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Aldridge, Ruth  
RUTH ALDRIDGE July 20, 1921 ~ February 24, 2015 Ruth Lorraine Olson Aldridge died February 24, 2015 in California of complications from pneumonia. Her funeral will be 12:30 pm March 14, 2015 in Vancouver, Washington at the Evergreen Memorial Chapel, 1101 NE 112th Avenue. Viewing will be the evening of March 13 and prior to the funeral. Ruth was born July 20, 1921 in Watertown, South Dakota to William and Alice Olson of Florence, South Dakota. She was baptized and confirmed at Goodhue Lutheran Church, founded by her grandparents and others. She received her teaching certificate from Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota and taught in Dupree, SD before WWII. During WWII, Ruth worked as Rosie the Riveter at an aircraft manufacturing plant in California. She married Allen J. Aldridge in Pasadena on March 26, 1944. They returned to South Dakota and raised their four children on the Olson farm. Ruth was an active hobbyist and an accomplished seamstress in addition to working at the Codington County Assessor's office. In 1962, the family moved to Vancouver, Washington to the house Ruth occupied for the rest of her life. She worked as a civil engineering technician at Bonneville Power Administration and practiced her speaking skills at Toastmistress International club. Although in her 50's, Ruth returned to college, earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications at Evergreen College in Washington. After retiring, Ruth and Al traveled around the U.S. in their RV, then chose Desert Hot Springs, California as their winter home. When Al died, Ruth continued to spend winters in California, to pursue her oil painting, and to travel extensively with friends and family. On the cruises she loved, she visited China, the Panama Canal, South America from Chile to Uruguay, the Mediterranean countries from Turkey to Spain; the Baltic Sea countries and Moscow; the St. Lawrence Seaway; and the Mississippi River on the Delta Queen. She took trips to her ancestral home in Norway, Australia, Fiji, England, Paris and Venice. In her last year of life, she still wanted to cruise the Rhone River! Ruth read voraciously, completing 8-10 books per week. She continued to cook large volumes of soup and pot roast until her last illness. She sewed prodigious quantities of lap robes for veterans (over 100 one year), even in 2014 at age 93. Ruth's family revered her as their heroine. Ruth is survived by four children: Victoria Kingslien, Virginia (and Nick) Moeller, Bill (and Denise) Aldridge, and Betty (and Marty) Schram. Her grandchildren are: Matt Barlow, Nick (and Karinna) Barlow, Shane Williams, and Heidi Williams. Her great-grandchildren are: Noah Barlow, Teo Barlow, Ayden Williams, Lauren Jurschak, and Joseph Jurschak. Condolences may be sent to Betty Schram, 7209 Kansas Street, Vancouver, WA 98664. Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Mar. 3, 2015
Anderson, Marjorie Elizabeth "Marjie"  
MARJORIE "MARJIE" ELIZABETH SHADEL ANDERSON October 13, 1941 ~ February 24, 2015 Marjorie Elizabeth Shadel Anderson, 73, died Feb. 24th, 2015 in Vancouver. She was born Oct. 13, 1941 in Vancouver, WA to William and Olive Shadel. She graduated from Camas High School and participated in a variety of clubs. Marjie was active on the Rally Squad, was on the Prom court and was very involved in the Future Nurses club, to name just a few. She said her favorite "subject" was being social. Marjie started pre-nursing at Linfield University but after 1 year, transferred to Central Washington University to be with Jerry. She finished her nursing degree at Clark College in Vancouver in 1963. Four days after taking her state board nursing exams, she married Jerry at St. John's Presbyterian Church in Camas, WA. Marjie spent her adult years as a loving mother, Bible study leader, volunteer and director of the Camas-Washougal Community Pregnancy Clinic (now Pathways). Marjie is survived by her cuddly husband of 52 years, Jerry S. Anderson; son, Rob W. Anderson (wife Jill); daughters, Kathleen S. Tingwall (husband Steve) and Peggy L. Anderson-Deardorff (husband Chris); and six grandchildren. A Celebration of Life will be held Fri., March 6th at 11:30 a.m., at St. John's Presbyterian Church in Camas. A light reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to www.bcan.org (Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network) or Pathways Pregnancy Clinic in Camas. ( www.pathways180-partners.com ) To send condolences, please visit www.straubsfuneralhome.com and www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Mar. 3, 2015
