Thursday, December 9, 2004
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 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.
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.
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 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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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