A5 THE ASTORIAN • TuESdAy, JuNE 11, 2019 OBITUARIES Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia Rev. Lance Peeler ARE YOU AT RISK? Astoria Aug. 8, 1969 – May 15, 2019 The Rev. Lance Peeler, 49, of Astoria, both an attendee and camp counselor at Tri- passed away May 15, 2019, surrounded by angle Lake Summer Camp. Following his loving family, after a long battle with cancer. graduation from Willamette University, he He was born to Vern and Patsy began working in the Episcopal Peeler of Roseburg, Oregon, on Church at St. John the Evangelist Aug. 8, 1969. Lance grew up in in Milwaukie as a youth leader, Roseburg, attending Melrose Ele- which is also were he met his mentary School, where he always wife, Stacie. looked forward to the traditional Lance later attended the Sem- inary of the Southwest in Austin, spring marble games, Freemont Texas, where he received his mas- Junior High School, and then ter’s degree in divinity. He was graduated from Roseburg High ordained to the priesthood on April School in June 1987. He loved music, playing sax- 4, 2009, at the Church of the Good ophone for the Roseburg March- Rev. Lance Peeler Samaritan in Corvallis, where he ing Band, as well as the school served as the assistant rector, as concert and jazz ensembles. He also played well as chaplain at Good Samaritan Hospi- with several of his best friends, creating the tal. Lance served as the rector of Grace Epis- copal Church in Astoria for the last six years. LTD Blues band. Following high school, Lance was Lance is survived by his wife, Stacie, and accepted to Willamette University in their children, Grace and Jacob, of Astoria. Salem, where he graduated with a bache- He also leaves his mother, Patsy Peeler; and lor’s degree, with honors, in his psychology sister, Pamela VanOrman, of Roseburg; as program. well as several loving aunts, uncles, cous- Lance had strong English and Irish ins, in-laws and many friends. He was pre- ancestry rooted in the Anglican faith. His ceded in death by his father, Vern Peeler. A celebration of life will be held on June fourth great-grandfather was an Anglican priest, and generations to follow who immi- 15 at 2 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, grated to the U.S. were dedicated Episcopa- 1545 Franklin Ave., in Astoria. Donations in lians. Lance’s home parish was St. George’s Lance’s memory can be made to a memo- in Roseburg, where he was baptized as an rial fund set up by the church in his name. infant, attended Sunday school, was an aco- Please indicate “Lance Peeler Memorial lyte, confirmed as a teenager and was an Fund” on any donations. enthusiastic participant in the youth group “I believe in Christ like I believe in the through his high school years. sun — not because I can see it, but by it I Over the course of several years, he was can see everything else.” — C.S. Lewis Lynn Maree (Green) Van Bladeren St. Joseph, Michigan Nov. 6, 1955 — May 21, 2019 Lynn Maree (Green) Van Bladeren, 63, of awarded the Newcomer of the Year Award St. Joseph, Michigan, passed away Tuesday, for 1995-1996. She took immense pride in May 21, 2019. being present in her children’s lives, never A celebration of life service missing a beat. was held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, In 1999, Lynn returned to the May 29, at Starks & Menchinger workforce, first as a substitute Chapel, 2650 Niles Road, St. teacher and then as an executive Joseph, with Pastor Chris Spit- assistant at JohnsonRauhoff. She ters officiating. Friends visited the retired in 2016 to focus on her family from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at health and passions; knitting, sew- ing and spending time with her the funeral home. Memorial donations in Lynn’s loved ones. name may be made to PEO, a Lynn was very active in the women’s educational organization Philanthropic Educational Orga- near and dear to her heart, at bit.ly/ Lynn Maree (Green) nization (PEO) sisterhood, and in Van Bladeren 2006 was very proud to co-chair PEOdonate (Chapter DG). Those wishing to sign Lynn’s the Michigan State Convention. Memory Book online may do so at starks- Lynn was a devoted wife, present mom, menchinger.com loyal friend and boasting nana. She is greatly Lynn grew up near the Oregon Coast missed. in Knappa, Oregon. She graduated from Lynn is survived by her husband of 34 Knappa High School and Oregon State Uni- years, Gary; her children, Christopher Van versity with a bachelor’s degree in home Bladeren, of South Bend, Indiana, and Lisa economics education. (Steve Koich) Van Bladeren, of St. Joseph; On Jan. 26, 1985, she married Gary Van two grandchildren, Caleb and Daphne Van Bladeren, and they established a home in Bladeren; her mother, Claire Green, of Portland, Oregon. They soon welcomed two Knappa, Oregon; two sisters, Teri (Jerry) children, Christopher and Lisa. In 1988, the Arguello, of Klamath Falls, Oregon and family relocated to Longview, Washington, Tami (Ben) Gardner, of Gresham, Oregon; and later, in 1993, to Southwest Michigan. her brother, Scott Green, of Knappa, Ore- Lynn seamlessly adapted to the new life gon; and numerous nieces and nephews. and frigid climate of Michigan, joining the She was preceded in death by her father, Twin Cities Area Newcomers Club. She was Kenneth Green. Thomas Ivan Posey Gresham Dec. 8, 1956 — June 6, 2019 Thomas “Tom” “Tommy” Ivan Posey, Thomas loved looking up local his- formerly of Svensen, Oregon, passed away tory, the Rose Festival medallion hunt, puz- unexpectedly at age 62 on June 6, 2019, in zles, camping, planning gifts and adventures for the grandkids, scoping out his Gresham, Oregon. Thomas was born on Dec. 8, next white elephant gift and telling 1956, in Astoria, Oregon, to Joanne corny jokes. Posey and Lester Posey. He gradu- Thomas was friendly, nostalgic ated from Knappa High School in and could talk to anybody, which 1975. He was a custodian at Port- in recent years led him to reconnect land Public Schools until retiring in with many dear friends and class- mates from the past. 2019. Thomas was the beloved hus- Those who wish may donate band of Anona Posey. He is sur- in Thomas’ name to GoFundMe vived by his son, Tylar VanOrtwick; Tom Posey, the American Diabe- tes Association, or Donate Life Thomas Posey daughters, Erin Irwin (John) and America. Alia Posey (Mike Stohr); brothers, Friends and family members may attend Mike Posey and Ross Posey; sisters, Sharon Rabie and Kay Walker; grandchildren, Holly the memorial service, officiated by Pastor and Graham; loving dog companions, Han- Shawn Leonard, on Saturday, June 15, from 1 nah and Milo; and many nieces and nephews. to 4 p.m. at Crossroads Community Church, He was preceded in death by his parents. 40618 Old U.S. Highway 30, Astoria. Stern words from Iran: US cannot ‘expect to stay safe’ Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s foreign minister warned the U.S. on Monday that it “can- not expect to stay safe” after launching what he described as an economic war against Tehran, taking a hard-line stance amid a visit by Germa- ny’s top diplomat seeking to defuse tensions. A stern-faced Mohammad Javad Zarif offered a series of threats over the ongoing tensions gripping the Persian Gulf. The crisis takes root in President Donald Trump’s decision over a year ago to withdraw America from Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. Trump also reinstated tough sanctions on Iran, tar- geting its oil sector. “Mr. Trump himself has announced that the U.S. has launched an economic war against Iran,” Zarif said. “The only solution for reducing ten- sions in this region is stopping that economic war.” Zarif also warned: “Who- ever starts a war with us will not be the one who finishes it.” Zarif’s ramped up rhetoric marked a sharp departure for the U.S.-educated diplomat and signals that Iran is taking a harder line toward the West. 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