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Death notices for Dorothy Biesanz, Betty Lorengel, Emma Keel and John Haddock


Dorothy Phyllis (Richards) Biesanz, a descendent of early Skamania County pioneers died on Wednesday, May 19, 2004, at Rock Cove in Stevenson. She was 86.

Mrs. Biesanz was born March 8, 1918, in Raymond, where her father worked in the World War I shipyard. They moved back to Stevenson in 1919, where she grew up and attended Skamania County schools. She married Phillip "Wayman" Biesanz at BZ Corners in 1939, and they've been together for 65 years. His job with BPA took them to Walla Walla, Salem, Ore., and 24 years in North Bend, Ore., where they retired in 1972 and returned to their old stamping grounds in the Columbia Gorge.

They build a new home on an acreage on Panther Creek, four miles north of Carson, where she enjoyed her collections of thimbles, turtles, and old dolls and old lamps. She enjoyed bowling, reading, gardening, traveling and cooking. Her roast beef dinners and raspberry jam were family joys.

Mrs. Biesanz is survived by her husband, Phillip "Wayman" Biesanz, Carson; daughters Cynthia Gregory, Kent, and Lisa Armstrong, Springfield, Ore.; sons Dick, North Bend, Ore., Lyle, Carson, Jeff, Anchorage, Alaska, and Guy, Carson; 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; brother Frank L. Richards, Carson, Calif.; sister June Larsen, Portland; two aunts, and many, many dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Ellen Richards; daughter Kathie Hastings; and son Brett.

The effects of a stroke she has been fighting for two years finally claimed her. Her body was cremated and graveyard services will be private.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Gorge.

A memorial is planned at a later date in August.


Graveside services were held at Lyle Cemetery in Lyle on Tuesday, May 25, 2004, at 11 a.m. A memorial service followed at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hood River, Ore., at 1 p.m.

Mrs. Lorengel was born Jan. 11, 1918, in White Salmon, to Claude M. Locke and Eva A. J. Lightner Locke and died May 18, 2004, at her home in Netarts, Ore., at the age of 86.

Mrs. Lorengel graduated from Appleton High School with plans to become a teacher. Because of her mother's health at the time, she chose to stay at home and help care for her younger brother and sister.

She married her childhood sweetheart Louis Dan Lorengel on April 22, 1939, in Stevenson. In 1949, they moved to Kinzua, Ore. They lived there until retirement. In 1980, they moved to The Dalles, Ore. Mr Lorengel died on May 12, 1993. Mrs. Lorengel moved to Netarts, Ore., in 1997.

She was actively involved with the PTA and was always a favorite chaperon and chauffeur for years to her three children and their friends for school activities.

Children were one of her greatest joys, along with cooking for church functions, meals on wheels, and the homeless. She was an accomplished seamstress, wedding dresses were a real pride of hers. She enjoyed embroidery, flower gardening and sending cards to her family and friends.

She is survived by children Yvonne Benson, Netarts, Ore., Linda Williams, Netarts, Ore., Ldee Lorengel, Hood River, Ore.; nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, two nephews, one niece, and two beloved kitties.

Arrangements were in care of Waud's Funeral Home, Tillamook, Ore.


Emma Gertrude Keel, a lifelong resident of Glenwood, died in Hood River, Ore., on May 19, 2004. She was 92 years old.

Mrs. Keel was born in Glenwood to Minnie (Schultz) and Edwin Peter Huffsmith on Jan. 3, 1912. In 1928, she married Ivan Keel in Goldendale. He died in 1970.

Mrs. Keel loved her home but also enjoyed getaways to Las Vegas and Reno. She liked camping and visiting the beach. Family was very important to her and she always looked forward to attending family functions.

Surviving Mrs. Keel are her son Truman Keel, Glenwood; sister Eva Keller, Glenwood; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were her husband, two sisters and two brothers.

A graveside service for Mrs. Keel was held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 26, 2004, at the White Salmon Cemetery with Rev. Bernie Krager officiating. A reception followed at the Elks Club in White Salmon.

Memorials may be made to the Glenwood Fire Department.

Gardner Funeral Home was entrusted with arrangements.

Those wishing to send condolences to Mrs. Keel's family may do so at


John Arthur Haddock, a longtime Lyle resident, died May 20, 2004, in Vancouver, at the age of 77.

Mr. Haddock was born Nov. 3, 1926, in McGee, Mo. He was raised in the McGee and St. Louis, Mo., area. He worked in the logging industry from 1947 to 1980.

He served in the army during World War II. He was a member of the White Salmon Elks, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Eagles Lodge of Bingen. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and reading.

Mr. Haddock is survived by daughters Dora Daniels, North Bend, Ore., Nora Foote and Joyce Allen, both of Vancouver; son John W. Haddock, Oregon City, Ore.; sisters Elizabeth Johnson of Florida and Estalee Buchanan of Connecticut; brother Sam Haddock, Lounds, Mo.; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, June 13, 2004, at 1 p.m. at the Elks Lodge in White Salmon. Private inurnment will be at Willamette National Cemetery.


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