Obituaries - January 8

Toby Rawlings

Hood River resident Toby Rawlings died Jan. 6, 2003, at his home. He was 66 years of age.

A funeral service will be held Jan. 8 at 11 a.m. at Anderson’s Tribute Center.

Toby was born April 18, 1936, in Shamrock, Texas, to Charles and Edith (Quinn) Rawlings. He was raised and educated in Los Angeles, Calif. Following High School Mr. Rawlings joined the U.S. Army and served for three years. Upon honorable discharge from the military Mr. Rawlings married Alice Jeanne Kornegay in West Point, Miss. In 1966 Mr. and Mrs. Rawlings moved from Los Angeles, Calif., to Hood River, Ore., where they have lived ever since. Toby worked in Hood River for United Telephone (which later became Sprint) until his retirement in 1998.

Mr. Rawlings enjoyed watching sports and spending time with his family. He was also a member of the American Legion.

Mr. Rawlings is survived by his wife Alice Rawlings of Odell, Ore., Sons Steve and his wife Lenise Rawlings of Colville, Wa., Garry and his wife Machele Rawlings of Hood River, and Jeff Rawlings; daughters Kathleen Rawlings of Bremerton, Wash., Karen and her husband Charles Simmons of Leola, Penn., Carolyn and her husband William Uhlman of Hood River, and Amy Rawlings of Portland, Ore.; grandchildren Malia, Drew, Garry James and Richard Rawlings, Samantha and Kimberly Simmons and Nathan Mears. One brother and four sisters of California, also survive.

Mr. Rawlings was preceded in death by his son, John Douglas Rawlings in 1964.

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

Bill Burgess

Bill M. Burgess of Hood River, died Dec. 31, 2002, at his home, with his loving wife at his side. For 11 years he had battles with leukemia. He was 60 years of age.

Bill was born Dec. 16, 1942, in Grand Prairie, Texas, to Raymond “Corky” Burgess and Connie Patton Burgess. He grew up and lived in many places including Texas, Oklahoma and Calif. In 1959 he enlisted in the United States Army and was stationed for a time in Korea. After finishing his tour, he returned to Ventura, Calif., where he met the love of his life Christie MacMillan. They lived in several areas of California, where Bill worked in the mental health field at several State Hospitals. He was instrumental in the conception of adolescent treatment facilities at these hospitals.

In 1973 he and his family moved to The Dalles, Ore., where he assisted in the creation of the Mid-Columbia Child and Family Center, a day treatment center for children with emotional disabilities. He was employed there for nearly 20 years. That facility is still going strong today. Next he moved to Central Washington Comprehensive Mental Health in White Salmon, Wash., as a case manager for children and families. He was employed there until August of this year. Bill was instrumental in helping many children build successful lives over the years and will long be remembered for his special care with children and their families.

During his life, he had many interests including golf, photography, music and motorcycles. He was an avid reader and enjoyed movies. The most important thing to him was always his family. He dearly loved his wife, his children and his grandchildren, and in recent years had chiseled his interests to fanatical golfing and spending time with family. In March of 2002 he became a great-grandfather and it was one of his joys that he had lived to see this child.

He is survived by his wife Christie; daughters Kelly, Kai and Jerilyn; grandchildren Jennifer, Christie, Ashley, Amy, Alexandra, Jeremy and Charlie; great-grandson Taylor Kayne; mother Connie Lindley; dear friends Bill Allen, Leslie Smith, Karen Chrisman, Linda Rouches, John Smith and Dan Ferber and many others who will miss him greatly. He was preceded in death by his father, his brother Monte, his grandson JJ and dear friend George Rouches.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 11:30 a.m. at the Riverside Community Church in Hood River. Donations in his memory may be made to Hospice of the Gorge who helped make his last months of life fulfilling, dignified and filled with laughter, c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

Clarice Gregory

Clarice A. Gregory, a Hood River, Ore., resident, died Jan. 6, 2003, at the Hood River Care Center. She was 101 years of age.

Graveside services will be held on Friday, Jan. 10, at 1 p.m. at the Upper Valley Cemetery in Parkdale, Ore.

Clarice was born April 21, 1901, in Meaderville, Mont., to Clarence and Isabelle (Doble) Middleswart. She came to Parkdale in 1904 and graduated in the first class from Parkdale High School in 1918. On May 14, 1921, she and Charles Gregory were married in Pendleton, Ore.

