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Margaret Ann Wilhelm [Harmon]
3/21/45 - 2/21/17
Margo Wilhelm Harmon
Margaret Ann Wilhelm [Harmon], 71 years young, died peacefully in her home the morning of February 21, 2017.
Margo was born Margaret Ann Wilhelm on March 21,1945 to proud parents Rodger and Dorothy Wilhelm. She was the youngest of three children and the only girl. After graduating from The Dalles High School in 1963, she earned a certificate in business administration and worked as an exeuctive secretary for Pacific Power & Light.
Margo married Michael harmon on August 19, 1967, at The First Christian Church in The Dalles.
They had two children, son Paul and daughter Lisa, and lived for most of their marriage in Canby, OR.
She is survived by Mike, daughter Lisa [Wilson], daughter-in-law Nikki Harmon, her brothers Stan and Don, and three grandchildren - Clayton Harmon, Zachary Harmon and Avery Wilson.
Margo will always be remembered as a selfless, kind and loving person, and she devoted her life to Jesus Christ.
She will be missed by all.
Visit the website A New Tradition to see the complete obituary and guestbook for condolences.


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Ron Rowland
April 2016
Ron Rowland
No obituary available

Rememberances of Ron:

Sallie Woods:
I remember Ron so fondly and, having read of his passing, have thought long and hard about the fact that when we were in Mrs. Unruh's fifth grade class at Whittier and forever after, thought he was about the handsomest boy around. Thinking of that, reminded me that I never told Ron how drop dead gorgeous and sweet I thought he was. How many terrific (not to mention cute) people have I, and we, failed to tell what we thought. No need to hit on someone simply to tell them they're wonderful (and gorgeous)....Funny thing, Gloria, about you becoming Bertha Rowland, as needed. When I cut the side off my left hand in fifth grade and had that miserable series of surgeries to put it all back together, Ron often wrote instructions down for me. Later, when I screwed up my right wrist and had multiple surgeries and spent nearly two years in a cast in our sophomore and junior years, Ron again came quietly to my rescue in a couple of classes we had together by lending me his notes. And, yet, I never told him how cute I thought he was. There has to be a heaven for such a genuinely nice guy.

Gloria Jolley Johnson:
I have fond memories of Ron. He was one of the first people I met in 1955 when my family moved to The Dalles. Primarily because we were both in Mrs. Unruh's 5th grade class and we both sat in the back row next to each other. He teased me unmercifully about anything he could come up with, but I dished it right back at him.
Since Whittier School was next door to the high school sometimes we would go over to the high school during lunch time to see movies? (does anyone remember that?) On one occasion Ron and I were walking over together and a BIG high boy confronted us with some crude language. Ron drew himself up to his full height and said, "don't you talk like that in front of Gloria". The kid actually backed off. I was always appreciative of that and was able to repay him when we were in high school and he apparently found it unproductive to attend school regularly and frequently needed a written excuse. He was kind enough to furnish me with a copy of his mother's penmanship and signature. Henceforth I became Bertha Rowland. Ahhhh yes Ron, you were a character. Strange the things the chronologically enhanced brain remembers.

Lynn Harmon:
* Well, boo. Ron was complicated but there was a wonderful spirit there. I remember being at a work site with my dad and Ron walked buy and talked to both me and my dad. My favorite memory is from the track team. Ron was a high jumper but was jumping in tennis shoes. We wore the same size shoes so I would finish the mile and find Ron so that he could use my spikes for the high jump. What a marvelous athlete both in football and basketball.
* At the 45th reunion five of us surprised Ron where he always had his morning coffee. He really wanted to attend the 50th. I so wish he had. He was loved. Still is.
Lynn

Caorole Carskadon Lewis: I was a new comer to DHS (senior year only) and became friends early on with Ron. We dated most of our senior year. He had so much talent and had a great sense of humor - he loved to laugh. He was a gentleman, good at sports, smart and had a beautiful singing voice.
He had so much responsibility as a teenager being the 'man of the house' to his single mother and little brother Alan.
Cathy Cummings arranged a surprise visit with several of us at a place he frequented downtown during our 45th reunion and he was openly overwhelmed. The conversation was light and fun and everyone was glad to see him.
I was sad that he chose not to attend our fabulously fun reunions over the years. Sorry to learn of his death but am glad to know that he left good memories for a lot of people

Mike Legault:
As a late arrival to The Dalles school scene, I most remember Ron as a terrific Basketball player. He certainly was a compassionate schoolmate as well as a real gentleman. He will be missed greatly by those who knew him well. For me, I'll remember him as the tall guy in the back row!!!

