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Allison, Robert Lee  
ROBERT LEE ALLISON September 23, 1942 ~ May 19, 2015 Beloved husband, father, and grandpa, passed away after a long illness. He will be missed deeply by everyone who knew him. Please sign Robert's Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on May 24, 2015
Atwood, Tena Hammell  
TENA HAMMELL ATWOOD January 7, 1917 ~ May 17, 2015 Tena Hammell Atwood, of Vancouver, WA, passed away on May 17, 2015. She was 98 years old. Tena was born January 7, 1917, in Lynden, Washington to parents who emigrated from Rotterdam, Holland. She graduated from high school in Sheridan, OR, where she lived until moving to Vancouver in 1988. She was devoted to the love of her life, Donald Atwood, who preceded her in death in 1998. Tena and Don were inseparable, sharing passion for growing flowers, fishing and camping, and spending time with family and friends. Tena is survived by: sister Golda Fabian; sister Clarinda Leep; sister-in-law Jane Atwood; daughter Judith Youde and son-in-law James Youde; granddaughters Jill and Jessica Youde; grandson Jeffrey Youde and granddaughter-in-law Kristin Becker; and many nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death: husband Donald Atwood; brother Bert Hammell; and sister Adeline Swartout. Memorial donations may be made to the Clark County Food Bank, 6502 NE 47th Ave., Vancouver, WA 98661. Please sign Tena's Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on May 24, 2015
Blackford, Dennis Albert "Pops"  
DENNIS "POPS" ALBERT BLACKFORD June 29, 1923 ~ May 15, 2015 Dennis Albert Blackford of Battle Ground, WA, peacefully passed on Thursday, May 15, 2015 at the age of 91. Dennis was born in Royal Tunbridge Wells, England. At the age of 17, he joined the RAF and by 18 he had earned his wings as a bomber pilot. The Halifax bomber which he piloted, was shot down by a JU-88 Luftwaffe twin engine aircraft over the Netherlands during a night bombing raid destined for Aachen, Germany. He parachuted down from the burning plane and was eventually discovered by the locals in the field where he had landed. From there he was taken into custody by the Germans and sent to a military prison, Stalog Luft 7 at Bankau. He was forced to march in the four month long Death March Across Germany. He survived with grit and determination. The "March" finally ended in Luckenwalde, 30 km south of Berlin. Dennis was released from the prison camp by the Russian forces after the war ended. He has written a book about his experiences as a prison camp survivor, War Time Prisoners Log. It is yet to be published. Dennis, his wife Kathleen and two children, Christine and David Paul Blackford, emigrated to the USA in 1954, settling on the east coast where Dennis began work as a dye chemist in the leather industry; a position which eventually led him into a satisfying and successful career in sales. In 1994, Dennis and Kathleen, moved to Battle Ground to be close to their daughter Christine Blackford, where they made many new friends. They sang for the Touch of Class choral group in Vancouver and were active community volunteers. Dennis and his wife, traveled over much of the world during their retirement. He is survived by his children, Christine and David Paul Blackford; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Please sign his Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on May 24, 2015
Braun, Isabel  
ISABEL (MICHEL) BRAUN August 29, 1917 ~ May 14, 2015 Isabel, age 97, entered heaven peacefully at home surrounded by love. She was the youngest of 9 children born to Joseph and Christina (Schock) Michel in Belfield, ND. She was happy to be a homemaker who loved taking care of her family. Besides family and friends, her other loves were baking, listening to music and reading. One of her favorite authors was Janet Evanovich and we loved to hear her giggles when reading the Stephanie Plum novels. She was preceded in death by her husband of 37 years, Wendelin; her parents and siblings. She is survived by her daughters, Virginia Munger (partner Jon Askim) and Patty Braun; grandchildren, Mike Munger(Heather), Greg Munger(Leanne), Joe Melton (fiancé Ashleigh Weger), Levi Garvey, and Dallas Garvey; great-grandchildren, Jake Munger, Madison Munger, Tyler Goranson, Nicole Johnson (Paul), Ryken Melton, and Kyler Melton; and great-great- grandchildren, Ryder, Natalie, and Jaxen. We wish to thank the volunteers at Our Lady of Lourdes who came every week to give mom communion and pray with her. It gave her so much peace and comfort. We also wish to thank the nurses and aids at PeaceHealth Hospice SW for all their caring and support during her last weeks with us. We miss you mom, but know you are with Jesus and will be watching over us all until we meet again. Memorial service will be Saturday, June 13th at 11:00a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 4723 NW Franklin St.,Vancouver, WA. Remembrance luncheon to follow. Please sign her Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on May 23, 2015
