Elmer Joseph

"Buster" Dyer

Aug. 22, 1912-Nov. 9, 2003

HERMISTON — Elmer Joseph "Buster" Dyer of Fossil died Sunday, Nov. 9, at the Good Samaritan Center in Hermiston at the age of 91.

Buster was born in Pendleton Aug. 22, 1912, to Elmer "Bud" and Barbara Greiner Dyer. As a young man, he herded sheep in the Wheeler County area. Later, he and his brother, Jack, joined the U.S. Navy. They are veterans of World War II and they spent the next several years in various ports until their discharge.

After the service, he went to work for a wire fencing company from which he retired. After his retirement, he moved to Blue River.

After several years, he moved to the Haven House in Fossil. He was a resident there for the past two years.

He enjoyed the mountains and his dog.

Buster is survived by his brothers, Clarence "Bob" Dyer of Oakridge and John "Jack" Dyer of Sacramento, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys Dyer; sisters, Ada McLain and Roberta Evans; brother, Bernard Dyer; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 15, at 10 a.m. in the Glover Memorial Hall in Fossil. Disposition was by cremation.

Memorials may be made to the Haven House in Fossil.

Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of the arrangements.

Henry A. Bourrie

July 10, 1929-Nov. 10, 2003

WALLA WALLA, Wash. — Henry A. Bourrie of Hermiston died Monday, Nov. 10, at the Jonathan Wainwright Memorial Regional Veterans Medical Center in Walla Walla, Wash., at the age of 74.

He was born on July 10, 1929, in Saco, Maine, to Authur and Matilda Portrues Bourrie. He was raised and attended schools in Maine.

He joined the United States Navy and served overseas on the USS Butler during World War II. He returned to the United States and moved to Oregon, working in the logging industry for a time before going to work as an aide at the Eastern Oregon State Hospital in Pendleton. When it closed, he worked as a laundry supervisor at the Eastern Oregon Correctional Facility until he retired in the early 1990s.

He enjoyed fishing and carpentry, and loved hunting.

He is survived by his sons, Bruce Bourrie of Stanfield, Bill Cady of Echo, Wayne Bourrie of Baker City and Larry Bourrie of Caldwell; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Henry was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Bud Bourrie.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, Nov. 15, at 1 p.m. at the Hermiston Cemetery.

Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of the arrangements.

Leslie "Les" Gene Muir

Oct. 17, 1967-Nov. 10, 2003

HAWTHORNE, Nev. — Leslie "Les" Gene Muir of Boardman died Monday, Nov. 10, in Hawthorne, Nev., at the age of 36.

He was born on Oct. 17, 1967, in American Falls, Idaho, the oldest of four children born to Max and Lynda Muir.

Les attended grade school in Aberdeen, Idaho, before moving to Boardman in 1984 where he attended and graduated from Riverside High School in 1986. During those years, he achieved the distinguished rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America program. He spent weeks painting the fence line along the Boardman Main Street bike path to earn this rank. He also attended Eastern Oregon State College in La Grande for two years.

He spent several years as a foreman for corporate farms in the region before becoming an independent truck driver, driving his truck, the "Miss Morgan." He volunteered two years with the Boardman Rural Volunteer Fire Department where he obtained his basic firefighter certification for the state of Oregon. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Boardman.

He met his wife of 11 years, Shannon, while still in high school. They were married in Boardman on June 26, 1993, in the Boardman City Park. They have four children: Kymberli, Amanda, Dallas and Morgan. He often took his family and friends fishing, his favorite pastime, along the banks of the Columbia River. He enjoyed life, as was evident by his friendly, outgoing and likable nature. Anyone who knew Les understood he had a great passion for fishing and an even greater love for his family.

Les was preceded in death by his father, Max Muir; his grandmother, Norma Lewis; and grandfather, Lawrence Lewis.

He is survived by his wife, Shannon Muir; children, Kymberli, Amanda, Dallas and Morgan, all of Boardman; mother, Lynda Muir of Pocatello, Idaho; brother, Brandyn Muir of Pocatello; sisters, Alauna Muir of Mt. Pleasant, Mich., and Vickie Muir of Pocatello; nephews, Christopher McCauley and Aaron Coghill; and nieces, Meisha Morris, Alicia Muir, Casey Muir and Emma Muir.

Services were held Friday, Nov. 14, at 11 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Boardman. Burial followed at the Boardman Cemetery. Pall bearers were Brandyn Muir, William Ellis, Jon Swart, Mickey Town, Paul Town and Deeno Leighton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Muir family through Banner Bank.

Burns Mortuary of Hermiston was in charge of the arrangements.

Florence M. Zander

Aug.17, 1917-Nov. 11, 2003

HERMISTON — Florence M. Zander died Tuesday, Nov. 11, at her home in Hermiston at the age of 86.

She was born on Aug. 17, 1917 in Amidon, N.D., to Herman and Matilda Anderson Brandenburg. She was raised and attended schools in North Dakota, graduating from Bowman High School in 1932. She attended Dickinson Normal School (which is now Dicksenson State University) for two years when she received her standard teaching certificate in 1939.

She taught school for a time before she married Harold Zander on May 5, 1941 in Dickinson, N.D. She went back to teaching school for a time before she returned to Dickson State University where she earned a B.A. in education in 1962. They then moved to Oregon where she taught school at Echo for several years until she retired.

Florence was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Hermiston; Eastern Star where she was a Past Worthy Matron; the Hermiston Garden Club; and the Hospital Auxiliary. She enjoyed reading, crocheting, quilting, and needlework.

Survivors include her daughter, Carol Howard and her husband, Harold E. Howard, of Portland; and two grandsons, Christopher and Gregory Howard.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold, in 1992; and two sisters, Margaret Siegel and Marian Moses. A private family graveside service was held at the Hermiston Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church in Hermiston in care of Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, P.O. Box 289, Hermiston, 97838.

Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of the arrangements.

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