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Death notices for Ronald Holmes and Barbara Starr


Ronald Bruce Holmes died July 12, 2008, at his home in Goldendale, from stomach cancer. He was 66.

Mr. Holmes was born Nov. 16, 1941, in Portland, Ore., to Stuart G. Ashmusen and Donna R. Hassler. He was raised in Oak Grove by his grandparents, Ray and Gracie Hassler, and graduated from Milwaukie High School in 1959.

Primarily an automobile salesman during his working years, Mr. Holmes also worked as a fire systems installer, pipe fitter and small business owner. Due to a work-related injury in 1988, he retired and moved to Goldendale in 1995, where he built a family-run real estate company.

A champion roller skater as a youth, Mr. Holmes later became interested in cars and racing, and he was a member of the Sports Car Club of America. He coached youth baseball and organized the South Powell Little League in Portland in the mid-1970s. He enjoyed fishing, cribbage, pinball, casino games and watching sporting events.

Mr. Holmes is survived by his father, Stuart G. Ashmusen, Goldendale; sons Ronald J. Johnson, Payson, Ariz., Randall J. Meyer, Sherwood, Ore., David H. Hassler, Goldendale, and Reginald J. Holmes, Hillsboro, Ore.; daughters Dyanna L. Setondji, Milwaukie, Ore., Raenee J. Thomas, Klamath Falls, Ore., and Ronda J. Vivlemore, Aloha, Ore. Other survivors include brothers Andrew Holmes, Jr., Sisters, Ore., and Richard Holmes of Omaha, Neb. He also leaves six grandchildren, former wife Samantha L. Johnson and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, and former wife Shirley J. Wilson.

Cremation arrangements made by Gardner Funeral Home of White Salmon. At his request, there was no public memorial service. A gathering of remembrance for friends will be announced for later this summer.


Barbara Lucile Starr, a Carson resident, died July 17, 2008, at the Hood River Care Center. She was 71.

Private family services were held at Anderson's Tribute Center in Hood River.

Mrs. Starr was born April 4, 1937, in Fromberg, Mont., to Rex and Lucile (Kraft) Browning. She was raised and educated in Montana, graduating from high school in Great Falls, Montana in 1955. Following high school, she attended Business College in Wenatchee. She married Charles Sabourin in Wenatchee. They later divorced. She married James Starr in 1960 and moved to Lyle in 1964.

Mrs. Starr had worked in several fruit packing houses for over 30 years retiring from Diamond Central in Odell, Ore., at age 65. She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, music and bird watching.

Two children, Katherine Lynn and James Patrick, and a sister, Leona Hutchison, preceded her in death.

She is survived by her sons Dale Louis Sabourin, Lyle, William Sabourin, Lyle, John Duane Starr, Centerville, Jerry Lynn Starr, Salem, Ore., and Joseph Edward Starr and Kenneth Allen Starr both of Carson; brother, Loren Earl Browning, George. Ten grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.


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