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Obituaries

Death notices for Mickey Nielsen, Christopher Lapping and Marty Anderson

MICKEY NIELSEN

Frances Maxine Nielsen, known to many as "Mickey," died in Hood River, Ore., on Oct. 15, 2003. She was 76.

Mrs. Nielsen was born to Clifford and Annabelle (Blaine) Walker in Mill City, Ore., on Sept. 28, 1927. She lived most of her life in White Salmon, graduating from Klickitat High School.

On July 28, 1966, she married Thor Nielsen.

She was a dedicated homemaker and mother who loved gardening, arts and crafts, sewing, playing card games and baking.

Survivors include her children Joanne Thibeau, Oregon City, Ore., Mike McCall, Mosier, Ore., Jeff McCall, Battle Ground, and Jerry McCall, Portland; sisters Pauline Phillips, Spanaway, and Gayle MacKay, Underwood; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by brother Richard "Bud" Walker, son George McCall, and husband Thor Nielsen.

A memorial service for Mrs. Nielsen will be held on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2003, at 11 a.m. at Gardner Chapel in White Salmon.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Gorge, PO Box 36, Hood River, Ore. 97031.

CHRISTOPHER LAPPING

Christopher "Chris" Edwin Lapping was born on Nov. 19, 1953 in Eugene, Ore. He had been missing for three years, following an elk hunting trip above Coquille, Ore. His body was found on Aug. 15, 2003.

Mr. Lapping lived his early childhood in Coos Bay, Ore., until his family bought a farm in 1967 above Lyle. He graduated from Lyle High School. He later moved to the Grants Pass/Medford, Ore., area for the last 25 years. He worked in mills and finally as a pipe layer in construction.

He loved the outdoors and spent a lot of time elk and deer hunting with his bow. He shot in several 3D archery shoots. He was known to be a very successful salmon fisherman on the Rogue River. For the last 10 years, Mr. Lapping also enjoyed playing golf and downhill skiing.

Mr. Lapping is survived by his partner Dawn Hull; son Conan Lapping and daughter Tenaya Lapping, both of Grants Pass, Ore.; father Jim Lapping, Scappoose, Ore.; mother Bette Setters, Lyle; sister Terry Kuhnhausen, Glenwood; niece Melody McPherson, The Dalles; and nephews Randy Pimley, Las Vegas, Nev., and Kirt and Travis McPherson, Tillamook, Ore.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Oct. 25, 2003, at Leidl Campground on the Klickitat River, just east of Glenwood.

MARTY ANDERSON

Master craftsman, tool and die maker, and inventor Marty Anderson died on Oct. 7, 2003. He was 64.

Mr. Anderson was born to his parents, Andy and Silvia Anderson, on March 16, 1939, in Minneapolis, Minn. He graduated at the top of his high school class and as the student body president with plans to homestead in Alaska until he was awarded a full scholarship at the University of Southern California. He played the trumpet and marched in the Tournament of Roses Parade, and left school after a few years to start a family in the early 1960s.

Mr. Anderson followed in his dad's footsteps to create what would be over a 45-year career as a tool and die maker. His dream to be in business for himself came true in 1982 when he moved to Washington State to start Northwest Precision Tool. After several years, he and his wife, Sheila, relocated their lives and business to Husum, and moved to a cabin on Northwestern Lake, spending their winters in Lake Havasu, Arizona.

Mr. Anderson was a warm-hearted man and made quick friendships that lasted a lifetime. He was a dedicated father who loved unconditionally that would give anything as long as his children were willing to work for what they wanted. He was a true friend, always willing to lend a helping hand, wanting nothing in return. Most importantly, he was truly in love with his wife - they were best friends and partners who enjoyed every minute of every day they were together.

Mr. Anderson is survived by his wife Sheila, mom, Sylvia Anderson, brother Larry Anderson, his children Debbie, Carri Jo, Linda, Lisa, Martine, Andrea, Jennifer, Marty Jr., Peggy Ann, step children Kim, Joey, Leta, and Michael, 31 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

A memorial service has already taken place and, per his wishes, Mr. Anderson was cremated with plans to spend the rest of his time on Northwestern Lake.

Memorials can be made to the Marty Anderson Memorial Machinist Scholarship Fund, c/o Columbia River Bank, P.O. Box 279, White Salmon, Wash. 98672.

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