Leonard William “Lenny” Menke, a Hood River resident, died Jan. 16, 2004, at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. He was 81 years of age. Mass of Christian Burial was held Jan. 20 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
Lenny was born Feb. 12, 1922, in Goltry, Okla., to Theodore and Mary (Brockman) Menke. He was raised and educated in Oklahoma and had resided in Oklahoma, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Mexico, Arizona and Texas. During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy.
He loved the country and ranching was his life. He enjoyed running his cattle ranch in Wahkiacus, Wash., hunting, fishing and going to livestock auctions. Leonard was a great man, a wonderful father, a loyal husband and a unique friend. He was a hard worker, dedicated and independent. He always had a great sense of humor, always telling jokes and making everyone smile. He was always there when people needed him, always willing to lend a helping hand. He will be missed by all his family.
He is survived by his wife, Maria Menke; his daughter, Monica Menke and grandchildren Natasha, Ivan, Jennifer and William Menke, all of Hood River; his mother-in-law Maria Elena Franco Orozco of Guadalajara, Mexico and his son-in-law Antonio Ortiz of Hood River.
Arrangements are by Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.
Lyle Godfrey, 82, son of Joseph Rueben Godfrey and Jewell Ellison Godfrey Wilkerson was born Dec. 1, 1921 at Concrete, Wash. He died Jan. 8, 2004, at home in Houston, Missouri.
He graduated from high school in Concrete, Wash. He served military duty in World War II for the Army Air Force for four years.
He married Evelyn Garrett of Woodland, Wash., on Sept. 27, 1947. They were married for 56 years. To this union were born five children, one son and four daughters. He lived for 50 years in N. Bonneville, Wash. While they lived in Washington he was a logger. He loved the outdoors and the mountains. In 1976 he moved to Houston, Mo., where he built his own home and did carpentry work for several years for many people.
In 1948 he was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and for over 50 years he has helped many people come to know his God, Jehovah. He was an ordained minister and elder in the Licking, Mo., congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. He helped in the construction of many Kingdom Halls of Jehovah’s Witnesses in several states.
He loved folk music and his wife singing love songs to him. His five children had deep love and respect for their father. They shared many happy times together, hiking in the mountains, camping, outdoor activities and games. He liked gardening, watching things grow, and he especially loved his blueberry patch.
He taught his children love and respect for God’s word, the Bible. He will be deeply missed by all that knew him. He was preceded in death by his father, mother, four brothers and two sisters.
He is survived by his wife, Evelyn, of Houston, Mo., and his five children, son Bruce Godfrey of Manhattan, Kan., daughter Shirley Edelman of Beloit, Kan., daughter Ruth Lee of San Leandro, Calif., daughter Alice Boyd of Houston, Mo., daughter Sarah Stone of Oakland, Calif., two sisters Eulalie Fry of Lyman, Wash., and Julia Lewis of Woodland, Wash., his 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. His granddaughter Alethia Larson lives in Odell and granddaughter Rachel Webb lives in The Dalles. A niece, Joyce Cannon, lives in Hood River.
Cards may be sent to: Evelyn Godfrey, 966 Cleveland Rd., Houston, MO, 65483.
Shirley Gretchen Jasperson, 85, a resident of Lyle, Wash., died at a local care facility in The Dalles on Friday, Jan. 16, 2004. She was born Oct. 16, 1918, in Albert Lea, Minn., the second of four children to Stacey and Myrtle Matilda (Melback) Krominga. She was raised in Albert Lea and graduated from Albert Lea High School.
She married Carl Christian Jasperson on Aug. 27, 1938, in The Little Brown Church in The Vale in Iowa. They traveled with his construction work and during World War II, lived in Bremerton, Wash., where he worked in the shipyards. After the war, they traveled the west, coming to Dallesport, Wash. in 1953.
