Kurt Henry Troske, 56 of Longview WA passed away February 8 at home. Kurt was born May 22, 1963 in Aberdeen SD to Gary and Rita (Sharp) Troske. Kurt went to Kelso High School, he graduated in 1981. He then attended Lower Columbia College where he got his Associates Degree in 1983. He was a Estimator Proposals Manager for USNR from 1987-2018. He was also a Estimator in Sales for MacChain 2019-2020.
Kurt enjoyed listening to music, playing golf, snow skiing, riding motorcycles, beach trips and the Seahawks. Kurt was a genuine, fun loving, wore his heart on his sleeve, kind of guy. Family meant everything to him. Kurt married Cathy Troske on February 25, 1984 at St. Mary’s Church in Kelso.
Kurt is survived by his father Gary Troske, second mom Joanne Troske, daughter Alicia Troske, son Brian Troske, 3 brothers Kevin Troske, Keith Troske, Ken Troske, and granddaughter Hadlee Grace Troske.
He was proceeded in death by his mother Rita Troske. A Memorial service will be held Sunday February 16, at 6p.m., at the Exodus Free Methodist Church.
David was the oldest child of Bill and Rags Little—who preceded him in death, as his brother Jerry and nephew Mike Little. Leaving brother Joe Little, sisters Julie Little and Vicki Rhodes. His son Gary Little and one grandson, many nephews and nieces. Private intermate
Leonard A Scott was born April 9, 1932 on a float house in Carrolls Washington to Owen and Jessie (Reither) Scott. He went to the 1st grade in Carrolls and then moved to Mist Oregon and graduated from Clatskanie High School in 1950. He enlisted in the navy when the Korean war broke out and went to boot camp in San Diego graduating on his 19th birthday. He served on the U.S. Monrovia APA 31 serving a tour of duty in the Mediterranean and Caribbean and was discharged Nov. 1954. He worked in the lumber industry until retiring in 1994. In 1956 he married Judy Washburn. They had two daughters in Astoria Oregon, Lori and Shari. They moved to Wrangell Alaska in 1961 where Susan, Sandra, and Steven were born. Returning to Longview Washington and then Alston Mayger Road for 28 years and then to Rainier. Leonard studied the bible and became one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Feb 1972 he loved talking to people about the bible. Leonard loved the time he spent with his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed playing golf, chess and camping at Lake Mayfield. Trips to Oregon and Washington coasts with their dogs, Casey, Samo and Mickie were often and a highlight. After retirement Leonard and Judy loved to travel around the U.S and take cruises. Leonard has 5 children Lori (husband Bill) Pond Portland Oregon, Shari (husband Chip) Hamilton Rainier Oregon. Susan (husband Dave) Thomson Troutdale Oregon. Steve (wife Kim) Scott Lake Wylie, South Carolina and Sandra Walke (deceased) 10 grandchildren Stephanie Howard, Scott Pond, Ashley Howard, Amanda Londo, Casey and Staisha Walkie, Brooks and Steven Hamilton, Mikayla and Garrett Scott. 4 great grandchildren and one sibling Phyllis Erickson (deceased)
Raymond was born July 24, 1931 in Portland OR to Otto and Miriam Bauer. Ray lived in Cedar Mills, Oregon until he was 14 and the family moved to Puget Island. Ray worked for the Washington State Department of Fisheries until 1965 when he became a heavy equipment operator while living in Kennewick, WA. He retired in 1975 and returned to Puget Island. He then began a dozer and backhoe service and raised sheep. After retiring a second time he drove garbage truck for Stanley Sanitary Service.
In 1951 he married Wilma (Petersen) and had 2 daughters. They divorced in 1990 and married Ora Loraine Bjorge in 1998.
He is survived by his wife Ora Loraine, his 2 daughter Betti Kaste (Dan), Linda Seaberg (Dean), step children Ken Bjorge (Joyce), Craig Bjorge, Cathy Reynolds (Mark) and 2 granddaughter Amy Bosckis (Blake) and Brandi Beedle (Nolan), step grandchildren, Jeff Bjorge (Julie), April Larson, Tyson Bjorge (Lisa), Ashley Brae (Brandon), Connor Gjorge, Allison Bjorge and Colleen Reynolds (James). 12 Great grandchildren and one great great grandson. He is also survived his brother Ed Bauer (Linda) and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, sister Dorthy Proctor, stepsons Kirk and Jim Bjorge and grandson Joby Bjorge.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Puget Island Volunteer Fire Department of Community Home Health and Hospice. Graveside service will be held at Greenwood Cemetery in Cathlamet Saturday, February 15 at 1 p.m. with coffee hour following at Our Saviors Lutheran Church on Puget Island.
