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Bloomquist, Robert William  
ROBERT WILLIAM BLOOMQUIST June 9, 1926 ~ April 28, 2015 Robert William Bloomquist, 88, passed away on April 28th in Sun Lakes, Arizona of natural causes. Robert was born in Vancouver, Washington to Otto and Ellen Bloomquist. He attended Battle Ground Schools from 1st grade to high school. He worked for a logging company and at a sporting goods store until he started the family chicken farm. In 1967, he began managing the Battle Ground Bowling Alley. When he retired, he moved to Sun Lakes, Arizona where he resided until his death. Robert loved the outdoors and loved to hunt and fish with his sons. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Susan Bloomquist; his sister, Gladys Shelton; his three children, Marlene Byerly, Gordon Bloomquist, and Bill Bloomquist. He had seven grandchildren, Tanya Kesmodel, Mendy Benson, Chad Benson, Kara Bullock, Jeff Bloomquist, Cory Bloomquist, and Becky Lawson. He had 13 great-grandchildren ranging in ages from 11 to 7 weeks. A Celebration of Life will be held for immediate family at the home of Bill Bloomquist on Saturday, May 30, 2015, followed by the scattering of ashes on Sunday the 31st. Please sign his Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on May 19, 2015
Evalt, Wayne Douglas  
WAYNE DOUGLAS EVALTBR December 19, 1950 ~ April 22, 2015 Wayne Douglas Evalt, 64, passed away on April 22, 2015 in Bremerton, WA with his brother, Bob, by his side. He was born Dec. 19, 1950 to Edward and Alma (Johnson) Evalt in Vancouver, WA. Wayne attended Evergreen High School in Vancouver and enjoyed reading science fiction, playing pool, drawing, listening to oldies music, and artistic painting. He frequented the Silverdale YMCA. He loved to eat "cackle berries" AKA eggs, hazelnuts, and grandma Evalt's pancakes. Wayne was a great friend, brother, uncle, and he always was truthful and kind towards everyone. He was a gentle, loving person. Wayne is survived by his sister, Miriam Otey; brothers, Ralph and Robert "Bob"; daughter, Alma Passey; son ,Barry Purviance; 3 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Evelyn Johnson; brothers, Anton, Victor, Milton, and Roy; and his special companion, Geraldine Bowers. A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, May 3rd, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. at Ralph and Laura Evalt's home. It will be potluck. An informal funeral will be held on Sunday, May 10th (Mother's Day) at 2:00 p.m. at the Brush Prairie Cemetery in Vancouver, WA. Miller-Woodlawn Funeral Home in Bremerton, WA are entrusted with Wayne's arrangements. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on May 19, 2015
Harrell-Linderman, Rowena "Ruth"  
ROWENA RUTH HARRELL-LINDERMAN September 28, 1933 ~ May 8, 2015 "Children laughing and getting along "made her heart happy." On May 8, 2015, Rowena Ruth Harrell-Linderman went to be with The Lord, peacefully in her sleep at home in Yacolt, OR. She was born Sept. 28, 1933 in Redmond, OR. Ruth is survived by her husband, James Linderman; nine of her 10 children, Wanda, Donna, Frank, Nola, Nadine, Brice, Ben, Josie, and Mike; 19 grandchildren; 19 great- grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Larry; and two grandsons, Ali and Taj. "Ruth never met a stranger. She loved helping people and she will be missed by all. " A memorial service will be held at the Yacolt Community Church, 509 W. Cushman St., Yacolt, WA, on Sat., May 23, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on May 21, 2015
Hussey-Delgado, Coleen Mae  
COLEEN MAE HUSSEY-DELGADO May 6, 1953 ~ April 28, 2015 Coleen passed on April 28, 2015, surrounded by family. She was born the youngest of three children in Moscow, ID to Leon and Edith Hamilton Hussey, and was raised on a dairy farm. Coleen lived in Walla Walla, Enumclaw, and Spokane before making Vancouver, WA her home of 40 years. Coleen's career was the restaurant business, where she co-owned or managed businesses and served clients in local establishments, such as The Alibi, Paul's, Willie's, and Orchards Tap, making lasting friendships with colleagues and customers. She loved camping, ocean trips, crafts, games, and cooking for friends and family. And, mostly, she loved her little dachshund puppy dogs, Archie, Max, Otto, Sissy, Greta, and Shotzy. Coleen leaves behind her her dear friend, Christopher Ingram; brother and his wife, Kip Hussey (Linda); her sister, Deborah Maher; niece, Erin Ross (Corey); nephews, Tad and Tyson Hussey, Scott Carrell, Andrew, and Patrick Maher; and her beloved grand-niece, Zoe Belle Ross. A Celebration of Life Memorial will be held Sun., May 31, at 2 p.m., at Orchards Tap, 10514 NE Fourth Plain Blvd., Vancouver, WA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Humane Society for SW Washington http://southwesthumane.org . Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on May 22, 2015
Keel, Darrell E.  
