Obituaries - Nov. 5

Evelyn Purnel

Evelyn Mae Purnel died in Hood River, Ore., on Oct. 31, 2003, at the age of 83.

She was born May 23, 1920, in Indian Valley, Idaho, to William and Florence Gordon. She attended school in the Indian Valley area and there she met her future husband while attending a weekly dance. In 1935 she moved with her family to the Hood River Valley and one year later was married to Herbert P. Purnel, who had followed her from Idaho.

She worked in packing houses throughout the valley until 1958. At that time, the Purnels purchased an orchard that demanded most of her time. She enjoyed gardening, canning, playing cards and the numerous fishing trips they had taken to Canada. After retiring in 1980, she made several trips to visit friends and relatives in Alaska and Idaho.

Mrs. Purnel is survived by her husband, Herbert, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother, father and brother, Neil W. Gordon.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 1 p.m. at Anderson’s Tribute Center, Hood River, followed by a vault interment at the Pine Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Pine Grove Fire Department c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

Constance Young

Constance (Connie) Lynn Young of Hood River died Nov. 2, 2003, at her home. She was 42.

Connie was born June 21, 1961, to Robert and Dorthy Schram of Gladstone, Mich. She had lived in Hood River for 14 years.

Connie worked as an instructional assistant for high-needs kids at Mid-Valley Elementary School in Odell for eight years. She also worked as a server at Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, Wash.

She enjoyed running, biking, gardening, the mountains, and most of all, being with her husband, Jeff, and 10-year-old daughter, Hannah. She enjoyed watching Hannah play her many sports, including soccer, skiing and windsurfing.

Connie is survived by her husband, Jeffery Terrence Young, and her daughter, Hannah, both of Hood River; her parents, Robert and Dorthy Schram of Gladstone, Mich.; her brother, Joe Schram; and her sister, Catherine Lunenberg.

A memorial service will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 5, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Memorial contributions can be made to an account set up at U.S. Bank.

Richard Hill

Richard Eugene Hill of BZ Corner, Wash., passed away at his home on Nov. 1, 2003. He was 71 years of age.

Richard was born Feb. 17, 1932, in Effie, Minn., to Wayne Alton and Beulah (Elliot) Hill. Richard worked for over 30 years as a logger. He joined the Navy in 1954, served during the Korean War and received an honorable discharge in 1957. He sketched wildlife and was an artist who enjoyed working in different mediums, including paints and wood. Richard also wrote short stories and poetry. He had a big heart and helped his neighbors.

Richard is survived by his children, Rick Hill of Roseburg, Ore., Trinette Hill of Boardman, Ore., Wendy Hill of Irrigon, Ore., Cindy Rushall of Camas, Wash., and Lance Hill of Milwaukie, Ore.; brother George Hill of of Deer River, Minn.; sisters Rosemary Fritzgerald of Arizona, Karen Farrell of Lafayette, N.C., and Kathy Adams of Pine Bluff, N.C.; eleven grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Wayne Hill.

Richard will be interred at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Ore. The family will observe a private memorial service. Gardner Funeral Home in White Salmon, Wash., handled arrangements.

Harold Brower

Harold Houk Brower, formerly of Hood River, died Oct. 15, 2003. He was 64 years of age.

Harold was born Oct. 23, 1938, in Corvallis, Ore., the only child of Harold Houk Brower, Sr., and Margaret Lucille Struck. He spent his childhood in the mill town of Dee in the Hood River Valley. He attended Wy’east High School, graduating in 1956, and continued his education at Portland State University and Oregon Technical Institute in Klamath Falls. He received an associate degree in Structural Engineering from OTI in 1960.

Harold was hired by the U.S. Forest Service in June of 1960. He worked as a project manager in engineering and was a fire fighter for the Ochoco, Siskiyou and Tongass National Forests. He retired from the Forest Service in 1994.

On May 21, 1977, Harold married Ann Marie Conlee in Brookings, Ore.

