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Aspaas, David Arthur  
DAVID ARTHUR ASPAAS January 4, 1947 ~ July 28, 2016 David Aspaas, 69, passed away from lung cancer on July 28th, 2016 in Vancouver, WA while surrounded by family and close friends. David was born in Vancouver, WA on January 4, 1947. He is survived by his wife, Helma Aspaas; his children, Marco and Corina; his granddaughter, Isabella; his brothers and sister, John (Joan), Julia (Robert), Ron (JoAnne) and Richard (Patti); and was predeceased by his father and mother, Lloyd and Barbara Aspaas. Grave-side services will be held at Willamette National Cemetery on August 24, 2016 at 11:00a.m. A Celebration of Life will be held at the American Legion in Vancouver, WA located at, 4607 NE St. James Rd., Vancouver, WA 98663 from 2:30p.m.-5:00p.m. Memorial donations may be made in David's name to the Doernbecher Children's Hospital Foundation. Please sign David's Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Aug. 21, 2016
Chamberlain, Rose Marie  
ROSE MARIE (RISNER) CHAMBERLAIN January 30, 1937 ~ August 16, 2016 Rose Marie Risner-Chamberlain was born January 30, 1937 in Cooke County, Chicago, Illinois. Rose Marie joined the Lord on August 16, 2016. She worked for the Camas Paper Mill for nearly 40 years serving as a store room clerk and also in charge of inventory. Rose Marie loved the outdoors, going camping, hunting/fishing and riding ATV's with her husband Larry and many other close friends and family. Rose Marie is survived by her loving husband, Larry Chamberlain, of 43 years; brothers, Larry, David, Jack and Ray Risner; sisters, Beverly Risner, Betty Jo Risner-Brandon and Dawn Risner; children, Mitchell Dobbs, Angela Chamberlain-Martinell, Tony Dobbs and Clellie Dobbs. She was preceded in death by Gordon and Ron Risner, Carol Jean Risner-Batten, Marty Dobbs and Lonnie Chamberlain. Rose Marie had eight grandchildren; five great- grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She took great pride and joy in her grandchildren. ~ Rose Marie is dearly loved and will be greatly missed. ~ A memorial service to be held on Saturday, August 27th at 1:00 at Lacamas Lake Lodge in Camas, WA. Please sign her Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Aug. 23, 2016
Dunn, Robert L. "Coach" - Olympia  
ROBERT L. "COACH" DUNN April 4, 1934 ~ August 5, 2016 Robert "Bob" Dunn, 82, passed on August 5, 2016, leaving behind an enduring legacy as a dedicated high school teacher, honored coach, and devoted husband, brother, father, grandfather and friend. Bob was born to William H. Dunn and Harriet Sage Dunn, both educators, on April 24, 1934 in Vancouver, WA. The youngest of three, he is survived by his sister, Dorothy Dunn (Tierney) and brother, William H. "Bill" Dunn. The awards and trophies Bobby earned as a young athlete in Vancouver, WA, too numerous to list, include being named 1st Team All-State in football and basketball (each twice), and a second place finish in the state pole vaulting championship. Bob was recruited by the University of Washington where he played Husky football from 1953-1957, first as a leading running back, then as starting quarterback for legendary coaches Daryl Royal and Jim Owens. After graduating with a degree in Business Administration, Bob stayed on as assistant quarterback coach for the Huskies for two years, during which time he earned a degree in Education. Bob married his college sweetheart and love of his life, Mary Joyce Morgan, on June 13, 1958 at a ceremony at St. Benedict Catholic Church followed by a reception at Sand Point Officers Club. Bob and Joyce quickly became a well-known and respected team in their own right. Joyce never missed a game during Bob's 28 year coaching career. Bob's career as head coach and teacher began with 4 years in California, followed by 4 years back in Washington at Anacortes High School. In 1968, Bob accepted the position as business department leader, head football coach and assistant track coach at Olympia High School. "Mr. Dunn" was a dedicated, progressive teacher, popular with students and respected by his peers. Over the years, he taught hundreds of high school students to type, balance checkbooks and, during the summers, how to drive. During his 28 years as head football coach, Coach Dunn compiled a 155-93 record, including a 28 game winning streak and three consecutive league championships at OHS (1980 1983). In 1984, Coach Dunn led the Bears to the 3A