<![CDATA[Yakima Herald: Obituaries]]> (2024)

https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituaries/obituaries/rss.xml?sort_by=obitslastname_meta&order=asc&filter_date=anytime&p=5&lat=46.60207&lng=-120.5059<![CDATA[Yakima Herald: Obituaries]]><![CDATA[Listings for Obituaries on Yakima Herald]]>en-usWed, 10 Jul 2024 04:44:12 GMTAdPerfect Classified Marketplace<![CDATA[Les Kaiser "3-County Boomer"]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/les-3-county-boomer-1084763391<![CDATA[

1952 - 2013Shaw & Sons Funeral DirectorsLes lost his 10 year battle with his illness on December 23, 2013. Les is survived by his wife Eva (Petty) Kaiser of Grandview; son and wife Kaz and Jen Kaiser, and their children Kali and Kassidy; daughter and husband Karla and Josh Brown of Kennewick; brothers Verne (Donna) Kaiser, Terry Kaiser, and Jerry (Roxanne) Kaiser, all of Yakima; sister Tracy (Mickey) LacQuaye; uncles Ted, Gene, and Bud (Janie) Kaiser, all of Yakima; aunt Marleen Lusk of Kennewick, WA; aunt Sibby and Louk Hatley of Yakima, and many cousins, nephews and nieces. Preceding him in death are his father, Vernon Kaiser, mother Bonnie Smith, aunt Lois Kaiser, and uncle Ron Lusk.Les was the last man to be drafted into the Army in 1973. He didn't have to spend his full term as the war ended. Les and Eva were married for 38 years. They started out in Yakima before moving to Seattle. In Seattle Les worked until 1982 as the warehouse foreman at Block Steel which made Lopi stoves and fireplace inserts. He then went to work for the City of Tacoma in Pierce County. He became a journeyman lineman and the shop steward. He began training to teach first aid and CPR. He started doing Pole Top Rescue and competing at the Washington State Governor's Safety Conferences against the other utilities in the Pole Top Rescue Competition, always winning a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th place. We had lots of good friends there which made it hard to leave. In 1990, we decided we didn't want to raise our children in the big city, so Les took a job at the Benton County REA in Prosser. In 1992, Les went to work at Pacific Power & Light in Yakima County. In 1994, Les was given a special spirit of Excellence award by Pacific Power President Paul Lorenzini.He was asked to join the Grandview Rotary Club and became the President of the Rotary Club from 1998-1999. He also joined the Chamber of Commerce and was the Chamber President in 1999-2000. In 2000-2001, Les was the assistant Governor for the Governor's District 5060 of British Columbia, Canada and Washington State. Les did lots of volunteer work and loved it. He received the Mayor's Beautification Award in 1999, in honor of his outstanding service to enhance the overall appearance of the Grandview community. He put up the metal signs of fruit and grapes that hang on poles throughout Grandview. He helped to get a donation from Pacific Power for the trees that are all planted on the walkway throughout Grandview, which he helped plant. His favorite charity was United Way. His motto was, "Give until it feels good!" At Christmastime he rang the bell at Safeway for United Way.He was the most proud of his children, Kaz and Karla. He wanted them to set their goals high, and accomplish them they did. He loved seeing his granddaughters, Kali and Kassidy. Les loved to hunt deer. When he was with Tacoma City Light, he and 4 others got together and decided to make a dream come true. They bought 20 acres in Goldendale and built a cabin on it. So they always had a place to go hunt and stay."I know there is football in heaven and Les is watching the Seahawks!"A Memorial Service celebrating Les' life will be held Saturday, February 8, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. at Shaw & Sons Funeral Directors, 201 N. 2nd Street, Yakima. Memories of Les and condolences may be shared at www.shawandsons.com.Les, we all love you, and always will miss you forever!

Tue, 29 Mar 2022 00:23:17 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/les-3-county-boomer-1084763391
<![CDATA[Les Kaiser "3-County Boomer"]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/les-3-county-boomer-1084764088<![CDATA[

1952 - 2013Shaw & Sons Funeral DirectorsLes lost his 10 year battle with his illness on December 23, 2013. Les is survived by his wife Eva (Petty) Kaiser of Grandview; son and wife Kaz and Jen Kaiser, and their children Kali and Kassidy, of Phoenix, AZ; daughter and husband Karla and Josh Brown of Kennewick; brothers Verne (Donna) Kaiser, Terry Kaiser, and Jerry (Roxanne) Kaiser, all of Yakima; sister Tracy (Mickey) LacQuaye; in-laws Dale and Evelyn Petty of Yakima; brother-in-law Kimbol Petty of Selah; uncles Ted, Gene, and Bud (Janie) Kaiser, all of Yakima; aunt Marleen Lusk of Kennewick, WA; aunt Sibby and Louk Hatley of Yakima, and many cousins, nephews and nieces. Preceding him in death are his father, Vernon Kaiser, mother Bonnie Smith, aunt Lois Kaiser, and uncle Ron Lusk.Les was the last man to be drafted into the Army in 1973. He didn't have to spend his full term as the war ended. Les and Eva were married for 38 years. They started out in Yakima before moving to Seattle. In Seattle Les worked until 1982 as the warehouse foreman at Block Steel which made Lopi stoves and fireplace inserts. He then went to work for the City of Tacoma in Pierce County. He became a journeyman lineman and the shop steward. He began training to teach first aid and CPR. He started doing Pole Top Rescue and competing at the Washington State Governor's Safety Conferences against the other utilities in the Pole Top Rescue Competition, always winning a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th place. We had lots of good friends there which made it hard to leave. In 1990, we decided we didn't want to raise our children in the big city, so Les took a job at the Benton County REA in Prosser. In 1992, Les went to work at Pacific Power & Light in Yakima County. In 1994, Les was given a special spirit of Excellence award by Pacific Power President Paul Lorenzini.In 1995, Les was chosen to be the Grandview/Mabton representative.He was asked to join the Grandview Rotary Club and became the President of the Rotary Club from 1998-1999. He also joined the Chamber of Commerce and was the Chamber President in 1999-2000. In 2000-2001, Les was the assistant Governor for the Governor's District 5060 of British Columbia, Canada and Washington State. Les did lots of volunteer work and loved it. He received the Mayor's Beautification Award in 1999, in honor of his outstanding service to enhance the overall appearance of the Grandview community. He put up the metal signs of fruit and grapes that hang on poles throughout Grandview. He helped to get a donation from Pacific Power for the trees that are all planted on the walkway throughout Grandview, which he helped plant. His favorite charity was United Way. His motto was, "Give until it feels good!" At Christmastime he rang the bell at Safeway for United Way.He was the most proud of his children, Kaz and Karla. He wanted them to set their goals high, and accomplish them they did. He loved seeing his granddaughters, Kali and Kassidy. Les loved to hunt deer. When he was with Tacoma City Light, he and 4 others got together and decided to make a dream come true. They bought 20 acres in Goldendale and built a cabin on it. So they always had a place to go hunt and stay."I know there is football in heaven and Les is watching the Seahawks!"A Memorial Service celebrating Les' life will be held Saturday, February 8, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. at Shaw & Sons Funeral Directors, 201 N. 2nd Street, Yakima. Memories of Les and condolences may be shared at www.shawandsons.com.Les, we all love you, and always will miss you forever!

Tue, 29 Mar 2022 00:35:00 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/les-3-county-boomer-1084764088
<![CDATA[Arlene Josephine "A-mupumi" "Shiquiempt" James-Teeias]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/arlene-a-mupumi-james-teeias-1084776454<![CDATA[

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Colonial Funeral HomeArlene Josephine "A-mupumi" "Shiquiempt" James-Teeias (83) of Harrah passed away at the Cottage in the Meadow on Saturday September 8, 2018. Arlene was born on February 10, 1935 south of Toppenish in the Alfalfa area to Joseph "Nekewyema" and Jenny (Tulalakus) Wesley. She was raised and educated in White Swan and at the Indian Christian Mission. She was the first Miss Indian America in 1953. She raised her family on the Yakama Reservation and worked for the Yakama Nation as a Community Health Representative for over 30 years, retiring in 2010. She will be remembered for her love for people, always sending cards and poems throughout the year to over 400 people. She enjoyed beading floral bags and will be remembered as White Swan High School's # 1 fan at its sporting events. She is survived by her two sons, Kenneth James-Teeias of Harrah and Hugh James-Teeias of Medical Lake; five daughters, Launa Ambrose of Yakima, Laurie James and Laurene Contreras both of Toppenish, Laurel James-Teeias of Harrah and Lucy Brown of Zillah; 21 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Arlene was preceded in death by her husband; two sons and six siblings. Dressing services were held at Colonial Funeral Home on Monday September 10, 2018 at 2 PM. Overnight services following at the Toppenish Creek Longhouse in White Swan with a procession leaving for the Toppenish Creek Cemetery at 5:15 AM Tuesday. Friends can send condolences at www.toppenishfunerals.com. Heggie's Colonial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Tue, 29 Mar 2022 22:49:47 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/arlene-a-mupumi-james-teeias-1084776454
<![CDATA[Helen Wyatt "Aunt Sugar"]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/helen-aunt-sugar-1084778643<![CDATA[

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Valley Hills Funeral HomeHelen, age 100, passed away peacefully Jan. 24, 2019 in Wapato at Emerald Care. She was born Nov. 9, 1918 in Utah to Gene and Helen "Neilson" Stratford. After moving to Montana with family, she graduated a year early in Montana. She was baptized into the Mormon LDS Church, having high regards for the Church. Aunt Sugar worked as a secretary in many jobs, Boeing being her favorite. According to her she was one of the best and fastest typers they ever had. She loved her cats and dogs, buying truckloads of food for her critters every month. The clerks at the big stores knew her by first name. Most people didn't know her by Helen as she was always Aunt Sugar. She called me Sugar when I was really young and from then on she was Aunt Sugar.Helen married Marshall Ross at an early age and divorced soon after, having a daughter, Sharon. Helen was married to Bill Wyatt in the '50's and lived with him until his death in 1996. Helen and Bill traveled a lot and loved to hunt and fish in their younger years but slowed with age.Helen was preceded in death by husband, Bill Wyatt; sister, Maureen "Stratford" Robinson and her husband Kenneth; daughter, Sharon "Ross" Matti; granddaughter, Colleen "Kelly" Bohanon; brother-in-law, Bill Fulmer; son-in-law, Harold Matti; and nephew, Greg Fulmer.She is survived by her sister, Jeane Fulmer and her newly adopted stepson Steve Rolison, Dwain Robinson and wife Maureen, Doug and Maxine Robinson, Darrel and Jenny Robinson, Kurt and Josyln Robinson, Joyce "Nellie Fulmer" Stephens and husband "Gramps" Dan; two grandchildren, Angela Colón and Randy Roadz and many more nieces and nephews.The family would like to thank Emerald Care and all the staff and Aunt Sugar's caregivers before the nursing home, Eva Price, Christine Hitchco*ck and Paula Bubay.Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 2:00 pm at Valley Hills Funeral Home (2600 Business Ln.) in Yakima. Burial will follow at Terrace Heights Memorial Park. Condolences can be sent to the family at www.valleyhillsfh.com.

Wed, 30 Mar 2022 00:51:16 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/helen-aunt-sugar-1084778643
<![CDATA[Bernice (Bernabe) Mackarness-Nieto "Babe"]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/bernice-babe-1084776213<![CDATA[

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Langevin - El Paraiso Funeral HomeBernice (Bernabe) Mackarness-Nieto "Babe" died in a tragic accident while crossing the street to get her mail on Jan. 23rd, 2018. She was 96 years old. Bernice was born June 11th, 1921 in San Marcos, Texas. She later relocated to Yakima, WA where she met her husband R.N Mackarness. She was one of the first Spanish interpreters for the court and also enjoyed being a proud member of the friendship doll club, the women's century club and many other clubs. She is survived by 2 children, Leah Feliz Johnson and Del W. Mackarness, many grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, and many extended family members, all of whom loved her so very much. She was the oldest of 5 generations. She dedicated the last 12 years of her life to raising her great-great grandchild Emily, who she lived for. Bernice, or as she was affectionately known, grandma Mack, was the hardest working woman we've ever known and will be missed so dearly every single day. She was the glue that held everything together, an exceptional person, a loving grandmother, beautiful friend, our everything.She was preceded in death by her husband R.N Mackarness, a son, Leon Mackarness, 2 grandsons, Eric Purdin, and Edward Purdin, all her siblings and her mother and father. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, February 9, 2018 at Langevin El Paraiso Funeral Home. To share a memory of Bernice visit www.lepfuneralhome.com.

Tue, 29 Mar 2022 22:43:14 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/bernice-babe-1084776213
<![CDATA[Jerry Robert "Bob Gorski]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/jerry-bob-gorski-1084775483<![CDATA[

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Jerry Robert "Bob" Gorski, 74, passed away at his home in Twisp, March 3, 2018. Bob was born to Jerry and Marie Gorski on November 7, 1943 in Baker, Oregon. The family moved to Naches Heights near Yakima, Washington where he attended White Swan schools, graduating in 1961. Bob loved basketball, hunting, fishing and camping. Later in life, Bob moved to the Methow Valley, becoming the Okanogan County Building Inspector from 1991 until his retirement in 2009.Some of his most cherished moments in his life included holding a grandchild on his lap, telling his numerous stories by the camp fire to anyone who would listen and just being with his family and friends.Bob is survived by his wife, Lori, his five children, Jill O'Brien(Rob), Jerry Gorski (Penna), Joey Wilson, Shawn Gorski, and Sarah (Ben) Gorski, and his nine grandchildren.

Tue, 29 Mar 2022 22:23:37 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/jerry-bob-gorski-1084775483
<![CDATA[Ervin Austin "Buck"]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/ervin-buck-1084776234<![CDATA[

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Valley Hills Funeral HomeErvin Austin "Buck" went to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday January 13, 2018. He passed away peacefully surrounded by family.Buck was born in Delta, Colorado on November 13, 1934. As a young man Buck moved to Wapato, Washington. He met the love of his life Carol Demoss, they married June 4, 1955. They shared 63 years of marriage. They had one son, Jason. One thing Buck passed on to his son is to be a hard working man full of integrity and morals.Buck loved the outdoors. He enjoyed camping, going to the beach and taking care of his lawn. But, what he loved and cherished the most was his family. Especially his only granddaughter Brookie. That was his baby.He is survived by his wife Carol Austin of Wapato, his son Jason Austin (daughter-in-law Quenia Austin) and his granddaughter Brook Austin.A private ceremony with family will be held in his honor. Papa you will be missed dearly and in our hearts forever!Marriage made you family, love made you my Dad. Love you Dad - Sis"Papa I'm going to make you proud" - Brookie

Tue, 29 Mar 2022 22:43:39 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/ervin-buck-1084776234
<![CDATA[Grover Cleveland Jordan Jr. "Butch"]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/grover-cleveland-jordan-butch-1084774116<![CDATA[

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Brookside Funeral Home & CrematoryGrover Cleveland Jordan Jr. "Butch" left this world and released his energy (he would want you to look up the 1st law of thermodynamics) on June 4, 2017, after yet another courageous battle with cancer. Born to Dorothy Moore and Grover Jordan Sr. on September 30, 1951 in Nashville, TN, Butch grew up in Colton, CA where he attended school. He traveled and lived up and down the west coast before settling in Yakima, WA. Butch was a soldier who enlisted in the United States Army at 17 years old. He spent his 18th birthday in Vietnam. He kept the war stories to himself but he couldn't hide the desire for adrenaline and that next big rush.He was a jokester. As the family was sitting with him at the Cottage in the Meadow watching his breathing relax they were tempted to shout his name and if he regained consciousness tell him they just wanted to see how far he got before he had to come back. A joke he played on so many of us. Talk about a good poker face. I don't care who you are he could convince you that your shoes are untied even if you are wearing flip-flops. When his daughter Lisa lets most of the light bulbs go out in the house he teases her, "How many blondes does it take to change a light bulb? None because she'll have her Dad do it!"Although Butch couldn't seem to teach Lisa how to do the 4-rail bank combo shot to sink the 8 ball in the side pocket, which he had been showing her how to do since she was 5 years old, he was still a good teacher, and a bit of a show off. He taught many of us that life is too short. If you want something go after it with all you got. If you're going to do it then do it right the first time. And don't worry about aging because you're only as old as you feel.A hero to his family. His son "Same" needed saving countless times. Running through the yard to catch him sliding off the roof and saving his life was just another day. Let's not forget cutting Same's head out of the picket fence when he got it stuck or prying his mouth off a dresser knob.Butch was a collector of stuff. All kinds of stuff, because one day someone will need a 1970 halogen street lamp and he would be the one to save the day. He also collected die because collecting a full set of dice wasn't unique enough. He was a man with his ducks in a row. Literally speaking of course. All 57 of them. Ceramic, wood, glass etc. and they are free to a good home.Papa, as his grandsons called him, was the first line test dummy for their wild contraptions. When Butch flew off the bike ramp they rigged together and went head first over the handle bars landing on the gravel and scratching up his hands and face, he looked down at them with blood on his chin and said, "That was fun. Your turn." He was a great father and friend to many. An honest true friend that was always willing to help no matter how far or how big of a favor, if he could help you he would.Butch is survived by his wife Jean Jordan, his daughter Lisa Jordan (Rodney Lambert) and his grandsons Rodney Jr. and Jessie Lambert of Yakima, WA. Also survived by his beloved dog, Gyspy, whose love was unwavering as she endured him yelling for her countless times and waited patiently for him to find her under his belly at his feet. He'd tell you she was always getting lost under there.Preceded in death and reunited with both his parents and his only son, Grover Cleveland Jordan III "Same," as well as countless friends.The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to Tami Heneghen for her generous support once again caring for their entire family and helping lay another Jordan to rest. We will never be able to repay you for your love and support. They would also like to thank the staff at Virginia Mason Memorial's Hospice and Cottage in the Meadow for the exceptional care we received.Visitation will be on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 from 1-6 PM at Brookside Funeral Home (500 W. Prospect, Moxee, WA). We will honor him and all he was, with Full Military Honors, at Terrace Heights Memorial Park (3001 Terrace Heights Drive Yakima, WA) on Friday, June 9, 2017 at 3:30 PM. Brookside Funeral Home has been selected to care for the family. Online condolences may be left at www.brooksidefhc.com.

