Obituaries - January 10

Victor Ascencio

Victor Del Real Ascencio, a Hood River resident, died Jan. 3, 2004, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was 22 years of age.

Victor was born July 18, 1981, in Mexico where he was raised and educated. He came to Oregon in 1999 and had worked in the warehouse at Juanita’s. Victor was an avid soccer player, winning many awards and trophies. He is survived by his parents, Jose and Rosa Del Real and four sisters, Silvia, Veronica, Suzanna and Elvira.

Interment will be at Sanger Cemetery in Sanger, Calif.

Arrangements were by Anderson’s Tribute Center.

Betty Wilkinson

Betty Maurine Collins Wilkinson passed away on Dec. 19, 2003, in Mesa, Ariz.

She was born to Claude Clinton and Marion Dakin Collins on Jan. 1, 1921 in Hood River.

Betty graduated from Hood River High School and attended Linfield College in McMinnville. She worked for Boeing Aircraft in Seattle, Wash., during World War II. While working at Boeing, she met and married James Woodrow Wilkinson, who was stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash. They would have been married 60 years on Jan. 28, 2004.

Betty is the mother of John C. Wilkinson, Orem, Utah; James J. Wilkinson, Mesa, Ariz.; Daniel C. Wilkinson, Boulder, Colo.; Thomas C. Wilkinson (deceased) and Joan E. Thompson of Mesa, Ariz. Also surviving are 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Oregon survivors include brother Charles (Bud) Collins of Hood River and nieces Susan Stebner, Leslie Hidle and Carol Pajala.

Betty was the princess of the Mt. Hood Climb of 1941. She has been an avid baseball fan since the days when her father managed the local Legion baseball teams in Hood River. Collins Field is still a central feature of Hood River baseball. She served in Stake and Ward positions in Relief Society and Primary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Family graveside was held on Dec. 22, in Mesa, Ariz.

Daniel Pierson

Hood River resident Daniel Buell Pierson died Jan. 4, 2004, at Brookside Manor. He was 95 years of age.

A visitation will be held Sunday, Jan. 11 at Anderson’s Tribute Center from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Daniel was born Sept. 4, 1908, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Daniel Lathrop and Mabel (Brown) Pierson. At the age of four Dan moved with his family to Hood River, where he was raised and educated.

Following high school graduation he attended school at Oregon State College. On Dec. 27, 1936, he married Ruth Sherlie House in Hood River. She died in 1998.

Dan was a long time member of the Hood River Crag Rats. He loved mountain climbing in Oregon and Washington, particularly Mt. Hood, which he climbed 28 times. Dan also participated in many mountain rescues.

Mr. Pierson loved to fish in the local streams and play golf. He was a West Side volunteer fireman and a big supporter of 4-H, Boy Scouts, Camp Fire Girls and F.F.A.

He was a successful fruit farmer in the Oak Grove community, ran a fruit processing plant and sold the processed fruit in Portland.

In the early 1980s he was semi-retired and traveled extensively with his wife, Sherlie, before she died.

Dan delivered Meals-on-Wheels for over 20 years, then volunteered at the Hood River Hospital for a few years after Sherlie died. The last few years he enjoyed his daily long drives around the area. He was a supporter of Riverside Community Church.

Mr. Pierson is survived by his daughter Donna Massey and her husband, Jay, of Gladstone, Ore., son Roger Pierson and his wife Alice of Hood River, four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital Foundation, c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

Arthur Shilo

Cascade Locks resident Arthur Shilo died at his home Wednesday, Jan.7, 2004. He was 83 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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