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Death notices for Vernon Cochenour, Bill Grove, Francis Anderson and Merle Knowles


Vernon Earl Cochenour, a longtime resident of Lyle, was born in Campbell, Neb. on April 2, 1919. He died on Oct. 11, 2004, in The Dalles, Ore.

He was the eldest of six boys and two girls born to Dayne and Faye (Potts) Cochenour. The girls died at birth in Nebraska. Vern was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Morris, Harlin and Marlin.

In 1933, Mr. Cochenour moved to North Dalles, which is now known as Dallesport. While there, he worked picking fruit in Mabton, Yakima, The Dalles and Hood River. He worked for a time at the Hood River Hospital and did jackhammer work at the Dallesport Airport. After his marriage to Selma Myhr on Nov. 10, 1940, he went to work on the dock in The Dalles. In December of 1942 they moved to the ranch in Lyle. After that, Mr. Cochenour worked as a logger in various mills and drove logging truck for SD&S Logging Company for a number of years. That whole time he maintained the farm at home.

Mr. Cochenour was very fond of fishing, particularly in the Klickitat River and at Underwood from "The Bench." He never met a stranger and would invite the people he met while fishing up to the ranch to hunt. He personally enjoyed hunting for deer, elk and gray diggers. He learned how to play the guitar and banjo by ear. He began playing these instruments with his father and grandfather in Nebraska. He enjoyed going to dances. Other things he enjoyed were painting, playing cribbage, telling stories, rooting for the Nebraska football team, observing nature, listening to polka music, listening on the scanner and riding his horse, "Pal" which he did in his younger days.

Mr. Cochenour was preceded in death by his wife Selma, who died in January of 1984. On May 5, 1984, he married Edith Marsh Sexton of Lyle. They met each other at Senior Dances. She died on Sept. 12, 1995.

Mr. Cochenour is survived by his son Daniel Cochenour; stepdaughter Judy Thomas of Yakima, stepson Allen Sexton of Dallesport and two brothers Larry and Lester D. Cochenour, both of The Dalles. He is also survived by four nieces, 14 nephews, 13 grandkids, 12 great-grandkids and the Sexton family.

Funeral services for Mr. Cochenour were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, 2004, at Gardner Funeral Home in White Salmon with interment following at Lyle Balch Cemetery in Lyle.


Bill Grove, longtime White Salmon resident, died on Oct. 11, 2004, at the age of 66.

Mr. Grove was born in Oregon City on Nov. 13, 1937, to parents Martin and Ethel Grove. Early in his life, the Grove family moved to Underwood where he spent the majority of his formative years.

Mr. Grove attended White Salmon schools and entered the National Guard in 1955. He transferred from the National Guard to the Army Reserves in 1958 and was honorably discharged in 1961.

He married Sonya Sipe in July of 1957. Their first home was near Northwestern Lake, but as the family grew they moved first to White Salmon and then to Husum. After the children were raised, the couple moved back to White Salmon. They were divorced in 1987.

Mr. Grove started his career helping his father log, but moved on to be a parts man at Hood River Auto Parts, K&S Motors and NAPA Auto Parts in Bingen. In the early 1980s, he started driving trucks for Shell Oil and Mid Columbia Asphalt. He retired in 1997.

Mr. Grove was an outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and hiking. He especially took pleasure in spending time in the woods with his four boys. He was also a member of the Mt. Adams Elks Lodge.

In 1998, Mr. Grove moved to Grapeview.

Mr. Grove is survived by his sister Betty Kern; sons Mike, Mark, Monte and Marty; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


88-year-old Francis Joseph Anderson died at his home in Husum on Oct. 12, 2004. He was born to Abbie (Koenigs) and John Anderson on March 28, 1916.

Mr. Anderson was born and raised in White Salmon. He graduated from Columbia Union High School in 1935. On May 2, 1942, Mr. Anderson married Pauline Gail Knuchel. He joined the United States Army on June 17, 1941, serving during World War II. While in the military, he earned several medals for his commendable service to this country. He was honorably discharged on Dec. 3, 1945.

After the war, the Andersons lived in White Salmon and he started working at the saw mill for Broughton Lumber Company. He began to buy farm land in the Husum area and the coupled moved to Husum in 1965. Mr. Anderson threw himself into farming. As a result of his hard work, people came from all over to buy his hay. In 1974, Mr. Anderson retired from farming, but went to work running St. Vincent DePaul in White Salmon, which he did from 1976 to 1991.

Mr. Anderson was a lifetime member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and the American Legion. He loved gardening and reading. He was an accomplished builder who not only erected barns, but also crafted the covered bridge crossing Rattlesnake Creek. Most of all, Mr. Anderson loved his family. He was dedicated to his faith and a man of integrity.

Mr. Anderson is survived by his wife, Pauline; daughters Susan Carlson, Kansas City, Mo., and Janice Burdega, Deer Park; sons Steven Anderson, Post Falls, Idaho, Keith Anderson, White Salmon, and Robert Anderson, Colville; sister Grace Lutz, Husum; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers and four sisters.

A funeral mass was held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 18, 2004, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church with interment following at the White Salmon Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to St. Joseph's Catholic Church.

Gardner Funeral Home handled arrangements.


Merle LeRoy Knowles was born in Bismark, N.D., to Harry and Ethel Knowles on Aug. 23, 1932. He died on Oct. 12, 2004.

He moved to Bingen in 1947 and worked in logging and construction most of his life. He was one of the original engineers on the Dalles and Detroit dams, and was recently honored for his work. At the time of his death, he resided in Carson.

He loved hunting, fishing and the great outdoors. He recently lost his faithful companion, Red, his dog with whom he spent a lot of time.

Mr. Knowles' greatest passion was his love of playing and singing country music. For years, he was a member in a local band and entertained with his talents. He will be missed.

Mr. Knowles is survived by his brother Clyde Knowles; sisters Eunice Ball and Thelma Kloster; children Terry Lyons, Rick Knowles, Vicki Wall, Linda Shelburne, Randy Knowles, Dusty Knowles, and Renny Knowles; as well as several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Graveside services for Mr. Knowles will be held on Nov. 7, 2004, at 1 p.m. at the White Salmon Cemetery. A potluck gathering will follow at the Elks Lodge in White Salmon. Family and friends are welcome.


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