Obituaries for Jan. 5, 2011

Jan. 5, 2011

Earl Richards

Earl A. Richards was born March 29, 1932, in Sterling, Colo. Earl passed away Christmas Day, 2010.

He grew up in Hood River, Ore., attended Hood River schools and graduated from Hood River High School in 1950. He attended Northwest Christian College, served with the Marines during the Korean War, was a police officer for 15 years and a warehouse material handler for 20 years.

Earl and his wife, Mary, retired to their Sisters home in 1993 where Earl organized Central Oregon Songwriters Association and enjoyed performing in community play and skits. He was a hospice volunteer for more than 12 years and received both the Hospice Volunteer of The Year award and the Heart and Soul award.

He worked as a certified nursing assistant and was an active member of Sisters Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration until he was physically unable.

Earl was preceded in death by his father, Simon Richards, mother, Nellie Richards, and sister, Helen Richards (Gove), all of Hood River.

He is survived by his wife, Mary E. Richards, of Sisters, Ore.; his six children: Jim Woods, of Hood River, Doug Woods, of Gaston, Melissa Warren, of Carson, Wash., Paul Woods, of Portland, Jack Richards, of Mill City, and Mary J. O'Dell, of Lakeside; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Redmond Sisters, 732 S.W. 23rd, Redmond, OR 97756 or Sisters Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, P.O. Box 130, Sisters, OR 97759.

Irma Acquistapace

Irma Margaret Acquistapace, 90, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010, at the Hood River Care Center. Irma was born March 20, 1920, in Weed, Calif., to Mike and Marina Rossetto; she was the second of three children.

On Sept. 19, 1936, she married Ray Acquistapace. They were married 70 years when Ray passed in 2006. She had three children: William Acquistapace, of Capitola, Calif., Nancy Wroblewski, of El Dorado Hill, Calif., and Deanna Wagoner, of Hood River, Ore.

She lived in Weed until 2004 when she and Ray moved to Hood River to live with her daughter and son-in-law; Deanna and Roy. The last couple of years she had been living at Hawks Ridge Assisted Living Community.

Irma worked at the Weed Mercantile for several years in the grocery department then later in women's apparel. After her retirement (and Ray's a few years later) she spent her time being a wonderful grandmother of eight and a great grandmother of 13, who loved to be with their "Nonni."

She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, cooking and being a member of the Lodge of Gloria. Her love for feeding her visitors made her home a place for building memories for all the family and kept them well-fed. Those times will be remembered and spoken of for many years to come.

In addition to her parents and husband Irma was preceded in death by a sister, Rena; brother, Joseph; and grandson, Steven.

Services will be held Saturday, Jan. 8, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 1501 Belmont Ave., Hood River, with the Rosary being prayed at 9:30 a.m. and Mass at 10 a.m.; Father Ron Maag will officiate. Burial will be in Weed, Calif., in April.

Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit to leave a note of condolence for family.

Robert Hackett

Robert (Bob) Nelson Hackett, longtime resident of Hood River, Ore., died in Mesa, Ariz., on Christmas Eve of causes related to old age.

Robert was born in Elgin, Ore., April 16, 1915, to William A. (Dolph) and Leona Hackett. His family moved to Hood River when he was a boy and he graduated from Hood River High School. He then went to Oregon State College where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering in 1938.

After college he worked in Portland and met the woman who would become his beloved wife for 69 years, Helen Wing. They married in 1941. After World War II broke out, they moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, and later to Oak Ridge, Tenn., where he worked in an atomic energy facility.

Bob and Helen had their first son, Robert Jr., in Salt Lake City and their first daughter, Sally, now deceased, in Oak Ridge. After the war the family moved to Hood River, where he joined his father at the Hackett Furniture store on Oak Street. He owned the store until he retired in about 1978. In Hood River the couple had two more children, Thomas and Martha.

Bob was a loving husband and father who enjoyed get-togethers with family and friends. He always enjoyed a good story and loved to read. He also took great pleasure in golf and tennis, which he continued well into his 80s.

After retirement the couple became snowbirds, eventually establishing a secondary residence in Mesa, where they spent the colder half of the year. Later they lived in Mesa year-round.

He was always eager to return to Hood River in the spring and to resume his local routines, which included morning coffee with friends. He was very attached to the Hood River area.

Robert is survived by his wife, Helen; sons Bob and Tom; daughter Martha; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. There will be no service.

Remembrances can be made to the Hood River Library Foundation.

Doris Meyers

Doris Mae Meyers passed away with family by her side early Dec. 30, 2010, at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. She was born Dec. 12, 1933, and had just celebrated her 77th birthday.

Doris was born in Toppenish, Wash., to Edwin Brazillia and Ethel Lela (Ledford) Mayfield. She grew up in Tygh Valley, Ore., and graduated from Wasco High School in 1952.

On Nov. 13, 1957, she married Glen E. Meyers in Goldendale, Wash., and they were blessed with eight children. The family moved to Parkdale in 1964.

Doris was an active homemaker, as she enjoyed taking great care of her family along with numerous farm animals.

Glen passed away June 26, 2005, after 47 years of marriage. In addition to Glen and her parents, Doris was preceded in death by an infant son, Roy.

Doris is survived and will be dearly missed by seven children: Edwin, Alvin, Ray, Rita, Randy, Andy and Rodney, along with their spouses; brother, John Mayfield; sister, Leta Mayfield; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Graveside services are planned for 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, at the Lone Pine Cemetery of Wamic, Ore. A reception will follow at the Tygh Valley Community Center. Viewing is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 7, at Anderson's.

Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit to leave a note of condolence for family.

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