Melvin T. Allen died Jan. 7.

An obituary will run at a later date.

Patsy Romona Thomas 1928-2011

Posted on January 4th in Obituaries

Patsy Romona Thomas, 83, of Burns died on Dec. 23, 2011, at a care facility in Payette, Idaho, following a short illness.

Thomas was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and caring friend. She was a homemaker, but also worked outside the home periodically at various types of employment. She enjoyed needlework, cooking and baking, and especially her large flower garden for which she was once given special recognition by a local organization. She loved family reunions and other such cheerful family gatherings.

Thomas is survived by her sons, Doug Thomas of Payette, Idaho, and Gregory Thomas of Burns; daughter, Audrey Reeder of Eugene; three sisters; nine grandchildren; and 10 great- grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, a sister, her first husband, her second husband and a son.

Funeral services were held on Dec. 28, 2011,  at Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel in Payette.  Condolences may be made to the family at: www.shaffer-jensen

Contributions in her memory may be made to the American Heart Association, in care of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, P.O. Box 730, Payette, ID 83661.

Della Fae Steele died in her sleep Dec. 26, 2011, in her apartment at Valley View Assisted Living.

Steele was born Aug. 16, 1920, in Mt. Vernon at the Fletcher ranch to George & Mae Belle Hammons (Fletcher).

She grew up and attended school in Mt. Vernon through the eighth grade. She quit school to go to work and help with family finances.

The family moved to Burns in 1939.

In 1942, Steele and sister Ruth traveled by bus to Los Angeles to find jobs. They worked at a restaurant for three months and returned home to Burns due to an illness in the family.

She married John Eldon Steele on July 6, 1946, in La Grande. They resided in Burns until his death in 1968.

They had no children. During these years she cared for and provided housing for her mother, Mae Belle Hammons. She also worked in local restaurants.

After Eldon’s death, Steele moved to Pendleton and lived there for many years. Steele worked for local nursing homes in their laundry department.

In the 1990s, Steele and sisters Ruth and Babs operated the Wagon Wheel Tavern in Mt. Vernon.

Steele was very talented. She wrote songs and mystery stories, drew and painted exceptionally well and played many stringed instruments. She loved animals, especially cats and horses.

Steele is survived by sisters Violet Yarber of Redmond, Ruth Holmes of Mt. Vernon and Norma Fry (Bob) of Dale, and brother George Hammons (Loretta) of Brooks.

Steele was preceded in death by her parents, George Hammons (1934) and Mae Belle Hammons (1982), brothers Richard Hammons (2005), Harlan Hammons (1949) and Joe David Hammons (1935), and sister Roberta (Babs) Hammons (2008).

Memorial services are planned for later in the year in Burns.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Blue Mountain Hospice & Home Health through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.

Cynthia Rae Juul 1954-2011

Posted on January 4th in Obituaries

Cynthia Rae Juul, 57, of Burns, died on Dec. 27, 2011.

Juul graduated from David Douglas High School in 1972.

She resided in Portland until she moved to Burns, where she met Scotty Marr. The two ran a pawn shop together, until Marr became ill and died.

She had many close friends and was always there to lend a helping hand when anyone needed it.

Juul is survived by her cousins, Michelle Parsons and Derrin Parsons.

She was preceded in death by her son Jeremy Juul, her parents, grandmother Ann Juul, grandfather  Michael Juul, and her ex-husband, Jack Mohn.

A potluck memorial will be held at the First Pentecostal Church, 401 S. Imperial in Burns, at 1 p.m. Jan. 7.

Contributions in her memory may be made at the memorial service.

Herbert G. Davis, 62, of Princeton, died on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, at Oregon Health and Science University Hospital in Portland.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 7,  in the Faith Baptist Church, 777 N. Saginaw in Hines, at 1 p.m., with burial to follow in the Crane Cemetery. A luncheon will follow in Crane at the New Fellowship Hall.

Truman Teeman 1940-2011

Posted on December 21st in Obituaries

Truman Teeman, Burns Paiute Tribal Elder, died on Dec. 9.

He was born Sept. 18, 1940, in Burns to Paul and Bernice Teeman.

Teeman started school on the Reservation before attending school in Seneca and Burns. He left high school when his father died to help support his mother and three sisters, Betty, Minerva and Olivia.

Before leaving high school Truman showed amazing talents at boxing, track, basketball and baseball. He was an active member of the tribe’s boxing team in the 1950s, until retiring his gloves after losing a match to a large boxing bear in one round. He went on to coach many younger boxers in the 1960s and 1970s.

Throughout his life, Teeman worked as a firefighter,  ranch hand, private contractor, mill laborer, silversmith, archaeological monitor and  skidder operator. He ran skidder for over 25 years for several large Oregon logging operations, including Hines Logging and Warm Springs Logging. He was twice named as “logger of the month” and featured in the “Oregon Loggers” magazine for his skill in complex and difficult log extractions, and the number of logs he could pull in a day.

Teeman loved hunting, fishing, root gathering and camping, and through the years he taught many young people his many and varied skills. His humor was known far and wide, as was his ability to spin a story. Some of his favorite stories were set in his skidder, from fighting exploding wasp nests to dodging flying lodgepole pines.

His other favorite stories always involved great times in the woods — his times fishing for baby eagles with a fishing pole and hamburger, trapping baby groundhogs to raise as pets and hunting with his friends and his family members through the generations.

The most important things to Teeman were his family, his friends and his community. He had three sons, David, Lonnie and Albert. He loved all children and was much loved by his grandchildren, his nephews and nieces and all of their children. He was always kind and generous with his time, his knowledge and his skills. No request for help or time was ever denied.

He worked hard for the sake of his community. In the 1970s he worked with others to give the Tribe federal recognition, and acted as Tribal Council Chairman for many years. He worked hard to keep the tribal history and culture alive by recording many of his grandfathers’ old stories for his grandchildren.

Most recently, he was working on making a place for all of the tribal elders to meet and socialize — a place where they could be together and happy like they were when they were children in the 1940s and 1950s.

Teeman is survived by his aunt, Jane Sam; sisters, Betty Hawley and Minerva Soucie; life-partner, Beth; sons, Lonnie and David, stepdaughter, Laurellyn; numerous nieces and nephews; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Albert;  sister, Olivia; and great-grandson, Calvin.

Funeral services were held at the Burns Paiute Gathering Center on Dec. 13, with internment at the New Camp Cemetery. Contributions in Teeman’s memory may be made to the Burns Paiute Tribe Elder’s Program through the Burns Paiute Tribe.

Margaret Bernice Lanfear died on Nov. 25 at her home in Medford.

She was born on Jan. 10, 1921, in Thunder Hawk, N.D.

On Feb. 28, 1939, she married Emery Lanfear. They moved to Burns in that same year. Her husband owned Lanfear’s trading Post and Lanfear’s Flowers and Pet Shop.

Lanfear loved to fish and hunt all over Harney County. The picnics and outings with friends and family were the highlight of her life. Picnicking at Idlewild Park was her favorite.

She was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Lady Elks in Burns.

Lanfear is survived by her daughter, Yvonne (Vonnie) and son, Calvin (Cal).

She was preceded in death by her husband, Emery; daughter, Joyce; mother and father; and two sisters.

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.

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