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Bevard, Andrea "Andy"  
ANDREA "ANDY" BEVARD June 25, 1948 ~ January 7, 2017 Andrea "Andy" Bevard passed on to be with the Lord January 7th. She was born June 25th, 1948 in Laona, Wisconsin to Kenneth and Lucille Bell. Moving to the Northwest area in the early 50's with her family, later attending Battle Ground High school. As a young lady, life was spent being big sister to Dale and Ellen, fishing, hunting and family picnics. Milking the family cows and riding her horse "Grouch". Andy's love of horses was encouraged with her daughter and granddaughter. 4-H, County fair, and every level of horse showing was supported. In her early 20's, she became a hairdresser. She was in the profession for over 35 years most of those at Beauty Boutique in Vancouver, WA where she built an established clientele. Many of whom came to her for over 30 years, some becoming more than clients but dear friends. In her semi retirement Andy was a hairdresser for Fort Vancouver Convalescent Center, The Vintage, and Pythian Home. Andy loved all things outdoors and was passionate about working in her yard. She had a knack for exterior and interior design and took pride in her home. Andy was a determined, resourceful, independent, private person. Never the victim always the overcomer! Andy is survived by daughter, Kelly Miller; son-in-law, Tom, granddaughter, Nadine Miller; brother, Allen Bell; sister-in-law, Marty; sister, Ellen Bell; nephew, Ryan Bell. At Andy's request there will be a private remembrance for family and close friends. Memorial donations to Ray Hickey Hospice House or the S.W.W. Humane Society. The family would also like to thank the staff at Ray Hickey for providing a place of rest and comfort for Andy. Your kind and genuine support to our family is greatly appreciated. Please sign her Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits .
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Biasi, Robert "R.J."  
ROBERT JOHN "RJ" BIASI January 21, 1927 ~ December 23, 2016 Robert John Biasi of Vancouver, WA, passed away Dec. 23, 2016 at Touchmark at Fairway Village. He was born Jan. 21, 1927 in Dubuque, IA to Emil John Biasi and Mabel Miller Biasi. Robert served in the Navy (Pacific Theatre) during WWII. He worked in Iron Foundry Sales and was Chief Operating Officer in Portland. He was employed by Northwest Foundry, Hyster, and Varicast in Vancouver. Robert enjoyed golf, swimming, community theatre, and singing. He was a member over 50 years of the Knights Templar and SPEBSQSA. Survivors include his "bride" of over 70 years, Arlene Mallory Biasi; sister, Dorothy Simmons; and four sons, Dennis (Nancy), Robert (Rosemary), Gary (Elaine) and Chad (Jean). A memorial service will be held on Sun., Jan. 22, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the Clubhouse Ballroom, Fairway Village, 15509 SE Fernwood Dr., Vancouver, WA. Special thanks to the Fairway Village Community and Touchmark at Fairway Village. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Bremmeyer, Larry Gordon  
LARRY GORDON BREMMEYER December 16, 1960 ~ January 3, 2017 Larry Gordon Bremmeyer, age 56, of Vancouver, Washington, passed away Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center after a three month long battle with pneumonia. Larry was born December 16, 1960, in Sacramento, California, the second oldest of four children, he was the son of Loren Robert (Georgia) Bremmeyer, and the late Pearl Mae (Dennis) Wade. Larry was the part owner and operator of East Vancouver Automotive, in Vancouver, for more than seven years, and worked in other automotive service positions within the Portland and Vancouver area, collecting many friends along the way. These friends usually started out as being customers, and then friends for life. He enjoyed being the social butterfly with whomever he met, whether it be at work, at his local watering hole, Los Potrillos, or down at the river fishing and camping. His family, friends, and new grand children were his passion, and he showed it by being very astute with his i-phone, by Face-timing, texting, and making regularly scheduled early morning calls to his sons, daughters, brothers and sister, always checking in to see how they were doing. In his spare time he also enjoyed hunting, Judge Judy, and especially, the Seattle Seahawks. He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Theresa May Bremmeyer along with their four children; Brandi of Gresham, Melissa of Vancouver, Larry Jr. (Shelby) of Battle Ground, and Nicole (Nick) Williams of Washougal; three grandchildren, Nicholas, Julian, and Aubree; three siblings, Loren Robert Jr. (Margaret) of Portland, Lori Lynne Wood of Vancouver, and Lyle Andrew (Gina) of Las Vegas, Nevada; and many other loving nieces, nephews, and relatives. As Spring Chinook fishing on the Columbia River was one of Larry's lifelong pleasures every year, for the past thirty plus years, a passing of his ashes (by Evergreen Staples Funeral Home) will be held at his favorite spring time fishing hole at Frenchman's Park and Caterpillar Island, on the last weekend of this year's upcoming season. An Indoor memorial services for Larry will also be held on the preceding Friday, also at a date to be announced later. Friends may visit with the family at both services. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to a Go-Fund-Me page in his honor. Please sign Larry's Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits .
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Brosseau, Twila Dawn  
TWILA DAWN BROSSEAU December 27, 1937 ~ January 7, 2017 "Her passions were family and friends who all knew they could count on Twila's amazing generosity and non-judgmental heart." After celebrating the joyous season of Christmas, Twila's favorite time of year, Twila Dawn Brosseau passed away peacefully on a snowy afternoon, Jan. 7th, 2017 surrounded by her loving family at Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital in Vancouver, WA. She was born on Dec. 27th, 1937 on a snowy day in Wolf Point, MT to Adolph and Alma Jystad. Twila's family moved to Vancouver when her father joined the railroad. She attended Barberton school and graduated from Battle Ground High School in 1955. Twila married Fred Brosseau on Aug. 22nd, 1956 and as a loving mother raised her three children, William, Linda and John on the Brosseau family farm. Her proudest accomplishment was being a mom to her children and a role model and grandmother to Curtis Allen, Christine Ann, Michael Paul, Kyle David and Cody Allen as well as great-grandmother to River, Jack and Will. Her other passions were bowling and traveling as year after year she toured every corner of this country with many of her bowling teams. In 2008, Twila was honored in bowling by being elected to prestigious U.S. Bowling Congress Hall of Fame. She was recognized for her longstanding, positive, unselfish contributions to the bowling community. Twila is survived by her children: William Brosseau, Linda Niday and her partner Mark, John Brosseau and his wife Donna; Twila's sister, Iris Jystad; daughter-in-law, Patti Marti; and Twila's partner, Dale Shaw. She was preceded in death by her parents, Adolph and Alma Jystad; and her former husband, Fred Brosseau. Twila always put everyone else's needs ahead of hers so please help us celebrate her life with family and friends on Sun., Jan. 22nd, 2017 at 2:00p.m. at Husted's Hazel Dell Lanes, 6300 NE Hwy 99, in Vancouver, WA. Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Carlson, Sandra Lee - Vancouver  
SANDRA LEE CARLSON May 28, 1955 ~ January 6, 2017 Sandra was born in Oak Park, IL on May 28,1955, and has lived in Vancouver, WA since 1964. Sandra had many interests such as bowling, photography, country dancing, and swimming in Special Olympics. She was employed at Nordstrom Vancouver Mall for 9 years helping on the sales floor and in the cafe. For the past 25 years she has been wonderfully cared for at SOLO, an Independent Tenant Support facility. Throughout Sandra's lifetime, she brought much joy to others with her sense of humor. She is gone from our sight but will never be gone from our hearts. She leaves behind her mother, Marjorie Carlson; sister, Pam Judd; brothers, Jeff Carlson (Sue) and Greg Carlson (Heidi); and seven nieces and nephews. A memorial servcie will be held on Sat., Jan. 21, 10:00a.m. at Evergreen Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in Sandra's name to the Ray Hickey Hospice House or Special Olympics. Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Clark, William Dale "Bill" - Dardanelle  
WILLIAM "BILL" DALE CLARK November 11, 1950 ~ January 13, 2017 William D. "Bill" Clark passed away peacefully at home on Friday, January 13, 2017. He was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and graduated from Lincoln High School. Bill served in Vietnam from 1970-1972 with the 162nd AHC. He met the love of his life, Lisa, on January 2, 1988. They were married on January 2, 1990. Bill retired from the United States Post Office after 32 years and moved to Arkansas in 2004. He was preceded in death by his father, Clarence William "Bill" Clark; mother, Sheran Jeanne Stinnett; stepfather, Gene Stinnett; brother, Thomas Blair Clark; and his sister, Victoria Jeanne Clark. Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Lisa Tetz Clark; daughter, Bridget Murray; grandson, Kaiden Murray; brothers and sisters, Sheran Harper, Randy (Jan) Clark, Scott Stinnett, Barry Clark, Debi (Dorman) Groat, Mark Stinnett, Cathy Yokley; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Bill had a true love of animals, was head dog walker, and is survived by his beloved pets. Arrangements by Cornwell Funeral Home and River Valley Cremations in Dardanelle, AR. Online Guest Book and Condolences at www.cornwellfuneralhomes.com and www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Jan. 18, 2017
DANIEL, A. LARRY "LARRY"  
A. LARRY DANIEL March 7, 1926 ~ January 6, 2017 Larry passed away unexpectedly on January 6, 2017 at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. He was born in Vancouver, Washington at the Clark General Hospital to George and Mabel Daniel and was joined five years later by a brother, Howard. He attended Hazel Dell Grade School, Shumway, and graduated in 1944 from Vancouver High School. In October 1942, he survived a very serious motorcycle accident in Battle Ground and was not expected to live. While in a coma for eight days, the family home burned to the ground. When he awoke, he dedicated his life to serving his Savior Jesus Christ. During his junior year in high school, a new girl from Longview joined the class and caught his eye. He announced to his friends "Fellas, I've just seen the girl I'm going to marry". After graduation, the couple were wed on June 9, 1944 and celebrated 72 years together in 2016. During his grade school years a special teacher introduced Larry to woodworking where he made his own arrows. He later created beautiful bows and arrows and found his love for working with wood. He was skilled at archery and in 1940 held the title of Washington State Junior Archery Champion. He went through the