Obituaries - Feb. 26

Raymond Shaw

Hood River resident Raymond Albert Shaw died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2003, at his home. He was 83 years of age.

A Tribute Service will be held Friday, Feb. 28, at 2 p.m. at the Hood River Assembly of God Church.

A visitation will be held Thursday, Feb. 27, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Anderson’s Tribute Center.

Raymond Albert Shaw was born June 6, 1919 in Tripp County South Dakota near Dallas, S.D. to Albert Herman and Bertha Pearl (Schwartz) Shaw. He lived with his parents on their homestead until 1937, during the depression he and his family moved to Oregon, settling in Hood River.

Mr. Shaw’s first job was falling timber for a small tie mill. He then worked on several ranches, canneries, packing houses and then for Diamond Fruit.

On June 16, 1940 Raymond married Evelyn Jenson in Hood River, OR, whom with he shared 62 wonderful years of marriage.

In the mid 1940s Mr. Shaw worked hauling rock and building logging roads for Oregon Lumber Company. He then bought his own truck and went into the wood business and from there to commercial hauling. Raymond then began working for the Hood River Supply Association as a service manager where he faithfully served the company for 35 years, retiring in 1984.

Some of Raymond’s hobbies included fishing and traveling.

Mr. Shaw is survived by his wife Evelyn of Hood River, son Richard Shaw of Hood River, daughter Barbara Laney of Hood River, sisters Doris Eve of Mesa, Wash., and Pamela Sohler of Molalla, Ore., grandchildren Linda Phillips, Melissa Hayes and Aaron Laney of Hood River, Kristen Shaw of Tualitan, Ore., and Cheryl DeHart of The Dalles, Ore., great-grandchildren Rachelle Sohler, Rebecca Phillips, Madison Hayes, Kella DeHart, Ryan DeHart, Megan DeHart and Cassidy Miller and 37 nieces and nephews.

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

Charles ‘Tom’ Howe

Hood River resident Charles “Tom” Howe died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2003, at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. He was 77 years of age. Services will be held on Saturday, March 1, at 2 p.m. at St. Marks Episcopal Church on the corner of 11th and Eugene streets in Hood River. Tom Howe was born in Walla Walla, Wash., to Charles T. and Helen (Wood) Howe on Oct, 27, 1925. He moved to Hood River at a young age and continued to make his home here. Shortly after graduation he worked with his father at Howe Electric Co. and later for the estate until the business was sold. He then worked for Martin Marietta 22 years and retired in 1985, and began traveling which was one of his hobbies.

Other hobbies included woodworking and bowling. On Jan. 22, 1950 Tom and Carol Jean Caughey were married at St. Marks Church in Hood River. He was a past member of the Eagles Lodge and the Elks Lodge and a lifetime member of the Good Sam Club. He served as an Assistant Director of Oregon Good Sam. Upon his retirement from that office he became an Assistant Director Emeritus of Oregon Good Sam until his death. As Assistant Director for Oregon Good Sam, he had the privilege of being an interviewer for Dogs for the Deaf. He was a warm and generous hearted man who loved people.

He is survived by his wife, Carol, of Hood River, his sister Janet Bennett and her husband, John, of Hood River, nephew Tom Bennett of Seattle, niece Mary Ellen Bennett, of Eugene, nephew Ernest Thesman, of Bel Air, Calif., and his children, Michael and daughter Deborah Shemorry and her husband, Gary.

Also surviving are her niece Susan Lageman, and her husband, Henry, of Portland; nephew Harry Marks and his wife Ellen, of Santa Rosa, Calif.; nephew Scott Marks and his wife, Diane, of Chandler, Ariz.; and niece Judy Bumey.

His parents, Charles T. Howe and Helen (Wood) Howe preceded him in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to Dogs for the Deaf through Oregon Good Sam c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont St., Hood River, OR 97031 or St. Marks Church, P.O. Box 25, Hood River, OR 97031.

Elvera Flerchinger

Hood River resident Elvera Flerchinger died of brain cancer Sunday, Feb. 23, 2003, at her home. She was 68 years of age.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, March 1, 2003, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic church.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, March 1, at 2 p.m. at Anderson’s Tribute Center. A reception will follow.

Elvera Ruth Flerchinger was born in Seligman, Mo., on July 21, 1934 to Tina and Huldrich Kurtz. She had two older brothers, Wallace and Earl Kurtz, and one younger brother, Charles Kurtz.

She started school in Filer, Idaho. She attended grade school in Hazen, Nev., and junior high in Reno Nevada, moved to Oregon in 1949 and graduated from Estacada High School. Elvera graduated from the Oregon College of Education (now Western Oregon University) in Monmouth in 1955 with a degree in elementary education. She married Don Flerchinger on June 9, 1956.

Following her education Mrs. Flerchinger taught third and fourth grades for 36 years. Her first teaching job was in Madras, Ore., where she taught seven years, then moved to and taught in Bend, Ore. Elvera came to Hood River in 1974 and continued teaching until retiring in 1991. After retirement, she was a partner in Flerchinger Vineyards.

