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Death notices for Wyant, Johnson, Rude, and Dieckmann.


Irene Edna Wyant, 95, died in Port Orchard on May 29, 2002.

She was born Irene Edna Brand on April 16, 1907, in Taylor County, Iowa, to Samuel and Maude (Gilmore) Brand. She married George W. Wyant in Excelsior Springs, Mo., on June 1, 1937. The family moved to Bingen in 1942 and later Mill A. She lived at Rock Cove Assisted Living prior to moving to a care center in Port Orchard.

Mrs Wyant worked for Dickey Farms and for many years at the Broughton Lumber Company store at Willard. She enjoyed babysitting for her neighbors and often opened her home to elderly friends, providing them with companionship and care.

She enjoyed making new friends and was a faithful writer of letters to all she knew.

She wrote a column for the Skamania County Pioneer for nearly 40 years. Her favorite pastime was quilting. This year, she was the featured Senior Quilter at the Skamania County Quilt Show.

Mrs. Wyant is survived by her children Elmerna De Bolt, Carson, Susan Doidge, Mapleton, Iowa, Nancy Wold, Ridgefield, and William Wyant, Port Orchard; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by George Wyant and grandson Charles DeBolt.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on June 15, 2002, at the Evergreen Presbyterian Church in Mill A.

Memorials may be made to the Evergreen Presbyterian Church.


Lifelong White Salmon resident Darlene Johnson died in Hood River on May 27, 2002, at the age of 68.

Mrs. Johnson was born on July 8, 1933, in Ariel. Her parents, George Wyers and Dorothy Genevieve (Shore) Kreps, had been in Ariel visiting family when she was born. The family then came to White Salmon where Mrs. Johnson grew up. She graduated from Columbia High School and worked for a local bank (which is now Sterling Savings) for 27 years.

She was a member of Soroptimists, American Legion Post 22 Women's Auxiliary and the United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Johnson loved swimming and gardening and flowers. She enjoyed reading and doing puzzles, as well as traveling. Some of her favorite places were Reno and Las Vegas, where she loved the entertainment; the Big Island of Hawaii; and the Oregon beaches.

Mrs. Johnson is survived by her husband, Raymond, White Salmon; son Terry, Aloha, Ore.; daughter Janis Johnson, Hood River, Ore.; and brother Bill Kreps, The Dalles, Ore.

A graveside service was held on Saturday, June 1, 2002, at 11 a.m. at the White Salmon Cemetery, with Pastor Joan Wilkins officiating.

Memorials may be made to Hood River Care Center Equipment Fund, 729 Henderson Road, Hood River, Ore. 97031 or in care of Gardner Funeral Home, PO Box 390, White Salmon, Wash. 98672, who was in charge of arrangements.


86-year-old Gilman B. Rude died in Coolidge, Ariz., on May 22, 2002.

A memorial service for Mr. Rude will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 15, 2002, at the Gardner Funeral Home in White Salmon. A reception in his memory will follow in White Salmon at a location to be determined. Internment will be private at Idlewild Cemetery in Hood River.

He was born May 30, 1915, in Rural Eddy County, N. D. to Carl and Anna (Borgerson) Rude.

Mr. Rude served in the CCCs in the 1930s, then worked in trucking and farming near Hamar, N.D. until he moved to Washington in 1956.

In Washington, he worked in sawmills and logging until 1976 when a falling tree crushed his arm and forced an end to his logging work.

Mr. Rude loved hunting and playing music and was very active with the fiddle and banjo until 1976 when he could no longer play the instruments due to his untimely logging accident.

Mr. Rude moved from White Salmon in 1984 and to Coolidge, Ariz. where he married Emma Boddy Crane in 1985.

He is survived by his wife Emma living in Coolidge, Ariz., stepchildren and numerous grandchildren; sons Terrance Allen Rude, St. Helens, Ore., Danny Duane Rude, Olympia, Wayne Alden Rude, Washougal; brothers Alvin Selmer Rude, Devils Lake, N.D., Hartvik Ernest Rude, Portland, Ore.; and sisters Sophie Rude Harding, White Salmon, Palma Rude Goesch, Anchor Point, Alaska; and Alpha Rude Quam, Tolna, N.D.

His wife Bessie (Haas) Rude in 1977 and son Bruce Arden Rude in 1967 preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by brothers Joseph Helmer, Clarence Alfred, and Carl Leonard, and sisters Idelia Theoline Rude Messner and Nora Helen Rude Gjestvang.


A commitment to education, instilled by German immigrant parents, led to a career that brought Werner C. Dieckmann to San Diego, Calif. in 1955 as assistant superintendent for county schools.

Dr. Dieckmann, who retired in 1977, died May 4, 2002, at Pomerado Hospital in San Diego, Calif., at the age of 87.

At the University of Washington, Mr. Dieckmann met his future wife, Mary Ann, while working in the dining room of her Alpha Xi Delta sorority house. The couple were married in March 1942.

After graduating in 1949, he went on to teaching in his home state. He taught English and industrial arts at Columbia Union High School in White Salmon, then entered administration in 1943 as principal of Bellevue High School.

Equipped with a doctorate in education from Columbia University, he was recruited in 1955 to head the special services division of San Diego County Schools.

His duties during the next 22 years ranged from reorganizing and consolidating school districts to instituting educational programs at Juvenile Hall and Rancho del Campo. He supervised court schools, the county Office of Education's media center and mobile industrial arts workshops.

He served as president of the Quail Botanical Gardens Foundation in Encinitas. He was active in the Downtown Lions Club, and served on board of directors of Mission Federal Credit Union, the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, the Boys and Girls Aid Society and the San Diego Lions Welfare Foundation.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann; daughter Carol Dieckmann, Tucson, Ariz.; sons Wallace of Del Mar, Calif., and Jim of San Diego, Calif.; sister Elisabeth Sherman, Vancouver; brother Gerhard Dieckmann, Kirkland; and six grandchildren.


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