Obituaries - October 29

Ronald Whitehead

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 Connell

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 Hunt

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.

Lucille Dixon

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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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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