Obituaries - Dec. 14

Elwyn Gage

Elwyn Lloyd Gage passed on Dec. 10, 2005, to be with Jesus at the age of 94.

Elwyn was born Dec. 1, 1911, to Lloyd E. and Rosabelle (Fansler-Coons) Gage at Bardsdale, Calif.

After graduating from Santa Paula High School about the time of the Great Depression, he, like many other young men at the time, worked with the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) and the WPA.

Elwyn married Stella Mae Still in 1934, at Ventura, Calif.

Their only child, Frank, was born a year later.

When World War II erupted, Elwyn worked with Northrop Aviation Company in Southern California.

He worked on projects such as the “Flying Wing” and the “Black Widow” which were both very progressive programs in the 1940s.

After 35 years of employment with the Getty Oil Company, he retired in the late 1970s to Lake Isabella, Calif.

Elwyn later divorced and moved to Poulsbo, Wash.

Many years later, he met Margie Bradley in a local grocery store, and they were married in 1998.

Margie passed away in 2001.

Then in June of 2003, Elwyn moved to Hood River, Ore., to be near Frank’s family.

Elwyn was a member of the Kingston Christian Church in Kingston, Wash., where he was regarded as a good friend and someone who helped those around him.

He was preceded in death by his second wife, Margie (Bradley) Gage.

Elwyn is survived by his first wife, Stella Gage, of White Salmon, Wash.; his son, Frank Gage and family of Hood River, Ore.; and his stepdaughter, Katie Mabes of Yakima, Wash.

Donna Koppang

Donna Louise Koppang died peacefully Dec. 9, 2005, at Powell Valley Alzheimer’s Care Community in Gresham, Ore., at the age of 91.

Donna was born to Samuel Arthur and Alwine Louise Bordeaux Aug. 16, 1914, in Big Valley, Alberta. The family moved to Chewela, Wash., in 1919 and to Parkdale, Ore., in 1921. Donna graduated from Parkdale High School in 1932.

In 1933 she married Willard Arnold Howards of Parkdale, who died in 1940.

Donna moved to Portland in 1956 after living in Hood River, Ore., for many years. She married Philip Koppang, of Portland, in 1963; he died in 2001. She was also preceded in death by brothers Chan and Fred Bordeaux, and by a sister, Rita Taylor.

Survivors include her son, Will Mullins (Mary Rosalind), of Ottawa, Canada; stepsons John Koppang (Mary Catherine) of Ephrata, Wash., and Tom Koppang (Connie Rhodes) of Portland; six grandchildren and seven nieces, including a very special niece, Sandra Taylor (Herb Ozer.)

After moving to Portland Donna did volunteer work at the Veteran’s Hospital and was for many years employed at Mutual Benefit and Life of New Jersey. She was a member of Augustana Lutheran Church in Portland.

Interment was at Idlewild Cemetery in Hood River. A memorial service will be held at a future date.

Arrangements are by Zeller Chapel of the Roses, 2107 N.E. Broadway, Portland, OR 97232.

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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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