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Berge, Mildred June  
MILDRED JUNE KOSKINIEMI BERGE July 8, 1933 ~ June 28, 2015 "Mildred was always happy and willing to share her living Christian faith." Mildred June Koskiniemi Berge, 81, passed away unexpectedly at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, OR, from complications due to a fall/stroke, surrounded by her family. She was born July 8, 1933 in Gackle, ND. Mildred was a gifted and dedicated teacher. She started teaching at age 17 in a one-room schoolhouse on the prairies of the Mid-west and continued her work as an educator into her 70s, teaching in a number of places in Washington and Oregon over her career. Mildred was well known for her generous hospitality and baking. Her home was always open to anyone who needed a bed, and she was always quick to bring meals and help out with her famous caramel rolls and home-made pies. Mildred is survived by her spouse of 58 years, Kaare Berge of Grass Valley, OR; and their four children: Sara Berge Emerick (spouse, Steve Emerick) of Scottsdale, AZ, Sonja Berge Chandler (spouse, Peter Chandler) of New South Wales, Australia, Gail Berge Gunderson (spouse, Peder Gunderson) of Brush Prairie, WA, and James Berge (spouse, Gwen Berge) of Maple Grove, MN; 12 grandchildren: Megan Emerick Schneider (spouse, Chris Schneider), Kathryn Emerick Nealey (spouse, Clinton Nealey), Kevin Emerick, Grant Emerick, Kate Chandler, Ross Chandler, Emily Gunderson, Nathan Gunderson, Grace Gunderson, Corey Berge, Paige Berge, and Philip Berge; her brother, Byron Koskiniemi (spouse, Yvonne Koskiniemi) of Battle Ground, WA; sister, Audrey Koskiniemi Lobbestael (spouse, Charlie Lobbestael) of Troy, MI; brother, Ken Koskiniemi (spouse, Peggy Koskiniemi) of Dallas, TX; and she will also be missed by too many nieces, nephews and cousins to count. She was predeceased by her parents, Marion and Oscar Koskiniemi; brothers, James and Glen Koskiniemi; and sister, Carol Koskiniemi Lindgren. A funeral service will be held at the Grass Valley Elementary School, on July 11, 2015 at 11.30 a.m. Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on July 7, 2015
Coward, Evelyn "Evie"  
EVELYN "EVIE" (SELLERS) COWARD January 6, 1926 ~ June 22, 2015 Evelyn was born in Clarke Co., MS in 1926. She came to Timber, Oregon as a young girl and attended school in Forest Grove. In 1986, she married Bob Coward and they resided at Fairway Village. She was an accomplished artist, avid gardener, seamstress, golfer, and enjoyed traveling. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob; and her brothers, Lannis and Lamar Sellers. Her surviving family includes: her brother, Steve; and her children, Judy Thompson of Scappoose, Cynthia Shafer of Portland, Rich and his wife Ellen Bailey of St. Helens, Susan and her husband Doug Christophersen of Rainier, Rick and Rainy Ertell of Vancouver, and Linda and her husband Duane Strickland of Waycross, GA; as well as many dearly loved grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A private service is planned. To honor Evelyn, the family suggests donations be made to the Alzheimer's Assoc., 1650 NW Naito Parkway #190, Portland, OR 97209. Please sign her Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on July 3, 2015
Fife, Raymond "Ray"  
RAYMOND FIFE November 29, 1945 ~ June 25, 2015 Raymond Fife, 69, died at his Portland home. He graduated from Pullman High School, University of Puget Sound, and the Claremont School of Theology. Ray served in the Methodist church in the early 1970s and retired from Clark Public Utilities in Vancouver in 2003, as employee communications and training manager, after 30 years. Ray is survived by wife, Linda Anderson; daughter, Emily Elizabeth Fife, New York City; brother and sister-in-law, Ronald and Diane Fife, Seattle; sister, Susan Sadler, Olympia; sister-in-law, Renee Fife, Seattle; several nieces and nephews; and Olive, his pug. Preceding him in death were parents, Donald and Marion (Gibbard) Fife; brother, Douglas Fife; and pugs Maggie, Scoozi, and Wymondham. A memorial service is scheduled for July 11 at 2:30 p.m. at St. Michaels and All Angels, 1704 N.E. 43rd Ave., Portland. To share your memories and condolences, please visit anewtradition.com and click on, "Obituaries & Tributes" and also online at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on July 5, 2015
Hoffer, Roland Lamar "Lee"  
