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Obituaries

Death notices for Scott Jeter, Marguerite Johnston and Jack Coffield.

SCOTT JETER

Scott Thomas Jeter, a lifelong resident of White Salmon, died on Nov. 6, 2001, at the age of 25.

Mr. Jeter was born in White Salmon on March 7, 1976, to Danny and Carol (Potts) Jeter. He attended Mid-Columbia Adventist School in Hood River. He worked at various places including Nichols Boat Works, PayLess Drug Store, Dale Dennis Construction, and most recently at SDS Lumber Company as an electrician. He was a welder, a heavy equipment operator and a very hard worker.

He loved helping other people. He was athletic, playing basketball every Saturday night. He also enjoyed volleyball.

Mr. Jeter had a passion for music. He played the saxophone, accordion and piano, and was learning how to play the cello -- all by ear. He loved being outdoors. Mountain biking and skiing were some of his hobbies.

He was a member and deacon of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in White Salmon.

He enjoyed working with his grandfather. He loved his family and was a good father and husband. He will always be loved and missed.

Survivors include his wife, Hannah; sons Ian, Andrew and Arran, all of White Salmon; parents Carol and Danny Jeter, White Salmon; sister Lisa Hallberg, Moses Lake; grandparents Charles and Rosalie Jeter, White Salmon; mother-in-law and father-in-law David and Robin Brown, Lyle; two nieces and many dear friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Vern and Dee Potts.

Funeral services for Mr. Jeter were held on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2001, at 11 a.m. at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in White Salmon, with Pastor Pat Milligan officiating. Interment was private at the White Salmon Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Scott Jeter Fund (administered by the Seventh-day Adventist Church) in care of Columbia River Bank, or the Scott Jeter Memorial Fund (administered by SDS Lumber Company) in care of Riverview Community Bank.

Gardner Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

MARGUERITE JOHNSTON

Marguerite Caroline Johnston, a former White Salmon resident, died Nov. 7, 2001, at the Hood River Care Center.

Born in Fairfield, Iowa, on Feb. 4, 1918, to Frank and Myrtle (Rasler) Leafgreen, Mrs. Johnston was one of six children. She graduated from L.I.F.E. Bible College in Los Angeles, Calif., in 1939, and married Harry L. Johnston. She received her bachelor's degree in 1964 from Linda Vista Baptist College and Seminary.

Between 1939 and 1952, the couple co-pastored various Foursquare Churches in Mississippi, California, Kansas and Colorado. Between 1953 and 1982, she lived in the San Diego area. She was a member of the Linda Vista Baptist Church in San Diego and worked as college secretary and registrar at Linda Vista Bible College and Seminary for over 30 years.

She retired in 1982 at the age of 64, moved to Yucca Valley, Calif., and became a member of the Living Stream Christian Fellowship Church. In 1997, she moved to White Salmon and became a member of Grace Baptist Church and helped start a nursing home fellowship at the Hood River Care Center.

She suffered a stroke on Dec. 5, 1999, and the Hood River Care Center became her primary residence.

Mrs. Johnston was proficient in musical instruments, including the tambourine and piano. She made friends everywhere she went.

Mrs. Johnston is survived by son John Johnston, Poway, Calif.; daughter Pat Green, Appleton; sisters Jeannette Moss, Yucca Valley, Calif., Macil Rusk, Parker, Ariz., and Florence Farmer, Fairfield, Iowa; five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held Nov. 10, 2001, at 11:30 a.m. at the Grace Baptist Church in White Salmon. Interment was at Appleton Cemetery.

Gardner Funeral Home of White Salmon was in charge of arrangements.

JACK COFFIELD

Jack R. Coffield, 85, a resident of Dallesport and lifelong resident of Klickitat County, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2001, at the Oregon Veterans Home.

He was born Oct. 24, 1916 in Goldendale to George and Caroline (Miller) Coffield of Wishram. He attended school in Wishram, Goldendale High School, and Washington State University at Pullman. While in college he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon and was on the college livestock judging team at the Pacific International Livestock Exposition in Portland.

His brother Donald gave him flying lessons and at the age of 16 he soloed from a small airstrip on the Coffield ranch at Wishram Heights. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and also spent four years as a pilot with the U.S. Coast Guard. He married Pauline Rauscher on June 13, 1944, at Barnes Navy Chapel in Vancouver. Following his separation from the military in 1946 they moved to the family ranch at Wishram Heights and formed a partnership with his brother Ray. They operated the Sunnyslope Dairy, Wishram Water Works, built houses, farmed and raised cattle. In 1951 Jack and Ray built the first TV cable system in Wishram and later built the system in Goldendale. After selling the Wishram Water Works to the P.U.D. he was employed by the P.U.D. for a brief time and retired in 1982. The Coffields moved from Wishram to their new home in Dallesport in 1992.

He was an active 52-year member and a Life Member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Lodge #303 in The Dalles and a guest member of the Honolulu Elks. He also belonged to the American Legion, the Klickitat Historical Society, and Friends of Maryhill Museum. He enjoyed boating, water skiing, and playing baseball for the Wishram Town Team and the American Legion baseball team in high school, and trips to Reno and the Oregon coast He loved to travel with his wife to Europe, Hawaii, the Orient, Mexico and on cruises to the Caribbean, Alaska, the Greek islands, and Turkey.

He was a devoted husband and father and loved dogs and horses, and was always helping others in their time of need.

Survivors include his wife Pauline of Dallesport, son Mical of Spokane, his brother Donald, Puyallup; nephews and nieces and numerous grandnieces and grandnephews. He was preceded in death by his brothers Ray and Bernard.

At his wish no public services will be held. Memorial contributions may be made to the Delta Wing, Oregon Veterans Home, 700 Veterans Drive, The Dalles, Ore. 97058 or to the Klickitat Historical Society, P.O. Box 431, Dallesport, Wash. 98617.

Arrangements were by Columbia Cremation & Burial.

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