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Allen, Alvin Raymond  
ALVIN RAYMOND ALLEN June 27, 1930 ~ November 10, 2014 Alvin Allen, 84, passed away in Vancouver, WA, He was born in Boise, ID to Vivian and Addie Jane (Corn) Allen. Alvin worked as a bread baker at Wonder Bread and at Wilson Radiator. He enjoyed boating, fishing, and camping at Lake Merwin. Alvin is survived by his wife of 60 years, Iona May; three daughters, Cindy Petersen, Marilyn (Jim) Correll and Linda R. Scott; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Thurs., Nov. 20, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Nov. 19, 2014
Anderson, Daniel Raymond  
DANIEL RAYMOND ANDERSON May 20, 1990 ~ November 13, 2014 Daniel Raymond Anderson was born in Portland, Oregon, May 20th, 1990, and passed away November 13th in his home in Vancouver, WA. He left behind a loving mother (Mandy); father (Mark); wonderful Oma; little brother, Ryan; sisters, Jenna and Ashley; and his other half and best friend, Heather Carter. Daniel attended P.C.C at the Rock Creek Campus. He was a bicycle salesmen at the Beaverton Bike Gallery. Daniel loved riding and working on his bikes and working on his and Heather's 82' Volvo Wagon. He was passionate about music and loved to dance. We will always remember his smile and ability to brighten a room. His Celebration of Life is November 20, 2014 at the Pearson Air Museum in Vancouver from 4p.m.-7p.m. Anybody that knew him is welcome to attend. Please sign his Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Nov. 20, 2014
Anderson, Harold Eugene - Camas  
HAROLD EUGENE ANDERSON November 21, 1921 ~ November 8, 2014 Harold Eugene Anderson passed away on Nov. 8, 2014. He was born in Camas, WA, Nov. 21, 1921, close to the paper mill where both his parents, Walter and June, worked. Homeless on the streets of Portland, OR, at twelve years old, Harold fought his way to the top everywhere he worked. He was instrumental in developing the easy open ends on beer cans at Coors, where he also taught can making classes to up and coming employees. Survivor of two wars, WWII and the Korean War, Harold was an avid reader and seeker of knowledge. He had an open heart for animals and children. Over the years he contributed to many charities and organizations. Harold was married three times and is survived by three sons and one daughter, who, like many friends and neighbors, will miss him. Bottom line… Harold was a real fighter through many adverse conditions in 93 years of life, yet kept a good attitude. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Nov. 21, 2014
Arionus, Arthur Henry "Art"  
ARTHUR "ART" HENRY ARIONUS February 25, 1920 ~ November 9, 2014 ~ In Loving Memory ~ Arthur Henry Arionus, passed away on Nov. 9, 2014 in Vancouver, WA. He was born to John H. Arionus and Ida Martins-Arionus on Feb. 25, 1920 in Cottonwood, MN. As a young man, Art worked in the gold mine in Lead, SD. In the early 40's, he moved to Vancouver, WA to work in the shipyards, then to the Vancouver Housing Authority, Smith Bros. Rock Quarry, and later retired from Willamette Western. Art was a very kind, honest, and respected man who was loved dearly by his family and friends. He enjoyed the simple things in life: fishing, hunting, gardening, water skiing, travel trailer road trips, and dancing to country music were favorites. Art was a member of AGC-International Union of Operating Engineers Local 701 since 1958. He was also a long-time member of the Moose Lodge, Vancouver Chapter. Art is survived by daughters, Gail Miller (Fred) and Linda Wood (Dave); grandchildren, Monica Pope-Smith, Tom A. Miller, Malinda Miller-Beach and Ryan D. Pope; great-grandchildren, Kiplee Ross, Michael Miller, Jerrin, Hayden and Warren Pope and Lucas Miller; and great-great-granddaughter, Kimber Ross. He was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita Gruber-Arionus in 2004; his parents; and brothers, William, Johnny, Merle, Donald and Eugene. Family and friends are invited to attend the Celebration of Life service for Art on Sat., Nov. 29, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. at the Evergreen Memorial Gardens Chapel, 1101 NE 112th Ave., Vancouver, WA 98684/hospitality refreshments to follow. Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to a charity of choice. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Nov. 23, 2014
Barnhart, William Clifton - La Center  
