Obituaries - April 16

Beningo C. Lopez

Beningo C. Lopez, a Hood River, Ore., resident died April 12, 2003. He was 65 years of age.

Recitation of the Rosary will be Tuesday, April 15 at 5 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, April 16 at 1 p.m. also at St. Mary’s Catholic Church where he was a member.

Beningo Lopez was born May 9, 1937, in Coacoman, Michoacan, Mexico. In 1955, he and Vicenta Lopez were married in Mexico. Mr. Lopez worked in production for Kernny Western Power until his retirement in 2000.

He enjoyed playing the violin and was a musician at heart. He is survived by his children, Socorro Verduzco, Francisco Lopez, Antonia Romero, Rafael Lopez, Maria Lopez and Jaime Lopez all of Hood River; Juana Sandoval of Sunnyside, Wash., and Miguel Lopez of Miami, Fla.; brothers David, Jesus, Jose and Rafael and sisters Esperanza, Juana and Elvivia. Twenty-one grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren also survive.

Vault interment will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Anderson’s Tribute Center.

James Willie

James “Jim” Montgomery Willie, a former Mt. Hood resident, died April 10, 2003, at Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles. He was 85 years of age.

Jim was born May 30, 1917, in Vienna, Va., to Joseph and Bessie (Lehew) Willie. He grew up and attended school in Virginia. He drove bus for Greyhound Company and then served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He moved to Portland, Ore., in 1958 where he worked as a police officer and then for Sheraton Hotels for 11 years.

On Nov. 16, 1963, he and Barbara Mockley were married. He moved to Mt. Hood in 1971 and worked at the Hood River Inn until his retirement in 1980. He moved to The Dalles in 1997.

Jim enjoyed spending time with his children, animals, gardening, flowers and collecting and shooting guns.

He is survived by his wife Barbara of The Dalles; sons James Willie of Portland, Ore., Charles Willie of Camas, Wash., Steven Carlson and his wife Laura of Salem, Ore., and Marty Willie of The Dalles; daughters Linda Lee and her husband Chris of Hood River, and Maria Berquist of Mt. Hood; step-children Ann Marie Hughes of Seaside, Ore., and Mary Elta Williams of Seattle, Wash., and eleven grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on April 15 at 11 a.m. at Anderson’s Tribute Center followed by graveside services at 3 p.m. at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland. Visitation will be held on April 14 from 4-7 p.m. at Anderson’s Tribute Center. Memorial contributions may be made to PROD in care of Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

Mildred Rutledge

Mildred Verla Solomon Rutledge, of Hood River and formerly of Bingen, Wash., passed away April 8, 2003, in Hood River. She was 85 years of age.

Mildred was born on April 29, 1917, in Ava, Mo., the daughter of Laura Susan (Mitchell) and John Engelhardt. Mildred grew up in Missouri, marrying Lonnie Solomon in 1934.

In 1942 the Solomons moved to the Yakima Valley. The family later moved to Bingen, Wash., where Mildred worked at Dickey Farms for many years. In 1966, Mildred’s husband and one of her sons died in a boating accident. She later married Roy Rutledge, who would also precede her in death.

Mildred attended the Baptist church and was a former member of the Eagles Lodge. She was an accomplished seamstress whose home was always spotless. Mildred loved spending time with her family.

Surviving are her son Ivan Solomon of Bingen; daughter Sue Scribner of Yakima, Wash.; eight grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. Preceding Mildred in death are three sons and one granddaughter.

A graveside service was scheduled at the White Salmon Cemetery on the morning of April 11, with Pastor Bob Long officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice in care of Gardner Funeral Home, who handled arrangements.

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