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Death notices for Edith Brandt, Stanley Beck, Gerald Levden, Dale Scheel


101-year-old Edith J. Brandt died at her home in Ceres, Calif., on June 18, 2005. She was born in The Dalles, Ore., on May 9, 1904, to Rollo E. and Laura M. (Ferrell) Jackson.

She grew up in the Northwest. She attended high school in Portland, earned her life certificate at college in Bellingham and earned her bachelor of arts degree in Ellensburg. In 1946, she married William Brandt in Wapato. The couple moved to Cook in 1952 then to White Salmon in 1974. Mrs. Brandt moved to Down Manor in Hood River in 1990 and had been living in California for several years. During her career as a teacher, Mrs. Brandt taught in Wapato, Goldendale, Cook and Stevenson.

She was a member of the Evergreen Presbyterian Church in Cook. She played piano for senior citizens and organized sing-alongs. Mrs. Brandt loved to garden.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William, who died in 1983.

A crypt side service will be held on Wednesday, June 29, 2005, at 1 p.m. at Riverview Abbey in Portland, Ore. Gardner Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


Bingen resident Stanley Robert Beck died at his home on June 15, 2005, at the age of 88. He was born in Portland, Ore., on April 25, 1917, to David E. and Belle (Sparks) Beck.

Mr. Beck met Mabel Belle Yeager at Multnomah School of the Bible and the two married in Portland on Aug. 12, 1942. They moved to Bingen in 1972. Mr. Beck worked for St. Regis Paper Company and was also very active in area churches, co-pastoring throughout the entire gorge. He enjoyed trains, full-size and model, recycling, building furniture and fishing.

Mr. Beck is survived by his son Robert Beck, Bingen; daughter Adena Kelly Grove, Summerville, S.C.; and 5 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mabel, who died on May 10, 2005.

Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, June 21, 2005, at 3 p.m. at Gardner Funeral Home in White Salmon with interment following at the White Salmon Cemetery.

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Gerald Ivor Levden, 67, died in White Salmon, on June 15, 2005. He was born in North Fork, Nebraska on Jan. 21, 1938, the son of Helen (Linn) and Ivor Levden.

In 1948, Mr. Levden moved from Nebraska to Bingen where he attended school. At the age of 19, he went to work for Ralph Wonsyld Logging in Dee, Ore., and later worked for Broughton Lumber Company. Mr. Levden also logged in Alaska. He last worked for Ben Thomas Logging.

Mr. Levden loved sports -- especially baseball. He enjoyed camping, hiking and spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include son Gerald Levden, White Salmon; daughter Geraldine Levden, Carson; stepchildren Steven, Stan and Stacy Humbyrd and Starla Watson, all of Longview; 12 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

A memorial service was held on Wednesday, June 22, 2005, at 2 p.m. at Gardner Funeral Home in White Salmon.

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Dale William Scheel, a Carson resident, died in Carson on Friday, June 10, 2005. He was 40.

Mr. Scheel was born June 27, 1964, 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 Scheel; Christine Scheel, mother of his sons Eric and Patrick, all of Washougal; son Billy, Stevenson; stepson Timathy 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 were on Thursday, June 16, 2005, at 3 p.m. at the Wind River Cemetery in Carson.

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


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