OBIT Budge WEBGrant Jensen Budge, 89, passed away May 11 at his home in Medford.

He was born March 30, 1925, in Pleasant View, Utah, to Lawrence and Blanche J. Budge, the oldest of nine children.

He grew up in Malad, Idaho, and attended schools there. He was student body president of the high school and played football and basketball for teams that received several state championship awards during that time.

World War II changed the lives of many young men. Grant joined friends who shared that desire and enlisted in the Navy upon graduation from high school. He spent the majority of his service on the island of Guam as a radar technician.

Soon after he returned from serving his country, Grant married JoAnn Smith. To this union, three daughters were born, Toni, Barbara and Connie. They later divorced. On Nov. 9, 1968, he married Lorraine Fredrickson in Lincoln City.

Grant graduated from Utah State University with a degree in education and received his master’s degree from the University of Oregon. School administration became a life-long career. He became a teacher, a coach, and a principal in Eden, Idaho, Burns,Cascade Locks, Brookings, Drain, and Noclips, Wash. Grant moved to Grants Pass in 1976, and was the first principal at North Valley High School. He retired from the Josephine County School District in 1989.

He is survived by his daughters, Toni (Harry) Hurd of Redmond, Barbara (Wayne) Thompson of Medford, and Connie Sherbourne of Brookings; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grand-children; three brothers; and four sisters.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lorraine; and a brother.

A military service with military honors was held on May 29 at the Eagle Point National Cemetery.

Grant Jensen Budge, 89, passed away May 11 at his home in Medford.

He was born March 30, 1925, in Pleasant View, Utah, to Lawrence and Blanche J. Budge, the oldest of nine children.

He grew up in Malad, Idaho, and attended schools there. He was student body president of the high school and played football and basketball for teams that received several state championship awards during that time.

World War II changed the lives of many young men. Grant joined friends who shared that desire and enlisted in the Navy upon graduation from high school. He spent the majority of his service on the island of Guam as a radar technician.

Soon after he returned from serving his country, Grant married JoAnn Smith. To this union, three daughters were born, Toni, Barbara and Connie. They later divorced. On Nov. 9, 1968, he married Lorraine Fredrickson in Lincoln City.

Grant graduated from Utah State University with a degree in education and received his master’s degree from the University of Oregon. School administration became a life-long career. He became a teacher, a coach, and a principal in Eden, Idaho, Burns,Cascade Locks, Brookings, Drain, and Noclips, Wash. Grant moved to Grants Pass in 1976, and was the first principal at North Valley High School. He retired from the Josephine County School District in 1989.

He is survived by his daughters, Toni (Harry) Hurd of Redmond, Barbara (Wayne) Thompson of Medford, and Connie Sherbourne of Brookings; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grand-children; three brothers; and four sisters.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lorraine; and a brother.

A military service with military honors was held on May 29 at the Eagle Point National Cemetery.


John Dale McLain 1928-2015

Posted on June 17th in Obituaries

OBITMcLain WEBJohn Dale McLain, 86, of Hines, passed away June 12.

He was born Aug. 12, 1928 in Mena, Ark.

John married Rose Marie Poer Nov. 19, 1946.

He worked at Edward Hines Lumber Co. until his retirement in 1992.

John enjoyed leather work, writing short stories of his life, fishing, hunting, and playing steel guitar. He was also involved with the Burns Elks Lodge, the Pioneers, and the High Desert Fiddlers.

John is survived by eight brothers and sisters; daughters and sons-in-law, Patsy and Carl Klawuhn of Bonnie Lake, Wash., and Sandra and John Schatz of Eugene; son and daughter-in-law, Allan and Vickie McLain of Hines; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Rose Marie McLain; son, Ralph J. McLain; and sister, Edgel Sudul.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 19, at Burns Cemetery.

Contribution’s in John McLain’s memory may be made to the Harney County Cancer Society. LaFollette’s Chapel is in charge of funeral arrangements.


