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Death notices for Ruth Petty, Rev. James mcGugin, Robert Kloster, Martin Odle and Joshua Baumgarden


A memorial service will be held on Jan. 21, 2006, at 2 p.m. for Ruth A. Petty at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in The Dalles, with Gary Shelton officiating. She died at Flagstone Retirement in The Dalles, Ore., on Dec. 26, 2005. She was 90.

Mrs. Petty was born in Yakima to Herbert H. and Anna C. Gatchell on Sept. 18, 1915. She married Herman C. Petty in Yakima in 1932 and the couple moved to Oakville in 1935. Following Mr. Petty's livelihood, the couple moved to Concrete, Cougar, Yale and Woodland. They also lived for two years in the Eureka and Garberville, Calif., area.

Mrs. Petty was a homemaker and an avid Bible student.

She is survived by her sons Shanon Petty, La Center, Sherman Petty, Adairsville, Ga., and Delmar Petty, Lacey; daughter Tamara Handy, Wishram; foster sons Roy Smith in Germany and Walter Smith, Cape Canaveral, Fla.; sister Pauline M. Murphy, Fullerton, Calif.; brother Clifford Gatchell, Port Orchard; 11 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Herman, son Terrence T. Petty, brother Emory J. Gatchell, and grandson Travis R. Handy.


Word was received in Trout Lake of the death on Dec. 18, 2005, of former pastor James P. McGugin in Gresham, Ore. He was 82. A memorial service was held at Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church in Portland, Ore., on Jan. 8, 2006, at 1 p.m.

The Rev. McGugin was born on June 29, 1916, in Woodrow, Pa., and grew up in the area. He was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament by The Presbytery of Washington on May 11, 1941. Thereafter, he began two years of pastoral service with the Presbyterian congregations of Lower Spruce Creek and Sinking Valley in the Presbytery of Huntingdon in Pennsylvania. During the period of January 1944 to July 1946, he served as a Chaplain in the U.S. Army. In 1946 to 1947, he returned to pastoral service at the Logan Valley Presbyterian Church in Bellwood, Pa.

From June 1948 to Aug. 1955, he served as a Chaplain at San Quentin State Prison in Marin County, Calif. After transferring his membership from The Presbytery of the Redwoods to The Presbytery of the Willamette (presently Presbytery of the Cascade) in 1955, he served from August 1955 to August 1957 at Central Presbyterian Church in Eugene. He served as pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Bend for the following nine years.

He moved to Rhododendron in 1966, where he became the first paid professional ski patrolman at Timberline Lodge, and also filled a ministerial role. He held these positions until July 1973 when he began service at Cascades' congregations in Trout Lake and Evergreen (Cooks) communities. In addition, he worked as a residential electrical contractor in Trout Lake.

Rev. McGugin officially retired in June 1981, yet continued to serve in retirement; supervising intern ministers at both congregations. He also served in post-retirement interim service at Cascade Cherry Park, Colonial Heights, Parkdale and Warm Springs congregations.

He married Evelyn Brickley in June 1944. She preceded him in death in 1998. He is survived by two daughters Cheryl Proett and Paula McGugin; sister Mary Jane Stough; and a host of friends.


White Salmon resident Robert Kloster died Jan. 1, 2006, at Brookside Manor. He was 82.

A Celebration of Life service will be held Thursday, Jan. 5, 2006, at 2 p.m. at Anderson's Tribute Center in Hood River.

Private interment will follow at Skyline Memorial Gardens in Portland, Ore.

Mr. Kloster was born July 2, 1923, in La Grande, Ore., to Dwight and Hazel (Mohr) Kloster. He was raised and educated in White Salmon. He graduated from Columbia High School in 1941. He then attended the University of Washington, until he joined the US Navy and served in World War II. Following his service to his country, he went back to school at Washington State University, graduating with a degree in civil engineering.

Mr. Kloster went to work for the Washington State Highway Department, retiring in the 1980s. He lived in Tacoma throughout most of his working career. He moved to White Salmon in his retirement in 1997.

He enjoyed mountain climbing and was a member of the Mazama Club and Mt. Rescue. He climbed every "major mountain" in Washington and Oregon. He enjoyed cross country skiing, photography and flying. Mr. Kloster was also an active member of the Tacoma United Methodist Church.

Mr. Kloster is survived by his brother Kenneth Kloster, White Salmon; sister Beverlee Reid, Corvallis, Ore., nephews Dale and Karl Kloster, White Salmon, and nieces Karin Kloster, White Salmon, and Valerie Davidson, Forsyth, Ga.


43-year-old Martin Lynn Odle died in Mill A on Jan. 4, 2006. He was born in Prosser on Nov. 5, 1962, to Josephine L. (LoPiccolo) and Russell E. Odle.

Mr. Odle attended Columbia High School. He worked in construction as a house painter. Mr. Odle enjoyed woodworking and building furniture, fishing and spending time on the beach. He had many friends, and was a good friend in return.

Survivors include his daughter Brandi Henry, White Salmon; parents Russell and Josephine Odle, White Salmon; brothers Earl Odle, Lyle, Joe Odle, Mill A and Russell Odle, Jr., Timber Valley; two grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. Odle's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Hospice of the Gorge, and suggest memorial contributions in his name be sent to that organization.

Gardner Funeral Home handled cremation arrangements.


Joshua Thomas Baumgarden died in Yakima, on Jan. 3, 2006. He was 21 years old. He was born in Hood River, Ore., on February 20, 1984, the son of Darel E. and Carrie L. (Morse) Baumgarden.

He spent most of his life in Klickitat County and graduated from Goldendale High School in 2004. He then began his adult life, working in construction on a pipe line crew.

Quality relationships were a staple in Mr. Baumgarden's life, and he enjoyed spending time with his siblings and hanging out with friends. He found joy in reading, Koontz and King books especially, and he liked hunting, fishing and camping. He was also an artist, expressing his creativity in writing and music, particularly by playing the drums.

He is survived by his loving family, parents Darel and Carrie Baumgarden, Goldendale; sisters Cammie Harrison, Condon, Ore., Patty Hook, Kelso, and his twin sister Jennifer Baumgarden, Wenatchee; brother Arron Baumgarden, Bremerton; grandparents Gene and Patsy Baumgarden, White Salmon, and Carolyn and Bill Misicka, Phoenix, Ariz.; great grandmother Irene Houk, Portland, Ore; numerous aunts and uncles and seven nieces and nephews.

A celebration of his life will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2006, in the chapel at Gardner Funeral Home in White Salmon. A gathering for family and friends will take place immediately following the service at the White Salmon Grange and all are invited to continue the celebration of life.

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