Obituaries - June 18

Marion “Bill” Castle

Hood River resident Bill Castle died Thursday, June 12, 2003 at his home. He was 86 years of age.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, June 19, at 10 a.m. at Anderson’s Tribute Center with Vault Interment to follow at Pine Grove Cemetery.

A visitation will be held Wednesday, June 18, at Anderson’s Tribute Center from 4 to 7 p.m.

Marion Castle was born Aug. 23, 1916, in Cedar Edge, Colo., to Ira Glover and Mary (McCarty) Castle. At a young age, he and his family moved to Oregon. He lived in Medford, Ore., until 1965 when he moved to Hood River, Ore.

On August 27, 1966, Bill married Gladys Zeller (Palmer) in Hood River. Together they shared 36 wonderful years of marriage. Bill worked as a self employed carpenter until his retirement in 1981.

Bill was known by many for his great skills in cabinetry and woodworking. His family got to enjoy this first hand, as his house is adorned with handcrafted furniture and woodwork.

Mr. Castle enjoyed square dancing with his wife and other couples at different functions. He loved the outdoors and was an avid fisherman and hunter.

Many memberships kept Bill busy and active throughout the years. He belonged to the Hood River Seventh Day Adventist Church, Rockford Grange, NW Steelheaders, Wy’East Whirlers Square Dance Club, NRA and Oregon State Sheriff’s Association.

His enthusiasm and love for his community and family will be missed by many.

Bill is survived by his wife Gladys Castle of Hood River; sons Ira David Castle of Lakeside, Ore., and Ted Castle of Ferndale, Wash.; daughters Nila Hughes and Shirley Chandler of Milton-Freewater, Ore., Dora Mae Bull of Caldwell, Idaho, and Lewella Robinson of Roseburg, Ore.; stepsons Richard and Dennis Zeller of Hood River; stepdaughter Cheryl Chichester of Hood River; sister Virginia Pershall of Cottage Grove, Ore.; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

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

Jesus Ceja-Sandoval

Hood River resident Jesus Ceja died Friday, June 13, 2003, at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. He was 68 years of age.

A Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, June 18, at 2 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Interment will be in Los Reyes, Mexico, at a later date.

Jesus was born Aug. 22, 1939, in Mexico to J. Jesus Ceja Valdovivos and Amalia Sandoval. Mr. Ceja was raised and educated in Mexico. He moved to Hood River, Ore., in 1963. Jesus first worked for Mears and Wells Orchards and then worked for Lage Orchards for 23 years.

His family remembers him as being friendly to all and liked by many. Jesus enjoyed taking trips to Mexico to see and tend to his cattle. He enjoyed playing and listening to the guitar and spending time with his family.

Mr. Ceja is survived by his wife Angelina Ceja-Flores of Hood River; sons Antonio and George Ceja of Hood River, Rodolfo Ceja of New Mexico and Jesus Ceja Jr. of Houston, Texas; daughters Olivia and Griselda Ceja of San Francisco, Calif., Teresa Ceja of Chicago, Ill., and Veronica Ceja of Houston, Texas; mother Amalia Sandoval of Los Reyes, Mexico; brothers Rodlfo Ceja of Los Reyes, Mexico, and Juan Ceja of Houston, Texas; sisters Celia Ceja of Indio, Calif., and Rosalina Ceja of Mexico; 19 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Arrangements by Anderson’s Tribute Center.

Ronald A. Stewart

Hood River resident Ronald Alan Stewart died June 10, 2003, in Moses Lake, Wash.

A Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, June 21, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church at 1:30 p.m.

Ronald Alan Stewart was born Dec. 12, 1942, to Robert and Ruth (Johnson) Stewart in Santa Monica, Calif. He graduated from Del Mar High School in 1960 and went on to attend San Jose Community College for two years. On June 3, 1962, he married Cheryl Puccinelli, his high school sweetheart, in San Jose, Calif. He then attended the National Institute of Dry Cleaning in Silver Springs, Md.

