Service announcement for Jan. 29

Johnny Van Ras

Johnny Olen Van Ras went home to the Lord on Jan. 17, 2014. Johnny was born Jan. 26, 1931, in Haynes, N.D., to Mabel (Olson) and Herman Van Ras.

There will be a Celebration of Life service on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 11 a.m. at the Hood River Valley Christian Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be made to the veterans organization of your choice.

A full obituary will appear in a coming edition of the News.

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