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Fyffe, Marcella  
MARCELLA HAYS FYFFE October 4, 1916 ~ March 8, 2015 At the age of 98 years, Marcella Fyffe went to be with her Lord. Born in Vancouver, WA during the first World War, her life is the story of the history of Vancouver. When she was six months old, the original Columbia River crossing opened to traffic for the first time. She took great pleasure regaling her friends and family with stories of her childhood - riding up and down on the drawbridge, helping her father mend his fishing nets from their houseboat where the Quay now stands, and later escaping from that houseboat splintering from the crushing power of ice as the Columbia River froze over. Marcella's mother, Catherine (Prongue) Hays, died when Marcella was three years old and her life was forever changed. Her Auntie, Iva Hays Norvell, helped raise her as she was shuttled back and forth between the home of her father, Bert Hays, and that of her aunt. Marci grew up in a time when, if you needed to get somewhere, you walked. As her father moved the family from W. 6th St. to W. 8th St. to the houseboat and finally to 405 W. 13th St., she developed a deep and intimate knowledg of the city she so loved, and she could identify the deep heritage of each building in downtown Vancouver, with a historical knowledge few now can rival. In her early teens, during Prohibition, she surreptitiously served alcohol through a secret window from her father's billiard parlor to customers in his men's club. She attended Central Grade School, the brand-new Shumway Junior High, and Vancouver High. In the 1930s, her father surprised her with the family's first car. She walked up to City Hall, paid her one-dollar registration fee, and went home with a driver's license. Never once did she take a driving test, as she gleefully reminded younger generations. During the second World War, she worked in the Kaiser Shipyards, and met the love of her life, a towering 6'3", Harvard-educated, redheaded Scotsman, John Clark Fyffe, at the Castle Club while he was stationed at the Vancouver Barracks prior to shipping out for the European theatre. They were married January 28, 1944. Marci enjoyed boating, visiting her Auntie in Seaside, trips to Minnesota and Hawaii, and cruising with her family. She and John were longtime members of Columbia Presbyterian Church where she sang in the choir for many years, sharing her beautiful soprano voice. A highlight of this experience was traveling to Australia to sing at World Expo 88. This year, Marci was thrilled when ancestry research revealed her roots - especially those of her French-Swiss mother she never knew. After eleven years of marriage, John and Marci were blessed with another redhead in the family - their only child, Diane Fyffe. Marcella is survived by her daughter; son-in-law, Marc Berg; and four grandchildren, Alex, Eric, Lauren, and Jordan Berg. In addition to her parents and aunt, she was preceded in death by half-brother, Wilfred Prongue (1931); and husband, John Clark Fyffe (2000). A Celebration of Life will be held at Columbia Presbyterian Church on Sun., March 29, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian from Mar. 22 to Mar. 28, 2015
Gilliam, Robert W.  
ROBERT W. GILLIAM October 21, 1923 ~ March 23, 2015 "His life was filled with joy, and his family and friends will truly miss him." Robert W. Gilliam, 91, native of Washington and WWII veteran, died on March 23, 2015 in Vancouver, WA. As a member of the BPOE, he made numerous contributions to the community. Robert is survived by his five children and his wife. The viewing will be held Fri., March 27, from 10:00a.m.-2:00p.m. at Northwood Park Funeral Home. Services will be on Sat., March 28th at 12:00 p.m., at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 11101 NE 119th St., Vancouver, WA 98662. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Mar. 27, 2015
Heimbuch, Donna D.  
