Obituaries for Sept. 7, 2017

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Margo Bell Bainter
May 23, 1945 ~ August 20, 2017

Margo Bell Bainter (Browning) died peacefully, Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017. She was 72.

She was born May 23, 1945, in Vancouver, Washington.

Margo was preceded in death by her parents, Charles (Bud) Browning Sr. and Mona Browning, her son, Duane (Dewey) Rodd, Jr. and brother, Roy Browning, Sr.

When Margo was younger, she worked as a waitress at Bilbies and The Turf in downtown Camas, Washington.

At the age of 21, she started working for Crown Zellerbach, Camas paper mill. She worked there for 32 years. She retired in 1997. Her job titles at Crown Zellerbach, and many other names, were the Tramway (first woman brakeman for the Tramway), first woman lift truck driver, clockroom foreman, shift supervisor for shipping and converting plants, and before retiring, she was a production planner.

Margo was a charter member for the Women of the Moose #1492 in Camas for 28 years. She was also chapter member for the Women of the Eagles in Washougal for 20 years.

Margo is survived by her long-time partner of 32 years, Alvin Jensen (Big Al) and his son, Randy Sleasman and his wife, Karen
Sleasman; her daughter, Cindy (Rodd) Lehman and son-in-law, Kevin Lehman; her granddaughter, Jessica Kesler and her great-grandchildren, Dylan Esteb and Kierra Hogan.

Margo is also survived by her sister, Mary Berry, two brothers, Walter (Larry) Browning, and Charles (Charlie) Browning, Jr. There are also many nieces and nephews.

A special thank you to her great-niece, Sierra Schafer, who sat with my mother when everyone was gone and opened the window.

A service will not be held. A celebration of life will be held at a later date for close friends and family. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Ray Hickey Hospice House.

Read the complete obituaries in the Sept. 7 print edition of the Post-Record.

Leland C. Berry

Leland C. Berry, of Camas, died Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. He was 94. An informal gathering and visitation will be held at 4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 10, at Straub’s Funeral Home. A full obituary will be available next week. To sign the online guestbook or leave a condolence, visit

Philip J. Phimister

Philip “Phil” Joseph Phimister, of Vancouver, died Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017. He was 64. Philip was born on Aug. 10, 1953, in Portland, to Charles William and Jean Audrey Phimister.

Liturgy and reception will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 9, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 4723 N.W. Franklin St., Vancouver.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Phil’s name to a charity of one’s choice, but asks that contributors consider a charity that supports student athletes or people struggling with mental illness.

Verna Jones Allen

Verna Jones Allen died Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, in Vancouver. She was 85. Verna was born on March 17, 1932, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Services were held at Willamette National Cemetery.

Kevin J. Koranda

Kevin James Koranda, of Camas, died Sunday, July 30, 2017. He was 46. Kevin was born on Aug. 22, 1970, in La Grange, Illinois. He graduated from Hinsdale Central High School in Hinsdale, Illinois, and served in the United States Coast Guard prior to relocating to the Pacific Northwest in the late 1980s.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 9, at Grace Foursquace, 717 S.E. Everett Road, Camas, and will be followed by a reception at the Camas Meadows Golf Club, 4105 N.W. Camas Meadows Drive, Camas, at 11 a.m.

Brown’s Funeral Home and Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements. Sign Kevin’s guestbook at

Heather A. Wade

Heather Ann Wade, died Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, in Camas. She was 41. Heather was born on Jan. 4, 1976, in Findlay, Ohio, to Robert and Tamara (Mueller) Wade.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 9, at NorthLake Church, 500 S.E. Everett Road, Camas.

Brown’s Funeral Home and Cremation Services is in charge of arrangments. Sign Heather’s guestbook at

Read the complete obituaries in the Sept. 7 print edition of the Post-Record.