CLASS OF 1991 (1972-2013)
Obituary from The Columbian, Vancouver, WA - March 17, 2013
Adam Lee Ahola, 40, passed away at 5:15 a.m. on Monday, March 12, 2013, at his home in Carrolls, Washington with his family by his side. He battled cancer courageously for two years, never wavering from his dedication to Faith, Family, and Friends.
Adam was born October 5, 1972 to Mark and Linda Ahola of Brush Prairie, Washington. He spent all of his youth in Hockinson and graduated Prairie High School in 1991. He excelled in athletics where his 1990 football team won the League championship. He attended Clark College and Washington State University where he earned his Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering and wrote political cartoons for the WSU Evergreen paper. He worked summers in Yellowstone National Park for the Federal Highway Administration and was hired full time after graduation. As a project manager at the Vancouver Western Federal Lands Regional headquarters, he designed roads in Yellowstone, Glacier, and Denali National Parks.
He met his future wife, Amy Rasmussen in engineering classes and they married August 17, 1997 in Spokane, Washington. They resided in Yellowstone Park for two years and returned to Washougal, WA where Grace Jesse Ahola was born in September of 2000 and Molly Dot arrived in June 2003. They moved to their new home overlooking the Columbia River in 2006 where Mac Alfred was born in July 2010.
Adam enjoyed hunting with his father, brother, cousins, and friends in Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Nevada. He enjoyed his family more than anything and enjoyed taking them to the beach, skiing, hiking, fishing, and exploring the Northwest. He especially loved fly-fishing in Yellowstone Park and the Ruby River in Montana.
Adam was an accomplished artist from a young age. He painted many hunting and fishing scenes and portraits of his children. He became a member of of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Woodland where he served in their youth ministry and performed yard and grounds maintenance. He was baptized August 2012 at Cedar Creek and dedicated his life to serving Christ.
Adam is survived by his wife, Amy; children, Grace, Molly and Mac; parents, Mark and Linda (Wambach) Ahola; siblings, Angela Anthony (Michael) and Yvette Tuttle (Jim) and Brandon Ahola (Gidget); grandfather, Marion Wambach; mother- and father-in-law, Dot and Gary Rasmussen; and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and nieces and nephews.
A "Celebration of Life" memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 23 at 3:00 p.m. at Meadow Glade Seventh Day Adventist Church, 11001 Northeast 189th Street, Battle Ground. A private burial took place Friday, March 15 at Finn Hill Cemetery in Hockinson.
Arrangements were made by Layne's Funeral Home, Battle Ground.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be sent to International Children's Care, PO Box 820610, Vancouver, WA 98682. Please sign his Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits.