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Death notices for Scott Roy, Mike Kight, Gerald Flake, Debra Groves and Robert Shields


Beloved by all those blessed to know him went home to the Lord on Sunday, April 29, 2012. He was 38 years old.

Born July 30, 1973, in The Dalles, Ore., Scott grew up in The Dalles, Ore., and then attended Linfield College. He graduated with a degree in health and physical education. Scott filled his life with amazing travels and experiences including backpacking in Europe after college. He taught middle school in The Dalles, Ore. Scott married his wife, Tristin Olson-Roy, and moved to Hawaii for 2 1/2 years. He taught middle school in Hawaii and coached triathlon for Team Jet Hawaii. When they returned to the mainland, he worked as a health educator in Spokane and was head coach to Team Blaze Spokane of 200+ members as well as coaching many people around the country. Scott and Tristin started the triathlon club Team Blaze Spokane in 2004 (

Scott was an amazing father, husband, and coach who always gave more than he took. Those who knew him were blessed by his encouragement and generosity. To read more about his amazing life go to

Scott is survived by his son Reece Roy, wife Tristin Olson-Roy, mother Carlene Roy, father Joe Roy, sister Brandi-Jo Naiman, nephew Ricky Naiman, step-mother Christie Roy, step- sister Erin Lowther, step-brother Ryan Lowther, aunt Rita Borgos, cousins Erin Borgos, Paul Borgos, Megan Beals and her son Sawyer, uncle Bob Roy, aunt Cathy Davis, uncle Dee Roy and cousins Nathan, Jonathan and Mary Roy, pets: Scooby, Barkley and Lulu, many friends from The Dalles, Ore., Oahu, Hawaii, Spokane, and his huge extended family, Team Blaze Spokane.

Celebration of his life will be held Wednesday, May 9, at 1 p.m. at Life Center Church, Spokane. There will be a 1 mile run and reception to follow at Life Center Church.

There is a Memorial Fund Established for his son and wife: "Scott Roy Trust Fund" at Sterlings Savings Bank.

"Ultimately, we all only get one journey through life and although at times it may not seem fair or feel overwhelming I truly believe that God has a plan for all of us. He doesn't give us more than we can handle and through us we can share his love with others. I believe that he sends special people into our lives that help guide us, believe in us and lift us back on our feet. I'm blessed to have so many of these amazing people in my life." - Scott Roy "ENJOY THE JOURNEY!"


A mystery is solved and a hero finally comes home. On Friday, May 18, 2012, the remains of Gerald "Mike" Kight, a World War II soldier missing in action since 1944, will be returned to White Salmon.

A memorial service at noon on Saturday, May 19, 2012, at Gardner Funeral Home will honor his life and ultimate sacrifice, immediately followed by inurnment at the White Salmon Cemetery where Mike will finally be laid to rest with his mother who never gave up hope her son would someday return.

Gerald "Mike" Kight was born on Dec. 20, 1920, in Cove, Ore., to Raymond B. and Nina M. Kight. He went to war with three brothers and one brother-in-law but was the only one who did not come home. His remains were found last September in a Dutch cornfield at a battle site from World War II's Operation Market Garden. Mike was a highly decorated soldier who was awarded the Bronze Star among other awards.

Though most of his relatives have since passed away, Mike is survived by nieces Frances N. (Desirey) Hembree of Portland, Ore.; Peggy Jo (Kight) Vermaas of Beaverton, Ore.; Linda Jean (Kight) Garrett of Portland; Sharron (Kight) Dolan of Belgium, and Janet (Kight) Landrum of White Salmon. Also surviving are cousins Gail (Kight) Maden of Raymond and Garlyn (Kight) Person of Hill Top Lake, Texas; and sisters-in-law Elizabeth Kight of Beaverton, Ore., and Ollie Kight of White Salmon.

Everyone is invited to the memorial service at noon on Saturday, May 19, 2012, at Gardner Funeral Home to honor a true American hero.

