Obituaries - June 12

John Ritter

John Louis Ritter was born on April 13, 1926, in New York City. He passed away June 9, 2004, in Hood River, while visiting family. John served under General George Patton in the United States 3rd Army. He was proud to be among the first troops to liberate the Jewish concentration camps.

He married Dorothy May Schaefer on Sept. 14, 1947. They were married for 57 years. In 1956 they moved to California. For 27 years he worked at Southern California Edison and retired as foreman.

“Rit” was a family man. He loved family gatherings and watching his grandchildren’s ball games. He had an incredible memory and was always ready to help or advise. He was a friend to all and brought smiles to everyone he met.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; daughter, Donna and her husband, Mike; son John and his wife, Kathryn; son David and his wife, Janine; his grandchildren: Johnny, Catherine, Sean, Jenna, Kyle, and Cory; and his great-grandchildren: Hunter, Aaron and Jacob.

Also surviving are his brothers, Billy and Walter Ritter, and his sisters, Dorothy Schnauder, Winifred Schweitzer and Joean Ritter.

A memorial service will be held at St. Matthew’s Church in Long Beach, Calif. Memorial contributions may be made to the organization of your choice. John will be greatly missed. Arrangements by Anderson’s Tribute Center 541-386-1000.

Olivia Hepner

Olivia Dawn Hepner was born silently to Darin and Tama (Roberts) Hepner at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital on June 3, 2004. Due to a knot in the umbilical cord, Olivia passed quickly through their lives, taking a lifetime of hopes and dreams with her. Darin and Tama planned and waited so long for Olivia and they feel blessed to have been graced by her life.

Olivia will be held forever in the hearts of those she leaves behind, including her parents, Darin and Tama Hepner of Trout Lake, Wash., sister and brother at home, Courtney and Colton Smith, grandparents Don and Etta Hepner of White Salmon, Wash., Earlene Roberts of Hood River, and Royden and Sandi Roberts of Grove, Okla.

Also surviving are grandparents George Hepner of Odell, Marie Philips of Hood River, and Howard and June Roberts of Oklahoma. Olivia also leaves behind many aunts, uncles and cousins as well as her church family at the Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Hood River.

A graveside service was held June 7 at Idlewild Cemetery in Hood River. Gardner Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Noah Leming

A memorial service for Noah Michael Leming was held at the Christian Missionary Alliance Church on Friday, June 11, 2004.

Noah blessed us with his precious spirit on May 16, 2003. Over this last year he touched everyone he came in contact with. Just by the way he smiled, cooed or even while he was sleeping. Noah was born with a genetic congenital condition that was not compatible with life. He is now resting in the arms of Jesus without pain.

He is survived by his father and mother, Robbert and Audra Leming; sister, Stephanie Leming; grandparents, Walter Leming of Waynesville, N.C., and Bruce and Taylor Vernal of Boise, Idaho; great-grandparents, Marie and Bob Bennett of Lynnwood, Wash.; aunts and uncles, Deanna and Robert Hulet of Odell, Milton and Jessie Schliebe of Hood River, and Jimmy Vernal of Nampa, Idaho.

He was preceded in death by his grandmothers, Sue and Mable. Memorial contributions may be made in Noah’s name to the Christian Missionary Alliance Youth Building Fund, c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

Arnold Derossett

Parkdale resident Arnold Derossett died at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital June 10, 2004. He was 82 years of age. Services are pending at Anderson’s Tribute Center 541-386-1000.

George Mohun

George Lewis Mohun, 75, a resident of Hood River, Ore., since 1988, died at the Oregon Veterans’ Home in The Dalles, Ore., on Tuesday, June 8, 2004.

Funeral services will be held at the Woodside Chapel of Crippen and Flynn Funeral Home in Redwood City, Calif., on Tuesday, June 15, at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Skylawn Memorial Park in San Mateo, Calif.

A full obituary will run in the June 16 edition.

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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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