Joann Marie Jones (Corker) Berg peacefully entered the next life on January 3, 2020. She was born in Indianapolis, IN June 23, 1930 to Mabel Marie (Harvey) and Howard Jones. She graduated from high school in Richland, WA. Joann was a 1951 graduate of WSU, where she was a member of the Delta Gamma Sorority. Joann and Bill Corker were married in 1952. Together they had 3 children: William “Mark” Corker, Lucinda A. Corker, and Julie M. Corker Coleman. Joann retired from teaching in Longview, WA. Students who attended Columbia Heights, Saint Helens, Columbia Valley Gardens or Olympic may fondly remember her as the friendly librarian at their school. In retirement Joann spent time as a snowbird. She loved traveling the US and seeing our beautiful country. She also cherished the friends she met along the way. Later, she made Ocean Park, WA her home. There she married Karsten Berg, with whom she was very happy. She loved being at the beach, her long time dream. As always, Joann’s friendly nature led her to have many friends and acquaintances. Unfortunately, as Joann’s hearing began to fade, she was unable to continue with an active social life. This was of great sadness to her. The last few years found her back in Longview. She resided at Monticello Park and finally at Holly Care Home in Lexington. Joann was blessed to find a loving, caring and well-ordered life in her last year at Holly Care. The family thanks the entire staff there for their devotion to Joann’s unfailing, excellent care. We also thank Hospice for making her final hours peaceful. Joann leaves her loving children, Mark (Laura), Cindy (Don Schoenborn), and Julie, and her grandchildren, Nick Schoenborn (Beth), Tiffany Coleman, Julie Schoenborn, Azelie Corker, James Coleman (Brianna), and Jocelyn Corker, to enjoy memories of her happy, friendly ways. She also leaves her precious great-grandchildren, Kenna and Gage Schoenborn.
On Tuesday, February 4, 2020, Glenn Belford Palmer, loving husband and father to two children, passed away at the age of 84.
Glenn was born on April 24, 1935 in Puyallup, WA to Edmond and Mary Ellen Palmer (Hodkinson). Glenn graduated from Eatonville High School in 1955. Upon graduation, he moved to Longview, WA and began working at Longview Fibre Company where he retired after 40 years as Machine Tender. On July 2, 1960 he married Donna Marie Healy and they raised one son, Larri, and one daughter, Linda.
Glenn had a passion for coaching. He began coaching youth baseball for his son and later his daughter in softball. He strongly supported his children and never missed their high school basketball, baseball, volleyball and softball games by arranging coverage for his shifts at work. Every Fall, Glenn would be found hunting deer, elk and occasionally moose. He ensured the freezer was always stocked with meat. When grandchildren began playing sports, he and his wife became regular and recognizable fixtures. Having transitioned into a role as “life coach” for many players and their parents, he became affectionately known by all as Papa. He was a friend to everyone and known for his caring and generous spirit.
Glenn was preceded in death by his father Edmond, mother Mary Ellen and siblings Ed, Margaret, Lida, and Willett. He is survived by his wife Donna, his two children, Larri and Linda, four grandchildren, Kevin, Sarah, McKenna and Morgan, and sister Florence.
A funeral service will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at Father’s House Church (1315 Commerce Ave., Longview, WA).
Ron Domreis passed away quietly at home, surrounded by family and pets, after an 8 year battle with cancer. He was born in Portland, OR and attended Oregon State University where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in engineering. He started his career at Longview Fibre in 1980, and worked there until his retirement in January of 2020.
Ron married his high school sweetheart Gail, 12 years after they first started dating, even though she told him to get lost twice. They were best friends for 45 years, and married for 33. Their 2 children, Elizabeth Domreis and Patrick Domreis were his greatest source of pride.
Road tripping in his Honda S2000 was a favorite pastime. He was a member of the S2K club of America and attended national meetings in Kentucky, Colorado, Texas, California and Oregon. He was also an avid camper. Many summer days were spent camping at the beach with his kids, and he had a goal of camping in every National Park. Traveling was another passion, and he roamed the world from Europe to South Africa to Tahiti and the Caribbean, always with at least 2 cameras. His photographs are a wonderful reminder of the trips he took with his family. He also loved downtime, napping with his 2 golden retrievers on the couch. Volunteering at the food bank was another joy of his, typical, since he always put others before himself.
Ron was a kind, generous soul, with a quiet wit. He was encyclopedia of information, no matter how obscure. If you asked him for the time, he told you how to build the clock first.
He lives on in the memories of his wife Gail, daughter Elizabeth, son Patrick, daughter in law Hannah, father Oliver and sister Susan. He was preceded in death by his mother Connie. Ron will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
There will be a memorial service for Ron on Monday, February 17 at 11:00 at St Rose Catholic Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Longview Community Hospice or the Longview St. Vincent’s food bank would be appreciated.
