Obituaries for May 2015

Obituary

Doris Euleta Sharkey

Doris Euleta (Utley) Sharkey died on April 20, 2015, in Bend, Ore., from lymphoma (blood cancer). Doris was born April 11, 1927, the third child of Merrill Utley and Ethel (Waddle) Utley. She was born at home on the family ...

Richard Semmes

Richard “Dick” Semmes passed away peacefully with his family by his side on April 12, 2015, after a long struggle with several tough bouts of cancer. Dick fought courageously and bravely for several years, never wanting to give up. Dick ...

Marie Murphy

Marie Murphy, 96, of Heppner, Ore., died Sunday, April 26, 2015, at Pioneer Memorial Hospital. A graveside service will be held Tuesday, May 5, at 1 p.m. at Mountain View Cemetery in Hood River, Ore. She was born March 10, ...

Donald Lee McClain

On March 22, 1928, in the little Oregon town of Cove, a son by the name of Donald Lee McClain was born to Lee Andrew McClain and Daisy Brashears. Shortly after they made their way to the Hood River Valley ...

Jack Blake

Jack Blake passed away on May 1, 2015, at the Hood River Care Center in Hood River, Ore. He was born in Winchester, Ill., to Harold and Maxine Blake in 1935. He met and married Betty Sollman in 1954 in ...

Hazel Baskins

Hazel “Maude” Baskins passed away at Hawks Ridge Assisted Living in Hood River on May 1, 2015, at the age of 95. She was born on July 8, 1919, in Gross, Neb., to Fred Bernard Picking and Bertha Elizabeth (Bishop) ...

Myrtle Marie White

Myrtle Marie White, 95, passed away on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at Hawks Ridge Assisted Living in Hood River, Ore. Myrtle was born Sept. 16, 1919, in Speers Ferry, Va., to Zachariah F. Dills and Amanda Dills. She was preceded ...

Marylou Alta Edgerton

Marylou Alta Edgerton was born July 14, 1924, in Hood River, Ore., the only child of Bruce M. and Edna Billings. Her first years were spent living on the family homestead in Parkdale before moving to Hood River. Marylou attended ...

William Bassham

William “Bill” Bassham, 80, of Vacaville, Calif., peacefully went to be with his Lord and Savior, Saturday morning, May 2, 2015. His wife Anita and his youngest son, Scotty B., were at his side. Bill was born March 25, 1935, ...

Leda Prinzing

Leda Prinzing, 76, passed away Tuesday, May 5, 2015, at her home in Hood River, Ore. Leda was born June 25, 1938, in Palouse, Wash., to Auguste and Mary (Arrasmith) Lavoie. Leda had seven siblings. Her parents were fruit pickers ...

Emil Geralda Decker Jr.

Emil Geralda Decker Jr., 76, passed away May 7, 2015, in Mineral Wells, Texas. He was born Nov. 18, 1938, in Seymour, Texas, the son of Emil G. Sr. and Faye Fultz Decker. He was a veteran of the U.S. ...

Julia G. Scherf

Julia G. Stearns Scherf died Friday, May 8, 2015, at 12 a.m. She was born Nov. 12, 1917, in Homedale, Idaho, the second child of six girls of Charles A. Stief and Hazel E. Sample. Julia traveled to Longview, Wash., ...

David A. Shelton

David A. Shelton, a longtime resident of Hood River, Ore., went to be with the Lord on Thursday, April 23, 2015. He was at home, surrounded by his family. He fought a long and hard battle with cancer for the ...

Susan Hurliman

“Don't be afraid to cry. It will free your mind of sorrowful thoughts.” ―Proverbs Susan “Susie” Hurliman (Swing) died peacefully with all her children at her side on the morning of May 1, 2015, in Tillamook, Ore., at the age ...

Samuel Edward Pobanz

Samuel Edward Pobanz, beloved doctor who started the first nurse practitioner program in Oregon, passed away peacefully of kidney failure on April 28, 2015, in Eugene, Ore., five days short of his 96th birthday. He was born May 3, 1919, ...

John Reznor Ward Sr.

John Reznor Ward Sr., 89, of Albany, Ore., died Monday, May 11, 2015, at Samaritan Albany General Hospital. Born Feb. 1, 1926, in Spring Lake, N.J., to Lot Jr. and Florence (Woolston) Ward, John was raised in New Jersey, graduated ...

Gertrude Louise Leininger

After a short illness our mother, Gertrude Louise Duvall Leininger, age 96, left us Saturday, May 9, 2015, for her heavenly immediate family: husband Bill Lenard Leininger, brother Roy Donald “Don” Duvall, parents Gertrude “Gertie” Proctor Duvall and Roy Locke ...

Paul Jay Henson

Our community and family have lost one of the most beautiful smiles God ever created. A man of quiet, strong faith in God has gone to be with the Lord. Paul Jay Henson was the fifth child born to Samuel ...

Ruth Kikue Wakamatsu

On Thursday, May 14, 2015, the Wakamatsus lost a very valuable member of their family. Ruth Kikue Wakamatsu passed away at age 97 in her home in Hood River, Ore., with her family by her side. She is survived by ...

Gladys Jean Burris

Gladys Jean Burris passed away May 16, 2015, in The Dalles, Ore. Gladys was born Aug. 24, 1933, in Alcester, S.D., to James Valles Boyer and Elizabeth Olive (Linblad) Boyer. She joined older sister Gloria and later her two younger ...

Richard Carrol Cannon

Richard Carrol Cannon, 91, born on Jan. 21, 1924, passed away in the company of his beloved wife on Saturday evening, May 9, 2015, at his home in Hood River, Ore. He is survived by his wife, Ruth Ellen Cannon, ...

Kim Eugene Bell

Kim Eugene Bell, of Mount Hood, Ore., passed away Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at Providence Portland Medical Center in Portland, Ore. Kim was born Aug. 27, 1952, in Tillamook, Ore., to Charles Leonard Bell and Billie Joanne (Merrill) Bell, and ...

JoAnn Hilkey

JoAnn (Lee) Hilkey 70, died Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nev., with her husband and children by her side. JoAnn was born Aug. 30, 1944, in Yakama, Wash., to Herman and Leona Lee. In 1962, JoAnn graduated from ...

Aaron Curtiss Weseman

Aaron Curtiss Weseman passed away in the company of his loving wife at their home in Parkdale, Ore., on Sunday, May 17, 2015, at the age of 42 after a long battle with lung cancer. He was born in Hood ...

Edwin Merill Chrisman

On Wednesday, May 20, Edwin Merill Chrisman, of Hood River, Ore., died peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family. Born April 18 1918, in Lubbock, Texas, his parents were Benjamin Franklin Chrisman and Mildred Boyer, who moved to California ...

Idamae Doyle

Idamae Doyle, 86, passed away May 22, 2015, in her home. She was born June 20, 1928, to Edwin and Della Shertenleib. She received her diploma in Santa Cruz, Calif., as a teleprinter operator for the Western Union in April ...

David Henry Dockham

David Henry Dockham passed away quietly in his sleep at Hawks Ridge Assisted Living Community early Friday, May 22, 2015, in Hood River, Ore. Dave was born in Medford, Mass., on June 29, 1936, to Percy Guy Dockham and Genevieve ...