Goldendale Sentinel
Thursday, January 15, 1942, page 1

[Copied from original newspaper by Researcher Ellen Rowley]

Phillip W. Havnar

Car Goes Off Ferry; Man Dies
Phillip Havnar, of Klickitat, Drowns in Columbia River Friday Night at Dallesport

"Phillip W. Havnar, 25-year-old Klickitat resident, drowned Friday evening when the car he was driving crashed through a guard chain on The Dalles ferry and toppled into 20 feet of water. Havnar was alone in the car. The accident occurred shortly after 10:00 p.m., when Havnar drove onto the ferry at the Dallesport landing.

Sheriff Russell Woodward, who was called to investigate the accident, said Havnar apparently made no attempt to get out of the car. Ferry attendants said the car floated for a short time and that he might have opened the door and escaped.

The cause of accident is not known. Officers believe Havnar may have been injured when his car hurtled off the end of the ferry. It is also known that Havnar's machine was involved in a minor traffic accident a short time before and that he may have been injured at that time.

The Klickitat man's body was recovered a short while after the accident. It was brought to the Phillips Funeral Home in Goldendale. The car was pulled out of the river with a wrecker from the deck of the ferry.

Mr. Havnar was born in Wasco, Ore., and came to Klickitat with his parents when a small boy. He attended the Klickitat schools. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Havnar; one brother, Buster Havnar, of The Dalles; and a sister, Mrs. Raymond Selle, of Tacoma.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. from the Phillips chapel in Goldendale. The services were conducted by Raymond Gibbs, pastor of the Goldendale Church of Christ. Internment was in the Goldendale I.O.O.F cemetery."

Phillip Havnar Obituary