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Arionus, Arthur Henry "Art"  
ARTHUR "ART" HENRY ARIONUS February 25, 1920 ~ November 9, 2014 ~ In Loving Memory ~ Arthur Henry Arionus, passed away on Nov. 9, 2014 in Vancouver, WA. He was born to John H. Arionus and Ida Martins-Arionus on Feb. 25, 1920 in Cottonwood, MN. As a young man, Art worked in the gold mine in Lead, SD. In the early 40's, he moved to Vancouver, WA to work in the shipyards, then to the Vancouver Housing Authority, Smith Bros. Rock Quarry, and later retired from Willamette Western. Art was a very kind, honest, and respected man who was loved dearly by his family and friends. He enjoyed the simple things in life: fishing, hunting, gardening, water skiing, travel trailer road trips, and dancing to country music were favorites. Art was a member of AGC-International Union of Operating Engineers Local 701 since 1958. He was also a long-time member of the Moose Lodge, Vancouver Chapter. Art is survived by daughters, Gail Miller (Fred) and Linda Wood (Dave); grandchildren, Monica Pope-Smith, Tom A. Miller, Malinda Miller-Beach and Ryan D. Pope; great-grandchildren, Kiplee Ross, Michael Miller, Jerrin, Hayden and Warren Pope and Lucas Miller; and great-great-granddaughter, Kimber Ross. He was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita Gruber-Arionus in 2004; his parents; and brothers, William, Johnny, Merle, Donald and Eugene. Family and friends are invited to attend the Celebration of Life service for Art on Sat., Nov. 29, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. at the Evergreen Memorial Gardens Chapel, 1101 NE 112th Ave., Vancouver, WA 98684/hospitality refreshments to follow. Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to a charity of choice. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Nov. 23, 2014
Barnhart, William Clifton - La Center  
WILLIAM CLIFTON BARNHART August 8, 1926 ~ November 18, 2014 " You could always catch Bill with a wonderful smile, a listening ear, and a story to tell." William Clifton Barnhart, affectionately known as Barney, passed away in his home on Nov. 18, 2014. He was born on Aug. 8, 1926 in Portland, OR, but spent his early years on the family farm in La Center, WA. During the Korean War, his military duty was spent in San Francisco at the Letterman Army Hospital. Bill returned home to Woodland, WA where he and Norma raised their five children. He later returned to the family farm for the remainder of his life. Bill's survivors include three sons, Keith Barnhart of Seattle, WA, Larry Barnhart of Woodland, WA and Eddie Barnhart of La Center, WA; two daughters, Carol Crowe of Wauwatosa, WI and Karen Cassidy of Park City, UT; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. A reception will be held on Fri., Nov. 28, 2014 from 2-4p.m. at the Quay Restaurant in Vancouver, WA. The family suggests donations in lieu of flowers on behalf of Bill Barnhart to the La Center Museum. Arrangements entrusted to Vancouver Funeral Chapel. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Nov. 23, 2014
Bocci, Benedict Charles "Ben"  
BENEDICT "BEN" CHARLES BOCCI November 4, 1950 ~ November 14, 2014 "One word that describes Ben well is "kind." He was a kind and gentle man who would do just about anything for anybody." If you met him, you liked him. If you worked with him, you respected him. If you spent any time with him, you loved him. The most positive and upbeat person who never asked, "Why me?" but always said, "We're going to keep moving forward." Ben was so proud of his awesome children, Benedict Jr., Melinda, Joseph, Anthony, Alaina and David, and his grandchildren, Adam, Henry, Joseph and Quinn. His wife Kathleen, "Kat", of 27 years, has no idea how she will become just Kat; it has always been "Ben and Kat." Ben was fortunate enough to have spent the last year enjoying time with his family and friends doing so many things together. He couldn't have asked for more. Ben, son of Wilma and Gino Bocci, brother to Jim and Kathy, grew up with produce in his blood. From the immigrant Italian family farms in Milwaukie, OR to the city streets of Portland, OR in his father's produce market on Yamhill Street, learning about produce came naturally to Ben. After attending Benson High School, he worked the produce racks at Tradewell stores, sold produce at Pacific Coast Fruit, then finally found his home at Food Services of America as their Produce Specialist. There, he spent 24 years as "Broccoli Ben" , maybe the most loved and respected man in the industry. He never considered it a job because he loved his co-workers, customers and company. But most of all, he had a passion for produce. The man knew more about produce than anyone. Besides his family, Ben's true love and passion was cars. Old cars, Model A's, 1950 Ford's, any old Ford, drag cars, rusty car parts, swap meets, bench racing, ebaying car parts, cruise in's, etc., etc., etc. If he met you and your car, he was more likely to remember your car than your name. The numbers of cars that have rotated out of his shop are uncountable. Most of them didn't run, some of them had hornet nests or were without engines or seats, but he always looked at them through rose colored lenses. "It's all original." , he would say. All of his friends and hot rod buddies, who helped to get his cars running so he could enjoy them, are the best friends a guy could have. But then again, they would say it was a pleasure to do something for the nicest guy they ever knew. May he live forever in every heart he has ever touched! Services: Mon., Nov. 24, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 400 South Andresen, Vancouver, WA 98661. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to OHSU Cancer Knight Institute in honor of Ben. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Nov. 23, 2014
