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Connolly, Laurence Neil "Larry"  
LAURENCE "LARRY" NEIL CONNOLLY December 15, 1952 ~ July 22, 2015 Laurence "Larry" Neil Connolly, 62, a lifetime Clark County resident, passed away on July 22, 2015. He was born on Dec. 15, 1952 to John and Anna Connolly, in Vancouver, WA. Larry retired from the Camas/Washougal Port as a Logistics Asset Manager. He was a member of Beacon Rock Men's Golf Club, as well as the Pine Creek Pub. Larry enjoyed hunting and fishing in the great outdoors and playing golf. He loved his family (and his dog, Talula). Larry is survived by his wife, Debbie; at home, son, Jesse (wife Sarah) Lorusso; daughter, Heidi Jo Rigsby; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brothers: Mike, Kent, Danny, and Wayne; sisters: Sheila, Colleen, Jeannie, and Sharon; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers: John, Pat, Bob, and Marc. A celebration of Larry's life will be Sun., Aug. 2 at 1p.m. at the American Legion Hall on Washougal River Road. Arrangements are entrusted to Brown's Funeral Home. To sign condolences at Larry's online guest books: visit www.brownsfh.com and www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on July 31, 2015
Ellis, Kristine Marie  
KRISTINE MARIE ELLIS November 3, 1966 ~ July 25, 2015 Kristine Marie Ellis, 48, went to be with her heavenly Father on Sat., July 25th, 2015. She was born in Pendleton, OR to Juanita Marie Zubizareta and George Albert Ellis. She is a graduate of Evergreen High School. Kristine loved to travel. She worked for many years as a bank teller for Columbia Credit Union in Vancouver, WA. Kristine is survived by her mother, Juanita Zubizareta; her step-mother, Janan Ellis; a niece who was very special to her, Paris Ackerman; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews; and her cat, Ahboo. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Pedro and Ann Zubizareta; her father, George A. Ellis; and an uncle, Jim Zubizareta. Her funeral will be held Sat., Aug. 1, 2015 at Orchards LDS chapel at 7101 NE 166th Ave., Vancouver WA 98682. A viewing will be held at 10:00 a.m. followed by a funeral service at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be Evergreen Memorial Gardens. Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on July 31, 2015
Hendren, Ronald Drew "Cheffie" - Vancouver  
RONALD "CHEFFIE" DREW HENDREN February 8, 1951 ~ July 26, 2015 "Ron was a talented and accomplished Chef, a wonderful husband, a loving father, and an incredible friend." Ron "Cheffie" Drew Hendren, 64, of Vancouver, WA, passed away July 26, 2015, in Portland, OR. He loved reading, entertaining friends and family, listening to music, and of course his ultimate passion, cooking. Ron is survived by his wife, Lori; sons, Shane (Abby) Hendren and Alec Hendren; sister, Joanne Kraus; brother, Guy Hendren; and many beloved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Eric Batteen (1991); and his brother, Terry Hendren. A memorial service will be held on Sat., Aug. 1st at 11a.m. at The Hamilton Mylan Funeral Home, 302 W 11th St., Vancouver, WA 98660. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on July 29, 2015
Robinson, Betty  
BETTY ROBINSON November 2, 1922 ~ July 28, 2015 "Her special touch and loving manner will be greatly missed by all who knew her." Yesterday the Angels came and retrieved our loving mother and returned her to heaven. Betty spent her childhood growing up with her parents (Oscar and Helen Wirsching) and her big brother Norman in Snohomish, WA where she graduated from high school in 1940. Following high school, Betty entered Central Washington University. She graduated early during the war years and came to Vancouver, WA as one of the teachers hired to teach children from the influx of families coming to Vancouver to work in the shipyards. Betty spent 44 years in the Vancouver School District giving Kindergartners' their first exposure to the world outside their families. With the help of her two favorite puppets "Cubby" and "Posse" they learned many of life's lessons. In her last year of teaching, Betty received Vancouver's highest honor as "Teacher of the Year", however, her biggest rewards from teaching where when her former students would meet and share their life stories with her. Betty taught at a variety of schools in the district including McArthur, Fruit Valley, Arnada, John