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Death notices for Walter Streich, Jeff Johnson, Jackie Ziegler, John Nickols, Gene Chappel and Glenn Leach


Walter Alvin Streich, 82, a former resident of Mount Hood, Ore., died on Friday, May 6, 2005, at his home in Elgin, Ore.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 11, 2005, at 1 p.m. at the Elgin Community Center.

Walter Alvin Streich was born on Sept. 30, 1922, the son of Andrew and Anna (Nydegger) Streich in Portland, Ore. He was raised on a dairy farm near Longview and Kelso. Mr. Streich enlisted in the United States Navy and served his country in the Pacific during World War II. Upon his honorable discharge, he met and married Nova Little on April 26, 1947, in Kelso.

Mr. Streich worked as a logger in various areas of the Northwest before purchasing a laundry in Portland, which he operated with his wife from 1958 to 1962. He later purchased Mount Hood Motors and operated it until 1981 when he moved to the Elgin area.

He enjoyed Swiss music, schwingfests, socializing with family and friends, hard work and helping others. He loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Those who knew him will always remember him for his willingness to share his opinions and his love for a good time.

Survivors include his children Karen Wood, Elgin, Arlin Streich, Elgin, and Andy Streich, White Salmon; grandchildren Allen Bemis, Samantha Moore and Andrea Streich; great-grandchildren Brandon Moore, Lily Ann Moore, Nova Marie Moore and Haylie Robin Streich; numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends. His parents, wife and two brothers Warner and Alfred Streich all preceded him in death.

Memorials may be made to GRH Hospice in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 7th Street, La Grange, Ore. 97850.

Arrangements are entrusted to Daniels Chapel of the Valley.


Jeff Johnson died on Sunday, May 15, 2005, at the age of 48 in White Salmon, due to a mountain biking accident.

He was an executive director for the New Buildings Institute: a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to making buildings better for people and the environment.

Mr. Johnson was a huge lover of family and life and had several hobbies that brought him to White Salmon in 1998. Windsurfing, surfing and mountain biking were just a few of his passions. Most recently, he trained and raced the Oregon mountain bike race series and placed second in his division in 2004.

Mr. Johnson is survived by his mother Cynthia Johnson, children Nick and Leana Johnson, brother Jay and sister Jodie Johnson.

The service celebrating his life was held Friday, May 20, 2005, at 3 p.m. at Gardner Funeral Home in White Salmon. A reception followed.

Memorials may be given to the Jeff Johnson Memorial Fund, Riverview Community Bank, PO Box 1338, White Salmon, Wash. 98672.


Jacqueline Ziegler died at her home in Underwood on May 17, 2005. She was born in Claremore, Oklahoma on April 1, 1938 to Ora and Lucy (Charloe) Lane.

Mrs. Ziegler and her family moved to Hood River then White Salmon where she graduated from Columbia High School in 1956. She worked in the office for SDS Lumber Company from 1966 until her retirement in 2000. Her hobbies were gardening and snow skiing, which she actively pursued until her illness.

Mrs. Ziegler is survived by her husband, Ken, Underwood; son Dennis Cox; daughter Dawnie Dorsch, Yardley, Pa.; granddaughter Kelsie Cox and grandson Kyle Cox, both of Underwood. Also surviving are her stepchildren Zack Ziegler, Spokane, Erin Ziegler Pullman, and Andria Hakala, Hood River, Ore.; and five step grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her mother and father Lucy and Ora Lane and sisters Donna Sixkiller and Eva Birkenfeld.

A memorial service will be held at the White Salmon Park Center on Saturday, May 28, 2005 at 2:30 p.m. with Father Felix Rodriguez officiating.

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

Gardner Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


John A. Nickols was born on Jan.11, 1913, to Clyde Arthur and Mary Ellen Nickols. He died on May 21, 2005.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Audrey, a son Clyde and all of his siblings except his sister Margaret Loose of White Salmon.

He is survived by two daughters, Bessie Ellen Oneal, Bingen, and Linda Christine Thornburg, White Salmon.

Most of his life was spent working as a logger. He was in the Fraternal Order of Eagles for many years, was Master of the Grange, Commissioner of the Cherry Lane Fire Dept., drove Senior bus for many years and was an active member of AARP. He was always involved in his community in some way or another, ready to lend a helping hand to others.

He was proud of his family and especially proud of his many grandchildren and great and great great grandchildren.

In his younger years he was quite a dancer and always loved going to the Senior dances. He loved hunting and especially loved the times he and Audrey spent camping at his logging sites.

A funeral service for John Nickols will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 27, 2005 at Gardner Funeral Home in White Salmon. Interment will follow at the White Salmon Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of the Gorge, PO Box 36, Hood River, Ore., 97031 or Klickitat County Senior Services.


Eugene Francis Chappel, 77, died at his home in White Salmon on May 19, 2005. He was born on June 23, 1927, in White Salmon to Clara (Koch) and Walter Chappel.

Mr. Chappel grew up in White Salmon. In the mid-40s, he moved to Coos Bay, Ore., where he worked as a parts manager for a Chevrolet dealership. In 1947, he married Charlotte "Sandy" Reinero and in 1951 they moved to Monterey, Calif. The family settled in White Salmon in 1979.

Mr. Chappel enjoyed collecting coins, woodworking and hunting and fishing.

Survivors include son David Chappel, Hood River, Ore.; daughter Denise Sears, White Salmon; daughter Linda Hiroshima, Middletown, Calif.; son Mike Chappel, San Luis Obispo, Calif.; sister Doris Dillon, White Salmon; brother Pete Chappel of Montana; great grandsons Shane, Kyle and Travis Sears and great great grandsons Nicholas and Austin Sears. Preceding Mr. Chappel in death are his parents, his wife Sandy, who died in 1984, companion Dorothy Williams, brothers Roy, Maurice and Kenneth, and great grandson Dustin Sears.

A graveside service was held on Wednesday, May 25, 2005, at 1 p.m. at the White Salmon Cemetery.

Gardner Funeral Home handled arrangements.


Former White Salmon resident Glenn Harvey Leach, died in Puyallup, on May 19, 2005, at the age of 92. He was born to Alta (Harvey) and B. Franklin Leach on June 13, 1912, in Metropolis, Ill.

Mr. Leach moved to Washington at the age of 19. He married Audrey Goerger in 1938 at Sacred Heart Church in Seattle. The couple later moved to Ellensburg. He relocated to Anchorage, Alaska, where he worked as a refrigeration engineer from 1959 until 1979. Mr. Leach lived in White Salmon from 1980 until 1997, at which time he settled in Sumner.

He enjoyed reading and being on the water. Mr. Leach loved to travel, especially by train, a passion his family, right down to his great grandchildren, also shares.

Surviving Mr. Leach are his children Cathryn Sikorski, Auburn, Sandra Kavanaugh, Lovelock, Nev., Geraldine DeBoer, Anchorage, Alaska, Patrick Leach, The Dalles, Ore., and Wilfred Leach, Marble Mount; 18 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Audrey, and his daughter Sharon Florence.

A funeral mass was held on Tuesday, May 24, 2005, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in White Salmon. Mr. Leach was laid to rest in the White Salmon Cemetery.

Gardner Funeral Home handled arrangements.


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