Obituaries for February 2012

Obituary

Robert James Foley Sr.

Robert James Foley Sr., better known as Bob, was born in his mother's home in Carson, Wash., on Nov. 21, 1946. He attended elementary and middle school in Carson, where he began his life-long love of music, playing flute, saxophone, ...

James Carl Carter

James Carl Carter, 85, passed away Jan. 25, 2012, at Providence Medical Center of Portland, Ore. Carl was born April 20, 1926, in McLean, Texas, to James McKnight and Cora (Pugh) Carter. He moved to Hood River, Ore., in May ...

Lois Eileen Funston

One of God's sweetest saints went to glory on Jan. 29, 2012. Lois Eileen Funston was born in a region of the Ozarks in Missouri on July 11, 1919, to Roy and Clara Harling. She was born a twin, though ...

Melissa Sue Sanchez

On Jan. 25, 2012, Melissa Sue Sanchez completed her life journey, and was lovingly brought home to God at the young age of 54. She died surrounded by loved ones at a local care facility. Melissa was the oldest of ...

Linda Ruth Walters

Linda Ruth (Gangwer) Walters, 69, of Camas, Wash., passed away at 10:47 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, after a courageous and lengthy struggle with kidney disease and related ailments. She died with dignity at home in peace and with ...

Jeanne A. Saxton

Jeanne A. (Newman) Saxton was born May 16, 1920, in Hood River, Ore., to Carl D. and Leona M. Newman. She passed away at home in Salem, Ore., on Jan. 27, 2012, at the age of 91. She was married ...

JoAnn Marie Klapprich

JoAnn Marie Klapprich, 77, of Cascade Locks, Ore., passed away Jan. 26, 2012 in Hood River, Ore. She was born July 27, 1934, in Lubbock, Texas, to George and Florence Byers. She was the oldest of four children. She married ...

Jon Brent Norman

Jon Brent Norman, of Parkdale, Ore., passed away on Jan. 24, 2012, at Providence Medical Center in Portland, Ore. Jon was born Dec. 1, 1976, in Hood River, Ore., to Charles and Dorothy (Covey) Norman. He graduated from the Hood ...

Donald Francis Packer

Donald Francis Packer, 80, peacefully passed away at the home where he had lived for more than 60 years on Jan. 28, 2012, with his family at his side. Don was born May 18, 1931, in his grandparents' home on ...

Lester J. Martin

Lester J. Martin, 92, passed away Jan. 24, 2012, in Parkdale, Ore., with family by his side. Lester was born April 15, 1919, in Beaver Dam, Wis., to Lester E. Martin and Evelyn Ann Vockroth. He grew up in Beaver ...

Mark Alan Howell

Mark Alan Howell, 62, passed away at Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles, Ore., on Jan. 28, 2012. Mark was born April 26, 1949, in The Dalles to Dale Washington and Helen Lucille (Bicker) Howell, but spent his life in ...

Kenneth Harold Gardner

Kenneth Harold Gardner was born on Sept. 24, 1918, at the Larsen family ranch house in the Snowden area, just north of the Snowden cemetery in Washington. He passed away peacefully in the company of loved ones at Hawks Ridge ...

Donald William Kitchens

Donald William Kitchens, 75, passed away Feb. 2, 2012, at his home in Cascade Locks, Ore., of natural causes. He was born Sept. 4, 1936, in Kansas City, Mo., to Harold A. Chroninger and Geneva Jo Sharpe Kitchens. He married ...

Elva Lee Bray

Elva Lee Bray, 87, passed away peacefully at her home in Hood River, Ore., on Feb. 2, 2012, after a very courageous 14-year battle with cancer. She was born Elva Lee Edwards in Norfolk, Va., on Feb. 20, 1924, to ...

James Carl Carter

James Carl Carter, 85, passed away Jan. 25, 2012, at Providence Medical Center of Portland, Ore. Carl was born April 20, 1926, in McLean, Texas, to James McKnight and Cora (Pugh) Carter. He moved to Hood River, Ore., in May ...

Sterling Lee Kadlec

Former Hood River, Ore., resident Sterling Lee Kadlec was born in Suring, Wis., on May 11, 1927, to Edward and Goldie (Graham) Kadlec. He passed away at his home in The Dalles, Ore., on Feb. 7, 2012, at the age ...

