Obituaries - September 25

Henry C. Holman

Hood River resident Henry “Chet” Holman died Thursday, Sept. 19, 2002, at his residence. He was 84 years of age.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 28, 2002, at 2 p.m. at Anderson’s Tribute Center in Hood River, Ore.

A graveside service will be held Friday, Sept. 27, 2002, at 2 p.m. at Juniper Haven Cemetery in Prineville, Ore.

A visitation will be held Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2002, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Anderson’s Tribute Center.

Henry “Chet” Holman was born March 8, 1918, in Prineville to Henry Chester and Agnes (Frison) Holman. Chet was raised by his foster mother, Ida Wilson in Prineville, and graduated from the Crook County High School. He worked various jobs in Prineville such as for the Civil Conservation Corps, he was a machinist for Alexander Yaukey Lumber Company, and was later a master mechanic for the Crook County Roads.

During World War II Chet served in the U.S. Army as a Staff Sergeant. He was part of the Air Transfer Command. Mr. Holman was an airplane mechanic and worked on two of our former Presidents’ aircrafts. Towards the end of Chet’s service in the military he went overseas and served in Okinawa. Mr. Holman was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 1945.

After the war Mr. Holman returned to Prineville, and married Ina Hardenbrook. Together Chet and his wife lived in Los Alamos, N.M., where he worked for the University of California in their science lab. In 1960 Mr. Holman and his wife moved from New Mexico to Bonneville, Ore. Once here in Oregon Chet worked for the Army Corps of Engineers. Chet put time in at both the Bonneville and The Dalles dams as a machinist. In 1965 Mr. Holman and his wife moved to Hood River, where they have lived ever since.

Chet enjoyed hunting and boating, but most of all he just loved to spend time with his family no matter what they were doing.

Mr. Holman is survived by his wife, Ina Holman, of Hood River, sons Phillip Holman of Washougal, Wash., and Richard and his wife, Vikki Long Holman, of Albuquerque, N.M., daughters Sheila Holman of Haines, Ore., and Juli and her husband, Ken Twidwell, of The Dalles, Ore., grandchildren Stephani and Ranay Twidwell, James, Erika, Christine, Sidney, Allison and Hannah Holman.

Mr. Holman was preceded in death by his son Sidney Holman.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Crook County Historical Society c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

Vernon Momberg

Hood River resident Vernon Momberg died Saturday, Sept. 21, 2002, at the Mid Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles. He was 92 years of age.

Vernon was born Dec. 30, 1909, to Gustav and Caroline (Winkler) Momberg in Chicago, Ill. Mr. Momberg was raised and educated in Burlingame, Calif. He was the first boy born in the Masonic grouping in Burlingame, and this is how he received his middle name.

After graduating from Burlingame High School, Vernon joined the United States Navy as a reservist, not knowing it was later to become his career. On Nov. 27, 1942, Vernon married Emma Susan Erickson in Long Beach, Calif. He and his wife moved all over the United States to wherever he was stationed.

Mr. Momberg’s career as a Navy Electronics Technician allowed him to work in a wide range of fields. He taught electronics for the U.S. Navy in Millington, Tenn., for a while and worked on various projects assigned by the Navy. After retiring from the armed forces in 1970 Vernon and his wife moved from California to Hood River. Once here in the Valley Mr. Momberg owned and operated MEG Telecommunications. He worked on projects such as installing home fire alert systems in local residences, refurbishing the large antique clock at the First National Bank, and teaching electronics at the Hood River Valley High School.

Some of the things Vernon enjoyed were photography and orchids. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Burlingame, Calif., and in Hood River.

Mr. Momberg is survived by his wife Susan of Hood River, sons Knute Momberg of Stockton, Calif., and Keith Momberg of Portland, Ore., daughter Kristine Savoie of The Dalles, Ore. and two grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Oregon Veteran’s Home c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

Wade Hampton

Wade Hampton, Jr., 72, of Portland, Ore., died June 21, 2002, at Gaston, N.C., Memorial Hospital.

He was a native of Gaston County, the son of the late Herman Wade Hampton Sr. and Nellie Roselle Sawyer Hampton.

A memorial service will be 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, at Crag Rats Hut.

Wade was a retired timber worker, and a member of Odell Baptist Church.

Survivors are his wife of 44 years, Erin Charlene Hampton, of Portland, and three sons, Vern Hampton of Portland and wife Diane, Rod Phelan and his wife, Becky, of Cascade Locks, Ore., and Gary Phelan of Portland, and daughter, Connie Hampton, of Portland.

He is also survived by his brothers, Floyd Hampton and wife, Gladys; Bob Hampton and wife, Vernette; Calvin Hampton and wife, Virginia; Thomas Hampton and wife, Linda; Allen Hampton and Ted Hampton, and one sister, Irene Chesney, all of North Carolina, and Aunt Verdie Manley of North Carolina.

He is also survived by grandchildren Ryan Hampton of Portland, Braun Phelan, Aaron Phelan, Shauna Phelan, Monique Phelan, Casey Kastrup, James Webb and Trevin Webb, and great grandchildren Brent Webb, Ethan Webb, Austin Webb, Chris Kastrup, Nick Kastrup, Cassidy Powell, and Hunter Richards.

A potluck luncheon immediately follows Saturday’s service. If you wish to attend, please bring a dish, all are welcome.

Memorial donations can be donated to FISH Food Bank.

William Runckel

William Justin Runckel died of lung cancer on Sept. 17, 2002, at the age of 84.

He was born in San Francisco, Calif., and earned his Master’s of Science degree in chemical engineering from Oregon State University in 1942. He married Joan Wright in June 1943, and they lived in Hood River for a number of years. He lived in Portland for the past 34 years. He worked as a consultant in the lumber industry.

He is survived by his wife, Joan, and sons Robert, Daniel, Douglas, and Christopher, and daughter Annette. His son James preceded him in death. He is also survived by nine grandchildren.

Remembrances can be made to Hopewell House Hospice in Portland. Arrangements were made by Hennessey, Goetsch and McGee of Portland. No services are planned.

Gregory Mendick

Gregory Mendick, 42, of Hood River, died Sept. 17, 2002, as the result of a traffic accident on Sept. 16, in Sacramento, Calif.

He worked at Hood River Ford as a sales representative, and he was also working in Sacramento in car financing. He moved to Hood River in 2001.

He attended Asbury Methodist Church in Hood River.

He is survived by his wife, Debra Mendick, of Hood River, and by his daughter, Rachel Bohnen of Atlanta, Ga., his mother, Doris Nelson of Seaside, Ore., and stepfather Mario Padilla of Placentia, Calif.

Also surviving are his brother Rodney and his wife, Lizzie, of Texas, nephew Waldo Mendick of Texas and sisters Lisa Mendick of Portland, Ore., Debbie Mendick of Seaside, Ore., Michelle Krynski of California, and Melody Lansky of Rogue River. Nieces Amanda of California, Nadia of Portland, Ore., nephews Jevon and Rodney of Seaside also survive.

He is also survived by his great-aunt Charlotte Wertgen of Hood River, cousins Matt and Mary Thomas of Parkdale, Ore., and their sons Derek and Billy, cousins Lori and Tony Martinez of Portland and his second-cousins Andy and Annika of Portland.

He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Betty Breidel of Washington and his brother-in-law, Jeff Paxton and his wife, Penny, of Washington, nieces Ricki Jean and Jessica, of Washington and his dogs, Boo and Hannah.

A service is planned in California.

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