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Death notices for Arlin Bucher and Paula Blake


Arlin Ross Bucher was born to Jean (Young) and Ralph Bucher in Glasgow, Mont. on March 4, 1957. He passed away at his home in Bingen on Dec. 28, 2008, at the age of 51.

As a young boy, he moved with his family from Montana to White Salmon. He was educated at the local schools and later went to work at the Wind River Nursery and the plywood company in Bingen. He enjoyed playing video games but also liked being outdoors, particularly mushroom hunting. Beyond all else, he was a fisherman. He was crazy about fishing and would spend all day on the banks of the Columbia fishing for anything he could catch. When he learned he could get paid for each Squawfish he caught, he jumped at the chance and, since he was doing his favorite thing in the world, made good money while having a lot of fun.

Mr. Bucher will be missed by his mother Jean Bucher, Bingen; sister Juanita Smith, Lake Elsinore, Calif.; brothers Ralph Bucher, Jr., White Salmon, and Benjamin Dean Bucher, Willamina, Ore.; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

The Bucher Family will honor his life privately.

Gardner Funeral Home handled cremation arrangements.


Paula Mae Ruthardt Blake died at her home in Pendleton, Ore., on Jan. 1, 2009, at the age of 65 after a courageous battle with breast cancer. She was born on Dec. 27, 1943, in Red Oak, Iowa to parents Lewis and Pearl (Friedrich) Ruthardt.

Mrs. Blake was raised in Goldendale and graduated in 1962 from Goldendale High School. She was a dedicated military wife for 22 years and was awarded the Oregon State National Guard Spouse of the Year in 1991. Mrs. Blake worked for Western Electric and Chinese Pavilion in Vancouver, while living there. When she resided in White Salmon, she worked for Paris Fair and Rainier Bank. For 20 years, she lived in Pendleton where she worked for Security Pacific, Banner and Old West Federal Credit Union. She was everyone's favorite teller and bank window lady, giving lollipops and doggie treats to all her special customers. Mrs. Blake loved reading, camping, family gatherings and John Wayne movies.

She is survived by her husband of 36 years, Robert "Bob" Blake, Pendleton; children Nikki Stembridge, Hood River, Scott Blake, Pendleton, and Deanna Russell, Vancouver; sister Mary Lou Potter, Vancouver; brother Donald Ruthardt, White Salmon; eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2008, at Pinecrest Church of the Nazarene in White Salmon with a private family graveside at the White Salmon Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society, 7325 W. Deschutes Suite A, Kennewick, Wash. 99336.

Gardner Funeral Home of White Salmon handled arrangements.


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