Mary (Mick) Glerup 1923-2010

Posted on February 9th in Obituaries

Mary Glerup, longtime resident of Burns, died on Dec. 25, 2010, at The Aspens.

She was born on Dec. 15, 1923, to Hiram and Beulah Pritchett in Carmi, Ill., the oldest of eight children.

Glerup attended school in Carmi, where she eventually met and married George Mick in 1940. In search of work, she and her  husband left Illinois and settled in Longmont, Colo., where her first child and only daughter, Myrna, was born.

In 1947, she settled in Burns, where her husband went to work for Edward Hines Lumber Co. Her son, Earl  was born in 1950, the second baby to be born in the “new” hospital. Her husband worked for Edward Hines  until his untimely death in 1974.

In July 1975, she married Hank Glerup and was blessed with a new family of three sons and a daughter.

Glerup was a dedicated housewife and mother. She loved to garden and cook. She was known for her generous hospitality and loved to share the fruits of her labor. Her doors were always open to family and friends. No one ever went home from her house hungry.

She also loved to hunt and fish with her family. Glerup believed the more the merrier. Her cooking was the highlight to many happy elk camps.

Glerup worked for the Harney County Hospital for 13 years. She also worked for Slater Elementary School for nine years as a cook in the school lunch program. She loved to be around children.

Glerup retired early because of progressive and crippling rheumatoid arthritis. Although she was in constant pain, she always had a smile and a kind word. She was always concerned for the well-being of others.

Glerup’s greatest love was spending time with her family and friends. She loved to visit and play card games. The coffee pot was always on, and the kitchen was always full.

Glerup is survived by her brother, Don Pritchett of Florida; children, Myrna Goitiandia and husband Gabe of Battle Mountain, Nev., Earl Mick and wife Sherry of Longview, Wash., Dave Glerup of Burns, Don Glerup of North Powder and Dennis Glerup of Baker; grandchildren, Lenn Guy, Greg Mick, Mandey Saunders, Allen Temple, Amber Temple, Cassie Higry, Chris Deerdorf, Aaron Glerup, Sam Glerup, Nick Glerup, Jenny Glerup and Darren Glerup; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husbands; daughter, Debbie Glerup Temple; two sisters; and four brothers.

Graveside services will be held at the Burns Cemetery on March 11 at 11 a.m. A reception will immediately follow at the Christian Church of Burns. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Christian Church.


Death notice — Glenn Reason

Posted on February 9th in Obituaries

Glenn Reason, 92, died on Sunday, Feb. 6, at Blue Mountain Nursing Home in Prairie City. A funeral service is pending. LaFollette’s Chapel is in charge of arrangements


Velma (Babe) Ladine Moss died on Jan. 24.

She was born Nov. 22, 1926, to Jefferson and Margaret Baldwin in Cedaredge, Colo.

As a young child, she moved to Richland. In 1943, she met and married Robert (Bob) Moss while he was in the service. Her husband’s time in the military took them to Mississippi and Oklahoma.

In 1946, Moss and her husband moved back to Oregon, and eventually to Hines. She worked for the Gayway Hotel before starting a job at the Hines School as a cook. Moss retired at the age of 55.

Moss enjoyed all outdoor activities, and she had many talents such as crocheting, tole painting and making pine needle baskets. She was known for her homemade pies and her rose garden.

Moss is survived by her husband, Bob; children Linda Peterson and husband John of La Grande, Dennis Moss and wife Sharon of Burns, and Stephen Moss and wife Beryl of Hines; grandchildren, Nicole Moss of Tacoma, Wash., Jason Moss of Roy, Utah, Taci Weil of Hines and Ryan Moss of La  Grande; and six great-grandchildren.

She is also survived by her sister, Melba Driscoll of Boise, Idaho; and brothers, TJ Baldwin of Oceanside, Calif., Melvin Baldwin of Ontario and Dick Baldwin of Cove.

Moss was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Irene Campbell; and grandson, Toby Moss.

Contributions in Moss’ memory may be made to Home Health, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.


Debra Kay Zook 1954-2011

Posted on February 2nd in Obituaries

Debra Kay Zook died in Burns on Jan. 23 after a 10-year battle with cancer.

She was born on Aug. 12, 1954, to Don and Viola Hantze in McMinnville.

Zook graduated from McMinnville High School in 1972. During her high school years, she worked as a carhop at the A&W in McMinnville, then she went to work at Liberty Homes and Valley Feed & Supply.

On May 22, 1982, she married Dave Zook in Vancouver, Wash. She and her husband lived around Yamhill and Carlton for nearly 15 years before moving to Burns in 1998.

Zook was the princess on the St. Paul Rodeo Court in 1973. She had loved horses since she was a small girl. She spent many happy hours with her horses, whether it was caring for them, competing in different events or just riding in the mountains.

She was happiest when she was outdoors, and it didn’t matter if it was camping, fishing, working in her yard or working on the farm.

When she and her husband moved to Burns, Zook worked hard irrigating and putting up hay, fixing fence and keeping the ranch going. She greatly enjoyed her family and friends visiting and helping around the ranch, since her husband was often away from home making a living.

Zook is survived by her husband, Dave Zook; mother, Viola Hantze of McMinnville; sisters, Kathy Hantze of Amity and Linda Bowman and husband Russ of Sunnyside, Wash.; daughters, Mindy McGanty and husband Mike of McMinnville and Shawna Zelinski of Braedenton, Fla.; and sons, Kevin Zook and Haley Turner of Otis, Brent Zook and wife Nicole of Otis, and Davin Schultz and wife Kristin of Manor, Texas.

She is also survived by seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.
Zook was preceded in death by father, Don Hantze.

