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Douglas "Brent" Dyck, of Tucson, AZ and longtime resident of Yakima, WA went home to be with The Lord on May 13, 2024 after a brief battle with cancer.Brent was born December 17, 1962 in Yakima, WA to Harley & Leora (Crown) Dyck. He attended schools in Yakima and grew up working in the orchards. Later he did various laborer jobs, worked at Kwik-Lok from 1996 to 2008 where he became a supervisor. In 2009, he began working for Keith & Keith Funeral Home where he was employed for over 10 years. It was through that job that he met his wife, Twila in 2011, where she was employed at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital. They were married October 13, 2012 in Coeur D' Alene, ID.In 2020, Brent and Twila moved to Tucson, AZ where he accepted a job offer as crematory operator in the funeral industry. Brent and Twila enjoyed riding their Harley-Davidson. They began attending Christian Faith Fellowship Church and became members of Full Throttle Motorcycle Ministry.Brent is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his loving wife, Twila, their cat Topaz, and sister Laurie (Stan) Ruff.A memorial service will be at Keith & Keith Funeral Home on June 26 at 1pm.

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Sat, 15 Jun 2024 00:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/douglas-dyck-1089874267
<![CDATA[Thomas Andrew Froula]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/thomas-froula-1089927887<![CDATA[

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Thomas Andrew Froula, 80, of Yakima, died on June 2, 2024. Tom passed peacefully in his camp chair, while cheering on his grandson at a windy baseball game in Pasco, Washington. There was no place he would have rather been. Tom was born in Lake City, Washington, on September 7, 1943, to David and Margaret Froula. He was one of four siblings. Their family moved to the Lower Yakima Valley in 1945.Tom started at West Valley High School during its second year of operation and proudly graduated third in his class in 1962. His father was on the first school board in the West Valley School District.Tom married the love of his life, Lois, on February 19, 1966. Together, they welcomed their daughter, Annette, in 1970 and son, Jason, in 1974.He attended Yakima Valley Community College and graduated with a degree in Information Technology and Business. He spent 13 years in the IT business and was proud to bring the first computer to the City of Yakima and Yakima County, jointly.In 1981, he purchased the Overhead Door Company of Yakima. He owned and operated the business until he retired and sold the company in 2008. He was overjoyed to spend more time with his three grandchildren in retirement.He was most happy spending time with his family and friends. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. Tom always offered a listening ear and was pleased to share his knowledge and stories with all who were interested.Faith in Jesus Christ was the foundation of Tom's life and he had deep rooted Christian values. He was an active member within the West Valley Church.Tom was a profound community leader. He served on multiple local and regional boards, including the YMCA, the Yakima Salvation Army, and the Seattle Pacific University board of trustees. He was an enthusiastic member of the downtown Rotary Club and his "not so buff" group.Tom and Lois also went on multiple Haiti medical team trips. He loved helping others and seemingly never met a stranger.Tom was an adventure seeker until the very end. He loved the outdoors, whether it was quadding in the mountains with friends and family, hiking, camping, riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle, or spending time at Mt. Angel with his close group of friends. He also took a keen interest in geology.Tom is survived by his loving family, including his wife, Lois; children, Annette Rendahl and Jason Froula; son-in-law, Tim Rendahl, and daughter-in-law, Mandy Froula. He leaves behind three grandchildren ("Papa's treasures," as he would say), Lauren Rendahl, and Ethan, and Isaac Froula. Tom is also survived by his brother, Dave Froula of Sequim; sister, Mary Froula-King of Wenatchee; brother-in-law, Gary Belcher of Gig Harbor, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Tom loved each and every member of his family profusely. Tom is preceded in death by his parents, David and Margaret Froula; brother, Karl Froula; sisters-in-law, Marlene and Donna Froula, and Mona Belcher; nephew, Davey Froula of Sequim, and father-and-mother-in-law, Jim and Freda Smothers.A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2024, at 1:30pm, at West Valley Church (7109 W Nob Hill Blvd, Yakima, WA 98908), with a Reception immediately following.In lieu of flowers, Lois has requested donations be made payable to the YMCA and the Yakima Rotary scholarship fund and sent in care of Brookside Funeral Home (PO Box 1267, Moxee, WA 98936), who is caring for the family. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.brooksidefuneral.com.

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Sat, 15 Jun 2024 00:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/thomas-froula-1089927887
<![CDATA[Joyce Rose Ninnemann]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/joyce-ninnemann-1089937007<![CDATA[

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Joyce Ninnemann, our loving mother, matriarch, mentor, and force of nature has passed from this world to be with her beloved husband, Jerry, in heaven. Joyce passed on May 23, 2024. Joyce was born in Yakima, Washington on May 27, 1941, to Ellen Sheets and Lloyd Wise. Depending on who you ask, she was either born moments before or after her twin sister Janice. Joyce and Janice were the oldest of three other siblings, Larry, Jane, and Randy Wise.Joyce was a constant and deep thinker and enjoyed exploring the mysteries of the universe. She joined the Sisters of St. Joseph of Providence and while in the convent went to school at Seattle University to become a nurse. Joyce left the convent and soon met and married her love, Jerry, who coincidentally had almost become a priest. Joyce and Jerry were married for 47 years and spent their lives raising their children Joe, Jennifer, Jeff, Kay a foster child, as well as many other foster children, and every kind of livestock imaginable. Loving memories were created together in Ballard, the Manastash Canyon near Ellensburg, Zillah and Moses Lake, Washington.Joyce was a nun, nurse-practitioner, mental health professional and mentor, crisis response manager, school board member, gardener, orchardist, wild horse wrangler, friend, ever-guiding mother and grandmother. Joyce loved family and was extremely proud of her children, their spouses, and doted on her grandchildren Eli, Isaac, Peyton, and Jordyn.Joyce loved family gatherings, giving presents, seeing her kids and grandchildren succeed, reading the paper, and doing sudoku. She dedicated her life to serving others and providing help to those in need, primarily through her life as a mental health provider. Joyce will be remembered as a powerful force of intellect, presence, and love. She was a one-of-a-kind person, and one that will be missed and remembered.

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Sat, 15 Jun 2024 00:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/joyce-ninnemann-1089937007
<![CDATA[Carol "Carrie" Lynne (Wright) Jackson]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/carol-carrie-wright-jackson-1089945890<![CDATA[

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Carol "Carrie" Lynne (Wright) Jackson, 66, passed away on June 6, 2024, after a fierce battle with endometrial cancer. Carrie was born on October 7, 1957, to Helen and Kenneth Wright, in Toppenish. She was the youngest of three kids.The family laid down roots in Union Gap when she was 6. Mom spoke fondly of her childhood in Zillah and Union Gap, and the friends she made playing in the neighborhoods growing up.She welcomed her first child in 1976 at the age of 18, and her second in 1986. Being a young mom didn't stop her. Carrie attended the Upstairs School and graduated on time from Eisenhower, as a new mother, in 1976. She went on to attend Yakima Business College and began working for WSU Cooperative Extension, working there for 39 years, before retiring.Carrie met Jim Jackson in 2001 and asked him out for coffee, where they hit it off. They married later that year, and they've been together ever since, rarely leaving the others side. Jim was the love of her life and worked hard to give her the life she'd always wanted. Carrie most enjoyed spending time with Jim and their families, especially their grandchildren. Kids in our family always felt comfortable and safe with Carrie, and often gravitated toward her. "Grauntie" became a nickname adopted for her because of her dual grandma-auntie role for so many in our family. She cherished her travels to visit family in Chicago, Arizona and San Francisco.Carrie liked staying up on current events (a lifelong Democrat), chatting on the phone, cuddling her pets, buying the perfect gift or accessory for someone, giraffes, and especially Disney movies.Carrie is preceded in death by her father, Kenneth Wright. She leaves behind her husband of 22 years, Jim Jackson, mother, Helen Wright, sister, Denise Wright, brother, Mike (Debbie) Wright, son, Kenny Wright, daughter, Stephanie (Nate) Goesch, grandchildren, Tyler (Carly) Wright, Alyssa Wright (Lincoln Cash), Rainer and Rhiannon Goesch, one great-grandchild, Luke Wright, her nephew, Lamont (Janava) Wright and children, many other nieces and nephews, and her dog, Sophie.Grauntie was the cornerstone of our family. She was always ready to love and be kind first and showed us all the beauty that can come from that.Please join us for the Celebration of Carrie's Life that will be held ono Saturday, June 29, 2024, at 1:00pm, at Shaw & Sons Funeral Home (201 N. 2nd Street, Yakima, WA).Shaw & Sons Funeral Home is caring for the family. Memories and condolences can be shared at www.shawandsons.com.

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Sat, 15 Jun 2024 00:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/carol-carrie-wright-jackson-1089945890
<![CDATA[Molly Ruth Morano]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/molly-morano-1089945892<![CDATA[

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Molly Ruth Morano passed away on June 5, 2024. Molly was born on March 13, 1985, to Michael Morano and Kay Connor Morano.Molly was a graduate of East Valley High School in Yakima, attended Yakima Community College, and held a variety of jobs, mostly in childcare, where she was a natural caregiver.Molly was loving and caring, cherished her family, and was fiercely loyal to her friends. She loved crafts of all kinds. Molly had a curious mind and was always learning. She was technologically savvy and was willing to take on a variety of projects, always managing to find a solution that eluded others.Molly was generous. She loved finding surprises for both of her sisters' children, Ferris, Xavier, Harry, and Asher. The holidays and vacations were highlights for Molly, and she relished the preparations and time together as family.Molly had a deep and contagious laugh. Molly was a person of faith who lived out her life with care and concern for others.Molly is preceded in death by her mother, Kay Connor Morano, sister, Angie Morano Noble, her grandparents, Michael and Helen Morano of Pennsylvania, and Robert and Ruth Connor of North Dakota. She is survived by her father, Michael Morano (Robin Miller), sister, Kristen Ames Charlet, (James Ward Morris) brother, Ryan Connor, uncles and aunts, Marie Morano Booth (Kenneth), Ricky Morano (Mary Ellen), Jayme Morano (Debbie,) Bruce Morano (Nancy), Marianna Connor Malm (Reed), Nancy Connor (Dennis Sepper), and Jeff Connor, many cousins, friends, and her beloved kitty, Gizmo.A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, June 17, 2024, at 1:00pm, at Shaw & Sons Funeral Home.Memorial contributions may be made payable to Children's Village, the Yakima Humane Society, or a charity of your choice, and sent in care of Shaw & Sons Funeral Home (201 N. 2nd Street, Yakima, WA 98901), who is caring for the family. Memories and condolences can be shared at www.shawandsons.com.

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Sat, 15 Jun 2024 00:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/molly-morano-1089945892
<![CDATA[Mary Ann Rodgers]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/mary-ann-rodgers-1089946030<![CDATA[

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Mary Ann Rodgers, age 91, of Naches passed away peacefully at Riverview Manor, on May 28, 2024. She was born in Hanford, California, to William and Lillis Smay and lived in Tulare/Visalia, California during her childhood. She was one of seven children. She moved to the Yakima Valley as a young adult, where she met and fell in love with Grant Rodgers. They married within 30 days of meeting and celebrated 52 years together, before Grant's passing in 2004. They settled in Tieton, where they raised their six children. She worked in various warehouses, packing fruit to help support the family. She enjoyed hobbies in her spare time and was involved in community activities. She was known as the gravy lady for the Highland Smorgasbord basketball fundraiser. She was very talented at painting, woodworking, dollmaking, macrame, growing flowers and cooking. She turned some of these hobbies into a profession, attending craft shows around the Pacific Northwest. She eventually opened a craft shop, giving lessons in dollmaking and tole painting, and was one of the first UPS drop-off shipping sites. She won many awards at these shows and had one of her creations purchased by the governor.Later in life, she enjoyed dabbling in crafts and visiting with her many grandkids and great-grandkids. She also enjoyed traveling, camping, and eating banana splits with her best friend, Donna.She is survived by her children, Patty Rodgers, Cowiche; Tom Rodgers (Andee), Estacada, OR; Cindy Phillips (Dan), Kennewick; Linda LaPierre (Dave), Naches; and Nancy Barnfather (Rick), Everett, 13 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren, her younger brother, Philip of Soap Lake, and a younger sister, Judy of Tulare. She is preceded in death by her husband, Grant Rodgers, son, Jack Rodgers, her parents, and siblings, Betty, Joyce, Wilma, and Bill. A Celebration of Life will be held at Brookside Funeral Home (500 W. Prospect, Moxee, WA), on Saturday, June 22, 2024, at 1:00pm.Brookside Funeral Home is caring for the family. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.brooksidefuneral.com.

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Sat, 15 Jun 2024 00:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/mary-ann-rodgers-1089946030
<![CDATA[Steven Lane Weaver]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/steven-weaver-1089946237<![CDATA[

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With deep sadness, the family of Steven Lane Weaver announces his passing on June 5, 2024. His brave heart finally gave way.Steven Lane Weaver was born on February 15, 1947, to Lester and Azalea Weaver in Roseburg, Oregon. If you find yourself in Myrtle Creek, Oregon - you are in the heart of Weaver Country.At 18 months, Steve's family moved to Venezuela, and stayed for 18 years. Lester farmed rice, sesame and tobacco. The five children grew up, fluent in Spanish and exposed to phenomenal adventures. At 18 Steve left Venezuela for college. In 1967, his adventurous spirit was a good fit for the US Army. He chose Armor. First as a gunner, driver, then as a tank commander. He served in Korea and Viet Nam. He was awarded the following: National Defense Service, Viet Nam Campaign, Bronze Star, Viet Nam Service, Good Conduct, and Purple Heart.After service Steve returned to college to reconnect with a girl who had been his lab partner in Biology 101. This June we would have been married 54 years.His career was spent in Agriculture, including 12 years in the Okanogan managing Johnny Appleseed Orchard. Steve and Ellen loved that country where they raised their children and still have many friends there. In Yakima, Steve worked primarily for CM Holtzinger Fruit Co. Charlie Holtzinger was a dear friend and shared Steve's love of fishing and adventure.Recently a doctor asked Steve how he had spent his professional life. "I was in the apple industry," Steve replied. "And, how was that?" the doctor asked. "Interesting, very interesting," Steve replied. Standing nearby, I thought that Steve's whole life had been interesting.He is survived by his wife Ellen, his son Andrew (Stephanie) Weaver, grandchildren: Ellen (Ellie) Narvaez, Isabel and Hailey Weaver. He also survived by his beloved siblings: Janet Copolla, Sidney Quinn, Gil Weaver, and Stacy Annon. He was preceded in death by his daughter Grace.A remembrance luncheon will be held at the Selah Elks Golf Club on Friday, July 19, 2024. Steve would want you to wear your favorite fishing shirt to this shindig.Memorials may be made to the military organization of your choice.

