Obituaries - January 15

Patricia Tillman

Hood River, Ore., resident Patricia Lee Tillman died Thursday, Jan. 9, 2002, at her family’s home. She was 73 years of age.

A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, Jan. 18, at 10 a.m. at Anderson’s Tribute Center.

Patricia was born Sept. 30, 1929, to Henry H. and Sylvia (Wiedenkofer) Briley in Los Angeles, Calif. She was raised and educated in Eads, Colo. Eventually Mrs. Tillman returned to Los Angeles, Calif., in the early 1950s. On May 18, 1957, Patricia married Hubert Stanley Tillman in Las Vegas, Nev. Together they resided in Cypress, Calif., for 30 years, until her retirement in 1990. In 1992 Mr. and Mrs. Tillman moved to Hood River to be closer to family.

Mrs. Tillman was very involved in the Kiwanianne Club and bowling prior to moving to Hood River. Patricia loved the Hood River Valley and was glad to make it her new home. She also enjoyed dining, traveling, horses, crafts and painting. Time spent with her son Tim and grandson Jordan was special as she loved family gatherings and time together.

Mrs. Tillman is survived by her son Tim Tillman of Napa, Calif., grandson Jordan Tillman of Sacramento, Calif., nephews Chuck Peterson and his wife, Vicki, of Hood River, Mick Peterson and his wife, Judy, and Vincent Immer and his wife, Connie, all of Parkdale, Ore., Bob Briley and his wife, Sue, and Rick Briley all of California, nieces Judy Briley of California and Bev and her husband Kim Bell of Parkdale, and numerous great nieces and nephews.

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

John Barnedt

John Edward Barnedt passed away in Sedro Woolley, Wash., on Jan. 11, 2003, at the age of 65.

John was born in White Salmon, Wash., on Aug. 19, 1937, one of seven children to Leora Genevieve (McKee) and Datus Edward Barnedt. He lived in White Salmon most of his life, working as a log truck driver for local timber companies.

In 1961 he married Sally Cooke. To this union were born three children, Jacqueline, John and Corey. In 1974, John bought his own log truck and continued working as a private contractor. He later moved to Eastern Washington where he worked on a wheat ranch. Three years ago, he moved to Sedro Woolley to be nearer to family.

John had many friends in the mid-Columbia area and was a past member of the Eagles lodge.

Survivors include his three children, daughter Jacqueline Earl (Don) and her three children, Kylie Louise, Charles Jacob and Levi Datus, all of Woodston, Kansas; son John David Barnedt (Dawn) of Pendleton, Ore., and his two children John David, Jr., and Joshua Denton of Fallon, Nev.; and son Corey Vincent Barnedt (Karen) and his three children Kassandra Grace, Forest Skylar Schuck and Brook Elizabeth, all of Concrete, Wash.

Also surviving are his siblings Bill Barnedt of Boise, Idaho, Marvin Barnedt of Anaconda, Mont., Leora Ramsay of Arlington, Ore., identical twin James “Jim” Barnedt of White Salmon, and Bob Barnedt of Fairbanks, Alaska.

Preceding him in death are his parents and a sister, Lavonne Mann.

A funeral service will be held on Jan. 16 at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in White Salmon, with interment following at the White Salmon Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the church of one’s choice in care of Gardner Funeral Home, P.O. Box 390, White Salmon, WA 98672, who handled arrangements.

Mary Wiebalk

Hood River resident Mary Wiebalk died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2003, at Indian Creek Adult Foster Care. She was 80 years of age.

A celebration of life service will be held Sunday, Jan. 12, at 2 p.m. at the home of Dave and Sue Wiebalk (4835 O’Leary Road, Dee, Ore.)

Mary was born Aug. 11, 1922, to Ignacio and Rosa Grbac in Raton, N.M. At the age of 21 years Mary Grbac married Herman Wiebalk and together shared many wonderful years of marriage.