WILLIAM CLIFTON BARNHART August 8, 1926 ~ November 18, 2014 " You could always catch Bill with a wonderful smile, a listening ear, and a story to tell." William Clifton Barnhart, affectionately known as Barney, passed away in his home on Nov. 18, 2014. He was born on Aug. 8, 1926 in Portland, OR, but spent his early years on the family farm in La Center, WA. During the Korean War, his military duty was spent in San Francisco at the Letterman Army Hospital. Bill returned home to Woodland, WA where he and Norma raised their five children. He later returned to the family farm for the remainder of his life. Bill's survivors include three sons, Keith Barnhart of Seattle, WA, Larry Barnhart of Woodland, WA and Eddie Barnhart of La Center, WA; two daughters, Carol Crowe of Wauwatosa, WI and Karen Cassidy of Park City, UT; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. A reception will be held on Fri., Nov. 28, 2014 from 2-4p.m. at the Quay Restaurant in Vancouver, WA. The family suggests donations in lieu of flowers on behalf of Bill Barnhart to the La Center Museum. Arrangements entrusted to Vancouver Funeral Chapel. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Nov. 23, 2014
Bocci, Benedict Charles "Ben"  
BENEDICT "BEN" CHARLES BOCCI November 4, 1950 ~ November 14, 2014 "One word that describes Ben well is "kind." He was a kind and gentle man who would do just about anything for anybody." If you met him, you liked him. If you worked with him, you respected him. If you spent any time with him, you loved him. The most positive and upbeat person who never asked, "Why me?" but always said, "We're going to keep moving forward." Ben was so proud of his awesome children, Benedict Jr., Melinda, Joseph, Anthony, Alaina and David, and his grandchildren, Adam, Henry, Joseph and Quinn. His wife Kathleen, "Kat", of 27 years, has no idea how she will become just Kat; it has always been "Ben and Kat." Ben was fortunate enough to have spent the last year enjoying time with his family and friends doing so many things together. He couldn't have asked for more. Ben, son of Wilma and Gino Bocci, brother to Jim and Kathy, grew up with produce in his blood. From the immigrant Italian family farms in Milwaukie, OR to the city streets of Portland, OR in his father's produce market on Yamhill Street, learning about produce came naturally to Ben. After attending Benson High School, he worked the produce racks at Tradewell stores, sold produce at Pacific Coast Fruit, then finally found his home at Food Services of America as their Produce Specialist. There, he spent 24 years as "Broccoli Ben" , maybe the most loved and respected man in the industry. He never considered it a job because he loved his co-workers, customers and company. But most of all, he had a passion for produce. The man knew more about produce than anyone. Besides his family, Ben's true love and passion was cars. Old cars, Model A's, 1950 Ford's, any old Ford, drag cars, rusty car parts, swap meets, bench racing, ebaying car parts, cruise in's, etc., etc., etc. If he met you and your car, he was more likely to remember your car than your name. The numbers of cars that have rotated out of his shop are uncountable. Most of them didn't run, some of them had hornet nests or were without engines or seats, but he always looked at them through rose colored lenses. "It's all original." , he would say. All of his friends and hot rod buddies, who helped to get his cars running so he could enjoy them, are the best friends a guy could have. But then again, they would say it was a pleasure to do something for the nicest guy they ever knew. May he live forever in every heart he has ever touched! Services: Mon., Nov. 24, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 400 South Andresen, Vancouver, WA 98661. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to OHSU Cancer Knight Institute in honor of Ben. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Nov. 23, 2014
Bridge, Fredrick Earnest "Fred"  
