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Ireton, Marguerite Mary  
MARGUERITE MARY IRETON October 22, 1916 ~ August 21, 2015 Marguerite Mary Ireton, "Nanny", passed away peacefully August 21, 2015 at the age of 98 in Vancouver, WA. She was born in Vancouver, WA on October 22, 1916 to Edmund and Emily (Bieker) Madden. After graduation from Providence Academy in 1934, she attended business school and worked at a local business. She married William Ireton on October 24, 1940, and became a homemaker and mother of six children. She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, William F.; sons, Dennis and William A.; sisters, Cecelia Wallace, Frances Madden and Lucille Madden; brother, Patrick Madden; and son-in-law, John Manning. She is survived by sons, Thomas (Louise), Tacoma, WA and John (Janet), Yacolt, WA; daughters, Mary Beth Manning, Ridgefield, WA and Patrice (George) Peterson, Long Beach, WA; ten grandchildren; sixteen great- grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. The family thanks Alex and Denisa Mischian, Flowers Place Adult Family Home, for their compassionate care during the last years of Marguerite's life on earth. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Ridgefield, WA, on Monday, August 31, 2015 at 11:00 am. A viewing will take place Sunday, August 30 from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Evergreen Memorial Gardens. Dear Nanny, nearly ninety-nine years on earth and now an even more glorious eternity in heaven. May the choir of angels come to greet you, and may, for your listening pleasure, at least a couple of them have the voices of Eddy Arnold and Bing Crosby. Please sign Marguerite's Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Aug. 28, 2015
Loewen, Curtis E. "Curt" - Vancouver  
CURTIS E. LOEWEN September 16, 1927 ~ August 19, 2015 "Curt was a tenderhearted, strong-willed and disciplined man, whose sole purpose was to serve God through simple conversation, mentoring, and his work as an educator." After living a life of service both here and abroad, Curtis Eugene Loewen died peacefully while holding the hand of his wife Carole on August 19, 2015. While born in Lincoln, Nebraska, Curt and his sisters Donna (Ellertson) and Marilyn (Lasater) were raised in Shawnee, Oklahoma by their parents, John and Murney (Schmidt) Loewen. After graduating high school, he joined the Merchant Marines and then enlisted in the Army where he served as a paratrooper during the Korean War. Upon returning to civilian life, he enrolled at Pacific Bible College (now Warner Pacific) in Portland, Oregon, where he met and married his wife of more than 60 years. Curt continued his education through the University of Hawaii and graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelors and a Masters in Agricultural Education and a PhD in Vocational Education. Curt enjoyed a long fruitful career as an educator, consultant and program developer. He shared his passion for agriculture, teacher training and vocational/career development at the high school, university and corporate level and had the good fortune of doing so in the Bahamas, Indonesia and the US. His desire to help students get the most from their education and develop meaningful skills kept him active in the workforce until 2004 when his health made it no longer possible for him to live overseas. Curt is survived by his wife, Carole; children, Stephen and Shelly and foster-daughter, Debby Rabe; Steve's spouse Barb and Shelly's partner, Kat; three beautiful grand-daughters, Courtney, Nicole and Kylie; his sister, Marilyn; brothers-in-law, Ken Ellertson and David Hahn; sisters-in-law, Doris Caudill and Mary Jo Hahn; along with many other loved ones and relatives. Special thanks to the wonderful staff and extended family at Cristina's Adult Care Home where "Mr. Curtis" lived for 7 months. The love and care shown by Cristina, Nina, Jessica and Anna is immeasurable. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, September 1st at 1 p.m. at Columbia Presbyterian Church, 805 Columbia Ridge Dr., Vancouver, WA 98664. Reception to follow. Memorial donations may be made to any of Columbia Presbyterian's Missions Projects or the Hospice Services of your choice. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Aug. 29, 2015
Schwartz, Mark Alan  
MARK ALAN SCHWARTZ August 31, 1949 ~ August 25, 2015 "He had such a kind and soft heart." Mark Alan Schwartz, 65, of Battle Ground, WA, passed away unexpectedly August 25, 2015. He was born August 31, 1949 in Santa Monica, CA to Wilma (Dee) and Donald Schwartz. Mark was drafted by the U.S. Army January 20, 1970 and served in Germany during the Vietnam War until being honorably discharged January 20, 1972. He moved to Vanderhoof, British Columbia, Canada in 1976, where he resided for many years. He worked at a saw mill and in later years was self-employed doing construction type jobs until retirement. Mark spent his spare time with his children and grandchildren. He loved the outdoors, enjoyed target practicing, wood working, riding his motorcycle, driving R.C. cars and helicopters, and collecting coins, knives and guns. He was very creative, always thinking of new inventions. Mark is survived by his mother, Wilma (Dee) Schwartz of Battle Ground, WA; his son, Kevin (April) Schwartz of Battle Ground, WA; daughter, Jacqui (Michael) Cockerill of Battle Ground, WA; sister, Paula (Demi) Gonzales of Battle Ground, WA; sixteen grandchildren; and one-great grandson. He was preceded in death by his sister, Marjorie Whitley; and father, Donald Schwartz. There will be a viewing Sun., Aug. 30, 2015 from 6:30 to 8:30p.m. at the Old Apostolic Lutheran Church, Brush Prairie, WA. The funeral service will be held Mon., Aug. 31, 2015 at 11:00a.m. at the Old Apostolic Lutheran Church, 16605 NE 142nd Ave., Brush Prairie, WA. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Aug. 29, 2015
Stoddard, Michael A.  
