Howard Talbitzer
1924 - 2019
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July 4, 1924 ˜ July 5, 2019

On Friday, July 5, 2019, Howard F. Talbitzer, loving husband, father, and grandfather, of Camas, WA, passed away at the age of 95. He was born on July 4, 1924 in Omaha, NE to John and Marie Talbitzer.
Howard proudly represented our country for four years in World War II, as a Merchant Marine and later had various jobs, including working for Arco in Portland for 29 years, as well as many decades as a home builder.
Howard had a passion for vegetable gardens, including growing pumpkins, which he loved to share with neighbors and friends.
Howard is survived by his loving wife, Mary, of 43 years; son, Steve Talbitzer; grandsons, John, Micah, and Christopher; and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Marie; sisters, Doris (Larry) Severson and Virginia (Tom) Stinnette; and brother, Charles (Frances) Talbitzer.
A funeral service will be held at St. Thomas Catholic Church, 324 NE Oak Street, Camas, WA 98607 on Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at 11:00a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Shriner’s Hospital, or a charity of your choice.
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Published in The Columbian on Jul. 9, 2019.
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August 9, 2019
Mary, I m so sorry to hear about Howard. You both have been on my mind this past month and now I know why. I smile when I think of the last 20 ish years when Howard brought us boxes full of freshly picked Purple plums , my favorite! into work to share with all the staff. Also the zucchini and boy did my kids like the pumpkins My kids are now grown with their own children but they still remember visiting you and Howard and looking through the telescope all the way into Portland! It was fun laughing with you too Mary, and I loved hearing stories about you and Howard and about your many travels. Bless you Mary and take care and I hope to see you again someday.
Joan Stacey
July 24, 2019
I have been very blessed to know you and Howard for the last few decades and can say without hesitation that there are few people who are so thoughtful, caring and consistent in their lives, in such a manner as you and Howard have been with over this span of years.
My heart goes out to you and the family as I have lost a great friend who I will miss dearly. Always a kind word, a visionary, a confidant, and a true example of a man of community.
I respected, admired, and appreciated him as a good friend. I will always think of Howard as he was to me and the man he was as I knew him with the open mind and quick wit. I cannpot remember a time when we did not laugh a lot when we shared time.
Howard brought his own perspectives to our industry and was fervent in his beliefs and opinions, of right and wrong.
Howard was a trailblazer. May he rest in peace.
God bless you and your family Mary, and guide through the trying times.
Rick Bowler
July 14, 2019
I met Howard back in 1978 when I was 14 years old. I was outside playing one on SE 139th Ave in Cascade Park when I heard, "Hey kid do you want to earn some money" and I said sure, doing what and he said mow grass and weed at the apartment complex he owned near my house. He even used to take me out to his house in his old red station wagon to help him do things. I moved to Camas in 1998 and realized the house where we live now is just down the road from his house in Winchester Hills. Whenever I would drive by his house during spring and summer he would be tending to his garden so I would stop by and have a long chat with him. Howard was a great man and a friend of mine for many many years. I was sad to hear of his passing but glad that I met him all those years ago as a kid. RIP Howard.
Scott Peterson
July 12, 2019
I met Howard late last summer when he was tending his beautiful garden. My husband and I were having trouble finding zucchini for our relish so we stopped and I asked Howard if he had any I could buy. He gave me two perfect sized zucchini along with some delicious tomatoes...and he wouldn't take a dime for them.
A week later, I took him a jar of relish and some zucchini bread. He was so gracious, invited me into his home and gave me a tour. I thoroughly enjoyed the two times I had a chance to talk with him and was so sad to read of his passing. Even though our meetings were brief, I could tell he was a kind hearted gentleman. I will always think of him whenever we pass by his garden. My sympathies to his family. May you hold your memories of him near to your heart as that will always keep him close.
Carol Gifford
July 12, 2019
Howard and Mary live on the next street over from me and my backyard borders their property. I always enjoyed chatting with Howard (and Mary too) over the back fence and seeing the beautiful garden they put in every year. My condolences to Mary and the rest of the family. He was a good man.
Susan Manuel
July 11, 2019
I knew Howard through the mortgage industry. He was a true friend for over 20 years. He was the kindest and most giving man I knew. My sincere condolences to his entire family.
Sharon Stark
July 10, 2019
I did not know Howard well but anytime I was around him I felt that I was in the presence of a rel gentleman.Sorry for your loss Mary.
Ken Moore
July 10, 2019
I closed loans for Howard 20 years ago. I loved that man. I was just asking a friend if she had seen him lately. Really wanted to make it to the funeral, but can't. He was a wonderful human being. My condolences to the entire family.
sandy Schilaty
July 10, 2019
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Cheryl Hall
July 10, 2019
Steve. Sorry to hear about your Dads passing. If he was anything like you, he must have been a wonderful man. You take care and stay safe. From your telephone man from many years past.
John allison
July 9, 2019
Lived at Sunrise Terrace Condominiums in Vancouver Wa. for 24 years which Howard built & Steve managed. Rest in Peace Howard.......
Bev Pine
July 9, 2019
Prayers go out to you Mary, Howard was a wonderful great grandfather to my kids and they will surely miss him.

Tayler, Jeremiah, and Trinity
Tayler Talbitzer
July 9, 2019
We are thinking of you during these difficult times. So many great memories of you and Howard on our many travels.
Jean and Francine
Jean Chough
July 9, 2019
Thinking of all of you during this time of loss. We have worked with Howard for years, even bought two of his homes. He will truly be missed by many.
Rachel Lauser
July 9, 2019
My sincere condolences to Mary and Steve, and the whole family. Howard and Steve were my landlords for many years in Vancouver Wa. The last time I talked to Howard ,He was telling me how impressed he was about my red brickwork in my yard at cascade park ...Pete Chavez , Yucca Valley Ca. (Go with God)
Pete Chavez
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