DONNA D. HEIMBUCH May 11, 1931 ~ March 21, 2015 Donna (Waddle) Heimbuch was born in Langford, SD to Ray and Bernadine Waddle. She passed peacefully to our Savior's arms surrounded by her family. She is survived by her husband of almost 65 years, Karl Heimbuch; children, Joyce (Monte) Hanes, Richard Heimbuch and Russel Heimbuch, all of Vancouver, WA; 5 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sisters, Shirley Klattenhoff (Gene Ferryman) of Vancouver and Pat (Norm) Ploium of Ocean Park, WA; and many beloved nieces and nephews. Donna moved with her family to Vancouver at age 11 and enjoyed getting together with her Salmon Creek girlfriends until her passing. She graduated from Fort Vancouver High School in 1949. Since retiring from the Columbian in 1993, she appreciated her morning "mall walker" friends. "Grandma Donna" as she was lovingly known at New Hope Foursquare Church, faithfully taught Sunday School over 65 years! A memorial service will be held at 11a.m., Sat., March 28, 2015 at New Hope Foursquare Church, 1801 Daniels in Vancouver. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ray Hickey Hospice House in Vancouver. Please sign her Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Mar. 25, 2015
Hilt, Walter Edmund  
WALTER EDMUND HILT March 31, 1922 ~ March 19, 2015 Walter Edmund Hilt, 92, passed away on March 19, 2015. He has been a resident of Camas, WA for the past 6 years, and was previously from Albany, NY. He was born to George and Evelyn Hilt on March 31, 1922 in North Bergen County, NJ. Walter joined the Army Air Force in 1942 and served with the 819th Bomb Squadron in the Pacific during WWII. He enjoyed photography, wood working, and in his younger years, loved boxing and weight lifting. Walter is survived by his son, Bruce (wife Linda) Hilt of Delanson, NY; daughters, Corinne (husband Ralph) Forney of Camas, WA and Janelle (husband Tom) Bencze of Rotterdam, NY; daughter-in-law, Sara Hilt; 11 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanne Hilt; son, Daniel Hilt; and a grandson, Bruce Hilt Jr. Military honors will take place on Thurs., March 26, 2015 at 12:30 p.m. at Willamette National Cemetery. Arrangements are under the care of Brown's Funeral Home. To leave a condolence for the family, please go online to: www.brownsfh.com and www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Mar. 25, 2015
Lafeman, Joanne - Vancouver  
JOANNE LAFEMAN October 23, 1927 ~ March 23, 2015 Joanne Lafeman, 87, a 50-year resident of Vancouver, WA, passed away Mon., March 23. She was born in Darrington, WA in 1927, the youngest of nine children. Joanne met the love of her life, Jack Lafeman, while they both attended Everett Community College. The couple began their family on the go, following Jack's Air Force career to stops in Japan, Turkey, and finally stateside to New Mexico. They settled in Vancouver in 1965 and Joanne set up homemaking for her family of six. Joanne became active in the Vancouver Elections Department, a job she took great pride in. She and Jack were also involved in local square dance clubs and Volksmarch (hiking and walking) events. With the children grown, the couple fulfilled their dream of traveling the world. They hiked through parts of Germany's Black Forest, England's Lake District and New Zealand, among other locales. Joanne was also an avid reader, knitter and expounder of opinions. She was a true original! Joanne is survived by her husband of 66 years, Jack; daughter, Mary (Jeff) Shinn; son, Don (Jan) Lafeman; four grandsons, Joel, Scott and Andy Norriss and Jack Lafeman; and granddaughter, Laura Shinn. She was preceded by her son, Jack; and daughter, Linda (Doug) Norriss. A Memorial Service will be held Sat., March 28th at 11:00 a.m. at the Vancouver Heights United Methodist Church, 5701 MacArthur Blvd. Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Mar. 26, 2015
Ret., Judge Frederick William Fleming  
