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Death notices for Helen How, Robert Henderson, Irene Stump and Charles Gross.


Helen Doris How died in White Salmon on Nov. 1, 2002, at the age of 91.

Mrs. How was born in Minneapolis, Minn., on Feb. 6, 1911, the daughter of Helen (Longworth) and James Thomas Nichols. She was raised in Minnesota and in 1931 she married Francis W. How in Minneapolis.

An active community member, she started a literacy group while in Minneapolis. In 1976, Mrs. How moved to California where she volunteered at Stanford University Medical Center. She traveled north to Portland in 1987, to White Salmon in 1994, and in 2000 she moved to Parkhurst House in Hood River.

Mrs. How enjoyed knitting, crocheting and sewing. She also loved pool and was a tournament pool player. She drove for Senior Services in White Salmon and was a member of Bethel Congregational Church. She loved painting with watercolors. She traveled much in her life, most recently with the Friendship Forces to Russia, Egypt, Mexico and Europe.

Surviving Mrs. How are her daughter Janet Holen, White Salmon; granddaughter Susan Holen, White Salmon; grandson Paul Holen, Union City, Calif.; brothers Robert Nichols, Portland, and Douglas Johnson, Wisconsin; sister Bernice Soldat, Warwick, R.I.; great-grandchildren Zoe and Glynis Cochlin, White Salmon, and Kirsten Holen, Union City, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews. Her husband Francis and two sisters Ruth Zimmerman and Beverly Johnson proceeded Mrs. How in death.

There will be a private, family gathering to honor Mrs. How's life.

Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army, in care of Gardner Funeral Home, PO Box 390, White Salmon, Wash. 98672.


Robert Wayne "Bob" Henderson was born in Husum on Jan. 16, 1930 to Therman and Arla Henderson. He died on Oct. 29, 2002, at his home in Trout Lake.

He lived in the area his entire life. He was a gentle man, who loved his family above all else. He lived his life trying to do something nice or helpful for someone every day, even if it was just one of his beautiful smiles. He wrote poems and verses about life, friends and loved ones. They were beautiful and will be treasured always.

He developed lung disease while in the Army in 1952 and was eventually discharged from the service. He suffered many years from that and needed oxygen to help his breathing the last 15 years. The last year and a half, he suffered from colon and bladder cancer.

Mr. Henderson is survived by his wife, Bonnie, Trout Lake; daughters Gloria Weaver, Yakima, Debra Davis, Vancouver, and Sharron Allen, Trout Lake; son Robert Allen, Goldendale; sisters Lorieta Newton and Alma Scheuner, both of White Salmon; and 11 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers Archie and Ernest.

A celebration of his life will be held on Nov. 9 at 11 a.m. at the Husum Church. It will be followed by a potluck gathering.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Gorge.


A memorial service was held Oct. 26, 2002, for Irene Sission Stump of Eugene, Ore., who died on Oct. 20, 2002, at the age of 78.

Mrs. Stump was born April 10, 1924, in White Salmon to Edward and Annette Erickson Sission. She married Forrest "Bud" Stump in Portland on April 12, 1953. He died on July 3, 2002.

She graduated from Columbia Union High School in White Salmon in 1942 and worked in the accounts receivable department at the Bon Marche in Eugene, Ore., for many years.

Mrs. Stump enjoyed sewing, knitting and charity work and was a life member and past matron of the Evangeline Chapter 51 Order of the Eastern Star, a member of the Santa Clara Grange, a life member of Eugene Rebekah Lodge 55, past matron of the Oakridge Chapter 166 of the Order of Eastern Star and a member of the Goodwill Rebekah Lodge 163 in White Salmon. She lived in White Salmon and Portland, before moving to Eugene in 1954.

Survivors include numerous nieces and nephews.


On Friday, Nov. 1, 2002, while on the way to his winter home in Arizona, Charles Philip "Churck" Gross, 80, died in Medford, Ore.

He was born to Bernice (Thayer) and Aubrey Gross in Los Angeles, Calif., on July 17, 1922. He grew up in Los Angeles, graduating from University High School before being drafted into the Army during World War II. While at a dance, he first met Florence Gill when she was 15 years old in Millville, Calif. When his duty with the service ended, Mr. Gross moved to Millville, Calif. He attended another dance, now four years later, danced with Florence but didn't recognize her and on September 9, 1947, the couple was married in Millville.

Mr. Gross then completed two years of college focusing on agriculture. The couple owned and operated a dairy and general store in Millville with his brother. Both families moved to Fossil, Ore., in 1961 where they purchased and operated a large cattle ranch. In 1967, they relocated to Stevenson, and Mr. Gross worked for Stevenson Co-Ply until his retirement in 1984.

Mr. and Mrs. Gross moved to Vancouver in 1987, but for 15 years they faithfully split their time between their northern home and their southern home in Apache Junction, Ariz.

For more than 30 years Mr. Gross loved square dancing. He and his wife of 55 years, traveled all over the United States and Canada square dancing in various festivals. He really enjoyed playing pool and shootin' the breeze with his friends. He enjoyed woodcarving and taught the craft to many people. Hunting, in his younger days, was something he was fond of. Mr. Gross was a man who loved life.

He is survived by his wife, Florence I., Vancouver; sons, Flint C. Gross, Stevenson and George E. Gross, Underwood; brother Jack Gross, Port Orford, Ore.; four grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2002, at 11 a.m. at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Stevenson with interment at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Hood River, Ore.

Gardner Funeral Home handled arrangements.


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