August 5, 1943 ~ June 19, 2022
Victor C. Heuvel, Sr. (78) of Vancouver, WA, passed away surrounded by his loving family during the early morning hours of Father’s Day, June 19, 2022, and into the arms of his Heavenly Father. Victor entered this world on Thursday, Aug. 5, 1943, in Vancouver, WA, to the home of John C. and Hellen L. Heuvel, Jr.
He attended high school in Battle Ground, WA, and joined the United States Navy on Oct. 14, 1960, serving aboard the Amphibious Attack Transport Ship, USS Renville, APA-227. Following his honorable discharge from the Navy, Victor Worked in the logging industry which brought him to Ketchikan, AK, where he met Henrietta Dundas, whom he was married to until their divorce in 1977. Victor never remarried, often saying, “I am just a one woman man.” During the late 1970s Victor’s life was forever transformed when he knelt at the altar of Washougal, Washington’s Calvary Temple Church and accepted Jesus Christ as his Personal Savior, answering years of prayer by his mother. Victor worked as custodian, longtime member of Laborer’s Local 335 of Vancouver, WA, and Owner/Operator of “Squeaky Clean Window Washing” until his retirement.
In 1978 Victor loaded his three children into the car to drive and camp across America from Vancouver, WA, for 4th of July at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, PA, Elvis’ “Graceland” in Memphis, among many other places. In the 1980s Victor’s life again took a new direction when he attended a “D.T.S.” (Descipleship Training School) through “Youth With A Mission” (aka: “YWAM”). Victor participated in several “YWAM” mission trips to China, Hong Kong and The Phillipines as well working as a volunteer at YWAM’s “University of Nations” in Kona, Hawaii for several months each year, until recently due to age and deteriorating health. Victor graduated from Eugene Bible College in the 1990s prior to receiving his High School. Diploma in 2011. He also helped build an orphanage in Japan as a volunteer laborer. During many Christmas seasons through 2021, shoppers – young and old, at the Cascade Park Walmart in Vancouver, WA, had their pictures taken with Santa (aka: Victor) the Salvation Army Bell Ringer. Most recently, Victor attended Saturday evening services at Living Hope Church in Vancouver, WA, and Salmon Falls Chapel in Washougal, WA, on Sunday mornings.
To know Victor was to know two things: #1 His enjoyment of coffee anytime/anywhere, many a waitress would hear, “Keep the top half full and the bottom will take care of its’ self.” #2 “Victor Loved To Eat!” While Victor was not “picky about his food”, he did have a few preferences, such as – “Yuban” coffee, meat – blood rare, “Best Foods Mayonnaise”, lots of r-e-a-l butter “Do you know what is in margarine?” , homemade chicken and noodles, macaroni and cheese, among others. Victor would then liberally douse every helping of food with salt (Preferably SeaSalt) prior to tasting. Just last year in 2021 Victor was thrilled to shoot his first elk, which was added to his freezer. Most of all though, Victor’s greatest joy was spending time with his Children, Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren, whom he loved and and was so very proud of.
Preceded in death by both of his parents and older brother: John C. Heuvel III; Victor’s legacy lives on though his children: Bernice R. Bacon (Tony), Victor C. Heuvel Jr. (Valarie) and Hellen Flora Lund; grandchildren: Gregory D. Wilkins, Bryce Wilkins, Kyle A. Wilkins, Tonya L. Sandoval, Donald L. Lund Jr. and Stephen Lund; great-grandchildren: Madison G. Wilkins, Gabriella L. Sandoval, Monica Sandoval, Donald L. Lund III, Alex F. Sandoval, Mason L. Lund, Maddex T. Lund and Samuel Lund; sisters: Helen L. Schakols (Franz), Ruth M. Maxwell and Nancy Fasilis (Evangelos); brothers: William N. “Bill” Heuvel (Mary) and James L. Heuvel (Janis); sister-in-law: Donna Heuvel; numerous nephews, nieces and cousins and special note of thanks to Victor’s dear friend: Pat Johnson, for your constant care and friendship to him…“we cannot thank you enough”.
A celebration of Victor’s life will be held at 10:00 a.m.on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022, at the Salvation Army Church 1500 NE 112th, Vancouver, WA. Inurnment with military honors will follow in Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, OR.
Victor’s family requests that any gifts be made in his memory to Salmon Falls Chapel, 11342 Washougal River Rd, Washougal, WA 98671, 360-837-3339
Victor C. Heuvel, Sr.
August 5, 1943 ~ June 19, 2022