Bartholomew, John Joseph - Vancouver  
JOHN JOSEPH BARTHOLOMEW August 24, 1946 ~ March 2, 2015 "John was a very patient and loving man who treasured his family very much, especially his grandchildren." John Joseph Bartholomew, 68, passed away at home, after a prolonged illness, on March 2, 2015, surrounded by his family. He was born in San Francisco, raised in the U.S. and Europe, and graduated from Hudson's Bay High School and St. Martin's College. As a professional structural and civil engineer, John supervised repairs and restoration of numerous bridges, roads, and parking structures. His favorite project was the Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport, OR. Upon retirement, John and his wife Jean settled in Vancouver, WA to be near his children and grandchildren. John spent many years enjoying various hobbies, including woodworking, fishing, hunting, lapidary work, and golfing. He was a member of the AA program for 23 years, where he lived the principals of AA program. John is survived by his wife of 47 years, Jean; son, Dr. Sam Bartholomew (Kelly); two grandchildren; and daughter, Dr. Rachel Bartholomew (Matthew Eric Sanchez). He was preceded in death by his parents, Dorothy M. and Donald K. Bartholomew; and brother, Matthew P. Bartholomew. A Funeral Mass will be held 11:00 a.m., Fri., March 6th at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Vancouver. The rosary will be said at 10:30 a.m. preceding the Mass. Please send donations to St. Vincent De Paul at Holy Redeemer Parish. Share memories at www.VancouverFuneralChapel.net and www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Mar. 5, 2015
Borto, Wladyslawa Tarnowski  
WLADYSLAWA TARNOWSKI BORTO January 22, 1917 ~ February 27, 2015 Wladyslawa Tarnowski Borto of Vancouver, WA, passed away Feb. 27, 2015. She was born in Poland to Anthony Gruszszynska and Jozefa Lzcryciniska. Wladyslawa married Stanislaw Swiderek who died in July 1964. She came to the USA in March 1966. She married Jan Tarnowski in 1966 and he died in 1974. She later moved to Hammond, IN where she married Stanley Borto. They moved to Vancouver, WA in the early 1980's and he died in 1989. Wladyslawa is survived by sons, Zbigniew and Jan "John" Swiderek; daughter-in-law, Genia Swiderek "Eugenia"; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Celina Nagorka; and granddaughter, Anna Nagorka. Please call Hamilton Mylan Funeral Home at 360-694-2537 for memorial information to be held March 6, 2015. Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Mar. 3, 2015
Cox, John Jay  
JOHN JAY COX April 28, 1955 ~ March 2, 2015 Memorial Service: Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 1:00p.m., at Mid Valley Community Church 591 Gatch St., Woodburn, OR 97071 Former resident of Clark County for 49 years. John Jay Cox, 59, passed away after an 8-year battle with Frontotemporal Dementia in Woodburn, OR where he and his wife Lorrie resided for 10 years. John graduated from Columbia River High School in 1974 and was pleased to attend the 40th Class Reunion. He was inducted into the Columbia River Hall of Fame in 2014 in recognition of Outstanding Achievement in Cross Country and Track. John was married to Katherine Mary Dodd 1975-1995 and they were blessed with two children, Nicole O'Rourke (Kevin) of Vancouver, WA and Cody Cox (Laurel) of Meacham, OR. Married to Lorrie (Sisseck) Cox 1997-present. Step-children, Nate Boulton of Portland, OR, Brandon Boulton of Seattle, WA, Tabitha Davis of Las Vegas, NV, and Ryan Boulton of Woodburn, OR. Grandchildren, Seamus and Owen O'Rourke of Vancouver, WA, Elizabeth and Madeleine Cox of Meacham, OR. Mother, Joyce (Stoner) Barnett; step-father, Dr. James Barnett DND (deceased); father, William "Bill" Cox (deceased); step-mother, Debra Melton-Cox. Siblings, William James "Jim" Cox (Toni) of Vancouver, WA, Debra Del Cox (deceased), Jeanie Amber Ledesma (Mark) of Vancouver, WA; step-brother, Brandon Melton of Woodland, WA. John, while in high school ran the mile 4.18.7 and the 880 at 1.56.6. He still holds the record at Ingram Twilight Track & Field Records. A Gifted Woodworker Master Craftsman, Loving Son, Brother, Husband, Father, and Grandfather. Working history: Journeyman Carpenter Local 1715, Frito Lay, Vancouver Plant 1986-2004, ODOT & Marion County. Co-owner of JJ Renovation LLC. Retiring in 2007 due to Frontotemporal Dementia. Please sign his Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Mar. 5, 2015
