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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