Obituaries - July 9

William H. Lee

Longtime Hood River Valley resident Bill Lee passed away Sunday, July 3, 2005, at Parkhurst House. He was 85 years of age.

A private family graveside service will be held at Pine Grove Cemetery.

Bill was born Jan. 1, 1920, in Filer, Idaho, to Robert E. and Maddie (Hoffman) Lee. He was raised and educated in the Hood River Valley. Bill graduated from Hood River High School in 1938.

On Aug. 9, 1941, he married Evelyn, with whom he shared 51 years of marriage. He served in the U.S. Navy from May of 1943 until January of 1946.

Bill worked for Consolidated Freightways for 21 years, Silver Wheel Freightlines for 16 years and then in his retirement he worked on the Hood River Toll Bridge for 19 years.

In his spare time Bill liked to fish, go metal detecting and go camping. He also participated in the local bowling league for many years. Playing cards with family and friends was a tradition and favorite pastime of Bill’s.

Bill is survived by his children: Nancy Rothwell of Burns, Ore., Laura Canaday of Oregon City, Ore., Bill Lee of Hawaii and Roberta Lee of Hood River; sister, Dorothy McPherren of Newberg, Ore.; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn, in 1992; brother, Bob Lee and sister, Virginia Wandling.

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.

Masao Takasumi

Mas Takasumi, a longtime Hood River, Ore., resident, died July 4, 2005, in Beaverton, Ore. He was 92 years of age.

Services will be held on Saturday, July 9, 2005, at 2 p.m. at Anderson’s Tribute Center.

Mas Takasumi was born Jan. 16, 1913, in Portland, Ore., to Tokuzo and Chiyo Takasumi. He grew up in Hood River, graduating from Odell High School in 1932. He received a degree in auto mechanics and then attended Oregon State University earning a degree in agriculture in 1940.

Mas returned to Hood River to start farming a fruit orchard. He was active all of his life playing baseball, tennis, taking flying lessons and riding motorcycles throughout the Northwest.

In 1948, he and Mitsue Miyoshi were married. Together they raised five children in Hood River. He retired in 1974 and enjoyed bowling, golf and traveling.

He is survived by his wife, Mitsue, of Wilsonville, Ore.; sons Dennis and his wife Debby of Kennewick, Wash., Bob and Alice Chan of Portland, Ore., Bill of Hoboken, N.J., and Dick and his wife, Deanne, of Tigard, Ore.; daughter, Myra Blackmun and her husband, Gary of Wilsonville, Ore.; and brothers Ned Takasumi of Portland, Ore., Fred Takasumi of Renton, Wash. and Ted Takasumi of Japan.

Eight grandchildren, Kris, Alexis, Logan, Jennifer and Jeffrey Takasumi and Jessica, Brenna and Halle Blackmun also survive.

Private interment will be at Idlewild Cemetery.

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