Obituaries - December 25

Kenneth ‘Pink’ Merz

Kenneth “Pink” Merz, a Parkdale, Ore., resident, died Dec. 20, 2002, at his residence. He was 56 years of age.

Graveside services and interment was held on Monday, Dec. 23, 2002, at 10 a.m. at the Upper Valley Cemetery in Parkdale.

He was born July 24, 1946, in Vancouver, Wash. to Kenneth and Bonnie (Bray) Merz. He came to Hood River, Ore., in 1960 and graduated from Wy’East High School in 1964 where he was active in wrestling and FFA. Pink attended Oregon State University for two and a half years and worked in the Portland area until 1970. In 1970 he and Sally Cantrell were married and spent their first year and a half at Yachats, Ore., on the coast.

They came to Parkdale in 1972 and purchased the family farm. Pink spent his free time fishing and hunting with his brothers and friends.

He was a member of the Parkdale Fire Department, served on the board of Middle Fork Irrigation District and had coached Little League. For the past few years, Pink had worked with Hanel Development Company and Longview Fiber Company. He is survived by his wife Sally of Parkdale; two daughters, Celeste Owens and her husband Mark of Crane, Ore., and Melissa Merz of Bend, Ore.; his son; Kenny Merz of Parkdale; his mother, Bonnie Merz Thomas and her husband Ken Thomas of Kalama, Wash.; brothers David Merz of Boring, Ore.; Bob Merz of Husum, Wash.; Dan Merz of Hood River, and Tony Merz of Gresham, Ore.; his sister, Vicki Reed of Parkdale; his mother-in-law, Vera Owen of Hood River, and in laws Violet and Rodger Phillips of Gresham. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

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

Ray E. Perkins

Ray E. Perkins, a longtime Hood River, Ore., resident, died Dec. 19, 2002, at his Mosier, Ore., residence. He was 76 years of age.

Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 23, 2002, at Anderson’s Tribute Center.

Ray was born Aug. 18, 1926, in Zincville, Okla., to William and Carrie (Bryant) Perkins. He came to Hood River in 1929 and attended Barrett Grade School and then graduated from Hood River High School in 1944. During World War II, he served in the amphibious corps of the U.S. Navy. Following the war he returned to Hood River, and married Arlaine Stewart on Oct. 26, 1946, in Stevenson, Washington. They moved to Reedsport, Ore., then returned to Hood River where he ran Stewart’s Market for seven years. He then worked for Franz Bread for 28 years.

Ray was a former member of the Hood River Elks Lodge, the VFW, the American Legion and the Odell Volunteer Fire Department. He enjoyed football, baseball, fishing, gardening, bird hunting and woodworking.

His parents, Bill and Carrie Perkins and a sister, Iretta Crane, preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife, Arlaine Perkins of Mosier, and two daughters, Marilyn Johnston and her husband, Dale, and Judy Culbertson and her husband, Steve, all of Hood River; two brothers, Bill Perkins of Hood River, and Gerald Perkins of Lacey, Wash. Five grandchildren and eight-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

Vault interment was held at Pine Grove Cemetery.

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

Virginia Lee Mathis

Virginia Lee Mathis, or “Jenny,” as she was known to most, longtime resident of Oroville, Calif., passed away Dec. 25, 2002, at Fairfax Hospital, Fairfax, Va.

She was born to Caud “Dool” and Grace Parker Cannon on Oct. 16, 1928, in Proctor, Okla. She was raised in Going Snake District, Indian Territory, until her family moved to the Hood River, Ore., area. There she met Claude “Curly” Mathis and they married March 27, 1947 in Stevenson, Wash.

Jenny was a homemaker for the most part of her life, but did work outside the home from time to time. She loved to crochet, do crafts, tend her huge garden, can, go fishing, and spend time with family, friends, and her grandchildren.

Curly, daughter Claudia, her parents, two brothers and two sisters, precede her in death.

She is survived by three children, Rodney Mathis and his wife, Rhonda, of Manassas, Va., Roger Mathis and his wife, Teresa, of Oroville, Calif., and Nella White and her husband, Robert, of Woodbridge, Va.

She is also survived by seven grandchildren and their spouses, Robert and Tracy Stevens, Paula and Rev. Tim Wilcox, Tracy Tegey, Sonya and Donald Duvall, Adell and Steve Bailey, Rodney and Amanda Mathis, and Zachery Mathis.

Also surviving are 12 great-grandchildren“ Ashley and Samantha Stevens, Lauren, Brittany, Jonathan, and Connor Wilcox, Mikey Borecky and Noah Bailey, Caleb and Jacob Tegey, Jordan Mathis and Amber Duvall.

She is also survived by her brother, Billy Cannon of Hood River, and three sisters: Frances Hogan of Fayetteville, Ark., Hilda Wertherell and Fama Murphy of Hood River, and numerous family and friends.

A memorial service will be held Monday, Dec. 30, at Choice Baptist Church, 16 Burton Loop, Fredricksburg, VA 22406. She will be taken home and buried in Memorial Park Cemetery, Oroville, Calif.

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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"

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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