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Sat, 15 Jun 2024 00:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/steven-weaver-1089946237
<![CDATA[Martina Hernandez]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/martina-hernandez-1089946244<![CDATA[

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Martina Hernandez, a matriarch of unwavering strength and boundless love, passed away at the age of 97 on June 7, 2024, at Cottage in the Meadow in Yakima, WA. Born Martina Medina in Corpus Christi, TX, the only child of Felix and Elizenda Medina, she was the cornerstone of a family that grew and flourished through her dedication and warmth.The Medina family's journey from Texas to Mabton, WA, in 1942 marked the beginning of a new chapter, where Martina met her beloved husband, Cesareo Hernandez. Their union blossomed into a family of 11 children, a testament to their love and commitment. Despite the heartbreak of Cesareo's passing in 1967, Martina's resilience shone through as she moved her family to Yakima, WA. There, she pursued education and a career that reflected her tenacity and desire to provide for her family.Martina's professional life was marked by service to others, first at the Yakima County Courthouse and later at the Department of Social and Health Services. Her passion for helping others continued into retirement as she became a licensed Spanish translator, bridging communication gaps and enriching the lives of those she assisted.This proud Tejana born girl had a life-long love of traditions of family, faith and culture. She loved music, dance, travel, gardening, crocheting, spending time with friends and cherished moments with her children and grandchildren either at their games, birthdays, and many special events. Her annual Easter Egg Hunt, Halloween parties and Christmas gatherings were events her grandchildren looked forward to every year. Martina's favorite place was at her timeshare in Puerto Vallarta, where she would spend time with family and special local friends who she met along the way. Whether it was the Malecon, Sheraton Fiesta & Sunday brunches, or enjoying Mariachis serenading her at the beach, Puerto was her paradise. She also lived out her dream of visiting the Holy Land with her dear friends.Martina was a devoted and active member of St. Paul's Cathedral, devoting her time and energy, along with meeting many lifelong friends. Her life was an inspiration to many, she will be deeply missed and always remembered.Martina was preceded in death by her husband Cesareo Hernandez; her parents, Felix and Elizenda Medina; daughter Maribel Hernandez-Green and her sons-in-law, Francisco Salinas, and Jerry Milden. Martina is survived by her children, Caesar & Alice Hernandez, of Renton; Ruben Hernandez, of Yakima; Arnold & Norma Hernandez, of Toppenish; Reynaldo & Alicia Hernandez of Kennewick; Sylvia & Francisco Maltos, of Toppenish; Marina (Nina) Salinas, of Yakima; Delia Milden of Yakima; Mary Ellen Hernandez of Yakima; Felix & Karen Hernandez of Yakima; and Angela (Mimi) Hernandez of Seattle, along with 36 grandchildren, 59 great grandchildren, and 8 great great grandchildren.The Hernandez family would like to thank the first responders, Multicare Memorial Hospital and Cottage in the Meadow-all doctors, nurses and staff who supported Mom during this time.A Viewing for Martina will be held Thursday, June 20, 2024 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM with a Vigil at 5:30 PM and a Rosary at 6:30 PM at Langevin El Paraiso Funeral Home, 1010 West Yakima Ave, Yakima, WA 98902. A Memorial Service will occur Friday, June 21, 2024 10:00 AM at St. Paul Cathedral, 15 S 12th Ave, Yakima, WA 98902 with a Reception to follow at St Paul Cathedral. Interment will follow at Toppenish Elmwood Cemetery, 530 Elmwood Rd. Toppenish, WA 98948.To share your memories about Martina and receive more information about her memorial, go to Martina's page at www.lepfuneralhome.com.

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Sat, 15 Jun 2024 00:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/martina-hernandez-1089946244
<![CDATA[Stacy Lee Olsen]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/stacy-olsen-1089946043<![CDATA[

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Stacy Lee Olsen, 55, of Spokane, WA passed away on June 2, 2024.He was born on May 5, 1969 to Susan Butler (Anderson) and Stephen Olsen in Yakima, WA. He attended East Valley High School in Yakima and was in the class of '87.After high school, Stacy had many adventures. He spent time in the National Guard and worked in various trades before settling in the construction industry. He enjoyed carpentry the most and was a perfectionist at heart. He was always happy to lend a helping hand to a friend or family member. He traveled the country before choosing to make Spokane his home, and he once rollerbladed from California to Florida to raise money for a sick family member.He loved riding his Harley and spending Friday nights shooting pool with friends. He was passionate about his beliefs, and if he disagreed with you, you knew about it. He was fluent in sarcasm and loved finding humor in everyday events. More than anything else, he loved spending time with and talking about his children.Stacy is survived by his wife, Eva Olsen; son Dylan Graving; daughters Maryann Olsen, Sarah Kooistra, and Amanda Barker; mother Susan Butler; sister Penny Harris; nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends who loved him.Stacy was predeceased by his father Stephen C. Olsen, his step-father Alva A. Butler, and his brother Stephen C. Olsen Jr. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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Fri, 14 Jun 2024 00:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/stacy-olsen-1089946043
<![CDATA[Vont'e Terrell Crowe]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/vont-e-crowe-1089927890<![CDATA[

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Vont'e Terrell Crowe, 31, passed away unexpectedly on May 28, 2024. He was born on January 27, 1993, in Yakima, Washington, where he spent a small portion of his childhood enjoying his favorite local hot spots, such as Meadowbrook Arcade, Burger Ranch, Greenway Park, and Skateland. He attended Adams Elementary School.In 2002, he moved to Des Moines, Washington, along with his mother and sister. It was then that he began developing into a true Seattleite, discovering his love for freshly brewed coffee, the Seattle Supersonics and Seahawks, as well as the SeaTac Airport, where he absolutely cherished working. He adored living in the city of SeaTac, where he settled and lived for over 15 years with his mother and sister.He graduated and received his diploma from Tyee High School in 2012, attending Green River Community College shortly after. Not only was Vont'e a star quarterback for the Tyee Totems, but he was also known for dunking on any opposing team on the basketball court. At one point, he was an active member in the local basketball scene, where he competed in the Police Academy League. He also participated in Hoop Fest Spokane, naming his team after Trayvon Martin, to show support and bring awareness to gun violence.Many remember Vont'e as their goofy friend who always had an inside joke and a charming smile to give. He appeared a tall athletic giant on the exterior, but truly a gentle soul to the core.Vont'e was an inspiration to many, as he was extremely talented and succeeded at any avenue he chose. No matter his struggles, he found joy in each and every day. He had a variety of interests, which included playing basketball, boxing, muay-Thai, writing poetry, weightlifting, listening to music, rollerblading, reading, and most importantly bonding with his family.He is survived by his father, Toney Crowe, his mother, Lori Crowe, his sister, Toneysha Crowe, his son, Asher Von Crowe, and his daughter, Kinsey Alida Crowe.When the sun shines, I urge you to remember his inspiring and exuberant spirit. When the rain pours, think of his power to keep moving forward no matter the trial. We truly hope that our hearts can heal even a little bit with each passing season. Whether we've learned to move while our body allows it, to shout while we still have a voice, or to fight as long as we have the will.A Celebration of Life for Vont'e will be held on Friday, June 14, 2024, at 12:30pm, at Brookside Funeral Home (500 W Prospect Rd, Moxee, WA 98936). A Private Graveside Service will be held at Tahoma Cemetery.Brookside Funeral Home is caring for the family. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.brooksidefuneral.com.

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Thu, 13 Jun 2024 00:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/vont-e-crowe-1089927890
<![CDATA[Dorothy M. Selzler]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/dorothy-selzler-1089928597<![CDATA[

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With the fulfillment of certain requests, and preparations, we can now announce the passing of our loved one:Dorothy Selzler was a notable professional multi-media artist, known in the Pacific Northwest and beyond as an "artist's artist."Dorothy easily worked in hand carved and painted ceramic tile -- murals and panels -- and oil painting, eventually focused on her love of watercolor and acrylic painting.Dorothy evolved into fantasy and metaphoric styles of her own innovations, and developed "secret" enviable techniques of mixing water, and acrylic, materials along with methods of textural application not found replicable to this day.Dorothy's record books are full of the newspaper and professional journal clippings with notices of her art shows, and positive reviews of her works.For some time Yakima public television came out to her studios in Ravensgate and would video interviews with her while she worked on her paintings. The vids would play throughout the television programing as display of people of interest and unique talents in the Yakima Valleys.Dorothy was a loyal supporter of Larson Gallery, and qualified to show in many of the grand art shows featuring the best talent of central Washington; many other prominent Yakima venues and PNW galleries such as in Bellevue, Bremerton, Leavenworth and Richland.Besides the work of creating, Dorothy was an astute businesswoman, becoming her own best agent and promoter, while managing the rather complex aspects of an art business. At her zenith, when agents from the designer trade discovered her distinctive style they came from the big cities everywhere, and from as far away as Chicago and New York, to buy her paintings in number. Her work hangs in private collections and prominent interior designs of offices and buildings not only in the Pacific Northwest, but also throughout the major art hubs of the East.Full version of Dorothy's story with details and photos is online: theselzlers.org

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Thu, 13 Jun 2024 00:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/dorothy-selzler-1089928597
<![CDATA[Clementine Gutierrez Estrada]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/clementine-estrada-1089928665<![CDATA[

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Clementine Gutierrez Estrada, 76, went to be with the Lord and past loved ones on June 9th, 2024.Clementine Estrada was born March 6th, 1948 in Wapato, Washington. She worked as a Mental Health Counselor in Goldendale for over 25 amazing years.Clementine enjoyed spending time with family, sewing and you could always count on seeing her cooking in the kitchen.Clementine is survived by her children: Frank Gonzales (Jane), Sandra Gonzales (Richard), Carmen Bebout (Rick), Kerri Stiefer (Tracy), stepsons: Scott Palmer (Susan) and Jake Palmer. Clementine was blessed with 12 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren whom she loved each so deeply! She also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.She is preceded in death by her parents Alex & Carmen Estrada as well as her brothers Jesse Estrada & Rosendo Estrada.Clementine's Funeral Service will take place on June 15th, 2024 at Valley Hills Funeral Home in Wapato, WA from 1-2pm. Viewing will take place from 9am-1pm. A Celebration of Life potluck will follow at 3:00pm at Toppenish Community Center. Clementine will be laid to rest on June 17th at 11 am at Reservation Community Memorial Park (Wapato Cemetery).

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Thu, 13 Jun 2024 00:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/clementine-estrada-1089928665
<![CDATA[Sylvia Lorelli Miller]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/sylvia-miller-1089937057<![CDATA[

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Sylvia Lorelli Miller, age 95, of Yakima, WA passed away on June 8, 2024 at home after fighting a courageous battle with dementia. She was born on October 22, 1928 to George and Aletta Haugen in Driscoll, N. Dakota.She was raised in Powell, Wyoming where she graduated from Powell High School in 1946. She married the love of her life, Clyde Miller, in 1946 and they raised six children. Clyde and Sylvia farmed at Heart Mountain until they moved to Washington in 1953, where they homesteaded west of Othello in an area commonly known as Block 49, "The Bench". Farming on the Bench during those days was tough and they experienced many dirt storms before the irrigation project came to the area. Mom was one of the original founding members of the "Sagehens" ladies' group who would play cards and have various family activities and outings.In the early 60s', they moved to Connell, WA for several years before they returned to Othello to farm. Mom was a homemaker and spent many years volunteering her time at the local nursing home, enjoyed being the community Avon Lady, and a 4-H leader. After Clyde retired from farming, they moved to Yakima to be closer to family. She was an active and dedicated volunteer with the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop.Sylvia had many interests. She was excellent at preserving vegetables and fruits, gardening, and had a true green thumb for her beautiful flowers and roses. Mom had a love for baking. Many childhood memories included homemade cinnamon rolls, breads and lefsa. Mom was a very talented seamstress and loved craft projects and spent many hours crocheting. Other interests included doing puzzles, playing cards and creating beautiful colored pencil pictures. She was full of love, patience and kindness which she shared with her entire family and dear friends.Sylvia is survived by her children, Glenda (Bob) Heironimus of Yakima, Dianne Clift of Yakima, Debbie (Ted) Kudrna of Kennewick, Monica (Todd) Spencer of Harrah, Mark Miller of Yakima, and daughter in law Carol Miller of Othello; 10 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and 11 great-great grandchildren. Sylvia is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Clyde Miller, and son Gary Miller.The family would like to thank Wayne Nell for his countless hours helping mom and always being there for comfort, love and caring.A viewing will be held at Keith & Keith Funeral Home, 902 W Yakima Ave., in Yakima on Monday June 17th from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Graveside funeral services will be Monday, June 17th at 2:00 p.m. at Terrace Heights Memorial Park, 3001 Terrace Heights Drive, Yakima, WA.To express fond memories and words of condolences to the Miller family, please visit www.keithandkeith.com.

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Thu, 13 Jun 2024 00:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/sylvia-miller-1089937057
<![CDATA[Roy Aric Matson]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/roy-matson-1089920656<![CDATA[

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Roy A. Matson II, 74, of Centralia, Washington passed away October 5, 2023, at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon. Roy was born February 9, 1949 to Barbara Jean (Hill) and James Taylor Matson of Selah, WA. Roy liked to say he shared his birthday with Carmen Miranda, the Brazilian actress who wore a hat that looked like a fruit basket. Roy was a product of the Selah School District where he attended K-12. After graduation from high school, he attended the University of Washington.One of Roy's favorite sayings was: "Life is a Song Queue." For almost any situation, event or person, he knew a song and could sing it. It was amazing! This is the epitaph he said he'd want to have on his headstone.Roy had a jovial personality with a knack for storytelling. He had the ability to mix the perfect amount of fact and embellishment. Many of his stories revolved around life as a farm kid, such as having to drive the "Mayflower," a farm truck so old and rickety it must have been around when the Mayflower actually sailed. He was a natural tinkerer with a particular fondness for all things classic. His love of the old transcended both traditions, such as using actual candles on the Christmas tree (with a fire extinguisher close by), to pieces of technology; most of all to three of his passions: classic automobiles, pianos and steam engines. He would remark that the Liberace museum was one of the most perfect places on earth as it had lots of pianos and lots of classic cars. Just a few of Roy's prized classic cars included various Packards from the mid 1930s through the mid 1950s, including the 1937 Packard Series 120C, Mildred his 1954 Galahad Green Packard to the 1956 Packard Patrician, Perry which was painted Dover White and Packard Blue with air conditioning, his favorite road car. His favorite Studebaker was his 1952¾ ton pickup-truck named Buster; painted Clover Green with Cherokee Red wheels; he had a fondness for the names of car colors. His Franklins included the 1919 Touring car, the 1928 Franklin Coupe and the 1930 Franklin 7-passenger car. He used the 1930 Franklin one time to transport the bride, her father and her grandfather to the church for her wedding. After the nuptials, with Roy as the "limo" driver and Clyde as the footman, they transported the bride and groom to their wedding reception. He also used his 1956 Packard Patrician with Roy as the "limo" driver and Clyde as the footman to carry Jordan and Amy Matson from their nuptials to their wedding reception. He enjoyed driving a retired hearse while attending high school. The hearse came in handy for economy-minded high schoolers going to a drive-in movie since it could hold about 12 kids.Over the years, Roy had membership in various vintage car clubs. These car clubs included: The Solenoid, The Packard Traveler, The Washington President, The Freewheelers, Ethyl Forever, Northwest Scenic Cruisers, Great Autos of Yesteryear and Rear-View Mirror.Roy's passion for the piano was unrivaled. He showed an early interest in pianos even as a toddler. Whenever anyone showed even the slightest interest in a piano, he would start crawling over to the piano to sit or lie underneath it because even at that age he knew that was where the best sound was. For a time, he was able to professionally share his passion on the showroom floor of Sherman Clay's Steinway gallery in Seattle. His own collection of pianos included vintage Ampico, Duo-Art and Welte Mignon reproducing pianos with hundreds of accompanying paper rolls. His home housed his own collection of VOG (Voice of God) pianos. His favorite grand pianos, overall, were Chickerings while his favorite uprights were Bush and Lane pianos. One of the jewels of his collection is a Bush & Lane grand piano in book-matched Circassian walnut veneer that he played as a boy that belonged to his grandmother, Hazel Matson.His other passion was steam power, anything powered by steam. Steam trains, cars, whistles and any other mechanical device that was steam powered. He especially liked the steam engines on steam trains. He said that steam trains were alive. Every steam engine was not only alive but had its own personality. He said these living entities went away when the railroads switched to diesel powered engines.Roy's hospitality and love of machines, especially old machines, are what most stand out. He put such care and skill into his spaces, using his vast and varied knowledge to create a visiting experience like no other. The (parlour?) housing multiple, fully restored antique reproducing (aka player) pianos with its floor-to-ceiling library of piano music rolls is a perfect blend of the function and beauty that Roy enjoyed creating and sharing. He was a lifelong restorer and ardent user of old technology: player pianos and vintage music players of all sorts, antique automobiles, especially Packard cars (pronounced cahs, as on the East coast!). Cousin Rod's earliest memory of Roy was his arriving to Grandma Joan's house, when he was very young and was fascinated with Roy's vehicle and its wonderful, old-timey look and unique horn. Roy could nearly always be found near a box of cigars, fine things to eat and drink, and would offer some of everything to anyone who visited. He was always full of stories and curious knowledge about all subjects, from family history to current events and everything in between.In October of 2000, Roy met Clyde Gartner playing pinochle. This is a 4-person card game with each person having a partner that makes a pair. In this game of cards (and in real life for that matter), you always try to find a good partner because you always have to play the cards you're dealt. A good partner greatly increases your chance of success. Roy asked Clyde out on a date. After dating a while, he then asked Clyde if he'd be his partner in all matters as well. And as they say, the rest is history!After a short time in the Seattle area, both being farm kids, they moved to Centralia to continue their adventures. One such adventure was the purchase and restoration of a classic home, Lethe, circa 1908. Roy would remark at the craftsmanship of the home down to the knob-and-tube wiring. Their home was a welcome place for family and friends, where they would host the occasional Christmas party with live piano music (with no song written after 1940, of course).Roy is survived by his husband, Clyde Gartner; brother, Ross Matson of Selah; niece, Shelly Matson of Yakima; cousins, Rod Matson (Carmen) of Selah and Bradley Matson (Melissa) of Portland, Oregon as well as numerous second and third cousins.Roy was preceded in death by his parents, James Matson and Barbara Oliver; his brother, Les Matson; his Aunt Joan and Uncle Richard Matson and his cousin Daryl Matson.His Celebration of Life will be held at Skyline, his boyhood home near Selah, on July 20, 2024 at 12:00 PM. His friends and relatives are invited to attend and share stories of his life.

