Obituaries for May 9, 2019

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Dennis Ray Kozacek
November 27, 1948 ~ April 29, 2019

Dennis Ray Kozacek, 70, from Ridgefield, Washington, passed away on Monday, April 29, 2019, in nearby La Center in an airplane accident.

Dennis was born in Nampa, Idaho, on November 27, 1948 to Edward and Olga Kozacek. Married to Laural Lynn Stephens at Lake Tahoe on October 26, 1974. Following an honorable and full career, Dennis retired as a commander from the U.S. Navy after 20 years of service as a carrier pilot and fighter pilot instructor.

Dennis continued his flying career as a commercial captain for People Express Airlines and FedEx. His passion for flying was closely followed by hunting, fishing, hiking, skiing and raising Brittanys. Dennis’ highest priority and most lasting impression was always his exemplary parenting of his three children.

He is survived by his wife, Laural, and children, Kyler, Madison and Carter; parents, Edward and Olga and brother Don.

His time in recent years was filled with teaching aviation, volunteer work and many projects for his family, friends and church community. While constantly being a skilled, willing and most dependable husband, father and friend.

He flew with passion, taught with purpose and loved without condition.

Luther Kays
June 4, 1945 ~ April 29, 2019

Luther was born June 4, 1945, to Helena and Milo Kays, he was the eldest of six children and lived his entire life in Camas, Washington.

Graduating from Camas High School in 1964, Luther was known for his laughter, his motivating personality on the football field and his singing voice as part of the school choir. He was hired just out of high school to work at the Camas paper mill. In 1966, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and served two tours in Vietnam. After being discharged in 1969, he returned to a job at the paper mill. For most of his 33 years, he worked in the electrical shop starting out as a journeyman and working his way up to supervisor. Within the walls of the paper mill, he was often known as “Lex.”

Luther married Janet Claypool in 1969 and shared 49 years of laughter and love together. They had two children, Brian and Melanie, and three grandsons whom he loved very dearly.

Luther was quick to offer a helping hand and had a talent for problem solving. Never afraid of hard work and always the one to do things right the first time. He touched the lives of many through his genuine and heartfelt friendships.

He will be missed for his whistled tune which would announce him every time he walked into the house and could be heard echoing from his hangar or the garage while he worked. He whistled happily while building two family homes and an airplane.

Luther spent the last 22 years enjoying life to the fullest: riding motorcycles, flying airplanes, golfing, hiking, traveling, running marathons and laughing.

Luther was killed in an airplane crash on Monday, April 29, 2019. As the first person to say that you just never know if you have a tomorrow, he lived a life full of love and without regret.

Luther is survived by his wife, Janet; son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Mindy Kays; grandsons, Easton and Evan Kays; daughter and son-in-law, Mel and John Jensen; and grandson, Rory Jensen.

Luther was an active member of St. John’s Presbyterian Church in Camas.

At his request, there will be no service. Please remember him fondly in your own way. Donations in his name, if so desired, can be made to the InterFaith Treasure House, P.O. Box 815, Camas, WA 98607.

Read the following complete obituaries in the May 9 print edition of the Post-Record.

Dolores J. Engler

Dolores June Engler died April 21, 2019, in Portland. She was 89.

A celebration of life will take place at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 18, Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home, 11801 S.E. Mount Scott Blvd., in Portland. A reception will follow. Visit Dolores’ page at

Dolores will be privately laid to rest beside her husband, Floyd, at Willamette National Cemetery. Her family would be grateful for donations in her name to Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Charles ‘Chuck’ J. Mickes

Charles “Chuck” John Mickes died May 4, 2019, in his Camas home. He was 88.

Donations may be made in Chuck’s name to PeaceHealth Southwest Hospice Center, P.O. Box 1600, Vancouver, WA 98668.

Brown’s Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Robert S. Davis

Robert Steven Davis died April 30, 2019. He was 60. Robert was born Dec. 11, 1958.

Brown’s Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

F. Wayne Rodgers

F. Wayne Rodgers, of Washougal, died May 1, 2019. He was 84.

Services are pending and a full obituary will be published in a future edition of the Post-Record. Straub’s Funeral Home & Columbia River Cremation is handling the arrangements.

Lori Markowski

Lori Markowski, of Washougal, died May 7, 2019. She was 61.

Services are pending and a full obituary will be published in a future edition of the Post-Record. Straub’s Funeral Home & Columbia River Cremation is handling the arrangements.

James ‘Jim’ C. George

James “Jim” Chris George died May 4, 2019. He was 86.

Services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, May 10, at Holy Trinity Cathedral, 3131 N.E. Glisan St., Portland. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jim’s name to the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral Endowment Fund. Straub’s Funeral Home handled his arrangements.

Milo L. Kays

Milo Luther Kays, of Camas, died April 29, 2019. He was 73.

There will be no public services at this time. A complete obituary notice will be published at a later date. All County Cremation and Burial Services in Vancouver is in charge of arrangements.

Read the complete obituaries in the May 9 print edition of the Post-Record.