Obituaries - June 22

Merle George Faulkender

Merle was born July 31, 1917, in The Dalles, Ore., to Glenn and Naomi (Milford) Faulkender. Merle went to join his beloved wife of 63 years, Hazel on June 19, 2005, in The Dalles.

A graveside service will be held Thursday, June 23, at 1 p.m. at the Upper Valley Cemetery in Parkdale, Ore.

A visitation will be held Thursday, June 23, from 9 a.m. until noon at Anderson’s Tribute Center.

Merle and Hazel were long time residents of Mt. Hood, Ore. They were both very active in the Upper Valley and Hood River Lions, with Merle having served as Zone Chairman and President as well as other offices. He was awarded the prestigious Melvin Jones Award.

Merle married Hazel Bush on April 6, 1941, and together they raised four children. He managed fruit processing plants in California and Florida.

They enjoyed traveling and were fortunate enough to have visited 49 states, Canada and Mexico.

Merle had an outgoing personality and enjoyed meeting and talking to people. Merle’s greatest love was his wife, Hazel, who preceded him to Heaven on Feb. 19, 2004. His family was very important to him.

He is survived by their four children, Sharon and her husband, George Budd, of Tacoma, Wash., Susan Whinery of Turlock, Calif., Michael Faulkender and his wife, Sue, of Mt. Hood, and Patricia Hirata of The Dalles.

They were the proud grandparents of 12 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Jane Bush of Gold Bar, Wash., and many family members, friends and ex-sons-in-law who Merle and Hazel always continued to care for as “sons”: Ronald Schell of Lodi, Calif., and Kim Bell of Parkdale.

We will always remember his laughter, singing, story telling, willingness to help others, generosity and infectious smile.

We love you Daddy, grandpa, and great grandpa. You will be deeply missed, but always in our hearts. We are thankful you are both together again.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lion’s Sight and Hearing Foundation, c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals-Receptions-Cremations), 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031. Symphathy cards may also be sent to Anderson’s Tribute Center.

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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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