Obituaries for Dec. 25, 2010

Ruby Hasty

Ruby Fern Hasty, 94, of Arapahoe, Neb., formerly of Overton, Neb., died Monday, December 20, 2010, at Good Samaritan Society-CA Mues, in Arapahoe, Neb.

Ruby was born Oct. 27, 1916, to Loran and Anna (Buhler) Fisher near Edison, Neb. She graduated from Edison High School.

On March 6, 1937, she married Min Hasty in Lexington, Neb. To this union were born two sons, Rodney and Richard. The family lived in the Lexington and Cozad area before moving to Overton in 1958 where they farmed for many years until Min's health failed.

Ruby was a member of the United Methodist Church and Women's Society and taught Sunday school for many years. She belonged to the Hi Ho Extension Club and Town & Country Garden Club, had Jr. Garden Club for two years and was a den mother for Cub Scouts. She enjoyed gardening and flowers.

Ruby was on the Community Center board for many years. In 1988 she started Congregate Meals at Donna's Café in Overton and was acting director until 2004 when her health failed.

Survivors include sons Rodney (Evie) Hasty, of Odell, Ore.; Richard (Cindy) Hasty, of Overton, Neb.; grandchildren Rod Hasty and Mike (Rochelle) Hasty, of Oregon, and Shanelle (Eric) Anderson and Cassidy Hasty, of Nebraska; one brother, Loran Jr. (Geri) Fisher, of Edison, Neb.; one sister, Norma "Aye" (Lyle) Steele, of Arapahoe, Ne.; and two great-grandchildren, Lilly Hasty and Makenna Anderson, of Oregon.

Ruby was preceded in death by her husband, Min, on Dec. 15, 1984; her parents; three brothers, Benjamin, Charles "Bus" and Max; and two sisters, Leona Mae "Tot" Luke and Ruth Farr; brothers-in-law Fred Farr and Virgil Luke and sisters-in-law Helen Fisher and Doris Fisher; and all Hasty in-laws.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Dec. 23, at the United Methodist Church in Overton, Neb., with Rev. Katherine Bullard officiating. Burial followed at the Arapahoe Cemetery in Arapahoe, Neb.

Memorials are suggested to the United Methodist Church in Overton, the Overton Senior Center or the Overton Fire Department.

Arrangements are under the direction of Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington, Neb. Online condolences may be made to

Frank Dane Jr.

Hank (Frank) M. Dane Jr. died Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, at his residence in Easton, Mass. He was born in Quincy, Mass., the son of Frank and Christine (Sheppard) Dane.

He graduated from Weymouth North High School. He lived and worked in Franconia, N.H., for several years.

He first worked at Tammarack Tennis Camp. Building, masonry and tree work were several of his trades. He worked at Cannon Mountain and hung cable for the new tramway.

Hank enjoyed extreme recreation throughout his life. Ski racing, hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, wind surfing, golfing and exploring were a part of everyday with Hank. When visitors stayed with Hank he made sure everyone left with stories of adventure and good times. No one knew how to have more fun.

Hank followed snow to Jackson Hole, Wyo. He worked on the race crew, taught skiing and guided some of the out-bounds trips. He ski raced with the locals and did well. He loved to beat the 20-year-olds.

Summer and windsurfing brought Hank to the Columbia River Gorge, where he enjoyed high-wind windsurfing, year-round skiing, salmon and steelhead fishing, hunting, golf and kayaking. He settled "Hank's High-Wind Hacienda" on the Klickitat River, living there for several years. The Hacienda boasted a rope swing off the bridge, solar shower building, beautiful woodshop and vegetable gardens - and don't forget the tree house/deer stand with wall-to-wall carpet.

Many fond memories and new friendships were created there. Cookouts were a regular thing. Hank would cook - or, rather, burn (because he was talking the whole time) venison or some sort of fish from the river, and have fresh veggies from his garden.

Winter was another story altogether. Hank had the best of both worlds. When the snow would fly, he was off to Jackson Hole, Wyo., where he would teach skiing or work race crew.