Tue, 29 Mar 2022 19:14:03 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/grover-cleveland-jordan-butch-1084774116
<![CDATA[Allen G. "Cum Cus" (Cowboy) Tahkeal]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/allen-cum-cus-tahkeal-1084769813<![CDATA[

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Colonial Funeral HomeAllen G. "Cum Cus" (Cowboy) Tahkeal (80) of Wapato passed away on July 28, 2015 in Yakima. He was born in Toppenish on September 10, 1934 to Wesley Tahkeal and Hannah Sohappy-Yallup. Mr. Tahkeal was raised and educated in White Swan and participated in rodeo and was a National Champion War Dancer. He worked as a laborer, and fisherman. He enjoyed hunting, playing pool, traveling with the Yakama Nation Senior Program and going to Legends. He is survived by six daughters, Alveda Charley and Rosa Tahkeal-Bill, both of Warm Springs, Elvira (Vernon) Tahkeal-Gardipee of Pendleton; Alvalerie Sampson, Lillian Tahkeal and Josephine (Chuck) Stahi and a son, Billy Tahkeal, all of Toppenish; two sisters, Cecilia Tahkeal and Rosalie Yallup, both of Toppenish; aunts, Amelia Sampson, Larena and Viola Sohappy, Sharon Dick and Nettie Jackson; uncles, Johnny Jackson and Russell "Whitey" Jackson. Allen was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Agnes Nash, Sally and Lida; an uncle, Lawrence Sohappy Sr.; two sons, Byron Sampson adn Arlando Tahkeal; and aunts, Elsie Sam, Lena Owens and Laritta Sohappy. Dressing services will be at 10 AM Thursday July 30, 2015 at the Toppenish Creek Longhouse in White Swan with overnight services to follow. Funeral services will be at 7 AM Friday at the Toppenish Creek Cemetery. Friends can send condolences at www.toppenishfunerals.com. Colonial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Tue, 29 Mar 2022 07:36:03 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/allen-cum-cus-tahkeal-1084769813
<![CDATA[Colonial Funeral HomeYAKIMA -...]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/velarie-da-loos-ta-nee-winnier-1084758990<![CDATA[

Colonial Funeral HomeYAKIMA - Velarie L. "Da-loos-ta-nee" Winnier (62) of Yakima passed away on Thursday March 21, 2013 in Yakima. She was born in Warm Springs, OR on October 10, 1950 to Moses and Lucy (Smartlowit) Winnier. She was raised and educated in Toppenish and at Chilocco Indian School in Oklahoma. She lived in California from 1969-1982 where she worked as a sales clerk for Mervyn's. At this time she became interested in horse racing. She moved back to the valley in 1982 and was a homemaker where she enjoyed taking care of her family. Velarie was an enrolled member of the Yakama Nation who enjoyed going to the mountains, bowling, sewing, baseball, basketball and going to the casino. She is survived by three sons, Myron Hannigan of Yakima, Lee Hannigan Jr. of Ottawa, Ontario, Kanim Hannigan of DeRidder, LA and one daughter, Lisa Hannigan of Selah; twelve grandchildren; one brother, William Winnier of Wapato; two sisters, Susan Winnier of Wapato and Denise Winnier of Puyallup. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Darren and Vaughn Winnier and four sisters, Mavis, Sarah and Cheryl Winnier and Luana Longee. Dressing services will be on Monday March 25, 2013 at 9 AM at Colonial Funeral Home. Overnight services will be at the White Swan Independent Shaker Church with the funeral service on Tuesday at 9 AM at the church with interment to follow at the 1910 Shaker Church Cemetery. Friends can send condolences at www.toppenishfunerals.com. Colonial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mon, 28 Mar 2022 21:59:57 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/velarie-da-loos-ta-nee-winnier-1084758990
<![CDATA[Edward Daniel "Don"-gone Gonsioroski]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/edward-don-gone-gonsioroski-1084764992<![CDATA[

Langevin-Mussetter Funeral HomeYAKIMA - Edward Daniel "Don"-gone Gonsioroski, 94, of Yakima, passed away on March 5, 2014 at Crescent Healthcare.Don was born on June 3, 1919, in Wibaux County, Montana, on the family homestead. He always said, "I was born in a barn!" He was the youngest child of Albert and Mary (Derdowski) Gonsioroski.He attended a one room schoolhouse until the eighth grade, then went to work for various farmers in Eastern Montana. He served in the Civilian Conservation Corps in Montana, then joined the Army Air Corps from 1941-1945, serving at William's Field, AZ with the 89th Training and Air Base Squadron and the 301st Depot Repair Squadron. Don moved his family to Southern California in 1951, settling in Canoga Park. He worked for several aircraft manufacturers, retiring from Nordskog, in Van Nuys, California, where they built galleys for aircraft. In 1969, he returned to Eastern Montana to raise sheep, then cattle. In 1995, Don moved to Moxee, Washington, and lived in Rivard Apts. He was a talented carpenter, tile layer and woodworker. He played the accordion ("squeezebox") and harmonica which always brought enjoyment to everyone especially the little people. Don loved practical jokes and had an off-beat sense of humor. He will be greatly missed. He was a life-long member of the Catholic Church.Don is survived by his daughter, Linda of Yakima, and sons, Edward (Marilyn) of Ellensburg, Alan (Sherri) of Anchorage, Alaska, and David of Moxee and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren scattered from "hell to breakfast." He is also survived by many nephews & nieces as well as very special friends throughout the country.Don was preceded in death by Jane, his wife of 22 years, his parents, nine siblings and granddaughter Carolyn Taylor.Grandpa was a crazy old coot and will be sorely missed. We are comforted in knowing he is now with his Savior and playing his accordion once again... PLAY ON GRANDPA, PLAY ON!!!To the staff and personnel at Crescent Healthcare and Wynwood of Yakima, thank you for all the kindness and care you gave "Don." God bless you all.A vigil service will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 14, 2014 at Langevin-Mussetter Funeral Home with visitation continuing until 8:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, March 15 at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Holy Rosary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Home on the Range, a Boys & Girls house/ranch in North Dakota c/o Langevin-Mussetter Funeral Home, 1010 W. Yakima Ave., Yakima, WA 98902. To share a memory, visit www.lmfuneralhome.com.

Tue, 29 Mar 2022 00:51:45 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/edward-don-gone-gonsioroski-1084764992
<![CDATA[Laverne A. "Funny Book" George]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/laverne-funny-book-george-1084764671<![CDATA[

Colonial Funeral HomeTOPPENISH - Laverne A. "Funny Book" George (58) of Toppenish died in Toppenish on January 10, 2014. She was born in Yakima on August 5, 1955 to Alex and Arlene (Lucei) George Jr. Laverne was raised and educated in Wapato and worked as a seasonal laborer, as a commercial fisherman and in the fruit industry. She was a member of the Yakama Nation and enjoyed beadwork, slots at Legends and thrift shops. She is survived by her significant other, David of Toppenish; her mother, Arlene George of Toppenish; five daughters, Sara George of Gig Harbor, Arleta George of Yakima, Helen and Sheila Miller both of Wapato and Terri Miller of Lapwai, ID; two sons, Nathaniel George of Yakima and Saul George of Selah; numerous grandchildren; two brothers, Theodore and Ambrose George both of Toppenish and two sisters, Leora George of Tacoma and Nora George of Toppenish; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Laverne was preceded in death by her father in 1978; two brothers, three sisters and a daughter. Dressing services will be held on Monday January 13, 2014 at 1 PM at Colonial Funeral Home. Overnight services will be at the 1910 Shaker Church with a funeral at 8 AM Tuesday with interment to follow at the 1910 Shaker Church. Friends can send condolences at www.toppenishfunerals.com. Colonial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Tue, 29 Mar 2022 00:45:49 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/laverne-funny-book-george-1084764671
<![CDATA[Heidi McClaskey "Heckart"]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/heidi-heckart-1084790124<![CDATA[

Shaw & Sons Funeral HomeHeidi McClaskey "Heckart" went to be with the Lord on September 4th, 2021 after battling cancer. She passed away surrounded by her family at Yakima Memorial Hospital. She was born on May 28th, 1970 in Yakima, Washington. She was an incredible woman of God who loved serving the Lord. She showed many people the love of God and was a role model in her community.Heidi is survived by her husband Todd McClaskey, sons Jake and Josh LaMarche, daughters in law Kim and Trinity LaMarche, grandmother Sadie Heckart, parents Tony and Cheryl Heckart, mother Marie Lovestrand, brother AJ Heckart, sisters Candice and Heather Heckart, and many loving family and friends.A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 2:00 PM at Gilbert Park. Everyone who knew and loved Heidi is welcome to join. Shaw & Sons Funeral Home is caring for the family. Memories and condolences can be shared at www.shawandsons.com.

Thu, 2 Jun 2022 00:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/heidi-heckart-1084790124
<![CDATA[Elvira Zaragoza "Huerta"]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/elvira-huerta-1084776975<![CDATA[

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Keith & Keith Funeral HomeElvira Zaragoza "Huerta," 89, passed away quietly and peacefully on May 09, 2018.Elvira was born September 24, 1929 in Jalapa Veracruz Mexico, to Manuel Huerta and Concepcion Ramirez. She and her husband moved to California in the 1950's to raise her family. Elvira worked hard to become a registered nurse and worked at prominent hospitals in the San Gabriel Valley, CA. She was very close with her co-workers and was esteemed as a great friend and confidant until her retirement. She retired after 34 years of nursing.She loved her family and was a dedicated mother, grandmother and wife. She enjoyed hosting all the major holiday dinners and everyone enjoyed staying at grandma's house, any chance possible!Elvira was preceded in death by her parents, sons Joe and Julio Zaragoza, her sister Rosa Jones, and brothers Manuel, Alfonso and Jose. Survivors include her daughter, Maria Cordova (Jesus) and son, Guillermo Zaragoza, 8 grandchildren, Guillermo, Jonathan, Ruben, Marla, Joey, Joshua, Vicky and Francisco. She also had numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.We love you, we will miss you, and we thank God for your amazing humor, love and unlimited hugs that you gave us!Services will be held on Tuesday May 15, 2018 at Keith and Keith Funeral Home (902 W Yakima Avenue) at 10:00 am, with an interment, to follow, at West Hills Memorial Park.To share a memory or condolence to Elvira's family please visit www.keithandkeith.com.

Tue, 29 Mar 2022 23:03:34 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/elvira-huerta-1084776975
<![CDATA[Jenny Gostovich "Jackie"]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/jenny-jackie-1084772902<![CDATA[

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Smith Funeral Homes Ltd. & CrematoryJenny Gostovich "Jackie," age 78, of Sunnyside, WA went to be in the arms of her Loving Savior on Monday, September 26, 2016. Jackie was born on June 29, 1938 in Cheyenne, Oklahoma, the daughter of Levi and Helen (Brown) Belnap. She received her education in Vancouver, WA. On August 23, 1975 she married Dale E. Gostovich in Nu Acres, Idaho. Jackie worked many years as an in home child care provider. She loved all crafts, especially sewing, embroidering and crocheting. Her most cherished time was spent with her children, grandchildren and adopted grandchildren.Jackie is survived by her husband, Dale Gostovich of Sunnyside, WA; children JoAnn and Rick Grasmick of Payette, Idaho, Toni and Ray Moe of Granite Falls, WA, Wilma Shockman and Debra Davis of Cascade, OR, Debbie Stevens and Mike and Amy Gostovich all of Yakima, WA, Steven Gostovich of Buena, WA and Sherry Ricard of Grandview, WA. She is also survived by twenty-six grandchildren, nineteen great grandchildren and one sister, Elaine Stevens of Surrey, B.C. Jackie is preceded in death by her parents, Levi and Helen Belnap, daughter Kay Lynn Halvorson, son Richard Gostovich and brother Lee Belnap.Memorial Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside, WA. Those wishing to sign Jackie's online memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com. Smith Funeral Home in care of arrangements.

Tue, 29 Mar 2022 11:26:44 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/jenny-jackie-1084772902
<![CDATA[Gilbert Paul "KA-THAM-A-NO" Smartlowit]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/gilbert-ka-tham-a-no-smartlowit-1084789204<![CDATA[

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Valley Hills Funeral HomeGILBERT PAUL "KA-THAM-A-NO" SMARTLOWIT aka "GIBBY" joined our Creator and to meet loved ones who left before him on August 22, 2021 at the age of 50. He was the son of Atwy Gordon Jenks Smartlowit, who recently passed, and his mother Nancy Jessepe Smartlowit of Annahat Road. His paternal grandparents were Gilbert and Annie Napyer Smartlowit; and maternal grandparents Paul and Julia Jessepe.Gib was a life-time resident and member of the Yakama Nation, born on December 20 when he celebrated with family whose birthdays he shared the week of Christmas. He exercised his YN rights as a wood cutter, fisher, and loved the mountains. He graduated from White Swan High School, Cougar Pride.He participated with his parents' faith at the White Swan Independent Shaker Church and the St. Aloysius Catholic Church. Gilbert was the namesake of his grandfathers, and his paternal grandfather was a leader in the Shaker Religion. Gib never hesitated to ring the bell and share the love in his heart for the Lord and his family and friends.Gilbert will always be remembered by friends and family for playing basketball for the Eagles as #20, played for other teams as he grew older, played football and softball, golf, participated in basketball and softball tournaments across the northwest, where he made many friends. He was the "best driver" in his crew and would say "you're killing me Smallz." He had a contagious laugh, smile, story-telling, and love that will be in the hearts of all he touched.He is survived by his mother, Nancy Smartlowit; his sons Irving, Deonte, Keone and his daughter Sekoya Smartlowit; his brothers Vernon (Monika) Smartlowit; Eldan (Rochelle) Smartlowit; his sister Juliann (Victor) Smartlowit; and a multitude of aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his father Gordon; paternal and maternal grandparents; his brother Eugene and sister Angela; and other aunts and uncles.The funeral dressing service will be held on Wednesday 8/25/2021 10:00 a.m. at Valley Hills Funeral Home in Zillah. After the service, he will be transported to the White Swan Independent Shaker Church via the "loop" that he and his father enjoyed to pass by his home on Annahat a final time. Open denomination overnight services will be held at WSISC starting at 7:00 p.m. with burial Thursday 8/26 at 9:00 a.m.at Toppenish Creek Cemetery.The family appreciates all who called, visited, and expressed your condolences, prayed, and who gave your time and assistance during our hours of need, as we know that Gibby was a good man, with a kind heart, and love for all of you. May his journey be lit like gold paved by your love.