Steve Huff:
RIP RR 88, 42 with love 87, 12


Gerald R. Billson
6/21/44 - 12/25/11
Gerald Billson
Gerald Richard Billson, 67, of Jacksonville, Ark., formerly of The Dalles, Ore., died Dec. 25, 2011.

He was born June 21, 1944, in New England, N.D., to Jack and Thelma Hayworth. He attended Petersburg School and graduated from The Dalles High School in 1963.
He was an active member of McArthur Assembly of God. He had been employed by Union Pacific Railroad for 42 years.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Sheila Billson; three children, Wendy Lee (Kris) Kyzer of Kansas; Chad William (Theresa) Billson, Sherwood, Ark.; and Gerry Dean (Joy) Billson, Bryant, Ark.; and brother-in-law, Stacey (Ginny) Hunt; three sisters, Janice Gulliksen, Portland, Ore.; Florence Stout, The Dalles; and Sharon Auda, Bend, Ore.; one brother, Donald Billson, Hood River, Ore.; 10 grandchildren, Tyler Billson, Cody Billson, Pryce Billson, Blake Kyzer, Brandon Kyzer, Christina Kyzer, Destin Billson, Tanner Billson, Cole Billson, and Halee Billson; and many nieces and nephews.. He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Christine Reneé Billson.


Mack J. Morgan

Mack J. Morgan
Mack passed away in Pendleton, OR.
No obit has been available.


Susan Pincock Kello
9/7/09
Susan Pincock Kello
Susan Kello, 64, of Pierre,SD died Monday, Sept. 7, 2009, at St. Mary’s TCU. A 24-hour Native American wake will start at 8 a.m., Friday, Sept. 11, in the Cultural Hall at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Visitation will start at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 12 at the church with a service to follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery.

Kello is survived by her children, Frank Marco III (Vesta), of Pierre, Jovona Marco, of Pierre, and Brandon Levenseller, of Beaverton, Ore.; two step-children, one sister; six brothers; 15 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.


3/28/1945 - 9/28/2010
Sherry Ann Dalbec Beck

March 28, 1945 - Sept. 28, 2010
Sherry Ann Beck passed away Sept. 28, 2010, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was born March 28, 1945 in Little Rock, Arkansas and raised in The Dalles, OR, by her parents, Leonard and Eva Dalbec.

In 1970, Sherry and her family moved to Prineville, OR. She worked for OSU Extension Services for 25 years. It was a job she loved. She enjoyed spending time with her family and many wonderful friends.

Sherry is survived by her husband, John; son, Scott May; and daughter, Diana Eicher; grandchildren, Willie and Rheanna May, Brittney, Paxton and Alexa Eicher; sisters, Regena Kepler, Pam Morgan, Patty Scott and Betty Ervin; along with several nieces and nephews and her precious, Kody.

A celebration of Sherrys life will be held on October 23, 2010, at Meadow Lakes Golf Course in Prineville, OR, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Cancer Resource Center or Relay For Life.


Scott Lee Draper
1945 - 2010
Scott Lee Draper
1945 - 2010
The second child of Wesley and RaeDell Draper, Scott was born in Astoria, Oregon, on December 9, 1945 and raised primarily in Eastern Oregon and The Dalles. All of his life he was a leader among men. Even as a youth, he rallied those around him to accomplish great things.

He married Carol Lynn Cooper on May 3, 1964. Together they raised four children: Dayne, David, Paula and Linda. Scott was a great provider, guide, cheerleader, friend, and champion for his family. He loved playing Dixieland music on the piano and listening to upbeat music such as The Beach Boys. He was a voracious reader and skilled storyteller. A true comedian, Scott's wit delighted and lifted those around him. He was a sincere student of the Scriptures and loved to teach the gospel. To all those who knew him, Scott led by example in his love for the Lord and his undeviating determination to follow Him.

