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Bowen, Arthur M. "Art"  
ARTHUR M. BOWEN August 17, 1922 ~ May 19, 2016 Arthur M. Bowen, 93, of Vancouver, WA, passed away at his home, surrounded by his loving family, May 19, 2016. His grandchildren were holding his hands, his daughter and son-in-law leaning in to tell him he was loved. He was born Aug. 17, 1922 in Philadelphia, PA. Art was an orphan, and lived in 15 homes before age 16. As a young man, Art joined the Civilian Conservation Corps where he did work building the lodge at Mt. Hood. During WWII, he proudly served in the Army, primarily in the Philippines. After leaving the Army, Art moved to Southern California. During a trip back east, he met a young lady, named Maxine Moore in Ohio. He wasn't initially impressed, but as he headed home, he realized she was all he could think about. They carried on a long distance relationship, finally marrying Jan. 29, 1959 in Ohio. He then brought his new bride back to California, where they began their family. In 1970, the family moved to Vancouver. Art retired as a driver from Greyhound in 1983, after 32 years of safe driving. Art was, by nature, an artistic person. He enjoyed drawing, writing, woodworking, composing poetry, and listening to music. He loved socializing. Art made a friend wherever he went and he always had a joke to share. Even though his formal education was limited, Art never quit learning. He had a curious mind, and actively researched various topics. He was a wealth of knowledge on the Bible, as well as U.S. history and politics. Besides his family, Art's faith was the most important thing in his life. He was a proud member of Brush Prairie Baptist Church since 1972, serving as an elder. Service to his church was vital to him. He enjoyed visiting the homebound and sick members to keep their spirits up and to help them with any of their needs. Art is survived by his daughter, Nancy (Donald, Jr.) Lillard; and grandchildren, Brock Lillard and Natalie Lillard. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Maxine. A graveside service for Art will be at 10 a.m., Sat., May 28th at Brush Prairie Cemetery, followed by a Celebration of Life at 11 a.m., at Brush Prairie Baptist Church, with a reception to follow at the Fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Brush Prairie Baptist Church. Please share condolences and memories at: www.VancouverFuneralChapel.net and www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on May 24, 2016
Brannan, Ron - Vancouver  
RON BRANNAN March 7, 1942 ~ May 14, 2016 Ron Brannan, 74, from Vancouver, Washington, passed away Sat., May 14th, 2016. He was born and raised in Seward, Alaska to Thomas and Margaret Brannan. Ron attended the University of Alaska at Fairbanks. He joined the Army National Guard and became active in helping the Seward community after the great 1964 earthquake. From there, Ron worked for the Alaskan Railroad and supported the development of the Alaskan Pipeline. In 1977, he moved his family to Vancouver, Washington and worked the remainder of his career in the maritime industry. Ron was an avid sports fan and golfed every opportunity he had. He also loved to travel with his wife Graciela. Ron is survived by his twin sons, Allen and Kevin; and his wife, Graciela. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 10a.m., Sat., May 21st, 2016 at Evergreen Memorial Gardens. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on May 20, 2016
Bunn, Samuel C. "Sam" - Vancouver  
SAMUEL C. BUNN February 16, 1920 ~ May 14, 2016 Samuel C. Bunn of Vancouver, WA, 96, passed away at the Ray Hickey Hospice House on May 14, 2016. He was born in Aberdeen, WA on Feb. 16, 1920 to Samuel and Polly Bunn. Sam assumed responsibility at an early age, taking care of his mother and five sisters after his father died. He worked a variety of jobs to support them. When his youngest sister graduated from high school, Sam went into the Army, serving in Europe during World War II. After the war, he started successful businesses, Arlington Plug Company, and later, Pioneer Manufacturing and Kenmar Music Studios. Sam was a member of the Elks. After retiring, he enjoyed boating and spending his winters in Southern California. Special thanks to his daughter-in-law, Igaya Bunn who cared for him during the past four years. Sam is survived by his daughter, Michelle Howell; grandson, Cooper DeLay; and granddaughter, Tiffany Bunn. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret; two sons, Gregory and Samuel; and three sisters, Elizabeth, Barbara, and JoAnn. There will be no service. Sam will be laid to rest at the Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, OR. Memorial donations may be sent to Fort Vancouver National Trust. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on May 22, 2016
DeBuse, Meredith Frances  
MEREDITH FRANCES DEBUSE October 5, 1943 ~ May 18, 2016 Meredith Frances DeBuse was called home to our Lord and Savior on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 after a short battle with cancer. Meredith was born in Portland, Oregon on October 5, 1943 to Meredith Hiram Ford and Mabel Frances Pierce. She was their only child. She attended and graduated from Franklin High School. She married her sweetheart James Glenn DeBuse in Portland on September 14, 1963. Last year they celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary. Meredith loved anything to do with cats. She devoted over 40 years to family genealogy research. She is survived by her husband; her sons, Glenn and Patrick; 9 grandchildren; and one great grandchild. Meredith had such a friendly personality. ~ Everyone was touched by her smile and love. ~ Funeral arrangements have been made through Woodland Funeral Home. Services will be held on Saturday, May 28 at 11:00a.m., with a viewing at 10:00a.m., at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 281 Insel Road, Woodland, Washington. In lieu of flowers, make any donations to her son Glenn at 2025 Cimerron Street, Woodland, WA 98674. Please sign her Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on May 22, 2016