Bridge, Fredrick Earnest "Fred"  
FREDRICK EARNEST BRIDGE July 15, 1949 ~ November 19, 2014 Fredrick Earnest Bridge was born July 15, 1949 in Vancouver, WA to Richard and Frances Prew Bridge and died at his home in Washougal, WA on Wed., Nov. 19, 2014. He was 65 years old. He was known as "Ernie" to his family and "Fred" to his friends. Fred served with the 101st Airborne in Vietnam as a radioman. When he came home from Vietnam, he worked as a welder in the Portland shipyards, then at Frito Lay, and finally at the paper mill in Camas, WA where he retired in 2007 after working there 24 years. Fred loved to hunt and fish and was an experienced diver. After he retired, his favorite hobby was working on his 1966 GTO. He loved to go over to PIR on Wed. evenings in the summer to "talk cars" with other car enthusiasts. Even in Sept., when his health was failing, he went to Long Beach for one final rod run. The sound of engines roaring had him grinning from ear to ear all day long. Fred is survived by his wife, Tami of Washougal; his son, Fred Jr. and Kathy of Laurel, MT; his daughter, Jessica and Pete Cringan of Greenville, NC; his step-sons, Jeremy and Emily Smith, Chris and Kelli Flores, and Nick and Denise Flores, all of Vancouver, WA, and Ben Flores of Camas, WA; his grandkids, Kameron and Pythagoras Cringan, Ashly and Cloe Melin, Tamara and Taryn Smith, Cody, Rachael and Dylan Eisenhart, Ava and Ali Flores. Fred is also survived by sister, Patricia; brother, Henry and Cindy Bridge; his 2nd Mom, Auntie Betty Prew of Battle Ground, WA; his mother-in-law, Shari Bruun of Camas, WA; his brothers-in-law, Greg and Carolyn Bruun of Audubon, IA and Troy and Kristie Bruun of Wichita, KS; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog, Abby. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Richard Bridge, Jr. Fred requested no service. There will be a private family gathering at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of Brown's Funeral Home. To leave a condolence or to sign Fred's online guest books, please go to www.brownsfh.com and www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Nov. 23, 2014
Carson, Robert D. "Robby"  
ROBERT "ROBBY" D. CARSON March 16, 1965 ~ October 29, 2014 Robert "Robby" D. Carson, 49, passed away peacefully after a long struggle with health problems. Robby worked in construction as a sider when able. He was a musician, playing guitar in bands in the Portland, OR area, a driftwood creations artist and lover of animals. Robby is survived by his mother, Dorothy; sister, Linda; brothers, Marty and Joe, all of Vancouver, WA; as well as sister, Joyce and brother, Greg from Texas; brother, Kent from Virginia; his dog, Bree; and many friends in the area. He was preceded in death by his father, Forrest Dale Carson in 1970. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Davis Sr., Richard Virgil "Dick"  
ALTPHOTOAllCounty.jpg/ALTPHOTO RICHARD "DICK" VIRGIL DAVIS, SR. November 10, 1935 ~ November 16, 2014 " He was revered, loved, and adored, by his family and faithful dog, Buffy." Richard "Dick" Virgil Davis Sr. was a life-long resident of Vancouver, WA. At the age of 79, Richard suffered a sudden and massive stroke and passed peacefully surrounded by his family on Sun., Nov. 16, 2014 at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. He was born on Nov. 10, 1935 to Charles S. Davis and Norma B. Davis, as the youngest of three children. He was raised in the St. Paul Lutheran Church where his family was very involved in the music ministry. Richard graduated from Vancouver High in 1954. Soon after graduation, he joined the U.S. Air National Guard and remained a reserve member until 1962. He then went on to attend Clark College. In 1955, Richard married Patricia Brown of Vancouver and together they raised their family in the Lincoln area near the Burns, Mason, Dahl, Bennett and Nelson families. He was a proud and loving father to his three children, Rick, Julie and Brian. In his early years, Richard worked at Alcoa, Copeland Lumber Yard, and built custom homes. In 1967, he took over his father's business, Davis & Co. Paint Contracting. He retired in 1993. In his youth, Richard loved participating annually in the local soapbox derby and school sports. Richard always loved the outdoors and had a passion for flying airplanes, go-cart racing, riding motorcycles, and sailboat racing. Richard was also an avid golfer. He loved coaching and watching his children play ball. As Richard aged, his daily activities revolved around Hi-fi and computers. He also enjoyed being a member of the Lions club. Richard is survived by his three children, Richard Davis Jr., Julie (Davis) Whiteaker, both of La Center, WA and Brian Davis of Vancouver, WA; his grandchildren, Emma (Davis) Perkins of Stanwood, WA, George Davis of Pocatello, ID, Olivia Davis of La Center, WA, Jamie Whiteaker of Newberg, OR and Mathew Whiteaker of Beaverton, OR; his seven great-grandchildren; cousin, Click Moore and family; plus numerous other cousins, nieces, and nephews. His parents and both of his brothers, Russell and Charles "Chuck" II, preceded Richard in death. Celebration of Life will be held Fri., Nov. 28, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1309 Franklin St., Vancouver, WA 98660. Please sign his guest book at www.columbian.com/obits .