FREDRICK EARNEST BRIDGE July 15, 1949 ~ November 19, 2014 Fredrick Earnest Bridge was born July 15, 1949 in Vancouver, WA to Richard and Frances Prew Bridge and died at his home in Washougal, WA on Wed., Nov. 19, 2014. He was 65 years old. He was known as "Ernie" to his family and "Fred" to his friends. Fred served with the 101st Airborne in Vietnam as a radioman. When he came home from Vietnam, he worked as a welder in the Portland shipyards, then at Frito Lay, and finally at the paper mill in Camas, WA where he retired in 2007 after working there 24 years. Fred loved to hunt and fish and was an experienced diver. After he retired, his favorite hobby was working on his 1966 GTO. He loved to go over to PIR on Wed. evenings in the summer to "talk cars" with other car enthusiasts. Even in Sept., when his health was failing, he went to Long Beach for one final rod run. The sound of engines roaring had him grinning from ear to ear all day long. Fred is survived by his wife, Tami of Washougal; his son, Fred Jr. and Kathy of Laurel, MT; his daughter, Jessica and Pete Cringan of Greenville, NC; his step-sons, Jeremy and Emily Smith, Chris and Kelli Flores, and Nick and Denise Flores, all of Vancouver, WA, and Ben Flores of Camas, WA; his grandkids, Kameron and Pythagoras Cringan, Ashly and Cloe Melin, Tamara and Taryn Smith, Cody, Rachael and Dylan Eisenhart, Ava and Ali Flores. Fred is also survived by sister, Patricia; brother, Henry and Cindy Bridge; his 2nd Mom, Auntie Betty Prew of Battle Ground, WA; his mother-in-law, Shari Bruun of Camas, WA; his brothers-in-law, Greg and Carolyn Bruun of Audubon, IA and Troy and Kristie Bruun of Wichita, KS; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog, Abby. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Richard Bridge, Jr. Fred requested no service. There will be a private family gathering at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of Brown's Funeral Home. To leave a condolence or to sign Fred's online guest books, please go to www.brownsfh.com and www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Nov. 23, 2014
Brown, George B.  
GEORGE B. BROWN February 22, 1930 ~ November 18, 2014 George B. Brown, 84, returned to his Lord on Tues., Nov. 18, 2014 at the Ray Hickey Hospice House in Vancouver, WA. He was born on Feb. 22, 1930 to Donald and Edith (Ball) Brown in Portland, OR and was a graduate of Washougal High School in 1948. George met the love of his life, and married Helen Joann Craig in 1951. They were members of St. John's Presbyterian Church in Camas and George was a former volunteer and fire chief for the District 1 Station in Washougal, WA. He worked at the Camas Paper Mill and worked on Machine #11 as a machine tender until he retired after 44 years. George was a member of the A.W.P.P.W. Local #5 of Camas. An avid hunter, fisherman, and hiker, George's favorite place to hike was on Silver Star Mountain. Later into his 70's, George completed three 26.2 mile walking marathons. George is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Helen; sons, Michael (Kathy) Brown, Douglas (Laurie) Brown and Bradley (Karen) Brown; sister, Billie Mayfield; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sister, Bonnie Schultz. There will be a funeral service on Fri., Nov. 21st at 3:00 p.m. at Straub's Funeral Home, 325 NE 3rd Ave., Camas, WA 98607. Private vault interment will be held at the Washougal Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in George's name may be sent to the Ray Hickey Hospice House, PO Box 1600, Vancouver, WA 98668. Straub's Funeral Home and Columbia River Cremation in Camas has been entrusted with arrangements. To send condolences or to sign George's online guest books, please visit www.straubsfuneralhome.com and www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Nov. 20, 2014
Brown, Larry Ray "Pepperman"  
LARRY "PEPPERMAN" RAY BROWN January 5, 1947 ~ November 6, 2014 "Most of all, those who knew him, will remember his beaming smile." Larry Ray Brown, passed away at his home in Vancouver, WA on Nov. 6, 2014. He was born Jan. 5, 1947 to Leroy and Imogene (Hawkins) Colby in Vancouver, WA. He was adopted by his step-father, Robert Hylla. Then after the death of his mother (1959), he was adopted by his Aunt and Uncle, Donald and Marjorie (Hawkins) Brown. Larry graduated from Fort Vancouver High School in 1966, where he lettered in football, track and wrestling. Many classmates were dear friends his entire life. He was an Eagle Scout and served as a Scout Master while stationed in the Air Force in Germany. He served 16 years in the USAF, ending up as a Supply Officer and worked with nuclear weapons. Larry worked much of his life as a carpenter. He and his brother Lon built several new homes and helped to rebuild the south entrance to the Grand Canyon. Larry started working in housekeeping at the VA hospitals in Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA. He later became the locksmith at both facilities, working with a new computerized system. One of the projects he worked on for the VA was building a sweat lodge for Native American Veterans. Larry loved dressing in costumes and won several Halloween costume contests at the VA. He was a dashing pirate, a heck of a tooth fairy, a cereal killer, a mad doctor and a very ugly bearded woman to name a few. Everyone who knew Larry knows he had strong and very vocal political views. He was a firm believer in unions and protecting the middle class and workers rights. He was well known to protest with signs and marchers anything he thought was unfair. Larry loved bowling, playing online poker, and gardening. He grew 83 types of hot peppers and challenged relatives and friends to hot pepper eating contests earning him the nickname "Pepperman". He was the president of the Minnehaha Neighborhood Association for two years and took an active interest in his neighborhood. He was an avid photographer, always snapping pictures of family, friends and places. Of all the things in his life, his family, especially his grandchildren, were the most valued. Larry loved to take the grandkids Christmas tree hunting, let them sit in the front seat of his 1958 Pontiac Superchief pretending they were driving. He let them shampoo his hair and played with them until they fell asleep on his chest in his recliner (he was usually sleeping too). Larry would take each of them home individually for the weekend so that they all had the chance of being the "special" grandchild for a weekend. His favorite cake was wedding cake which may explain why he was married five times. Larry is survived by his companion and best friend, B.J. Berry; former wife, Nancy Wagoner Christner; step-son, Jason Christner; grandchildren, Magnus, Isabella and Abram Christner; siblings, (natural and adoptive), Lon Brown, Susan (Mark) Million, Sandra Dobratz, Nancy (Stephen) Shockey, Tim (Debbie) Hylla, Ralph Hawkins, Connie Leavell, Helen Morgan, JoAnne Carls, Barbara Hylla; and William Hylla, a nephew he and Nancy raised from age 14. Larry will be interned at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, OR on Fri., Nov. 21st at 10:00 a.m. There will be a short ceremony ending with a Military Honor Guard. A Celebration of Life will be held after the Thanksgiving holiday. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Nov. 21, 2014
Bryant, Marjorie Edith  
MARJORIE EDITH KRAMER BRYANT July 30, 1915 ~ October 16, 2014 Marjorie was born in Ariel, WA, to Bessie (Wheatley) and Andrew Kramer. She was the seventh of eleven children. With determination and hard work, Marjorie lived a full life. Educated in Ariel, Woodland, and Vancouver, WA, Marjorie left school at the age of fifteen to help her mother support their large family. In 1943, Marjorie enlisted in the U.S. Army, Women's Army Corps, and proudly served our country stateside during WWII. In 1946, she married Bruce Bryant, Woodland, and they had a son, David. She raised David as a single mother, providing him with a loving home and supporting his career as an international professional flutist and dancer. They shared a love of art, which he collected while touring in Europe. Marjorie was proud to buy her own lovely home where she and David lived. She was a talented gardener, excellent cook, and avid reader, as well as an enthusiastic audience for David's many performances and recitals. She spent most of her life living and working in the Vancouver area close to family, raising her son, and enjoying good times in backyard potluck picnics and marathon pinochle games. She had travel adventures in New Zealand and Australia with Sue and Ginger, and she cruised to Alaska and took sightseeing bus tours to several Western states with Sue. She was independent, self-reliant, and dedicated to her family. Marjorie was a loving and kind woman who is missed by family and friends. We thank her special caregivers and the Ray Hickey Hospice House. Marjorie is survived by many loving nieces and nephews, whose companionship allowed her to live a long life in the home she loved. Preceding her in death were her mother and father; her sisters, Mary, Laura, Virginia, Florence, and Mildred "Sue"; her brothers, Lawrence, Louis, Elmer "Ginger", John, and Donald; and her son, David, who passed away in Vienna, Austria, in 1988 with Marjorie by his side. Marjorie will be buried with David in the Kramer burial plot at the Woodland I.O.O.F. Cemetery. A celebration of her life will take place at a later date. Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on Nov. 16, 2014
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