Obituaries - August 2

Arlen Lindsley

Hood River resident Arlen Ray Lindsley passed away July 29, 2003, at the age of 68. A Tribute Service will be held Saturday, Aug. 2, 2003, at 2 p.m. at Asbury United Methodist Church, 616 State Street, Hood River, Ore.

Arlen was born in Los Angeles, Calif., and lived in California, Arizona and Oregon, before settling in Oakdale, Calif., where he graduated high school in 1953. He attended Modesto Junior College for two years and then went on to graduate from the University of Southern California, with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1957.

Arlen worked for the JC Penney Company for 19 years and was transferred from Modesto, Calif., to Portland, Ore., in 1963. In 1978, Arlen came to the Hood River area to manage Millers Department Store and has resided in Hood River ever since. Early on in his life Arlen developed a love for service in his journey to become an Eagle Scout. This love for community and service poured over into the community in Hood River, where he actively participated in the Chamber of Commerce, Elks Club, Rotary Club, Toastmasters and was a Trustee at his church. He volunteered for various charitable causes such as the Labor Day Cross Channel Swim and most recently, the Cancer Society’s Relay For Life.

Arlen is survived by his wife of 40 years, Pauline, six children Richard Morrison of Wilsonville, Ore., Pamela Morrison of Vancouver, Wash., Russell Morrison of Corinth, Mississippi, Paula Morrison Janac of Tigard, Ore., Jim Lindsley of The Dalles, Ore., Connie Lindsley Dobbins of Portland, brother Wayne Lindsley of Anchorage, Alaska and eight grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Lindsley’s name to Asbury United Methodist Church, c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

Lucile Collins

Lucile Lauretta Collins, a Hood River resident, passed away July 31, 2003, at her home. She was 83 years of age.

Lucile was born Sept. 14, 1919, in White Salmon, Wash., to Alice (Downs) and Homer Laurance Breedlove. She attended Pleasant View School in Husum, Wash. On Nov. 2, 1956, Lucile married Donald Lewis Collins in Grangeville, Idaho. That same year the couple moved to Hood River, where they have lived in the same home for over 42 years.

Lucile collected old dishes, plates and china and she loved to write poems, many of which were published. She enjoyed traveling in the family R.V. and meeting her friends every morning at McDonalds. Lucile always talked about her family and each day she would walk hand in hand with her husband.

Survivors include her husband, Donald, of Hood River; daughter Janice London of Dallesport, Wash.; son Donald Collins, Jr., of Hood River; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by grandson Johnny Dean Smith; her parents, Alice and Laurance Breedlove; and brothers Irvin and Ernie Breedlove.

A graveside service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Aug. 4 at the White Salmon Cemetery in White Salmon, with the Rev. Charles Chase officiating. For those wishing to make a memorial contribution, the family suggests Hospice of The Gorge, P.O. Box 36, Hood River, OR 97031, or in care of Gardner Funeral Home, P.O. Box 390, White Salmon, WA 98672.

J. Scott Richmond

J. Scott Richmond, a Hood River, Ore., resident, died in a glider accident on July 28, 2003, at the age of 45.

A gathering will be held Saturday, Aug. 2, 2003 at 10 a.m. to remember Scott at “The Wall,” located east of Maryhill, Wash., with a reception to be announced at the gathering.

Scott was born 1958 to Joanne Stetson Richmond. Scott led an accomplished life.

Starting as an electrician, he did lighting in the entertainment business. His extreme passion and expertise allowed him the pleasure of working with such bands as Billy Joel, Bruce Springstein, Andreas Vollenweider, Michael Jackson, Madonna, U2, Bon Jovi and many, many more during his 15 years on the road.

His real true passion and love was the wind, which brought him to Hood River. Loving Hood River’s beauty and all its people, Scott decided to stop his “Life on the road” and live in Hood River.

He began doing “Lighting and Special Effects” in the theater and movies. He worked on such movies as “A Few Good Men,” “The Hunted,” “Rose Red’ and others.

Scott lived his life with such energy, love, kindness and passion for the challenge.

He wanted his final words to read: “There’s no point in playing it safe for the sake of growing old.”

He is survived by his father Stetson Richmond of Port Charlotte, Fla., mother Joanne McCarten of Cropseyville, N.Y., sister Donna Melanson and family of Bolton, Mass., brother Craig Richmond and family of Grand Junction, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Scott Richmond Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 1360, Hood River, OR 97031.

Arrangements by Anderson’s Tribute Center, Hood River, Ore.

Bennie DeMarino

Bennie DeMarino, devoted wife, exceptional mother, steadfast friend, lost her fight with an aggressive form of brain cancer Friday, July 25, 2003, at 5:30 p.m. She was surrounded by her children, Stephen and Sasha, husband Tom, and her cats, Zool and Boots.

The life of this creative artist, teacher, and strong lady will be celebrated Saturday, Aug. 9, at 4:30 p.m. in White Salmon, hosted by the DeMarinos. A church service will be given at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Hood River, Ore., at 3:30 p.m. As friends, relatives, and fellow artists, you are all invited to celebrate the life of this distinguished woman.

The family requests donations be made to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation in lieu of flowers.

Virginia Fox

Virginia Grace (Paasch) Fox, a longtime Hood River, Ore., resident, died July 31, 2003, at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. She was 85 years of age.

Arrangements are pending at Anderson’s Tribute Center, 541- 386-1000.

A full obituary will appear in the next edition of the Hood River News.

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