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Allan Winfrey Braymen 1933-2017

Allan Winfrey Braymen, 84, a long time Harney County rancher, passed away Nov. 9 at his home on the Braymen Ranch near Burns.

Allan was born July 21, 1933, in Page County, Iowa, in the family home at Lone Rock Farm near Shenandoah, Iowa. He was the sixth of 10 children born to Levi Bert and Helen Winfrey Braymen.

He attended Lone Rock School, a one-room schoolhouse, just across the road from his home. He and his brothers and sisters went home for lunch every day. It was a big day when his mother packed them lunches to eat at school once a year.

He attended Shenandoah High School and graduated in 1951. Agriculture classes and FFA were his favorites, but he also gained clerical skills which served him throughout life. He participated in track and loved to run.

After high school, he worked at a nearby Page County farm for Donald and Mary Peterson. In the fall of 1952, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He did basic training at Parks Air Force Base in California and completed training as an organizational supply specialist at  F.S. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyo. He was assigned to Elmendorf Air Force Base at Anchorage, Alaska, where he served for nearly two years. Because Alaska was not yet a state, his service there was considered overseas duty during the Korean War. In 1955, he was sent to Burns as one of a crew of nine to get the 634 AWC Squadron Air Force Radar Station ready for activation. As there were no beds nor a kitchen at the site, they stayed in local hotels and dined in the local restaurants until the barracks and other services were in place. He served there until September of 1956, when he completed his enlistment and was discharged at Fairfield Air Force Base in Spokane, Wash., fully intending to return to his beloved Iowa. A girl and a job opportunity enticed him to stay in Harney County.

He worked for Henry Ausmus and Harney County Farm Supply before leasing the Old Experiment Station east of the Burns Airport where he farmed alfalfa and grain, and raised livestock for 10 years before leasing, and later purchasing the Henry Ausmus ranch near Burns. He added other property to the ranch and attained a one-brand black Angus-cross herd of cattle through years of careful breeding before his retirement from active ranching, and he took great pride in that accomplishment.

He and his wife continued to live at the ranch after he leased it to Kurt and Rachel Beaubien, and in his office, he kept supplies needed to doctor a cow or a calf if the need arose.

Allan married Pauline Ausmus Nov. 10, 1957, at Pioneer Presbyterian Church in Burns. They celebrated 60 years of marriage minus a few hours. Three children were born to this marriage: Karen Louise,  Janet Marie, and Michael Allan.

Allan was a life member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Harney Lodge No. 77, Sylvia Rebekah Lodge No. 43, Honorary Member of the Kiwanis Club of Burns-Hines, Farm Bureau and the American Legion, and he served in the Burns unit of the Air Force Reserves for many years. He enjoyed bowling and was a league member until the bowling alley in Burns closed. He served on the Burns High School budget board and supported local sports and music programs. He was present for a multitude of basketball and football games and music concerts and drama productions at the Burns schools and in the community. His home was the site of many social gatherings over the years including brandings, Blue Moon parties, and yard concerts.

Allan is survived by his wife, Pauline; daughters,  Karen Hamlington and husband, Jim, of Bethel Springs, Tenn., and Janet Braymen of Burns; son, Michael Braymen of Vallejo, Calif.; brothers, Donald Braymen of Ames, Iowa, and Ralph Braymen and his wife, Judith, of Lone Rock Farm in Shenandoah; sisters, Mary Fitz and her husband, Bob, of Ames, and Anna Higgins Borup and her husband Roge of Cape Coral, Fla.; grandchildren, Katharine Hamlington Smith and her husband, Brad, of Arvada, Colo., and Jeremy Hamlington and his wife, Megan, of Upton, Ky.;  great-grandson, Levi Hamlington of Upton; and many nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Paul Braymen; sisters, Katherine Slaymaker, Grace Berry, Ruth Duke, and Pat Borup.

A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, at Pioneer Presbyterian Church, with interment at the Burns Cemetery with military honors. Bearers are Kurt Beaubien, Dean White, Joel White, Dwight Ausmus, Wesley Trainer, and David Herringshaw. The Rev. Jean Hurst will officiate the service. LaFollette’s Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Contributions in Allan Braymen’s memory may be made to Pioneer Presbyterian Church, 417 West Washington, Burns, OR 97720.

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