Obituaries for January 2009

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Lura Mary Merz

Lura Mary Merz passed away in her sleep at 91 years of age on Dec. 15, 2008, at Columbia Basin Care Facility in The Dalles, Ore. She was born in Battle Creek, Mich., to Grant H. and Ethel M. Lapham ...

Carol Joy Wolfe

Carol Joy Wolfe passed away the day after Christmas surrounded by her immediate family. Her many friends and extended family were greatly shocked and saddened by her sudden death. Carol will be remembered as a loving wife, devoted daughter, a ...

Jim Beals

Pastor Jim Beals, of Hood River, Ore., died at his home on Monday, Jan. 5, 2009, at 12:50 a.m. Jim was diagnosed in Stage IV colon cancer in August 2002 and although his prognosis was bleak, he fought hard to ...

Clarissadon Elizabeth Ortiz

Clarissadon Elizabeth Ortiz was born on Jan. 25, 1995, in Hood River, Ore., to Andres and Sarah Ortiz, of Parkdale. She was raised and home schooled in Parkdale. From the moment she was born, she was a delight to all ...

Paula Mae Blake

Paula Mae Ruthardt Blake passed away at her home in Pendleton, Ore., on Jan. 1, 2009, at the age of 65 after a courageous battle with breast cancer. She was born on Dec. 27, 1943, in Red Oak, Iowa, to ...

Jan Cluff

Alabama Jim’s Café cook, Cheree Cluff, and waitress, Jan Cluff, were taken from us on Jan. 2, 2009. Cheree was born Oct. 21, 1984, to Harvey Cluff and Dianne Wolfe Cluff in Stone, Idaho. Cheree loved learning and school, where ...

Cheree Cluff

Alabama Jim’s Café cook, Cheree Cluff, and waitress, Jan Cluff, were taken from us on Jan. 2, 2009. Cheree was born Oct. 21, 1984, to Harvey Cluff and Dianne Wolfe Cluff in Stone, Idaho. Cheree loved learning and school, where ...

Evelyn Jennie Mann

Evelyn Jennie Mann, 88, an Odell, Ore., resident, died Jan. 6, 2009, at Oregon Health & Science University Hospital in Portland, Ore. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 10, at 10 a.m. at Anderson’s Tribute Center. A reception ...

Faye McCormick

Faye McCormick, of Portland, Ore., and formerly of Hood River, passed away on Monday, Dec. 22, 2008, at West Hills Health and Rehabilitation Center in Portland at 82 years of age. She was born on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 1926, in ...

Dorothea Elynor Young

Dorothea Elynor Young, 92, a longtime resident of Hood River, Ore., passed away at a local care facility on Jan. 9, 2009, in The Dalles, Ore. She was born in Klamath Falls, Ore., on April 14, 1916, the oldest to ...

Laurence A. Jenkins

Laurence A. “Larry” Jenkins, age 81, died peacefully in his sleep with family by his side on Jan. 6, 2009. Also present was the family cat, who would not leave his side for days prior to his passing. A gathering ...

Ray Sato

Ray Sato, 91, passed away peacefully on Jan. 11, 2009, at the Brookside Manor of Hood River. Ray was born April 3, 1917, in Parkdale, Ore., to Tadao Sato and Shin Hara. He graduated from Parkdale High School and continued ...

Joan Burchell

Joan’s life journey began in Manhattan, N.Y., April 25, 1923 — and what a journey it was. Joan grew up in Chappaqua, N.Y., as a proper lady; exposed to opera, social etiquette, art; all while being the “tomboy” who sledded ...

Joseph Ballard Halford

“Jay” Joseph Ballard Halford passed away suddenly at his home in San Diego, Calif., Dec. 23, 2008. He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on March 30, 1962, to Kendall Hutchinson Halford and Frank Atherton Halford. Jay moved with his family ...

Wilbert William Walters Sr.

Wilbert William Walters Sr. passed away at Leesburg Regional Hospital Jan. 10, 2009. Wil was born in Garrison, N.D., May 7, 1935, to William and Hulda Walters. His family moved west in 1943, and he graduated from Hood River High ...

Emily Gay Goldberg

Emily Gay Goldberg, age 89, died peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2009, at the Hood River Care Center. She was born Emily Page Gay on Oct. 9, 1919, in West Virginia. She was the third of five children born to ...

Andy Crown

Andy Crown, a longtime resident of Hood River, Ore., passed away Jan. 15, 2009, at his home, with his loving wife by his side. A service to celebrate his life with fraternal rites by the Hood River Elks Lodge and ...

John Bruce Parsons

John Bruce Parsons was born in Spokane, Wash., on June 8, 1928, and passed away Jan. 12, 2009, in Hood River, Ore., at the age of 80. Bruce was the son of Harry and Leona Parsons, formerly of Spokane, and ...

Brita Elizabeth Long

Brita Elizabeth (Currier) Long, 75, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away on Dec. 15, 2008, in Spokane, Wash. She was born April 23, 1933, in Rapid City, S.D., to Alta and Walter Currier. She moved to Oregon with ...

John Nelson Nesbitt

John Nelson Nesbitt, a resident of Hood River, Ore., since 1974, passed away at Providence Brookside Manor on Jan. 17, 2009. He was born on Aug. 22, 1913, in Cheney, Wash., the oldest of six children born to Merrill (Mel) ...

Wilma Rae Skelton

Wilma Rae Penny Skelton, 72, of Cape Girardeau, Mo., died Friday, Dec. 26, 2008, at The Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born Sept. 5, 1936, in Spring Brook, Wis., daughter of John Carl and Edna Obenchine Riege. She ...

Daniel Charles Simons

Daniel Charles Simons, 77, passed away on Friday, Jan. 23, 2009, at his home in Hood River, Ore. He was born June 21, 1931, at Waterloo, Ore., the fourth child of Rheuben and Icie Simons. He grew up in Sweet ...

Raymond Leroy Horn

Raymond “Buzz” Leroy Horn, 82, of Rancho Bernardo, Calif., born in Hood River Ore., passed away Nov. 8, 2008. Raymond was the dear father of Gary and Roger Horn and Darlene Carter; beloved grandfather of nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; ...

Kenneth Lloyd Anderson

Kenneth “Ken” Lloyd Anderson, 77, a longtime Hood River, Ore., resident, died Jan. 28, 2009, at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. Services will be held on Monday, Feb. 2, at 1 p.m. at Anderson’s Tribute Center with a reception to ...