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Amoruso, Philip Elmer "Phil"  
PHILIP ELMER AMORUSO March 15, 1920 ~ June 19, 2015 Philip Elmer Amoruso, 95, resident of Gooding, ID, formerly of Soap Lake, WA, passed away Fri., June 19, 2015 at DeSano Place Suites in Gooding. He was born on March 15, 1920 in Battle Ground, WA to Philip and Eva Amoruso and was raised and educated in Battle Ground. He joined the United States Air Force in the early 1940's and retired from the Air Force in 1968. Over his career, Philip was involved in 3 wars, which he was very proud of. He married Doris E. Schell on March 16, 1941 in Battle Ground. Upon retirement, he was employed by John Deere Tractor of Coulee City. Then he worked for the Bureau of Reclamation at Coulee Dam. Phil was self-employed, his business name was Phil's Machine Shop in Soap Lake, WA. He was a lifetime member of the NRA, the VFW, the Air Force SGT's Association, the Elks Lodge, and was a member for life of the Grange. Philip is survived by his wife, Doris of Jerome, ID; sons, Jerry Amoruso of Royal City, WA and John Amoruso of Vancouver, WA; daughter, Janet Stephens of Jerome, ID; sister, Rose Perrotta of Sandwiche, MA; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother; and four sisters. The family would like to thank Idaho Home Health and Hospice for the special care they gave Dad, especially Nurse Terri and Chaplain Paul. The family would also like to thank Terri Pendleton and the staff of DeSano Place Suites for the excellent care of our father. Services at Soap Lake Cemetery will be held Aug. 8, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. The family requests memorial donations in Philip's name to be made to the NRA, or a Military Organization. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family by visiting: www.demarayfuneralservice.com and www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on June 28, 2015
Davis, Thomas Edwin "Tom"  
THOMAS "TOM" EDWIN DAVIS November 24, 1959 ~ June 22, 2015 Tom Davis, 55, of Vancouver, WA, passed away on Monday morning, June 22nd, 2015. Born in Vancouver, WA, he is a 1978 graduate of Washougal High School and attended Walla Walla Community College. Tom entered law enforcement as a reserve officer in 1986, becoming a member of the Washougal Police Department after graduating from the police academy in 1990. He spent his entire law enforcement career with the Washougal Police Department and was a dedicated patrol officer, detective, and school resource officer. He was the first SRO employed by the Washougal School District. This role helped him fulfill his passion for working with young people. He leaves behind his family: brothers, Charles "Chip" (Teresa) of Issaquah, WA, Chris of Newport Beach, CA, and Tim (Kathy) of Vancouver, WA; and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial will be scheduled at a later date and a scholarship fund in his honor will be established. To sign the online guest books, please visit www.straubsfuneralhome.com and www.columbian.com/obits .
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Hendrickson, John "Jack"  
JOHN "JACK" HENDRICKSON July 3, 1931 ~ June 16, 2015 "Jack will be remembered by his family, friends, and acquaintances for his kind and gentle spirit, his desire to do the right thing, and (of course) his corny jokes." After a brief illness, Jack Hendrickson went to be with the Lord on Tues., June 16, 2015 at the age of 83. He was born July 3, 1931 in Ishpeming, MI, one of six children born to Carl and Dagney Hendrickson. Jack married Helen Lemberg in 1955 and in 1959, they moved to Vancouver, WA where they put down roots and raised their family. Jack was a quiet man of faith who served Clark County as a Real Estate Professional for 30 plus years. In retirement, he enjoyed working in his yard and traveling extensively with Helen. Jack is survived by his wife of 59 years, Helen; their two children, Rhett (Tracey) Hendrickson and Diane Pudans; three grandchildren, Reese (Shannon) Hendrickson, Lauren Hendrickson, and Erik Pudans; sister, Sharon Connors in Ishpeming; and many nieces and nephews. In addition, until they are reunited, he leaves behind his brothers and sisters in faith. He was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Susan Hendrickson. A Celebration of Life will be held a the family residence on Sun., July 26, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. Please contact the family for details. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Hoenisch, Rodney "Rod"  
RODNEY "ROD" HOENISCH February 13, 1941 ~ June 21, 2015 "Rod will be missed for his infectious laugh and sense of humor." Rod, the son of Reverend Arthur and Jessie Hoenisch, was born in Walla Walla, WA, Feb. 13, 1941. He passed to be with his Lord on June 21, 2015 in Vancouver, WA. Rod grew up in the Northwest and graduated from high school in Roseburg, OR where he played football. He attended the University of Oregon on a football scholarship and was a lifelong Duck fan. Rod married his high school sweetheart, Vicki Butler, in 1962. They lived in Eugene, OR the first 17 years of their married life. Daughter Lisa Marie and son Mark Douglas were born in Eugene. The family moved to Vancouver, WA in 1980 where Rod worked as a Portland food broker. They attended Brush Prairie Baptist Church where Rod was involved in music, taught Sunday School, was a Deacon, and headed up the church Finance Committee. Rod was known for his beautiful baritone voice which he shared at church and at weddings. After retirement, Rod and Vicki spent the winters at their second home in Surprise, AZ, but Rod wouldn't head south until after the Oregon football season ended. Rod is survived by his wife, Vicki of Vancouver, WA; daughter, Lisa Walden (Matt) of Lewiston, ID; son, Mark (Lori) of Vancouver, WA; and three grandchildren, Brandon Hoenisch, Andrew and Anna Walden. