Daryl Dwane Ross 1954-2015

Posted on March 11th in Obituaries

OBIT RossDaryl Dwane Ross, 60, passed away Feb. 17 in Burns.

Daryl was born July 23, 1954, in Lodi, Calif. The Ross family moved to Baker County when Daryl was in the seventh grade. His dad, Jerry, managed several ranches in the Baker/Keating area.

Daryl graduated from Baker High School in 1972 where he was a standout basketball player. His basketball honors included all-league honors, all-state honors and numerous school records. He was also active in high school rodeo as a team roper and calf roper. After graduation, Daryl attended Montana State University on a full-ride basketball scholarship. At Montana State, Daryl received Big Sky Conference basketball honors and earned his bachelor’s degree in agri-business. Upon graduating, he played semi-pro basketball in Mexico and Europe and received an invitation to try out for the Portland Trail Blazers and Seattle Supersonics.

Daryl demonstrated his work ethic at an early age, working ranch jobs in his youth, such as changing irrigation hand line for 10 cents per pipe.  As an adult, Daryl worked at Municipal Pipeline Supply and Warnock Ranches in Baker, and Peila Ranch in Burns. He also worked many side jobs, such as building fence, operating equipment, and various construction projects. Daryl proudly stated that he “never turned down a paying job.” After moving to Burns in 1989, he began his 23-year career as a heavy equipment operator for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Daryl spent many hours operating the dozer and water tender on BLM wildfires. He was well known for his ability and determined attitude. He never hesitated when asked to tie into a line, regardless of the terrain or fire activity. He was equally known for his outgoing personality at the fire camp, as he had a natural camaraderie with the crew. He always had a smile on his face and a quick wit that was enjoyed by all who knew him.

Daryl was also extremely handy, a “jack of all trades.” He prided himself in a job well done and never settled for anything less. In his spare time, Daryl completely remodeled the family home, helped neighbors and family with home and property improvements, and was constantly tinkering in his shop. With Daryl’s inventive nature, he was always looking for ways to be more efficient.

However, Daryl’s real pride was his girls. He was always involved in their activities, and he found opportunities to support them in any way that he could. He used his talents to coach their youth sports teams, build their 4-H pig box, build an ice-skating rink, and construct a roping arena. He built a heated indoor basketball court in the barn, spent countless hours sharing his passion of competitive play, and never missed a game no matter the sport. Erin and Chelsea always said he was their strongest supporter, but also their toughest critic because he was always pushing them to be better. He was a terrific father who supported them both on and off the court.  Daryl relished family time, not only with his daughters but with all of his extended family.

Some of Daryl’s best memories were spent on Wagontire Mountain; camping, hunting, fishing, playing poker, and leading four-wheeler excursions. Over the years, Daryl found many passions, but most notably basketball, team-roping and later, golf. He loved the mental aspect of golf and always said that “your mind was your most powerful muscle.” He was determined to perfect his short game and swing, and spent countless hours on the golf course. Always a competitive person, everything could be made into a competition with the high-stakes of a quarter bet.

Despite his diagnosis of ALS, Daryl was determined to live life to the fullest. He retired from the BLM in 2011, and spent much of the following three years on the golf course and with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Ann (Peila) Ross; daughters, Erin Jenks and husband, JJ, and Chelsea Kagan and husband, Aaron; three grandchildren, Sonora, Copeland, and Simon; siblings, Charlie Ross, Ernie Ross, and Jane Fallon; and numerous other relatives.

Daryl was preceded in death by his parents, Gerald and Helen Ross; and siblings, Karen Bossert and DeAnna Anderson.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at the Burns Elks Lodge. A dinner, prepared by the Elks, will follow the service.

Contributions may be made to the Valley Golf Club Grounds Improvement Fund in Daryl’s memory or the ALS Association, through LaFollette’s Chapel.


Gerald J. Crowley 1923-2015

Posted on March 11th in News

Gerald J. Crowley passed away Jan. 31 at the Partners in Care Hospice House in Bend.

Gerry was born April 30, 1923, in San Francisco, Calif., to Daniel J. and Margaret F. (Moriarty), the second of three living children. He spent his early childhood in Colusa, Calif., and grew up in San Francisco, attending St. Patrick minor seminary, and graduating from St. Ignatius High School in 1941. He was in the ROTC program at the University of San Francisco, majored in accounting, and graduated in 1947. During World War II, Gerry served in the Army in the 4172 Quartermaster Depot Co. in the Asiatic Pacific Theater as supply depot commander.

While working for Yosemite Park and Curry Co., Gerry met a vivacious Navy veteran from New York named Mary Pagliuca. Romance led to their marriage in San Francisco on Jan. 28, 1950. Gerry and his bride lived in West Covina, Calif., for 36 years. They raised three children while Gerry worked as an accountant, general manager, and insurance salesman. After an economic slowdown in the ’70s, he returned to school at Cal State Los Angeles and earned a teaching credential. He then taught for the Montebello School District for 16 years. He was active in his church parish and in the Charismatic Renewal Movement.

