Obituaries - March 1/5

Artle Herman

Artle Lee “Slick” Herman, of Milton-Freewater, Ore., died Feb. 22, 2003, at his home. He was 77 years of age.

Artle was born Feb. 16, 1926, in Antlers, Okla., the son of Frank and Maggie Partin Herman. He was raised and educated in Oklahoma and moved to Oregon at the age of 17, establishing his home in Jefferson. Artle joined the U.S. Army in 1945, serving during World War II. After his discharge from the service as a sergeant in 1947, he returned to the Mosier area, where all of his family had settled after leaving Oklahoma. Later in 1947, he went to work in the fruit industry at Duckwall Brothers Packing House. It was here that he met his future wife, Elizabeth “Betty” Klobas, and the couple were married Jan. 3, 1948, in Hood River.

Artle worked in his early years at Pacific Fruit Company in The Dalles, Joe Young Oil Distributors, and later Wonder Bread, where he worked for eight years. In 1968 they moved to Milton-Freewater where they bought the Hi-Spot Drive-In and ran it day and night for the next 16 years. After selling the restaurant, he went to work for W.J. Shockman and Son, where he continued to work until his death.

Artle wanted to be remembered as Milton-Freewater’s “Tiger Woods” for his outstanding golfing and love for the golf game. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, square dancing, family, his grandchildren, good food (especially chicken and dumplings), and sharing stories of his outstanding golf. He was a member of the American Legion Post #24, M-F Golf Club and the “Tiger Woods Wannabees.”

Artle is survived by his wife of 55 years, Betty; two sons, Michael Herman of Milton-Freewater and Gary Herman of Twenty-nine Palms, Calif.; three brothers, Joseph Charles “J.C.” Herman of Grants Pass, Gerald Herman of The Dalles and LeRoy Herman of Mosier; two sisters, Neoma Richmond of Troutdale and Elaine Huskey of Mosier; two grandsons, Shawn Herman of Boise, Idaho and Christopher Herman of Walla Walla; an uncle, Carl Partin of Milton-Freewater; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Jay and Hugh Herman.

Funeral services were held Feb. 26 at the First Christian Church in Milton-Freewater, with Bobby Huskey officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association through the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater, OR 97862.

Rubye O’Dell

Rubye Launa Mull O’Dell passed away Feb. 26, 2003, at her daughter’s home in Portland, at the age of 100. Her daughter and close friends were with her at her passing.

Rubye was born May 12, 1902, in Great Bend, Kan., to Orlie Mason Mull and Garrie B. Mull. The family, including her three younger sisters, moved to Idaho first and later to Oregon in 1918, when she was 16.

Rubye’s family had planned to live in Tacoma, Wash., where her father had intended to work in the shipyards, but after taking The Dalles City river boat to Portland and camping on the grounds of the Lewis & Clark log cabin (near present day Montgomery Park), the Armistice was signed in Europe ending World War I.

The Mulls heard of work in the Hood River Valley, so they retraced their journey back up the Columbia and found work in Milton O’Dell’s orchard. Rubye’s first friend in Oregon was Eunice O’Dell (Wirrick), who became her life-long friend. Rubye met and married James D. (Dick) O’Dell, Eunice’s half brother and Milton’s nephew.

Rubye and her husband, a member of a pioneer Oregon family, made their home and raised their family in Odell. Since 1989 she had lived in her daughter’s home in Portland.

Rubye loved poetry and wrote poems from an early age. After retirement Rubye enjoyed many cross-country trips but her greatest joy was her many friends and neighbors over the years. For most of her later years she read three newspapers a day — cover to cover. She never forgot the beauty of Hood River, of the orchards and of Mt. Hood.

Rubye is survived by her daughter, Nancy J. O’Dell, two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, five nieces and three nephews.

A private burial was planned for Mar. 4, 2003, at the Pine Grove Butte Cemetery.

