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Butler, Gary Lee  
GARY LEE BUTLER October 2, 1953 ~ August 17, 2015 Gary Lee Butler, 61, passed away August 17, 2015 due to complications from ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). He was born October 2, 1953 to Willard R. and Edna J. McMullin Butler. He was raised in Clarkston, Washington, where he graduated from High School in 1972. Gary excelled in football and baseball and was frequently in the news for his athletic talents. Gary worked in regional sales and marketing management for more than 30 years, and relocated to Vancouver, Washington in the early 90's. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed watching football and baseball. Survivors include two brothers, Dan Butler and Bruce Butler, his three children Marsha Zeigler and her husband Adam, Willard Butler and his wife Samantha, and Christopher Butler, Grand-daughters McKinzie and Cadence, several nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of in-laws and friends. Gary was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Tim Butler and Tony Butler; and a sister, Kellie McCall. A private memorial service will be held in the Lewiston / Clarkston area at a later date. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Aug. 30, 2015
Coatney, Charles William "Chuck"  
CHARLES WILLIAM COATNEY January 27, 1952 ~ August 20, 2015 A man of strong faith, Charles W. Coatney, 63, passed unexpectedly Aug. 20, 2015 into the gate of heaven. Chuck was born in Seattle, WA and moved to Vancouver, WA when he was 6. He graduated from Hudson's Bay High School in 1970 and attended Clark College. Chuck obtained his degree in Education from Central Washington State University, his Master's in Education from the University of Portland. Chuck is survived by his sons, Charles Matthew and Michael "Mike"; sister, Cathy Coatney and brother, Larry Coatney, both of Vancouver; and brother David (Sheri) Coatney of Allegany, NY; nephew, Ben Coatney and niece, Hope Coatney, both of Vancouver; niece, Kiersten Coatney of Atlanta, GA; and niece, Erin Coatney of DeBary, FL. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles J. and Dorothy Coatney. He survived many health challenges and continually said "Any day you can walk is a good day to be alive.". Chuck taught in Battle Ground School District for many years until his retirement. He was a gifted teacher who enjoyed figuring out ways to reach children with learning disabilities. Chuck loved reading history and English literature (particularly Victorian English literature). It seemed you could never find a bit of history of which he did not have some knowledge. He enjoyed studying language, and devised a language, complete with grammar rules, while he was at Clark College. He particularly enjoyed studying Middle English. Chuck's knowledge of 50's and 60's music, particularly the Northwest Rock Scene, was encyclopedic. He enjoyed old cars, coin collecting and fishing. He studied baseball and could quote stats but especially enjoyed watching his Cubs. Chuck was a gifted writer. But most of all, he loved his family, especially his sons, and had a love for his Lord and Savior above all things. We will miss him but look forward to seeing him in heaven. A memorial service will be held at Grace Lutheran Church on Fri., Sept. 4th at 3:00 p.m. Chuck was a charter member of Grace and served on several boards. Memorial donations may be given to Grace Lutheran Church, 9900 SE Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver, WA 98664; or to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Oregon, SW Washington, Idaho, Montana Chapter, 9320 SW Barbur Blvd., Suite 350, Portland, OR 97219 in honor of his niece, Hope, who is a leukemia survivor. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Sept. 2, 2015
Cooper, Jim Keith  