Gerry and Mary moved to Bend in 1989. They participated in the St. Francis of Assisi parish, attended prayer meetings, and Gerry helped lead retreats. He became a Eucharistic minister at St. Charles Medical Center and served for 25 years. He also volunteered for Interfaith Caregivers, and donated gallons of blood to the Red Cross. After his wife’s death in 2010 at Hospice House, he volunteered there for Partners in Care until shortly before his death.

Gerry loved to travel, hike, camp, ski, listen to music, swim, read, paint, garden, and meet people. His faith, optimism, generous spirit, curiosity, and energy kept him going as if he were a younger man. He survived a rollover accident shortly before his 90th birthday, and went on to celebrate his 90th in his hometown with his family.

Gerry is survived by daughters, Suzanne (Scott) Thomas of Burns, and Paula (Curtis) Hansen of Covina, Calif.; son, Dave (Marian) of Las Vegas, Nev.; and grandchildren, Monica, Adrian, Melanie, Lucas, Katie, Erica, and Ryan.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary; his infant daughter, Lisa; his brother and sisters; and an infant grandson.

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 14, at the historic St. Francis of Assisi Church at Franklin and Lava streets in Bend. A rosary will be said at 9:30 a.m. The reception following the funeral will be at Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, 300 NW Franklin Ave. (across from the church).

Autumn Funerals is in charge of arrangements, and can suggest where to donate in lieu of flowers.


L. Glenn Hays 1922-2015

Posted on March 11th in Obituaries

L. Glenn Hays, 92, former English teacher and wrestling coach at Burns High School, passed away March 3 in Aurora, Colo., of natural causes.

Glenn was born Dec. 28, 1922, in Longdale, Okla., to Hobart and Pearl (McCormick) Hays. In 1941, he dropped out of high school and enlisted in the U.S. Army. Later, he took part in the D-Day invasion of Europe. Once the war was over, he completed high school in Hennessey, Okla. There he met his future wife, Beverly Baines.  They were married in 1947.

After finishing college at Oklahoma A & M College (now Oklahoma State University), he and Beverly moved to Oregon, where Glenn taught and coached at Nehalem, Scappoose, Beaverton, Burns (1957-1963) and Bend high schools. He was a master teacher and a successful coach. His best wrestling squad, at Burns, finished second in the state in 1962.  His winning teams sparked a resurgence in Hilander athletics that continues to this day.

Glenn and his family lived in Bend from 1963-1993. Following Beverly’s death, he eventually settled in Aurora, Colo.

He is survived by his son, Rev. Vance Hays, of Portland; his daughter, Dixie Hays Sexton, of Bend; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly, in 1993; and his brother, Darrell, in 2014.

Disposition was by cremation. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at Parklane Christian Reformed Church in Portland. Memories and condolences may be sent to vancehays@juno.com.


Viola Jennings, 99, a longtime resident of Burns, passed away March 8 in Richfield, Wash.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 13, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Burns.

A full obituary will follow at a later date.


Kathy Johnson, 54, passed away March 6 at her home in Burns.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 14, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Hines.

A full obituary will follow at a later date.


Wednesday March 11

Posted on March 11th in Community Calendar

 The Harney County Cultural Coalition will meet from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, at the Harney County Library. Items for discussion/action will include finalizing the Cultural Plan and planning for the April 16 social event

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 resume it’s monthly meetings Wednesday, March 11, at 5 p.m. in the basement meeting of the courthouse.

The Cancer Support Group will be meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 11 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 March 12

Posted on March 11th in Community Calendar

Enjoy a Taste of Basque at Harney County Library Thursday, March 12 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Listen to Boise State professor Dave Lachiondo talk about how the Basques came to the high desert. View a display of Basque history and culture. Sample Basque appetizers and wine. It’s all free!

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 March 13

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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.

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

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


Saturday March 14

Posted on March 11th in Community Calendar

P.E.O. will present Re-Style, fashion accessorizing with Harriet Langmas, at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at the Harney County Church of the Nazarene. Free admission, donations accepted. Proceeds to benefit P.E.O. women’s scholarships.

Harney District Hospital is sponsoring a free Heart Saver First Aid/CPR class for the community Saturday, March 14, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Racine Building conference room. Learn how to approach an emergency situation confidently with comprehensive Heart Saver First Aid/CPR/AED training with Harney District Hospital Paramedic Greta Emang. Please contact Greta at 541-573-3686 to register or learn more about Heart Saver classes.

American Legion Post 63 will celebrate its birthday with a dinner Saturday, March 14, at the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center. The noon potluck will be hosted by American Legion Auxiliary Unit 63. All veterans, friends and relations are invited to attend.

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 March 15

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A free community dinner, eat in or take out (no strings attached), will be held from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 15, at Burns Christian Church, 125 S. Buena Vista. Call 541-573-2216.

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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