Obits 10/10


On Monday, Oct. 1, 2001, Betty Jane Lewis died at Mt. Angel Care Facility when she was 79 years of age.

Betty was born the daughter of Leslie Garrett and Jessie Mae (Kinney) Buchan on Sunday, Oct. 23, 1921 in Englewood, Fla. in a hurricane.

Betty graduated from Clearwater High School. Jessie, her mother, and Betty became involved with the Church of the Nazarene and Betty moved to Pasadena, Cal. to attend Pasadena Nararene College. Betty's musical gift and education as a pianist helped finance her college tuition by playing with a smal group at college. She was invited to play piano at a church in Palo Alto by Vern Lewis, who had used other young people in the church.

After a year-long courtship, Betty was married to Vern in the Bressee Avenue Church of the Nazarene in Pasadena on July 10, 1942. During their first year of marriage, Betty tested positive for tuberculosis and when she did not improve with rest and vitamins was admitted to La Vina Sanitarium for nine months.

During this time Vern rode the streetcar to the end of the line and walked four miles up the mountain to see his beloved wife once a week. A few short weeks after her return home, they were assigned their first pastorate in Covert, Kan., a small country town with population of 75. She was to make a parsonage from a four-room house with no running water, a squirrel in the attic, a skunk in the basement, and a loan of $25 for their furniture. She helped Vern pastor in Anthony, Chase, Hutchinson Peniel, and Garden City, Kan., becoming the "Perfect Pastor's Wife."

In 1958, they received the call from the Hood River Church of the Nazarene, where they served for the next nine years, building a new parsonage and a new church, then on to Klamath Falls and Molalla. In 1976, they moved to Alaska, where Betty had never wanted to go and would now have to quote, "never say never!"

While in Fairbanks, Betty went to work for the State of Alaska as a clerk typist, her first time working out of the home. She kept records for the State Nurse, which led her to fly out into the bush where she accumulated some wonderful stories and memories. Betty and Vern retired in 1985 and moved to Vancouver, Wash.

Surviving are her husband Vern Lewis of Aurora and three sons; David P. Lewis of Lake Oswego, Stephen R. Lewis of Aurora, and Mark W. Lewis of Phoenix, Arizona.

Also surviving are her three brothers; Evertt Buchan of Bellevue, Wash, Gerald Buchan and Wallace Buchan both of Vancouver, Wash., and those who have come to know and appreciate her where she had lived and worked. Her brother, Maurice Orlando and her daughter, Gail Lynn Lewis preceded her in death.

Her memorial service will be Saturday, Oct. 6, 2001 at 11 a.m. in the Church of the Nazarene in Hood River with Pastor Jim Beals officiating. Committal is private in Pine Grove Butte Cemetary. Chapel viewing and visitation hours are Friday 5 to 8 p.m. at Attrell's Newberg Chapel, a Golden Rule funeral Home in Newberg.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Providence Benedictine Home in Mt. Angel c/o Attrell's Newberg Chapel, 207 Villa Road, Newberg, OR 97132.


Cascade Locks, Ore. resident Samuel Richard Plush, 85, passed away in White Salmon, Wash. on Sept. 30, 3001. He was born Dec. 25, 1915 in Hazelton, N.D. to William and Mary (Krausch) Plush. He was raised in N.D. and moved to Cascade Locks during World War II.

After the war, Samuel moved to Hood River and went to work for the railroad. Later, he moved to The Dallas and work for The Dallas School District as a custodian. He retired in 1984 and moved back to Cascade Locks about five years ago. Samual was a member of the Cascade Lock Bible Fellowship.

He is survived by his children Sharon Nichlos of Junction City, Ore., Jewel Sisneros of Albuquerque, N.M., and Velva Affeld-Dillow of Vancouver, Wash; step-children Ila Glazier of Eugene, Ore., Sylvia VanWinkle of Port Arthur Texas, Ron Keyser of N.C., and Bill Keyser of Ephrata, Wash.

He is also survived by his brothers, Ralph Plush of N.C. and Willard Plush of Idaho, his sister, Betty May Schober of Nampa, Idaho, six grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

A memorial service for Samuel Plush will be on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 9:30 a.m. at Cascade Locks Bible Fellowship Church in Cascade Locks, Ore. Gardner Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


Ruth Lucille Daum, 86, longtime Hood River, Ore., resident, died Friday, Oct. 5, 2001 at her beloved home and ranch.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 10, 2001 at 11 a.m. at Anderson's Tribute Center.

