Freda Bafus

Died: Wed., Sep. 27, 2017


1:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Thu., Oct. 05, 2017
Location: Burns Mortuary

Graveside Service

10:00 AM Fri., Oct. 06, 2017
Location: Skyview Memorial Park

Memorial Service

11:00 AM Fri., Oct. 06, 2017
Location: Peace Lutheran Church

Print Obituary   Home Page All Obituaries

Music by The Piano Brothers

Freda (Tootsie) Herman Bafus (101) June 14, 1916 – September 27, 2017


Freda (Tootsie) Herman Bafus, 101, of Pendleton passed away on Septermber 27, 2017.  Freda was born June 14, 1916 on a farm 3 miles north of Colfax, WA to William (Bill) and Louise Herman. She attended Hubbard County School for 3 years, and then moved to Colfax with her family and attended Martha Washington grade school and Colfax High School. After graduation she worked at Colfax Security Insurance Company for 3 years, and then worked for Old National Bank in Colfax for 10 years.


On February 23, 1945 she married Robert G. (Bob) Bafus and they lived on the ranch near Dusty, WA. In 1948 they purchased the McCrosky ranch near Steptoe, WA. In the span of the next 18 years they owned ranches in Arlington, Oregon, Lexington, Oregon, Horseheavens near Prosser, Washington and in 1963 they purchased the Barney Foster ranch 7 miles Northeast of Pendleton, OR. Later they purchased the Rothrock, Krosting, Schaefer, Horn and Malony Ranches near their home ranch near Adams, Oregon. They also purchased ranches in Ritzville, WA and Bonners Ferry, ID. Freda continued working as Bob’s bookkeeper until Bob’s death in 1996.


Freda enjoyed traveling with Bob to horse races to watch their horses run and to car shows where Bob enjoyed wheeling and dealing older cars. Freda enjoyed buying and selling antiques, as Freda owned and operated an antique store in downtown Pendleton for 35 years known as Freda ’N Friends, only having to close in 2014 due to her failing eye sight. Into her early 90’s she enjoyed golfing in Pendleton as well as in Yuma, Arizona where she spent many winters after Bob’s passing.


Preceding her in death were her husband Bob in 1996, her mother and father, Sisters Esther McMeekin, Elsie Moser, Alvina Emerson and Brothers Emil Herman, Ernie Herman and Edwin Herman. She is survived by numerous nieces, nephews and step-grandchildren.


A big thank you to her Doctor, the Pendleton EMT’s, her many friends and a special thank you to her caregivers for their love, care and kindness during her difficult last months of life.


She would like donations to go to Hospice of Pendleton, OR or the Peace Lutheran Church in Pendleton, OR.  


Visitation will be at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton on Thrusday, October 5, 2017 from 1PM-5PM. Graveside Service will be held at Skyview Memorial Park on October 6, 2017 at 10AM where Freda will join Bob (“SOMEWHERE MY LOVE WE WILL MEET AGAIN”) keeping an eye on the neighboring wheat fields. Memorial Service following at the Peace Lutheran Church in Pendleton on October 6th, 2017 at 11AM.


Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is handling the arrangements.

  View/Sign the Condolence Book

Click the button to generate a printable document containing all condolences submitted

Condolence Booklet

Gary Stanner
   Posted Thu September 28, 2017

GARDEN PATH was sent by Dr. Gary Stanner.

Great Lady, will be sadly missed. Best Landlord ever... 31 years and counting. Eastern Oregon Gymnastics Academy

Cheryl Montgomery/Red Lion Hotel Pendleton
   Posted Wed October 04, 2017
Freda was such a beautiful, Classy Lady who enjoyed coming up to the Red Lion to dine. We will miss you!

Copyright © 2020 Burns Mortuary of Pendleton. All Rights Reserved.    | Website by CFS |