JIM KEITH COOPER April 25, 1933 ~ August 29, 2015 Jim Keith Cooper, the youngest of five siblings, was born on April 25, 1933 in Concordia, Kansas. While still young, he and his family relocated to Silverton, Oregon, where he played center for the Silverton High basketball team. He was lauded as the best player in the state and went on to become captain of the Oregon All-Star team. After high school, he joined the Air Force and served a tour of duty in Korea. To support his family, he often worked two jobs, including stints at Nabisco and Frito Lay, but he set his sights on joining the union and becoming a longshoreman. He worked in the shipyards until his retirement in 1987, when he relocated to Long Beach, Washington. He lived happily at the beach for over 20 years, indulging his grandchildren, tending to his small property, clamming, fishing and traveling regularly to Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Mexico. More recently, health problems led him back to Vancouver, Washington where he enjoyed going to movies, eating in restaurants, and rooting for the Oregon Ducks. He passed peacefully at home on August 29, 2015, surrounded by his loved ones. Jim is survived by his wife, Karen; his sister, Alice; his children, Valerie, Jim and Craig; his step-daughters, Cheryl, Debbie and Mary; his step-sons, Jeffery and Wesley; as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In lieu of a service, a celebration of life is being planned, and details will be announced when they are determined. Please sign Jim's Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Sept. 1, 2015
Dahlheim, Vedelya F. "Vee"  
VEDELYA "VEE" F. (LEAR) DAHLHEIM April 20, 1947 ~ May 28, 2015 "We will always remember the love we shared with Vedelya and her generosity to all." Vedelya "Vee" died May 28, 2015 at PeaceHealth Medical Center in Vancouver, WA of congestive heart failure. She was born April 20, 1947 in Rome, GA to Vida Rogers Lear and James W. Lear I. She was the first born of six children. When Vee was four years old, the family moved to Vancouver. She started school when she was six years old at Minnehaha Elementary. In the middle of the school year she transferred to Washington Elementary, attended Lewis Junior High and graduated from Hudson's Bay High School. She attended some classed at Clark College to earn a Certificate for Business Management. Vee married and moved to Pendleton, OR but when her daughter was 4, she returned to Vancouver where she worked and raised her only daughter, Rema Lynn. She married Arthur Dahlheim in February 1990. He died in March 1993. Vee continued to work and be a friend to all who knew her. It's been said of her that she would give the shirt off her back if it was needed. I saw her do exactly that once. Vee loved the outdoors, mountains, the beach, and to fish in the streams and lakes of the Northwest. She loved to travel with her daughter and son-in-law, Rodney. They always invited her to go with them on their camping trips. Vedelya went to be with the Lord on May 28, 2015 and is survived by her daughter, Rema Lynn (Rodney) McDowell; mother, Vida Jones; brother, James W. (Leesa) Lear; sisters, Jewell Runger, Jamice Ross, Melody McKinley, and Tanya (Gregory) Temme; grandson, Matthew, his wife and children; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. A family memorial service was held at Hamilton Mylan. Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Aug. 30, 2015
DEEN, SUSAN  
SUSAN DEEN FEBRUARY14, 1954 ~ JUNE 26, 2015 Susan Deen's beautiful spirit and radiant smile lit up any room she was in and even the great outdoors. After a monumentally heroic fight against multiple cancers, Susan died on June 27, 2015, surrounded by her wife CJ, her father Bill, loving family and friends. Her effervescent, indomitable soul inspired doctors, nurses, co-workers, indeed all who came into her powerful gravitational orbit. Susan was born on Valentine's Day, 1954, to William and Ruth Deen, in Worland, Wyoming. She was a passionate leader and organizer of the Pink Phoenix Dragon Boat Racing Team whose members are all breast cancer survivors. She was also a talented photographer, an athlete and an artist. Susan insisted on a party to celebrate her life. Please join us September 19th, 2015 at Vancouver Lake Regional Park, 6801 NW Lower River Road, Vancouver, WA 98660, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. What to bring: light refreshments, a chair, one of Susan's greeting cards for display - wear orange. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Pink Phoenix Dragon Boat Team - 818 SW 3rd Ave. - PO Box 1207 - Portland. Please sign her Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Aug. 30, 2015
Halmagyi, Judith  
