Phyllis Maxine Mason, age 98, passed away Oct. 1, 2019, at Canterbury Gardens in Longview, WA. Phyllis was born June 30, 1921, to Llewelynn and Lillian Jones in Wymore, NE. Phyllis moved to the local area in her teenage years and graduated from R.A. Long High School in 1939. She worked for many years as the district manager of the switch board at the Long Bell Telephone Company. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Circle for more than 50 years, a devoted member to St. Rose Catholic Church and organized and planned funerals and bazaars. Phyllis was famous for her pumpkin and pecan pies; she loved baking and entertaining family and friends. She was very caring and loved helping people. She also loved and cared for animals.
In 1942, Phyllis married Marion Newton, who died in World War II. She later married Fink Mason in Longview in 1952. She is survived by her great niece Jennifer (Ted) Fuller, of Silver Lake, WA; nieces Rita, Irene and Marie (Buchard) Mason; and nephews Tim and Mark Mason; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband Fink Mason and three brothers, Paul, Monte and Buster.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 9, 2019, at the St. Rose Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Community Home Health & Hospice.
Vernon R. Dillman (Vern) was born in Snoqualmie, WA, to Russell and Maisey Dillman. He was the eldest of two boys. Vern passed peacefully in his sleep last week of congestive heart failure at Community Home Health & Hospice in Longview, WA. Vern chose to be cremated without a memorial service.
Vern moved his wife Carol Maureen “Hutchins” Dillman and their three young children to Longview from North Bend, WA. in 1962. Once in Longview, Vern operated Vern’s Arco full-service gas station for 13 years, followed by Vern’s Mobil and Vern’s Exxon. Vern retired in 1996 from Jacobson’s Chevron. Vern was always a highly respected auto-mechanic and trusted by loyal customers. His wife Carol and the mother of his kids died from cancer in 1995.
When young, Vern was an outdoor enthusiast. He enjoyed family gatherings. More recently he enjoyed taking his 66 Nova to car shows with his second wife Pam, going to the beach, and the serenity of his Koi pond. Vern was a member of the Elks and the Longview United Methodist Church.
Vern was preceeded in death by his parents Russell and Maisey Dillman, loving wife Carol Dillman and brother Norman Dillman. Vern will be lovingly remembered by his wife Pam and her daughter Julie Wilson at home; his son Richard (Loreen) Dillman; and daughters Patti Martin, and Barbara (Mike) Catt. Vern is also missed by his six grandchildren, Teresa Bonner, Amy Spurgeon, Skyler Dillman, Cameron Dillman, Mason Catt, Lauren Catt; and six great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Community Home Health & Hospice, 1035 11th Ave., PO Box 2067, Longview, WA, 98632.
Archie was born on June 13, 1956 in Newport, Oregon to Archie and Ora (McKenney) Brown. He passed away peacefully at Hospice in Longview, Washington on September 25, 2019, surrounded by close friends and family.
Archie graduated from Rainier High School in 1974 and lived in Rainier for 56 years. He worked in auto body shops in Rainier and Clatskanie, and was a tow truck driver in earlier years. He enjoyed spending time with his friends, fishing, cutting firewood, and watching car races and auctions on TV.
Archie was preceded in death by his parents, Archie and Ora Brown.
He is survived by his sister, Nola Russell and his brother, Gary Brown, both of Rainier; nieces, Janice Blahm of Rainier, Marcie Brown of Tigard; and nephew Doug (Wendy) Brown of Rainier.
Private inurnment will be at Hudson Cemetery in Rainier. There will be no service at Archie’s request.
In memory of a loving husband, amazing father, truly nice guy and everyone’s friend. Jack died on Monday, September 16, at the age of 66. He was born and raised in Seattle and spent the last 16 years in Cowlitz County, WA.
He has outlived his immediate family, father Elmer, mother Hope, sister Eileen and his brother Terry.
He is survived by his wife, Liz Myntti of Castle Rock, WA; daughters Jessica Myntti, from Granite Falls, and Chelsea Myntti, attending college in Boulder, CO. He has three close stepchildren and lots of grandchildren that he was blessed to spend his final moments with while camping.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday October 12, 2019, at 3 p.m. at the Toutle River RV Resort Clubhouse located at Exit 52 on I-5. Guests are encouraged to bring a potluck dish. Address for the park is 150 Happy Trails, Castle Rock, WA, 98611
Charles (Chuckie) Henry Brandhorst III was born in Longview, WA, and lived in the local area all of his life. He had a passion for the outdoors, adventures and living life to the fullest. He enjoyed camping, fishing, motorcycles and driving the logging roads with his dad and brother. Always up for a good BBQ, Chuckie loved hosting gatherings for friends and family. He made sure everyone was taken care of and happy.
