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Barlas, Elayne Marie - Camas  
ELAYNE BARLAS March 27, 1959 ~ June 23, 2016 Elayne Marie Barlas, 57, passed away June 23, 2016 in Camas, WA surrounded by family and friends after a year and half fight with Amyloidosis and Multiple Myeloma cancer. She was born on March 27, 1959 to Zachary and Mary Harris in Torrance, CA. Shortly thereafter, they relocated to Fresno, CA. Growing up here she graduated from high school and then beauty school, to work as a Hair Stylist. Years later, she met the man she would marry. Elayne and Harry Barlas got married on Oct 4, 1986 in Fresno, CA. They settled in Fremont, CA to raise their family in the home Harry built. After a family vacation to British Columbia, Canada and Washington State in 2000, Elayne was diagnosed with a rare form of Non-Hotchkins Lymphoma cancer; Elayne was victorious following a yearlong battle. The family then moved to Camas, WA in 2002. She was awestruck every day by the beauty this state had to offer and the peace of mind she had knowing her children were receiving great education. Eventually, Elayne sought to start her own business selling Greek Baklava, her mother-in-law's recipe. In the year 2004, that's exactly what she did. This was the start of what is now known as Getta Gyro, a very strong foundation to what already is a successful business venture. She created a family business that not only brought the family closer together, but was the glue that held it as such, which will still remain there even though she is gone. Elayne used this opportunity to not only help support her family, but also to give back to the community; giving young teenagers opportunities to work, giving scholarships to those striving for further education, donating the company's services to certain events and functions, as well as any other place she deemed would be a worthy contribution. On top of giving to the community, she gave to many individuals as well. Many viewed Elayne as their second mother, whether meeting her once or multiple times her infectious smile, laugh, and loving nature drew them in. Naturally, in return she viewed them as her own children; an extension of her own family and treated them as such. This goes to show just how much influence she had and how many lives she touched. Before her second and final battle with cancer, she lived out her days frequenting walks in the neighborhood with family and friends, building her business, eating homemade popcorn and watching movies with her grandchildren, bursting out in dance at every opportunity, and enjoying all the other simple pleasures life has to offer. Among those fortunate enough to have lived among Elayne are her husband, Harry; children, Brianna, Adam, Lukas, and Philip; daughter-in-law, Mellissa; grandchildren, Nevaeh and Melodee; brothers, Tim and Denis; cousins, Desi and Barbara; her nephew, Aaron; and countless other in-laws, family members, loved ones and friends. She was preceded in death by her very dear niece, Alessandra and parents, Zachary and Mary Harris, whom lived their final days right next door to Elayne and family. A viewing will be held on June 30, 2016 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Evergreen Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 1101 NE 112th Ave, Vancouver, WA 98684. The funeral service will be held on July 1, 2016 beginning at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Trinity Cathedral, 3131 NE Glisan Portland, OR 97232. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made at the following website: http://www.gofundme.com/elaynebarlas . All proceeds will go towards cancer research and cure development. Please sign her guestbook at www.columbian.com/obits
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Published in The Columbian on June 29, 2016
Cone, Victor Fremont  
VICTOR FREMONT CONE July 3, 1967 ~ June 16, 2016 Victor Fremont Cone, 48, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home in Goldendale, WA. He was born in Modesto, CA to Mickey Royce Cone and Virginia "Ginny" Lee (Paine) Cone. Victor married Jessie (Copeland) Cone on Feb. 14, 1999 at the Shining Armor Ministries in Vancouver, WA. He was a member of the Grace Brethren Church in Goldendale, WA. Victor loved to spend his time with family as much as possible, play video games, and watch football. He was a Green Bay Packer fan. He was active in his community umpiring his grandsons' baseball games, and volunteering at his church. Victor was always loving, affectionate, jolly, and enjoyed making people laugh. Victor is survived by his wife, Jessie (Copeland) Cone of Goldendale, WA; children: Zachery (Jessica) Cone of Kalama, WA, Casey (Jackie) Cone of Washougal, WA, and Brendon Cone of Kelso, WA; Father, Mickey (Virginia Quinn) Cone OF Belen, NM; sister, Deana (Rolf) Kahn of La Center, WA; daughter-in-law, Ada Whitman of Goldendale, WA; grandchildren: R.J. Whitman (18), Brian Whitman (8), Benjamin Cone (7), Taylor Cone (6), and Abigail Cone (3); as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ginny, 4/6/2013. A memorial will be held on Sun., June 26th, 6p.m., at the Grace Brethren Church in Goldendale, WA. An additional Celebration of Life will be held on Thurs., Aug. 4th. The time and place to be relayed upon inquiry to victorsmemorial@gmail.com. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on June 26, 2016
Finley, Lucille Maryanne "Luci"  
LUCILLE MARYANNE LIVINGSTON FINLEY November 7, 1952 ~ June 16, 2016 Luci Finley of Vancouver, WA, passed away peacefully of lung failure at the age of 63 surrounded by her loving family. A brilliant yet very modest artist and homemaker, Luci brought happiness to others through her many talents. Her generosity and creativity were expressed through intricate oil paintings, memorable piano melodies, detailed needlework, cooking of traditional Swedish meals, and an uncanny ability to find treasures everywhere she went. Luci never stopped looking for ways to bless those around her and was always striving to make others feel included. She lived her life for the Lord and her family and took immense joy in her grandchildren who will never forget their Nana. Luci is survived by her husband, Jon Finley; children, Heather Finley, Angela (Jason) Wakefield, Jonathan (Josie) Finley Jr.; and six grandchildren, Melanie, Megan, Mattelin, Emma, Jason, and Lucia. Memorial service will be on June 25th, 3-4:30p.m., Living Hope Church, 2711 NE Andresen Rd., Vancouver, WA. Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on June 24, 2016
Gist, Karen L.  
