Obituaries for Jan. 10, 2018

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Dr. Edward ‘Ed’ McAninch
November 9, 1925 ~ December 27, 2018

Longtime pillar of the Camas-Washougal community, Dr. Edward “Ed” McAninch passed away peacefully on December 27, 2018, joining his late wife of 66 years, Edwyna “Eddie” McAninch. Ed was born in Pittsburgh, PA, to Malcolm G. and Sarah E. (Drum) McAninch. He was raised in Mount Lebanon, PA.

Ed and Eddie met singing in the church choir while in high school. Ed attended Carnegie Tech briefly, but was called to service with the Army in WWII, where he served in the infantry in France. He was wounded and awarded the Purple Heart. Following a prolonged recovery, he set his sights on a career in medicine. He enrolled at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, where it happened that Eddie was also enrolled; their relationship blossomed there. They married in 1950. Following graduation from Denison, Ed attended Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA, graduating as an MD in 1952.

In search of adventure and a change from the East Coast, they moved to Seattle, where Ed completed his internship. Following internship, they settled in Camas, in 1953, where Ed practiced medicine actively until 1991. He was appointed a Diplomat of the American Board of Family Practice in their first cohort in 1969, helping shape family practice medicine as it is today.

Perhaps what most people know about Ed was that he was an enthusiastic outdoorsman, who could frequently be found hiking with the Ospreys. He spent a substantial amount of time with Boy Scout Troop 312, and remained deeply involved with the Mazamas climbing club. Ed and Eddie traveled the world extensively, with Ed’s adventures taking him to all 7 continents over the course of his lifetime. He was a staunch defender of the environment, and was known to participate actively in political demonstrations. For many years he was actively involved with St John’s Presbyterian Church.

Ed was grateful and humbled to be honored as Camas-Washougal Citizen of the Year in 2010.

He is survived by three children: Malcolm, MD (Janeen) of Portland, OR, Wendy, M.Div of Ashland, OR, and Gregg, MD (Carrie) of Reno, NV; he has 6 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Edwyna “Eddie”, and a daughter, Julie, who died in infancy.

In keeping with his love of the outdoors in general, and the Pacific Northwest in particular, a celebration of life will be held at a time and outdoor location to be determined in the Spring of 2019.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to either Columbia Land Trust, 850 Officers Row, Vancouver, WA 98661, or Friends of the Columbia Gorge, 333 SW 5th Ave, Suite 300, Portland, OR 97204.

Arrangements by Brown’s Funeral Home, in Camas,

Jerry Colson
January 3, 1942 ~ October 20, 2018

Jerry Colson died like he had lived – quietly at home with his family and pets. His children, Ben, Andy, Erin and their families joined neighbors and friends in his honor the following day. He had planned to be there for “his party.”

In 1986, Jerry survived the Whipple surgery for pancreatic cancer. After a second diagnosis in 2017, he was treated with surgery and chemotherapy and was enjoying his recovery. Treatment complications resulted in kidney failure. Jerry received excellent care with many advancements since 1986. He hopes to further that progress thru the tissue donor program. Please see

Jerry was always reading and was happy to see a love of books in his children and their children, ages 1 to 20. To inspire other young readers, please see

Arrangements by Crown Memorial Center, Tigard.

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William (Bill) Lawrence Johnston
February 1, 1936 ~ December 10, 2018

William (Bill) Lawrence Johnston, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully at the age of 82 on December 10, 2018, in Kennewick, Washington. He was born February 1, 1936, to Lawrence and Violet Johnston in Portland, Oregon.

Bill graduated Washougal High School Class of 1954 and Washington State University Class of 1963 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering. He served in the Washington Air National Guard 141st Air Refueling Wing at Fairchild Air Force Base.

Bill had a long and fulfilling career in the irrigation manufacturing and distribution industry. He built a lasting reputation within the industry as a friendly and knowledgeable professional who cared deeply about his coworkers, customers and venders. Bill believed integrity was paramount, handshake agreements were binding and he always led by example.

Most important to Bill were his family and friends. His family was always his pride and joy. He maintained close relationships with the dear friends he made throughout his life. His most cherished times were spent visiting with family and friends. Bill was well known to have a warm smile, a hearty laugh and a wonderful sense of humor.

Bill is survived by his beloved wife of 33 years, Betty Johnston; children, Kay (Jim) Linkous, Keith (Melinda) Johnston, Kristine (Dennis) Sarles and Douglas Griffith; and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by both parents; two half-brothers; and daughter, Deborah Ann Johnston.

Bill’s request, there will be no funeral services. The family will have a family gathering to celebrate Bill’s life at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA)

With tears we saw you suffer,
As we watched you fade away,
Our hearts were almost broken,
As you fought so hard to stay.
We knew you had to leave us,
But you never went alone,
For part of us went with you
The day you left your home.
The Day You Left – By Anonymous

Read the following complete obituary in the Jan. 10 print edition of the Post-Record.

Paul K. McEwen Jr.

Paul Kimble McEwen Jr., died Jan. 1, 2019, at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. He was 79.

A private family gathering will be held on Sunday, Jan. 13.

Phyllis A. Fields

Phyllis Ann (Eggebraaten) Fields died Jan. 4, 2019. She was 84.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 19, at Fourth Plain Nazarene Church in Vancouver. All are welcome.

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

Read the complete obituary in the Jan. 10 print edition of the Post-Record.