ranks of the Boy Scouts and became the Master of Troop 343. When he resigned, a celebration was held honoring him. It was pointed out that during his guidance, in 1952, the Hazel Dell troop had held nine courts of honor - more than any other troop in the Hudson's Bay district. As a young man, Larry held many different jobs. He worked in the Kaiser shipyards, in charge of the first aid station and drove an ambulance. He rode on the ships during trial runs from Vancouver to Astoria, riding the train back. He also worked at Vancouver Memorial as an orderly. He delivered ice, drove log trucks, worked in the mill at Longview, worked at Union Pacific - until finding his calling as a carpenter. He built custom homes in Clark County, most of the time drawing the plans himself. He also built churches and the Clark County Christian School (located in the Marrion neighborhood) with the help of volunteer labor. Larry enjoyed collecting vintage cars, building his own paint booth and teaching himself how to paint. In his spare time, he started a used car lot, where he employed his son-in-law, Fred. Together they were involved in the antique auto swap meets located in Portland and southwest Washington. He taught Sunday School and was a church camp counselor. He loved and supported many missionaries and had an opportunity to use his skills by traveling to Trujillo, Peru to help build a school. At age 71, he felt privileged to attend a Promise Keepers rally in Washington, D.C. In the past several years he wrote about his childhood memories growing up in Hazel Dell, titling the story "My Journey Down the Poor Farm Road" referring to 78th Street where the County Poor Farm was located, near the family home. Larry had always enjoyed photography and took photos of historic buildings for the Vancouver Historical Society. He used his woodworking skills to create display stands for the Pearson Air Museum. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, a daughter, Donna Guerin, and a granddaughter, Lolita Johnson. He is survived by his wife, Wilma; daughters, Carol Collier, Sylvia LaFollette (Fred), and Krista Daniel; 11 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren and 9 great, great grandchildren. A memorial service is planned for a future date. Please sign his guestbook at www.columbian.com/obits
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Douglas, Barbara M.  
BARBARA M. (PENETAC) DOUGLAS May 24, 1945 ~ January 9, 2017 Barbara was born in Nome, Alaska to John and Theresa Penetac. She was the oldest sibling of ten children. She married Leonard A. Douglas on June 12,1967. Together they had four children: Michael Douglas, Evelyn Taul, Dale Douglas, and Anna Dall. She was a stepmom to Bill, Cliff, and Larry Douglas. She was a grandmother to many and a great-grandmother as well. She had many family and friends. Barbara went into the loving arms of Jesus with her family close by. She will be loved and missed by all. Any one that knew her were honored by her presence. Please sign Barbara's Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits .
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Gjerset, Randie Ilene - Vancouver  
RANDIE ILENE GJERSET November 21, 1947 ~ January 10, 2016 Randie Gjerset, mother, sister, and friend passed away due to natural causes. She is survived by her brother, Ric Pruitt, of Seattle, WA; daughter and son-in-law, Ilene and Jim Mundell of Vancouver, WA; son and daughter-in-law, Wynn and Carrie Browning of Libby, MT; grandsons, Michael and Zachary Browning; and 4 great-grandchildren of Libby, MT. Celebration of Life will be held at Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Wed., Jan. 18th at 3 p.m., reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society. Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Gutz, Michael  
MICHAEL GUTZ April 8,1960 ~ January 8, 2017 Michael was born in St Paul, MN. He lived several places growing up with a dad that was career Navy, but he considered Jacksonville Beach, FL to be his childhood home. Mike lived in Washougal, WA for 28 years, and the last 4 years were spent in Vancouver, WA. After surviving 3 previous bouts of cancer, he died of his fourth battle at home with his wife and several children with him in Vancouver. He was 56 years old. Mike served as a volunteer for the Washougal Fire department for seven years and worked many years at the Camas Paper Mill. However, his favorite job was driving a school bus for Camas School District. This makes sense, since Michael's passion after God and family was kids! Michael loved anything to do with kids, being teased about being a "baby whisperer", being a jungle gym for his grandchildren, or coming off shift work and coaching a sports team. Mike is survived by his wife, Catherine, of 31 1/2 years; and their children, Susan, Christina, Rachel, Maya, Kristy, Tiffany, Jason, Heather, Tia , Daniel, Joseph, and Cheyenne. Their love for kids was so strong that they always knew there was always room for one more. Michael and Catherine took great joy in providing for children via foster care for 26 years. There are also 38 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is survived by his brother and sisters, Mark, Tari, Toni, Tina, Tisha and Tami. He is preceded in death by daughter, Sarah Nicole; and grandson, Cyric. Celebration of Life Service, Sat., Jan. 21, 11a.m., Gateway Community Church, 1235 "E" St., Washougal, WA In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Gateway Church, "Run for the Hungry" fund or, The Nicaragua Mission Team fund....Michael's greatest passions after his family. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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