Ruth was born July 25, 1915 in Lowell, Indiana to Royal George and Carrie Elizabeth (Caster) Daum. She had a brother, Arnold Roy, seven years her senior. Her family moved to East Chicago when she was very young. Ruth was Valedictorian of her East Chicago High School in 1932. She attended University of Chicago where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in home economics.

She taught high school in Riverside, Ill., for three years and then returned to the University of Chicago to earn a Masters of Science degree with a major in food and nutrition. She spent the next 12 years teaching or working in food service in colleges and universities including Florida State College for Women, Michigan State College, Marietta College, Carnegie Institute of Technology, Indiana University, Phoenix College and Southern Oregon College.

Ruth married Horace Arthur Daum on Dec. 30, 1957 in Ashland, Ore. They lived in Seattle, Wash., before settling in Hood River in 1965.

They looked for their dream farm all around the U.S. before finding a private pear orchard (for Horace) with a big house (for Ruth) next to the Hood River. They devoted the next 30 years to working the farm before Horace's death in 1995.

One of Ruth's great loves was music. She started playing piano as a young girl and continued to play her entire life. She was a lover of classical music and enjoyed attending concerts. Ruth was also blessed with a keen intellect and was an avid reader of many newspapers, scientific journals and books. Possessed of faultless manners, she was a gracious hostess and loyal correspondent to many. She was generous with family, friends and many charities to an uncommon degree.

Cousins Terry and Patty Caster and Amy and Jessie Winegeart of Scotts Mills, Ore., as well as Carrie Caster of Woodburn, Ore., who lived with Ruth from 1996 to 1999, survive her.

She is also survived by niece Shirley Daum McNeley of Puyallup, Wash., nephew Bob Daum of Maple Valley, Wash.; cousin Marge (Daum) and Costa Columbus of Portland, Ore., as well as many devoted friends, neighbors and caregivers.

Private vault interment will be at Idlewild Cemetery in Hood River, Oregon.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hood River County Extension Farm Service c/o Anderson's Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.


Jack R. Smith, a Hood River, Oregon resident died October 5, 2001 in Hood River, Oregon. He was 88 years of age.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 10, 2001 at 2 p.m. at Anderson's Tribute Center.

Visitation was held on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2001 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Anderson's Tribute Center.

Jack R. Smith was born May 28, 1913 in Arkansas to Andrew and Margaret Smith. His family moved to Oklahoma and Jack came to Oregon at age 17.

He married Daisy May Collier Oct. 30, 1937 in Vancouver, Wash.

Jack worked as a woodcutter then started horse logging for himself and later bought a Cat to log with. In 1965 he moved to Hood River and bought a small variety orchard that he enjoyed farming and peddling his own fruit. He worked for Champion Mill at the same time he farmed his orchard, retiring from the mill in 1977 and retired from farming in 1996.

His passion was his family, John Deere tractors and gathering at the local Odell Caf‚ with his buddies for a.m. coffee.

His parents, 10 brothers and sisters and his wife of many years, Daisy Smith, preceded him in death.

His daughter, Mary Lou Boedigheimer of Scio, Ore., and son Calvin Smith and his wife Betty of Hood River, survives Jack.

He is also survived by seven grandchildren: Susan Bloom of Odell, Ore.; Jack Boedigheimer of St. Paul, Ore; Steven Smith of Odell; Brian Boedigheimer of Scio; Sharon Price of Parkdale, Ore.; Lara Boedigheimer of Salem, Ore., and Diane Boedigheimer of Wilsonville, Ore., and 15 great-grandchildren also survive.

Concluding services and interment will be at Upper Valley Cemetery in Parkdale.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Odell Fire Department c/o Anderson's Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.


Lifetime Hood River Valley resident Roy Kirby, 86, passed away at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2001.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2001 at Anderson's Tribute Center followed by concluding services and interment at Pine Grove Cemetery.

Roy Kirby was born at home in Dee, Ore., to Wendell and Bessie (Croft) Kirby on July 1, 1915. He lived most of his life in Odell and Pine Grove and his last few years at Parkhurst House in Hood River. Roy graduated from Odell High School in 1933.

On Dec. 30, 1939 he married Dorothy Marie Graves of Dillon, Mont. Dorothy preceded him in death in 1995 after 56 years of marriage. His parents, Wendell and Bessie Kirby, also preceded him in death.