Mrs. Wiebalk spent most of her adult years in Southern California. Her family remembers her for being tan, trim, feisty, full of life and outspokenness and always on the go. She enjoyed spending her time with her family, going to the pool and shopping. In the mid 1990s, Mrs. Wiebalk moved to Oregon. She lived throughout the Hood River Valley until finally residing at Indian Creek Adult Foster Care, where she made many friends including one most dear to her, Marcy Williams. She will be sorely missed by family and friends, but will live forever in the special memories she left.

Mrs. Wiebalk is survived by her sons Lawrence Herman and David Paul Wiebalk, daughter Marsha Louise Wiebalk-Anderson, grandchildren Julia Mary Wiebalk, Angela Grace Wiebalk-Oston, Robin Marie Anderson and Ashley Wiebalk, great grandson Tivon Oston, one brother and one brother-in-law.

She was preceded in death by her husband Herman and infant son Marvin Lawrence Wiebalk.

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

Ruth Trout

Ruth Selma Trout, a Hood River, Ore., resident, died Jan. 2, 2003. She was 91 years of age.

Private family services and interment be held at Idlewild Cemetery.

Ruth was born April 7, 1911, in Portland, Ore., to Ernest and Alvina (Schaefer) Kinderman. She was raised and educated in Portland, graduating from Franklin High School. On Aug. 24, 1934, she and David Matt Trout were married. On May 10, 1974, she married Donovan Altermatt. Ruth resided in the Portland and Milwaukie-Oak Grove area most of her life, coming to Hood River in 1997.

Her interests were gardening, traveling, her home and family. She enjoyed friendships with neighbors and lifelong friends. Ruth was an active artist, commercial artist and homemaker. She was a Girl Scout troop leader, active in the Oak Grove Garden Club, Methodist Church and School P.T.A. Ruth was the commercial artist for Clackamas Community College for several years and worked for a stained glass window company.

Her daughter, Trudy Tallman of Hood River, and several nieces and nephews survive her.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation or Hospice of the Gorge, c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

James Darr

Hood River resident Jim Darr died Jan. 8, 2003, at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. He was 61 years of age.

A funeral service will be held Monday, Jan. 13, at 2 p.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. The graveside service will be held prior to the funeral at noon at Idlewild Cemetery. A visitation will be held Sunday, Jan. 12, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. at Anderson’s Tribute Center.

James Michael Darr was born Nov. 28, 1941, in Phoenix, Ariz., to Sylvester Bud and Vivian (Pendervis) Darr. He was raised and educated in Waco, Texas. Following his education Mr. Darr started working in construction operating heavy machinery. Jim was very proud of his Texas days and often shared stories about being in the movie “The Alamo” and sharing a six-pack with John Wayne.

Mr. Darr left Texas in 1965 to move to Hood River to be closer to family. Once in Hood River he worked for Martin Marietta until health forced him into an early retirement. On May 19, 1985, James Michael Darr married Bonita “Bonny” Carmen and together they shared 18 wonderful years of marriage. During his retirement Jim took up rock hounding and designing jewelry. Mr. Darr was a longtime member of the Hood River Rock Club, taught rock hounding for Community Education and took many people on rock hounding field trips. He loved giving back to his community and served with many charity organizations, but was most known for serving with the Odell Lions.

In 1991 Mr. Darr was named Sportsman of the Year by Larry’s Sporting Goods as he held the record with the 38 1/2 pound salmon that he caught. Jim loved to fish and hunt and “slingshot sturgeon” fishing was his favorite. Mr. Darr’s family also rembers him for his wonderful cooking, expertise in BBQ and simple routines that he lived day in and day out that made everyone love him. His home was his roost and would spend hours feeding animals on his deck and sitting in his favorite chair looking out the window at the wonderful view. He loved kids and was often described as a big kid himself. Jim was the only male member of the Hood River “Bunko Babes” and was dubbed the “Bunko Dude” and this was one of his favorite things to brag about. Jim was also known for his courage and strength by his daily fight against his disease that took him. He was a hero to many.

Mr. Darr is survived by his wife, Bonny, and beloved dogs Cheeko, Oreo and Toby all of Hood River.

Memorial contributions may be made to the James Michael Memorial Fund c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

Patricia Tillman

Patricia Tillman, a Hood River, Ore., resident died Jan. 9, 2003.

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

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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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