Dwain (Ole) Olsen, 84 years was born April 25, 1935 in Idaho Falls, ID and passed away at home, on February 4, 2020. He is the youngest of 8 sisters and one brother, born to parents Christian and Harriet Olsen, who have all predeceased him. The family moved to Longview in 1942, and Dwain graduated from R.A. Long High School in 1952. He was a Longshoreman for 44 years, 20 years as a Walking Boss with ILWU Local #21. His work ethic was admired and respected by his family, friends and fellow Longshoremen.
Dwain and his wife, Beverly had 3 sons; Larry of Anchorage, Greg (Angela) of Longview and Brad (Mac) of Anderson Island. Beverly passed away in 1980 after a long battle with Hodgkin’s disease. In 1987 he married Evie, who has 2 sons, David (Tammy) and Dan (Kelly) Parsons and daughter, Debbie Marshall and together they were blessed with 10 grandchildren: 3 grandsons, Tyler Olsen of Dubai: Sam Olsen of Beaverton, OR; and Matt Olsen of Longview; also 7 granddaughters: Hannah Van Bronkhorst (Mike) of Portland, OR; Megan Olsen of Dillingham, AK; Danielle Hynning (Marcus) of Silverlake WA; Alicia (Daniel) Hovanas of Vancouver, WA; Nicole Jones of Vancouver, WA; Jordi Parsons attending Western Washington University; Camryn Hansen, attending Wenatchee Valley College. Adding to the family were 8 great-grandchildren; Brielle Olsen, Ellis and Betsy Van Bronkhorst, Carson Livezy, Elias and Leah Hynning; Jacklyn and Judah Hovanas. He spent quality time with all of the beloved children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He always said he had a wonderful life and wondered why he should be so blessed. We all know that it was because he was a “bigger than life” presence to everyone who was fortunate to have known him. He will be missed.
All friends and family are invited to attend a Celebration of his life on Sunday, February 16, at 2 p.m. at The Monticello Hotel in Longview. A scholarship fund in His honor is being set up for the Lower Columbia College in Longview. Also remembrances in His honor are appreciated at Hospice and Home Health in Longview.
George Edward Tiemens III, age 70, passed away February 5, 2020 in Longview WA in Hospice. George was born on April 4,1949 to George and Pearl Tiemens (Nathan) in Longview WA.
He graduated from Kelso High School. He was a mill worker at R+W Paper, Weyerhaeuser, and Longview Fiber. He retired in 2006 from Longview Fiber. He was apart of the Kelso Eagles, NRA, Jay Cees, and the Savation Army. He enjoyed playing softball, golf, fishing, hunting and camping. His personality changed from the inside out when he accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior and became a man of God. George married Cyndie Tiemens June 15, 2000 in Las Vegas.
He is survived by his wife Cyndie Tiemens, brother Michael Tiemens his 3 sons Christopher Tiemens, Kevin Tiemens, Jonathan Tiemens and his daughter Brandy Tiemens. He also has 10 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
George was preceded in death by his parents George and Pearl Tiemens. Memorial service will be held February 15, at 2 p.m. at Faith Family Christian Center in Longview WA.
Judy E. Vigoren, 80 of Longview WA, died February 8, 2020 at home. Judy was born August 2, 1939 in Longview WA to Harvey and Lena Johnson (Burrows). Judy attended Lower Columbia College. She was a Legal Secretary—where she had won Secretary of the Year.
Judy loved spending time with family, she was especially happy and proud of her great grandson James. Church was a very important part of her life, heavily involved in Women’s Ministries. She enjoyed traveling annually to Minnesota where she visited her husband Gary’s Family. Judy was vibrant, with a big beautiful smile. Some of the words that describe the wonderful loving person she was are compassionate, kind and loving. She will be greatly missed, but we know she is at peace and in a much better place. Judy married Gary Vigoren on June 26, 1993 in Rainier OR.
Judy is survived by her husband Gary Vigoren, son Ty Reid, daughter Robin Farmer (Chris), stepchildren Sherri Staeffler (Brent), Mandy Gorman (Scott) Gary Vigoren JR (Cris) Jon Vigoren, grandsons Devin, Trevor, Matt, Jason, Mitchel, Kyle, Gabriel, Seth Eli and Silas. Great grandson James, granddaughter Rachel and numerous nieces and nephews and many friends.
Judy was preceded in death by her parents Harvey and Lena Johnson, siblings, Carol, Audra, Hazel, Janet, Tog, Boose, and Jim. Memorial will be held February 12, at 1 p.m. at Valley View Church of God, 1435—33rd Ave, Longview WA 98632.