A Memorial Open House is scheduled for Mar. 15 from 2-4 p.m. at the Hazel Rebekah Lodge in Odell, where friends, neighbors and relatives can join in celebrating Rubye’s life and accomplishments.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests remembrances to the Pine Grove Butte Cemetery at 2355 Lacey Dr., Hood River; the Hazel Rebekah Lodge Friendship Fund at 2945 Dee Hwy., Hood River (contact Gloria Arnold); or to the Hospice of the Gorge.

March 1

Raymond Welch

Raymond Welch, born Feb. 10, 1932, in the small town of Haigler, Neb., died Feb. 15, 2003, in Phoenix, Ariz.

He grew up in Denver, Colo., and was in the Coast Guard from 1950-54. He retired from Pacific and Nevada Bell Telephone System after 30 years and moved to Hood River in 1993. As a retiree, he enjoyed dancing, golfing, traveling, rock hounding, Diamondback baseball, and people.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Welch of Phoenix, son Phil Welch of Washington, D.C., daughters Lanet Welch and Suzanne Merritt and her family, husband, Bruce, and grandsons Thayer and Clayton.

Lucile Carter

Odell resident Lucile Faye Carter passed away Feb. 10, 2003, at the Hood River Care Center. She was 92 years of age.

Lucile was born Oct. 7, 1910, in Portland, Ore., to William and Anna (Fisher) McCamley. They moved to Hood River in 1919.

She graduated from Hood River High School in 1929. She attended nursing school in Portland until tuberculosis took away her dreams of becoming a nurse. Lucile married Charles Jefferson (Jeff) Pyles in 1936. They bought a fruit orchard in Hood River on Tucker Road and raised three daughters. Jeff preceded Lucile in death in 1959.

Lucile was employed by Apple Growers Association in Hood River for many years, Lucile married Ralph A. Carter in 1963. They moved to Seaview, Wash. after retirement in 1966, Ralph preceded Lucile in death in 1981. Lucile moved to Odell to be near family and friends in 1984.

Lucile enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She enjoyed hooking rugs, traveling, trips to Alaska, trips to Reno with her two sister-in-laws, playing bingo, playing cards and watching sports. Lucile loved the beach at Seaview, beachcombing after storms and clam digging. She loved to collect dolls and toothpick holders.

Lucile will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Lucile is survived by her three daughters, Leah Ann Pyles of Odell, Mari Kay Carter and her husband, Rich (Sarge) Carter of Odell, and Carol Lee Cook and her husband, Richard, of Chugiak, Alaska.

Also surviving are three grandchilden: Ritchie Carter, Wendy Carter and Pam VandenBurgh, and six great-grandchildren, Tabby Foster, Erika Flores, Samantha VandenBurgh, Kirby Carter, Chantelle Carter and Eli Koester, one great-great-grandchild Andrew Foster, and three stepsons.

She is also survived by nine step-grandchildren, three nephews, two nieces and their families.

Lucile was also preceded in death by her sisters, Eva McCanley and Leah Wieprecht and her brother, Myron McCamley.

Graveside services were held on Feb. 18, at Idlewild Cemetery in Hood River.

Lottie Gurley

Lottie Louise Gurley, a Cascade Locks, Ore., resident, died Feb. 27, 2003, at her residence. She was 91 years of age.

Private family services will be held with private interment in Arlington, Ore.

Lottie was born June 19, 1911, in Fort Worth, Texas, to James and Lottie (Ikerd) LeGett.

She graduated from Canby Union High School in Canby, Ore., and then graduated from Western Oregon State College. Mrs. Gurley taught at schools in Clackamas, Wasco and Hood River counties. She was a life member 30 year club-USFS, a life member of the Genealogical Forum of Oregon; a charter member of the Tualatin chapter of DAR, member of Bonneville Unit No. 88, the American Legion Auxiliary, the Oregon Historical Society, Pioneer Potlatch and the Cascade Locks Museum Commission. She had also served as editor of “The Spray” Legion and Auxiliary newsletter since 1972.

Her husband, Wayne E. Gurley, preceded her in death in 1971.

Her niece, Geraldine Holzschuh of Cascade Locks, survives her.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pioneer Potlatch c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

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