Wed, 30 Mar 2022 15:41:34 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/gilbert-ka-tham-a-no-smartlowit-1084789204
<![CDATA[Norman Dale Smith Jr. "Little Dale"]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/norman-dale-smith-little-dale-1084764218<![CDATA[

Valley Hills Funeral HomeSEATTLE - Our loving son, brother, uncle and friend passed away May 1, 2014 at Northwest Hospital in Seattle from a massive heart attack and blood clot in the lung. He is now with his maker.He was born June 9, 1970 in Yakima, Washington to parents Dale and Carla Smith Sr.He grew up in the Gleed area, and attended Naches schools.He loved his dogs, Coco, Zues and Abby. He loved to go fishing at Priest Rapids, and hunting in the Nile area. He loved to go motorcycle riding and do carpentry work. He loved his family. His favorite place to eat was Jean's Cottage Inn.He is survived by his parents Dale and Carla Smith Sr., of Gleed, sisters Cathy (Josh) Grundy, of Kennewick, Tina (Erle) Vandegraft, of Leavenworth, WA, Maggie (Mark) Brown, of Gleed; and several nieces and nephews.Out of respect for Dale's wishes, there will be no services.Please share your memories of Dale at www.valleyhillsfh.com.

Tue, 29 Mar 2022 00:37:26 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/norman-dale-smith-little-dale-1084764218
<![CDATA[Norman Dale Smith Jr. "Little Dale"]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/norman-dale-smith-little-dale-1084765838<![CDATA[

Valley Hills Funeral HomeSEATTLE - Our loving son, brother, uncle and friend passed away May 1, 2014 at Northgate Hospital in Seattle from a massive heart attack and blood clot in the lung. He is now with his maker.He was born June 9, 1970 in Yakima, Washington to parents Dale and Carla Smith Sr.He grew up in the Gleed area, and attended Naches schools.He loved his dogs, Coco, Zues and Abby. He loved to go fishing at Priest Rapids, and hunting in the Nile area. He loved to go motorcycle riding and do carpentry work. He loved his family. His favorite place to eat was Jean's Cottage Inn.He is survived by his parents Dale and Carl Smith Sr., of Gleed, sisters Cathy (Josh) Grundy, of Kennewick, Tina (Eric) Van de Graft, of Leavenworth, WA, Maggy (Mark) Brown, of Gleed; and several nieces and nephews.Out of respect for Dale's wishes, there will be no services.Please share your memories of Dale at www.valleyhillsfh.com.

Tue, 29 Mar 2022 01:06:33 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/norman-dale-smith-little-dale-1084765838
<![CDATA[Thomas Patrick Derouin Sr. "Lucky"]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/thomas-patrick-derouin-lucky-1084778118<![CDATA[

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April 29, 1972 - December 24, 2019Valley Hills Funeral HomeOn December 24th, 2019 in the early morning hours Thomas was called home to be with God and his Savior Jesus Christ.Thomas was born April 29th, 1972 in Portland, Oregon to Julie Anne Vaughan-Derouin and James "Pat" Derouin. From the second Thomas was born until God called him home there never was a quiet or calm moment. Thomas lived life loud, bold and full.Thomas graduated from White Swan Job Corps in Carpentry in 1991. He attended many schools where he excelled in football as cornerback and baseball as catcher. He loved sports fanatically.Thomas was an Oregon Ducks SUPERFAN. His happiness all depended on his Ducks during football and basketball season. He knew no better joy than when they beat that other Oregon team or his wife's alma mater WSU. Thomas also loved the Seattle Seahawks – Go Hawks and the Mariners.He loved attending baseball games with his family.Thomas married his loving wife Robin Therese Arquette May 21st, 2016 at their aunt and uncle's house in Sunnyside, Washington. Although brief in time, both felt as if they had finally found what they had been searching for all their lives. They both tried their best to love and grow together.Thomas lived hard and battled against addiction a majority of his life. It brought pain to him and those he loved and caused separations he hated. When Thomas passed he had been in the process of working on his sobriety and trying to make amends to all he'd hurt. He was working on starting to heal these damaged relationships with his wife by his side, he was doing his best to find his way back to his children and sober living.These past 5 years Thomas found his place in life. He found his peace, his love, and finally found where he belonged allowing him to finally try and find the strength and hope to battle his demons.Thomas is survived by his queen and wife Robin Therese Derouin, his children Audrianna Derouin (Moscow, ID), Thomas Derouin, Jr. (Pasco, WA), Timothy Derouin (Salt Lake City, UT), his baby girl Kianna Derouin (Oregon), and 2 grandbabies, his mother Julie Anne Vaughan-Derouin, his father James "Pat" Derouin (Maida), his grandmother Shirley Vaughan and great aunt Carol Johnson, and his brother Jean Paul Derouin (Wendy). Also nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends who became family. Thomas never met a stranger.Thomas was preceded in death by great-grandparents Archie & Evelyn Waddington, grandparents Jim & Marjorie Derouin, and grandpa Arnold Vaughan.Thomas loved and prayed for everyone he met. He was kind, gentle, and wild. He will be greatly missed. The world has become a bit darker for this loss.For his services, the Viewing (3 p.m.) and Rosary (6 p.m.) will be Thursday January 2nd at Valley Hills Funeral Home in Wapato, Wa. Mass will be Friday January 3rd at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, White Swan, Wa. Burial to follow at Logie-Umtuch Cemetery. A luncheon will follow at All Tribes Community Church (Progressive & Hwy. 97).Thomas was a cowboy and a sports fan, feel free to dress as he knew you. Boots & jeans, Ducks & Seahawks gear are welcome.

Wed, 30 Mar 2022 00:37:43 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/thomas-patrick-derouin-lucky-1084778118
<![CDATA[Michael Rocha "Magic Mike"]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/michael-magic-mike-1084775712<![CDATA[

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Colonial Funeral HomeMichael Rocha "Magic Mike" (55) of Toppenish passed away on Tuesday January 2, 2018 in Palm Desert, CA. Mike was born in Toppenish on September 26, 1962 to Benito and Frances (Hernandez) Rocha. He graduated from Toppenish High School in 1981 and went on to work for DeVry Institute as a recruiter. Mike was a motivational speaker when he was with DeVry and was a renowned illusionist-magician who would perform at schools and community events throughout the valley. He was often called upon by family and friends to perform his talents. He loved karaoke, dancing, bbqing, the Seahawks and spending time with his family and friends. Mike will be remembered as a person with a great personality, the life of the party and always making people laugh. His father and uncles will cherish the hikes they would take with Mike around the NW. He was most recently working for Pace International in Wapato and was also a volunteer ESL teacher. Mike was extremely close to his "Pal" Miko his youngest son. His last days with his children in California were the best days of his life and he had mentioned relocating to Southern California.Mike is survived by his parents, Benito and Frances Rocha of Toppenish; his children, Priscilla Guerra and Michael G. Rocha Jr. both of Palm Desert, CA and his youngest son, Michael "Miko" Rocha of Vancouver; five grandchildren; his sister, Teresa (Steve) Rocha-Hyatt of Yakima and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents and some aunts and uncles.Celebration of life will be on Monday January 15, 2018 at 1 PM at the Zillah Church of the Nazarene. Friends can send condolences at www.toppenishfunerals.com. Colonial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Tue, 29 Mar 2022 22:30:49 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/michael-magic-mike-1084775712
<![CDATA[Valley Hills Funeral HomeYAKI...]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/mary-miss-elli-1084761778<![CDATA[

Valley Hills Funeral HomeYAKIMA - Mary "Eleanor" Smith "Miss Elli" of Selah passed away peacefully Tue., Oct. 29, 2013 at Cottage in the Meadow. She was born to Fred and Mary Wilson in Isabel, SD. The family moved to Coeur d'Alene when she was a young girl. She graduated valedictorian and went on to college to become a teacher where she taught the first grade. On summer vacation, she met her husband Dan Smith at the Farragut Naval Training Station in Idaho. It was a match that lasted for 69 years. After they married, they moved to Wapato where they opened an electric contracting business. They started their family and Mary Eleanor resumed her teaching career in the Wapato school district. After 10 years they moved to Union Gap and opened Smith Electric. She taught in the Union Gap Elementary for several years before retiring from teaching and keeping the books for the family business Smith Electric. Eleanor and Dan semi retired in 1980 and they started wintering in Palm Desert, CA. They traveled all over the United States and Canada and Europe. Eleanor had a tremendous eye for antiques. She loved them so much she opened two shops. She made it her hobby to buy stock for her two stores. She would joke and say "It's my therapy." She also had a love for astrology, so much that she became certified to teach it. In 1962 they decided to move to Selah and later to build an airstrip on their property. They always did everything together so they both became pilots. They enjoyed many joyous fly-ins. She and Dan joined the Wenas Saddle Club in Selah. They had many happy events and big parties at the ranch with the club for all her kids. Eleanor was wise beyond her years. Her heart was always open to her family and extended family.She was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter Patricia Smith passed in 1987 and her son Fred Smith passed in 2012; and her brothers John and Dick Wilson. She is survived by her husband Dan of Selah, daughter Dana Smith of Palm Springs, CA, and her son Steven (Debbie) Smith of Seattle, WA, numerous nieces and nephews, and of course her dog ITSY. In lieu of flowers, Eleanor would have wanted a donation be made to the Yakima Humane Society. The family is hosting a memorial service at the Unity Church on S. 8th Ave. on Sat., Nov. 9th at 1 pm. Please share your memories and condolences with the family online at www.valleyhillsfh.com. Valley Hills Funeral Home and Crematory in Yakima is handling the arrangements.

Mon, 28 Mar 2022 23:20:18 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/mary-miss-elli-1084761778
<![CDATA[David Hersey "Papa Dave"]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/david-papa-dave-1084765870<![CDATA[

Valley Hills Funeral HomeDave Hersey (59) passed away on June 6th, 2014 at Cottage in the Meadow surrounded by friends and family. He was born in Wenatchee on June 3rd, 1955 to Walter and Mary Hersey. He attended the St Joseph's school in Wenatchee. After the death of his father in 1964, he moved to Yakima with his family. He attended Davis High School in Yakima and earned his GED while attending Olympia Vocational Technical Institute where he learned welding. He returned to Yakima in 1977 and worked for George Joseph Fruit Co. for 18 years where he headed the maintenance and fabrication department. After leaving there he was a partner in A & D Construction for a while before returning to the fruit industry working for Larson Fruit and then as the maintenance supervisor for Monson Fruit in Selah. Dave married Sue Brussman on April 22nd of 2006 and retired shortly thereafter due to poor health. Dave faced his multiple health challenges with courage, determination and the loving support of his wife and family. He is survived by his wife, Sue, Yakima; brother Larry Hersey, Spokane; four sisters: Carolyn (Dennis) Nelson, Yakima; Barbara Hersey and Sharon Hersey both of Seattle, and Janice Hersey, Yakima; his two step-sons, Steven (Jessica) Shaul, and Shane Brussman, both of Yakima; mother in law, Beverly Riddle, Yakima and one granddaughter, Hailey, the pride and joy of his life. The family would like to thank Dwaine Avery and Mike Wood along with all the church friends that helped care for him at home. Also Dr. Boyd, Dr. Tanya Ferguson and the excellent staff at Cottage in the Meadow for the care you gave Dave. He is preceded in death by his parents. A memorial service will be held this Sunday, June 15th at 2:00 pm at the Fairview Seventh-day Adventist, 1010 S. Fair Ave. Valley Hills Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Tue, 29 Mar 2022 01:06:02 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/david-papa-dave-1084765870
<![CDATA[Keith & Keith Funeral HomeYAK...]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/edward-papa-1084761697<![CDATA[

Keith & Keith Funeral HomeYAKIMA - Edward Wolf "PaPa", 86, passed away on Monday, October 21, 2013 at his residence with his family by his side. He was born in Post Falls, Idaho to Frank and Annie Wolf on March 16, 1927.Dad was a lover of the outdoors. When he was working, almost every weekend it would either be fishing, hunting or just camping. When us kids were young we'd always go as a family; then when Dad retired he continued that lifestyle with his lifelong partner and the love of his life, Mom.Dad was also very patriotic. He served his time in the U.S. Army in the last Calvary. He loved his country very much. He was always getting a USA flag, sticking it somewhere whether it be on the cars or house.Since he was a young boy he always loved animals. His last dog was a little dog named "Bonnie." When he was sick he always said, "She was the best medicine I could ever have." He loved her very much. Papa loved spending time with his family and grandkids.Edward is survived by his wife, Helen Wolf; son, Gary (Pat ) Wolfe; daughter, Linda Temple; grandkids, DJ Cotelos, Gary Wolfe Jr., Athena (Sam) Clark and Pete Wolfe; great grandkids, Courtney Deats, Kylee Wolfe, Miranda Wolfe, Alyssa Wolfe, Savanah Wolfe, Autumn Clark and Jacob Clark. He is also survived by sister, Leona Evans and brother, Ralph Wolf. He was preceded by his sisters and brothers, Elanoor, Leo, Frank, Paulene, Helen, Sweetie.A very special thank you to North Star Lodge, PCM Healthcare Staff and Hospice for all their care for Dad. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to North Star Lodge.Visitation will be 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, October 25, 2013 at Keith & Keith Funeral Home. The Funeral Service will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 26th at Rainier Memorial Center (2807 Terrace Heights Dr.) with the burial at Terrace Heights Memorial Park.

Mon, 28 Mar 2022 23:18:57 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/edward-papa-1084761697
<![CDATA[Santos Tovar "Papa"]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/santos-papa-1084763782<![CDATA[

Rainier Memorial CenterOn Thursday, February 6, 2014 our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend began his journey to his deceased parents, brother, and step-sister.Santos was born on March 21, 1950 in Sunnyside, Washington to Manuela and Jose Tovar. Santos was one of seven siblings, Juanita, Connie, Francis, Nettie, JoJo, Joe, and Art; two step-brothers, Barry and Ron; and one step-sister, Mary.Santos was a man of many words, and when he wasn't busy ranting at everyone, he enjoyed listening to his Spanish music and dancing. He loved to cook just as much as his family enjoyed devouring it, in addition to going to the theatre to watch movies of all genres. When he was home, he loved to watch wrestling, The Food Network, and the news. During his younger years, he enjoyed taking his daughters to watch races at the Speedway, weekend getaways to Portland, to watch wrestling and 49ers chicken. His sarcasm was the highlight of his personality. He loved to pull people's legs whether they understood his unique way of affection or not, and in the end, he would have the last laugh. Everyone loved to sit and listen to Papa tell stories of other family members due to his much anticipated dramatic endings. While Papa was not the most affectionate person, he always had a soft spot when it came to his family. During his later years, his constant illnesses kept him from being as mobile and robust, but that never stopped him from pushing up to three grandchildren on his walker.Santos was married in 1970 to Gloria Gonzalez and together they had three daughters, Cecilia Rocha, Alicia (Jose) Figueroa and Victoria (Javier) Alvarado. In 2000, he was remarried to Cynthia Baker and gained three step-children, Michael, Cheena and Anthony.The memory of Santos survives with his wife, siblings, children, grandchildren Maria (Oscar), Celina (Eli), Elizabeth, Julian, Alyssa, Adrianna, Mercedes and Jay; two step-grandchildren and great grandchildren, Shyanne and Jovanny. He was preceded in death by his parents Manuela and Jose Tovar, step-father Marion Apilada, brother JoJo, and his step-sister Mary.The family would like to give a special thanks to Santos' very special brother, Joe Bautista, for all the love, son-in-law Jose, for being the biggest helping hand when it came to transporting Papa, the staff from Parkside Nursing Care, Yakima Dialysis staff and Heartlinks Hospice.A memorial service will be held on Friday, February 14, 2014 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the American Legion in Wapato. Arrangements are by Rainier Memorial Center of Yakima.