He worked locally in construction for Schuepbach and Leroy Rosen companies. After living roughly 20 years in the Northwest he returned to the east and worked for Local 7 Ironworkers and A. J. Martini Contractors. He worked with his brother on numerous high-rise projects in Boston.

He made his home in Easton five years ago. He was thoughtful, loving, considerate and cared deeply about making our world a better place. He lived his life with exuberance, passion and energy. He leaves behind many friends everywhere and will be greatly missed.

He was predeceased by his parents and a niece, Heidi Anne Daly.

He is survived by a brother, David Dane, of Franconia, N.H.; two sisters, Christine Bresnahan, of Newport, N.H., and Heidi and her husband, Leo Daly, of Thetford, Vt.; nephews Leo Daly and David and Brendan Dane; a niece, Christine Bresnahan; and his dear friend and partner, Patricia Simboli, of Boston, Mass.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, Dec. 18, at the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Littleton, with Father Marcel Martel officiating.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Ross Funeral Home, Littleton Chapel. Condolences to the family may be made online at

Betty Holston

Betty Dee (Brackenbury) Holston passed away while surrounded by her family on Dec. 18, 2010. She was born April 24, 1924, in Salt Lake City, Utah, the only child of John "Jack" Robert Brackenbury and Dee Gilroy.

For much of her childhood, Betty lived with her grandmother Rita, grandfather Rodney and her great-aunt Eva ("Oe").

Dee and Jack divorced, and Dee remarried Charles Rhodes, bringing into Betty's life her friend and sister Bev Rhodes Sacher. As teenagers, they were up to pranks and fun in Portland, Ore.

Betty told a story of the two of them holding their coats over their heads at Crown Point. Of course, the wind snatched their jackets away, much to their parents' displeasure.

Betty married and had five children: Stan Dee Payne, Leslie Jo Darga, Caerl Lynne Payne, Duane Austin Payne and Shannon Roxanne Perry. "Oe" lived with them until her death in 1963 and helped nanny the children.

While attending Portland State College, Betty met the love of her life, Lonn W. "Jim" Holston. On Sept. 12, 1969, they married in Portland, Ore. In 1975 they settled in The Dalles, Ore.

Betty was a compassionate social worker in a number of different positions: vocational rehabilitation, children's services division, and later at the Columbia Gorge Center. She was a model of unconditional love and support to children in the most difficult circumstances. One of her coworkers said that she never gave up on even seemingly hopeless teenagers.

She was a member of American Association of University Women, the Weavers Guild and a local book group. She also took several art classes from Jeff Stuart, an artist she admired.

After her retirement, Betty was able to pursue her hobbies of weaving, painting in oils, chalk pastel and colored pencil drawing. Reading was a constant in her life. Her love of animals was evident in the parrots and dogs she and Jim kept. She loved to hike and RV with her sweetheart, spending several winters in California and Arizona.

Her husband, Jim, sons Stan (Margaret) and Duane (Joan), daughters Leslie (Jim) and Shannon (Stephen), and half brother Phillip Brackenbury survive her.

Grandchildren include Jeff Payne, Jenna Folden, Jeremy and Jenny Osterhoudt, Kimberly Simon, Jennifer and Sean Darga, Chris Nelson and Angie, Megan and Kirsten Perry. Great-grandchildren are Cooper and Jack Folden, Blake Simon, Mia and Billy Payne and Athena Nelson. Nieces and nephews include Harry Hegarty, Fran Paxton, Elayne Shirts, Mary Kay Estes, Alice Shorthill, Eldon Payne, Gloria Poecker and Kathryn Hair.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter Caerl Lynne and her sister Bev.

Arrangements for a spring memorial will be announced at a later time when the season reflects her warm personality. Betty attended Mountain View Worship Group of the Society of Friends, a local Quaker group, for more than 20 years. Those wishing to remember Betty are invited to join the Quakers for unprogrammed Meeting for Worship on any first or third Sunday at 10 a.m. at St. Paul's Chapel in The Dalles.

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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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