Jerald Cecil Bryan was born on July 5, 1916, to Claude and Margueritte (Peer) Bryan in Peoria, Ill. He was the first of 13 children.
Mr. Bryan grew up in Missouri and came to White Salmon in 1946. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II, 305th Airdrome Squadron, and was stationed in the Philippine Islands for four years. He was wounded in action on Leyte Island. He received several medals and honors, including the Purple Heart. After that he drove log truck for many years, hauling logs throughout much of this area. He owned three trucks, his first a Mack and the next two, Internationals.
He met Martha Essary in Lyle and the couple married Sept. 4, 1949. They have been together for 60 years.
Mr. Bryan's favorite hobby and pastime was restoring old Caterpillar tractors. He also owned a 1916 Model T Ford, which he drove in numerous parades in White Salmon, Bingen and Lyle.
He is survived by six children, Lester Bryan, John Bryan, Jerry Bryan, Donna Yeager, Margueritte Green, and Billie Rumsey; 12 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and two great, great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his oldest son, Earman D. Bryan.
Mr. Bryan died Sept. 10, 2009. A celebration of his long and happy life will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009, at Grace Baptist Church in White Salmon with a reception to follow. Interment will be at the White Salmon Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Gorge, 1630 Woods Court, Hood River, Ore. 97031.
Adrienne Worth Schultz, 89, formerly of White Salmon, died Aug. 23, 2009, at the Hood River Care Center.
A memorial service for her will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 19, 2009, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 1312 Riggleman Drive (off Loop Road) in White Salmon.
John E. "Red" Whitmire, 68, of Glenwood died Sept. 3, 2009, at his sister's home, surrounded by family and friends. He was born to John L. and Opal (Steele) Whitmire on March 26, 1941, in Enterprise, Ore.
He was a young boy when he began living on his own and started his life journey of self education. He settled in Glenwood in the late 1950s, working in the logging industry, and became Red Whitmire to all who knew him. Due to the death of his mother, at age 22 he raised his siblings while developing his logging truck business, which he ran for over 40 years until health issues forced him to retire in 2006.
Mr. Whitmire worked long hours on the road but maintained his family in the Glenwood Valley. He lived life as a man's man, practicing respect, dignity and law of the land.
One of his biggest loves was the roping arena that he built for himself and his kids. He and his family operated the arena for about 25 years. The highlight of each year was the annual Team Roping at the Whitmire Arena during the Glenwood Rodeo weekend. There would be several hundred team ropers at his place and each and every one was invited to have dinner up at his house when the roping was done. After the family closed down the roping arena due to his health, he became interested in poker. He loved to participate in the big tournaments at various casinos and made many friends during this time.
He'd often be found watching old westerns while playing poker online in the comfort of his home with company eating at his table. He was extremely independent, graciously adding you to the list to call when he really needed help during his last years, as his cancer treatments complicated his diabetes and infections. No book could outline his life as he would break all the rules or guidelines.
Mr. Whitmire is survived by his brother and sister, whom he raised as his own children, Ron Whitmire and children McKayla and Myles; Debbie Woodward and children Ashley Woodward, Arlie James (Woodward) and children Donavon, JJ, Lily and Kason. Mr. Whitmire is also survived by sister Dorothy Kay Bartlett, nieces and nephews, and many extended family and friends.
A funeral service was held Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009, at New Life Assembly of God Church in Goldendale with interment at Mt. Adams Cemetery in Glenwood.
Memorial contributions may be to Hospice of the Gorge 1630 Woods Ct. Hood River, Ore. 97031 or to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Oregon & SW Washington Chapter, 9320 SW Barbur Blvd., Suite 140, Portland, Ore. 97219.
Columbia Hills Memorial Chapel handled arrangements.