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Blue Mountain Eagle
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
From left, Brian Smith, Nathaniel Ashley and Taylor
Schmadeka judge the “green” appetizer contest.
Dayville potluck raises
community hall funds
Blue Mountain Eagle
Dayville’s “Pop” into
Spring Community Potluck
was held April 6 at the commu-
The gathering, organized
by city manager Ruthie Moore
and other volunteers, had about
65 attending to raise funds for
renovations to the community
An appetizer-making con-
test with a green-colored theme
was won by Michael Ashley,
who made a pesto-spinach
spread on sourdough bread,
and Simon Graves won sec-
ond place with salami-wrapped
sweet pickles. There were 14
For the balloon fundrais-
er, attendees could purchase a
balloon for $10 and each had a
number inside, corresponding
with one of 30 prizes donated
by community businesses and
A total of $400 was raised at
the potluck which is a biannual
“It was very fun and posi-
tive with yummy food,” said
Babette Larson who attended
the potluck. “It’s a good way to
support the community.”
An April 12 article about
Farm to School funding in-
cluded information about the
local Farm to School Acade-
my. Students involved in the
academy are from Seneca
School as well as Humbolt
Elementary, and the April 21
ﬁ eld trip lesson was taught by
Matt Allen of Apricot Apiar-
ies in Kimberly. The acade-
my’s Feb. 10 ﬁ eld trip was to
Jones Ranch in Mt. Vernon,
not Stiner Ranch.
ADVANTAGE DENTAL CLINICS
Daniel ‘Buzz’ Walter Harris
Nov. 24, 1929 - April 2, 2017
Daniel “Buzz” Walter Harris, 87,
passed away Sunday, April 2, at his
son’s home in Caldwell, Idaho, after a
short illness. A memorial service will
be held at 1 p.m. Monday, May 29, at
the Prairie City Baptist Church with
Pastor Dave Hoeffner ofﬁ ciating. A
graveside committal will follow at the
Prairie City Cemetery. A reception will
be held after the conclusion of the ser-
vice at the Prairie City Senior Center.
Services are open to the public.
Harris was born to Clarence and Hattie Harris Nov. 24, 1929,
in Prairie City. He was born on the property where he lived most
of his life, except nine months that he lived in New Mexico. He
was the eighth of 10 children, and he and his brothers helped
build the house where he lived. He attended the Prairie City
Schools and graduated in 1949.
Harris got his ﬁ rst job away from home when he was 10
years old and earned 10 cents per day, plus an egg sandwich
and a quart of milk. Additionally, he helped his dad and brothers
in the family mechanics shop and learned many skills. He was
involved in almost all aspects of the lumber industry from the
time of his high school graduation. He built roads, skidded logs,
worked in the mill, hauled lumber and moved heavy equipment,
but most of his time was spent hauling logs. Because of his di-
verse work background and skills, one of his bosses at Edward
Hines Lumber Company told him they did not have a man at
the company who could replace him for all of the different jobs
he could do. He retired from logging in 1994 and then spent the
next 14 years working for Wish Poultry and Mark Wishard in
He married Marjorie M. Sager on June 27, 1959, at the Boi-
se Valley Church of the Brethren in Nampa, Idaho. She passed
away Nov. 2, 2011, after over 52 years of marriage.
Harris loved ﬁ shing, hunting, gardening, traveling and
spending time with family and friends. He was a member of
Prairie Baptist Church. He and Marjorie enjoyed their many
years helping with the Prairie City Senior Center, and Buzz was
the vice-president of their council in recent years.
Harris is survived by two sons, Thomas Harris of Boise, Ida-
ho, and Jerry Harris and his wife, Camille, of Caldwell, Idaho;
six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, Thomas, Rob-
ert, Frank and James Harris; ﬁ ve sisters, Jessie Randolph, Allice
Kight, Janette Deardorff, Clarice (Mickey) Plantz and Virginia
(Ann) Cemelich; and four brothers-in-law.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Prairie City Se-
nior Center through Driskill Memorial Chapel at 241 S. Canyon
Blvd., Prairie City, OR 97820.
To leave condolences, visit driskillmemorialchapel.com.
