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    TWO - Heppner Gazette-Times, Heppner, Oregon
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
The Official Newspaper
of the City of Heppner and the County of Morrow
U.S.P.S. 240-420
Morrow County’s Home-Owned Weekly Newspaper
Published weekly by Sykes Publishing, LLC and entered as periodical matter at the
Post Office at Heppner, Oregon under the Act of March 3, 1879. Periodical postage
paid at Heppner, Oregon. Office at 188 W. Willow Street. Telephone (541) 676-
9228. Fax (541) 676-9211. E-mail: editor@rapidserve.net or david@rapidserve.
net. Web site: www.heppner.net. Postmaster send address changes to the Heppner
Gazette-Times, P.O. Box 337, Heppner, Oregon 97836. Subscriptions: $30 in Morrow
County; $24 senior rate (in Morrow County only; 65 years or older); $36 elsewhere;
$30 student subscriptions.
David Sykes ..............................................................................................Publisher
Andrea Di Salvo ............................................................................................ Editor
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meet news guidelines. Families wishing to include information not included in the guidelines
or who wish to have the obituary written in a certain way must purchase advertising space
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GT will not publish unsigned letters. All letters MUST include the author’s address and phone
number for use by the GT office. The GT reserves the right to edit letters. The GT is not
responsible for accuracy of statements made in letters. Any letters expressing thanks will
be placed in the classifieds under “Card of Thanks” at a cost of $10.
Darin J. Skaggs—Darin J. Skaggs, 31, of Pendleton,
OR, formerly of Heppner, died Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 at
Seattle, WA. He was born May 14, 1985 at Heppner.
Graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday,
Feb. 18, at the Heppner Masonic Cemetery. Memorial
contributions may be made to the Darin Skaggs Memorial
Fund c/o any Bank of Eastern Oregon branch.
A complete obituary will follow in next week’s Ga-
zette-Times. Sweeney Mortuary of Heppner is in charge
of arrangements.
Rea named
Neighborhood Center
board president
The Neighborhood
Center of South Morrow
County recently nominated
Leann Rea as the new board
Barb Orwick, who pre-
viously held the position
as president for two terms,
serves as the new vice pres-
ident. Judy Cowett will
carry out her last term as
the secretary of the board.
The Neighborhood
Center assists the low in-
come of South Morrow
County with once-a-year
utility and rental assistance.
The thrift store is dependent
on community donations
of household items, cloth-
ing and furniture in good
From what is sold in the
thrift store, groceries cost-
ing up to $1,000 a month
are distributed to those who
need food assistance. The
profits from the monthly
$15 bag sale, held the first
Wednesday of every month,
help fund the monthly gro-
cery cost of the pantry. The
sales from donated items
make it possible to assist
the 70-plus families in Hep-
pner, Lexington, Ione and
Hardman. Donations of
canned food and paper or
plastic bags are always ap-
Anyone in need of food
assistance and wanting to
know if they qualify, con-
tact Lisa Patton, coordina-
tor, at 541-676-5024. The
Neighborhood Center is
open Monday through Fri-
day from 9:30 a.m. - 5:30
Troy Elmore McGowan
Tr o y E l m o r e M c -
Gowan, 90, of Boardman,
long-time resident of Herm-
iston, died Sunday, Feb-
ruary 12, 2017 at home.
A graveside service with
military honors will be held
on Saturday, February 18,
at 2 p.m. at Sunset Hills
Cemetery, Umatilla, OR.
He was born April 12,
1926 in Texline, TX and
was raised by his grand-
mother Suella Stewart.
Forced to leave the Texas
panhandle by the Great
Depression, they joined
the rest of the Stewart fam-
ily, who had gone ahead
to Dayton, OR. Troy grew
up with the Stewart boys,
Bill, Dub, Charley, Jack
and Tom, who all mutually
considered themselves as
brothers. Later in life they
owned and operated the
Stewart’s Supermarkets in
Pendleton, Hermiston and
He loved to fish and
After serving in the hunt and travel with his
United States Navy in Airstream trailer pulled by
World War II, he
his old Ford pick-
came home and
up truck and spent
married his grade
many summers with
school sweetheart,
Deanie on the Yel-
Deanie Rae Lamb,
lowstone. He loved
on July 26, 1946
to ride and he loved
in Salem, OR. He
to shoot and he
graduated from Wil- Troy Elmore could do both at the
lamette University McGowan
same time.
in 1949. Troy went
He is survived
on to serve in the United by his children, Troy M.
