Obituaries for Aug. 31, 2017

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Doris Jane Brooking
June 1, 1923 ~ August 26, 2017

Doris Jane Brooking, known as Dory, died at her Camas/Vancouver home on Saturday,August 26, 2017, surrounded by her seven surviving children.

Dory was born in Portland, Oregon, on June 1, 1923, to Frank and Doris Reed. She and her brother, Herb, grew up in Portland. Dory graduated from Grant High School and earned a Bachelors in Home Economics from Oregon State College. As a young woman, she climbed Mount Hood, Mount Adams and Mount St. Helens.

In 1944, Dory married Dr. Emil (Brook) Brooking before he went overseas as a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps.

After the war, Dory and Brook settled in Camas where Brook practiced family medicine. Together they raised eight children, hosted Palestinian exchange student and “adopted” son, Mohammad Shihadah, sailed to the South Pacific, and road tripped to Alaska and twice across the United States.

Dory’s focus was always on her family. She also was passionate about preserving the home she and Brook made on the Columbia River as a wildlife habitat. She loved growing native plants, hiking in the Columbia Gorge and the Grand Canyon, skiing, photography, and dancing. She had a song for every situation. Dory also enjoyed sharing her knowledge of Columbia River history.

Dory was preceded in death by her husband, Brook; daughter, Connie Durkee (Steve); brother, Herb Reed; and son-in-law, Steve Kikuchi. She is survived by her children, Barbie, Lindy, Cathy (Pete Sallee), Andy (Betty), Peggy, John (Cheryl), and Ann, and her grandchildren, Paul and Joel Kikuchi, Adam and Cooper Engst, Kadin and Karis Brooking, Eli and Allison Brooking, Gabe and Amelia Stark, Forrest Sallee, Brett Latham, Sarah Haran and Jesse Durkee, nine great-grandchildren, and multiple nieces and nephews.

A memorial service for Dory will be announced in the near future. Brown’s Funeral Home will announce the date of the memorial service. Sign Dory’s guest book at

Donations in Dory’s memory may be made to The Columbia Land Trust or PeaceHealth Southwest Hospice and Homecare.

Ronald William Phillips

Ronald William Phillips of Washougal, WA, surrounded by his family, passed away from age-related causes at the age of 84 while at the Ray Hickey Hospice House. He was born in Bellingham, WA, where he also spent his childhood and graduated high school.

After serving in the US Navy as a hospital corpsman for two years, Ron graduated from Western Washington University with his Bachelor’s, and Oregon State University with his Master’s.

Ron retired from teaching science at Washougal High School, where he taught for 30 years.

He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Camas, and served two terms on the Washougal City Council.

Ron is survived by his wife of 63 years, Carol Phillips; his son, Todd Phillips (Julie); his daughter, Lee Ellen Gilronan (Kevin); his grandchildren, Julianne, Madelyne, and Phillip Lawrence; and his step-grandchildren, Ireland and Quinn Gilronan.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Odus and Ada Phillips, and his brothers, Richard and Robert Phillips.

To honor Ron’s wishes, his body has been donated to OHSU for scientific research, and a private family service will be held at a later date.

Donations may be sent in his honor to the Make-A-Wish Oregon, 2000 SW 1st Avenue, Suite 410, Portland, OR 97201, or the Zion Lutheran Church Endowment Fund, 824 NE 4th Ave, Camas, WA 98607.

Read the complete obituary in the Aug. 31 print edition of the Post-Record.

Robert F. ‘Bob’ Cameron

Robert F. “Bob” Cameron, of Vancouver, died on Sunday, July 23, 2017. He was 89. Bob was born in Oakville, Washington, on June 14, 1928.
A funeral mass will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 7, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 6600 Highland Drive, Vancouver. Reception will follow at 2 p.m.

Straub’s Funeral Home & Columbia River Cremation in Camas was in charge of the arrangements. To send condolences or to sign the online guestbook, visit

Read the complete obituary in the Aug. 31 print edition of the Post-Record.