OBIT BennettStanford Robert Bennett, a long time resident of Burns, passed away March 14 in Stayton.

Stan was born Sept. 22, 1922, to Alice and Robert Bennett. He was born and raised in the south end of Harney County. He was raised with strong family values that he shared with his own family right up to the end of his long life. As a young man, he helped his family with their farm and ranch. He and his brother helped with the hay and cattle. It was a hard life, but it didn’t make him a hard man. They raised cattle and stacked mountains of hay.

While attending Burns Union High School, Stan met his high school sweetheart, Audrey Cowing. She soon became his soul mate.

In 1941, Stan, along with most of the men his age, joined the service and went to war for our country. Stan spent four years in the Navy. He used his math and science skills there, along with his leadership, to make a difference in the many lives around him.

While he was building those lifelong relationships, his thoughts were never far from his loved ones at home in the United States. As the story goes, during one correspondence with his Audrey, she enclosed a new picture. Stan said he was ready to walk across the ocean just to be with her again. Can you only imagine?

At the end of Stan’s Navy service, he retired as chief petty officer. He was always a very proud and honorable man. He held the U.S. flag to its highest value, so that we could retain our rights.

When the war ended, and his obligations to our country were fulfilled, he returned to the U.S. to build his new life with Audrey. On March 10, 1944, they became husband and wife.

For the first few years, they made their living in Portland. Stan was a great machinist, but he always dreamed of managing his own estate.

In 1949, he and Audrey made their way to Durkee, about 40 miles from Baker City. It was on that ranch where they started and began to raise their own family. He was the very proud father of Jo Anne, Ruth, Robert and Carol. It was truly a hard place to make much profit, but it was immeasurable on developing a close and caring family core, and that’s exactly what they did.

Then in 1959, Stan and Audrey packed up and moved to Burns to pursue their new career in the oil business. For several years they managed and ran the local 76 gas station and a second-hand store. All this time, they began to develop new lifelong friends and business relationships while they raised their four children.

In 1965, Stan and Audrey purchased the Union Oil bulk plant in Burns. This was their final business commitment together. In 1980, they decided to finally retire and travel to warmer weather part time, just like Stan’s folks did years before. Their children were raised and on to their own lives.

They moved on to build a new circle of friends, and they sure did. Stan was, of course, the new man on the block in Arizona that could fix anything for his neighbors.

Stan and Audrey were an anomaly; they could run a successful business and share 55 years of marriage bliss together.

In 1997, Stan lost his soul mate, but he was there with her right to the very end of her precious life.

Because he was a caring man, and now alone, he decided to move back to Arizona and into the sunshine. He had no plan, he just wanted to return to old friends and warm weather. He was on to his new life. Stan was blessed in that decision by having the second chance at companionship. Two years later, he married Peggy. It was in that new life that he also took on the new position of treasurer at the Apache Junction Elks Lodge. Like everything else, he was up for the new challenge with dedication and honor. They were married for five years.

After Peggy’s passing, Stan knew it was time for him to move back to Oregon and live closer to his children. So, in October 2011, his son, Bobby, helped him move back to the state he grew up in. He settled in his new home in Stayton, just a few miles from his youngest daughter, Carol.

For three-and-a-half years, all his children shared in his new life. His new home was once again filled with laughter, great stories, singing and lots of games. He was a sly cribbage master, and math wiz right to the end.

Stan was the best host to all he loved and cared about, a true family man with honor and a caring hand. If you were in need, he would be there, sometimes just with the caring words of wisdom.

Stan is survived by his five children, Clifford (Debbie) Howland, Jo Anne (Chuck) Van Hise, Ruth Anne (Ted) Aiken, Robert Clyde (Jo) Bennett and Carol Lynn (Brian) Graves; 14 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Stan was the last remaining member of his family. Passing before him were his sisters, Muriel and Myra; and brother, Richard.

OBIT Marshall webAnsel Noble Marshall, 100 years old, still of sound mind and his gentle wit, passed away peacefully March 15 at his home in Bend, with his wife, Cyndy, at his side.

Ansel was born Aug. 1, 1914, at his grandparents homestead in Troy, Iowa, practically horseback. With his father making his living with horses, being a freighter and then as a race horse trainer, the Marshall family traveled and lived many places west of the Mississippi. Ansel became the family jockey at age 13, after his older brother’s death. They raced all over, up and down the west coast from Vancouver, B.C. to Tijuana, Mexico. Ansel had many wins and track records; he raced with legends Johnny Longden, Georgie Woolf, Eddie Arcaro, and Red Pollard. In 1935, he gave up the irons, and went to training race horses and working all facets of the industry. In 1938, Ansel found himself working on the breeding farm of J.D. Spreckles III in Prineville. There he met the love of his life, Martina Wilkes. They were married in 1940 in Yuma, Ariz., in between race meets. While still working the tracks and training horses in SoCal, their son, Terry Van, was born in 1942. Ansel and Martina enjoyed 64 years of marriage and many, many gatherings with friends.

