Obituaries - August 13

Gary Norman

Gary Karl Hienz Norman was born on Oct. 6, 1958, in Frankfurt, Germany, where he was baptized into God’s family as an infant. He grew up in Gresham and Parkdale, Ore., with his father, Charles Norman; sister, Barbara; and younger brother, Roy.

Gary was confirmed into the Lutheran faith in May of 1983 at Concordia Lutheran Church in Hood River, Ore., by Pastor James Larson. He married Beda Coolidge on June 4, 1983, at Concordia Lutheran Church.

Gary and Beda lived in Odell, Gresham and Portland, while raising their family: Lydia, Anna and Adam. Gary worked as a logger, a profession which he loved, and later as a truck driver for Blue Line Transportation.

Gary was diagnosed with cancer in November of 2003. From that moment he readily acknowledged that he was ready to be home with the Lord, but he valiantly fought the cancer as long as possible to be with his family. Gary was called home on July 31, 2005.

He is survived by his loving family: wife, Beda, daughters, Lydia and Anna, and son, Adam; his father, Charles and Dorothy Norman; mother, Renate Lamb; sister, Barbara Hollenbeck and family; brother, Roy Norman and family, and brother, Jon Norman.

Gary was dearly loved.

Memorials can be made to the Providence Cancer Center Foundation for research at the Robert Franz Cancer Research Center, Providence Medical Foundation, 4805 N.E. Glisan St., Portland, OR 97213. (Specify Cancer Research in memory of Gary Norman.)

Clarence Williams

Clarence N. Williams, a longtime Odell, Ore., resident, died Thursday, Aug. 11, 2005, at his residence. He was 92 years of age.

Services will be held on Monday, Aug. 15, at 2 p.m. at Anderson’s Tribute Center.

Clarence was born Oct. 7, 1912, in Ima, N.M., to Thomas and Gracie (Logan) Williams. He was raised and educated in Kansas. On Oct. 14, 1934, he and Cleo Marie Kiemel were married in Kingman, Kansas. He moved to Odell in 1939 and worked as a logger until his retirement in 1975. He logged for SDS Lumber Company for more than 20 years. He was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge for more than 50 years, the Eagles Lodge for many years and a member of Mountain View Baptist Church since 1958.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Cleo Williams, in 1995.

Survivors include his sons, Jack Williams of Odell, Ore., Jim Williams of Portland, Ore., and Jerry Williams of Hood River, Ore.; three daughters, Phyllis Eguchi of Gresham, Ore., Norma Warner of Clackamas, Ore., and Janet Forcum of Odell, Ore.; sister, Opal Bond of Wichita, Kansas and sisters-in-law Betty Williams of North Bend, Ore., and Marguerite Helten of Wichita, Kansas. Eleven grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren also survive.

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

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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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