JUDGE FREDERICK WILLIAM FLEMING, RET. November 24, 1938 ~ March 13, 2015 Fred Fleming was born in Bremerton, Washington to Cyril and Ruby Fleming and passed away in Tacoma, Washington. He spent his early years in Kitsap County and later moved to Vancouver, Washington, where he graduated from Fort Vancouver High School in 1956. He attended the University of Washington and was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. There he met his wife of 53 years, Caralene Streets. They married in 1961. Fred always had a path and a plan. He put himself through law school at Gonzaga University by working full-time as a banker during the day and attending night classes. Working as a livestock salesman, he moved to Oklahoma where he earned his law degree from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 1967. The Flemings returned to Washington so that Fred could begin his legal career as law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Walter T. McGovern. In 1970, the Flemings moved to Tacoma, where Fred worked as a Pierce County Deputy Prosecutor and a trial attorney for over twenty years. Elected to the Pierce County Superior Court in 1992, Fred served 20 years on the bench. He retired in 2013. He often said how grateful he was throughout his life for the many people who took an interest in his career and provided encouragement and guidance. Fred loved spending time with his family on or near the waters of Puget Sound, especially Hood Canal. He and Caralene loved their annual trips to the Coachella Valley. All of the Flemings were and are avid Husky Football fans and enjoyed games together both at Husky Stadium and at home. His many adventures in Augusta, Montana brought him opportunities to fly fish, herd cattle, and ride horses. A natural storyteller with a terrific sense of humor, Fred had an easy laugh, especially for his own jokes. Fred is survived by his immediate family: wife, Caralene Fleming; children, Nicole Moore, Erik Fleming (Deniele), and Lesley Fleming (Neil Harris); granddaughter, Johanna Moore; and 4 step-grandchildren. The family would like to thank all of Fred's dedicated health care staff at Tacoma General Hospital, Virginia Mason Clinic, and Mayo Clinic. Fred appreciated the words of Billy Graham, who once was asked, "What is the greatest surprise you have found about life?" He replied, without hesitation, "The brevity of it." A memorial celebration will be held Sunday, March 29, 2015 at Fircrest Golf Club, 1500 Regents Blvd., Fircrest, WA 98466 at 3:00 p.m. Memorials may be sent to Sundown M Ranch Addiction Treatment Center, PO Box 217, Selah, WA 98942. Please sign his Guest Book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Mar. 25, 2015
Veach, Janet Lee  
JANET LEE (RADCLIFF) VEACH September 28,1943 ~ March 25, 2015 Janet Veach of Vancouver, Washington, passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at the age of 71. She was born in Pueblo, Colorado September 28th, 1943. She is survived by her Husband, Nick; Sisters, Jonelle (Larry) Sage, June Radcliff (Preston); Brothers, Walt (Sarah) Radcliff, Warren (Cindy) Radcliff; her Children, Chyrel (Tim) Uthe, Letitia (Bryan) Baum, Chuck (Lori) DeVoe; and Grandchildren, Rachelle (Matt), Michael, Jacob, Brandon, Ashley (Kyle) and Dallas; and one Great-Granddaughter, Audrey. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Rose Radcliff; and sister, Jane Branstetter. Celebration of Life will be on Sunday, March 29 at the Orchards Hill Golf Course, 605 39th St., Washougal 98671. Please sign Janet's Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Mar. 27, 2015
Wilen, Clifford Ralph "Jack"  
CLIFFORD "JACK" RALPH WILEN October 6, 1927 ~ March 16, 2015 Clifford "Jack" Wilen, age 87, of Vancouver, WA, passed away on March 16, 2015. Jack was born October 6, 1927 in McGregor, MN to Tuure A. Wilen and Helmi M. Waisanen Wilen. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lila Lee; and 4 siblings. He is survived by his 3 sisters, Alice Mattson, Judy (Marshall) Bauer and Charlene (Bill) Manahan; his second wife, Joy Nelson; 5 children, Susan Boyce, Ernest (Linda) Wilen, Nancy (John) Rosol, Gail (Lee) Hoffer, Fred (Mary) Wilen; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandson. Jack said that he had fulfilled his boyhood dreams of becoming a cowboy (in the badlands of the Dakotas when he was a teenager), a log truck driver, and to raise thoroughbred horses. He married Lila Lee Dehning in 1948 after his family had moved to Woodland, WA in the 1940's. He also drove truck for Puget Sound Freight Lines of Portland, OR. He was awarded the Million Mile Safety Award in 1983. Memorial services will be held Fri., April 3, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Layne's Battle Ground Funeral Home. Private interment at a later date. Please sign Clifford's Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Mar. 27, 2015

