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Obituaries for Owen Aplin, Ella Wallace, Amos Holman, Terri Sauter, Irene Hepner, Gabriel Pearce, Blanche Lyons


Owen Ross Aplin died on July 24, 2001, from a sudden cardiac arrest, at his parent's home in Forks.

Mr. Aplin was born in Hood River, Ore., on July 14, 1951. He lived in White Salmon until entering the Navy in 1969. The Columbia High School graduate served on the USS Cleveland during the Vietnam War, where he received various medals and commendations. Upon his honorable discharge from the service, Mr. Owen spent many years working in the cedar industry in Forks and had spent the past six months prospecting for gold in Arizona.

Mr. Aplin is survived by his parents Jim and Anita Aplin, Forks; brother Jim Aplin, Pacific Beach; sisters Celia and Cathy Aplin, Forks; grandmother Mildred Aplin, Bingen; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and Vietnam Veterans.

Per his request, a Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on Aug. 19, 2001, at the White Salmon Grange Hall from 2 to 4 p.m.


A memorial service will be held Friday, Aug. 10, 2001, at 2:30 p.m. at Avamere at Hillsboro in Hillsboro, Ore., for Ella Wallace, who died on July 28, 2001, at the age of 77.

Mrs. Wallace was born Ella Roberts on Sept. 21, 1923, in Wapato. She grew up at Mt. Adams Orchards. She attended high school in White Salmon, where she met her husband Laurence, whom she married in June of 1945.

After living in Long Beach, Calif., for a year, the couple returned to the Columbia Gorge area where they remained for 30 years.

Mrs. Wallace was a loving mother and homemaker, as well as a partner in the family logging business.

Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Laurence; son Jeffrey; daughters Kathy and Barbara; sisters Beulah Hurd and Mildred VanAmburg; and grandchild Debra Wallace.

Arrangements were by Family Memorial Mortuary, Portland, Ore.


Amos Sanders Holman, a former White Salmon and Klickitat resident, died in Portland, Ore., on Aug. 2, 2001, at the age of 92.

Mr. Holman was born Feb. 14, 1909, in Independence, Ore. He had lived in Vancouver since 1988. Prior to that he had lived in White Salmon for several years and prior to that in Klickitat for 42 years. He worked as purchasing manager for St. Regis Paper Co. in Klickitat for 42 years.

He was a member of Mt. Adams Elks Lodge 1863 in White Salmon. He was also a Mason and Shriner. Mr. Holman was a rock hound, making belt buckles and all sorts of jewelry. He loved to hunt, fish and dance. He also dug for and collected old bottles.

Mr. Holman is survived by his wife Verda Holman, Sedro Woolley; daughters Nadine Wolcott, Aloha, Ore. and Dale Walker, Beaverton, Ore.; nine grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and four great, great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years Marjorie Holman in 1994 and daughter Dona Fink in 1994.

Graveside services for Mr. Holman were held Monday, Aug. 6, 2001, at 12:30 p.m. in the Garden of Love at Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, 3103 SW Sam Jackson Pk. Rd., Portland, Ore. 97201.


Theresa "Terri" Lynn Sauter died on Aug. 5, 2001, at her home near Lyle, at the age of 47.

Mrs. Sauter was born on Oct. 17, 1953, in Vancouver, to Wayne and Bernice (Funke) Aman. She was raised in Stevenson and graduated from Stevenson High School in 1972. After high school, she attended Clark College in Vancouver and it was there, in 1973, that she met Ted Sauter. They were married on June 7, 1974, at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Stevenson. The couple settled on a farm outside of Lyle and it became Mrs. Sauter's home for 27 years.

In her early family years, Mrs. Sauter enjoyed camping and waterskiing. She was a 4-H leader and loved to work with her daughter and her show horses, including coaching and sewing show clothes.

Mrs. Sauter liked reading and swimming and loved sports, especially basketball and football from the high school level to the professional leagues.

She had a strong zest for life and smiled a lot.

Mrs. Sauter is survived by her husband, Ted, Lyle; Stefanie Boen, Lyle; father and mother Wayne and Bernice Aman, Stevenson; brothers Mark Aman, Stevenson, and Ken Aman, Carson; sister Kali Stump, Carson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service for Mrs. Sauter will be held on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2001, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in White Salmon, with Father Tom Dahlquist officiating.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, in care of Gardner Funeral Home, who was in charge of arrangements.


Silven Irene Hepner died on Aug. 2, 2001, at her home in Odell, Ore., at the age of 77.

Mrs. Hepner was born on Jan. 31, 1924, in Parlier, Calif., to Chester and Mary Lee (Day) Davis. She grew up in Parlier and it was there that she met George Hepner. The couple was married on April 20, 1946, in Kingsburg, Calif., where they made their home. In 1964, the family moved to Odell. They then moved to White Salmon, where they lived for a few years before moving back to Odell. Mrs. Hepner stayed at home until her children were grown and then she went to work at Diamond Fruit as a sorter.

She liked to camp, fish and do handwork. She also loved to work in her yard. Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were very special to her.

Mrs. Hepner is survived by her husband George, Odell; children Richard, Donald, Doug and Clifford, all of White Salmon, and Dorothy Matulovich, Carson; brothers J.C. David, Temple, Texas, and Everett Davis, Fresno, Calif.; sisters Marie Schroeder of Clovis, Calif.; and Mabel Parson, Readley, Calif.; and grandchildren Laurie Wangelin, Shellie Banks, Mike Hepner, Darin Hepner, Dwayne Matulovich, Lisa Hepner, Becky Hepner and Nicole Hepner; and great-grandchildren Courtney and Colton Smith, Brittney Wangelin and Katelyn and Emily Banks. She was preceded in death by her parents and by an older sister Opal May.

A graveside service will be held on Aug. 8, 2001, at 11:30 a.m. at Wind River Memorial Cemetery in Carson.

Gardner Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Gabriel Jason Pearce, 27, of Klickitat, died on Monday, July 30, 2001, from injuries received in an auto accident near Maryhill Museum.

He was born on Sept. 5, 1973, in The Dalles to Leroy and Carlene Pearce. He graduated from Klickitat High School and worked as a concrete finisher.

He and Crystal Watt were married on March 21, 1999, in Las Vegas.

Mr. Pearce enjoyed skiing, white water rafting, camping, the outdoors and his family.

He is survived by his wife Crystal and daughter Terra, Klickitat; parents Carlene and Leroy Pearce, Klickitat; two sisters, Amy Everson, Portland, and Audra Pearce, Klickitat; and grandmother, Margie Coleman, Clackamas, Ore.

A service of remembrance was held Saturday, August 4, 2001, at 1 p.m. at the Klickitat Union Hall.

Arrangements were under the care of Erdman Funeral Home, Goldendale.


Blanche Imogene Lyons, 93, died on July 28, 2001, in Carson.

She was born on Sept. 11, 1907, in Mena, Ark., to Bert and Clara Carr. In 1965, she moved from California to White Salmon. She worked as a seamstress and as a nurse at Skyline Hospital.

She enjoyed gardening, cooking and spending time with her family.

Mrs. Lyons is survived by her grandchildren Ray Lyons, Bob Lyons, Janet Lyons and Tina Lyons; and her great-grandchildren Anna Lyons and Marissa Henkel. She was preceded in death by her husband Donald and son Glenn.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, Aug. 11, 2001, at 1 p.m. at the White Salmon Cemetery.


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