Obituaries - June 9

John Hilden

A memorial service will be held for John G. Hilden on Tuesday, June 15, 2004, at 7 p.m. at Riverside Community Church. John was born in Reeder, N.D. to John and Alice (Halverson) Hilden. He lived there until he was 14 when his family moved to Seattle.

He went to work for Boeing after high school, then at 19 was mobilized out of the National Guard for World War II and served in Australia, the Philippines and New Guinea. John was also in the occupation force in Japan and came out a Major in the army. Then he went to college at Seattle University on the GI Bill and earned a history major and Spanish minor. John went to work for Frito Lay, and married Virginia Schage in December of 1945 after returning from the war.

They had two children, Jay and Pamela, who moved with him around the country from West Seattle to Shelby, N.C.; Irving, Texas; Millard, Neb.; Rolling Meadows, Ill.; Jacksonville, Fla.; to Princeton, NJ. Then the family went to southern California before returning to Seattle and then the Poulsbo community, where his first wife died in 1993.

He met his second wife, Doris Carson, in Tacoma, Wash. On Feb. 25, 1996 they married in Poulsbo, Wash. Together they moved to Hood River when Doris’ first grandchild, Allison Thompson, was born.

John was a regional Vice President for Frito Lay. When living in different cities he joined the Lions Clubs or other service organizations. He was a prominent member of the Poulsbo yacht club and was a city council member in Poulsbo, as well as a member of the Economic Council for Silverdale. He was always known to run the church sound systems in various communities as he did for Riverside Community Church during his last years in Hood River.

His great passion was boating. He and Doris spent many summers on his sailboat cruising the waters of the Puget Sound and British Columbia before moving to Hood River. He also joined the Hood River Yacht Club and moored his boat at the marina.

He is survived by his wife, Doris, of Hood River, daughter Pamela Teige of El Granada, CA, son Jay Hilden of DeLand, Fla., sister Ardelle Moers of Lake San Marcos, Calif. granddaughters Alissa Teige of Santa Monica, Calif. and Kristiana Teige of El Granada, Calif.

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

Mildred Nida

Mildred F. Nida, a longtime Hood River resident, died June 6, 2004, at the Hood River Care Center. She was 83 years of age. Services will be held on Friday, June 11 at 2 p.m. at Anderson’s Tribute Center.

Mildred was born Feb. 13, 1921, in Miller, Mo., to James and Jennie (Cox) Pennington. She was raised and educated in Missouri and married Alfred Nida on Aug. 3, 1937. She moved to Hood River in 1945 and worked for AGA, now Diamond Fruit for several years and the worked for Luhr-Jensen for over thirty years retiring as a Supervisor in 1983. Mildred was an active member at the Assembly of God Church where she played the organ. She enjoyed cooking and spending time with family.

Her husband, Alfred, in 1992 and her great-grandson Joshua Westbrook preceded her in death in 2003.

Her son, Wendell Nida of Goldendale, Wash., eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, survive her. Interment will be at Pine Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hood River Care for the Alzheimer’s unit, c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

Justin Grant

Justin Daniel Grant, a Hood River resident, died June 5, 2004, at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. He was 18 years of age. A celebration of life service will be held on Thursday, June 10 at 1 p.m. at Mt. View Cemetery. A potluck reception will follow at the Saddle Club. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 9 from noon until 7 p.m. at Anderson’s Tribute Center.

Justin was born Feb. 8, 1986, in Papillion, Neb., to James and Shelly (Simons) Grant. Justin had a strong desire for his music, skateboarding, football, wrestling, white water rafting and motorcycles. He loved writing poetry, drawing, reading Calvin & Hobbes and spending time with his family and friends. Justin’s big heart of gold showered hugs for everyone.

He is survived by his dad, mom and sister Chelsie, grandparents James A. Grant, Allyson Hamilton and Robert and Geraldine Kennedy. Numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends also survive. His love of life will be sorely missed.

Memorial contributions may be made to Childhelp USA, for the treatment and prevention of child abuse, c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

Allan Buchite

On Saturday, June 5, 2004, Allan Merle Buchite, fondly known as “Al the Barber,” passed away at his home in BZ Corner, Wash. He was 72 years old.

Born on April 28, 1932, in Sunnyside, Wash., Allan was the fifth child born to Marion GRace (Labaord) and Adney Milton Buchite. As a young boy, Allan did a lot of farming. He also worked as a self-employed logger. On June 3, 1952, he joined the Navy and served until May 2, 1956. Allan attended Barber’s College and was a barber for 40 years. For 20 years, he owned and operated Al’s Barbershop in White Salmon, Wash.

On Dec. 5, 1987, he married Karol N. Smith in Oceanside, Wash.

Mr. Buchite loved the outdoors and outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing and camping. He also enjoyed riding motorcycles and trap shooting. Besides being an avid bowler, Allan was also a collector of John Deere items.

Survivors incluce his wife, Karol Buchite, at home in BZ Corner; daughter Linda McFall and son, Thomas Buchite, both of Newport, Wash.; sister Neva Boyer of Warrenton, Ore.; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Preceeding Allan in death are his parents and two berothers, David and Carrol.

At his request, no formal services will be held. Private cremation was handled by Gardner Funeral Home’s Columbia River Crematory in White Salmon. To send condolences to the family of Allan Buchite, or to sign the on-line guestbook please visit

Augustine Santacroce

Born in New York City on Oct. 9, 1914, Augustine “Gus” Martin Santacroce passed to a better place on June 3, 2004. He was a man of virtue, generosity and compassion. He lost his beloved Florence in September 1999, after 54 years of love and fun. Gus had many enjoyments in life; first and foremost was his family, especially holidays and gatherings with grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

His greatest thrill was bowling. All of his life — in pursuit of the elusive “300” game. The New York Yankees were his team to beat, but Gus saw many ball games no matter who was playing. “It’s a thrill just to see those players,” he would say, “what a great game baseball is.” Then, of course, there was basketball, which he also watched during the season, with a watchful eye on his Knicks.

A gentleman ready to help, advise and console who needed him, he will be missed so much, especially by all the ladies he came into contact with and complimented. His love of beauty and women was unsurpassed and his own pride of the fact certainly unabashed.

He is survived by his son, Richard Santacroce, and wife, Margaret, of Mt. Hood; his son, Robert Santacroce and wife, Victoria, and grandson Christopher Michael of Ann Arbor, Mich., and granddaughter Annette and husband, Kevin Dowd, of Mt. Hood.

He is also survived by granddaughter Gina Santacroce of Fairview, and grandson Joseph Santacroce of Mt. Hood. Also surviving are his granddaughter, Jill Santacroce; grandson Michael Santacroce, and wife, Thu, of Boca Raton, Fla., and great-grandsons Christopher and Andrew of Portland, grandson Daniel Santacroce of Mt. Hood, and granddaughter Marisa Santacroce of Mt. Hood, and granddaughter Erika Ammon and husband, Tobias, great-granddaughter Soleil and great-grandson Pavel all of Mt. Hood. He is also survived by his brother, Joseph Santacroce and wife, Elsa, of Boca Raton, Fla., and brother Julie Santacroce and wife, Maryann, of New Windsor, N.Y.

Also surviving are his favorite nephew, Donald Zarcone and wife, Irene, of Merritt Island, Fla., and favorite goddaughter Walda Corazon and husband, Vinnie, of North Bellmore, N.Y., along with many fabulous nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and bowling pals.

A memorial gathering will be June 13 from noon to 2 p.m. at Santacroce’s Restaurant, on Highway 35 south of Hood River. Arrangements are by Anderson’s Tribute Center of Hood River.

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