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Wed, 12 Jun 2024 00:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/roy-matson-1089920656
<![CDATA[Robert Bruce Compeau]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/robert-compeau-1089928606<![CDATA[

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Robert (Bob) Bruce Compeaualso known as Bongo Bob.Bob passed away June 6, 2024, in Yakima Washington. After many years of a brave battle with illness, he is now at peace. He is survived by his loving wife Sharon, sons Tony and J.J., sister, Cherrie and many nieces and nephews.Bob was born in Chilliwack, B.C. on November 13, 1943. He was raised in Osoyoos, B.C. where he worked at the family's butcher shop. In the mid 1960's Bob moved to Yakima to pursue his love of music. He went to College at YVCC and Central Washington University. He met his wife Sharon in Yakima and were married in 1968.Bongo Bob played drums for over 40 years in places like Vegas and throughout the west coast. He even made a record with his band Dart. As he got older, he played locally on the weekends at the Chiefton and Sam's Place. Bob worked at the Yakima Valley School as a safety officer for over twenty years until his retirement."Rock and Roll forever."- Bongo BobA celebration of life will be held June 23rd at Narratif winery in Prosser Washington. From noon to 3 P.M.Narratif Winery2880 Lee Road, Ste AProsser, WA 99350

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Wed, 12 Jun 2024 00:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/robert-compeau-1089928606
<![CDATA[Gordon (Gordy) Fritts]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/gordon-gordy-fritts-1089927892<![CDATA[

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Gordon Keith Fritts, 91, passed away on June 2, 2024. He was born on May 23, 1933 and raised in Grandview, WA, where he graduated from Grandview High School.Dad retired from Teamsters 598. He was a plumber and pipe fitter by trade, and he has helped so many with his plumbing skills. Two of his sons have even learned and carried on the plumbing trade.Dad married Karen Bryson Fritts in 1955 and they had three children, Lori Febus (Charlie), Vicki Ripley Fritts, and Rick Fritts. He then married Jean Hays Hagert Fritts in 1969 and she brought five children into their union, Mike Hagert (Linda), Nick Hagert (Trina), Jennifer Huck (Bill), and Pat Hagert. Gordon and Jean then had one son, Anthony Fritts.We are a blended family. Dad taught us eight kids and the 18 grandkids the importance of good life skills and work ethics. Mom added in how to enjoy and have fun while working.Dad and Mom bought a cabin in the late 70's. The cabin became a wonderful place for family and friends to enjoy. While relaxing, eating, cutting wood, painting the cabin and of course, our family tradition of "Cabin Christmas". Santa and his helper elf would hand out gifts to the joy of all.So many memories of a life well lived. Thanks for the love and memories, Dad. You will be missed.Gordon is survived by his wife Jean, his brother Danny Fritts, 18 grandkids, five great grandkids, three sisters in law, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Emma Fritts, his son Mike Hagert, his brother Glen Fritts, and many relatives and friends.A Celebration of Life will be held at the family home in Selah, WA on Saturday, July 27, 2024 at 12:00pm for family and friends. Brookside Funeral Home is caring for the family. Memories and condolences can be shared at www.brooksidefuneral.com.

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Tue, 11 Jun 2024 10:21:49 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/gordon-gordy-fritts-1089927892
<![CDATA[Kuniko (Murayama) Tafoya]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/kuniko-murayama-tafoya-1089898954<![CDATA[

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Kuniko (Murayama) Tafoya, 91, our beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully in her sleep on May 24, 2024, after battling Alzheimer's for more than 20 years. Born on February 8, 1933, in Kumamoto Japan, she was the second of 10 children.In 1958, Kuniko married John Tafoya in Yokohama, Japan. They then moved to Oceanside, California, where she and John had two children, Steve (Patty) and Carla (Michael) Barney.In 1970, they moved their family to Yakima, and settled in the West Valley area. Kuniko was the best mother and grandmother one could ask for. She had an unending amount of love for her family. Her three grandchildren Lauryl, Katherine, and Tony, were the light of her life. She delighted in spoiling and entertaining them with her humor, time and kindness, and they loved her like a second mother.Kuniko enjoyed spending time with her Japanese friends, lunching, watching movies and enjoying each others company, as she was the humorous one who kept everyone laughing. Mom and dad loved to travel, going to Japan many times, as well as Hawaii, Las Vegas, and many other of their favorites.She will be so very missed by all. Kuniko is survived by her son, Steve (Patty) and their children Tony, Tyler (Jenna), Jamie, and Elliot(Alexa); her daughter, Carla, (Michael), and their children Lauryl (Rolando), Katherine, Aaron (Trinity) and Alicia (Andrew); great-grandchildren, Noah, Avi, Xander, Corbin, Bryce, Callie, Eston, Austin, Angus and Ava, and her sisters, Akie, Meiko and Haruko. She is preceded in death by her husband, John, her parents, and several siblings.?A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2024, at Shaw & Sons Funeral Home (201 N. 2nd Street, Yakima, WA), with an inurnment to follow at West Hills Memorial Park (11800 Douglas Rd, Yakima, WA). A Reception will follow.Shaw & Sons Funeral Home is caring for the family. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.shawandsons.com.

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Tue, 11 Jun 2024 00:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/kuniko-murayama-tafoya-1089898954
<![CDATA[Redfern "Red" Mardel]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/redfern-mardel-1089899129<![CDATA[

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Redfern "Red" Mardel passed away June 3, 2024. Red was born in Anaheim, California on February 7, 1963, to Ron and Joyce Mardel. He was a proud member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and is a descendant of Walla Walla Chief Jim Kanine. He graduated from Wapato High School, Class of 1981 and went on to play football at Central Washington University. He continued his love of sports playing with the legendary scalpers. He loved to play and watch sports, his favorite teams were the Mariners, Seahawks, and the Lakers. He grew up as an avid Star Wars fan and passed this interest on to his family, he would eventually have a granddaughter named Leia. He never missed Pendleton Round-Up, Let'er Buck! He loved to spend quality time with his children and draw with his granddaughter Leia. Red married Bernadine on March 12th, 1997, in South Lake Tahoe, Nevada. He worked for Tiin-Ma logging for 29 years as a Heavy Equipment Operator. Red is survived by his loving family - mother Joyce, and wife Bernadine, children Latonia, Garrick (Tanara), Jacob (Lakoma), and Jocelyn; granddaughter Princess Leia; siblings Rosebud Sr. (Bernie), Radcliff (Theresa); nieces and nephews Rondelle, J.D. - Disney, Dayton, Rosebud Jr., Alix - Kylo, Raveign, Christian, Nathaniel - Zeriah, Michael - Allister, Chase, and Makayla. Redfern is preceded by his dad Ron Mardel, grandparents Anthony and Lillian Hoptowit, and "bro" Jeff Strom. Services will take place at 11:00 am on Thursday, June 6th, at Heggie's Colonial Funeral Home in Toppenish, burial at Abraham Cemetery in White Swan, and dinner to follow at the White Swan Community Center.

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Tue, 11 Jun 2024 00:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/redfern-mardel-1089899129
<![CDATA[Norma Jean Folk]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/norma-folk-1089919718<![CDATA[

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Norma Jean "Tootie" Folk will be missed deeply by those all who love her. She was an incredibly caring mother and beloved wife.Tootie was born on December 30th, 1936 in Yakima, Washington to the late Melton and Hazel Ward. She was the youngest of 3 children. Both siblings preceded her in death, Glen and Clarence Ward. Norma attended Yakima High School and graduated in 1956, where she met her husband Andrew "Joe" Folk.Tootie married Joe Folk in 1957. They have 4 children. The couple bought Joe's Drive in, which she ran for years. After selling the Drive in she took a break from work and raised her children. After raising her kids, she went back to work for Tree Top where she retired in 1996. Joe and Tootie lived an adventurous life and had the opportunity to travel abroad. Tootie's hobbies were her family, home and yard. She truly enjoyed talking on the phone with her grandchildren for hours. She adored movies, soap operas, and cowboy shows. She absolutely loved all of her dogs throughout her life. Tootie's sugar cookie recipe was not only a family favorite, but it was wanted all around Selah. Every year Tootie would make her homemade sugar cookies, her kids/grandchildren/greatgrandchildren would then frost them for Christmas. This tradition started with her children and will continue to be passed down through generations.She is survived by her husband Joe Folk; her children/spouses: Ken Folk, Mike (Tammy) Folk, Marta (Frank) Schmitt, and Mark (Theresa) Folk; her grandchildren: Mike Jr (Sara) Folk, Kyle (Amanda) Folk, Karlee (Brian) Semancik, Kindell Schmitt, Dru (Brandon) Stallings, Shani (Shae) Sainsbury, and Kennedy Schmitt; and her great grandchildren: Kaylee Folk, Mason Semancik, Amelia Folk, Oliver Folk, Charlotte Sainsbury, Kyra Folk, and Maverick Sainsbury.In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Tooties name to the Yakima Humane Society or charity of your choice.

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Tue, 11 Jun 2024 00:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/norma-folk-1089919718
<![CDATA[Betsy Voelker]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/betsy-voelker-1089877960<![CDATA[

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Betsy Lou Voelker, 92, died on Saturday, May 25, 2024, at Peachtree Retirement Center, in Yakima. Mom was born in Edgar, Nebraska, on October 14, 1931, to Edward and Elsa Everett.Mom remembered as a child moving from Nebraska to Washington by train, as her father felt there were more employment opportunities in Washington. He had wanted to initially go alone to get settled before sending for his family, but Mom made such a fuss that he had to take the entire family. That is how mom lived her life, being extremely stubborn.Mom enjoyed trips to the Oregon coast, travels to Hawaii, New York City, Washington D.C., Mexico, Canada, Australia, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Morocco. She also enjoyed concerts, plays, skiing, dancing, gardening, taking college courses and holidays with her family.On May 9, 1953, she married the love of her life, Orville Voelker.She is survived by her sons, Peter Voelker (Debbie) of Yakima, Washington, and Steven Voelker of Renton, Washington, her daughters, Jeanne Wingerter of Yakima, Washington, and Donna Nodine of Vancouver, Washington, ten grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. Betsy is preceded in death by her husband, Orville Voelker, her son, Matthew Voelker, her sister, Marian Davenport, and her brother, Donald Everett.Mom would like to be remembered for laughing, finding joy in life, and the twinkle in her eyes when all was right in the world.We, your children, will always love and miss you mom.Shaw & Sons Funeral Home is caring for the family. Memories and condolences can be shared at www.shawandsons.com.

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Sat, 8 Jun 2024 00:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/betsy-voelker-1089877960
<![CDATA[Ezra Gordon Lamm]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/ezra-lamm-1089878430<![CDATA[

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Ezra Gordon Lamm, aged 33, registered missing since November 9, 2023, was found May 12, deceased in Troutdale, Oregon. Cause of death appears to be accidental fentanyl overdose. He leaves a brother, Isaac; a sister Susanna (Chris); and his parents, Keith & Priscilla.He is known for his car sales skills, traveling the NW, snowboarding, longboard, skateboarding, food service, and a history of trouble from drug/alcohol abuse. During his good times, he cared for people in distress, bringing friends to his family home, for help & encouragement. Ezra loved growing veggies & fruit, hiking, walking Oregon beaches with family, enjoyed animals, especially his pet turtles, reading & music. Many good family memories remain in his absence, and family has released him into the hands of our merciful God. A memorial gathering will be held on June 22nd, 1pm, at Hopewell Community Church, 21600 SE CHURCH RD, Dayton, Or 97114. Memorial donations may be given to ugmportland.org.

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Sat, 8 Jun 2024 00:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/ezra-lamm-1089878430
<![CDATA[Edith Lewis]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/edith-lewis-1089881482<![CDATA[

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Margaret Edith "Edie" Lewis, born 1928 in Yakima, WA to George and Dorothy Lewis, passed away May 21, 2024. Edie was raised in Naches on a farm with three brothers. Upon completing high school, she attended Whitman College where she not only graduated with a double major in economics and business administration but was the women's ping-pong champion. Her adventurous spirit took her traveling before landing in Arlington, Virginia where she began her career as an elementary school teacher, spending the majority of her teaching years with 5th graders.The pull of family and country living, in the home her father built, brought Edie back to Naches upon retiring from teaching. Her continued desire for travel led her, along with her mother, to take many memorable trips together within Washington state and beyond to Alaska, Hawaii, and Wyoming. On their trip to Alaska, she visited Worthington Glacier, named after her grandfather who had been a surveyor. Many hours were spent engaged in one of her favorite activities, playing competitive bridge, a passion she shared with her brother Jack who was often her partner at the Yakima bridge club. As an avid reader she could often be found with a book in hand. She gave golf a go as well, taking lessons with her sister-in-law Bernadette. For a few years during "retirement" she took on a part-time position during tax season helping preparing tax returns for a Yakima company.Most noteworthy about Edie was the delight she brought to those around her. She was looked up to and admired for her wisdom, genuineness, acceptance of others, practicality, and positive spirit. Her smile, laugh, and the warm relaxing atmosphere she created brought joy and comfort to loved ones. She will be missed but her spirit lives on in the many lives she touched.She is survived by a sister-in-law Marilyn Lewis (Slater); three nephews, Charlie Lewis (Ann), Doug Lewis, (Lyn), Jay Lewis; and four nieces, Laura Lewis (Randy), Carol Stuhley (Joe), Ann Lewis, and Kathy Lewis (Doug). Additionally, she is survived by many cousins, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her three brothers, Bill, Jack, and Bob, and two nephews (Richard and Jack).Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.keithandkeith.com.

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Sat, 8 Jun 2024 00:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/edith-lewis-1089881482
<![CDATA[Gene E. Smith]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/gene-smith-1089890696<![CDATA[

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Gene E. Smith passed away peacefully on May 9, 2024 in Yakima, WA, at the age of 94. He was born at home on December 5, 1929 in Western Oklahoma to Levi W. Smith and Rena Alice Smith (Dismuke). Gene was raised in a family of 5 siblings, including brother Jack and sisters Norma, Janice (Sissy), and Carol.As a youth, Gene's family migrated west, eventually landing in Wapato, WA. Gene attended schools in the lower valley and worked on the family farm. As an adult, Gene settled in Yakima and chose the residential building trades. He was an accomplished electrician and builder. He owned a small business, and served as a building inspector in Washington and California. He loved RVing, golf, volunteering at the food bank, and a quiet campout on the side of a river. He and his spouse, Jeanie, enjoyed driving around the country on many wonderful sightseeing trips.Gene was a private and reserved person. However, he never missed an opportunity to help a friend in need. He was always around to quietly provide a helping hand. Although, retired for many years he kept busy working in his beautiful yard filled with gardens and lovely flowers. He enjoyed, woodworking, gardening, and fix-it projects around the home.Gene was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings, and his son, Arlen.After a life lived to its fullest, Gene leaves behind a vast extended family. This includes his beloved spouse of 13 years, Jeanie. His children Bob (LeeAnne), Nita (Steve), and Laurie (Dennis). He also leaves behind 6 grandchildren, Chad, Tom, Jodi, Jessica, Jeremy, and Christopher; There are 9 great-grandchildren Garrett, Reagan, Kristy, Megan, Anthony, Nathan, Aria, Evrik and Liz; 1 great-great-granddaughter, Lorelei. Gene cherished Jeanie's children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, Dianne, Cindy, Brooke, Karli, Casey, Barrett, Brooke and Henry. He was also blessed to have wonderful friends in Ed and Eileen, Clarence and Gerda.As a family, we would like to thank Karli and Jon, Gene's nephew Todd, Denise, Beau, Aiden, and Cole for their continued love and support.A private family remembrance will be held at one of Gene's favorite places on the Columbia River this summer.