For more information read Oregonian article :

And "Market Garden" article:


Gerald "Jerry" Flake, native of Indiana and long-time resident of Klickitat, passed away Saturday April 28, from complications of early-onset Alzheimer's Disease. He was 64 years old.

He was employed at the Klickitat Mill for 20 years until it closed, then held jobs as mechanic and warehouse worker, and volunteered for the Appleton Fire Department.

His passions were his family, riding his Goldwing, restoring his Model A Ford, and tinkering on his Pickup, "Flakey's Ford" which was well known around the area.

Jerry is survived by three adult children -- Tanya Flake, Brandon Mead and Genelle Gage; three grandchildren; and his long-time companion Diana McAnally of Lyle.

Jerry's cremains will be interred in the family cemetery in Indiana and we are all asked to remember Jerry in our own way.

There will be no formal services per his wishes.


Debra Ann Marie Groves, 56, a resident of Hood River, Ore., passed away peacefully on Friday, May 4, 2012, at 4:17 a.m. at the Hopewell House in Portland, Ore., with her husband, children, and grandchildren at her side.

She was diagnosed with esophageal cancer just days before Christmas 2010, and fought valiantly through two surgeries and two long rounds of radiation and chemo. Throughout her battle, she was characteristically always more concerned about how everyone else was doing, rather than herself. She is the strongest, bravest, and most caring person that you could ever know, and we could not be more proud of her. She need not battle any longer, and can now rest in peace and in our hearts forever.

Debra was born in Baltimore, Md., on Aug. 7, 1955, to John Farrell Joseph and Jean Margaret Somerville. She was raised in England with her mother, father, and four brothers and four sisters. It was here that she met and married Terry A. Groves on Sept 18, 1982.

She moved with her husband and three children to Klickitat and bought a home in April of 1992. She loved gardening, reading, drawing and painting, along with camping, hiking, and going on outings with her children and grandchildren.

She worked at the Klickitat school under AmeriCorps WRC for two years, and was an active member of the Ladies Auxiliary.

Debra is survived by her husband Terry, three children Zoe Somerville, Tami and Chris Groves, her six grandchildren Matthew, KyAnn, Kylie, and Markus Kessinger, Dilan Spies, and Talon Cabral. She is also survived by her four sisters Lynn King, Joann Coffey, Sandy Frankum, Jane Hook, her four brothers John, Gary, Larry, and Richard Somerville, and 18 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents John and Jean Somerville.

Memorial services will be held on Sunday, May 20, at 2 p.m., at the Klickitat School gymnasium.

Gardner's Funeral Home and the Klickitat Women's Auxiliary are in charge of the arrangements.


Robert Loyd Shields was born June 16, 1934, in Portland, Ore., to Ernest and Dorothy Shields. He passed away May 3, 3012, in Hood River, Ore. He was 77.

He attended Benson High School in Portland. He later moved with his family to Seattle. In 1957, he moved back to Portland to work for Bud Meadows Pontiac.

He married Geraldine Dyde in August 1959. In 1964, the family was transferred to Seattle to a new Meadows dealership, where he was promoted to parts manager. In 1970, Bud Meadows changed to a Ford dealership and the family was moved back to Portland, where he worked until 1978.

The family then moved to White Salmon, where he lived until his death. Bob worked for two years at Bingen Ford and then went to work for Ray Schultens Motors until he retired in 1999.

He built his home in White Salmon, loved to build clocks and work with wood. He enjoyed the outdoors and the snow. He loved his family. He was a kind and gentle man, who loved his Lord.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years Geraldine; daughter Julie Stephens, Appleton; Steven, White Salmon; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Jean Bailey, Oregon City, Ore.; brother Ernest Shields, Baker City, Ore. and Donald Singleterry, Everett; and eight nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister Linda Sprauer, Salem, Ore.

Services will be held at Gardener's Funeral Home in White Salmon on Saturday, May 12, at 1 p.m.

Donations may be made to the Parkinson's Foundation or the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Help find a cure.


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