Obituaries for Aug. 10, 2017

Shirley Ann Mueller Greening was born on May 30, 1935, to Peter and Loretta Mueller, in Overland, Missouri.

Robert “Bob” Hugh Ringquist of Camas, 86, passed away peacefully with his family present.

Robert Cameron died on Sunday, July 23, 2017. He was 89.

Kathleen Zimmer died in her Washougal home on Sunday, July 23, 2017, from heart failure. She was born Oct. 11, 1945, in Vancouver, to Raymond and Mary DeBoever.

PAID PRINTED OBITUARIES

Shirley Ann Greening
Last week my wife died — sixty years, nine months, two weeks and six days — she is gone.

Shirley Ann Mueller was born on May 30, 1935, to Peter and Loretta Mueller, in Overland, Missouri. Her father came to this country in early 1920 near Cologne, Germany, and became an American citizen, married an American-born German girl and had a family —Shirley and mom. He was drafted in 1944, and was a trained combat engineer/cross trained infantry. He re-entered Europe at Omaha Beach, went through the Argonne Forest and Bastogne, in France, and then into Germany. He was an American soldier.

During a Fourth of July weekend, he took his family on a cave tour near Ft. Leonard Wood, outside of Rolla, Missouri. This is where I met them.

After almost a year and a half, Shirley became the wife of private Delbert L. Greening, combat engineer/cross trained infantry.

From Feb. 4, 1955, on, I never met another woman I wanted to hold in my arms. None. I had the true love of my life.

But who was she??

She was a housewife, mother and the one I adored, and still do. She is gone, but she is still in my heart.

What did she do??

She bore and raised my children, Lorreta (Burn) of Ft. Lee, Virginia, Peter J. and then our youngest, Regina (Ginny) Marie.

She was mom.

She worked with the Girl Scouts, the Cub Scouts, Explorers and Boy Scouts plus she spent over 25 years volunteering at a scout camp for a week. She spent the week mainly as the camp laundress and giving the staff breaks. She was a lifelong Catholic and a member of the Catholic Daughters for 60 years. She was active in scouting for over 50 years; as a den mother, explorer advisor and a troop staffer. She was honored by the program as a vigil member of the Order of the Arrow (OA), and the Beaver award, which is a national scouting award given to a few each year at the local level.

She painted some, quilted and enjoyed her family and friends.

She was truly the joy of my life and she is gone.

She was not a wanting woman; she accepted life as it came. She served with joy in all she did and never had to have anything special. But she was special.

She was a what-can-I-do person, not a will-you-do-this-for-me person.

And now she gone, and I will never in this life be able to hold her again.

She had her 82nd birthday on May 30, and the next day had a stroke. She survived cancer, a heart attack and surgery. This time, she lost the fight, and we, me, our children and her friends, have lost her.

Robert ‘Bob’ Hugh Ringquist
Jan 25, 1931 ~ July 29, 2017

Robert “Bob” Hugh Ringquist of Camas, 86, passed away peacefully with his family present. Born in Wallace, Idaho, he graduated from Washougal High School and Brigham Young University. Bob met and married his wife, Joyce Zeeman, in Utah. He was an insurance agent in Camas from the 1960’s to early 80’s. In 1983, he opened the 205 Photo Express and operated it for 14 years until retirement. He loved spending time with his family and especially with his grandchildren. He had lifelong passions for photography and working with his hands, constantly working in his workshop on cars or home improvements. Bob also enjoyed boating, fishing and camping with his family.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Hugh and Mabel (Hay) Ringquist, his beloved wife, Joyce (Zeeman) Ringquist.

Bob is survived by his children, Steve Ringquist (Karen), Gayle Reichel (Steve) and Mike Ringquist, grandchildren, Brianna Evans, Darren, Josh, Colten and Jenessa Leake and three great-grandchildren, Lorelei and Oliver Leake, Beckum Evans; sister, Rita Chilman (John).

Private services will be held at Parkside Cemetery in Vancouver.

Read the complete obituaries in the Aug. 10 print edition of the Post-Record.

Robert F. Cameron

Robert “Bob” F. Cameron died on Sunday, July 23, 2017. He was 89. Bob was born June 14, 1928, in Oakville, Washington, to James and Lucille (Houts) Cameron, the second of three sons.

Mass will be held Thursday, Sept. 7, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Vancouver starting at 1 p.m. Reception will follow at 2 p.m. Straub’s Funeral Home and Columbia River Cremation is handling the arrangements. To leave condolences or sign Bob’s guestbook, visit straubsfuneralhome.com.

Kathleen Zimmer

Kathleen “Kathy” Zimmer died in her Washougal home on Sunday, July 23, 2017, from heart failure. She was 71. Kathy was born Oct. 11, 1945, in Vancouver, to Raymond and Mary DeBoever.

Kathleen’s memorial will be held on Thursday, Aug. 24, at 11 a.m. at the Camas Church of the Nazarene, 2204 N.E. Birch St. A rosary will be recited at St. Thomas Catholic Church, 324 N.E. Oak St., Camas, on Tuesday, Aug. 22, at 7 p.m.

Contributions can be made to Washington State Ponies of the Americas, c/o Mamie Wheeler, 5212 N.E. 237th Ave., Vancouver, WA 98682. Flower contributions can be made to Washougal Florist. To sign the guestbook or send condolences, visit www.straubsfuneralhome.com or www.columbian.com/obits.

Read the complete obituaries in the Aug. 10 print edition of the Post-Record.

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