Loretta Jean Day, 77, was born in Longview, WA, on January 7, 1943. She grew up in Longview but moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington where she earned her BA in Education. Loretta became a teacher for Seattle Public Schools where she taught P.E. and was a decorated coach for girls’ Volleyball, Basketball, and Track. She was known for strongly advocating for the recognition of the girls in sports, often fighting for equal resources for girls’ high school sports before (and after) the passage of Title IX in 1972. She was a champion for all her students, but especially for those who struggled. One of her former students recently wrote, “ It’s been over 46 years since I graduated from high school and I’ve tried to find you many times. I wanted to tell you that you were the teacher who most impacted my life in a positive manner”. Besides her busy work schedule, she was also known for her weekend trips to Longview, nearly every weekend until her mother’s death in 1991, to take care of her mother and make sure all was okay at home. Returning to her hometown of Longview after her retirement, she then joined the Fred Meyer team for 14 years, often working those long night shifts but enjoying the many friends she made. When she finally retired, however, she didn’t slow down. She was always helping neighbors, friends, and family whenever she could. When leaving her home was no longer possible, she made baked goods for the families at the First Baptist Church. Despite being of the “older” generation, she became quite skilled with the computer and her smartphone. Loretta enjoyed texting friends and family with inspirational quotes and pictures that made you laugh. Those who knew her best refer to her as an angel. Her goal in life was to help and support others, something she accomplished in both her work and personal life.
Loretta leaves behind a large family including her brothers Richard Day (wife Joan) of Everson, WA, Donald Day (wife Marvine) of Longview. Loretta also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. She also leaves behind special friends Darcie Bigelow and daughter Rosie, and Roberta Thompson caregiver and friend for the last 10 years of her life. Loretta was preceded in death by her mother, Florence I. Day
Loretta did not want a funeral service or any sort of fuss made. Those who knew her well know she was an animal lover, often opening her home to the occasional stray cat who somehow knew Loretta would offer food and a kind hand. Instead of flowers, Loretta requested donations be made to the Humane Society of Cowlitz County, 909 Columbia Blvd., Longview WA. 98632. She was also very thankful for the incredible support of Longview Hospice Care where donations can be made at Hospice—Longview, c/o Rylee Trapp, P.O. Box 2067, Longview, WA, 98632
Larry Dean Rea, born and raised in Rainier, Oregon, passed away unexpectedly in his Gresham home on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.
He was preceded in death by parents Ed and Myrtle (Zimmerman) Rea and wife Margo Ann (Hudkins) Rea. He is survived by sons Chris and Tim, grandson Cole, granddaughter Ashley and great granddaughter Chloe. Larry attended Oregon State University and later graduated with a master’s in science education from Portland State University.
At Oregon State, he enrolled in ROTC and trained to become a pilot in the US Air Force. He flew for NW Airlines before joining the Oregon Air National Guard to fly the F101, F102 and F4. He also crewed on Portland’s C131 and became their flight instructor, flight evaluator and Chief of Safety Officer.
Larry was a reader, a writer, a photographer, a naturalist and a historian with a strong interest in genealogy. He was Master of the Oregon State Grange, served as chairman of the board of the Malheur Field Station, and was involved with the Oregon State Master Naturalist program. He never lost his love of the woods and at the time of his death he and his son Chris were restoring matching Rubicon Jeeps and taking them on camping trips. You can find his stories and photos on his website www.taxaflora.com.
Larry was generous with his time and his knowledge and will be missed by family and friends alike. A celebration of life memorial service will be held at 11:30 am on February 22 at the Methodist Church in Rainier, Oregon. A light lunch will be served following the service.
Roger Allen Spurlock, 69, of Longview died at Hospice on January 25, 2020. He was born December 18, 1950 to Roger C. and Florence Spurlock.
Roger grew up in Kelso, graduating from Kelso High School in 1969. He joined the carpenters’ and millwrights’ union and worked construction for many area contractors. He also owned his own construction business for many years. He retired from the union nine years ago.
Roger was preceded in death by both parents. He is survived by his sisters, Joan (Rick) Goodman and Connie (Patrick) Dunlap; brother Richard (Sue) Spurlock; 5 nephews, Christopher (Kate) Dunlap, Ryan (Brianne) Spurlock, Benjamin (Michelle) Dunlap, Aaron (Jennilee) Dunlap, and Scott Spurlock; and 10 great nieces and nephews.
Roger enjoyed the outdoors and especially fishing. He valued hard work and encouraged his great nieces and nephews to pursue education and be their best.
Jon Aasen, born April 8, 1950 in Longview to Ruth and Joe Aasen, passed away January 5, 2020 in Everett, WA, surrounded by loved ones. A celebration of life is planned for Saturday March 7, 2020 at 4:30pm at the Long Beach Elks (110 Pacific Ave, Long Beach, WA 98631). Family and friends are welcome.