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Obituaries - Aug. 9/Aug. 13

Donald Hilton

Longtime Hood River resident Donald A. Hilton died Aug. 3, 2003, at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. He was 72 years of age.

A tribute service will be held Monday, Aug. 11 at Anderson’s Tribute Center at 10 a.m. Interment will be at Idlewild Cemetery in Hood River, Ore. A visitation will be held Sunday, Aug. 10, from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Donald was born Sept. 13, 1930 to Luther C. and Dolly C. (Lea) Hilton in Joplin, Mo. He was raised and educated in Columbus, Kan., and then moved to the Hood River Valley with his family in 1946.

In 1951 he joined the U.S. Army in Hood River, and served during the Korean Conflict. He was then honorably discharged in 1953 at Ft. Lewis, Wash. He then returned back to Hood River, and continued working for Diamond Fruit. On June 5, 1955, in Hood River, Don married Marylin Davis, with whom he shared 48 wonderful years of marriage. Don worked for Diamond Fruit for 42 years, where he held many different positions within the company, until his retirement in 1989.

Don enjoyed being a part of the community, and in his retirement days became very active with the Hood River Elks Lodge, American Legion and Masonic Lodge. He loved a good game of cribbage and was proud of the trophies that he had won at various National tournaments. He was a member of the American Cribbage Congress.

Not only did he love to play cribbage, but he enjoyed teaching it to others. During his spare time Don met with high school students from The Dalles, Ore., and taught them the basics of cribbage. This also in turn helped them hone their math skills.

Having no children of their own, Don and his wife held their nieces and nephews close to their hearts. Don loved to spend time with his family and enjoyed being around children.

In his spare time Don enjoyed golfing, fishing and reading.

Mr. Hilton is survived by his wife Marylin of Hood River, brother Larry and his wife, Linda Hilton, of Hood River, sister Carol and her husband, Roy Ponce, of Portland, Ore., six nephews, one niece, nine great-nephews and two great-nieces.

Memorial contributions may be made in Don’s name to a cancer research society or a charity of choice c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

Jack Collins

Jack Collins passed away on Aug. 9, 2003, at Providence Medical Center in Portland, Ore., at the age of 77. He had a severe heart attack from which he could not recover. His wife, four daughters and granddaughter were able to be with him at the end.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday, Aug. 13, at 2 p.m. at Anderson’s Tribute Center with vault interment following at Idlewild Cemetery.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 12, from 4 until 7 p.m. at Anderson’s Tribute Center.

Jack was born in Bryson City, N.C., and moved to the Hood River Valley in August of 1947. He worked for Stadelman Fruit Co. for many years and after his retirement, continued to work on his fruit ranch.

In his younger years he liked to hunt and fish and in his later years he enjoyed keeping his farm equipment going. He liked to fix farm equipment and help others with theirs. He loved his small orchard and the Hood River Valley.

Jack served in World War II as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army.

He is survived by his loving wife, Reva, of 59 years, daughters Sandy Wakamatsu, Lorrie Draper, Marie Colton and Carol Collins, grandchildren Jeff Wakamatsu, Don Wakamatsu, Breezy Spring, Chris Colton and Ashley Draper, great-grandchildren Jessica Wakamatsu, Leland Wakamatsu, Jacob Wakamatsu, Luke Wakamatsu, Jadyn Wakamatsu, Marcus Harmon, Samantha Morley and Seth Eugene Colton, sister Polly Medford and brother Cecil Collins.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother Robert and Delma Collins, his three brothers, Harold, Vincent and J.E. Collins all of Bryson City, N.C.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

Wilbur Sherrell

Wilbur “Sage” B. Sherrell passed away on Aug. 7, 2003, in Wilsonville, Ore., after a long battle with cancer.

Wilbur was born April 9, 1924, to Charles and Nettie Bell Sherrell in Hood River, Ore., where he attended grade school and high school.

In 1943, he married his high school sweetheart, Audrey Davis. Audrey passed away in 1993. Soon after they were married, Wilbur left to serve in the Combat Engineers of the U.S. Army in Europe.

Following his service in World War II, he returned to live in Hood River from 1946-50. In 1950, Wilbur moved his family to Astoria, Ore., where he joined the Oregon State Police. Having a real love of the outdoors, fishing and hunting, Wilbur became a corporal in the Fish and Game Division of the State Police, where he spent 14 years patrolling the forests, rivers and coastal waters of the state.

In 1964, he was recruited from the State Police by Crown Zellerbach Corp., as a risk control manager and investigator. His work with Crown took Wilbur all over the Northwest and Southeastern U.S., as well as Canada and allowed him to continue spending considerable time in the outdoors.

Upon his retirment in the mid-1980s he continued in the investigative field as a consultant for James River and Cavenham coporations while hunting, fishing and camping with his family and friends.

Surviving Wilbur are his two sons, Kermit of Estacada, Ore., and Steve of Lake Oswego, Ore., sisters Nita Griffith of Hood River and Marion Hill of Salem, Ore., as well as seven grandchildren: Joseph, Paul David, Kevin, Scott, Kelsey, Kirsty and Casey.

Wilbur was a man of integrity and honor who was respected and loved by many.

A memorial service was held on Aug. 11 at the Canby Funeral Chapel, Canby, Ore., A graveside service followed at Zion Cemetery in Canby.

Juanita Shuler

Juanita Lavelle Shuler died Aug. 12, 2003, at Oregon Health & Science University.

Arrangements are pending at Anderson’s Tribute Center, 386-1000.

A full obituary will appear in the next edition of the Hood River News.

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