Tue, 29 Mar 2022 00:29:27 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/santos-papa-1084763782
<![CDATA[Ada Colfax-Frank "Pásuus"]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/ada-p-suus-1084789286<![CDATA[

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Valley Hills Funeral HomeAda Colfax-Frank "Pásuus" passed on July 2, 2021 in Portland, Oregon at the age of 85. She was born June 17, 1936 in Celilo Village, Oregon to Fred Colfax Jr. and Daisy Teewee.Ada was a Yakama Nation Member raised in Celilo Village. She attended school in White Swan, WA and Chemawa Indian School Salem, Oregon.Lifetime work was scaffold fishing at the Dalles Dam. Ada devoted her life to raising generations of children and putting them through school. She practiced her culture and traditions along the Columbia River attending gatherings and to help prepare food. She also made beautiful beadwork.Ada leaves behind two daughters, Ila Wyman and Sandra Frank; one sister, Yvonne Colfax; grandchildren Gary Frank Jr., Thomas Wyman, Ben Frank, Vernon and Frank Lewis 3rd, Ginger Visaya, Kelsey Frank Lewis, and Evelyn Frank. She will be dearly missed by her niece, nephews, great-grandchildren, and extended Warm Springs relatives.Preceded in death by her husband William "Chone" Frank, her parents, brothers Raymond and Leroy Colfax, son Gary Frank and infant son Lance Frank, and grandson Fred Lewis.Dressing and Wáshat were July 2, 2021 at Celilo Longhouse. Burial was July 3, 2021 at Wyám Cemetery Celilo, Oregon.

Wed, 30 Mar 2022 15:46:39 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/ada-p-suus-1084789286
<![CDATA[Colonial Funeral HomeAlan B. ...]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/alan-q-tip-moses-1084758074<![CDATA[

Colonial Funeral HomeAlan B. "Q-Tip" Moses (35) of Toppenish went with Jesus on Wednesday January 16, 2013. He was born in Toppenish as a twin on August 1, 1977 to Dominic Moses and Rose Lallashute. Alan was raised and educated in Toppenish and worked as a mechanic. Alan enjoyed checking on his family, music, reading and the Seahawks. He is survived by his mother, Rose Lallashute of Toppenish; two sons, Dominic Moses of Toppenish and Zachary Goudy of White Swan; their mother, Lori Goudy of White Swan; his grandparents, Virgil Lallashute of Harrah and Tillie Lallashute of Wapato; two brothers, twin Austin Moses of Muckleshoot and Alex (Monique Mitchell) Hilario of Toppenish and his sister, Sheila Yallup of Toppenish. Alan was preceded in death by his father, his girlfriend, Crystal Gopher and his paternal grandparents, Clifford and Betty Moses and cousin C.R. "Charles" Jim. Dressing services will be Saturday January 19, 2013 at the Toppenish Longhouse at 1 PM. Overnight services will be on Sunday at the longhouse with funeral services at sunrise Monday with interment at the Union Gap Cemetery. Colonial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mon, 28 Mar 2022 21:05:58 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/alan-q-tip-moses-1084758074
<![CDATA[Robert Clarence "R.C." Balmer]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/robert-r-c-balmer-1084776297<![CDATA[

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Valley Hills Funeral HomeRobert Clarence "R.C." Balmer passed away February 12, 2018 after a short illness.R.C. was born October 22, 1926 to Charles LeRoy Balmer and Ruby Rae (Ritchie) Balmer, the 6th of 10 children, in Cleveland, Oklahoma.In 1935 R.C.'s family sold out their farm and left for Washington by way of Arizona and California, taking 2 years arriving in Zillah, WA in 1937 where his father purchased a farm. R.C. graduated from Zillah High School in 1944. In 1947 he married Betty Joyce Lichtenberg. They celebrated their 70th anniversary July 20, 2017.R.C. and Betty had 2 daughters, Teri (Steve) Saxlund and Kathleen Pitcher.R.C. worked at different jobs, but the last 31 years he worked for International Harvester.R.C. was preceded in death by his father and mother, sisters Katherine Ringgold and Marion Crabtree, brothers Charles, Kenneth, Ray, and Lawrence. He is survived by his wife Betty, daughters Teri and Kathleen, sister Jean (Gary) Fendall, brothers Donald and Harold, grandchildren Meagen (Rueben) Butler, Whitney (Nick) Hehemann, Treva (Dan) Bridges, and Tim Cox, great grandchildren Riley, Asher and Nora Butler, Lux and Barrett Hehemann, Austin, Donald, and Sean Bridges.A Graveside service will be Friday, March 2, 2018 at 11:00 am at Zillah Cemetery. A gathering will be held after the service at the Golden Villa Mobile Home Lodge (18 W. Washington Ave., Yakima).Arrangements by Valley Hills Funeral Home.

Tue, 29 Mar 2022 22:45:54 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/robert-r-c-balmer-1084776297
<![CDATA[Robert Keyes "R.K." Smith]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/robert-r-k-smith-1084774845<![CDATA[

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Keith & Keith Funeral HomeRobert Keyes "R.K." Smith, 90, died Friday evening July 28, 2017, at Fieldstone Memory Care from the effects of Alzheimer's Disease. He was born on June 8, 1927, in Spokane, WA, second son of Lillian Marea Palmquist and Edgar Eugene Smith. R.K. grew up in Seattle where he graduated from Roosevelt High School and then earned Bachelor and Master Degrees in Art and Education from the University of Washington. He was a member of Delta Upsilon Fraternity, a member of the UW Alumni Club and Tyee.After teaching art at Madison Junior High and Sealth High Schools in Seattle, R.K. came to Yakima in 1960 where he taught art, headed the Art Department, and was Director of the Larson Gallery at Yakima Valley College, bringing innovations and improvements to all facets of his job. He was an exceptional painting, drawing, and art appreciation teacher, but also a talented artist, painting in acrylics, watercolor, oils and mixed media. He exhibited and sold paintings all over Washington state. He was included in the Central WA Artists Archive Project Oral History, copyright 2012, produced by Larson Gallery. He was active in the community in Central Labor and the Democratic Party, as well as in any civil rights and progressive issues.When R.K. was in Seattle he was an active member of the Seattle and Washington State Federation of Teachers AFL-CIO. When he came to Yakima he continued his passion for support of working men and women and founded the Yakima Valley College Federation of Teachers Local 1485 in 1963. It became the bargaining unit for the teachers at the college. He also served as President of the Washington State Federation of Teachers and later was given a lifetime achievement and service award by his Local.R.K. was a diehard Husky sports fan, especially football. He and Kay had season tickets to football games for many years and they traveled to California for Rose Bowl games at least five times. It was as much fun (or frustrating!) to watch and listen to R.K. watch games as it was to watch the game itself!When he came to Yakima in 1960 he met Kay Hoffman at college and art events. They were married in February 1962, celebrating 55 years of "wedded bliss" (as he always said) this year. They have two children, Brett of Yakima and Reneé (David) Rooney of Camano Island, WA.After retiring from the college in 1983 R.K. continued painting, exhibiting, and selling his and Kay's paintings. They also enjoyed trips around the United States and especially to Oregon and Washington beaches, to Europe, Canada, Russia, Northern Africa and Hawaii. R.K. was a constant reader of history and political books and periodicals, and he liked to clip out and pass around pertinent newspaper articles to anyone who would accept them. He enjoyed playing golf in a foursome with his three special buddies, and worked hard to improve his game. His humor, grace, kindness and argumentative style will be greatly missed.He was preceded in death by his parents and brother John Dimmitt Smith and his wife B.J. He is survived by his devoted wife, his children, a sister-in-law, Mary Lou Higgins, a brother-in-law, Jim Benoit, many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.Many thanks to the staffs at Fieldstone Memory Care and Heartlinks Hospice, and to Dr. Kakkar, nurse Julie and Dr. Lee for their exceptional and compassionate care of R.K., and their kindness to Kay.In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the University of Washington School of Art, Alzheimer's Disease Research or charity of your choice.A celebration of his life will be held later this month.Please visit www.keithandkeith.com to leave a remembrance.As R.K. would say about his death, "That's the most unheard of thing I ever heard of!"

Tue, 29 Mar 2022 20:48:38 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/robert-r-k-smith-1084774845
<![CDATA[Jane B. "San Juanita" Andaverde]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/jane-san-juanita-andaverde-1084776553<![CDATA[

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Smith Funeral Home LTD & CrematoryJane B. "San Juanita" Andaverde, known as Big Mama, age 65, passed away on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 in Yakima, WA. Jane was born on January 09, 1953 in Donna, TX the daughter of Dorothy (Valdez) and Francisco Andaverde. Jane was a very caring, non judgmental and giving person to all. She devoted her life to her family and friends. Jane loved children so much; she would request to care for the new babies in the family. She loved receiving many compliments on her delicious tacos, rice and chili, which she made and shared with all. Jane was a woman who never closed her door to anyone and was always there to lend a helping hand. Most of all Jane cherished time spent with children and grandchildren.Jane is survived by her longtime companion, Socorro Delgante of Yakima, WA; one daughter, Alma Cuevas (Juan Jimenez) of Yakima, WA, two sons, Jaime Gonzalez (Blanca Gutierrez) of Walla Walla, WA and Adam Gonzalez (Neina) of Yakima, WA, fifteen grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. She is also survived by four sisters, Dolores Andaverde of Sunnyside, Delia Andaverde, Isabel Andaverde and Gracie Gronillo (Paul) all of Yakima, WA; three brothers, Frank Andaverde, Ismael Andaverde and Gabriel Andaverde all of Sunnyside, WA. She is preceded in death by her parents, Dorothy and Francisco Andaverde, grandson Francisco "Brian" Jimenez, and two sisters, Sofia Andaverde and Rosie Andaverde.Viewing and visitation will be held on Monday, September 24, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with the Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6:00 p.m. at the Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside, WA. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sunnyside, WA. Burial will follow at the Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside, WA. Those wishing to sign Jane's online memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com. Smith Funeral Home in care of arrangements.

Tue, 29 Mar 2022 22:54:43 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/jane-san-juanita-andaverde-1084776553
<![CDATA[Debra A. "Shtup Shtup" Ashue]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/debra-shtup-shtup-ashue-1084764539<![CDATA[

Colonial Funeral HomeWAPATO - Debra A. "Shtup Shtup" Ashue (55) of Wapato passed away on Thursday May 15, 2014 in Wapato. She was born in Toppenish on May 21, 1958 to Melvin and Leona (Smiscon) Ashue. She was raised and educated in Wapato and was a homemaker. Debra is survived by her three children, Michael Whitford of Toppenish, Kimberly Trujillo of Wapato and Trevor Trujillo of Toppenish; ten grandchildren; six brothers, Clifford Smiscon of Wapato, Phillip Ashue of Forks, WA, Chester Rodriguez of Toppenish, Phillip Rodriguez, Harrison Tainewasher and Louie Sweowat all of Wapato; eleven sisters, Elizabeth Nason, Angie Ashue, Pamela Wong, Sarah Headdress and Felicia Smiscon all of Wapato, Patricia Ashue, Gladys Seelatsee and Nina Thompson all of Toppenish, Rita Headdress and Laretta Smiscon both of White Swan and Syldia Smiscon of West Valley; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her grandparents, Edwin & Frances Smiscon and Cecelia Ashue. Debra was very loved and will be missed by her friends and family. Dressing services will be held at 1 PM at Colonial Funeral Home on Friday (today) May 16, 2014. Overnight services will be at the 1910 Shaker Church with a funeral service at 8 AM Saturday with burial to follow at the 1910 Shaker Church Cemetery. Colonial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Tue, 29 Mar 2022 00:43:17 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/debra-shtup-shtup-ashue-1084764539
<![CDATA[Eric Lee Umtuch Sr. "Si Um Kin"]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/eric-lee-umtuch-si-um-kin-1085343162<![CDATA[

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Valley Hills Funeral HomeEric Lee Umtuch Sr. "Si Um Kin" was called to heaven on December 8, 2021. Eric was born in San Jose, California on December 29, 1969. He was residing in Toppenish, WA at the time of his passing. He is survived by his brother Eugene Umtuch Sr., and sister Lisa Umtuch. As well as his daughters Teresa Umtuch, Christina Umtuch, Josephine Umtuch, Jessica Umtuch and Felicia Tillequots Umtuch and sons Eric Umtuch Jr., Christopher Umtuch, Jedi Umtuch, and Phillip Umtuch. He is also survived by his 15 grandchildren, Jackson, Abigail, Tisiphone, Marilee, Fernando Jr., Dashiell, Alex, Sophia, Jasmine, April, Everest, Gloria, and most beloved by Mickey, Millie, and his "LuLut" Melanie. Eric spent his time tinkering with cars and satisfying his sweet tooth with anything that he could find. He was a mechanic, handyman, firefighter, and a GRANDPA. He is preceded in death by his father Lee Umtuch his mother Marilyn Umtuch and children Edward Charles and Babyboy Umtuch. Viewing and dressing will be held at Satus Longhouse in Granger WA on Friday December 10 at 2 pm followed by overnight services with a morning burial Saturday December 11 at sunrise at Umtuch Logy cemetery in Toppenish WA.

Thu, 9 Jun 2022 00:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/eric-lee-umtuch-si-um-kin-1085343162
<![CDATA[Aleta Hazelton "Sumner"]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/aleta-sumner-1084765435<![CDATA[

Aleta Hazelton "Sumner," age 67, passed away September 27th 2014 in Everett, Washington at the Providence Regional Medical Center. She was born June 27th 1947 in Toppenish, Washington. She is the daughter of James Michael Sumner and Cathern Angela Paulson. Aleta is survived by her brother Martin Sumner, daughter Tammy Wright, son Michael Peterson and numerous other relatives. She married and had a daughter with Steve Hazelton of Toppenish, Washington in 1968. She later had a son with Sam Peterson in 1971 in Toppenish, Washington. She moved to Bellingham, Washington to live with her mom and to attend school. Aleta attended Bellingham High School from 1963 to 1965. Aleta then attended Bellingham Vo-Tech to obtain her accounting skills. She worked as an accountant at Mt. Baker Plywood, and as a C.N.A for many years until she retired at 62.She loved playing her online games on Facebook, and chatting with friends. Aleta loved her asparagus and elk hamburgers. Calling her brother talking for hours on the phone. She was a loving mother and stood tall by her family while supporting her kids in the time of need. "I'm hungry. Let go and get a burger, I'm tired of chicken." Any donation to help settle her accounts or any condolences can be sent to 702 W. Casino Road, L206, Everett, Washington 98204. She will be missed. We love you forever mom.

