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Death notices for Lavern Holland, John Duhrkop, Mildred aplin, Joan Patrick and Marjorie West


Parkdale resident Lavern "Shorty" Holland died on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2004, at the Hood River Care Center. He was 86.

A graveside service was held Friday, Oct. 29, 2004, at Pine Grove Cemetery.

Mr. Holland was born Dec. 14, 1917, in Leola, Ark., to Clarence and Mary Holland. He was raised and educated in Arkansas. In the 1960s, he and his wife Billie moved their family to Parkdale, Ore. Mr. Holland lived in Parkdale until he was forced to move to Lyle, after suffering a stroke. He lived at A&G Foster Care for the last seven years. Along with him in the move went his best buddy "Dog," his pet.

Mr. Holland loved animals of all kinds. He had many on his farm in Parkdale and also had a beautiful, large garden.

Mr. Holland is survived by sons Jerry Holland, Dufur, Ore., Lloyd Holland, Hood River, and Michael Holland, Vancouver; daughter Janice Clark, Underwood; grandchildren Christi, Sharon, Paula, Jerry Jr., Chadwick and Nicholas; and eight grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Hood River Care Center in care of Anderson's Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, Ore. 97031.


58-year-old John William Duhrkop, a lifelong resident of Husum, died at his home on Nov. 12, 2004. He was born on Feb. 9, 1946, in Vancouver, to Ethel Lilly (Hillman) and Lester Norman Duhrkop.

After growing up in Husum and graduating from Columbia High School, he attended Clark College on a wrestling scholarship. On May 1, 1978 in Illwaco, he married his Siamese Princess, Daravan "Nancy" Jandansan. Mr. Duhrkop worked as a heavy equipment operator and helped to build many of the logging roads within the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. He was also a blasting specialist, who worked for Munsen Blasting Company in The Dalles. One of his favorite things in his job was blasting -- he loved to blow things up. He also helped build "The Hook" in Hood River. He was a Jack-of-all-trades and could maneuver a Cat like no one else.

Mr. Duhrkop loved hunting and fishing and his interest in geology made him somewhat of a rock hound. He was a member of the Elks and Eagles lodges and, as a young man, was an Eagle Scout. Mr. Duhrkop was very adventurous and would do anything in the world, except dishes.

Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Nancy Duhrkop, Husum; daughters Kathy Morris, BZ Corner, and Leslie Janssen, Portland, Ore.; step-daughter Fiona Pynn of Canada; brother Ray Duhrkop, BZ Corner; niece Angela Duhrkop; and two grandsons, Ethan Janssen and John Michael Hatch.

A memorial service for Mr. Duhrkop will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2004, at Gardner Funeral Home in White Salmon.

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On Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2004, 96-year-old Mildred A. Aplin, fondly known to many as "Grandma Bing" died in White Salmon. She was born in White Salmon on Feb. 13, 1908, to Dora A. (Hickman) and Charles Thornton.

Mrs. Aplin was raised in the local area and attended Pleasant View School in Husum. On July 29, 1926, she married Samuel R. "Happy" Aplin. She worked in a fruit warehouse and at Paps Orchards in Husum. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting, sewing and all crafts. She was a member of the Husum Church of God.

Mrs. Aplin is survived by her son Jim Aplin, Forks; daughter Doreen Jaksha, Clatskanie, Ore.; sister Dora Koch, White Salmon; eight grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and 12 great, great-grandchildren. Preceding Mrs. Aplin in death are her husband, Samuel "Happy" Aplin, who died on January 27, 1980; son, Larry Aplin who died on July 23, 2003; grandson Owen Aplin; her parents; brothers Chuck, Hugh and Fred; and sisters Bertha, Selma, Ruby, Vesta and Effie.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 20, at 11 a.m. at Gardner Funeral Home in White Salmon. Memorial contributions may be given to Hospice of the Gorge or WCG (Women's Church of God) in care of Gardner Funeral Home, P.O. Box 390, White Salmon, Wash., 98672.

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Joan Emily Patrick, White Salmon, died on Nov. 10, 2004, in Hood River, Ore., at the age of 74.

Mrs. Patrick was born in The Dalles, Ore., on July 28, 1930, to Joseph and Ruby (Haynes) Fleck. She attended St. Mary's Academy in The Dalles, where she graduated in 1948. On Oct. 10, 1953, she married James H. Patrick in Husum. They just celebrated 51 years of marriage.

As a young girl, she worked at the family orchard doing various jobs including hoeing, harvesting and fruit packing. After graduation, she worked at a bank in The Dalles. After marrying, she worked at the National Bank of Commerce (now Sterling Savings) in White Salmon until her retirement. She was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in White Salmon.

Mrs. Patrick enjoyed visiting the beach, camping, bird watching, pinochle club, playing with her cats, and spending time with her family and friends. She was also a big Willie Nelson fan, and got to see him in concert in 2003.

Mrs. Patrick is survived by her husband, Jim, White Salmon; daughter Lee Ann Holcomb, Rainier, Ore.; son Alan Patrick, White Salmon; sisters Doris Fleck, Dallesport, and Ellen Horn, Hood River; and grandchildren Michael and Molly Holcomb and Kristofer and Nicholas Patrick.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Ken Fleck and sister Jean Dickson.

A memorial service was held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in White Salmon at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2004, with Father Felix Rodriguez officiating.

Memorials may be given to St. Joseph's Altar Society.


Marjorie Nadine West, 82, died at home in New Plymouth, Idaho on Friday, November 5, 2004. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 22, 2004, in Hawthorne, Nev.

Born in 1922 to John and Winnie Pearce Youens in Portland, Ore., she spent her early childhood and high school years in Portland and Fruitland, Idaho. During this time she enjoyed frequent visits to family ranches in eastern Oregon. In 1946, she married Wade C. West, Jr. of Hawthorne, Nev. They lived and raised their family in Hawthorne, Nev., Concord, Calif., and Halfway, Ore. until his death in 1973. Following the death of her husband, Mrs. West made her home in Nevada, Texas, Washington, Mississippi, and Idaho.

Mrs. West enjoyed a full and fruitful life. She loved to meet people and easily made friends with everyone she met.

Mrs. West is survived by her four sons John West, New Plymouth, Idaho, Randy West, Brandon, Miss., Bob West, Las Vegas, Nev., and Ron West, Las Vegas, Nev.; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Mrs. West was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her brother, John P. Youens.

Memorials may be made to Mission Aviation Fellowship, P.O. Box 3202, Redlands, Calif. 92373-9984


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