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Death notices for Larry Hook, Bert Huffsmith, Herbert Chubb, Jack London, Lewis Dewalt


Larry Autry Hook died on May 7, 2005, at his home in Dallesport. He was born at home in New Madrid County, Mo., on June 28, 1946.

He was raised in California and later moved to Oregon. He had lived in the Gorge area for 18 years. During his life he worked as a mechanic.

He loved to fish, read and most of all spend time with his grandkids.

He leaves behind a son, Shawn Hook, Clarksville, Tenn.; daughter Stephanie A. Allen, Dallesport; four grandchildren Anthony, Brandon, Cody and Alexis; brothers Earl Hook, White Salmon, Wade Hook, Kelso, George Hook, California, and William Hook, Illinois; and sisters Brenda Hook, Dallesport, and Mary Brennan, Vancouver.

He is greatly missed.

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


Bert Dwayne Huffsmith, Trout Lake, died at his home on May 6, 2005. He was 63 years old. He was born in Glenwood on March 24, 1942, to Opal Lillian (Schneidler) and Bert R. Huffsmith.

Mr. Huffsmith was raised in Glenwood and in his younger days enjoyed deer hunting. Throughout his lifetime he hunted elk. In 1959 he married Mary Kathleen Vaughan. Mr. Huffsmith worked for many of the local logging companies as a logger and loader operator, though at the end of his career he had his own business.

He was a member of the Trout Lake Fire Department, served for one term on the Trout Lake School Board and was instrumental in the initial ground work for the new school. For many years, he also was very involved with the Klickitat County Sheriff's Office Reserves.

Survivors include his daughter Vicky Ramsay, Lyle; sons Guy Huffsmith and Roger Huffsmith, both of Trout Lake, and James Skerbitz, Gresham, Ore.; sisters Margaret Lucas of Vancouver, and Cindy Reeves, Husum, and seven grandchildren. Preceding Mr. Huffsmith in death are his parents and his wife, Mary, who died in August of 2003.

A memorial service will be held at the Trout Lake School on Sunday, May 15, 2005, at 1 p.m. The family will observe private graveside services.

Gardner Funeral Home in White Salmon cared for the Huffsmith family.


Herbert Leonard Chubb, 88, died in Portland, Ore., on May 5, 2005.

A funeral service for Herbert Chubb will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2005, at 11 a.m. at Gardner Funeral Home in White Salmon with interment at the Trout Lake Cemetery.

Condolences and special thoughts may be sent to the Chubb family at


On May 6, 2005, James "Jack" Pleamon London died in The Dalles, Ore. He was 70 years old. Mr. London was born on June 8, 1934, in Wayne County, Mo., to Lila (Meadors) and Pleamon H. London.

Mr. London entered the United States Navy on June 17, 1953, and served until his honorable discharge on July 16, 1955. While serving his country, he received the United Nations Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and Korean Service Medal.

Mr. London married Janice Field in 1959. He worked as a forklift operator at Underwood Fruit for 25 years. He loved vegetable and flower gardening. His yard was immaculate, no weeds to be seen, and he always kept it freshly mowed. He enjoyed fishing and was a fan of country western music, particularly Alan Jackson, and loved to play poker.

Mr. London is survived by his wife, Janice, White Salmon; son Skip London, Granite Falls; daughters Pam Webster and Jackie Tiffany, both of White Salmon, and Alice Carron, Hood River; brother Don London, White Salmon; sisters Patsy Merrick, White Salmon, and Flora Mae Hamlin, Jackson, Mo.; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Johnny Dean, brother Bill London, sister Norma Jean Martin, and two infant sisters.

A memorial service for Jack London was held on Wednesday, May 11, 2005, at 11 a.m. at Gardner Funeral Home in White Salmon. A reception followed at the Elks Lodge in White Salmon.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Gorge, PO Box 36 Hood River, Ore., 97031.

To send condolences to the London family, please sign the online guestbook at


Longtime White Salmon resident Lewis Earl "Guy" DeWalt died at The Oregon Veteran's Home in The Dalles on May 8, 2005. He was 83 years old. He was born in White Salmon on Aug. 29, 1921, the son of Ida Pearl (Walker) and John DeWalt.

Mr. DeWalt graduated from Columbia Union High School in 1940 and married Patricia Ann Wilson on Jan. 24, 1942. He was inducted into the United States Army on Sept. 9, 1942 and served in World War II, earning the Victory Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and Philippine Liberation Medal with two bronze service stars. Mr. DeWalt earned his honorable discharge on Nov. 20, 1945.

After the service, Mr. DeWalt returned to White Salmon where he worked for Hunsaker Chevrolet until it closed. He then went to work for Bingen Ford, working there until his retirement. After that, Mr. DeWalt stayed occupied by working part time at Beth-El Shalom.

He had many hobbies, including wood carving, berry picking, mushrooming and jigsaw puzzles. An outdoorsman, he loved to fish, especially fly fishing, and he enjoyed tying his own flies. He was also a rock hound. Mr. DeWalt was a member of the Masons, serving "through the chairs" many times and also acting as Grand Master. He was also involved in the Eastern Star and Rainbow Girls organizations.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia, White Salmon; sons Brent DeWalt, Klickitat, Brian DeWalt, White Salmon; daughters Brenda Youngs, Port Orchard, and Becky Milton, Mulino, Ore.; sisters Eleanor Morris, White Salmon, Lorraine Cody, Ridgefield, and Betty Lou Graves, Dallesport; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Emmett.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2005, at Gardner Funeral Home at 2 p.m.

Please send condolences to Lewis' family by signing the online guestbook at


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