Obituaries - Nov. 2

Virginia McBee

Memorial services for Virginia Helen McBee will be conducted at 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Hood River, Ore.

Interment will follow at a later date at St. James Episcopal church in Bozeman, Mont.

Mrs. McBee, a resident of Parkhurst House Assisted Living Center in Hood River for the past four years, died Sunday, Oct. 23, at the age of 90.

She was born Nov. 5, 1914, in Vernon, B.C., the daughter of Gordon G. and Margaret E. Brown, longtime Hood River residents.

She originally moved to Hood River when her father became director of the Experiment Station. He owned several orchards in the area until his retirement.

She graduated from Hood River High School and Pacific University in Forest Grove.

Virginia married Richard Harding McBee of Eugene on June 15, 1940, and they eventually moved to Bozeman, Mont., after he returned from service in World War II. He was a professor at Montana State University until he retired in 1980 and they returned to Hood River to live. Mr. McBee died in 1995.

She is survived by a brother, Phillip G. Brown of Schenectady, N.Y.; her daughter and son-in-law, Gail and James Smith of Prineville, Ore.; son and daughter-in-law, Richard, Jr. and Jill McBee of Maracaibo, Venezuela; son and daughter-in-law, Christopher and Kathy McBee of Bozeman; daughter Anne McBee of Bozeman; six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Mrs. McBee was a self-employed medical technician at McBee Laboratories in Bozeman for many years.

She was a member of the American Association of University Women, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Hood River, the Hood River Garden Club and played violin in the Sinfonietta.

Her hobbies included weaving and gardening.

Memorial contributions may be made to. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Parkhurst House or Hood River Library, c/o Anderson Tribute Center, (Funerals-Receptions-Cremations), 1401 Belmont Rd., Hood River, OR 97031.

Yoshiko Krieger

78-year-old Yoshiko Krieger passed away Oct. 26, 2005, in White Salmon, Wash. She was born in Amagasaki City, Japan, on March 19, 1927, the daughter of Kenji and Toyo (Kuroda) Yamamota.

Yoshiko received her schooling in Japan. She moved to Yokohama, where she met Robert Krieger on May 17, 1955.

The couple married in the American Embassy in Tokyo on Nov. 2, 1962, living in various places in Japan before moving to the United States in 1974. They lived in Sandy, Ore., before settling in White Salmon in 1980, the very week Mount St. Helens erupted.

Mrs. Krieger liked yard work and gardening and also enjoyed cooking very complicated oriental dishes. Yoshiko was a student and teacher in the Japanese cultural tradition of Urasenke School of Tea Ceremony.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Krieger of White Salmon and numerous nieces and nephews in Japan.

An informal memorial reception will be held at Gardner Funeral Home in White Salmon on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Please send condolences to Mr. Krieger by signing the online guestbook at

Cecil Hutchinson

Cecil Hutchinson, born in Hood River, Ore., July 7, 1952, died Oct. 12, 2005, at Harris Methodist Hospital, Fort Worth Texas; he was 53. Graveside services will be held on Friday, Nov. 4 at 11 a.m. at Pine Grove Cemetery.

Cecil was born, raised and educated in Hood River, attending Coe Primary, Park Street, May Street and Hood River High School.

After a period of time he fulfilled his dream of teaching by receiving his degree in history at Simpson Bible College in San Francisco, Calif., before completing his teacher’s certificate at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho.

On May 27, 1977, he and Linda Krieger of Sacramento, Calif., were married at Citrus Heights in California.

Cecil and Linda have spent the last eight years residing in Texas. Cecil taught at Fairway Middle School, teaching sixth grade history, in Killeen, Texas.

Then, moving to William James Middle School of Fort Worth, Texas, Cecil taught sixth-grade history at William James while coaching the eighth-grade girls’ basketball team.

Cecil was preceded in death by his mother, Phyllis Hutchinson. He is survived by his wife, Linda, of Fort Worth, Texas; his father, John B. Hutchinson, of Hood River; brothers John D. Hutchinson of Yakima, Wash., and Rick Hutchinson of Mosier, Ore.; and sister, Esther Korhonen of Dee Flat, Ore.

