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Ahl, Bruce C.  
BRUCE C. AHL May 18, 1961 ~ January 15, 2015 Bruce was born in Portland, OR to Clyde and Rita Ahl. He passed away in Milwaukie, OR at the age of 53. Family services will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Skyline Memorial Gardens. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Jan. 25, 2015
Alley, William  
WILLIAM ALLEY 1953 ~ 2015 Certified Archivist, Historian and Author William Alley of Vancouver, WA, passed away Jan. 7, 2015. He was born in Southern California, 1953. William received his Master's in Archival Management from NC State University and his Bachelor's Degree in History from the University of Puget Sound. He was employed as an Archivist at the Southern Oregon Historical Society and later as Pearson Air Museum Manager. William wrote articles for history publications around the country and authored three books. He lived for the love of history. Vacations were spent at museums and historical sights around the country. William is survived by his wife, Kathleen; and two grown children, Hadley and Emma. A memorial gathering will be held at the Marshall House on Officers Row, Vancouver, WA, Jan. 29, 2015, 4:00 p.m. Special thanks to Ray Hickey Hospice House. Memorial donations may be sent to Children's Aviation Program at Fort Vancouver's Historic Trust. Wilhelm's Funeral Home in Portland, OR was entrusted with his arrangements. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Jan. 26, 2015
CASE, FLOYD BRUCE  
FLOYD BRUCE CASE November 1, 1919 ~ January 18, 2015 Floyd Bruce Case, age 95, a resident of Fairway Village in Vancouver, WA, went to be with the Lord on January 18, 2015. He was born on Nov. 1, 1919 in Sherwood (Newberg) OR, and lived most of his life in Beaverton, OR. He is survived by his wife, Verona "Ronnie"; four daughters - Karen Hallwyler, Susan Robinson, Kim Wanecke, and Kathyellen Blovits; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wives, Marion Gunnell Case and Sue Robinson Case. Floyd graduated from Newberg High School and attended the following colleges: George Fox University, University of Colorado, and Linfield College. He formed Floyd B. Case Co. on Sept. 8, 1945, and maintained an interest in the business until Nov. 1, 2013, at which time his partner of long standing, Phil Schmidt, took over the company. Floyd B. Case Co. is a food marketing-consulting business. During his career, Floyd traveled the world extensively and promoted food products abroad for the Dept. of Commerce and for companies he represented. He may be best known for his "salesmanship," entrepreneurial spirit, and absolute care for customers. Floyd was active in his church: ushering, serving on various stewardship boards, and working in prison ministries. He was a low handicap golfer and earlier, an avid pilot. He enjoyed vacationing in Palm Springs each winter. Most of all, he loved being with family and friends, anywhere and anytime. His love of life and positive attitude always brought out the best in everyone. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Community Home Health and Hospice, 14508 NE 20th Ave., Ste. 201, Vancouver, WA 98686. A memorial service for Floyd will be held on Saturday, January 24th, 10:00 a.m., at First Church of God, 3300 NE 78th St., Vancouver, WA. Please sign his Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Jan. 20, 2015
Cole, June  
JUNE COLE November 26, 1917 ~ January 10, 2015 June Cole, 97, of Hazel Dell (Vancouver, WA) passed away in her home on Jan. 10, 2015. She was surrounded by many friends and family, including many of her caregivers, who loved and revered her. They came to wish her well in her next phase of existence, to celebrate the inspiring way she lived her life, and all the beneficial echoes from her life that she leaves behind for us all. June was born Nov. 26, 1917 in Tacoma, WA near her home in Mt. Vernon. She was a musician, learning to play in the Roaring 20's. Her four boys grew up with her playing on a grand piano, songs like Deep Purple, Alexander's Rag Time Band, Rhapsody in Blue and Stardust. June was the LDS Ward Organist, Stake Organist, Choir Director and Temple Organist. June was also an impressive craftsperson, adept at knitting, sewing, crocheting, needlepoint, macramé and tatting. The shirts, sweaters, tablecloths, afghans, quilts and wall art she created were beautiful and practical. June was never happier than when digging in the dirt. She was prolific at organic gardening and mulching. When her 1st husband, Howard Probstfeld, died in 1952, June was left to raise four boys with limited resources. In spite of this, all of her sons thought, and still think today, they had an idyllic childhood. She created an extensive garden to feed them. She canned nearly everything. The boys' friends often wanted to eat with them because they said she was the best cook in the neighborhood. June married Clark Cole a few years later and was happily married for over 40 years until he passed away. She taught her sons to deal with their problems without complaints and not burden other people with them; to first and foremost, pull their own weight and if they could pull more, to help other people. She loved helicopter rides and took many trips around Mt. St. Helens. June is survived by her three sons, Steve, Dave and Doug Probstfeld; four grandchildren, Eric and Ryan Probstfeld, Andrea Doyle and Katrina Powers; and four great-grandchildren, Max, Alex, Elizabeth and Madeleine Probstfeld. Services were held on Jan. 14, 2015 at the St. John's Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 9728 NE 50th Ave., Vancouver, WA. (360) 573-6780 Any donations go to Deseret Industries ( http://deseretindustries.org ). Please sign her guest book at www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Jan. 25, 2015
