Obituaries - May 21

Derald Mockler

A Celebration of Life Service for Derald Mockler will be held Monday, May 23, at 11 a.m. at Anderson’s Tribute Center with a reception to follow. Interment will follow the events at the Tribute Center at Idlewild Cemetery.

Friends wishing to pay respects and visit with the family are invited to a visitation at Anderson’s Tribute Center on Sunday, May 22 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Born and raised in Hood River, Derald Mockler never left until graduating in 1948. He served in the Korean War as a United States Army First Sergeant in charge of Supply. Upon his return to Hood River, he drove past the Rialto Theatre where he first spotted the “girl he was going to marry” sitting in the ticket booth. Derald married Phyllis Dalleske on July 4, 1953.

Their family grew to two little girls, whom he adored. His major work included work as an operations officer for First National Bank, and on the road maintenance crew for Hood River County Public Works Department until his retirement in 1992.

Derald was involved in many other organizations as well. He was probably most proud of his 30 years with the Hood River Volunteer Fire Department, and ambulance crew. He and Phyllis also spent many years dancing around the Gorge with their various ballroom dance groups. He performed for many years in a Polynesian Tinikling dance group as well. He was a fifty-year member of the B.P.O.E #1507 and served with the Kiwanis.

He loved his yard, his flowers, and his garden full of tomatoes and cucumbers. He also secretly enjoyed waging war on his weeds and the moles. Most would be surprised to know it was Phyllis who loved his Christmas lights, more than he enjoyed hanging them.

A devoted father, and grandfather, Derald’s proudest work involved his children and grandkids. It was rare to have a conversation with him that didn’t include a walk through his wallet of photos.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Phyllis Dalleske Mockler; his daughters: Jennifer and her husband, Chuck Ashley, and Jeannie and her husband, Tom French; and his grandchildren (around whom the earth rotated): Jake and Sgt. Jesse Byron, and Trux and Taylor French.

Derald left on May 17, 2005, as peacefully as he lived, and on his own terms. Waiting to greet him in heaven are his parents, Tom and Esther Mockler, an infant sister, Jeanette, his brother, Tom Junior, and nephew Patrick Mockler.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Gorge c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals-Receptions-Cremations) 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

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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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