JUDITH HALMAGYI May 13, 1942 ~ August 20, 2015 Judith Halmagyi, 73, passed away in Vancouver, WA. Judy had the soul of an artist, but thankfully for her family, she chose to be a housewife and mother. She was an accomplished painter, but her most impressive works of art were the creative marks she left on daily life. Living room walls were painted with giant roller-coaster murals, Christmas trees were adorned with stuffed Chihuahuas from Taco Bell and homes were decorated with a unique blend of garage sale finds, vintage heirloom antiques and IKEA bargains. No meal was ever ordinary, no table ever set without a funky, offbeat centerpiece. She made every occasion perfect, and made every day an occasion. Judy's wit was sharp and her deep, throaty laugh was frequent. She loved mysteries, her tastes ranging from Agatha Christie to Jessica Fletcher. She was an athlete, playing tennis with her close friends at the Vancouver Tennis Center. Her style evolved over the years, but she never lost her funky, hippie aesthetic that made every outfit a little bit cooler than what the rest of us were wearing. Judy leaves behind David, her husband of 42 years. They were more than a married couple, they were a team - she was all big ideas and inspiration, he was in charge of executing the vision. Theirs was a partnership filled with laughter…usually at somewhat inappropriate jokes. They enjoyed trying new restaurants, exploring antique stores and flea markets and raising small, slightly spoiled dogs. Judy once said, "The moment they put my first baby in my arms, I knew I could die happy. This was what I was supposed to do." And she did motherhood better than anyone. Judy leaves behind her children, Mark Kent, Leslie Tadei, Shannon Gates, Tod Kent and Kasey Halmagyi; a step-daughter, Chantal Hof; grandchildren and a great-grandchild. They are all heartbroken in their loss and immensely grateful for the love she provided in childhood and the friendship she provided in adulthood. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Humane Society for Southwest Washington. Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Aug. 30, 2015
Heston, Michael Gene "Mike"  
MICHAEL GENE HESTON October 25, 1944 ~ August 19, 2015 Michael Gene Heston of Vancouver, WA, age 70, passed away on August 19, 2015, from a heart attack on the 9th hole during a golf game surrounded by his lifelong friends. Mike was born October 25, 1944, in the former Vanport, OR, son to Robert and Helen (Symons) Heston. He graduated from Madison High School in Portland, Oregon in 1962. Serving in Korea during the war as a communications specialist, he returned to Portland to graduate from Portland State University earning a degree in marketing. Gaining the entrepreneurial spirit early on, Mike spread his easy smile and sales talents across many organizations. His time with Alpenrose Dairy and The Kellogg Company were great foundations early in his career. He then moved on to tap his talents in real estate, starting in residential real estate, then moving to commercial development for over 12 years with C.E. John Company in Vancouver, WA. He was instrumental in the development of many residential and commercial ventures including Vancouver's commercial waterfront area, Columbia Shores. Later in his life, he launched his own thriving real estate development consulting company, finally retiring in 2012 after 14 years. Mike enjoyed his affiliations with the Hillsboro Optimist Club and the Vancouver Executives Association. Mike married Marcia May January 29, 1994, in a magical ceremony with their dearest friends and family in Sun Valley, Idaho. They enjoyed running and skiing together many different places with friends over the years. He was an avid Portland Blazers fan sitting behind the bench for over 40 years, cheering his team on. His zest for life was endless, creating so many wonderful adventures and memories with family and friends. One of the things he enjoyed most was traveling with "his bride" as he loved to say, to an amazing array of places over the years. Mike is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Marcia May; his daughter and her family, Tiffany and Michael Minor, of Seattle, WA and Loren and Brantley May of Austin, TX. He also leaves behind three "extra awesome" grandchildren: Heston "Brady" Minor and Evan and Tatum May. He is also survived by his sister, Joy Wilkins; his brother, Steve Heston; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mike's father and mother, Robert Heston and Helen (Symons) Heston, preceded him in death. We didn't have nearly enough time with him, but our hearts will be lighter carrying memories of him close. Memorial donations in celebration of Mike's life can be made at: sharevancouver.org . Please view or sign his guest books at: http://www.anewtradition.com/obituaries/obituary/11875_Michael_Gene_Heston and www.columbian.com/obits .
