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Death notices for Eleanor McClain, Marjorie Dunn, Lois Kari and Paul Caryl


Eleanor Claudia McClain, 78, died in her home in Mill A on Saturday, April 17, 2004. She was born Aug. 5, 1925, in Cleveland, Ohio, to John M. Kletchie and Mary Kulik.

She graduated from John Adams High School in Cleveland in 1943 and went on to attend Cleveland Training School for Nurses, graduating in September of 1946. Following nurses training she traveled across country to San Francisco for her first nursing job at Stanford University Hospital. She met James McClain in San Francisco and they were married in June of 1947 in San Diego, Calif. While raising four children in San Diego, Mrs. McClain continued her nursing career at several hospitals including San Diego Naval Hospital for 18 of the 22 years in San Diego.

In 1969, Mrs. McClain and her family relocated to Washington from San Diego and lived in Mill A for the past 35 years. While in Mill A, Mrs. McClain worked at Skyline Hospital as a night nurse for 13 years, retiring in 1983.

In recent years, her daily devotion to correspondence with family and friends, especially with an enclosed joke or cartoon, will be fondly remembered. She thoroughly enjoyed her small bird sanctuary that kept her company while she wrote.

Mrs. McClain is survived by her brother, Jack Kletchie, Cleveland, Ohio; daughters Mary McClain, Portland, Ore., and Kathleen Butcher, Mill A; son Michael McClain, Tacoma; and grandsons Daniel Butcher, Mill A, and Lance Corporal Richard Butcher, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

Mrs. McClain was preceded in death by her husband, James and son, Jack.

A memorial and buffet lunch will be held at Evergreen Presbyterian Church in Mill A on May 1, 2004, from noon to 2 p.m.

Memorials may be made to the local community Senior Center or to the Hood River Care Center, Hood River, Oregon.


Marjorie Skelton Neil Dunn died April 17, 2004, at the age of 85.

She was born Nov. 20, 1918, in Leadore, Idaho, to James Harold Skelton and Maud Hover Skelton. She and her family came west where they settled in Vancouver.

She married Ralph A. Neil in 1939. She was an active rancher's wife and homemaker. Mr. Neil died Aug. 1, 1960.

Then she married Ronald C. Dunn and became stepmother to four children. The couple moved to Lincoln City, Ore., where Mr. Dunn died Dec. 6, 2001.

Mrs. Dunn loved family and was fondly given the status of "sergeant." She loved painting, sewing, knitting, gardening, and was always a proper lady.

Mrs. Dunn is survived by her daughters Karen R. Coate, White Salmon, and Sami Jo Neil, Lacey; stepchildren Yvette Dyer, Portland, Ore., Jolayne Castle, Las Vegas, Nev., Gayle Waycasy, Orem, Utah, Ronald C. Dunn Jr., Friday Harbor; brothers Don W. Skelton, Vancouver, and Evan Eugene Skelton, Florida; sister Jennie Sagers, Provo, Utah; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great, great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Friday, April 23, 2004, at 7 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Lincoln City, Ore., with Bishop Eric Johnson officiating. Graveside services and interment were held Saturday, April 24, 2004, at 1 p.m. at Park Hill Cemetery in Vancouver.

Arrangements are by Pacific View Memorial Chapel in Lincoln City, Ore.


Lois E. Kari, 87, died in North Bend, on April 19, 2004.

She was born in Camas in October 1916, to Lois M. (Brooks) and Ross B. Shepeard. Her family lived at Hemlock Ranger Station in Carson and various other Forest Service posts in the Cascades and then moved to Underwood.

She married Eugene J. Kari at Hemlock Ranger Station on Aug. 24, 1940. They lived in Seattle during World War II. After the war, the couple moved to White Salmon. For two decades, they operated the local Ford dealership, first in White Salmon and then in Bingen.

She loved golf and bridge and earned a 50-year pin from Eastern Star.

Survivors include sons Ross Kari, Odell, Ore., and Don Kari, Bellevue. Mr. Kari died on July 19, 1993.

Bleitz Funeral Home of Seattle handled arrangements. A private family service is planned at a later date.


Paul Eugene Caryl died on April 20, 2004, at his son's home in Mt. Hood, Ore., at the age of 95.

Mr. Caryl was born Oct. 3, 1908, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Isaac B. and Anna (Conklin) Caryl. His family moved around Iowa and Minnesota as sharecroppers in his youth. At the age of 19, he drove one of the two cars that brought his family to Oregon, camping along the way. After living in McMinnville, Ore., for a year, the family moved to Washougal, where he met Lola M. Sweet. The couple married Nov. 11, 1934, and moved to Trout Lake to raise their family.

In the Trout Lake Valley, he managed two different dairy farms before going to work for the dairy co-op that had a milk processing plant in Hood River, which is currently part of Sheppard's Equipment on State Street. He drove truck, hauling all the milk from the valley. He and his wife managed a feed store for the co-op until the mid 1950s. In the meantime, he had purchased small farms for raising alfalfa hay and combined with that, the Charles Coate Dairy where he and his wife milked up to 40 Holstein cows.

Mr. Caryl loved the farm life and stayed busy his entire life. After retiring from and selling his farms, he moved to Stevenson, living there the last 15 years.

Mr. Caryl is survived by brother Richard Caryl, Bow; children Edward Caryl, Beaverton, Ore., Ann Ivings, Twisp, Lee Caryl, Mt. Hood, and Jon Caryl, Trout Lake; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lola, on July 2, 1986; brothers Rollin, Robert and Lloyd Caryl; and sister Marion Schmid.

A memorial graveside service was held April 24, 2004, at 1 p.m. at the Trout Lake Cemetery. Gardner Funeral Home's Columbia River Crematory handled arrangements.

To sign the on-line guest book or to send messages and thoughts to the Caryl family, please do so at

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Gorge or to the Trout Lake Cemetery.


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