Longtime newspaperman Richard A. Nafsinger (Dick) passed away Saturday, July 23, 2011, at home surrounded by family members. He was 77. Dick was born Dec. 6, 1933, in Nampa, Idaho; he was the youngest of four children of Harry O. and Grace Nafsinger.
Dick's dad died when Dick was a youngster and he grew up quickly, helping his older brothers tend to the family farm. Dick was drawn to journalism at Caldwell High School, where he was sports editor of the student newspaper, the Canyon Cougar. He was custodian of the Ida White Chapter of Quill and Scroll, an international honor society for journalism students.
Dick also was a member of the school's National Honor Society, senior class president and associated student body sergeant of arms. He was a three-sport athlete in high school, excelling on the school football team as co-captain and starting halfback.
Despite his busy academic and athletic schedule, he did find time to socialize. He started dating Phyllis Myers during their senior year at Caldwell High. They graduated together in 1952, married in 1953 and celebrated 60 years together "as a couple" earlier this year.
Dick attended College of Idaho and while there was drawn to radio. He served as a disc jockey for station KCID and also did play-by-play at sporting events.
Dick began his professional newspaper career in 1957, when he was hired as sports editor of the Albany Democrat-Herald. His professional demeanor quickly gained him respect among the coaches and teams he covered. He took that to another level when the newspaper appointed him as its managing editor a short time later.
He was hired as editor and publisher of the Hood River News in 1962 at age 28. For the next 29 years, Dick built the News into a nationally recognized newspaper and parlayed his own career into national prominence, as well. During that time the News was voted the top newspaper in both Oregon and the United States on several occasions.
He was selected as president of the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association in 1972. In 1986-87 he was selected as president of the National Newspaper Association. He also was a past chairman of the American Newspaper Representatives.
Dick was president and chief operating officer of Eagle Newspapers Inc. from 1978 until his retirement in 2001, and remained on the board of directors until his death. ENI is a family-owned corporation that operates 26 publishing, printing and related businesses in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.
In 1986 he received the ONPA's Amos E. Voorhies Award, which honors outstanding journalistic achievement in the public interest, service in the interest of the welfare and honor of the journalistic profession or long, useful and honorable careers in the field of journalism.
Dick received the ONPA's president's award in 1996; was voted an honorary life member in 2001 and was inducted into the Oregon Newspaper Hall of Fame in 2002.
Last fall, Dick was the recipient of the National Newspaper Association's highest award for distinguished service and leadership to the community press and their community, the James O. Amos Award. He remained active in national newspaper affairs long after he retired as News publisher, and often was sought out by his peers for advice on journalism issues.
Dick was a longtime member of the Elks Club, joining in Caldwell in 1956. He remained active in Hood River Elks, especially in his 30s and 40s, when he became a skilled handball player.
Dick also was active in Hood River Rotary, joining in 1963; he was president of the club in 1971-72 and especially enjoyed his role as a mentor to local children in the Lunch Buddy program. He was recipient of the Paul Harris Fellowship for club work and served on the Rotary Foundation board.
Dick was a devoted outdoorsman and hunter; he was a member of Ducks Unlimited and a member in good standing of the National Rifle Association. Heart surgery and hip surgery eventually ended his handball and golf games, but Dick continued to enjoy a good walk in the wilderness with his hunting friends for a long time thereafter.
Dick and Phyllis were members of Riverside Community Church in downtown Hood River. His handprint can be found on varied aspects of the Hood River community.
He has been recognized numerous times for his civic activities enhancing the quality of life in the valley, including founding the Hood River Improvement Company and spearheading the hospital foundation's fundraising drive for a kidney dialysis center. He held leadership positions on the school board and hospital foundation. He also helped start Hood River County Bank (today part of Key Bank) and served on its board of directors.
On the state level he was also active in business affairs, serving as a director of Associated Oregon Industries and Oregon Tax Research.
Dick was preceded in death by brothers Bill and Jim and sister Eleanor.
Survivors include Phyllis and their children: Janie Nafsinger and her husband, Jim Clark, of Portland; Nancy Clarke and her husband, Keith Clarke, of Hood River; John Nafsinger, of Santa Monica, Calif.; and Pam Nafsinger and her husband, Michael Bernas, of Portland.
Other survivors are grandchildren Angela Wallis, Greg Clarke, Alexander Walentin and Lydia Sandys-Winsch.