Roy spent his youth herding sheep for the Philippi Ranch in the hills east of Hood River and along the Columbia River. All who knew him remember his wonderful funny stories of those days. In his early twenties, he started work for Apple Growers Association. He spent many years as Superintendent of the Parkdale plant. He retired from Diamond Fruit as the Fresh Fruit Manager in 1980.

Roy will be remembered for his sense of humor and his kindness and caring spirit. Many of his employees considered him their best boss. He quietly touched many hearts and will be sorely missed.

Roy was always a farmer raising apples, pears, cows, beef, pigs and chickens, and most of all his beloved sheep. The Oregon Wool Growers Association once named him Grower of the Year. His garden was his pride and joy. People would come from far and wide to share the fruits of his garden and he enjoyed countless years feeding family and "the world". He was an avid reader and book collector, enjoyed woodworking and puttering in his shop, and loved to cook.

Roy was a member of the Pine Grove United Methodist Church where he served as President of the Board for many years. Roy was a Mason and belonged to Hood River Lodge No. 105, Al Kader Temple, and Scottish Rite of Freemasonry.

He was a member of the Hood River Elks Lodge for 62 years, Hood River-Tsuruta Sister City, Diamond Fruit Growers and the Farm Bureau.

Roy is survived by his daughter, Mary Ann Wright and grandson Rob O'Brien, both of Bellevue, Wash.; his three brothers, Ralph, Ken and wife, Bonnie, and Harold and wife, Ann, all of Hood River. In addition, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews survive him.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shriner's Hospital for children or Hospice of the Gorge, c/o Anderson's Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.


Jesse E. Rice, a Hood River, Ore., resident died Friday, Oct. 5, 2001 at Emanuel Hospital in Portland, Ore. He was 76 years of age.

Funeral services will be held at Anderson's Tribute Center on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2001 at 11 a.m.

Jesse E. Rice was born March 13, 1925 in Gillette, Wyo., to Edward and Nellie Rice. After his father died in a farm accident he was raised by his grandmother Forbes in Gillette. He came to Hood River to visit relatives prior to joining the U.S. Air Force in 1943. Here he met Eleanor Goss. Jesse was discharged from the service when World War II ended and returned to Mt. Hood.

He and Eleanor were married July 2, 1945 in The Dalles, Ore. They made their home primarily at Mt. Hood. Jesse worked at falling and bucking timber during the summer and as warehouse foreman for Apple Growers Association during the fall and winter months. Later he became a fulltime employee for Diamond Fruit Growers, working as a plant superintendent. Jesse was a member of the volunteer Pine Grove Fire Department, and served as the treasurer for 25 years, before retiring.

Jesse was preceded in death by his son, Randy Rice, grandson Jeff Rice, Mother Nellie, and father-in-law Odie Goss.

His wife of 56 years, Eleanor and two children, Christi Torres, and Al Tafoya of Palm Springs, Calif., and Jesse R. and wife, Kathy, of Hood River, his brother, Hubert L. Rice and mother-in-law, Mildred Goss, survive him.

He is also survived by grandchildren and great-grandchildren Darci and Keith Anderson and daughter, Emily Jane; Rod Rice, Becky Rice, Jon Torres and daughter Sierra; Kameron and Angel Torres and son, Kyle, and daughter, Baylee; Sue and Eric Moore and son, Riley, and daughter, Jaden.

Interment will be at Pine Grove Butte Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pine Grove Fire Department c/o Anderson's Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.


David Millan, age 75, died at Hood River Care Center Sept. 7, 2001. Funeral services will be held in Lindsay, Calif.

David Millan was born May 19, 1926 in Santa Barbara, Michoacan, Mexico. He moved to Lindsay, California in 1962 and lived there until May 2001 when he came to Hood River, Oregon to be near his son and daughter. He had been at the care center since August 24, 2001.

David was a longtime farm worker, following the seasonal crops. In the Hood River area, he had worked for Wells Orchards.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Millan of Lindsay, Calif. and six sons: Robert, David, Jr., Jim, Nick, Candelario and Mark Anthony, and three daughters, Rachel Marina and Michelle and Linda Millan.

He is also survived by two brothers, Lupe Millan and Gabriel Millan and one sister, Victoria Millan. Twenty-one grandchildren, three great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

Interment will be at Lindsay-Strathmore Cemetery in Lindsay, California.

Funeral arrangements are by Anderson's Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

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