GERALD L. HOLWEGNER
L. Holwegner, 80, of Prosser passed away Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2004, in Yakima.
born July 25, 1923 in Burlington, Colo. to Frederick Donald and Luella (Adolf)
Holwegner. In 1931 he with his family moved to the Yakima Valley, where Gerald
received his education in Wapato and at White Swan High School. On July 25,
1946 he married Copel Morrow in Superior, Mont. Following their marriage Gerald
entered into partnership with his two older brothers, Donald and Ronald
Holwegner. Together they ranched sheep and cattle on 1,340 acres and farmed 325
acres on the Satus until 1970, when the farm was sold. For 32 years, the
Holwegner family raised their children and farmed an 18-acre grape vineyard in
Toppenish. Gerald also worked as a heavy equipment operator for Graham and
Morris in Toppenish for 23 years. He was a member of the Operating Engineers
Local #302 of Yakima. He later worked for Central Pre-Mix for six years
retiring in 1982. Since 1994 Gerald and Copel have enjoyed their newly built
home in Prosser, where he would feed up to 300 quail each morning.
loved the out-of-doors, hunting, fishing and camping. In his younger years
horses were his passion, stories are still shared about participating in
rodeos, saddle bronc riding and the Calvary Stampede.
a member and deacon of the Prosser Seventh-day Adventist Church.
was very proud of his family and cherished time spent with family, friends and
church members. After retirement Gerald and Copel enjoyed traveling throughout
the United States in their motor home and taking cruises to Alaska.
survived by his wife, best friend and partner of 57 years, Copel Lee
(Morrow)Holwegner of Prosser; two daughters, Darlene Robillard and husband,
Gary, of Terrace Heights and Vickey Tebb and husband, Tom, of Prosser; two
sons, Gary Holwegner and wife, Debbie, of Sunnyside and Michael Holwegner and
wife, Renee, of Yakima; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two brothers,
Rolland Holwegner of Yakima and Ottis Holwegner of Carson; and one sister,
Gaynelle Stump of Carson.
He was preceded in death
by his parents; one brother, Donald; and two sisters, Donna Davidson and Evelyn
Viewing and visitation
will be held Thursday, Feb. 26, 2004, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Smith Funeral
Home, Sunnyside. Funeral services will be held Friday, Feb. 27, 2004, at 1 p.m.
at the Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church, with burial to follow at Lower
Valley Memorial Gardens, Sunnyside, under the direction of Smith Funeral Home,
Sunnyside. Those wishing to honor his memory may contribute to the Prosser
Seventh-day Adventist Church.