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GOLDENDALE, WASHINGTON MAY 20, 2o15--3 H 0 M&apos;E T N OBITUARIES Helen Starks Helen M. Starks, 89, passed away on May 14, 2015, at Whitman Hospital and Med- ical Center, after complica- tions from a stroke. A memo- rial service will be held at 11:30 a.m., May 30fi% at the Steptoe Grange Hall. Helen was born January 30, 1926 at her parents' home outside of Pull- man, Washington, on the Wawawai breaks to Bert and Alberta (Marshall) Mansfield. She spent much of her childhood on that farm at- tending Beauridell School. The family then moved to the Yakima Valley where they lived until Helen's last semes- ter of her senior year at Grandview, Washington. The family then relocated to Gold- endale, Washington. After graduation from high school, Helen worked as a waitress, an usher at the local theater, and a retail clerk at Ledbet- ter's Department Store. On September 15, 1945, Helen married Jack G. Starks. They had two children while residing in Goldendale, Donna and Jack II. In the winter of 1950, they moved to a farm near Kami- ak Butte. Jack farmed and Helen was a stay at home mother until the children were older. She then went to work for the Empire Depart- ment Store in Pullman, Washington, and later worked for the Elk Drug Store. Eventually, Helen began working at the then, Whit- man Community Hospital, where she retired after 26 years of work- ing in the office. Hor husband, Jack, passed in 1988 and Helen eventually re- turned to Golden- dale, Washington, to reside in 1993. She worked part-time in The General Store and the 98 store both owned by her nieces and nephews. She returned to re- side near her daughter in 2006 in Steptoe, Washington. Helen was a beloved wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. She is survived by her children Donna Cooper (Gary) of Steptoe, Jack Starks II; three grandchil- dren, Errin Cooper Nelson (Scot), Jennifer Starks, Jack Curtis Starks (Cat), and one great-grandchild, Bryce Cobb. She was preceded in death by her husband Jack; sisters Irene, Neva, Willah, Celia, brother Chuck, and her parents. Food drive a success BY AKASnA SPINO-BYBEE REPORTER The annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive that took place on May 9, was not onIy a national success, but a great benefit to the Goldendale Food Bank. Having collected approximately 1,600 pounds of food in Goldendale alone, the National Association of Letter Carriers definitely had their work cut out for them. "We collected an estimated 1,600 pounds or more of food during last week's annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive." says Kathy Dressel, employee at the Goldendale Post Office. "I've heard each carrier say that they really enjoy doing the drive because it goes to our local food bank. the food stays here and it's for the community." Along with going about their regular routine of deliv- ering the mail to each and every resident in the city of Goldendale, one can assume that collecting all of the do- nated food on top of the regu- lar task is a bit of a challenge for the carriers. "I'm sure it's stressful because you're try- , ," . , ., , Gas Appliances Electrical Repair Get your RV . Mobile Service & Repair ing to deliver the mail and pick up the food at the same time," says Dressel. "It's just something that's added to your day that is a bit out of the norm, but overall, they enjoyed it." After this year's success, Dressel believes that next year will also be a great turn out. "It's a very worthy cause," she says, "we have no reason not to believe that next year will also be an excellent turn out." RVMob,eDoctor Service & Repair. I come to you! BRUCE HENDERSON 541-993-5982 LICENSED & CERTIFIED Z John McDowell John Allen McDowell passed away unexpectedly on May 6, 2015, in Yuma, Ari- zona. He was born in Vancou- ver, WA on April 22, 1940 to John and Artice McDowell. John spent his child- hood in Washou- gal and was an in- quisitive and ad- venturous boy He played football and ran hurdles for Washougal High School. John joined the U.S. Air Force in 1956 and was hon- orably discharged in Octo- ber of 1959. After his discharge he and his wife Charlene, along with two children, Deby and Dianne, traveled back to' Camas and he worked in the Camas Paper Mill for a few years, during which time they had two more children, John Brian and Leisa. Soon after, they traveled to Auburn where John worked for Boeing and attended col- lege at Green River Commu- nity College to study history They moved back to Vancou- ver for construction work, where their fifth child, Tara was born. The couple di- vorced in 1973 and John married Brenda Laird; then moved to Goldendale. Bren- da's three children, Alan, Sherri and Todd, became like John's own. While building his career, John worked for various companies including the Klickitat County Road De- partment. He even drove truck in Alaska - where Blake, the youngest of his six children was born. John traveled on to Redmond and worked in Seattle for some time. After Brenda passed away, John moved to Glen- wood to raise their son as promised with his third wife Jeri McDowell. At that time, he became a stepfather to Lance McDowell. John oper- ated the Bird Creek Inn Tav- ern and drove log truck throughout the late 1980s to mid-90's. John's love for con- struction eventually pulled him back to the city; he ran Lumber Company .