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Brooks, James Lester "Jim"  
JAMES "JIM" LESTER BROOKS April 1, 1926 ~ September 26, 2016 James Brooks, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, died peacefully in his sleep on Monday morning, Sept. 26, 2016 of heart failure. He appreciated every day of his 90 years. He was born on April Fool's Day, at home in Evans, CO to William and Ina Mae Brooks. Jim met the love of his life, Virginia Louise Francis, at a University in Denver square dance club, and proposed to her with a moonlight guitar and song serenade. They were married on June 5, 1947. Dad had many talents and abilities. He could play nearly any musical instrument by ear, had an eye for painting and sculpting, and was a school teacher and dance teacher to thousands of people. He won two Sand Castle Contests at Cannon Beach, OR in 1972-73. Some highlights of Dad's life include: He graduated from South Denver High in 1943 where he was in the ROTC. In 1944, he enlisted in the Army Air Force, and was in training as a machine gunner for the B-29 Super-Fortress as the war ended. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Admin with majors in Retailing and Marketing from the University of Denver. He hitchhiked to Seattle with a buddy in 1948, to explore the UW, settled there, and took a 5th year to prepare for Business Ed teaching at Everett High and Cascade High School. They became nationally recognized Square and Round dance teachers, known as "Jim and Ginny". Dad was a caller, and they choreographed dances, recorded for DECCA Records in NYC in 1958, and built "The Hayloft" dance hall in the Seattle area. Thousands shared their love of dances, clubs, and parties there until 1966, when they sold the business and moved to Vancouver, WA. He was a Vocational Education Supervisor with the Vancouver schools in charge of all business, trade, and industrial arts classes, retiring in 1980. Dad enjoyed carpentry and landscaping. He was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman, who took his young family on many camping adventures. Upon retirement, Dad and Mom joined their friends as dedicated "snowbirds" for 30 years in Mesa, AZ, with an active lifestyle in the Valley of the Sun. Dad always said it was only fair that he lived more years retired than he had worked. Mom preceded him in death after 68 years, in 2015. He is survived by his four children: Kim Burnett (Ken), Jim Brooks (Su), Kathy Brooks, and Jack Brooks (Melissa); nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. ~ To us, Dad was the 9th Wonder of the World ~ A Celebration of Life will be on Mon., Oct. 3 at Evergreen Memorial Gardens at 12:30, followed by a reception. We invite you to make donations in Dad's memory to the American Heart Association, www.heart.org . Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Oct. 1, 2016
Cates, Fred James - Ridgefield  
FRED JAMES CATES May 18th, 1945 ~ September 25th, 2016 Fredrick James John Cates passed away September 25th, 2016. He was born in Oakland, California, May 18th, 1945. His parents moved to Sheridan, Wyoming where he was then raised and graduated from Sheridan High School. As a young man, he enjoy fishing and hunting near and around the Big Horn Mountains. Fred then continued on to Nebraska where he went to college for electrical engineering. After college, he married Joy Natolitano and eventually moved to Vancouver, Washington, where he started his career of 38 years with Freightliner Truck on Swan Island in Portland, Oregon as an electrician. Shortly following, Fred and his family moved to Ridgefield, Washington where he loved to work hard, play hard, and pursue all of his many personal passions. Fred retired from Freightliner in 2002 and spent most of his remaining years at the beach, fishing throughout the Pacific Northwest, building projects in his wood shop, and his most favorite thing to do was playing cards at the Moose Lodge with all of his friends. He loved to be around people and his crazy sense of humor sometimes was shocking and more often than not would catch you off guard and really make you laugh. He was a very talented, crafty, caring, fun loving person and will be dearly missed by many. Fred is survived by his 3 sons, Scott (Nancy), Garold, and James; his grandchildren, Mikaela, Conner, Tristan, and Sam. He preceded in death by his wife, Terry, in 2013. Services will be held at Northwood Park Funeral Home this Sat., Oct. 1st at 11a.m. A celebration will follow at the Moose Lodge, 1:00p.m.-3:00p.m., #2423, 6719 NE 219th St., (in Dollars Corner) Battle Ground, WA 98604. Please sign his Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Sept. 29, 2016
Chamberlain, Robert "Bob"  
ROBERT "BOB" CHAMBERLAIN October 2, 1930 ~ September 21, 2016 Bob Chamberlain, 85, of Vancouver, WA, passed away peacefully on Sept. 21, 2016. He was born in Arnett, OK and his family moved to the Washington/Oregon area when Bob was a small child. He grew up in Redmond, OR and as a young man began his career as a long-haul truck driver. Bob is survived by two daughters, Sandy (Mark) McCloud and Janell Jones; grandchildren, Jason (Jennifer) Beeks, Janna (Tom) Moats, Robert Todd Chamberlain, Ron Jones, and Tyler Jones, and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 68 years, Eleanor; his son, Ron Chamberlain; and his parents. A funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Thurs., Sept. 29, 2016 at Evergreen Memorial Gardens chapel with internment and reception following. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Sept. 28, 2016