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Ireton, Marguerite Mary  
MARGUERITE MARY IRETON October 22, 1916 ~ August 21, 2015 Marguerite Mary Ireton, "Nanny", passed away peacefully August 21, 2015 at the age of 98 in Vancouver, WA. She was born in Vancouver, WA on October 22, 1916 to Edmund and Emily (Bieker) Madden. After graduation from Providence Academy in 1934, she attended business school and worked at a local business. She married William Ireton on October 24, 1940, and became a homemaker and mother of six children. She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, William F.; sons, Dennis and William A.; sisters, Cecelia Wallace, Frances Madden and Lucille Madden; brother, Patrick Madden; and son-in-law, John Manning. She is survived by sons, Thomas (Louise), Tacoma, WA and John (Janet), Yacolt, WA; daughters, Mary Beth Manning, Ridgefield, WA and Patrice (George) Peterson, Long Beach, WA; ten grandchildren; sixteen great- grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. The family thanks Alex and Denisa Mischian, Flowers Place Adult Family Home, for their compassionate care during the last years of Marguerite's life on earth. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Ridgefield, WA, on Monday, August 31, 2015 at 11:00 am. A viewing will take place Sunday, August 30 from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Evergreen Memorial Gardens. Dear Nanny, nearly ninety-nine years on earth and now an even more glorious eternity in heaven. May the choir of angels come to greet you, and may, for your listening pleasure, at least a couple of them have the voices of Eddy Arnold and Bing Crosby. Please sign Marguerite's Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Aug. 28, 2015
Klaas, Robert "Keith"  
ROBERT KEITH KLAAS January 3, 1940 ~ June 12, 2015 Keith was born to Robert and Luella Klaas on Jan. 3, 1940 in South Dakota. His family moved to Vancouver, WA so his father could help his country during WWII. Robert was an electrician in the ship yards and wired the housing for the workers relocated during WWII. Keith graduated from Camas High School in 1958 and Clark Community College. After serving six years in the Oregon Air National Guard, he completed a six-year apprenticeship to become a Journeyman Electrician. He worked in the Camas Paper Mill his entire career and upon his retirement was an electrical supervisor. For about 40 years, Keith served on the Board of Directors and various other committees for LaCamas Community Credit Union. He was a long-time Portland Trailblazer fan and was a season ticket holder for years. Upon retirement, he and wife, Lucy, traveled in their RVs across the country, going as far as Key West, FL. They enjoyed spending the winter months in Arizona and California. Keith had many interests: boating, camping, upkeep and restoration of cars, gardening, and spending time at the beach in the summer. Keith was a devoted family man. He loved his family and never hesitated to welcome others into his "family." Keith died unexpectedly on June 12, 2015. He was deeply loved by his family; his wife, Lucy Klaas; son and wife, Kirk and Stephanie Klaas; his daughter and husband, Corina "Cory" and Morris Torseth; his four beautiful grandchildren; and his brother and wife, Kenneth and Beth Klaas. There will be an Open House of Remembrance for Keith on Sun., Sept. 13, 2015, from 3:00p.m. to 5:00p.m. For location information please email RKK_2015@yahoo.com. Please, no flowers. If you wish, you may donate to the R. Keith Klaas scholarship fund at any IQ Credit Union branch or mail to: R. Keith Klaas Scholarship Fund, c/o IQ Credit Union, Cascade Branch, 615-A Chkalov Drive, Vancouver, WA 98683. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Aug. 30, 2015
Lashbrook, Christopher Ryan "Chris"  
CHRISTOPHER "CHRIS" RYAN LASHBROOK February 18, 1979 ~ August 26, 2015 "Chris was a beloved son, grandson, brother, uncle and friend." Christopher "Chris" Ryan Lashbrook, 36, of Vancouver, WA died Aug. 26, 2015 in Portland, OR. He was born on Feb. 18th, 1979. Chris was a nursing student at Clark Community College, loved playing soccer and golf, spending time with family and friends, and was a great lover of animals. Chris is survived by his mother, April Lashbrook; father, Wesley S. Lashbrook; step-mother, Mary DeVany; grandparents, William and Sybil Dyball; brother, Wesley Brian Lashbrook; sisters, Liz McGovern, Tracy Sherwood, and Christie Downs; nephews, Benjamin and Joseph McGovern and Wyatt Sherwood. A Celebration of Life will be held Sat., Sept. 5th, 2015. It will be an open reception where family will be accepting visitors between 2:00p.m.-7:00p.m. at 966 NW Cypress Ave. in Corvallis, OR. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Sept. 2, 2015
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