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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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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