Timothy Grant Zahler
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December 27, 1948 ~ May 1, 2017

Timothy Grant Zahler, 68, passed away suddenly with his family and friends by his side. He was born to Harold and Della Zahler in Vancouver, WA. He graduated from Columbia River and Central Washington State College.
Tim taught Drivers Education and coached cross country at Columbia River High School. Throughout those years he coached two state track champions and record holders in the 3200 meters and 800 meters. Not to mention, countless district champions and state qualifiers.
His passion was running and fishing, fishing and fishing! Tim's last job was at Englund Marine in Astoria, where of course, he got to talk about fishing.
Tim is survived by his twin sisters Trudi Bankson (husband Ford), Randi Secker (husband Gib); niece Amy Lobey (husband Ron), nephew Bobby Secker; four grand nieces and nephews: Sammy, Andrew, Dylan, Bailey and numerous special friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Kalama Sportsman Club sometime in July or August.
Tim was our brother, uncle, nephew and friend
and will be truly missed by all who knew him.
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Published in The Columbian on May 14, 2017.
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11 entries
May 20, 2017
I guess about fifty five years have gone by knowing Tim. Growing up at the Kalama River cabins, teaching at Columbia River H.S. and sharing the same classroom, to spending time at his beach house, along with many fishing trips. Tim spent countless hours fishing with many close friends sharing stories and tales.Tim had a very eventful life and will be missed by many friends ,family and former students.

Fish on, Tim.
Gary Myhr
May 18, 2017
Tim was both colleague and friend. I will miss him until we share stories again.
Steve Wood
May 17, 2017
He will be SO missed.
Don Peterson
May 16, 2017
So very sorry for your loss...
Annette. " Butch" Taylor. Fox
May 15, 2017
Extending prayers for comfort as family and friends move through these challenging days.
Joyce Titus
May 15, 2017
My memories of Tim from long ago are that he was always a stand up guy. He will be missed.
May 15, 2017
Sad to here this! Many memories from high school track and cross country!! You were a darn good coach and touched a lot of our lives! RIP Zahler!

Please keep us posted on his celebration of life as I know many would love to be there!!
Jennifer (Sherry) Schilter
May 14, 2017
Tight lines, always.
Jaysun Pyatt
May 14, 2017
I'll miss you Tim. You've done a lot for me in the past 11 years and I will never forget that. I wish you could have seen the dam count before you left. Bobareeba have a nice day.
Ryan Norris
May 14, 2017
I remember Tim as the quiet older brother across the street on Overlook Drive. I know he is missed by his family. Condolences to all.
Virginia (Edwards) Kinakin
May 14, 2017
Tim was a great coach and teacher, He was a huge part of the Columbia River coaching staff and a mentor to many athletes.
Gene Dettorre
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