MICHAEL A. STODDARD July 15, 1939 ~ August 17, 2015 Mike, 76, of Vancouver, WA, was born in Bellingham, WA to Katherine and Kingsley Stoddard. He moved to Portland, OR, went to Central Catholic High School and then did his senior year of high school in Washougal, WA. He joined the Army, went to Germany, and there he met his wife of 55 years, Janet "Jan". Together they had three children, Gerald of Vancouver, Dean (Karen) of Battle Ground, WA, and daughter Michelle, who preceded him in death. He is also survived by granddaughters, Kristen, Kaitlyn, Jessica; and grandson, Michael. If you ask him what he did, he'd say he was in sales. He owned and operated a Radio cab for over ten years, managed a restaurant, worked for two oil companies in Portland, and sold used cars - he was J&M Auto. Mike loved traveling and his resemblance to actor Carroll O'Connor brought strangers for a photo with him, or just to ask if he was or not! When his boys were in Columbia Little League, he was their Chief Umpire and Safety Chairman. Family and friends were his entertainment. Service will be Tuesday, September 1, at 11:00 a.m., at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 400 S. Andresen Rd. In lieu of flowers, please donate to St. Vincent DePaul. Please sign his guestbook at www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Aug. 27, 2015
Townsend, Ada Elizabeth  
ADA ELIZABETH RINEHART TOWNSEND December 2, 1945 ~ August 24, 2015 "She was full of love, life, laughter, and fun." Ada Elizabeth Rinehart Townsend, 69, passed away peacefully in Clackamas, OR, after a short battle of rare lymphoma. She was born in Anchorage, AK. Ada loved gardening, gold panning, and animals. She was a loving and generous mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. Ada is survived by her daughters, Charlene Tautfest (Troy), twins-Lyndsay and Tawny Townsend; son, Charles McAtee (Christine); grandchildren, Joseph Smith, Kevin Tautfest, William McAtee and Max McAtee; step-grandchildren, April Tautfest-Gourly, Amber Tautfest-Lansing, and Troy Tautfest Jr.; brother, Dan Rinehart; sisters, Nita Rinehart, Linda Brelin, and Bernadine Rinehart-Keaton; special friend, Kelly Kiesling; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and special friends. She was preceded in death by her husband of 20 years, Robert Townsend; father, "Buster" Jay Rinehart (Hazel); mother, Margie Rinehart; brother, Tommy Rinehart; and sister, Margie Hammett. A viewing will be held Fri., Aug. 28, 9a.m.-12:30p.m. with a service at 1:00p.m. at Northwood Park Cemetery, Funeral Home, 16407 NE 15th Ave., Ridgefield, WA 98642. Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Aug. 26, 2015
Zoll, Edwin Cyril "Ed" - Vancouver  
EDWIN CYRIL ZOLL June 30, 1924 ~ August 25, 2015 Edwin C. Zoll of Vancouver, Washington was born June 30, 1924 and passed away August 25, 2015 from congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and many serious complications. Ed had been ill for many years; however, on April 15, 2015 his health took a turn for the worse with five long term stays at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center and Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitative Care Center. On August 7th Ed was transferred to Vancouver Home Care and Comfort Care located in Salmon Creek Washington where he passed away. Edwin was born in Tell City, Indiana to Edwin Theopolis Zoll and Sarah Chrystal (Pyle) Zoll. Ed grew up in Tell City, graduating from Tell City High School. Upon graduating he joined the U.S. Army on March 31, 1943. He proudly served his country until December 14, 1946 as a Master Sergeant / First Sergeant. He continued to serve his country as a Master Sergeant / First Sergeant in the Indiana Army National Guard from May 9, 1955 to May 21, 1962. Edwin married Anna June Zoll on August 17, 1946 and together they raised five children. Following his discharge from the National Guard they moved to Klamath, California, but returned back to his home town of Tell City, Indiana. In 1962 Edwin and Anna moved to Vancouver, Washington where he worked for C.E. John Company as a Property Manager for more than 23 years while attending Clark College. Being raised on a farm in the Midwest gave Ed the foundation and taught him the true meaning of 'work ethic'. In 1996 Ed lost his wife, Anna June Zoll. Ed was a member of numerous organizations. He had a lifetime membership with the VFW and Disabled Veterans; he belonged to the American Legion, the Knights of Columbus and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. On March 14, 1997 Edwin remarried. He married Lois Elaine Smith of Vancouver, Washington. They were married at St. Michael the Archangel Church located in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Through