Obituaries - Nov. 30

Odette Watson

Funeral services for Odette G. Watson were held on Monday, Nov. 28, 2005, at 1 p.m. at the Hood River Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Odette Grace Watson was born Dec. 24, 1919, to Pearl and Robert Miller in Missoula, Mont.

Odette died Nov. 24, 2005, in Hood River, Ore.. She was 86 years of age.

Odette graduated from Hamilton High School in Montana. She married Rex O. Watson on Jan.10, 1947. Odette was also married to Otto L. Hill and Lynne O. Beall.

She lived in the Bitter Root Valley of Montana for most of her life. This is where she and Rex raised their family of four children. She and Rex moved to Hood River in 2002 to be closer to family.

Odette was a member of the LDS church and was active in Relief Society. She and Rex served on missions for their Church in Mesa, Ariz.

Odette retired from the Bitter Root Irrigation District in 1977 where she was a bookkeeper, she also worked for many years as a bookkeeper for Montana Power, and she worked in sales for Roberts Bookstore and was a waitress at Dezell’s Coffee Cup.

Odette was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great- grandmother.

She loved canning, knitting and crocheting. She and Rex loved to travel and spent many winters in Arizona.

She is survived by a daughter, Donna Kingery of Phoenix, Ariz., a son and daughter-in-law, John and Marge Watson of Surprise, Ariz., a daughter and son-in-law, Lawnie and Richard Morgan of White Salmon, Wash., and a daughter and son-in-law, Debra and Robert Munson of Portland, Ore.

She is also survived by 10 grandchildren: Gregg, Traci, Tara, Shannon, John, Shawn, Erin, Meghan, Colin and Lauren, and 11 great-grandchildren. Her husband, Rex O. Watson, preceded her in death.

Vault interment will be at Idlewild Cemetery.

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

Howard Davis

Howard Willis Davis, age 84, went with Jesus on Nov. 27, 2005. Some of his loving family members were with him when he passed.

Howard was born Oct. 14, 1921, in Dunn County Wis., to Harry and AnnaMarie Davis.

He grew up in Wisconsin along with five brothers and three sisters.

Howard and June (Granum) Davis married March 25, 1944, in Sand Creek, Wis., and moved to the Hood River Valley in 1946, where he remained until his death.

Howard and June raised three sons Alan, Jerry, Chris, and a daughter, Dawn Hill. Howard worked at Jay Mar Lumber, Walton, Lumber and for many years as operations foreman for Walton Orchards, retiring in 1986.

Howard loved spending his retirement years with his wife, children and 14 grandchildren. He enjoyed fishing, sports, gardening, puttering and could often be found at the controls of his antique John Deere tractor.

He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Howard is survived by his wife, June, and sisters, Carol Dahl, Lavinia Raucher, Ethel Stanford.

Also surviving are his daughter, Dawn (Tom) Hill, and sons Alan, Jerry (Janel), and Chris (Janet).

Surviving grandchildren are Trinette Talamantes, Kari Hill, Tracey Adkins, Greg Hill, Lynn Davis, Jacob, Jennifer, Julie, Sherell and Jonathan Davis, Logan, Jeromy, Kristin and Jared Davis.

He is also survived by 15 great- grandchildren.

Howard was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Clifford, Manley, Alfred, Pete, Lester and sister Gladys Schmidt.

A celebration of Howard’s life will be held at Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont Dr., Hood River, on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 1 p.m. with interment following at Pine Grove Cemetery.

The family recommends that remembrances be made in Howard’s name to the National Diabetes foundation. They can be sent to Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals-Receptions-Cremations) 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

Keith McCoy

Keith McCoy was born on July 13, 1915, in Redlands, Calif., to Laurie Hinshaw McCoy of Goldendale and Earl McCoy of White Salmon. An uncommon divorce led to his adoption by Roy and Mary Hinshaw Cain, so from the beginning, his life was rich with many interests, influenced by his three loving sets of parents – the Cains, Laurie and Evan Hodson, and Earl and Sadie McCoy.

His childhood in White Salmon, graduation from Columbia Union High School in 1933, four years at the University of Washington, interspersed with Forest Service employment and sulfur mining atop Mount Adams established his deep love of this area.

In 1941, he married Vivian Legler of Portland. World War II soon called and occupied his life as a Naval Photographic Officer in the South Pacific. Returning home in 1946, he established Keith McCoy Insurance. Family life brought two children, and civic life was filled with such interests as Mt. Adams Chamber of Commerce, White Salmon City Council, and Skyline Hospital Board.

In 1957, one of Keith’s best life decisions was to invite Doug Holliston to join the insurance staff, and soon the agency became McCoy-Holliston Insurance.

In 1974, Keith married Claudia Collingwood Ashby, originally of Trout Lake. Their 15 years together before her passing included the enjoyment of living at The Shambles, the old Trout Lake Slaughterhouse, which he had charmingly restored since 1963.

He went into a painting phase, creating dozens of pieces of artwork. They joined forces with the Hollistons to enhance more than 50 local properties. He felt contributory on the Klickitat County Board of Equalization, and helped create the Gorge Heritage Museum. During these productive years, he began to capture on paper the tales and history of his homeland and its beloved people.

Establishing Pahto Publications in 1987, he wrote “The Mt. Adams Country: Forgotten Corner of the Columbia River Gorge,” followed by “CODY – Colorful Man of Color” in 1988.

In 1991, Keith married Lucille Nordwall Killion, then of Wilsonville, Ore. They were delighted to be chosen MayFest King and Queen in 1992.

He continued to write, publishing “Melodic Whistles in the Columbia River Gorge” in 1995, “Rowdy River” in 2002, and in 2003, “Mid-Columbia North Shore,” a compilation of the 160 or so “odds ‘n ends” articles he had written for the White Salmon Enterprise. He had also shared much of his vast historical recall with KIHR listeners.

He was proud of his Board position at Maryhill Museum and his eight years of contribution to the development of the Discovery Center in The Dalles. Somehow he and Lucy found time for much travel amidst the endless inquiries he received for information, having become known as “the local historian.”

Seven times they plied the Columbia from mouth to headwaters, Keith hired by Special Expeditions as the on-board historian, and countless times Lucy helped him don buckskins to portray Capt. William Clark in a living history presentation in which he looked back at the Lewis & Clark Expedition from a vantage point 30 years later.

Notable was Keith’s extensive collection of antiques, and he particularly favored the well-worn tools, often given to him by other old-time families, that had built this area he loved. A fondness for Indian heritage was evident in the artifacts he had collected since the 1930s.

It honored Keith to recently be named a “community treasure” by the city councils of White Salmon and Bingen. Indeed!

Years ago, a gift from his dear friend Bernard Pollard reminded that “Suddenly Life is Indian Summer – Make the Most of it.” With the help of their dear friend and caregiver Toni Stencil, that’s what he and Lucy were doing in their happy life at Down Manor in Hood River at the time of his passing on Nov. 8, 2005.

Keith is survived by his wife, Lucy, Hood River; daughter Jan Jones, White Salmon; son Doug McCoy, Trout Lake; sister Kathi Cain Levin, San Jose, Calif.; step-children and grandchildren in the families of Claudia and Lucy; numerous Hinshaw cousins and countless readers who can share his love of the Mount Adams country through his books.

In lieu of flowers, the family knows Keith would be pleased with donations to the Columbia High School Alumni Association Scholarship Fund or The Gorge Heritage Museum. Gardner Funeral Home handled arrangements. Please send condolences to the family at:

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