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uaries submitted to the Eagle with incorrect information may be corrected and republished
as paid notices. Send obituaries by email, firstname.lastname@example.org; fax, 541-575-1244; or
mail, 195 N. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845. For more information, or to inquire about
a paid memorial, call 541-575-0710.
Melvin ‘Red’ Dale Iler
Oct. 16, 1951 - March 29, 2017
Melvin “Red” Dale Iler, 65, of Mt.
Vernon passed away March 29 at his
home. A memorial service will be held
at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 13, at Living
Word Christian Center, 59357 High-
way 26, Mt. Vernon.
Red was born Oct. 16, 1951, to Donald
Iler and Emogene St. John in Prairie City.
After graduating from Grant Union High
School in John Day, Iler attended Lane
Community College in Eugene. He then
went on to be a big game guide for Ellis Big Game Guides and later
started Melvin Dale Iler Construction, where he worked as a carpen-
ter for many years.
On Nov. 21, 1987, Iler married Victoria Suzanne Green in
Mt. Vernon. Iler lived his life to the fullest, hunting, ﬁ shing and
camping with his wife and their dog. He was proud to be afﬁ liat-
ed with the Living Word Christian Center in Mt. Vernon.
He is survived by his wife, Victoria Iler, of Mt. Vernon; two
step-daughters, Crystal Richer of La Pine and Amber Preece of
Indian Rocks Beach, Florida; two brothers, Jim Iler of Richland
and Ronald Iler of Oceanside, California; three grandchildren;
and four great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Living Word
Christian Center through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Can-
yon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.
To leave condolences, visit driskillmemorialchapel.com.
Richard ‘Dick’ Wayne Phelps
Dec. 23, 1939 - April 16, 2017
Richard “Dick” Wayne Phelps, 77, of
Prineville passed away Sunday, April 16.
There will be a private celebration of life
announced at a later date.
He was born Dec. 23, 1939, in Oregon
City to John and Ora Phelps. Phelps at-
tended Molalla School District and gradu-
ated in 1957. He was a truck driver for 31
years for United Grocers until he retired in
2006. He loved being in the woods, hunt-
ing, camping and riding his four wheeler with family and friends.
Phelps was loved dearly by his wife, Linda, of Prineville; two
daughters, Tammy Drake and Darla York; step-daughter Brandy
Vandehey; son Lance Phelps; step-son Mundy Mulligan; and many
He was preceded in death by 11 brothers and sisters.
Arrangements are under the care of Juniper Ridge Funeral Home.
Thomas Hunt, 81, passed away Dec. 31, 2016. A celebration
of life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 29, with Allan Mullin
ofﬁ ciating. A reception will follow at the American Legion Hall in
John Day. Memorial contributions may be made to Air Life of Ore-
gon or the Grant County Ambulance fund through Driskill Memo-
rial Chapel, 214 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845. To leave
condolences, visit driskillmemorialchapel.com.
750 West Main John Day, OR 97845 • 888-468-0022 ext. 61863
Emergencies, most Insurance Plans and Oregon Health Plan Patients are all welcome.
Some level of treatment ﬁnancing is available to everyone.
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Our Special Thanks
Christian Life Empowerment & Wellness
Paul C. Smith M.Ed., CFLE
The family of Helen Elizabeth Ricco want to thank all
our extended family and friends for the flowers, phone
calls, visits, food and prayers following our loss.
We want to especially thank Dr. Bailey, Blue
Mountain Home Health and Blue Mountain Care Center
for the care they gave our Mother and Grandmother.
Your contributions to Blue Mountain Home Health,
Blue Mountain Care Center and Prairie City Senior
Center were also very much appreciated.
Many thanks to Pastor Dave Hoeffner and Prairie
Baptist Church for the memorial service, and to his wife,
Janet, for organizing the dinner at the Prairie City Senior
Center. Our special thanks to the people who prepared
and provided the food for the dinner. Thanks, too, to
Driskill Memorial Chapel for making the funeral
The generous support and concern
from everyone will always be remembered.
Office: 126 NW Canton St., John Day
(541) 340-1271 By Appointment 05483
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Vendors for lots of shopping include:
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Patchwork, Quilts and Beyond, Shiny Thimble
Quilt Studio, and Thimbles and More.
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