Obituaries 12/19


Joan Kay DeBoard,. 62, of Prineville, Ore., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2001, at her home.

A viewing was held on Friday, Dec. 14, from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Whispering Pines Funeral Home, Prineville. A recitation of Rosary was Friday at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Prineville. Funeral Mass will be at 9 a.m. Dec. 15, 2001, at the church.

Joan attended school in the Hood River Valley. She graduated from Wy'east High School in Hood River in 1957.

Joan was born Sept. 8, 1939, in Prineville, to Robert and Inez (Struck) Rush. She married Snoden on Aug. 1, 1959 in Hood River, Ore. They started raising their family in Hood River and then in 1964 moved to Prineville.

Joan worked for Ochoco Hardware, J.C. Penney Co., Erickson's super market, and in 1979 they purchased Independent Meat Market. Joan also worked for Les Schwab from 1987 to 1996 until her health problems forced her to retire.

Her hobbies included arrowhead hunting, horseback riding, camping, and Joan was a talented seamstress. She also enjoyed canning, cooking, toll painting, and painting pictures, gardening, and spending time with her family and grandchildren.

Joan was a member of the Prineville Soroptimists and the Ochoco Players and was an Associated Member of the Crooked River Roundup Association and the St. Joseph's Catholic Church. She was an identifier of horses and worked in the roundup office and the paddock. Joan was a chaperone of the queens court and operated the Home Economics Building at the Crook County Fair.

Survivors include her husband, of Prineville; two sons, Snoden James and Bob of Prineville, and one daughter, Robyn Culpepper of Hood River, Ore., one brother, Robb Rush of Prineville.

She is also survived by four grandchildren: Rachel Kay and Andrew Lee Culpepper, Tanner James and Snoden Chase DeBoard.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Prineville Soroptimists in carer of Whispering Pines Funeral Home, 185 N.E. 4th St., Prineville, OR 97754.


Lyle "Bud" Olson, a Hood River resident, died December 13, 2001 at his home. He was 78 years of age.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2001 at Anderson's Tribute Center, with burial at Mt. View Cemetery to follow.

Bud was born on Jan. 29, 1923 in Burke County, North Dakota to Erling and Lydia (Breding) Olson. He was raised and educated in Powers Lake, North Dakota. Bud moved to Hood River in 1936. On Nov. 3, 1945, Bud married Rose Young in White Salmon, Wash, and shared 56 wonderful years of marriage with her.

Over the years Bud worked at many different jobs in the Hood River area. One of his first jobs was working for Garrabrandt's Service Station working on automobiles. He then worked in construction building the Bonneville Dam. Bud enjoyed automobiles, so it came naturally to work at Peterson's Auto Parts and then Tonn Auto Parts. After leaving his job at Tonn Auto Parts he went to work for Taylor's Mobile Homes in The Dalles, where he sold and transported mobile homes.

His hobbies included working on cars and building hot rods. Many of his friends remember him as "Mr. Fix-it", as he could fix just about anything from cars to home appliances. Bud loved to help people in his community by lending a hand whenever he could. He has been a member of First Baptist Church of Hood River for many years. One of Bud's most treasured things was his family, and the time he spent with them.

Bud is survived by his wife Rose of Hood River, daughter and son-in-law Sue and Phil Mason of Hood River, two grandsons Erin and Eric Mason and soon to be granddaughter-in-law Anne DeMars, two great granddaughters Ashley Mason and Abby DeMars.

He is also survived by sisters Betty Smith and Margorie Taylor of Hood River and Marie Rundell of The Dalles. He also has many nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Gorge c/o Anderson's Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.


Marlene Janet Stiffey, 68, a resident of Mosier, Ore., died at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital on Friday, Dec. 14, 2001.

Marlene was born Aug. 28, 1933, near Taylorville, Ill., the only child to Leroy Fremont and Gladys Ellen (Boston) Denton. She graduated from high school in Taylorville then attended college for two years at Lincoln Christian College in Lincoln, Ill.

She was a payroll clerk from 1953 to 1959, at Local 51 of IBEW in Springfield, Ill., where she met her future husband. She and James A. Stiffey were married on Feb. 15, 1958 in Springfield.

Marlene traveled with her husband and children on electrical construction sites in several states, over several years, before settling in 1967 in Redmond, Ore., where Jim was employed with Bonneville Power Administration. Marlene and Jim moved to Dufur in 1974 and later made their home near Mosier.

She worked at J.C. Penney in The Dalles for seven years, followed by 10 years with Chenowith School District as payroll clerk, retiring in 1991.

She had served as choir director at the Redmond Christian Church, the Dufur Christian Church, and The Dalles Christian Church. Marlene was willing and able to care for others as well as her family.

Marlene is survived by her husband of 43 years, James, of Mosier; her son, Loren Stiffey and his wife, Susan, and their children, Ryan and Sean of Sandy, and her daughter, Janet Shuttleworth and her husband, Kevin, and their children, Nathan and Kyle of Butte, Mont.

A gathering of friends and family to celebrate the life and memory of Marlene is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 21 at The Dalles First Christian Church.

Private cremation was held at The Dalles Win-quatt Crematory with Spencer, Libby & Powell in care of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church, 909 Court St., The Dalles, OR, 97058, or charity of choice.


Nellie F. Hads, a Hood River, Ore., resident, died Dec. 15, 2001, at Hood River Care Center. She was 91 years of age.

Private family services will be held.

Nellie Hads was born Sept. 28, 1910, in Tyler, Wash., to Guy and Lulu (Dix) Crapper. She grew up and attended schools in Hood River. She married Joseph Hads in 1930 in Hood River, Ore.

Mrs. Hads was employed in local canneries, a seafood cannery in Centralia, Wash., and worked as a cook with the jail in Raymond, Wash. She resided in Centralia for many years and then in The Dalles, Ore., for several years returning to Hood River in 1993.

She was a member of the First Adventist Church.

Her son, Leo Hads of Anchorage, Alaska, a sister, Guyneth Green of Parkdale, Ore., and a granddaughter, survives her. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Private interment will be at Idlewild Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Gorge c/o Anderson's Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, Oregon 97031.


Don Kelter, 71, former administrator of Hood River Memorial Hospital, passed away Dec. 15, 2001, from complications of a severe stroke.

Don moved to Hood River from Blair, Neb., in 1971, and managed the hospital for 16 years, presiding over the initial plans for the hospital's expansion. He was also instrumental in the creation of the Dethman Manor residential facility. After his retirement he and his wife established The Wine Sellers in downtown Hood River.

He was born in Ottumwa, Iowa and graduated from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. He served in the Army during the Korean War, processing blood to be sent to Korea.

He is survived by his wife, Catherine, and his family Anne, Lou, Jessie, Jon, and Colin Gehrig; Jim, Peggy, and Rose Kelter; Jean, Rick, Nick, and Peter Dills, all of Hood River; Margaret, Joe, Hannah, and Carin Pike of Forest Grove, Ore.; Bill Kelter of Portland, Ore.; Tom, Dana, Kristina, and Katherine Kelter of Algonquin, Ill.; and Michael and Vicki Kelter of Green Cove Springs, Fla.

Private services were held Monday in Hood River. Contributions in Don's memory can be made to the Hood River Public Library or the Comprehensive Rehabilitation Center at the Veteran's Hospital: 9348 Memorial Fund in memory of Don Kelter, Volunteer Services, 3710 S.W. U.S. Veterans Hospital Rd., Portland, OR 97201.

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