Conly Marshall 1926-2014

Posted on September 10th in Obituaries

WorkedOBIT MarshallConly Leon Marshall, 87, passed away Aug. 6 at the Aspen Assisted Living Center in Hines.

Conly was born Nov. 16, 1926, in Burns. He was the second child of Culver and Violet Marshall. The Marshalls lived about three-quarters of a mile from the mouth of the Blitzen River, north of the town of Voltage. He started grade school at Voltage, but that school was closed in 1935, so Conly went to school at Sodhouse. In 1937, the Marshall property, and many neighbors’ property, was condemned and converted into the Malheur Wildlife Refuge. Conly then completed his last two years of grade school in Ontario, and then attended high school in Grants Pass.

In high school, Conly was really into sports. He played football, basketball, tennis and track. In the summers, he got back to the high desert, working for Al Wallace of the Trout Creek Ranch in years 1939-41. The summers of 1942 and 1943, he was at the Disaster Peak Ranch, at the head of Little Whitehorse Creek, working for Arch Meyers and Culver Marshall. Conly said, “My brother and I earned enough money to buy a Model A, 1928, Ford pickup for $75. We were too young to have a driver license, but during the war they let us drive with a permit.” Culver Jr. and Conly would drive to Grants Pass to school and back to Harney County to work in the summers. “The main problem with this trip was gas and tires. We saved gas coupons to buy enough to get back to Grants Pass each fall,” Conly said.

Culver Jr. and Conly went through high school in the same grade, and after graduation in 1944, Jr. went into the armed services and Conly stayed home because of his age. In the spring of 1945, Jr. was killed at Luzon in the South Pacific Theatre, leaving Conly the only surviving son.

Conly married Barbara Joanne Smith of Grants Pass on Feb. 15, 1946. The next fall, Conly and Joanne moved to La Grande, where they went into a partnership with his father in the grocery business, spending most of his time behind the meat counter as a butcher. He invested in real estate, buying 320 acres of timberland with two cabins. In 1948, they sold the business and timberland, and moved to Grants Pass, where they bought a new home and Conly went to work for the power company.

In 1953, they moved to Beulah, to get back to what he really loved, ranching. He leased a ranch and started building a cow herd, along with a family. Three years later in 1956, they moved to Drewsey, where they lived for the rest of their lives. From Conly and Joanne’s lifelong marriage came six children: Craig, Gary, Conly Lee, Kevin, Coleen and Carla.

Conly’s loves were dancing, hunting, roping, sports, dogs, horses and kids. Combine any two or three of these and he was in heaven. For instance, hunting and kids, roping and kids, sports and kids, horses and kids, anything and kids. It was his love for kids that made him the Grand Marshal of the 75th Harney County Fair, Rodeo and Race Meet in 1999.

Conly said, “Bill Robertson gave me a buckskin colt in 1962 that was the daddy of all my horses. He was such a nice cow horse, had a good disposition, and I decided that any person who wanted a good horse, especially a young person, should have one of his colts.” For many years, the outstanding 4-H horseman of the Harney County Fair would win a colt donated by Conly or Don Opie. Many other young people were given the opportunity to train one the colts raised on the Marshall ranch.

Some of Conly’s contributions to the Harney County community were teaching hunter safety courses, teaching 4-H for 24 years, basketball coach at Drewsey for 10 years, assisted many girls trying out for Fair Court, helped many young people learn to train horses and how to rope, and served on the school board for 10 years. He also supplied cattle for team roping and cow cutting events, and spent many of his later years collecting history, on video, from any “old timer” that he could.

Conly was part of the community and the community was part of him. He said, “My wife, my family, and my friends during my lifetime are unbelievable. The help we received in good times and in bad, makes you wonder what we have to gripe about. I’ve had the best!”

Conly is survived by sons, Gary (Georgia) Marshall, Kevin (Cheryl) Marshall; daughters, Coleen (Speed) Perkins, Carla (Greg) Johnston and Maureen Marshall; 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Conly was preceded in death by his wife, Joanne; sons, Conly Lee and Craig; brother, Culver Marshall Jr.; and his parents.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Drewsey Community Hall.

Donations in Conly Marshall’s name may be made to any 4-H or youth group of your choice.

Randall E. Haugen 1933-2014

Posted on September 10th in Obituaries

OBIT HaugenRandall E. Haugen of Eugene passed away May 24.

He was born July 30, 1933, to Randall Joseph and Esther Margaret (Koloen) Haugen in Silverton.

In 1941, the family moved to Burns, where he became an Oregonian newspaper carrier. Randall did so well he won many newspaper-sponsored trips to Canada, California and Portland.

Upon graduating from Burns High School in 1951, he moved to Eugene and started working for Safeway. In 1952, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served in Korea until 1955. Upon his discharge, he went right back to Safeway. Randall worked at several locations in the Eugene area and Junction City, and eventually transferred to Portland. After years of working in the grocery business, he founded and operated the Rolling Hills Market in Troutdale from 1977 until he sold the business in 1998.

Randall is survived by his wife, Dianne Spurlock  Haugen; daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Chuck Dodge of Portland; grandchildren, Aimee and Brian Dodge; and sister, Carol Nygaard of Vancouver, Wash.

He was preceded in death by a son, Gregory Randall Haugen in 1993.

Carole Elizabeth Galka Dean

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WorkedOBIT DeanCarole Elizabeth Galka Dean, 75, of Burns, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, Aug. 30.

Carole was born in Emmett, Idaho. She was married to Daniel Dean, of Harney County, where they spent the last two years and eight months together.