Lois Elaine Ed became involved as a volunteer for the Miss Washington Scholarship Organization. All contestants loved Ed and he soon earned the nickname of "Uncle Ed". This nickname was given to him from one of the contestants they had taken under their wings. Ed and Lois Elaine loved giving back to the community and each year during the holidays they made 550 pounds of fudge. Ed and Lois Elaine enjoyed 18 years at their winter home in Mesa, Arizona and when they weren't enjoying the sun in Mesa you could find them sitting on the back deck of their beautiful Lake View Estates home overlooking the Vancouver Lake, the Columbia River and the Port of Vancouver. Ed loved a good conversation, watching the ships come in and out of the port and hitting golf balls off the deck with his two dear friends. In Ed's spare time, he enjoyed fishing, camping, hiking, golf and traveling. Edwin C. Zoll is survived by his wife, Lois Elaine; his son Edwin James Zoll, San Antonio, TX; his daughter Kathleen L (Dennis) Godsil, Vancouver, WA; three step-daughters Nancy (Ed) Eckert, Jasper, Indiana, Marilyn Kincaid, Vancouver, WA and Judith Quick, Vancouver, WA; three sisters Caroline Ballman, Tell City, IN; Sylvia Harpenaw, Sellersburg, IN and Martha Buechlein, Jasper, IN; three brothers the late Pete Zoll, Cannelton, IN; James Zoll, Lexington, KY and Earl Zoll, Sarasota, FL; 21 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren and 12 great-great grandchildren. Ed also had 46 nieces and nephews across the United States of America. Funeral Mass for Edwin will be held at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, September 2nd at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church located at 4723 North West Franklin Street; Vancouver, Washington. A recital of the Rosary will precede the Mass at 10:00 AM. The family invites you to join them for a luncheon immediately following the services at the church. There will be a private full military service for family only at Willamette National Cemetery located in Portland, Oregon. Lois Elaine and the family would like to add special thank you's to: Oscar Zepeda, MD; Doctor Susan S. Rose; Sandford Plant, MD; Gary A. Smith, MD of Mesa, AS; Ed's special caregivers; dear friends and neighbors; Jay Morin, Referral Manager of Pacific Specialty & Rehabilitative Center; Elizabeth Firstenburg, Physical Therapist; Mark Matthias; Peter George; Cindy Donowitz; Jennifer RN; Janice RN; Jacquelyn Sue and Phillip from Atlanta, GA; and Rev. Gwendolyn J. Morgan the Spiritual Care Director for Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center. The following special memorials have been set-up in Edwin's name if you would like to make a donation: Washington Scholarship Foundation In Memory of Edwin C. Zoll Attention: Fianna Dickson, Treasurer 3723 East 37th Avenue, Spokane, WA 99223. Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington Clinton and Gloria John Club Bringing Neuroscience to Club In Memory of Edwin C. Zoll 1111 Main Street - Suite 605, Vancouver, WA 98660. Salmon Creek Hospital Foundation Legacy Health In Memory of Edwin C. Zoll PO Box 5245, Vancouver, WA 98668. Missionary Oblates, Your Lourdes Prayer Candle In Memory of Edwin C. Zoll 9480 North DeMazenod Drive, Belleville, IL 62223-1160. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Aug. 28, 2015

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Craig, Jean - Freehold Township  
JEAN MCVICAR CRAIG July 30, 1921 ~ August 12, 2015 A dear lady has left us as gently and courageously as she lived. Jean McVicar Craig passed away at 94 on Aug. 12, 2015. She was born to Alex McVicar and Jean Ferguson MacDonald in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada. Her family immigrated to the United States in 1926. Jean spent her life defying the odds. Stricken with Scarlet Fever as a young girl in the era before antibiotics, she was not expected to recover. She was left deaf in one ear and with permanent damage to her lungs. She nonetheless grew into a petite, raven-haired beauty and graduated from high school in Buffalo, NY. She became a secretary during WWII and later continued her career in New York City. Her chronic lung problems led doctors to advise her not to get married or have children because she would be dead by the age of 35. But her sweet exterior concealed an inner core of steel, and she would never let anyone push her around. She began a life long pursuit of healthy eating, continued working, and also studied at the Art Students League in Manhattan. After she turned 35, she met Steve Craig, a North Dakota farm boy, turned sailor. They were married in 1958. They lived in Benson, AZ, Freehold Township, NJ and, for the last 31 years, Vancouver, WA. In September, they would have celebrated 