Tue, 29 Mar 2022 00:59:42 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/aleta-sumner-1084765435
<![CDATA[Talmadge Erle "T.E." Worden]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/talmadge-t-e-worden-1084774889<![CDATA[

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Prosser Funeral Home & CrematoryTalmadge Erle "T.E." Worden (nickname, Dude), was born on December 12, 1922 to Erle D. and Ople L. (Williams) Worden in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His early education was in Sand Springs, Oklahoma. T.E. served in the U. S. Air Force during World War II. He served on Guam in the Pacific from 1943 to 1946. While stationed at Walker Air Force Base in Kansas, he was introduced to Mary Rita Hrenchir by the Nuns of Saint Agnes. They were married on January 26, 1946 in Sand Springs, Oklahoma. He had a lifelong career in the grocery business. Upon retiring he volunteered at the Jubilee Food Bank for eleven years.The couple moved to Prosser in April of 1948, and then in 2009 moved to Yakima to be near his daughters.T.E. loved fishing, oil painting and had a model railroad. He also enjoyed working on computers. He was an active member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Prosser and served the Parish in many capacities. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a great example of faith and love to all who knew him. It was through his faith in Jesus Christ that he got through good times and bad. He had great pride and love for his family of six daughters and their husbands, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.T.E. is survived by his wife of 71 years, Mary; his daughters, Sandra Metz and husband, Bill of Yakima, Rosemary Tapp and husband, Ray of Valdez, AK, Janet Ingham and husband, Terry of Yakima, Bernadette Worden of Yakima, Karen Worden and Jaddie Lee of Yakima and Sharon Rollinger and husband, Charles of Sunnyside; his grandchildren, Kathy (Mike) Hovenkotter, Andy (Kathy) Metz, Angie (Warren) Westfall, Chris (Jenny) Tapp, Mike Lamoreux, Thomas (Sarah) Tapp, Crissie (Casey) Greco, Ashley (Bob) Griffith, Seth (Debbie) Ingham, Allen Anderson, Sarah Rollinger, Jacob (Heather) Rollinger, Luke (Hanna) Rollinger and Charley Rollinger; nineteen great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and a brother and sister-in-law, Thomas and Betty Worden of Knoxville, TN.He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Elizabeth Mary Worden; grandson, Marcus Ingham; brothers, Robert, Raymond and Dan; and sister, Dorothy Worden.He will truly be missed by family, friends and all the lives he touched. T.E. passed away surrounded by his loving family.Visitation will be held at Prosser Funeral Home on Wednesday, August 2nd from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. Recitation of the Rosary will begin at 7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Prosser. Special thanks to the Yakima Hospice team and Cottage In The Meadow for their wonderful care of Mary's husband and our dad. Memorial donations may be made to Cottage In The Meadow or Memorial Foundation Hospice. You may leave a message for the family at www.prosserfuneralhome.com.

Tue, 29 Mar 2022 20:51:50 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/talmadge-t-e-worden-1084774889
<![CDATA[Terrence E. "T.J." Close]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/terrence-t-j-close-1084778724<![CDATA[

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Terrence E. "T.J." Close, loving husband and awesome father of three children, passed away at the age of 80 on Sunday, July 7, 2019, in Tucson, Arizona.Terry was born on July 16, 1938, in Tacoma, Washington to Duard and Claire Close. He graduated from Stadium High School in 1956. Directly out of high school, Terry served in the Navy on the Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Kearsarge as a boatswain's mate. While stationed in Adak, Alaska, he started his broadcasting career as a disc jockey and newsman, on the AFRS radio and television station. Upon Terry's discharge from the Navy, he attended broadcasting school at the University of Puget Sound.In 1961, Terry met his future bride, Karen Skinner. They were married in 1962 in Centralia, Washington and moved to Yakima, Washington. Terry served as Director of Radio News and Programming at KIMA Television until 1966 when he transferred to the Tri-Cities as Director of KEPR Television, moving back to Yakima in 1969. Reporting unbiased news to his viewers for 30 years and maintaining a positive relationship with the community were passions of his. Although these things were important to him, his family always came first. Terry was known for his quick wit, his infectious laugh, and his kind and compassionate spirit. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and Skyping with his great-grandchildren. He and Karen often traveled to Texas, Minnesota, and Oregon to visit their children and their families. Terry and Karen moved to Tucson, Arizona from Yakima, to enjoy retirement and the consistent warm weather. He loved for his family to visit and enjoy his pool and the home he helped remodel. Terry loved lounging in his pool, watching the Seahawks and Pac 12 football, going to the gym, and playing Wii bowling. Terry was preceded in death by his parents and his brother David. He is survived by his wife Karen, son Loren Close, daughter Sheri (Keith) Rue, son Jeff (Kelly) Close; his grandchildren Rick Close, Alex (Ben) Liechty, Zach (Jan) Rue, Jacob Rue, Declan DeYoung, Mckenna DeYoung, Quinlan Close, Lochlan Close, and Taylor Van Gundy, and great-grandchildren Brennan Rue and Ella Rue, and his brother Dennis and several cousins and nieces.A celebration of life will be held at the Yakima Convention Center, August 24, 2019. The service begins at 10:00 a.m. with reception following from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the same location.In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: ZERO - The End of Prostate Cancer at https://zerocancer.org/Funeral arrangements completed by Brings Funeral Home, Tucson, AZ.

Wed, 30 Mar 2022 00:52:30 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/terrence-t-j-close-1084778724
<![CDATA[Merritt Funeral HomeYAKIMA - ...]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/anna-toh-me-ow-ah-tahkeal-speedis-1084760734<![CDATA[

Merritt Funeral HomeYAKIMA - Anna Leah "Toh-me-ow-ah" Tahkeal-Speedis, 57, of Wapato passed away Monday, September 23, 2013 with family at her bedside at Yakima Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Speedis was born in The Dalles, Oregon on September 9, 1956 to William Tahkeal and Ida Isaac Tahkeal of Harrah, WA and was a member of the Yakama Nation. Her family moved to the Yakima area shortly after where she was then raised in Harrah and educated in Wapato. She was also a member of the Independent Shaker Church in White Swan for 39 years.Anna graduated from Wapato. She then continued her education at Eastern Central University and Haskell University in Oklahoma. She worked with many programs within the Yakama Nation such as: AAOA, CHR program in Goldendale, as a dispatcher with Yakama Nation Police Department and lastly as a phone operator with Yakama Legends Casino. In her younger years Anna loved competing and traveling in pow wows with her sisters. Anna was a very outgoing person and loved all walks of life. She was always there with open arms and helped anyone in need. Anna's hobbies included: bead working, canning fruit, root digging, huckleberry picking, pow wow traveling, and karaoke singing.Anna is survived by her husband Numa Jay (Colwash) Speedis, two daughters, Lucinda (Aextanee) Billy-Henry (Tristian), grandchildren Kyle, Ida Ellen Dee, and Davyion Yakama Henry, and Samantha Osif of Arizona; two brothers, William "Don" Tahkeal of Toppenish, and Garry L. Tahkeal of Wapato; two sisters, Sheryl Antelope of Wapato, and Louetta Lucei (Kevin Heath) of Harrah, and numerous nieces, nephews, and grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Alex Vernon Tuckta; two grandchildren; one older brother, Darrell R. Tahkeal; two sisters, Lisa M. Tahkeal, and Marilyn E. Tahkeal. Dressing services were held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at Merritt Funeral Home in Wapato. She will then be taken to Independent Shaker Church in White Swan for overnight services. She will be laid to rest at sunrise next to her brother at 1910 Shaker Church Cemetery in White Swan, Wednesday, September 25, 2013. Merritt Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Mon, 28 Mar 2022 23:03:33 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/anna-toh-me-ow-ah-tahkeal-speedis-1084760734
<![CDATA[Alfred Jackson "Pete" "Uncle Pete"]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/alfred-uncle-pete-1084788450<![CDATA[

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Langevin - El Paraiso Funeral HomeAlfred Jackson was born in Phoenix, Arizona to Cameron and Elenora Jackson. Alfred worked as a Bell Ringer for over 30 plus years. He also volunteered for food banks, the fire department, and for EMT for over 20 years. He was a gentle and caring person. Alfred is survived by one son, brother Cameron Jr., sisters Elizabeth and Lydia Jackson, other siblings Robert Carr, Marcella Kamis, Rena Pace, Anita Frost, and Winona Battin, numerous nephews and nieces, Lady Friend Rose Hoptowit, and best friend Dan Celestine. He is preceded in death by both his parents, Joe Carr, Patty Lynne Riggs, and Kathy Hernandez, and nephew Lance Corporal Joe Michael Jackson U.S.M.C. He will be missed by many family and friends.

Wed, 30 Mar 2022 14:15:56 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/alfred-uncle-pete-1084788450
<![CDATA[Colonial Funeral HomeSEATTLE ...]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/michelle-wu-wulls-stewart-1084761892<![CDATA[

Colonial Funeral HomeSEATTLE - Michelle Y. "Wu.Wulls" Stewart aka S.A. (43) of Wapato went to be with her creator in Seattle on Thursday December 26, 2013. She was born in Toppenish on September 8, 1970 to Gary Stewart and Nita Shippentower. She was raised in Wapato and graduated from Chemewa Indian School in Salem, OR. Michelle worked as a wildland firefighter and enjoyed volleyball, cross country, artwork, especially painting and was a traditional root digger for the Priest Rapids Longhouse.She is survived by her three sons, Desmond, Voshon and Bobby Jo Whitefoot; four daughters, Brenda, Kisha, Kiona, and Rebecca Whitefoot; one granddaughter, Aaliyah; her parents, Gary Stewart and Nita Shippentower; two brothers, Alex and Mitchell Stewart and a sister, Jessica Canapo and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Dressing services will be held on Saturday at 3 PM at Colonial Funeral Home. Overnight services will follow at the Wapato Longhouse Saturday and Sunday evenings. Burial will be at 9 AM Monday December 30, 2013 at Union Gap Cemetery. Friends can send condolences at www.toppenishfunerals.com. Colonial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mon, 28 Mar 2022 23:22:10 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/michelle-wu-wulls-stewart-1084761892
<![CDATA[Kathleen Washington "Xhu-Xhu-ciat"]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/kathleen-xhu-xhu-ciat-1084774356<![CDATA[

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Kathleen Washington "Xhu-Xhu-ciat", 67, started her final journey March 7, 2017. She was born in Vancouver, Washington to Lawrence and Ruth Howard on June 26, 1950. Kathleen Washington resided most of her life on the Yakama Nation Reservation. She is an enrolled member of the Yakama Nation. Kathleen, also known as Dolly, was loved by many as she had many roles in life as a daughter, mother, grandmother, niece, sister and aunt to her family. Throughout her life she has dedicated everything toward her family and traditions as a food gatherer.As a child and young adult she participated in basketball and baseball playing for the Spurettes which is a team her parents started. The Spurs/ Spurettes is something she was proud of as her parents dedicated a lot of their time toward it and this effort impacted many men and women and youth on the reservation.In her professional life she completed an AA in Accounting from Central Washington University and a Bachelors from Northwest Indian College. Before she retired she worked for Yakama Nation General Council as an Administrative Executive Assistant. One of the jobs she enjoyed before working there was in Bellingham on a Native Language Project.Dolly's passion was preparing food for family gatherings and Sunday service at Toppenish Creek Longhouse. She was known to be giving, hardworking and to carry on in a humble way. As she passes she can say she enjoyed staying in Yakama Nation Legends Casino Hotel and she was very happy to say that as she enjoyed playing slot machines where the legends play!Dolly is survived by her family and friends; her loving brothers and sisters: Dennis Arthur Howard, Darrell Wayne Howard, Mariana Lee Cree and Willhemina Howard, also her children: Ruth Washington, David Washington, Wyatt Washington and her thirty plus grandchildren.Dolly was preceded in death by many she loved: her parents Lawrence Howard and Ruth (Charley) Howard; her brother Chester Howard and Gary Unitus Howard; her paternal grandparents Roy Howard and Daisy Tahkeal; her maternal grandparents Thompson Charley and Edna Weahlealacooler.

Tue, 29 Mar 2022 19:19:27 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/kathleen-xhu-xhu-ciat-1084774356
<![CDATA[Virginia Seelatsee "Yahamlit"]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/virginia-yahamlit-1084774594<![CDATA[

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Colonial Funeral HomeVirginia Seelatsee "Yahamlit" spent her early years in White Swan. Virginia was a member of the Yakama Nation. She was the daughter of Joseph Seelatsee and Nina Lewis Seelatsee. She learned the Yakama language and traditions from her grandparents and remained a strong adherent to traditional values. She was a member of the Toppenish Creek Longhouse of White Swan and one of the leaders of the traditional food gatherers. In this role, she took her work seriously and participated as a food gatherer at every feast throughout the year. After completing school at White Swan high school she attended the Haskell Indian Institute in Lawrence, Kansas. At Haskell she met Pierce Harrison (Sr.) and they married while completing their education at Lawrence. Virginia had a long work history beginning with the Bureau of Indian Affairs in several agencies, including: Dulce, Zuni and Shiprock, New Mexico. Virginia and her family returned to White Swan in 1966 and she has been a resident of White Swan since that time. Her work in Washington included being on staff at the Fort Simcoe Job Corps Center, several departments of the Yakama Indian Nation ending at the Cultural Heritage Center when she was voted into the Yakama Tribal Council. She served on standing committees including the Executive Board. She participated with the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, and other inter-tribal associations. After her tenure with Tribal Council ended she began volunteering at the White Swan emergency services sub-station and completed her work with the White Swan Clinic as receptionist in 2013. She worked 60 plus years and even after retirement as her health permitted she would still report to work at White Swan clinic At all the places she worked she made many life-long friends from Kansas, New Mexico and Washington.Her husband Pierce passed away in 1981. She is survived by her sons: Pierce (Kim), Perry and Preston. Other family members are her grandson Pierce "Sonny" of Tempe, AZ Sonny's mother Linda Pratt, and granddaughter Kathryn Akeah, of Tenino, WA. Virginia's great-grandchildren are: Kayik of Boulder, Colorado, Kiya of Tenino, Washington, and Sophia of Phoenix, Arizona. She is survived by her sisters Elizabeth Henry and MaryAnn Jamison of White Swan. Her other siblings were Evelyn Yniguez, and Frank Dean Seelatsee. Virginia has many nephews, nieces and their off spring from her immediate family and her husband's family. Dressing services will be held on Monday December 4, 2017 at 2 PM at Colonial Funeral Home. Overnight services will be at the Toppenish Creek Longhouse Monday evening with funeral services starting at 8 AM Tuesday at the longhouse with interment to follow at the Toppenish Creek Cemetery. Colonial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Tue, 29 Mar 2022 20:43:47 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/virginia-yahamlit-1084774594
<![CDATA[Conrado Flores, Jr. & Rosa Maria Flores]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/conrado-flores-rosa-maria-flores-1084788682<![CDATA[

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Conrado Flores, Jr. and Rosa Maria Flores, both 73 of Yakima, entered into eternal life hand-in-hand at the exact same time on Saturday, July 11, 2020. Conrado was born on November 30, 1946, in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico. He migrated from Mexico to the U.S. with his father in 1950. Rosa was born on October 17, 1946, in Eagle Pass, Texas. Both Conrado and Rosa's families would each later migrate to Washington state where their families settled in the Yakima Valley.Conrado, being the hard-working, loyal man that he was, worked for only 2 companies throughout his life. Conrado started working for R&R Halvorson at an early age with his father. He gained the majority of his knowledge working for Ron and Bob Halvorson. After close to 40 years with the Halvorsons, Conrado then went on to work for the Union Gap Irrigation Company where he later retired after 10 years in 2009.Rosa's spirit was to serve, teach, and care for others. She believed in education. She furthered her education at Central Washington University where she would go on to earn her BA. She worked for the Yakima School District for 24 years as an elementary school teacher. She loved her students. She welcomed hugs as she would see them in town years and/or decades later. Rosa retired from the Yakima School District in 2009.A love story that ended on earth, only to be continued in Heaven. Endings aren't always happy, but the memories left behind is what brings true joy and happiness! Conrado and Rosa were two angels on earth that have touched many during their lifetime. The values that they chose to live their life by have been instilled in their children and so many and will continue to be passed down for generations to come.Conrado and Rosa met in 1961 as teenagers at a dance. They loved to dance. In 1964, they were married in Toppenish at Saint Aloysius Catholic Church on October 24th. Conrado with his heart of gold, always believed in doing the right thing and treating others with the utmost respect. Conrado always had a way of making people feel so loved just by saying hello. In a smile with a twinkle in his eyes, a handshake, a hug, or a pat on the back, Conrado wouldn't miss an opportunity to let you know he was happy to see you. He valued relationships in life. Although very loyal to family, friends, and the companies he worked for, there was no one in this world that Conrado was more loyal to than his beautiful bride Rosa.Likewise Rosa adored Conrado. Rosa had a fiery personality that was infectious. She was a great listener. Always available to help and support. When she would comfort you, she made you feel strong and confident. Which was a testament to Rosa being a faithful servant of God. Conrado and Rosa treasured their children and embraced every moment with them. They especially loved their roles as grandparents. Conrado and Rosa valued their family (and their friends that became family) more than anything else! If they were invited to a gathering, they were there. No event was too big or too small for their calendar. They enjoyed all of the reunions, weddings, celebrations, performances, birthdays, games, and surprise visits with their loved ones. They lived their life in a way that their love for each other and their family and friends was/is undeniable.Conrado and Rosa are survived by their 3 children, Tom (Adale) Flores of Yakima, Melissa Flores of Yakima, and Amanda (Tory) Jackson of Bothell; their 4 grandchildren, Kristy (Mark) Leonard, Thomas Flores, Cortez Jackson, and Ella Jackson, and their 5 great-grandsons, Devin, Jaeson, Jordan, Keegan, and Karter. Conrado is also survived by his mother Nellie Flores of Seattle, sisters, Ramona Flores-Cavazos, Patricia Flores, and Mary Flores, and many nephews and nieces. Conrado was preceded in death by his father Conrado Flores, Sr. and sisters, Teresa and Maria. Rosa is survived by sister Maria Isabel Flores, brothers, Juan Flores, Jose Flores, and Robert Flores, and many nephews and nieces. Rosa was preceded in death by her parents Gerardo Flores, Sr. and Elisa Villarreal, brother Rumaldo and sister Margarita.Services for Conrado and Rosa will be on Friday, July 17, 2020. There will be a viewing from 9 am to 11 am at Colonial Funeral Home in Toppenish. At 11 am, we will proceed to Elmwood Cemetery in Toppenish for a graveside service. Covid precautions will be followed at both the viewing and graveside service, including social distancing and masks required.The family would like to thank the medical team with a special thank you to Amy Root who cared for these two precious people in their courageous fight.