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Cannard, Susan Elizabeth "Sue"  
SUSAN ELIZABETH CANNARD August 24, 1945 ~ March 11, 2015 "We will miss her keen eye for the outrageous, her ability to make adults and children laugh at her stories, her girlish demeanor, and her impeccable presentation." Susan Elizabeth Cannard, was born Aug. 24, 1945, and died March 11th, 2015 in Vancouver, WA, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Manchester, IA, and raised in Scottsdale, AZ. Sue put herself through cosmetology school, working 18 years in Vancouver, WA and Boise, ID. In 1987, she received a Bachelor of Science, graduating magna cum laude from the Walla Walla University School of Nursing, Portland Campus. Sue worked at Southwest Washington Medical Center as a home health nurse, and after receiving her surgery credentials began an 18 year career as a staff RN in surgery at the hospital. She completed her career as an orthopedic nurse at Rebound in Vancouver, retiring in 2009. Throughout her life, Sue was constantly involved with helping others, championing her children's education, variably serving as PTA president, volunteer coordinator, and fundraiser. She was an active member of two nursing organizations, and served as a volunteer counselor for substance abusers and mental health victims. She was a mentor and always tried to give her best to others. She loved games, taught anyone who would listen how to play canasta and rummy, and consistently beat them. Her passion for cooking yielded countless meals filled with fun and laughter. Sue was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and sister. Sue is survived by her husband of 47 years, Paul; sons, Matt (Jen) and Sam (Laura); brother, Lyle Scott (Mary Lou); cherished grandchildren, Madison, Samantha, and Alexander; brothers-in-law, Dave and Don (Sue); and several cousins, nieces, and nephews. She would have liked us to thank special friends, Ruth Showalter, Lisa Bowers, Lynda Woods, Krista Relling, and Michelle Larson, who provided her unending love and support. She was preceded by her parents, Lyle and Vivian Scott; sister, Jolene; and daughter, Amy Elizabeth. A Catholic Funeral Mass and Celebration of Life is scheduled for 11:30 a.m., Sat., May 2nd, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 400 South Andresen Road, Vancouver, WA, 98661, with reception and lunch on-site immediately following Mass. In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to the PeaceHealth Southwest Washington Medical Center Foundation, Nurses Fund, P.O. Box 1600, Vancouver, WA 98668, 360-514-3106. Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Mar. 21, 2015
Carroll, Lloyd Beecher  
LLOYD BEECHER CARROLL September 1, 1945 ~ March 12, 2015 Lloyd Beecher Carroll, 69, of Vancouver, WA, passed away peacefully March 12th, 2015 surrounded by family and friends. Lloyd was born in Loudan, Tennessee September 1st, 1945 and raised in Washougal, WA. He is survived by his mother, Almeta Carroll; loving wife of 30 years, Sharon Carroll; and daughters, Tracy Fulps (Jerry), Tammy Hoover (Don), Trisha Kellar (Joe); son, David Martin; and honorary daughter, Heather Peck (Mike). Lloyd was grandfather to Randi Spaulding, Joelle Beke, Jamie McElravy, Katelyn and Josh Fulps, Logan and Ethan Kellar, Isabelle and Sebastien Hamill. Great- grandchildren, Jameson Spaulding and Grayson McElravy. Lloyd is also survived by his brothers, Robert (Linda), Danny and Erick (Carol); and sisters, Esther Ofria, Erne Carroll and KD Carroll. Nieces and nephews: Kimberly McGee, Amy Johnson, Bobby Carroll, Ian and Elisa Ofria. Lloyd was drafted into the Army and is a veteran of the Vietnam War serving his country as part of the 147th Aviation Company. After serving his country, Lloyd became a long haul truck driver and dispatcher. Memorial to be held in June at the Washougal Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Lloyd and family request that donations be made to the Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation in honor of daughter, Tracy Fulps, and the Bleeding Disorder Foundation of Washington, www.bdfwa.org , in honor of grandson, Ethan Kellar. Please sign his Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Mar. 22, 2015
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