Mrs. Flerchinger was President and Past President of Delta Kappa Gamma, which she was a member of since 1977. She was on the negotiating team for the Teachers Union in Hood River and was an officer in the union. She also served as office secretary-treasurer of Hood River Museum Board.

Elvera was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Her favorite activity was spending time with her five grandchildren. Elvera also loved the outdoors and spent many days hiking with friends and family in the Gorge and around Mt. Hood. She enjoyed collecting antiques, attending antique shows and was an avid garage saler.

Elvera also enjoyed reading and traveling. She had spent time in Australia, Russia, London, Paris, Ireland, Germany, Mexico, Italy, Austria and many places throughout the United States.

Mrs. Flerchinger is survived by her husband, Donald Flerchinger of Hood River, sons Joe Flerchinger and his wife, Sutton, of Richland, Wash., and Greg Flerchinger and his wife, Amy, of Gresham, Ore., daughter Denise Flerchinger and her husband, Mark James, of Tigard, Ore., brothers Wallace Kurtz of Sparks, Nev., and Charles Kurtz of Portland, Ore., and grandchildren Shannon, Nick, Anastasia and Sydney Flerchinger and Carter James.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Gorge or the Hood River County Museum c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River.

Bernice Wilhelm

Bernice Marcella Wilhelm died at her home in Hood River, Ore., on Feb. 21, 2003. Bernice Marcella Wiench was born on April 29, 1921, to parents Frank Wiench and Clementine Lonski Wiench in Jamestown, N.D.

When she was 17, she met her sweetheart, Paul Wilhelm by chance one evening when she stopped him and asked him to tie her red neck tie. They fell in love and were married in Freed, N.D. in 1943, and later raised four children in Great Falls, Montana.

Besides being a wife and devoted mother, Bernice enjoyed a rich career throughout her life. She received her teaching degree from Dickinson State Teachers College, in Dickinson, North Dakota. She worked as a teacher and was the principal at Dodge High School in North Dakota. While in Washington D.C., she served as a statistician for the Census Bureau.

She was a V.P. Treasurer for Deluxe Tool and Die Co. of Chicago. She spent many years as her husband’s business partner for his long-time dental practice in Great Falls, Montana. In 1999, Bernice and Paul moved to Hood River from Great Falls, Mont., to be near their family.

Bernice was preceeded in death by her brothers Francis Wiench and Alcuin Wiench. Bernice is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Paul Wilhelm of Hood River; sister Beatrice Hall of Enumclaw, Wash., and Roland Wiench of Great Falls, Mont.; son Robert Wilhelm of Tracy, Wash.; William Wilhelm of Modesto, Calif.; Joan DeDyker of Whitehall, Mont.; Thomas Wilhelm of Hood River, and seven-and-a-half grandchildren.

Funeral mass will be held on Saturday, March 1, at 8:30 a.m. at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church, 1501 Belmont Drive, Hood River.

Ruth Harvey

Ruth Evelyn Harvey, a Hood River, Ore. resident, died Feb. 23, 2003, at her residence. She was 80 years of age. Private family services were held.

Ruth was born Feb. 13, 1923 in Lebanon, Kan., to Charles Ross and Millie (Kindler) Kline. She was raised and educated in Kansas and graduated from St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in Kansas City. In 1948, she and “Bud” Harvey were married in Lebanon, Kansas. They moved to Hood River in 1955.

Mrs. Harvey worked as a registered Nurse at Hood River Memorial Hospital for about 15 years. She was a former member of Hood River Valley Christian Church. She enjoyed wildlife, feeding quail and hummingbirds, cooking and being a caregiver.

She is survived by her husband, Bud Harvey of Hood River; daughters Liane and Carla Harvey of Portland, Ore.; son Dennis Harvey of Hood River, and sister Dolores Stansberry of El Paso, Texas. Three grandchildren and one great grandchild also survive.

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

Marilyn Smith

Marilyn Long Smith was born Feb. 21, 1946, in Hood River, Ore., to Herman and Gladys Long. She was the fourth of five children and was raised to love and respect the people she came in contact with.

Marilyn met Aubrey Smith on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 1970, and they were married Friday, Mar. 13, 1970. After almost 33 years, she left Aubrey on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 2003, and joined her father, her mother, and her brothers, Calvin and Jackie Long, who preceded her in death.

Marilyn is survived by her husband, Aubrey; son, SSGT Danny Neighbors; daughter, Amy Bailey and husband Stacy; grand-daughters Brittany McCollaum and Katy Bailey; Katy’s grandparents, Walt and Daphine Bailey; brother, Delbert Long; sister, Donna Arbuckle and husband Robert; uncle, Harley Davidson and wife Jewel; aunt, Ruth Hall; nephew, Chad Long; nieces, Marie Dawson, Teresa Sinclair, Brenda Walters, Tammy Snyder, Kristie Smith and husband Dan, Jessie Rose and Randi Long; great-nephews, Jeremy, Jessie, Dillon, Kyle, Taylor, Brandon, Jacob and Josh; great-nieces, Janell, Dezerae, Kari Ann, Sarah and Anna.

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