Obituaries - May 14

Janie Wimmer

Janie (Davis) Wimmer died May 5, 2003, in Woodburn, Ore., at age 85. She was born in Blackwell, Okla., in 1918. Her family moved to Hood River in 1920. She graduated from Hood River High School in 1935.

Janie and her husband co-owned and operated the Murray Auto Parts and Wrecking Yard from 1969 to 1979. Her husband, Perry, son Dennis and daughter Connie preceded her in death.

Survivors include daughter Pamela Wimmer of Beaverton, Ore., sister Dorothy Luce of Hood River, two grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

No service is planned. Her ashes will be interred next to her husband’s at Idlewild Cemetery in Hood River.

Ernest Colby, Jr.

Ernest S. Colby, Jr., a Hood River, Ore., native, died May 8, 2003, in Portland. He was 85 years of age.

Ernest was born Dec. 13, 1917, in Hood River. He graduated from Hood River High School, attended Oregon State College, and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II as a ham operator. He was a past Master of the Masonic Lodge. His first wife, Helen, preceded him in death in 1989. In 1994 he married Esther Harrison. He had lived in Portland for the past 55 years, working as an electrician for W.R. Grasle.

Survivors include his wife, Esther Colby; three daughters, Jane DeMatteo, Bette Talmage, and Barbara Colby; four step-daughters, Elois MacDonald, Elaine Harrison, Edna Porter and Elizabeth Meyer; a step-son, Steven Harrison; 17 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service is scheduled for today, May 14, at 2 p.m. at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 6835 S.W. 46th, in Portland. Remembrances may be made to Lutheran World Relief through the church. Arrangements are by Portland Memorial.

Frances Homme

Frances M. Homme passed away May 7, 2003, at her home in Plentywood, Ore., following an extended struggle with malignancy. Fran was born Feb. 8, 1915, to Earl and Elizabeth (Derr) Level at Brush Prairie, near Vancouver, Washington.

Fran married Roy Homme in 1963, and has lived in Plentywood since. She is survived by her husband Roy; her daughter, Sandra Witt and her husband Nelsen, of Waldport, Ore.; a grandson, Ron Swaney, and his wife Jennifer, of Arlee, Mont; and by Roy’s son, Gary Homme and his wife, Linda, and their family, of Billings, Mont. She is also survived by a brother, Robert Level and his wife, Zelma, of Hood River, Oregon; a sister, Betty Kadlec and her husband, Sterling, of The Dalles, Ore.; and many nephews, nieces, and great-nephews and great-nieces.

In honoring Fran’s wishes, there will be no formal services. Her cremated remains will be returned to Hood River, where she spent her childhood and young adult life.

James Larson

Hood River resident Pastor James Gordon Larson died Monday, May 12, 2003, at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. He was 68 years of age. A funeral service will be held Saturday, May 17, at 10 a.m. at Concordia Lutheran Church with interment to follow at Idlewild Cemetery. A full obituary will appear in the next edition of the Hood River News.

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

Alden McNerney

Parkdale resident Alden “Tiny” McNerney died Sunday, May 11, 2003, at Brookside Manor. Services are pending at Anderson’s Tribute Center, 386-1000.

Edna and George


Hood River resident Edna M. Morgan died Sunday, May 11, 2003, at Hood River Care Center. She was 82 years of age. A Tribute Service for Edna and her husband George L. Morgan (who died March 17, 2001) will be held May 16, 2003, at Anderson’s Tribute Center with a reception to follow. A full obituary will appear in the next edition of the Hood River News. Memorial contributions may made to the Hood River Library Foundation c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center 1401 Belmont Hood River, OR 97031.

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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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