Brown, Robert Newell "Bob"  
ROBERT NEWELL BROWN April 8, 1944 ~ May 21, 2015 Our loving husband, father, and grandfather, Robert Newell Brown, 71, passed away at his home May 21, 2015, in Vancouver, WA. He was born in Richfield, UT April 8, 1944. Bob served in the Navy aboard the USS Buckley in Vietnam. He loved fishing, coaching youth football, genealogy, and computers. Robert is survived by his wife, Charlotte Brown; his children, John (Heather) Scukanec, Jason (Rebecca) Scukanec, Stacy Scukanec; and his five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Newell and Norma Brown; and sister, Loretta. A viewing will be held June 1st at 9:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at 13600 SE McGillivray Blvd., Vancouver, WA. Funeral services will be held following the viewing at 10:00 a.m. Interment at Willamette National Cemetery. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on May 25, 2015
Burns, Beth Adele  
BETH ADELE BURNS October 24, 1939 ~ May 9, 2015 Beth was born Oct. 24, 1939 to Cecil A. Cloud and Elsie L. (Luke) Cloud in Kila, MT. She passed away May 9, 2015 at her home in Kennewick, WA with her family by her side. Her ashes will be taken back to Kila, MT. Beth married Frank Burns on Nov. 17, 1956. She had many interests and talents and thoroughly enjoyed life. She loved to do any craft that came along: crochet, embroidery, tatting, Swedish weave, and most recently quilting. She also played the piano and various other instruments and entertained family and friends throughout the years. Beth was never afraid to try something new, and enjoyed participating as Scout Den Mother, and President of her TOPS Club, Ostomy Association, and Home Extension. She was a member of Vancouver Black Cats Motorcycle Club, Eagles Auxiliary, and Moose. She was also interested in genealogy. For a number of years she and Frank lived full time in their motor home, traveling around the United States, seeing the sights and making many new friends along the way. She had a vast collection of elephants that was acquired as they visited the different areas. Family was very important to Beth, and she was always there to lend a helping hand, sometimes with the planning of a family gathering or when there was an emergency or illness. Everyone was always glad to see her smiling face and to hear her latest stories. Beth is survived by her husband, Frank; sons, Rick (Kelly) Burns of Vancouver, WA and Jeff (Karen) Burns of Pasco, WA; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Shirley Miller, Rose White, Della Frasier, Karen Rel, and Pearl Shelton; and brothers, Ed and Rick Cloud. She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Dorothy Peterson and Jenna Mae Harsoch; and brother, Jim Cloud. There will be no service per her request. Donations may be made in her name to: Hospice, The Chaplaincy, 1450 SE Fowler St., Richland, WA 99352. 509-783-7416 Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on May 24, 2015
Dyne, Clias Thurman Van "Van"  
CLIAS "VAN" THURMAN VAN DYNE May 29, 1926 ~ May 8, 2015 Clias Thurman "Van" Van Dyne, 88. Born May 29, 1926, passed May 8, 2015 of natural causes and then laid to rest May 15, 2015 at Evergreen Memorial Gardens. Born to John T. and Beatrice G. (Miller) Van Dyne in Hutchinson KS. Graduated Hutchinson High School Class of 1945. It was there that he met and married Bonnie M. Gray. They relocated to Vancouver, WA in 1946 where they raised 6 children. Clias spent his last 17 years of employment as head custodian central office for Vancouver School District. He spent his retirement camping, fishing, and spending time with his family. Clias loved his church, his family, and his work. Survived by his children, Gary, Marcia Wells (Don), Mark (Dreama), Dwight (Wynona), Kirk (June), and Keith (Heather); numerous grandchildren and great- grandchildren; siblings include, Guandola Amrine, Lois Staats (Roy), John (Carol), and W. Harold (Janice). Preceded in death by his first wife of 47 years, Bonnie M. and second wife of 15 years, Hazel. Celebration of Life is to be held at Fourth Plain Church of the Nazarene, 16807 NE Fourth Plain Rd., Vancouver, WA 98682 on Fri., May 29, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. Special thanks to the staff and friends at Cascade Inn Independent and Assisted Living for your friendship and care. Also to the Pastoral staff and congregation of the Fourth Plain Church of the Nazarene. Donations to: Remembrance Garden Fund, Fourth Plain Church of the Nazarene, 16807 NE Fourth Plain, Vancouver, WA 98682. Please sign Clias's Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on May 26, 2015
Gomer, Joyce Thelma  
