Marlene Joan Fraser 1934-2010

Posted on August 11th in Obituaries

Marlene Joan Fraser died of cancer on July 30 at her ranch.

She was born on April 11, 1934.

Fraser was married to Charles E. Fraser for 40 years.

She was very passionate and loved her Angus cattle and the ranching way of life. She was the co-owner and operator of the Fraser Ranch in Burns, where they  run registered Angus and Red Angus cattle. Their operation has produced numerous Midland Bull test winners; national, state and county fair champions; and  high sellers and champions at the Red Bluff Bull Sale.

Fraser had shown cattle all over the country since the 1940s and had fond memories of the old California State Fair and the Cow Palace in the early days.

Fraser was a 4-H leader for 25 years. She truly enjoyed helping the youth.

Fraser is survived by daughters, Louann Fraser  of Burns and Leeann Coupé of Wheatland, Calif.; Chad Wright of Terrebonne; and  grandchildren, Chris Coupé of Wheatland, Calif., and Kim King of Loma Rica, Calif.

Contributions in Fraser’s memory may be made to the American Angus Association Junior Program in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720. LaFollette’s Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

A celebration of life service for Curtis Robert (Felt) Faltstrom will be held on Aug. 12 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 393 W. “A” Street in Burns, at 1 p.m.

Faltstrom died on March 19. He was born in Burns on May 31, 1941, to Chester A. Felt and Helen Smith Felt.

Emory Hale Baird died on Aug. 1. obit-baird.jpg

He was born on Aug. 13, 1918, in Beloit, Kan., to Jay Orah and Iva Baird, the second of eight children.
Baird loved hunting and fishing as a young man and worked on neighboring farms to help his family during the Depression years.

In 1939, Baird went to work for the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) as an accountant/bookkeeper, and relocated to Harney County at what is now the Malheur Refuge. He often commented how “he almost got back on the train when it stopped in Crane and he looked around.”

It was in Crane where he met his lifelong sweetheart and companion, Ruby Oard. They were married on May 17, 1942. A short honeymoon followed before Baird joined the Army Air Corps. He trained as a B-17 pilot and bombardier and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1943.

Baird was stationed at Ridgewell Air Base England as a bombardier as part of the 8th Air Force, 535th Squadron, 381st Bomb group. He was wounded in action during a mission over Germany and was awarded the Purple Heart. He flew 32 missions over Germany before returning stateside as he wanted to see his daughter, Phyllis, who had been born while he was in England. In June 1945, Baird left the Army Air Corps as a 1st Lieutenant and accepted a position as purchasing agent at Bonneville Dam.

His wife missed the juniper and sage country and they moved back to Burns where Baird’s other three children — Dick, Jim and Beverly — were born.

Baird and his brother-in-law, J.O. (Jinks) Harris purchased Dillman Hardware, and started Harris Hardware. Baird and his wife purchased the Harris’ share in 1975 and renamed the business Baird’s Hardware.

On May 14, 1949, Baird applied for and received recognition for the Burns National Guard Unit. He served as the local Commander for 17 years before he accepted a promotion to Major. He retired from the Oregon National Guard in 1965.

In 1980, Baird retired and he and his wife spent many winters as “snowbirds” in Arizona.

Baird was a member and leader of many community organizations — American Legion, VFW, BPOE, Kiwanis, school board and Chamber of Commerce.

Baird is survived by his wife, Ruby; children, Phyllis, Dick, Jim and Beverly; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; three brothers; and two sisters.

A celebration of Baird’s life will be held on Aug. 21. The time and place will be announced at a later date.

 Ida Elenora “Mac” Lange, 84, died on May 11.obit-lange.jpg

She was born on Sept. 23, 1925, in Fryburg, N.D., to Frank Kenneth and Mable (Boicourt) McCullough.

Her family, sister Opal and brothers Raymond and Russell, moved to Bismarck in 1933, then in 1942, to Burns, where she met her future husband, Oscar Wood Lange. She graduated from Burns High School in 1943.

Lange attended the University of Oregon and Eastern Oregon (State) College while her husband served in the U.S. Air Force. In 1947, she graduated and began teaching art in Salem.