Scott is survived by his wife of 46 years, Carol; his sons, Dayne (Kathy) and David (Ivonne) Draper; daughters, Paula and Linda Draper; sisters, Shellie (Robert) Glenn and Chris (Douglas) Parry; grandchildren, Kendra, Danica, Chandra, Kameron, Brian, Diana, Jacob, Emily, and Christopher; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Scott has joined loved ones who preceded him in death, including parents, Wes and RaeDell; brother, Paris; sister-in-law. Rebecca Hepworth; and innumerable ancestors on whose behalf Scott labored diligently to see their temple work completed.

Funeral services were held at the LDS Chapel in Amity, Oregon, on June 11, 2010. Scott will be interred at Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery in McMinnville, Oregon

[published 6/12/10]


Kenneth S. Fleck
7/24/1945-6/2/2010
Kenneth Stuart Fleck
Kenneth Stuart Fleck, 64, died at his home in Portland Wednesday, June 2, 2010.
Born July 24, 1945, in The Dalles to Joseph Kenneth Fleck and Wilhelmina Anna (Macnab) Fleck, he attended St. Mary’s Academy, The Dalles Junior High and graduated from The Dalles High School in 1963. He attended University of Portland, University of Idaho and graduated from Portland State University in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a special emphasis on accounting.
He never married or had any children. During his adult life, he lived in Portland and Hermiston. His professional career included serving as an accountant, controller, and chief accountant for several employers, including the Portland Willamette Division of Thomas Industries, Inc., Eastern Oregon Farming Co., Storment-Ray & Associates, Pacific Northwest Farming Co., Oregon Potato Company, and the City of Boardman.
He was a member of the National Rifle Association and the Hermiston B.P.O.E. #1845. He was a vehement, conservative Republican. He was a strong supporter of education; he served as a reading literacy volunteer for adults.
He enjoyed the dryer climate of eastern Oregon, especially hunting and fishing. He kept in contact with friends and family, and he loved to follow the younger family members’ activities through their social-networking sites online. He would often call his siblings to report on their children and grandchildren’s latest antics and adventures before they had even heard about them.
Survivors include his mother, Anne Phillips, Vancouver, Washington; six sisters and their spouses: Jean and Joe Kirkland, Clatskanie; Margaret Carey, Vancouver; Marcia May and Mike Heston, Vancouver; Rita and Jim McMahan, La Grande; Mary and Kelwayne Haguewood, Heppner; and Linda and Vince Zarkovich, Vancouver; 16 nephews and nieces, and 13 great-nephews and great-niece, numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins; and close friend, Sue Daly, The Dalles.
He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Kenneth Fleck; brother-in-law, Dick Carey; and an infant brother. Recitation of the Rosary will be held on Saturday, June 12 at 10 a.m., followed by a mass at 10:30 a.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church with Father Charles Nnabuife officiating.
Private cremation was held at Win-Quatt Crematory with Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Burial of cremains will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions are welcome at St. Mary’s Academy for tuition assistance for students, 1112 Cherry Heights Road; The Dalles, OR 97058 or any Hospice of choice.
[June 8, 2010 -- The Dalles Chronicle]


Larry Dean Ferguson
11/10/1945 - 3/21/2010
Larry Dean Ferguson
11/10/1945 - 3/21/2010
Larry was born in Tacoma, WA. He owned Barton Grocery.
Larry is survived by his wife, Jeannie, and son, Gregory S.
A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 26, 2010, in Barton Community Baptist Church, Boring, OR.


Ed Dawkins
Sept. 10, 1945 - April 29, 2009
Edman "Ed" Truman Dawkins
Edman “Ed” Truman Dawkins, 63, a resident of The Dalles, died in his sleep due to diabetes complications on Wednesday, April 29, 2009.
He was born Sept. 10, 1945 in The Dalles. On June 29, 1963 in Zephyr Cove, Nev., he married Nancy Boyd. They later had three children. He is survived by his wife of 46 years Nancy Dawkins; son, Robert Dawkins and wife Connie; grandsons, Stephen and wife Nicole, Michael, Doyle and first great grandson, Xander, all of Montana; oldest daughter, Lisa and husband Jeff Miller; granddaughters, Nicole, Rebecca and Danielle Perry, all of The Dalles; youngest daughter, Tina and husband Chris Pasto; grandchildren, Tristen and Isabella Grace, all of Portland; sister-in-law, Laurie and husband Mike Crause of The Dalles. Shortly after his passing, his mother-in-law, Patricia Boyd passed away.
Being the youngest born of 12 children, he leaves behind only one remaining sibling, his sister Kathleen Lake of Pennsylvania and numerous nieces and nephews.
He worked 34 years at The Dalles Aluminum Plant. He loved to hunt, camp, play at casinos and travel to Arizona until his health prevented him from doing so.
Viewing and visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 5 from 11 a.m. to noon at Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home with graveside service following at 1 p.m. at IOOF Parklawn Cemetery on Threemile Road with Tim Morelli officiating. Following services a celebration of life potluck will be held at Fort Dalles Riders Club.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, www.diabetes.org or Huntington’s Korea Foundation at www.hds.org/donations.html. From The Dalles Chronicle -- May 3,2009


