Gerald L. Holwegner, 80, of Prosser passed away Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2004, in Yakima.

He was 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.

He 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.

He was a member and deacon of the Prosser Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Gerald 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.

He is 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 Gallipo.

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.


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