CAPTAIN ROLAND LAMAR "LEE" HOFFER January 8, 1940 ~ June 27, 2015 After a long fight with illness, kidney failure removed Captain Roland Lamar "Lee" Hoffer from this world, on June 27, 2015, in La Center, WA. He was born in Athens, GA. He revealed his talents as he grew, with an extreme intellect and outstanding athletic talent, Lee became a hometown hero. He had a choice of full scholarships from five major universities and chose to join the Army. Before heading to Vietnam, he went through OCS and quickly became a Captain. While in Vietnam, Lee earned many medals, including the nations highest honor, "The Distinguished Flying Cross", later the "Medal of Honor". Following his time in the service, he went back to the land, surveying, later caring for thoroughbred race horses. His second marriage to Gail, and her three boys, changed his life for the better. He lived happily, back in the La Center countryside, until he passed away. Lee is survived by his wife of 20 years, Gail; her sons, Blaine (Alison) Blodgette and Roy (Melissa) Blodgette; his son, Allen (Terri Lynn) Hoffer; his daughters, Deanne and Missy (partner Liam); grandsons, Michael, Jerick, Adrian, Jeremy, Nicholas, Jacob, Zak and Sammy; one granddaughter, Camille; and one great-granddaughter, Chloe. The military service will be held Wed., July 8, 2015 at Noon, in the Willamette National Cemetery. Special thanks to the Community Hospice. Donations can either be given to the family or to the Community Hospice. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on July 5, 2015
Johnson, Everett John "Johnny"  
EVERETT JOHN "JOHNNY" JOHNSON July 22, 1925 ~ June 15, 2015 "Johnny will be greatly missed by his family, close friends, and golf buddies." Everett Johnson passed away on Sunday, June 15th, 2015 at his home in Fairway Village, Vancouver just a few weeks shy of his 90th birthday. He was born on July 22, 1925 together with his beloved twin sister, Lillian, at The Dalles, WA. His parents, Cornelia and Henry Johnson, immigrated from Holland in 1912 and Henry worked driving a six-horse stage wagon between Glenwood and White Salmon for a year to pay for their passage to the U.S. Everett lived a charmed early life with four older sisters to spoil him. He enjoyed an adventurous boyhood along the Columbia River between the towns of White Salmon, Lyle, and Bingen. In 1943, Everett enlisted as a seaman in the Coast Guard, then transferred to the Merchant Marines and spent two war years in the Pacific. After his discharge, Johnny married his Bingen neighbor and sweetheart, Marjorie Osborne. They settled in north Portland where they started their family and later moved near Gresham. Throughout his career, Johnny and Marj experienced many boom and bust periods in the lumber business. His most successful business was Gorge Lumber Company which operated in Cascade Locks and in Skamania county. At different times, he also ran lumber mills in Vancouver, WA, Boise, ID, and Redding, CA. Johnny loved music and dancing, waterskiing, and golf. But his proudest accomplishment was obtaining his instrument rated pilots license. He loved flying and took family and friends on trips in his Beechcraft Baron all over the West coast in Canada and the U.S. Later in life, Marj and Johnny traveled extensively throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe, and for many years, they enjoyed winter months on Kauai, HI. After settling at their home in Fairway Village, Johnny golfed nearly every weekday morning at 7:30 a.m. until the day of his death. Everett is survived by his wife of 69 years, Marjorie; son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Josie Johnson; daughter and son-in-law, Jana and Lynn Wilkins: grandchildren, Bishop, Tayler, and Qiang; great-grandson, Alan; and his fearsome little dog, Benji. Also, Everett is survived by his best and dearest friend since the age of four from Lyle, Washington, Raymond Park. A memorial for family and friends will be held at the Fairway Village Clubhouse on July 26th at 4:00p.m. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on July 5, 2015
Jones, Thomas Allen "Tom"  
THOMAS "TOM" ALLEN JONES March 18, 1945 ~ July 2, 2015 "Tom was a very giving person who found many ways to help others in need." Tom passed away peacefully on July 2, 2015 in Vancouver, WA, after a short battle with cancer. He was born in Bottineau, ND where he spent his first 7 years before moving to Wenatchee, WA. Tom graduated from Wenatchee High School in 1963 and then joined the Army that September. He spent 3 years as an airplane mechanic, including one year in Vietnam. Following his Army service, Tom went to work for the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) and worked there for 36 years until he retired in 2000. Over the years, Tom and Terrie enjoyed many travel adventures and have shared a common love for animals and helping others. While they did not have children of their own, Tom was a terrific uncle to his many nieces and nephews. He also enjoyed the company of many special animal partners in his life and leaves behind his beloved dog Jessie, who will miss her daily walks with him. He was also a car enthusiast, particularly Corvettes, and cars from the 50's and 60's. Tom is survived by his wife of 32 years, Terrie; his brother, Steve Jones (JoAnn); his uncle, Maurice Guerin (Flora Lee); and many other loving family members. He was preceded in death by his mother, Jeanette; father, Leroy; and brother, Ron. No services are planned at Tom's request. Instead, the family requests that you remember him by helping someone else or by making a contribution to one of his favorite charities, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, Feeding America, Boys Town, or any other organization you support. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Knapp, Martin William "Bud"  
