Obituaries 10/17


James Leroy Fassbender, a Hood River, Ore., resident, died Oct. 10, 2001 at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. He was 53 years of age.

James Fassbender was born Dec. 7, 1947 in Aberdeen, S.D. to George "Bud" and Audrey Herman Fassbender. He attended school in South Dakota and moved to Hood River in 1964. In 1968 he married Helen Joan Bennett in Port Angeles, Wash. They made their home in Hermiston, Oregon and later moved to Parkdale, Ore.

Mr. Fassbender was an avid carpenter, enjoying making things out of wood. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and being outdoors. During the holidays he enjoyed decorating his house and yard with lights.

Survivors include his daughters, Cindy Pinkston of The Dalles, Ore.; Shannon Severns and Melinda Harris, both of Pendleton, Ore.; his mother, Audrey Fassbender of Montana, sisters Georgia Duckworth of Montana and Terrell Moore of Portland, Ore., nine grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

His father preceded him in death.

Private family services will be held.

Funeral arrangements by Anderson's Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.


James E. McCravey, a Hood River, Ore., resident, died Oct. 16, 2001 at his home.

Funeral arrangements are pending at Anderson's Tribute Center. A full obituary will appear in the next edition of the Hood River News.


Alfred A. Streich, a Parkdale, Ore., resident, died Oct. 15, 2001 at Providence Medical Center in Portland, Ore., at age 84. Arrangements are pending at Anderson's Tribute Center. A full obituary will appear in the next issue of the Hood River News.

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