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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