Obituaries 9/22


Frank M. "Brick" Stratton, a Hood River, Ore., resident, died Sept. 17, 2001 at Hood River Care Center at the age of 91.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2001 at 2 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Visitation will be held on Monday, September 24, 2001 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Anderson's Tribute Center.

Frank was born on Oct. 24, 1909 in Dufur, Ore., to Frank R. and Mary (Cantrell) Stratton. His father was manager of the Moody Ranch. In his early years the family lived in Brighton and Koberg, Ore.

In 1922, the family moved to Hood River, Ore., where he attended Pine Grove School and Hood River High School, graduating in 1924. He loved sports, playing baseball and football where he was a star player. Brick competed on the town baseball team for many seasons.

On Aug. 31, 1939, he and Bertha Kneale were married.

In May 1942 he enlisted in the U.S. Army serving in England and France until November 1945. After returning to Hood River from the Army, he was a founder in the Hood River Valley of a twelve-step program, where after 54 years of giving himself to help others, he left many devoted friends and many hundreds who say he saved their lives.

Over the years he held positions with Bartel Motors, Brisbane Appliances, Hal Nesbit, E & L Auto, and was manager of the American Legion Club for many years.

He was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and was a member of the Hood River Elks Club for over 60 years.

He was preceded in death by his wife Bertha, his parents and two brothers.

Survivors include cousins Jackie Cole of Mosier, Ore.; Loye Neal of The Dalles, Ore.; Dorothy Ober of McMinnville, Ore.; Jack Morgan of Nevada and Steve Morton of Vancouver, Wash.

Vault entombment will be at Idlewild Cemetery Mausoleum.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mark's Episcopal Church or Hospice of the Gorge c/o Anderson Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.


Elgin Mac Cornett, a Hood River, Ore., resident, died Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2001 at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. He was 87 years of age.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, September 24, 2001 at 11 a.m. at Anderson's Tribute Center.

Elgin Mac Cornett was born Oct. 7, 1913 in London, Kentucky to John and Laurel (Hibbard) Cornett. He was raised in Prineville, Ore., and graduated from Oregon State University in 1939 with a Bachelors degree in agricultural engineering. In 1957, he earned a Masters degree from Michigan State University.

On Sept. 3, 1939, he and Patricia Reilly were married in Parkdale, Ore.

Elgin worked with the Oregon State University Agricultural Service in Wasco, Umatilla, Lake, Deschutes and Wallowa Counties from 1941 until his retirement in 1967.

Following his retirement, he and his wife spent several years in Kenya and Iran developing agricultural extension programs and training native personnel under the auspices of Near East Foundation and United Nations.

In 1975 they moved to New York City where Elgin administered overseas programs for Near East Foundation. In 1978 they returned to Africa for a tour in Lesotho before retiring in Hood River.

Elgin was a past president of the Hood River County Historical Society, Rotary International in Lake County and the Oregon County Agents Association, receiving a certificate of distinguished service in 1966.

He was also a member of the Lions Club, the Masonic Lodge, the Elks Club, Grange and Good Sam Club and had served on the board of Idlewild Cemetery. He enjoyed reading, camping, family and gardening.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Patricia Cornett of Hood River, Ore.; three sons, Jerry Cornett of LaGrande, Ore.; Dan Cornett of Vancouver, Wash., and Fred Cornett of Eugene, Ore., and a daughter, Kathleen Cornett, of Portland, Ore..

He is also survived by a brother, Jack Cornett of Bend, Ore., and a sister, Eloise Kirsch of Myrtle Point, Ore. Five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren also survive.

Concluding services and interment will be at Idlewild Cemetery.

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


Lillian Mae Wheeler, a Hood River, Ore., resident, died surrounded by her family at Providence Brookside Manor on Monday, Sept. 17, 2001. She was 86 years of age.

Graveside services were to be held on Friday, Sept. 21, 2001 at 3 p.m. at Idlewild Cemetery Mausoleum

She was born the first of five children June 20, 1915 in Baker City, Ore., to Willis H. and Ruth Jenkins Lillard. Her family also included two half brothers and a half sister. She grew up in Baker City, Haines and the North Powder area graduating from North Powder High School in 1933.

On Aug. 5, 1935, she and Arnold W. Wheeler were married in Stevenson, Washington.

She worked for many years for Diamond Fruit Growers at the Cascade House as a fruit packer. She enjoyed playing bridge with her many friends and continued that activity until the time of her illness. Her main love in life was her family and home; loving and caring for her husband, children and especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a longtime member of Hood River Valley Christian Church.

Her parents, brothers, sisters and an infant grandson, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her husband of 66 years, Arnold Wheeler of Hood River, Oregon; her daughter, Jane Herman and her husband, Lee Roy, of Mosier, Ore.; a son, Doug Wheeler and his wife, Jill, of Portland, Ore.; granddaughters Shelley Gove of Mosier and Nicole Wheeler of Monmouth, Ore.; a grandson, Chris Wheeler and his wife, Rachel, of Vancouver, Wash.; great-grandchildren Emmy and Mariah Gove and Katelyn and Colton Wheeler; two sisters-in-law, Faye Lillard of Baker City, Ore., and Kathryn Lillard of Klamath Falls, Ore.; an aunt, Suzanne Jenkins McCulley of Baker City, Ore. and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and many friends and caregivers from Brookside Manor and Hospice.

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


A family prayer service was held for the memory of Mabel D. Stephens, 68, a resident of The Dalles who died in the early morning hours of Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001 surrounded by family.

She was born March 9, 1933 in Hard Rock, Ariz., to Deneh D. and Betty Badoni. She married Roy Edward Stephens in Independence, Ore., on Aug. 9, 1957. She was a devoted wife and caring mother and worked for years as a packer at Diamond Fruit.

She is survived by her husband Roy, and by her children; daughters Laura Tufti, Erma and her husband, Armando Garcia, sons Lonnie, Johnnie and his wife, Julie, Michael and his wife, Della; a niece, Margaret, and her husband, Regi Johnson; brother Joseph Badoni; aunt Annie Badoni; 10 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and numerous extended family members in Arizona.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one grandchild, Senka Stephens.

Arrangements were by Columbia Cremation and Burial.

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