Cynthia Ann (Bates) Sherrow
January 12, 1951 ~ June 6, 2020 (age 69)

Cynthia Ann Sherrow was born on January 12, 1951 in Shirley, Massachusetts to parents, James and Isabell Blomme Bates. She died on June 6, 2020 at her home in Hermiston, Oregon at the age of 69 years. Cynthia was raised in Long Beach, California, Clarkston, Washington and later Walla Walla, Washington where she graduated high school in the class of 1969. She moved to Hermiston, Oregon in 1971 where she worked for Lamb Weston and the Grocery outlet. Cynthia was united in marriage to Cary Sherrow on May 26, 1984 in Hermiston, Oregon. They welcomed a son, Jared in 1986. She returned to work in 1990, working as a special education assistant for the Umatilla School District. Cynthia went to work at the Umatilla Chemical depot in 2002 and continued until 2014 when the deconstruction ended. She volunteered at the Good Shepherd Medical Center in Education and with the Auxiliary. Cynthia enjoyed gardening, traveling, trips to the Oregon Coast, puzzles, was an avid reader and animal lover.
She is survived by her husband of 36 years: Cary Sherrow, Hermiston, OR; son: Jared Sherrow & his husband Dana Trottier, New York; mother: Isabell Bates, Tacoma, WA; sisters: Monika Hem and Belinda Owen, both of Tacoma, WA; numerous very special nieces and nephews.
Cynthia was preceded in death by her father and a brother, Frederick Bates.
A private family celebration of life service will be held.

Don Bogle
July 5th, 1951 – November 1st, 1977

Donald Lee Bogie
A former Walla Walla resident, Donald Lee Bogle, 26, Of Kirkland, died in a motorcycle accident Tuesday in Seattle. The funeral will be in Colonial- DeWitt Funeral Home Saturday at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Howard E. Baker Of the First Church of God officiating. Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery.
Bogle, a native of Walla Walla, was born July 5, 1951, the son Of Lee and Gertrude Bogle. He attended Prospect Point, Garrison Junior High and Walla Walla High schools, and Bellevue Community College. A U.S. Navy veteran, he served aboard the aircraft carrier, The Constellation, during the war in Vietnam, and served an additional enlistment in the Navy.
He attended the First Church of God in Walla Walla. He is sur,’ived by his parents, Lee and Gertrude Bogie, of Walla Walla; his his brothers, Bogle Jr., of Kirkland, and Tom Bogle of Walla his sisters, Barbara Walla; Honeycutt of Whidbey Island and Sharie Greiner of Walla Walla; and his grandfather, Garfield Bogie of Walla Walla.

Mindy Bollinger
March 28th, 1951 – December 3rd, 2017


SPOKANE — Mindy Lea Bollinger, 66, died Dec. 3, 2017, in a Spokane hospital.

Arrangements are pending at Heritage Funeral Home, 508 N. Government Way, Spokane.

Roberto Briones
February 25th, 1949 – September 29th, 2004

Roberto Briones
Roberto Briones, 55, of 611 S.W. First St. drowned Sept. 29, 2004, in Lake Washington at Juanita Beach, Kirkland, Wash.
Viewing will be until after the rosary recitation at 7 tonight at Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder St., with Deacon Olegario and Dora Reyes officiating. The funeral Mass will be 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Patrick Catholic Church with the Rev. Pedro Bautista Peraza officiating. Burial will follow in the Garden of the Good Shepherd, Blue Mountain Memorial Gardens, 300 S.E.
Myra Road, College Place. Memorials may be made to Roberto Briones Memorial Fund through the funeral home.
Mr. Briones was born Feb. 25, 1949, in Edinburg, Texas, to Justino and Maria Castilleja Briones. He moved to this area 35 years ago, graduated in 1969 from Walla Walla High School and earned a bachelor’s in political science from the University of Washington. He was active in the U W’ s Moviemiento Estundiantil Chicano de Astlan to bring Chicano faculty to the university and helped the UW adopt an affirmative action policy.
He worked with United Farm Workers Union to get union representation and knew civil rights activists Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta. In 1977 he helped bring the Governor’s Commission On Hispanic affairs to Walla Walla and Columbia counties an was a three-year local representative.
He and Sarah Gonzales married in 1978 in Reynosa Tamaulipas, Mexico, and later divorced. He returned to Walla Walla in 1979. He was disabled. He enjoyed family, put others first and believed deeply in God and his fellow man. He was a member of American GI Forum.
Survivors include three daughters, Maria Briones of Seattle and Carla Garcia and Gabriela Valdivia, both of Pasco; two sons, Marlo Briones of Logan, Utah, and Lorenzo Gonzales of Pasco; his mother, of College Place; three sisters, Aurora Guerra of Pasco, Consolacion Morales of Kennewick and Elida Briones of College Place; three brothers, Rosendo Briones Sr. of Kennewick and Jesus and Jose Briones, both of College Place; and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father; and grandparents Jose
Castilleja and Sevastiana Castilleja.

Ted Brooks
February 7th, 1951 – January 3rd, 2008

Ted Brooks
COLLEGE PLACE — Ted Richard Brooks. 56. Of 550 E. Whitman Drive died Jan, 3. at Walla Walla General Hospital, The memorial service will be 3 Wednesday at St Paul’s Episcopal Church. 323 Catherine St. The Rev. Wolley will officiate. Burial will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to ST. Paul-s Episcopal Church or the Christian Aid Center through Herring Groseclose Funeral 315 W Alder St., Walla Walla. WA 99362.
Mr. Brooks was born Feb, 7, 1951 in Walla Walla Roy and Evelyn Stemper Brooks. He graduated Walla Walla High School and received an associate of arts degree from Walla Walla Community College. He was self-employed.
He is survived by six sisters, Marla Schiller, Janie Chromie, and Elaine Stewart and all Of Walla Walla. Melva Vogel of Finley, Wash.. June Orluck of Sandy Ore, and Faye Austin of Milton-Freewater He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Donald Brooks; and a nephew, David Oltman.

Gary Brumback
December 30th, 1950 – October 25th, 2010

I worked for Gary at his music store in Richland for 5 years. He helped many musicians in the area and helped guys get good quality instruments when they probably could not have gotten anywhere else….” – Roger Jaime

“I competed in athletics against Gary from Junior High School through High School. I had the utmost respect for Gary and his abilities. He was a great competitor. He will be greatly missed by all. …” – Stan Lepka

Steve Campanelli
January 17th, 1951 – November 1st, 2013

Steve was born January 17, 1951, in Walla Walla to Jeannie and Michele Campanelli. He died November 1, 2013, at Kadlec Hospital in Richland, WA. In his early years he worked for the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin and Snyder Crecelius Paper Co. He owned his own leather shop for several years. In later years he worked for UAP, Norco, and Crop Production before retiring.
Steve was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, caring husband and brother. His Italian heritage was very important to him. He had numerous friends he considered brothers. He enjoyed time making sausage with his Italian buddies and vacationing with his wife on the coast (Long Beach, WA). He graduated from Walla Walla High School and lived in Walla Walla his entire life.
He is survived by his wife, Malissia Ann (Perry) at home in Walla Walla; two daughters, Carina Campanelli and Angela Salazar of the Tri-Cities area; two step-children, Jessica Underwood Peters and Andrew Underwood. Steve loved and adored his seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Mike Campanelli of Walla Walla, and Nick Campanelli of Yakima; numerous nieces and nephews; two great-nephews, Reagan and Joshua; and his adored pet, Sophie. He was preceded in death by both of his parents.
At Steve’s request, there will be no funeral service.

Craig Campbell
March 28th, 1951 – February 16th, 2014

Craig Gordon Campbell

Craig was born in Portland, Oregon on March 28, 1951 to Janet Ferguson and Robert Allen Campbell. A member of a pioneering Walla Walla, Washington family, Craig grew up in Walla Walla and graduated from Colorado College, where he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. He received his J.D. from Gonzaga University and a tax law degree from Boston University.

After several years in private legal practice, he focused his career in the public service arena with the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division I. Before his retirement, Craig worked primarily with Judge Ken Grosse.

In his retirement Craig enjoyed international travel with friends and family and frequent visits to Kaua’i, where he made many good friends. Craig was an avid game player, especially enjoying bridge.

He was a long time member and benefactor of The Seattle Men’s Chorus and served on several committees of the Intiman Theater.

Craig passed away on February 16 after a brief illness. He is survived by his husband, Brian, and his sisters, Susan Pratt and Cathryn Allen. In addition he leaves behind Brian’s parents and siblings and his extended Campbell and Brock families. He is pre deceased by his parents and by Fergie, Bender and Joe.

Memorial services are pending. Remembrances may be made to the charity of your choice.

Published in The Seattle Times on Mar. 2, 2014

Carol DELO (Carlile)
– May 24th, 1985

Mrs. Carol Carlile Delo of Glen Allen died Friday, May 24, 1985. She is survived by
her husband, George G. Delo; two daughters, Sharon and Julia Delo; her mother,
Mrs. Jewell Carlile; and father, William Carlile of Calif.; one sister, Sharon Luhman of NY; her grandmother, Mrs. Sarah Carlile of Wash. Remains rest at the Parham Chapel, Woody Funeral Home, 1771 Parham where family will receive friends 7 to 9 p m. Saturday and to
5 p.m. Sundav, and where services will be conducted a.m. Monday. – Interment
Greenwood Memorial Gardens.
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David Case
December 19th, 1950 – November 15th, 2018

It is with great sadness that the family of David Case shares the news of his passing.

David Case succumbed to injuries sustained after a truck hit him while he was bicycling the morning of 3 November. He was discovered on the road shortly after and moved to intensive care, where he remained until his death about 10 days later.

David Alan Case was born December 19, 1950, in McCook, Nebraska, to Elmer and Dorothy Case. When David was three, he moved with the family (incl. his brother Steve and sister Julianne) to Anderson, Indiana, where their father, a church minister, was working as a fundraiser for the Church of God. Following his calling to the church, the Rev. Case relocated the family several times – to Racine, WI, Decatur, IL, and finally to Walla Walla, in 1961, where David went to Garrison Jr. High School and then Wa-Hi.

At Wa-Hi, David played football and basketball, graduating in 1969 as an honor student. He went to WSU, where he formed lifelong friendships. His friends from that time remember him as a kind person, bright and educated, and someone who greatly enjoyed debating philosophy and many other subjects.

David went on to earn a Ph.D. in Behavioral Psychology from University of California in San Diego, and continued on at UCSD as a postdoc for the next 20 years, doing research and teaching classes. When funding was not continued for his post doc research, he moved back to Walla Walla, where he worked at the Green Valley Nursery. He found he loved working with the earth and plants, as well as with people.

From Walla Walla he relocated to Austin, TX, in 2009, where his sister Julianne, and her husband Joe Fletcher, were living at the time.

David was a very principled person; he was tireless and persistent when it came to persuading others to come around to his viewpoint, or if he felt injustices were being committed. This on occasion cost him valuable relationships. He lived his life with respect for the planet and the environment, simply and frugally, so as to reduce – if not totally eliminate – his carbon footprint. He eschewed cars and always bicycled everywhere.

David was honest and very trusting; he never failed to repay a debt and was always ready to lend to a friend in need – regardless of circumstances. He was kind to people as to animals, frequently taking care of pets for friends and neighbors. He was hardworking and responsible, always biking to and from work, and making himself a stand-out employee wherever he worked.

David is survived by his sister, Julianne Fletcher (husband Joe) of Hudson, NY; nephew, Christian Fletcher (wife Stephanie Batchelder) of Brooklyn, NY; niece, Simone von Burgwald (husband Jan) of Copenhagen, Denmark; sister-in-law, Nancy Case (wife to David’s brother Paul Stephen Case, deceased 2012) of Racine, WI; nephews, Matthew Case (wife Leah) of Nashville, TN, and Jason Case of Grayslake, IL; and numerous cousins.

From Ray Williams on August 15th, 2019
Dave’s sister, Julianne Fletcher, recently told me that it would mean a lot to her if any of our classmates would share with her any memories they might of Dave. She can be reached at (518) 567-1475 or email Also, Dave was recently buried in Mountain View Cemetery.