Craig, Clyde Norman  
CLYDE NORMAN CRAIG June 8, 1936 ~ September 23, 2016 Clyde N. Craig passed away peacefully September 23, 2016 at Kaiser Sunnyside Hospital. He was born June 8, 1936 in Camas, Washington to Howard Ronald Craig and Laverne Eleanor Craig. He enjoyed hot rod cars, sailing, fishing, and his kitty, Tidbit, who kept his toes and his heart warm. Clyde is survived by multiple family members and friends who loved him dearly. Preceding him in death were his son, Jason Craig; his parents; and his sister. There will be a Celebration of Clyde's Life on Sunday, October 2nd, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 1205 NW 12th St., Battle Ground, WA 98604, which is a private residence. Please sign his Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Sept. 28, 2016
Hebdon, Thelma  
THELMA HEBDON May 25, 1930 ~ September 26, 2016 Thelma Hebdon, 86, of Vancouver, WA, passed away Mon., Sept. 26, 2016 at her home. The youngest of three children, Thelma was born May 25, 1930 to Milford Barkdull and Ann Louise Hayes in Kemmerer, WY. She enjoyed being a homemaker and taking care of her husband and four energetic boys. Thelma treasured being a great mother and grandmother. She was a member of the Salmon Creek Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Later in her life, she found enjoyment through her work at Clark College in the printing department. Thelma taught herself to play the organ and had a life-long love of music. She had a green thumb and her gardens, porches, and homes were always filled with beautiful plants and flowers. Thelma loved to laugh and always appreciated a good joke. She was preceded in death by husband, Floyd; and their son, Mark. Thelma is survived by sons, Kelly (Diane) of Harrisonburg, VA, Corey (Terry) of Vancouver, WA, and Bob (Kathy) of Austin, TX; along with twelve grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren. The family would like to thank Thelma's caregivers who gave such tender love and care to her in her last years. Services to be held at Evergreen Memorial Gardens with the viewing on Thurs., Sept. 29th from 5-9, and the funeral service on Fri., Sept. 30th at 12:30. Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Sept. 29, 2016
Holm, Norman A. - Vancouver  
NORMAN A. HOLM July 3, 1913 ~ September 25, 2016 Norman A. Holm, 103 years old, a longtime resident of Vancouver, WA, went to be with the Lord on Sept. 25, 2016 at the home of his wonderful caregivers at Nurturing Adult Family Home. He was born in Stanislous, CA to Elija and Sarah Holm and raised in Sutherlin, OR. Norman was a member of MacArthur Blvd. Christian Church and Lauralwood Baptist Church. He retired after 40 years as an engineer for Burlington Northern Railroad. Norman is survived by his son, Ted Holm; daughter, Marla Potter; grandchildren, Todd Holm, Jona Holm, Dana Armstrong, Jennifer Dunham, Jeremy Holm, and Erin Wood; numerous great-grandchildren; nieces, Brenda Laing and Sharon Sweiberg; cousin, Jack Cook; and two step-sisters-in-law, Clara Bickle and Mary Ellen White. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife of 55 years, Marjorie Holm; sons, Norman R. Holm and Arvin L. Holm. A Celebration of Life will be held at Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Fri., Sept. 30, 2016 at 3p.m. Viewing will be held from 12-2p.m. prior to the service. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Sept. 28, 2016
Kidd, Leonard "Keith"  
LEONARD KEITH KIDD November 27, 1930 ~ September 27, 2016 Leonard Keith Kidd, 85, of Vancouver, WA, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family and friends. ~ Papa was a family man. ~ He took care of all of us. Sometimes all we needed was a " little time and a few kind words ", and other times we needed him to fly across the country to see us. It didn't matter how much or how little we needed. He was always there for all of us, always believed in us, and was always proud of us. ~ Keith was a wonderful friend. ~ He was easy to like and to trust, and made friends wherever he worked and wherever he went. Over the years, he worked in the Navy, at Bison Airlines, Trans World Airlines, Trans Texas Airways, Continental Airlines, International Air Academy, and Pioneer Elementary School. Keith lived in Oklahoma, New Mexico, California, Washington - plus two years on the USS Dortch, and countless weeks flying in international airspace. ~ His sense of humor, integrity, kindness, and patience made him a superb teacher. ~ The walls of his home are covered with plaques, poems, and pictures from his students, from both the International Air Academy, where he was a teacher, and from Pioneer Elementary School, where he was a reading program volunteer for nearly ten years. Keith is survived by his pride and joys - his children, David (Cindy), Daniel (Barbara), Carolyn (Spencer), and Karen; his grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and the love of his life, his wife of 44 years, Beverly. There will be a memorial service at Vancouver Funeral Chapel, 110 E. 12th Street, Vancouver, WA, 98660, Sat., Oct. 1st, 2016. Open casket visitation at 1p.m., followed by the service at 2p.m. (Parking lot one block east.) Keith will be buried in a private service at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, OR. In lieu of flowers, we respectfully ask that you donate to the Pioneer Elementary School Reading Program. Please make out checks to: Pioneer Elementary School, 7217 NE 166th Ave., Vancouver WA 98682, and in the memo line, write "Reading Support". Please share memories and see the video tribute at www.VancouverFuneralChapel.net and sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Sept. 30, 2016