Heroux, Nicholas Allen "Lil Nicky"  
NICHOLAS "LIL NICKY" ALLEN HEROUX June 26, 1985 ~ January 12, 2015 "Nick's life was far too short on time, but long on love. We will miss his beautiful smile and hope that we will never forget his laugh." On January 12, 2015, we lost Nicholas Allen Heroux "Lil Nicky", unexpectedly, to a fatal asthma attack at home in LaCenter, WA, at the age of 29. Nicholas put his family first, and was always willing to help any of his family members and friends who were in need. His passions in life were low riders and being the very best uncle to his young nephews. Nicholas is survived by parents, Douglas Heroux and Lynne (Brian) Adams; siblings, Jessica Davis, Joshua Heroux and Samantha Adams; nephews, Ethan Davis, Landen Winkinson and Elliot Davis; grandfathers, Bud Webster and Elmer Heroux; as well as several special aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by grandmothers, Donna Webster and Elverna Rudd; and cousins, Mickey Heroux and Erika Dual. A memorial service and a celebration of Nick's life will be held at the Regent Restaurant, 3353 Washington Way, Longview, WA on Sat., Jan. 31, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Jan. 25, 2015
Hill, Joyce Ione  
JOYCE IONE HILL December 22, 1921 ~ January 14, 2015 Joyce Ione Hill, 93, passed away on Jan. 14, 2015. She was born the eldest of 7, on Dec. 22, 1921, to her parents Joseph and Gladys Mackey in Cass Lake, MN. A Camas/Washougal, WA resident since 1941, Joyce worked as a receptionist for Dr. Stefan. She is survived by her daughter, Virginia Jemtegaard; numerous grandchildren, great, great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis Ross Hill; her son, Gary; and two grandsons. To sign the online guest books, please go to www.brownsfh.com and www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Jan. 25, 2015
Hill, Lynlee Margarete  
LYNLEE MARGARETE (POWERS) HILL January 22, 1970 ~ January 19, 2015 Lynlee Margarete (Powers) Hill, 44, of Stites, ID, formerly of Woodland, WA, passed on to a better place Jan. 19th, 2015. She was born in Yakima, WA to Doc and Annie Powers on Jan. 22, 1970. Lynlee is survived by the love of her life, husband Michael; sons, William and Kevin; mother, Annie Powers; three brothers, Ron, Mitchell (Adrienne) and Eric (Holly); two sisters, Wendy Dravenstatt (Jim) and Dempsie Steen (Jeff); four nephews and one niece. She was preceded in death by her father, Doc Powers. Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Jan. 25, 2015
Hubbard, Donald "Bing"  
DONALD "BING" HUBBARD November 26, 1931 ~ January 18, 2015 Donald W. Hubbard was born in Eureka, CA, Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, 1931, to Alice Mabel Rudling and Joeseph Wade Hubbard. He died Jan. 18, 2015, in Vancouver, WA. Donald was his father's "little bum". When Donald's late brother, Robert, said "little bum', it sounded like Bing. After that, Bing was his name. Bing is survived by his wife of 62 years, Carabelle; his sons, Michael (Lynn) and Patrick (Donna); his brother, George; grandsons, Brandon, Nik and Deja (Nik's wife, his granddaughter, by marriage); as well as Nik and Deja's daughters, Madison, Alleiah and Lillianna. Preceding Bing in death were his son, Joseph Hubbard; brother, Robert Hubbard; Olive Hubbard (mother-in-law as well as sister-in-law). Bing loved sports, both watching and playing. During his high school days, he played football and was a Trico League All Star as a senior, and was the catcher in baseball. As a father, he managed Little League teams. His baseball team was the Mariners (good or bad). Golf and harmless gambling were also favorites. A pipefitter, he worked at the Camas Paper Mill for 44 years, the last few years as the supervisor of those men and women pipefitter's. Most of all, he loved his family and when his wife asked him to pray with her, he said, "I believe in God and Jesus, but I pray for myself.". Bing's Memorial Service will be held at St. Anne's Episcopal Church, 2350 Main St., Washougal, WA at 1:00 p.m., Fri., Jan. 23, 2015. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Share House, 1115 W. 13th St., Vancouver, WA 98660. To send condolences or sign Bing's guest books, visit www.straubsfuneralhome.com and www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Jan. 22, 2015
Jander, Mark Henry - VANCOUVER  