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Sat, 8 Jun 2024 00:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/gene-smith-1089890696
<![CDATA[Linda (Gredvig) Knight]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/linda-gredvig-knight-1089891141<![CDATA[

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Linda (Gredvig) Knight passed away on Saturday, April 27, 2024, at age 62, at her home. Linda was born on December 1, 1961, the third child of Maurice and Carole Gredvig.Linda attended West Valley High Schools, graduating in 1981. Linda was a member of the honor society and played on the volleyball, tennis, and basketball teams, for which she was named Player of the Week, in 1981. She also played womens fastpitch softball for Crown Royal Homes in 1976 and for Simcoe Tavern in 1977, reaching the state finals that year, in Oklahoma.After graduating from high school, Linda worked for Wray's Thriftway.She married Danny Boyce in 1987 and moved to Seattle, where she worked for Associated Grocers. After they divorced, she met Steve Bradley, and they had two sons together, Michael Ryan (1992), and Mark Stephen (1996). Her children were the greatest joy of her life.In 2003, Linda was brought back to her high school sweetheart, Ronnie Knight. They married in 2005, and lived in Yakima, until Ronnies death in 2022. Linda loved Ronnie since she was 15 years old.Linda is survived by her sons, Mark Bradley, and Michael (Kelsey) Bradley, grandchildren, Emmy, Easton, and Elias, her sister, Lynette (Ron) Pomeroy, and her brother, Gary (Lisa) Gredvig, nephews, Gary and Brent Pomeroy, and nieces Haley (Jacob) Eurom, and Jupiter (Alex) Gredvig.A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2024, at 3:00pm, at the Harman Center (101 N. 65th Ave., Yakima).Shaw & Sons Funeral Home is caring for the family. Memories and condolences can be shared at www.shawandsons.com.

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Sat, 8 Jun 2024 00:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/linda-gredvig-knight-1089891141
<![CDATA[Robert M. Crowell]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/robert-crowell-1089898883<![CDATA[

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Robert M. Crowell (Bob), aged 79, passed away on the morning of June 3rd, 2024, after a long and well-fought battle with cancer.Bob passed with his loving wife Michele by his side and having just seen all of his children, his granddaughter, and many of his beloved friends and extended family.He was born January 29th, 1945, in Yakima, WA to his parents Merle and Phronie Crowell. From the start he was a tough and dedicated farm-kid, riding horses before he could even walk. Throughout his childhood he spent most of his time helping on the farm, hunting, and spending time with all of his animals.After finishing high school in Sunnyside, he went to work for the Boise Cascade Sawmill where he spent approximately 25 years and made many life-long friendships. If you were to ask him, the best job he ever had was for Dan Leslie Roofing, where he eventually retired from to become a full-time grandfather and hot-rod enthusiast. He spent a lot of time working on his beloved hot-rod with his oldest granddaughter, as well as working on his tractors and competing in tractor pulls at the Central Washington Agricultural Museum.While he was working at the mill he met his soon-to-be wife, Michele (Remington) Crowell. They were married on July 22nd, 1967, and spent 57 years together, building the family that Bob loved more than anything else. Together they had three children: Tami (Crowell) Scrivner (Jason) of Yakima, WA, Jerry Crowell (Beth) of Mesa, AZ, and Terry Crowell (Rose) of Mossyrock, WA. Bob is also survived by his two granddaughters: Kiele Scrivner (19) and Hattie Crowell (6); numerous grand-dogs; and his older siblings: Jan (Crowell) Bickerstaff (Bill) and Chuck Crowell (Betty), as well as numerous nieces and nephews.Bob has received multiple cancer diagnoses throughout his life, and he fought through each and every one of them. Nobody could have been as strong as he was through those hard times, and he will always be remembered as too tough and stubborn to let cancer win.The Crowell family will be holding a memorial service and reception in his honor at the Rainier Memorial Center in Terrace Heights, on Tuesday, June 18th at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, Bob would have wanted donations sent to the American Cancer Society. The Crowell family has set up a memorial fund through the ACS in his name. You can donate at https://raiseyourway.donordrive.com/campaign/robert_crowell.

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Sat, 8 Jun 2024 00:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/robert-crowell-1089898883
<![CDATA[Leonard Russell, Jr]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/leonard-russell-jr-1089898854<![CDATA[

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Lennie went to be with our Lord on May 29, 2024. He was born to Leonard and Judith Russell on November 20, 1959 in Yakima, WA.Lennie loved to work with his hands; he was an excellent craftsman. In his early years, he owned A.S.B. Construction, named after his daughters. He loved to help people grow in life. This lead to him being a house manager and counselor at Sundown M. Ranch for 11 years.When Lennie wasn't working, he enjoyed spending time with his family and working in his yard. He was well known for his laugh, smile, and his unique sense of humor. His children and grandchildren were very important to him.Lennie leaves behind his daughters Angie, Sara, and Becky, mother Judith, sister Susan (Chuck), sons Justin and Josh, seven grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, two nephews, and his beloved cat, Claudette. He was preceded in death by his father Leonard and nephew Zach. A family gathering will be planned at a later date.We love you, dad! Fly high like the Phoenix!Brookside Funeral Home is caring for the family. Memories and condolences can be shared at www.brooksidefuneral.com.

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Fri, 7 Jun 2024 12:19:41 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/leonard-russell-jr-1089898854
<![CDATA[Conner Dennis Lucas]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/conner-lucas-1089898358<![CDATA[

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Conner Dennis Lucas, a loving son, brother, grandson, nephew, and friend, passed away as the sun rose on June 3rd, 2024. With a young life full of potential, he tragically lost his battle with addictionBorn in Yakima Washington, on January 2nd, 2003 to Amy Church and Darren Lucas, Conner was a beacon of joy and laughter. His quick wit, sarcasm, and infectious sense of humor were his trademarks. Conner never missed a chance to share a corny joke, brightening any room with his unique personality.A lifelong resident of the Yakima Valley. He attended school in Selah. He loved fishing, camping and hunting with his family. He enjoyed the time he spent with his dad working on their 1978 long box Chevy truck.Though his time with us was cut short, we find solace in that Conner is finally at peace. His ability to put a smile on everyone's face, even in the darkest times, was truly remarkable. The void left by his absence, filled with sarcastic remarks and playful banter, will be deeply felt by all who knew him.Conner is survived by his mother, Amy Church (David Church), father, Darren Lucas (Alissa Lucas), sister, Abigail Lucas, brother, Bryant Lucas (Veronica Miller), step brothers, Kadence and Elek Adams, grandparents G-Pa Ricky and G-Ma Tammy Fix, Sharron Lucas, aunt, Adaley Lagerquist (Ricky Lagerquist), uncle, Christopher Fix (Melissa Fix), and many cousins.Rest in peace, dear Conner. You were more than just a son to us - you were a ray of sunshine in our lives. Your memory will forever be cherished, and your presence will be deeply missed.

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Fri, 7 Jun 2024 00:45:36 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/conner-lucas-1089898358
<![CDATA[Marcel D. Goodman]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/marcel-goodman-1089891336<![CDATA[

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Marcel Delon Goodman, 47 of Yakima WA, passed away on May 1, 2024 in Vancouver WA.He loved his family, loved life, and loved fishing. With the kindest soul, he would give anyone the shirt off his back. He had a large impact on all that he encountered along his journey.Marcel was a loving father and grandfather to his daughter and two grandsons, and loved all of his family and friends.He is survived by his daughter, Marchelle J. Goodman; two grandsons, Messiah N. Henry and Major D. Goodman; brothers, De'Carie L. Dennis, Michael L. Matthew, and Willie E. Matthew, and sisters, LaKesha D. Hill, Randi R. Hill, and Marlaina J. Goodman; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles; his grandparents, Poppa and Nummy Cox; and bonus mom Merrijo Goodman.He is preceded in death by his father, Michael D. Goodman and mother Nina R. Dennis.Marcel's spirit and soul will forever be with us, as he now will rest peacefully in Heaven.A Memorial will be held at Greater Faith Baptist Church, Yakima, WA., on Saturday, June 15, 2024 at 1:00 p.m.

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Thu, 6 Jun 2024 17:07:39 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/marcel-goodman-1089891336
<![CDATA[Susan Jane Estep]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/susan-estep-1089877636<![CDATA[

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Sue was the youngest of the six Estep siblings -- all with flaming red hair.At an early age, Sue was very interested in learning to read. Her sister Cheryl read to her and taught her to write her name so she could get a library card at the age of four. Reading was a huge thing to Sue and the beginning of a lifelong love/ obsession!Sue attended Lower Naches Elementary School, graduated from Yakima's Davis High School (1973), Olympia's Evergreen College and Bellingham's Western Washington University (1974). She had early interests in hiking, aviation, and astronomy.In 1978 in Dillingham, Alaska, Sue became an assistant EMT instructor. This experience qualified Sue for a job as an EMT with Shepard Ambulance in Seattle, working there for seven years.At a 1980 New Year's Eve party, Randy Fitch noticed the tall slender woman with brilliant red hair who mentioned an interest in flying; Sue had met her match. They married in 1986, making their home in Bellevue.Sue achieved her private pilot's license and bought a Cessna 172 airplane. She and Randy flew to destinations throughout the western states.Sue worked as an electronic purchasing agent in the Seattle area for 15 years. Randy opened Litho Design, Inc., in Tukwila, WA. Sue joined him in the operation. They worked together for 20 years, doing work for many prominent clients, including Corbis, Boeing, Microsoft, and Trojan Litho.Sue loved to travel; with visits to Germany, France, Italy, and Bora Bora, Scotland, Bahamas, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico and the Cook Islands, in addition to many of the national parks in the USA.Sue is survived by her husband Randall Fitch, two sisters, Connie and Cheryl Estep, a brother John Estep (Lee Ann), and nieces Tawnya Bothwell, Shawn Law, Carey and Debra Schehl, and nephew Tim Ryan, plus numerous grandnieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father George Estep, mother Marian Estep Adolf, and two sisters Vallrie Schehl and Judy Estep.A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, June 8, from 1:00 to 3:15 in the afternoon, at the home of Tom & Tawnya Bothwell, 221 Saddlebrook Court, Yakima.

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Thu, 6 Jun 2024 00:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/susan-estep-1089877636
<![CDATA[Sande L Nielsen]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/sande-nielsen-1089890648<![CDATA[

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Sande L Nielsen 1949 - 2024Sandra L "Sande" Nielsen passed away peacefully with family by her side on May 5, 2024, at Cottage of the Meadow Hospice in Yakima, Washington. She was 75 years old.Sande was born April 25, 1949, in Yakima, Washington, to proud parents John and Dorothy Kilseimer. She was the youngest of three daughters. Raised in the Yakima Valley, she graduated from Davis High School.On April 18, 1981, she married the love of her life, Doug Nielsen. He quickly became a loving father to her two sons, Jon and Ryan Auve'.Sande dedicated most of her career life to the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) until her well-deserved retirement. Her work ethic and commitment to her profession were evident in her impressive 30 years of service. Sande formed lifelong friendships there, which continue to endure.Sande cherished social gatherings, playing bunco and having lunch with friends.Sande is predeceased by her parents, John and Dorothy Kilseimer. She is survived by a loving family, including her husband Doug Nielsen, her two adult sons Jon and Ryan Auve' and her sisters; Sharon King and Lynne Kilseimer. She loved being Nana to her three grandchildren: Dominique Bailey, Hailey Potts, and Evan Auve'. She also has two great grandchildren with one more on the way in August. Her nieces include: Daralyn Anderson, Rhonda Brown, Kristal Delquadri and Nichole Moench. She is also survived by her two best friends, Jan Stacey and Linda Andreas, whom she loved dearly.A private memorial and celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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Thu, 6 Jun 2024 00:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/sande-nielsen-1089890648
<![CDATA[John Shandon Place]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/john-place-1089881421<![CDATA[

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John Shandon Place died on June 1, 2024. John strapped on his personal flotation device with his trusty whistle and headed down the Yakima River to participate in his 40th Gap2Gap relay race for the Yakima Greenway. About halfway down he suffered a cardiac event and went to be with his Lord. John died doing what he loved, in a place he loved.John was born in Omaha, Nebraska to George Place and Elizabeth Place in 1939.George and Betsy raised John and his sister Pat in Lincoln, Nebraska where he graduated from Lincoln High School. He attended the University of Colorado in Boulder and then on to Medical School at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. From there John went on to the Medical College of Wisconsin's Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. There he met his future wife Mary Behnke, a nursing student at Milwaukee County General Hospital School of Nursing.John and Mary were married in February 1967 and they were off to Fort Riley Kansas to fulfill John's military service obligation. John served for 2 years at Irwin Army Hospital. The war in Vietnam was raging and Irwin Hospital was a major recipient of injured personnel from Vietnam. The hospital received evacuations almost daily and Major John Place would care for them and put them back together. He was given an Honorable Discharge with a Meritorious Service Medal in 1972. John felt so fortunate and proud to serve the country he loved.John and Mary were off again this time to Yakima, Washington where they put down roots. He started an Orthopedic practice. Together John and Mary raised 3 boys: Christopher, Matthew and Michael. John and his boys were active in Boy Scouts Troop 200 with all 3 boys following in their father's footsteps to become Eagle Scouts. John and Mary supported the boys in their many activities; wrestling, track, cross country, football, band and student government, wherever the boys went they were there.As a member of Rotary he enjoyed participating in their wide variety of activities. John served on many boards but his favorite was the Yakima Greenway. He loved the Seattle Seahawks, snowshoeing, skiing, hiking, camping and kayaking. John loved nature and found great peace in being outdoors.John practiced Orthopedics in Yakima for 43 years before retiring in 2015. After retirement, he volunteered his services at the Union Gospel Medical Clinic doing Orthopedic consultations. He loved his patients, so many of them had complicated medical and social problems. John attempted to be both a doctor and social worker to get his patients the care they needed.John went off to be with his son Christopher; his sister Susan and his parents George and Betsy. He will be in good company.He leaves behind his wife of 57 years Mary; son Matthew and wife Tiffany; son Michael; daughter-in-law LeeAnn Place Russell (Christopher's widow) and her husband Todd; 6 amazingly talented grandchildren: Jacob, Katie, Zachary, Hayden, Caleb and Joslynn; sister Pat Eastman and husband Tom and their families; cousins Jayne Phillips and Skip Priest and their families; friends of his heart Megan Murphy and Todd Degrasse; his 10 pound personal trainer, Chewie; numerous wonderful co-workers; fantastic neighbors and friends.If you would like to honor John's memory and exuberance for life please support the Yakima Greenway and the Union Gospel Mission Medical Clinic.A celebration of John Shandon Place's life will be held on Saturday, August 24 from 2 to 5pm at Sarg Hubbard Park in Yakima.P.S. John was supposed to write his own obituary, that was the deal. But the task has fallen to me. Please forgive me if I have failed to mention you by name, John cared for so many people the list would be long. If you knew my husband please know he cared about you, your health and your family. He loved his family, his community and his country. He would tell you to love God and your family; LIVE your life and be happy and play fair! Mary

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Wed, 5 Jun 2024 14:57:29 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/john-place-1089881421
<![CDATA[William E Burke]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/william-burke-1089881344<![CDATA[

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William E. Burke passed away May 26, 2024 at their summer home in Arizona from complications of Parkinson's Disease, he was 70 years old. Bill was born in Toppenish, WA to Pauline Burke (Caldwell) and Harvey J. Burke. Bill is survived by his loving wife Lisa and family Bill Burke (Shannen) grandchildren Benjamin, Logan and Mason; Cecelia Cox (Grayson) grandchildren Emma and Beckham; step son Matt Burke, grandson Tyler; sister Saundra Burke and brother Dan and multiple nieces, nephews, and cousins.Bill's family lived very modestly in the Toppenish area. Eventually the family moved to Yakima where Bill excelled at Davis High School with honors. He joined the Army 1972-75 part of the 82nd Airborne Division where his exceptional work earned him an offer to go to West Point. He declined the West Point commission from the full bird colonel, which was not well received. When he was honorably discharged as Sgt E-5 he used his GI Bill and went to Washington State University where he was one of only nine who graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering.Bill created Solutec Corporation and created his signature product for apple wax providing superior products dominating the industry. His successful corporation provided well for his family and several amazing hobbies. He purchased a Bonanza A36 high performance aircraft and learned to fly it becoming instrument rated. To travel to further destinations he later purchased a Seneca V twin engine turbo, again becoming instrument rated. He loved to fly. We flew from Yakima, WA to the Cayman Islands, to Friday and Roche Harbors where he had his yacht, and all over the West. Meeting wonderful friends we have to this day. He truly was an adventurer and brilliant man with a very generous heart.Bill started Desert Hills Winery as our next adventure. His red wines were award winning, delicious and had a committed following. Bill helped the budding Yakima winery industry achieve success by them using his stellar winery equipment and facilities.In March 2009 we flew to Scottsdale, AZ in March when the weather was magnificent, and he fell in love with Arizona and its pioneer spirit. We eventually moved to Arizona full time then bought a summer home in northern Arizona to escape the heat. It truly was wonderful exploring the southwest with each other. I treasure our incredible memories. I cannot imagine my life without you. You truly will be so very missed by so many.Celebration of Life in Arizona will be held June 15, 2024 at San Tan Flat Jefferson Room 6185 W. Hunt Hwy, Queen Creek, AZ, 5:00 pm.Remembrance Ceremony in Washington will be held June 21, 2024 at the Yakima Arboretum 1401 Arboretum Dr., Yakima, WA 2:00-4:00 pm with military service beginning at 4:00 pm.In lieu of flowers please consider donating to Wounded Warriors and Tunnel to Towers Foundations.

