Obituaries - May 14

George Ing

George Ing, a Hood River, Oregon resident, died May 11, 2005, at his residence. He was 69 years of age.

Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, May 17, at 10 a.m. at the Hood River Alliance Church, 2650 Montello.

Concluding services and interment will be held at 3 p.m. at the Cornelius Methodist Cemetery in Cornelius, Ore.

George was born Jan. 26, 1936, in Hillsboro, Ore., to Kenneth and Verna (Krahmer) Ing. The family resided south of Gaston, near Wapato, Ore.

He attended Gaston schools where he served as student body and class presidents and was active in drama and athletics. He was captain of the football team for two years.

In 1957 he earned a B.A. in Social Sciences from Pacific University where he was fraternity president, honor society president and newspaper sports editor. From 1957 to 1960, George taught seventh and eighth grade at Yamhill Grade School and from 1960 to 1962 he taught and coached at Yamhill Carlton High School.

In 1961, the summer sixteen-year-old baseball team won the State championship. From 1970 to 1980 he coached and managed youth baseball teams in Hood River and White Salmon.

In 1955, George purchased 110 acres near Gaston, Ore., and planted all to orchard. Additional purchases were made with land ownership in Hood River, Yamhill and Washington counties.

From 1962 to 1991 George was manager of Mt. Adams Orchards in White Salmon, Wash. He served as board member, vice chairman, chairman, and manager of the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission from 1969 to 2001; chairman and manager of the Winter Pear Control Committee Research Committee from 1970 to present; board member and chairman of the Winter Pear Control Committee, research committee chairman of the International Apple Institute; president, board member and program chair of the Washington State Horticultural Association, board member of the Washington State Fruit Commission; secre-tary/manager of the National Cherry Growers and Industries Foundation; board member of the Washington Technology Center and advisory board member of the Oregon State Environmental Stewardship program.

George has written a bi-monthly column for the Good Fruit Grower magazine since 1983. In 2003 his book, “Wending The Way From Wapato Gap” was published. George also wrote special articles for Good Fruit Grower and other publications, including “Side Roads” for the Hood River News.

George also spoke at numerous events nationally in the fruit growing states of California, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Colorado, Michigan, New York, Virginia, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. He also spoke about research and horticulture technology in Canada, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa and Australia.

George was awarded the Washington fruit grower of the year “Silver Pear” in 1971 and 1979, the distinguished Service Award from the Washington State Horticultural Association in 2002, was Northwest Cherry King in 2002, Pacific University Alumnus of the Year in 1986 and graduation speaker at Gaston High School in 1979. He enjoyed traveling, fruit variety testing, carpentry, history, photography and collecting antique automobiles.

He is survived by his wife Muriel, of Hood River; son Ed Ing and his wife, Melissa; daughter Kathy Keerbs and her husband, Eric; son Kenneth Ing and Janet Higby and her son Nathan and George’s sister Susanne Nordquist.

Five grandchildren, Jon, Alex and Emily Ing and Evan and Danielle Keerbs also survive.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hood River Little League, or Hood River Valley Youth Basketball Association, c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals-Receptions-Cremations), 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

Robert ‘Bob’ Merten

Robert (Bob) Merten, age 74, died May 10, 2005, at his Parkdale, Ore., residence.

Funeral services will be held Monday, May 16, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Hood River.

Bob was born April 16, 1931, in Portland, Ore., to Maurice and Mary (McKay) Merten. He was raised in St. Paul, Ore. and married Dorothy Radford on May 2, 1953, in Exeter, England.

Bob served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1955. He farmed all of his life, enjoyed the land, old tractors, hunting and people. Bob also lived in Salem for a year, Sandy for five years, and in Parkdale for 26 years.

Survivors include his wife, Susan Sandoval Merten of Woodburn, Ore.; three daughters: Donna Denton of Ocean Park, Wash., Linda Murray of Hubbard, Ore., and Early Mary Edwards of Hood River; three sons: George Merten of Aurora, Ore., Bradley Merten of St. Paul, and Brinegar Merten of Parkdale; one brother, Charley Merten of North Plains, Ore.; and one sister, Maureen Coleman of St. Paul. Twenty-one grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Jennifer Mary, in 1962 and wife, Dorothy, in 2001.

Interment will be at Upper Valley Cemetery in Parkdale, Oregon.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Gorge or the St. Paul Parochial Endowment Fund, c/o Anderson Tribute Center (Funerals-Receptions-Cremations), 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

Scott C. Garrett

Scott Garrett of Hood River, Ore., died Monday, May 9, 2005 at the Hood River Care Center at the age of 55. He died after a long and brave fight with liver disease and complications of cancer. He was born on July 1, 1949 in Denver, Colorado and spent his early life growing up in Los Angeles and Covina, Calif.

In 1968 he married Kathy Bowers and they moved to Mansfield, Ohio, where they married. They were blessed with their firstborn son, Michael William, and stayed in Mansfield until 1978 when they moved to Hood River. They were then blessed with sons Cale Richard in 1979 and Colby James in 1988. Another precious blessing was granddaughter Sierra Jill in 1994.

Scott worked very hard to provide for his family, working at the City of Hood River treatment plant, for years with Cannon Seal Coating, and currently had been employed for many years at Hood River County Public Works.

His many talents included photography and cooking. He was well known by many for his wonderful stir-fry meals and his own version of “death by chocolate.” He also shared a love of motorsports with his son Michael. He died as an active member of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

He is survived and will greatly missed by his wife, Kathy Garrett of Hood River, sons Michael Garrett of Odell, Cale Garrett of Portland, Colby Garrett of Hood River, daughter in law Heidi Garrett, and mothers-in-law Jean Bowers of Hood River, Phyllis and father-in-law James Bowers of Hood River,

Also surviving are sisters and brothers Cathy Garrett of Phoenix, Ariz.; Steve Garrett of Gold Beach, Ore.; Sharon Pearson of Medford, Ore.; Sandie Frost, Sander Garrett, and Shirley Shermer, all of Grants Pass, Ore.; brothers-in-law Jerry Bowers of Hood River; Paul Bowers of The Dalles, Ore., and sister-in-law Melinda Libby of Odell.

Memorial services were held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses on Tucker Rd. in Hood River, Oregon on May 13.

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

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