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Bays, Randolph Garland "Randy" - Portland  
RANDOLPH "RANDY" GARLAND BAYS November 5, 1922 ~ January 31, 2016 Randy Bays of Banks, OR, went home with his Savior on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at age 93. He was born to Dennie and Cressie Bays in Burley, Idaho. Randy is survived by two sisters, Fern Donovan and Ruby Turner; Anna (Dietz), his wife of 66 years; four sons, Dennis, Lyle, Matthew and James; six grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Arley Winter, Iva Okesson, Ethelyn Kauffman, Lavonne Bays, Bessie Bays, and Jean Larsen. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at the Hillsboro Church of the Nazarene, 1390 NE 21st Ave., Hillsboro, OR 97124. Phone 503-640-3685. Please view and sign Randy's guest books at www.skylinememorialgardens.com and www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Feb. 7, 2016
Buslach, Clara L.  
CLARA L. BUSLACH January 2, 1932 ~ February 2, 2016 Clara L. Buslach, 84, passed away at her home in Vancouver, WA. She was born in Lamar, MO to Walter and May Belle Smith. As a child, she moved to Vancouver with her two brothers, Bill and Dave. Clara worked at Memorial Hospital as an anesthesiology aide. After retiring, she loved to take drives, tending to her rose garden, and spending time with her family. Clara is survived by her daughters, Diana Thomas and Dorothy Walker; and many grand and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Tom. Services will be held at Hamilton-Mylan Funeral Home Sun., Feb. 7, 2016, 2p.m., with a private inurement at Memory Memorial Park. Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Butts, Kermeth L. "Bud"  
KERMETH L. "BUD" BUTTS June 16, 1926 ~ February 1, 2016 Kermeth L. "Bud" Butts, 89, a Camas, WA resident since 1948, passed away on Feb. 1, 2016. He was born on June 16, 1926 in Maddock, ND to Cushman and Edna Butts. Bud served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Donna Butts; 3 daughters: Katherine, Lori (husband Greg) and Judy; son, Richard (wife Barbara); 10 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; brother, Duane; and 2 sisters: Joan and Erlys. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Marvin; and his sister, Mavis. A Celebration of Life service will take place on Fri., Feb. 12, 11a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Camas. He will be interred at Camas Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Brown's Funeral Home. To sign the online guest books, please visit www.brownsfh.com and www.columbian.com/obits .
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Church, Fred P.  
FRED P. CHURCH January 12, 1940 ~ January 3, 2016 Please join Jeanne and family at Fred's service on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 11:00a.m. at the Sacred Heart Parrish, 2603 N. Parkway Avenue, Battle Ground, WA 98604, 360-687-4515. There will be a reception with lunch directly following the service where people can speak and tell their stories about Freddyc. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Clore, Shirley Burnham - Portland  
SHIRLEY BURNHAM CLORE January 31, 1944 ~ December 22, 2015 Shirley is survived by her children, Garrick and Krista; and grandchildren, Karen, Jacob, Dakota and Claire. Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Wendell; and daughter, Larissa. A memorial will be held at 3 p.m. Sat., Feb. 13, 2016 at the Lacamas Lake Lodge, all are welcome. Arrangements provided by Brown's Funeral Home. Please sign Shirley's Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits .
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DeAntonis, Victor J. "Vic" - Vancouver  
VICTOR J. DEANTONIS 1920 ~ 2016 Our Vic was born in Masontown, West Virginia. He was the fifth child of eight of Angeline and Oreste DeAntonis. He grew up in Morgantown, went to the University, enrolled in the ROTC, graduated as Second Lieutenant with BS in Electrical Engineer. Westinghouse hired him but he was soon called up to join the Army during WWII. As part of the Corp of Engineers, he helped build the Alcan Highway before shipping off to Australia, through the Pacific Theater onto Japan. He earned the rank of First Lieutenant. During a stop over in Vancouver, WA, he volunteered to supervise a USO dance and happened to meet a brown eyed beauty, Bobbie Hall. He often said " for the price of a coke, I had 67 years of married bliss." She preceded him in death in 2010. He worked at ALCOA as Division Electrical Engineer, retiring in 1983. He joined the Rotary Club of Vancouver in 1960 and served as Secretary for over a quarter century. He was a Paul Harris Fellow and worked on many committees. He received Rotary's "Distinguished Rotary Service Award." At Christmas time he rang an enthusiastic bell for the Salvation Army, all in the name of Rotary. Retirement gave him time to volunteer in the community, for 15 years he worked with RSVP and AARP, preparing taxes for the elderly, read to the blind, and donated to many causes. Often Vic would break out in song, whether he knew the words or not, he still sang opera and hit every note. Dad was a great dancer, he and Bobbie were our Fred and Ginger. Bridge Club was another of his social hours. Most of his day was spent gardening. He loved the earth with all its beauty and bounty. He shared it with neighbors and friends, especially zucchinis and apples. At 95, he was still harvesting grapes. His family of three children: David DeAntonis (Nancy Heine), Victoria (Michael) Riggan and Valerie DeAntonis (Scott Jackson); five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren; his brother, Robert DeAntonis; sister-in-law, Betty Breckel; many nephews and nieces; good neighbors; and many friends, survive him. We are truly blessed to have had this good soul and loving father on this earth for 95 years. Services at Evergreen Memorial Gardens are Saturday, February 13 at 3:00 p.m. Viewing is on Friday from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday from 9-1:30 p.m. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Flanagan, Anna Marie - Vancouver  
ANNA MARIE (CIOE) FLANAGAN September 17, 1935 ~ February 2, 2016 Anna Marie Cioe Flanagan was born on September 17, 1935 in Barrington, RI. She moved with her husband to Vancouver, WA in 1964. She passed away surrounded by family on February 2, 2016. Anna was the youngest of 11 children and the last surviving Cioe sibling. Anna was a homemaker for many years and raised her children on her own after the early passing of her husband Bill Flanagan. She then went to work as a waitress and bartender at the NCO Club at the Vancouver Barracks. During this time she met her longtime companion, Chuck Reed, who passed away in 2005. Anna enjoyed spending time with family, agate hunting, making puzzles, reading books, collecting treasures, and fun at the casino. Anna is survived by Cindy (Mike) Leichner, Bill (Bridget) Flanagan, Elaine Schmidt; 9 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews, who will all miss her very much. Anna will be remembered for the love of her family, her selfless nature, strong spirit, and kind heart. Services will be held at Evergreen Memorial Gardens, on Monday, February 8, 2016 at 10:00a.m. Viewing at 9:00a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association 310 W 20th St., Ste. 300, Kansas City, MO 64108. Please sign her Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits .
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Hammerstrom, Marvel Johanna "Hanna"  
MARVEL JOHANNA "HANNA"SERAFIA HALBERG HAMMERSTROM August 18, 1923 ~ February 3, 2016 Our dear mother and grandmother, Hanna, died peacefully at 92 years of age in Battle Ground, Washington. Born of Finnish immigrant homesteaders in Gackle, North Dakota on August 18, 1923. Her parents were Isaac and Anna Aliina (Uskoski) Halberg. Her father came to America alone from Finland at age 16. He lost his first wife in 1920 leaving him with 6 children from this first marriage. Hanna's mother lost her first husband and an infant son during the Spanish flu in 1918. Her father died in 1926, 2 months after Hanna's baby sister died. Her twice widowed mother raised her 3 young children during the depression in Gackle where Hanna lived all her young life. After graduation in Gackle, she was a teacher in North Dakota's one-room country schools. Hanna met her husband, Francis Hammerstrom, in Detroit, Michigan where she had gone to work during WWII. Francis and Hanna were married in 1944 just before he was sent overseas to France. After the war, they raised their 6 children in the Clawson Michigan areas. In the 1970s they moved to Michigan's Upper Peninsula, living in Hancock and having an antique store. In later years, Francis and Hanna moved to Washington state where he worked at Hyster Company in Portland, Oregon from where he retired. Raised by a loving mother, Hanna and her siblings had a strong faith in God, a cheerful outlook and interest in many things and people all their lives. They lived with a twinkle in their eyes and plans for the day and future. Mother faced her last trial of dementia in old age with patience, acceptance and unwavering faith. Survivors include her three daughters: Patty, Peggy with Nils, all of Battle Ground, and Marie with John of Bend, Oregon; three sons: Rick with Connie of Hancock, Michigan; Gerald with Sharon, and Rodney with Wendy of Pasco, Washington; 40 grandchildren; 151 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Hanna was preceded in death by her husband, Francis; 3 grandchildren, Richard, Aaron, Sam; two great-grandchildren: Louis and Isabelle; and her son-in-law, Calvin Ek. Also, preceding her were her parents; infant sister, Marie; her brother, Norbert Halberg; sister, Irene Ruonavaara; 5 half-sisters: Lillian, Rose, Violet, Hyacinth and Ivy; her half-brother, Clifford; and step-father, Walter Ollila. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, February 8th, 2016 at the Old Apostolic Lutheran Church, 16603 NE 142nd Ave., Brush Prairie, Washington. Burial will follow at Elim Cemetery. Visitation will be at the church Sunday evening, February 7th at 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Layne's funeral home is in charge of arrangements. Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Feb. 6, 2016
Hernandez, Richard Allen  
RICHARD ALLEN HERNANDEZ 1946 ~ 2016 In Loving Memory Richard Allen Hernandez, 69, of Vancouver, WA, passed away Jan. 29, 2016. He was a son, husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle and a friend to many. Richard was a good man and will be missed forever. We love him so much. A family service will be held to honor and remember him. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Huffman, Robert Lee - Portland  
ROBERT LEE HUFFMAN March 4, 1937 ~ January 16, 2016 After a brief illness, Robert Lee Huffman passed on Saturday, January 16, 2016, in the loving home of friends in Beaverton, Oregon. The scion of generations of Willamette Valley pioneer families, he was born to Harry and Nellie Wright Huffman on March 4, 1937, in Eugene. His musical gifts, evident in his early childhood, led to piano lessons from a young age. As an adult Robert credited not only his youthful studies in Eugene, but also the rich McArthur Court concerts that he attended from age nine. Hearing such artists as Jascha Heifetz, Gina Bachauer, Grant Johannesen, Dimitri Mitropoulos, and (especially) William Kapell left indelible impressions. After graduation from Eugene High School, he set forth on an odyssey of self-education that led him to Seattle, the San Francisco Bay Area, New England, and Paris. True teachers and mentors, the composer and pianist Noël Lee, and the composer Aaron Copland, appeared to guide him back to formal music studies. After three years in Paris, where he was deeply involved in the city's music life, Robert finished his bachelor's degree in piano performance at the University of Oregon, studying with Francis Bittner and Marlene Soriano Thal. While beginning work toward a doctorate in piano at the University, Robert established the Newport Summer Music Festival. His reputation as a chamber music colleague, concerto soloist, and piano recitalist drew talented colleagues to the Oregon Coast during the three-year life of the Festival. In 1975 Robert moved permanently to Portland, where his prodigious piano skills found their niche. An indefatigable performer, he concentrated on piano repertoire of the romantic era, Debussy, Ravel, Faure, Chopin, and Rachmaninoff, and works of his own invention. His true calling emerged in the mid-1970s, when he became the company pianist for Barbara Remington's ballet studio. During the following forty years, Robert acquired a sterling reputation as the Northwest's most respected and influential ballet pianist. At the time of his death Robert Huffman was the principal pianist of The Portland Ballet, a company and school of which he was a founding member in 2001. His passion for music was matched by his passion for the education of young people, about whom he cared deeply. Even a partial roster of other companies, dancers, and choregraphers for whom Robert Huffman played is impressive: Oregon Ballet Theatre, Summer Dance Lab at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Northwest Academy, Jefferson Dancers, Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, Melissa Hayden, Mark Morris, Paul Sanasardo, Ed Kresley, Denise Dabrowski, Gelsey Kirkland, Jacques D'Amboise, Trey McIntyre, Alonzo King, and many more. In 2002 Robert self-produced two CDs, Robert Huffman: Music for Ballet Class (Volumes I & II), which received admiring reviews. They are in wide use in ballet schools and studios throughout the U. S. Possessed of a prodigious memory for everything from the recording histories of every pianist you've never heard of to the statistical records-right up to the present day- of every professional golfer you've never heard of, Robert Huffman brought his enthusiasm for music, reading, cooking, fine dining, and conversation into his remarkable life. Survivors include his cousins, Janie Stone McAllister, Gordon Dale Wright, Alda Riles, and Dick Wright; nephews, Kip Huffman and Charlie Huffman; nieces, Shanna Masi and Kelly Huffman Campbell; and legions of friends and admirers. A public "Celebration of His Life" will be held on Monday, June 13, 2016, at 7 p.m. in Lincoln Recital Hall of Portland State University. Contact The Portland Ballet to RSVP. Contributions in his memory may be made to Robert's Shoe Box, at theportlandballet.org . -Sandra Hyslop Please sign Robert's Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits .
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