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Wed, 5 Jun 2024 11:55:40 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/william-burke-1089881344
<![CDATA[Lewis Marvin Horn]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/lewis-horn-1089880585<![CDATA[

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Lewis M. Horn passed away on Wednesday, March 27th, 2024, at home with his family. He was born February 19th, 1965 in Walla Walla, Washington, the second of three children to Marvin and Patricia (Thompson) Horn. He graduated from Davis High School in Yakima and was given the award of "Most Inspirational" member of the golf team. In his early 20s Lewis was blessed with two daughters, Ashillie and then Jessica, and then later went on to meet and marry the love of his life, Leah, and became a stepfather to her two children Ilene and Zachary. Early on he worked in construction and he loved to tell the kids stories about the time he worked on a crab boat in Alaska. His summers were spent getting firewood with Dad and Zak in Tampico and helping Leah in the garden. He loved being a grandpa and helping the kids and grandkids with wild and crazy ideas. On Wednesdays you could find him at Bill's having a Wimpy Burger with friends. You could never take him anywhere without running into a buddy, and he was known for his big hugs and sense of mischief for the sake of comedy.He is survived by his children: Ashillie, Jessica and her husband James, Ilene, Zachary and his wife Allison, eight grandchildren: Hayden, Hejduke, Ayden, Mia, Brendan, Braelynn, Brently, and Lucas, as well as his brother Herbie and his wife Jolene, a brother-in-law John, his nieces Jovannah and Holly, and a nephew Shawn. He is preceeded in death by his parents, Marvin and Patricia, his wife Leah, as well as his sister Joney. In lieu of flowers, please have a shot of Fireball for Lew.

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Wed, 5 Jun 2024 08:18:48 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/lewis-horn-1089880585
<![CDATA[Betty Jean Clark Corpron]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/betty-clark-corpron-1089875133<![CDATA[

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Betty passed away on October 29, 2023 at the age of 93 in Harrah, WA.A Celebration of Betty's Life will be Saturday June 22, 2024 at Englewood Christian Church at 11:00 a.m.Education was always Betty's passion, and she shaped the lives of hundreds of children in the Lower Yakima Valley. She began the first kindergarten in the area, teaching children who lived at the Mission and in the community until the local public school added kindergarten classes. She then taught 30 years for the Mount Adams School District as a first and second grade teacher.Betty kept busy her entire life, working in her garden, reading, sewing, crocheting, and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She had a deep love of travel and learning, and she explored the globe with both husbands and with her family and friends. She also continued serving the community as an active member of Englewood Christian Church, a long-time board member and volunteer at the Yakima Rotary Food Bank, and through volunteering at the Yakima Valley Museum, Yakima Interfaith Coalition emergency services, and Harrah Elementary School.She is survived by nine children: Debby (Dave) Doornink, Kathy (Harry) Kwak, Kevin (Rebecca) Clark, Lauri (Wesley) Clark-Strait, Ken (Shannon) Corpron, Cathie (Kim) Corpron-Smith, Karl (Jedean) Corpron, Karyn (Charley) Schimmels; 28 grandchildren; and 36 great-grandchildren. Betty was preceded in death by her first husband, Bill, her second husband, Doug, a brother and two sisters.

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Wed, 5 Jun 2024 00:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/betty-clark-corpron-1089875133
<![CDATA[Brenda F. Skidmore]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/brenda-skidmore-1089878575<![CDATA[

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Brenda Faye Skidmore was born June 22, 1960 in Sacramento, CA to Curtis and Wanda (Hopkins) Skidmore. She passed away peacefully May 27, 2024 at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital in Yakima, WA. She was surrounded by family.Brenda had been diagnosed in November 2018 with Stage 4 Breast Cancer. She fought a valiant fight for 5 ½ years.Brenda will be greatly missed at Note of Joy Christian Center in Yakima, where her parents pastor. She was Activities Coordinator and teacher of the Sunday morning adult Bible study class.She graduated in 1978 from Highland High School in Cowiche, WA and then graduated in 1983 from Yakima Valley Community College.She went on to work at various restaurants and retail stores in Yakima. Her most notable employment was Food & Beverage Assistant Manager and Manager at the Central Washington State Fair Association from 1995 until 2018.She is survived by her parents, Curtis and Wanda (Hopkins) Skidmore, siblings Martin (Julie) Skidmore and LaLoni (Mark) Brown, nieces: Kendall (Trevor) Shrum, Amber (Ryan) Kyzer, nephews: Damon (Sawyer) Alvarez and Matthew Sam Skidmore and a whole slew of great nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.Viewing: June 19, 2024 from 4pm until 8pm at Keith and Keith Funeral Home at 902 W. Yakima Ave, Yakima, WA 98902.Funeral Service: Thursday June 20, 2024 at 1pm at State Fair Park, in the Modern Living Building, 1301 S. Fair Ave, Yakima, WA 98901.Parking in the South lot (Please use Gate 5)."Celebrate Brenda": Saturday June 22, 2024 from 1pm to 5pm (ish) at Fullbright Park, 4508 Main St. Union Gap, WA 98903.If you have any questions please call/text Loni Brown @ (509) 985-8958.Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.keithandkeith.com for the Skidmore family.

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Wed, 5 Jun 2024 00:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/brenda-skidmore-1089878575
<![CDATA[Terri Lenore Buechler]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/terri-buechler-1089878486<![CDATA[

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Terri Lenore Buechler, 70, passed away peacefully on May 27, 2024, in Yakima, Washington, surrounded by her family. She was born on February 10, 1954, in Yakima Washington, to Dixie and Marvin Crawford. She was a long-time resident of Zillah, Washington and was a 1972 graduate of Zillah High School. She married Clyde Lewis Buechler on August 10, 1972, at Resurrection Catholic Church in Zillah, Washington.Terri was a loving caretaker of many children outside of her own. Family and friends meant everything to her. She also worked as a clerical worker for various organizations and companies in the Yakima Valley until she retired.Terri was a generous and talented artist and craftswoman. Terri was a trained oil painter and enjoyed painting in nature, particularly in the mountains. She lovingly quilted, sewed, crocheted, crafted, and baked for the people she held dear.Terri is preceded in death by her father, Marvin, and her brother, Robert Crawford. Beloved Terri is survived by her husband, Clyde; her daughter, Holly (Tracy) Anderson; her sons, Eric Buechler, Keith (Amanda) Buechler, Mark (Stephanie) Buechler and Bryan (Terra) Buechler; her grandchildren, Grace, Lily, Daniel, Mason, Ava, Maxwell, Cody, Bailey, and Savannah; her mother, Dixie; her sister, Debra (Rocky) Weible, many nieces, nephews, and cousins; and her beloved dogs, Macy and Geo.Family and friends are invited to Christian Worship Center, 204 Cheyne Rd, Zillah, WA 98953 at 1:00pm on Thursday, June 27, 2024, to reminisce and honor the life of Terri. Brookside Funeral Home is caring for the family. Memories and condolences can be shared at www.brooksidefuneral.com.

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Tue, 4 Jun 2024 14:45:08 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/terri-buechler-1089878486
<![CDATA[Juanita Helen Fitzpatrick]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/juanita-fitzpatrick-1089867074<![CDATA[

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Juanita Helen Fitzpatrick went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on May 29, 2024. Juanita was born in Harrison, Arkansas on April 18, 1932, to Benjamin and Mary Jane Farmer. She was raised on a farm in a family of 12 children, and often enjoyed reminiscing about her early days in the Ozark mountains. Later, the family moved to Kansas.It was in Kansas that she met her future husband, Eugene Fitzpatrick. They were married on October 24, 1948. Shortly after that, she moved with her new husband to Yakima, Washington, where he worked in his parents' furniture store. Their first home was in Union Gap, before finally settling back in Yakima, where they raised six children.Juanita endured many tragedies as well as triumphs in her 92 years, but through it all, her faith in the Lord never wavered. She was a homemaker, as well as having several part-time jobs. The highlight, being her years working with mothers and their babies at Stanton Alternative High School.Juanita was an active member of the church. She attended Broadway Christian Church, where she taught Sunday school, led Bible studies and was a leader in Church Women United. Later, she attended West Valley Church of the Nazarene, followed by her final church family at Bethel Church of the Nazarene. Juanita wanted nothing more than to lead people to Jesus and to serve.Juanita had many interests. She loved spending time with family and friends. She was excellent at canning, enjoyed cooking, Christmas, knitting scarves, flowers, taking pictures, word search puzzles, and a good cup of tea.She is survived by her son, Michael Fitzpatrick (Joyce) of Yakima, son, Kevin Fitzpatrick, and daughter, Pamela Nelsen of Colorado Springs, and daughter, Michele Fitzpatrick of Yakima, as well as seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Eugene, daughter, Patricia, son, Richard, her parents, all of her siblings and many beloved pets.Her family would like to thank MultiCare Yakima Memorial Hospital and Good Samaritan Health Care Center for their loving support in Juanita's final days.In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Yakima Union Gospel Mission in her memory.A Viewing will be held on Thursday, June 6, 2024, from 3:00-7:00pm, at Shaw & Sons Funeral Home (201 N. 2nd Street, Yakima, WA). A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2024, at 11:00am, at West Valley Church of the Nazarene, followed by a reception. A Private Graveside Service will be held at Terrace Heights Memorial Park.Shaw & Sons Funeral Home is caring for the family. Memories and condolences can be shared at www.shawandsons.com.

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Tue, 4 Jun 2024 00:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/juanita-fitzpatrick-1089867074
<![CDATA[Isabel Bedolla Roos]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/isabel-bedolla-roos-1089867605<![CDATA[

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Isabel Bedolla Roos, loving wife, mother and grandmother, passed peacefully on May 28, 2024 surrounded by her family. Born August 27, 1956 to Jose Nasario and Regina Bedolla. She was the 4th of 5 children. Isabel lived a full life from the beginning to the end and touched the lives of many people along the way.Isabel grew up in Toppenish, WA and started working on the farm at 8 years old. As a little girl she made friends anywhere she went and loved climbing trees.Isabel graduated from Toppenish High School in 1974 and started her family.Isabel worked farm labor and became crew manager for many farmers in the Yakima valley until late 1992 when she started working in the real estate field and got her real estate license in April 1993. Isabel loved showing property and with her work partner helped many families. Isabel received many awards through the years and was appointed by the governor as a commissioner of the Washington state housing finance committee.In 1999 Isabel met the love of her life, Todd Roos and they married December 2001.In 2006 Isabel's first granddaughter Kiera was born and 10 grand babies followed; Kaden in 2007, Madison in 2009, Jayen in 2010, Ilaya in 2011, Ryker in 2011, Isla in 2014, Penny in 2018, Ezra in 2021, Wyatt in 2022, and Elio in 2023. Her grand babies were her world, and she loved them all in their own unique way. She spent special time with each of them and she cherished every minute she had with them.Isabel gave of herself to so many people. She was a devoted Catholic and loved serving God in prayer ministry and Bible study groups. She never said no to helping at any church function or retreat.Isabel is proceeded in death by her parents, father-in-law Herbert Roos and her half-brother Nasario Jr; she is survived by her loving husband of 22 years, her 4 children, Gracie (Juan) Ramirez, Anna (Robert) Farias, Israel (Alexandra) Gonzalez, Jessica (Nic) Newhouse; her 11 grand babies; 2 sisters, 2 brothers, many nieces, nephews and god children; and of course all of us that called Isabel family.Viewing and Visitation will be held on Friday June 7, 2024 from 4pm-8pm with the recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6pm at the Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside, WA. Mass of Christian burial will be held at Resurrection Parish in Zillah, WA on Saturday June 8, 2024 at 10am with burial to follow at Zillah Cemetery and reception after at the Roos residence. Those wishing to sign Isabel's online memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com.

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Tue, 4 Jun 2024 00:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/isabel-bedolla-roos-1089867605
<![CDATA[Brian Lee Lantis]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/brian-lantis-1089877647<![CDATA[

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Brian Lee Lantis, 34, passed away on January 22, 2024 in Howard County Texas. He was born in Yakima, Washington on October 18, 1989 to Donna (Allen) Bowersox and Ernest Lantis. Brian lived as an angel on earth. Now he has his wings in heaven, His laughter would light up a room. Brian owned the hearts of everyone who knew him. Brian is survived by his mother, Donna (Allen) Bowersox, his father, Ernest Lee Lantis, his step-father Frank Bowersox, his siblings, Justin Allen, Jeffrey Bowersox (Paige), Brianna Wallace (Jesus), Dylan Crawford, Jersey Lantis, Peyton Arit, step-sister Ashley Patnode (Matt). His grandmother Pearl Allen. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. He is preceded in death by his grandfathers Bill Allen and Clifford Lantis, grandmother, Shirley Lantis. Brian's ashes will be buried next to his grandpa, Bill Allen 11:00 am June 28, 2024 at Terrace Heights Memorial Park 3001 Terrace Heights Dr, Yakima, WA 98901.

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Tue, 4 Jun 2024 00:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/brian-lantis-1089877647
<![CDATA[Gomez, Wally]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/wally-gomez-1089875135<![CDATA[

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It is with great sadness we share the loss of our much loved Father, Grandfather, Brother, and Uncle, Wally Joseph Gomez. Wally died in his home under the care of his family on May 17, 2024 at the age of 77 years old. He had fought four valiant rounds of cancer over the course of 15 years, but this fifth and final bout was too fast and aggressive, and exacerbated by other health complications. Wally was born on December 12, 1946 to Elijio "Lee" Gomez and Ann Marie Mendez in Toppenish, WA, where he grew up. He is preceded in death by his parents, as well as his siblings Tony Gomez, Angie Valdez, and Theodore Gomez. He is survived by his daughters Stefana Welker (Tyson Welker) and Andrea Gomez, step son Jay C. Burk (Kagna Burk), granddaughters Iliana and Tuula Welker, his sister Gloria Garza (Adan Garza), as well as several nieces and nephews, notably his niece Theresa Garza who assisted in his care in his final days. Wally created a lifetime of wonderful memories with his family, colleagues and friends. His career was devoted to the trucking industry, beginning with his first job at Gomez Truck Repair where he worked alongside his father and brother Tony. In 1966 he was drafted into the Army and spent a year in training at Ft. Ord in California before spending a year serving in Vietnam. Upon his return, he returned to work with his dad before striking out westward for a long, fruitful career, raising his own family, and making lifelong friends along the way. Wally was very active at Christ Community Baptist Church, where he joined a bible study group, and was instrumental in his work with Kairos Prison Ministry. He had a strong faith in Jesus Christ and knew he would spend eternity in Heaven. He was so very loved, and will be so very missed. The memorial service for Wally will be on Saturday, June 29, 11:00 AM, at Christ Community Baptist Church, immediately followed by a Celebration of Life. 8016 176th St E, Puyallup, WA 98375His burial will be in September (date TBD) at the Zillah Cemetery.

