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ESTHER ANN BAYER December 26, 1925 ~ April 4, 2014 Esther Bayer, 88, died peacefully on April 4, 2014 in Vancouver, Washington. She had been suffering from Alzheimer's. Esther was born in Grenville, South Dakota, December 26, 1925 to Xavier and Anna Pionk. Esther moved to Washington state with her family when her father took a job on Grand Coulee Dam. They later moved to Vancouver where she attended Vancouver High School. She met Lewis G. (L.G.) Bayer while working at a restaurant in Vancouver during the war. They married in 1943 and were married 53 years until L.G.'s passing October 14, 1996. Esther loved her family and enjoyed participating in family activities. She was active in the Vancouver Elks Emblem Club and served as president. She enjoyed working in her yard and tending her vegetable garden, canning, cooking for family, and watching the birds in her yard from the front window with her cat, Kiki. Esther is survived by her children, Dennis L. Bayer (Julie) of Ballard, WA, Linda L. Seacat (Dennis) of Vancouver, Leslie A. Bayer-Haslam (Dan) of Vancouver; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and sisters, Georgia Ellis of Vancouver and Alice Girard of Florida. A special thank you for the excellent care Esther received at Mary's Care Home. The family is forever grateful. A mass and celebration of her life will be held Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at 12:00 noon, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 400 S. Andresen Rd., Vancouver, WA, with a reception to follow. Please sign her guestbook at www.columbian.com/obits Read Obituary
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RYAN DERUYTER March 11, 1935 ~ April 11, 2014 Ryan deRuyter was born in The Hague, Holland, March 11, 1935. As a cook/baker in the Merchant Marines on a Dutch freighter, Ryan was on relief and going home when he met his future wife, Rhea (also from The Hague) in 1956 aboard the ship Ryndam on the Atlantic Ocean somewhere between New York and Amsterdam. Rhea's family immigrated to the USA in 1954 and she was returning to visit family. The two spent a couple of weeks together then went to the US consulate to request immigration papers for Ryan to go to the USA and were told it would take two years to get a green card. He kept working while waiting and the two wrote love letters. Ryan arrived in California in 1958. Several months later they married and moved to Orange County to raise their family; first, a son Jerry; two years later twins, Debbie and Yvonne. He worked at several major bakeries and was the pastry chef at Disneyland. In 1975 they moved to Hazel Dell, WA and he was employed as a baking instructor at Clark College. In 1978 they found their dream home; 5 acres in Hockinson. For 17 years they worked their property raising cattle, hogs and chickens, and a vegetable garden. In 1989, due to medical reasons, they sold the farm and moved to east Vancouver. They spent the next 24 years RV camping, traveling to visit friends and family, gardening and enjoying retirement. Ryan passed away peacefully at home of natural causes with family at his side. He is survived by his lovely wife, Rhea; son, Jerry (Andrea); twin daughters, Debbie (Doug) Goins and Yvonne Klodt; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Please sign his guestbook at www.columbian.com/obits . Read Obituary
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