Michael A. Stoddard
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MICHAEL A. STODDARD
July 15, 1939 ~ August 17, 2015

Mike, 76, of Vancouver, WA, was born in Bellingham, WA to Katherine and Kingsley Stoddard. He moved to Portland, OR, went to Central Catholic High School and then did his senior year of high school in Washougal, WA.
He joined the Army, went to Germany, and there he met his wife of 55 years, Janet "Jan". Together they had three children, Gerald of Vancouver, Dean (Karen) of Battle Ground, WA, and daughter Michelle, who preceded him in death. He is also survived by granddaughters, Kristen, Kaitlyn, Jessica; and grandson, Michael.
If you ask him what he did, he'd say he was in sales. He owned and operated a Radio cab for over ten years, managed a restaurant, worked for two oil companies in Portland, and sold used cars - he was J&M Auto.
Mike loved traveling and his resemblance to actor Carroll O'Connor brought strangers for a photo with him, or just to ask if he was or not!
When his boys were in Columbia Little League, he was their Chief Umpire and Safety Chairman. Family and friends were his entertainment.
Service will be Tuesday, September 1, at 11:00 a.m., at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 400 S. Andresen Rd. In lieu of flowers, please donate to St. Vincent DePaul.
Please sign his guestbook at www.columbian.com/obits.



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Published in The Columbian on Aug. 27, 2015.
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August 31, 2015
I remember Mike before we made the "Archie"connection, we lived a couple house down from " the Stoddards". Us boys played with his and Jan's boys and what I remember most (other than they were the only ones in the neighborhood with a real swimming pool ) was when it was time to come home he would call "Jerry", "Dean" in the most powerful voice you ever heard, and it didn't sound forced, it just resonated, you could feel it,as if he was right next to you. We knew he had been in the Army and just figured he had been some Drill Sgt. Or something and that's where he got that powerful voice, another thing I remember, he usually only had to call once, those kids would stop in the middle of whatever were doing and run home. Mike was also the first one to tell me about the "chemicals" he put in the pool, the one that turned the water purple around you if you happen to try and pee in the pool... To Jan, Jerry and Dean may you take comfort in knowing he's in a better place, you guys have some great memories and you still have each other, in which he lives on in each one of yoy
Beaver Brown
August 27, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Donald Hays
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