Obituaries for Jan. 12, 2011

Jan. 12, 2011

Ruth Ellsworth

Ruth Anne (Robinson) Ellsworth, 70, was born and died in Portland, Ore. Ruth spent Christmas 2010 with her sons in Portland and died suddenly after a short illness. She was an artist and lived alone. She moved to Hood River in 1970 and spent a good part of 30 years living in town. Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, John and Edna Robinson, and sister, Gretta Douglas. She is survived by her sister, Barbara Heredia; sons Ryan, Shawn and Todd Ellsworth; niece LaRee Castro; nephew Alby Heredia; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Ruth supported Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Irene Sollman

Irene Pauline Sollman passed away on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, at age 96, at her home in Hood River, Ore. Irene was born July 10, 1914, in Creighton, Neb., to Robert Lee Mock and Minnie Mary Kyriss. On Sept. 30, 1932, she married Paul Clarence Sollman Sr. at Pierce, Neb. They lived in Nebraska, Upper Peninsula Michigan, Illinois, Washington and Oregon. While in Illinois Irene worked for Nesco. After moving to Oregon she worked for the cannery, Birds Eye Foods, in Hillsboro and sorted for Webster Packing Shed and Duckwall-Pooley in Hood River. She was an active mother to 11 children, which included three sets of twins. She loved to crochet Christmas cards and sew her children's clothes. She was also a great cook and loved baby-sitting her grandkids. Irene and Paul mowed lawns after retiring to keep active. She retired from mowing at the age of 85 years young after falling down and crushing her femur. She loved her family and will be greatly missed. Irene is survived by her children: Paul Clarence Jr. (Tennie) Sollman, of Umatilla, Ore., Mark Dwayne (Mollie) Sollman, of Hope, Kansas, Donna Brogdon, of Jacksonville, Ill., Betty Blake, of Hood River, Ore., Doris Noyes, of Hood River, Ore., and Paula (David) Dorzab, of Hood River, Ore. She is also survived by more than 32 grandchildren, 62 great-grandchildren and 19 great-great-grandchildren. Brothers Fred, George and Pete and sister Helen preceded Irene in death. In addition to her siblings, she was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Sr., sons William, Donald and Ronald and daughters Deloris and Pauline. Memorial contributions may be made to the Heart of Hospice in care of Anderson's Tribute Center. Public viewing was held Jan. 10. Irene will be laid to rest beside her husband, Paul, at Idlewilde Cemetery following the service. A celebration reception was held at the First Baptist Church of Odell. 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.

Marvin Baska

Marvin Miles Baska, born Dec. 3, 1928, in Pacific City, Ore., to Harry Cedar and Veronica Louise Pestka-Cedar, died Dec. 23, 2010, in Portland, Ore. He was raised by his mother and stepfather, Arthur A. Baska. After graduating from high school in Athol, Idaho, Marvin served in Korea (186th field Artillery C Battery). After coming home, he worked for Tektronix in Beaverton for more than 30 years. He married Myrna Jane Banks-Bowen and had three children. He then married Dorothy Irene Mahnkee, who had two children. They were married 43 years. Marvin was known for his kind heart, integrity, wit and willingness to come to the aid of who ever needed him. Dad was a hunter and fisherman, who believed wholeheartedly in our Second Amendment Rights. He was a devoted father, traveling 600 miles a month to see "his kids." He enjoyed traveling around the U.S., especially Hawaii. He is survived by his daughter Linda Xue, of King City; son Steve Baska, of The Dalles; daughter Gwen Zwanziger, of Hood River, daughter Carrie Hahn, of Hillsboro; also his granddaughters Jennifer Murray, of Hood River, Sarah Raber, of San Antonio, and Shannon Zwanziger, of Hood River. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy, and stepson, Danny Muth. Marvin spent the last five years of his life with Dore Brehaut in Weston, Ore., whom he had kept in his heart since before going to Korea. He has been interred at Portland Memorial Mausoleum in Portland. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Jan. 15 at Truth Tabernacle, 1313 Tucker Road, Hood River, Ore.

Roy Huot

Roy Moran Huot was born May 17, 1920, in Chamberlain Flats, Wash., to Oma (Gerling) and Lincoln Huot. He died Jan. 7, 2011, in Hood River, Ore. Roy graduated from Goldendale High School in Washington and entered the Navy in 1941 where he served as chief gunner and navigator until 1945. He remained in the reserves until 1952. He married Althea E. Prinzing in 1946 and had two children, Randall and Karen. Althea and Karen preceded Roy in death, along with six sisters and one brother. In 1977, Roy married Erma Schuh Huffsmith. Roy is survived by his wife, Erma Huot, of Hood River; his son, Randall Huot, of Phoenix, Ariz.; his stepson, Marvin Huffsmith, of White Salmon; three grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and two sisters, Gladys Powell and Vada Harvey, of Hood River. Roy was employed by the Union Pacific Railroad after his military service and he worked for them until retirement. He was a loyal member of the Hood River Assembly of God and served in many capacities. He loved his garden and spent many hours tending to it and sharing the fruits of his labor with neighbors and friends. Memorial Day was special to him and he made sure the graves of family members were decorated in three different towns. He was passionate about his faith in God and his country. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 14, at Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations) 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Private graveside services will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. Pastor Terry Abbott will officiate with military rites performed by the Oregon Honors Team. Memorials can be given to the River of Life Assembly of God in care of Anderson's. Please visit www.ander­ to leave a note of condolence for family.

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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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