During her lifetime, she worked as a teacher, bookkeeper and restaurant worker. She lived in Lyle, Wash., for many years and then lived in Portland, Ore., for several years where she worked at Henry Thiele’s Restaurant for eight and a half years. She returned to Hood River in 1964.

Two sisters, Alice Jones and Sylvia Halliday and eight nieces and nephews survive her.

Arrangements are by Anderson’s Tribute Center 541-386-1000.

Geneva Friand

Geneva Friand, formerly of Hood River, died Dec. 25, 2002, in Milwaukie, Ore. She was 85 years of age.

Geneva was born June 26, 1917, in Copperhill, Tenn., to Henry and Maryanne Porter, the second of six children. She and her family moved to Oregon in 1924, settling in Hood River. She attended school here, graduating from Hood River High School in 1935. She graduated from Northwest Bible School, Seattle, Wash., in 1938. On July 16, 1938, she married Louie Friand of Hood River at the Open Bible Church in Stevenson, Wash. They lived in Hood River and Odell before moving to Mill-A, Wash., in 1963. In 1974, following the death of her husband, Geneva moved to Vancouver, Wash., and then in 1987 to Portland, Ore.

Geneva was always active in her community, especially in her church.

Survivors include her sister, Ruby Nanson of Newberg; sister-in-law, Flossie Temple of Prineville; daughters Carolanne Huennekens of Vancouver, Evelyn Palmer of Moses Lake, and Susan Friand of Clackamas; son David Friand of Vancouver; granddaughter Holly Pierce; grandsons Chris Huennekens and David Manista; great-granddaughters Caitlin Huennekens and Ashley Pierce; and great-grandson Jessiah Huennekens.

Geneva was preceded in death by her husband, Louie, brothers Cecil Porter and Herbert Porter, and sisters Phyllis Miller and Barbara Leiblien.

A memorial service will be held on Jan. 11, 2003, at the Eagles Wings Church, 10902 SE Garret, Milwaukie, Ore.

Harry Howell

Local services are pending for Harry Lee Howell, Sr., who passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 24, 2002, at the age of 74. Harry was born Aug. 9, 1928, in Hood River to Harry A. and Lacey Howell. He was a life-long resident of Hood River until he moved to Kenai Peninsula in Alaska in the mid 1970s. He attended Barrett grade school, Hood River High School, and Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa. He married Sue Jane Dempsey on Oct. 4, 1950.

He was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. He was the kind of grown-up who got down and rolled around on the floor with the kids in his life. He loved all animals and had no fear of even the most vicious junkyard dog.

During his life, job skills included mechanic, plumber, electrician, carpenter, body and fender man, heavy equipment operator, welder, and logger. While living in Oregon, he helped build the John Day Dam and the first ski lifts at Mount Hood Meadows. He also worked on the Alaska Pipeline.

He had many interests over the years. He was a minister and pastor, philosopher, theologian, athlete, hunter, fisherman, photographer, painter, singer, musician, mushroom gatherer, collector of old bottles, antiques, and various items whose values weren’t always readily apparent to the rest of us. His most recent hobby was building birdhouses. He was a favorite customer at second hand stores, coffee shops, and garage sales. During recent years he had begun to focus his gathering activities on Coca-Cola items and became known on the Kenai Peninsula as the “Coca-Cola Man.” Other nicknames include “Red” and “Red Dog.”

He never knew a stranger and could make a friend anywhere, anytime, and under any circumstance. He is considered by many to be the originator of the world renowned body gesture known as the Arthropigger. He will be remembered for his infectious laugh, described by most as a cackle, his mischievous grin, and his music. His children will always remember Sunday afternoon drives when they would head for the hills and drive dirt roads that angels feared to tread. He loved life and enjoyed it to the fullest.

He was an independent man who would build it or do it himself rather than hire someone. There wasn’t much he couldn’t do. He played music by ear. He would sometimes struggle with sheet music at the piano, then toss it aside in disgust and the music would flow effortlessly. The day before he left us, he sang Blue Christmas as a solo during a luncheon at the local senior center near his home in Alaska.

Those who knew him have been blessed with an abundance of memories and great stories.