In 1967, they built their home overlooking the Columbia River in Lyle, Wash. Shirley was a homemaker and worked at the Dallesport Elementary School in the cafeteria in the early 1960s, and for The Dalles Chronicle a proofreader for 10 years in the 1960s and 1970s.
Shirley was a member of Lyle United Methodist Church and Epsilon Sigma Alpha Sorority. She was known for her easy-going personality and ready smile. According to her family and friends, Shirley was the best cookie-maker in the state. Invitation to a potluck was a request to bring her cookies. She began tolepainting in her seventies, her husband built rocking horses, and Shirley showed her skill at painting them. She leaves behind a family very proud of the feminine and ladylike demeanor she presented at all times.
She is survived by three children, Jay and his wife, Karon Jasperson; Jacquelyn and her husband, Keith Johnson, all of Lyle, and Jeanne and her husband, Michael Agostinelli, Spokane, Wash.; five grandchildren, Kevin, Michele, Kelly, Jennifer and Nicholas; three great-grandchildren, Kristine, Brady and Carlee.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl, in 1997, infant twin sons and three brothers, Herman, Dale and Richard.
Viewing visitation will be held at Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home on Tuesday, Jan. 20, from to 2 to 7 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home on Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 2 p.m. with Rev. William Scholl officiating. Interment will follow at Balch Cemetery in Lyle. Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home are in care of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Gorge, 751 Myrtle Street, The Dalles, OR 97058.
Marie Esther Lyon of Bend died Jan. 16, 2004, of natural causes.
She was born on Aug. 13, 1922 in Yakima, Wash., to Willis A. and Edythe M. (Graves) Jarvis.
She grew up in Klickitat Wash., and later in Hood River, graduating from Hood River High School in 1941.
She married Hurshel James Lyon on April 17, 1942, in Vancouver, Wash.
Marie was a long-time member of the Pine Grove United Methodist Church and First United Methodist Church in Bend. She volunteered with Interfaith Care Volunteers of Bend, and loved gardening, hiking, cooking, singing, and nurturing her children, grandchildren, and friends.
She is survived by her daughters, Joani Schollian of Ontario, Ore., Sheila Seber of Silverton, Ore., and Carmy Seeber of Palmdale, Calif., and Sherry Lyon of Bend, 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband and a grandson.
A graveside service is planned for 1 p.m. on Jan. 23, at Pine Grove Butte Cemetery, Hood River. A memorial service is planned at 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 24, at Niswonger, Reynolds Funeral Home, 106 N.W. Irving, Bend, which is handling arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Bend-LaPine Hospice, 2075 N.E. Wyatt Ct., Bend, OR 97701.
A funeral service for Nancy Hoover, 49, of Underwood, Wash., will be on Jan. 23, 2004, at 1 p.m. at Underwood Community Center.
Vault interment will follow at Chris Zada Cemetery in Underwood.
A complete obituary will run in a future edition of Hood River News. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sterling Savings Bank, where a trust fund will be established to benefit Nancy’s grandchildren. Gardner Funeral Home in White Salmon is handling arrangements.
Longtime Hood River resident Ronald Lakey passed away Jan. 16, 2004, of heart complications. He was 75 years of age.
He was born to Charles and Evelyn Lakey on Oct. 25, 1928, in Soda Springs, Idaho.
Ronald is survived by his wife Maradene, daughter, some of his 11 siblings, step daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his son Larry Lee and some of his siblings. Private interment will be in Idaho.
Arrangements by Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.
Maura Rosa Cody
Maura Rosa Cody died in Tucson, Ariz., on Jan. 17, 2004. An aneurysm near the heart artery was the cause of death. Rosary will be offered at 7 p.m. on Jan. 22, at Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church in Tucson with a funeral mass following on Jan. 23, at 10 a.m. This would have been her 46th birthday.
Survivors include her parents-in-law, Charles and Frances Cody, of Hood River, Ore., and brothers-in-law Glen (Donna) and Lee (Pam) Cody. A full obituary will be published in the Jan. 24 edition.