Obituaries - September 3

Frank S. Akin

Frank S. Akin, 81 of Hood River, Ore. died on Aug. 28, 2003,, at his home of cancer.

Services are scheduled Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 4 p.m. at the Hood River Valley Christian Church followed by a special Tribute service and dinner reception at Anderson’s Tribute Center. Family entombment services will be held the following day at Idlewild Cemetery Mausoleum in Hood River.

Frank was born March 19, 1922, in Portland, Ore., to Russell K. and Echo E. (Jones) Akin.

He was raised and educated in Gresham, Ore., graduating from Gresham Union High School. Frank served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army Engineer Corps from 1943 to 1946. On June 8, 1946, he and Dorothy Harrison were married at the Gresham Methodist Church.

Frank was employed at the Ivy Service Station and later at McRobert Motor Company in Gresham. He worked his way up from the lube rack to the general manager of that dealership. In 1958 he moved his family to Brookings, Ore., where Frank purchased the local Ford agency which became Akin Motor Company. He was an elder at the Brookings Presbyterian Church, a member of the Kiwanis Club and later the Brookings Rotary Club, the Gideons, had served on the Board of Directors of the Ore., Auto Dealers Association, the Port Commission, the Brookings School Board and was a lifetime member of the V.F.W.

Frank was a member of the Hood River Valley Christian Church. He began his retirement in the early 1980s. In 1989, he and Dorothy moved to Hood River. He enjoyed elk hunting, fishing, golfing, bowling, shooting pool, playing cards and especially cribbage, traveling with his wife, Dorothy, in their motor home all over the U.S.

Frank loved stories. He hated gardening! Frank was a devoted husband who in his retirement was literally inseparable from his loving wife. He also loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many friends.

Frank will be remembered for his great sense of humor, his passion for life, his optimistic attitude and his Christian walk. He was a very unselfish and generous man who always extended a hand to truly help others in need. He will be dearly missed but never forgotten.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, of Hood River, daughters Sarah Hansen of Clatskanie, Ore., and Mary Kay Taylor of Seaside, Ore., and son Frank Akin, Jr. of Hood River, Ore.

He is also survived by six grandchildren: Kerri Wright of Seaside, Heidi Engen of Clatskanie, Todd Slack of Eugene, Ore., Charity Delmore of Ore., City, Ore., Jesse Taylor of Seaside, and Adrienne Akin of Hood River, and seven great-grandchildren and a sister, Betty Johnson of Corbett, Ore.

He was preceded in death by his brother Russ Akin of Troutdale, Ore.

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.

Grace Lane

Grace Arlene “Babe” Lane died Aug. 31, 2003, at her Hood River, Ore., residence. She was 73 years of age.

Services will be held on Friday, Sept. 5, 2003, at 2 p.m. at the Hood River Church of Christ.

Grace was born Jan. 24, 1930, in Cimarron, Okla., to Arlie and Amanda (Pounds) Smith. She was raised and educated in Carney, Oklahoma and married Allen Lane April 16, 1947, in McIntosh, Oklahoma. She had resided in Oklahoma, Ventura, California and Redondo Beach, California for 33 years, moving to Hood River, Ore., in July 2003.

She was a member of the Church of Christ and enjoyed collecting Avon, fishing and going to yard sales. Her most loved hobby was collecting and reading cookbooks. She could spend hours reading and copying recipes and when her health allowed, cooking lots of great dishes and especially deserts.

Her life was devoted to her children. She was an exceptional mom who would do without for her children to have. She had a jar in her kitchen filled with little rocks, toys and odds and ends that her grandkids had brought her. Her love for her husband of fifty-seven years was strong and true. They met in the cotton fields of Oklahoma.

She is survived by her husband Allen Lane of Hood River, Ore.; daughter Jan Crane of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; sons Allen Dale Lane and Arlie Lane, both of Hood River, Ore.,; daughter Cheryl Lane of Corona, Calif., and sister Ruby Knox of Perkins, Okla.

Eleven grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren also survive.

She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, two sisters and an infant son and daughter.

Vault interment will be at Pine Grove Cemetery.

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

Eleene Bedell

Eleene Jessie (Bernhardt) Bedell died Aug. 26, 2003,, at her home in Hood River, Ore.