MARTIN "BUD" WILLIAM KNAPP March 26, 1924 ~ June 27, 2015 Martin William Knapp passed on to be with his wife, Helen Annamarie Casper Knapp. Preceding him, his parents, Avery Ira Knapp and Lettie Mae Williams; all 13 of his brothers and sisters; and two grandchildren, Dino Michael Knapp and William Martin Knapp. He was survived by Dennis Michael Knapp and his wife Stephanie Brinkerhoff, John Avery Knapp and his wife Mary Catherine Westendorf, and David Lee Knapp. He had 4 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great- grandchildren. Martin was a WWII veteran and Pearl Harbor survivor, BM2/USN. Graveside services will be held 1 July 2015 at Evergreen Memorial Gardens, 1101 NE 112 Ave., Vancouver, Washington at 11 a.m. Donations may be made to any Veteran organization of your choice. Please view or sign his guest books at: www.evergreenmemorialgardens.com and www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on July 1, 2015
Lovelady, Kathy Ann  
KATHY ANN STEWART-LOVELADY November 19, 1942 ~ June 22, 2015 Kathy Ann Stewart-Lovelady, 72, passed away peacefully at home on Mon., June 22, 2015, from severe COPD and Parkinson's Disease, with family and dedicated friends at her side. She was born to Russell and Janet Stewart on Nov. 19, 1942 in Vancouver, WA where she attended schools in the Vancouver School District, graduating from Fort Vancouver High School in 1962. Kathy married Harold Lovelady and together they raised two sons, Mark David of Battle Ground, WA and Kelly William of Sydney, Australia. Kathy (a.k.a. Katie) worked in the legal field in Vancouver and Portland for about 30 years. She obtained her Certified Professional Legal Secretary accreditation (PLS) in 1990. She was active in the Washington Association of Legal Support Professionals (f.k.a. Washington Association of Legal Secretaries). Kathy served on the local level on the board, including President and Governor, and as State Treasurer. She was loved by all in the legal field and will be missed. Kathy had a passion for sewing and prided herself in her quilt making, however the Christmas pajamas made yearly for all the children were the biggest hit. Kathy enjoyed spending time with the Blessed Piecemakers at Felida Baptist Church making quilts, baby blankets, and tote bags which were donated to charities. Kathy leaves behind her two sons; three grandchildren, Lilly, Sarah, and Alexander, whom she dearly loved; her mother, Janet Stewart; brother, Bill Stewart; sister, Janell Lundgren (husband Bob); along with nieces, nephews, and other family members. A celebration of her life will be held on Sun., July 12th from 1-4p.m. at the Covington House, 4201 Main St., Vancouver, WA 98663. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Parkinson's Center of Oregon at OHSU, 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, OR 97239. Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on July 5, 2015
Malone, David Michael  
DAVID MICHAEL MALONE March 7, 1928 ~ July 1, 2015 David Malone died peacefully surrounded by family and friends on July 1, 2015. He is remembered lovingly by his wife, Ailis; daughter, Petria; sons, Kevin, Sean, and Steven; in-laws, Leo, Ali, Tammi, and Mark; and seven grandchildren. His life will be celebrated and remembered at a funeral Mass officiated by Fr. Ronald Belisle on Friday, July 10, 4p.m. at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Vancouver. A resident of Camas/Vancouver, WA for forty years, he will be laid to rest in Camas. If desired, donations may be sent to Sharp HospiceCare, 8881 Fletcher Parkway, #336, La Mesa, CA, 91942. Please sign his Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on July 5, 2015
Roberts, Lilian "Jo"  
LILIAN "JO" ROBERTS July 16, 1925 ~ July 1, 2015 Lilian "Jo" Roberts of La Center, WA, passed away a few days before her 90th birthday. She was born on July 16, 1925 in Raymore, Saskatchewan, Canada. Lilian moved to California and started building gyros for airplanes during WWII, a job she worked at for 10 years. She later worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a mail carrier for 25 years. After retiring, Lilian moved to Clark County, WA in 1993, where she became active in the Fargher Lake Grange, her homeowner's association, holding meetings and dinners at her home, and the View Homemakers. She was proud to be a member of the Association of Letter Carriers for almost 50 years. Lilian was known for her hard work, often being the first person to arrive to assist in a project and the last person to leave. She cared for her own yard into her late eighties. She was highly thought of and will be missed. Lilian is survived by her sister, Vera Pearl Kallen of Richmond, British Columbia; and numerous nieces, nephews, good neighbors, and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Garry Roberts. At Lilian's request, there will be a graveside service only, which will be held at Northwood Park Cemetery, at 2 p.m. on Fri., July 10, 2015. A reception will immediately follow at the Fargher Lake Grange. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Fargher Lake Grange. Layne's Funeral Home is in charge of services. Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on July 5, 2015
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