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Death notices for Larry Knowlton and Susan Samsel


He was a retired assistant security manager at Kaiser Permanente.

Larry Jay Knowlton, 58, Vancouver, died on Thursday, March 3, 2005, at Ray Hickey Hospice Center in Vancouver.

Mr. Knowlton was born April 12, 1946 in White Salmon. He served in the Navy from 1964 to 1970 and earned a bachelor's degree in education from PSU. He was a retired assistant security manager at Kaiser Permanente.

He married Cyndie Salle in 1997. She preceded him in death in 2004. He had been a resident of Clark County since 1968.

Mr. Knowlton is survived by his daughters Kimberly Wolfe and Rachel Vezzetti; son L. Sean Knowlton; brother William Patrick Kelly; granddaughters Karyssa S. Wolfe and Maiah A. Wolfe; and grandson Aiden M. Vezzetti.

A memorial service for Mr. Knowlton will be held Monday, March 14, 2005, at 2:30 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, 11005 NE Hwy. 99, Vancouver. Private inurnment will follow at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Memorials may be made to Ray Hickey Hospice House, PO Box 1600, Vancouver, Wash. 98668.


Susan Ileen Samsel died at her home in Stabler on Feb. 26, 2005. She was 47 years old. She was born on June 19, 1957, in Gary, Ind., to Harold and Arline (Manning) Samsel.

Ms. Samsel was born in Indiana while her father was stationed there in the service. The family returned to the Northwest and she graduated from Aloha High School in 1975 and later attended college in Salem. Ms. Samsel enjoyed the woods and the water and especially loved her home on the Wind River. A creative person, she like to make Indian arts, crafts and jewelry.

She is survived by her twins Mandi Holmes, West Linn, Ore., and Mickey Samsel, Portland, Ore.; father Harold Samsel, Carson; mother Arline Bye, Bingen; brothers Kenneth Samsel, Camas, and Lonnie Samsel, The Dalles, Ore.; sister Laura Coe, Washougal; and three grandchildren Christopher Mikel Holmes Jr., Cheyanne Rose Holmes, and Dillon Samsel.

The family will observe a memorial service later.

Gardner Funeral Home's Columbia River Crematory handled cremation arrangements.


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