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Obituaries - April 27

Berles Ann Ackerman Martz

Berles was born on Jan. 2, 1934, to Felix and Effie Ackerman in Mexico City, Mexico. She lived until the age of 11 with her parents and brother George in Pachuca, Mexico when the family moved to Hood River, Ore. Berles passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving husband and children on April 25, 2005.

A celebration of her life will be at 2 p.m. Friday, April 29 at Anderson’s Tribute Center. She was educated in Mexico City and Hood River schools. She met the love of her life, Jim Martz at Odell High School in 1949. They married Sept. 5, 1953.

Together they had three grateful children: Deb Martz Moody, her husband, Hugh and their son, Grant Moody of Olympia, Wash.; Rick Martz, his wife, Terri, and their children David Martz and Julie Martz of Hood River; and Randie Martz and his wife, Mary, and their daughter, Ashley Martz, of Salem, Ore.

She is survived by her husband ,Jim, of Hood River; her children and grandchildren along with nephew, Barry Cantrell, his wife, Alice, of Hood River and family and brother, George Ackerman and his wife, Faith, and family.

She was preceded in death by her father in 1963 and her mother in 1982. Jim and Berles enjoyed 52 years of marriage in which they both loved to travel. Berles was a legal secretary for Annala, Carey and Hull in Hood River. Upon her retirement she volunteered at the Hood River Senior Center until such time her health didn’t allow her to continue. She enjoyed playing bridge, often with the same women and friends, for over 40 years.

Her greatest love was for her family and friends.

Private inurnment will be at Idlewild Cemetery.

She asked to be remembered with donations to Hospice of the Gorge, The Hood River Elks Club or to Dornbeckers Children’s Hospital, c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals-Receptions-Cremations), 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

James H. Walker

James Hubert Walker (Hube) was born June 17, 1920, in Eucha, Okla., to John and Alice Walker. The family moved to Hood River in 1930. After attending school in Odell, he worked in the local orchards and cannery until his enlistment in the Navy in 1941, where he served on the USS Brazos for four years.

After his discharge from the service in 1945, he returned to Hood River and began his career as a mechanic. He married Hazel (Sally) Brown in 1946. He worked for the Hood River Valley Garage, Knoll Motor Company and the Hood River County School District. He retired as Transportation Supervisor from the School District in 1982.

Hube enjoyed many things in his life. He loved baseball and played in a league called the “Oklahoma Cubs” where as pitcher and second baseman he was known as the best baseball player in the county. He continued to enjoy baseball by later managing a junior legion baseball team, and also helped coach his grandchildren’s Little League team. He was one of the founding members of the Hood River Gun Club and was a member and past president of the Hood River Saddle Club.

Hube and Sally spent many years playing golf as members of the Hood River Golf Club, The Dalles Country Club and Indian Creek Golf Course. They traveled to golf tournaments and returned home with their share of first place trophies. When illness forced Hube to retire his golf clubs, he worked as course “marshal” for the Indian Creek Golf Course for several years.

Hube was happiest with all his family gathered together and spent many hours spoiling his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Sally, daughter Darlene Roberts; son-in-law Ted, and son Ken and daughter-in-law Deanna.

Also surviving are six grandchildren, Mike and Sandy Walker, Hillsboro, Ore., Julie and William Mozingo, The Dalles, Ore., Jamie Roberts, Portland, Ore.; Cliff and Beth Walker, Boulder City, Nev.; Steve and Tracey Roberts, Hood River, and Jason Roberts, Hood River; 16 great-grandchildren, Jeff, Greg, Corey, Ryan, Jennifer, Chelsea, Matthew, Allie, Josh, Jessica, Jake, Mariah, McKenna, Miranda, Brittney, and Kristopher; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, John, his mother, Alice, brothers, Chester and John, and sisters, Juanita, Roberta and Thelma.

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

Amy K. Thomas

Amy Thomas, age 32, recently of Anchorage, Alaska, died Friday, April 22, 2005, following a brief battle with melanoma cancer. Amy was born June 20, 1972, in Minneapolis, Minn., to Tom and Kathy (Ellis) Ocel. She grew up in Hood River, and graduated from Hood River Valley High School in 1990.

In 1996 she married John Thomas at Lake Tahoe, Nev. In the following years they lived in Oregon, Montana and Alaska. Wherever Amy lived she made many wonderful friends.

At the time of her death she was employed as a billing specialist at USKH, Inc. in Anchorage. She loved her job and her many wonderful co-workers at USKH.

In addition to her husband, John, she is survived by her parents Tom and Kathy Ocel of Malin, Ore., brother Kris of Malin, grandparents Ed and Bea Ellis of Mesa, Ariz., in-laws Tom and Barbara Purdie of Parkdale, Ore., brother-in-law Randy Thomas (Chrissy) of Dallas, Ore., nephew Harlan and numerous other family members and friends.

A private family service will be held in Parkdale, Friday, April 29. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Gorge, c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals-Receptions-Cremations), 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

Fern Lewis

Fern Lewis, a Hood River, Ore., resident, died April 11, 2005, at her home. She was 87 years of age.

She was born July 1, 1917 in Winifred, Mont., to Olaf and Ethel Baker. At the age of five, she moved with her family to Liberty Bond, Wash., where her father worked in the logging industry and her mother taught school. Fern attended elementary school at Liberty Bond and Appleton, Wash. and graduated from high school in White Salmon.