Dees, Billy Gene "Bill"  
BILLY GENE DEES November 17, 1947 ~ May 14, 2016 Billy Gene Dees passed quietly onto his next journey on May 14, 2016 at the age of 68. He was born Nov. 17, 1947 in Oklahoma City, OK to David and Pauline Dees. In the summer of 1948, the family moved from Oklahoma to Wishram, WA. Another move in 1958 brought the family to Clark County, WA, finally settling in Battle Ground. Bill played football for the Tigers and graduated from Battle Ground High School in 1966. He went into the Marine Corps and served in Vietnam for twenty-seven months and was out in 1970. Bill enjoyed fishing and hunting. He worked as a tire-man for Evergreen Tire and Hazel Dell Tire. His last job was delivering auto parts for the NAPA store in Hazel Dell. Bill is survived by five brothers, Everret of Wishram, WA, Jim of Ridgefield, WA, Melvin and Travis of Vancouver, WA, and Gerald of Gresham, OR; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Henry; and two sisters, Bettie and Charlene. A memorial service will be at 1p.m., Sat., May 21, 2016 at Pleasant View Church of the Nazarene, 801 NE 194th St., Ridgefield, WA 98642. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, 18251 Quantico Gateway Dr., Triangle, VA 22172. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on May 19, 2016
Gilronan, Jane - Portland  
JANE GILRONAN February 1, 1953 ~ May 10, 2016 "Jane dedicated her life to caring for others." Jane Gilronan, of Portland, Oregon, 63, died May 10, 2016 after a long battle with Pancreatic Cancer. She was born in Warren, Ohio, February 1, 1953, the fifth child of William and Mary Margaret Gilronan. She would later be joined by six additional brother and sisters. The family moved several times, including Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Birmingham, Michigan. The family ultimately settled in Vancouver, WA in 1974. Jane graduated from the Nursing Program at Clark College and later earned a Bachelor degree from Concordia College. Shortly after she completed school, her adventurous spirit took her to Florida. The love of the ocean, sun and sand became a life long passion. Jane's decades long career as a Registered Nurse, included Charge Nurse at Southwest Washington Medical Center. Her leadership skills were identified early in her career and she served in management roles at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Sunnyside Medical Center and the Mt. Scott Out Patient Clinic. Prior to her illness, Jane was the Manager of the Plaza Primary Care Clinic at Providence Medical Group. Jane is survived by her beloved daughter, Kathleen Cloran Gilronan; her brothers and sisters, Sean Patrick (Debbie), Alice Beth (David) Christensen, Margaret (Doug) Bell, Molly (Tom) Jeannet, Kate (Steve) Kendall, Sheila Gilronan, Kevin (Lee) Gilronan, Diane (Jerry) Loghry, and Colleen Gilronan; and many nieces, nephews, and grandnieces and grand-nephews She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Van Gilronan. A celebration of her life will be held on May 21, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the Downtown Vancouver Hilton Hotel, 301 W. Sixth St., Vancouver, WA. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Oregon Dachshund Rescue. Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on May 18, 2016
Harlan, Doris Ann  
DORIS ANN HARLAN October 5, 1919 ~ May 18, 2016 Doris Ann Harlan, was born October 5, 1919 in Good Hope, WA and passed away in her sleep on May 18, 2016 in Battle Ground, WA at the age of 96 years. Beloved mother of two children, a daughter, Linda A. Duncan and her husband, George Duncan of Chico, CA; and son, Denton F. Harlan and his wife, Barbara of Battle Ground, WA. Beloved grandmother of David Harlan, Amber Harlan Granmo and Joy Ann Jarred. Great-grandmother of Devon, Mae, Cole, Ash and Corey. A librarian, Doris is survived by many others whom as children were mentored by her through the children's reading program offered by the Fort Vancouver Regional Library System at the Battle Ground branch. She retired from the library system in 1980 after more than 20 years of dedicated service. This was a dream job for her that she always loved. She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis R. Harlan, in 1966; and more recently her brother, Don Joy, in 2008; and two nephews, Jimmy and Robert "Bob" Joy. Viewing will be at Layne's Funeral Home, 16 N.E. Clark Avenue, Battle Ground, WA on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 from 6:30-8:30 P.M. Funeral Services will be held at Layne's Funeral Home on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 3:00 P.M. with interment following in Wilson Bridge Cemetery, Vancouver, WA. After the committal at the cemetery, there will be a reception at Manor Evangelical Church fellowship hall where she had been the oldest living member. Doris was an avid reader, especially of the Bible, and a crossword puzzle enthusiast. She loved the color blue and she loved cats; so people are encouraged to wear blue or a shirt with cats on it to the service. Donations may be made to the Humane Society, Fort Vancouver Regional Library or Manor Evangelical Church. Layne's Funeral Home, Battle Ground, is in care of arrangements. Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on May 22, 2016
