Dan Sheldon Struck
Died in Vancouver, Wash., on June 13, 2005, at the age of 78. He was born April 18, 1927, in White Salmon, Wash., to George and Gladys Struck of Parkdale, Ore.
Dan attended Frankton and Parkdale schools and played on the Parkdale Mountaineers basketball team in high school.
After graduating from Parkdale High School in 1945, he joined the United States Naval Reserves as a seaman second class and served as a signalman on the second U.S.S. Chicago, a heavy cruiser.
On June 17, 1947, Dan married Virginia Caroline Sammis of Portland and, together, they raised three children. Dan attended the University of Oregon for awhile, intending to study architecture, but he soon acquired an orchard in Parkdale.
After farming for a few years, the family moved to Pasco, Wash., where Dan was a construction worker on McNary Dam. When that job ended, Dan returned to Parkdale and worked at the Dee hardboard plant for a time before moving to the Roseburg area where he drove a truck.
He and Virginia were active church members, and they devoted much of their married life to serving their church in the Pacific Northwest while running a janitorial service in Vancouver, Wash.
Dan was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Virginia; and his daughter, Susan.
Survivors include a son, Dan Struck, of Woodinville, Wash.; a daughter, Sheri Amundson and her husband Duane of Portland, Ore.; two grandchildren, Niel and Erin Amundson of Portland,; a brother, James M. Struck and wife Arlene of Port Orford, Ore.; a sister, Patricia Toy and husband Eckard of Parkdale; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Dan was a sweet man who loved to laugh and visit, and he always called the Hood River Valley “Home.” He will be missed by family and friends.
No funeral service is planned, and memorials may be made to the charity of choice.
Sarah (Sally) Duncombe died on July 9, 2005, at her home in White Salmon at the age of 72. She was born in Vermont to the Rev. and Mrs. Hugh Morton.
Sally attended Mt. Holyoke College in Massachusetts, graduated from Antioch College in Ohio, and earned a teaching certificate in Connecticut.
She worked at a women’s prison in New York, a mental hospital in Connecticut, a folk art school in North Carolina, and in preschools and kindergartens in Connecticut and San Francisco.
She married the Rev. David Duncombe in 1958. They had three children while he attended graduate school at Yale. Betsy now lives in Maine, Jane lives in Parkdale, Ore., and Steve lives in New York City.
Since moving to White Salmon in 1993, Sally has volunteered at Head Start, Whitson Elementary School, the White Salmon Library, and the Columbia Gorge Commission.
She has been active in Bethel Congregational Church in White Salmon and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Hood River.
She is survived by her husband, David, their three children, four grandchildren, and a sister, who lives in Thorp, Wash.
Sally’s last days were lived as we had known and loved her — to the end interested in the world, caring about others, independent of mind and spirit, yet without fear of death. Now she has entered that larger life with grace and without regret.
A memorial service will be held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Hood River at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 16.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Bethel Congregational Church, or Hospice of the Gorge.