She then went to Beauty College in Portland and had her own shop in White Salmon until marrying Harold Lewis in September of 1940. Fern and Harold made their home in Bingen, Wash., and she worked as a part-time clerk for Harold who had been appointed Postmaster in Bingen in 1936.

Mrs. Lewis served as acting Postmaster during Harold’s service in World War II, returning to her part-time clerk duties when the war ended. She continued in this capacity until the couple retired in 1973.

Fern and Harold spent their retirement years traveling and playing golf, enjoying winters in California and summers back home in the Gorge. Mrs. Lewis was active in many service organizations and was a lifetime member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Her husband, Harold, brother Carol and twin sister Myrtle preceded her in death. Fern is survived by her son Bruce, daughter-in-law Patty and one niece and one nephew.

Arrangements by Anderson’s Tribute Center, (Funerals-Receptions-Cremations), 1401 Belmont, Hood River.

L. Jean Brown

L. Jean Brown, 81, a resident of The Dalles, died Monday, April 4, 2005 at Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles.

She was born April 7, 1923, on the family farm in Brown County, S.D., near Rondell Township, the seventh of ten children born to Ward and Bessie Dull. She grew up and attended schools in both South Dakota and Bonners Ferry, Idaho. She first visited The Dalles in the summer of 1939 at age 16 when she rode here from South Dakota in a jalopy driven by her sister, Frances, and crowded with their siblings, cousins and friends.

They came to work the fruit harvest, first picking cherries out in the Mill Creek valley, then apples in the Yakima Valley followed by her first view of the Pacific Ocean before heading home to South Dakota.

She married Harry W. Zeigler on July 3, 1941, in Milwaukee, Wisc. When Harry joined the Army, Jean followed as he was sent to various camps for additional training prior to being shipped overseas.

Their first son was born Aug. 3, 1942, followed by a second in April 1945. Five days later Harry was killed by Japanese forces on Okinawa. She remarried to Noble H. Brown, subsequently giving birth to a daughter, followed by a son.

Jean cherished time spent with family and friends. She loved music in all its forms, and long scenic road trips, pinochle, baseball, and informal get-togethers. During her 12 years with the Wasco County Road Department she also became one of the founding members of Columbia Gorge (now Oregon Territory) Federal Credit Union.

She held the position of treasurer and managed the credit union for 21 years, accepting $25 per month to cover her expenses. She was later instrumental in founding the Treaty Oak (now Columbia Gorge) Community College. She helped set up the college accounting and payroll systems, and stayed on as an employee of the college until her retirement.

Survivors include her four children: Randall J. Zeigler of Pilot Rock, Ore., Ryan Craig “Twig” Zeigler of Ferndale, Wash., Jane Dooley of Parkdale, Ore., and Kelly Brown of The Dalles; daughters-in-law Lois and Barbara Zeigler, and Nancy Brown, and son-in-law Victor T. Mulkey.

Also surviving are grandchildren Scott Zeigler, Erin Hull, Jill Miller, Randee McKague, Heidi Mills, Heather Hedricks, Yo Burnett, Steve “Red” Wade, Danni Jean Franklin, and Ian S. Dooley; great-grandchildren Andrea, Ashley, Ty, Jordon, Jacob, Kailee, Sydnee, Luke, Paige, Hayden, Brianna, Nick, Haley, Hannah, Ryan, Tommy, and Justin; and great-great-grandson Micah James Roesel. She leaves two sisters, Virginia Thelen of Aberdeen, S.D., and Joanne Cooper of Fallon, Nev.; a brother, Russell Dull of Amherst, S. Dakota; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, six siblings, a grandson, three nephews and a niece.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ward and Bessie Dull, husband Harry W. Zeigler, ex-husband Noble H. Brown, sisters Frances Becker, Carol Nilssen, Loverne Berreth and Phyllis Vanderfeen; brothers Charles and Clifton Dull; grandson Keynan Shea Dooley, three nephews and one niece.

A potluck memorial gathering will be held from 3-9 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, at the Mt. Hood Towne Hall, 14 miles south of Hood River on Highway 35 at the community of Mt. Hood. All are encouraged by the family to attend. Interment will be in Ashton, S.D. Arrangements are by Columbia Cremation and Burial in The Dalles.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Bekka Schmidt Fund-raiser Account, attention Dawn, Dacotah Bank, 308 Main St., Aberdeen, S.D. 57401, or to Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation, 400 E. Scenic Dr., The Dalles, OR 97058.

Olive Hollenbeck

Olive Lucy Hollenbeck passed away in Hood River, Ore., on April 20, 2005, at the age of 90. She was born in Weiser, Idaho, on Nov. 24, 1914, the daughter of Gertrude (Ansell) and William Albert Lesh.

After growing up in Idaho, Olive moved to Toppenish, where she worked for a doctor. She met Harold D. Hollenbeck and the couple married on March 20, 1935. Mr. and Mrs. Hollenbeck settled in Trout Lake, Wash., where they ran a saw mill and spent the rest of their lives.

Olive had many interests, including history and traveling. She had quite a collection of Indian artifacts as well. She loved to spend time gardening and reading and was well-known for her apple pies, as she baked the very best.

Surviving Olive are her children: son, David Hollenbeck of Port Orchard, Wash., and daughter, Zoe Wood of Trout Lake; a sister, Mildred Hollenbeck of Newberg, Ore.; eight grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold, who died in 1970; her son, Ron Hollenbeck, who died in 1973; and by ten siblings, including her twin brother.

The family will hold a private service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Klickitat County Historical Society. Gardner Funeral Home’s Columbia River Crematory in White Salmon, Wash., handled arrangements.

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