He was an active volunteer in his community. He served as a volunteer fire fighter for the city of Gold Beach for 15 years. He spent two winters building wildlife habitat for the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico and worked with the Whale Watch Spoken Here program for the Oregon State Parks. He belonged to the Fraternal Order of the Elks for 30 years. Harold enjoyed gardening, woodworking, hunting, rafting, playing with his grandchildren, and was an avid salmon fisherman on the lower Rogue River. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.

Harold is survived by his wife, Ann Conlee-Brower, of Grants Pass; daughter and son-in-law Diane and Buzz Anders of Prineville; daughter Susan Marciel of Prineville; son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Vicki Brower of Gold Beach; and four grandchildren, Sarah Jamison, Stephanie Adamson, Andrew Marciel and Kaitlin Marciel, all of Prineville. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Assoc., Oregon Trail Chapter, 1311 NW 21st Ave., Portland, OR 97209.

Cye Cyzauskas

On Sept. 25, 2003, Vincent D. “Cye” Cyzauskas, 76, passed away at the home of his daughter in Eureka, Calif., with his wife and daughter by his side. He had faced a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Cye was born Nov. 1, 1926, in Forest City, Penn., to William C. Cyzauskas and Ann E. Ignatovich. He excelled in football, baseball, track and basketball while in high school. Upon graduation, Cye joined the navy. A World War II veteran, he once had to bail out of an airplane in the South Pacific and swim seven miles to shore. He was also in a crash-landing.

Cye met his wife, Patricia Ann Park, of Bellingham, Wash., while stationed at Whidbey Island, Wash. The couple married on May 7, 1948.

Cye was an award-winning accountant, working for 10 years in Lynden, Wash. He then joined the U.S. Border Patrol and relocated with his family to Temecula, Calif., to start his career in law enforcement. During the Cuban Missile Crisis, Cye became a Sky Marshall and transferred to Gainesville, Fla., and Miami, Fla. He was one of the Marshals who helped the first African American student into college in the state of Mississippi and was wounded by protesters in the process.

Cye moved to Laredo, Texas, and eventually transferred to Bakersfield, Calif., where he rose in the ranks to become the Senior Patrol Inspector in charge of that station. He retired from that position in 1982. Upon retirement, Cye and Pat moved to White Salmon, Wash., where they had owned property for many years.

During his lifetime, Cye was an active fisherman, bowler, gardener and a member of the B.P.O.E. Elks for 53 years. Apart from English, he spoke Lithuanian, Polish and Spanish. Cye and Pat traveled to California often to see their daughters.

Cye is survived by his wife of 55 years, Patricia; daughters Patricia Cyzauskas of Eureka, Calif., and Michelle Cyzauskas of Martinez, Calif.; grandsons David Wood of Newport, Ore., who is currently serving in the U.S. Army in Germany, and Bryan Wood of Seattle, Wash.; sisters Ona Magalski of New Jersey, Ruth Koban of New York and Joan Westfall of Washington. He was preceded in death by his parents and by his sister, Leona Stefko.

A memorial service will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in White Salmon, Wash., on Nov. 17 at 10 a.m. Remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Willisa Nack

Willisa Kathryn (Hunt) Nack, formerly of Hood River, died of cancer Nov. 1, 2003, in Portland. She was 79 years of age.

Willisa was born July 20, 1924, in Walla Walla, Wash. She married Albert Earl Nack and in 1950 they moved to Hood River, where they lived for 32 years. She worked as a homemaker. In about 1982 she moved to Gresham/Portland, where she lived until her death.

Willisa is survived by her daughters, Shirley Bartram, Sharon Hughes, Susan Griffith, and Sandra Swoverland; a sister, Edith Pfiffner; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Albert, in 1992.

There will be a funeral mass at 11 a.m. on Nov. 6 at Ascension Catholic Church, 7507 SE Yamhill St., in Portland. Remembrances may be made to Hospice of The Gorge, P.O. Box 36, Hood River, OR 97031. Lincoln Memorial is in charge of arrangements.

Latest stories

Latest video:

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

Log in to comment

News from our Community Partners