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LARRY VERNON AST
February 9, 1940 ~ February 27, 2017
Larry passed onto Glory on Mon., Feb. 27th, 2017 after a long 15-year battle with COPD. He was born in Camas, WA on Feb. 9th, 1940 to Adolph and Dottie (Woodman) Ast. Growing up in Camas, Larry enjoyed roaming the country delivering newspapers, milking cows at Johnson Dairy and was active in Boy Scouts. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting and cars.
After graduating from Camas High School in 1959, Larry joined the US Navy and served our country proud until 1963.
After returning home, Larry worked at the Crown Zellerbach Paper Mill and then went on to school at STI to train for future positions including Premier Auto, and the Datsun Motor Corporation.
Retiring as the Fleet Merchandise Manager for Nissan Motor in the early 1980's, Larry went on to open his own business Custom Auto/RV Interiors in the Vancouver, WA area. After 25 years of success and a decline in his health, he chose to retire for good and move down to the Pudding River in Salem, OR where he enjoyed country life in a tiny house.
Larry is survived by his wife of 48 years, Dana L. (Stokstad) Ast; his sister, Donna Brookshire; daughter, Jennifer Osborne (Robert); sons, Larry J. Ast and David Ast; 10 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; and sisters-in-law, Suzanne Hendrickson and Allyn Schultz (Brian). Larry was loved by many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends as well as dear family friend, Bj Warner.
A Celebration of Larry's life will be held on March 7th at 6p.m. at the Camas Church of the Nazarene, 2204 NE Birch St., Camas, WA 98607 followed by a potluck. Please bring your favorite dish to share. Larry always said there wasn't anything better than good food, good friends and the Lord. Larry was an avid hot rod guy so if you have one, drive it.
Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits.
Straub's Funeral Home & Columbia River Cremation
325 NE 3rd Ave.
Camas, WA 98607
Published in The Columbian on Mar. 5, 2017