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Death notices for Mildred Crews, John Keller III, Joseph McCarthy, Lola Deo


Longtime BZ Corner resident Mildred Edith Crews died in White Salmon on April 19, 2004. She was 92.

She was born in Knoxville, Iowa, on May 11, 1911, to Gladys (Dennery) and Charles Schilling. Her family moved from Iowa to Salem, Ore., and then on to the Gilmer Valley where she met Richard Crews. The two were married in October of 1934. In the early 1940s, they settled in BZ Corner, which was their home for 50 some odd years. Mrs. Crews had lived in White Salmon at Beth El Shalom for the past six years.

She loved ceramics, crocheting and visiting with friends. She also liked to go shopping. She enjoyed the beach, especially Long Beach where she was happy digging clams. She had lots of pictures and kept wonderful photo albums.

Survivors include sons Monty Crews, White Salmon, and Larry Crews, Kirkland; grandchildren Monica Crews, White Salmon, Kevin Crews, Spokane, Kaelin, Jarrett and Talia Crews, all of Kirkland; brother Robert Schilling, White Salmon; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by sisters Margaret Krall and Bertha Young, brother Leonard Schilling and husband Richard, who died on Dec. 28, 1998.

A graveside service for Mrs. Crews is planned for Saturday, April 24, 2004, at 1 p.m. at the White Salmon Cemetery.

To sign the online guest book or send condolences to the family, contact


John W. Keller III died in White Salmon on Saturday, April 10, 2004, after a brief illness. He was 55.

Mr. Keller was born on March 20, 1949, to Edna (Smith) and John W. Keller Sr., in Vancouver. He was a welder who owned and operated Keller Welding and Steel Fabrication in White Salmon.

He spent most of his adult life in White Salmon. He moved and lived for a short time in Homer, Alaska, but returned to the Columbia Gorge. He liked vacations in Hawaii and Costa Rica, fishing, snorkeling or riding a boogie board.

Mr. Keller is survived by his sons John W. Keller IV and Steven M. Keller; six grandchildren; brother Paul Keller; sister Susan Cross; and mother Edna G. Keller. He was preceded in death by his father.

A private memorial service will be held by the family at a later date. Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Gardner Funeral Home's Columbia River Crematory.

Those who wish to send condolences to the McCarthy family or sign the online guest book may do so at


Joseph W. McCarthy died on April 17, 2004.

He was born on May 29, 1926, in Toppenish, to Frank and Adeline (Clymer) McCarthy. He joined the Navy in 1943 as a flagman on the USS Jason in the Pacific Theatre. After the war, he lived throughout the West until moving to Colorado in 1966, where he met his wife Wilma Wilson. They married in 1972 and celebrated 32 years of marriage this winter. They have lived in White Salmon since 1980.

He was a jack-of-all trades; he could fix anything. He was capable of just about anything from gourmet cooking to mineral engineering. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed many hours of gardening, fishing and hunting. While his formal education was short, he was a learner and loved to read. He was never short of opinions or lessons he wanted to teach. His stories entertained. He was forthright and didn't mince words.

Mr. McCarthy loved his diverse and extended family with all his heart, but children held a special place. No one was as caring and generous with "his kids" as he.

Mr. McCarthy is survived by his wife Wilma McCarthy; daughters Susan Dutcher, Kathleen Dutcher and Judy Dutcher; son Lalo Vargas; grandchildren Ben Hayden, Adrienne, Junior and Emilio; brothers Roger, Gene (Tuck), and Norris (Meck) McCarthy; sister Patricia (Carma) Costello; many nieces and nephews and his dogs Sade and Drano. Five brothers Frank, Gordon, Jack, Jim and Oscar, and his parents preceded him in death.

A memorial service for Mr. McCarthy will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 2, 2004, at the Underwood Community Center.

Gardner Funeral Home of White Salmon handled arrangements. Those who wish to send condolences to the McCarthy family or sign the online guest book may do so at


Lola Vey Deo, 86, died at her home in Underwood on April 16, 2004.

She was born in Lovejoy, Mont., on June 8, 1917, to William Walter and Alice Mattie (Knowles) Pope. On Nov. 24, 1938, she married John Calvin Deo in Malta, Mont. They moved to Tacoma, then to Utah before settling in Underwood in 1954.

Mrs. Deo enjoyed reading and cooking. Family was very important to her and she enjoyed collecting pictures as well as gathering bits of information and helpful hints to pass along to them. She tended toward natural remedies and used garlic for everything. She was a very private person.

Survivors include children Cheryl Koenemann, and Ivadeen Berge, both of Underwood, Norman Deo, Bingen, Juleen Teel, Husum; sisters Maxine Parks, Arkansas, and Bette Staar, Rochester; brother Kari Pope, Vancouver; 11 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husband John, who died on Aug. 6, 1970, daughter Darlene McBride, who died on March 5, 1976, son John W., who died as an infant, and two great-grandsons Justin Brown and Owen Deo.

A graveside service for Mrs. Deo will be held at the Goldendale Cemetery on Wednesday, April 21, 2004, at 1 p.m. with Bishop Jerry Lewis officiating.

Gardner Funeral Home of White Salmon handled arrangements. Those wishing to sign the online guestbook and send condolences to the family may do so at


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