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Obituaries - Oct. 12

Burdene Captain

Longtime Parkdale, Ore., resident Burdene Captain died Friday, Oct. 7, 2005, at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. She was 67 years of age.

A graveside service was held Tuesday, Oct. 11, at the Upper Valley Cemetery in Parkdale.

Burdene was born March 19, 1938, to Louis and Albie (Snyder) Boyer in Rushville, Neb.

She moved with her family at a young age to the Hood River Valley.

In 1956 Burdene graduated from Wy’East High School. Following high school she worked in Portland as a billing operator.

On June 12, 1958, she married Harold E. Captain in White Salmon, Wash. Together they shared 47 wonderful years of marriage.

Burdene and Harold made their home in Parkdale and started a family, having three girls.

Burdene worked for Diamond Fruit Company before her and her husband’s retirement years.

Together they enjoyed traveling to the American Southwest to enjoy touring American Indian ruins. Burdene enjoyed reading, gardening and cooking.

Most of all she loved to spoil her grandchildren and be with family.

Mrs. Captain is survived by her husband, Harold, of Parkdale, daughter Darla and her husband Ken Goe of Hood River, Laureen Johnson of Newport, Wash., and Kathleen Rios-Captain of Bend, Ore.

Also surviving are eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her brother Melvin Boyer, sister Beverly Kendall and grandson Kyle Hutchison.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mission Integration and Spiritual Care of Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital Foundation or the American Cancer Society in care of Anderson Tribute Center, 1410 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031.

Benjamin Bisbee

Benjamin Earl Bisbee, a long-time Hood River resident, passed away on Oct. 1, 2005, at Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles, Ore. He was 88 years of age.

Ben was born May 12, 1917, in Telluride, Colo. He moved at an early age to Newberg, Ore., and then later to Hood River, where he graduated as valedictorian from Hood River Valley High School.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He participated in service in Guadalcanal and other parts of the Solomon Islands as a Master Sergeant.

After the war, he returned to Hood River to grow fruit with his brother, Roy Bisbee, for Duckwall Fruit Co.

In 1959, Ben and Roy sold a patent to Stark Brothers Fruit Co. for an apple they had grafted together and patented. The apple was called the “Bisbee Red.”

In 1961, he married Laura Jean (Mitchell) Collins.

Ben served on the Hood River Memorial Hospital Board for many years. He was also a member of the Elks, Eagles and Hood River Gun Club. He served as Fire Chief of both Westside and Odell Fire departments. He was a Cub Scout leader for many years with Odell Troop 378.

Ben enjoyed many activities including hunting, fishing, camping, rock hunting and just being in the woods.

He was preceded in death by his parents and both sisters, Rose and Daisy, and brother, Roy.

Survivors include brothers Ralph Bisbee, Robert Bisbee and Lester Bisbee; his wife, Laura Jean Bisbee of The Dalles; stepdaughter Sally Ann (Collins) Vencill and husband Beau of Philomath, Ore.; stepson Jack R. Collins III and wife Laurie of Hood River; son, Ben J. Bisbee of Hood River; daughter, Laura (Lisa) Goss and husband, Mark, of Parkdale, Ore.; son, Brian Bisbee and wife, Deanna, of Hood River. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren.

A graveside service was held at Pine Grove Butte Cemetery at 2687 Van Horn Dr., Hood River, on Oct. 6.

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