Rogers, Marshall, and Sarah J. Anderson Elementary schools. In the spring of 1946, Betty decided to go to a dance at the Chrystal Ball Room where she met her partner for the next 40 years, Earl Robinson. It was a whirlwind courtship and within a few months they were married. Within four years they had their first of three children (Linda, John and Elizabeth) and together had many wonderful times that all of us will never forget. Betty was an excellent cook and she will leave us all wanting for those delicious Thanksgiving dinners and summer barbeques with her delicious chestnut dressing, potato salad, and salmon barbeque sauce. After retirement from teaching, Betty did not slow down, she was a very active member with the Washington State Retired Teachers Association, The Vancouveria Garden Club, and the International Ikebana Society. She loved working with flowers and through the Ikebana Society earned numerous honors. Betty was also a devoted member of the Christian Scientist Church that helped guide her through her entire life. Betty is survived by her three children and their spouses: Linda, John (Mary) and Liz (Donald); seven grandchildren: Lou McCollum, Lucas McCollum, Stephanie Peri-Provine, John Robinson, Colleen Fujihara, Nick Crandall and Wes Crandall; 12 great-grandchildren; and one more on the way. The family would like to acknowledge a special thank you to Lucas McCollum, Crisi Bailey, and hospices care for the primary care they gave to Betty, especially in her waning days of life. We would like any and all former students, coworkers and friends to attend her Celebration of Life on Mon., Aug. 3, 2015 at 12:30 p.m. Service will be held at Evergreen Memorial Gardens at 1101 NE 112th Ave., Vancouver, WA 98664. If anyone would like to send flowers for her service, Mom would love the gesture. Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on July 30, 2015
Schultz, Bryan Lee  
BRYAN LEE SCHULTZ March 19, 1962 ~ July 23, 2015 "Bryan loved life. He was always thoughtful and caring about others. And he loved working on hot rods and cars and "Bryanizing them". Bryan Lee Schultz, 53, passed away at home with family by his side, in Vancouver, WA. He was born March 19, 1962 to James C. and Shirley A. Schultz in The Dalles, OR. Bryan was a master automotive technician, diesel repairman, and long haul truck driver. He was currently a master automotive technician at Gillis Auto Center. Bryan also enjoyed collecting elephants, working in the yard and flowers, music, TV, and garage sales, Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Patterson Schultz; sons, Nick B.C. and Justin B. Schultz; mother, Shirley A. Hixon Brant; brothers, James K., Mark G., and Rodney E. Schultz; aunt, Dorothy L. Hixon Doll; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, James C. Schultz; several aunts and uncles, and grandparents. Special thanks to Hospice SW, Kathy Hansen, Legacy Hospital in Salmon Creek, Jimmy D., and Gillis Auto Center in Shelton, WA. Viewings to be held on Thurs., July 30, 12 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. and Fri., July 31, 12 p.m.- 9:00p.m. with a chapel service on Sat., Aug. 1st at 12:30 p.m., at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Vancouver, WA. Memorial donations may be sent to Hospice, the Cancer Center or Portland Zoo to help care for the elephants. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on July 30, 2015
Shirts, Gale D.  
GALE D. SHIRTS January 22, 1932 ~ July 25, 2015 Gale D. Shirts was 83 when he died peacefully at his home in Vancouver, WA on July 25, 2015. He was born in Kelso, WA on Jan. 22, 1932. After serving over 21 years in the Army, Gale resided in Vancouver with his wife and children. Gale is survived by his wife, Kim; five children, Chul, Cynthia, Daniel, Sharon, and Carol, and their spouses; 29 grandchildren; and one brother, Gerald Shirts. A public viewing will be held at 9:30a.m. on Fri., July 31, 2015, with the funeral service to follow at 10:30a.m. at the Vancouver, WA Stake Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 10509 SE 5th St., Vancouver, WA 98664. The burial will be at the Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Vancouver, WA, with full military honors immediately following the service. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on July 29, 2015

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Bonawitz, Jo-Ann P.  