In 1967, soon after his first son, Scott, was born, he started his first business, “Scotty’s Cleaners,” in Cupertino, Calif. They then went on to open a second “Scotty’s Cleaners” in 1969 in Saratoga, Calif., and had their second son Ronny. After several years in the cleaning business and one more son, Jimmy, was born, they decided they wanted a new adventure. The family sold the cleaners and traveled through Mexico for nine months.

Ron wanted to try out farming, so after looking at many farms across the Northwest, they found a ranch in the Hood River Valley and in 1975 they purchased it and went on to make farming their lives.

From the time they moved to Hood River, Ron was involved with Little League coaching and building batting cages. He also took interest in whatever activities his sons partook in, which included swim team, 4-H and teaching Catechism at St. Mary’s Church. Ron loved spending time outdoors with his family. Camping and boating were some of their favorite activities to do whenever possible.

In 1989, Ron began Columbia Gorge Organic when he converted their farm from conventional to organic and opened a packing house in Odell, Ore. Ron served for 10 years on the Oregon Tilth board of directors, working on numerous programs. After being elected as the only organic farmer on the small farms commission, he had the honor of meeting President Clinton and discussing with him ways to save the small farms of America. He became a leader in the composting industry and acted as a resource to any farmer, company or individual that needed assistance. He was extremely proud of his farm and wanted to share all that he knew with others. Ron was known for being a very compassionate boss and an extremely giving individual.

In 1996 Ron and his sons created a new branch by launching their organic juice company, which now serves the entire West Coast including Hawaii. The year 2000 was a remarkable one for Ron as his first grandson, Payton Anthony, was born, followed by his second grandson Kaden Robert in 2003. He thoroughly loved these two little boys and the joy they brought him. He was already teaching Payton about farming, forklifts and dump trucks.

Ron was a wonderful man who cared deeply about others and his family. He was more than “just a father,” he was his sons’ best friend. He will be truly missed and never forgotten. His sons will continue his farming legacy in their father’s honor.

Mr. Stewart is survived by his wife of 41 years, Cheryl; his mother Ruth Stewart; father-in-law Louie Puccinelli; brother Bobby Stewart; sister Nancy Davis; sons Jimmy and Ronny; daughter-in-law Marcie; grandsons Payton and Kaden; sister-in-law Joan Kern; brother-in-law Ronnie Puccinelli; nieces Kelly Kern-Smith, Loring Stewart and Kit McKinley; nephew Pat Revallier, great nephew Emerson; and great niece Riley Revallier.

Ron was preceded in death by his father, Robert Stewart, and his son Scott.

The family suggests memorial contributions to be made to the Ron Stewart Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center 1401 Belmont Hood River, OR 97031 or US Bank.

Velma Brock-Miller

Velma Marie Brock-Miller, 90, a resident of The Dalles, Ore., died at a local care center on Friday, June 13, 2003.

She was born Dec. 2, 1912, in Clem, Ore., the fourth of 11 children to Fred and Nellie (Cline) Gasser and was raised in The Dalles.

Velma was a member of the First Christian Church and enjoyed homemaking, cooking, sewing, music, dancing, playing the piano, gardening and being a Girl Scout Leader. She had worked at The Dalles Cherry Growers and Muirhead’s Cannery.

She is survived by her two daughters, Delores Ann (Marti) Clower of Porterville, Calif., and her children, Wesley and Johnny Clower and Vicky Huddleston, and Linda Louise (Peterson) Gallagher and her husband Mike of White Salmon, Wash., and their children Kelly and Megan Gallagher; six great-granchildren; and her sister Gladys Mareb of Massachusetts. She was preceded in death by her four husbands, John Marti, Arthur Peterson, Clarence Brock and Jack Miller, eight brothers and one sister.

Viewing and visitation will be held at Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home from 2 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Thursday.

Funeral services will be held at the First Christian Church at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 19, with Pastor Mike Wilson officiating. Interment will follow at The Dalles Odd Fellow Cemetery. Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home in care of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church, 909 Court St., The Dalles, OR. 97058 or The Dalles Senior Center, 1112 W. 9th St., The Dalles, OR. 97058.

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