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Foley, C. John  
C. JOHN FOLEY May 23, 1940 ~ November 11, 2014 "What John loved most were his grandkids and shooting pool." C. John Foley of Vancouver, WA, passed away peacefully at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center on Nov. 11, 2014, surrounded by family and friends at 74 years old. He was born on May 23, 1940 in Camas, WA and grew up in Carson, WA. John lived most of his life building homes in the Vancouver area. Survivors include his four sons, John and Sandra Foley of Miami, OK, Jeff and Melanie Foley of Vancouver, Clay and Shannon Foley of Vancouver and John and Laurie Bailey of Vancouver; one daughter, Mary and Steve Jones of Brush Prairie, WA; his soul mate, Suzanne; eleven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life will be held on Sat., Dec. 6, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. For more information: see FaceBook- John Foley's Kick @zz Page or call 360-608-7207. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Hill, Robin  
ROBIN HILL December 10, 1965 ~ November 20, 2014 Robin Hill, 48, died at home Nov. 20, 2014 in Vancouver, WA after a 5-year battle with ALS. She was born Dec. 10, 1965 in Salem, OR. Robin was an amazing wife to Mark. She raised three children of her own, Rachel, Kristin and Eric, was a step-mother to two, Jacob and Reena, and a wonderful grandmother to six grandchildren. A viewing will be held at Evergreen Memorial Gardens Fri., Nov. 28, 12:30-8:30, at 1101 N.E. 112th Ave., Vancouver, WA 98684. A Celebration of Robin's Life will be held Sat., Nov. 29 at 11:00 at New Hope Foursquare Church, 1801 Daniels St., Vancouver, WA 98660. In lieu of flowers, the family requests tributes to be sent to the ALS Association. Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Nov. 25, 2014
Kee, Lily - Vancouver  
LILY KEE July 14th, 1926 ~ November 15th, 2014 Lily passed away November 15 at the age of 88. She was recently diagnosed with cancer and the disease took her from us too soon. She was kind and giving, often putting others' needs above her own. Lily was born in Canton China. She was the eldest child of Sam Kui and King Chin. When WWII broke out the family left Canton and fled to Macau. Lily was a survivor from the day she left home in Macau. Lily ended up in Shanghai and worked for a family as a servant. She met her future husband, Charlie, in Shanghai. Her employer was an acquaintance of General Chennault, who happened to know a soldier under his command that might make a good husband. She survived the war and came to America with Charlie and settled down in Portland. Not satisfied with just being a war bride and a stranger in a foreign country, she learned English, much of it self taught. She also wanted to work and earn her way. Lily held many jobs during her journey. She began as the elevator operator at Ungar's Furs, a fashionable fur store in downtown Portland. She also worked at Jantzen Woolen Mills for 20 years and then Tektronix until she retired. Most importantly, she was a wife and mother. She is survived by her three children and six grandchildren. While her children were the love of her life, her grandchildren were her greatest joy. In retirement, she spent her time gardening, raising her grandchildren, traveling, and going to the gym. Lily was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie. Lily is survived by brothers, John and Henry; and a sister, Nancy. Her children include sons, Lawrence (Seiko), Steven (Katie) and her daughter, Kathleen (Craig). In addition, her grandchildren are, Tsubasa, Tatsuya, Collin, Karsten, Clarice and Samuel. She has many nieces and nephews. Lily strongly believed in a good education and stressed that to all of her children and grandchildren. A memorial will be held on November 23 at 1p.m. at Lincoln Memorial, 11801 Mt. Scott Blvd., Portland, OR 97086. Viewing will be Saturday, November 22 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be sent to the Portland Chinese Scholarship Foundation c/o 1941 SE 31st Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. Please sign Lily's Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Nov. 22, 2014
Kreuz, Michael Joseph "Mike"  
MICHAEL JOSEPH KREUZ January 14, 1944 ~ November 18, 2014 "Mike was loved and will be missed very much." Michael Joseph Kreuz, 70, of Vancouver, WA, departed this life on Nov. 18, 2014 at his residence. He was born in Fremont, OH to Marvin and Lena (Runion) Kreuz. Mike was an avid hunter and loved fishing. He also enjoyed spending winters in Arizona with his wife. Mike is survived by his three daughters, Tonia (Rudy) Washington and Michelle (Elester) Gardner of Bowling Green, KY and Amy Kreuz of Vancouver, WA; five grandchildren, Joe Hagen of Bottineau, ND, Dyshona and Quinton Washington of Bowling Green, KY and Amanda and Theo Brosnan of Vancouver, WA; four great-grandchildren; his sister, Kay Bishop of Fremont, OH; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Joann; sister, Karen Kreuz; infant brother, Phillip Kreuz; and grandson, Ricco Washington. Cremation entrusted to Evergreen Memorial Gardens. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Nov. 23, 2014
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