Lois Marie Bronson (Affeld)

Dec. 18, 1938~ Apr. 14, 2018

Lois Marie Bronson (Affeld) of Ironside, Oregon passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 14th 2018 in Huntington, Oregon. She was 79.

Lois was born Dec. 18, 1938, in Flint, Michigan, to Elmer and Irene Affeld. It was after her 1957 graduation from Grant Union High School in Canyon City, Oregon that she met Thomas Bronson. The two were wed on May 24, 1959 in John Day, Oregon.

During their years together on their hay and cattle ranch in Ironside, Lois worked right alongside her husband and together they raised four children. Lois lived life to the fullest through her passions for cooking, gardening, and reading.

Lois was a steadfast woman, facing many adversities of health during her life. She was diagnosed with cancer in the 1970s and defeated it, despite the great odds. She also endured heart complications later in life, and amazed doctors with her persistence and speed of recovery. She was a fighter, and she leaves a legacy of strength.

She is preceded in death by her parents, and brother Curtis Affeld. Left to honor Lois and remember her love are her husband of 58 years, Thomas “Tom” Bronson of Ironside; and her four children: TJ (JoAnn) Bronson of Ontario, Eric (Rhonda) Bronson of Huntington, Pete Bronson (Terri Presley) of Prineville, and April Bronson (Jim Walker) of Burns. She will also be remembered by her 10 grandchildren, six grand “fur kids”; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A memorial will be held at a later date by the family.

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James Oliver Burris

Aug. 29,1942~ Apr. 13, 2018

James Oliver Burris was born August 29, 1942, to J.O and Mrytle Burris. He was raised and attended school in Ontario. He graduated from Ontario High School in 1960. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Thomaston LSD-28 as an engineer. He was part of the blockade around Cuba.

After his service he returned to the Ontario area and worked at Marshall Fixtures, Ore-Ida, and Silver Falls. In 1973 he fulfilled his life’s dream of owning his own farm when he bought property in Willowcreek. It was there that he raised his family. 

He loved being out on his property and always had a few animals to care for. When he wasn’t farming, he was often found at the Willowcreek Store or a cattle auction. Rarely ever, did he miss his morning or late afternoon cup of coffee at the store.

Jim didn’t always have a lot to say but his short answers said a lot. He enjoyed spending time with his family.

Jim passed away at a Boise hospital on April 13, 2018.

Jim is survived by his wife, MaryAnn of Willowcreek; Tony Burris of Ironside; Ruth Wells (Rex) Pilot Rock; Gloria Nielsen, Ontario; Susan Gregory (Todd), Willowcreek; Dwayne Hesselbacher (Erin), Ontario; Ed Hesselbacher (Cathy), Meteetsee WY. 2 Sisters, Karin Paton (Dave), Ontario; Betty Ann Lamson (Roger), St. George, Utah; a brother William Burris (Jane), Ontario; 17 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. He was proceeded in death by his parents; a brother Robert; and a grandson, Tony Curtis Burris.

There will be a celebration of life potluck on May 5 at the Willowcreek Store, at 11 a.m.   

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Deaths:

Jean Worrell Williams, 96, of Vale died April 18 at a local assisted living facility. Arrangements by Lienkaemper Chapel, Vale.

Lawrence R. Mendiola, 84, of Vale died April 19 at a local assisted living facility. Arrangements by Lienkaemper Chapel, Vale. Service at 7 p.m. April 25, St. Patrick’s Church in Vale. Graveside service at 11 a.m. April 26 at Valley View Cemetery.

Susan Dean, Fruitland, died April 21 at her home in Fruitland. Arrangements by the Haren-Wood Funeral Chapel, Payette, Ontario.

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