Obituaries 11/28


Elmer Edward Bork of Monmouth died Nov. 10 in Dallas, Ore. He was 85.

He was born to Edward and Rua Knickerbocker Bork on the family farm west of Monmouth.

He attended the local schools and graudated from Monmouth High School in 1934. He joined the Navy Air Corp in 1941 and served four years. He returned to the family farm in 1945.

He married Marylee in 1946 and together they operated a dairy and grain farm for the nest 25 years.

He was a 4-H leader and the dairy they operated was opened to many Monmouth school children over the years as one of the school field trips.

He was a member of the Monmouth Christian Church, the IOOF Lodge, and was a life member of the American Legion, VFW and the Elks Lodge.

He enjoyed fishing and hunting. He could always find time to take one or more of this 11 grandchildren fishing.

Survivors include his wife, Marylee Bork of Monmouth, son William Bork of Portland, daughters Barbara Bisbee of Tigard and Joan Fitts of Independence; sisters, Connie Crawford of Milton Freewater and Dorothy Rood of Dobbins, Calif. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Private graveside services were held at Idlewild Mausoleum in Hood River.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Oregon Veterans Home Trust Fund, 700 Summer St., N.E., Salem, OR 97301 or a charity of choice.

Farnstrom Mortuary of Independence handled the arrangements.


Preston L. Young peacefully passed away on the morning of Nov. 23, 2001.

Born Dec. 5, 1913, he was the son of Wally and Bertha Young, and the older brother of Joe Young (now deceased).

Preston grew up in Odell, Ore., near Hood River, where he began and excelled with his talent in music. As a teenager, he moved to Portland from Hood River to complete high school at Portland Vocational-Tech High, and play violin in the Portland Youth Symphony. He also had a fine singing voice and as an adult, he took the solo tenor part in a performance of Handel's Messiah.

Preston is survived by his wife of 64 years, Florence Young, formerly Florence Hallett, of Silverton, Ore. Together they raised their four children: Willetta Pinkham of Valencia, California, Loretta Bentson of Anchorage, Alaska, Dennis Young (deceased in 1969), and Michelle Dow of Dallas, Texas.

They also have 10 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren, all of which knew them warmly as Papa and Beach (Florence's popular nickname).

Preston worked as a bookkeeper for Union Oil Company and later for Ben Faber Electric. He and Florence lived for 35 years in the Beaverton area on a six-acre farm, where Preston enjoyed gardening and was specifically known for his remarkable dahlias. They also owned a home at Cannon Beach, Ore., where they lived during the early years of their retirement. Then in the 1980s, the warmth and sunshine of Yuma, Ariz., beckoned them. They then purchased a home and began wintering there, until finally moving to Yuma fulltime in 1992.

As Preston's health declined, he moved into Yuma Nursing Center and spent the last years of his life there, visited regularly by family and friends.

Preston's children and grandchildren have fond memories of him sitting at their grand piano in the Hillsboro home, where he would play through his repertoire in the evenings. Up until the last years of his life, Preston continued to enjoy playing the piano, singing, and listening to others make music. He knew a great variety of songs by heart and among his favorites were In The Garden, What a Friend We Have In Jesus, and Turkey in The Straw.

Preston is remembered as a friendly, caring person who loved being with people and especially took pleasure in his family. He was generous with both time and resources.

A memorial service and internment will be held on Friday, Nov. 30, 11 a.m. at Skyline Memorial Gardens, 4101 NW Skyline Blvd., Portland, OR.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in memory of Preston L. Young to Yuma Nursing Center, Staff Activities Fund, 1850 West 25th St., Yuma, AZ 85364, or to the Afghan Refugee Fund, Christian Aid, 3045 Ivy Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903.


Henry R. Lind, a Hood River, Oregon resident, died November 22, 2001 of congestive heart failure at Hood River Care Center. He was 76 years of age.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, Nov. 26, 2001, at 4 p.m. at Anderson's Tribute Center.

Hank was born in Boise, Idaho, on July 9, 1925. He grew up in Vale, Oregon. He served in the Marines from 1943 to 1947 and saw active duty in Peleliu and Okinawa.

On Aug. 26, 1951, Hank married Georgia Ellen Snead of Umatilla. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Oregon College in 1955. Later he obtained two Masters degrees -- one from the University of Oregon and one from Oregon State University.

