Obituaries - April 23

George Geist

A tribute service for Peter was held Monday, April 21, 2003, at Hood River Middle School.

George “Peter” Geist, a Hood River resident since 1972, died April 15, 2003, while vacationing with his wife, Maggie, in Cancun, Mexico. He was 55.

Peter was born July 21, 1947, in Portland, Ore., and grew up in Lake Oswego, Ore., where he graduated from high school in 1965. During his years in high school, he was active in the debate society, intramurals and student government, having been class president of both his junior and senior classes.

He received a B.S. from Oregon State University and a masters in education from Western Oregon State College (Monmouth) in 1972. He did post graduate studies in education at both Portland State College and Lewis and Clark College. His teaching career began in Hood River at Westside Elementary School in 1972, before transferring to Hood River Middle School in 1984, from which he retired in 1997. During his years in Hood River, he also taught courses at the Columbia Gorge Community College in The Dalles and was active in Toastmasters.

He is known to thousands of former students in the Hood River area as a provocative, charismatic, caring, unconventional, creative teacher. Students remember even now his enrapturing stories, oratory and devices to instill confidence and love of reading and learning. His primary areas of teaching included social studies, speech, drama, economics and reading.

Peter is survived by his wife, Maggie Geist, of Hood River, step daughters Jessica, Rebecca and Gretchen, three and a half grandchildren, sisters Michal Salzer and Suzi Stovall, seven nieces and nephews and thousands of former students who were touched by him and his infectious laughter during his 26 years of teaching.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Peter Geist Hood River Middle School Student Fund c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

Marguel McMullen

Marguel Marie Laurine McMullen, known as “Marg” to her friends, died on Friday, April 18, 2003, at Skyline Hospital in White Salmon, Wash. She was 86 years old. Marg was born in Newell, Iowa on June 4, 1916 to Anna (Olsen) and Jens Schmidt, the oldest of three sisters.

In 1935 she graduated from high school. She married Joseph Leroy McMullen in St. Charles, Mo., on Nov. 1, 1942. They moved to Bingen, Wash., in the 1950s and later moved to White Salmon.

Mr. an Mrs. McMullen were leaders in setting up Senior Services and Senior Council in the 1970s. After Joe’s death, Marguel served as treasurer of Senior Council for many years and served several terms on the Senior Services Advisory Board. For a short time in the 1970s she cooked meals for Mt. Adams Rotary and for the Bingen Eagle Auxiliary. Mrs. McMullen enjoyed watching Cub baseball games, doing crossword puzzles, collecting coins, and most of all, spending time with her family.

She is survived by her two stepsons, Jack McMullen of Oxnard, Calif., and Gary Michaels of North Hills, Calif.; and two sisters, Violet Peterson of Alta, Iowa and Rose Bond of Storm Lake, Iowa.

Also surviving are three nieces, Laurine Smith of White Salmon, Patrea Brane of Omaha, Neb., and Andrea Munson of Cherokee, Iowa; and nephews Leon Peterson of Holstein, Iowa, and Ronald Peterson of Cherokee, Iowa. Also surviving are great-niece Shelly Nickelsen and great-nephew Jeffrey Cooper, both of White Salmon, and several other great-nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.

Marguel was preceded in death by her parents and her husband of 38 years.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 27, at the United Methodist Church in White Salmon, with another memorial service in Iowa at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be given to the White Salmon Senior Center Building Fund or a charity of choice. Gardner Funeral Home’s Columbia River Crematory handled arrangements.

Bonnie Kendall

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 26, 2003, at the White Salmon Elks Lodge for Bonnie Leone Pierce Kendall of Dallesport, Wash., who died on April 19, 2003 at the age of 60.

Bonnie Kendall was born Dec. 2, 1942 in Portland, Ore., to Jacob L. and Wallie (Kuhnhausen) Pierce and was raised on the family farm in Glenwood, Wash.

After high school she worked for the Department of Natural Resources on Diamond Gap Lookout and later worked for several years as the office manager at Skyline Hospital in White Salmon. She also worked at the White Salmon and Hood River Elks Lodges and as a truck driver.

She was a member of White Salmon Elks Lodge 1868 and Hood River Elks Aerie 2210, and for the past several years volunteered at the Veterans’ Home in The Dalles. She was known for her generous nature and gave unselfishly of her time and resources to assist friends in need.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Mary Antoinette Pierce.

She is survived by her beloved children, son and daughter-in-law Anthony and Glena Avila of Vancouver, Wash., her daughter, Arthelda Avila of Dallesport; and her step-children Debra Woodward of Glenwood and Ron Whitmire of Goldendale.

She is also survived by her grandchildren: Angel, Antonia and Sylvia Avila, Arly and Ashley Woodward, and McKayla and Myles Whitmire.

Also surviving are her brother and sister-in-law Glenn and Mary Pierce of Silver Lake, Ore., sister and brother-in-law Lila and Mike McDonald of Kennewick, Wash.; several nieces and nephews, numerous cousins, and many close friends.

A reception will follow the service. Remembrances may be made to Summit View Church in Vancouver, Wash., Glenwood Cemetery, or to the family to help with final expenses in care of Gardner Funeral Home, P.O. Box 390, White Salmon, WA, 98672, who handled arrangements.

Floyd Tanner

Floyd Wesley Tanner, 80, a resident of The Dalles, died at his home on Saturday, April 19, 2003.

He was born June 3, 1922, in Lisbon, ND, the youngest of five children to Joseph Melvin and Mae (Brace) Tanner. The family moved to Hood River and Floyd graduated from Hood River High School. After high school, he enlisted in the Merchant Marines then the Coast Guard during World War II.

He returned to the Mid Columbia area and worked as a heavy equipment operator in construction and for Munsen Paving. In his latter years, he worked as a car ferryman.

He was a member of the First Christian Church and enjoyed the outdoors, his horses and fishing with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Edna Tanner, whom he married Jan. 17, 1971, in Stevenson, Wash., of The Dalles, and seven children: Jo Ann Wilson, Salem, Ore.; Sarah and Robert Burton, The Dalles; Geraldean and Donnie Martin, The Dalles; Barry Tanner, Anchorage, Alaska; Peter Tanner, Portland, Ore. Jody Tanner, Portland; and Jeff Tanner, Portland. He is also survived by several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Also surviving are his sister, Ollie May Weisenhaus, Gresham, Ore.; and his brother, Pete Tanner, Hood River.

Viewing and visitation will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 24 and from 9 a.m. through services on Friday.

Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 25, at Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home with Pastor Lynn Taylor officiating. Private cremation will follow at The Dalles Win-quatt Crematory.

Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church, 3rd and Washington, The Dalles, OR 97058.

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