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Mon, 3 Jun 2024 10:27:31 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/wally-gomez-1089875135
<![CDATA[Jane Louise Noonan]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/jane-noonan-1089874192<![CDATA[

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Jane Louise Noonan, 65, passed away on April 26, 2024 at her home in Sun City West, Arizona after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Toppenish, Washington on November 18, 1958 to Paul and Dorothy Ortolf. She married Richard Noonan, her childhood sweetheart, on February 20, 1982. They had two children Stephen and Paul. Jane enjoyed traveling, being at the beach, spending time with family, friends, and her dog Eddie. She was also an avid ASU football and Phoenix Suns fan. Jane is survived by her two children Stephen Noonan and Paul (Heather) Noonan, three grandchildren, Beau, Jackson, and Madilyn, three siblings Kathy Ortolf, Tom (Laurie) Ortolf, and Sue (Steve) McConnell, and two of her best friends Linda Siefring and Gail Collins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Dorothy Ortolf, and her husband Richard Noonan. Celebrations of life will take place at later dates with family members across a number of states.

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Mon, 3 Jun 2024 00:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/jane-noonan-1089874192
<![CDATA[James Hoctor]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/james-hoctor-1089855983<![CDATA[

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James "Jim" Hoctor was born in Yakima, Washington, on February 28, 1946, to Robert "Bob" and Helen Hoctor. He passed in the night on Monday, May 27th, and will now join the angels in Heaven.Jim was raised in Yakima and graduated from Marquette High School in 1964. Jim met the love of his life on a blind date. Joyce Hoctor became his bride in 1966. As soon as he was of age, Jim joined the Washington State Patrol and proudly wore the uniform and served the residence of Eastern Washington for 17 years. Jim operated his successful commercial construction safety business, LifeLine Safety, out of his basem*nt until his retirement in 2020.In 1983, the family moved to Spokane Valley. His family grew with the marriages of his children and the birth of his four grandchildren, which he adored. He spent most Sunday's watching NASCAR, and in his opinion, there was only one kind of automobile, Ford, and one kind of tractor, John Deere. He often said he likes "his hot things, hot, and his cold things, cold" including his beloved Coca-Cola and Grandma's Biscuits.Jim is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and James Stanley; as well as his son, Bob; grandchildren, Heather Stanley, Ryan and Travis Hoctor, and Kevin and Marissa Stanley; and his sisters, Marlene Frank and Theresa Wandler.He was preceded in death by parents, in-laws; Frank and Betty Walsh; daughter-in-law, Donna Hoctor; and sister, Janet Dickinson.Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, June 1st, at St. Mary Catholic Church, 304 South Adams Road, Spokane Valley, WA, at 12:00 PM. Graveside services will be at 1:30 PM, at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, 17824 E. Trent, Spokane, WA. Reception to follow. Online memorial page can be found at www.holycrossofspokane.org.

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Sat, 1 Jun 2024 00:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/james-hoctor-1089855983
<![CDATA[Robert "Bob" Henry Park]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/robert-bob-park-1089856080<![CDATA[

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Robert Henry "Bob" Park was born August 20, 1947, the son of David William Park Sr. and Marilyn Joy Park. He was welcomed into his Heavenly home on May 14, 2024.Bob grew up in Yakima, Washington, along with his three younger siblings, who were all born on the 20th day of a month. His mother said he used up eight of his nine lives before age 20! His adventurous spirit remained with him throughout his life.He met the love of his life and best friend, Nicki (also born on the 20th day of the month), in seventh grade and they were married at Westminster Presbyterian in Yakima, Washington, on February 24, 1968. His charisma is what caught her attention, something his mother passed on to him. They had their first son, Gregory Troy, soon thereafter, and their second son, Travis Anthony, a few years later.His 34-year career with Pacific Power & Light led their family from Yakima to Sunnyside, Washington, to Kalispell, Montana, to Worland, Wyoming, to Laramie, Wyoming, and back to Yakima, where he retired. A true "people person," he made many long and lasting friendships and memories in each of those moves.Bob lived a full life! He enjoyed bird hunting, skiing, river rafting in Montana, and scuba diving. He recorded more than two dozen skydives! Some of his fondest memories were made on the annual rafting trips to the Bob Marshall Wilderness, where he was camp cook for their large group. He would often boast that these were no ordinary meals! He had a creative mind that found a lot of joy in fixing up homes and outdoor spaces, cooking, and designing beautiful jewelry for Nicki. He took pride in having a home and yard that was always inviting and warm and ready for gathering. He also loved to travel (the Oregon coast was a favorite place). He will be remembered as a generous, hard-working, selfless man with a great sense of humor. He had a Santa costume he wore over the years and was the jolliest Santa you ever saw! He was a proud "Papa" to his grandchildren, and he loved his family and friends beyond measure.Bob is preceded in death by his parents, his mother-in-law, Estelle, his father-in-law, Glen, his brother, David William Jr. "Bill", his brother-in-law, Craig Skinner, and two very special yellow labs, Megan and Maggie. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Nicki, son, Greg (Slava) Park of Denver, CO, son, Travis (Jamie) Park and grandchildren, Emma (Noah) Prophet, William, and Lucy of Coeur d' Alene, ID, brother, Oz (Kit) Park of Yakima, WA, sister, Janet Skinner of Utah, numerous nieces and nephews, countless lifelong friends, and his dog, Riley (though a "little dog" and not a yellow lab, she quickly stole his heart).A Celebration of Life will be held on Monday June 24, 2024, starting at 1:00pm, at Provisions (2710 Terrace Heights Dr, Yakima, WA).Brookside Funeral Home is caring for the family. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.brooksidefuneral.com.

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Sat, 1 Jun 2024 00:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/robert-bob-park-1089856080
<![CDATA[Lawrence Breer]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/lawrence-breer-1089863778<![CDATA[

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Lawrence (Larry) Breer passed away peacefully on May 11, 2024, cradled in the arms of his wife, Carmen. He was 88 years old, born in 1936, the oldest of four children (Larry, Meralyn, Deloris, and George) born to George Breer and Lila Armbruster Breer in Salina, Kansas. Larry's "growing-up" days in Kansas provided him lifelong happy memories of dearly loved aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Larry attended high school in the small town of Gypsum, Kansas, graduating in 1954 along with twelve classmates.After serving two years in the Army Reserve, Larry joined the U.S. Air Force and served for twenty years. He served in various positions throughout his career, such as aircraft and missile maintenance and electronic counter-measures. He taught nuclear safety classes, enjoying the classroom experience. He retired from the Air Force in 1976, justly proud of his military career.In 1959 he married Ardith Grimmett in Topeka, Kansas and they welcomed four beautiful children, Melinda, Cassandra, Laura, and Michael, becoming an Air Force family serving and living at various Air Force bases. The marriage sadly ended in 1975, but Larry's love for his children endured for the rest of his life.In 1976 Larry moved to Yakima, Washington and the following year married Carmen Fenn Barton. Together they attended Yakima Valley College, then Central Washington University, graduating in 1980, Larry earning a BA degree in Journalism.That same year brought Larry immense joy when his young son, Michael, came to stay. And daughter, Cassandra, soon followed. Larry also welcomed Carmen's adult sons, Michael and Dan Barton, into his life and loved them as family.Larry came to love Yakima as his home for the remaining 47 years of his life. He had many friends and was a respected and active member of the community. He was a greatly loved member of his wife's extended Yakima family.Larry worked as a journalist for many years, as an editor/writer for Yakima area publications and as a freelance journalist for various regional and national publications. He was a dedicated journalist and loved the work. He also had an intense interest in local and national government, always watchful and fiercely supportive of the rights and dignity of everyone, especially the less powerful.Larry had a wonderful sense of humor; he loved telling jokes and stories, making people laugh. He played guitar and sang the old songs, happiest when others sang along. Larry had a truly kind and loving heart. He leaves a big empty space in our lives and in this world, but so many happy memories in our hearts.Larry's ashes will be buried alongside his Breer family ancestors in the Brookville, Kansas cemetery. No Yakima memorial is planned, but fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.keithandkeith.com for the Breer family.

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Sat, 1 Jun 2024 00:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/lawrence-breer-1089863778
<![CDATA[Ramona Marie (Kominski) Meek]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/ramona-meek-1089864035<![CDATA[

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Ramona Marie (Kominski) Meek, age 94, passed away on Sunday, May 26, 2024. She was born on October 8, 1929, to Joseph and Mary Kominski in Seattle, WA.Ramona grew up in McKenna, WA, surrounded by loving relatives. She graduated from Yelm High School and went on to Washington State College (Go Cougs!), where she obtained a degree in Home Economics/Teaching. During a summer break while working on a hop farm, she met and married the farm manager, John "Jack" Meek. They were married for 62 years until Jack preceded her in death.Ramona taught home economics for one year in Spokane while Jack served in Korea. After living and farming in Canada and Idaho, they bought a farm in the Mabton area in 1963, where they raised grapes, hops, and asparagus. They also raised five children on the farm, always providing for them before considering their own needs. Ramona enjoyed preparing meals for her family as well as other guests. She cooked on the same Frigidaire stove for 72 years, which moved with the family to each new home.Ramona was a long-time active member of the Grandview Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. Through the years she especially enjoyed traveling with her sisters to a variety of destinations around the world.In later years, nothing brought her greater joy than spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.Ramona is survived by five children, Katherine Moore (Tom) of Prosser, John Meek (Sharon) of Beaverton, OR, Deborah Aman (Ken) of Spokane, Steven Meek (Shaun) of Prosser, and Mary Lynne Meek (Steve) of Spokane. She is also survived by 9 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, June 7, 2024 at 11:00 am at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Grandview, WA, preceded by Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 10:00 am. Those wishing to honor Ramona's memory may contribute to Catholic Charities or an organization of their choice. Those wishing to sign Ramona's online memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com. Smith Funeral Home Grandview is in care of arrangements.

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Sat, 1 Jun 2024 00:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/ramona-meek-1089864035
<![CDATA[Jeffrey "Jeff" Dorr]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/jeffrey-jeff-dorr-1089864137<![CDATA[

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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved son, Jeffrey Dorr. He left this world far too soon, but his memory will forever remain in our hearts. Jeff was born in Yakima, Washington, on February 23, 1979, to Scott and Cathy (Simonson) Dorr.His early childhood was filled with many activities offered in the small town of Wapato, where he grew up. Some of these included soccer, swimming, and t-ball. He also enjoyed countless camping trips with family and friends at Kaner Flats.Jeff attended St. Joseph/Marquette in Yakima through eighth grade, where he played soccer, basketball, and baseball. He was a natural athlete. He attended Wapato High School, where he excelled in basketball and baseball. Surgery curtailed his junior year of sports, but he trained hard and was able to play golf at the end of his junior year to regain strength in his legs. He returned to the basketball court and golf course for his senior year. He graduated from Wapato High School in 1997.He attended Central Washington University for one year, before deciding to venture to Florida to attend college in Lake Worth, Florida. As usual he made many friends and began working at an Italian restaurant to help with expenses. After a minor motorcycle accident, he was prescribed a newly developed pain medication, which began his unrelenting struggle with addiction. He fought so hard so many times to stay sober, but this disease was unyielding for him.Jeff was a compassionate soul who touched the lives of many. His smile, laughter, kindness, and love left a mark on everyone he met. He was a jokester and loved to make people laugh. At his best, he was unstoppable.Jeff is survived by his mother, Cathy Kehm, and stepfather, Tom Kehm, along with his siblings, Carianne Kehm-Goins, Jason Kehm, Zach Dorr, and Jenifer Cooper, as well as his stepmother, Doris Dorr. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins, who loved him dearly. Also surviving Jeff are his special friends, Erinn Greer, and Lisa Stubblefield, who never gave up hope. He is preceded in death by his father, Scott Dorr, grandparents, Jack and Jan Dorr, Louise Simonson, great grandmother, Goldia Simonson, aunt, Susan Jones, and uncle, Bruce Simonson.In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Union Gospel Mission, Camp Hope, or the Yakima Humane Society in Jeff's honor. Let us remember Jeff for the joy he brought into our lives.A Private Memorial Service was held to honor Jeff's life.May he find peace and may his spirit live in our hearts forever. Rest easy, Jeffrey. See you on the other side.Brookside Funeral Home is caring for the family. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.brooksidefuneral.com.

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Sat, 1 Jun 2024 00:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/jeffrey-jeff-dorr-1089864137
<![CDATA[June Evelyn Anderson]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/june-anderson-1089864287<![CDATA[

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June Evelyn Anderson recently passed away on May 1st, 2024. She lived a long and eventful life. Her parents were Evelyn Boudin Due and Einar Due. Both parents worked. Evelyn was a school teacher and Einar a mechanic. They lived in an apartment above her father's shop in Edgewood, Washington during the Great Depression when June was a child.June later moved several times. She lived for a while at the KD Ranch, her grandmother's farm in Toledo, Washington. Her father left the mechanic's shop to work the ranch and her mother taught in a one room schoolhouse nearby. She later moved to Port Angeles, Washington with her mother, big brother David and little sister Mildred. There June attended Roosevelt High School, participated on the cheerleading team in high school and volunteered at the United Services Organization.June fondly retold how she met her future husband, Murray Anderson, at a USO dance. He had survived the bombing at Pearl Harbor and was happy to be stateside. When they met, he asked June to dance and requested to see her again. June was not impressed with his drunkenness and told him her name was April Showers, not June Due. He was undaunted, she had said her mother was a divorced school teacher. In Port Angeles in those days, there was only one. A new sober person knocked on the apartment door the next day, the rest was history. June and Murray J. Anderson were married in February 1944 in Atlanta, Georgia.June attended the Griffin-Murphy Business College in Seattle and worked in secretarial jobs afterwards. After her marriage Murray and June lived in Georgia briefly, but Murray soon was transferred to the Pacific theater for combat duty with the Pacific Fleet. June thought a good way to spend more time with Murray was to join the WAVES, so she enlisted in the Navy in July 1944. Unfortunately, she never got to see Murray, but was able to get additional secretarial training at Hunter College in New York City and Oklahoma A&M in Stillwater, Oklahoma. She was promoted from Seaman to Yeoman Third Class and stationed at Los Alamitos Naval Air Station in Orange County, California.Murray loved the Navy and wanted to stay in, but he loved June more and decided to become a lawyer. He stayed in the Naval Reserves and studied at the University of Washington on the GI bill. June worked as a secretary. June and Murray moved to Tacoma, where they had their children, Mark J. Anderson in 1952 and Susan E. Anderson in May, 1955. June was an active community member. She was a leader in the campfire girls and a Den Mother in the Cub Scouts. She joined Murray at the Elks and the Yacht Club. While Murray became Commodore, June followed suit and was President of Shipmates. She and Murray spent years sailing their different boats on the Puget Sound and into Canada. They enjoyed the many functions of the Tacoma Yacht Club.In 1995 June moved to Naches, Washington to be close to her grandchildren and daughter and son-in-law. While living in Yakima, June was active in many groups, including the Lower Naches Women's Club, The Cascadians, the Audubon Society.June passed away just short of her 100th birthday. June was loved by many. If a person was new in town, June made it a point to get them included, she didn't want anyone to feel alone and blue. Her adventurous and gentle spirit and sweet, kind nature will be greatly missed. She is survived by her son, Mark J. Anderson and his wife, Margaret Bond; her daughter, Susan E. Drougas, her husband, Michael J. Drougas, granddaughter Katie Strahl and her husband Jonathan Strahl, great granddaughter Nova June Strahl, granddaughter Michaela S. Drougas and her partner Jeremiah Rath.There will be a celebration of life held in honor of June Anderson on Friday, June 7th at The Terraces at Summitview from 2-4 pm.

