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Death notices for Ken Ziegler, Jenene Moore and John Verax


Kenneth George Ziegler, a lifelong Underwood resident, died in Underwood on July 9, 2005. He was 59 years old. Mr. Ziegler was born Jan. 17, 1946, to Reno A. and Teresa (Reinland) Ziegler in White Salmon.

He married Penny Oberst on May 25, 1968. Three children were born to this union. In 1979, he married Jackie Cox. They built their home in Underwood and had lived there since 1980.

An avid reader, Mr. Ziegler read many books including the full series of Louis L'amour. He couldn't wait for deer and elk season each year. He loved being in the outdoors. The mountain above his home was like his backyard. Many friends and family enjoyed the mushrooms he hunted and shared.

He worked for Skamania County Road Department for nearly 30 years. He was a volunteer fireman from 1972 to 1999 and a member of the Elks Lodge. The past few years, Mr. Ziegler has taken great pride in turning his property into a vineyard with the help of his brother Clark and his wife Jackie.

He was loved and will be greatly missed.

Mr. Ziegler was preceded in death by his wife Jackie on May 17, 2005. He is survived by his mother, Teresa; brothers and sisters, Clark, Betty, Jimmy and Linda; his three children Zachary, Erin and Andria; and five grandchildren.

A memorial service for Mr. Ziegler was held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, 2005, at the Park Center in White Salmon, under the direction of Gardner Funeral Home.


JeNene Moore, died July 12, 2005, at home.

She was a huge advocate of helping others. She always put everybody ahead of herself and she touched everybody she met and made them feel honored to know her. She made this world a better place to live and will be greatly missed.

Mrs. Moore is survived by her husband, Aaron Moore, Mill A; brother Jerry Jones, Husum; sister Earlene Williams, Husum; daughters Heidi Jakesha, Husum, and Laurie Hockett, Underwood; and three grandsons.


Bingen resident John Edward Verax died at his home on July 17, 2005, at the age of 57. He was born on June 1, 1948, in Adams County, Ohio to Mae Belle (Polley) and William Henry Verax.

Mr. Verax moved to Washington in 1975. A longtime member of the Eagles Lodge, he joined in 1978 and was Worthy Past President. John served on the Bingen City Council in the early 90s and was the owner and operator of Verax Construction.

Mr. Verax loved hunting, fishing and camping. He also enjoyed hanging out with his godchildren, Sherron Murphy and Larry Murphy.

Survivors include his wife, Karen L. (Bennor) Verax, Bingen; mother Mae Bell Verax of Ohio; sisters Rosemary Verax, Chillicothe, Ohio, and Debbie Setty of Rome, Ohio; brothers Steve Sander and Dean Verax, both of Rome, Ohio; son John Verax, Jr., Seaman, Ohio; nine nieces and nephews and three great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father William and sister Christina Elizabeth Verax.

A celebration of life will be held on Thursday, July 21, 2005, at 5 p.m. at the Eagles Lodge in Bingen.

Condolences to the Verax family can be sent by signing the online guestbook at

Gardner Funeral Home's Columbia River Crematory handled cremation arrangements.


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