His parents, and sisters Eileen Chapman and Harriet Babcock (who passed away on Dec. 19, 2002) preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sue Jane Howell of Soldotna, Alaska; son and daughter-in-law Harry and Janice Howell of Oakville, Wash.; daughter and son-in-law Debora and Ron Friedrich of Oregon City; daughter and son-in-law Yvonne and Tom Bryant of Hood River; son and daughter-in-law Kenneth and Michelle Howell of Soldotna, Alaska; eleven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; sisters Blanche Wirrick of Sherwood, Ore., and Eila Carmichael of Eugene, Ore.; and nine nieces and nephews.

Heaven will never be the same.

Virginia O’Malley

Virginia O’Malley died on Jan. 5, 2003, in her White Salmon, Wash., home where she resided with her daughter Marilyn and son-in-law Rick Doersch since June, 2001. She was 82 years old. The cause of death was congestive heart failure.

She was born Virginia Elizabeth Kitch on July 26, 1920, in Columbia, Pa., daughter of George Henry Kitch and Irene Anna Myers. She graduated from Millersville State Teacher’s College, Millersville, Pa., in 1943 with a BS in Education. She taught school at several points in her life, but preferred working in military hospitals as a nursing assistant. She joined the Navy during World War II, serving from Augugst 1943 until Nov. 1945, and then re-enlisted from April 1948 until April 1949. She served at the U.S. Naval Air Station, Oakland, Calif., as a Pharmacist’s Mate 1st Class.

She married Michael Joseph O’Malley in 1946. As an Air Force wife, Virginia lived in Hawaii, Germany, and California. In 1965 Sgt. O’Malley retired from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., where Virginia worked at the hospital as a Civil Servant. She lived in Lompoc, Calif., from 1965 until 1983. Her husband died in January, 1982. She resided in Portland, Ore., from 1983 until June of 2001.

Virginia was a member of the American Legion Post 211, Lompoc, Calif., for 40 years. She also belonged to the Air Force Enlisted Foundation, Waves National, The Sierra Club, Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy, the National Wildlife Federation, and the National Humane Society. She also contributed to many organizations that help veterans, the disadvantaged, and the blind.

She is survived by her daughters, Kathleen Fitzpatrick of Springfield, Va., Ilene O’Malley of Portland, Ore., and Marilyn O’Malley of White Salmon, Wash.; her grandchildren, Pat Fitzpatrick, Josef Oakley, Anna O’Malley, and Danny O’Malley; and a great-grandchild, Hunter Fitzpatrick.

Friends and family will remember Virginia as a gentle, compassionate and strong woman. She lived by her principles, remaining deeply patriotic throughout her life. She loved nature, especially birds and flowers, and was very fond of cats. She was also known for beating nearly anyone at Scrabble, having a superb command of the English language.

Her family will hold a private service and her ashes will be scattered in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California, as were her husband’s. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Richard Hiatt

A memorial gathering, “A celebration of life,” will be held Jan. 18 at 1 p.m. in Raymond, Wash., at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 324 Jackson St., for Richard E. Hiatt, who died Dec. 26, 2002.

Bring your memories and special stories to share with friends and family. All are welcome to attend. A picnic will be announced this spring for the scattering of his ashes on the Hood River.

Memorial contributions may be made to Harbors Hospice, 625 Heath St., Raymond, WA 98577. For more information, call Cheryl Burdick at 352-6417.

Louise Ericson

Louise Marie Ericson died Dec. 26, 2002, at St. Francis Hospital in Trenton, N.J. She was 67 years of age.

She was born July 1, 1935, in Hood River to Lyman and Helen Ericson. She attended schools in Hood River, graduating from Hood River High School in 1953. She went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in General Science from Oregon State University. While living in Oregon she was a member of Rainbow girls and P.E.O.

After graduation from college Louise worked in Michigan for Gerber Foods, then moved to Athens, Ohio where she worked for the Dean of Students at Ohio University. She moved to New Jersey in 1963, and was employed with the City of Trenton at the time of her death.

Louise enjoyed reading, the theater, and travel. She had a special interest in Anchor House, a safe-home for abused children in Trenton, and she spent many hours volunteering there.

Never married, she is survived by her brother Spencer and his wife Sara Jane of Longmont, Colo., nephews David of Denver, Colo., Daniel and his wife Linda and son Lucas of Highlands Ranch, Colo., and Michael of Washington, D.C.

Cremation has been held and at her request, private services will take place later in Wyoming.

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