Obituaries 11/7


MaryJane Dethman died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2001, at age 78.

She was born July 2, 1923 in Missoula, Montana, to George and Erma (Peers) Oates.

The family moved to Dee in 1925. As a child she and brother Jim picked strawberries for spending money. Jim was always a better picker and gave his sister $2 for her birthday at the end of the season. He continued to give MaryJane $2 every year on her birthday for the rest of her life. She attended Dee School and graduated from Hood River High School in 1941.

She married Floyd Kenneth Dethman May 1, 1943, in Phoenix, Ariz. After World War II Floyd worked with MaryJane's brother and father running a portable mill on Fir Mountain and later owned D&O Lumber Company. MaryJane packed fruit at Pooleys before she and Floyd started their family. She was a member of Valley Christian Church and belonged to a "social" sewing club, never mastering the art of sewing. She was also an avid reader, devoted wife and mother.

In 1970 Floyd and MaryJane purchased an orchard in Pine Grove. They farmed together until 1976 when Floyd died and Bruce took over the farm operation for his mother. MaryJane enjoyed many years with her friends and family. She was an avid card player, always delighted upon winning 25 cents after an evening of game playing.

MaryJane was very appreciative to have her three children living in the Hood River valley. She is survived by daughter, Becky Lauritsen and husband, Lance, son Paul and wife, Joella, and youngest son, Bruce and wife Caroline.

She is also survived by eight grandchildren: Kati Laney, Michon Niskanen, Lori Lauritsen, Lance Lauritsen, Jesse Dethman, Craig Dethman, Amanda Dethman and Nate Dethman and great-granddaughters Arleigh, MaryJane and Emma Laney.

MaryJane also leaves three younger siblings: Jim Oates of Hood River, Joyce Sluder from Portland, and Don Oates of Hoodsport, Wash.

She had Parkinson's disease for over 20 years and was an example of courage and grace to all who came in contact with her as she dealt with the disease. She never lost her sense of humor and did not complain. She was very appreciative of all who helped her especially through her final years when she needed assistance.

The memorial service will be held Thursday, Nov. 8, 2001 at 11 at Valley Christian Church. Memorials may be given to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, care of Anderson's Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.


Leo M. Gentleman, a Hood River, Ore., resident, died Nov. 2, 2001, at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. He was 80.

Services will be Nov. 7 at 2:30 p.m. at Anderson's Tribute Center.

Leo Gentleman was born Feb. 18, 1921, in Lynn, Mass. He was raised and educated in Massachusetts and worked as a brick mason with the Civilian Conservation Corps.

During World War II he served in the U.S. Marine Corps. in the Western Theater. In 1949 he and Mary LaVoie were married. She died in 1973.

Leo moved to Santa Ana, Calif., in 1960 and worked for Pepsi Bottling Company from 1960 until his retirement in 1983.

On Nov. 3, 1974, he and Naomi Miller were married in Anaheim, Calif.

Leo was a cancer survivor, having survived colon cancer in 1977. He moved to Hood River in 1987 and was a member of the Mid-Columbia Cribbage Club and Teamsters Local 952. He enjoyed reading, sports, movies, ice skating and yodeling.

Surivors include his wife, Naomi Gentleman of Hood River; three sons, Leo Gentleman of Orange, Calif., Dennis Gentleman and his wife, Cheryl of Pahrump, Nev., and Walter Gentleman and his wife, Margaret, of Portland, Ore.; three sisters, Mary Sims of Albion, Maine, Rose Myott of Manchester, N.H., and Jenny Pagano of Elizabeth City, N.C., also survive.

A stepson, Robert Miller and his wife, Vera, of Chino, Calif., and three stepdaughters, Glora Miller, Catherine Peck and her husband Dale, and Mary Couch and her husband, David, all of Hood River, Ore., also survive.

Ten grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

His first wife, four brothers, and a sister preceded him in death.

Interment will be at Westminster Memorial Park in Westminster, Calif.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross c/o Anderson Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.


Chimiko Harris died at age 76 on Nov. 4, 2001, in Oregon City, Ore., where she lived.

Chimiko was born July 7, 1925, in Parkdale, Ore.

She lived in Oregon City for 28 years. She was a homemaker, and a member of the Oregon City Evangelical Church and the Japanese American Citizens League.

She is survived by her sons, Corey Harris of Vancouver, Wash., and Craig Harris of Gilbert, Ariz., sisters Louise Hamada of Oregon City and Nellie Matsuura of Payette, Idaho; and her brothers Noboru Hamada of Parkdale and Iwao Hamada of Salem, Ore.

She is also survived by two grandchildren.

Private interment was at Mt. View Cemetery in Oregon City. Arrangements were by Hillside Chapel of Oregon City.


Wilbur Greenwell Murray, 79, a resident of Hood River, Ore., died at a local care center on Nov. 2, 2001.

He was born Sept. 8, 1922 in Dayville, Ore., the only child of Adam and Ada (Greenwell) Murray. He graduated from Dayville High School in 1940 where he enjoyed plahing basketball and baseball.

Wilbur enlisted in the U.S. Army and served with the Seventh Infantry in the South Pacific during World War II. He received a Bronze Star Medal for exemplary conduct in ground combat in the Pacific Theater.

He married Bertty Jean Keeton on May 26, 1947, in Pasco, Wash. They lived in Dayville and he worked as a livestock rancher, logger and rodeo performer until 1954 when he and his family moved to The Dalles, Ore. While in The Dalles he graduated from the Northwest College of Auctioneering in Billings, Mont., and worked for Frank Wink Livestock Auction until it was dismantled to make way for the freeway through The Dalles.

Wilbur was one of the original auctioneers at the New Livestock Auction in The Dalles. In 1961 he and his family moved to Hood River and started an auction business that sold livestock, furniture, antiques and estates. This business evolved into what is now Murray's Furniture with a store in both Hood River and Odell.

He was an honorary member of the Pine Grove Fire Department and one of the original organizers of the annual fire department auction that has been a tradition for nearly 40 years. Other interests included hunting and as many trips to Reno as he could fit into his schedule.

Wilbur is survived by his wife of 54 years, Betty Murray of Hood River; a son and his wife, Greg and Sue Murray of Hood River; two daughters and their husbands, Kit and Gary Borton of Hood River and Lynn and Tim Lee of Lake Oswego; four grandchildren, Alexandra and Emma Lee, Jason and Christine Borton.

Private interment will be at the Idlewild Mausoleum in Hood River. Public memorial services will be at the Pine Grove Fire Station Sunday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m.

Memorials may be made to the Pine Grove Fire Department, 2995 Van Horn Dr., Hood River, OR 97031 or the Parkinson's Foundation, 3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Rd., Portland, OR 97201.

Arrangements were by Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home, 1100 Kelly Ave., The Dalles.


Betty Jo Picking, a Hood River, Ore., resident, died Nov. 5, 2001 at Hood River Care Center. Arrangements are pending at Anderson's Tribute Center. A full obituary will appear in the next edition of the Hood River News.

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