JO-ANN P. BONAWITZ April 18, 1932 ~ July 2, 2015 " Jo-Ann will always be remembered as a strong, outspoken, and independent woman who was a wonderful role model to others." Jo-Ann P. Bonawitz, 83, passed away peacefully on July 2, 2015, after a brief illness, in Vancouver, WA and was surrounded by nothing but love from her family. She was born on April 18, 1932 in Walla Walla, WA. The daughter of Arthur W. and Dealtry Priaulx, Jo-Ann attended grammar school in Eugene before moving with her family to Portland just in time for her to attend U.S. Grant High School where she met the love of her life, Joe Bonawitz Jr. Jo-Ann went on to attend and graduate from the University of Oregon where she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority. In 1955, Jo-Ann married Joe, quickly she started her career as a speech pathologist. After their first child was born, Jo-Ann and Joe moved to Kailua, HI where they raised their three children. Jo-Ann progressed in her career as a speech and language pathologist, working at a local hospital and for the California/Hawaii Elks Major Project, helping thousands of children to gain the power of speech. In addition to raising their three children and working, she volunteered countless hours for the Honolulu/Portland/Southwest Washington Assistance League. In her free time, Jo-Ann enjoyed playing tennis and attending The University of Oregon football games. Family and friends were Jo-Ann's passion and delight. She loved to entertain and frequently hosted lavish parties in her homes. Upon retirement, Jo-Ann and Joe traveled around the world, always seeking a new adventure. Later they settled in Vancouver, with a winter home in Palm Desert, CA. It was in the desert, that she enjoyed water aerobics, friends, The Ducks in the Desert, mahjong, and book club. Jo-Ann and Joe recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. She lived her life to the fullest with an adventurous soul and a caring heart. Jo-Ann is survived by her husband, Joe; sister, Yvonne Werttemberger of Langley, WA; brother, Allan Priaulx of Kent, CT; children, Kristin Blackman (Steve) of San Diego, Trey Bonawitz (Cheryl) of Portland and Dirk Bonawitz (Lenn) of Honolulu; grandchildren, Lindsey, Brooke, Sydney, Taylor, Keiana, and Kaila; great-grandchildren, Gabriel and Khloe. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her sister, Sheila Marshall. The family is planning a celebration of Jo-Ann's life in September of 2015 and will be reaching out to family and friends providing more information when final arrangements are known. For more information visit: www.anewtradition.com/obituaries/obitary/11659_JoAnn_P_Bonawitz Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on July 26, 2015
Campbell, Dennis John "Den"  
DENNIS JOHN "DEN" CAMPBELL November 29, 1939 ~ July 16, 2015 Dennis J. Campbell passed away in Vancouver, Washington on Thursday, July 16th, 2015. Den is lovingly remembered by his family: his nephews, Nicolas Campbell, Christopher Campbell, and Scott Campbell; his niece, Carène Campbell; his sister-in-law, Nelly Mognard-Campbell; by his friends; his church; and by his caregivers at ROAR. Den was born in Brooklyn, New York with cerebral palsy on November 30th, 1939. He spent the first 18 years of his life in New York, and, after the death of his parents, his brothers, William and Richard Campbell, brought him to the Pacific Northwest in 1957. Den attended Highline Community College near Seattle where he earned two Associates degrees in 1973 and in 1977. Den moved from Seattle to Vancouver, Washington in 1993. A life-long lover of kindness and creativity, Den remains as a testimonial of perseverance and human triumph for his friends and family. Copies of Den's autobiography will be available at his Memorial Service, to be held at Den's church on Saturday, August 1st, 2015 at 1 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church of Vancouver at 4505 E. 18th Street, Vancouver, WA. Please sign his Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on July 25, 2015
Davis, Thomas Edwin "Tom"  
THOMAS "TOM" EDWIN DAVIS November 24, 1959 ~ June 22, 2015 A memorial service for Tom Davis will be held Saturday, August 1, 2015, at 2:00 p.m., in the Washburn Auditorium at Washougal High School. Donations can be made to the Tom Davis Youth Memorial Fund at Janus Youth Programs ( www.janusyouth.org ). Please sign his Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on July 28, 2015
Helm, Philip Oscar "Phil"  
PHILIP OSCAR HELM June 14, 1971 ~ July 21, 2015 Philip Oscar Helm of Vancouver, WA, passed away July 21, 2015, just a few weeks after his 44th birthday in June. He was born to Richard and Ellen Helm in Vancouver, WA and was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. Phil was part of the first-year student body at Sacajawea Elementary School in Hazel Dell and attended schools in Polson, MT and Vancouver, WA, where he graduated from Columbia River High School in 1989. Philip was an accomplished musician. He played piano, trumpet and tuba, and sang in the choir. He was also on the Debate Team, where he excelled. Following high school, Phil attended both Clark and Skagit Community Colleges where he studied literature and a variety of other subjects. A talented chef, Phil had a passion for cooking and worked for many years at restaurants in the Portland Metro area. A kind and gentle soul, Phil was dearly loved by his family and friends. Phil is survived by his mother, Ellen Helm of Vancouver; sister, Jayne Devlin of Polson, MT; brothers, Mike (Shirley) Helm of Tacoma, WA, Kurt Helm of Layton, UT, Kent (Susan) Helm of Forest Grove, OR, and John Helm of Vancouver, WA; four nieces; and four nephews. In addition, Phil is survived by his brothers, Steven Elder of Tacoma, WA, Shawn and Scott Elder of Texas; step-mother, Donna Helm of Spokane, WA; and his soulmate and special friend, Janaya Watne of Vancouver, WA. He was preceded in death by his father, Dr. Richard Helm; and his brother, Christopher Helm of Polson, MT. Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m., Aug. 1st at Messiah Lutheran Church in Hazel Dell, WA. Memorials may be given to the Messiah Lutheran Bible School fund. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on July 28, 2015
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