Obituaries - February 12

Delbert Coon

Delbert Ernest Coon, 81, a resident of Odell, Ore., died at his home on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2003.

He was born Sept. 30, 1921, in Portland, Ore., the only child to Oliver and Edna (Craig) Coon. Delbert was raised and attended schools in Baker City, Ore

He served as a medic in the U.S. Army during World War II and was stationed in North Africa and Sicily. He returned to Baker City and married Gladys Irene Baird on May 5, 1948, in Baker City. In 1969 they moved to the Hood River valley, and then in 1985 they settled in Odell.

Delbert worked as a logger, house painter, security guard, salesman, and worked year-round for Diamond Fruit Growers. In his spare time, Delbert enjoyed raising roses and traveling.

He is survived by his sons and their spouses, Bruce and Doris Coon, Henderson, Ky.; Ed and Peggy Coon, Odell; Larry and Donna Coon, Odell; and Oliver and Teresa Coon, Soldotna, Alaska; two grand-daughters, Charmaine Coon, Odell and Thalera Coon, Odell. His wife, Gladys, preceded him in death on Sept. 8, 1997.

Private family services and inurnment will be held in Baker City, at a later date.

Memorials can be made to Hospice of the Gorge at 751 Myrtle St., The Dalles, OR 97058.

Arrangements are by Spencer, Libby & Powell Funeral Home, The Dalles.

Robert Thompson

Hood River resident Robert E. Thompson died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2003, at his home. He was 59 years of age.

Robert was born and raised in Olympia, WA with his sister Paula and his aunt and uncle. After his mothers remarriage he shared time between Olympia and Seattle. Following graduation from high school Mr. Thompson joined the U.S. Navy and served on the U.S.S. Klondike for six years.

Returning to Olympia, Wash., after serving in the U.S. Navy he met his future wife Wanda. Together he and his new bride moved to Tillamook, Ore., with his two step daughters Tammy and Karen and his daughter Linda.

Once in Tillamook Mr. Thompson began working for Safeway where he worked for 30 years. Robert then took an early retirement and moved to Hood River, where he married Cathy Mathis and has lived ever since.

Mr. Thompson is survived by his wife Cathy Thompson of Hood River, Ore., daughter Linda Davis of Yelm, Wash., sister Paula Colby of Ontario, Calif., stepchildren Stephen and Stephanie Justin of Hood River, Tammy Underwood and Karen Kruz of Yelm, Wash., and grandchildren Meghan and Brandon Davis of Yelm, Wash.

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

Mark Thomas

Mark S. Thomas died on Feb. 7, 2003 at the age of 90, just weeks before his 91st birthday.

Mark was born March 19, 1912, in Richmond, Calif., as the eldest of seven children. The family moved to Hood River, OR when Mark was 18 years old. He graduated from Hood River High School in 1930.

Mark served as the Assistant Fire Chief for the West Side Fire Department for approximately 21 years. Mark was co-owner of the West Side Store until the war. He retired from the Hood River Supply at the age of 65 after 26 years of service to the company.

The loving father of three was always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need. He loved the community and those who live in it. He could often be found hauling wood for shut-ins, taking folks to church and anything else that was needed.

Mark was an active member of the Hood River Seventh-day Adventist Church acting as a leader in the Youth Pathfinder Club and helping around the church and school. Mark enjoyed working at home in his garden. He loved tending his roses and berry plants, sharing the harvest with neighbors and friends. Mark was very generous and loving.

Mark is survived by his wife Merle of Hood River, daughters Gloria Matthews of Lindsay, Calif.,, DiAnn Spence of Hanford, Calif., and son Lloyd Thomas of Lotus, Calif.,, four step-children, eight grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are by Anderson's Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

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