Carole grew up in Burns, and first met Daniel in high school. Family movement and marriage took Carole and Daniel on separate paths until 2012, when they found their way back to each other and were married. Their short time together was marked with joy, happiness, and a deep love which was evident to all.

Carole was married to Henry Floyd Galka on Sept. 1, 1958. Together, they have seven children, 21 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren, one of which they raised as their own, Devyn Mercedes Guerrero. Carole’s avid love for the written word was passed on to her children and their children. A propensity toward the creative could be seen in her crocheting of blankets and necklaces. While primarily a homemaker, Carole worked in many different capacities, including a nurse’s assistant and assistant to her first husband in all secretarial type work for their engineering company.

Carole’s heart of compassion for her fellow man could be seen in her continuous outpouring of love and help to family, friends, and even complete strangers. She was a wonderful mother who thought of her children first, and would go without in order to provide for their needs and even wants.

She is survived by her mother, Kathryn Marie Hochhalter; siblings, Marlene Marie Lobato, James Raymond Vanderdasson, and Judith Kathryn Spriggel; children, Dinah Lynn White, Joni Beth Kutz, Lisa Anne Atkins-Croft, Henry Thomas Galka, Stephen Vincent Galka, Rebekah Lee O’ Hare, and Nichole Kathryn Hall; 20 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Carole was preceded in death by her father, Ralph Raymond Vanderdasson; brother, Ronald Wayde Vanderdasson; her first husband, Henry Floyd Galka; and granddaughter, Vanessa Marie Green.

Carole has been laid to rest in the high desert country of Harney County, at Fort Harney Cemetery.

LaFollette’s Chapel was in charge of arrangements.  Visit and sign the guest book and leave your condolences.

Robert Wayne Howes 1932-2014

Posted on September 10th in Obituaries

WorkedOBIT HowesRobert Wayne Howes passed away Aug. 19.

Bob was born in Wichita, Kan., May 2, 1932, to Wayne and Hope Howes. They moved to Burns in 1940 to the family ranch on Ryegrass Lane. He graduated from Burns High School in 1951. He then served two years in the Navy. After sailing in the Pacific ocean, he returned to Harney County and married Patricia Gregg.

He enjoyed all kinds of outdoor living and working. His first love was ranching in Harney County. During his 33-year career with the Forest Service, he smoothed many logging roads and built campsites that are still around for all to enjoy today. Sitting atop a horse was another pleasure he enjoyed. Teaching and playing chess with his grandchildren was great fun. He always had a smile and a giggle for everyone that knew him.

Bob is survived by sons, Jeff Howes of Coos Bay and Mike and his wife, Stephanie Howes of Burns; grandchildren, Chris and Rachel Howes of Burns, Nick and Elizabeth Howes of Bend, and Alycia and Miranda Howes of Burns; great-granddaughter, Macy Howes; great-grandson, Gabe Howes; brothers and sisters, Dorthea and husband, Clint Purdy of Burns, Don and wife, Teresa Howes of Silverton, Helen Kennedy of Sandy, John Howes of Portland; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Patricia.

A service for Bob will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 12, in the Memorial Building at the Harney County Fairgrounds.


A memorial service for Shirley Thomson will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at the Haren-Wood Chapel, 2543 SW 4th Avenue in Ontario. All are welcome.


Wednesday September 10

Posted on September 10th in Community Calendar

Burns City Council meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at Burns City Hall, 242 S. Broadway, at 6 p.m.

The Harney County Cultural Coalition will meet from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, at the Harney County Library. Items for discussion/action will include reviewing the Cultural Plan. The public is welcome to attend.

The city of Burns Public Safety Committee meets the second Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. at the Burns Fire Hall.

Burns Butte Sportsmen’s Club invites the public to their summer “Twilight” trap practice to be held from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. every Wednesday, running through the month of September. The practices will be held at the trap range on Radar Hill. It is a great time to get started or improve your skills. There are instructors for beginners.

Free cardio-kick classes are offered Wednesday evenings, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at Faith Baptist Church. The classes are good for beginning to moderate workouts, and everyone is welcome. For more information call 541-573-7777.

Bring babies to Lapsit Storytime at Harney County Library, 80 W. D St., each Wednesday at 10 a.m. Enjoy music, stories, rhymes and fingerplays especially for babies and toddlers.

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.

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

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 September 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.

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 September 12

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Harney County Health Department will be having an informational session on well water and the prominent contaminants in Harney County at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, at the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center. Information on water hazards such as arsenic will be presented by Professor Molly Kile. There will be an opportunity for Q&A.

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 September 13

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Join Harney District Hospital (HDH) for The Ambulance Chaser Bike Ride scheduled Saturday, Sept. 13. Ride day registration is available at 8 a.m. at Triangle Park. All proceeds will be used to purchase Automatic Electronic Defibrillators (AED’s) to be placed in the community. The Ambulance Chaser features two fully-paved courses beginning and ending at Triangle Park; a family-friendly 8.8 mile Lifesaver Loop or a more challenging 18.7 mile Code Blue ride. Code Blue begins at 9 a.m. and Lifesaver Loop at 9:30 a.m. Registration forms and ride route maps available at Harney County Chamber of Commerce, Harney District Hospital’s admissions or administration desks, or on-line at For more information, please contact Harney District Hospital’s Denise Rose at 541-573-5184.

Burns Brewfest will be held Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Arrowhead Plaza in Burns.

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.

Harney County Farmers Market from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Hines City Park.

Sunday September 14

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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.

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

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