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Death notices for Melvin Prine and Lester Schilling


Melvin Prine, 74, died at his home in Bingen on May 30, 2006. He was born to Frona (Essery) and Jerry Abraham Prine on Aug. 6, 1931, in Ozark, Mo.

Mr. Prine came to the Gorge area as a teenager. He went to work for Dickey Farms then Hollenbeck Logging. For the last 26 years, he worked for SDS Lumber Company. He met and married Carol Cooper and the couple had three children together. On May 25, 1986, he married Pat Sorenson.

Mr. Prine was a member of the National Rifle Association and an avid sportsman who loved hunting, fishing and archery. He enjoyed the ocean and liked spending time at his trailer in Westport, where he went crabbing.

Survivors include his wife Patricia Prine, Bingen; children LaVeta Wilkes and Bobbi Allen, both of Willard, and Ken Prine, White Salmon; eight grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother Newt and his sister Hallie.

A potluck in Mr. Prine's honor was held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 4, 2006, at the White Salmon Grange.

Memorials may be made to IBD or American Diabetes Association.

Gardner Funeral Home handled cremation arrangements.


Lester Mac Schilling was born April 27, 1911 to Lora J. and Amy J. Schilling in Knoxville, Iowa. He died on June 4, 2006.

Mr. Schilling was a logger, driving log trucks and falling timber. He married Anna Oren of Astoria, Ore., on June 17, 1932, in Trout Lake. They spent most of their married life in BZ Corner. The World War II years were spent in Portland where Mr. Schilling worked in the ship yards. After retirement they relocated to Stevenson, closer to his favorite golf course. Golf was his favorite activity and he played regularly until age 90.

Mr. Schilling is survived by his five children, JoAn Hughes, Hood River, Deane King, Charlotte, N.C., Kenneth Schilling, Tigard, Ore., Deloris Vassallo and Norma Stein both of Stevenson; two sisters Vivian Sitherwood and Darlene Yaun both of Carson. He is also survived by 17 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren and eight great great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Anna, one grandchild Michael Hughes, two brothers and four sisters.

Mr. Schilling was interred with his wife in the White Salmon Cemetery. A memorial graveside service will take place on Saturday, June 17, 2006, at 1 p.m. at the White Salmon Cemetery for friends and family.

Gardner Funeral Home handled cremation arrangements.


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