Obituaries - April 9

James M. Knox

James McLucas Knox, a Hood River native, died of bone cancer at the home of his sister and brother-in-law in San Bruno, Calif., on March 26, 2005. He was 82 years old.

Jim was born Dec. 30, 1922, in Hood River, Ore., to George Minshall Knox and Elsie Winnifred McLucas. He attended Hood River schools and was graduated from high school there before enlisting in the Army in World War II. He received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Librarianship degrees at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Jim was emeritus curator of British and American History at the Green Library, Stanford University, where he served for 26 years. In 1992 he received the Kenneth Cuthbertson Award for Exceptional Service to the University as “consummate reference librarian and bibliographer.”

He was an ardent and professionally skilled genealogist and compiled an extensive personal library of reference works which he donated to the Sutro Library in San Francisco. He was a connoisseur of fine wines and single scotch malt whiskey who loved operas, folk music and movies. He was widely known for his generosity, wit and erudition.

Jim is survived by his loving sisters and brothers-in-law: Jean and Urban Whitaker of San Bruno, Calif.; Nancy and Charles Lennstrom of Seattle, Wash.; and Ann Anderson of Issaquah, Wash. He will be deeply missed by his devoted nieces and nephews: Susan and Jonathan Wittwer; Bruce and Elizabeth Whitaker; Keith Whitaker and Marian O’Brien; Kathleen Mason; Diana and Stephan Chandler; Peter Lennstrom; Heidi Lennstrom; Cindy Williams; Denise Anderson; Renee and Tom Randolph; and by 12 great-nieces and great-nephews: Christina, Corey, Fiona, Ian, Jason, Joel, Kelsey, Knox, Quinn, MacKenzie, Tommy, and Tyler; and by his many friends including Olive James, Karin Wittenborg and scores of others from his “Gen Ref” days.

At his request there was no formal service. Donations will be welcomed by some of his favorite organizations including Oxfam America, Emily’s List and the American Civil Liberties Union.

Arrangements were handled by Byrgan Cremation and Service, Burlingame, Calif.

Francis White

Francis Edward “Ed” White, a resident of Gresham, Ore., died on April 1, 2005, in Gresham. He was 71.

Ed was born on Jan. 4, 1934, in Inkster, Mich., the son of Arthur and Eleanor White. He attended and graduated from Dearborn High School in Michigan in 1952 and later attended the the University of Michigan for two years.

Ed enlisted in the United States Air Force and served in the Korean Conflict and Vietnam. He was discharged from the Air Force and re-enlisted in the U.S. Army where he completed the duration of his 20 years of service to his country. He retired from the military in 1993.

On Jan. 1, 1960, he married his wife of 45 years, Robin, in Post Falls, Idaho, and they were stationed in various places such as Germany, Alaska, and Moses Lake, Wash. They also resided in Corbett for 30 years and Gresham for 5 years. Ed worked for A.A. Ambulance, Tektronics, and C-Tran for 15 years in Vancouver, Wash. He retired in 2003.

Ed was a member of the Gresham Elks Lodge for 28 years and a member of Flavel Baptist Church in Portland, Ore. He enjoyed flying small engine airplanes and was involved in a bowling league at the Bailey’s Classic Lanes in Vancouver, Wash.

Ed is survived by his wife, Robin, of Gresham; daughters, Cheryl Macintire of Gresham, Ginger Ard of Gresham, Ranae Menponca of Vancouver, and Monica Baker of Gresham; brothers, Richard White of Michigan and Jim White of South Carolina; and 12 grandchildren.

A funeral service was held on Friday, April 8, at 12 p.m. at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home in Gresham, Ore. Interment with military honors was held at the Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Ore.

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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 www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge



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