Dorothy June Kreutzkamp Naught, 88, died Sept. 18, 2016, surrounded by family at her daughter Kitt’s home in Goldendale.
She was visited by her six children and many other relatives and friends in the days prior to her passing. She is now celebrating in the presence of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with relatives and friends who have gone before her.
Dorothy was born May 16, 1928, to Fred (Fritz) and Lottie (Swartz) Kreutzkamp, in Hoquiam, the third of six daughters.
She attended schools in Hoquiam, Aberdeen and Olympia, until her health necessitated her moving to a dryer climate.
She then moved to Bickleton, where she spent her sophomore year living with her aunt and uncle, Hazel and Ad Wattenberger. She returned to Olympia for her junior year, but moved back to Bickleton for her senior year, living with Gladys and Mary Beth Crider.
While in Bickleton, she met and fell in love with, Don Naught. Don and Dorothy were married in St. Michael’s Catholic Church, May 3, 1947, in Olympia and returned to Bickleton, by way of what is now the Columbia Gorge Historical Highway.
Their first home was the Smithy Place, where Dorothy became a farm wife. Since she didn’t know how to cook and provide meals for the harvest crew, that summer was quite a learning experience. She always said it couldn’t have been too bad since no one died from eating her cooking.
Don worked for farmers until 1950, when he and Dorothy and baby Kitt moved to Arizona, where he worked at various jobs until 1952.
They then they moved back to the family farm in Bickleton, where Clint, Edna and Tom were born. They lived on the family ranch until January 1955, when they moved to Republic, where Don and his uncle Barney Roberts, logged. During this time “up North,” there were three moves - from Republic to Colville and back to Republic. Dorothy became an expert and uncomplaining packer while riding herd on several small children. Son, Fred, was born in Republic, the first baby to be born in the new nursery of Republic Hospital.
In 1959, the family moved back to Klickitat County, living near Goldendale until the well went dry. They then moved south of Centerville.
In 1960, the family moved to the Jess Wherry ranch on Dot Road, where baby number six, Peggy, was born. After a year, they moved back to Centerville in the spring of 1961. During the four years they lived in Centerville, Dorothy was a Cub Scout and Girl Scout leader and also began to sell Raleigh products door-to-door. She cooked for not only her own family, but for anyone who happened to be there at meal time. During this time Dorothy’s niece, Sue Ritter, lived with them for a year — the first of many “extras” who would live with, and be influenced by, Dorothy and Don.
A final family move was made in the summer of 1965, when they moved back to the family ranch southwest of Bickleton where Don raised cattle and wheat and they continued to reside until their deaths.
Dorothy was a member of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, where she taught Sunday school for many years and was a member of the Goodwill Circle.
Her greatest loves were her Savior and her family. She lived the faith she professed, never participating in gossip and always seeing the good in others.
She is survived by her sister, Mary Lou Thomas; children, Kitt Tallman of Goldendale, Clint (Sally) Naught of Cleveland/Bickleton, Edna (Dave) Nygard of Rochester, Thomas Naught of Portland, Ore., Fred (Cari) Naught of Cheney and Peggy (Jim) Woodard of Goldendale; grandchildren, Donita (Bill) Brownlee, Mikki Naught, Selena Naught, Cory Naught, Dusty (Brandie) Read, Becky (Luke) Baumeister, Renee (Lloyd) Tommila, Hillary Fitch, Katherine (Trevor) VanZanten, Jennifer Homer, Travis Naught, Shelby Naught, Joey (Rachel) Shirley and Joshua (Timmany) Shirley; great-grandchildren, Jessa, Emma, Wyatt, Andy, Sam, Megan, Dawson, Calvin, Anthony, Tabitha, Henry, Frankie, Amber, Dalton, Shea, Sonora, Tallulah, Dominic, Pepper, Lincoln, Jasmyne, Zack, Brytnee, Ryder, Clara and Timothy. Great-great- grandchildren, Cedar and Iris; honorary children, Serena (Mike) Williams, Martha (Neal) Slater, Patsy (Clifford) Nygaard, Gale (Randy) Blankenship, Lana (John) Stomieroski, Frank and Margaret Collins and all their families; along with numerous, step-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and strays.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Don; parents, Lottie and Fred Kreutzkamp; step-father, Fred Tegen; sisters, Alice, Eva, Grace and Rita.
Dorothy and Don provided a loving home for a multitude of children over the years. Dorothy will be greatly missed.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, at Bickleton Church in Bickleton.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Yakima Union Gospel Mission, Birthright or a charity of your choice.
Columbia Hills Memorial Chapel in Goldendale is in care of arrangements.