DARRELL E. KEEL Oct. 22 1940 ~ May 14, 2015 "Darrell was the crown and foundation of his family. He was greatly loved and will be deeply missed." Darrell E. Keel, 74, went to be with the Lord on May 14, 2015 after a 6-month battle with cancer. He was born in Lorraine, ND and grew up in Sherwood, ND, later moving to the Camas/Washougal, WA area as a teen. Darrell married Gayle Ann Kellogg of Washougal on June 18, 1960 and moved to Aberdeen, WA where he worked for Allstate for 37 years. After retirement, Darrell enjoyed traveling the world and spent cold winter months in Peoria, AZ and spring/summer months in Washougal, WA. He was also a world master bridge player, but golf was always his favorite passion. Darrell is survived by a sister, Lillian Aherns of Longview, WA; daughters, Kerri Lynn Keel (Mollett) and Laura Ann Keel (Osborn); six grandchildren, Jennifer Mollett, Sarah Mollett (Harris) and Crystal Mollett (Bach), Justin Sutherby, Danny Rowan, and Trinity Rowan; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Clara Keel; sisters, Clarice Ritter and Arlene Larsen; brothers, John (Jack) Keel and Clarence (Ken) Keel. Please join us in celebrating the life of a man who has truly touched our hearts and souls, at Bethel Community Church, 1438 B St. in Washougal, WA on Sat., May 30, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on May 19, 2015
Lampman, Elena Marie  
ELENA MARIE LAMPMAN October 18, 1988 ~ May 10, 2015 Elena Marie Lampman, 26, formerly of Vancouver, WA, passed away in Carrollton, TX, from injuries received in a car accident. She was born in Braila, Romania. Elena was an athlete in track, gymnastics, competing in softball, and won the Kentucky State Championship with her high school softball team in 2006. Elena graduated from Washington State University in 2012. In recent years, she was a "Chosen Champion", passionate about helping other adoptees and their parents. Elena is survived by her mother, Jill; sister, Becca; grandparents, Charles and Virginia; and many friends. A Celebration of Life service will be held Tues., May 26, 2015 at 12:30 p.m. at City Bible Church, 14311 SE Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver, WA 98684. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to CHOSEN, a Post Adoption Educational Ministry, PO Box 5515, Grants Pass, OR 97527, or choseninternational.org (a 501c3 non-profit). Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on May 22, 2015
Levanen, Gertrude Caroline  
GERTRUDE CAROLINE LEVANEN August 6, 1913 ~ May 16, 2015 Gertrude Caroline Levanen passed away peacefully in living faith on May 16, 2015 at 101 years of age, in Battle Ground, WA. She was born Aug. 6, 1913, in Quincy, OR, to Anna and John Ek, both Finnish immigrants. The family moved to Mist, OR, where she attended Mist Elementary. She graduated from Vernonia High School and from Ellensburg College, where she received a teaching certificate. In 1941, she married Lavey "Butch" Levanen and they were married for 60 years. He passed away in 2001. Gertrude is survived by her daughter, Jane Alice Day; grandchildren, Caroline Johnson, Derek Long and Summer Long; a great-grandson, Jarold Bisconer; and sisters, Elizabeth Lindberg and Louise Homola. She was preceded in death by six siblings: Rachael Kaarto, Ellen Paso, Anne Hendrickson, Leonard Ek, Ruth Charlson and Walter Ek. Gertrude and Butch lived for many years in Brush Prairie. They loved to travel to Scandinavia and all over the U.S., visiting their many friends. She was an elementary school teacher and she later enjoyed teaching others to make braided rugs, making many beautiful rugs herself. Gertrude and Butch were very social and loved to entertain friends in their home. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thurs., May 21, 2015 at the Old Apostolic Lutheran Church, 16603 N.E. 142nd Ave., Brush Prairie, with viewing on Wed., May 20, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the church. All are welcome. Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on May 19, 2015
Melo, Maria J.  