Mollie Rachel Lee

A bright shining light, Mollie Rachel Lee, passed from this earth on Feb. 4, 2012, in Portland, Ore. Mollie was a beautiful, joyful woman with twinkling eyes, dark curly hair and smiling, rosy-red lips. She had boundless energy and enthusiasm, ...

Ricky L. Younkins

Ricky L. Younkins, 44, died at his home in Las Vegas, Nev., on Feb. 11, 2012. Born in Anchorage, Alaska, Ricky moved to Fairbanks, Alaska, with his family, where he attended school and graduated with honors from West Valley High ...

Jean Milton Fitts

Cdr. Jean Milton Fitts, USN (Ret.), passed away on Feb. 9, 2012, in Hood River, Ore. Jean was born Oct. 11, 1927, in Wichita Falls, Texas. He was the youngest son of Albert L. and Eurice D. Fitts. He received ...

Clifford Alden Lester

Clifford "Cliff" Alden Lester, 96, of Hood River, Ore., passed away quietly in his sleep Feb. 9, 2012, at his home in Odell, Ore. Cliff was born July 11, 1915, on Eastside Road in Hood River to Jesse Dixon Lester ...

Jimme Jerald Weseman

Jim Weseman, 81, passed on Feb. 13, 2012, at the Providence Hospital in Portland, Ore. Jimme Jerald Weseman was born in Archie, Mo., on April 25, 1930, to Bill and Nadine Weseman. Jim is survived by his wife, Cleo; four ...

Barbara Jean Harder

Barbara Jean (Barb) Harder died of age-related causes at her home in Eugene, Ore., on Feb. 17, 2012. Barb was a longtime resident of Hood River, Ore., where she was born on the family farm near the old Barrett School ...

William Henry Bayless

William Henry Bayless, 83, passed away at Parkhurst House in Hood River, Ore., on Feb. 16, 2012. Bill was born on Oct. 1, 1928, in El Centro, Calif., the son of Mary Turner Bayless and Henry Roberts Bayless. Days following ...

Mildred Ellen Goss

Mildred Ellen (Short) Goss died on Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, at home surrounded by her family. She was born on July 28, 1931, to John Thomas Short and Bessie Mildred (Barbour) Short in Glenwood, Ark. Mildred moved to Hood River ...

Bernette Lenore Frigaard

Bernette Lenore Frigaard passed away peacefully in her sleep at Parkhurst House in Hood River, Ore., on Feb. 18, 2012. Bernette was born April 15, 1919, to Albert and Martha Bakken in Rural Sharon, N.D., the oldest of five children. ...

William Larry Gramse

William L. (Larry Bill) Gramse, 77, passed away at the hospital in Woodburn, Ore., on Jan. 30, 2012. Bill was born Oct. 2, 1934, in Hood River, Ore., to Ernest L. “Larry” Gramse and Leta Bowerman, who were pioneers in ...

William Edwin Takasumi

William "Bill" Edwin Takasumi passed away Feb. 21, 2012, in Portland, Ore. He was born in Hood River, Ore., to Mas and Mitsue Takasumi on Jan. 7, 1955. He was raised in Hood River and graduated in 1973 from Hood ...

Richard Thomas Miller

A lifelong Oregon resident, Richard Thomas Miller, passed away at his home in Cascade Locks on Feb. 21, 2012. He was born Oct. 29, 1958, in Albany, Ore., and lived there until 1963 when the family moved to Portland. He ...

David Gray Anderson

David Gray Anderson died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, at the Klickitat Valley Hospital in Goldendale, Wash. Dave was born in Alberta, Canada, on Nov. 24, 1951. He spent his teen-age years in the Hood River area, where he grew up ...

Tommy Melton Holt

Tommy Melton Holt's life ended unexpectedly at the age 64, while dancing with his wife of 34 years, Joanne Holt, in Kailua Kona, Hawaii, on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012. Tommy was born on Jan. 8, 1948, in Pauls Valley, Okla., ...

Mildred Rowena Bronson

An intimate graveside service was held for Mildred Rowena Porter Bronson on the afternoon of Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, at the Parkdale Cemetery. Mildred, known as Morning by many of her close relatives, was 101 at the time of her ...