Obituaries - April 2

John W. Duckwall

John W. Duckwall, a lifelong Hood River, Ore., resident died March 31, 2005, at Brookside Manor. He was 89 years of age.

Services will be held on Wednesday, April 6, at 11 a.m. at Asbury United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 5, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Anderson’s Tribute Center.

John Duckwall was born Nov. 29, 1915, in Hood River, to John C. and Minnie (Paasch) Duckwall. He attended Odell Grade School through the seventh grade then entered the eighth grade at Hood River Junior High and graduated from Hood River High School in 1934. Following high school he began his lifelong career at Duckwall Pooley Fruit Company. He retired in 1981.

As a member of Asbury United Methodist Church John served as Secretary of the Administrative Board, Sunday School treasurer, representative on the Ecumenical Council, Lay Delegate to the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference, the most faithful member of the choir, was in charge of the summer music program, donated to purchase hand bells for the Bell Choir, and for many years was responsible for opening and closing the church and turning off the lights. He loved the Methodist Camp Magruder and has a plaque with his name on it as provider of their Volleyball Court.

He had also served as a Republican precinct committeeman; director on the Hood River Music Association Board, non-acting member of the Hood River Civic Theatre; director of Mid-Columbia Arts Council; board of directors of Next Door, Inc.; non-artist member of the Hood River Art Club; treasurer of Gorge Ecumenical Ministries and was a member of the Columbia Art Gallery and Friends of the Library.

John was a supporter of Camp Magruder United Methodist Camp in Rockaway, Oregon. He also enjoyed stamp collecting and attending art club meetings.

Surviving are his brothers, Bob Duckwall and his wife, Lurena; Fred Duckwall; sister Marjorie Talley; sister-in-law Venette Duckwall and brother-in-law Wilson Applegren, all of Hood River. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

A brother, Richard Duckwall, a sister, Dorothy Applegren and a brother in law, Andy Talley, preceded him in death.

Vault entombment will be at Idlewild Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to John W. Duckwall Memorial Fund, to be administered through Asbury United Methodist Church, c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center, (Funerals-Receptions-Cremations) 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

Frank Wimmers

Frank Wimmers, a resident of Hood River, Ore., died March 30, 2005, at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. He was 87 years of age.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marie, parents, Charles and Sarah, and two brothers, Ernest and Elmer.

He is survived by his sisters, Mary Ellen, Emma, Edna; brother, Ralph and his wife Betty; and many beloved nieces and nephews. Also surviving are sons Bob Wimmers and his wife Evilo of Lyle, Wash., and Frank Jr. (Short) and his wife, Jackie, of Hood River, daughters Joy Hoisington of Hillsboro, Ore., and Linda Fletcher of Bonney Lake, Wash.; 13 grandchildren, Becky, Robin, Nan, Chris, Tricia, Beth Tabbi, Sandi, Will, Lauren, Ryan, Chad and Lori; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, April 4, at 11 a.m. at Hood River Valley Christian Church. Visitation will be held at Anderson’s Tribute Center Sunday between 3 and 5 p.m.

Frank was born May 14, 1917, in Starksville, Colo. He graduated high school in Fulton, Kan., and ventured to Hood River during the early 1930s with cousins Perry and J.R. seeking new work opportunities out west. He started farming on his own in the 1940s. He had resided on the family farm until recently moving to Down Manor where he was enjoying visiting with new and old friends.

Frank served his community in many different ways. Frank was a charter member of the Westside Fire Department, Odell Lions Club, and Farmers Irrigation, delivered Meals on Wheels for 25 years, and was a member of the Hood River Valley Christian Church.

He enjoyed traveling with his wife, Marie, to Israel, Egypt, New Zealand, China, Australia and South America.

Frank had a real talent for tending his garden and nursery. He enjoyed sharing his bounty with family and friends. Frank also had a way with young children and the joy always seemed to be returned; maybe it was his natural love of all people or perhaps it was the twinkle in his eye that was enjoyed by so many.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Westside Fire Department, Odell Lions Club, Hood River Meals on Wheels c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals-Receptions-Cremations), 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

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