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Death notices for Diana Housden, Hazel Vogt, Archie Lester and Robert Schilling


Diana Housden, 61, Goldendale, died on Friday, Feb. 3, 2006, in Portland after an extended illness. She was born Oct. 19, 1944 in to Walt (Sam) and Caroline Bass in Grand Forks, N.D.

She married Lee Housden in Las Vegas in 1970 and worked as a systems analyst at Lockheed Martin for 15 years.

The couple moved to Goldendale in the middle 1970s with their devoted dog Tina.

Mrs. Housden loved butterflies, gardening, flowers and animals, especially dogs. Shopping on the internet was a passion and stops to the malls were "mandatory" when coming home from conferences. She loved to sew and taught tole painting to many aspiring artists.

She worked at Klickitat County Mental Health and the County Extension Office before going to the county Auditor's Office, where she became the elections administrator.

She was appointed to the position of Klickitat County Auditor when Nancy Evans retired in 1996. She was elected at the end of that year and served in that position until health forced her to retire Dec. 31, 2005.

Mrs. Housden loved Goldendale and Klickitat County and was involved in the Washington State Auditors' Association and Washington Association of County Officials.

She is survived by brothers Richard Bass, Goldendale, and Rex Bass, Ariz.; nephew Matt Bass and numerous other nieces and nephews; and stepmother Lucy Tomlinson, Goldendale. She was preceded in death by her husband Lee in 1987, her father Sam in 1988 and her mother Caroline in 1998.

Services will be held Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006, at 1 p.m. at the New Life Assembly of God Church in Goldendale, with pastor Kevin Gerchak officiating.

Interment will be in Mt. View Cemetery under the care of Erdman Funeral Home.


Hazel Lee Vogt, 96, a resident of Klickitat, died at a care facility in Lyle, on Monday, Jan. 30, 2006.

She was born in Lucas, S.D., on Oct. 10, 1909, the third of five children to Stanford Elmer and Hattie (Peacock) Bartlett. She was raised in Boyd County, S.D.

She married John Kenneth Vogt in White River, S.D., on March 3, 1926. In 1941, she moved to Klickitat to work for lumber mills. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Klickitat, and enjoyed crocheting, houseplants and her cat.

She is survived by her children, Helen Knopp and Kenneth Vogt, both of Lyle, Elsie Moon, of Molalla, and James W. Vogt, Lyle; eight grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren and two great great-grandchildren; her sister, Margarette Dimoccio, New York; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband, John K. Vogt; son John L. Vogt; a brother and two sisters.

Memorial service will be held on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2006, at 2 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Klickitat with Pastor Bundshuh officiating.

Private cremation was held at The Dalles Win-Quatt Crematory with Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home in care of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Grace Lutheran Church, Klickitat, Wash. 98628.


Longtime Hood River resident Archie Lester died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland, Ore. He was 95 years of age.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held Friday, Feb. 10, 2006, at 1 p.m. at Anderson's Tribute Center with a reception to follow. A graveside service will be at Pine Grove Cemetery.

Mr. Lester was born Oct. 22, 1910, in Pine Grove at his grandparents house to Jessie Dixon and Margaret Anna (Wells) Lester. He was one of six boys in the family of eight children. He attended schools in the Hood River Valley. Following high school he started working for his father at Lester Trucking.

Mr. Lester was a member of the Chamber of Commerce once acting as president and was also a member of the Pioneer Association. He is probably most known for his long and dedicated service as a member of the Hood River Lions Club. He served as past secretary, president, Zone Chairman and District Governor during his tenure with the Hood River Lions Club. He was Lion of the Year and earned the prestigious Melvin Jones Award.

Mr. Lester spent his time enjoying his hobbies and staying active within the community. He enjoyed the outdoors, driving his jeeps and hunting. He was a self made mechanic.

Mr. Lester is survived by his brother Clifford Lester, Hood River, Ore.; sister Laveda (Lynn) Garver, Portland, Ore., stepson Dick Miller, Underwood; stepdaughter Carma Jean, Ocean Shores and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his brothers Jess, Woody, Marvin and Richard Lester and sister Evelyn Krieg.

Memorials may be made to the Hood River Lions Club or Hospice of the Gorge in care of Anderson's Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, Ore. 97031.


Robert E. Schilling, 93, Goldendale, died on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2006, in The Dalles.

He was born on Sept. 14, 1912, in Kent, Ore. to Gustav and Anna Schilling.

He was married for a time to Edna Lyons and was later married to Jean Stout on Feb. 2, 1948, in Goldendale. The couple lived at High Prairie where they raised cattle, wheat, hay and sheep for many years.

Mr. Schilling was a 50-year member of the Centerville Grange and the National Rifle Asscociation.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing in earlier years and loved watching sports on TV.

Survivors include son Duane Schilling, Dufur, Ore.; daughters Bobetta Stewart, The Dalles, Ore., and Helen Rolfe, Goldendale; nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; sister Viola Wilson, Madras, Ore., and his twin sister Roberta Lucas, Antelope, Ore.

A service of remembrance will be held on Friday, Feb. 10, 2006, at 1 p.m. at the Centerville Grange, with pastor Ken Akins officiating.

Memorials may be made to Columbia Basin Care Center, Physical Therapy Dept.

Arrangements are under the care of Erdman Funeral Home and Cremation Service.


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