MARIA J. MELO July 30, 1932 ~ May 14, 2015 "Maria was an example of "unconditional love and reconciliation", always giving love, and always hoping for love." Wife, mother, grand and great-grandmother, left this earth for glory at 3:35 p.m., May 14, 2015. Maria was born in Terceira, Azores, Portugal on July 30th, 1932. Maria and her husband were married and came to America in 1952. She was an American Citizen from her Father's side, Jose De Sousa Espinola. After her marriage to Manuel, other family members were sponsored and made a new home in America. Maria loved her Catholic Church and its traditions. The Rosary gave her much solace and her deep relationship with her Savior Christ was always a part of her day. We will deeply miss our mother Maria. You have made a life-long impression on all of us that had the blessing of calling you our best friend. ~ We love you and may your rest be sweet. ~ Maria is survived by four sons: Nelson, Joe, Larry and Robert Melo. She was blessed with ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Manuel C. Melo Jr. on Aug. 13, 1998. Services for Maria will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Battle Ground, WA, Tues., May 26th, at 3:30 p.m. Layne's Funeral Home was entrusted with arrangements. Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on May 22, 2015
O'Brien, Tamara Colette "Tami"  
TAMARA COLETTE (FROEHLICH) O'BRIEN May 6, 1968 ~ May 4, 2015 "We dearly love you and miss you Tami!" Tamara Colette (Froehlich) O'Brien, 46, passed away unexpectedly in Clackamas, OR. She was born in Portland, OR and lived in Vancouver, WA since 1979. Tamara leaves behind her devoted husband, Ronald O'Brien; mother, Diane (Froehlich) Scheeler; sisters, Cynthia Froehlich and Wanda (Froehlich) Dodd; and many uncles, aunts, cousins, friends, and extended family. Her father, Clarence, preceded her in death in 1997. A Celebration of Life will be held Sat., May 23, 2015 at 2p.m. at Children's Village Daycare (where Tami was employed for 24 years) on Burton Rd. in Vancouver, WA. Sharing of stories and memories are welcome. Memorial donations may be sent to a children's charity. Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Sholund, Ragnar "Kim"  
RAGNAR KIM SHOLUND July 4, 1948 ~ May 13, 2015 Ragnar Kim Sholund, 66, died May 13, 2015 in Vancouver, WA. He was born July 4, 1948 in Vancouver, WA and lived in the Battle Ground area all his life. "Kim" worked as a tutor for Battle Ground schools for a number of years. Despite a lifetime of physical handicaps, Kim was a source of encouragement to all that knew him both by words and example. As one of Jehovah's Witnesses, he cherished the Bible based hope found at Rev. 21:3& 4 and zealously shared this hope with others. Kim is survived by his two brothers, Stanley Sholund of Vale, Oregon and Stuart Sholund of La Grande, Oregon. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., May 23, 2015 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 33209 NE Lewisville Hwy, Battle Ground, WA 98604. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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