Irvin D. Johnson

Irvin Johnson, born April 2, 1909, died October 17, 2005.

Irvin was born in Fort Bragg, Calif., to Albert and Ethel Johnson. The family soon moved to Portland, where they lived until Mr. Johnson bought property a few miles from Lyle, Wash., and established the family farm where Irvin grew up, along with his elder sister, Naomi, and younger brother, Sydney. Albert was a sawyer for the lumber mill at Lyle, and also worked hard on the farm which produced almost all their food, which meant a lot of chores for the children.

Irvin developed his lifelong habits of working hard and living frugally. In addition to his responsibilities at home, Irvin attended and graduated from high school. Later, he attended the School of Pharmacy at Washington State College, graduating in 1932 as a pharmaceutical chemist, returning to complete his Bachelor of Science degree in 1936. About that time he finally proposed to Myrtle Johnson, who had also grown up in Lyle.

Irvin's earliest job as a pharmacist was in Missoula, Mont., where he and his young wife moved. Later, he bought and ran his first store in College Place, Wash.

There, Irvin and Myrtle had their first child, a daughter, Janice Myrtle. When she was two years old, they moved to Seattle, where Irvin eventually owned a small chain of three Rexall drugstores.

By 1949 Irvin had grown weary of a busy city life that sometimes was very stressful. He and Myrtle decided to move back to Lyle and build a home near his parents. Not only did Irvin help with the family farm, but he bought some registered Hereford breeding stock and had a go at cattle raising.

He encouraged his daughter to join 4-H, and they both showed Herefords at the Klickitat County fair, bringing home some blue and purple ribbons. In 1952 Irvin joined his brother, Syd, in a Shell Oil business in Bingen, Wash.

From Bingen, he became the Shell Oil jobber in Hood River, Ore., the family moving to Hood River in 1955. There, he also diversified his business into service stations, a wholesale/retail tire outlet, and finally a restaurant.

He and Myrtle designed and built their dream home at 1020 Rand Road. He would go up in the hills to dig out rocks for the massive fireplace that became the centerpiece of the home they loved so much. During this time Irvin served a term as president of the Chamber of Commerce and was active in the Lions Club.

Sadly, in 1970 Myrtle passed away after a long battle against the ravages of diabetes. A couple years later, Irvin married Martha Gross of White Salmon, and shared some good years until her death 10 years later.

Irvin remarried one more time, to Letha Fleck of Scappose, and welcomed her three sons to their home. Sometime earlier, Irvin had purchased a sailboat. He loved to sail, and for a while he and Letha greatly enjoyed sailing together, and often competed in sailboat races. They also bought and operated a small restaurant at 13th and Oak, “Johnson's Red Delicious.” However, their marriage ended in divorce.

Irvin didn’t stop working after he retired. He loved working in his garden, taking pride in his flowers, fruit, and vegetables; and true to his upbringing, he canned much of his own produce well into his eighties. His favorite project, however, was building a stone wall around one perimeter of his garden.

When Irvin was 88, he fulfilled his lifelong dream of visiting Australia. For three months he traveled around both New Zealand and Australia, sometimes staying in youth hostels.

After that, Irvin started slowing down, and in 2002 he moved into an assisted living facility in Hood River and sold his home. He gradually needed more care, and in October of 2004 his daughter, Janice, arranged for him to move to a foster care home in Portland so she could be near him. Here he received loving and attentive care. In spite of his diabetes, he had stayed amazingly healthy, but gradually weakened and became less interested in his surroundings.

His life ended quickly, quietly, and painlessly on Oct. 17, 2005, at his foster home. He is survived by his daughter, Janice Johnson, and his sister, Naomi Jay.

It was Irvin’s wish that he be cremated and his ashes scattered on the Columbia River. A memorial service will be held in Hood River at the Asbury United Methodist Church, 616 State St., on Sunday, Nov. 6, at 3 p.m. It is the family’s wish that, instead of flowers, donations be made to the American Diabetes Association in Irvin's name.

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