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Frederick Williams Short, 63, a resident of The Dalles and former resident of Hood River, died Friday, Jan. 11, 2002, at Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles.

He was born Oct. 29, 1938 in Sulphur Bluff, Hopkins County, Texas to Frederick Jackson and Pearl Elizabeth (Coffin) Short and moved with his family to Oregon at the age of five.

He grew up in various towns in Oregon, including Sutherlin, Roseburg, and Elkton. As a young man he worked for the U.S. Forest Service fighting forest fires and mapping state parks. Living in Hood River at the age of 19, he joined the U.S. Air Force and served in the Seattle Air Defense Sector and on Okinawa as a radar specialist.

He moved to Pasadena, Calif., in 1963 and studied under Herbert W. Armstrong, founder of Ambassador College, and was baptized in 1964. As a member of the Church of God he served for 36 years along with his wife Eunice, whom he married in Central Point, Ore., on Nov. 26, 1965. He was an active member of the church's Spokesmen's Club. He was ordained a deacon in 1999.

He moved back to Oregon in 1970 and worked at various trades, including thinning timber for the Bureau of Land Management, Weyerhaeuser, and the U.S. Forest Service. He was a master carpenter and owned his own custom cabinet shop for 20 years. An avid outdoorsman, he loved hunting and hiking and hand crafted his own bows and arrows.

After becoming a father in 1966 he raised six children and seven grandchildren, who survive him along with his wife Eunice of The Dalles; sons Frederick W., Raymond S. and Joseph W. of Phoenix, Ariz., Richard D. and Jonathan D. of The Dalles, and daughter Sarah E. Trujillo of Portland; grandchildren Frederick III, Bethany, Alexandra, Andrew, Devon, Gage, and Pearl.

Also surviving are his brother, Floyd, of Hood River and sisters Freeda Swofford of Richland, Ore., Martha Henson of Portland, and Gilona Caldwell and Judy Sherrill of Hood River. He was preceded in death by a brother, Friday, in 1959.

A service in celebration of his life will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 1100 Pentland Street in The Dalles, Pastor Don Smythe of the Philadelphia Church of God presiding.

Disposition was by cremation, and his ashes will be inurned at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Philadelphia Church of God, P.O. Box 3700, Edmond, OK 73083. Arrangements were by Columbia Cremation & Burial.


Avanell G. Kahler, a Hood River, Ore., resident, died Jan. 12, 2002, at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. She was 86 years of age.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2002, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Anderson's Tribute Center.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 18, 2002 at 2 p.m. at Anderson's Tribute Center.

Avanell Kahler was born Jan. 2, 1914, to Jesse and Martha (Riley) Gooch in Brunswick, Mo., where she was raised and educated.

On May 24, 1932, she and Robert Kahler were married in Brunswick, M.. They came to Hood River in 1946 and owned and operated an orchard. Mrs. Kahler worked as a Floor Lady at AGA Fruit Cannery for over 20 years.

She was a longtime member and Sunday School Teacher at Hood River Valley Christian Church. She was also a member of the Rebekah Lodge. She enjoyed flowers, gardening and spending time with her family.

Survivors include her son, Richard W. Kahler of Hood River; daughter, Charlotte Machuca of Hood River; six grandchildren, Deborah June Aylett, Richard Wayne Kahler, Jr., Robert James Kahler, Robert Allen Ross, Paul Raymond Ross and Tammi Mae Ross. Twenty great-grandchildren and one great great grandchild also survive.

Her husband, Robert Merton Kahler in 1989 and a son, Robert Lee Kahler in 1984, preceded her in death.

Vault entombment will be at Idlewild Cemetery Mausoleum.


Irene Phoebe Elmer Portner, former resident of Trout Lake, Wash., passed away at her home in Hood River on Ja. 13, 2002, at age 88.

She was born March 17, 1913 in Twin Falls, Idaho, to Benjamin and Pearl (Jones) Marshall. As an infant, Irene moved to the Trout Lake, Wash., area with her family. In 1932 she married Christ Elmer in Trout Lake. They lived near Battle Ground, Wash., for about nine years before moving back to Trout Lake to raise their family.

Christ died in 1960. In 1968, Irene Married Joe Portner. He passed away in 1975. Irene attended the Grace Baptist Church in White Salmon, Wash. She was a great reader and liked playing games, especially cards. She also did a lot of volunteer work for the seniors.

Mrs. Portner is survived by her son, Orville "Bud" Elmer and his wife, Sharon, of Hood River; daughter Elinor Lamoreaux and her husband, Andre of White Salmon; brothers Ben Marshall of Trout Lake, Harold Marshall of Vancouver, Wash., sister Helen Luke of Vancouver; seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Irene was preceded in death by her daughter Arlene Elmer, who died in 1950, brother Bill Marshall, and sisters Florence Clark, Evelyn Canfield and Faye Presler.

Funeral services for Irene Portner will be on Friday, Jan. 18, 2002, at 2 p.m. at Gardner Chapel in White Salmon, with internment at Trout Lake Cemetery. Gardner Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Cecile Ellen Farrar, 74, passed away on Jan. 13, 2002, in Hood River, Ore. She was born in the Husum/BZ Corners area on Feb.. 22, 1927, to Paul E. and Alma (Asbury) Newell.

Cecile went to grade school in Underwood, Wash., and graduated from Columbia High School in White Salmon. After that, she attended beauty school for two years in Portland. It was in Portland that she met a Navy man, Clinton Farrar. They were married in Stevenson, Wash., on Jan. 24, 1948. After Clinton was discharged from the Navy, the couple settled in Underwood, where they reaped their family.

Cecile moved to Hood River in 1998 after Clinton passed away. She loved the woods. Cecile was excellent at identifying mushrooms and enjoyed hunting them. She also liked quiet activities such as reading and spending time in her flower garden. Quite the card shark, Cecile was always up for a game of pinochle.

Survivors include her daughters, Norma Hawley of Mosier, Ore., Carol Henderson of Willard, Wash., and Tammy Hoffman of Hood River.

She is also survived by five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and one brother, Vern Newell of Underwood.

Cecile was preceded in death by her husband, Clinton, and by her son, Don Farrar, who died in 1992. A memorial service for Mrs. Farrar will be on Jan. 16, 2002, at 3 p.m. at Gardner Chapel in White Salmon.

Remembrances in her name may be made to the Relay for Life/American Cancer Society, which was one of her favorite events and charities, in care of Gardner Funeral Home, P.O. Box 390, White Salmon, Wash., 98672, which was in charge of arrangements.


Robert (Bob) Stanfield died in his sleep Dec. 8, 2001 in Chandler, Ariz. He was a resident at 6030 Dee Highway for over a decade.

"He spoke of many friends he had in Parkdale," said his mother, Edna Stanfield.

A memorial service was held Friday, Jan. 4 at 2 p.m. at Amazing Grace Church in Chandler.

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