States Army during the McGowan and his wife Judi
Korean War and served his of Salem, Kathie McGowan
tour in Panama. He came of Heppner, and Janet Tay-
home a First Lieutenant.
lor and husband Joe, also
Troy was active in the of Heppner; eight grand-
Masonic Lodge Tuscan children, Troy McGowan
#136 in Umatilla, The Shri- IV, Patrick McGowan, Julie
ners, The Scottish Rite Taggart, Tracy Lehman,
of Baker Valley, and the Trent Moses, Seth Moses,
Eastern Star. His accom- Kyle Moses and Crysti
plishments in these organi- Taylor; numerous great-
zations are too numerous to grandchildren; a few great-
greats; and numerous nieces
Remembrance walk, run planned for
March 18
The weather finally
cleared enough for the
Friends Helping Friends
committee to meet, and
they members say planning
for the St. Patrick’s Day Re-
membrance Walk/5k Run is
off to a great start.
Friends Helping
Friends will gather at 8:30
a.m. March 18 at the Hep-
pner United Methodist
Church for social hour and
registration prior to the
walk/run. The walk and 5k
run will begin at 9:30 a.m.
The committee says it
is grateful for those who
have pre-registered, and
reminds everyone that the
deadline for those wanting
shamrocks is Feb. 25. Con-
tact Susan Hisler at 541-
676-5878 to arrange for a
shamrock. Anyone who can
help put up or take down
shamrocks along the route
is asked to call a Friends
Helping Friends committee
member, since a few extra
hands are always welcome.
Those who don’t need
a shamrock can still honor
A large crowd gathered for last year’s Remembrance Walk/5k Run in Heppner. The Friends
Helping Friends committee is hoping for an even larger turnout for this year’s event, which
will benefit Asher Schonbachler’s battle against Vanishing White Matter disease. -File Photo
someone with their dona-
tion. Each name honored
will appear in the Gazette-
Times following the March
18 Remembrance Walk/
Run. FHF requests $5 per
name, or a donation of
choice, to this year’s cause.
All proceeds from the 2017
event will go to help Asher
Schonbachler fight Vanish-
ing White Matter Disease.
In addition, everyone is
encouraged to wear green,
pink or blue to show their
support for Asher.
Again this year is the
chance for participants to
win door prizes including
gas cards, gift baskets by
Judy Knight and Peggy
Fishburn, John Deere items
from Traci Dickenson Mc-
Cready, Bucknum’s gift
certificates, Hattenhauer
gas cards representing Lex-
Fichter wins Asher’s Army
raffle quilt
Historical society
meeting rescheduled
Jimmy Fichter of Heppner (left) was the winner of the quilt created by Darlene Klock and
Sheena Shank and raffled to benefit Asher’s Army, Asher Schonbachler’s battle against leu-
kodystrophy. Asher and his mother Rachel Schonbachler (right) presented the quilt to Fichter
at Artisan Village in Heppner Tuesday in a surprise presentation. -Photo by Andrea Di Salvo
217 North Main St., Heppner • Phone 676-9158 • Floral 676-9426
Serving Morrow, Wheeler & Gilliam counties Since 1959
Saturday, February 18 th, 1 - 4 p.m.
Made Easy
Heppner Gazette-Times 188 West Willow
Call 676-9228 to get started today!
party this
President's Day
Pharmacy hours
Rx Open 11am-1pm
and 2pm-6pm
ington and Condon stations,
a Hamley’s Steak House
certificate and a $200 Wild-
horse package, to name a
To register for the walk,
contact Hisler at the above
number or email Kathi
Dickenson at kathidicken-
son@hotmail.com. To reg-
ister for the 5k run, email
Janelle Ellis at origanelle@
A birthday celebration
for Creth Harris’s 100 th
birthday will be held Sun-
day, Feb. 19, from 2-4 p.m.
at Hardman Community
The family requests
no gifts, but everyone is
The Morrow County Historical Society meeting
that had to be rescheduled from Jan. 8 has been moved
to March 12. The group will be meeting at 2 p.m. at the
Second Baptist Church in Irrigon.
The agenda includes a finance report, personnel roster
update, liaison with the Hardman Community Center and
the Lexington Grange, planning for upcoming Wellspring
and Whitman Mission trips and a museum webpage.
The public is invited to attend the meeting.
February 20th
(clinics closed)
and nephews. Troy is also
survived by his compan-
ion, Shirley Donovan of
Boardman, who remained
faithfully by his side for
18 years.
Troy was preceded in
death by his wife Deanie in
1989. He was also preceded
in death by his brother Bill
Stewart, his brother Charley
Stewart, and his brother
Jack Stewart.
Troy was a good sol-
dier, a good Mason, and
a good man. He will be
missed by all he touched.
Donations in lieu of
flowers can be made to
the Shriner’s Hospital or
the charity of your choice.
Please sign the online con-
dolence book at burnsmor-
tuaryhermiston.com. Burns
Mortuary of Hermiston,
OR is in charge of arrange-
at the family home
345 Skyline Dr.
Heppner, OR
188 W Willow Heppner OR
F: 541-676-9211
Thank you to the
Masons for help putting
my office back together
after the water damage .
I appreciate all you have
done for us through the years!
Dr. Robert Rolen,