In 1944, tired of the vagabond lifestyle of horse racing, Ansel, who always dreamed of owning a ranch, purchased a 40-acre, 5,000 head, “turkey” ranch in Redmond. After two years of trying to keep turkeys alive and the coyotes at bay, Ansel decided raising turkeys was for the birds, sold out, and purchased a cattle ranch on the north side of Malheur Lake at Lawen in Harney County. Ranching and raising fine AQHA horses was his passion for another 60 years. Ansel continued to train a few race horses, made lots of fine cowhorses and rope horses. He bragged of draggin more than 10,000 calves to the fire over the years.

Ansel never had an enemy, maybe a few neighbors unhappy with his fences or the lack of… He was very involved in the community; he helped bring the Harney Electric Coop lines to Lawen and Crane by gathering signatures, he served on the Crane School Board and the Harney County Fair Board in many capacities. He proudly served as president in 1957 and 1958, and was honored to serve as Grand Marshal in 1989. Ansel said, “I’ve been a Marshall all my life, but that was the first I’d been a Grand Marshal.” Ansel gave selflessly to help many a 4-H’er with their horses. Over the years, the Marshall ranch was home to many young men who lived and worked with Ansel to learn his special way with horses.

Ansel loved to tell his stories; ranging from the family losing everything in 1920, and traveling by covered wagon to Texas to start over, traveling in box cars with race horses up and down the west coast, flying with Stuart Hamblen’s race horse for the first flight on the west coast, shooting geese on his Lawen ranch with Gary Cooper, and his escapades as a young jockey. He continued sharing those stories right up until his passing.  Ansel will be remembered for his gentle spirit and quick wit.

During Martina’s many years as an Avon district manager, the Marshalls kept a second home in Klamath Falls for her distribution. During the early 80s, that home was sold, and the rural Bend property was purchased. While keeping their strong ties to Harney County, Ansel and Martina sold most of the ranch and retired to Bend in the early 90s, continuing their breeding program and selling their fine horses. Their son, Terry, joined them in Bend during the late 90s, helping with marketing and care of the property. Ansel was still caring for and feeding his horses until 2012.

Following Martina’s death in 2004, and son, Terry’s untimely death a few months later, Ansel married Cyndy Coleman, longtime friend and fellow rancher from Burns. She brought him great happiness in the last 10 of his 100 years. Together they crossed many items off his bucket list; like attending the Belmont Stakes to see a possible Triple Crown, putting his toes in the beach sands of the Atlantic, seeing Old Faithful, seeing the homestead in Troy, Iowa where he was born, finding his brother’s grave in Salt Lake City, finding former homes in Salt Lake City, Oklahoma, San Ysidro, and San Bruno, his parents graves in Chula Vista, Calif., and lastly, to be able to pass into eternity peacefully at home.

Loving Jesus and serving Him was a huge part of Ansel’s 100 years. His mama taught him to love the Lord as a tiny tyke and he always found a church home where ever he lived. He attended Westside Church of Bend for more than 24 years, and spent his last three years at Whiterock Cowboy Fellowship in Redmond. Neither snow, nor rain nor sleet kept Ansel from attending, and when he just couldn’t make it to the last Sunday service, Whiterock brought the worship to his beside, and he just smiled and smiled…

Ansel is survived by his wife, Cyndy, of Bend; stepson Eric Smith; grandchildren, Taylor and Tage Smith of Salem; almost-adopted son, Robert Meck; brothers-in-law, Bob Stoy and George Sahlberg; nieces, Granita Wilkes Russell, and Pam Stoy Feely; and many, many great and great-great-nieces and nephews. Most of all, the friends who became family, they are too numerous to mention.

A Celebration of Life for Ansel Marshall was held April 4 at Whiterock Cowboy Fellowship in Redmond. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Ansel’s memory to the Harney County 4-H, c/o LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.

Richard (Dick) Morgan, 79, passed away April 4 in Burns.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 10, at the Harney County Church of the Nazarene in Hines.

A full obituary will follow at a later date.

OBIT JohnstonEarl Edward Johnston, 90, of Burns, passed away Feb. 7 in Medford.

Earl was born Nov. 23, 1924, in Dewey, Okla., and raised in the Ozarks of Missouri.

Earl and Effia Luetta were united in marriage May 29, 1943, in Mountain Grove, Mo.

Earl was a WWII veteran, serving in the Army. He worked as a body and fender man and mechanic for Edward Hines Lumber Company in Hines. He was no stranger to farm work, and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He attended the First Pentecostal Church in Burns. Earl enjoyed visiting with family and many friends, and spent many hours listening to his family play bluegrass music.

