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Obituaries - January 14

Arthur Shilo ‘Eustalwut’

Cascade Locks resident Arthur Shilo died at his home on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2004. He was 83 years of age.

Services were held at the Celilo Longhouse with interment following at Willamette National Cemetery.

As a member of the Yakama Tribe, Arthur was born April 25, 1920, in Ahtanum, Wash. (within the Yakama Reservation) to Otis and Cecelia (Miller) Shilo.

While working in the Oregon shipyards, at the age of 22, he was drafted into the U.S. Army Air Corps. Arthur served from 1942 to 1945 as a code talker and Specialty Aerial Gunner. Arthur’s aircraft, the “Flying Fortress” was shot down during his first mission.

Upon his recovery from the wreckage he sustained considerable injuries and was captured by German troops. He was held as a POW along with other troops for over a month, until they were freed. Last year he received a Purple Heart for his heroic actions during his service in World War II.

Once honorably discharged from the military with the rank of Staff Sergeant Arthur spent his time working as a welder. In 1960 he married Ivey Charlotte Iverson. She died Jan. 11, 1983, in Cascade Locks.

Mr. Shilo is survived by his daughters Star Campbell, Jewel Velasquez, sister Jen Luke, brother Hadley John, 12 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ivey, daughter Gail and son Larry Shilo.

Memorial contributions may be made to Melissa Smith (granddaughter), 856 Adams Loop, Hood River, OR 97031.

Clara Merit

Clara Mae “Granny” Merit, 83, passed away on Jan. 9, 2004, at her home in Boardman, Ore.

She was born on May 7, 1920, in Douthat, Okla., to Floyd and Florence McGuirk Hubbell.

Clara married Jesse Burl Orcutt on May 11, 1940. They had two children, Allen LeeRoy and Erma Dian. They moved to Parkdale, Ore., in 1942. Clara remained there for 35 years where she worked as a homemaker, seasonal worker in the fruit packing sheds, and Luhr Jensen.

She loved her family, church, and quilting. She moved to Boardman in 1977, working in the potato processing plant. She married Ora Merit in 1980 and moved to Oklahoma, returning to Boardman in 1989.

Clara was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse, and her two children, also her late husband, Ora Merit.

Clara is survived by three grandchildren, Johnny L. Orcutt, R. Dean Orcutt, and Kristi D. Orcutt, all of Boardman, and five great-grandchildren: Andrea, Shelly, Harley, Caleb, and Blake.

Also surviving is one brother, Doyal Hubbell of Fossil, Ore., and two sisters, Virginia Leckburg of Concordia, Kan., and Delores Gilbert of Parkdale, and 20 nieces and nephews and their families.

At this time there will be no funeral service but in the spring there will be a gathering of family and friends at the Pine Grove Butte Cemetery south of Hood River. Announcement of the time and day will be published later. Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in care of arrangements.

Terry Benedict

Former Hood River resident Terry Benedict passed away on Jan. 7, 2004, in Redmond, Ore. He was 49 years of age.

Terry was born Aug. 2, 1954, to Albert and Doris Benedict. He attended Hood River Valley schools until the 10th grade. He then attended and graduated from Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Ore. Following high school he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Terry served 10 years.

Following the Navy, Terry worked for 10 years for the Pepsi Corp., in Virginia, as an electrician. He then returned to Oregon and was an apartment manager in Redmond, Ore. Terry’s interests included computers, fishing, family and church.

Terry is survived by his parents, Albert and Doris Benedict, his brother, Tim, and his wife, Kim, sister Jodi Van Metre and nephew Allan Van Metre.

A memorial service will be held on Jan. 15 in Redmond at the Highland Baptist Church. Terry will then be interred at the Willamette National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Redmond or to any Hospice of choice.

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