.

Cornwall is survived by his wife, Sue; sons, Robert and Michael; parents, Donald Ray and Anita Cornwall; sisters, Nancy Woller and Raynae Torkelson; and brothers, Gerry and Robert Cornwall.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Shannon Denise.

Interment was in the Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, Wash., with military honors on Nov. 18.

Contributions in Cornwall’s memory can be made to the Make a Wish Foundation.

David B Marshall 1926-2011

Posted on December 7th in Obituaries

David Brownell Marshall peacefully died on Nov. 22,  following a prolonged illness.

He was born on March 7, 1926, the first of three children born in Portland to Earl and Dorothy Marshall.

Marshall was known as an outstanding naturalist and bird expert. He grew up near Mt. Tabor, where he made frequent forays into the fields and woods to observe birds. He attended Washington High School, where he met Georgia Leupold in 1943. They would marry 56 years later.

Marshall served in the Army Air Corps as a gunner during World War II. He married Betty Jones in 1948, and graduated from Oregon State College with a degree in Fish and Game Management. In the 1950s he worked on various wildlife refuges including Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, serving with refuge manager John Scharff.  Later he was instrumental in establishing Baskett Slough, Finley, and Ankeny Wildlife Refuges in the Willamette Valley.

In 1960, Marshall returned to Portland to take a position as regional refuge biologist. In 1973, he became chief biologist for birds and mammals in the federal endangered species program.

Marshall retired from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1981 at the age of 55, and subsequently worked as a consultant to Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. In 2003 he co-authored a 700-page reference book “Birds of Oregon,” which has been called the “definitive source for Oregon ornithology.”

Marshall was well-known in Harney County, and maintained close ties to the Malheur Refuge. He often attended the John Scharff Waterfowl Festival, and one year was the featured speaker. He greatly admired the Paiute people for their knowledge of local flora and fauna.

Marshall is survived by his daughter, Janet; son, John; brother, Albert; sister, Nancy; triplet grandchildren; and his wife, Georgia.

A celebration of Marshall’s life will be held at noon on Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Multnomah Athletic Club in Portland.

In lieu of flowers contributions his name may be made to the David Marshall Endowment Fund of the Oregon State University Foundation, or Audubon Society of Portland.

John Kenneth McLean 1934-2011

Posted on December 7th in Obituaries

John Kenneth McLean, 77, died on Nov. 29.

He was born on April 15, 1934, in Burns, the third of four sons born to Avis J. Carter and Warren McLean.

McLean went to grade school at Andrews and Fields, then attended and graduated from Crane High School in 1952. He roomed with Buster Miller for three of his four years in the Crane dormitory. While attending Crane, he had many adventures and misadventures, and created friendships that would last for life.

McLean spent his life with livestock, beginning before he was school-age, herding a bunch of old ewes and bummer lambs that didn’t go to the mountains. He spent his life raising sheep, cattle and good quarter-horses. He spent 17 years with the sheep, summering in the Steens and Pueblo mountains. Their herders were mainly Spanish Basque. In time, he learned their language and Castilian Spanish. The McLean’s ran 5,000 to 6,000 head of sheep along with their cows.

He was drafted into the U.S. Army, serving from 1957-1959, and was stationed at the Army War College in Carlisle, Pa., as a cook and baker.

McLean was the last of a breed — the old time buckaroos from back when horses weren’t broke until they were 5-years-old. There were no horse trailers, so a horse may have to go 30 to 50 miles the first day. McLean packed a string of mules into his sheep camps and lived in a tent. He eventually moved out of Harney County and onto Little Butter Creek.

In September of 1976, McLean went to the Pendleton Round-up and met Bette Tessman, one month later they were married. Their married life had many ups and downs — losing a ranch, owning what he said were “the toughest cows in the country with the debt load they carried” — but McLean and his wife survived in the cattle industry, and topped the market numerous times with their calves.

McLean’s special joy was being surrounded by young people. Through the years, numerous college kids would sit down to enjoy his sourdough biscuits and learn from him. McLean named the young cowboys who would come visit “the Patawa Posse,” for the name of the creek he lived on.

When McLean gave compliments, they were along the line of “he knows how to work a cow,” or “he’s a hand.” He was a shrewd judge of character and was outspoken — everyone knew where they stood with him. His family joked that no one holds a grudge like a Scotsman.

McLean is survived by his wife, Bette; daughters, June Falcon and husband  Ty, and Sue Hughes and husband Jay; son, John McLean and wife Jodi, and Chap (Warren) Mclean; five grandchildren; step-children, Jo Marie Tessman, Jennifer Lewis and Aric Tessman; three step- grandchildren; brothers, Ronald McLean and wife Tyke, and Keith McLean and wife Linda; numerous nieces and nephews; and a large extended family on the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

He was preceded in death by his oldest brother, Delmer and his parents.

Services for McLean will be at Tutuilla Presbyterian Church on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 2 p.m.  Burns Mortuary in Pendleton is in charge of funeral arrangements.

Death notice — Jack E. Strand

Posted on December 7th in Obituaries

Jack E. Strand, 87, of Las Vegas, Nev., and formerly of Burns, died on Nov. 26.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Cleone; daughter, Gaii Creed and husband  Don of Las Vegas; daughter-in-law, Karen Strand and  grandson Scott Strand of Arnold, Calif.; granddaughter, Kristin Overton and husband Jamie and their  daughters, Abigail and Natalie of Elk Grove, Calif.; and sister, Jane Wunderlick of Golden, Colo.

For those who knew and loved Strand, his family would like it to be known that he lived his life to the fullest every day, and would  want no one to mourn his passing.

Harold D. Woodruff 1944-2011

Posted on December 7th in Obituaries

Harold D. Woodruff died on Nov. 22.

He was born on March 7, 1944, in Burns, to Art and Della (Gregg) Woodruff, the youngest of three children.

Woodruff spent his life in Harney County. In 1963, he married Margie Osborn and together they raised three children.

In the mid 1970s, Woodruff started drilling water wells and was known throughout the county for his well-drilling skills.

He loved to garden, and after his retirement in the early 1990s, he spent every summer raising a huge and bountiful garden.

Woodruff was a generous man, and anyone that paid him a visit never left empty handed. He was well-known and liked.

Woodruff is survived by his children, Margie Nickerson, Amy Woodruff and Dee (Hike) Woodruff; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceeded in death by his wife, Margie, his parents and two sisters.

Drexel Woodrow Williams, 100, of Juntura, died on Dec. 4, at a care facility in Ontario.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 16,  at Lienkaemper Chapel in Ontario.

Condolences to the family may be made online at

Alma Mae Dunne 1946-2011

Posted on November 30th in Obituaries

Alma Mae Dunne died on Nov. 19.

She was born on Jan. 3, 1946, to Leslie E. Campbell and Ruby D. Salers Campbell in Burns.

Dunne was raised and educated in Burns, and graduated from Burns High School in 1964.

She was married in 1966, and moved to Salem with her husband to raise their family. Dunne then moved to Prineville, where she raised her children.  She also spent some time living in Washington and Alaska, eventually returning to Burns to be near her ailing mother.

Dunne thrived on caring and helping others. She loved unconditionally both her family and friends. She cared a great deal for others.

Dunne’s hobbies included crocheting, walking and socializing.

Dunne is survived by her children, Katrina Greene, Sheila Daoust, Monica Kelly and Rick Dunne, Jr.;  mother, Ruby Campbell; 18 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, Leslie E. Campbell; and daughter, Rona Landin.

In lieu of monetary donations in Dunne’s name, share a gift of kindness to one in need.

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LaFollette’s Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

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