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Death notices for Charles Oliver, Donna Wilson, Ronald Ball, Doyle Trent, Willis Jackson and Ross McCoy


Charles Winfield Oliver was born in Buffalo, Minn., on Oct. 12, 1913, to Cora Louise (Irish) and John Winfield Oliver. He died in White Salmon on March 8, 2009, at the age of 95.

Mr. Oliver was raised in Minnesota and married Margaret Alice Powell in Elk River. The family moved to White Salmon in 1947 and then to Portland that same year where Mr. Oliver opened his first hardware store. 1956 found the family back in White Salmon, as he had purchased the local hardware store and named it Chuck's Hardware. He retired in 1978.

Mr. Oliver was very involved in his business and the industry, as a member of the Pro Hardware Association, serving as the Pacific Northwest President of the Hardware Association, and attending the International Hardware Association meeting in Ireland.

He was also dedicated to his community. He was a member of the United Methodist church, past member of the city council, the Lions Club, a past president of the Masonic Lodge, past Noble Grand of the Oddfellows, White Salmon River Steelheaders and Mt. Adams Fish and Game.

Mr. Oliver like hunting and fishing but his main hobby was woodworking which he enjoyed greatly during his retirement. He liked to take rough-cut wood and craft it into something beautiful, whether it was a clock or a piece of furniture. He also liked hiking around Mt. Adams, gardening and spending time with his family,

Survivors include his wife Margaret, White Salmon; daughters Geraldine Roley, Mulino, Ore., and Fauneil Ferrell, Mulino; sons Ronald C. Oliver, White Salmon, and Wallace Oliver, Oregon City, Ore.; eighth grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother Russell Oliver and his parents.

A memorial service will be held later in the summer.

Memorials may be made to the Skyline Foundation, PO Box 1625, White Salmon, Wash. 98672.

Gardner Funeral Home handled cremation arrangements.


Donna Marie Wilson was born Jan. 8, 1923, in Oak Park to Clifford and Mary (Duncan) Stewart. She died on March 1, 2009.

Mrs. Wilson was preceded in death by her son Greg (2006) and is survived by Mel, her loving husband of 66 years, a retired Air Force officer and pilot; her youngest son Jeff, Edmonds; daughter Rosemary (Bilikas), Lakewood; and five grandchildren, Kayleen and Shannon Wilson, Gregory Wilson and Michael and Scott Bilikas.

She was a true military wife who managed the many separations, long and short, military wives must handle. Duty stations took her and her husband from Washington to California, Arizona, Alabama, Florida, Montana, Vermont, Japan, Iceland and thru long separations with her husband overseas in Korea and Vietnam. She helped the family enjoy the variety of life the military offers. No matter where they lived; base housing, off-base rentals, in the US or overseas, Mrs. Wilson made sure that every house was a "home."

In retirement this same dedication was evident, she enjoyed her many friends, her dog Coco, garden club and working in the yard. She lived every day to the fullest, never slowing down, in spite of major surgeries and the final test of kidney failure requiring dialysis, which she faced and had begun to conquer. She worked very diligently to begin home dialysis to allow her and Mel the opportunity to enjoy every day and to fulfill their desire to visit Hawaii, Florida and Costa Rica; while continuing to relax and enjoy their many memories of a long and happy marriage.

Her greatest joy was being a wife, mother and grandmother and making every event in her family's lives something special and taught them the true meaning of love and happiness.

Mr. and Mrs. Wilson were both graduates of Trout Lake High School, Class of 1941.

Memorial Services will be held Friday, March 20, 2009, at 11 a.m., at Christ Lutheran Church, Lakewood. Internment will be held at a later date at the family plot in Trout Lake.

Memorials can be made to the Northwest Kidney Center.


Ronald C. Ball, 76, died Saturday, March 7, 2009, at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland, Ore. He was born in Garibaldi, Ore., the son of Samuel and Alberta Ball, formerly of Trout Lake.

Mr. Ball was in education for 32 years and retired as school superintendent from Sisters, Ore.

He loved all sports, hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years Eunice (Knowles) Ball; daughters Judie Miller, Stevenson, and Debbie Legg, Bend, Ore.; sister Ella Smith; and two grandsons and two great-grandchildren.

A family memorial will be held at a later date.


Doyle Dee Trent, 46, died in Bingen on Sunday March 8, 2009. He was born on May 2, 1962, in White Salmon to Edith (Trent) Ramsey, and Harvey Schilling. Growing up in White Salmon, he was a devoted husband, father, son, nephew, uncle, cousin and friend who was loved by all of them.

Mr. Trent and Kim Diana Vu were married on Oct. 16, 1999 and resided in Portland, Ore., until he died. They owned a duplex where they shared their life together with their families.

Mr. Trent was a gentle, sweet man who was loved by all who knew him. He was lovingly given several nicknames over the years.