Decknadel, Layne Gordon "Wrong Way"  
LAYNE "WRONG WAY" GORDON DECKNADEL June 25, 1959 ~ February 28, 2015 Layne passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, February 28th of natural causes. He was born in Vancouver ,WA and graduated from Columbia River High School in 1977. Layne married the love of his life, Becky, on August 8, 2009 and together shared many wonderful times together. He loved camping and dirt bike riding in Bend, Oregon with his family and friends. Layne was always mechanically inclined and of course became a fabulous mechanic. He worked for many years at Ron's Automotive & RV. Layne was always quick to help anyone out and was always just a phone call away. To those who knew him he will forever be missed dearly. He is survived by his wife, Becky; daughter, Tiffany Decknadel; step-daughter, Shianna Ames; step-son, Bradley Ames; grandsons, Ayden Decknadel and Miles Ames; his father, Arnold Decknadel; brother, Rick Decknadel; sisters, Patricia Astor and Melissa Goin; his best friend, Kurt Anderson; and numerous nieces and nephew and extended family. His family invites you to join them in celebrating Layne's life on March 7, 2015 at the Luepke Senior Center located at 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd. in Vancouver from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Please sign Layne 's Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Mar. 5, 2015
Hughes, Mary  
MARY HUGHES September 25, 1935 ~ February 27, 2015 "Mary was a beautiful soul who touched everyone around her. She would smile and suddenly the world was a beautiful place." Mary Hughes, 79, passed peacefully away in her sleep on Fri. morning, Feb. 27, 2015 in Battle Ground, WA after a year and a half of being on hospice. On Aug. 28, 2013, Mary was placed on hospice with just 6 months to live. She defied the odds and fought gallantly and survived for a year and a half longer and we were fortunate to get this extra time with her. Even as Mary lost more and more of herself, she never let it get her down and was able to keep her joy. She was born on a beautiful a Wed. on Sept. 25th, 1935, in Brussels, Belgium to Elie and Marcel Mauen. Mary had many gifts. Starting at an early age she studied as a pianist for 12 years at the Royal Academy of Music in Brussels. Later, she spent two years studying to be a nurse, but realized that it was not her calling. Mary met her loving husband Bill in 1958 at the Worlds Fair in Brussels, and then just 8 months later got married in Dover, England and remained happily married for the rest of her life. Together, they lived in France, New York, England, and finally settled in Mt. Home, ID where they resided for 30 years. In 2003, Mary and Bill moved to Battle Ground to be closer to their family and grandkids. Mary was charitable and giving, always caring and worrying about those less fortunate. She regularly volunteered at St. Vincent de Paul's Food Bank. Mary was an artist and an accomplished award-winning ceramicist. While in Idaho, she owned a ceramic shop named Mary's Mud Hut, which was her heart and passion. For those that knew or met Mary, they instantly loved her. No matter whom she met, it was always accompanied with an invitation to come over and have coffee. Mary was deeply loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. The world is a little less bright. Mary is survived by her loving husband, William Hughes of 56 amazing years; two sons, Bryan (Tom) and Patrick (Tami); and three grandchildren, Nicole, Tyler and Hailey. Services will be held on Fri., March 6th at 11:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Battle Ground, WA. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to Vancouver's Vincent de Paul's Food Bank. Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Mar. 3, 2015
Walker, Jerrie Ann  
JERRIE ANN (WILLMAN) WALKER January 13, 1937 ~ February 25, 2015 Jerrie passed away Feb. 25, 2015 with her family by her side. Jerrie was born in Eau Claire, WI to Walter and Olive Willman. She resided in Vancouver, WA for the past 42 years and retired from the State of Washington in 2001. Jerrie loved trains. She collected them as well as loved to ride them. The sound of a train whistle made her smile. Jerrie liked to play cards with a group of friends every week. Jerrie is survived by son, Russell Walker (Cathi); daughter, Lanier Schriner (Scott); 6 grandchildren: Rachael, Nathan, Karena, Jacob, Zachary, Hayley; 4 great-grandchildren: Austin, Jayla, Jazlyn, Taylor; sister, Nila; and brother, Thomas; step-brothers, Ronnie and Richard; step-sisters, Charlene and Barbara. Jerrie was preceded in death by husband, Duane; daughter, Kathleen; 3 brothers; and 1 sister. A service will be held at Evergreen Memorial Gardens on Sat., March 7 at 12:30 p.m. Please sign Jerrie's Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Mar. 3, 2015
