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Death notices for Martin Susser, Warren Durst and Joel Hibbs


Martin Susser was born on a snowy Feb. 20, 1971, in Montreal, Canada to Miroslav Susser and Katerina (Bartha) Susser who had just emigrated from Czechoslovakia.

Martin fearlessly tried new experiences from the time he could walk, full of new ideas, fearlessly diving into new experiences. Martin spent his first six years in Canada and then the Sussers moved to Shelton, where his life-long love of the outdoors and hiking took root. He also played soccer and was a member of the swim team. He loved the water and he loved to compete.

After graduating from Shelton High School in 1989, Martin attended the University of Puget Sound where he got his bachelor of science in computer science degree. He married his high school sweetheart Dagmar in Vienna and together they raised two beautiful children. Martin started his career working for BSQUARE, Siebel Systems, and then for Nobeltec.

In 2003, Martin moved his family to Bingen to work for Insitu. He started as a software engineer but soon moved to operations and started doing field service work. He also became involved in the local community and volunteered with the Cherry Lane fire department. Martin's field service role took him to many places including several deployments with the ScanEagle to Iraq and Afghanistan as a civilian contractor with the Marines.

Martin was a kind, bright spirit with a helpful and kind character, who touched a lot of lives and inspired people he met to dream big and try new things. An avid hiker, Martin spent a lot of time exploring the area around Bingen and Hood River and was a popular hiking partner to his many friends.

Martin passed away in White Salmon on May 24, 2011, at the age of 40. He is survived by his wife Dagmar Susser; his children Alexandra Susser and Michael Susser; his parents who presently live in Ocean Shores; and his sisters Kristina Miller of Issaquah and Renata Andrews, of Ocean Shores.

A memorial service for Martin was held on June 2, 2011, at Grace Baptist Church.

Gardner Funeral Home handled cremation arrangements.


Warren Darrel Durst was born Sept. 13, 1917, to Joseph and Alice (Sykes) Durst in Palisades, Colo.

His lifelong career in agriculture started when his father bought him his first team of Percheron horses at 12 years old. Warren and his dad hired their teams out to local farmers.

His folks' farm was in Delphos, Kan. As a young man he also worked with sheep and cattle in Pando and Rifle, Colo.

After marrying Velma Eberly in 1935, the young couple moved to Los Angeles, Calif., where Warren worked as a machinist until WWII when he went into tool and die work for Valtee Aircraft.

After the war the family moved to Palermo, Calif., where they owned an olive ranch and Warren worked for the University of California Extension Service.

After spending about 20 years in the Palermo/Oroville vicinity and raising three children, Warren and his wife moved to Dufur, Ore., where he spent 17 years running a wheat ranch and cattle operation.

Upon retirement he and his wife resided in White Salmon for 25 years. During this time they traveled extensively through the United States and made a trip to Europe, visiting several countries.

The past seven years the couple has lived in Hood River, Ore.

Warren passed away on June 10, 2011 at his home in Hood River. He was 93 years old.

Mr. Durst is survived by his wife of 75 years, Velma Durst; son Dennis Durst, son Darrel Durst and his wife Brenda, and daughter Linda Hoagland and her husband Dave. Also surviving are five grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. He will be missed.

A funeral service was held on Thursday, June 16, 2011, at Gardner Funeral Home in White Salmon with interment at the White Salmon Cemetery.


On Saturday, June 25, after 57 years of being; a loving husband, caring father and devoted follower of Christ, Pastor Joel Meredith Hibbs went home to the arms of his all mighty Lord and Savior. His three month struggle with terminal cancer concluded with his peaceful passing Saturday morning while surrounded by his family.

Born Feb. 9, 1954, in Key West, Fla., and raised in Tucson Ariz., Joel received his bachelors degree from the University of Arizona at the age of 24 and went into ministry. After receiving his masters degree from Western Seminary, he was the beloved pastor of churches in Portland, Ore., Burns, Ore., White Salmon and Page, Ariz. He eventually retired after 31 faithful years serving God. His family and friends take comfort in knowing his faith and the promise of Christ's gift of eternal life.

Joel is survived by his loving wife, Janell; three children, Jesse, Jodi and Jason; and his four brothers Howie, Jeff, Tim and Matt.

There will be a memorial service held on Wednesday, July 29, 2011, at 3 p.m., at First Baptist Church in Page.

The family has requested that donations be made to the bicycle ministry Saddle Lights run by his son and daughter-in-law. Donations can be made at or mailed to Saddle Lights at 2751 N Walnut Hills Dr #62 Flagstaff, Ariz., 86004.

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"Not to us, LORD, not to us

but to your name be the glory,

because of your love and faithfulness"

Psalm 115:1


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