Wed, 30 Mar 2022 14:21:18 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/conrado-flores-rosa-maria-flores-1084788682
<![CDATA[Laverne A. 'Funny Book' George]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/laverne-funny-book-george-1084765153<![CDATA[

Laverne A. "Funny Book" George, 58, of Toppenish died Friday.She was born in Yakima and raised in Wapato. She worked as a seasonal laborer in the fishing and fruit industries. She was a member of the Yakama Nation.Survivors include five daughters, Sara George of Gig Harbor, Arleta George of Yakima, Helen Miller and Sheila Miller, both of Wapato, and Terri Miller of Lapwai, Idaho; two sons, Nathaniel George of Yakima and Saul George of Selah; her mother, Arlene George of Toppenish; two brothers, Theodore and Ambrose George, both of Toppenish; two sisters, Leora George of Tacoma and Nora George of Toppenish; and numerous grandchildren.Dressing services will be at 1 p.m. today at Colonial Funeral Home in Toppenish. Overnight services will be at the 1910 Shaker Church, with a funeral at the church at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Tue, 29 Mar 2022 00:54:57 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/laverne-funny-book-george-1084765153
<![CDATA[Mary Ruth (Alderson) Hardy]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/mary-alderson-hardy-1089207463<![CDATA[

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The light of our lives has been extinguished with the passing of our mother Mary Ruth (Alderson) Hardy. Mother passed away on December 15, 2023, in Columbia City, Oregon. She was born to Samuel and Adele (Weber) Alderson in Yakima, Washington on December 2, 1925. She lived long enough to celebrate her 98th birthday.Mary was raised and educated in Yakima, graduating from Yakima high school in 1944.Mom met our dad, Charles Hardy while working at Kern Orchard Warehouse. They were married in June of 1947. In her married life mom never lived more than a mile from the ranch she grew up on, until seventeen years ago when she moved to Oregon to live with her daughter, Marybeth.Mom was a stay-at-home mom in our formative years. She went to work for Ella Knobel and later Peggy Walker at Hillcrest Dress Shop. She spent 28 years dressing the women of the Yakima Valley and was greatly appreciated for the job she did.Mom was a magnificent seamstress. There was very little she couldn't sew. We three girls benefited enormously from her talent, from school clothes, prom dresses to wedding dresses. We were blessed.Mom had a love of flowers. The more flowers the better. She raised most of her flowers from seeds that she grew in her greenhouse. Her home and yard were her greatest pride.The most "WONDERFUL" mom, grand, great, and great great grandmother will be greatly missed. She will always be remembered for her wonderful dinners, her generosity and laughter with a few tears thrown in if she was watching a sad movie. And of course, her absolutely perfect Christmas trees!Mom was preceded in death by her grandparents, John and Elizabeth (Martin) Alderson and Herman and Lena (Hoffman) Weber, parents Samuel and Adele (Weber) Alderson; siblings: Elizabeth (Dino) Pagawell, Kenneth (Irma) Alderson, Robert (Catherine) Alderson, Samuel Harold (Margaret) Alderson and Donald (Phyllis) Alderson, her husband of 29 years Charles E. Hardy and infant son John T. Hardy.She is survived by children: Linda (Richard) DeLay, Rebecca (Merlin) Schut, Marybeth (John) Sevignyand William Hardy; grandchildren: Daniel and James Schut, Laurie Hatten, Chris Henyan, Amber Van Andel, Lisa Beesley, John T. Sevigny, Carolyn Hansen, Craig Sevigny, Christine Fullerton, Tammy DeLay and Jerry Delay; 13 great grandchildren and 7 great great grandchildren.Viewing will be held December 28th, 2023 from 2:00-7:00 pm at Shaw and Sons Funeral Home. Mom's funeral Service will be held on January 5, 2024 at 11:00 am at Shaw and Sons Funeral Home with burial at West Hills Memorial Park.Shaw and Sons Funeral Home is caring for the family. Memories and condolences can be shared at www.shawandsons.com.

Sun, 31 Dec 2023 00:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/mary-alderson-hardy-1089207463
<![CDATA[Patricia Mae (Amos) Stoltenow]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/patricia-amos-stoltenow-1088762743<![CDATA[

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Patricia Mae (Amos) Stoltenow passed away on August 26, 2023, surrounded by family. Patricia was born in 1934, on her father's birthday. She said he always told her that she was the best birthday present he ever had. They were able to celebrate for over 60 years together, sharing strawberry shortcake.She grew up in the little town of Cowiche, surrounded by grandparents, aunts, uncles, and many cousins. She often talked about what a wonderful time she had with her brother and sister. Her school years were spent at Cowiche Grade School, and then Highland High School, where she was involved in many activities.After her graduation in 1952, she attended beauty school. Pat worked as a beautician for many years and had her own beauty shop, "Pat's Parlor," between Newland's drug store and Willy's Hardware.She married her high school sweetheart, Dale Stoltenow, and together they provided a home full of laughter and filled with love for 63 years. They lived and farmed in Tieton, in partnership with Dale's father and brother, Bill. In 1968, they bought a cherry orchard and moved to Selah. Pat and Dale traveled to many places, but she was always happy to get home to her family and friends.She was also active in the Tieton Presbyterian Church, serving as elder and deacon for many years.Her family was most important to her, loving them all unconditionally. They all returned that love to her.Pat is preceded in death by her parents, Linville and Nell Amos, brother, Lawrence Amos, sister, Carolyn Amos, and husband, Dale Stoltenow. She is survived by her daughter, Shelly Myers, son, Stacy Stoltenow (Kirsten), grandchildren, Beth Myers, Justin Myers, Gunnar Stoltenow, Duncan Stoltenow, and great-grandchildren, McKenna Myers, and Avrie Worley.I will be waiting for you all in Heaven but don't hurry, love me.A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, September 8, 2023, at 2:00pm, at Brookside Funeral Home (500 W. Prospect, Moxee, WA).Brookside Funeral Home is caring for the family. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.brooksidefuneral.com.

Wed, 6 Sep 2023 00:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/patricia-amos-stoltenow-1088762743
<![CDATA[Rafael Villasenor (Anaya)]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/rafael-anaya-1084789787<![CDATA[

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Valley Hills Funeral HomeRafael Villasenor (Anaya) passed away on the morning of January 30, 2021 after a prolonged illness. He was born October 5, 1948 along with a twin brother, Francisco (Pancho), in San Antonio de los Macedo, Jalisco, Mexico to his parents, Rosalio Villasenor (Macedo) and Maria Consuelo Anaya (Cuevas). Rafael was the 4th oldest of 12 children. His siblings are Teresa, Jose, Pancho, Lazaro, Salvador, Miguel, Carmela, Maria de Jesus, Consuelo, Rosa, Francisco (Chico), and Rosalio (Chalo). In 1966, Rafael married Emilia Macedo (Fregoso) in Los Volcanes, Mexico. Together, he and Emilia had 9 children over the next 20 years. In the early '70's, life took Rafael and eventually the rest of the family to Chicago which was a huge change from the small town that they were from in Jalisco. He joined a couple of his Uncles that were already living in Chicago and working in the steel mills, which is where Rafael worked while they lived there. In 1979, he and Emilia moved the family to southern California to be close to their family that were living there. He drove a truck in the delivery industry during the 3 years that they lived there. In 1982, they made the decision to move back to Mexico to help Rafael's father, Rosalio, on his large cattle ranch and farm. A short time later, with son's Ricardo and Ruben's help, they opened a small takeout restaurant, Pollo Lucas, preparing and selling fresh pollo asado (grilled chicken) including raising the chickens, the first of the Villasenor family's restaurants. In 1985, opportunity came to move to the Seattle area to work for the owners of Aztec restaurants, whom they knew from a neighboring town in Jalisco, with the eventual plan to open up their own restaurant. That dream was fulfilled in early 1990 when they opened up Villasenor's Mexican Restaurant in Toppenish, WA with eventually a second location in Yakima in 1993. Rafael was the lead chef in Toppenish and Emilia was known for welcoming guests when they arrived. At some point over the 25+ years that Villasenor's restaurant was in operation, each of their 9 children worked there including some of their grandkids. They were well known throughout the Yakima Valley for their delicious home cooked Mexican food. Rafael, along with son's Ricardo, Ruben and Rafael Jr., were well known for their Mexican dancing horses and they regularly performed in parades & rodeos throughout the Northwest. He and Emilia owned a ranch in Toppenish where he grew alfalfa & corn for his horses & cattle along with a large vegetable garden. Many of his grandkids learned to ride horses and drive a tractor alongside him.Rafael was known for loving a party with lots of food, and a mariachi band and he would invite family, friends and just about anyone that he met to join him. He and Emilia are longtime members of St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Toppenish.Rafael is survived by his wife, Emilia, and nine children & 21 grandchildren: Raquel (Paco - Paquito, Luis, Rafa, Carlos, Santiago), Ricardo (Alice - Ariel, Jacob, Julia), Ruben, (Luz - Aliya, Elyse, Mario), Rosie (Phil Winterholler- Adrian, Vanessa), Rebeca (Cheech - Lily, Andy, Edgar), Rey (Alexandra Terjeson), Rafael Jr. (Lupe - Oscar, Brianna), Ruby (Bela, Adriana, Emmi), Raul (Oneyra) and one great-grandson, Paquito.A rosary will be held at Valley Hills Funeral Home on Friday, February 5, 2021 at 6 pm. A funeral service will take place at St. Aloysius Catholic Church on Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 10 am.

Wed, 30 Mar 2022 15:57:23 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/rafael-anaya-1084789787
<![CDATA[Debbie Sewell (Angel Eyes)]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/debbie-angel-eyes-1085343439<![CDATA[

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Debbie (Cole) Sewell died unexpectedly on October 26, 2021 at the age of 62 due to complications from lung cancer. Those who loved her remain bereaved and are still in mourning.Born on September 19, 1959, the daughter of Robert and Pam Cole, she spent her early years in Goldendale, WA where she attended Goldendale public schools and graduated from Goldendale High School in 1977. She attended Green River Community College in Auburn, WA where she developed her skills as a court reporter/stenographer. In 1980 she received her Certification of Competency from the Oregon Shorthand Reporters Association and was employed by the Chicerello Brothers Court Reporting Services. After they went out of business, she became a legal assistant for Prediletto, Halpin, Scharnikow & Nelson Law Firm in February 1990. She remained employed there until her untimely passing, still planning to continue her work and receive whatever medical treatment was appropriate at the same time.Debbie married the love of her life, Rodney Sewell, on November 5, 1983 in Yakima, and from that day on he was at her side through all the ups and downs life bestowed upon them. She was "the spark of life" in his world. Together they lovingly raised their children, Nathanael and Laura. Debbie's first priority was her family, always keeping in mind what was best for them no matter what issue was raised.An animal lover, Debbie kept 11 cats and 4 dogs at home and fed the many local strays out of the back door at the law office, always keeping a fresh supply of cat food on hand in case a new stray appeared in the neighborhood. Debbie relished the underdog role which made her a perfect fit for her job working with injured workers whose lives were often turned upside down as a result of injuries which caused them to lose their ability to earn a living or be forced to start their work lives from the bottom all over again.Debbie is survived by her husband Rodney Sewell, her son Nathanael (wife Whitney), daughter Laura and brother Robert Pomerenke (partner Jan) of Central Point, Oregon.Debbie was preceded in death by her parents Robert and Pam, and brother Benjamin Cole.We will forever love and cherish our DJ, our Dude mom and our beautiful Angel Eyes.At Debbie's request, no services will be held. Memorials on her behalf may be made to the Yakima Humane Society at 2405 W. Birchfield Rd. in Yakima, Washington, or the charity of your choice.

Thu, 9 Jun 2022 00:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/debbie-angel-eyes-1085343439
<![CDATA[Marilyn Rae (Arneberg) Brown]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/marilyn-arneberg-brown-1087277589<![CDATA[

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Marilyn Rae Arneberg, 94, of Yakima, peacefully passed away on March 7, 2023, at Cottage in The Meadow Hospice. She was born at home outside of Prosser, Washington, on July 19, 1928, to Allen and Ethel Arneberg. She and her sister, Bonnie, grew up in various farming communities, until the family moved to Yakima, while Marilyn was in junior high. Marilyn attended Yakima High School, where she was an outstanding student and the Student Body Secretary of the Class of 1946. She got together with her classmates regularly for class reunions for over 70 years. After she graduated, Marilyn worked as the executive assistant for the Superintendent of Yakima Schools, A.C. Davis. During that time, she met the love of her life, Barney Brown, at a local dance. Marilyn and Barney married on September 21, 1949, and began a marriage that lasted over 73 fabulous years, until her death. Marilyn was the consummate mother to their children, Randy, Rick, and Ryan, while Barney worked long hours establishing a successful furniture store in Yakima with his partner, John Tangeman. She spoiled all her children with home cooked meals, meticulously pressed clothes, bag lunches, and everything imaginable that a mother could do for her children. She never missed any of her sons' ballgames, 4H events, Christmas recitals, or any other activity. While Barney ran Pratt Furniture, Marilyn took care of everything at home. She and her mother, Ethel, shopped for all the best grocery deals in Yakima every Thursday, and Mom meticulously managed the family finances. She was such a detailed record keeper that the family still has the receipt for the motel she and Barney stayed in for their honeymoon. Marilyn's greatest hobby was dancing. She and Barney would go out dancing with friends from 13 Club, or at the Eagles, or American Legion every Saturday night for well over fifty years. Marilyn also very much enjoyed her annual vacation to Reno, Nevada, with close friends, Virginia and Wally Weber.Another great love of Marilyn's life was watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow up. Marilyn loved being a grandma and spoiled all of them. She was also their biggest fan, attending too many volleyball, baseball, wrestling, and soccer games to count. She, no doubt, will watch the great-grandchildren's games from Heaven above.Marilyn is survived by her husband, Barney, son, Randy (Chris) Brown and their children Scott Grout, Julie Schneider, and Katie Hall, son, Ryan (Julie) Brown and their children Austin Brown, Kelly Brown, and Justin Brown, daughter-in-law, Judi Brown and her children Sean Mallon, Jeremy Mallon, and Max Brown, and Barney and Marilyn's grandchild, Cortney Brown, as well as 14 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her son, Rick, sister, Bonnie Floyd, and her parents, Ethel and Allen Arneberg.Marilyn and her family want to thank her loving long term caregivers Lisa Brach, Yolanda Ciscneros, and Olivia Ramos. A Memorial Service is planned for Saturday, April 1, 2023, at 11:00am, at Brookside Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made payable to Yakima Memorial Hospice and sent in care of Brookside Funeral Home (P.O. Box 1267, Moxee, WA 98936), who is caring for the family. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.brooksidefuneral.com.