She was born Sept. 27, 1923, in Florence, Ore., to Harry and Addie Bernhardt. She had the fortunate experience of growing up on Bernhardt Creek, near Florence, among four brothers, a sister, and countless visiting friends and family.

In 1942 she started working at Boeing building B-17 and B-29 airplanes. She married Ivan Earl Moore in 1946 and they later moved to Humboldt County, Calif., where she lived most of her life raising four children. In 1962 she married Clint Bedell who died in 1997. She loved the water, baseball, gardening, traveling and country music. She was a wonderful cook and spent many hours with a fishing pole or in her garden.

She will be greatly missed by her sister, Wilma Beck of Longview, Wash.; a brother, William Bernhardt of Rogue River, and by her children: IvaLee Moore of Hood River, Jonny and Dara Moore of Killeen, Texas, Donna and Kenny O’Dell of Red Bluff, Calif,. and Michael Moore of Alderpoint, Calif.

She is also survived by her 11 grandchildren: Julie, Corinne, Machell, Derek, Kenny, Norman, Michael, Jonathan, Deirdre, Armand and Casey; and by her four great-grandchildren: Keith, Alexia, Brittany and Dakota.

The family will observe private ceremonies of remembrance. Arrangements were by Columbia Cremation and Burial.

Doris Zimmerman

Doris Irene McColley Zimmerman, age 75, passed on Aug. 21, 2003,, at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. She was born Sept. 11, 1927, in Glencove, Wash., and graduated as Valedictorian of Vaughn High School. She then attended Washington State College in Pullman, graduating with a degree in Elementary Education with a major in music and minor in history. She began her teaching career in the early 50’s in Bickleton, Washington and then moved to the White Salmon Calley School District.

On Aug, 17, 1952, she married Thomas A. Zimmerman of White Salmon, where the couple resided for most of their married life. Doris retired in 1982 after 30 years of teaching, most of which were spent teaching junior high English and girls’ P.E. and coaching junior high girls’ athletics. She was one of the first female referees for high school boys’ basketball.

During her lifetime she was extremely active in many Masonic organizations: International Order of the Rainbow Girls, White Shrine Daughters of the Nile and, for more than 50 years, Order of the Eastern Star. She was also a member of the PEO Sisterhood in Chapter AW of Portland, Ore.

She is survived by her two daughters, Helen Watts of Bend, Ore., and Edie Hooker of Seattle, Wash.; brother Roy McColley of Iowa and four grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Aug. 28 at the White Salmon United Methodist Church. A second service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20, at Rose City Park United Methodist Church, 5830 N.E. Alameda, Portland.

Remembrances may be made to the White Salmon United Methodist Church, the Estarl Scholarship Fund, Rose City Park United Methodist Church or to the Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis, 1685 Branham Lane, Suite 227, San Jose, CA 95118.

Gardner Funeral Home’s Columbia River Crematory in White Salmon is in charge of arrangements.

Katie L. Parker

Katie L. Parker, a former Hood River, Ore., resident died Aug. 31, 2003, at Southwest Washington Medical center in Vancouver, Wash. She was 87 years of age.

Services will be held Friday, Sept. 5, 2003, at 10 a.m. at Anderson’s Tribute Center.

Katie was born Jan. 9, 1916, in Caddo Mills, Texas to James and Fannie (Schenk) Roberts. She was raised and educated in Oklahoma and married Conor Parker on Jan. 10, 1925. She moved to Hood River, Ore., in 1942 and had worked for Diamond Fruit Company for over twenty years, retiring in 1983. Katie was a member of the Church of Christ and enjoyed quilting, canning, shopping, gardening and spending time with her family and grandchildren.

She is survived by her son, James Raburn Parker and his wife Maxine of The Dalles, Ore.; daughters Cordie Brown and her husband Larry of Silverton, Ore., and Patricia Short and her husband Paul of Yacolt, Wash.; sister Katherine Brockett of Dallas, Texas and brother Joe Roberts of Durant, Okla., and seven grandchildren; Michael, Connie Keith, Mitchell, Holly, Sally and Lillian. Fourteen great grandchildren and one great great grandchild also survive.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1991 and son Joe in 1996.

Interment will be at Mt. View Cemetery in Hood River. Memorial contributions may be made to First Books c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

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