Chuckie was born to Charles (Chuck) Henry Brandhorst II and Catherine Muriel (Rexford) Brandhorst. Chuckie leaves behind two children, the loves of his life, Kaden Charles Brandhorst and Camryn Muriel Brandhorst. Chuckie’s brother and best friend, Christopher Wallace Brandhorst (Candice, Bridget, Jillian, and C.J.). Grandparents, Charles (Hank) & Nancy Brandhorst and Duane & Virginia Rexford. Numerous uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews. Chuckie was preceded in death by his dad.
Please join the family for a celebration of life, to be held at the Longview Moose, on Nov. 2, 1 p.m. potluck.
Ronald LeRoy Kautz, ‘Ronnie Boy,’ was welcomed into the kingdom of Heaven on Sept. 29, 2019. He was born May 17, 1954, to Ralph and Glenna Kautz. Ron grew up in Delameter Valley, Castle Rock with five brothers and two sisters. He attended Castle Rock High School. Ron worked at Weyerhaeuser for 45 years until his retirement in 2018.
Ron spent four happy years with his companion Sandy Herren. Sandy’s kind, caring support in the past months meant so much to Ron and his family. In April, they traveled to Alabama to visit his brother Cliff’s family. In August they made a trip to Alaska, where he fished with brothers Bruce and Curt. He loved to ride his Harley and looked forward to the ‘Biker Trash’ annual group ride. He especially enjoyed trips that included family reunions, camping, food and bonfires. He is remembered for his quirky jokes, truth be told he had his favorites written down, you were sure to hear them numerous times. They always resulted in much laughter.
He was a proud father and a dedicated Papa. He was very involved in all their activities, especially the Rodeos he attended in support of the girls. When they would pull into rodeo grounds, the kids would come running to hang out with Ronnie Boy. He was a big kid himself, so playful and fun to hang out with. Ron’s journey through this life drew him close to many friends. He had a compassionate heart and was there in a time of need. For years, Ron would make daily visits to his friend Kevin Lyons, who sustained a brain injury. As a result he became a beloved member of the Lyon’s family.
In May, Ron asked family to help him plan his 65th birthday, knowing it would be his last. This celebration brought more than 200 people to honor him on his special day. This was such a gift to this humble man. At the celebration, he wanted to take a moment to let everyone know of his decision not to seek treatment for his cancer. He announced to all that he was a saved man that would enter the kingdom of Heaven upon his passing.
Ron is survived by his companion Sandy Herren; his brothers Bruce Kautz (Patty), Clifford Kautz (Diane), Curtis Kautz (Jonna) and Edward Kautz (Linda); his sisters Lois Yeager (Dale) and Donna Gauger (Mike). Daughters Shanda Kautz (John), Tammi Edwards (Kevin) and Sammi Allison (Scott); grandchildren Connor Edwards, Laynie Stephenson, Shelton Kazeck and Paislee Taylor Richmond; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Ron is preceded in death by his parents and brother Duane Evans. At Ron’s request there will be no funeral, a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to Hospice Care.
On Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, Dennis Gerald Mackey, loving husband and father of three children, went to be with the Lord at the age of 73. Dennis was born on April 13, 1946, in Longview, WA, to Lester and Geraldine (George) Mackey. He was the youngest of two sons. Dennis attended R.A. Long High School, where he graduated in 1964. He went on to further his education at Lower Columbia College and Centralia Community College. After college, Dennis worked for the City of Longview before becoming employed at Cowlitz County Road Department, where he retired after 30 years of service. On Sept. 18, 1965, he married Glenda Gayle Keller. They raised two daughters, Rai-Shel and Denean, and a son, Jason.
Dennis had a passion for giving back to his community. He enjoyed coaching and mentoring young athletes of all ages. He began his coaching career for Longview Little League in the early 1970s. By the mid-1970s he moved to Kelso, WA, and coached both baseball and football. In 1993, Dennis continued his baseball coaching career at Castle Rock High School, before retiring as the head varsity baseball coach in 2005. Over the next 13 years, Dennis gave numerous private pitching lessons to kids from college-age, all the way down to his great grandson in Little League. In 2012, he was inducted into the Southwest Washington’s Babe Ruth Hall of Fame. Dennis was also known to be an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and he had a story for every logging road he’d ever been on. Dennis belonged to the Unique Tin car club, where he enjoyed participating in the annual Rod Run car show. He never met a stranger and he could talk your ear off for hours. Dennis was an active member of East Kelso Baptist Church, where he considered all members as family. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge, Ocean Park Eagles, and the National Rifle Association.