Gary Richard Morioka
2/12/45 - 4/23/08
Gary Morioka
   A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 3, 2008, in Finley's Sunset Hills Mortuary for Gary R. Morioka, who died April 23 of cancer at age 63.
   Gary R. Morioka was born Feb. 12, 1945, in Boise, Idaho. He lived in Beaverton and later in Albany. He was an electrical engineer for Weyerhaeuser. In about 1978, he married Margo.
   Survivors include his wife; daughter, Stacie; sons, Mitch and Marshall; mother, Kazuko; sisters, Patsy Balinger and Linda Ignowski; brother, Brian; and one grandchild.


A tribute page for Gary

Charles Dee (Delany) Davis
3/29/45 - 4/17/08
Charles Dee Davis
Charles Dee Davis, 63, a resident of The Dalles, died at the local hospital on April 17, 2008.
He was born in Sturdivant, Mo., on March 29, 1945, the first of three to Charles Arthur and Agness Katherine (Barzee) Davis. He grew up in The Dalles and attended The Dalles High School.
He married Virgina Marie Deering on July 8, 1991. He worked for Northwest Aluminum and enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and being with his friends and family.
He is survived by his wife, Ginny Davis; daughters, Shawn Davis, Shelley Lindsay, and Jeanne Evatt; step-children, Blaise Jones, Shane Jones and Paula Howard; grandchildren, Tawney Lindsay, Wyatt Lindsay, Chelsey Coutts, Ashley Anderson, Casey Anderson, Aspen Jones, Creed Jones, and Amayah Jones; brothers; Joe Davis, and Ken Davis; nephews, Jeff Davis, and Mike Davis and nieces, Wanda and Pam Davis.
Viewing/visitation will be held on Monday, April 21, from 2 to 6 p.m. and on Tuesday, April 22, from 9:30 a.m. until the service at Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home.
Services will be held on Tuesday, April 22, at 1 p.m. at Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 2120 First Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98109.


Wayne Lee Fraser
July 14, 1944 - July 12, 2007
Wayne Lee Fraser
SALEM - Viewing was July 17 at City View Funeral Home. Services will be held in The Dalles at a later date. Arrangements are by City View Funeral Home.
[ed. -- The following is Wayne's posting to our Class Family Tree project page --]
     My youngest sister, my father and myself moved to The Dalles right after my mother passed away (1954). My father was a baker and a cook. He worked at Johnny's Cafe' and at the recreation cafe. My sister married shortly after we came to The Dalles, so it was just my father and I after that. I went to Court St. school for some of the 4th grade. I went to 5th grade in Monterey, CA, where I made the district basketball all-star team. Then we moved back to The Dalles and I went to Whittier school for most of the 6th grade. My teacher was Mrs. Earford.
     We had a basketball team called the Wolves. Ron Rowland and Loren Schacher was some of my teammates. I think Dennis (Davis) played for the Lions.
     I went to 7th grade in Goldendale, WA, then we moved back to TD and I finished going through school there.

[Ed: Wayne retired from the Oregon State Mental Health Division in 1997, and is now "just relaxin'". He has a son , Wayne, Jr.]