KAREN L. GIST July 20, 1951 ~ June 24, 2016 "You Left Us Too Soon" Karen, age 64, passed away unexpectedly but peacefully in her home in Camas. A Camas resident for the past 10 years, she was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister-in-law, and friend. Karen was born in Meridian, Texas, to Eugene Adkins of Missouri and Sarah Kizzire of Alabama. She grew up in Texas, where she met the love of her life (and she of his) Tom. After graduation from Texas Christian University, she joined her new husband as they moved across the country with the Air Force. Through their travels, Karen made close friends wherever they lived, including New Mexico, Colorado and Ohio. They later settled in Washington to be closer to family. Karen spent many years staying home with her three children before having a successful career using her Computer Science degree. She was active in her church choir and local community orchestra. But her gracious hospitality, her unfailing kindness, and her sweet contentment with life are what we will remember - and miss - the most. She is survived by her husband, Thomas; children Andrea, Stephanie, and Michael; grandchildren Phoebe, Eliot, and Cora; and numerous extended family members. A memorial service will be held at Vancouver First United Methodist Church at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, July 3, 2016. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the American Cancer Society. Please sign her guestbook at www.columbian.com/obits
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Published in The Columbian on June 28, 2016
Halme, Glenn Joel - Yacolt  
GLENN JOEL HALME April 2, 1925 - June 27, 2016 Glenn Joel Halme was born April 2, 1925 in Casper, Wyoming and passed away on June 27, 2016 in Yacolt, Washington at 91 years of age. Glenn, with his wife Clara, resided in Yacolt Washington for the past 27 years. Glenn's childhood home was Vancouver, Washington. He was a lifelong member of the Old Apostolic Lutheran Church. Glenn worked all his life in the forest products industry, lastly retiring from APA The Engineered Wood Association in 1987. He had served in the United States Coast Guard during World War II. Glenn loved the outdoors and would often marvel at God's creation. Glenn is survived by his wife of 68 years, Clara (Lindberg) at home in Yacolt, nine children; Linda (Arnold) Hervi and David (Genevieve) Halme of Battle Ground Washington, Peggy (Kenneth) Koskiniemi of Dallas Texas, Joy Halme of Battle Ground, Steven (Lillian) Halme of Davenport Washington, Timothy (Michelle) Halme of Yacolt, Andrew (Carrie) Halme of Davenport, Julie (Bob) Whitehorn of Seattle, Brent (Lisa) Halme of Woodland, 63 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren and several great, great grandchildren. Glenn was preceded in death by his parents, Tim Halme in 1963 and Hilda Halme in 1979; his one sibling and brother, Tim Halme in 2001 and a great grandchild, Samuel Ritola in 2008. Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, July 1, 2016, 11:00 am at the Old Apostolic Lutheran Church, 32320 Lewisville Highway, Battle Ground, Washington with committal following the service at the Elim Cemetery in Brush Prairie. Viewing will be from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Thursday June 30, at the same Church. Please sign his guestbook at www.columbian.com/obits
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Published in The Columbian on June 29, 2016
Hertz, Geroldine  
GEROLDINE HERTZ July 11, 1920 ~ June 21, 2016 Mom was the author of three books and numerous articles and poems. She dedicated her life to her husband Joe (deceased) whose strength and virtue sustained her and her children throughout her years. Her children: Edwina, Kathleen (deceased), Tony, David, Ronald, Howard (deceased), Anita, Lorraine, Anna (deceased), Pamela (deceased), Dolores, Baby Boy (deceased), Joseph, Andrew, Robert, and Angie; sons-in-law; daughters-in-law; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren. She admitted that without her loved ones, her story and life would have been quite dull. Mom dedicated her life most especially to Almighty God, Who helped her fit these people into her life as a mother. Service will be held June 29th at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Battle Ground, WA. Holy Rosary 10:15 a.m., Holy Mass 11:00 a.m. Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on June 26, 2016
Hobby, Kenneth Lee "Ken" - Tacoma  
