Obituaries - November 15

John Van Vliet, Jr.

John Van Vliet, Jr., 67, a resident of Klickitat County, died at Skyline Hospital in White Salmon, Wash., on Friday, Nov. 7, 2003, following an extended illness.

He was born Dec. 9, 1935, in Downey, Calif., to John and Edith Pearl (Seeley) Van Vliet and moved to Bingen, Wash., in 1952 with his family.

He married Melva Jean Campbell on Aug. 18, 1954; she preceded him in death in February of last year. He worked all his life as a truck driver.

He was a member of the Bingen Assembly of God Church, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and spending time with his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends.

Survivors include his children: son, Donald Van Vliet of Umatilla, daughters Deborah Van Vliet of The Dalles, Sherry Shewey of Bingen, Kathy Lucas of Parkdale and Roselind Valenzuela of Iowa, 15 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren with an additional three on the way. In addition to his wife he was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, George Van Vliet.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at the Assembly of God Church in Bingen, the Rev. Ron Almberg presiding. Arrangements are by Columbia Cremation & Burial.

Ida Irwin

Longtime Hood River resident Ida Margaret Irwin died Wednesday, Nov. 12, at Parkhurst House. She was 92 years of age.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, Nov. 16, 2003 at Anderson’s Tribute Center. A private family burial will be at Pine Grove Cemetery.

Ida was born Jan. 15, 1911, in Kalispell, Mont., to Louis E. and Lucy (Egelkrout) Martin. She was raised and educated in Camas, Wash.

Following her high school education she attended Northwest Nazarene College and received her teaching degree. On Sept. 6, 1934, Ida married Harold Roy Irwin in Camas.

In 1946 she moved to Hood River and started her career as a school teacher at the Pine Grove School.

After retiring as a teacher for 30 years in the Hood River Valley she spent her time teaching numerous exchange students English.

Mrs. Irwin was a dedicated member of the Hood River Church of the Nazarene. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren and traveling.

Ida is survived by her son Roy E. Irwin and his wife, Susie, of Mesquite, Nev., daughter Loretta M. Elliott of Dallesport, Wash., brother Willard Rowley of Meridian, Idaho, sister Nellie Stephens of Vancouver, Wash., granddaughter Cindy D. Wilkens and her husband, Scott, grandsons Jeffrey S. Irwin and his wife, Samantha, of Hood River, Michael A. Irwin of Portland, Brian R. Irwin of Corvallis, Ore., and great-grandchildren Christine Zaugg and Victoria Wilkins.

She was preceded in death by her husband Harold Roy Irwin in 1963, brother Aaron Martin, sister Cora Wilson and grandson Monty A. Hannon in 2001.

The family suggests memorial contributions to be made to the Hood River Church of the Nazarene or Hospice of the Gorge 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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