Hank taught math at Franklin High School (Portland) and Portland Community College for a total of 31 years. He also taught at the grade school in Cove, Oregon from 1951 to 1953. He retired in 1986 and moved from Cornelius to Hood River in 1995.

Hank was preceded in death by a brother, a sister and a granddaughter.

Survivors include his wife, Georgia of Hood River; daughter and son-in-law, Janet and Pat Echanis of Hood River; daughter Joanne Reece of Ontario; and four grandchildren, Andrea Johnson, Randi-Jo Reece, Jessica Echanis, and Jason Echanis.

He is also survived by one brother, Bud Lind of Spokane, Wash., and two sisters, Maxine Alrick of Borrego Springs, Calif., and Verna Eichmann of Boise, Idaho.

The family suggests remembrances be sent to Hood River Library Foundation in memory of Hank Lind, c/o Anderson's Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.


Helen Louise Klee, age 91, a resident of Hood River, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2001, at the Hood River Care Center.

Services are pending for Friday at Anderson's Tribute Center.

A full obituary will follow in the next edition of the Hood River News. Please call Anderson's Tribute Center at 386-1000 for exact service time.


R. Don Martin, formerly of The Dalles, died earlier this month in Parkdale, Ore. He was 64.

Don was the son of V.R. "Jack" Martin and Rose Thelma Martin of The Dalles. He attended high school there, working on the family farm before joining the Air Force at 17. After four years in the service he returned to work on the family farm, marrying Carol A. Williams. They lived in Parkdale for eight years before moving to Salem in 1975. Don went back to school, receiving his bachelor's degree in social services, later becoming a residential treatment manager for several homes in Portland.

In 1998 he returned to Parkdale, where he became very active on the Internet, running a political forum for two online newspapers in England, called The Register and the Enquirer. He enjoyed this work the most.

He is survived by his son, Richard D. Martin, of Salem, Rosalee C. George, also of Salem, and Kelly Rae-Martin Lewis of Powhatan, Va. He is also survived by his friends Everett and Connie Campbell of Parkdale.


A memorial service for Orville Ray Bailey was Nov. 19 in Ione, Ore.

He died Nov. 16, 2001, at his home, at age 62. Orville, of Ione, was formerly of the Mt. Hood/Parkdale area.

He was born Aug. 12, 1938, in Tonkawa, Okla., to James and Pearl Neeley Bailey, Sr.. He worked on the construction of the Willow Creek Dam Road in Heppner.

On Aug. 6, 1967, he married Robin Moran. The couple lived in Oregon, Nevada and California before moving to Ione in 1999.

Survivors include his wife, Robin, Moran Bailay at home, sons James Bailey in Alaksa, Tony Bailey in Parkdale, daughter Kimberley Austin of McMinnville, brothers Arthur Bailey of Caldwell, Idaho; Tom Bailey of Odell, Ore., and Jerry Bailey and Douglas Bailey, both of Parkdale.

He is also survived by sisters Phyllis Holland and Rhonda Geister, both of Chehalis, Wash., and three grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lexington Grange, P.O. Box 301, Lexington, OR 97839.

Sweeney Mortuary in Heppner was in charge of arrangements.


Kenneth Dillard Patterson, Jr. of Portland died Nov. 14 at his home. He was 65.

Kenneth was born April 4, 1936 in Eugene, raised in Lake Oswego, Ore., and lived in the Columbia Gorge-Hood River area. He moved to Portland around 1985.

He served in the U.S. Army and worked as a real estate agent.

He assisted with handicapped bicycling, and did many restorations of historical homes in Oregon from start to finish. He loved boating, water and snow-skiing. He had a passion for antiques, and restoring old cars. He was a preservationist and enjoyed fishing.

He is survived by his daughter, Suzie Andreas of Eugene, and son Matthew Patterson of Phoenix, Ariz.

He is also survived by his brothers: John P. Patterson of West Linn, Ore., David C. Patterson of Portland, Ore., and Daniel Patterson of Bend., Ore., and one granddaughter.

Arrangements were made by Young's Crematory of Tigard, Ore. Remembrances can be made to Alcoholics Anonymous.

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