Obituaries for the week of 6-26-13


Robert T. Bolton

September 3, 1930 – June 17, 2013

Madras resident Robert “Bob” Thayer Bolton, 82, passed away June 17, 2013, from complications of prostate cancer.

Bob, the only child of Arthur and Mabel (Cox) Bolton, was born on Sept. 3, 1930, in Melrose, Mass. He attended public schools there and graduated from Melrose High School in 1948.

He attended New England College for a year, and then transferred to the University of New Hampshire, graduating in 1953 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forest Management. He was a member of the varsity track team for three years, competing in both high and low hurdles.

An active member of the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, Bob served as chapter president, and continued being active in alumni fraternity functions throughout his life.

He married Beverly Pabst in 1957, and they divorced in 1980. He married Anne E. Higgins in 1986.

His career in forestry extended from the Northeast to the Northwest. He was employed by both private enterprise and government service. Much of his career was spent on the Warm Springs Reservation, from 1962 to 1985. Moving to Virginia, he worked for the Eastern Area Office, Bureau of Indian Affairs in Arlington, Va., where he retired in 1990.

The Boltons then lived in Sault Sainte Marie, Mich., for 14 years, until moving back to Madras in 2004.

Survivors include his wife, Anne E. Bolton of Madras; sons, William Bolton of Madras, and Bradford Bolton of Bend; daughter, Elizabeth Joscelyn of West Linn; stepchildren, Sean Higgins of Traverse City, Mich., and Jennifer Higgins of Menifee, Calif.; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 26, at the Madras United Methodist Church. Interment will be at the Mount Jefferson Memorial Park Cemetery in Madras. Memorial contributions have been suggested to the Madras United Methodist Church.

Terrance “Terry” Courtney Jr.

February 3, 1936 – June 15, 2013

Terry’s journey to heaven began June 15, 2013. He was born Feb. 3, 1936, in a tent near the HeHe Mill area on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. Terry was the first born to Terrance Courtney Sr. and Catherine Courtney (Smith). His siblings described him not only as their brother but also a father.

He grew up in Warm Springs and was lovingly known as “Fat” by his sisters.

Terry endured boarding school in Warm Springs, and later attended junior high and high school in Madras. He also completed two years of college at Oregon State University and Eastern Oregon College. He proudly joined the Army and served two years in the infantry, where he earned top honors in marksmanship.

He loved to play basketball and possessed an uncanny ability at 5 feet, 7 inches, to outjump most centers. He played both in high school and college and later played “Indian ball” throughout the Northwest. He initially organized the “Mustangs” basketball team of Warm Springs.

Terry worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs for 34 years, first as a surveyor and later as a heavy equipment operator. His favorite memory was plowing snow when white blanketed Mother Earth for as far he could see, while Top Gun’s, “Danger Zone” played on the radio.

He just loved being outdoors doing most anything, stemming from spending time each summer at the Shitike Butte Lookout, where his mother worked in the tower. He also loved to hunt. Terry had a fun, goofy and silly sense of humor and loved to tell stories.

Terry was a tribal elder and loved making a difference in his people’s lives. His gentle spirit drew many people into his life. He always took time to talk to and greet everyone with a handshake. People share openly their instant connection to Terry’s gentle spirit and friendliness. He loved taking pictures and was writing a book before his passing.

He was a “traditional platform” fisherman who tied his own nets and enjoyed making nets for others. He also enjoyed teaching the art of net tying. Children loved participating in his demonstrations; he was an educator at heart! He personally loved catching, drying and eating salmon. Terry had an undying allegiance to salmon. He served two terms as a commissioner to the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission while on the Fish and Wildlife Committee, and continued to be the voice and advocate for salmon, addressing and persuading others to question current salmon management practices and policies, in hopes of rebuilding the salmon run. His salmon plan, to allow more genetically identical fish up river, to recover wild run numbers, continues to be ignored.

Survivors include his wife, Cheryl Patterson-Courtney of Warm Springs; sons, Dave Courtney of Eugene, Lyman Jim and wife Penny of Warm Springs, and John Brunoe and wife Carnella of Madras; daughter, Teri “Cricket” and husband Alan Jones of Oregon City; sisters and their spouses, Gloria and Jim Keene of Otter Rock, Ore., Pat and Phil Gold of Scappoose, Mavis and Nat Shaw, Bernyce Courtney, and Ruth “Pinky” Beymer (and husband Kelly, deceased), all of Warm Springs; brother Clifford “Pete” Courtney and wife Myrna of Warm Springs; 15 grandchildren; and an extended large family that includes numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Terry was preceded in death by his father, Terrance Courtney Sr.; mother, Catherine Courtney (Smith); son, Scott Courtney; daughter, Nikki Courtney; and grandson, Redmond Courtney.

A memorial/celebration of life will be held, with the date pending. Donations in Terry’s name may be sent to: Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, Attn: Terry Courtney Memorial Donation, 700 N.E. Multnomah St., Suite 1200, Portland, OR 97232. (Make a check payable to Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission and include “Terry Courtney Memorial Donation” in the memo field) or make an online secure donation by going to, or to

Oregon Health and Sciences University Foundation, Aortic Aneurysm Research, 1121 S.W. Salmon St., Suite 100, Portland, OR 97205-2021.

Those interested can read a tribute and a piece Terry wrote concerning the salmon by going to

Dorothy Annie Shumaker

August 6, 1927 – June 5, 2013

Madras resident Dorothy Annie (Fuller) Schumaker passed away June 5, 2013, at the age of 85.

Dorothy was born Aug. 6, 1927, in Council, Idaho, to parents Ruby (Lakey) and Marvin Fuller.

She later married Ralph Shumaker, and they traveled around working as sheepherders and at various other jobs. Later, she worked as a caregiver for the elderly until she was no longer able, and retired. Her husband passed away in 1986.

Dorothy loved her church and her church family, doing jigsaw puzzles, watching TV shows including Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy, and visiting with friends and family.

She is survived by numerous cousins, including Kathy Hyder of Boardman, Danny Draper of Washington, Mary Schmidt of Madras, Dean Draper of Nevada City, Calif., Joy DeHaan of Madras, Don Fuller of Ontario, Patty Milesnik of Boise, Idaho, Donna Johnson of Kelso, Wash., Judy Mahon of Council, Idaho, Eddie Fuller of Madras, Bill Fuller of Oregon City, Duane Fuller of Madras, and Linda Fuller of Suncrest, Wash.; and many other Lakey and Fuller relatives in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and brothers Karl and Don.

A graveside service was held June 13, and she was buried next to her husband at Milo Gard Cemetery in Madras.