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Obituaries

Death notices for Deborah Jones, Robert Hargrove, Clayt Wikel, Mary Jane Lightle, and Garth Windom

DEBORAH JONES

Deborah L. (Debbie) Jayroe-Jones, 54, a White Salmon, resident, died June 17, 2011, at a care facility in The Dalles, Ore.

She was born March 4, 1957, in Ottawa, Kan., to Terry and Ruby (Dixon) Jayroe. She was raised and educated in Decatur, Ill., and received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Illinois. She worked as an analytical chemist and in 1986, received an Outstanding Chemist Award from Waste Management in Arlington, Ore. Prior to that she had two chemist publications.

On Feb. 28, 1987, she and Tony R. Jones were married in Wasco, Ore. She moved to White Salmon in 1992 then resided in Hood River, Ore., from 2005 until 2009 and then moved to The Dalles, Ore., in 2010.

A very religious person, Debbie attended United Methodist Church, Grace Baptist Church, was a Sunday school teacher, a vacation Bible school leader and worked on the May Fest Parade with the Methodist Church and the Lazy F Church Camp.

Debbie received an award for her volunteer service, which included being a leader for both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in White Salmon, cooking for the White Salmon Rotary Club and volunteering at Whitson Grade School and White Salmon Little League.

She loved the Northwest where she enjoyed hiking, cross-country skiing and swimming. She also enjoyed puzzles, games, gardening and doing things for her children.

She is survived by her husband, Tony R. Jones, White Salmon; her father, Terry Jayroe of Decatur, Ill.; her stepmother, Darlene Jayroe of Decatur, Ill.; her sisters, Karisse Stanger of Black Canyon, Ariz., and Jamie Feder of North Carolina; her son, Tyler Jones, Goldendale; and her daughter Erin Jones of Hood River.

A service for Debbie was held on Saturday, July 16, 2011. Interment will be at Idlewilde Cemetery in Hood River, Ore.

ROBERT HARGROVE

Robert Earl Hargrove was born in Cleveland, Miss., to parents Thelma (Overstreet) and Belton Hargrove on March 11, 1952.

During his youth, Robert was raised in Mississippi and Florida. In 1976, his travels brought him to Mt. Hood and Government Camp where he met his wife, Patricia James. The couple settled in Underwood in 1979.

Known for his southern drawl and quick wit, Robert was soon nicknamed "The Mississippi Hippie" by friends. He was one of the original high-scalers on the Bonneville Dam second Powerhouse and spent the next 32 years working as a union carpenter on heavy construction projects throughout the region.

When he found time to relax, Robert enjoyed camping and playing guitar. His favorite pastime, however, was spending time with his family and friends.

His last weeks were spent at his home in Underwood surrounded by the people he loved. Robert passed away in his home on July 2, 2011, at the age of 59.

He will be missed by his wife Patti Hargrove, son Ollie Hargrove of Gresham, Ore., daughter Lacey Hargrove and granddaughter Kaleala Hargrove of White Salmon, brother Wayne Hargrove of Evans, Ga., and sister Carole Sherman of Greenville, Miss., and many friends.

A Celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, July 23, 2011, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the A-framed home in Mill-A located on Cook-Underwood Road. Follow signs up from Hwy 14. Food will be provided, guests are encouraged to contribute to the potluck by bringing a side dish, salad or dessert.

CLAYT WIKEL

Clayt Wikel, of Bingen, died Monday, July 4, 2011, in Portland, Ore., at the age of 47. He was born in Yonkers, N.Y., on Sept. 4, 1963, to Helen Christina (Falconer) and Everett J. Wikel.

Clayt owned Wikel Excavation LLC and worked on numerous projects in the Gorge area throughout the years. He was a very talented mechanic who could build or fix anything. Skilled with firearms, Clayt took the hobby beyond simple target shooting (which he enjoyed) and liked to reload ammo and create his own formulas from ballistics manuals. He was an outstanding hunter, golfer, and fisherman.

