Obituaries for May 4, 2017

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Donald Larson
March 27, 1929 ~ April 16, 2017

Don, the second of six children, was born in Chowchilla, CA, to Dorothy and Joseph Larson on March 27, 1929. He worked with his father and brother, Rollo, on the family farm, went to school and graduated from Fresno Adventist Academy in 1947.

As a young man he enjoyed car racing at the local track and was known in the area. He spent time in the Army, where he was assigned the rank of sergeant during his 10 months of deployment in Korea. Shortly after returning from Korea, he married Marjorie Wilson and they had three children. After 52 years of marriage, he lost Marjorie in 2004 and has lived independently in the years since.

Don continued farming in the Chowchilla area for several years. He worked as an aircraft mechanic in Fresno as well as here in the local area. He had a passion for “all things airborne”; getting his pilot’s license in the mid 1960’s in central California. He retired in 1991 after working over 20 years for Columbia Helicopters.

Following the example left by his father, he enjoyed walking daily as one means to maintaining his health. During the nine years that he and Marjorie spent living full time in their RV, he walked daily wherever they may be; enjoying the scenery of every state in the contiguous United States. After settling down in Vancouver in 2000, he began walking the Lacamas Heritage Trail daily. During his walks, he met many people and was widely known amongst the community of people who enjoy the beauty of that place.

Don enjoyed working with wood on his lathe and was known for the many beautiful creations that came from that. Anyone visiting was “required” to take a piece from his heavily laden table before they left.

He will be missed greatly by his daughters, Marci, Maureen and Dawn, and by his eight grandchildren, Todd, Brandon, Breyanne, Katrina, Chase, Lee, Lindsey, and Isaiah; and his 16 great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be planned for him in late June. Details can be found on a Facebook page titled Lacamas Heritage Trail Flowers & Friends.

Read the complete obituaries in the Thursday, May 4, print edition of the Post-Record.

Kathleen A. Essex

Kathleen “Kathy” A. Essex died Saturday, April 29, 2017. She was 68.

A memorial mass will be held at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 8701 N.E. 119th St., Vancouver, on Friday, May 5, at 11 a.m. Straub’s Funeral Home & Columbia River Cremation is handling the arrangements. To send condolences or sign the online guest book, visit

Edward S. Keen

Edward “Ed” Shelley Keen died Saturday, April 15, 2017, from cancer, at his home in Boise, Idaho. He was 76.

In keeping with his wishes, there will be no funeral service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to

Martha Postal

Martha Postal died on Sunday, April 23, 2017. She was 95.

Dan G. Van Ronk

Dan Gerald Van Ronk died Friday, April 21, 2017, at his Camas home. He was 56.

Service will be Sunday, May 7, 4 p.m., at New Horizons Church, 2349 Main St., Washougal. A celebration of life will be held for Dan on Saturday, July 1. For information, contact Josh Washington.

Straub’s Funeral Home and Columbia River Cremation is in charge of arrangements, To send condolences, visit

Margaret ‘Peggy’ Carroll

There will be a celebration of Margaret “Peggy” Carroll’s life on Saturday, May 13, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Homestead Tavern in Washougal. A complete obituary will be in next week’s paper. To send condolences or to sign the online guestbook, visit

Read the complete obituaries in the Thursday, May 4, print edition of the Post-Record.

Dan Gerald Van Ronk died Friday, April 21, 2017.
Dan Gerald Van Ronk died Friday, April 21, 2017. He was 56. Photo