Wesley Wilson 1931-2014

Posted on December 10th in Obituaries

Wesley Wilson, 83, passed away Dec. 2 in Burns.

He was born in Roseburg Nov. 2, 1931, the seventh child of Achsa Hazel Davenport and Harry George Wilson.

He was raised on a small farm. Perhaps that is why he loved gardening and animals. As a teenager, Wesley, his brothers, Wallace and Warren, and friend, Merle Wilson, participated as bronco, bareback riders.  The announcer would get mixed up and say it’s just one of those Wilson boys.

Wes left home at an early age. He started working on ranches, eventually ending up in Montana. Wesley was 19 when he was on a trip to Idaho. He saw this young girl and made the comment that he was going to marry her. His friend said he was crazy. However, eight months later, Wesley married Sadie Lamona Cloward on July 5, 1952. He always considered that was the best choice he ever made. Sixty-two years later, he was still madly in love with Lamona.

They made their first home in Bend, where he worked as a pole lineman.  He was drafted into the Army in January 1953, after just a few months of married life. He served for 14 months as a pole lineman in Korea. When he returned, he went to work for a ranch in Mitchell, and spent the next 39 years there. During that time, he worked on ranches, and in the woods, thinning and logging.

In October 1956, Wes and Lamona had a daughter, Achsa Virginia. In 1957, a son was born, Sterling Lee. Then, in July 1960, a son, Kenneth Dean was born. Also born to them, another son, Cody Wayne, in August 1961. Later, they became involved in foster care and adopted their fifth child, William Wesley Wilson.

They moved to Harney County in 1994, where they spent the remainder of Wesley’s life.

Wesley was a hard worker, fixed anything that needed fixed, never knew a stranger, and helped everyone he saw. He was a kind loving man to all, and his word was his bond.

Wesley is survived by his loving wife, Sadie Lamona Wilson; five children,  Virginia and Alan Davis of Surprise, Ariz., Lee and Pam Wilson of Burns, Kenneth Wilson of Cave Junction, Cody and Adele Wilson of Canyon City, and William Wilson of Burns; brother, Wallace Wilson; sister; Helen Rowell; sister-in-law, Isa Larkin and husband, Bob; 16 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, Jessie Lee Marcy.

Wesley was preceded in death by his brothers, Walter and Warren Wilson; sisters, Hilda and Hazel; and daughter-in-law, Felicia Wilson.

A funeral service was held on Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Contributions in Wesley Wilson’s memory may be made to the Latter-day Saints Missionary Program in care of LaFollette’s Chapel. P.O. Box 488, Burns OR 97720.


OBIT Lawrence WebMary Emily Newcomb Lawrence, 90, passed away Dec. 7 at The Aspens following a long battle with cancer.

Mary was born Nov. 3, 1924, in Marble, Colo. Her parents were Sue Bowland and Albert Webister Newcomb. Mary grew up in the Crystal River Valley in Colorado. At age 21, Mary married Dorman Lawrence. Their families had known each other a long time. Mary dated Dorman twice, and in those days, driving 50 miles to date someone was unheard of. So, after a short courtship, they were married. On the way to Burns, they had a honeymoon in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Dorman’s sister lived in Burns, and her husband worked for Edward Hines Lumber Company. Dorman got a job at Edward Hines Lumber Company, and he worked in Hines for 42 years. In that time, they had two boys, Dorman Edward (Eddy), and seven-and-a-half years later, Raymond Walter.

Mary was a homemaker and mother all her married life. She was involved in anything that had to do with flowers. She joined the Sunrise Garden Club, and held the offices of president and vice president in the early years. Mary enjoyed sewing for her family for many years. She made a dress for herself, and it fit better than any dress she ever bought. Her hobbies consisted of crocheting and making different items, such as pillow cases, tatting clothes, pictures and pillows. She canned all kinds of home-grown vegetables and fruit.

Dorman built their home in Hines at 203 South Quincy, and they lived there until Dorman died. Mary moved to Aspen Grove apartments, and lived there and enjoyed life for several years. She then moved into The Aspens.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and son, Eddy.

Services for Mary Emily Newcomb Lawrence are pending.


David Alan Rohde 1960-2014

Posted on December 10th in Obituaries

OBIT Rohde WebDavid Alan Rohde, 54, passed away Dec. 3 at his home in Helix.

David was born Aug. 21, 1960, to Charles R. and Edith B. (Emmert) Rohde in Pendleton, where he was raised. He attended grade school in Adams, then schools in Pendleton, graduating from Pendleton High School in 1979. He moved to Estacada in 1983. On July 19, 1986, he married Staci Leathers in Welches. The couple had two sons. They moved to Burns in 1993, where he ran a family ranch, returning to the Pendleton area in 2001. He farmed hay and wheat, and was a very dedicated worker. He enjoyed being outdoors hunting, fishing and woodcutting.  He often went hunting with family friend, Vern Freed.  He loved spending time with his wife and boys.   He was a member of the Peace Lutheran Church.