JOYCE THELMA GOMER January 3, 1925 ~ May 19, 2015 Joyce Thelma Gomer, 90, unexpectedly, but peacefully, passed away May 19, 2015 at Harrisburg City Hospital, Harrisburg, PA. She was born in Avon, SD Jan. 3, 1925. Joyce moved in 1935 to Bend, OR with her parents; Clifton C. Berry, Viola M. (Farrell) Berry and brothers, W. Russ Berry and Roger Berry; all whom pre-deceased her. The family moved to Portland, OR in 1942. Joyce graduated from Grant High School in 1943. She later attended Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA where she studied music. Joyce married Donald M. Gomer of Bend, OR Nov. 30 1947, and lived in various towns in Washington. They were divorced in 1961, and Joyce moved to Vancouver, WA with her sons, Marcus D. and Curtis L. Gomer. In Vancouver, Joyce taught piano lessons and ultimately retired from Kamlu Retirement Inn. Joyce was a member of Trinity Life Center, a Foursquare Church in Vancouver until October of 2004, when she moved to Harrisburg, PA to be closer to her son, Curtis and daughter-in-law, Donna. In retirement, Joyce lived at the Manor at Oakridge where she enjoyed a quiet life being with friends, participating in church and bible study programs, attending music programs, and listening to Talking Books for the Blind. Joyce is loved and survived by son, Curtis and daughter-in-law, Donna of Brodbecks, PA; granddaughter, Brittani Crawford and three great-grandchildren, all of Spokane WA; sisters-in-law, Beverly Berry and Adeline Berry; two cousins; as well as many nieces and nephews, all of whom reside in the Pacific Northwest. She was preceded in death by her son, Marcus, in Nov. 2014. A memorial service and burial will be held Thurs., May 28th, 10a.m. at Evergreen Memorial Gardens Chapel and Cemetery, 1101 NE 112th Ave., Vancouver. Contributions may be made in Joyce's name to Guiding Eyes for the Blind, 611 Granite Springs Rd., Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 or the Library for the Blind, Free Library of Philadelphia, 919 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19107. Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on May 24, 2015
Grimard Jr., James Vincent  
JAMES VINCENT GRIMARD, JR. February 17, 1948 ~ May 13, 2015 James V. Grimard, Jr. of LaCenter, Washington passed away on May 13, 2015. He was born on February 17, 1948 to Laura and James V. Grimard, Sr. in Muskegon, Michigan. After serving in Viet Nam with the U.S. Navy, he moved to Washington in the 1970s. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 2007. Jim was a thoughtful, giving person with a curiosity of people and places. He appreciated, art, nature and music from blue grass to opera, and he won blue ribbons with his excellent blackberry wine. Jim and his wife, Kathy, traveled to 19 foreign counties, and he was lucky enough to spend his last trip in his favorite city, Antigua, Guatemala. Upon returning home, Jim wrote wonderful descriptive travel narratives of their adventures in the Amazon to exploring the Paris flea market. His genealogy work led him to discover a whole new family branch in Sheffield, England. A very close relationship developed and brought an amazing group of family into the family. Jim is survived by his wife, Kathleen Dempsey; mother, Laura Grimard; stepson, Joel (Kristin) Martens; daughter, Kathleen Hendrickson and four grandsons; sisters, Mary (Joe) Brunais; Diane (Gary) Wilson; Sharon (Joe) Calkins; brothers, Tom (Sheila) Grimard; Rick (Sharon) Grimard; Joe (Juanita) Grimard, Daniel Grimard, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, James V. Grimard, Sr. Remembrance donation can be made to the organization Jim supported most: The Innocence Project, 40 Worth St., New York, NY 10013, Attn: Development Dept. A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, June 7, 2015 from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. at the Ridgefield Community Center, 210 N. Main St., Ridgefield, WA. Please sign James's Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on May 27, 2015
Hanson, Judith Kay "Judy"  
JUDITH KAY (NADON) HANSON January 21, 1939 ~ May 21, 2015 "A loving heart is the truest wisdom." Juith "Judy" Kay (Nadon) Hanson, 76, passed away in Vancouver, WA. She was born in Salem, OR in 1939. Judy leaves behind the love of her life, husband Henry Hanson; her children, Bret Kalzer (Pam); Karen Kalzer (Chris McMahon), Joe Kalzer (Lisa), Eric Kalzer, Eric Hanson (Tiffany), Rory Hanson, and Twyla Wadsworth (Paul); 14 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and the Vista del Rio community. She had a special place in her heart for Chuck & Sylvia Hanson. She was preceded in death by parents, Edith Adell and Lee Nadon; and sisters, Eve Adell and Donna. We will be sharing our memories of Judy's love and laughter on Tues., May 26 at 1:00 at the Vista del Rio Clubhouse, 17401 SE 39th St., Vancouver WA. Private internment thereafter. Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on May 23, 2015
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