Daren Dean Smith 1960-2015

Posted on June 17th in Obituaries

 

OBIT SmithDaren Dean Smith, 54, of Shady Cove, passed away May 25 in an ATV accident.

Daren was born Dec. 18, 1960, in Ashland to C. Roger Smith and Nancy McMaster-Ceccato. Daren graduated from Phoenix High School in 1979.

Daren was a hard working machinist and laborer who, throughout his life, worked as a logger, and had careers at Biomass One and FD Thomas. Most recently, Daren had been able to combine his manual skills with his love for the outdoors as he was care taking the Wildhorse Ranch in Eastern Oregon.

Daren was a skilled outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. As a life member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Daren had successfully passed his love for hunting on to his daughters and was just beginning to imprint these important values on to his grandchildren.

Daren’s family extends throughout Southern Oregon and Northern California; however, you did not have to be a part of Daren’s family tree to be considered family. Daren was a fun loving man with a big heart. Whether it was pulling a truck out of the mud, getting Christmas trees for people who did not have one, or just being willing to spin everyone around the dance floor, Daren was loved by all who came to know him.

Daren is survived by his father, C. Roger Smith, and Pam Smith, of Central Point; mother, Nancy McMaster-Ceccato and Roger Ceccato of La Pine; sisters, Shannon Smith of Medford and Renee Berrey of Sisters; nephew Daniel Stroemple; daughters, Aimee Smith of Corvallis and Andrea (Cody) Rombach of  Bend; and grandchildren, Camilla Rombach and Owen Rombach .

His family invites you to share your memories of Daren and celebrate his life with some of Daren’s favorite things; family, friends, and food on Saturday, June 27, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at The Meadows, 555 Freemen Road, Central Point. Memories to be shared with his grandchildren may go to 21815 Hideaway Hills Ct. Bend, OR 97701. Memorial contributions to honor Daren may go to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation P.O. Box 8249 Missoula, MT 59807-8249.


 

OBIT Hochhalter WEBKathryn Marie (Vanderdasson) Hochhalter, 95, of Nampa, Idaho, passed away May 21.

Kathryn was born March 14, 1920, in Kalispell, Mont. She married Ralph Vanderdasson on May 10, 1938. Ralph and Kathryn had five children.

On Nov. 26, 1983, she married Edwin Hochhalter, and from this marriage, Kathryn gained four step-children.

Kathryn worked as a cake decorator and decorated wedding cakes for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. At age 84, she authored the book Analytical Rhyme Bible for Adults.

She is survived by three children; three step-children; 36 grandchildren; 56 great-grandchildren; and 22 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husbands; two children; one step-child; and three great-grandchildren.

Remembrances may be left for the family online at www.AccentFuneral.com


 

OBIT Blackburn WEBMisa Kei Blackburn 22, passed away June 7, with her family by her side in Portland.

Misa was born in Bend Dec. 16, 1992. She was an extraordinary person who amazed all who knew her.  She was born with spina bifida and needed a shunt in her brain to drain the excess fluid. As a result of her open spine, she was also paralyzed and had a seizure disorder. While this may all sound daunting, we were blessed in so many ways.

Being the first child, her parents, Curt and Kaeko Blackburn, had no clue to what was normal. Her weekly doctor appointments seemed routine and if she was a bit behind, her parents never knew because they had nothing to compare her too. It wasn’t until her brothers were born that they had several “a-ha” moments.

Misa was a Snow Mountain Pine baby and went to work every day with her mother for her first year.  She attended preschool at the Early Childhood Center where her Aunt Dina worked. At Slater Elementary, she met Heidi Hofman and Kaitlyn Osborne and together they would become the “three musketeers”. Their relationship would change and evolve like any other school aged friendships – there was a bit of posturing for attention, sprinkled with bullying, but at the end of the day there was love. Misa loved her teachers and aides and how they would dote on her hand and foot. She had her favorite class, P.E., and her not so favorite activity, speech, and she loved her bus rides home to Grandma Jassmann. Misa graduated from Burns High School in 2013.

