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Barlas, Elayne Marie - Camas  
ELAYNE BARLAS March 27, 1959 ~ June 23, 2016 Elayne Marie Barlas, 57, passed away June 23, 2016 in Camas, WA surrounded by family and friends after a year and half fight with Amyloidosis and Multiple Myeloma cancer. She was born on March 27, 1959 to Zachary and Mary Harris in Torrance, CA. Shortly thereafter, they relocated to Fresno, CA. Growing up here she graduated from high school and then beauty school, to work as a Hair Stylist. Years later, she met the man she would marry. Elayne and Harry Barlas got married on Oct 4, 1986 in Fresno, CA. They settled in Fremont, CA to raise their family in the home Harry built. After a family vacation to British Columbia, Canada and Washington State in 2000, Elayne was diagnosed with a rare form of Non-Hotchkins Lymphoma cancer; Elayne was victorious following a yearlong battle. The family then moved to Camas, WA in 2002. She was awestruck every day by the beauty this state had to offer and the peace of mind she had knowing her children were receiving great education. Eventually, Elayne sought to start her own business selling Greek Baklava, her mother-in-law's recipe. In the year 2004, that's exactly what she did. This was the start of what is now known as Getta Gyro, a very strong foundation to what already is a successful business venture. She created a family business that not only brought the family closer together, but was the glue that held it as such, which will still remain there even though she is gone. Elayne used this opportunity to not only help support her family, but also to give back to the community; giving young teenagers opportunities to work, giving scholarships to those striving for further education, donating the company's services to certain events and functions, as well as any other place she deemed would be a worthy contribution. On top of giving to the community, she gave to many individuals as well. Many viewed Elayne as their second mother, whether meeting her once or multiple times her infectious smile, laugh, and loving nature drew them in. Naturally, in return she viewed them as her own children; an extension of her own family and treated them as such. This goes to show just how much influence she had and how many lives she touched. Before her second and final battle with cancer, she lived out her days frequenting walks in the neighborhood with family and friends, building her business, eating homemade popcorn and watching movies with her grandchildren, bursting out in dance at every opportunity, and enjoying all the other simple pleasures life has to offer. Among those fortunate enough to have lived among Elayne are her husband, Harry; children, Brianna, Adam, Lukas, and Philip; daughter-in-law, Mellissa; grandchildren, Nevaeh and Melodee; brothers, Tim and Denis; cousins, Desi and Barbara; her nephew, Aaron; and countless other in-laws, family members, loved ones and friends. She was preceded in death by her very dear niece, Alessandra and parents, Zachary and Mary Harris, whom lived their final days right next door to Elayne and family. A viewing will be held on June 30, 2016 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Evergreen Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 1101 NE 112th Ave, Vancouver, WA 98684. The funeral service will be held on July 1, 2016 beginning at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Trinity Cathedral, 3131 NE Glisan Portland, OR 97232. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made at the following website: http://www.gofundme.com/elaynebarlas . All proceeds will go towards cancer research and cure development. Please sign her guestbook at www.columbian.com/obits
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Published in The Columbian on June 29, 2016
Dunegan, Dorothy Helen  
DOROTHY HELEN DUNEGAN November 8, 1922 ~ June 27, 2016 Our earthly angel, the heart and soul of the family, Dorothy Helen Dunegan passed away on June 27, 2016, at the remarkable age of 93. Born in Vancouver, WA, November 8, 1922, to Thomas and Mary Orthmann, Dorothy, the youngest of eight children, attended grade and high school at Providence Academy, and earned her teaching certificate from Marylhurst College. She married her childhood sweetheart William Dunegan on Aug 20, 1946, and they were joyfully married for 50 blissful years. Strong and passionate in her faith, Dorothy, daily nurtured her family and friends in unconditional love. She enjoyed her associations in Catholic Daughters, Altar Society, and St. Vincent De Paul, dedicating many years to helping others in her community and instilled that commitment of service among her children and grandchildren. Dorothy is survived by her children: Michael (Katherine) Dunegan of Las Vegas, NV, Helen Foster of Vancouver, Patrick (Sheri) Dunegan of Portland, OR, Joseph and (Debra) Dunegan of Vancouver, and Mary (Rick) Trute of Oregon City, OR; seven grandchildren, five great grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, seven step-great grandchildren, and five step-great great grandchildren. Dorothy was preceded in death by her loving husband Bill, and her son-in-law James Foster. Recitation of the rosary at 8:30 am on Friday, July 1, 2016 followed by mass of Christian burial at St. James Catholic Church at 218 West 12th Street. The internment will be at Mother Joseph Catholic Cemetery immediately following the mass. Donations can be made to St. Vincent De Paul in Dorothy's name. Please sign her guestbook at www.columbian.com/obits
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Published in The Columbian on June 30, 2016
Gist, Karen L.  