Roseanne Ross (Casseday)
May 21st, 1951 – June 2nd, 2010

Roseanne Ross
May 21, 1951 • June 2, 2010
Roseanne Casseday Rose. Wonderful wife, teacher, farmer, extraordinary daughter and Sister-of-the-First Order. Rosie passed from this world to the spirit life on June 2, 2010. We will miss our loving Rose — every day and With every thought.
She succumbed to a swift and wicked illness. Roseanne Casseday Ross was born in Dayton, to Jerry and Sarah Casseday on May 21, 1951. She started school in Dayton and the family moved to Walla Walla in 1959. She attended Berney Elementary School, Pioneer Junior High and graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1969.
Rose studied French at the University of the Sorbonne in Paris.
She studied at the University of Puget Sound, graduating with a BA in English, December 1974. Rose joined the International Club at UPS and met friends from many lands. Rose studied further at the University Of Washington and at Washington State University and received Masters Degree in Education with an ESL endorsement.
Rose was a beloved and respected teacher in the Walla Walla valley. Rose started her middle school teaching career in Irrigon, Ore, later to establish her teaching practice in College Place School District at John Sager Middle School. She worked for the Walla Walla Migrant Head Start at the Farm Labor Camp teaching preschool where she became interested in teaching English Language Learners — also known as English as a Second Language (ESL). She taught ESL at John Sauer Middle School District in 2008.
Rose met Milton Ross in the early 1980s. A happy, loving relationship ensued. On August 16, 1986, Rose married Milton D Ross at their home on Old Milton Highway along Spring Creek. Rose enjoyed her life at the farm —and her connections to the land. She worked side by side with Milton — raising strawberries, vegetables, flowers. fruit — doing what it takes to keep the farm going. Rose was the consummate farm-wife. preserving fruit, pressing apples in the fall, making jellies and jams and drying fruits.
Rosie was an accomplished seamstress and welcomed all to their home. Rose’s rose garden was the source of many beautiful bouquets.
Rose loved language and was an avid reader, over-coming dyslexia. She joined the Delphian Club of Walla Walla. Rose and Milton sponsored two foreign students. Soo Yean Kim of South Korea and Ahn Truong Of Vietnam — who both became informally adopted daughters for the couple.
Rose was preceded in death by her father. Jerry Casseday. She is survived by her husband. Milton Ross of Walla Walla; her mother Sarah Earnheart Burch Of Walla Walla: stepdaughter Elyssa Young; grandsons Breton Young and Rhys Ragasa; sisters Mary Lue Hart of Salem, Ore. and Katherine Casseday of Kirkland, Wash.; and brother David Miller of Santa Monica, Calif. Rose’s many nieces and nephews plus aunt, uncle, cousins and relatives will miss her lovely face and loving character.
A service be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday June 12, 2010, at Pioneer United Methodist Church in Walla Walla, 209 East Birch Street. Donations in memory of Rose can be made to the charity of your choice.

David Clendaniel
September 26th, 1951 – January 13th, 1983

In his years at Walla Walla High School David Clendaniel succeeded in many intellectual endeavors. He was a National Merit Semifinalist and a National Honor Society member. He was a leader on the debate team and the chess club.

After graduation he studied at Whitman College until the onslaught of Schizophrenia waylaid his intellectual pursuits. David struggled to overcome the challenge and continued his academic schooling for over ten years, but finally succumbed to the mental affliction in January, 1983 in Bellingham, Washington.

At the time he was survived by his parents, Frank and June Clendaniel, and three brothers: Richard, Edward and Robert.

He was a member of the Nazarene Church.

David had an uncanny ability to create and solve mathematical theorems and word games. David also enjoyed creating games that his friends and family enjoyed playing.

Janice Lee (Combs)
November 17th, 1949 – January 24th, 1985

SAN FRANCISCO – Former Walla Wallan Janice L. Lee, 36, died at her home here Thursday following a recent illness. The funeral will be Tuesday in San Francisco. A gathering will be held at 7p.m. Jan. 30 in the home of Robert and Kathleen Rittenhouse, 764 Crestview Place, Walla Walla. At that time a recording of the original funeral will be replayed for friends and family unable to attend the California service.
Mrs. Lee was born Nov. 17, 1949, in La Grande to Carl and Ann Swensen Combs. The family moved to Walla Walla in 1959 and she attended College Place and Garrison Junior High Schools. A member of the Walla Walla High School band, she played clarinet. She graduated from Wa-Hi in 1969. While in Walla Walla, she appeared in the film and stage productions of “Trails West”.
On Nov. 29, 1983, she married James L. Lee in Reno, Nev. Until her recent illness, she was employed by the office of Insurance North America of San Francisco. She had been a member of the official Beatles Fan Club since 1963. Mrs. Lee is survived by her husband, at home; her father, of LaGrande; her mother, Ann Schmerer of Spokane; one brother, Raymond Cobs of San Francisco; one sister Kathleen Paris Rittenhouse of Walla Walla; and one half sister, Charlene Schmerer of College Place.

Chris Morrison (Cox)
January 2nd, 1951 – November 16th, 2013

Christine L. Cox, Milton-Freewater, Oregon passed away November 16, 2013 11/16/2013 at her home at the age of 62 years. Memorial services will be Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at the Ingle Chapel Congregational Church, 85372 Hwy 339, Milton-Freewater, OR. Memorial contributions may be made to Special Olympics through Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater, OR 97862.

Christine was born January 2, 1951 01/02/1951 in Walla Walla, Washington the daughter of David E. and Arlene (Andy) Cox. She attended local schools including, Green Park, Pioneer High and Wa-Hi. She had many fond memories of her childhood on the family wheat farm in the Spring Valley area. After attending Eastern Washington University for a time and graduating from a local beauty school, she moved to the Seattle area to start a long career as a beautician. While in Burien, WA, she met and married Don Anderson. Her daughter Renee was born in 1978. The couple were later divorced. Later, Christine and Renee returned to Walla Walla where she owned a small beauty shop. She later worked with the disabled at Valley Residential Services. She married Jim Morrison on May 8, 2005 and moved to Milton-Freewater. She was a member of the Ingle Chapel Congregational Church.

Christine is survived by her husband Jim Morrison at the home, a daughter Renee(James)Oblisk of Walla Walla, WA, step-son Ron Morrison at the home, step-daughter Karen Hanner of Milton-Freewater, OR, a sister Suzanne(Lee)Zimmerman and a brother Jim(Annie)Cox all of Walla Walla, WA, 3 step-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Steven Cox
April 18th, 1951 – February 11th, 2015

Name: Steven Willard Cox

Gender: Male

Death Age:63

Birth Date: 04/18/1951

Birth Place: Denver, Colorado, USA

Death Date: 02/11/2015

Obituary Date: 02/13/2015

Newspaper Place: Findlay, Ohio, USA

Spouse: Emily Mackender

Parents: Robert Cox

Children: Sara Brickner of Findlay

Siblings: Bobby; Mike of Bainbridge Island, WA and Greg of Moscow, ID; Susan
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Cynthia Crudup Davis (Crudup)
August 30th, 1950 – November 18th, 2013

Humble, Texas Married August 4 1980 To Andrew Lee Davis
From Trudy Tyler Barnes on June 14th, 2020
Cynthia and I were music friends in Walla Walla High School. I admire her family and her talents. I am sad to see she has passed away so young. I was thinking about her today, June 14, 2020, and wondered if I could connect with her online. Cynthia, know you made a difference in my life and you are loved and remembered! Your friend, Trudy Tyler Barnes

Doug Dammarell
February 3rd, 1951 – February 15th, 1992

Name: Douglas S Dammarell
Age at Death: 41 years, 0 months, 12 days
Birth Date: February 3, 1951
Registration Place: Washington
Death Date: February 15, 1992

Douglas S Dammarell passed away on February 15, 1992 at age 41. No cause of death has been entered. He was born on February 3, 1951. There is no information about Douglas’s family or relationships. We know that Douglas S Dammarell had been residing in New York, New York County, New York.

Greg Davis
June 17th, 1951 – November 8th, 1996

Greg Estes Davis, 45, of 520 W. Birch St. died at his home November 9, 1996.

Friends and family may meet at Mountain View Cemetery 2120 S. 2nd Ave., for the graveside service Thursday. The Rev. Jeff Merrick of Berean Baptist Church will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, St. Vincent DePaul or a charity of the donor’s choice through Herring Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder St.

Mr. Davis was born June 17, 1051, in Walla Walla to Jack N. and Norma Estes Davis. He was raised in Prescott on the family farm and graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1969.

After that he joined the service and was stationed in Thailand and Germany. He worked as an auto mechanic in Corvallis after his discharge and lived there until returning to Walla Walla in 1994.

On March 22, 1995, he married Georgia Sims here. His hobbies included fishing, reading, studying and listening to music. He was a member of the Prescott Presbyterian Church and the American Legion.

Surviving are his wifte at home; a daughter, Selena Davis of Seattle; a son William Davis of Bremerton, Washington; his father, of Rathdrum, Idaho; two sisters, Carol Anderson of Walla Walla and Joan Tyus
of Reardan, Wash.; a brother, Jack Davis Jr. of Seattle; his grandfather, Win Estes of Walla Walla; two grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Norma Reynolds; and grandmother, Iris Estes.

Jim Davison
January 16, 1951-

Dennis Dawes
January 12th, 1951 – December 3rd, 1951

Former resident Dennis Daryl Dawes Sr., 68, died peacefully in his sleep Tuesday morning December 3, 2019, at the VA Medical Center in Portland Ore., following his battle with cancer.

Dennis was born on January 12, 1951, in Portland, Ore. to Gene Irvin Dawes Sr. and Mabel Iris (Thorson)
Dawes. He attended Pioneer Junior High School and Wa-Hi, class of 1969. Dennis served in the U.S. Navy as a communications officer during the Vietnam War. In 1976, Dennis married the love of his life, Katherine Louise Fausti of Walla Walla. Dennis and Kathy resided in College Place, Walla Walla, and Kake, Alaska before settling down in Gresham, Ore. in 1988.

Dennis enjoyed a career in law enforcement and security until retiring in 2013 including; College Place Police Department, Washington State Penitentiary, Kake Police Department, and First Response Security in Beaverton, Ore. After retirement, Dennis was an Oregon State Park Camp Host and, later, the groundskeeper for Maryhill Museum in Wash. Dennis enjoyed several hobbies including hunting, fishing, hosting, woodworking, beachcombing, and spending time with his beloved golden retriever Sofia.

Dennis is survived by; two daughters, Faustina “Tina” Louise McDowell of Gresham, Ore. and Jessica Ann Radtke of Fairview, Ore.; a son, Dennis Daryl Dawes Jr. of The Dalles, Ore.; two brothers, Gene Irvin Dawes Jr. and Patrick Timothy Dawes Sr.; one sister-in-law, LaRae Jean Dawes; one stepbrother, Wayne L. McCauley; three stepsisters, Colleen L. McCauley, Tamara L. Jones, and Debra L. Jamison; eight grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Michael Arlington Dawes Sr.; his stepparents, Russell Gilpin and Alice “Patty” Patricia Dawes; and his wife, Katherine L. Dawes.

Per Dennis’s request, a service was not held. Dennis wished to spend eternity with his wife Kathy so their ashes will be spread in Lincoln City, Ore. Celebrate Dennis’s life by donating to Golden Bond Rescue of Oregon, Inc. in his name or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

May Dennis’s humor, love, and memory continue to shine upon his family and friends.

Mary Ann Duff
December 14th, 1950 – October 21st, 2015

Mary Ann retired from the Navy April 1998 and return to Alexandria, Virgina. Her sister, Patricia is residing in Spokane and her brother, David resides in Ritzville, WA. Mary Ann requested no service or obituary.

Dennis Elkin
September 8th, 1951 – February 26th, 1968

Dennis Dale Elkin. 16. died Monday at a local hospital despite emergency efforts bv ambulance and fire resuscitator Crews.
The boy, only child of Mr. and Mrs. Perry Elkin of 547 S. Second St., was reported to have choked on a palate bridge.
Funeral services be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Marshall-Herring chapel. The Rev.
Harlan R. Gerlach of Trinity Baptist Church and the Rev. Jack L. Davis of Calvary Baptist Church will officiate. Concluding services and Interment Will be in Mt. View Cemetery.

At the time of his death Elkin was a Wa-Hi student, interested and active in sports, particularly basketball and track.

The familv had moved to Walla Walla when Elkin. born Sept. 8, 1951 in Renton. Wash.. was a year Old. He had attended Paine Grade School and Garrison Junior High.

He attended the Trinlty Baptist Church and was a member of the YMCA. a past Cub Scout and Little Leaguer.
Survivors are his parents, at the home: grandparents. Mr. and Mrs. Walter Eaton of Dayton and Mrs. Naomi Elkin of Carrollton, Mo.; great-grand-mother, Mrs. Jane Spragg of Dayton: and numerous aunts,
uncles and cousins.

Greg Farrens
September 26th, 1951 – October 5th, 2012

Greg passed away suddenly in his sleep at home on October 5, 2012.

Greg was born in Walla Walla to Paul Christian Farrens and Angeline Sarah Ganguet Farrens. He grew up on the family centennial farm on Mill Creek Road. He was in Little League and National Honor Society. He played the trombone in the Walla Walla High School Band and participated in WWHS baseball. He was an active member of the Mill Creek Wranglers 4-H Club. He was very proud of winning the Community Beautification award and attended the annual congress in Chicago when he was just 16. Greg graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1969. He attended Washington State University. He was a resident assistant and graduated in 1973. He was married to Kathie on June 29, 1974 in Seattle. Prior to his Walla Walla Community College career, he worked for Tri-City Irrigation, 1973-77.

This is an excerpt from a WWCC memo:

Greg has been a leader at Walla Walla Community College for 35 years, beginning his work with the development of the college’s two-year accredited Irrigation Technology program in 1977. This November, he will be recognized by the National Irrigation Foundation as the first ever recipient of its “Excellence in Education Award.” He also received the U.S. Department of Education Secretary’s Award for Outstanding Vocational Education Program in 1983 and the President’s Award for Outstanding Faculty Member in 1984.