A year later, in 1948, she married Lange, who was working at the Burns Times-Herald. Within the same year, the Langes moved to Madras, and co-published the Madras Pioneer for 10 years. They established Oscar’s Sporting Goods and River Guide Service, beginning in 1959, and many remember their love of the outdoors and the big fish sign over the store on Fifth Street.

Lange began her 30-year career in the Madras and Metolius schools. While teaching art, math and English at the seventh- and eighth-grade levels, as well as third grade, she also served and loved her community. For 20 years she served as a board member for the Opportunity Foundation of Central Oregon,  which operates many facilities for disabled individuals.

Lange served the 509-J School Board and was a 36-year member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society, as well as being active in Eastern Star, Elks and Lutheran Church. In 1976, she helped the town paint colorful bicentennial fire hydrants and recently worked on the Madras Centennial Committee, Community Read Program and Deer Ridge Correctional Institution Board.

Throughout her life, Lange was interested in genealogy and art. She worked in clay with a variety of fires, oils, acrylics, watercolor and most interestingly incorporated sand, charcoal and bits of nature.

Lange loved playing bridge, recently delighted in her Red Hat Society and was ever ready to support her church and the Jefferson County Museum.

She loved riding in a biplane and Model-T, family picnics, camping and traveling the back roads. In addition to being a wonderful mother and homemaker, her grandchildren and her two great-grandchildren were her pride and joy.

Lange sewed her daughter’s gowns and dresses and full-heartedly taught her grandchildren snippets of life, history and pinochle. Being active in her local study/book group for over 50 years helps explain why her home is filled with books, maps and articles.

She made hundreds of overflowing scrapbooks, not to mention memories and letters of the many students and friends she had over the years. Lange faithfully wrote hundreds of letters to keep in touch and would always stop and talk with a ready smile.

As a life-long learner, she was fascinated and interested in so many things throughout her life, and loved and found interest in everyone she met, whatever their path.

Lange is survived by her sister, Opal Hennings-Berry of Phoenix, Ariz.;  daughters Annette, of Tigard, Marjorie of Redmond and Phyllis of Madras; grandchildren, Brynn, Kenny, Brent and wife Jen; great-grandchildren, Ella and Cormac; and many nieces and nephews and their children.

A graveside service was held on May 21, at Mount Jefferson Memorial Park Cemetery in Madras, with Pastor Jan Kozak officiating.

Contributions in Lange’s memory may be made to the Opportunity Foundation of Central Oregon, P.O. Box 430, Redmond, OR 97756, or Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, P.O. Box 789 (395 SE C St.), Madras, OR 97741.

A funeral service for Harriette Hasbrouck will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, at The Gardens Funeral Home Chapel, 2949 Austin Highway in Fallon, Nev.

Donations in her memory may be made at the Bank of America in Fallon. Funds will be used to support her passion for higher education.

Judy Flathers, 97, died on July 2, of complications from Alzheimer’s disease.obit-flathers.jpg

She was born on Nov. 2, 1912, in Klepp, Norway, to Carl and Bertha Severson Gunderson.

Flathers graduated from high school in Lewistown, and was a homemaker.

She married Robert Flathers on Jan. 18, 1948, in Lewistown, Mont. He died in 1985.

Flathers is survived by her daughter, Shirley Smith of Eugene; son, Bob Flathers of Burns; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Services were held on July 8 at Lane Memorial Funeral Home. Contributions in Flather’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation.

Rod Knieriem — 1954-2010

Posted on July 28th in Obituaries

Rod Knieriem died on July 25 at Harney District Hospital.
He was born on Nov. 12, 1954, to Roy and Dolores Knieriem in Sellersville, Pa.
Knieriem enjoyed his work in the auto body business and made many friends through the business. He loved the outdoors, and he was an avid hunter and fisherman.

Knieriem is survived by his wife, Lorie Knieriem of Burns; son, Robert Knieriem of Edgewood, Wash.; brothers, Rick Knieriem and Randy Knieriem of Burns, and Ted Knieriem of Centervalley, Pa.; stepson, Garret Griffith; stepdaughter, Nichole Lantus; and granddaughter, Nicole Knieriem.