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11a.m. on Fri., July 3, 2015 at Brush Prairie Baptist Church, 11814 NE 117th Ave., Vancouver, WA. Wear casual summer clothing or Oregon Duck attire. Rod was a casual guy. A reception will follow at the church. Because of his love of children, memorial donations may be made to Compassion International, Colorado Springs, CO 80997-0004. Compassion International provides food, clothing, education, and health services to impoverished children throughout the world. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on June 28, 2015
Mattson, Peter Kiran David  
PETER KIRAN DAVID MATTSON January 3rd, 1998 ~ June 15th, 2015 Peter's journey began January 3rd, 1998. We searched the world for Peter and adopted him aged 10 months old from the Missions to the Nation Orphanage in Andhra Pradesh, India. Peter had a way of inspiring, and bringing light and hope to everyone he met and everyone that knew him. He made friends easily and had many in all corners of the world. Peter was a born leader, participating in Boy Scouts where he earned his Eagle at age 13, Wrestling at Prairie High School where he lettered all three years, and DECA where he lettered twice. He was a much loved son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend. Survived by his parents, Susan and Allan Mattson and brother, Alexander Mattson of Battle Ground, WA; Grandfather, Peter Glausiuss of Tauranga New Zealand; Aunts and Uncles, Jane and Joseph Thomas of Nelson New Zealand, and Erik and Betty Mattson of Hockinson WA; Cousins, Annabella and Elliot Thomas, and Jonathan and Michael Mattson, and Brad Geistlinger. He was preceded in death by Grandma, Faye Glausiuss of New Zealand; Nanna, Laine Mattson of Hockinson, WA; and Uncle, Otto Mattson of Seattle, WA. A Celebration of Life service is set to be held on Saturday July 11th at 2:00p.m. at Battle Ground High school. All who loved and knew Peter are welcome to attend and are encouraged to bring a photo of Peter as they knew him. Donations in his memory can be made to the Prairie Wrestling Parent Boosters (mail to 11518 NE 185th St., Battle Ground, WA 98604), and for those who wish to bring flowers, please make them colorful - Peter's favorite color was magenta. Please sign his Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on June 28, 2015
McDuffie, Sharon Irene  
SHARON IRENE (GRAY) MCDUFFIE September 22, 1947 ~ June 16, 2015 Sharon Irene Gray was born in Titusville, PA on Sept. 22, 1947 to Melvin and Alzora Gray. She was the third of four children, graduating from high school in '65, and with a college degree in secondary English at age 20. Shortly after she married Cary Tamura, he was drafted and they moved to Germany. After his service was over, they moved to Hawaii where she gave birth at 26 to her daughter Jenni, and then her son Matt. A year later, the family moved to Portland, OR. Sharon remarried in '85 to Scott McDuffie and became a stepmom to Annie, Steve, and Greg. Sharon went on to earn an MS in School Counseling and Psychology in '87 from Lewis and Clark College. She moved to Vancouver, WA and enjoyed 26 years of working as a school psychologist for Vancouver, Battle Ground and Evergreen School Districts. In 2012, she retired after being diagnosed the previous year with stage 3 lung cancer, one of the 25% of cases who are non-smokers. She explored many treatment options, both conventional and unconventional, but ultimately her life ended much too soon on June 16, 2015 at home with her family holding her. Sharon had several passions in life ~ her love for her family, serving students with learning disabilities, friendships of great depth, and most importantly her relationship with Christ, who ultimately delivered her from suffering to join Him in Heaven. She also was an accomplished quilter, chef, counselor, and gardener. Sharon is survived by her husband, Scott, of nearly 30 years; her children, Matt, Jenni, Annie, Steve, and Greg; her grandchildren, Asher and Ellis, Jack and Levi, Mark and Dennis, and Laura and Erin. Her memorial service will be held on Thurs., July 2nd at New Heights Church in Vancouver at 5 p.m. More details on this are available on her memorial page at straubsfuneralhome.com . Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on June 28, 2015
Stout, Elizabeth "Liz"  
ELIZABETH "LIZ" PERRIN LOWE STOUT May 8, 1925 ~ May 8, 2015 Elizabeth Perrin Lowe Stout "Liz" passed quietly from this life on May 8, 2015 on her 90th birthday in Troutdale, OR. She was born to Herbert Solomon Lowe and Florence (Perrin) Lowe on May 8, 1925 in Portland, OR. A memorial service will be held Sat., July 4, 2015 at 10:30a.m. at Cascades Presbyterian Church in Vancouver, WA. All are invited to bring and share stories and remembrances of Liz. She and Colin will be interred at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, OR. Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on June 30, 2015
Wright Jr., Bruce B.  