57 years of marriage. Jean delighted in children, painting, cats, roses, and red raspberries. Jean and Steve loved to go dancing and, no matter where their travels took them, they played a nightly card game of manipulation rummy. Jean went out dancing and played cards the night before being stricken with her final illness. She decided to go into comfort care at the hospital. As fate would have it, most of her family had gathered from far and wide for her 94th birthday celebration. Her dear ones got to hold her hand and kiss her goodbye. Jean died peacefully in her sleep after saying, "I love you all." Jean is survived by husband, Steve Craig; daughter, Laurie Craig; sons-in-law, Robert McFalls and John LaMaccchia; grandson, Benjamin Craig LaMacchia; granddaughter, Grace Craig McFalls; nieces, Carol Schmitt Digilio, Diane Craig, Alison Newman, Barbara Saucke, Debbie Craig; and nephews, Clyde Craig and Frank Craig. Her daughter, Lyda Jean Craig, predeceased her in 2002. Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Aug. 23, 2015
Farrell, Robert E. "Bob"  
ROBERT "BOB" E. FARRELL December 10, 1927 ~ August 14, 2015 Robert E. "Bob" Farrell went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, August 14, 2015. He passed away peacefully at the age of 87 in Portland, Oregon, with his wife of 64 years and daughters by his side. He died from complications of Alzheimer's type dementia. His last months were spent at Gracelen Terrace, where he received wonderful care. Bob was born on December 10, 1927, in Brooklyn, New York. After his father's untimely death when he was four years old, he and his sister were placed in a church run children's home in Yonkers. They remained there for five years until his mother remarried and was able to reassume responsibility for their care. He often said, "I cried when I went in and I cried when I had to leave." Bob joined the Air Force in 1945. While stationed at McChord Field in Washington State, he met his wife, Ramona "Mona" Rod, in a chance encounter at a local dance. Correspondence and occasional visits kept them connected during his years of service and schooling. They were married on July 28, 1951. Having never graduated from high school, Bob received his GED or "Good Enough Diploma", as he referred to it. He later found his calling and went on to graduate from Packard College in New York and the University of Washington, earning degrees in Business and Marketing. Bob was a salesman for Libby McNeill in Seattle and Walla Walla, and transferred to Portland in 1961, where he and Mona continued to raise their three daughters, Kathy, Kristie and Colleen. In 1963, Bob opened up his first Farrell's Ice Cream Parlor with business partner, Kenneth McCarthy. He had two goals in mind: keep the customers smiling, and provide employees with fun and rewarding work. Farrell's was one of the fastest growing restaurants of its time. Later, Bob became a partner of Pacific Coast Restaurants Inc., and helped build a string of Stanford's and Newport Bay restaurants in Oregon, Washington and Northern California. In 1995, Farrell left the restaurant business and provided customer service consultation to companies like Nordstrom's, Nike and Safeway. His service training model, "Give 'em the Pickle", is still used today across several industries. Bob loved the Lord. He never shied away from letting people know that the source of his hope and strength came from Jesus Christ. He combined his love of fun, faith and helping young people by becoming involved in Young Life Ministries. Some of the best weeks of his life were spent at Malibu, in Canada, working with the camp's crews. Of all his accomplishments though, family was his priority. As a husband, father and grandfather, he was intentional and intentionally fun. He was personally humble, but loudly proud of his family. He highly valued getting everyone together for any occasion, including road trips, river- rafting adventures, numerous weeks at family camp and holidays at the beach. He loved making us laugh and always pointed us to Jesus, giving Him all the credit. We will miss his kind words, thoughtful notes and steadfast support. Bob is survived by his wife, Mona; his daughters, Kathy Farrell, Kristie Booster and her husband Richard, and Colleen Smith and her husband Scott; grandchildren, Elizabeth, Ramona, Nate, Abbie, Emma, Matthew, Conor and Cramer; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sister, Margie Jameson. A celebration of Bob Farrell's life will be held at 3p.m. on Sunday, September 13, at New Heights Church's main campus, 7913 N.E. 58th Ave., Vancouver, WA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you consider making a donation to Young Life or the Dementia Society of America. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Aug. 23, 2015
