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Altis, Benny Nathan  
BENNY NATHAN ALTIS March 10,1929 ~ March 27, 2015 Benny N. Altis, 86, was born on March 10, 1929 in Cabool MO, and passed away on March 27, 2015 in Vancouver, WA. He referred to himself as Charles "CAL, Jr.". He joined the Navy in 1946 and transferred to the Army and was honorably discharged in 1950. He retired from his favorite job as an Aviation Technician with American Airlines. Benny enjoyed traveling, doing yard work, gardening, playing solitaire, and watching horse racing. Benny is survived by his wife, Rizaliza; step-daughter, Erizza; brother, Bil;l and sister, Carol Ann. The Viewing and Memorial Services is available at www.evergreenmemorialgardens.com . Please sign Benny's Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Mar. 31, 2015
Carr, Robert R. "Bob"  
ROBERT R. CARR March 5, 1935 ~ March 12, 2015 Robert Carr passed away peacefully on March 12, 2015. He was born in Parkdale, MT on March 5, 1935 to Harry and Beda Carr and was raised in Washougal, WA. Bob moved to Vancouver, WA in 1967 into the house he built with the help of many friends. He served as an Army Ranger in the 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment from 1954 to 1957. Bob was an avid hunter and fisherman throughout his life. He worked construction his whole life, first building homes, then as a construction supervisor for McCormick Pacific building and erecting concrete tilt-up buildings. Bob is survived by his three daughters, Bobbilea (husband Michael) of Battle Ground, WA, Ruby (husband Thomas) of Camas, WA, Shirley (husband Patrick) of Bend, OR; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Life with Military Honors will take place on April 4th starting at 1:00 p.m. at the Smith /Reynolds American Legion Post #14, 4607 NE St. James Road, Vancouver, WA 98663. Luncheon to follow. Donations can be made in his honor to: Hospice Southwest / PeaceHealth in lieu of flowers. Please sign his Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Mar. 31, 2015
DeLawder, Bonnie May  
BONNIE MAY DELAWDER May 9, 1921 ~ March 24, 2015 Bonnie May DeLawder, 93, a Vancouver, WA resident since 1952, passed away on March 24, 2015. She was born on May 9, 1921 to Dewey and Edna Winders. She spent her working life as a waitress. Bonnie is survived by her son, Dewey of Vancouver; two daughters, Renee and Teresa of Vancouver; as well as four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph. Arrangements are entrusted to Brown's Funeral Home. To send a condolence for the family, please go to www.brownsfh.com and www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Mar. 29, 2015
Dotson, Rhoderick Burton "Rod"  
RHODERICK BURTON DOTSON April 14, 1925 ~ February 21, 2015 Rod passed away in Tualitin, OR just shy of his 90th birthday. He was born in Eugene, OR to Frederick and Winifred Dotson. Rod was a general home remodeling contractor based in Vancouver, WA for many years. He had a great passion for hunting and fishing, especially when it involved camping or trips with family and friends. Rod was most proud of his WWII naval submarine service on the USS Gabilan. He was later called back into duty in the Korean War. Rod is survived by wife, Marian; sister, Carol (Harry) Scribner; his children, Thomas (Bev) Dotson and Mary (James) Pons; and four grandchildren, Mindy Dotson and Matthew, Andrew and Emily Pons. His beloved brother, Willie Dotson and his sister-in-law, Pearl Dotson preceded him in death. Rod's life and service will be honored at his private internment site at the Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, OR at 11:00 a.m. on Fri., April 10, 2015 with a reception to follow. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Mar. 29, 2015
Farmer, Gerald Allan "Jerry"  
GERALD "JERRY" ALLAN FARMER July 7, 1947 ~ March 20, 2015 Jerry died from complications of Prostate Cancer. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Grace; two sons, Geoff 39 and Garrett 35; two grandsons, Shane 10 and Simon 4; and a granddaughter expected in September; and his mother, Ann. He was a graduate of George Fox University and worked in the heavy equipment industries for over 35 years, most recently as the Western Regional Manager for Komatsu. He loved to travel, watch sports, and be with his family. Please sign Jerry's Guest Book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Mar. 29, 2015
Fossen, Clarice Loretta  