Over the years, Greg served the college in an amazing number of key roles. He was an Irrigation Technology instructor from 1977, Faculty President from 1980-82, Chair of the Professional Development Committee from 1983-85, a Bookstore Committee member from 1985-86, Division Chair beginning in 1986, a Student Outcomes and Student Success committee member from 1987, Golf coach from 1988-2000, Faculty Senate representative from 1996-98.

In addition to teaching students in his own excellent program, Greg taught other students in agriculture-related programs, both on campus and via distance learning around the country. Greg has always been the epitome of service and excellence, both to the college and the community. He is one of the reasons WWCC has become one of the best colleges in the nation. Greg was planning to retire from WWCC in June 2013.

During this time Greg was a founding owner of Water Watch Irrigation 1983-94.
Following in his father’s footsteps, Greg bowled for the same team (Ridge Runners) for 35 years. He was an inaugural season holder of the Walla Walla Sweets baseball team, was a member of several wine clubs and was the first club member for Five Stars Winery. He was a longtime Warrior Booster Club supporter and was a member of WaHi’s Big Blue Booster. He was a Youth Soccer Coach, Little League Baseball Coach, and Cub Scout Leader. He served many terms on the Assumption Parrish Council, member of Knights of Columbus and served on the Tri-Parrish religious education board. He was a member of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers, Grain Growers, Walla Walla Watershed Management Partnership, Irrigation Association, Walla Walla High School Vo-Ag Advisory Board and American Farm Bureau. He was also a member of Steelheaders, Snake River Salmon Recovery Board, Lead Entity Team, Walla Walla Watershed Planning Unit, Washington Department of Ecology-Walla Walla River Basin TMDL Advisory Group, US Committee on Irrigation and Drainage, and the Ad Hoc Water Advisory Committee-City of Walla Walla. He was a member of the Fort Walla Walla Museum and was a proud WSU alumnus.

Greg enjoyed community sporting events, being outside, fly fishing, working in his immaculate yard and improving his golf game. He also enjoyed his favorite wineries, drinking wine and eating good food with friends.

Greg is survived by his wife Kathie; his 2 children, Heather (Mitchell) Eng of Spokane and Brian of Yakima; his siblings JoAnn Farrens (Walla Walla) and Dean Farrens (Walla Walla). He is also survived by his nephew, Keith Farrens (Jennifer) and niece, Tania (Eric) Nelson both of Walla Walla and by many great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Paul and Angie Farrens and sister-in-law, Peggy Kelly Farrens.

Viewing & visitation will be held on Thursday, October 11, 2012 from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM at the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla, WA. The Rosary will be recited on Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 7:00 PM at Assumption Catholic Church with Father Tim Hays officiating. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, October 12, 2012 at 11:00 AM also at Assumption Catholic Church with Father Tim Hays, Celebrant. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Greg Farrens Irrigation Scholarship-Walla Walla Community College Foundation through the funeral home.

David Fernald
May 20th, 1951 – November 7th, 1981

David Fernald EVERETT, Wash. — Former College Place resident David Eugene Fernald, 30, died Saturday in Tacoma. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Colonial-DeWitt Funeral Home. Dr. Joseph N. Barnes will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Quiet Hour or a charity of the donor’s choice. Fernald was born May 20, 1951, in Walla Walla to College Place Mayor George Wallace and Eugenia A. Danko Fernald. He lived most of his life here, attending Rogers School, Walla Walla Valley Academy and Walla Walla Oimmunity College. He served in the U.S. Navy, receiving his honorable discharge in September 1973. Fernald was employed as a pest control operator. He was a member of the College Place Seventh-day Adventist Oiurch. Fernald is survived by his parents of College Place; three brothers, Gregory Fernald (of Walla Walla, Jeffrey Fernald and John Fernald, both of College Place; grandparents, Florence Fernald of Orlando, Fla., and Stanley and Stephanie Orlowski of Chicago, Ill.

Judy Payton (Fieldler)
February 5th, 1951 – January 15th, 2018


HUDSON — Judith Jean Payton, 66, of Ames, died at home Monday, Jan. 15.

She was born on Feb. 5, 1951, in Walla Walla, Wash., daughter of Ed and Betty Fiedler. She married Jim Payton in the summer of 1970.

Judy graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1969 and earned a BS in home economics at Washington State University in 1973. She and Jim later moved to Hudson. She received a master’s in child and family studies from the University of Northern Iowa, taught periodically as an associate professor in the same department, and later worked as a counselor at Alternatives Pregnancy Center.

Survived by: her husband; a daughter, Jennifer (Jeff) Doolittle; a son, John (Jessica); nine grandchildren; and two brothers, Jim (Diana) Fiedler and Dean (Jeri) Fiedler.Services: noon Saturday, Jan. 27, at Grand Avenue Baptist Church in Ames. Visitation will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Memorials in lieu of flowers: may be directed to Christ Community Church or The Iowa State Navigators at 4808 Idaho Circle Ames, IA 50014.

Anthony (Frank) Gallo
September 25, 1951 – November 12, 2022

Frank was born in Coos Bay, Oregon to Anthony Gallo and Gwen (Cushman) Gallo. Frank attended Berney, Paine, Garrison Jr. High and Wa-Hi class of 1969.
Frank enlisted in the Army and served in the 4th Infantry, with the Mechanized Infantry Unit, deployed in the Central Highlands of Vietnam.
Frank returned to Walla Walla and met the love of his life, Diana Cline; they married and spent their life together. Frank worked at Mountain View Cemetery until retirement.
Frank’s hobbies were Schutzhund dog training, fishing, camping, and his pride and joy, his restored 1965 GTO.
Frank was preceded in death by his father Anthony, mother Gwen and his brother Rob Gallo.
By request of the family, there will be no service and Frank’s ashes will be placed in the ocean along the Oregon coast.

Judy Wahl (Grassi)
November 5th, 1950 – July 25th, 2011

Judith Wahl
Nov. 5, 1950. July 25, 2011
Born Nov. 5, 1950 in Walla Walla; she died July 25, 2011, at her home in Vancouver, after a courageous battle with Cancer.
Judy attended St. Patrick’s Grade School and she was a graduate of Walla Walla High School, Class of 1969.
She is survived by Steve Wahl, her husband of 42 years, residing in Vancouver; mother, Carolyn Grassi, Walla Walla; son, Scott Wahl and daughter-in-law,
Lisa Wahl; three grandchildren, Delaney, Logan and Wyatt, Adams, Ore.; sister, Sandy Hill and brother-in-law, Steve Hill, Moses Lake, Wash.; numerous extended family members. Judy was preceded in death by her father, Angelo Grassi, Walla Walla. In lieu Of flowers, the family requests that donations
in Judy’s name be sent to the American Cancer Society through Mountain View Colonial DeWitt Cremations and Funeral Services, 1551 Dalles Military Rd,
Walla Walla, WA 99362.
There will be an informal gathering in Walla Walla at the Mountain View Cemetery on Saturday, July 30, 2011, at 10:30
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Tom Greethurst
July 6th, 1951 – May 8th, 2018

Thomas Evan Greethurst, 66, of Enterprise, died peacefully in his home early on May 8, 2018.

A celebration of life service will be held at 10 a.m. on June 9, at Enterprise Christian Church on Highway 82 between Enterprise and Joseph.

Tom was born in Seattle on July 6, 1951, and adopted by Reid and Alice (Hammer) Greethurst. He grew up in Walla Walla, where he joined the Boy Scouts and began a lifelong passion for scouting before graduating from Walla Walla High School in 1969.

Tom was a very proud alumnus of Washington State University, where he studied range management and received his Bachelor’s of Science in 1975. From there Tom became a Rangemaster for the US Forrest Service, working in Wallowa County for many years. Tom was also heavily involved in fighting forest fires and was a part of the Columbia Shuttle Recovery Team in 2003.

Tom married his wife, Cathy, in 2006, and they lived together in Enterprise. After his retirement, Tom and Cathy spent their time driving their RV to national parks all over the western United States.

Tom’s passions were Scouting, WSU football, fishing, hiking, and photography. He received numerous awards and recognitions for his contributions to the Boy Scouts, and he attended every WSU football game he could.

Survivors include his wife, Cathy of 12 years; step-children, D. Bruce Ellis of Meridian, ID, Tiffany Prochaska of Meridian, ID, and Kevin Ellis of Enterprise; eight step-grandchildren; sister, Gwen Mann of Richland, WA; nephew, David; and niece, Corynn; and sister-in-law. Carol. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Reid and Alice; and his aunt, Laura Mae.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Boy Scouts of America or Enterprise Christian Church.

Dennis Groom
January 1st, 1951 – October 1st, 2012

Dennis W. Groom
January 1, 1951 – October 1, 2012

College Place resident, Dennis W. Groom, j61 passed away October 1, 2012, at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, surrounded by his wife, Janice, and daughter, Christy and her husband Dave, and his physician, Dr. Leo Obermiller.

Dennis was born in Walla Walla, grew up in Waitsburg and later moved back to Walla Walla, graduating from Walla Walla High School.

He married Louise Tabor and they had a daughter. Christy Lynn. Dennis and Louise later separated. He then married Janice Huffman and resided with her in Tri-Cities and Walla Walla. He was a proud member of Northwest Ironworkers Local 14.

Dennis is survived by his wife at home; daughter and son-in-law, Christy and Dave Gustafson; two grandsons, Jacob and Zeb, who were the light of his life, of Olympia, Washington; five sisters: Sharon (JR) Pauley, Janell Reyman, Judy (Jim) Simmons, Carol (Keith) Gradwohl, and Donna (Larry Walker; his brother, Darin (Brenda) Groom; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Morrison and Linda Groom; his brother, Don Groom, and his father-in-law, Joe Huffman. At Dennis’s request, there will be no formal service. A private interment will be held at Mountain View Cemetery on October 4, 2012. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kidney Foundation or Susan G. Komen For the Cure through Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, Wa 99362

Kathy Haley
January 28th, 1950 – March 25th, 2005

Katherine Mary Haley
SELAH – Katherine Mary Haley, 55, of Selah, passed away at her home Friday, March 25, 2005
She was born January 28, 1950 in Yakima, WA to Jewel and Ethel Haley. Katherine was a member of St. Paul Cathedral. She enjoyed spending time with her family, making and restoring dolls, gardening, camping and playing in the women’s pool leagues.
She is survived by a daughter, Christine Haley and fiancé Matt Phipps of Selah, three grandchildren, Steven, Morgan and Meranda Haley, a sister, Donna Haley and a niece Tina McLendon, both of Roy, WA companion in life, John Davis of Yakima and several family members in Louisiana.
She was preceded in death by her parents, an uncle, Percy Haley and grandmother, Catherine Tessier.
Memorial services will be held Thursday. March 31, 2005 at 9:00 a.m. at St. Paul Cathedral. There will be a potluck reception to follow the service. Please contact the family for information. To share a memory, please visit
Langevin-Mussetter Funeral Home is entrusted with
the cremation arrangements.

Bess Harter
April 24th, 1951 – August 5th, 2012

Bess Harter died August 5, 2012, at home in Butteville, with treasured friends and family.

Elizabeth “Bess” Ann Harter was born April 24, 1951, to Gerald and June Harter in Walla Walla, Washington. She grew up on a wheat farm and graduated from Whitman College.

She was a loving, caring wife and mother, a bountiful gardener and an avid collector with a talented eye for unique treasures. She touched us all with her unfailing sense of humor, infectious-sometimes impish-smile, free spirit and playful nature, grace in decline, and innate ability to connect with people.

In addition to her family, she leaves behind innumerous friends from throughout her life. Bess is survived by her husband, Gary Shaw; daughter, Naomi; and son, Daniel.

Graveside committal on August 15th at 2:00 PM.

There will be a Memorial Gathering at Champoeg State Park Pavillion on Wednesday, August 15, 2012, at 4:00 PM

Memorial contributions may be made in Bess’s honor to Rachel’s Friends Breast Cancer Coalition or Friends of the Columbia Gorge.

