Obituaries - October 11

Kenneth Davies

Hood River resident Kenneth M. Davies died Oct. 6, 2003, at Providence Portland Medical Center. He was 82 years of age.

A celebration of life reception will be held Thursday, Oct. 16, 2003, at 1 p.m. with the dinner starting at 3 p.m. and then a time for shared remembrances beginning at 5 p.m. all at the Hood River Saddle Club, 4384 Belmont Dr. Private family interment was at Pine Grove Cemetery. All family and friends are invited. Desserts and side dishes may be brought.

Kenneth was born Sept. 9, 1921, in Newdale, Idaho to Irving and Francis (Watts) Davies. He moved to Portland, Ore., with his family at a young age, where he was raised and educated. Following his education he joined the United States Navy and served on the U.S.S. Lunga Point Aircraft Carrier during World War II. Shortly after the war ended he was honorably discharged.

Kenneth then moved to Dee, Ore., where he worked for Oregon Lumber Company for 21 years as a mechanic. He then worked as a mechanic for the School District, the aluminum plant in The Dalles and later drove log trucks for various employers in the Hood River Valley. He retired as a mechanic from Hood River County.

Kenneth enjoyed any kind of fishing, deer and elk hunting and doing anything related to the outdoors. He loved to work on his own vehicles and was known to spend lots of time working on his pickup, camper and boat. Many hours were also spent in his small garden tending to his various vegetable plants. He won many ribbons at the Hood River County Fair for his canned salsa and sauerkraut.

Kenneth was proud of his service to his country. Family was also very important to him.

Kenneth is survived by his sons Monte Davies of Battle Ground, Wash., Richard Davies of Arlington, Ore., and Ken Davies of Hood River; loving companion Rita Byrd of Hood River; sister Donna Rust of Nehalem, Ore.; brother Dick Davies of Vancouver, Wash.; grandchildren Lorrie Polley of Glen Ellen, Calif., Rita Calicrate of Aloha, Ore., Eric and Paul Davies of Vancouver, Wash., Jimmy Parks of California, Kenny Davies III of Hood River, and Seth and Ty Davies of Arlington; and great-grandchild Sean Calicrate of Portland.

He was preceded in death by his wife Opal Davies, brothers Oliver, Jesse and Alder Grant Davies, sisters Margaret and Fay and daughter Beverly Doll.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to be made to Hospice of the Gorge c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

Mary Plog

Mary E. Plog, a lifelong Hood River resident, died Oct. 8, 2003, at the Hood River Care Center. She was 95 years of age.

Services will be held on Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. at the Hood River Valley Christian Church.

Mary was born Nov. 6, 1907, in Hood River to Chester and Constance (Bradley) Shute. She was raised and educated in the Hood River Valley attending Odell Grade School and graduating from Odell High School. On Jan. 13, 1929, she and Louis Plog were married in Newberg, Ore. They owned and operated an orchard until retirement in 1965. In her early years she attended the Odell Methodist Church. Mary enjoyed sewing, cooking, crocheting, reading and in her later years, watching soap operas on television.

She is survived by her daughters, Louise Perry and her husband, Ted and Evelyn Annala and her husband, Jim; two sisters, Ruth Hague and Rosalin Hanna; five grandchildren, Mary Lou Perry, Thad Perry, Candy Wakamatsu, Denny Perry and Carl Annala.

Eight great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

Interment will be at Idlewild cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Gorge or the Hood River Valley Christian Church c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

Don Roberts

Hood River resident, Donald L. Roberts died Oct. 7, 2003, while on a trip to Seattle, Wash. He was 72 years of age.

Don was born and raised in Parkdale, graduating in 1950 from Parkdale High School. Shortly after graduation, Don served in the U.S. Marine Corps for three years, stationed mainly in California, at Camp Pendelton. He also served overseas in Japan. Don returned to Parkdale and after a short stay, he moved to Portland where he worked for an electric sign company for the next 20 years. He married Josie Gonzales (Roberts) in 1958.

In 1976, Don accepted a position with an electric sign company in The Dalles.

He and his wife and two boys moved to Hood River with Don commuting to The Dalles and later to Portland for employment in the sign industry.

Don “officially” opened his own sign business located in Hood River in 1989 called “Don Roberts Signs.” Much of Don’s fine work can be seen in many signs throughout Hood River County. He continued in that business until his death. Don also drove a bus for the Hood River County School District, served a term of three years on the Hood River City Council and was currently a member of the Urban Renewal Committee. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Don is survived by his wife, Josie, and two sons: Paul Roberts, wife Margie and grandsons, Chris and Bradley, and Richard Roberts, wife Patty and grandchildren, Sarah Jo and John. Also surviving are his great-aunt Miriam Roberts.

A Rosary Service will be held on Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Hood River.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Oct. 14 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

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