CLARICE LORETTA FOSSEN September 8, 1924 ~ March 26, 2015 Clarice Loretta Fossen, 90, of Vancouver, WA, passed away at the Ray Hickey Hospice House. She was born to Louis and Olga Ambers on Sept. 8, 1924 in Heimdal, ND where she attended high school. Clarice went to Clark College and received her degree in Nursing, which she worked as until her retirement. She enjoyed knitting, gardening, spending time with family. Clarice was President and Vice President of the Womens Chapter of the American Legion. She was a member of the First Congregational Church in Hazel Dell and the American Legion. Clarice is survived by her daughters, Dorothy Hertz and Sharon Juza; sons, Wayne Fossen and Dwayne Fossen; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Judel Ambers and Alvern Ambers. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Clarence Fossen; six brothers; and three sisters. Visitation at 12:00 p.m., Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Thurs., April 2. Service at 12:30 p.m., then hospitality to follow at 1:30 p.m. Graveside service at 3:00 p.m. at Memory Memorial Park Cemetery. Contributions to may be made to American Diabetes Association. Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Mar. 31, 2015
Garrison, JB  
JB GARRISON March 6, 1927 ~ March 16, 2015 JB Garrison was born in Romulus, OK, (third of ten children born to William Ophard and Maudie Mae Garrison) and passed away unexpectedly in the company of family and friends on March 16, 2015 at 88 years old in Vancouver, WA. JB was a U.S. Navy veteran and a witness to the Bikini Atoll atomic tests in 1946, while assigned to the U.S.S. Fall River. He was the owner of Garrison's Electric until he retired. His hobbies were fishing, gardening teasing and griping at his family. JB is survived by Dolores, his wife of 40 years; daughters, Aleta K. (Rod) Lindsay, Ruth (Roddy) Bourland, Brenda (Mike) Flader, Kathryn (Chuck) Smith, Tami (Craig) Young; son, Lloyd (Julie) Garrison; son-in-law, Jack (Sandy) Brown. JB was proud of his eleven grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, not to mention, twenty grand dogs, nine grand cats, one grand gerbil, and a frog. JB was preceded in death by his five brothers; and daughter, Linda Parks Brown. A Celebration of Life will be held at Vancouver Church of Christ, 9019 NE 86th St. (Padden Parkway), Vancouver, WA 98662 on Fri., April 3, 2015 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. DRESS HAPPY! Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Mar. 29, 2015
Gerber, Robert Eaton "Bob" - Vancouver  
ROBERT "BOB" EATON GERBER November 13, 1922 ~ March 22, 2015 Robert "Bob" Eaton Gerber was born November 13, 1922 in Driftwood, Oklahoma to Oscar Glenn and Edna Gerber. Bob was the third son of five children. After completing high school, Bob spent one year at Northwestern Oklahoma State University before moving to Wichita, Kansas to work at McDonald Douglas Aircraft. The day after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Bob enlisted in the United States Army Air Corp. He was stationed at RAF (Royal Air Force) Bassingbourn in England with The Ragged Irregulars, 91st Bombardment Group, which was under the 322nd Bomb Squadrons as a B-17 pilot. He completed 31 missions, earning the Air Medal, with three oak leaf clusters and the Distinguished Flying Cross. His last mission was on June 18, 1944. Upon returning to the states, Bob married Lynelle Wiley on July 31, 1944, whom he had met in Wichita prior to the war and had agreed to marry after he came home safe from his tour of duty. Bob then became a flight instructor, training B-17 pilots at various bases around the U.S. At the conclusion of Bob's enlistment, he moved Lyn back to Wichita, and he graduated from Wichita State with a degree in English and Education. His first teaching position was in Caldwell, Kansas, and then Salina, Kansas, where their son, Robert Christian was born in 1951. In 1952, Bob was accepted in the John Hay Fellowship program at Columbia University. He and Lyn moved to New York and lived in Harlem for a year while Bob finished his residency. Moving back to Salina, they welcomed a daughter, Annelle Marie to their growing family. Wanting a change of scenery, Bob and Lyn moved their family to Vancouver, Washington and then Portland, Oregon and another daughter, Leslie Lyn, was added to the family. Bob taught for the Portland Public School District for the next 25 years. He spent most of his career at Grant High School, teaching English, and coaching speech and debate. When Adams High School opened in 1969, Bob became their Activities Director until his retirement in 1979. After one year of retirement, Bob missed teaching and took a job with the Evergreen School district in Vancouver, WA for one last year. Throughout his career, Bob continued to take classes at both Portland State and Reed College to help him understand his students and neighbors. He is remembered for fighting discrimination, encouraging civic involvement, and advocating equality regardless of age, race, religion, or gender. As a Portland resident, Bob was active in Portland's NE Neighborhood Coalition, contributing his many skills to the Hollywood and later Cully neighborhood Associations. Through his wife, he was also a staunch supporter of the League of Women Voters. In 2002, the World Arts Foundation Inc. of Portland, in acknowledgement of Bob's contributions to civil rights, awarded him a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 17th annual tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. Although Bob does not want to be remembered as a warrior, in his acceptance speech he credited his views on equality beginning during WWII with the support the Tuskegee Airmen gave to the B-17 airplane crews. Among his other interests, Bob was an extraordinary poet, and musician. He enjoyed sharing his talents by participating in poetry reading groups or by singing, playing his harmonica or banjo for various groups of people in the Portland, Vancouver area. Bob and Lyn were married for 62 years, with Bob nursing Lyn through five years of Alzheimer's disease until her death in 2006. It was during this time he observed the power of music therapy and spent the last years of his life teaching harmonica to several friends to help ease them through the effects of Alzheimer's. Bob is survived by his sister, Mary Jane Evans, Cherokee, OK; son, Chris (Cathy) Gerber Vancouver, WA; daughters, Anne (Ron) Emmons, Hermiston, OR and Leslie Brunton Vancouver, WA; three grandchildren, Duncan (Caroline) Emmons, Napa, CA, Jackie Dunlap, Vancouver, WA, Emily Emmons, Missoula, MT; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lynelle; and brothers, Bill, Glenn and Ray. Burial will occur at Willamette National Cemetery, next to Lynelle. As per Bob's request, there will be no services. The family requests that if friends want to honor Bob, he would appreciate donations be given to the Alzheimer's Foundation. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Mar. 29, 2015
Hiebert, Gloria Jane  
GLORIA JANE HIEBERT Gloria Jane Hiebert "Jane" died Thursday, February 26, 2015 at the age of 90. Her only surviving immediate family is her partner of 18 years, Leonard Dozier (Len). Jane was born in Madison, South Dakota. She worked in the bakery owned by her father and his brothers until graduation with honors from high school. After graduation from South Dakota University in Sioux Falls with a BS in Nursing she found a good nursing job at the main hospital in Redlands, CA. There she met King Hiebert, a decorated survivor of the war against Japan, at a USO event. They soon married and settled in Santa Barbara, CA where their son John was born. Their final move brought them to Vancouver, WA where King's family lived. They both enjoyed travel and covered a major part of the whole world. Jane had become a first rate watercolor artist and was very active in the Vancouver Watercolor Society. King had developed Parkinson's disease, so Jane served as leader of the local Parkinson's support group to help King. Both Jane and King joined the Michael Servetus Unitarian Fellowship (later renamed Unitarian-Universalist Church) and became very active in it. King served as president for one term. They both enjoyed bridge. They met Len and June Dozier in the Unitarian bridge group. King later died from lung injuries due to his forced labor in a coal mine as a prisoner of war in Japan. Len's wife June died a year before King died. When Len visited King in the hospital it rekindled the friendship of Jane and Len. Their friendship blossomed into love and eventually they decided to live together as partners. Jane developed the first signs of Alzheimer's disease several years ago. Len served as her caregiver in his home as long as he could. During that time Jane's only child, John Hiebert, died due to lung cancer. The care of Jane grew to require more help than Len could provide alone. So they decided that BOTH of them would move into an Alzheimer's care facility with Len continuing to serve as Jane's primary caregiver but with much more support than was available in their own home. They survived for more than six months in that mode but eventually Jane died because of the Alzheimer's disease. Jane's memorial service will be held on April 19, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at the Unitarian-Universalist Church at 4505 East 18th Street, Vancouver, WA 98661. Please sign her guestbook at www.columbian.com/obits
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Published in The Columbian on Mar. 31, 2015
J.McKenzie, Phyllis  
PHYLLIS J. (WORLEY) MCKENZIE May 27, 1934 ~ March 27, 2015 Phyllis J. (Worley) McKenzie, 80, of Vancouver, WA, passed away March 27, 2015. She was born in Vancouver on May 27, 1934 to Wilson and Fay Worley. Phyllis was a housewife who enjoyed reading, traveling and being with family. Survivors include her three daughters, Cheryl Spaulding, Jacquilene Bolden and Kelly Lee; son, Michael McKenzie; and sisters, Beverly Gaylor and Patricia Olney. She was preceded in death by her husband, John McKenzie; son, Patrick McKenzie, Sr.; and her parents. Visitation will be Fri., April 3, 12:00p.m.-9:00p.m. with a memorial service to follow on Sat., April 4 at 3:00 p.m., both at Evergreen Memorial Gardens. Donations may be made to Habitat for Humanity. Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Apr. 1, 2015
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