Obituaries - September 10

Danforth Sylvester

Danforth H. Sylvester, 82, a resident of Yuma, Ariz., died Thursday afternoon, Sept. 4, 2003, at the Tuality Community Hospital in Hillsboro, Ore.

A Celebration of Live Service will be held on Sept. 11 at 2 p.m. at the Anderson Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River.

Danforth Horace Sylvester was born Sept. 9, 1920, in Rainier, Ore., the son of Horace A. Sylvester and Fannie Elizabeth (Moss) Sylvester. He was raised and received his education in the Hood River community.

He was a Veteran of World War II, having joined the United States Army in 1943. Danforth served for two years until he received his Honorable Discharge in 1945.

Danforth was united in marriage to Lorene H. Cantrell on Aug. 2, 1942, in Bremerton, Wash. Following their marriage they made their home in the Hood River community. Since his retirement in 1983, they have spent the winters in their home in Yuma, Ariz. Danforth and Lorene celebrated their 61st Wedding Anniversary this past August.

He worked as a logger throughout his lifetime, having worked for several logging companies over the years, including the Hanel Lumber Company in Hood River. Danforth retired in 1983.

Danforth was a member of the United Methodist Church. Among his interests, he enjoyed traveling and working.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Lorene H. Sylvester, of the family home in Yuma, Ariz.; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Jack and Pam Sylvester of Great Falls, Mont., and William “Bill” Sylvester of Forest Grove, Ore.; a sister, Pegcon McAskill of New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada; and two grandchildren, Tad Sylvester of Bend, Ore., and Scott Sylvester and his wife, Carol of Albuquerque, N.M.

Fuiten, Rose and Hoyt Funeral Home in Forest Grove is in charge of the arrangements, 503-357-2161.

Jean Johanson

Jean Elaine Johanson, of Cook, Wash., passed away in Portland, Ore., on Sept. 4, 2003. She was 44 years old. She was born in White Salmon, Wash., to Icel June (Seymour) and G. Duane Gahimer on Jan. 4, 1959. Jean was raised on her family home site at Fouts Road between Cook and Mill A. She attended elementary school at the Mill A School, graduated from Stevenson High School, and continued her education at Yakima Valley Community College and Clark College. Jean loved to learn, completing several professional educational programs including medical training which she used to begin her own business in the medical field. She was the Office Manager for Hood River Dermatology, was self-employed as a medical office consultant and managed her own medical transcription business.

Jean loved plants and gardening. Jean was an excellent photographer, with many unique family portraits credited to her creativity and sensitivity to her subjects. She was very creative and loved arts and crafts; she had a particular fondness for ceramics. Jean was a wonderful cook and her family could always count on her to bring something special and creative to gatherings. Jean was active at the Mill A School, participating in school activities with the students.

Survivors include her husband, Carl Johanson, of Cook; son Nicolas Johanson of Cook; father and step-mother Duane and Claudette Gahimer of Glenwood, Wash.; sisters Virginia Hansel and Anita Gahimer-Crow, both of Cook; brothers Ernie Gahimer of Omak, Wash. and Frank Gahimer of Cook; and numerous nieces and nephews. Jean was preceded in death by her mother, Icel June Benson and step-father Bill Benson.

Funeral services for Jean will be at 3:30 p.m. at the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Hood River, Ore., on Monday, Sept. 8 with burial at the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Cape Horn, Wash. Everyone is invited to join the family for a dinner to celebrate Jean at the Mt. Pleasant Grange Hall immediately following a brief graveside service.

Those wishing to make a memorial contribution in Jean’s name may do so to the Christian and Missionary Fund of the Alliance Church in care of Gardner Funeral Home PO Box 390, White Salmon, WA 98672.

Donald Birkenfeld

Stevenson, Wash., resident Donald Lee Birkenfeld, age 73, passed away in White Salmon, Wash. on Sept. 6, 2003.

He was born in North Bend, Ore., to Ruth and Louis Birkenfeld on Dec. 25, 1929. As a young boy, Don moved to Hood River, graduating from Hood River High School in the late 1940s.

He moved to Stevenson in 1964 and married Eva Mae Lane on June 24, 1950. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2000. Don worked for Birkenfeld Logging in Dee, Stevenson Co-Ply and also did some long-hauling. He was a member of the Eagles and loved gardening, flowers and working in the yard.

Don enjoyed taking drives and going to the coast. He particularly liked stopping by The Bungalow for a burger. A very friendly man, Don loved sitting on the deck, talking to people and sharing his great sense of humor. He welcomed company and friends and was a wonderful father and grandfather.

Mr. Birkenfeld is survived by his sons Larry Birkenfeld, and his wife JoAnne, of Stevenson, and Les and Martin Birkenfeld, both of Carson, Wash. He is also survived by six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Eva, who passed away on Aug. 8, 2001, sister Allison Still and son Dee Birkenfeld.

A graveside service will be held on Friday Sept. 12, at 1 p.m. at Mt. View Cemetery in Hood River. Gardener Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Lile Dudley

Lile T. Dudley of Ione, Ore., died Sept. 2, 2003, at St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton, Ore. He was 77 years of age.

Lile was born Sept. 3, 1925, in San Francisco, Calif., to Herbert and Lilian (Bostwich) Dudley. He was raised and attended school in California. He then served with the Navy for seven years and worked as a marine welder at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard.

On Aug. 6, 1947, he married Phyillis Mossbarger at Colorado Springs, Colo. The family moved to Hood River in 1966. He believed in teaching and started the Hood River Sheltered Workshop. He was a foster parent as well as a teacher in the Hood River School District. He moved to Ione in 1992.

Lile was a member of the Masonic Lodge, the American Legion and the National Rifle Association.

Survivors include his wife; children, Robin Moran, Vivian Smith, Jay Dudley, Martin Dudley, Lory Dudley, and George Dudley; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and two brothers and sisters.

At his request, no service will be held and his body will be donated to medical science.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Willow Creek Valley Assisted Living facility at P.O. Box 610, Heppner, OR 97836.

Sweeney Mortuary of Heppner is in charge of arrangements.

Lorraine Yerges

Lorraine Ethelda Holmes Yerges, a resident of Mosier, died at her home on Friday, Sept. 5, 2003.

She was born Oct. 3, 1915, in McCoy, Ore. one of three children to Ralph Malcolm and Mary Ethel (MacDowell) Holmes.

Private cremation was held at Win-quatt Crematory in The Dalles with Spencer, Libby & Powell Funeral Home in care of arrangements.

A full obituary will run in the Sept. 13 issue of the Hood River News.

Vincent Curtis

Hood River resident Vincent Edward “Eddy” Curtis died Saturday, Sept. 6, 2003, at the Hood River Care Center. He was 70 years of age.

Private family services will be observed at a later date in British Columbia, Canada.

Mr. Curtis was a former U.S. Marine.

He is survived by two sisters Adeline (Evelyn) Reid of Burnaby, British Columbia and Shirlee Hunka of Vancouver, British Columbia, brother Bill Curtis and numerous nieces and nephews.

Vincent was preceded in death by his parents and one sister Sharon Dumont.

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

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