MARK HENRY JANDER March 31, 1934 ~ January 15, 2015 " Mark had a great zest for life, a passion for young people and an enormous heart. He was a wonderful husband, father, friend, mentor, coach, and all-around great guy." Mark Henry Jander, 80, died Jan. 15, 2015, at his home in Vancouver, WA. He was born March 31, 1934, in Mt. Kisco, NY to Henry Bernard Jander and Ann Jane Hughes Jander, the youngest of four children. He lived in Westport, CT until 1944 when his family moved to Tangier Island, VA, a small island in Chesapeake Bay. Mark fell in love with the island like a true Tangier waterman. The family's adventure on Tangier Island is delightfully recounted in his mother's memoir, Crab's Hole. In 1946, he went to Northfield Mount Hermon School, Mount Hermon, MA, graduating in 1950. Mark attended the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in 1954 and a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering in 1961. He also earned a Master of Science in Physics from Morgan State University. In 1954, Mark married Nancy Jo Craven. He served in the U.S. Army from 1954-57 as a paratrooper with the 11th Airborne, and was stationed in Munich, Germany. He also served in the U.S. Army Reserves, retiring in 1994. After graduating from the University of Virginia, Mark worked as engineer in industry, including Snyder's Pretzels -a family favorite to this day. In 1969, Mark began a second career as a Physics teacher. He taught at Patapsco High School in Baltimore, MD and Berkshire School in Sheffield, MA. He returned to Northfield Mount Hermon School as a teacher in 1978. Mark ended his teaching career at Charles Wright Academy, Tacoma, WA. While teaching, he also coached soccer, swimming and lacrosse. In 2008, Mark and Nancy Jo moved from Gig Harbor, WA to Vancouver, WA. A lifelong learner, Mark read widely in science and politics, and was active in many political and social concerns. He was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church. Mark loved the outdoors and traveling. How many people can say they have been to the Khyber Pass?! Vivacious and charming, he could engage anyone in a spirited conversation. His nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and grandchildren, adored him, for he took an active interest in their lives. Mark loved to sing and dance, and appreciated good food and fine wines. Athletic and fit throughout his life, he loved sports, particularly soccer and lacrosse. For a number of years, Mark led the Northfield Mt. Hermon class of 1950 annual Giving Campaign and received special recognition from the school for his contribution. Loved by so many in his rich life, he will be greatly missed. Mark is survived by his daughter, Holly Jander Williams, her husband Ken, of Vancouver, and grandchildren, Ian and Mark; his son, Owen Jander and wife Nancy Hollister, and grandchildren, Keaton and McKenna; his son, Kevin Jander, and special friend Patty Gamelin; his sister, Sylvia Jander; his brother-in-law, Gene Cox; his sister-in-law, Joan Jander, and her husband Simon Shima; seven nieces and nephews; and his special friend, Patricia Joy Stepp. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Kent Jander; and his wife, Nancy Jo. His brother, Owen Jander, passed away January 21, 2015. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later time and place to be announced. Memorial donations may be made to Northfield Mount Hermon School, One Lamplighter Way, Mount Hermon, MA 01354; the Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation, P.O. Box 2384, Vancouver, WA 98668-2384, where he worked at the Book Nook; the Tangier Island Health Foundation, PO Box 788, Irvington, VA 22480 or to a charity of the donor's choice. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Jan. 25, 2015
Mielke, Marilee Gail - Vancouver  
MARILEE GAIL (INGLE) MIELKE June 13, 1946 ~ January 16, 2015 Marilee Mielke passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at home in Vancouver, WA at 68 years old. She was born in Longview, WA, but grew up in Corvallis, OR. Marilee attended Oregon State University and received an RN degree from the University of Oregon School of Nursing, now part of OHSU. After graduation in 1969, she married Richard Mielke and lived in Germany while he served in the Army Dental Corps. Settling in Vancouver in 1972, she helped her husband start a dental practice, then devoted her time to raising their two children. Marilee had a gift for design and did the planning for a major addition to the family home. Later, she turned her sewing skills to designing and producing beautiful and precisely sewn quilts, handbags and wall hangings. She also worked with the process of felting and created a variety of imaginative wearable and decorative pieces from castoff articles of wool clothing. Marilee was an ardent early advocate for improving children's automobile safety. She campaigned vigorously for mandatory use of child safety restraints, traveling to Olympia to testify at hearings of proposed legislation and traveling to Washington, D.C. for car safety in the early 80s. She bought a number of children's car seats and rented them to low income parents. Marilee is survived by her husband, Richard, at home; a daughter, Alison in Olympia; a son, Jeff (Robin) in Raleigh, NC; a sister, Karen in Ellensburg; and three grandsons. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Sat., Jan. 24th, 2015 at Messiah Lutheran Church, 905 NW 94th St., Vancouver, WA. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Humane Society for Southwest Washington. Please share memories at www.VancouverFuneralChapel.net and www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Jan. 21, 2015
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