Don Hauer
April 3rd, 1949 – April 28th, 2007

Don Hauer
April 3, 1949 -April 28, 2007
Walla Wallan Don E. Hauer, 58, died April 28, 2007, at Regency at The Park. A memorial service will be I I a.m. Wednesday at Jonathan M. Wainwright
Memorial Veterans Affairs Medical Center Chapel. The Rev. Ben Vegors will officiate. Mr. Hauer was born April 3, 1949, in Walla Walla to Norman and Ruth Isitt Hauer. He attended area schools and graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1969. Mr. Hauer worked at Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial Veterans Affairs Medical Center for 37 years. He was a member Of the Eagles and Elks lodges. He loved to fish, camp and was a member of a bowling league. He cut
many cords of wood in the Blue Mountains with his friend Charlie Robertson, and enjoyed traveling to Reno, Nev. At Christmas he would dress up as Santa Claus. Mr. Hauer is survived by a daughter, Sabrina Hauer of Walla Walla; two brothers, Jerry Hauer of Walla Walla, and Chris Hauer of Texas; a grandson, William Hauer of Walla Walla; and a special friend, Ernie Cooper. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Dee Hermans
July 30th, 1951 – June 21st, 1981

Dee Merriam, 66, of Boxholm, Iowa, passed away Thursday, June 21, 2018, at the Accura Healthcare of Ogden.
A Celebration of Life gathering will be held on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, from 5:00 to 7:00 at Carson – Stapp Funeral Home in Ogden. For online obituaries and condolences please visit:
Hazel D. Hermanns was born on July 30, 1951, California, the daughter of Edward and Vida (Hargett) Hermann. The family moved to Washington where she met Big Bob.
On October 1, 1977, Dee was united in marriage to Robert Merriam Sr. The couple moved to Wyoming and eventually moving to Ogden, Iowa, where they raised their family. Dee worked in the kitchen at Twisters bar in Pilot Mound and also at the Grandview Care Center in Dayton.
Dee loved to sew and travel. She especially loved her two dogs, Tasha and Bambi.
She is survived by Daughter, Melinda Dewsnup of Boone; son , Robert “Bob” (Katie) Merriam of Boone; sister, Kay Pettichord of Spokane WA; friend for life Mabel Buchmiller of Ogden; five grandchildren, Tony (Caitlin) Bernau, Ashley Bechtold, Grace, Hank, and Wyatt Merriam; four great-grandchildren, Jameson, Annalee, and Mikaylee Bernau and Laiken Wildt.
She was preceded by her parents, Ed and Vida Hermanns, husband, Robert “Big Bob” Merriam Sr., and son, Wayne Merriam, brother, Ernie Hermanns, sister, Charlotte Brown.
Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.

Linda Lea Brannan (James)
August 1st, 1951 – June 26th, 2015

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Linda Brannan of Bellingham passed away surrounded by family after a year long struggle with colon cancer. Linda was born in Walla Walla on August 1st, 1951 to Al and Eva James. She was raised by Al and her beloved step-mother Iris. She met and married Frank Brannan and had 2 sons, Chris and Jesse. After divorcing, she raised her sons while running a home daycare that was her life passion. She finished her working career as a social worker for the State of Washington. Linda’s love for people, books, art, travel and above all else, her grandchildren will never be forgotten. Linda was preceded in death by her father and biological mother. She is survived by her step-mother, her two sons, and her 6 grandchildren. Linda’s Celebration of Life will be held at Windows on the Bay, on her birthday August 1st 2015, at 5pm. Please let Jesse know if you are able to come, or RSVP through her Facebook page.

David Karl
May 16, 1951 – June 23, 2022

David Karl passed away June 23, 2022. He was 71 at the time of his passing. David was born in Walla Walla to David and Mary Karl on May 16, 1951. He lived and worked here all his life. He was a very loving husband, father and grandpa. He married Regina Velasquez on September 11, 1976, in Walla Walla. They were married almost 46 years up until his time of passing. David loved and cherished his wife. David cherished his grandson Michael; loved all their time together and all the fun they had. He loved spending time in the mountains and going camping. He was the oldest of five siblings. He loved all the dogs he and Regina would rescue from the shelter. He would take one home and decide if he wanted to keep it and of course he was kind hearted and never took the dog back. David, was a very kind hearted big brother. He was so loved.
He is survived by his wife, Regina at the home; sons, David and wife M.J. Karl, Matthew and wife Chrissy Karl; grandson, Michael Karl; brother, Rick and wife Elaine Karl; sisters, Stephanie and husband Ray Slimullp, Debbie Mclean all of Walla Walla and Pam Ben, of Manson, WA; and a lot of Nieces and Nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Michael David; mother, Mary Karl; and father David Karl; numerous Aunts, Uncles and Grandparents.

Jerry Kelly
May 9th, 1951 – June 25th, 2014

May 16, 1951 – June 23, 2022

Jerry V. Kelly, Walla Walla, Washington passed away June 25, 2014 at Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla at the age of 63 years. At his request, there will be no funeral service. Memorial contributions may be made to any Ham Radio Group. Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home in Milton-Freewater, Oregon in charge of arrangements. Jerry was born May 9, 1951 in Walla Walla, Washington the son of LeRoy and Lydia Rinehardt Kelly. On December 29, 1995 he married Joan Mauer in Walla Walla. He worked for Walla Walla Community College for 24 years in maintenance and mechanic. Jerry was a registered organ donor. He is survived by his wife Joan Kelly at their home.

Peggy Farrens (Kelly)
September 29th, 1950 – November 26th, 2007

FARRENS — November 26, 2007 at her home Peggy Ann Farrens, 57, 7216 Mill Creek Rd Born September 29, 1950 in Walla Walla, WA. Member of Fami Bureau, Beta Sigma Phi. Mill Creek Home Economics Club, Valiev Girls Barrel Racing Association, Blue Mnt Riders, Assumption Catholic Church, District 4 Aitxili-aiy. Survived by Spouse, Dean Farrens at the home 1 daughter, Tania and husband Enc Nelson, Walla WaUa, WA.; 1 son, Keith and wife Jennifer Farrens, Walla Walla, WA.; Mother, Evelyn McLain, Milton-Freewater, OR. 4 sisters,’ Marilyn Rayl, Los Molinos, CA., Kathy Hays, Tammy Ferguson, both of Walla Walla. WA., Cynthia’VanWinkle, Weston, OR.; 6 grand children; Several nieces and nephews Preceded in death by Parents

Vernon Steven Klein
August 4th, 1951 – March 1st, 2020

Vernon Steven Klein
August 4, 1951 — March 1, 2020

Vernon Steven Klein, age 68, passed away peacefully in his sleep early Sunday morning on March 1, 2020. A devoted Husband, Father, and Grandfather, he was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon and Marjorie Klein.

Vern Klein was born on August 4, 1951, in Walla Walla. He spent his formative years playing baseball, camping, hunting, and running around the Walla Walla Valley.

He excelled at baseball in his early years, leading the Walla Walla Little League home run count in 1963. Later, Vern was fortunate enough to travel to Hawaii with his Pony League team.

Hunting was a large part of early life. His first deer hunt was up Blacksnake ridge where he successfully took a nice buck. His mother Marjorie drove him up the mountain and helped him pack out and dress the deer. He had countless memories of hunting with his cousin Woody. The two would load their shotguns in the truck before school and as soon as class was dismissed, they would be out on a hunt somewhere in the Blue Mountains.

Many times, Vern recounted how special the camping trips his mother and aunt would take him on were. Some of the best times he had as a youngster was spent up Tucannon, the Oregon Coast or whatever adventure his mother and aunt would take him, his sister, Connie, and his cousins, Woody and Marjorie on.

Vern met his high school sweetheart, Terrilee M Sullivan in ninth grade. Terri recalls how enamored she was with “Vernie and his ‘57 Chevy”. Vern and Terri were joined in marriage on September 5, 1970.

Vern and Terri continued their early adulthood life adventuring around the Pacific Northwest. Many times, he would mention trips they took to Orcas Island, the Redwood Forest in California, Rockaway Beach in Oregon, and countless other places along the West Coast. The two shared many good memories with their family and friends during the 70s.

Vern and Terri began their own family during the 80s. They had three children. Kellen, Thaddeus, and Elizabeth. Vern was a devoted father and spent all of his time and energy with his children. He took them camping, taught them how to fish, coached their Little League teams, all the things he enjoyed as a child were instilled into his children. Vern’s children could not have asked for a better Father during their own formative years.

Vern lived in the Walla Walla Valley until 2017 when he and Terri moved to Richland to be closer to their grandchildren. He was a loving grandfather and he was very proud of all his grandchildren and their accomplishments.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Terrilee M Klein; sons, Kellen and Thad; daughter, Elizabeth; daughter-in-law Katie; grandchildren, Mia, Marin, Kaden, Marlee, and Ryden; sister, Connie; brother-in-law Bob; nephews and niece, Rob, Troy and Lacey; cousins, Woody and Marjorie; and many others whom he spent time with throughout his life in the Walla Walla Valley.

The family would like to invite you to a Celebration of Vern’s Life on Saturday, March 14, 2020, at 2:00 pm at Herring Groseclose, 315 W. Alder St. Walla Walla, Washington 99362.

Dennis Knapp
September 10th, 1950 – January 28th, 1989

Dennis Almon Knapp
9/10/1950 – 1/28/1989

KNAPP – January 28, 1989 at St. Mary Medical Center, Dennis Almon Knapp, 38 of 1316 Umatilla. Born on September 10, 1950 in Walla Walla. He attended the First Assembly of God Church. Survived by his mother, Ruby Neoma Knapp of Walla Walla; 2 sister, Deborah Peterson-Stevane of Walla Walla; and 1 nephew, Daniel E Peterson of Walla Walla. Preceded in death by his father, Leslie Almon Knapp and his twin sister, Donna Marcia Knapp. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Professional Funeral Directors, Robert D Brown, funeral director

Steven Carl Knudson
1951 – May 12th, 2006

Rebecca Korfhage
July 12th, 1951 – March 18th, 2006

Walla Walla native Rebecca Sue “Becky” Krauss, 54, died at her daughter’s home here March 18, 2006, after a long battle with breast cancer. The memorial service will be 10 a.m. Monday at Pioneer United Methodist Church, 209 E. Birch St. Memorials may be made to Selah (Wash.) United Methodist Church Nursery, 1061 Selah Loop Road, 98942. Mrs. Krauss was born July 12, 1950, in Walla Walla to Robert and Helen Korfhage. She graduated in 1969 from Walla Walla High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in education.
On Aug. 18, 1973, she and Alan Edward Krauss married in Walla Walla. In 1974, she became a first-grade teacher at Barge Lincoln Elementary School and taught there 16 years. She then taught kindergarten and first grade for 14 years at Roosevelt Elementary School. She retired in June 2005 after 30
years of service in the Yakima School District.
She was honored with the state of Washington Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Education and a Crystal Apple Award for the Yakima School District. She devoted her life to the education and spiritual growth of children in the Yakima Valley.
In August 2005, the couple moved to Grants Pass to be with their daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and Steve Sorenson. They became members of Grants Pass Country Club an enjoyed golf together. She also enjoyed volunteering at nearby schools, walking, traveling and making plans for the new home they were
building in Grants Pass.
The Krausses and their family recently visited Hawaii which she loved. She was a member of and nursery director for many years at Selah United Methodist Church. She was a member and past president of Delta Kappa Gamma Society for Teachers and an active member of Yakima Teachers Association.
Survivors include her husband, daughter and son-in-law, and son Johnathan Krauss, all of Grants Pass; her parents, of Walla Walla; sister Ginny Roth of Lynnwood, Wash.; and two brothers, Bill Korfage of Spokane and Bob Korfhage of Medford.

Cynthia Marie “Cyndi” Kralman (Martuscelli)
October 26th,1951 – December 18th, 2021

Cynthia Marie “Cyndi” Kralman (Martuscelli), 70, of Stanfield, died Dec. 18, 2021, at her home. She was born Oct. 26, 1951, in Walla Walla. Services are pending. Arrangements are with Burns Mortuary of Hermiston. Share memories at Obituary for Cynthia “Cyndi” Marie (Kralman) Martuscelli | Burns Mortuary of Hermiston (

Mike Kropf
January 6, 1951 – July 14,

Michael Ray Kropf was born in Walla Walla, Washington, on January 6, 1951, to Warren and Maxine Leeper-Kropf. On July 14, 2022, at the age of 71, he passed away peacefully at his home in Goldendale, after a hard-fought battle with pancreatic cancer.

He was the youngest of four children, grew up in Walla Walla, and graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1969. He joined the Navy right after graduating from high school, earning the National Defense Service Medal, serving on the USS Pivot and at NAS Midway Island where he worked as part of the fire crew.

After leaving the Navy, he returned to Walla Walla in 1971, where he lived for 25 years. Mike began his career at the Washington State Penitentiary in 1973 as a Correctional Officer and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Central Washington University in 1979. He held many positions during his 28 years of service, until he retired from the Washington State Department of Corrections as a Parole Hearing Officer on July 1, 2001. Mike was active with his family and in the community, coaching his children’s sports teams, and supporting them in all their activities. He could always be found on the sidelines cheering them on.

After leaving Walla Walla, on November 20, 1999, Mike married his wife Melinda Lorenz and spent 23 cherished years loving her. His happy place was being anywhere with her but especially being together, camping at the Oregon coast.

Mike never met a stranger and was always there to help family, a friend or neighbor in need. He loved being on the open road riding his Harley Davidson, or being at home where he loved to cook

He is survived by his wife Melinda Lorenz Kropf; his daughter Shelby Grieve and husband Brent; daughter Danielle Mullins and husband Jeff; son Justin Kropf and wife Amy; daughter Kristen Campbell and wife JuJu; daughter Renee Traversie and husband Zack; eight grandchildren; his siblings Karon, Warren, and Sue; mother-in-law Dottie Clark; sister-in-law Milladeen Clark; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Warren and Maxine Kropf.

Let me tell you about my friend, from wooden ships and iron men, He’s bold and strong, weathered and grey, an uncommon man even today. Caring and kind, tough as nails, never gives up, and refuses to fail.  A young man chose to defend, on a wooden ship with iron men. He answered a call few others did, served with honor and changed his stars. The highest praise I could ever give, is the choice I made to call him Dad. We cherish his time, because in the end, they no longer make wooden ships with iron men.