BRUCE B. WRIGHT, JR. September 27, 1933 ~ June 15, 2015 Army veteran, Bruce B. Wright, Jr., is survived by his wife, Betty, of 59 years; son, Robin (Linda); daughters, Vicki Svir and Faith Wright; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two sisters; and many nieces and nephews. Services will be held at Evergreen Memorial Gardens on Wed., July 1st, 2015, from 3:00-4:30 p.m. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Buck, Dale Eugene  
DALE EUGENE BUCK August 21, 1954 ~ June 18, 2015 "Dale was a kind and gentle father, a loving husband, a true and loyal friend, a mentor to scores of young people, a man of few words, but the words he spoke were essential." Dale Eugene Buck, 60, born in Vancouver, WA, was tragically killed last Thurs., June 18, 2015. Anyone who had the privilege of knowing Dale Buck, loved him. He was an artist in the truest sense of the word. Dale left a legacy of elegant stonework throughout Washington, Oregon and Alaska. He was a painter, a poet, and a landscape artist of epic proportions. If you ever visited their five acre home in Ridgefield, WA of 30 years, you would have marveled at the grace and elegance this man could finesse out of a pile of rocks and logs and earth. But even all of his visual artistry is dwarfed by the artistry with which he crafted his relationships to the people in his life, because Dale saw everything and everybody through a lense of love. We miss him so much. Dale is survived by his wife, Susan Degenhardt-Buck; their three children, Benjamin Buck, Sarah Buck, and Nicholas Buck; his mother, Kathleen Buck-Cooper; brothers, John Buck, Don Buck, Tom Buck, and Tim Buck; and sisters, Susan Buck and Mary Hart. If you would like to help us celebrate his amazing life, please join us on Thurs., June 25, 12-6 p.m. at: Peterson Farms (red barn), 1605 Caples Road, Woodland, WA 98674. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on June 23, 2015
Friberg, Harry E.  
HARRY E. FRIBERG February 6, 1937 ~ June 16, 2015 Harry was the son of Harry and Mildred Friberg and he grew up in Vancouver, WA. He served in the Washington National Guard from 1955 until he entered the Army in 1959 where he served in the 101st (Airborne) until he transitioned to Special Forces in 1963. Harry had multiple tours in Vietnam and Korea and retired as a Master Sergeant, returning to Vancouver in 1978. After retirement, Harry served as a Clark County Sheriff's Deputy until his final retirement in 1997. In retirement, Harry enjoyed farming, travel, and boating on the Columbia River. Harry was preceded by his parents and wife, Daisy. He is survived by his children, Harry Friberg and Barbara Braskett and their spouses and his six grandchildren; his sister, Judy Teitzel; his brothers, James and Phillip Friberg; and many nieces and nephews. There will be a reception in honor of Harry's memory at the Vancouver Veterans of Foreign Wars on Tuesday, 23 June 2015 at 6p.m. Harry will be interred at the Willamette National Cemetery on Wednesday, 24 June 2015 at 3p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to Clark County Sheriffs Department K9 donation or the Special Forces Association Assistance Fund. Please sign his Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on June 23, 2015
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