To her family and friends, Misa was an adjective – how many times did we just explain “Oh, that’s just Misa.” She was a tough little cookie who had a wicked sense of humor.  She loved good food, chocolate milk, listening to Barney and her popper.   She loved her family and friends. Misa’s spirit and smile will be missed by all who knew her.

Misa is survived by her parents, Curt and Kaeko; brothers, Beau, Garrett, and Jake; grandmother, Dorothy Blackburn;  grandmother, Hatsuyo Jassmann; and her numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Misa was preceded in death by her grandfather, Jett Blackburn; grandfather, Larry Jassmann; and uncle, Ed Jassmann.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Portland Shriners Hospital and mailed to LaFollette’s Chapel at P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.


OBIT Fishel WEBArthur (Butch) R. Fishel, 72, passed away June 6 in Salt Lake City, Utah, following a short illness.

He was born Dec. 21, 1942, in Belle Fourche, S.D., to Clarence and Edith (Diedrich) Fishel.

He graduated from high school in Cut Bank, Mont., in 1960. After school, he joined the Marines Corps for four years and was honorably discharged after serving his country. He went on to become a sprinkler fitter at Local 699 for many years.

Arthur loved Harney County and all it offered. He also spent a lot of time at the opal mines in Nevada. He never met a stranger. A lot of people will remember him as a jokester — what a sense of humor he had! He loved wood carving, coin and metal detecting, traveling, and a good, traditional Native American vision quest.

He is survived by his  brothers, Donald of Sekiu, Wash., Harry of Washougal, Wash. and Gary of Toronto, Kan.; sister, Rose Mary of Placerville, Calif.; son, Greg of Kent, Wash.; daughter, Shelly of San Antonio, Texas; grandchildren, Brandon and Rebecca of Kent, Wash, and Nick, Stephanie and Thomas of San Antonio, Texas; and partner, Karen Zimmerman.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A celebration of life will be held Friday, June 19, at Hines Park. A pot luck will be held from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. A celebration of life will also be held on the Fourth of July weekend at the Rainbow Ridge Opal Mine near Denio, Nev.


Jo Ann Rose, 82, of Payette, Idaho, passed away June 11 at her home. Services are pending at Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel in Payette.


Wednesday June 17

Posted on June 17th in Community Calendar

Youth Summer Reading Program at 10:30 a.m. at the Harney County Library. This week enjoy the magic of Bill Mitchell

Harney County Court meets the first and third Wednesday of each month at the Harney County Courthouse, 450 N. Buena Vista, at 10 a.m.

The Hilander Booster Club meets the third Wednesday of each month at noon at Glory Days Pizza.

Harney Grant Babe Ruth board meets the third Wednesday of each month in the courthouse basement meeting room, 450 N. Buena Vista, at 7 p.m.

Burns Elks Lodge, 118 N. Broadway, meets the first and third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m.

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.

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


Thursday June 18

Posted on June 17th in Community Calendar

The 25th annual Country Music Jamboree will be held June 18-20 at the Harney County Fairgrounds. The event features daily shows at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. and a variety of workshops.

Burns Planning Commission meets the third Thursday of each month at Burns City Hall, 242 S. Broadway, at 7 p.m.

Harney County Historical Society will meet Thursday, June 25, (this month only) instead of their regular third Thursday of each month at the Burns Elks Lodge, 118 N. Broadway, at 11:45 a.m.

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 June 19

Posted on June 17th in Community Calendar

Teen Summer Reading Program, for grades 6-12, at Harney County Library from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. This week is Miss Lisa’s choice.

The 25th annual Country Music Jamboree will be held June 18-20 at the Harney County Fairgrounds. The event features daily shows at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. and a variety of workshops.

Oregon Old Time Fiddlers, District 9, meets the first, third and fourth Friday of each month. Call Micky, 541-573-2515, for time and place.

A recovery group, “Celebrate Recovery,” meets each Friday at the Harney County Church of the Nazarene, 311 Roe Davis Ave. in Hines. Snacks 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.


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