Washington State Championship, and was honored as Washington State Coach of the Year. Bob and Joyce welcomed a daughter, Jennifer Marie, in 1959, and a son, Robert Mark, in 1964. The Dunn family spent summers camping, hiking and exploring the Pacific Northwest and neighboring states. Bob was immensely proud of Jen and Rob and of his grandchildren, Callan Joy Cobb (28), Ross John Cobb (26) and Riley Jacob Dunn (16). Bob retired in 1988, and he and Joyce spent the next 25 years sharing their love of outdoors, favorite foods and sports with their grandchildren, road tripping across the United States and back twice, and vacationing in Hawaii, the Caribbean and Alaska. An avid golfer, in retirement Bob played dozens of courses, near and far. A memorial service will be held at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Olympia on August 26, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. Donations may be made in the memory of Robert "Coach" Dunn to the OHS Booster's Club (contact:glenn.waugh@comcast.net) and/or to Garden Courte Memory Care, 626 Lilly Rd. NE, Olympia, WA 98506; (360-491-4435) in support of the wonderful staff who cared for Bob in his final years. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Aug. 21, 2016
Emerson, Laura Marie  
LAURA MARIE (ZEMKIN) EMERSON October 28, 1924 ~ July 7, 2016 Laura Marie Zemkin Emerson was born in Sprakers, NY. She trained as a nurse at St. Lukes Hospital in NYC. She met William "Bill" Emerson who was a medical student at Columbia and they were married. They moved to Vancouver in 1955. Laura went to Clark College, then to University of Oregon for her RN and MS degree in Nursing Education. She then taught for a number of years at Clark College. She was active in League of Women Voters and famous for wearing a chicken suit and carrying a sign "If you don't vote, don't squawk" before elections. She lost Bill in 1993 to a heart attack. She volunteered helping children learn to read and continued to be politically active. She suffered a stroke and remained unconscious until she died. She is survived by son, William "Bill" Emerson of Amboy; and daughter, Dr. Carol Emerson of Edgewood, NM; grandson, Benjamin Emerson of Aurora CO; granddaughter, Jessica Martinez of Prescott Valley, AZ; and three great-grandchildren, Sierra, Gabe and Ellie. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Doctors Without Borders, Children's Tumor foundation or Audubon. She would also want you to vote in upcoming elections. There will be a Celebration of Life Service on Saturday August 20, 2016 at 2:00p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Vancouver, 4505 E 18th St., Vancouver, WA 98661. Please sign Laura's Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Aug. 18, 2016
Fischer, Gary John - Camas  
GARY JOHN FISCHER February 9, 1940 ~ August 15, 2016 On August 15, 2016, Gary John Fischer passed away 18-months after being diagnosed with bile duct cancer. He was surrounded by his immediate family. Gary was born in a small house in Fern Prairie, WA on February 9, 1940. He was the 4th son born to Lloyd and Margaret Fischer. He attended Camas High School and worked on the Fischer family farm as well as the Camas Paper Mill. In 1958, Gary was drafted into the Army and sent to Germany, where he served for 2 years. When he returned to the states, he met and married the love of his life, Ciria Noemi Peinado. For 25 years they lived and raised their two daughters, Kimberly and Diana in Glendale, California. After working as a truck driver for 25 years, Gary retired from Sysco Foods and moved back to Prune Hill in Camas, Washington to be close to his daughters and grandchildren. Gary lived a simple life. He had a passion for golf and was very good. He loved playing with his brother Neil and several of his nephews. Gary was also a wonderful Grandpa to his 3 grandsons and 2 granddaughters. They were his prides of joy and he loved them very much and spent lots of time with them at family gatherings as well as individually. Gary enjoyed daily visits to KFC, Camas Safeway and IHOP. No matter who you were, Gary treated you like family. He was a kind spirit, caring, supportive, happy and always making everyone around him smile and laugh, either with a funny joke, a silly story of the past or from a good tickle. Grandpa loved being surrounded by kids because in life, he truly was a kid at heart. Gary was preceded in death by his brothers, Ken Fischer, Alan