James (Jim) W. Kimball
Dec. 14, 1944 -
June 21, 2007

A service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007, in Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Washington County for James W. Kimball, who died June 21 at age 62.
Mr. Kimball was born Dec. 14, 1944, in Vancouver, and graduated from high school in The Dalles. Jim was school chaplain for one semester and also played trombone in the HS band.(ed.)
He later lived in Beaverton, where he worked for Tektronix for 28 years, including as an applications engineer. In 2003, he married Linda S. Craig. Survivors include his wife; daughter, Joanna Jaspers; son, Andy; sister, Marie Bent; and three grandchildren.


Linda Wellington Zellman
March 18, 1945 -
April 16, 2007

Linda Louise Wellington Zellman struggled with cancer for 5 years, and it finally took her life. Her health had been declining over the last month, and in her last few days she stayed at the University of Washington hospital surrounded by caring staff and her loving family. She loved using her computer and e-mailing all of you, and my brother Lenny and I (Christy) are grateful to you for all of your kindness and friendship.
The following is from Linda for our "Class Family Tree" project:

"We moved to The Dalles in 1947. I attended TD schools through Jr. High. After High School, I went to Central Washington State College in Ellensburg and graduated in 1968 with a BA in Recreation. After a year of knocking around, playing hippie, I went to work at Western State Hospital, where I met Len (a nurse). I dropped out in 1973 to play mommie and worked part time at the Tacoma Boys Club as their first female Recreation Specialist. In 1976, I went to work at the Washington Veterans Home as the Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. I retired from the State in March (my 55th birthday)with 30 years between there and the time at Western State. Since my retirement, I've been working occasionally as a Party Consultant. (I always said partying is serious business) I also have written a book for kids that I'm currently "shopping around" to publishers, and I am finishing up my late mother's book."

The services were held at Mountain View Funeral Home in Lakewood, WA. Her funeral was held April 23rd in the Aspen Chapel.
There is a guestbook to view and/or sign at Mountain View Funeral Home



Mark Jensen
Mar. 18,1945 -
Oct. 1, 2006
Mark Jensen

Mark Kendall Jensen, 61, a resident of The Dalles, died at his home on Oct. 1, 2006.
He was born in Shawnee, Okla., on March 18, 1945 to Lester Tobias and Betty Jane (Mercer) Jensen. He was the oldest of three children.
He grew up in The Dalles and graduated from The Dalles High School. He later attended the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and Eastern Oregon State College.
He married Donna L. Reiman in The Dalles on Dec. 29, 1967.
He was the owner of a Chevron service station in McCall, Idaho and had lived in Cascade, Idaho for 27 years.
Survivors are his wife, Donna Jensen; sons, Grey (Pam) Jensen and Jeff (Jodie) Jensen; grandsons Jaegar and Jacek; sisters, Helene (Fred) Fremstad and Chris (James) Wallace; and his parents, Lester and Betty Jensen; and numerous nephews and nieces.
A memorial service will be held on Oct. 5 at 1 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church.

A tribute page for Mark




Clarence "Clancy" Allen
??/??/45? - July 1,2006
Clarence Allen
Clarence (Clancy) Allen died of cancer July 1st. There will be a viewing at Spencer and Libby from 11:00 am to 12:00 p.m. on July 5th. He will be buried July 5th at the Odd Fellows cemetery in The Dalles at 1:00 p.m. The Dalles Chronicle didn’t get it in the paper in time for any one to know about the services.




Judy Tibbets Quint
July 18, 1944 - September 21, 2005
Judy Tibbets
Judith “Judy” Lou Quint, 61, a resident of Government Camp, died at her home on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2005.
She was born at her parent’s home in Government Camp on July 18, 1944, the seventh of eight children, to Kenneth and Louetta (Morast) Tibbets.
She grew up in The Dalles, graduating from The Dalles High School in 1963, where she met her husband Don Quint. They were married on Dec. 1, 1962, in The Dalles.
They lived in The Dalles, raising their children, until 1976, when they moved to Government Camp to run "The Village Store."
She was a past president of the Eagles Auxiliary. She enjoyed many outdoor activities, traveling, especially to Mexico, spending time with her grandchildren and any form of art.
She is survived by her husband, Don Quint, Government Camp; her daughters, Kelly Thorgrimsen and her children, Jonathan and Jamie, Government Camp, and Tracy Quint and her son, Dakota, Portland; her sisters, Mary Perky of Sutherland, Norma Sonnabend, Hood River, and Joanne Buxton, Prineville; her brothers, Kenneth Tibbets, Rufus, Ernie Tibbets, The Dalles, and Larry Tibbets, West Linn; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Maxine, and her parents.
At her request, there will be no public services. Private cremation was held at The Dalles Win-quatt Crematory with Spencer, Libby & Powell Funeral Home in care of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 1311 NW 21st Ave., Portland, OR 97209.