%" Local Sales Outlet "" )))) Visit Our Website www.sdslumber.com PLYWOOD - 3/8" thru 3/4" LANDSCAPE MATERIALS Bark Dust, 3A-Gravel ,Yard Mulch, Chips Sawdust, Shavings, Railroad Ties Hours: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Located at SDS Lumber Co.. Bingen,WA.(509) 493-2751 various large projects all over the United States. At age 62, he remarried his first wife, Charlene, and they spent the last 12 years together, wintering at their home in Yuma and spending summers in the Northwest with family and friends. John loved riding quads and camp- ing with his friends. He loved singing, dancing and karaoke. He continued to build anything he could; homes, garages, tree houses, and any project he could work with his hands. Football season was devoted to the TV, as he jumped out of his chair laughing at great plays. He enjoyed teas- ing fans of the opposing teams, even though he ad- mired the great players of any team. He supported the Seattle Seahawks and sport- ed their attire. He is survived by his first and last love, Charlene Mc- Dowell; two sisters, Louise Bush and Vickie Thurgood (Marvin); stepfather Leonard Balcom; children Deby McDowell, Dianne Marvel (Ken), J. Brian Mc- Dowell (Keri), Leisa Gimlin, Tara Foster (Tim), Blake McDowell (Autumn); stepchildren Todd Laird, Sherrie Lush and Lance chambers; 13 grandchildren and lfl great-grandchildren. John was preceded in death by his parents John McDowell and Artice Bal- com; his sister, Linda Silito and brother Steve McDow- ell; stepson Alan Laird; grandsons Jacob Marvel and Alex McDowell and step-grandson Bryan Cham- bers. A memorial will be held in Washougal at Hathaway Park on May 30, at 11 a.m. ( Studio &8o ' Hair Design < Sherri Niemela G 10-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Evenings by o appointment o o (541)980-3688 , LOOKING BACK May20,2015 50 Years Ago - May 20, 1965 The temporary water shortage took up most time as the Goldendale city council meeting. Several representatives of the Goldendale Country Club came, as much as any- thing to assure the city that their use of water to irrigate the golf course was at all times subject to the need of city residents. Although the club's water right application to Bloodgood creek waters is secondary to the city's, the dub does have a right to water, it was pointed out. Harold Fariello, as group spokesman, said the club is under self imposed orders to irrigate only when there is a surplus of city water. 75 Years Ago - May 16, 1940 L. V. McWhorter, Yakima historian and well known as an authority on early day Washington histo was in Goldendale last week on a business trip. He recently pub- lished a book entitled the "Tragedy of the Wahk-Shun," which deals with the events leading up to the murder of A. J. Bolen, Indian agent near the head waters of Bowman creek. He took an active part in securing the erection of a Washington Historical Society marker for the spot where Bolen was killed. The original site of the Blockhouse is on the Frank Saxton ranch a short distance north of the Blockhouse mineral springs. 100 Years Ago - May 21, 1915 Dr. E H. Collins, of Goldendale, was called to Klickitat station Tuesday evening to attend Charles Holmes, who had his right leg broken and very badly crushed below the knee, caused by a log roiling on him while assisting load- ing it on a truck. Mr. Holmes is one of the members of the Holmes Brothers Lumber Company, located at Klickitat, on the Goldendale branch of the S. E & S. Ry. Dr. Collins made the trip in one hour and thirty minutes, going to Wahkiacus in his auto, then three miles by hand car to Klickitat station. 125 Years Ago - May 22, 1890 Henry Woodruff traded for a fme span of horses last Thursday, but they proved too vicious and unreliable. He hitched them up to a hack to try them and drove down to Hess' mill, but when coming back they made a break for liberW. Frank Patton and another party who were in the hack jumped out but Mr. Woodruff was thrown violently to the ground, and the team on turning the corner at D. W. Pierce's place, by their momentum were carried into a tree on the sidewalk, the hack ending right over onto them. The tree and hack were badly demolished and Mr. Woodruff was considerably bruised, but the team was un- injured. Compiled by Jean Allyn Smeltzer, of the Klickitat County Historical Society. E CONSULTATI4[ 360.834.6262 1 Call today!)] LAW FIRM P.L.L.C. DUI DEFENSE RESTORATION oF FIREARM RIGHTS DIVORCE WILLS PROBATE CHILD CUSTODY Clark, Klickitat, Skamania Counties / Western Federal District Court Phone: 360.834.6292 Emaih mccraylaw@vernmccraylaw.com Grantwriting & for small organizations Friday, May 29 10 am to 3 pm Community Center, Lyle, WA To register: brownpapertickets.com/eventJ1613259 5 cost includes morning coffee and lunch!  by CEKC Cc Enrichment for Klickitat For more information, contact Linda Williams at 509.773.6067 U.S. Cellular You have a voice. We help make it wireless. 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