Fischer; sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Duane Buhrmester; nephew, Steven Allyn; niece, Lori Fischer; and the love of his life of 45 years, Ciria Fischer. Gary is survived by his two daughters, Kimberly Daniels (spouse Michael Daniels), Diana Fischer; and his grandchildren, Conor, Andrew, Sidney, Kaeli and Rebecca; as well as his brothers, Neil Fischer, Loren Fischer; and sister, Jean Wollom. Gary's life will be celebrated on Tuesday, August 23rd, 10AM at Evergreen Memorial Gardens at 1101 NE 112th Ave., Vancouver, WA 98684. There will be a reception immediately following at his residence in Camas, WA. Please sign Gary's Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Aug. 23, 2016
Geyten, James Van "Jim"  
photoVanGeytenJames.JPG" JAMES VAN GEYTEN November 7, 1961 ~ August 2, 2016 James Richard Van Geyten passed away in Vancouver, WA on Aug. 2, 2016. He was born Nov. 7, 1961 in Rochester, NY. His parents, Richard and Janet Van Geyten, chose him for their own shortly after his birth, and brought him home to join his sister Kathi. After Jim moved to Vancouver, he created three different successful businesses, culminating with Legends Food and Fun, a thriving Hazel Dell hotspot that became his home away from home, and whose employees were like a second family to him. Jim was a man of many interests, but his real joy came from riding his Harley, spending time with his friends, taking his daughter on dates, and helping anyone who asked him. He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Janet (Hegeman) Van Geyten. He is survived by his sister, Kathi (Clyde) Buchanan; a niece, four nephews, and 5 great-nieces and nephews. Jim leaves behind three children of his own, Tony Montes De Oca (Marissa), McKala Van Geyten, and Alexandra "Lexi" Van Geyten; as well as grandchildren, Collin and Kynlee McCarty; and dozens of very close friends who enriched his life greatly. A memorial service will be held at 2p.m., Sat., Sept. 10, 2016 at the Vancouver Church of Christ, located at 9019 NE 86th St., Vancouver, WA 98662. A reception will follow, location to be announced at the service. In lieu of flowers, Jim would have wanted people to NOT vote for Hillary Clinton in November. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Aug. 21, 2016
Graham, L.C. "Bill"  
L. C. "BILL" GRAHAM December 11, 1927 ~ August 18, 2016 L.C. "Bill" Graham, 88, of Vancouver, WA, passed away Aug. 18, 2016. He was born in Purvis, MS to Lenard C. and Adella Graham. Bill served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He later worked as a merchandiser at Montgomery Wards in Portland, OR. Bill was a Boy Scout leader for many years and enjoyed gardening, woodworking, and camping. Survivors include his wife, Retha Fern Graham "Chris", of 69 years; son, Lenard C. (Joyce) Graham; grandchildren, Ryan Graham and Scott Graham of Vancouver, WA, and Kristina Adams of Klamath Falls, OR; and great-grandchildren, Jacob Graham, Tyler and Jared Adams. He was preceded in death by his parents; and son, Chris Lavell Graham. A visitation will be held at Evergreen Memorial Gardens on Fri., Aug. 26, 2016 at 10a.m., followed by a graveside service at 11a.m. Special thanks to Westview Care and Kaiser Hospice. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Aug. 24, 2016
Grimm, Mary Lee - Battle Ground  
MARY LEE (LOBDELL) GRIMM January 19, 1946 ~ August 15, 2016 Mary passed away after a long illness. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend, always there with a helping hand. She was so generous to all. She is now at peace in the Lord's loving arms. Mary always had a great love of music and having fun. She was an excellent seamstress, and made hundreds of warm blankets that she donated to area children through the years. She had a special talent for gardening and flower arranging. Mary is survived by her husband of 48 years, Mike, and her son, Michael and daughter-in-law, Susan, of Battle Ground, WA; sisters, Lois, Ruth, Betty, and Patti; brothers, John, Jim, and Rick; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; and sisters, Jean, Billie, Odile, and Carol Ann. There will be a memorial service on Thursday, August 25th at 11:00AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1603 N. Parkway Ave., Battle Ground, WA. Please sign Mary's Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Aug. 23, 2016
Houglum, Charles Philip  