Sun, 19 Mar 2023 00:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/marilyn-arneberg-brown-1087277589
<![CDATA[Edward B Atkinson Jr. (Atlee)]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/edward-b-atkinson-atlee-1084778187<![CDATA[

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Edward B Atkinson Jr. (Atlee)Edward B Atkinson Jr. (Atlee) was born January 19th, 1941 in Red Mountain, California to Edward and Ernestine Atkinson. Atlee adopted this name of a dear family friend that helped in his growing up. Atlee entered the USMC in San Diego in 1958. Atlee trained in communications and served 2 tours in Vietnam, 1966 and 1968. Atlee's last duty station brought him to the Yakima Firing Center and the local Marine Corps Reserve Post. In 1975 Atlee started Apple Valley Aviation where he provided air taxi, flight instruction, banner towing and aerial photography. Atlee spent his retirement years with German Shepherds, beekeeping and gunsmithing. Superbowl Sunday he lost his own battle with cancer. Atlee is survived by Edward B Atkinson III (Shellie), Colton, OR; Sherman W Atkinson (Terri), Chattaroy, WA; James A Atkinson, Logandale, NV. Atlee has 3 grandsons, 2 granddaughters and 3 great grandchildren.There is a memorial service at the Tahoma Cemetery at 9 AM Saturday, June 1st.

Wed, 30 Mar 2022 00:40:00 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/edward-b-atkinson-atlee-1084778187
<![CDATA[Keith & Keith Funeral HomeSEL...]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/fay-bates-1084760066<![CDATA[

Keith & Keith Funeral HomeSELAH - Fay Ammann (Bates) went to be with the Lord on Jan. 24th, 2013. She was preceded in death by her loving husband Charles Ammann, and sisters Jewel Weber-Sliger & Virginia Wilson.She was born May 7, 1922 in Licking, MO. Fay loved making beautiful quilts, a talent passed on to her by her Grandmother Bates. Each one was stitched by hand, with elaborate attention to detail. She married Charles in 1956 and traveled with him as he served our country. One of their favorite destinations was Holland where they met many dear, lifelong friends.In 1978 they moved to Yakima to enjoy their final years of retirement. Both of them loved to fish, with Aunt Fay often out-fishing Charlie (giving him much joy although he would not admit it). Her love for people made her many friends throughout life, and the most recent was her dear friend and nursing home roommate Lila. Fay loved collecting crystal and amber beads and was an exceptional cook. Aunt Fay, you will be greatly missed by family and friends.She leaves behind her sister, Ruby Driml (and husband Jim), nephew Bill Wilson (and wife Nicole), niece Mora Olsen (and husband Bob), special friend Rob Bradford of Topeka, KS. She also leaves behind nieces Tracy Kaufman, Patti Kaufman, and Dori Nance (who reside in California).A graveside service will be held at Terrace Heights Memorial Park on Friday, February 1 at 2:00 p.m. Thank you to the staff at Selah Convalescent and to Lower Valley Hospice. To share a memory, visit www.keithandkeith.com.

Mon, 28 Mar 2022 22:18:29 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/fay-bates-1084760066
<![CDATA[Sharon Rae (Beals) Bort]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/sharon-beals-bort-1086669787<![CDATA[

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Sharon Bort of Yakima, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones on Nov. 8, 2022 after a short battle of pancreatic cancer.Sharon was the first born to Raymond and Evelyn (Crawford) Beals in Snohomish, WA on July 18, 1937. She attended the Lutheran Elementary School in Snohomish and later attended schools in Granger and Wapato, WA.One of Sharon's greatest gifts were her remarkable singing voice. She sang in many choirs and played the violin. She was involved in 4H, where she earned numerous blue ribbons for her canning and baking. At a young age she learned her cooking skills from her mother, grandmother, Marie (Unzelman) Campbell and family friend Clarice (Rinehold) Parker, Violet Kiley, and Olga (Salvadalena) Courtney.She married Robert Bort at St. Peters Catholic Church in Wapato, WA. They were married for over 67 years.Sharon was a homemaker and worked as an activity director for a retirement home, a job she loved before retiring. She was always ready to begin an adventure up to the last week of her life. Sharon loved to travel, taking many trips with her husband and family and spending time at their recreation property. Her and Robert spent several winters at their home in Florence Gardens, AZ. Sharon loved her flowers and was always anxious for spring time to arrive so she could begin planting.Sharon loved ALL people for who they were. She took several people into her home, giving them needed love and compassion. She would host holiday dinners for large gatherings of family and friends.Sharon was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Evelyn (Crawford, VanPatter) Beals, grandparents: John and Arizona (Butler, Witherspoon) Beals, Warner Hayden Crawford, and Mark and Marie (Unzelman) Campbell, her brother John W. Beals, and grandson Timothy Stevens; a very special aunt, Elsie (Beals, Cushman) Thompson, and an uncle, Ralph Beals; two special cousins Leonard Morton, and Norma Jean Cushman, and many other cousins, family and friends; and her godmother and friend Leesie Mae Schneider.Sharon is survived by her husband Robert, daughters Sharrie (Jeff) Stevens, Renee Maples and son David Bort; grandson Mike (Amanda) Stevens and three great grandchildren, Olivia, Greyson and Andrew; special cousins: Carol (Beals) Jensen, Sandy (Stroh) Moore and Kamille (Stroh) Mandel; several wonderful nieces and nephews, brother and sisters in law, friend Goldie Ling and friend/sister in law Dolores Bort, family friend Marylou Cisneros, and many distant cousins with a number reaching well into the thousands in Snohomish and Lewis Counties.Celebration of life will be held 2 PM Saturday, November 19, 2022 at St. Michaels Episcopal Church Mission Yakima, WA.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St Michaels Episcopal Mission of Yakima and St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

Thu, 17 Nov 2022 00:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/sharon-beals-bort-1086669787
<![CDATA[Elise Marilyn (Beaulaurier) Cote]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/elise-beaulaurier-cote-1089681162<![CDATA[

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Peacefully and surrounded by family, Elise went home to meet her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, April 23, 2024, at the age of 91. She spent her whole life preparing for this joyous day, always running each decision through the filter of what would Jesus want me to do, then doing that. Elise was raised in Moxee, Washington and graduated from St. Joseph's Academy in 1951.She married Albert Cote in 1953 and they enjoyed 70 years together, until Al's death in December 2023. They made a great team, dad the more outgoing and mom the more reserved steady consistent force. The couple was blessed with five children, David (Christine) of Selah, WA, Chris (Mary Ann) of Juanita, WA, John of Yakima, WA, Michelle Betcone (Bob) of Portland, OR, and Lisa Gleason (Tom) of Seattle, WA, seven grandchildren, Aly Silva (Cesar Silva), James Cote, Mike Cote, Elise Gleason, Maria Gleason, Gabriella Gleason, and Brian Betcone, and four great-grandchildren, Oliver, Lucy, Tommy, and Mariana Silva. "Mimi" holds a special place in the hearts of her seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She will be missed, but the example she set lives on through them.Elise loved being a mom and running a busy household of seven. She worked tirelessly at feeding and nurturing her active family, as well as the many friends invited to join meals. Many so frequently, that our mom became like a second mother to a handful of them. All the while educating them on the importance of faith and family, not by preaching but by her consistent example.She loved antiquing and the hunt for treasures. She was a great cook. One of her specialties was French meat dressing, and our family couldn't celebrate a holiday without it. Surprising to some, due to her mild-mannered ways, she also enjoyed getting together with friends and heading to the casino to play one armed bandit. She volunteered at the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop for many years.As a longtime member of Holy Family Catholic Church, she was active for many years on the hospitality committee, laundering and pressing altar linens, and a power prayer on many prayer chains. She was especially devoted to the Virgin Mary and St. Theresa of Lisieux, who she credits with a miracle in her own life.Our family would like to acknowledge the great caregivers who compassionately have tended to our parents' needs. Our live-in caregiver, Lata (Susie) Ifalani, Theresa Mottet, Karen Holzer, Pat Dilbeck, and Elizabet Sanchez.A Visitation will be held on Sunday, May 12, 2024, from 3:00-5:00pm, at Brookside Funeral Home (500 W Prospect, Moxee, WA), with a Rosary at 4:00pm. A Celebration of her simple Life, richly lived, will be held with a Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, May 13, 2024, at 10:00am, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Yakima, WA.If you wish to honor Elise's memory, in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Al and Elise Cote Scholarship Fund at Perry Technical Institute. Memorial contributions may be 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.

Sat, 4 May 2024 00:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/elise-beaulaurier-cote-1089681162
<![CDATA[Anne Sayles (Bertha)]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/anne-bertha-1084778703<![CDATA[

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October 6, 1933 - October 5, 2019Anne Sayles, a curious mind, kind spirit and crafter extraordinaire, embodied the slow burning candle that provides light for all who experience it. On October 5, 2019, just one day shy of her 86th birthday, Bertha Anne Sayles received the best birthday present ever – she went home to celebrate with her heavenly father.As spunky as she was gentle, Anne had a passion for many things in life including her faith in God, her husband Glen, her family, handmade gifts crocheted with love and the smell of lavender. She was a grand lady known for many things, but when you think of Anne Sayles, often the first thing that comes to mind is joyful kindness.Anne had a rare talent for creating a sense of home wherever she was, with whomever she was around. Her ability to make people smile and spread joy in any circ*mstance was unmatched. If there was a positive side to be seen, Anne saw it. If there was a person in need, she freely gave of her time and means to meet those needs. Her sense of kindness and joy scarcely dimmed in her final days, heartened by the loving family and friends surrounding her.Anne was born October 6, 1933 in Diamond, Missouri to Mark and Lila Everhard. Anne was trained in the medical field and spent 20 years working as an x-ray technician. In 1954, she married former spouse Jack Sexton and raised three daughters together, Jackie, Jaynee, and Judy. Years later Anne moved to Marysville where she met Glen Sayles and they knew it was more than just a hunch. They married in 1991 and were happily married for 28 years – through the birth of grandchildren and great grandchildren, road trips across the United States, and family gatherings.She is survived by her husband Glen Sayles, sister Kay Carrothers of Renton, WA, brother Paul (Linda) Everhard of Lexington, KY, children Jackie (Carl) Poteet of Kilauea, HI, Jaynee (Jerry) Poteet of Grandview, WA, and Judy (Mark) Dailey of Montesano, WA. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 19 at Floral Hills Funeral Home at 11:00 am in Lynnwood, WA.

Wed, 30 Mar 2022 00:53:03 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/anne-bertha-1084778703
<![CDATA[Joseph Baughman (BIG JOE)]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/joseph-big-joe-1084778615<![CDATA[

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Keith & Keith Funeral HomeJoe Baughman (Yakima, Washington).Joe Baughman, born November 10th, 1921, was raised and educated in the Midwest, playing both football and basketball. On October 8th, 1941 Joe and his high school sweetheart Alma Cain were married. Together they settled in Quanah, Texas where he was employed by the Certain-Teed Produce Corporation.At the beginning of World War II, Joe joined the Air Force and spent over one thousand days in the Pacific Islands. He was stationed in the Philippines when the war ended. He returned to the States and was discharged at Randolf Field in Texas.Following discharge from the Air Force, he and Alma relocated to California where he joined the Management Training Program of the Kieckhefer Container Company, which would later be purchased by Weyerhauser Company. Joe worked his way up to Production Manager of the Alameda, California plant, when much to his surprise he received a telegram from President Truman to report to Hamilton Air Force Base in San Rafael, California within 24 hours for active duty in the Korean War. Luckily, he did not deploy overseas, but spent one year in Las Vegas, Nevada at Nellis Air Force Base. When he returned he was immediately appointed to production manager with a new plant being built by the Weyerhauser Company in Colton, California. We were on the move again.After two years in Colton, California the General Management position was offered in Sales and Production at the Weyerhauser Plant in Union Gap, Washington. Alma and I moved the family to Yakima, Washington.Joe worked for Weyerhauser for 45 years. The last 15 were as Vice President over all container plants in the Northwest and Hawaii. A member of the Yakima Rotary Club for 15 years, he became very active in the community. Joe sat on the Board of Directors of the Yakima Chamber of Commerce, Yakima Speech and Hearing and the Yakima Country Club. He was an avid supporter of the University of Washington where he was a member of the alumni and a 30 year member of the Tyee Club.Golf was a big part of his life. He loved the game very much. He belonged to Yakima Country Club and also Desert Island Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California.Joe and Alma had three lovely daughters Jan, Lana and Sherry. He was very much a family man, he loved to have the whole family around, especially on holidays.Preceding Joe in death were his loving wife Alma, daughters Jan Matthews and Sherry Thacker and granddaughter Meredith McLeod.Surviving Joe are his wife Juliane, his daughter Lana McLeod of Yakima, stepson Gregory Collins of Florida, grandchildren Joeseph Matthews (wife Lori), Stacie Lee Hanson (husband Chris), Rick Ritson, and Dena Hardy (husband Scott), great-grandchildren Jessica Tanner (husband Michael), Nathan Matthews, and Morgan Matthews, step granddaughter Kendall Kranston (husband Thomas), and two great-great-grandchildren.In the year 2006, Joe met his wife Juliane Hammond on a blind date in Palm Desert, California. We were married June 2008 and moved to Yakima, Washington. Julie was the light of my life in my twilight years.Per Joe's request, his funeral will be a private function.Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.keithandkeith.com.

Wed, 30 Mar 2022 00:48:54 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/joseph-big-joe-1084778615
<![CDATA[William Edgar Durbin, Jr. (Bill)]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/william-edgar-durbin-bill-1084777689<![CDATA[

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Smith Funeral Home LTD & CrematoryWilliam Edgar Durbin, Jr. (Bill) joined his Heavenly Father the morning of November 29th, 2019 in Prosser, WA after a swift, dignified battle with cancer. Bill courageously lived out his last days with gratitude and his renowned sense of humor while being surrounded by family.He was born, along with his twin sister Wilma, in Denver, CO on June 26th, 1936. Bill's life encompassed many struggles from the beginning. His father Edward Durbin left to serve in WWII, while his biological mother abandoned the children at home. Bill often spoke of making ketchup soup for his siblings' dinner and setting up jars at the Delicious Jam Factory where he had his first job at the age of 10. Without parents at home, Bill and his siblings were going to be placed in an orphanage until a grandfather stepped forward to give the children a home. This early adversity was foundational in Bill's incredible character and work ethic.Upon graduating high school, he attended Colorado A&M with the hopes of one day becoming a rancher, until the Korean War prompted a military draft. Wanting to join his drafted buddies, he volunteered to join the US Army in 1956. After serving, Bill relocated to Sunnyside, WA after a buddy offered him a job selling tractors at R&B Equipment in 1958. Shortly thereafter, he met his future wife Dolores Thomas while cruising the Safeway parking lot in his '49 Chevy, offering to help fix her stalled car in exchange for a date. They were married on January 7th, 1960. Several years later Bill purchased National Gas Company, of which he was owner/operator for 42 years. Providing for his employees and family was the greatest joy of his life.Bill had a heart of service and was involved in the community in many ways. He served on the boards of both the Sunnyside Church of God and the Grandview Nazarene Church, was a member of the Sunnyside Christian School's building & finance committee; and coached various youth football, basketball, & baseball teams. In later years, his favorite way to pass the day was spending time with his many grandchildren, working out at the Prosser Family Fitness Zone, and indulging in his wife's homemade sweets.Bill is preceded in death by his father Edward Durbin, step-mother Agnes Durbin, & brother George Durbin. He is survived by his wife Dolores Durbin; sister Wilma Collins; sister Linda Nickles; son Mark (Lisa) Durbin; son Matthew (Kathi) Durbin; son Mike Navarro; daughter Jodi Durbin; and daughter Jamie (Derek) Van De Wege; 14 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.The celebration of Bill's life will take place on December 14th, 2019 at 2 pm at the Grandview Nazarene Church. The family asks that any donations be made to Heartlinks Hospice or Sunnyside Christian School. Those wishing to sign Bill's online memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com. Smith Funeral Home is in care of arrangements.

