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Obituaries - Nov. 23

Leon Bruce Mason

Parkdale resident Leon Bruce Mason died Sunday, Nov. 20, 2005 at his home surrounded by his family. He was 56 years of age.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 26, at 10 a.m. at the Hood River Valley Christian Church.

Bruce was born Feb.15, 1949, in Lindsey, Calif., to Denver Isaac and Edna Jean (Ross) Mason. He grew up in Porterville, Calif., and moved to Sacramento, Calif., while in high school. After high school he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served two tours in Vietnam, one in Korea and some time in Germany as well.

After his service to his country he worked for Underwood Fruit Company and lived in Hood River. He then moved to Irvine, Calif., where he was employed by 3M.

Bruce moved back to Hood River in 1991 and worked for Dee Forrest Products before it burned, then Oregon Department of Transportation.

In 2000 Bruce opened Cloudcap Game Birds as a sideline. He raised pheasant, chukar and quail.

Bruce was a member of Valley Christian Church and was active in the local bowling league for many years. In his spare time Bruce loved to fish, and hunt game birds, deer and elk.

Mr. Mason is survived by his wife, Laurie, of Parkdale, Ore.; brothers Ron Mason and his wife, Lois, of Meadow Vista, Calif., Denver Mason and his wife, Diana, of Odell, Ore., Bob Mason and his wife, LaVonna, of Washington and Pat Mason and his wife, Marcene, of Milwaukie, Ore., and his twin brother, Phil Mason, and his wife, Sue, of Hood River; and his sister, Linda and her husband, Dick Mills, of Hood River.

He is also survived by his daughters, Tami and her husband, Michael Liebenthal, of New Jersey, Michelle Jernstedt and Courtney Mason of Parkdale, sons Denver Issac Mason of Pensacola, Fla., and Cody Mason of Parkdale.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Don Mason.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Gorge or the PHRMH Foundation for Cancer Research, c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals-Reception-Cremations), 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR, 97031.

Elmer Murray

Elmer W. Murray, a longtime Hood River, Ore., resident, died Sunday, Nov. 20, 2005, at his residence. He was 89 years of age.

Services will be held on Friday, Nov. 25, at 1 p.m. at Anderson’s Tribute Center. A reception will follow.

Elmer was born Jan. 17, 1916, in Merrimac, N.H., to Edward and Georgia (Hatfield) Murray and came to Hood River at age 18.

Elmer served in the U.S. Army during World War II, serving in the European theatre.

Following the war, he returned to Hood River and continued operating Murray Auto Parts and Towing.

He worked as service manager for Garabrant Chevrolet from the mid 1950s until 1961 when he opened Murray’s Trading Post.

He sold that business in 1972 and then worked for Thompson-Hayward Chemical Company until his retirement.

Elmer coached Little League baseball and was a Cub Scout master. He served on the Hood River School Board and as a Hood River County Commissioner, ending his term as Chairman of the commission.

He attended the Hood River Alliance Church and was a member of the American Legion.

Elmer enjoyed horseback riding, camping, hunting, carpentry and restoring old cars. His first love was the Model A Ford. At one time he owned eight of them.

Elmer never met a stranger; he could talk to anyone. He was also quite a wheeler-dealer; if someone was asking $1,000 for something, he would get it for $300 and they would thank him as he left.

He is survived by his wife, Jean Murray, of Hood River; son Mike Murray and his wife, Barb, of Hood River; brother C.R. “Dick” Murray of Portland, Ore.; grandchildren Jacob and his wife, Carrie, Cody and Christian; and great-grandchildren Hailey, Sydney and Jylian.

His first wife, Ruth, his second wife, Fern, and siblings Warren, Grace, Margaret, Bill John Murray and Florence (Mackenzie) preceded him in death.

Vault entombment will be at Idlewild Cemetery Mausoleum.

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

Manvil Troxel

Manvil Burnola Troxel, 90, a resident of The Dalles, died at his home on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2005.

He was born Nov. 7, 1915, in Ritchey, Mo., the middle child of seven to Ira Michael and Lula Maye (Johnson) Troxel.

His early childhood years were spent on the family farm in Shoal Creek Valley of Newton County, Mo. Some of his early school years were at Pittsburg, Kansas, where his father was employed by the Kansas City Southern Railway.

After a few years in Pittsburg, the Troxel family moved back to the farm, Manvil graduated from Ritchey High School, then moved to Southern California and continued his education with various courses.

In 1938, he married June LaVerne Adams of South Gate, Calif.; the marriage was later dissolved in 1945.

Several years later, he married Mary Watson, who shortly afterwards became ill and that marriage also dissolved.

In 1954, he was united in marriage to Virginia Flath Hildenbrand; they later divorced after 17 years of marriage.

In 1940, Manvil became employed by the U.S. Postal Service at South Gate. With the outbreak of World War II, he elected to enlist in the U.S. Coast Guard, with active duty taking him as a crew member and mail specialist, on the USS Hunter Liggett, an amphibious transport ship and landing barge carrier, to the Southwest Pacific theatre of operations.

He became entitled to wear various campaign ribbons while attached to that ship in the war zone.

Returning from the war, Manvil resumed employment with the postal department, but transferred to The Dalles. He was sent to various post office training seminars, and through a course in management supervision at the University of Oklahoma, later received promotions first to superintendent of mails and then to assistant postmaster, retiring at that position in 1973 after 33 years of postal service.

Being a farm boy at heart, Manvil operated cherry orchards in the Mosier area, even during his years at the post office, and he was an active Oregon State Licensed Realtor from 1973 to 1991.

Manvil was a longtime member of the Mosier Grange and served as Grange Master for 12 consecutive years.

He also was a member of the Hood River Elks Lodge, the Bingen Eagles, and The Dalles Moose Lodge, but his greatest fraternal love was the Hood River Masonic Lodge. He was known by some as “Mr. Mason” and served as a Worshipful Master of Hood River Lodge and District Deputy of the Masonic Grand Lodge of Oregon.

He conducted many Masonic funerals for the order. He was also known for his philanthropic giving and his love of ballroom dancing.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Jean Hall Troxel, whom he married in April 7, 2004; his daughter, Victoria Johnson, and her husband, David, of Prescott, Ariz.; his sons, Bill Troxel and David and his wife, Donna Troxel, all of The Dalles.

He is also survived by seven grandchildren, many great- and adopted great-grandchildren; sister, Helen Davis, of Prosser, Wash.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and three sisters.

Funeral services with Masonic rites will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26, at Spencer, Libby & Powell Funeral Home.

Private interment will follow at The Dalles Three Mile IOOF Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the scholarship fund of the Hood River Masonic Lodge, P.O. Box 44, Hood River, OR 97031 or Hospice of the Gorge, 751 Myrtle St., The Dalles, OR 97058.

Memorials may be made at Salvation Army, care of Wilhelm Funeral Home, 6637 S.E. Milwaukie, Portland, OR 97202.

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