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Sat, 1 Jun 2024 00:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/june-anderson-1089864287
<![CDATA[Andrea McKenzie (Lewis) Underwood]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/andrea-underwood-1089867677<![CDATA[

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Andrea McKenzie (Lewis) Underwood passed gently as she left us May 26, 2024. Andrea was born February 21, 1980 to her parents, Don and Kathy Lewis of Prosser, WA. She attended Prosser Schools K-12 (1998) and she received her Bachelor's Degree from WSU in Social Sciences.She married Kyle Underwood in 2007 and also found her true calling of being a mother. Nothing gave her more joy than her children and she embraced every minute. Andrea gave of herself to those she loved and to be in her presence was always a genuine pleasure. She was known for her strong, heartfelt opinions and her ability to make instant decisions. She could be described as our "rock," as she held everyone together with her thoughtfulness, support, and loyalty; her guidance was true.Andrea is survived by her husband, Kyle; daughter, Chloe Underwood; son, Jay Underwood; parents, Don & Kathy Lewis; brother, Heath Niemi (Michele), nieces, Kimber & Kendall of Dallas, TX; sister, Tricia Niemi of Portland; parents-in-law, Paul & Cindy Underwood of Pasco; beloved family, friends, and her close friend and caregiver, Julie Calvillo. She was preceded in death by her sister, Veronica Lewis; grandparents, Don & Nancy Lewis; and Grandparents, Dick & Erma Hileman.A gathering to honor Andrea will be held June 14, 2024, 6:30 PM at Martinez & Martinez Winery, 357 Port Ave, Prosser. Condolences can be sent to PO Box 628, Prosser, WA 99350, www.Prosserfuneralhome.com.

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Fri, 31 May 2024 16:34:02 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/andrea-underwood-1089867677
<![CDATA[John Ted Hermanson]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/john-hermanson-1089866826<![CDATA[

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John Ted Hermanson, 86, of Selah, WA, died in Everett, WA, May 28, 2024 after a sudden illness. He was born on February 23, 1938 in Santa Monica, CA, to Ted and Annette Hermanson. The family lived in Colorado Springs, CO. John graduated from Elbert High School. John met his first love, Sandra Hermanson (mother to his eight children) in Tacoma, WA where the couple married in 1961. Shortly after the marriage, John was drafted into the US Army. He served as an Army Engineer from November 2, 1961 to October 19, 1963 and built roads while stationed in France. When his service ended, John returned to Colorado Springs, where he worked at NORAD and in construction.In 1975 John moved his young family to Washington State to be closer to his wife Sandra's family, settling first in Puyallup for a year before moving to Selah. John purchased a small house on ten acres, and built a custom home for his growing family on the upper lot. John was a Swedish master builder who built many beautiful homes in the Yakima Valley over the years. John learned the construction trade from his father and grandfather. He hailed from a long line of Swedish builders, who built many buildings in Sechelt, Canada in the late 1800s after immigrating from Sweden. John loved the outdoors and enjoyed camping and exploring; he once lived briefly in a remote area of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. He also enjoyed woodworking, writing poetry and songs, and raising dogs and animals. John served as a deacon at churches he attended and was known as a good, hardworking man. John's sister Marie fondly recalls how kind and tender-hearted her big brother was, always watching out for her, taking her skating, and making sure she had money for skates. Marie introduced John to his wife, Sandra; she had been friends with Sandra in high school. John was preceded in death by his wife, Sandra Ellen Hermanson (1995); first born daughter, Sally Hermanson (1964); parents, Annette (1938) & Ted (1980); step mother Janiece Hermanson (1992); sister, Sharon Waldron (1998); and great granddaughter, Heidi Josephine Hamilton (2024).John is survived by his daughters and one son: Leita Hermanson, Tami Garcia (Lou), Lana Hermanson (Jim Box), Rachel Hermanson, Calvin Cruz (Michael), Sarah Gilliam (Jim), and Ronda Hamilton (Kevin); 12 grandchildren, two great grandchildren, two sisters, Marie Schuler (Lou) and Lori Farris, and a brother, Phil Hermanson.

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Fri, 31 May 2024 07:29:01 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/john-hermanson-1089866826
<![CDATA[Theodore Haines Haas]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/theodore-haas-1089849077<![CDATA[

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Theodore "Ted" Haines Haas (78) was born on May 19th, 1946, in Lincoln, NE, to L.T. "Lou" and Patricia (Oxley) Haas. He died on May 21st, 2024, following a sudden terminal diagnosis of brain cancer.When Ted was two, the family moved to Yakima for work opportunities. In his youth, Ted was involved in Boy Scouts, earning his Eagle Award and serving as a leader at Camp Fife. He graduated from A.C. Davis High School in 1964 and then attended YVC. In the late '60s, Ted honorably served in the Army, including a stint in Vietnam.In 1972, Ted married Priscilla Hazard, a longtime family friend, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Yakima. They split their time between Ellensburg, where Cilla attended CWU, and Yakima, where Ted worked as a technician at the family dental laboratory. In 1979, Ted and Cilla bought Haas Dental Laboratory from Lou and ran it until their retirement in 2015. Ted was known for his high-quality work. He mentored numerous employees, encouraging their growth and enabling them to start businesses of their own.The couple's son, Ivan Haas, was born in 1976. Ted often volunteered in Ivan's activities, including Boy Scouts, Melody Lane Singers, and various sports teams. The family enjoyed many trips together, including to Long Beach, Goldendale, Seattle, on cruises, and campouts. Ted became an avid golfer, playing regularly for 30 years and joining the Elks Club in Selah. He and Cilla have been U.W. football season ticket holders since 1995, making the trip over the Cascades for every home game and tailgate party in that span. Ted was the best human and example imaginable. He always thought of others and agonized over choosing the right words and ways to support friends in their times of need. Ted liked to pause and notice a beautiful morning, the sun on his back, and the first sip of a cold co*ke. He disliked raking fallen pods from the locust tree at his home.His survivors include wife Priscilla of Yakima, son Ivan (Andrea), grandchildren Violet and Grady of Woodinville, sister Patti Wallace, niece Lisa (Greg Huefner) Wallace, all of Yakima, brother-in-law Sam (Ronnie) Hazard of Goldendale, and sister-in-law Melissa (Gary) Danberg of Bellevue. Ted was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, Dan Wallace.In keeping with Ted's wishes, no services will be held. Memorial gifts can be designated in Ted's name to the Alford Brain Tumor Center at Fred Hutch http://engage.fredhutch.org/goto/TedHaas or End of Life Washington https://support.endoflifewa.org/a/donate.

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Fri, 31 May 2024 00:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/theodore-haas-1089849077
<![CDATA[Steven Ray Calhoun]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/steven-calhoun-1089855112<![CDATA[

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Steven Ray Calhoun March 11, 1954 - May 14, 2024, Steven Ray Calhoun went home to be with Jesus, his Lord and Savior on May 14, 2024. Steven was born (red cheeks and all) on March 11, 1954, to Leonard and Betty Calhoun in Seattle Washington. Steve attended Wapato High School and was quite talented in track and field throwing the javelin. After graduation in 1972 he joined the family farm, Calhoun Fruit & Produce, Inc. In 1974 Steve volunteered for the local Fire Department with both the City of Wapato and Yakima County Fire District #5, retiring in 1999 after 25 years of service. Steve met the love of his life Linda Donohue and they were married January 24, 1976. Together, they built their lives and raised a family in the Wapato community. Steve was very talented with his hands and could build or fix almost anything. In 1991 Steve and Linda built the family home they live in now. After a fire destroyed the family warehouse in 2003, the difficult decision was made to not rebuild or continue to farm. In 2004 Steve's talent and love for building would inspire him to start Calhoun Construction with his wife Linda, his son Ryan, and his daughter in-law Amber. Together they built numerous homes throughout the Yakima Valley. In 2012 Steve began working for the Wapato School District as a custodian and bus driver until his retirement in 2021. Though the demands of his jobs and projects kept him busy, Steve made his walk with God a priority. He may have been a quiet man with his words, but he was loud through his acts of service. With the relationship he had with his loving Savior, he was able to show and demonstrate his love of God to his family, friends, church, and the community. Steve loved his family and was very involved with his grandchildren. He enjoyed creating memories and traditions for them that will last a lifetime. He enjoyed celebrating holidays, Christmas was his favorite. He loved to cook. He was a big foodie and created many of his own cookbooks and recipes. Steve loved to travel and visit new places. Planning the next adventure with his wife was one of his favorite activities. He would say that planning the trip was almost more fun than the trip itself. Steve is survived by his loving and devoted wife Linda, his mother Betty of Yakima, brother Michael (Marilyn) Calhoun, sister Susan (Ron) Cowin. His sons Ryan (Amber) Calhoun of Wapato, Brandon Calhoun of Wapato, and his daughter Crystal (Justin) Waddington of Harrah, as well as 8 grandchildren: Heidi Waddington, Khale Calhoun, Holly Waddington, Taylor Calhoun, Riley Waddington, Cody Waddington, Shaden Rinehart, Jubilee Calhoun, and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father Leonard Calhoun, and two infant granddaughters Kylie and Grace Calhoun. A Celebration of Life service is planned for Saturday, June 8th, 3:00pm at the All Nations Center Adventist Church in Wapato.

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Fri, 31 May 2024 00:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/steven-calhoun-1089855112
<![CDATA[Charlene Louise Wilson]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/charlene-wilson-1089863932<![CDATA[

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It is with profound sadness to announce the passing of Charlene L. Wilson at Landmark Care in Yakima. Charlene was born to Rollin and Louise Guthrie in Yakima. She grew up in Yakima and graduated from Yakima High School in 1965.After graduation, her older brother Gordon, came home on leave from the Navy and brought his shipmate, Harold Wilson to visit. This led to a courtship and eventual marriage on January 14, 1967, and made Yakima their home.In the winter month of February 1969, the Wilsons welcomed their first son, Thad followed by Jason in the winter month of January 1972. In 1973, Charlene's Dad, Rollin starting designing their family home and by 1974 they were painting the walls and hanging pictures. This would be their family home for the next 48 years.Charlene was a homemaker during her sons' formative years and involved them in swimming, tennis, Cub Scouts and youth groups along with many activities. It was during this time Charlene began her life long pursuit of helping children in need. Her boys would ride along while she helped kids attend and participate in fun community activities and events.Charlene and Harold were lifelong members of Yakima Evangelical Church and she worked many years in the office while building lifelong friendships and fellowships. She and Harold participated in many of the church sporting activities including softball, volleyball, jeeping, camping trips as well as afternoon potlucks.When her sons entered high school, Charlene went back to school earning a few credits at a time while attending night classes to pursue a career in nursing. She spent a few years as a director for Yakima Valley Comprehensive Health before returning to her lifelong love of helping children. She became an in-home care nurse, making friends with new families and watching their kids grow and prosper. She was saddened when her time as a caretaker wound down as she missed her work families deeply.Charlene had many hobbies and talents. She passed on her love of baking to her sons and could always be found with a ball of yarn and knitting needles making sweaters. She loved music and was a self-taught pianist and loved strapping on and playing her accordion. Harold and Char spent many years surrounded by music and eventually acquired the instruments and equipment to lead Sunday Morning Worship by singing hymns to raising the roof off the church.Harold and Char celebrated 57 years together and after retirement rode along in Harold's "Touch Red" Corvette with the Yakima Valley Corvette Club participating in car shows for many summers.Char cared tirelessly for her husband and family and continued to pray and walk with her Lord. She wholeheartedly embraced her steadfast beliefs.After Harold passed this last spring, Char continued to be blessed and the Wilson family would like to extend their gratitude to their lifelong friend Ron Mansfield, who selflessly provided companionship and guidance. The family would also like to their gratitude to the staff at Landmark Care Center for providing heartfelt care to Harold and Char.Char is preceded in death by her husband Harold, her father Rollin, and her mother Louise. Survivors include son Thad (Jeanne) Wilson, son Jason Wilson, 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.Funeral service will be held Friday, June 7 at 2:00 pm at Rainier Memorial Center 2807 Terrace Heights Drive. Graveside service will follow at terrace Heights Memorial Park. Casual attire is welcome.Langevin El Paraiso Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements. To share fond memories of Charlene and express kind words to the family, visit www.lepfuneralhome.com.

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Thu, 30 May 2024 11:14:50 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/charlene-wilson-1089863932
<![CDATA[Joshua Michael Gabbard]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/joshua-gabbard-1089849063<![CDATA[

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Joshua Michael Gabbard joined family and friends in paradise on May 18, 2024. His earthly journey began on August 21, 1979 at Memorial hospital in Yakima, Washington. He was born to and is survived by his loving parents, Roberta and Ray Gabbard. Raised in Selah and Gleed, Josh was a proud Naches graduate, where he enjoyed playing a variety of sports, but loved baseball. The relationships and friendships created within the Yakima Valley shaped him into the remarkable man he became.Josh pursued higher education at Central Washington University (CeeWoo!), earning a degree in Philosophy before obtaining an MBA. His academic achievements led him down diverse career paths, but his true talent was in his ability to write. As a talented author and poet, Josh published several pieces of work that showcased his exceptional skill and creativity.Along his journey Josh encountered love and heartache, endured trials and tribulations, enjoyed the simple things and loved deeply. Nothing surmounted his love more so than what he had for his four children. He is survived by his sons Leo and Asa, and his daughters Chloe and Briella. His thoughts and love were constantly flowing in their direction.Josh enjoyed cooking, writing, arguing, and was a big Seahawks fan (Go Hawks!), but not a Mariners fan (Sorry M's). He loved his pets, was kind to bugs, and was always down for a good caper or practical joke. Those that knew him well were usually on the receiving end, especially his CeeWoo brothers. He is survived by Jeramy Gabbard, Jason Frederick, Scott Frederick, and Scott Robbert. His shenanigans will be missed.Josh passed away peacefully at his home in Hudson, Florida. He was surrounded by loved ones until the end. He is survived by his partner and love, Alexis Page. Josh was also survived by his step mother Dorothy Gabbard, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and his cherished grandfather, Max Gabbard. Josh was preceded in death by his grandmothers, Lucille Stiltner and Beverly Gabbard, his uncle, Reid Gabbard, and his CeeWoo brother, Joey Trevino.A celebration of Josh's life will be held at Peace Lutheran Church in Selah on July 13th at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, please honor Josh's memory by performing a random act of kindness for a stranger and playing a practical joke on a loved one.

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Thu, 30 May 2024 00:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/joshua-gabbard-1089849063
<![CDATA[Susan Jane Estep]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/susan-estep-1089849944<![CDATA[

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Sue was the youngest of the six Estep siblings -- all with flaming red hair.At an early age, Sue was very interested in learning to read. Her sister Cheryl read to her and taught her to write her name so she could get a library card at the age of four. Reading was a huge thing to Sue and the beginning of a lifelong love/ obsession!Sue attended Lower Naches Elementary School, graduated from Yakima's Davis High School (1973), Olympia's Evergreen College and Bellingham's Western Washington University (1974). She had early interests in hiking, aviation, and astronomy.In 1978 in Dillingham, Alaska, Sue became an assistant EMT instructor. This experience qualified Sue for a job as an EMT with Shepard Ambulance in Seattle, working there for seven years.At a 1980 New Year's Eve party, Randy Fitch noticed the tall slender woman with brilliant red hair who mentioned an interest in flying; Sue had met her match. They married in 1986, making their home in Bellevue.Sue achieved her private pilot's license and bought a Cessna 172 airplane. She and Randy flew to destinations throughout the western states.Sue worked as an electronic purchasing agent in the Seattle area for 15 years. Randy opened Litho Design, Inc., in Tukwila, WA. Sue joined him in the operation. They worked together for 20 years, doing work for many prominent clients, including Corbis, Boeing, Microsoft, and Trojan Litho.Sue loved to travel; with visits to Germany, France, Italy, and Bora Bora, Scotland, Bahamas, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico and the Cook Islands, in addition to many of the national parks in the USA.Sue is survived by her husband Randall Fitch, two sisters, Connie and Cheryl Estep, a brother John Estep (Lee Ann), and nieces Tawnya Bothwell, Shawn Law, Carey and Debra Schehl, and nephew Tim Ryan, plus numerous grandnieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father George Estep, mother Marian Estep Adolf, and two sisters Vallrie Schehl and Judy Estep.A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, June 8, from 1:00 to 3:15 in the afternoon, at the home of Tom & Tawnya Bothwell, 221 Saddlebrook Court, Yakima.