Dennis was preceded in death by his father, Lester, and his mother, Geraldine. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Glenda; his three children, Rai-shel Getzlaff, Denean (Corey) Sjoboen, Jason (Carey); his brother Douglas; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Dennis’ life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, at East Kelso Baptist Church, 110 Corduroy Rd, Kelso, WA. Following will be a potluck. Donations in memory may be made to the Dennis G. Mackey Memorial Scholarship Fund (account #199958), at Red Canoe Credit Union, PO Box 3020, Longview, WA, 98626.
Shirley Ann Crisman passed away Sept. 28, 2019, at home surrounded by her family. She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Richard (Dick) Crisman; daughters Julianna and Melissa (Jake); son Ryan (Laura) and her six beloved grandchildren. Celebration of life will be 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, at her house. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Community Home Health & Hospice or the Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation.
David Ae Arnold passed away Sept. 20, 2019, at the Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, CA, among his many friends who were at the hospital with him. David was born April 30, 1979, in Mt. Vernon, WA, to Bruce and Sun Ae Arnold. He graduated from Mark Morris High School in Longview, WA, in 1997 and the University of Washington in 2002. He worked in retail management in Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, San Diego and, finally, in Palm Springs. He loved doing what he did and was good at it. David was loved and liked by his friends and family for his outspokenness and views. He did not hesitate to express his views, help someone in need, or to direct someone at work on how it should be done. David was famous for his hugs.
David is survived by his mother and father, Bruce and Sun Arnold, of Longview, WA; sister Ulynn (Jeremy) Jenkins, nephew Rylee Jenkins, niece Macey Jenkins, of Longview, WA; brother Charles (Stacey) Arnold, niece Kelsey Arnold, niece Josie Arnold, of Bothell, WA. There will be a service celebrating David’s life in both San Diego and Palm Springs, CA. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, at Longview Memorial Park, 5050 Mt. Solo Road, Longview, with a potluck in the hospitality room from 2-4 p.m.
Mickel William Zainfeld passed away on Sept. 19, 2019. Mickel was born in Landstuhl, Germany, on Oct. 1, 1977, and lived there with his family until they moved to Kelso, WA, in 1979. Mickel spent the rest of his childhood living in Kelso where he attended Beacon Hill Elementary School, Huntington Middle School and graduated from Kelso High School in 1996.
During his teenage years, Mickel volunteered as a Washington State Patrol Explorer, and joined Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue as a fire cadet in September, 1994. He was a member of the first ever Fire Science Program and was honored as the first Firefighter of the Year through the program. Following the completion of his paramedic training at Tacoma Community College, Mickel was officially hired as a Firefighter & Paramedic with Cowlitz 2 in 2000. During his time in service with Cowlitz 2, Mickel rose up the ranks, earning promotions to Lieutenant, Captain and finally, Battalion Chief in January, 2018. Mickel’s duty to serve others extended far beyond his own hometown, as he took part in multiple hazard deployments throughout the western United States over his years with the fire department. Mickel proudly and honorably served his community, and other communities facing danger, for a total of 25 years in various roles with Cowlitz 2. He was beloved by his colleagues, and he considered each of them to be members of his extended family, which he lovingly referred to as his “fire family.”
On March 18, 2000, Mickel married Kelly Gehrke, his high school sweetheart. In 2001 they welcomed their first child, Braden Mickel Zainfeld into the world, and he was soon followed by their second child, Evan Ross Zainfeld, in 2003. Eventually, Mickel and Kelly moved their family to Castle Rock, where they lived close to many of their friends.
Mickel enjoyed vacationing with his family, friends and colleagues, reading history novels, hanging out with his German Shepard, Max, and spending time outdoors. Over the years, he volunteered his free time to many community-based efforts, including the Kelso Police Department as a Reserve Officer, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, at Camp Attitude, as a baseball coach for Kelso Babe Ruth, and in his wife’s classroom in the Toledo School District, where he helped build items for the classroom and assisted in doing projects. Mickel was a passionate, and active member of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF #3828) and was a member of the Longview Community Church. He was also a lifelong Seahawks fan, and took great pride in the fact that he rooted for the team even before Russell Wilson came along. Above all, Mickel valued and appreciated family, and loved spending time with each and every one of his family members.
Mickel held many roles during his 41 years on this earth, and he was a very proud man who was committed to being the best he could at each of them: father, husband, son, brother, friend, firefighter, paramedic and leader, among others. Mickel’s commitment and caring attitude allowed him to touch many of our lives in ways that will never be forgotten, and for that we are all blessed.
