Obituaries for May 8, 2013

By Observer Upload May 09, 2013 08:01 am
Nash, McCauley

 Rowdy Chief Nash

Formerly of Enterprise


Rowdy Chief Nash, 35, died at his home in Mount Vernon on May 4.   

Rowdy was born on June 3, 1977, in Enterprise, grew up in Enterprise and graduated from high school in 1996. On Sept. 7, 1996, Rowdy married his high school sweetheart, Kasey Dawn Rysdam, from Elgin. Together, they had two children: Cutter Chief and Nevada Dawn. 

For the past five years, Rowdy lived his dream managing the Widows Creek Ranch. Rowdy was an avid horseman, roper and cattleman. He loved nothing more than for all of his and Kasey’s family to gather at the ranch to help brand, work cows and ride. 

However, his greatest fulfillment and joy came from his children. Attending junior and pee-wee rodeos watching Cutter and Nevada compete was the highlight of his life.  

Rowdy himself enjoyed competing in rodeos. Never one to back down from a challenge, Rowdy along with his uncle, Todd Nash, won the wild cow milking at the Elgin Stampede. He also was a competitor in the Elgin Stampede Challenge, where he was always a fan favorite. Rowdy had an infectious grin and welcomed anyone who crossed his path.

He was a member of the Baptist church and a believer in Jesus Christ.

Rowdy will forever be remembered as a rancher, husband, devoted father, son, brother, uncle and believer. 

Rowdy was preceded in death by his father-in-law, John E. Rysdam III. 

Besides his wife and children, Rowdy is survived by his parents, Ken and Annie (Talbot) Nash of Enterprise, brother, Chad and Amy Nash; sister, Chelsie and Justin Gray; mother-in-law, Voleny Rysdam of Elgin; sister-in-law, Dena Rysdam, and her husband, Bill Ledbetter; and sister-in-law Keela Rysdam; and
numerous nieces and nephews. 

A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Enterprise Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and another service at the Summerville Baptist Church at 3 p.m. Interment will follow at the Elgin Cemetery. Bollman Funeral Home is handling the

 Laverne McCauley

Formerly of La Grande


Laverne William McCauley, 90, of Terrebonne and formerly of La Grande, died April 26 at St. Charles Hospital in Redmond.

A funeral service was held today at Deschutes Memorial Gardens in Bend. Viewing took place Monday and Tuesday at Autumn Funerals in Redmond.

Laverne was born June 12, 1922, at home in La Grande to William and Myrtle McCauley. He was raised in La Grande and although he contracted polio at age 21 lived a normal, productive life. He worked on the family ranch as a young man and then as a brand inspector after the ranch was sold.

Laverne married M. Jean Dykstra June 6, 1992, in Redmond.

He loved to hunt, fish and camp and belonged to the Baptist church.

He was forced to take early retirement due to health issues.

He is survived by his wife; stepchildren, Sue Scott, Sandy Reinertsen, Dave Fix, Teresa Fix and Cindi Christiansen; a sister, Margaret Arnold; six grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

Dying earlier were his parents; his first wife,
Josephine McCauley; and a grandson, Charles Murders.

Autumn Funerals in Redmond is handling arrangements.