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Death notices for Ronald Welch, Paul Keller and Russ Guppy
December 18, 2012
RONALD "LEE" WELCHRonald "Lee" Welch was born to Lee and Gladys Welch in San Jose, Calif. After his father's death in 1947, his stepfather, Winfrey Olive "Tex" Horan married his mother.
Aug. 7, 1942-Dec. 11, 2012
After serving in the U.S. Navy, he married Alice "Emma" Baber in 1963, and remained faithful for 46 years.
He symbolized his dedication as one of Jehovah's Witnesses on Sept. 21, 1970 in Sonora, Calif.
He was easygoing and could strike up a conversation with anyone. His sons did not have to look elsewhere for a proper role model. He worked hard to support his family as a pizza maker, gas station attendant, roofer, sider, and finally, an excellent upholsterer, starting his own shop, "Lee's Upholstery." It was the social hub of the town for his many friends, where a card game could break out at any time.
He was also a person with a positive, "can-do" attitude. He was nicknamed "Mr. Fixit," as he was always helping fix someone's car or other device that needed repair.
He was called "Papa" by his grandchildren and "Butch" by his siblings. Many of the other young ones that knew him called him "Papa Lee."
He loved camping and fishing, where he would make an excellent pot of chili and the grandchildren's favorite, "Lizard" milk.
He passed away in his home in White Salmon with his children by his side.
He was preceded in death by his wife Emma and his brother Leo Welch. He is survived by five children, 16 grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. He is also survived by his three sisters, Georgia "Sue" Welch, Pat Jackson, and Cathi Horan.
PAUL KELLERPaul suffered from COPD for over a year before passing on Nov. 23, 2012.
Paul was born May 2, 1953, at Clark County Memorial Hospital to John W. and Edna G. Keller.
The Keller family moved to White Salmon when Paul was 17, where Paul enjoyed fishing for salmon and steelhead on the Little White Salmon, the White Salmon and the Klickitat rivers. He also enjoyed fishing for sturgeon on the Columbia River.
Paul built his own cabin and enjoyed working outdoors on his property and loved to visit with friends and family.
Paul was preceded in death by his father, John W. Keller II and brother, John W. Keller III. He is survived by his mother, Edna G. Keller and sister, Susan Cross, and nephews and nieces and grandnephews and grandnieces.
Memorial plans will be announced at a later date.
Any donations can be made to the American Lung Association.
RUSS GUPPYRespected Hood River businessman and community volunteer Russ Guppy, 94, died peacefully Dec. 9, 2012, in Beaverton, Ore.
Russ lived in Hood River for 65 years. He owned and operated Russ Guppy Distributor, selling and delivering ice cream and frozen food throughout the Mid-Columbia area, for 35 years until he retired in 1983.
Russell Evans Guppy was born in Seattle to George and Lela Guppy, on June 25, 1918. He was the youngest of five siblings, all of whom preceded him in death. Russ attended the University of Washington for a short time to study architecture. He left college to help his family during the Depression.
Russ met Ruth McClain when they both worked at O'Connor Moffitt department store in Seattle, where he was in sales and she was a copywriter. They were married June 20, 1942, in San Diego, Calif., where Russ was stationed with the Navy.
Russ and Ruth had been married 60 years when she passed away in 2002.
Russ is survived by his family: son, Colonel (Retired) Christopher Guppy (Carolyn); daughter, Dr. Macy Guppy; four grandchildren -- Dr. Carie Allred (Duncan), Jason Guppy (Dina), Christina Amos (James), Malea Guppy; and great-grandson Lincoln Guppy -- who mourn his passing.
Throughout much of his adult life, Russ was an active member of several area clubs and organizations including the Elks Club, the Rotary Club and The Dalles Golf Club. He was an avid golfer and excellent billiard player. After retirement, he became an accomplished woodworker and donated a number of his original pieces to community causes.
His strongest community tie was with Riverside Community Church, where he had been a member since 1948. Russ served in a variety of volunteer positions including trustee, chairman of the board of trustees and youth group leader. He sang in the choir for 60 years.
Russ's family, many good friends and the Hood River community will greatly miss him. His life will be celebrated at a memorial service Jan. 5, 1 p.m., at Riverside Church, 317 State St., in Hood River.
The family requests donations in his honor to the Memorial Fund at Riverside Community United Church of Christ (P.O. Box 656, Hood River, OR 97031) or The Wounded Warrior Project (P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675).
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center.