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Thu, 30 May 2024 00:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/susan-estep-1089849944
<![CDATA[Stephen Paul Naught]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/stephen-naught-1089850158<![CDATA[

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Stephen Paul Naught went to be with his Lord on May 23, 2024, when he died unexpectedly and peacefully in his Bickleton home. Stephen was born June 16, 1945, in Yakima, Washington, to Harold and Vernice Naught. He was raised attending school in Bickleton, Washington, and graduated in 1963. It was while he was in junior high school that he attended Camp Ghormley and accepted Jesus as Savior, which influenced him for the rest of his life. Following high school graduation, he attended Yakima Valley College. He then attended, and received his BA degree from Washington State University. During his first year at YVC in 1963, he met and began dating Judy Lanzendorfer of Sunnyside, Washington. They married in January 1966 while they were both students at WSU. He was a member of Army ROTC while at WSU, so when he graduated in February 1968, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army. Their daughter, Kim, was born that February, and in May 1968, he, his wife and daughter traveled to Augusta, Georgia, where he reported for 6 weeks of Signal Officer training. Following that training, he was sent to Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, for 9 weeks of additional training. At its conclusion, he was sent to Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, for his first duty station. In May of 1969, he received orders for Vietnam as the Signal Officer for an Infantry Battalion. He, Judy and Kim traveled back to Sunnyside where Judy and Kim lived while he was in Vietnam. He was shot while in combat in September 1969, earning him a Purple Heart and Bronz Star for valor. He was evacuated to a hospital in Japan to recover. He was sent back to the States in October 1969 and was assigned to Fort Lewis where the family lived until May 1970 when he was promoted to Captain. He was then assigned as the Garrison Commander of the Yakima Firing Center. The family settled in Yakima. Son, Kevin, was born and completed the family in October 1970. In 1974, Stephen joined his father and brother on the farm in Bickleton and they formed Naught Ranches. The young family moved to the farm near Bickleton that year and Stephen would live on his farm until his death. Stephen farmed raising wheat, feed barley, and cattle until his retirement in 2023. Stephen was president of Washington Association of Wheat Growers in 1980 and made many trips to Washington, DC, and a trip to Geneva, Switzerland, lobbying for the wheat industry. In 1989, he was elected National Barley Growers Association President and continued lobbying for the nation's barley industry. He was a lifelong member of the Bickleton Evangelical Presbyterian Church, serving several terms as an Elder, and teaching Sunday School. He was a member of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers. He was a discussion leader in Yakima's Bible Study Fellowship for many years. He was a lifetime member of the lower valley Veterans of Foreign Wars. Stephen was a loyal friend, a passionate farmer and a patriot. But his favorite cause was his family. He and his wife, Judy, were true soulmates, and his children, grandchildren and great-grandson were his world. He was very fond of his friends, relatives and community. He mentored many young farmers and Christians. He was generous to a fault, and fun-loving. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Judy, their daughter, Kim, and her husband, David, and their children (Katelynn Clinton, Peter and wife, Cigne Clinton, and great-grandson, Miller Clinton) and their son, Kevin Naught, and wife, Kathy, and their children (Keith, Charlie and Ian Naught). He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Terry, as well as his beloved dog, Buddy. He was truly a gift from the Lord. Viewing and visitation will be held on Thursday, June 13, 2024 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside, WA. Family inurnment will be in the Bickleton I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. at the Bickleton Evangelical Church in Bickleton, WA. with Military Honors. Those desiring to contribute memorials are asked to do so to the Alder Creek Pioneer Association or the Bickleton Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Those wishing to sign Stephen's online memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com. Smith Funeral Home is in care of arrangement.

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Thu, 30 May 2024 00:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/stephen-naught-1089850158
<![CDATA[Ivory Mae Hawkins]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/ivory-hawkins-1089863607<![CDATA[

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Ivory was born in Wilkes N.C. and moved to Washington in 1957 settling in Yakima in 1972. She retired from Washington Fruit in 2005 after over 30 years working there. She finally completed visiting every state in 2020 fulfilling her dream of doing so. She is a beloved sister, mom, grandma and friend who will be greatly missed.Preceded in death by her parents Lon & Versie Ashley, brother Floyd & granddaughter Courtney.Survived by sisters Pearl Allen, Mary (Rob) Henderson, Alice Moncrief, brothers Allen (Mary) Ashley, Bill Ashley, Dea (Margaret) Ashley, Clyde (Sherri) Ashley, children Rick (Elaine) Hawkins, Rita (Bob) Schuster, Ron (Kim) Hawkins, Galene (Steven) numerous grandkids, great-grandkids, nieces & nephews.

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Thu, 30 May 2024 00:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/ivory-hawkins-1089863607
<![CDATA[Dolores Houle]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/dolores-houle-1089855944<![CDATA[

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Dolores Gertrude Houle (née Plante) passed away on May 6, 2024, in Yakima, WA, at the age of 85. She was born on March 26, 1939, in Providence, RI. Dolores was known for her positive and uplifting demeanor, compassion, curiosity, and loving nature. She was quick with a compliment and was considered the neighborhood Mom and an entertainer extraordinaire. Her quick wit and lovely personality drew you to her. It is not widely known, but she was a most excellent swim teacher!In her career, Dolores worked in various roles ranging from retail to management. Being a Mother was her main priority, and with the invaluable help from her mother, Memere, we were always fed, clothed, sheltered and loved. She always took pride in a job well done, instilling this value in her children from a young age. In her later years, she became an entrepreneur, creating and selling her own beautiful jewelry.Dolores enjoyed a variety of hobbies including jewelry making, crocheting, knitting, coloring, gardening, trivia, and word puzzles. She absolutely loved flowers, plants and color. She found joy in these activities and shared her creations with her loved ones.Dolores is survived by her brother, Russell Plante, her children William K. Joyal, Rochelle A. Joyal, Desiree A. Houle, and Albert H. Houle, as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many friends. She also leaves behind her beloved kitty, Tangerine. She was preceded in death by her loving parents, William T. Plante and Laurentia (Ricard) Plante, her brother William Plante, and former husbands Donald Joyal and Albert H. Houle.The family would like to acknowledge the care, love and support given by Multicare Hospital, Cottage in the Meadow, and especially to DaVita Dialysis Yakima for giving her the gift of time. This acknowledgement would not be complete without mentioning Jim St. Martin, who assisted in her caregiving for several years. They were 2 peas in a pod!In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the YWCA, Rods House Yakima or Yakima Humane Society in memory of Dolores Houle."They may not remember what you said, but they will remember how you made them feel"The funeral arrangements are being handled by Rainier Memorial Center in Yakima, WA.

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Wed, 29 May 2024 14:00:18 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/dolores-houle-1089855944
<![CDATA[Kenneth A. Hammond]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/kenneth-hammond-1089849601<![CDATA[

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Kenneth Allen Hammond, 90, a longtime Kittitas Valley resident, passed away on Tuesday, May 21, 2024 at Swedish Hospital - Cherry Hill in Seattle.Ken was born on January 18, 1934 in Old Kettle Falls along the Columbia River in northeastern Washington. He was raised on a farm near Lake Ellen in the Sherman Creek area of Ferry County. He graduated from Marcus High School in 1951. As class valedictorian, he was offered a scholarship to Eastern Washington College of Education in Cheney. So, in the fall of 1951, he went to college.In 1952, he did not return to college for fall quarter because he had a great job as a pond monkey for the Lloyd Matney sawmill in Ferry County. But then winter came and the pond froze, and he decided maybe he should go back to college after all. In January 1953, he was invited to the New Dorm social room for an evening of cards where he met Britta Jo Torrance. They were married in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho on February 27, 1954.Ken graduated from Eastern in 1956 with two Bachelor of Arts degrees, one in Geography and one in Education. After teaching High School Biology for two years in Camas, Washington, he returned to college, getting a Master of Science in Natural Resources from Oregon State College in Corvallis, Oregon. During his summers he worked in a variety of harvest operations in Whitman County.After completing his Master's Degree, he returned to Eastern Washington State College to teach for one year in the EWCE Geography Department. In 1960, he entered a doctoral program at University of Washington and in 1961, he moved to Olympia to work as a researcher for the Legislative Council.In 1962, Ken joined the staff at Central Washington State College in Ellensburg, Washington on a one-year appointment, teaching in the Geography Department, and in 1963, he became the Director of Extension and Correspondence for two years. In 1965, Ken began a doctoral program in the Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He received his PhD in Conservation in 1969.Ken joined the Geography Department at Central Washington State College in 1967. He taught many courses ranging from Introductory Physical Geography to graduate level Policy and Planning. Working with students was his life passion. He considered effective teaching to be the most fundamental part of his job. His goal was to help students prepare for employment, citizenship, and graduate school. Ken mentored many graduate students and was grateful that many of them kept in touch with him over the years. After teaching in the Department for 30 years, Ken retired in December 1997.Ken was co-editor for a book on environmental literature titled "The Sourcebook on the Environment" funded by the American Association of Geographers and published in 1978.In 1981 he received the CWU Distinguished University Professor Teaching award. In 1993, the CWU chapter of Phi Kappa Phi recognized him as Scholar of the Year. In 1997, in recognition of his Outstanding Service to the Northwest Scientific Association, he was granted an Honorary Life Membership. In 2001, he was awarded a Distinguished Alumnus Award from Eastern Washington University in Recognition of his Outstanding Service to EWU and the Community.In retirement, Ken continued to lend his expertise in Conservation, Water Resources Policy and Planning, Sustainability, and other Environmental issues to people who asked. He gave many lectures and freely offered his advice to those who requested it.Ken enjoyed gardening and every year he grew a large vegetable garden at his home near the Manastash Ridge trailhead. He would happily answer questions and provide advice to any who stopped. He really enjoyed bringing children into the garden, taking advantage of the opportunity to get them interested in growing their own food. He also willingly shared the garden abundance, keeping the small table outside the garden with the "Fresh Veggies - Free" sign, well-stocked with produce.Ken is survived by his wife of 70 years, Britta Jo (Torrance) Hammond. Also surviving are three children David (Ronnie) Hammond of Ellensburg, Janis (Bill) Reimers of Ellensburg and Stuart (Jill) Hammond of Ephrata. There are seven grandchildren, Kenneth (Carolyn), Michael, Leah (Keegan), Jacob, Hattie (Tucker), Megan (Sean) and Justin (Amanda), and 5 great-grandsons, Roland, Layne, Otto, Theo and Flynn. He is also survived by one sister, Dianne Madrid, of Vallejo, California.He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Dorothea Hammond of Kettle Falls, brother Ralph Hammond of Omak and sister Neoma Rosen Schick of Kettle Falls.Those wishing to honor Ken Hammond's memory may make contributions in his name to the Eastern Washington University Foundation - Prairie Restoration Fund, 102 Hargreaves Hall, Cheney, WA 99004 to the CWU Foundation - Graduate Studies Dean's Fund, 400 E University Way, Ellensburg, WA 98926.A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday June 8 at the Mercer Creek Church, 1410 N. Main St. in Ellensburg, Washington.Arrangements have been entrusted to Johnston & Williams of Ellensburg. Online condolences may be left at www.johnston-williams.com.

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Wed, 29 May 2024 00:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/kenneth-hammond-1089849601
<![CDATA[Dorothy Ann Conley]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/dorothy-conley-1089804527<![CDATA[

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Dorothy (DOT) Ann Conley passed away at Harbour Pointe Memory Care Facility in Mukilteo, Washington on April 17, 2024, at the age of 94. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, auntie, grandmother, great grandmother and a friend to many.Dorothy was born August 15, 1929, in Tieton, Washington. When their home burned down the family bought a dairy farm in Sunnyside, Washington. Dorothy was the tenth child of eleven children, six boys and five girls. When all six brothers joined the military to fight in WWII, Dorothy would get up before school to help her Dad milk the cows and help carry the metal cans of milk to the road to be picked up.After graduating from Yakima High School, Dorothy moved to Seattle to attend college at Seattle University. During that time, she met and married the love of her life David Conley. David joined Boeing in 1948 at the age of 19 and later entered into the Boeing Minuteman Program in 1959. This led to ten years of travel to various cities in the United States and back to Lynnwood, WA. Dorothy was the glue that held the family together throughout their travels. She enjoyed the friendships she had with the other Boeing wives and joined many bowling leagues during those travels.When Dave retired from Boeing they enjoyed traveling to Mazatlán, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Hawaii, China, Jamaica and many places in the United States.David and Dorothy lived in their Lynnwood home for 30 years and built their vacation home on Guemes Island where they moved permanently in 2005.Dorothy loved her family and enjoyed getting everything packed and ready to go camping when Dave got off work. She loved hiking, gardening, fishing, sewing, knitting (creating beautiful sweaters for each of us). She also loved cooking, painting pictures, creating mosaics, genealogy research, family reunions, and bowling. She continued to bowl until the age of 90.Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband Dave, her grandson Adam, her parents and nine siblings. She is survived by her sister Nyla, her son David Jr. (LaVonne), twin daughters Christie and Cathie, nine grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.Dorothy will be remembered by all as kind, gracious, hardworking, and adventurous. She was quiet and reserved, yet enjoyed life and a good laugh. She was loved by all who knew her.A Memorial Service with a Reception following, will be held at 2 pm, Sunday, June 2, 2024 at Evans Funeral Chapel in Anacortes, WA. Dorothy's final resting place is Eden Cemetery on Guemes Island. To share memories of Dorothy, please visit: www.evanschapel.com/obituary/dorothy-conley.

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Tue, 28 May 2024 00:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/dorothy-conley-1089804527
<![CDATA[Gary Lee Ogburn "Oggie"]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/gary-ogburn-oggie-1089821712<![CDATA[

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It is with deepest sorrow we announce the passing of Gary Lee Ogburn "Oggie," at the age of 74, on May 14, 2024. He was born on December 16, 1949, to Richard and Adeline Ogburn, of Selah, Washington.Gary was involved in little league baseball when he was young. He enjoyed horseback riding and was involved in the local Junior Rodeo and always loved hunting and fishing. Gary always loved the beach, and eventually moved to Seal Rock, Oregon with his wife, Susan.Gary graduated from Selah High School in 1968 and went into the United States Army that same year. He was stationed in Belgium and Germany and was discharged in 1971.Gary is survived by his three boys, Christopher Lee Ogburn, Dustin Paul Ogburn, and Benjamin Glen Ogburn, his sister Deborath Ogburn. He is preceded in death by his parents, Dick and Adeline Ogburn, and his beloved wife, Susan.The following is an essay written by his son Dustin Ogburn:A rugged man in his early thirties sits forward in an aged, aluminum-framed, brown and white nylon -webbed folding chair, close to the campfire. He is in his element, a true big game hunter and mountain man.This close-up picture was taken in the dark showing a stack of firewood, consisting of eight to ten logs and little more than a side-view of the man, just above the waist, cutting off the top of his hat. He is wearing an old dirty, worn, black Stetson cowboy hat, which looks as if it had been rolled up and shoved behind the seat of his pick-up. The hat has kept much of its original shape and is still curving up in the back to keep the rain from rolling down his neck. He is wearing an old, brown, thermal shirt with a collar that covers half his neck. Over his thermal is an insulated, faded, blue, gray and white flannel shirt. Completing the visible ensemble is an unsnapped, worn, brown and gray, reversible vest.His smile looks devious as he is certainly thinking about the days hunt and planning for the next morning. His teeth, remarkably straight and white as milk, appear against the backdrop of the dark night. Beneath the hat is dark brown hair with a slight blend of gray. It covers the top three-quarters of his ears and is messy. His face is covered by a similar looking straggly, thin beard with a full and wiry Fu Manchu, yet his neck is closely shaven. His eyes are as sharp as a hawk's, looking off into the distance as if scanning a hillside for signs of movement. He appears exhausted yet unwilling to retreat from the legendary campfire stories and cold beer to call it a night.A Graveside Service will be held on Friday, June 7, 2024, at 11:00am, at Wenas Cemetery.Shaw & Sons Funeral Home is caring for the family. Memories and condolences can be shared at www.shawandsons.com.

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