As a result of being disabled, he was able to spend a lot of time with his family and friends. This was a great joy to him as he was able to have a great relationship, with his niece and nephews, and spend time with them and his other loved ones. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed playing pool, chess, and most any game that would allow him to enjoy life with those he loved.

Red was his favorite color, and Mr. Trent loved anything related to dragons. He was quite the jokester and loved good-natured teasing.

He spent his life trying to please others, as he was always concerned about the feelings of other people. He could not stand for anyone to be angry with him, and he would seek out ways to atone for his transgressions. He joined the Catholic faith when he married and continued to go to mass throughout his marriage. His faith in God and his family's prayers will insure his trip to heaven will be a smooth and fast one.

The list of family members is too long to read here. He was related to half the town, and the whole of the Portland Viet-Nam community. His life touched all of them in ways that each of us only know.

Mr. Trent is survived by wife Kim, Portland, Ore.; daughter Renee Hollenbeck, Monroe; mother Edith Ramsey, White Salmon; sisters Stella Merritt, Benton City, Rebecca Borton, Aloha, Ore., and Carolyn Ramsey, Hood River, Ore.; brothers Victor Trent, Port Orchard, Steve Ramsey, Bingen, Gary Ramsey, Dufur, Ore., Mike Ramsey, Forest Grove, Ore., and Robert Ramsey, Seward, Alaska; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his oldest sister Alta Jane, brother David Ramsey and numerous loved ones.

He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him and will forever remain in their hearts.


Baby Willis Houston Jackson died March 11, 2009, at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. He is the son of Juleen and Al Jackson.

A service honoring his life was planned for 11 a.m., Saturday, March 14, 2009, at Anderson's Tribute Center, graveside rites followed at Idlewilde Cemetery. Bishop Gary Hornbeck of the Hood River Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Church officiated.

In addition to his parents, immediate family members who survive are: three sisters Kayla Rose Jackson, Mary Alice Jackson, Jackson and Marie Hadassah Jackson; and two brothers Franklin Willis Jackson and Alvin Bernard Jackson, III. He was preceded in death by a brother, Preston Adam Jackson fifteen years ago.

Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center.


Ross Allen McCoy died peacefully in his sleep on March 10, 2009, at the age of 59, at his home in the Snowden area near White Salmon. He was born in Hood River, Ore., on June 26, 1950 to Bobby Dick and Wilma June McCoy.

Mr. McCoy attended school in White Salmon, graduating with the class of 1968 from Columbia High where he particularly enjoyed debate. He then completed pilot school earning his commercial pilots license and instructors certification from Big Bend Community College's Commercial Pilot program in Moses Lake. He loved flying and hoped to get a small plane when he retired. He was a strong proponent of Boy Scouts of America and rose through its ranks earning Eagle Scout status as a youth. He believed that his personal integrity, sense of honor and good ethical practices were a direct result of his Scouting years. Mr. McCoy was a NASCAR fan and enjoyed watching his all time favorite driver Mark Martin. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, Mt. Adams Lodge, Bingen for over 30 years and a 38 year member of the Mt Adams Elks Lodge BPOE #2210 in White Salmon.

After college, Mr. McCoy worked for S.D.S. Lumber as a saw filer. He left there and worked for his father's Olympia beer and wine distributorship. He then worked for Coca Cola Distributing, Safeway, and Rosauers before opening McCoy's Video in White Salmon over 25 years ago. He often spoke of the children that used his store as a safe place in the hours after school until their parents returned from work. Those children now have children that rented movies from McCoy's Video. He took satisfaction in the fact that McCoy's Video was open 365 days a year. He maintained an atmosphere of a friendly neighborhood store at McCoy's Video. He and customers alike loved the company of Mac the Pug dog's presence in the store daily. They also enjoyed sharing stories and telling tales over a rental purchase.

He generously donated to multiple community efforts such as the Boy Scouts, Bruins School Newspaper, Columbia High Sports, Lyle High School Sports, 4-H, and just about any community cause that walked into his store. His generosity didn't end there. He often helped family, friends and customers in times of financial difficulty. He wasn't blessed with children of his own and often "adopted in heart" children and young adults struggling with various life issues.

Mr. McCoy is survived by his partner in life RoxAnne Lewis; brothers Dan and Johnny Joe McCoy; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by sister Patricia; mother Wilma June (King); and father Bobbie Dick McCoy.

Funeral services will be held Friday, March 20, 2009, at 11:30 a.m. at Gardner Funeral Home in White Salmon, followed by a short graveside memorial and a celebration of his life at the Bingen Eagles Lodge from 12:30 until 3 p.m.

Memorials may be made to First Independent Bank in Bingen to help fulfil one of his wishes, the establishment of a scholarship for graduating Columbia High students.


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