Mickel is survived by his children, Braden and Evan, and his wife, Kelly, of Castle Rock, WA; parents, Tami and Ed Zainfeld, of Longview, WA; brother, Mathew Zainfeld (Meggan Zainfeld), of Toutle, WA; sisters, Monica Lariviere (Eric Lariviere), of Longview, WA and Melonie Huff (Jason Huff), of Longview, WA; his mother- and father-in-law, Margaret and Steven Gehrke, of Tumwater, WA; sister-in-law, Brandy Davidson (Michael Davidson), of Vancouver, WA; nephews, Alex Alden, of Longview, WA, Andrew Kiggins, (Rosa Kiggins),of Kelso, WA, Brice Kiggins, of Longview, WA, Sawyer Zainfeld, of Toutle, WA; nieces, Mattison Kiggins (Payton Miller), of Longview, WA, Karlee Lariviere, of Longview, WA, Josie Huff, of Longview, WA, Ellie and Josie Davidson, of Vancouver, WA, Lauren Zainfeld, of Toutle, WA; great-niece, Kollyns Miller, of Longview; great-nephews, John Alden, of Longview, Kashton Miller, of Longview; and too many special friends and members of his extended family to mention.
A memorial service to honor Mickel will be held at the New Life Fellowship Church, located at 2441 42nd Ave, Longview, WA, 98632, on October 1, at 1 p.m. Anyone who wants to help the Zainfeld family may make a donation at US Bank under the Battalion Chief Zainfeld Memorial account. Additional detail is available by calling Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue at 360-578-5218, visiting their website at www.c2fr.org, or on their Facebook page.
Edward “Ed” Scott was born Oct. 31, 1927, in Model, CO, to Charles and Lillie Scott. Ed, at age 9, and his family moved to Oregon in June of 1936. Ed attended Rainier Schools graduating from Rainier Union High School in May of 1945. After graduating high school, Ed enlisted in the United States Army, serving from Jan. 25, 1946, to July 1, 1947. After serving in the military, Ed returned to his hometown of Rainier, OR.
On July 5, 1951, he married Mary Elliott of Kelso, WA. They went on to own a TV sales and repair shop on Highway 30 in Rainier for a short time before Ed started a lifelong career of owning and operating Ed Scott Logging.
Ed always loved outdoor activities such as fishing, hunting, farming, logging and his numerous vacations to Eastern Oregon with his wife and family. Ed was also a lifetime member of the Rainier Masonic Lodge.
Ed is survived by his wife of 68 years at home; sister Minnie Headlee of Springfield, OR; sons Doug (Colleen) Scott, Mike Scott and daughter Nancy (Mike) Thomas, all of Rainier, OR. Also survived by Ed are his grandchildren, Kelli Roulette, Brian Scott, Stacy Scott, Matt Thomas; seven great-grandchildren; and seven nieces and nephews.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Melvin Scott and John Scott; sisters Mary Ellen Zimmerman and Betty Nixon; grandson Jeremy Scott; nephew Joe Headlee and niece Karen Scott.
A graveside service will be held Thursday, October 3, at 1 p.m. at Woodbine Cemetery in Rainier, OR. A viewing will also be held Wednesday, October 2, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and again Thursday, October 3, from 10 a.m.-noon at Groulx Family Mortuary in Rainier.
Eva Jewell Ammons, 66, of Silver Lake WA passed away in Silver Lake on August 20, 2019. She was born on January 4, 1953 in Plant City, FL to George and Francis Pelfrey. She is survived by brothers and sisters, Marie Hobkirk, 70 of FL, Johnny Pelfrey, 68 of GA, Van Pelfrey, 67 of FL, Estelane Little, 65 of FL, Rickey Pelfrey, 63 of NC; son George Ammons, 45 of Kelso, daughter Aimee Ammons, 44 of Kelso, daughter Brandi Medina, 41 of Jefferson, IA; 10 grandkids and great grandkids, special friend Bob Wilson of Silver Lake, and estranged husband James Ammons, 68, of Castle Rock.
Eva received a certificate in machine shop and welding at LCC. She enjoyed cooking, hunting, and fishing. She volunteered at the Local VFW and helped with hunter safety training. Eva was a caring, loving, and supportive mother. Her favorite time of year was the spring because she got to be outside and do her favorite thing—gardening, then canning what she harvested.
Eva was very nurturing and would help anyone with a smile on her face. She was very artistic and enjoyed making crafts for holidays bazaars, jewelry and painting ceramics.