Written for Mike by Zack Traversie

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to either Children’s Hospital,, or Commemorative Giving, Seattle Children’s Foundation, PO Box 5371, Seattle, WA 98145, 800-635-1432; or the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at, (877) 272-6226.

Gretchen Leslie
March 25th, 1951 – March 20th, 2014

Gretchen Krista Leslie passed away on Thursday, March 20, 2014, from ALS, often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Gretchen was born in Walla Walla, Washington, March 25, 1951, to her parents Emily Ellen and Lynn R. Leslie. She is survived by her husband Tom Headley, son Thomas Headley III and his wife Candy McLay.

Gretchen spent most of her career in the high tech industry, working as a research librarian and information analyst for Battelle Memorial Institute, Mentor Graphics, Intel, Lattice Semiconductor, and IEEE Inc.

Gretchen joined ORSLA in 1995 and was an active participant from the beginning. By 1996 she was serving as chair of the Consulting Committee, and she was elected president-elect for the 1997-1998 year, serving as ORSLA President in 1998-1999. She was a dedicated ORSLA member, and was awarded the chapter’s Kathy Greey Memorial Award in 2002. She continued to volunteer and served as the as Public Relations chairperson in 2008 and assisting us in reviewing our governing documents more recently.

Gretchen was active in the industry associations, participating in IEEE, Inc. and ACM’s Library Advisory Groups. She was active in the Oregon library community, serving a three year term on the Oregon State Library’s Library Services and Technology Act Advisory Council, advising on the funding of public library projects. She was also instrumental in the setup of an online resource for Oregon library staff called, serving with the team from 2006 through 2013.

But her favorite activity was her time on the Oregon Library Association’s MLIS Scholarship Selection Committee from 2006 – 2013, reviewing scholarship applications and recommending candidates for funding for their Masters programs in librarianship. She loved to see the candidates complete their graduate programs and move into a professional career.

Gretchen’s hobbies included reading trashy popular novels which she called “the antidote to the technical and marketing data she had to encounter in her work life.” She spent many happy hours canoeing and camping with her family, exploring Oregon State Parks, attending operas, tending to her cats, and growing gardens full of lilies and roses.

Lonnie Ray Lightfoot
December 1, 1949 – January 2, 2023

Lonnie Ray Lightfook

On Monday, January 2, 2023, Lonny Lightfoot, age 73, passed away at home from a severe cold. He was born on December 1, 1949, at St Mary’s Hospital in Walla Walla. He was the second son of four boys born to Bob (Red) and Betty Lightfoot. He attended schools in College Place until 9th grade, when he transferred to Garrison Junior High. He then graduated from Walla Walla High school in 1969.
Lonny was active in football, wrestling, and track and was an officer in ROTC while attending Wa-Hi. After graduating from Wa-Hi, he attended WSU, where he joined the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity. He met his future wife, Teri, when she worked at the A&W in Walla Walla when he’d come in to order a teenburger, fries, and a quart of root beer for lunch everyday.

Lonny and Teri married in 1970 and welcomed the birth of their son Todd in 1970 and Shaun in 1973.
Lonny had various jobs until he began his long-time career with the Northwest Grain Growers. He started as a truck driver in 1976 but soon became the Wallula Terminal Manager and remained in that position until he retired in June of 2004. During his younger years, he was active in the Walla Walla Jaycees and played slow-pitch softball for their team. He was also a member of the Walla Walla Gun Club, The Elks Club and competed in many Demolition Derbies.

After Lonny retired from the Grain Growers, he and Teri purchased a travel trailer and had several fun trips traveling the country with family. He also enjoyed cruises and many trips to foreign destinations with Teri.
Lonny is survived by his wife, Teri Lightfoot; son, Todd Lightfoot; grandchildren, Larissa, Tucker, Hannah, Tate, Aiden, and Tanka; great-grandchildren, Neo, Matthew, Quin, and Nova; and his brother, Rick Lightfoot (wife Patti) all residing in Walla Walla; and his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jerry and Carol Ohail of Allyn, WA. He also leaves behind several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Betty Lightfoot; son, Shaun Lightfoot; brothers, Mike and Bobby Lightfoot; and daughter-in-law, Sara Anne Lightfoot.

A memorial service will be held on January 14, 2023, at 11:00 AM, at the Chapel of the Herring Funeral Home, with a potluck lunch to follow at Kellogg Hall (Walla Walla University) at 32 Ash Street in College Place.

Please bring your favorite dish to share along with your memories and stories about Lonny. Coffee and punch will be served (but we all know Lonny would’ve preferred Bud Light!)

James Long
October 26th, 1949 – March 16th, 2003

Les McCauley
April 1st, 1950 – August 3rd, 2003

April 1, 1950 – Aug 11, 2003

Les McCauley, 53, of 169 N Wilbur St No. 9, died Aug.11, 2003, from injuries caused by a fall at 1851 J St.

The memorial service will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Lodge No. 992, 102 N. Colville
St. Cremation arrangements are through Colonial-DeWitt Funeral Home.

The family asks that donors help with the funeral expenses.

Mr. McCauley was born April 1, 1950, in Dayton to Leslie Elmer and Mary Lucille Myers McCauley. He was a self-employed construction worker and roofer.

He was a member of VFW No. 992.

Mr McCauley is survived by his wife Cindy, at home; four sons, Randy Barney of Tumtum, Wash., Jeremiah, D.J. and Zech Barney, all of Walla Walla; two daughters and a son-in-law, Shawn McCauley of Superior, Wis., and Lee Aron and Travis Kennedy of Sioux Falls, S.D.; a brother Lyle McCauley; four sisters and a brother-in-law, Burna Garvey and Zella and Dave Smith, all of Walla Walla, Charlene Richardson and Phyllis Vogel, both of Montana; and five grand-children. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister.

Gary McConnell
January 2nd, 1951 – May 10th, 2011

Gary McConnell, 60, of Walla Walla died Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, surrounded by his family and friends. Family and friends can pay their respects at a small graveside service Thursday, May 12 at 3 p.m. at the Mount Hope Cemetery on Southwest Sixth street in College Place, Wash., where he will join his parents.

Mr. McConnell was born Jan. 2, 1951, in Spokane, Wash., to Darrell and Helen (Canady) McConnell. He spent most of his life living in the Walla Walla area near the Blue Mountains.

He worked for the City of Richland for 23 years before retiring in 2009. He also spent a lot of time in the last couple of years volunteering at The Kids’ Place preschool in Walla Walla.

Mr. McConnell is survived by his wife Kathy at the home; children Marzieh of Richland, Wash., and Sterling of Spokane, Wash., and their mother Karen Dunbar of Kennewick, Wash., Rebecca of Richland and Laurie of Old Hickory, Tenn., and their mother Shannon Ault, also of Richland, and Molly, a student at the University of Washington in Seattle; younger sisters Lynn Abreu, Laurie Sherwood and Lisa Mann; and three grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Mary Regional Cancer Center Patients Needs Fund, or for Pancreatic Cancer Research, in care of Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater, OR 97862.

James McIntosh
April 3rd, 1950 – June 13th, 1991

James I. McIntosh, 41, of 1503 Hobson St died June 13, 1991, at St. Mary Medical Center. A memorial service and potluck will be 3 p.m. Saturday at Fort Walla Walla Park Cremation was at Mountain View Funeral Chapel, 1551 Dalles Military Road.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice through the funeral home.
Mr. McIntosh was bom April 3, 1950, in Spokane to Jim and Geraldine Ager McIntosh. He came to Walla Walla in 1961 and gaduated with the walla walla High School Class of 1969.
On May 23, 1970, he married Kathleen Bailey at the Assumption Catholic Church. He worked for the city of Walla Walla’s Sanitation Department and was a correctional officer at Washington State Penitentiary until he was disabled Dec. 5, 1984.
He was a loving father who enjoyed being with his family, fishing and camping.
Survivors inciude his wife, at home; a daughter Jody Anne McIntosh, and two sons, Scott and Erik all of Walla Walla; his father, of the Seattle area; his mother, Geraldine Allen of Spokane, two sisters, Carol Leno of Seattle and Betty Meadows ot Lynnwood, Wash.; three brothers, John McIntosh of Seattle and Daniel and Jerry McIntosh, both of Spokane; his in-laws, John and Laura Gallagher and Alan and Nancy Bailey, all of Walla Walla, Ivon and Pam Bailey of Clarkston, Wash.; and Thelma Bailey of College Place; and numerous nieces and nenhews.

Mike Meyer
August 25th, 1951 – December 9th, 2006

Aug. 25, 1951 -Dec. 10, 2006 Local resident A.E. “Mike” Meyer Jr., 55, died Dec. 10, 2006, at Walla Walla General Hospital.
A celebration of life will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Walla Walla City Seventh-day Adventist Church, 2133 Howard St. Memorials may be made to Blue Mountain Humane Society through Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt Cremations & Funeral Services, 1551 Dalles Military Road.
Mr. Meyer was born Aug. 25, 1951, in Walla Walla to Arthur Elton Sr. and Della Hagedorn Meyer. From elementary school through graduation from Walla Walla High School, he had 12 years of perfect attendance. On Feb. 29, 1996, he married Lisa Thompson in Lewiston. He was self-employed in an auto body and painting business and retired in 2004.
He loved the mountains and four-wheeling in the snow and mud, morel mushroom hunting and playing and watching baseball. He traveled to Hawaii with the Pony League as a child. He played for many years in a men’s pool league and enjoyed golfing.
Survivors include his wife, at home; daughter Brooke Meyer of Minnesota; son and daughter-in-law, Dustin and Brenda Meyer of Walla Walla; two sisters, Cheryl Shell and Carrie Hardy, both of Walla Walla; two brothers, Arlen Meyer of Buckley, Wash., and Ronald Meyer of College Place; and five grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by brother Robert Meyer.

John Modine
September 17th, 1951 – December 20th, 2008

Born September 17, 1951
Decease: December 30, 2008 in Kent Washington

Rick Moss
August 8, 1951 – November 29th, 2021

Rick was born on a hot summer day to Jim and Ramona Moss in Walla Walla. As a young person he enjoyed motorcycles, cars, hunting, fishing, and was an accomplished archer and bowler. He graduated from Wa-Hi in 1969 and served in the National Guard from 1970-1976. He had degrees in Civil Engineering and Autobody.

In his adult years he enjoyed fishing, skiing, reading, hiking, biking, rock hunting, the beach, Mexico, and enjoying the great things around Walla Walla and the northwest. He had a career at the WA State Pen for 35 years, retiring in 2013 as a Specialist.

He married Mary Fleenor in 1978 and she survives him. He is also survived by his son, BJ (Dora) Moss; daughter, Mayla (Juan) Palomo; grandchildren: Emilie Moss, Brandon Moss, Cheyanne Torres, McKenna Messinger, and Ayanna Palomo. He had a special relationship with his cousins, Stan and Steve Kessler and James Stewart along with his Fleenor in-laws who he glamped with on a regular basis.

He was especially fond of the Oregon coast where we vacationed regularly. A celebration of life will be held in the spring or summer. Please make donations to BMHS in care of Herring Grosclose Funeral Home. A special thanks to Hospice, Dr. Wilcox, and Dr. Sahib who cared for his Pulmonary Fibrosis.

Janis Amy Duddles (Myrick)
May 25th, 1951 – May 24th, 2020

Tribal Elder Janis Amy Duddles left her earthly body to join the Ancestors on May 24, 2020. She was a Tribal member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.

Janis was a longtime resident of Olympia, Wash., where she shared her life with her beloved husband, Jeffery Duddles. She is survived by her husband of 30 years; two children, Melissa Bynum-Pascal and Tony Bynum; two grandchildren, Avery and Jaida; sister, Tracie Meyer, and her children, Angie, Shayla and Jessica. Janis has many close aunties, cousins and beautiful friends that will miss her dearly.

Janis entered this world on May 25, 1951, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Walla Walla, Wash., to Irvin and Sally Myrick. She was a 1969 graduate of Walla Walla High School and graduated from Evergreen State College with a bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in early childhood development.

She married David Bynum in 1970 and had two children, Melissa and Tony. She was a lifelong advocate for the disenfranchised and an avid land defender. She often took her children to marches defending against environmental and humanitarian issues in the Pacific Northwest. To maintain the family cool, she removed them from school for the day to join a rally to make “Louie, Louie” the Washington state song at the State Capitol. She also knew actor Adam West and famous grunge musician Kurt Cobain.

Her career in advocacy led her to stand with the forward political-minded thinkers in Olympia. She strongly supported the Equal Rights Amendment and attended the national convention of the National Organization for Women with her sister, Tracie.

Janis was a lobbyist for a consumer-oriented tax reform organization, People for Fair Taxes, with Gladys Burns and Joe Deer. She worked for U.S. Rep. Jolene Unsoeld for two terms, adding her voice on a national level.

She helped veterans and others bring their spouses and children from foreign countries to the United States. She made an impact that continues to last for many generations.

She continued her advocacy with e-mail campaigns, most recently preventing the coal trains from traveling through the Columbia River corridor.

Janis was an avid, devoted reader and learner. She studied political and religious philosophy, history and environmental justice. She read books beyond the average, but also loved Harry Potter and Dr. Seuss. Nothing was off limits for the incredible mind that Janis had. Janis tucked her grandson into “Dr. Doolittle” and shared books with all her family and friends knowing exactly what they would love.

Janis could debate any subject of substance, especially with her son and also share the latest fashion with her granddaughter. She loved art and architecture, and built the most outstanding Christmas village and traded ornaments with her daughter every year.

Janis, Jeff and their family always found themselves at the beach. The beach was her most favorite place to be. Like she said, “If you’re at the beach, everything is OK.”

Tuell-McKee Funeral Home in Tacoma, Wash., is assisting the family. A celebration of life will be held at a later date when it is safe to congregate.

Mike Neal
March 20th, 1951 – October 5th, 2019

Ed Ongers
July 31st, 1951 – March 4th, 2016

Edward Ongers passed away March 4, 2016, surrounded by the love of his family and friends. He was in the care of hospice and passed from a short battle with cancer.

Ed was born July 31, 1951, to Mary and Petier Ongers in Apeldoorn, Netherlands. He immigrated to the U.S. in February 1957 with his parents and two of his brothers. A year later a fourth brother was born. After a divorce, Mary married Byron Eastman, the father who raised the boys. Ed then had an additional two brothers by his parents, Mary and Byron.

Ed graduated Walla Walla High School in 1969 and went to work for L. P. Sawmill, where he worked for 10 years. He married Denise Monthei on Nov. 24, 1972. At Ed’s suggestion they renewed their vows 10 years later. Ed worked for Donovan Farms for 12 years, and then Konen Rock Products for a year, before hiring on with Tidewater, a job he took great pride in for 22 years. He retired in 2014.

Ed was a member of the Christ Community Fellowship church. A man of many talents, he enjoyed camping, fishing and time at the cabin, motorcycle trips, reading and cooking… he was an excellent cook, and in his spare time remodeling his home. He loved the challenge of projects and was a master woodworker. Ed was also known for his sweet tooth.

Ed was preceded in death by mother, Mary Eastman and father, Petier Ongers. He is survived by wife, Denise Ongers; sons, Shawn (Jennifer) Ongers, Cory Ongers, Eddie Ongers; father, Byron Eastman; brothers, Gary (Vickie) Ongers, Tony (Debbie) Ongers, John (Cindy) Ongers, Rocky (Stephanie) Eastman, Marty (Jennifer) Eastman; and numerous grandchildren and nieces and nephews. In 1991-92 Ed and Denise hosted Venancio Berretto Jr. from Brazil as a high school exchange student, and considered Venny to be family as well.

Ed was a hardworking family man who touched and shaped many lives. If the measure of a man is counted in the love of family and friends, Ed was a wealthy man indeed. He will be missed by many and will live on in the hearts and smiles of those left behind.

Services will be held on March 14 at 4:30 p.m. at Christ Community Fellowship, 3170 Peppers Bridge Road, Walla Walla. Memorials may be made to Walla Walla Community Hospice in care of the Herring Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla, WA 99362.

Karen Ries (Parker)
May 7th, 1951 – February 15th, 2010

Karen Raymond (Paul)
January 13th, 1951 – July 23rd, 1990

Death: 23 Jul 1990 (aged 39)
Burial: Hermiston Cemetery, Hermiston, Umatilla County, Oregon, USA
Plot: E – 20 – 5
Memorial #: 30327076
Created by: Dan & Barbara (47033260)
Karen married LaVern A Raymond on June 1 1970

Charles Petersen
February 9th, 1951 – May 23rd, 2007

G. Sam Petersen
October 5th, 1951 – January 20th, 2007

Susan Lynn Quackenbush
(April 25, 1951 – October 8, 2022)

Susan Lynn Quackenbush, 71, died October 8, 2022, at Providence St. Mary Medical Center. Arrangements are pending at Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder St., Walla Walla.

Dennis Rex
July 5th, 1951 – August 21st, 2014

Dennis Glen Rex, 63, passed peacefully from this world on Aug 21, 2014, at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle surrounded by his family who loved him dearly.
Dennis was born July 5, 1951, to Clifford and Elsie Rex in Butte, Montana. He lived in Whitehall, Montana until the age of 10 when the family moved to Walla Walla
He attended Walla Walla High School before graduating from Walla Walla Community College.
On Sept. 27, 1975, he married Gayle Perkins on a scenic bluff in the Blue Mountains. After one year of marriage, Dennis and Gayle traveled extensively through Canada, the Yukon and Alaska. Two years later they returned to Walla to settle down and have the first of their six children. Dennis worked as
a heavy equipment operator, but his true vocation was that of a trader and antiques dealer. A Viking at heart, he established the North Coast Trading Company in 1985.
His trading company served as a creative outlet that allowed him to continue traveling and meeting new people all over the Pacific Northwest. Dennis may have been the only American in the 21st century who frequented major commercial extablishments and paid with wood carvings rather than a credit card!
More than anything else, Dennis loved to spend time with his family. He always said: “Family is a circle that cannot be broken.”
Dennis was at the center of a very large circle and like a fire he burned bright and his family gathered around him. Every summer, he would load the children, grandchildren, and even his elderly mother into the motor home and head off on another grand adventure around the country! Some of Dennis’ favorite places, Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, Deception Pass and most of all Alaska.
Only a short time before his passing, Dennis spent three weeks in Kodiak, Alaska fishing with his family catching the “big ones”. Everywhere he went Dennis made new friends and Kodiak was no exception. He lent his support to a school for troubled youth called Saint Innocent’s Academy. At the academy be became acquainted with Russian Orthodox Christianity and was baptized into the church just hours before his departure from this life.
So loved was he that the academy choir phoned into his hospital room during his last hours and sang him the sweet songs and melodies he had come to love during his time in Kodiak. The circle of his family continued to grow even unto his last hour on Earth as he listened to the songs being sung by those he called “His Northern Family.”
Dennis is survived by his wife, Gayle; daughters, Shauna Rex (Victor Low) and their children Kamryn and Talan of Walla Walla, Katie (Kalem) Klinefelter and their child Elias and soon-to-be-born baby of Kodiak, Alaska, Emily (Tyson) Geissel of Walla Walla; sons, Jake Rex (Julie Buckner) of Bellingham, Washington, and Cody Rex of Walla Walla; his mother, Elsie Rex; sister, Linda (Tim) Fisher of Pullman, Washington and numerous nieces and nephews. Dennis was preceded in death by his father, Clifford Rex; and his son, Cliff Rex.
He was a loving son, husband, father, grandfather, friend and neighbor. Dennis will be greatly missed by many, but the “circle” he built during his life remains strong and he will always be a fire burning at its center.
May his memory be eternal!

Jeannie Reyburn
June 28th, 1951 – January 29th, 2013

Jeannie Reyburn Clough, born June 28, 1951, passed away on January 29, 2013 and is survived by brothers Herbert, Ron and Sonny and sisters Joanne, BJ and Carol; attended Walla Walla High School and Washington State University. She was a very caring and compassionate person. Her life evolved from living and working in Hawaii and Seattle, Washington in the hotel, insurance and mortgage business. She was loved and admired by everyone who knew her and was a great person to have as a member of committees or staff due to her exceptional management and organizational skills.

She dedicated her volunteer time to “Cancer Life Line” to show support for her sister Carol. In addition she was active in Sahalee Country Club events and programs over the years. Her organizational skills were extremely good. She belonged to the Sahalee Country Club Book Group, Sahalee Womens Club and The Red Hat Society and enjoyed them all immensely. She is survived by her loving husband Don and passed away very peacefully. Remembrances can be contributed to “Cancer Life Line” in her name.

Donna Brooks (Roberts)
September 7th, 1950 – May 30th, 2014

Donna F. Brooks September 7, 1950 – May 30, 2014 Dayton, Washington resident, Donna Faye Brooks, 63, passed away May 30, 2014, at her home. Donna was born September 7, 1950, in Walla Walla, to Donald Dean and Audrey Eloise Bergman Roberts. She attended Walla Walla schools, graduating from Wa-Hi in 1969. Following her high school graduation, she attended Demure Beauty School in Walla Walla, and later studied nursing at Walla Walla Community College. On November 19, 1970, she and Philip Brooks married in Walla Walla. They moved to Dayton in 1979. Donna worked as a certified nursing assistant at the Dayton General Hospital for sixteen years. Donna enjoyed camping, deer hunting and fishing. She was a member of the North American Hunting Club. She is survived by her husband at their home; two sons: “PJ” Philip Brooks, Jr. of Spokane, Washington; and George Brooks of Yakima, Washington; a brother, Donald Roberts of Kennewick, Washington; eight grandchildren: Jon, Jeff, Andra, Mary, Angelica, Brayden, Ashlind and Alexis; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, her parents, and one brother, Walter Roberts. The memorial service will be 3:00 p.m., Saturday, June 7, 2014, at Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, Washington. Family and friends may write memories and sign the online guestbook at

Lawrence Rogers
January 25th, 1950 – May 24th, 2018

Larry Rogers was born January 25, 1950, in Walla Walla to Frank Everett Rogers and Mary Gertrude Gallagher. He passed away in his hometown of Walla Walla on May 24, 2018 at the age of 68. Arrangements are entrusted to Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 The Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla WA.
Larry was a graduate of Walla Walla High School with the class of 1969. He retired in 2016 from Walla Walla Community College where he was a Lead Maintenance Mechanic. In his spare time, Larry was a Reserve Police Officer with the Walla Walla Police Department from 1988 to 1994. He loved his time with the Police Department and the friends he made there. He enjoyed muscle cars, racing hot rods and could frequently be found working in his garage. One of his greatest joys in life was the time he spent coaching the Jobs Truck “Golden Girls” Little League Softball team and never forgot the girls he coached.
Larry is survived by his long-time partner Anita Swan, two daughters, Carrie Rogers and Martie Thomas (Vince), three sisters; Mary Sutliff (John), Kathy Rogers, and Alice Gladden (Dwight); three grandchildren; Keltan Fulmer, Ashley Fulmer, Cole Thomas and niece Sarah Jantz (Dustin). He is preceded in death by his parents and a nephew, Erik Walery.
At Larry’s request there will be no service. Memorial Contributions may be made to a charity of your choice. Friends and family may share memories and sign the online guestbook at

Kathryn Rohn
September 27th, 1950 – April 15th, 1977

Last residence:
Walla Walla, Washington 99362, USA

Theodore A Rondema

* – September 12th, 2013

Birth unknown
Death 9/12/2013

Rena Searles (Roop)
March 15th, 1951 – December 19th, 2018

Rena M. Roop Searles, 67, died of pancreatic cancer on December 19, 2018, in Olympia, Washington. She was born March 15, 1951, to Robert L. and Vera A. (Barton) Roop in Walla Walla, where she lived until 1982. Over the years, she also lived in SeaTac, WA (82-84), Everett, WA (84-87), Camano Island, WA (87-89), Lynnwood, WA (89-06), and the last 12 years at Olympia’s Johnson Point.

Rena graduated from Edison Elementary (1963), Pioneer Junior High School (1966), and Walla Walla High School (1969). She attended Walla Walla Community College. She married Larry J. Manuel (Nov. 14, 1969), Greg A. Mohrland (June 16, 1972), and Joseph W. Searles on April 1, 1990 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Rena worked at numerous restaurants between 1969 and 1982. She also worked at Washington State Dept. of Employment Security (1983-1991), and was a mortgage administrator (1991-2008). She belonged to the International Assoc. of Personnel in Employment Security, and served as local president in 1990.

Rena also was a homemaker who was heavily involved in church and charitable organizations, including autism, St. Thomas Moore Stephen Ministry, AIDS ministry, Eucharistic minister to the sick, Cursillo Movement, Northwest Savoyards, and Washington Blues Society, among others. She was compassionate, had an uplifting attitude and sharp wit.

She is survived by her husband, Joseph W. Searles of Olympia; sons, Jude Searles of Lynnwood, WA, David (Deborah) Manuel of Arlington, WA, Jesse Mohrland of Bothell, WA, and Wesley Mohrland of Snohomish, WA; daughter, Monica (Rodger) Reymore of Lynnwood, WA; 12 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; brother, Jim (Carolee) Roop of Walla Walla; sister, Robin (Reed) Smith of Bellevue, WA; and former spouses with whom she remained close, Larry Magnoni of Amesbury, MA, and Greg Mohrland of College Place.

Services will be held Sunday, January 6, 2019, at 1 p.m., South Sound Manor, 445 North St. SE, Tumwater, WA 98501. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to, or Seattle Cancer Care Alliance at Please leave memories at

David Rutz
July 27th, 1951 – September 7th, 2008

Rutz, David J. Age 57, of Mpls. Passed away on Sept. 7, 2008. He is survived by his wife, Laura Rutz; mother, Barbara Rutz; brothers, Christopher and Gregory Rutz; also other family members and friends. Private family & friends svc.
This obituary was originally published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Note: When speaking to his wife she said he was buried in the back yard vegetable garden under the tomatoes.