Whitney, Garold Malvern  
GAROLD MALVERN WHITNEY April 3, 1943 ~ February 24, 2015 Garold Malvern Whitney, 71, of Battle Ground, WA, passed away peacefully on February 24, 2015. Over the last several years, Gary had endured Parkinson's disease, diabetes and heart disease. Throughout his illnesses, he always maintained a positive attitude and his signature sense of humor. He was born at home, April 3, 1943, on the family farm and lived his entire life in the Battle Ground, WA area. He was the youngest and only son of five children born to Garold L. Whitney and Elizabeth Brown Whitney. He graduated from Battle Ground High School in 1961. In December 1963, he married his high school sweetheart, Susie Wilson. During the 51 years they were married, they had four children. Gary was a skilled and hard worker. Some of his occupations included logging, construction, and working for Grover Electric. In 1972, he started his own electrical contracting company, Whitney Electric, which he successfully ran for 25 years. Gary had many gifts. He had a quick wit and could tell a joke with impeccable timing. He was also athletic and enjoyed golf, slow-pitch, basketball, bowling and horseshoes. He loved board games, cards and anything competitive. But his greatest passion was his love for the Green Bay Packers which he passed on to his children and grandchildren. He was a talented builder. He built many houses over the years, including the home he raised his family in. He could write poetry and was a great storyteller. Other loves of his life included being outdoors, going to tool sales and flea markets, a good steak dinner, campfires, beach trips, fireworks and any activity that involved time with his family. Gary is survived by his wife, Sue; his daughters, Heidi (Jim) Hobson and Amy (Mike) Buma of Battle Ground, Kathryn (Doug) Denney of La Center; and his son, Grant (Amy) Whitney of Battle Ground. He is also survived by three sisters, Betty Sullivan and Doris Brooks of Battle Ground, and Jan Pettit of La Center. His legacy will live on in his beloved grandchildren who he lovingly referred to as "The Naughties", Emily, Bradley, Lydia, Veronica, Ashley, Calvin, Rachel, Justine, Charlotte, Adam and Joel. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Joyce Smith; brothers-in-law, Ed Sullivan, Howard Brooks, Rich Pettit and Steve Smith; and nephews, Dennis Sullivan and Tim Pettit. Gary lived an amazing life surrounded by family and friends and he will be greatly missed. Funeral services will be at Charter Oak Church, 12212 NE 299th St., Battle Ground on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. Any donations can be made to the Parkinson's Research Foundation @www.parkinsonhope.org. Please sign Garold's Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Mar. 3, 2015

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Buckbee, Marvin Edward "Marv"  
MARVIN EDWARD BUCKBEE November 14, 1942 ~ February 23, 2015 Marvin Edward Buckbee, 72, was born Nov. 14, 1942 in Astoria, OR to Herbert "Barney" and Mary Buckbee. He passed away peacefully with his family by his side at his home of 37 years in Amboy, WA on Feb. 23, 2015. Marv is survived by his wife of 41 years, Nancy J. Buckbee; daughter, Carrie Campbell (Cliff); son, Joshua Buckbee (Heather); six grandchildren, Lindsey Brooks (Bobby), Maggie Berg (Jake), Carissa Campbell, Sam, Wesley, and Levi Buckbee; and great-granddaughter, Hadley Berg. Services will be Sat., Feb 28, 2015. Grave side service will be at Chelatchie Cemetery in Amboy, WA at 10a.m. Followed by a memorial service at the Amboy Mt. Valley Grange at 11a.m., with a luncheon to follow. Viewing is at Layne's Funeral Home in Battle Ground, WA on Fri., Feb. 27, 2015 between 6:30-8:30p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to North Clark Historical Museum, PO Box 296, Amboy, WA 98601. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Feb. 26, 2015
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