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Death notices for Paul Sanstrum, Richard Seward and Dale Scheel


Paul H. Sanstrum, died on June 6, 2005, at age 92. He was born April 22, 1913, in Pleasant Valley. He was the oldest child of three born to Lawrence and Mabel Sanstrum.

Mr. Sanstrum spent his growing years in Glenwood, Pleasant Valley, and Goldendale. He was a hard worker and by the time he was 25 years old he was promoted to the manager of the Safeway store in Cascade Locks. In 1940 he became manager of the Safeway in Hood River, Ore., and, except for the time he spent overseas in World War II, he remained there until his retirement in 1973.

In April of 1941, he enlisted in the Army and was stationed at McCord Field. He attended Officer's Candidate School and received his commission as a Second Lieutenant. He served in India and Okinawa during the war. In April of 1946 he completed his service with the army and returned to Hood River and his job as manager at Safeway. He joined the Hood River Army reserve unit and eventually retired from the reserves having attained a rank of Lt. Colonel.

While stationed at McCord Field Paul met Louise Hruby. They were married Nov. 30, 1942. She died in 1988.

Mr. Sanstrum was actively involved with the Hood River Lions Club for 59 years. He held many offices including president and district governor. While he was district governor he started more Lions clubs than anyone else in North America. He established the Hood River Lions Charitable Foundation Trust which gives thousand of dollars annually to local civic projects. He was also directly involved in numerous local Lions community projects.

Mr. Sanstrum was a long time member of the Elks Club and the American Legion. He served on the Hood River City Council and after his retirement was the interim manager for the Hood River Chamber of Commerce.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, skiing, golfing and bowling. He often took his grandchildren bowling. He owned a cabin near Mt. Adams and spent many weekends entertaining family and friends there.

In 1989 he married Viva Smith. They enjoyed 16 years of retirement together.

Mr. Sanstrum is survived by his wife; son Philip; grandchildren, Aaron Sanstrum, Lynette Glass, Sheri Cunningham, Joshua, Sanstrum and Bethany Sanstrum; great-grandchildren, Victoria Cunningham, Madeline Sanstrum, Betsy Sanstrum, Andrew Sanstrum, Ethan Glass and Isaac Cunningham; sisters Edna Callan and Kathryn Hays. He was preceded in death by his son Larry Sanstrum.

A service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 17, 2005, at Anderson's Tribute Center in Hood River, followed by a graveside committal at 2:30 p.m. at Mountain View Cemetery, Goldendale.

Memorials may be made to the Hood River Lions Charitable Foundation Trust, P O Box 860, Hood River, Ore., 97031.


Richard Charles Seward died Thursday, June 9, 2005.

He is survived by his wife Jan and his children Jen and Garrett. He is also survived by his mother Charlotte Seward, sisters Anne Myers and Nancy Seward and his brother John Seward.

He was born in Washington D.C., on March 23, 1963. He graduated from Portland State University in March 1988 with a bachelor of science degree in psychology.

He and his wife Jan ran Byrkit, Inc., a successful clothing line, with several Portland stores and a loyal following across the country.

He achieved one of his lifelong dreams when he joined the Mosier Volunteer Fire Department as a volunteer fireman and later as an EMT. Recently, he achieved another lifelong dream of becoming a paramedic. He worked close to home at Skyline Hospital in White Salmon.

Mr. Seward will be remembered for his love for his community and the people in it as well as his commitment to helping others. He was a loving, giving husband, father and son. He will be missed by all whose lives he touched.

A memorial service and sharing/reception was held at the Mosier Grange on Tuesday, June 14, 2005, at 1 p.m.

Memorials may be made to the Mosier Volunteer Fire Department, "Mosier Valley Volunteers," PO Box 689, Mosier, Ore., 97040.


Dale William Scheel, a Carson resident, died in Carson on Friday, June 10, 2005. He was 35.

Mr. Scheel was born June 27, 1969, in Portland, Ore., to Florence H. (Moser) and Phillip "Butch" Scheel. He grew up in Stevenson and attended Stevenson High School. He participated in wresting and football. He attended Clark College in Vancouver, where he studied welding and diesel mechanics.

After college he served three years in the Army.

Mr. Scheel enjoyed many hobbies including fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, motorcycles, rock hunting, cars and computers. He had a great sense of humor and always had a joke and a laugh. He collected knives and swords. He loved the outdoors and knew the local woods very well. He also enjoyed music, mainly classic rock. Cooking and eating were favorite pastimes but his greatest love was being a dad.

Mr. Scheel is survived by his spouse Tina Dillingham; Christine Scheel, mother of his sons Eric and Patrick, all of Washougal; son Billy, Stevenson; stepson Timothy Saul, Carson; parents Butch and Florence Scheel, Carson; brother Gene Scheel, Trout Lake; and sister Terri Nichols, Washougal.

Graveside services with vault interment for Dale Scheel will be on Thursday, June 16, 2005, at 3 p.m. at the Wind River Cemetery in Carson.

Gardner Funeral Home in White Salmon-Stevenson is in charge of arrangements.


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