Lantz, Wallace L. - Vancouver  
WALLACE L. LANTZ January 19, 1938 ~ September 25, 2016 Wallace L. Lantz was born in Pasco, Washington on January 19, 1938 to Frank and Ethel Lantz and raised in Vancouver, Washington. He left us on September 25, 2016. Wally attended Mac High and Fort Vancouver High School. He later joined the U.S. Armed Forces. Wally was retired from N.W.S.F. He enjoyed fishing, boating, classic cars, spending time at the beach, and being with family and friends. Wally is survived by his wife of 56 years, Carol Lantz; his son, Wallace Lantz Jr. and wife, Kimberley Lantz; six grandchildren: Richard, Joshua, Christian, Molly, Kelsie and Alex; and brother, Larry Lantz. He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Dawna Lantz-Bridge; sister, Glenda Lantz; and brother, Frank Lantz Jr. Graveside services will be held at Evergreen Memorial Gardens at 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 3rd, followed by a memorial reception at Wally and Carol's home. Please sign Wally's Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits .
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Lindersmith Sr., Jack Montaire  
JACK MONTAIRE LINDERSMITH, SR. May 31, 1933 ~ September 27, 2016 "Jack was a vivacious and dynamic person who tried many things and lived a life of his own design." Jack Lindersmith, Sr., 83, of Battle Ground, WA, passed away peacefully on Sept. 27th, 2016. He was born in Beresford, SD to Sam and Gladys Lindersmith on May 31st, 1933. He had two older brothers, Curtis and Charles and was the last of his immediate family to pass on. Jack traveled the U.S. on a custom Harley. He lived in the Bahamas and Jamaica and visited Mexico, the Virgin Islands, and Hawaii. He lived in Clark County since 2001. Jack was successful in many types of work. He was a gifted engineer and worked in Aerospace for Motorola and TRW in the space program. His name is on the moon 13 times attached to several different pieces of lunar equipment. He also owned a business building custom homes in Arizona and Washington. Jack is survived by his wife of 53 years, Kathryn; his children: Laurie, Linda, Jack Jr., Gina, and Dewayne; as well as 22 grandchildren. The services will be held on Tues., Oct. 4th at 10:30 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 14809 NE 259th St., Battle Ground, WA 98604. Viewing will be one hour prior to the funeral. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Oct. 1, 2016
Mercer, Robert Stanley "Bob" - Vancouver  
ROBERT STANLEY MERCER April 25, 1923 ~ September 27, 2016 Robert Stanley Mercer, 93, of Vancouver, WA, passed away Sept. 27, 2016. He had a rich history connected with Vancouver. His family was a pioneering family that settled here in 1850. Bob was born in Astoria, OR on April 25, 1923 to Estella Ruth Hathaway and Semri Samson Keiski. He worked as an usher at the Kiggins theater in 1938 and graduated from Fort Vancouver High School in 1941. Bob was a Flight Engineer for the U.S. Army Air Corps and a Railroad Engineer for Burlington Northern. He worked as a fireman on the 700 Steam Engine and was on the last run that the train made form Portland to Whishram in 1955. Bob was a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen. He enjoyed RV traveling and gardening. Survivors include his daughter, Lisa Mercer of Wilsonville, OR; his son, Bob Mercer, Jr. of Vancouver, WA; one step-daughter, Carmen Chaffin of Vancouver, WA; three grandchildren, Michael Hathaway, Jayme Mercer of Vancouver, WA, Sabrina Mercer-Rott of Wilsonville, OR; five great-grandchildren, Amber Fussell and Misha Fussell of Vancouver, WA, Kaylee Hathaway of Portland, OR, Libby Hathaway and Zach Hathaway of Vancouver, WA; and half-brothers, Laurie Keiski of Atoka, IN and Stephen Keiski of Seattle, WA. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 46 years, Rosemary Mercer in 2005. A memorial service will be held this Sun., Oct. 2nd, 1:00 p.m. at the Vancouver Funeral Chapel, 110 E. 12th St., Vancouver, WA. Special thanks to the loving nurses and caretakers at Hampton Salmon Creek as well as family and friends who were with Bob during his last days. Memorial donations may be made to the Pacific Railroad Preservation Association http://www.sps700.org/index.shtml Please visit an online article that was written in honor of his 90th birthday: http://www.columbian.com/news/2013/jun/26/hathaway-descendent-engineered-a-rich-history/ and sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Sept. 30, 2016
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