Extended family, something Dick valued immensely, includes John and Linda (Phyllis' younger sister) Acarregui, who, like the Nafsingers, were Caldwell High sweethearts and have remained close to the family over the years.
A service to honor Dick is planned for 1 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at Hood River Alliance Church, 2650 W. Montello Ave. Reverend Ann Duffy will preside over the service. Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River.
Visit www.andersonstributecenter.com to leave a note of condolence for family.
Come Celebrate the Life of Iris "Angel Lady" Bodine. She passed Nov. 17, 2010, in Bellevue.
Iris was a former resident of White Salmon. She loved being with friends and family. She volunteered on many White Salmon events and comittees like the Cennential Celebration, Gorge Heritage Museum Tour of Homes, and White Salmon Arts Council. She was also a member of Soroptimist.
Better known for her "Angel" jewelry, Iris loved the community of White Salmon and Hood River and was thrilled to be a part of it.
What a better way to celebrate her life with a casual get together to remember all the good times especially here in the Columbia River Gorge.
The celebration will be held Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011, from 4 to 7 p.m. at 351 NW Spring Street, White Salmon.
Marilyn C. (Carter) Stolle, 76, February 1935 to July 2011, passed away peacefully with family by her side on July 25, 2011, in Wenatchee.
Marilyn was born on Feb. 21, 1935, to Francis King and Evelyn Carter in Yakima.
She is survived by daughters Candy Bates, Wenatchee, Jean Pearson (Tim), Ronald, Audrey Bates, Spokane, Margaret Packwood and Marilyn Dheanens and son Neil Womack, Texas. She is also survived by grandchildren Jared, Katie, Ryan (Jean) and Joey, Kyle and Jacob (Audrey), Matt, Scott, Craig and Zachary (Marilyn), and Justin and Nichole (Margaret); brothers Joe Carter, White Salmon, and Jerry Carter, Stevenson; numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Her parents Roy and Evelyn Olen preceded her in death.
Marilyn loved crocheting and knitting things for the people she loved. She loved playing bingo and poker with her daughter Candy.
Marilyn served in the US Navy during the Korean War. She was past madam president of Eagles, honor guard of the American Legion, and an officer of The Moose Lodge and Elks Lodge, all in Ephrata.
She had many accomplishments in her life, two of which are: first woman Little League umpire in the state of Washington and first woman to become a member of the American Legion Honor Guard.
A celebration of life will be held in White Salmon on Aug. 13, 2011.
Marilyn requested that family have a meal of her favorite dishes, a Jell-O shot, and enjoy an afternoon of telling stories.
Harvey Lee Baumgarden was born Oct. 15, 1936, to Avery and Jessie (Slocum) in Gerster, Mo.
He graduated from Columbia High School in 1954. After he graduated, he joined the Navy where he served as an airplane fueler on an aircraft carrier (USS Coral Sea #43) until 1957.
After his service in the Navy, he began work at Harvey Aluminum in The Dalles and worked there for 13 years.
On Oct. 9, 1959, he married his beautiful wife Betty Elliott. After three years of marriage, they were blessed with their first child on March 7, 1962, Marci Lorean Baumgarden (Hammer). On April 2, 1964, they had another blessing in their lives, Mark Lee Baumgarden.
Once Harvey finished work at Harvey Aluminum he transferred to the Goldendale aluminum plant where he worked for 13 years.
In 1985, Harvey, Betty and Mark moved to Newport where Harvey owned Baumgarden and Son Texaco Carwash for 10 years. In 1998 he traveled to Russia where he worked for six months. Afterwards, Harvey and Betty went on vacation and toured Australia and New Zealand.
Harvey had a strong love for older cars. In his lifetime he has owned several older cars including his 1963 T-Bird, which he referred to as his Thunder-Chicken, a 1964 Chevy pickup and a 1959 Edsel, all three of which he rebuilt with the help of his son, Mark. Other than his old cars, Harvey loved to collect coins.
He passed away at his home in Bingen on July 12, 2011, at the age of 74.
Harvey is survived by his wife of 52 years Betty Baumgarden; son Mark Baumgarden; brother Dean Baumgarden and his wife Julia; and eight grandchildren Careana Wiens, Michael Miles, Shawna Hammer, Jaylen Hammer, Daniel Hammer, Casey Hammer, Ashleigh Baumgarden and Tanya Young. Harvey is preceded in death by daughter Marci Hammer and brother Lavan Baumgarden.
A memorial service will be held at Gardner Funeral Home on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011, at 3 p.m.