While a young boy and teenager he traveled all around America with his parents. He and his dad fished nearly every stream and golfed nearly every course in the country. He received a golf scholarship to the University of Florida and even considered becoming a professional golfer.

Driving motorcycles and off road vehicles was another passion of Clayt's. He loved to take his bikes, his Bronco, Brat, or any other rig to the sand and off road trails. The most fun he had, though, was helping his friends having fun.

Clayt loved animals, especially his cat Ashley. Clayt was very generous and willing to help people out, whether by giving financially, offering advice, or using his expertise. He had a great sense of humor and loved to make people laugh.

Survivors include his brothers Everett, Greg, and Ken and sister Suzan. A memorial gathering is scheduled for 11 a.m. at Gardner Funeral Home in White Salmon on Saturday, Aug. 6.

Gardner Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

MARY JANE LIGHTLE

Mary Jane (Galvin) Lightle passed away in White Salmon, on July 12, 2011, at the age of 95. She was born on August 24, 1915 in Centralia to George J. and Emily (Green) Galvin.

In 1936, she married Melvin Alfred Lightle in Centralia. Melvin worked as a funeral director for Fissel Funeral Home in Chehalis, before he and Mary Jane opened Lightle Funeral Home in Auburn.

Mary Jane worked right alongside her husband in the funeral business until they retired in 1975. Mr. and Mrs. Lightle moved to Lyle in 1976 where they lived the rest of their lives.

Mary Jane was an accomplished musician, especially on the piano and organ.

Mrs. Lightle is survived by her children Judy Oaks of Kirkland, Steven Lightle of Belleview, and Warren Lightle of Lyle; brothers Ross Galvin of Lacy, and Knight Galvin of Olympia; sister Marsha Haglund of Chehalis; nine grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin, and brothers Lee and George Galvin.

A celebration of her life will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 23, 2011, at Life in Christ Center (Assembly of God), 3095 Cherry Heights Road, The Dalles, Ore. 97058.

Mary Jane was laid to rest beside her husband at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Appleton.

Gardner Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

GARTH WINDOM

Garth LeRoy Windom passed away peacefully July 13, 2011, in The Dalles, Ore., at the age of 77.

Garth was the eldest child of Donald Sumner Windom and Agnes Marie DeMaris Windom. He was born north of Goldendale at a logging camp on Satus Pass, where his dad was employed as a timber faller. Garth attended school in Goldendale and Toppenish, and moved to White Salmon while in the sixth grade. He was an outstanding student through the ninth grade when the lure of a cowboy's life drew him to the Glenwood Valley where Johnny Gilmer, a bachelor and old family friend, had a cattle ranch and several horses for Garth to tend. Gilmer schooled him in the art of breaking wild mustangs and farm life in general.

After Gilmer's passing, Garth was hired by the Ollie Kreps family as a general hired-hand and wrangler. A few years later he moved to the high country above Lyle and worked for the Ernie Struck family in the same capacity.

Friends on the Northwest Rodeo Circuit encouraged Garth to join them. He pursued the rodeo life for two to three years riding saddle broncs and bulls. He suffered a badly broken shoulder at the Tygh Valley Rodeo in 1960. Garth liked to say that was his biggest payday when the hat was passed through the crowd and he netted $375 after his accident. He told his brother it was probably the best thing that ever happened as it led Garth to his job as a truck driver hauling rodeo stock on the circuit.

Garth continued driving logging trucks primarily in Washington, Oregon and Idaho the rest of his working life.

His good nature and friendly ways will always be remembered by those who were fortunate enough to know him. His best times included paydays when he could buy a round of drinks for the crowd.

Garth enjoyed hunting and always offered to be camp cook for his buddies. People to this day who hunted with him still talk about his "campfire biscuits."

Garth is survived by his mother, Agnes Winter, who just celebrated her 95th birthday; brother Larry Windom; and adopted daughter Raelene Windom of Boston, New York; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

At his request, there will be no funeral or memorial service.

REST IN PEACE "OLD SON."

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