Obituaries - October 25

George Sheppard

George Howard “Shep” Sheppard, 89, lifelong resident of Hood River, died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2003, at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland.

He was born Oct. 1, 1914, in Hood River, the eldest of three children to George A. and Evelyn (Bell) Sheppard and grew up attending local schools and working on the family fruit ranch. Following his graduation from Odell High School in 1933 he attended Oregon State College and majored in business administration prior to enlisting in the U.S. Army. He served his country proudly for three-plus years in the South Pacific during World War II and successfully completed Officer Candidate School. He married Mariam McCoy in Odell in May of 1945. Following his discharge from the military he returned home to operate a fruit ranch on Dethman Ridge with his brother Bob.

Active in his community, he served on a number of local boards and commissions and was involved for a number of years with the Boy Scouts of America. He was a member of the American Legion, a 50-year member of the Hood River Elks, and a member of the International Order of Odd Fellows, Kemp Lodge 181 in Odell. He served as Grand Master of the Lodge for the State of Oregon in 1979-80. An active outdoorsman, he enjoyed all sports, particularly camping, fishing and mountain climbing. He was a member of the Crag Rats alpineering club, serving as the Big Squeak (president) in 1947. Along with his mountaineering he was active on many search and rescue operations.

Survivors include his wife Mariam of the family home in Hood River, and his sons and their families; Douglas and Edie Sheppard of Santa Maria, Calif. and Gregory V. Sheppard of Hood River. There are three grandchildren, Phillip Sheppard of Portland, Corey Sheppard of Parkdale, and Kevin Sheppard of Lemoore, Calif., and seven great-grandchildren.

In accordance with his wishes there will be no public services; the family will observe private ceremonies of remembrance in conjunction with the placement of his ashes at the Idlewild Cemetery mausoleum. Memorial contributions may be made to the Yasui Dialysis Center at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital or to the Hood River Senior Center. Arrangements are by Columbia Cremation & Burial.

Herschel Johnson

The world has lost a special soul with the passing of Herschel L. Johnson on Oct. 20, 2003. Husband to Lorene Johnson (passed on in 1998), father to Ronnie, Sherene, and Angela, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, and generous friend to many, many people.

Services will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 2 p.m. at Anderson’s Tribute Center.

Herschel, or Jerry as he was known, was born in Portland, Ore., on May 6, 1917, to Guy and Nell Johnson along with Ronald (beloved brother) and Lena (beloved sister). The family moved to Kentucky where Jerry lived a southern lifestyle until graduation from high school and the start of a life rich in adventure with the United States Air Force. Early training as a pilot led him to Idaho where he met and married Lorene. As an officer and a pilot, Jerry’s record included training in, flying, and instructing with over 20 kinds of airplanes. His assignments took him and the family all over the United States and overseas.

He shared many stories about flying with the Manhattan Project in New Mexico, the Berlin Airlift in Germany, and international projects in Morocco, England, Greece, and Japan. Jerry’s last base with the Air Force was in California before the next chapter began in Hood River, Ore., in 1961.

Purchasing the home with the three tall pines on Summit Drive with a commanding view of Mt. Hood, Jerry and his family finally put down roots after a life of travel. His career as a pilot continued with the U.S. Forest Service for several years while his other interests expanded. A keen collector, Jerry had a great love of beautiful art objects (paintings and glass) and an insatiable appetite for books, new ideas, current affairs, business, and gardening. He and his wife Lorene enjoyed their garden, sharing its abundance with others, particularly the beautiful roses which Jerry loved most. Unconventional in his outlook on life, Jerry was well known for his sense of humor, dedication to helping others, and commitment to family. He and his wife Lorene were active members of the United Methodist Church in Odell and Hood River.

Herschel Johnson has left a legacy that his family and friends will cherish and treasure forever. His philosophy of “be happy, don’t worry” was a gift. He had a big heart, solved problems in creative ways, looked after others, told wonderful stories, maintained his independence with fierce pride, and remained a pilot in his heart of hearts. He will be very sadly missed by all who loved him including his children, extended family, relatives, and friends: Ronnie Johnson and his family (Arkansas), Angela Sors and her family (Oregon), Sherene Suchy and extended family (Australia); and a wide circle of friends in Hood River.

Interment will be at Pine Grove Cemetery. Arrangements by Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

Frank Actis, Sr.

Frank Charles Actis, Sr., 93, a resident of The Dalles area since 1969, died at a local care facility on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2003.

Frank was born May 27, 1910, in Walkerville, Mont., the youngest of three children to Frank and Elivia (Gozzano) Actis. He grew up and attended schools in Butte, Mont.

He married Ruth Eleanor Grimes on Sept. 20, 1929, in Anaconda, Mont., and they lived in Montana until moving to The Dalles in 1969.

Frank had several small businesses in Montana and sold insurance. He was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church and always enjoyed people.

He is survived by his son and his wife, Frank C. Actis, Jr. and Peggy, Denver, Colo; three grandchildren and their spouses, Steve and Teresa Actis, Katy, Texas; Elaine and Chris Davis, Edmond, Okla.; Frank J. Actis, Colorado Springs, Colo.; eight great-grandchildren, John, Cecilia, Brian, Laura, Jeff, Tony, Lisa, Kevin, and four nieces and a nephew. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth, in May of 1996.

Viewing visitation was at Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home on Sunday, Oct. 19, and Monday, Oct. 20. Mass of Christian burial was held at St. Peter’s Catholic Church on Monday, Oct. 20, with Rev. Todd Unger officiating. Interment followed at St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to St. Peter’s Catholic Church, P.O. Box 41, The Dalles, OR 97058.