Generaux, Donald Arthur "Don"  
DONALD ARTHUR GENERAUX June 10, 1925 ~ August 16, 2015 An avid airplane enthusiast and pilot, Don Generaux took his final flight Sunday, August 16 dipping over the horizon and into the eternal light. Born in Portland to Lloyd and Alice Pearson Generaux, the family homesteaded in Ridgefield in 1929. Don and older brother Harry attended Good Hope Primary School and went on to graduate from Ridgefield High School during the WWII conflict. Harry joined the Air Force, serving as a decorated B17 pilot, while Don, who joined the Army two years later, was stationed in U.S. occupied Korea at war's-end. Returning home, Don married high school sweetheart, Patricia Gross and enrolled at Western Washington in Bellingham, earning a degree in Education. Blessed with natural athletic abilities, he had a short stint in semi-pro baseball and was a member of the Western golf team. Don began his teaching career at Fruit Valley Elementary, transitioning thereafter to Lewis Junior High as a math/ industrial arts instructor and freshman head baseball coach - an assignment he thoroughly enjoyed. After obtaining a Masters degree in Guidance Counseling from Oregon State University, Don moved to Hudson's Bay High School where he became a much-beloved counselor and mentor to students. In 1970, Don headed up the counseling staff for the opening of the new Fort Vancouver High School, where he completed his career. An excellent craftsman, Don supplemented early teaching years by working as a carpenter. With the help of wife Patty and son Guy, they built their own homes, including two residences on Green Meadows Golf Club, where the family became original charter members. In the mid-1950s, Don was treated to a flight in a rented Fairchild Tandem Trainer with brother Harry at the controls. Don was immediately hooked. He studied vigorously to earn his pilot's license, taking lessons from legendary instructor Wally Olson at Evergreen. Don also had restored antique Fords and was a longtime member of the Vancouver Slo Poks and Early Ford V8 Club. This inclination carried over to airplanes as Don and a friend acquired a rare 1942 Meyers OTW biplane, which they worked on and flew to air shows. Don was devastated when his partner was killed in a crash of the biplane. Salvaging the wreckage, he eventually restored it to like-new condition. The Meyers became a showpiece at vintage aircraft displays up and down the West Coast and often was featured in Pearson Air Museum exhibits. Over the years, Don gave rides to hundreds of admirers, and he served a term as president of the Northwest Antique Air Club. Don is survived by brother, Harry Generaux (Margaret); son, Guy Generaux (Pamela); granddaughter, Courtney Generaux Olson (Craig); grandson, Brian Thomas; nephew, David Generaux (Laura); former wife, Patty Generaux; former wife, Dottie (Fern) Generaux; plus three stepchildren and their families. Special appreciation goes to supportive friends Dave Pickering and the late Carol Lawrence. The family also thanks the nearly 100 people who attended Don's recent 90th birthday celebration at his hangar in June. The family has opted for a private memorial remembrance. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Aug. 23, 2015
Gilzow, Phillip - Eugene  
PHILLIP GILZOW May 31, 1942 ~ August 17, 2015 Phillip Gilzow was born May 31, 1942 to Wallace and Lorraine Gilzow in Eugene, Oregon. He graduated from Willamette High School in 1960 and served in the US Navy from 1960-1966. Phillip married Ilona Goodman on June 20, 1964. They lived and worked in Eugene until 1990 when they moved to Vancouver, Washington. Together, they had three children, Tamara Gilzow Moar (Christopher Moar), Kenneth Gilzow (Sheila Luck), and Michael Gilzow (Shannon Rodgers); Grandchildren Alicia, Michael, Austin, Iain, Olivia, Kiana, Kailin; and great-grandchildren, Riley, Cohen, and Byren. Phillip was a freight truck driver for many years with I-5 Freightlines and Roadway Express. After retiring from the freight business he became a city bus driver for C-Tran in Vancouver. Phillip and Ilona were active in square dancing (Eugene and Vancouver clubs), dog owners, and backyard gardening for many years. Phillip also enjoyed talking and sharing with anyone especially his children and grandchildren. Phillip is survived by his sister, Carolyn Thom and preceded in death by his brother, Danny Gilzow. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, August 23 at 1p.m. at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church at 12513 SE Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver, WA 98684. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Aug. 22, 2015
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