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Death notices for Ronald Ladiges and Michael Lochli


C. Ronald Ladiges was born in Hood River, Ore., on Aug. 7, 1937, to Max C. and Irma J. (Krall) Ladiges. He died on Aug. 16, 2009, from complications after a tractor accident. He was 72 years old.

Mr. Ladiges graduated from Glenwood High School in 1956. He served in the Army from November 1956 to November 1958. He married Lillian E. Hickey on April 11, 1959. They made their home in Glenwood, had two children and moved to White Salmon in 1967.

Among other jobs, Ron owned L & L Lockers custom meat cutting, worked as a livestock inspector for Washington State and has spent most of his life farming and ranching. J & R Ladiges Ranches received Klikitat County's Cattlemen of the Year award in 2003.

He was an active member of the Washington Cattlemen's Association, being county director and state director since 1987. He served on the Board of Adjustment for several years and was chairman for one term. He was a 4-H leader for 15 years and was superintendent of the sheep barn for many years at the Klickitat County Fair and Rodeo. For the past 41 years, he raised money for and participated in the livestock sale, supporting hundreds of 4-H kids in the west end of Klickitat County. He belonged to the Glenwood Rodeo Association, Masons, Royal Arch and Eastern Star Lodges, Presbyterian Church, Cherry Lane and Bingen Fire Departments.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Lillian; daughter, Valerie Baker, Prosser; son, Jaylin, White Salmon; sisters Coral Ladiges, Yakima, and Gloria Harter, Glenwood; and four grandsons, Wade and Wyatt Baker and Jarin and Jenson Ladiges; as well as many other relatives and friends.

Memorials may be made to the Washington Cattlemen's Association Endowment Trust Fund, Box 96, Ellensburg, WA 98926.

Services are scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009, at 1 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church in White Salmon. Gardner Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


Michael Allen Lochli was born in Hunstville, Ala., on Nov. 27, 1986. He died at his home in Dallesport on Aug. 16, 2009 at the age of 22.

Mr. Lochli, who often went by the nickname "Jimmy," graduated from New Century Technology High in 2005. He worked as a waiter in many establishments, including several country clubs and restaurants in Alabama. In February of 2009, Michael moved to Washington and worked at Shari's restaurant in Hood River.

He enjoyed computers and computer programming. He also liked playing Frisbee golf, fishing and playing the guitar.

He is survived by his mother Cynthia Lagewaard, Dallesport; father Martin Lagewaard, Huntsville, Ala.; brother Randy and sister Kristina, both of Dallesport; grandmother and step-grandfather Dianne and William Gorgus of Dallesport; and grandfather Albert Lochli of San Antonio, Texas.

A memorial service was held Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009, at 3 p.m. at Gardner Funeral Home in White Salmon.


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