A memorial service was held at Rock of Ages Chapel in McMinnville on Jan. 29. A celebration of life potluck dinner will be held at the Harney County Fairgrounds Memorial Building in Burns on Feb. 5 at 2 p.m.


Wilford Brooks 1927-2011

Posted on February 2nd in Obituaries

Wilford Brooks, 83, died on Jan. 19, at Harney District Hospital.

He was a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend to many in the Harney County area.

Brooks was a hard-working man, employed by the Weyerhaeuser Lumber Company for the last 22 years of his working life. He had been retired since November 1989. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, camping, fishing, hunting, gardening and yard work. He will be remembered by those who knew him for being kind and caring.

Brooks is survived by his wife, Chris; daughter Susan Sagewood and companion Doug Lane; son, Richard Brooks and companion Pam Pole; and grandchildren, Larry Badten, Uriah Badten and companion Shelley Smith, Crystal Fleming and husband Aaron, Jessalyn Harper, Jonathan Harper, Lindsey Harper, Lonnie Harper, Jason Harper, Justin Harper, Michael Brooks and companion Jamie Amspoker, and Christina Gleason and companion Jake Eisel.

He is also survived by great-grandchildren, Cody Fleming, Tanner Fleming, Stephanie Franz, Mattox Eisel and Taylor Brooks; brothers, Narvel Brooks and wife Willie Mae and Wendell Brooks and wife Marjorie; sisters, Katherine Brown, Marjorie Wilburn and husband Tommy; and many nieces and nephews.

Brooks was preceded in death by his parents, Donnie and Beulah Brooks; and sisters, Ruth Anne Brooks, Magdalene Taylor and Nettie Mae Ferguson.

A private service was held on Jan. 21 at his home, with scriptural thoughts and comfort shared with his family by Mike Olson, elder from the Burns Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. A cremation was arranged by LaFollette’s Chapel.


Emery Earl Ferguson 1929-2011

Posted on February 2nd in Obituaries

Emery Earl Ferguson, 82, of Burns died on Jan. 24, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Boise, Idaho.

He was born to Earl and Loraine (Lanfear) Ferguson on Jan. 6, 1929, in the house of his grandparents, A.F. and Olive Lanfear in Burns.  Ferguson and his family  resided in the same house for the past 40 years.

Ferguson joined the U. S. Navy in 1948 and enjoyed traveling the seas. In 1958, while stationed at Great Lakes Training Center near Chicago, he met and married the love of his life, Lydia Josephine (Jo) Higgins. Later they were joined by their only son, Fredrich Henry (Fritz). His wife, Jo, passed away in 2008.

Ferguson retired from the Navy in 1967 and moved his family back to Burns in 1969. He worked for the U.S. Forest Service, Oregon State Parks and U.S. Post Office before retiring again.  He was active in the Harney County Historical Society, Senior Center and the Museum.

On June 12, 2010, Ferguson was honored as President of the annual Harney County Pioneer Days Celebration, following the tradition of his grandfather, A.F. Lanfear; and mother, Loraine Lanfear Ferguson.  He was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Burns.

Ferguson is survived by his son, Fritz; sisters Dorothy Fuller of Eagle, Idaho, and Jo Fisk of Caldwell, Idaho; brother, Charles (Myrna) Ferguson of Eagle, Idaho; and special friends, Roger and Sharon Nelson and family of Bismark, N.D.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and his brother, Thomas (Tommy).

Services were held at LaFollette’s Chapel on Friday, Jan. 28. Internment will be in the Willamette National Cemetery in Portland. Contributions in Ferguson’s memory can be made to Harney County Senior Citizen Center or the Harney County Historical Society in care of LaFollette’s Chapel.   LaFollette’s Chapel was in charge of funeral arrangements.


Kathaleen May Young Largent died from injuries sustained in a car accident on Jan. 29.

She was born on Dec. 19, 1954, in Council, Idaho. She was the second child of Brig and Barbara Young.

Largent loved her family a great deal, and played the role of peacemaker and united throughout her life.

Largent and her husband, Mike, worked on ranches throughout their life. She was currently living in Diamond where her husband works for Roaring Springs Ranch.

She loved riding horses, the outdoors and ranch life. Largent also enjoyed fishing, and a highlight in her life was a packing trip into the Seven Devils Wilderness area early in her marriage. She grew up camping and fishing and enjoyed it all her life.

Largent worked as a teacher’s aide at the Diamond Elementary School and enjoyed helping children learn and grow. She had recently begun her own schooling to complete a teaching degree.

She also served as a primary teacher in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the children loved her.

Largent loved dogs and cats as pets, and had several. Like her mother, she would do anything for anyone and gave her time and possessions willingly. She would often work a second job so she had more to give.

Largent is survived by her husband, Mike Largent of Diamond; children, James Robert Largent, Michael Harold Largent and wife Chelsea, and Bridgette Strub and husband Ryan; sisters, Jane Riley and husband Rich, and Angela Smith and husband Tommy; brother, Hal Young and wife Wanda; and seven grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Brig and Barbara Young and brother, Jim Young.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, Feb. 3,  at noon in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Crane and burial will be on Friday, Feb. 4, in Council, Idaho, at 1 p.m. mountain time.


Death notice — Hazel Campbell

Posted on January 26th in Obituaries

Hazel Campbell died on Jan. 18. A memorial service is being planned. An obituary will follow at a later date.


Debra Kay (Hantze) Zook of Burns died on Jan. 23 in Burns.

A memorial service will be held at Rock of Ages Chapel on Jan. 29 at 2 p.m.  There will be a celebration of life in Burns at a later date


Audrey Whiting Grisel Olson died on Dec. 17, in Klamath Falls. She was born and raised in Harney County


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