Hegge, Iris Ruth  
IRIS RUTH (GREEN) HEGGE March 6, 1920 ~ May 16, 2016 "Iris was spunky and a hugger of all." Iris Ruth Green Hegge, 96 years old, of Battle Ground, WA, passed away May 16, 2016 at Legacy Hospital in Vancouver, WA. She was born in Clinton, MN to Esther Mae (Larson) and James Newton Green. Iris was a retired wood truck driver and also worked at Portco in Vancouver for many years. She was a member of the Rosie the Riveter Club, an avid knitter and crocheter, making beautiful afghans and doilies right up to the end. She played cards almost every day of her life and also loved word game puzzles and jigsaw puzzles. Iris loved visiting and traveling all over the United States and Mexico, making friends everywhere she went. She was active and loved life, going on a Mexican Baja cruise for her birthday last year. Iris is survived by her children, Norma Jean Bischoff (Willie), Jim Hegge (Sharon), Carol Shimer (Butch), Dolly Hoisington (Duane, deceased), Don Hegge (Lucy), and Ron Hegge (Glenda); and a total of 63 grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Albert Hegge; her infant son, Duane Hegge; daughter, Gloria Taft; son-in-law, John Collins; and two grandsons, Kenny Collins and Justin Hegge. A memorial service will be held at Don and Lucy Hegge's barn, 512 NW Carty Road, Ridgefield, WA 98642 on Fri., May 20, 2016 at 4p.m., dinner served following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory and that of her grandson, Kenny Collins, at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, www.cff.org . Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on May 18, 2016
Johnson, Archie Alton  
ARCHIE ALTON JOHNSON December 23, 1922 ~ May 19, 2016 Archie Alton Johnson, born in Becker County, Minnesota, passed away peacefully at home the morning of May 19, 2016 with family at his side. He grew up on the farm of his parents, Albert and Alma, in Becker County. Archie met the gal of his dreams, Evelyn Crandall, at a Box Lunch Social. They were married for 58 years. Evelyn preceded him in death on July 22, 2003. Archie and Evelyn had 6 children; Ron, Irene (Winston), John, Linda (Delaney) Dave and Kelly; 24 grandchildren; 42 great- grandchildren; 8 great-great-grandchildren...and all because two people fell in love! Archie and family moved to Brush Prairie, Washington in 1963. He built the family home and lived there until the day of his passing when he moved to his Forever home in heaven. He worked at Linnton Plywood in Portland until he retired in 1983. Archie was an incredible bowler. He started bowling at Crosley Lanes in 1965 and continued until 2014 at the age of 91! He had several perfect games of 300...the first one at the age of 71. He was inducted into the Clark County Bowler's Association Hall of Fame in 1999. He was also an accomplished accordion player and an avid hunter. Archie and Evelyn were very active members of Bethel Lutheran Church in Brush Prairie. You could always find Archie helping with whatever needed to be done, especially building projects. Archie was a faithful servant to his Lord and Savior. He is rejoicing now in heaven with his family and friends and dancing a polka with Evelyn, the love of his life. A Celebration of Life service will be held Tues., May 24th at 1:00 p.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church, 12919 NE 159th St., in Brush Prairie, WA. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Bethel Lutheran Church Building Fund. Please sign his Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on May 22, 2016
Johnson, Gary Lee - Vancouver  
GARY LEE JOHNSON August 27, 1946 ~ May 15, 2016 Gary Johnson, passed away in Portland, OR. He was born to Alvin and Ida Johnson in Crosby, ND and graduated from Charles M. Russell High School in Great Falls, MT. Gary served as a radioman in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He worked for Coe Manufacturing as a Pneumatic Instrument tech. and owned his own business, Kiln Tech, servicing the lumber industry. Gary was a RC enthusiast and a member of the American Model Association. He enjoyed kayaking and was a father to everyone. Gary was a great cook and showed his love by preparing many great meals for his family and friends. He also loved living on his sailboat, Sounds of Silence, in which he designed the interior. Gary is survived by his wife, Janet; daughters, Jaime Bullen, Jenna Garske, and Joey Connolly; son, Gabe; eight grandchildren, Max, Tyler, Reagan, Luke, Jaley, Charlie, Drew, and Evan; sisters, Vickie Putnam and Deborah Oldfield; and niece, Valorie Oldfield. His parents and sister, Mary, predeceased him in death. A memorial service with military honors will be held at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, OR, 11800 SE Mt. Scott Blvd., on Fri., May 27, 2016 at 12:15 p.m. Please join us for a gathering afterwards at 2:00 p.m. at Gary and Janet's home. For information: vickieputnam@gmail.com. Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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Published in The Columbian on May 19, 2016
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