Clay Beal

Clay G. Beal, 71, husband of Geraldine K. Beal, died early Monday morning, Oct. 20, 2003, at his home in Home Valley, Wash. He had suffered from a long illness with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

He was born in Green, Maine, on Aug. 29, 1932, to Clarence Elmer and Virginia Ellen (Fowke) Beal. Mr. Beal went to the University of Maine, where he played football on scholarship and joined the Phi Mu Delta Fraternity. He earned his degree in 1954. After college, Mr. Beal joined the Army, attaining the rank of First Lieutenant. In 1957 he moved to Hebo, Ore., to work for the U.S. Forest Service. He married Geraldine Kandler in 1962 in Portland, Ore.

Mr. Beal became a career forester with the Forest Service, taking on the role of Ranger in Willard and Wind River within Skamania County from 1963-68. He retired in 1988 as forest supervisor of Superior National Forest in Minnesota. Since retirement, he and Gerri had lived in Home Valley, spending their summers at a cottage in Maine and enjoying a variety of outdoor activities, such as hunting, fishing and skiing. Mr. Beal also liked to build dollhouses and work on home projects.

He and his wife have been members of Shepherd of the Valley Bible Church in Hood River, where he served as a deacon. Mt. Beal was very involved in YoungLife and Gideons and was a former member of the Rotary Club.

He is survived by: wife, Geraldine; daughter Jennifer of Snohomish, Wash.; son Timothy of Cleveland and daughter-in-law Clover; grandchildren Sophie and Seth; sisters Beverly Burdwood of Princeton, Carol Couture of Glastonbury, Conn., and Theresa Creamer of Auburn, Maine; brother Kelson Seward of Ocala, Fla. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service was held on Friday, Oct. 24, at the Hood River Christian and Missionary Alliance Church. Private interment was at Berge Cemetery in Home Valley.

Those wishing to make a memorial contribution in Mr. Beal’s name may do so at Shepherd of the Hills Bible Church, YoungLife, or to the Muscular Dystrophy Association in care of Gardner Funeral Home, P.O. Box 390 White Salmon, WA 98672, who handled the arrangements.

Lauren Knowles

Hood River resident Larry Knowles died Friday, October 17, 2003, at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. He was 89 years of age.

Private interment will be at Cashmere City Cemetery in Cashmere, Wash.

Lauren “Larry” Stephen Knowles was born March 30, 1914, to Stephen and Phoebe (Lange) Knowles. He was the oldest of five children; siblings are Larry, Wilma, Dave, Alice and Paul. He had two daughters, Helen and Rita.

Larry served in the Civil Conservation Corps during the Depression. In 1943 Larry badly injured his back in a logging accident. He lost his short term memory and was thought to be mentally ill, but was released from the mental institution because he had a sense of humor and therefore couldn’t be mentally ill.

Larry was a logger, a trucker and a butter maker. He was also homeless and told about how he thought he would never be warm. He loved to walk around town and talk to people.

He also enjoyed watching nature, cooking and listening to classical music.

He was very interested in the human mind and read books by Einstein and Stephen Hawking. His two favorite sayings were: “You are what you think you are” and “It’s not what you know, it’s what you do with what you know.” Larry was very intelligent and fun.

Larry is survived by his brother Dave, sister Alice and daughter Helen.

Arrangements were by Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

Caroline White

Caroline Jessie “Care” White, a Cascade Locks, Ore., resident, died Oct. 23, 2003. She was 81 years of age.

Services will be on Monday, Oct. 27, at 2 p.m. at the Cascade Locks Bible Fellowship Church in Cascade Locks.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, Oct. 26, from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Anderson’s Tribute Center in Hood River, Ore.

Caroline was born July 27, 1922, in Elgin, Ill., to Fred and Jessie (Taylor) Hellmuth. She was raised and educated in Elgin, Ill., moving to Long Beach, Calif., in 1957. On Oct. 31, 1959, she and Norman White were married in Long Beach. They moved to Cascade Locks, Ore., in 1981. Mrs. White was a member of the VFW Auxiliary, the Cascade Locks Fire and Rescue Auxiliary and had served as a councilwoman in Cascade Locks for six years.

Caroline enjoyed crocheting baby sweater sets, afghans and doilies. She was a very loving person and had great faith in the Lord. Caroline played the piano and accordion and had a beautiful singing voice. She loved being part of a group just signing all the old songs. She greatly loved all of her family, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Norman White, of Cascade Locks; son Charles D. Harding, Sr. of Virginia Beach, Va.; daughters Joyce L. Hensgen of Cascade Locks; Janice L. Clark of Portland, Ore., and Sandra Vincent of Kaplan, La., sons Ronald L. Star of Cascade Locks, and Dale A. Star of Carson, Wash.; brother Kenneth F. Hellmuth of Mission Viejo, Calif. and sister Lucille J. Guertin of Elgin, Ill. Twenty grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren also survive.

Private interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Ore.

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

Jackie Smith

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Oct. 25 at Mulino, Ore., Baptist Church for Jackie R. Smith, who died Oct. 15 at age 77.

Mr. Smith was born on Jan. 17, 1926, in Hood River, Ore. During World War II he served in the Navy in the South Pacific. A maintenance foreman for the Port of Portland, he lived in the Portland area for 20 years. In 1944, he married Maxine Dorsey.

Survivors include his wife, daughter, Suzanne Robinson, son Gregory, brother Joseph, and six grandchildren.

Remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements were by Holman, Hankins, Bowker and Waud.

Helen Torgerson

Hood River resident Helen Louise Torgerson died at her home on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2003. She was 84 years of age. Private family services were observed. Arrangements by Anderson’s Tribute Center.

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