David is survived by his wife, Staci of Helix; sons, Levi Rohde of Helix, and Justin Rohde and daughter-in-law, Gailen (Phillips) Rohde of Helix; brothers, Jim Rohde of Adams, and Rick Rohde of Pendleton; sisters, Linda Crocker of Camden, N.C., and Beth Naughton of Pendleton; granddaughter, Kimber Rohde of Helix; step-grandchildren, Cody, Justin and Sean Phillips; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec.12, at the Peace Lutheran Church in Pendleton. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of David Rohde may be made to St. Mary’s Regional Cancer Clinic, and may be sent in care of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, P.O. Box 489, Pendleton, OR 97801. Sign the online condolence book at www.burnsmortuary.com. Arrangements are with Burns Mortuary of Pendleton.


Ernest Botefur

Posted on December 10th in Obituaries

OBIT Botefur WebErnest Botefur passed away Nov. 29.

He was born in Del Norte Colo., to Ernest and Jewell Botefur.

He served two tours of duty with the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II and the Korean War.

He worked most of his life as a heavy equipment operator. He loved to hunt and fly fish.

Ernest is survived by his wife of 68 years, Peggy; sons, Ernest of Burns and David of Washington; daughter, Jewell Shreeve of Hines; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; two brothers and two sisters.

At his request, there will be no service. A private family gathering will be held at a later date.

LaFollette’s Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


Wednesday December 10

Posted on December 10th in Community Calendar

Burns City Council will hold their regular meeting of the city council at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17.

The city of Burns Public Safety Committee normally meets the second Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. at the Burns Fire Hall, but will meet Dec. 17 this month.

The Cancer Support Group will be meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, in the Hines City Hall meeting room. Please contact Kristen Gregg, Harney District Hospital’s Outreach Coordinator at 541-573-8614 for more information.

Christmas Cookie Prevention, a women’s fitness group will be held Wednesdays, through Dec 17 at Faith Baptist Church, 777 Saginaw in Hines. A beginners fitness class will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and a moderate intensity class from 6:05 p.m. to 6:25 p.m. The classes are free and everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Kara Nelson 541-589-3773.

Storytime for preschoolers is scheduled at the Harney County Library, 80 W. D St., each Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Contact the Harney County Library for more information, 541-573 6670.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets each Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Foursquare Church, 74 S. Alvord, Burns.

ALANON, a support group for friends and families of alcoholics, meets each Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Foursquare Church, 74 S. Alvord, Burns. Please use the back door on the south side of the building. All interested are welcome.


Thursday December 11

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A Walking Class is held each Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from  10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. indoors at the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center.

Kiwanis Club of Burns-Hines meets for a no-host luncheon at noon each Thursday at Bella Java, 314 N. Broadway in Burns.

A Women’s AA meeting is held every Thursday at noon at Foursquare Church, 74 S. Alvord, Burns.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets at noon each Thursday at Hines City Hall, 101 E. Barnes. Call 541-573-2896.

Tai Chi for Better Balance with Diane Rapaport is held each Tuesday and Thursday at Harney County Senior and Community Services Center from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. — free.


Friday December 12

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A recovery group, “Celebrate Recovery,” meets each Friday at the Harney County Church of the Nazarene, 311 Roe Davis Ave. in Hines. Dinner is served at 5:30 p.m. The main meeting is held at 6 p.m. and small group sessions are at 7 p.m. For more information, call 541-573-7100.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets each Friday at Symmetry Care at 5 p.m.


Saturday December 13

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Breakfast with Santa will be held from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at Burns Elks Lodge.

The Christmas Jamboree is Saturday, Dec. 13. Celebrate the holidays with a craft fair, cookies, gingerbread contest, Broadway Light Parade, sleigh rides, face painting, ugly sweater social, tree lighting and bonfire. Stop by the city of Burns or Harney County Chamber of Commerce for the schedule of events.

The Harney County Radio Association meets every second Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. in the basement meeting room of the Harney County Courthouse. All amateur radio operators and interested parties are welcome.


Sunday December 14

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Carols by Candlelight, a celebration of the Nativity with the Word, carols and song, will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, at the Harney County Church of the Nazarene. Free admission and a reception will follow.

Steens Mountain Men hold a shoot the second Sunday of the month at noon at the shooting range on Radar Hill. Round ball and patch only, no inlines. For more information, contact Toni Brown 801-450-7064.

A free community dinner, eat in or take out (no strings attached), will be held from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday,Dec. 14, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal/Peace Lutheran Church at the corner of Diamond and A streets. Call 541-573-2802.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets every Sunday at 7 p.m. at Foursquare Church for 12×12 study.


Monday December 15

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A Walking Class is held each Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from  10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. indoors at the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center.

Burns Fire Dept. meets each Monday at the Burns Fire Hall at 7 p.m.

The Hines Volunteer Fire Department meets at the Hines Fire Hall each Monday at 7 p.m. (except the last Monday of the month). Prospective members may contact Fire Chief Bob Spence at 541-573-7477 or 541-573-2251.

Narcotics Anonymous meets each Monday at 10 a.m. in the community room at Saginaw Village, 605 N. Saginaw. For more information call 541-589-4405.


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