Suzanne Niemeyer (Schatzel)
November 12th, 1950 – March 12th, 2013

Suzanne L. Schatzel Niemeyer passed away at age 62 on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at home with her husband and children by her side after a courageous battle with cancer.
She leaves behind many that loved her dearly including her husband of 41 years Jim Niemeyer of Richland WA; her son Ryan Niemeyer, his wife Jennifer and their three children, Evan, Claire and Kathryn of Portland OR; her daughter Casey Thomas, her husband Paul and their two sons Elliot and Oliver of Perth, Australia; her brother Hank Schatzel and his wife Audrey of Moyie Springs ID; her sister Jeanne Schatzel Hayes and her husband Brady of Calgary, Alberta; and her nieces Jennifer Marks and Erica Glassford and nephews Bob and Brian Schatzel, and their families.
Suzanne was preceded in death by her parents John and Audrey Bramlet Schatzel and brother, Robert Schatzel.
Suzanne was born November 12, 1950 in Walla Walla WA. She attended Edison Grade School, Pioneer Junior High School and Walla Walla High School where she graduated in 1969. Some of Suzanne’s fondest memories from childhood were playing kick the can and drinking kool-aid and eating popcorn with her brothers and sister and neighborhood friends. She loved riding horses and performing on the trampoline, and was ranked nationally in indoor 22 rifle shooting.
She started working at a young age, and it was while working at the Arctic Circle as a teenager that she caught the eye of her future husband. In November 1971 they were married and began their family. Suzanne loved being a Mom and did everything for her kids despite working full time. She loved going camping and motorcycling with her family and even coached Casey’s softball team.
Once Ryan and Casey left home, Suzanne loved going on road trips with Jim and often spoke fondly of her vacations in Tahiti and Hawaii and train trip to Chicago. She also devoted a lot of time caring for her aging mother. In her later years, she developed a passion for knitting and looked forward to spending time with her grandchildren.
Suzanne worked at Battelle Northwest Laboratories in Richland WA for nearly thirty years. She took a great deal of pride in the quality of her work and was happily anticipating her nearing retirement.
Suzanne will always be remembered for her caring heart, love for family, determination and beautiful smile. We will miss her dearly.
A memorial service will be held at Hillcrest Memorial Center 9353 W. Clearwater, Kennewick at 11 am Saturday March 16.

Delvin Schenk
February 24th, 1951 – December 22nd, 1980

Delvin Oliver Schenk, 29, of 922 School Ave. died Monday at St. Mary
Community Hospital.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Herring Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Rich Latta of the First Presbyterian Church will officiate. Burial will be in Mountaip View Cemetery.
Schenk was born Feb. 24, 1951, in Walla Walla to Oliver and Clara Hawkins Schenk. He was a 1969 graduate of Walla Walla High School.
He married Donna Chipman June 25, 1971, in Walla Walla. He had worked for Bur-Bee Co. for several years. He was member of FOE 26 of Walla Walla.
Schenk is survived-by his wife, a daughter, Tina Schenk, and a son, Dale Schenk, all at home; two sisters, Viola Jackson of Walla Walla and Mary Luisi of Milton-Freewater; two aunts, Lillie Bridges and Loretta Van Zandt, both of Walla Walla; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Keith Schollenberger
September 10th, 1951 – August 24th, 2012

Keith Shollenberger, who worked frequently in La Grande, died Aug. 24, 2012. A memorial gathering will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 31, 2012, at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane, Baker City. Interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery. A reception will be held in the Nazarene Church Fellowship Hall following graveside services.

Keith was born September 10, 1951, in Yakima, Wash., to Marvin and Marjorie (Ziegler) Shollenberger. His mother often told a story about a picture of a tree Keith drew for her when he was a small boy. On the tree were orange “balls.” When his mother complimented him on the beautiful “orange tree” he drew for her, Keith corrected her by saying, “No, it’s a pumpkin tree!” For those who knew Keith, that picture truly reflected the man he was and the life he lived.

In his youth, Keith developed an interest in music, especially the guitar. During his college days at Washington State University, he nurtured this musical ambition by playing in a “band” with friends. On Nov. 23, 1984, Keith married his eternal sweetheart, Marilyn Haynes, in Gardnerville, Nev. Marilyn, too, had a fervor for music. With this shared passion, their life together took root.

Keith and Marilyn spent many years raising their family on “the ranch” in Unity. During the summers, in addition to kids, hay and potatoes, Keith worked as a seasonal firefighter for the Oregon Department of Forestry.

There were many summers the ranch was a fire camp, dispatch center and even a heliport. Year after year, Keith and Marilyn opened their hearts and home to many a firefighter.

In 1996, the ranch was sold and Keith was hired as an assistant unit forester for the Oregon State Department of Forestry, Baker Sub Unit.

Throughout his career, Keith served as an incident commander, was certified in air attack, taught wild land firefighting courses at a college level, and attained multiple other fire suppression certifications. After 34 years of service for ODF, Keith retired in 2010.

Keith and Marilyn continued to cultivate their enthusiasm for music when they purchased the Rainbow Records music store in 1997 from the previous owner, Jimmy Lloyd Rea. For the past 15 years, Marilyn’s Music Plus has been a melodious presence on Main Street where Keith and Marilyn could be found jamming with local musicians and entertaining local listeners along with their band Salt Lick #39.

While family, friends and music were his priorities, Keith also loved to fish. He would often escape to the Snake or Columbia River, simply to relax with rod and reel in hand. When fishing wasn’t an option, he enjoyed woodworking, camping, hunting, gardening and traveling with Marilyn.

Keith was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene, the NRA, and the Elks. He was a cherished husband, an adored son and brother, devoted father and grandfather, and a treasured friend who was always willing to lend a helping hand to those who needed him.

So, as you can see, Keith couldn’t settle for oranges on his tree of life. He created an existence that was a little bigger and a little more harmonious, with a love that could grow like pumpkins.

Keith is survived by his wife Marilyn Shollenberger, of Baker City; parents, Marvin and Marjorie Shollenberger of Mesa, Wash.; daughter Amy (Scott) Johnson of Boise; son Bryan Shollenberger of Walla Walla; daughter Laura (John) Hoopes, Baker City; daughter Lauren (John) Hoopes, Baker City; son Tom (Tracy) Caylor of Shoshone, Idaho; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; sister Gayla (Chuck) Ernst of Walla Walla; brother Kenneth (Nancy) Shollenberger of Dale; and numerous nieces and nephews including Celinda Linscott and her son, Austin Peck, of Baker City, Jacob Westgaard, of Clackamas and Brandon Henner, of Haines.

Keith was preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Pete and Mary Haynes, and sister in-law Cindy Haynes.

The family suggests contributions be made to the Northeast Oregon Compassion Center through the Nazarene Church or Gray’s West and Co. Pioneer Chapel.

Allen Smith
January 14th, 1951 – June 11th, 2010

I first met Allen when he was 20 years old in Bellingham. He was a member of the National Guard. We immediately became friend, and remained friends for his entire life. He had many problem, but we would talk on the phone at least once a week. I visited him in Walla Walla about 4 years ago – He was a very caring man – he would do anything for anybody -I will surely miss his weekly phone calls and input on life. I consider Allen one of my Best Friends and a Friend to all who he came across

            Posted by: Greg Cory - Bellingham, WA - Friend   Jun 14, 2011

Stanley Smith
January 12th, 2005

Stanley Smith, 54, died Jan. 12, 2005 at St. Mary Medical Center. Arrangements are through Colonial-DeWitt Funeral Home, 19 E. Birch St.

Bill Stiller
December 10th, 1950 – May 15th, 2020

ALBANY, Ore. – Former Walla Walla resident William “Bill” Francis Stiller, 69, died May 15, at the Samaritan Albany General Hospital.

Arrangements are pending at Aasum-Dufour Funeral Home, 805 Ellworth St SW, Albany, Oregon.

Nick Stroe
September 18th, 1951 – April 14th, 2014

Nick Stroe left us on April 14, 2014, in Lincoln City, Ore. The son of Marin and Maria Stroe. Nick graduated from Walla Walla High School and served his country as a Marine in Vietnam. He spent 40 years self employed as a painter/decorator in Tacoma and Portland Nick retired in 2007 to his beach home in Lincoln City. He valued and cherished his fond memories uf his Walla Walla friends and his family. Marin is survived by his wife, Cinda, son, Jeremy; daughters, India and Angie; brothers, Mike, Eli, Gheorge and Carl, sister, Rose; three grandchildren; 15 nephews and nieces; 24 great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded by his brothers, Jon and Marin; mother, Maria; and father, Marin. Nick will be remembered for his strength and courage As per Nicks request, there will be no funeral.
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Laurie Struthers
1951 – September 22nd, 1982

CemeteryMountain View Cemetery LocationMA Block/Sectio7 Lot/Row4 Grave13 This will be updated when more information is available

Kenneth W Stump
October 21st, 1951 – December 26th, 2017

Susan Jane Smith (Taylor)
October 24th, 1951 – June 24th, 2006

Corey Tomlinson
September 14th, 1951 – November 29th, 2005

Lifetime area resident Corey E. Tomlinson,54,died at his home Nov. 29, 2005.
A graveside service will be 11 AM Tuesday at Blue Mountain Memorial Gardens
on Myra Road. The Rev. Mike Hinrichsen of the Blue Mountain Community Church
will officiate.
Memorial contributions may be made to the DARE program through Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt Cremations & Funeral Services, 1551 Dalles Military Road.
Mr. Tomlinson was born September 14, 1951 in Pasco to Barney and Marjorie Gardner Tomlinson. He graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1969. He received an associate degree from Walla Walla Community College, then attended Walla Walla College.
He worked in retail sales for Montgomery Ward during high school and for a few years after college. He was also active in the family business, Walla Walla Square Ball Stickyless Popcorn, where he prepared confectionary popcorn treats.
He enjoyed traveling on family trips, riding his bicycle, and was an avid game player on his PlayStation 2. He also enjoyed cooking. He had an interest in tweaking things – such as the popcorn recipes, his bicycles and his electronics – trying to make them better.
He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Becky and Bob Vogt of Walla Walla and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Linda Louise Phillips (Trapp)
May 24th, 1951 – August 9th, 2018

Linda Louise Phillips, age 67, of Arthur, Nebraska, passed away on August 9, 2018 at the Ogallala Community Hospital.

Linda was born May 24, 1951 at Walla Walla, Washington to Raymond Virgil and Emily Louise Braden Trapp.

She grew up and attended school in Walla Walla and graduated from high school there in 1969. She then attended Washington State and graduated with a BS in Fashion Design in 1973. She moved to Portland, OR, where she worked for various businesses in accounting.

Linda was visiting family and friends in Arthur in 1990 when she met Mick Phillips, whom she married on November 30, 1991 at the Lake Grove Presbyterian Church in Lake Oswego, OR. They had a second ceremony December 28, 1991, at the Arthur Baptist Church in Arthur, NE. They made their home on the ranch north-east of Arthur.

Linda and Mick were Secretary-Manager of the Nebraska Hereford Association from 1992 to 1997.
Linda enjoyed sewing and quilting. She was part of a small group called the Busy Bees, who made smaller charity quilts. The ladies would often make 80 quilts a year for charity. Linda loved kids and led the church nursery for several years.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents Ray and Louise; in-laws Jess and Goodrun Phillips and nephews Rick Summers and Kevin Summers.

Linda is survived by her husband Mick; sister Debby and husband Lynn Roehm of Baker City, OR; Sister in Laws Whanda Collins of Broadwater, NE. and Caroldene Summers of Mullen, NE brother-in-law Rennie and wife Marge Phillips of Scott City, MO; many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held at the Arthur Baptist Church on Thursday, August 16th from 2:00-6:00 pm.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, August 17, at 2:00 pm at the Arthur Baptist Church with the Rev Blake Wilkes officiating. Burial will take place in Arthur Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Samaritans Purse-Christmas Shoe Boxes and may be mailed directly to Mick Phillips, 205 Phillips Dr. Arthur. NE 69121.

Online condolences may be sent by signing the Guest Book. The Services will be live streamed. Draucker Funeral Home of Ogallala is entrusted with arrangements.

John Turney
December 23rd, 1950 – December 20th, 1995

John H Turney
Born December 23,1950
Deceased October 20, 1995
Enlisted into the army June 18, 1969
Released March 14, 1971
Lived in Spokane Wa

Margaret Buerstatte (VanBeek)
December 7th, 1950 – January 31st, 1979

Margaret Buerstatte, 28, Vancouver, Wash., died of leukemia Wednesday at the University of Oregon Health and Science Center. Funeral services will be at 10 AM Saturday at the Herring Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery.
Mrs. Buerstatte was born December 7, 1950 in Walla Walla. Her parents were Mr. and Mrs. William C. VanBeek.
She graduated from Walla Walla High School and attended Washington State University.
She married Jeffrey J. Buerstatte January 3, 1972. He survives at the family home.
Mrs. Buerstatte was a housewife and a teacher’s aide to the hearing impaired in Vancouver.
She was of the Christian faith and a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.
She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. William VanBeek, Walla Walla; two brothers, John VanBeek, Rock Springs, Wyo. and James VanBeek, Walla Walla.
Memorial contributions may be made to the National Leukemia Foundation.

