Obituaries for March 21, 2019

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Charles Henry ‘Chuck’ Crumpacker
May 19, 1942 ~ March 12, 2019

Charles Henry “Chuck” Crumpacker died March 12, 2019, in his Washougal home with his family by his side. He was 76 years old. Chuck was born May 19, 1942, in Camas, to Ruby Ellen and Virgil Paul “Buck” Crumpacker.

Chuck graduated from Camas High School in 1960, and continued on to get his Associates Degree at Clark College. Upon graduating from high school, he began working at the Camas Paper Mill. Chuck retired from the paper mill in 2006.

In 1968, he married Leah Rhae Peterson. The couple settled in Washougal, and had three children, in addition to his daughter, from a previous marriage. Chuck and Leah celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary the summer of 2018.

During his 76 years, Chuck developed a love for camping, hunting and fishing in the Pacific Northwest with his family and friends. He made countless memories with his sons, Michael and Myron, sharing with them his love of nature. In the most recent years, he had enjoyed making similar memories with his grandchildren and great-grandchild. His family truly made him happy as he was always looking forward to more moments together.

Chuck loved sports. Not only did he love playing, but he was a very involved father, as he coached each of his children in baseball and softball. He enjoyed watching his children participate in baseball and softball, basketball, football and volleyball throughout their years of competition. He was very proud of each of them, always pushing them to be the best that they could be. He assisted with the Washougal High School football program for many years.

Chuck was an avid member of his community. He was always looking for ways that he could be involved and help others. In 2008, he retired as a volunteer fireman after 30 years of service. Chuck was a city councilman for six years, and served as Mayor of Washougal for 10 years (1991-2001). He loved his community and always strived to be the best citizen and friend possible.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Nadine; his parents, Ruby and Buck; his brother, Jerry; and his granddaughter, “Princess” Rachel.

Chuck is survived by his wife, Leah; his children, Tammi (Brent) Fletcher, of Wichita, Kansas; Michael (Julie) Crumpacker, of Camas; Myron (Sheri) Crumpacker, of Camas; Kacee Crumpacker, of St. Petersburg, Florida; his grandchildren, Sarah Hellman, Shelby Crumpacker-Moody, Philip Crumpacker, Sidney Leifson, and Jarrod Crumpacker; his great-grandson, Masen Leifson; his sister, Beverly Galloway, of Eatonville, Washington; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

There will be a celebration of life that will take place at a later date.

Captain Ralph Harold Laedtke, MSC, USN, Ret.
October 1, 1920 ~ March 12, 2019

Captain Ralph Harold Laedtke, MSC, USN, Ret., passed away at home in Washougal, on March 12, 2019. He was born to Alma and William Laedtke on October 1, 1920, in Appleton, Wisconsin, the eldest of five children. He was 98 years young.

Ralph joined the Navy in September of 1939 as a Seaman Recruit and served his country for nearly 35 years. He was stationed aboard the Hospital Ship Solace during the bombing of Pearl Harbor and was aboard ship during several WWII battles. He was stationed aboard the USS Oriskany during the Korean Conflict. Some of his duty stations included Norfolk, Virginia; Bethesda, Maryland; San Francisco, California; Great Lakes, Illinois; Charleston, South Carolina; and Guam.

On Thanksgiving evening, 1944, Ralph married Ruth M. Koch in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. She was a dedicated Naval wife and loving mother. They were married nearly 63 years and had three daughters: Carol (Ron Parkey), Lois, and Martha (John Brennan). Grandchildren are Matthew, Nathaniel, Susannah, Emily, Andrew, Hannah, and Will as well as several great-grandchildren. Surviving siblings are his brother, Glenn and sister, Arline Sitter along with numerous nieces and nephews.

After retirement from the US Navy he taught Health Care Management at Chicago Medical School and in 1978 became Coordinator of 2 off campus programs for Southern IL Univ Carbondale. In retirement Ralph was a member of the Libertyville Sunrise Rotary Club, the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association and the Gideons. He was an avid Scrabble and Cribbage player and enjoyed playing golf.

After the death of Ruth in 2007, he married Ferne M. Bottemiller Facey and was married to her nearly 10 years. Shortly after they married, they moved to Washougal, where they lived with Ferne’s daughter. Ralph was much loved and tenderly cared for by Ferne’s daughters, Lauri (John) and Ruth (Mike) and their families. Ferne passed away in July 2018 and Ralph continued to live in his home until his death.

Ralph was a man of great faith. He was a lifelong Lutheran and a faithful member of St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Mundelein, Illinois, and later Zion Lutheran Church in Camas, where he was a “honorary” member of the quilters and involved in many groups.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at 11am at Zion Lutheran Church in Camas. Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church Endowment Fund, 824 NE 4th Ave, Camas, WA 98607. To send condolences or to sign the online guestbook, please visit

Read the following complete obituaries in the March 21 print edition of the Post-Record.

Bettie J. Haag

Bettie Jean Haag died March 16, 2019, in Palm Springs, California. She was 76.

A memorial service will be at a later date.

Pamela C. Hunter

Pamela C. Hunter, of Washougal, died March 17, 2019. She was 51.

A complete obituary will be posted in a future edition of the Post-Record. Straub’s Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Ronald E. Williams

Ronald E. Williams of Vancouver died March 15, 2019. He was 90.

A complete obituary will follow in a future edition of the Post-Record. Straub’s Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Rosella M. McIntyre

Rosella Marie McIntyre died March 18, 2019, in Battle Ground. She was 95.

Her ashes will be inurned with her husband William’s ashes at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland. Straub’s Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Marilyn R. Gilcher

Marilyn R. Gilcher, of Camas, died March 12, 2019. She was 89.

All County Cremation and Burial Services in Vancouver is in charge of arrangements.

Jacob C. Hamann

Jacob Carl Hamann died Mach 8, 2019, in Centralia. He was 23.

Funeral services for Jacob will be held Friday, March 22, at Straub’s Funeral Home, 325 N.E. Third Ave., in Camas.

Read the complete obituaries in the March 21 print edition of the Post-Record.