Barbara Hay Gustafson
Oct. 29, 1945 - June 11, 2005
Barbara Gustafson
A funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 16, 2005, in Young's Funeral Home for Barbara Gustafson, who died June 11 at age 59.

Barbara Hay was born Oct. 29, 1945, in The Dalles. She graduated from the University of Oregon and the University of Oregon School of Nursing. She was a registered nurse. She lived most recently in Tigard. In 1968, she married Richard, who died in 1998.

Survivors include her sons, Joe and Andrew; brother, Jack Hay; and two grandchildren. Remembrances to Oregon Health & Science University Foundation.
Arrangement by Young's.



Mike Hillman
Oct. 13, 1945 - April 9, 2005
[obituary from The Dalles Chronicle 4/15/05]


Michael Hillman
    Michael (Big Mike) Hillman, 59, a former resident of The Dalles, died April 9, 2005 in Salem after a long battle with colon cancer.
    He was born in Longview, Wash. and grew up in The Dalles and graduated from The Dalles High School in 1963.
He was a draft pick of the San Francisco Giants before serving two years years in the U.S. Navy. On April 6, 1968 he married Merlene in The Dalles and in 1976 they settled in Salem with their two children, Lisa and Mike.
    His priority was his family. He had a passion for baseball and enjoyed fishing and camping. He was an avid supporter of youth sports, coaching baseball for 40-plus years. He volunteered for 10 years for Parrish Little League and several years for American Legion baseball.
    Survivors include his wife, Merlene and their children, Lisa and husband, Tom; Mike and his wife, Ann; and Taj; grandchildren, Makenzie, Brody and Jacob; his mother, Vera Hillman; brothers, Bill Hillman and his wife, Julie; and Jim Hillman; an aunt, Donna and her husband, Ray; his extended family, 36 nieces and nephews; his beloved dog, Maggie, and all the ball players who touched his heart.
Funeral services will be Saturday, April 16, at 4 p.m. at City View Funeral Home in Salem.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society; or the local Little League organization.





Robert L. Goytowski
8/14/1945 - 2/3/2003
This information comes from Marti, who found the death record during a search. We have no confirmation that this is OUR Bob, but all indicators point to him.
There is no other information available as to cause of death.
Anyone having this information is encouraged to write us.



Barbara Nicklin Schilling
- 4/10/2001
    Barbara passed away suddenly on or about April 10,2001,  from complications of lung disease.
    I have only recently been in contact with Barbara, and had not had too many conversations with her. I believe she was working in the computer field from home.
    The following is her autobiographical information from classmates.com

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     My Life Story

     I am currently married to Duane Schilling and have been for 37 wonderful years. During his grade school years he went to school here in The Dalles and later went to Lyle. We have three great kids and six precious grandchildren who are the apples of my eye. I have worked for The Dalles School District for the past 20 years as a Library/Media Resource Asst. It has been a great job and one that I have very much enjoyed. Unfortunately I am going to have to leave my employment because of medical reasons. This is a very sad time for me because I will miss the students and wonderful people I have worked with over the years. As you can see I have not gotten very far from The Dalles during my life time. We tried living in CA. for a while and didn't like it, so back to good old The Dalles we came.




