Obituaries - September 10

Robert Cornelison

Former Hood River resident Robert Munnell Cornelison died Saturday, Aug. 27, 2005, at the Hospice of the Valley in Mesa, Ariz.

Bob was born Nov. 13, 1917, to Bernard Soule and Hannah Leah (Taylor) Cornelison near Wendell, Idaho. He graduated from Wendell High School in 1936 and continued on to college, finally earning his degree from Central Washington College of Education in 1952.

Bob met Juanita McCracken in Ridgefield, Wash., where she was a nurse at a local doctor’s office. They were married on Oct. 5, 1943. Bob and Juanita lived in five states and had five children in their 54 years of marriage. He worked in many fields: hardware, teaching, electrical engineering, insurance and plumbing.

Bob is best remembered for taking time to brighten the day of everyone he came into contact with. He had a great sense of humor and a generous heart. He passed his love of family on to his children and grandchildren. All knew they were the most special person to their dad, granddad or great-granddad.

Bob is predeceased by his wife, Juanita; parents; brother, Howard; sisters Miriam Foster and Bernice Lowry; and great-granddaughter, Delaney Gardine.

He is survived by his sister, Kathryn Hansen of Albuquerque, N.M.; second wife, Dorothy, of Sun Lakes, Ariz.; and children Karla Binder of Murrieta, Calif., Beth Borgeson of Brooklyn Park, Minn., Jane VanBrunt of White Bear, Minn., Trudy Koszarek of Valdez, Alaska, and Mac Cornelison of Hood River; 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be on Oct. 8, 2005, in Winlock, Wash., where he will be laid to rest with his wife, Juanita, and his parents.

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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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