Obituaries for March 17, 2015

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The complete obituaries can be found in the March 17 print edition of the Post-Record.

Eugene M. Seidel

Eugene Maurice Seidel died March 11, 2015, in Portland, Ore., of complications related to cancer.

Gene, a proud “Hoosier,” was born March 18, 1922, in Fort Wayne, Ind., the eldest of three children of Emil Richard Seidel and Therese Aden Seidel. He

was raised on the family farm in Fort Wayne. In 1944, he graduated from Indiana University, Bloomington, with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry and business administration. After gaining experience in chemical marketing and development in companies in Michigan and Iowa, he returned to the chemistry department at Indiana University, serving for six years as the assistant to the chairman and director of chemical laboratories.

In 1950, he married Nancy Ward Biddle, whom he met after her return home to Bloomington from service with the Red Cross in the Pacific and Europe in World War II. Gene was a remarkably devoted and loving husband and father. During their 59 years of marriage, they raised two daughters, Amy Seidel Marks (Geoffry Marks) of Haifa, Israel, and Betsy Seidel (Robert Martin) of Hoquiam, Wash., and lovingly participated in the lives of their grandchildren, Khurshida Begum (Rubel Mina) and Bahia Biddle Marks, and great-grandson, RaSun Williams.

The family moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1957, when Gene joined Crown Zellerbach Corporation’s Chemical Products Division in Camas, where he worked for 25 years, finishing as manager of business exploration, commercial development. He then co-founded EMSA, Inc., consultants for technology and business development and served as its president for six years. He was a life member of several professional associations, including the American Chemical Society.

After retirement, Gene and Nancy moved to Salishan in Lincoln City, Ore., then to Indian Summer residential community in Lacey, Wash., and finally, in 2004, to Willamette View in Milwaukie, Ore. Nancy suffered several years of illness during which Gene cared for her with devotion and affection. She passed away Jan. 15, 2010.

Gene is fondly remembered by family and friends for his love of people, gentility of manner and deep sense of civic duty, which found expression in community service. A few examples are membership on the Clark County Board of Adjustment for 10 years and as chair or vice-chair for six; on many local structures such as the Mayor’s Advisory Committee for Camas; and on regional bodies for the planning of health delivery and community services, such as the Clark County Comprehensive Health Planning Committee and the Washington State Health Coordinating Council. He also was an advocate and supporter of Clark College’s Child and Family Studies Program and expressed his love of art, architecture and gardens through designing several homes and helping establish the nature trail at the Indian Summer Golf Course, which is named after him, and the Harmony Garden therapeutic horticultural program at Willamette View. A deeply spiritual person, he served as a deacon and elder of the Presbyterian church and enjoyed ecumenical study and discussion.

Gene was very blessed by the lifetime commitment he made in October 2010 with Ruthanne Moore, who companioned him in health and in sickness with faithful love and consideration.

He is survived by his two daughters, two grandchildren and a great-grandchild, and also by three nephews, one niece, 12 grand-nieces and grand-nephews, and a great-grand-niece.

He was predeceased by his brother, Howard Seidel, and sister, Margaret Seidel Lawson.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, March 17 at 10 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 1200 S.W. Alder in downtown Portland. It can also be viewed live by visiting, then clicking on “Service Broadcast.”

Memorial donations can be made to the Clark College Foundation Child and Family Services Program, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA 98663.

Donald E. McCuiston

Donald E. McCuiston, of Washougal, died March 2, 2015, at the Ray Hickey Hospice House in Vancouver. He was 83.

Donald’s life will be celebrated during a gathering of family and friends Saturday, April 11, at 1 p.m., at the Old Homestead Tavern in Washougal.

Corinne M. Akers

Corinne Marie Akers, of Camas, died March 14, 2015, at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver. She was 81.

There will be no public services. All County Cremation and Burial Services in Vancouver is in charge of arrangements.

Gene E. Thompson

Gene Ernest Thompson died March 7, 2015. He was 84.

A celebration of Gene’s life was held March 16 at Grace Foursquare Church in Camas. A private family burial will be held at Willamette National Cemetery. Brown’s Funeral Home in Camas is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial donations can be made to Gideon International.

To sign the online guest book or send condolences, visit

Robert Carr

Robert Carr died March 12, 2015. He was 80.

He was born March 5, 1935, in Parkdale, Mont.

Services are pending. A complete obituary will be published in next week’s Post-Record. Straub’s Funeral Home & Columbia River Cremation in Camas is in charge of arrangements.

Glenn Roberts

Glenn Roberts, of Washougal, died March 14, 2015, with his two children by his side.

A memorial service will be held Friday, March 20, at 1 p.m., at Straub’s Funeral Home in Camas.

To send condolences or sign the online guest book, visit

Wes Coley

Wes Coley died March 8, 2015. He was 84.

He was born Jan. 31, 1931, in Leedey, Okla. Services are pending.

A complete obituary will be published in next week’s Post-Record. Straub’s Funeral Home & Columbia River Cremation in Camas is in charge of arrangements.

Ronald E. Anderson

Ronald E. Anderson died March 12, 2015. He was 82.

He was born July 19, 1932 in Edgar, Wis. Private services will be held at a later date. Straub’s Funeral Home & Columbia River Cremation in Camas was in charge of arrangements.

The complete obituaries can be found in the March 17 print edition of the Post-Record.