KAREN L. GIST July 20, 1951 ~ June 24, 2016 "You Left Us Too Soon" Karen, age 64, passed away unexpectedly but peacefully in her home in Camas. A Camas resident for the past 10 years, she was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister-in-law, and friend. Karen was born in Meridian, Texas, to Eugene Adkins of Missouri and Sarah Kizzire of Alabama. She grew up in Texas, where she met the love of her life (and she of his) Tom. After graduation from Texas Christian University, she joined her new husband as they moved across the country with the Air Force. Through their travels, Karen made close friends wherever they lived, including New Mexico, Colorado and Ohio. They later settled in Washington to be closer to family. Karen spent many years staying home with her three children before having a successful career using her Computer Science degree. She was active in her church choir and local community orchestra. But her gracious hospitality, her unfailing kindness, and her sweet contentment with life are what we will remember - and miss - the most. She is survived by her husband, Thomas; children Andrea, Stephanie, and Michael; grandchildren Phoebe, Eliot, and Cora; and numerous extended family members. A memorial service will be held at Vancouver First United Methodist Church at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, July 3, 2016. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the American Cancer Society. Please sign her guestbook at www.columbian.com/obits
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Published in The Columbian on June 28, 2016
Gustafson, Daniel D.  
DANIEL D. GUSTAFSON July 20, 1951 ~ June 21, 2016 Daniel D. Gustafson, 64, passed away at home, surrounded by his loved ones, on June 21, 2016. He was born on July 20, 1951 to Ruth and Harold Gustafson in Vancouver, WA, and later graduated from Washougal High School. Dan started in the construction industry and worked on many large projects including Bonneville Dam, building the 2nd Powerhouse, WSU-Vancouver, and the Gas Fired Power Plant. He would start a job as a laborer and within weeks he would be supervisor. Dan eventually started his own rock quarry business, and became the largest supplier of decorative basalt in the Northwest. He was a member of Cape Horn American Legion Post #127 and Laborers Union #335 of Vancouver. Dan spent many years guiding hunters in search of large game, with his beloved hound dogs, and hunted bear for the DNR. He was an avid fisherman and an expert at catching salmon and steelhead along the Washougal and Columbia rivers. Daniel loved sports and was a huge Mariner's fan. He coached Little League teams and built the baseball field at Cape Horn-Skye school. Some of his players went on to play in the major leagues. Survivors include his wife of 12 years, Jan; his three daughters: Angela (husband Chris) Hamilton, Breianne (husband Jeremy) Miller, and Meagan (husband Chris) Follett; his son, Ryan Follett; 6 grandchildren; 1 great-granddaughter; his brother, Mark, his two sisters, Sherry and Robin; as well as his extended family: brother, Oliver Brigham (wife Connie), godson, Alger, goddaughter, Angelica (husband Chris), and daughters Misty and Tabitha. Daniel was preceded in death by his parents; and his daughter, Elizabeth Follett. There will be private funeral services at the families request. A Celebration of Life gathering will take place on July 9, 2016, 4:00 p.m., at the Cape Horn American Legion Post #127, 10221 Washougal River Road. Brown's Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, please visit http://www.brownsfh.com or www.columbian.com .obits
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Published in The Columbian on June 30, 2016
Halme, Glenn Joel - Yacolt  
GLENN JOEL HALME April 2, 1925 - June 27, 2016 Glenn Joel Halme was born April 2, 1925 in Casper, Wyoming and passed away on June 27, 2016 in Yacolt, Washington at 91 years of age. Glenn, with his wife Clara, resided in Yacolt Washington for the past 27 years. Glenn's childhood home was Vancouver, Washington. He was a lifelong member of the Old Apostolic Lutheran Church. Glenn worked all his life in the forest products industry, lastly retiring from APA The Engineered Wood Association in 1987. He had served in the United States Coast Guard during World War II. Glenn loved the outdoors and would often marvel at God's creation. Glenn is survived by his wife of 68 years, Clara (Lindberg) at home in Yacolt, nine children; Linda (Arnold) Hervi and David (Genevieve) Halme of Battle Ground Washington, Peggy (Kenneth) Koskiniemi of Dallas Texas, Joy Halme of Battle Ground, Steven (Lillian) Halme of Davenport Washington, Timothy (Michelle) Halme of Yacolt, Andrew (Carrie) Halme of Davenport, Julie (Bob) Whitehorn of Seattle, Brent (Lisa) Halme of Woodland, 63 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren and several great, great grandchildren. Glenn was preceded in death by his parents, Tim Halme in 1963 and Hilda Halme in 1979; his one sibling and brother, Tim Halme in 2001 and a great grandchild, Samuel Ritola in 2008. Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, July 1, 2016, 11:00 am at the Old Apostolic Lutheran Church, 32320 Lewisville Highway, Battle Ground, Washington with committal following the service at the Elim Cemetery in Brush Prairie. Viewing will be from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Thursday June 30, at the same Church. Please sign his guestbook at www.columbian.com/obits
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Published in The Columbian on June 29, 2016
Jackson, Harvey William "Hal"  
HARVEY "HAL" WILLIAM JACKSON November 3, 1936 - June 24, 2016 Hal passed away June 24, 2016 from Prostate cancer. Born November 3, 1936 to William and Edna Jackson in Victoria B.C. Canada. He grew up skating on frozen ponds and playing hockey with friends until 1952 when his family decided to make the move to Portland, OR where he attended Lincoln High School and happily joined the social club. After high school he worked at the Portland Public Library before he decided to enlist in the US NAVY. Hal proudly served aboard the USS Shangri-La from 1957-1961, enjoying his down time by hanging out at the beaches near Pearl Harbor, joining a baseball team and as many bowling leagues as he could, followed by two years in the NAVY reserves in San Diego. He went on to work as a linemen for the telephone company in Lebanon, Oregon. Hal received his AA from Multnomah College and eventually retired from the Fred Meyer warehouse after 30 years. Hal was a funny man that loved to be busy and continued to bowl, golf, and enjoyed time with his family fishing at Clear Lake. He loved the sun and being outside. Hal is survived by his girlfriend of 15 years Joy Lanning, her daughter Nicole Sanders and grandson Gabriel; his son Mark Jackson and his wife Becky; daughter Nichole Maruca and her husband Jeff; son Casey Jackson and his wife Tara and grandkids Sam, Lauren, Owen, Grace, Kadin and Audrey, all of Vancouver, WA; sister Vicki Adams and her husband Barry, and brother Jim Jackson and his wife Rose and family of Canada. Though Hal was a social man he requested no service. He is at the Riverview Abbey in the Sunrise room happily next to his parents. Please sign his guestbook at www.columbian.com/obits "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith" 2 Timothy 4:7
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Published in The Columbian on July 1, 2016
Lacey, William Francis "Bill" - Spokane  
WILLIAM 'BILL' FRANCIS LACEY April 8, 1928 ~ June 21, 2016 William (Bill) Francis Lacey was born to Allen McCormick and Ester Louise Wyatt at the Saint Ignatius Hospital on Easter Sunday, April 8, 1928 and died on June 21, 2016. In 1953, Bill married to his high school sweetheart Ilene Louise Olsen and had three children: Cindi Louise Pederson of Vancouver, WA, Allen Edward Lacey of Gilbert, AZ, and Kelly Francis Nichols of Baker City, OR. Bill graduated in 1946 from Colfax High school, Central Washington State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education in 1956, and from the University of Oregon with a Doctorate of Education in 1970. Immediately after earning his Bachelor of Arts Degree, he was hired by the Vancouver School District where he taught Social Studies and English at Lewis, Shumway, and Jason Lee Junior High Schools. In 1967 he left teaching to pursue a Doctorate of Education and was hired by Willamette University after graduation. After teaching there for one year, he was hired by Central Washington State College as a Supervisor of Student teachers, working remotely in Vancouver, WA and then Yakima, WA until retirement in 1986 as a Professor Emeritus. For several years after retirement he continued to teach off campus Master's Degree courses through Heritage College. Starting in 1992 he spent 16 winters in Casa Grande, AZ, volunteering at the local High School and playing golf. He was proceeded in death by his father, mother, and brother. He is survived by his wife, children, seven grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. He will be remembered as a friend to all, a jokester, and accomplished story teller. We are certain that he is telling stories to the Angels and anyone else who will listen. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Northern Idaho Hospice ( www.hospiceofnorthidaho.org ) or a hospice organization of your choice. Bruning Funeral Home of Colfax has been entrusted with funeral arrangements. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.bruningfuneralhome.com Please sign his guestbook at www.columbian.com/obits
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lane, Florence Louise "Sally" - Vancouver  
FLORENCE "SALLY" LOUISE LANE February 12, 1917 ~ June 22, 2016 Florence Louise Lane, nicknamed Sally by her father, was born February 12, 1917 in Hibbing, MN to Richard and Ethel Hocking and passed away on June 22, 2016 in Vancouver, WA at the age of 99. The oldest of four, she was raised in Hibbing, where she met her husband Richard and they were married in 1935. In 1940, they moved to Vancouver, WA to work in the shipyards and then, eventually Crown Zellerbach, where she stayed for 25 years, until her retirement. Sally raised three children and enjoyed traveling, gardening, sewing, and later in life, trips to the casinos. She is preceded in death by her husband Richard and eldest son Tom, but is survived by her daughter Marilyn Peterson (Ron); son Gary Lane, 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and 9 great-great-grandchildren. A graveside memorial will be held at Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Wednesday July 6, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. The family asks that any donations be made to the Ray Hickey Hospice House. Please sign her guestbook at www.columbian.com/obits
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Published in The Columbian on June 28, 2016
McClellan, Ruth "Ruthie"  
RUTH "RUTHIE" MCCLELLAN July 18, 1946 ~ June 18, 2016 Ruthie McClellan was born Ruth Nolen on July 18, 1946 in Charleston, WV and passed away June 18, 2016 in Vancouver, WA. She is survived by her spouse of 50 years, James McClellan and two cats and two dogs. A classy lady who never made enemies, Ruthie was preceded in death by her parents, James Nolen and Pearl Nolen. She retired as an Engineer from Qwest Telephone Co., and was a long time member of Northwest Corvette Assn., and Telephone Pioneers. Ruthie's hobbies included wine, clothing, jewelry, partying, boating and travel. Please join her Celebration of Love. Special thanks to all of her friends who are welcome, no relatives, on Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. at The Quay, 100 Columbia St., Vancouver, WA 98660. Please sign her guestbook at www.columbian.com/obits
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Published in The Columbian on June 30, 2016
Merrill, Tommy Rex - San Angelo  
TOMMY REX MERRILL November 26, 1941 ~ June 24, 2016 Tommy Rex Merrill, 74, of San Angelo, passed away on June 24, 2016 at his residence. He was born on November 26, 1941 to Lynn and Rosa (Drake) Merrill in Clovis, NM. Tommy served his country in the U.S. Navy. Tommy worked as an Electronic Technician in the communications and petroleum industries. On March 23, 1961, he married Essie Stone at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Maryland. Tommy is survived by his loving spouse of 55 years, Essie; son, Byron Merrill of Franklin, MA; grandchildren, Amy Merrill Rhodes and husband, Chase of Niederwald, TX, Adam Rex Merrill of Buda, TX; and their mother Lisa Keenan of Thrall, TX; granddaughter Sydney Lynne Merrill of Vancouver, WA; great-granddaughter, Fiona Lynn Rhodes of Niederwald, TX; great-grandson, Billy Eugene Rhodes of Niederwald, TX. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lynn and Rosa Merrill, and a son, Tommy Lynn Merrill. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Robert Massie Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to the West Texas Rehab, 3001 S. Jackson St., San Angelo, TX 76904. Online condolences can be given at www.RobertMassie.com . Please sign his guestbook at www.columbian.com/obits
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Published in The Columbian on June 29, 2016
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