Tuesday, October 28, 2003
Ronald Kevin Whitehead, of Cascade Locks, Ore., left this earth on Oct. 19, 2003. He was a loving father, son, and husband and good friend to many.
Ron was born Aug. 15, 1952, in Pocatello, Idaho, to Junior and Ramona Whitehead. They moved to Boise where he went to school and was raised with his four brothers. Ron met and married his first wife Sandy, and they had two daughters. Ron and Sandy also made a home in Illinois but came back to Boise in 1982. After Ron and Sandy divorced, he moved to Portland in 1988 only to come back to Boise the next year where he met his second wife Lori.
Ron and Lori ultimately made their home in Cascade Locks, where Ron continued to work in the lumber industry.
Ron is survived by his parents; by his brothers Bud, Rob and wife Sandy, and Jerry; by his ex-wife, Sandy, and their daughters Amie Whitehead and Tina and husband Jeff Meyer and their children Katie, Joshua, and Taylor; and by his wife Lori and her sons Aaron and David.
His brother, Ed, preceded him in death in 1997.
A service was held at Relyea Funeral Chapel in Boise, Idaho on Thursday, Oct. 23.
Sally H. Connell, 58, died Oct. 18, 2003, in San Jose, Calif., after a nine-month struggle with cancer.
Sally was born in Oak Ridge, Tenn., On April 17, 1945. She grew up in Hood River, Ore., graduating from high school and thereafter receiving her BA degree from Oregon State University. She married Ray Connell in 1970 and they moved to San Jose, Calif., in 1972. She obtained advanced training in library science and as a legal paraprofessional. She worked for many years as an assistant for the Sunnyvale City Attorney.
Sally will be greatly missed by her sons James, 26, of San Francisco and Steve, 23, of San Jose, her parents Robert and Helen Hackett of Mesa, Ariz., and Hood River, Ore., her brothers Bob and Thomas, sister Martha Buffington of San Diego, Calif., her two nieces, and her friend and business partner Jose Diaz.
Her children, her home and flowers were the central focus of her life. Her home, just recently remodeled, will be the place of celebration of her life by her family and friends. The family asks that memorial donations be made to the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, 910 17th St. NW, #413, Washington D.C. 20006, or to a charity of choice.
William Alfred Hunt, of Anchorage, Alaska, died in his sleep Sept. 22, 2003, at his home. He was 52 years of age.
William was born Aug. 22, 1951, in Fort Hood, Texas. He finished high school and attended Metro State and Kirkland Community College for accounting and business. He served in the U.S. Army from 1971 to 1974. He served in the Vietnam War, where he received the Bronze Star and Air Medal. After receiving an honorable discharge from the service, William joined the U.S. Postal Service as a mail carrier in Denver in 1974.
He moved to Alaska in 1975, where he worked for Brown Jug, Safeway, Alaska Airlines and Northland Hub, from 1975 to 1985. He also served as vice president of United Food and Commercial Workers Local.
In 1985, William moved to Iowa and Colorado, where he worked as a machinist until 1989. He then became semi-retired.
He enjoyed bowling, watching sports, playing cards, hiking, and fishing. Since moving back to Alaska last February, he was living with his best friend and enjoyed taking their dogs, Moo, Eddie and Murphy, for long walks with him almost every day.
William was an extremely kind and generous man to his family and friends. He was always joking around, and it was fun to try and outwit him, especially when playing cribbage or pinochle. He took great pleasure in making people laugh or by being mischievous with his sense of humor. He liked to have the last laugh, especially when it came to sports — “How about those Broncos or Buffalo Bills?” He will be missed by his family and many friends.
Survivors are his mother, Dorothy Hunt of Hood River; father and stepmother, Alfred and Abby Hunt of Chandler, Ariz.; sister and brother-in-law, Doral “Charlee” and Loren Gilbert of Anchorage, Alaska; sister, Chris Walls of Hood River; best friend, Kelly Hunt-Razo of Anchorage; nephews, Jeff of Ambridge, Pa., Zachary and wife Lily of Philadelphia, Pa., and David and wife Nathalee of Austin, Colo.; nieces, Jennifer and husband Ryan of Portland and Julia of Eugene; four grand-nephews, Gabriel, Isaac, Tyler and Michael; and six grand-nieces, Kianna, Emily, Amber, Kiley, Karina and Kayla. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, William and Violet Mulligan, and Lena Hunt.
Memorial services with military honors will be at 1 p.m. Nov. 28, at Fort Richardson National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mark Anthony of Point Man Ministries of Oregon, 811 Pine Ave. 6, Hood River, OR 97031.
Former Hood River resident Lucille Dixon died Oct. 28, 2003, in Gresham, Ore. She was 96 years of age. Arrangements are pending at Anderson’s Tribute Center 541-386-1000.
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The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge