Obituaries - Nov. 9

Ralph Kirby

Ralph W. Kirby, a Hood River, Ore., resident, died Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2005, at Brookside Manor. He was 88 years of age.

Services will be held on Sunday, Nov. 13, at 2 p.m. at Valley Christian Church.

Ralph was born April 3, 1917, in the Dee Flats area to Wendell (W.I.) and Bessie (Croft) Kirby and raised in Odell on a small farm located where Kirby Drive is now.

He attended Odell grade school and graduated from Odell Union High School in 1935 and then Oregon State College in 1939.

He worked various jobs until gaining his commission as an ensign in the U.S. Navy in 1942.

Ralph served as the commander of a PT boat in Managua, Nicaragua, until 1945.

After his discharge, he returned to the valley and worked for the Apple Growers Association. He was involved in fruit sales and traveled to all 48 states in this capacity.

He married Ruthe Harper in 1947. In 1949 they purchased an orchard in the Odell area, which he worked in addition to his other employment.

In 1953, Ralph went to work for Chevron Chemical Company, working locally with orchardists in agricultural products.

He much preferred remaining in the Hood River Valley to traveling and continued with that company until his retirement in 1982.

He devoted himself to service as an active member and volunteer in the Elks, as a scoutmaster and commissioner in Boy Scouts, an active member and volunteer at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and as a leader for more than 50 years with 4-H.

He helped originate the scholarship spaghetti dinner at the high school and worked at it for 44 years.

Ralph also served many dinners at the Elks and St. Mark’s for various community events. Ruthe died in 1980.

In 1981 Ralph remarried to Dee Hanel. She preceded him in death in 1997. A daughter, Suzanne Kaye, died in 1982 and a brother, Roy, also preceded Ralph in death in 2001.

Survivors include his son, Nick Kirby, and daughter-in-law, Carolyn, of Odell, and grandsons Matthew and Samuel Kirby.

Also surviving are two brothers and their wives: Ken Kirby and Bonnie, and Harold “Butch” Kirby and Anne; and nieces and nephews Mary Ann Wright, George Kirby, Chris Kirby, Sally Pritchett and Barbara Sigl.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ralph Kirby Scholarship Fund to benefit Eagle Scouts, Girl Scout Gold Award and 4-H graduates c/o the Hood River Elks Club.

Contributions may be sent to Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals-Receptions-Cremations), 1401 Belmont Road, Hood River, OR 97031.

Richard Rambo

Hood River resident Richard Rambo died Sunday, Nov. 6, 2005, at his home. He was 47 years of age.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, Nov. 10, at 2 p.m. at Anderson’s Tribute Center.

A visitation will be held Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. at Anderson’s Tribute Center.

Rick was born July 18, 1958, in Colusa, Calif., to Eugene and Bobbie (Waters) Rambo.

He was raised and educated in Bend and Hood River. Rick moved to the Hood River Valley in the early 1970s.

Rick worked as a mechanic for Hood River Supply, Cascade Orchards, and CM & WO Sheppard’s.

He was a member of the American Legion. Rick enjoyed working on older cars, fishing, camping and music.

Rick is survived by his wife, Lisa Rambo, of Hood River; sons Mathew Rambo of Hood River and Rick, Jr. of Salem, Ore.; daughters Amber and Crystal Rambo of Hood River, and Mandy Rambo of Phoenix, Ariz.; and sisters Brenda of Portland, Ore., Rhonda of Maui, Hawaii, Karla of Wamic, Ore. and Debbie of Portland, Ore.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals-Receptions-Cremations), 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

Warren Predmore

Warren D. Predmore passed away Nov. 2, 2005, in Gresham, Ore. He was 69 years of age.

A funeral service is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 9, at noon at Anderson’s Tribute Center.

Warren was born Aug. 22, 1936, in Lincoln, Neb., to Walter and Frances (Witt) Predmore.

Warren attended Hood River High School. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge. He was a salesman for most of his working life.

Mr. Predmore was married to the late Lucille Predmore in 1957 and then to Barbara Predmore.

Mr. Predmore is survived by his daughters Deborah Matthy of California, Julie Fossum of Beaverton, Ore., sisters Phyllis Zweigart of Canby, Ore., and Benita Hall, and brother Wayne Predmore.

Memorial contributions may be made in Warren’s name to the American Diabetes Association, c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center, (Funerals-Receptions-Cremations), 1401 Belmont Road, Hood River, OR 97031.

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