CHARLES PHILIP HOUGLUM June 4, 1927 ~ August 13, 2016 " To know him was to love him. Charles embraced everything he did with passion." Charles Philip Houglum died at his daughter Becky's home in Battle Ground, WA after a long illness. He was born at home in Perley, MN to Lawrentz Oscar Houglum and Stella Margarethe Jacobson. His parents brought their family to Vancouver, WA in 1943, where Charles joined his father, brothers, and cousins, working in the Kaiser Shipyards. He graduated from Vancouver High in 1945. Charles was a Navy veteran, enlisting just days before his 18th birthday in 1945, and while home on leave after basic training, celebrated with the entire country as World War II came to a close. He spent the next 2 years working on cleanup at Pearl Harbor, and cooking for the officer's mess. His love of cooking never left him! After his discharge from the Navy, Charles attended Clark College, graduating in June 1948. On Sept. 5, 1948, he married Annabelle Jeanne Haley, and they moved to Bellingham, WA, where Charles completed his Bachelor degree in Education at Western Washington State College. Charles moved to Longview, WA where he began his teaching career in the Longview School District. He was the consummate teacher, using his deep faith to approach his students with love, compassion, respect, and fairness. He taught in the Longview School District for 29 years. He left Longview in 1980 to return to Bellingham, ending his 30-year teaching career in Linden, WA in 1981. Charles taught voice and piano lessons from his home. He led choirs in several Lutheran churches _ wherever he and Mom lived _ retiring on his 80th birthday because he didn't know any other 80-year-old choir directors! Charles sang barbershop, and played basketball and baseball as a young man. And he never lost his love for baseball, leading many groups to Seattle to watch the Mariners over the years. How fitting that they enjoyed a crazy win streak the last week of his life! He loved hearing about their games, even when he was too weak to watch. His grandchildren all rocked in beautiful hardwood rockers that he built using his antique rocker from Sears and Roebuck in 1930 as his pattern. Doll cradles, airplanes, trucks, tables, benches, bedroom sets, dressers, homes, garages _ you name it, he was always there to help build STURDY works of art. He was beloved! If you called him friend, he treated you as family. He welcomed the family's first exchange student in 1966, calling her and all subsequent ones his own kids. He loved them all truly and was grateful to the end that they had stayed a part of his extended, international family. Charles lived his life putting God first, and people next. He truly understood how to use things, not people, and love people, not things. No one has forgotten his kindnesses, and he always remembered those who touched his life fondly. Charles leaves behind, his aunt, Eleanor Jacobson Simons; two brothers, Burton and Larry (Yvonne); daughters, Becky (Ron) Hambright, Beth (Gary) Gilhuly, and Angelica Caparroz; sons, Bill (Joy), Bob (Ann), and Francisco (Rose) Caparroz Lopes; 21 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great-grandchildren, with the 6th due in January; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Annabelle (Dec. 31, 2010); his brother, Korman Augustus; and sister, Marian Bernice. We celebrate his life as we mourn his loss. He was truly one of a kind. His memorial service will be Sat., Aug. 27th at 2p.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Longview, WA. Arrangements are entrusted to Columbia Funeral Services. Please sign his guest book at www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Aug. 21, 2016
Hudson, Steven D. "Steve"  
STEVEN D. HUDSON July 25, 1952 ~ August 12, 2016 Steven D. Hudson of Vancouver, WA, passed away in Portland, OR on Fri., Aug. 12th, following a long hospitalization due to complications from an accident 14 years ago. He was born in Oakland, CA on July 25, 1952. Steve enlisted in the army at the age of 18 and retired after 20 years. He then became a long haul truck driver for various companies. Steve is survived by his loving ex-wife, Trudy, best friends, Dennis and Margaret Morgan; son, Jamie; siblings, nieces and nephews, and many others who knew and loved him. Steve requested donations to be made to Paralyzed Veterans of America, 801 Eighteenth St. NW, Washington DC 20006-3517. ( www.pva.org ) Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Aug. 19, 2016
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