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Gordon Royce McCall of Great Falls, Mont., died Dec. 28., 2001, at his home. He was 61.

Gordon worked as a trucker and served in the Army National Guard. The cause of death was cancer.

Gordon is survived by his partner, Donna Jean McCall of Great Falls, and his daughter, Melissa Diane McCall-Laws of Great Falls. He is also survived by his sons, Vance Royce McCall of Great Falls, Michael Ray McCall of the United Kingdom, and Mitchell Lee McCall of Belt, Mont., sisters Mariloy Fowler of Hood River, Ore., and Penny McCall of Walla Walla, Wash., and brother John McCall of Hermiston, Ore. He is also survived by six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Shauntel Leeanne McCall, in 2000.

Cremation was done under the direction of the Chapel of the Chimes in Great Falls. A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Dec. 31, 2001.


Sharon Ellan "Sherri" Drennan, a lifelong Hood River, Ore., resident died Dec. 24, 2001, at her residence. She was 55 years of age.

Funeral services were Monday, Dec. 31, 2001 at 2 p.m. at the Hood River Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Sherri Drennan was born July 3, 1945, in Hood River, Ore., to Acie and Mary Ellen (Reagan) Logan. She was raised and educated in Hood River and earned an associates degree from Columbia Gorge Community College. On June 24, 1964, she and Jim Drennan were married in Bingen, Wash.

Mrs. Drennan worked most of her adult life as a caregiver. She was also involved with foster children for several years, having had more than 200 foster children.

She was a member of the Hood River Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the Relief Society and Gleaners.

She is survived by her husband, Jim Drennan, Sr.; three sons, Jeff Drennan and his wife, Rosy; Jim Drennan, Jr. and his wife, Teresa, all of Hood River, and Jeremy Drennan and his wife, Darcy, of The Dalles, Ore.

He is also survived by his sisters, Judy Jones of Underwood, Wash.; Teresa Manning of Bingen, Wash., and Linda Keeter of Sandy, Ore., and three brothers, Dave Logan of Troutdale, Ore., and John Estes and Robert Nichols, both of Klickitat, Wash. Ten grandsons and numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

She was preceded in death by her parents and granddaughter, Contessa Drennan.

Interment will be at Idlewild Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, c/o Anderson's Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.


Della Jeanette Korting, a Redmond, Ore., resident, died Dec. 23, 2001, at Central Oregon Community Hospital in Redmond at the age of 85.

There will be no formal services held.

Mrs. Korting was born July 26, 1916 in Warwick, N.D., to parents David and Jennie Flowers. She lived in many places and had moved to Hood River, Ore., in 1990 from San Diego, Calif. She moved from Hood River to Redmond in June 2001 to be hear her family.

She enjoyed watching the "soaps" on TV and visiting with her family.

Survivors include her son, Richard Korting of Glendale, Calif; two granddaughters, Lisa Horton of Redmond and Tina Gourley of Prineville, Ore., and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Allen Korting and a daughter, Kaye Wilson, her parents, and three siblings.

Autumn Funerals of Redmond was in charge of arrangements.


Paul Alexander White, 45, died on Dec. 16, 2001, near his home in White Salmon, Wash. He was born on June 8, 1956 in Soap Lake, Wash. to Paul R. and Mary H. (Harcus) White.

He was educated in Ephrata, Wash., graduating from Ephrata High School in 1974. He attended Mission Ridge Academy, affiliated with Wenatchee Community College. There, Paul was a member of the Ski Racing Team and participated in the Junior Nationals. He continued his education at the University of Oregon, graduating in 1978.

He worked overseas in oil drilling operations in the Middle East, the Persian Gulf and Madagascar. He returned to the Northwest and lived in Lake Oswego before settling in White Salmon 10 years ago, where he worked in the construction industry. On Sept. 9, 1995, he married Suzanne Burd at Maryhill Museum in the Columbia River Gorge.

Paul was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed windsurfing, mountain biking, hiking, skiing, backpacking and climbing. He liked swing dancing and loved music, especially the blues, and played guitar.

White is survived by his wife; sister Katherine Rouzie, her husband Don, and their children Jade and Devan of Portland; brother Bruce White, his wife Valerie, and their children Mark and Katy of Portland; sister Janet Wallace, her husband Richard, and children Erin and Leslie of Lacey, Wash.; and his parents, Paul and Mary White of Ephrata.

A celebration of life will be held Dec. 29 at 2 p.m. at the Mountain View Grange in White Salmon.

Gardner Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Former Hood River resident, William Homer Barney died Dec. 20, 2001, in Redmond, Ore. He was 69 years of age.

A memorial service will be held at Anderson's Tribute Center on Friday, Dec. 28, 2001, at 1 p.m.

William was born on Sept. 6, 1932, in Hood River, Ore., to Raymond Claude and Kathryn Mae (Wilson) Barney. He was raised and educated in the Hood River area. William lived in many different areas of Oregon and Alaska, his last residence being in Redmond, Ore.

Following in the footsteps of his father and other family members he worked as a logger. Much of his family history is in the logging industry.

Some of his hobbies included fishing, crabbing and clam digging. After retiring from the lumber business, he spent most of his time helping handicapped senior citizens.

He is survived by his brother Raymond "Bud" Barney of Boring, Ore., two sons Bill Barney of The Dalles, Ore., and Ron Barney of Portland, Ore., two daughters Joanne Franz of Hood River, and Janet Kellogg of Mosier, Ore. and eight grandchildren. William was preceded in death by his brother Thomas Barney, and daughter Kelly Barney.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, c/o Anderson's Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.


Dorothea Rhae Koch of Hood River, Ore., passed away on Dec. 23, 2001, in White Salmon, Wash. She was 87 years old.

Dorothea was born in Portland, Ore., on Feb. 27, 1914, the middle sister of identical triplets, to Daniel and Marie (Kantenwein) Toomey. When Dorothea and her sisters were just a few months old, the family moved to The Dalles, Ore., where the sisters attended school.

In June of 1932, Dorothea married Edward J. (Ted) O'Connor. They made their home in Tacoma, Wash., where their one and only daughter, Patricia, was born. In 1945, the family relocated to White Salmon, where they owned and operated a cafe called The Grill. They eventually divorced and Dorothea married Howard Koch. The two owned and operated Mt. Adams Power and Tool until their retirement.

They shared many activities together, including dance club, square dancing, Emblem Club, bowling leagues, Bridge Club, and bingo.

Dorothea was preceded in death by an older sister, Helenmarie, triple sisters Frances Macklin and Betty Lermo, and her beloved husband, Howard.

She leaves behind many wonderful friends and family, especially her nieces Betty Ann Lermo Caldwell of Gladstone, Ore., and Sue Lermo Weir of Portland, her daughter, Patricia Neils of Honolulu, Hawaii, and four grandchildren: Jamie Neils and Judy Harvey of White Salmon, Joyce Chan of Chicago, Ill., and Jerinne Neils of Venice, Calif.

Dorothea also leaves nine great-grandchildren: Stacey, Tiffany, and James Neils, Dan, Hayden, Brooke and Mara Hathaway, all of White Salmon; and Patrick and Max Chan of Chicago.

Also surviving are a nephew, William Macklin, of Tillamook, Ore., and a stepdaughter, Janet Porter and her family, of North Bend, Ore.

At Dorothea's request, there will be no funeral service. A springtime memorial graveside service will be announced at a later date.

Gardner Funeral Home of White Salmon was in charge of arrangements.

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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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