There will be no services held at his request. Contributions in his memory may be made to the family to help with costs, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488; Burns, OR 97720.  LaFollette’s Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Virginia B. Belknap, 83, of Mountain Home, Idaho, formerly of Burns, passed away on July 6 at a local hospital.  obit-belknap.jpg

Belknap was born in McCall, Idaho, on Jan. 7, 1927, the first child of Mae and G. Jack Haug. She lived most of her years and attended school in Burns.

She married the love of her life, Harold Belknap of Payette, Idaho, and they later adopted two sons, John and Greg, who made their family complete.

Harold passed away in Burns from a lifelong kidney disease in his 40s. Her son, Greg, died in his 20s.

Belknap went on to have a long career working for the Burns Police Department, where she was the dispatch manager until her retirement.

She spent most of her retired years gardening, making beautiful decorated cakes for everyone, making pickles and jerky for her nephew, Randy Clayton, her “squishy baby,” and enjoying time with her family and friends — especially her friends Greg Peterson and Dorothy Peterson and all the family, Marci, Melissa, Mandy and Dale. They remember all the crafts and sewing she taught, the clothes she made and the weekly good meals at “Aunt Ginny’s.”  Her home was always a stopping place for any and all who came through Burns, including the Sullivan cousins.

With her health beginning to trouble her, Belknap moved to Mountain Home, to be near her sister, family and her doctors. She resided in Cedar Crest Retirement Home for the last two years, prior to her last illness.

Belknap is survived by her son, John Belknap of Plains, Mont.; sister, Bonnie and husband Frank Heatley of Mountain Home; brother, Larry and wife Carole Haug of Coos Bay; two grandsons, Shawn and Travis of California; niece, Laree and husband Deode of Prineville; niece, Rebecca Clayton and  children Shalia, Rocky and Logan; nephew, Randy Clayton and Diana Olson all of Mountain Home.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her son and one grandson.

An inurnment will be held in Burns, where Belknap will be placed next to her husband, Harold, and son, Greg.  Cremation is under the direction of Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel in Mountain Home.

James Lloyd Harvey died on July 4 at his home in Burns.

He was born on Sept. 3, 1957.

Harvey will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife, Darla Harvey; daughters, Tiffany Leffler and Jennifer Griffin; siblings, Jay Harvey, Robin Mendez, Bob Harvey, Hope Uptegrove, Doug Jones, Greg Jones, Ron Jones; and grandchildren, Alyssa Leffler, Corbin Leffler, Jasmine Griffin and Jarod Griffin.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Francis Dlodean Jones.

Lafollette’s Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Marion Senter 1923-2010

Posted on July 7th in Obituaries

Marion Carl Senter, 87, of Burns died on June 25 at his home.

Senter was born on July 14, 1923, to John and Florine Senter.

He was raised and educated in La Grande, where he graduated from high school.

He moved to Portland after high school to work in the ship yards during World War II. While in Portland, Senter went to school to become an auto body and fender technician.

He moved to Baker City, where he used his training in body and fender repair.

He married Elsie Elizabeth Berdahl in Reno, Nev., in 1953.

Later, Senter went to work for Oregon Lumber Company in Baker and was transferred to the Hines mill, where he worked until retirement. He made his home in Burns.

Senter is survived by his step-children, Alfred J. and Nancy Berdahl of Baker City, Bud and Carol Ann (Berdahl) Osborne of Snohomish, Wash., and Fred D. and Judy Berdahl of Olympia, Wash. They will remember him as the world’s greatest step-dad. He is also survived by 17 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.

Senter was preceded in death by his parents, John and Florine Senter; brother, Johnny Senter; wife, Elsie Senter; step-sons, Nels P. Berdahl and Larry Berdahl; and step-daughter, Virginia E. (Berdahl) Pifpher.

His graveside service was on June 30 at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Baker City with Pastor Jon Privett from  the Baker City Church of the Nazarene officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of choice through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

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