Obituaries - Nov. 16

John Alan May

John “Jack” Alan May, 77, a lifelong resident of Hood River, Ore., died at the Oregon Veterans Home in The Dalles, Ore., on Friday, Nov. 11, 2005.

He was born April 15, 1928, in Hood River, the younger of two children to Wallace Charles and Selma Elizabeth (Annala) May. He grew up in Hood River, graduated from Hood River High School and attended Oregon College of Education in Monmouth.

Jack was a forward observer in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict from November 1950 to October 1952. He returned to Hood River as owner/operator of the Mobil Distributorship and retired from the Duckwall Pooley Fruit Company.

He enjoyed baseball, golf, hunting, fishing, and reading, and wrote a newspaper column, May Days.

He is survived by his wife, Janet Lee (Parks) May, whom he married Aug. 25, 1956, in Portland; his daughter and her husband, Elizabeth and Carmen Rinaldis, Parker, Colo.; and his son, Joseph May, Hood River; and grandchildren, Staci and Ryan Smith.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Warren L. May.

At his request, no public services will be held. Private cremation was held at The Dalles Win-quatt Crematory with Spencer, Libby & Powell Funeral Home in care of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Pine Grove Fire Dept or Hood River County Public Library.

Alvin Fry

One of the last veterans of the World War II POW camps in the Philippines died Oct. 31 at the Veterans Administration hospital in Portland, surrounded by his loving family. A memorial service will be held for him Nov. 19 at 3 p.m. at the Seventh day Adventist Church in Hood River.

Alvin Fry, 85, was born in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, on July 4, 1920. At two, he journeyed with his family from there to Hood River by farm wagon. Here, Alvin spent the next 19 years of his life.

In 1941, he joined the Army Medical Cops and was sent to the Philippines. He was on duty there when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Eight hours later, they struck again, this time in the Philippines. Alvin spent the next four months fighting them in the jungles of Bataan before being capitulated to the Japanese on April 9, 1942. For the next three years, he slowly starved in the infamous prison camps of Cabanatuan and Bilibid. His prewar weight of 173 pounds had dwindled to almost half that before he was rescued by returning American forces on Feb. 5, 1945.

Upon returning to the States he got married, moved to Medford, Ore., then California and Idaho. He moved back to Hood River in 1964, where he lived until his death.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Tinlin Fry, of Hood River; daughter, Megan Dalby and her husband, Roy, of Portland, Ore.; and son, Douglas of Hood River, and son Kenneth and his wife, Challis.

Alvin is also survived by his grandchildren Daniel Dalby, David Dalby and wife, Claudia; and great-grandchildren Adrian, Gabriel, Michelle, Savannah, and Cecelia.

Joan McCargar

Joan Helen McCargar, a Portland, Ore., resident, died Thursday, Nov. 10, 2005, at Portland Adventist Medical Center, of complications from diabetes. She was 73 years of age. There will be no funeral services.

Joan was born on Jan. 30, 1932, in Portland, Ore., to Clifford and Helen (Enquist) McCargar. The family lived for a time in Portland and then moved to Estacada, Ore. In the late 1930s the family moved to The Dalles, Ore., and in 1948 to Mosier, Ore.

Joan graduated from Mosier High School in 1950, and moved to Portland, Ore., where she worked as telephone operator.

She later moved to Oakland, Calif., where she pursued a career in screen printing. She also lived in Vancouver, B.C., Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and eventually moved back to Portland, working many years for Custom Systems.

Her hobbies included folk dancing, singing, gardening, crocheting, reading (especially “The Cat Who” series and “Harry Potter”) and Walt Disney movies.

Survivors include her brother and sister-in-law, Edwin C. and Glenna (Gibbons) McCargar of Mosier, and sister and brother-in-law Eileen (McCargar) and Jack D. Thomas, also of Mosier.

She is also survived by nephews Kelly McCargar, Morgan McCargar and his wife, Amy, and niece Amber (Thomas) Arrington and her husband, Brad, and grandnephews Joseph McCargar, Evan Jepson and Christopher Arrington, and many cousins.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 1131, Fairfax, VA 22038-1131.

William Posey

William C. Posey, a Hood River, Oregon resident, died Nov. 13, 2005, at his residence. He was 64 years of age.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 1 p.m. at the Parkdale Baptist Church.

William C. Posey, who was also known by nicknames “Luke”, “Cowpie” and “Puncher” was born May 1, 1941, in Fontena, N.C.

He came to the Hood River area in 1953 and attended Parkdale Junior High School and Wy’East High School.

He worked as a logger and enjoyed riding horses and teaching others to ride.

He also liked spending time with his children; hunting with his dogs, fast cars and trucks and country western music.

He was most comfortable outdoors in jeans, boots and cowboy hat.

Survivors include two daughters, Evette Steadham of Hood River, and Carmen Burlesson of Geronimo, Okla.; two sons, Duane and Marvin Posey of Hood River, brothers and sisters Leona Hunsucker of Jacksonville, Fla.; Winona Lundy of Vancouver, Wash.; James Posey and his wife Patty of Vancouver, Wash.; Mick Posey of Vancouver, and Howard Hamilton of Portland, Ore.

Also surviving are grandchildren Sean Brady, Amanda Posey, Tab Brady, Elizabeth Posey, Jessica Posey, Nickole Burlesson, Randy Burlesson and Ryan Posey.

Arrangements by Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals-Receptions-Cremations).

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