Wed, 30 Mar 2022 00:24:16 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/william-edgar-durbin-bill-1084777689
<![CDATA[Robert Sherrill McLain, Jr. (Bob)]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/robert-sherrill-mclain-bob-1084771654<![CDATA[

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Keith & Keith Funeral HomeRobert Sherrill McLain, Jr. (Bob), age 86 of Yakima, Washington passed away Wednesday January 13, 2016 at Landmark Care Center, which has been home to him for over 10 years. In living with the effects of a stroke for 10 years, Papa taught us about courage and making the best of everyday.Robert was born August 5, 1929 in Wilkes County, North Carolina to Robert Sherrill "Jack," Sr. and Leoma Octavia Mink "Oma" McLain. Bob grew up in Wilkesboro with his four sisters and one brother. To them he was known as "Sherrill." Even though they didn't get to see each other much, they remained very close.Robert joined the Army and served from 1948 to 1951 during which time he met his future wife, Wanda Lee Mullinax, while stationed at Hanford. They were married June 18, 1951 in Yakima, Washington. Bob and Wanda had two sons, Rudy Glen McLain and Jackie Robert McLain. During the following years they moved from Washington to North Carolina and back to Washington, settling in Selah around 1964.Bob worked at Hyster for many years and retired in January, 1991. Bob enjoyed his retirement taking trips in his RV, golfing, being a golf marshall, collecting NASCAR cars and traveling with his friend and companion, Connie. He spent many mornings and lunches with his son, Jackie, at Magic's Pizza Shack or going with Jackie to buy supplies. He enjoyed collecting John Wayne memorabilia and watching old Westerns on television.He loved spending time with his two granddaughters, Gena and Tally. Papa was always there with a smile and encouragement at their many activities and sports. Bob has three great grandchildren: Aidan, Adley and Lyla, who he has enjoyed watching and spending time with. They love their Papa.He was preceded in death by his wife Wanda Mullinax McLain, his son Rudy Glen McLain, his parents, his brother James David "Son" McLain, and his sister Betty Mayberry.Bob is survived by one son, Jackie Robert McLain (Deborah), grandchildren: Eugenia McLain Franklin (Ryan) and Talia Lee McLain, great-grandchildren: Aidan Franklin, Adley Franklin and Lyla McLain, three sisters in North Carolina: Louise Staley, Ruth Moore (Darryl) and Helen Cox, and numerous nieces and nephews from North Carolina to Washington.The family would like to thank all of the staff at Landmark Care Center for the excellent care and friendship they gave Bob in these past years.Visitation will be on Monday, January 18 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Keith and Keith Funeral Home, 902 W. Yakima Avenue, Yakima, Washington. Services will be held at Rainier Memorial Center, 2807 Terrace Heights Drive on Tuesday, January 19 at 1:00 p.m. Burial to follow at Terrace Heights Memorial Park. To celebrate the life of Robert and share a memory visit www.keithandkeith.com.

Tue, 29 Mar 2022 10:15:28 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/robert-sherrill-mclain-bob-1084771654
<![CDATA[Robert Maier (Bob)]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/robert-bob-1084776016<![CDATA[

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Keith & Keith Funeral HomeRobert Maier (Bob) was born in the early morning of March 17, 1929 to Jacob and Elizabeth (Biederman) Maier, in Paul, Idaho.He moved to Yakima in March of 1948 to marry Audrey Lowe on June 5, 1948. They celebrated their 70th anniversary at Whistlin Jack Lodge on June 2 with their family.Bob was critically injured in a logging accident in 1960. With love and prayer he survived, but left with pain for 58 years. He never gave up and made life work for him.We as a family are glad Bob is in the loving arms of his Lord Jesus and free from pain. We will miss him greatly.Bob is survived by his loving wife Audrey, 3 beautiful daughters: Cheryl (Bob) Lemke, Janice (Ron) Torres, and Nancy (Wayne) Bentz; 7 grandchildren: Brian, Jeff, Eric, Lisa, Cameron, Misty, and Brandy, and their spouses; 15 great grandchildren and spouses, 3 great-great grandsons; 3 sisters, Leaha Cole, Verna Cooper, and Velda Clark; and many nieces and nephews.He is preceded in death by his parents, Jacob and Elizabeth (Biederman) Maier, 3 sisters, Erna Ellis, Edna Lawler, and Ida Ketterling, and seven brothers, Albert, Alvin, Victor, Fred, Rueben, Otto, and Ray Maier.Special thanks to Dr. Gabriel Lascar – Bob's physician for many years (their special nickname for each other was partner) and the Cornerstone staff; Dr. Uhlman, Steve and staff at Yakima Urology Associates; Dr. Li; and the staff at Yakima Heart and Sleep Center; North Star Lodge; Good Samaritan Care Center; and Mountainview Home Health. Last but not least, Cheryl and Del Miles and staff at Miles Adult Family Home; and David and the caring staff at Cottage In The Meadow. Thanks to all Medical that helped Bob along the way.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Miles Adult Family Home, or Cottage In The Meadow.There will be a private family burial prior to the Memorial Service on Saturday October 27, 2018 at 2:00 pm at Christian Life Center, 716 N. 40th Avenue, Yakima, WA.

Tue, 29 Mar 2022 22:37:38 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/robert-bob-1084776016
<![CDATA[Naomi Marie (Boesen) Kuhns]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/naomi-boesen-kuhns-1089005775<![CDATA[

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Naomi Marie (Boesen) Kuhns was born on December 23, 1934 to Niels and Edna (Ebersole) Boesen, in Tacoma, Washington. She graduated from high school at Auburn Adventist Academy, and then began the nursing program at Walla Walla College in Washington. However, her career path took a different direction when she met a soldier named Robert (Bob) Kuhns, who was stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington.Naomi and Bob were married on June 19, 1955, which was the beginning of a beautiful partnership, which would last for 68 years - until death they did part.In 1965, they moved to Yakima, WA with their two little girls. Bob began his medical practice, where Naomi was the Office Manager. Naomi became the behind-the-scenes hostess extraordinaire in her home circles. She was known for her delicious food and for creating a warm atmosphere for all who entered her home, which was always her favorite place to be. Naomi touched the lives of countless teens, while she and Bob lead the Youth Group at the Yakima Seventh-day Adventist Church for several years.Naomi and Bob lived in Yakima until March 2023, when they moved to Burlington, WA to be near their daughter, Cheryl. Naomi peacefully passed away on October 27, 2023.Naomi is survived by, Robert G. Kuhns, spouse who resides in Burlington, WA, Cheryl Vyhmeister, daughter who resides in Anacortes, WA, Susan Bunch, daughter who resides in Hendersonville, NC, Ron Boesen, brother who resides in University Place (Tacoma), WA; Grandsons, Aric Vyhmeister and Ross Vyhmeister, Jimmy Bunch and Christian Bunch; Great-grandsons, Aiden Vyhmeister and Evan Vyhmeister.Naomi truly had a servant's heart, and she will be missed by all who knew her.Rest in peace Naomi, precious wife, "Mama", Grandma... until we meet again. WE LOVE YOU!A Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, November 6, 2023 at Terrace Heights Memorial Park. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.keithandkeith.com.

Fri, 3 Nov 2023 00:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/naomi-boesen-kuhns-1089005775
<![CDATA[Rose Miller (Bohl)]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/rose-bohl-1084787623<![CDATA[

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Langevin - El Paraiso Funeral HomeBorn October 25, 1924 in Flasher, ND to Jacob and Wilhelmina Bohl (Paul). She married Anton Miller on September 8, 1945 in Grand Island, NE. Within their 62-year marriage, they made the move to Washington State where they began to raise their family. Rose was a homemaker until her children became school age and then went to work at Del Monte until she retired. Rose and Tony were devout Catholics and attended Holy Family Church. Her greatest joys in life were her family and her gardens. Some of the family's favorite memories include sitting around the dining room table with sugar snacks and drinks while listening to stories about growing up on the farm in North Dakota and walking around her beautiful yard, admiring all of her roses and how effortless she made it all look. Her home was a second home to all of her grandkids, where many childhood memories took place and will be cherished forever. After Tony passed in 2007, Rose went to live at Orchard Park where she received great love and care. In 2015 she went to live with her granddaughter Anna Rose. The care that she received for the next 5 years was beyond remarkable. She was never without the love and affection that she needed as the years passed by and Anna did it all without hesitation. There are no words to express to our daughter, sister, niece, and granddaughter Anna, how much this has truly impacted our family. You loved her with your whole heart and that will never go unnoticed. Your sincerity and devotion to her is worth more than a thank you.Survivors include her daughter Linda (Jon) Ison, her son Richard (Cindy) Miller, all of Yakima, 9 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.She is preceded in death by her husband Anton and their son Darrell along with 13 brothers and sister.She will be greatly missed.A private Graveside Service will be held at Calvary Cemetery.

Wed, 30 Mar 2022 13:51:14 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/rose-bohl-1084787623
<![CDATA[Laura Joy (Bohlke) Thorsen]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/laura-bohlke-thorsen-1087050526<![CDATA[

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Laura Joy (Bohlke) Thorsen, disciple of optimism, avid traveler, and lifelong learner, died with her family by her side on Friday, December 23, 2022.Laura was an advocate of "looking up," a literal practice of tilting her head toward the sky and recognizing the expansiveness and beauty of the world, without dismissing or denying the shaky ground beneath.Laura had an idealistic childhood on an apple orchard in Yakima, Washington with her loving parents (Joyce and Denny Bohlke) and two younger siblings (Greg and Stacey Bohlke). After graduating from Washington State University in 1984 (Go Cougs!), she moved to San Francisco—a bold departure from the quaint and agricultural community she had grown up in. She quickly assimilated to the city lifestyle and excelled in her hotel and restaurant management career. While employed at the Grand Hyatt San Francisco, she met a young man (Thomas Thorsen), who would go on to become her lifelong partner, fellow adventurer, inspiration for frequent eye rolls, and the love of her life. They married in 1989 and never looked back.In her late twenties, Laura decided to return to school to follow her calling—teaching. Her nurturing nature and steadfast approach to life made learning lessons from her (in school or otherwise) not only painless, but joyous. Laura began her teaching journey in special education classrooms, went on to teach English Language Learners at Ygancio Valley Elementary, and retired her career leading a first-grade class at Stranwood Elementary.The qualities that allowed for such a successful teaching career were also what made Laura such a natural and wonderful mother. Raised in Concord, California, her three children (Timothy Thorsen, Tara Thorsen, Alisa Thorsen) grew up in a home with incredible tenderness, bountiful playfulness, and infinite access to their mother's love.Laura had an appreciation for the seemingly small details of life. She loved a good puzzle, she loved colorful stained glass, and she loved to puddle jump. She valued simple moments like reading a book during a thunderstorm, snuggling up with her dogs, or having a good meal with loved ones.Although her life was cut short by metastatic colon cancer, Laura truly felt that she lived a blessed and lucky life. Even at the very end, she was looking up.A memorial service will be held at 3:00 PM on Sunday, February 5 in Saint Matthew Lutheran Chruch in Walnut Creek, California.In lieu of flowers, please donate to Ygnacio Valley Elementary's Donor Choose Page or World Central Kitchen.

Sun, 29 Jan 2023 00:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/laura-bohlke-thorsen-1087050526
<![CDATA[Donna Moller (Boll)]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/donna-boll-1084772879<![CDATA[

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January 2, 1919 - September 15, 2016Haven Of RestOur beloved mother, Donna Moller, 97, of Gig Harbor, Washington, passed away peacefully at home in the company of her family and friends. Born January 2nd, 1919 in Antigo, Wisconsin to Richard and Anna Boll. Preceded in death by her husband Carl Moller, and her son Carl Jr (Corky). She is survived by her sister Marion Teske, daughter Elizabeth Ann Messineo (Betty), and sons Kenneth James, Michael Richard, and Kevin Scott; grandchildren Tracy Lee Holley (Theresa), Kendra Lee Moller, Cheyenne Navarro (Moises), Jared J Moller, and great grandchildren Joshua and Jessica Holley. Services will be held at Haven of Rest in Gig Harbor on Monday, October 3rd, with viewing at 10:30, followed by a graveside service at Noon. There will be a reception at St. Nicholas Church in Gig Harbor immediately following. The family wants to thank Mom's special friends Cheryl Moss, Rhonda Wilcox, and John Winden for their love and support during Mom's final years. We also wish to express our thanks to Franciscan Hospice for the excellent care they provided. In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made in Donna's name to Franciscan Hospice.Please visit www.havenrest.com where you can sign her guest book, light a candle or leave condolences for the family.

Tue, 29 Mar 2022 11:26:21 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/donna-boll-1084772879
<![CDATA[Lissa Marie (Brightwell) Munson]]>https://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/lissa-brightwell-munson-1089546737<![CDATA[

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Lissa Marie (Brightwell) Munson, born February 28, 1968, in Richland, Washington, was called unexpectedly to her eternal rest on April 3, 2024, in the comfort of her home. She has now found peace in the embrace of her Heavenly Father. Lissa was the cherished daughter of the late Bob R. Brightwell and the late Elaine M. English.In her formative years, Lissa attended Lewis & Clark Middle School, Eisenhower High School, and Granger High School, where she was honored as a princess in the Granger Cherry Festival.Throughout her life, Lissa dedicated herself to her work. This commitment is exemplified by her 35 years of service at the Cintas Corporation of Yakima. Her kindness and warmth touched the hearts of all those she encountered.Lissa's exceptionally sweet soul graced all who knew her, and her absence leaves a void in the hearts of those she leaves behind. Her memory will forever be cherished, her gentle nature, inner and outer beauty, and the love she shared with those around her will live on in those she adored.An artist at heart, Lissa possessed a talent for many different crafts. In addition to her tenure at Cintas, she was a professional photographer for a number of years and took great pride in her Senior Portrait shoots at the local high schools. She also found joy in baking specialty cakes, painting, drawing, scrapbooking, and caring for her beloved pets, Charlie, Loki, Samson, Jasper, and Gracie.She also enjoyed her adventures, most recently her trips to Disneyland and Hawaii with her daughter, Abby, stepmother, Jennie, and sister-in-law, Teena. She loved every minute and laughed when she was reminiscing about them. They were and will remain sources of immense happiness for her and her loved ones. Lissa especially loved swimming with the dolphins in Hawaii and getting tattoos with Abby. She also cherished memories of trips taken to the Oregon Coast beaches and camping at her extended family's campgrounds in Packwood, Washington.Lissa has now joined her loving parents, Bob and Elaine, in eternal peace and has entered His kingdom for all eternity. She is survived by her cherished son, Collin Andrew Brightwell, and daughter, Abigail Rae-Lynn Munson, whom she was immensely proud of, her former husband, Jonathan Paul Munson, and her stepsons, Jonn-Daniel Munson (Chantal) and Nikolas Andrew Munson, who she loved unconditionally. She is also remembered by her beloved stepmother, Jennie Brightwell, whom she both admired and trusted, her brother, Robert Brightwell (Teena), sisters, Kim Powers, Stacy (Jake Gray) McAllister, and Melissa (Josh) Gooler, along with 14 nieces and nephews and one great-nephew, each touched by her love and kindness.A Celebration of Lissa's Life will be held on April 15, 2024, at 10:00am at Shaw and Sons Funeral Home (201 N. 2nd Street, Yakima, WA), where family and friends will gather to honor her memory. Though her earthly presence will be deeply missed, may we find comfort in the knowledge that she is free from pain, soaring with the angels above. Fly high, dear sister, and may your spirit continue to shine bright in our hearts forevermore.Shaw & Sons Funeral Home is caring for the family. Memories and condolences can be shared at www.shawandsons.com.

Thu, 11 Apr 2024 00:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.yakimaherald.com/obituary/lissa-brightwell-munson-1089546737
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