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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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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