KENNETH "KEN" LEE HOBBY June 16, 1932 ~ June 11, 2016 Kenneth Lee Hobby was born June 16, 1932 in LaJunta, CO and died June 11, 2016, in Vancouver, WA of natural causes. He was 83. Ken grew up in Tacoma, WA, where he spent the happiest of childhoods, surrounded by his brother Charles, his sister Eileen, his mother Florence, and beloved grandfather William James Stevenson. His grandfather taught him to fish in a small row boat in Puget Sound, taught him to repair cars, and loved him like a father. Ken attended Fern Hill School and graduated from Lincoln High School. After high school, Ken joined the Navy and started a career in aviation that would last until his retirement as Vice President of Engineering and Maintenance of Horizon Air in 2000. His career began as a Navy helicopter mechanic. He worked for Northwest Orient Airlines, United Airlines, West Coast Airlines (merged with Hughes Airwest, and then merged again into Republic Airlines), and was hired by Horizon Airlines in Portland, OR as Director of Maintenance in 1984. Ken is survived by his daughters, Suzanne Gregory (Paul) and Lynda Hobby; son, Brian Hobby; as well as three grandchildren, Sasha, Kelli (Paul), and Derek. He was preceded in death by his twin brother, Russell, who died as a toddler; sister, Eileen Darland; nephew, Mike Darland; brother, Charles Hobby; and his mother, Florence Jane Stevenson Hobby Evans. Services were private. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on June 26, 2016
Korpi, Bessie Ruth  
BESSIE RUTH CORNELL KORPI July 1, 1931 ~ June 19, 2016 Bessie Ruth Korpi passed away peacefully in her sleep in a home care facility, where she had lived for the last four years. She had many health issues which were factors. Bess is survived by two daughters, Barb Petersen and Pat Korpi, both of Vancouver, WA; 6 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Don; and daughter, Donna Tremain. She was the last living sibling of 3 brothers and 6 sisters. There will be a "Celebration of Life" at Barb's home on July 2, 2016 at 2:00p.m., 15316 NE 90th St., Vancouver, WA 98682. To share memories, visit www.daviescremationburial.com and www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on June 26, 2016
Lacey, William Francis "Bill" - Spokane  
WILLIAM 'BILL' FRANCIS LACEY April 8, 1928 ~ June 21, 2016 William (Bill) Francis Lacey was born to Allen McCormick and Ester Louise Wyatt at the Saint Ignatius Hospital on Easter Sunday, April 8, 1928 and died on June 21, 2016. In 1953, Bill married to his high school sweetheart Ilene Louise Olsen and had three children: Cindi Louise Pederson of Vancouver, WA, Allen Edward Lacey of Gilbert, AZ, and Kelly Francis Nichols of Baker City, OR. Bill graduated in 1946 from Colfax High school, Central Washington State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education in 1956, and from the University of Oregon with a Doctorate of Education in 1970. Immediately after earning his Bachelor of Arts Degree, he was hired by the Vancouver School District where he taught Social Studies and English at Lewis, Shumway, and Jason Lee Junior High Schools. In 1967 he left teaching to pursue a Doctorate of Education and was hired by Willamette University after graduation. After teaching there for one year, he was hired by Central Washington State College as a Supervisor of Student teachers, working remotely in Vancouver, WA and then Yakima, WA until retirement in 1986 as a Professor Emeritus. For several years after retirement he continued to teach off campus Master's Degree courses through Heritage College. Starting in 1992 he spent 16 winters in Casa Grande, AZ, volunteering at the local High School and playing golf. He was proceeded in death by his father, mother, and brother. He is survived by his wife, children, seven grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. He will be remembered as a friend to all, a jokester, and accomplished story teller. We are certain that he is telling stories to the Angels and anyone else who will listen. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Northern Idaho Hospice ( www.hospiceofnorthidaho.org ) or a hospice organization of your choice. Bruning Funeral Home of Colfax has been entrusted with funeral arrangements. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.bruningfuneralhome.com Please sign his guestbook at www.columbian.com/obits
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Published in The Columbian on June 29, 2016
lane, Florence Louise "Sally" - Vancouver  
FLORENCE "SALLY" LOUISE LANE February 12, 1917 ~ June 22, 2016 Florence Louise Lane, nicknamed Sally by her father, was born February 12, 1917 in Hibbing, MN to Richard and Ethel Hocking and passed away on June 22, 2016 in Vancouver, WA at the age of 99. The oldest of four, she was raised in Hibbing, where she met her husband Richard and they were married in 1935. In 1940, they moved to Vancouver, WA to work in the shipyards and then, eventually Crown Zellerbach, where she stayed for 25 years, until her retirement. Sally raised three children and enjoyed traveling, gardening, sewing, and later in life, trips to the casinos. She is preceded in death by her husband Richard and eldest son Tom, but is survived by her daughter Marilyn Peterson (Ron); son Gary Lane, 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and 9 great-great-grandchildren. A graveside memorial will be held at Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Wednesday July 6, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. The family asks that any donations be made to the Ray Hickey Hospice House. Please sign her guestbook at www.columbian.com/obits
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Published in The Columbian on June 28, 2016
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