He is survived by his daughter, Esther L. Long of Medford; brother, JR Johnston of Norwood, Mo.; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren; as well as nieces, nephews, family and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Effia Luetta Fry Johnston; son, Warrant Officer Edward Charles Johnston; his parents, Jason H. and Ollie Johnston; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Byron Johnston and Mr. and Mrs. George Smith; and brothers, Marrion, Eugene and Silas.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday April 10, at the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center, with closing words and prayer by Pastor Webb.

OBIT BaileyLifelong Harney County rancher/farmer Walter David Bailey passed away April 2.

Walt was born March 26, 1939, in Burns to Tom and Maxine (Kerns) Bailey.  He was raised in Diamond Valley, where he attended grade school. He graduated from Crane Union High School in 1957. As with most Crane graduates, Walt shared many humorous stories of attending school at Crane.

On August 3, 1959, Walt married Janice Jenkins.  They made their home in Diamond, where they raised three children, Brad, Doug and Vade, until they moved to Catlow Valley, later Frenchglen, and eventually settled on a place outside of Burns.

Walt and Janice raised hay and cattle for many years until Walt retired from the cattle and truck driving about 12 years ago.  Walt and Janice continued to raise hay involving all five grandsons.

Walt loved to have a good visit with old friends, play a fun game of cards, and eat a good steak, but his greatest joy came from his family, especially his five grandsons. He often joked that he had enough grandsons for a basketball team, and always asked them, “Did you get a whoopin’ at school today?” Walt is famous amongst his grandsons for his life-lessons, like how to drive a tractor and load a truck of hay, asking them to do a task and always adding, “Or are you too little?”,  his “political correctness,” “The secret to gambling is to always use other people’s money,” and “Good ain’t forever and bads not for good.”

Walt is survived by wife, Janice; sons, Brad (Roxane), Doug (Lori), and Vade (Heather); and grandsons, Brennan, Zach, Logan, Zane and Luke Bailey.  Walt is also survived by brother, Fred; sister, Libby Schafer; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Walt was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Colleen Hutchins; and brothers, Tom and Bob (Beatle) Bailey.

At Walt’s request, there will be no funeral services.  Contributions in Walt’s memory may be made to Harney County Little League, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.

Wednesday April 8

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

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

Harney County Farm Bureau will hold it’s monthly meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, in the basement meeting room of the courthouse.

The Cancer Support Group will be meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, in the Hines City Hall meeting room. The Cancer Support Group is open to all cancer patients, survivors, family and support persons. Come learn and share about all types of cancer, ways to manage symptoms, treat side effects and make connections to help you navigate cancer care. Please contact Kristen Gregg or Maria Pichette, Harney District Hospital’s Outreach Coordinators at 541-573-8614 for more information.

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 April 9

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Jerome, Ariz. was once a rich copper mining city, then a ghost town, now a village visited by many. Jerome’s story is told by its retaining walls and stone buildings, reminiscent of the ancient Puebloans. Explore Jerome with local author Diane Rapaport at Harney County Library at 6:30 pm. 

Harney County Restoration Collaborative will meet from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Thursday, April 9, at the Pine Room Restaurant, 543 W Monroe St., Burns. The purpose of the Harney County Restoration Collaborative is to bring people together to provide constructive input on the restoration efforts in the Malheur National Forest that will benefit the local community. The public is invited. At this meeting they will have presentations from local high school students on ideas for small diameter timber products. For more information please contact the High Desert Partnership at or 541-573-7820. 

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 April 10

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Hang out with friends at Harney County Library teen late night from 7-9 p.m. Friday, April 10. Open to grades 6-12.

Burns Union High School Class of 1965 will hold a reunion planning meeting at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 10, at The Apple Peddler.

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 April 11

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The High Desert Cutters will be having their first cutting of the year on Saturday, April 11, starting at 9 a.m. Sign-ups start at 8 a.m. This will be held at Cory Shelman’s on Highway 20. Please enter by 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 8. Call or text Sallianne Kelly at 541-413-0788 or email For any questions, call Corinne Elser at 541-589-1577. They will be starting with the Open class. They are also adding a new class for this cutting. It will be a 55-and-over jackpot.

A Veterans lunch will be served at the Hampton Station Cafe the second Saturday of April. RSVP  by calling Shelley at 541-576-4951.

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 April 12

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A free community dinner, eat in or take out (no strings attached), will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, April 12, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal/Peace Lutheran Church at the corner of Diamond and A streets. Call 541-573-2802.

Overeaters Anonymous meets each Sunday at 1 p.m. in the Harney District Hospital Annex (downstairs in cafeteria area).Enter through the cafeteria door on North Grand. For more information, call Susie at 541-589-1522.

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

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