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Death notices for Leon Williams, Richard Baker, Florence Neilsen, Harvey Crapper, Manuel Frederick


Ernest Leon Williams was born in Gaston, Ore., on July 5, 1943, to Dave and Nina Williams. He died on Aug. 8, 2004, in Portland, Ore.

Mr. Williams went to grade school in Falls City, Ore. He attended high school at Laurelwood Adventist Academy in Gaston, Ore.

Mr. Williams moved to the Gorge area about 1964, working as a log truck driver for Broughton Lumber Company. He went to work for SDS Lumber Company and stayed with them for 27 years. He also worked for C&H Logging in Glenwood for a short time. He really did enjoy his trucking and was a great driver.

Mr. Williams' hobbies were photography of nature scenes and collecting old cars and trucks. He loved animals and was a gentle, kind man.

Mr. Williams is survived by his son Randy Williams, Wahkiacus; daughter Wendy Bevington, Vancouver; grandchildren Trevor and Krystal Bevington, Vancouver; nephew Marvin Woodruff, Wahkiacus; nieces Linda Hilkey, White Salmon, Anita Allen, Mt. Hood, Ore., Tammera Woodruff, Wahkiacus, and Cindy Jones, Loma Linda, Calif.; and numerous great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by parents Dave and Nina Williams, sister Flora Woodruff, and brother Richard Williams.

A funeral service was held at Gardner Funeral Home on Friday, Aug. 13. Interment was at Wahkiacus Cemetery.


On Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2004, Richard Bruce Baker died at his home in Gladstone, Ore., at the age of 66.

Mr. Baker was born to Gordon and Sarah Elizabeth (Pearce) Baker in White Salmon on Sept. 24, 1937.

He received bachelor and master degrees from Washington State University. In 1957, Mr. Baker married Margaret "Peggy" Berry. The couple moved to Gladstone in 1966, where he began his long and distinguished career in the school system. As a teacher, Mr. Baker instructed students in physical education, social studies and math. He coached football and wrestling and served as the athletic director. Also, during his career, Mr. Baker was counselor, vice principal and principal. Devoted to the educational community, he helped establish the Gladstone Education Foundation. In September 2003, Gladstone High School dedicated its football stadium to Mr. Baker.

Mr. Baker is survived by wife Peggy; sons Mark R. and Kerry W.; brothers David, Gerald and Lauriston "Laurie;" and five grandchildren.

A graveside service was held on Aug. 23, 2004, at 11 a.m. at the Klickitat County Cemetery in White Salmon under the direction of Gardner Funeral Home. A memorial service will take place on Sunday, Aug. 29, 2004, at 4 p.m. in Dick Baker Stadium, Gladstone, Ore.

Memorials may be given to the Thank a Teacher Endowment in care of the Gladstone Education Foundation.


Florence Neilsen, a former resident of Trout Lake and White Salmon, died Aug. 4, 2004, at the age of 84, in California, where she had made her home for the last 10 years, to be near her daughters.

Mrs. Neilsen was born to Matt and Ida Sampson on May 5, 1920, at Laurel.

She is survived by her two daughters Linda Forni and Alice Mahan; five granddaughters, three great-granddaughters, one great-grandson, three nieces and one nephew.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Matt and Ida Sampson, brother Ernest Sampson and an infant sister.

Mrs. Neilsen's remains will be returned to White Salmon for burial.


Longtime Hood River resident Harvey Crapper died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2004 at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. He was 91 years of age.

A funeral mass was held Monday, Aug. 23, 2004 at 11 a.m. at Saint Mary's Catholic Church with vault entombment to follow at Idlewild Cemetery.

Mr. Crapper was born Oct. 12, 1912 in Hood River, Ore., to Harvey LeRoy and Henrietta (Douglas) Crapper. He grew up in the Hood River valley except for a few years when he was younger and lived in Lyle. It was there that he met his future bride of 67 years, Leila. They were married April 17, 1937, in Vancouver.

In July of 1942, Mr. Crapper joined the U.S. Coast Guard and served his country during WWII. After being honorably discharged he returned to Hood River with his wife and started a family.

He worked as a truck driver for Shell Oil and Union Oil Company. He then was parts manager for Garrabrant Chevrolet. Mr. Crapper retired as the Veteran's Service Officer for Hood River and Wasco counties in 1980 after 13 years of service.

He was past commander of the American Legion Post #22 and also past district commander of District #5 He was also involved with the Elks, Holy Names of the Church and Lions.

In his retirement, he enjoyed staying active with the American Legion, fishing, working on his home and his yard and spending time with his wife and their toy cocker spaniels.

He is survived by his wife, Leila Crapper, Hood River, Ore.; daughter Gerry Moore, Guymon, Okla.; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Elmer Crapper and sister Delia Cunning.

Memorials may be made to the National American Legion Child Welfare Fund or St. Mary's Catholic Church c/o Anderson's Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, Ore. 97031


Hood River resident Argus Frederick died Monday, Aug. 16, 2004 at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital. He was 79 years of age.

Mr. Frederick was born in Osage, Ark., and grew up in the Harrison, Ark., area. He came to Hood River in 1946. He met and married Florence Slover, also from the Harrison, Ark., area, with whom he shared 57 years of marriage. They married in Hood River, where they made their home and raised their children.

After several jobs in ranching, orchards and working at the Bonneville Dam, Mr. Frederick went to work for Diamond Fruit and Duckwall Fruit where he worked until his retirement. He was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Hood River where he served as a deacon, trustee and greeter for many years.

He loved to spend time with his friends out on the river fishing, and hunting in the woods.

He loved children and was so proud of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as neighborhood children and extended family. He spent as much time as he could with all of them going to sporting events, recitals, birthday parties and any other event that they participated in.

Mr. Frederick is survived by his wife, Florence, Hood River, Ore.; sons Bill, Portland, Ore., and David Frederick, White Salmon; daughter Barbara, John Day, Ore.; grandchildren and great-grandchildren Tonja Ferguson and son James, Todd Thompson and children Raelynn and Jerin, Josh Frederick and daughter July, Corey Frederick, Deon Frederick, Alicia Frederick and Justin Frederick; sisters Oneda and Wyvonne both of Harrison, Ark.

Memorials may be made to the Horizon Christian School Building Fund, c/o Anderson's Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, Ore. 97031


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