Jim Walters
December 5th, 1950 – May 23rd, 2014

Born: December 5, 1950
Deceased: May 23, 2014
Married Rhonda L Nelson on May 31, 1975

Judith C Watson
May 18th, 1951 – April 4th, 2020

Judith C. Watson,  68,  passed away after a long battle with a serious infection in Yakima, WA. Judy was born May 18, 1951, to Opal and Harold Watson in Walla Walla.  She was the youngest of three children having two older brothers.

Judy graduated from Walla Walla High School. After high school she attended beauty school and worked as a beautician until she moved to Yakima, WA.

She was a life long lover of raising flowers and her yard always glowed with the beauty that surrounded her and changes with the seasons for everyone to enjoy.

Always busy making something fun and enjoyable for her yard . She also loved cats. Had many through her lifetime. Judy loved playing bingo with her mom and friends. She was a great bowler, loved camping and fishing on the beautiful rivers in the areas.

One of the highlights of her life was when she won a trip selling Home Interiors and it was a trip to Thailand and she took her mom. They had a fabulous time.

Surviving her are her children, Andy (Christy) Prest of Puyallup, WA, Patty O’Connell (Sean) of SeaTac WA; three grandchildren, Tatum O’Oconnell, Torin and Kayne Prest; several nieces and nephews; brother, Tom (Sydnee) Watson of Walla Walla. She was preceded in death are her parents; and brother, Dick who recently passed away.

Donations may be made in her honor to Blue Mountain Humane Society. Judy will be interned at the Blue Mt Cemetery in Walla Walla.

Greg Wendler
October 28th, 1950 – September 12th, 2019

October 28 1950 September 12 2019
Greg Richard Wendler October 28, 1950 – September 12, 2019 Share this obituary Send Flowers View/Sign Guestbook| Send Sympathy Card Greg R. Wendler passed away on September 12, 2019, after a long battle with diabetes. He was born on October 28, 1950, in Walla Walla to Les and Nadine Wendler. Greg attended local schools and graduated from Washington State University with Phi Beta Kappa honors in Economics. He later moved to Kennewick, Washington where he was a long-time employee with Yakima Federal Savings and Loan as a residential appraiser. Greg enjoyed tennis, racquetball, fantasy football as well as activities with family and friends. He is survived by a sister, Marcia Wendler of Walla Walla, brother Robert (Nancy) Wendler of Sandy, Utah, and several cousins, nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held Monday, September, 23, 2019, at 11:00 AM at Mountain View Cemetery in Walla Walla, Washington. SERVICES Graveside Service Monday, September 23, 2019 11:00 AM Mountain View Cemetery 2120 S. 2nd Ave. Walla Walla, WA 99362 Get Directions on Google Maps Print Obituary

Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Greg Richard Wendler October 28 1950 September 12 2019

Rita Chappel (Wilson)
December 8th, 1950 – March 23rd, 2003

Rita Louise Chappell Rita Louise Chappell, age 52 years, of Everett, WA died March 23, 2003 at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. She was born December 8, 1950 in Ava, MO. Her parents were Lee and Moelia Luellen Wilson. She attended schools in Dayton and Walla Walla and graduated from WAHI with the class of 1969 and then served three years in the Army during the Vietnam War. She also graduated from Walla Walla Community College in Cosmotology and Nursing. She moved to Everett, WA about five years ago and was employed at a Nursing Home. She was divorced from marriages to Mick Gibson and George Chappell. She enjoyed painting in oil and photography. She is survived by a daughter, Brook Simmons of Anchorage, AK; son, George Chappell, Jr. of Everett, WA; her mother of Walla Walla; four sisters, Becky Gallaher of Olympia, WA, Reba Wilson of Clarkston, WA, Rose Wilson of Moses Lake, WA, and Ramona Holten of Newport, Or; and 3 brothers, Dan Wilson of Milton-Freewater, OR, Donald Wilson of Walla Walla and Dean Wilson of Everett, WA; two grandchildren; and an aunt, Carol Pullium of Dayton. She was preceded in death by her father. Graveside services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, 2003 at the Starbuck City Cemetery with Pastor Dave McIlroy officiating. Visitation will be from 11:00 to 12:00 noon on Saturday at the Hubbard-Rogg Chapel. Those who wish may contribute to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Dan Wurtz
September 27th, 1950 – January 14th, 1979

Dan Wurtz was born Wednesday, September 27, 1950 and was living in the state of Washington when they applied for Social Security benefits.

Daniel Wurtz died January 14, 1979 at the age of 28 years, 3 months and 4 days.

Michael Peter “Pete” Yelenich
April 5th, 1951 – September 26th, 2020

Pete Yelenich, 69, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family, on Saturday September 26, 2020, after a long battle with Kidney Disease. Pete was born in Walla Walla to Peter and Margie Yelenich on April 5, 1951. He was the oldest of three children.

Pete attended elementary school at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, where he served as an altar boy, Pioneer Junior High and Walla Walla High School. After graduating from Wa-Hi in 1969, Pete entered the draft for the Vietnam War, and joined the U.S. Navy in November 1970.

Pete served proudly in the U.S. Navy until November 1976 (4 years active duty and 2 years reserve duty). While on active duty he served as a Fireman aboard the U.S.S. Francis Hammond DE-1067 based out of San Diego. He spent almost 3 years of his active duty time deployed at sea with much of it being off the coast of Vietnam. He received the following medals during his time in the Navy: National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal Combat Action Ribbon, and Naval Achievement Medal.

After his honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy as an E-5, Pete returned to Walla Walla where he worked 2 years for Pacific Power and Light, 12 years for United Parcel Service and 2 years as a Snap-on Tool dealer. When Uncle Bob’s Tavern came up for sale at 430 W. Main, Pete decided to buy it and, changed the name to Fat Cat’s Tavern & Grill. Pete owned and operated Fat Cat’s for 29 years until he decided to sell it and retire. Pete and his daughter Hollie built up quite a reputation in town. Folks often referred to Fat Cat’s as having the best burger and the coldest beer in town.

Pete was a Chevrolet man and owned a few classics back in the day. In high school he and his buddies all had hot rods, and on a Friday or Saturday night they’d be out “cruising the gut”. Pete’s car was a 57 Chevy Belair 2 door hardtop in candy apple red with plenty of chrome. Pete owned multiple Chevy trucks to tow his camping trailer in later life.

In his early years, Pete enjoyed camping, fishing, gardening, bowling, golfing, hunting, country music and dancing. Later in life he liked to BBQ, entertain, play cards, travel and watch golf and football. He loved Priest Lake and being in the mountains, road trips and going on cruise ships with his wife Kim. He was a lifetime member of the Elks club and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Pete is survived by his wife, Kim Yelenich, first wife Linda Ek and their daughters; Jennifer (Tony) Barr and Hollie Yelenich (Tim Streeter); his sister Lynn Yelenich and brother, Steve Yelenich; grandchildren Vincent, Julianna and A.J; numerous nieces and nephews, and two step-children.

A Celebration of Life will be held as soon as we are able to do so. Pete will be place in the Rock Garden at Mountain View Cemetery in Walla Walla.

Memorial contributions may be made in Pete’s name to the National Kidney Foundation through Herring Groseclose Funeral Home 315 W. Alder St. Walla Walla, Washington 99362.

Betty Young
December 15th, 1950 – February 16th, 2010

12/15/50 – 02/16/10 Partner Terri McMahan and the family of Betty Young wish to express thanks for the care, concern and good wishes extended following B’s death on February 16.

I don’t know why life seems to choose certian people to do more suffering than others and yet it’s these people we learn so much from. Their spirit, their selflessness, and courage is incredible. I feel great sorrow for Betty’s family because I’m sure she was greatly loved and will be missed forever.

Teri, my heart aches for you. How lucky Betty was to have such a beautiful partner. I wish you peace.

Sally Heth

May 06, 2010 | Lake Stevens, AMERICAN SAMOA

Terri and family, I am so sorry to hear of Betty’s passing. I remember good times in Bellingham. I hadn’t known of her deep involvement for women in the trades. What a great legacy to pass on to our younger female generation.

Best regards,

Carolyn Price
WWU ’77

April 28, 2010 | Seattle, WA

I am so sorry to hear about Betty. We went to college together at WSU and graduated the same year. She always had a smile on her face and was a kind, loving person. My heart goes out to her partner Terri and her family.
Pam Flodine

April 28, 2010 | Seattle, WA

BETTY J YOUNG December 15, 1950 ~ February 16, 2010 Betty Young, 59, was born December 15, 1950 in Walla Walla and died February 16 in Bellingham of metastatic liver cancer diagnosed in late October. She was with her loving and much loved partner of 31 years, Terri McMahan, and dear friend Meg Miller at the time of her death. Betty was raised on the family’s centennial wheat farm where she loved to ride horses through the rolling hills. She graduated from Washington State University with a degree in recreation in 1974 and moved to Bellingham. Several years later Betty eagerly pursued an interest in carpentry by training through local 756 and earning journey carpenter status in 1984. Betty was a pioneer for women in the trades. After several years with the union she pursued her own contracting business and in 1989 began work on the carpentry crew at Western Washington University. A year later she was promoted to supervisor. In 1995 she left Western and worked with Glenn Hawley of Hawley’s Home Repair. In 1997 she and Terri moved to Seattle. Over the next ten years, while Terri finished her career in education administration, Betty completed major renovations of three Greenlake/Phinney Ridge craftsman homes that they lived in during this time. They returned to their Fairhaven home in 2008 eager to pursue a dream of working together as BTWorks on highly energy efficient new builds and renovations and to complete a renovation of their own home. Their first project, an Energy Star certified, green built residence on Bellingham’s South Hill was finished in late October, several days before Betty’s diagnosis. Betty spent many years mentoring others through involvement in The Road Less Graveled, a program founded in 1992 at Bellingham Technical College to teach and support women pursuing career options in non-traditional trades. This program was near and dear to her heart and last week she was honored with their Lifetime Achievement Award, a proud and touching moment. Betty was named Whatcom Business Woman of the Year in 1994 and spent much of the 1980’s contributing to local 4-H activities. Betty had a special place in her heart for “giving back” and spent time volunteering for Habitat For Humanity and many hours helping friends with various home repair projects. Betty was a “giver” with a sweet personality. Others came first and she took pleasure in teaching about her trade. At Betty’s request there will be no formal services. Betty’s wish for others is to volunteer their time, give to those in need, and do something each day to make this world a better place. In addition to Terri and their beloved cocker spaniel, Peaches, Betty is survived by brother and sister-in-law Gary and Bev Young of Walla Walla, brother Larry Young of Walla Walla, former sister-in-law Kate Venneri of Walla Walla; McMahan siblings Maureen (Chuck) Rix of East Wenatchee, Patrick (Lucinda) McMahan, Jr. of Edmonds, Colleen Sederlin of Coos Bay, Kevin (Ruth) McMahan of Mill Creek; McMahan parents Patrick Sr. (Carol) McMahan of Mountlake Terrace and Beverly Helton (Bob) of Mount Vernon. Nieces and nephews: Chris (Stephanie) Young and son Cameron, Mark Young, Ruth Anne Young, Steve (Kim) Young, Sarah Young (Derek), Sharmi Rix, Carly Rix, Cole Farrow, Ryan Farrow, Connor Sederlin, Denise Scott, Stephanie Scott, Michelle Scott, Lindsay McMahan. Betty is also survived by wonderful cousins and Aunt Wilma Bowers of Warm Beach. She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Mary Young and several dear aunts and uncles. Betty’s special friends and family members know who they are and B & T are eternally touched by your loving kindness. Betty also wishes to thank the caring staff at Whatcom Hospice, especially primary nurse Pat Hsu.

I don’t know why life seems to choose certian people to do more suffering than others and yet it’s these people we learn so much from. Their spirit, their selflessness, and courage is incredible. I feel great sorrow for Betty’s family because I’m sure she was greatly loved and will be missed forever.
Teri, my heart aches for you. How lucky Betty was to have such a beautiful partner. I wish you peace.
Sally Heth
May 06, 2010 | Lake Stevens, AMERICAN SAMOA

Terri and family, I am so sorry to hear of Betty’s passing. I remember good times in Bellingham. I hadn’t known of her deep involvement for women in the trades. What a great legacy to pass on to our younger female generation.
Best regards,
Carolyn Price
WWU ’77
April 28, 2010 | Seattle, WA

I am so sorry to hear about Betty. We went to college together at WSU and graduated the same year. She always had a smile on her face and was a kind, loving person. My heart goes out to her partner Terri and her family.
Pam Flodine
April 28, 2010 | Seattle, WA

Frank Young
May 14th, 1951 – August 18th, 1981

Blue Mountain Memorial Garden
College Place, Walla Walla County, Washington, USA
Plot GS N-17

Survived by Parents Merna Rae and Alfred F. Young, Sisters Donna Norton, Ruth Rettig and Mary Heisey, Uncle Orvil Webster, Aunts Merle Grundell and Lois Hickam, Several nieces and nephews.

YOUNG – Funeral services for the late Frank Ray Young of 2445 Griffiths, Springfield, Ill. will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 22, 1981 at Colonial-DeWitt Funeral Home with Rev. Andrew A. Jarvis of the First Presbyterian Church officiating. Concluding services and vault internment Blue Mountain Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements entrusted to the care of COLONIAL-DEWIIT FUNERAL HOME. (Paid Notice)