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Death notices for Victor Clausen, Arthur Sircoloumb and Fili Phelps


A celebration of life will be held for Victor Clausen on Saturday, June 2, 2007, at 2 p.m. at the Michael Servetus Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4505 East 18th St., Vancouver. He died on Feb. 21, 2007.

After obtaining a masters degree in forestry, Mr. Clausen worked in a professional capacity as a developer of new forest products in Coos Bay, Ore.; Eureka, Calif.; and Seattle. Later, he founded his own company, Victor Clausen and Associates, which he eventually sold to H.B. Fuller Company. He was manager of Fuller's Linear Products Division in Vancouver, and a Fuller vice president.

He sought new experiences all of his life. On his 57-acre property in Trout Lake, he did the actual building of a log house and established a tree farm, which became his permanent home after retirement. He served on the Klickitat County Planning Commission where he worked for good land use practices. He took much satisfaction in working outdoors, developing a graceful arboretum, a fruit orchard, experimenting with beekeeping, and tending a vegetable garden. When he began to have significant health problems, he reluctantly gave up his tree farm and moved to Vancouver.

Mr. Clausen is survived by Phyllis, his wife of 59 years; daughters Jan Clausen, Brooklyn, N.Y., Debra Clausen, Friday Harbor, Sidney Clausen, Olympia; and grandson Kern Rexius, Olympia.

Memorials may be made to the Ray Hickey Hospice House or the Friends of the Columbia Gorge.


Arthur F. Sircoloumb, 80, died on Wednesday, May 17, 2007, in Hood River, Ore. He is preceded in death by his parents, Claire and Jesse Sircoloumb, and survived by Patricia, his beloved wife of 55 years, brother Burt Sircoloumb, son David Sircoloumb, daughters Mary Johnson and Becky Al Refae, and their respective families. Grandchildren include Alexis, Katie, Peter, Tim, Emily, Yousef, Tarek, and Mary.

Born in 1927 in Sheridan, Wyo., Mr. Sircoloumb grew up in nearby Gillette. His family moved to Richland, during the war years, where he met and married "Patty." They settled in Seattle and raised a loving family. Recently Art and Pat relocated to Hood River, Ore., to be near their daughter and her family.

Mr. Sircoloumb was a Navy veteran during the end of WWII. He developed a life-long passion for airplanes and scratch-built many beautiful model planes. His grandfather was a railroad conductor in Wyoming and Kansas, and Mr. Sircoloumb developed a great passion for railroading. He was a lover of the arts, especially classical music and opera, and was a talented amateur painter. He loved to read and he was versant on many diverse subjects. His wit, sense of humor, and compassion will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Remembrances can be sent to Hospice of the Gorge.


Felicidad Ortega Phelps died at her home in Husum on May 13, 2007, at the age of 63. She was born in the Philippines on January 27, 1944.

She moved to the United States in 1975. She married Jack Wite and he died in 1977. In the early 1980s, she married Ramon Phelps in Portland, Ore.

She worked at Good Samaritan Hospital in the cafeteria and retired in 1990. In 2001 Mr. and Mrs. Phelps moved to Husum.

Mrs. Phelps enjoyed reading, particularly her Bible, going to Portland for dinner and walking with her dogs and her husband.

Mrs. Phelps is survived by her husband, Ray Phelps of Husum, and her brother Roberto Ortega of Cebu City, Philippines.

Memorial services will be private.

Gardner Funeral Home handled cremation arrangements.


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