Obituaries 11/21


Roger L. Graybeal, AAA Oregon/Idaho President and CEO, passed away Monday, Nov. 12, 2001, following a yearlong battle with cancer. He was 68.

Graybeal was born in Hood River, Ore., on Oct. 17, 1933, and graduated from Ft. Vancouver High School in Vancouver, Wash, in 1951. He served with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, 1952-1956. While working at CSAA, he completed his college education at Golden Gate University and the University of San Francisco.

"This truly is a sad time for AAA Oregon/Idaho," said John Porter, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. "Roger was highly regarded and respected by the entire AAA organization, the Oregon/Idaho staff and all those who knew him. The Club's long-term success is to Roger's credit." Graybeal began his career with AAA 45 years ago in San Francisco, where he was a claims adjuster for the California State Automobile Association Inter-Insurance Division. Six years later, in 1962, he returned to his home state to join what then was the Oregon State Motor Association Insurance Division. Four years later, he was appointed OSMA Insurance Manager. During the next 20 years, Graybeal served the Club in various management positions. In 1986, he was named President and Chief Executive Officer of the Association, which by then had become the Automobile Club of Oregon. In 1993, the club became AAA Oregon. Three years later, AAA Oregon merged with AAA Idaho, creating the present-day AAA Oregon/Idaho. Under Graybeal's stewardship, the organization flourished and grew from a small network of local offices to one of the largest AAA Clubs in the U.S. with 19 district offices.

AAA National President and CEO, Robert L. Darbelnet said, "Roger was well-liked and respected throughout the Association. His warm and hospitable manner often masked his strong determination and drive to be the best at everything he did.

Graybeal served the National Association on various committees including Public Affairs, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, Service Quality and Performance Standards, Insurance and Financial Services, and as Chairman of the Western Conference of AAA Clubs. He was an active Rotary member and Past President of the Oregon Society of Association Executives.

Since 1976 Graybeal resided in Lake Oswego with his family. He is survived by wife Linda Lou; sons Ronald Lee, Matthew Peterson, William Allin; and, grandchildren Alyssa Jean, Ryan Lee and James Roger.

Interment was Nov. 16, at Skyline Memorial Gardens, 4101 NW Skyline Boulevard.

Donations may be sent to the attention of the Cancer Research Fund, Providence St. Vincent Medical Foundation, 9205 SW Barnes Road, Portland, OR 97225.


Virginia Gabriel, a Parkdale, Ore., resident died November 12, 2001, at her residence. She was 80 years of age.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2001, at 11 a.m. at Parkdale Baptist Church.

Virginia Gabriel was born June 21, 1921, in Checotah, Oklahoma to Elmer and Ellen (Cooper) Shackow. She was raised and educated in Oklahoma, moving to the Hood River Valley in 1945.

In 1940, she and Bill Gabriel were married. Mrs. Gabriel worked for Diamond Fruit Company in Parkdale for over 20 years. She was a longtime member of Valley Worship Center in Mt. Hood, Ore. She enjoyed cooking, canning, gardening and flowers.

Her husband and a brother preceded her in death.

Two sons, Sid Gabriel of Shasta Lake, California and Bill Gabriel of Parkdale, and two daughters, Geraldine Gabriel of Hood River, Ore., and Phyllis Brown of LaQuinta, Calif., survive her. Seven grandchildren, three step grandchildren and five great grandchildren also survive.

Interment will be at Upper Valley Cemetery in Parkdale, Oregon.

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


Virginia May Routson, age 79, died Nov. 18, 2001, at Brookside Manor.

Funeral services were held on Nov. 21 at Anderson's Tribute Center.

Virginia May Routson was born Feb. 27, 1922, in Hood River, Oregon to Harry and Pearl (Candee) Routson. She graduated from Parkdale High School and then attended Albany College (now Lewis & Clark College) and Willamette University. She worked for Glen McPherren for several years and then worked in Records and Elections at Hood River County from 1957 until 1987.

Virginia was a member of Parkdale Community Church and the American Legion and V.F.W. Auxiliary. She had lived in Hood River for 40 years moving to Parkdale in the 1990s and to Brookside Manor in April 2001.

She enjoyed golf, bowling and gardening.

Survivors include her sister, Ellen Routson of The Dalles, Ore., and brothers Bud Routson and his wife, Marge; Jerry Routson, and Rick Routson and his wife Patricia all of Parkdale, Ore. Eight nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews also survive.

Interment will be at Upper Valley Cemetery in Parkdale, Oregon.

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

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Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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