Cecil James Duncan
July 8, 1944 - October 9,2000














Steve Lawrence sends:
    Several of us attended the memorial service for Jim Duncan on Saturday, October 14,2000.
    In attendance besides myself, were Cathy Cummins, Carolyn Wheeler, Susan Saunders, Judy Tibbets Quint and her husband Clair. It was held at the Church of God on SE 174th and was standing room only.
    Jim had been a member of this church since 1969. The minister conveyed that he was a loving family man with two sons, a daughter in law and one granddaughter.
    He loved to hunt and fish and owned a small place in Corbett of about 4 acres. He was very good with his tools and was an accomplished woodworker. He had received his degree in drafting and then in mechanical engineering. He had been a long haul driver for many years.
    Evidently , he had been battling the cancer for 6 months. The church had taken meals, sat with the family and even done chores around the place. It was obvious, this church and its members held Jim and his family to be very important. Penny Brooks Duncan was his childhood sweetheart and they married in 1969. Jim spent four years in the Navy and served as a mechanic on a mine sweeper off the coast of Vietnam. He was awarded four bronze stars throughout his career. Penny has been a fourth grade teacher for many years in a Christian school in Portland. She told us that she has felt a part of our class and would probably come to our reunions if that was OK. We told her she was a member of our class/family and we would be disappointed if she did not.
    Several people spoke at the memorial. One man told the story of going camping with Jim and he had never seen so much packed. He asked Jim why he was taking so much and Jim's answer was, " Any fool can go camping and be uncomfortable."
    Another person told of Jim practicing calling in cow elk with his cow caller. "He got so good that when we went hunting he called in a whole herd on himself. "
    That story about Jim packing reminded me of how he used to prepare for a football game. He would use a whole tube of tape putting on his pads. We called him Johnson and Johnson. Now I know what he was probably thinking, " Any fool can go out there and get hurt." My Dad, who taught Jim in wood shop once told me there was no one who had to get it right like Jim Duncan. If it wasn't right, he would do it over. That was apparent in his life. The stories seemed also to show that side of him.
    Penny said that the Class of 1963 had responded with many cards and that she really appreciated it. I know that Jim always came whenever there was a function. For those of you who did not know him well, he was a self-sufficient man who loved his family.


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... friends enclose us, like a pair of parentheses. Each one knows us differently, each sustains us in a different way. I am who I am because my friendships keep on growing.
Years from now, when our friendship has made itself into something new and preserved itself as something old, I will remember this day.
[ Beth Kephart "Into the tangle of Friendship"]


From Issue #2 - August 1999

Dennis Bigham
1945-1999












    Dennis Bigham's passing in April of this year created a flurry of activity in the form of reminisences, shared feelings, and concerns of mortality. Those on the email circuit held a sort of "cyber-wake" for Denny. There are many letters inside this issue that begin with a rememberance of Denny, then expand to a general sense of belonging.
    Belonging… Yes.. we all do belong.. and yet daily life, career, commitments….all prevail and push that belonging into the background. And that's as it should be, .. for the belonging should be a background…always there… in our weak moments.. our times of self-doubt... to know that there are all these people out there that are our friends… that shared our childhood with us.. the common bond. They are not an in-your-face-everyday bunch… maybe not even in our thoughts most days…. But there when needed never-the-less!
    This class has a singular distinction of being loosely cohesive. A bond that allows us to stretch the glue all across the United States, even to overseas, and yet all pull back toward the center… for that bond IS our center. Of those who have left, some have painful memories of The Dalles.. others fond .. each person led his or her own personal life, yet we all lived the same one.
    For Denny's cyberwake I shared a Paul Simon lyric, from the album "Bookends", through email. I feel it is very appropriate to share it again…as it speaks a truth to our hearts at an age when we at least glimpse the right edge of the bookshelf….

"Time is was.. and what a time it was… it was,
a time of innocence…
a time of confidences.
Long ago…. It must be…. I have a photograph..
Preserve your memories….
They're all that's left you."


For Dennis…
For our other friends who've gone before...
For all of us……
God Speed
From Issue #4 - August 2000
Diane McCollum Jonilionis
10/2/1945- 4/25/2000
    Inside this issue are many tributes to Diane, who left us suddenly in April. Although she had many problems since her stroke in 1998, she maintained contact with the class, and was able to attend a portion of the 35th reunion in August of '98.
    A lot of that reunion is due to her. By way of explanation, -- I found Diane registered at Classmates.com and wrote to her, which started a chain of emails back and forth, and sharing of email addresses. She was a font of knowledge in that department. With the addresses she had, and more gleaned from each contact, the roster has grown to now near 90 of our class members online.
    April, '98, I had heard nothing from her for a while. A few weeks went by with no replies to my emails, then came the news from her of her stroke. Devastating! Her determination was astounding. She wanted to finish her schooling and get back on the path. Unfortunately, the stroke and its after-effects did not let up, until we lost her to it.
    Diane will be missed, but she has left us with a closeness and, I think, a sense of needing to be closer.