Obituaries - December 11

Al Flory, Sr.

Parkdale resident Al Flory died Dec. 8, 2002, at the Hood River Care Center, in Hood River, Ore. He was 83 years of age.

Graveside services and interment will be held on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2002, at the Upper Valley Cemetery in Parkdale, Ore., at 11 a.m. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Anderson’s Tribute Center.

Mr. Flory was born Nov. 16, 1919, to Edward and Caroline (Gritz) Flory in Browerville, Minnesota. He was raised and educated in Minnesota and then served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Following the war he moved to the Hood River Valley. On May 1, 1948, he and Hazel Huckaby were married in Hood River. Al worked in construction as a heavy equipment operator. He was involved with the construction of Hwy. 35, Interstate 84 and Lost Lake Road. He was a 56-year member of Operating Engineers Local 701. Al was a member of the Parkdale VFW and a former member of the American Legion. He enjoyed farming, raising animals and collecting and rebuilding farm machinery.

He is survived by his wife, Hazel, of Parkdale; son, Alvin Flory, Jr. of Parkdale; daughter, Brenda Meyers and her husband, Gene, of Hood River; sons Perry Flory and his wife, Cherie, and Bradley Flory of Hood River, and Sharon Flory of Hood River; and his brother, Dick Flory of Wenatchee, Wash. He is also survived by his best friend Ivan Hardman, brother in laws William and Ernie Huckaby and George Pfaff and sister in law Shirley Pfaff; 12 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and his dog “Pepper” also survive.

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

Gladys Long

Gladys Rebecca Long, a Hood River, Ore., resident, died Dec. 4, 2002, at her residence. She was 89 years of age.

Services will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2002, at 2 p.m. at Anderson’s Tribute Center. Visitation will be held on Tuesday Dec. 10 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Anderson’s Tribute Center.

Gladys was born Nov. 6, 1913, in Edinburg, Mo., to Harley and Laura (Williams) Davidson. She was raised and educated in Edinburg, and attended Robertson School. In 1934, she and Herman O. Long were married. They moved to Hood River in 1945. Gladys worked at Diamond Fruit Company for 35 years until her retirement in 1980. She enjoyed her children, gardening and garage sales.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Long; sisters Georgia McCullin, Zelma H. Chadwick and Olive Long, sons Jack and Calvin Long and great-great-grandson Kristen Grant Muma. She is survived by her daughters, Donna Lee Arbuckle and her husband Robert of Hood River, and Marilyn Jean Smith and her husband Aubrey of Odessa, Texas, and her son, Delbert O. Long of Hood River.

She is also survived by 10 grandchildren: Donna Marie Dawson, Teresa Sinclair, Brenda Marie Walters, Tamera Snyder, Staff Sgt. Clifford Daniel Neighbors, Amy Janel Bailey, Kristina Marie Smith, Jessy Lee Rose, Chad Long and Randi Long.

Fifteen great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren and eight nieces and nephews also survive. Vault interment will be at Mt. View Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hood River Church of Christ c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"

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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