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Death notices for Ben Clark, Lillian Ladiges, Susan Dix, Robert Robertson


Benjamin Edward Clark was born Feb. 4, 1928, to parents Erwin E. Clark and Ellen G. (Beer) Clark in Sundance, Wyo. He died July 31, 2010 at his home in White Salmon.

He spent his early years growing up in Sundance. Some years passed then the family moved to the Cherryville/Welches area in Oregon.

In 1942 they ended up in the White Salmon area living in a busy but happy home on Oak Ridge Road.

In 1957 after a stint in the Army, Ben married Lois D. (Jones) Abrams, a widow with a daughter and son. During the years three sons were born adding more joy to their happy home. After 31 years of marriage Lois passed away.

In 1988 Ben married Ann Blevins Baker, a widow, who added another daughter and son to his family.

Ben spent his life working in the logging industry. He was a hard worker who did his best at anything he tackled.

He enjoyed the simple things in life: sitting on the swing at sunset with a cold one watching the deer and quail, short visits to the casino, card games with family and friends, long rides in the woods looking for elk, and coffee with the "boys" in Bingen. As long as his health permitted he also enjoyed being in his wood shop doing projects, mostly for the pleasure of others.

He will be remembered for his honest and humble approach to life and his sense of humor was beyond compare.

Ben is survived by his wife Ann; children Tom, Tony, Kasey, Denny, Karen, Hope and Rick; brother David; sisters Laura and Bonnie; along with numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents, wife Lois, infant brother Paul and adopted brother Ernie.

Ben will be greatly missed by his immediate family, the extended family he gained throughout the years that he embraced as his own and the friends that made his life as enjoyable as it was.

Services were held Aug. 9, 2010, at Gardner Funeral Home in White Salmon with Jim Bradshaw officiating. Ben was laid to rest in White Salmon by Lois' side.

Remembrances may be made to Hospice of the Gorge, 1630 Woods Court, Hood River, Ore. 97031.


Lillian Ellen Ladiges was born in White Salmon on Aug. 14, 1939 to Lloyd and Edythe Hickey. She passed away after battling cancer at her home in White Salmon surrounded by her family on Aug. 7, 2010. She was 70 years old.

Lillian grew up in Glenwood and graduated from Glenwood High School in 1957, then attended the University of Washington. She married Ronald Ladiges on April 11, 1959. They made their home in Glenwood, had two children and moved to White Salmon in 1967.

As a young girl, Lillian enjoyed riding the mail stage with her father and later worked for the Postal Service for 30 years. She and Ron also worked side by side as owners of L & L Lockers Custom Meat Cutting and cattle ranching, where she especially enjoyed her job as camp cook.

Lillian was active with the Klickitat County Fair and Rodeo Market Stock Sale for over 40 years, raising money to support 4-H and FFA kids. She was a 4-H leader for 15 years and was honored in 2008 with the Jim Bridgefarmer Memorial Award for Outstanding Service from the Klickitat County Livestock Growers Association. She was a member of Eastern Star.

She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband of 50 years, Ronald. She is survived by her brother Lloyd and his wife, Clara of North Bonneville; her children, Valerie and Rick Baker of Prosser and Jaylin and Jeana Ladiges of White Salmon; and her grandchildren, Wade and Wyatt Baker, Jarin and Jenson Ladiges; as well as many other family members and loved ones.

Lillian's kindness will be missed, especially her lovingly prepared meals and candy.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 13, 2010, at Grace Baptist Church in White Salmon.

Donations may be made to the Klickitat County Fair Market Stock Sale Fund, PO Box 223, Goldendale, Wash. 98620 or Hospice of the Gorge in her memory.


Susan Joy Dix-Deiders-Ditlefson passed away peacefully in her sleep Aug. 6, 2010. Susan was the youngest of three children born to Mal and JoAnne Dix on April 15, 1952.

She is survived by her father, Mal; sister, Kate; brother, Steven; son, Pete; daughter, Sarah; and grandchildren Iris, John and Jeff along with many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life will be held at Evergreen Memorial Gardens on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010, at 3 p.m. with a reception to follow.


Robert "Bob" James Robertson, 80, a longtime resident of The Dalles, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010 surrounded by his children.

He was born in White Salmon on Dec. 15, 1929 the youngest of three children to Robert J. and F. Jean (Miller) Robertson. He grew up in White Salmon, graduating from Columbia High School in 1948. After high school he served in the U.S. Navy till 1949 and the Navy Reserve from 1949 to 1955. He then went on and attended Oregon State University Pharmacy School graduating in 1954.

Bob married Helen Lois Gross in White Salmon on March 23, 1952. They owned and operated the Hospital Pharmacy in The Dalles and worked in the Safeway Pharmacy after they sold the store. He was a member of the Methodist Church, past member of The Dalles Country Club and The Elks Lodge and enjoyed hunting, fishing, photography and computers.

He is survived by his three children, Greg Robertson and his wife Beth of Hillsboro, Ore., Barbara Burke and her husband Cameron of Boise, Idaho, and Lori Fiegenbaum and her husband, Marty of The Dalles; his sister, Evelyn Hayes of Spokane; his sister-in-law, Jo Robertson of Portland, Ore.; his grandchildren, Christin Molden and her husband Alex, Carrie Bews and her husband Brian, Daniel Robertson and his fiance Ashley, Caitlin Harris and her husband Brian, Megan, Nathan and Lauren Burke and Abby and Rachel Fiegenbaum and his 15 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen in 2006, his brother, William H. Robertson and his brother-in-law, Gene Hayes.

Private cremation was held at Win-Quatt Crematory in The Dalles with Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home in care of arrangements.

A family gathering will be held at the beach at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mill Creek Point Employee Fund, 1201 W. 10th St. The Dalles, OR 97058 or Heart of Hospice, 205 Wasco Loop, Suite 202, Hood River, Ore. 97031.


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