Leora L. Ford, 88, of
Grandview died Friday, July 16, 2004, at Prosser Memorial Nursing Home.
She was born July 28,
1915 in Elgin, Neb. to Albert and Sadie (Bowen) Smith. She received her early
education in Nebraska. On April 18, 1936 she married Edward Ford in Salem, Ore.
Following their marriage they made their home in Salem. In 1945 the Fords moved
to Grandview, where they farmed. Following the death of her husband in 1991
Leora continued to make Grandview her home until the time of her death.
She is survived by one
son, Jerald Ford and wife, Diana, of Forrest Grove, Ore.; one daughter, Darlene
Leighty and husband Tom, of Prosser; three grandchildren; five great-
grandchildren; one sister, Ada Ford of Grandview; and one brother, Raymond Smith
She was preceded in death
by her parents; her husband, Ed, in 1991; one daughter, Rozella Ford; two
brothers; and two sisters.
Viewing and visitation
will be held Monday, July 19, 2004, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Smith Funeral
Home, Grandview. Graveside funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 20,
2004, at 11 a.m. at Grandview Cemetery, under the direction of Smith Funeral
Odeen Foster, 87, of Grandview died Sunday, July 18, 2004, at Sunnyside
was born Oct. 19, 1916 in Portales, N.M. to Tex and Eula May (Alls) Foster. He
received his early education in Oregon and later served in the Merchant Marines
during World War II. Following his military service he married Dorothy Marie
Clifton on July 20, 1942 in Vancouver. Together they made their home in
Portland, Ore. and Everett worked in the shipyard. In June of 1943 they moved
to Seattle, and made their home there for a short time before moving to
Arlington, in 1954, where they owned and operated a dairy farm for 30 years. In
1972 they moved to Sunnyside, later settling in Grandview in 1974, where he had
made his home until the time of his death.
is survived by his wife of 62 years, Dorothy Foster of Grandview; one son,
Michael Odeen Foster of Yakima; and one granddaughter.
was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers.
services will be held Wednesday, July 21, 2004, at 10 a.m. at Grandview
Cemetery, under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, Grandview.
Donald E. “Doc” Palmer,
81, a life-time Sunnyside resident, passed away Thursday, July 15, 2004, at
Hillcrest Manor in Sunnyside.
Don was born May 13, 1923
in Sunnyside, the son of Eva J. and Alfred Palmer. He received his education in
Sunnyside and graduated with the class of 1942. Following his education he
served in the U.S. Army for three years and was honorably discharged as a
sergeant, receiving many expert marksmanship medals. Don returned home to
Sunnyside, where he began working at the Hanford area, retiring after 40 years
in February of 1994.
Don was a member of the
Trinity Baptist Church in Sunnyside, past president of the Lower Valley
Rifleman Association, a member of the I.B.E.W and H.A.M.T.A.C. local union.
Don enjoyed fishing and
He is survived by his
wife of 54 years, Rosa Palmer of Sunnyside; two daughters, Sharon Cohu and
husband, Torchey, of Sunnyside and Sandy Thomas of Outlook; two grandsons, Troy
Gannon of Seattle and Mark Desmarais of Yakima.
He is also survived by his mother, Eva J. Palmer of Sunnyside.
Don was preceded in death
by his father.
Viewing and visitation
will be held Wednesday, July 21, 2004, from 9 a.m. until time of service at 1
p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside. Burial will be at Lower Valley Memorial
Gardens, Sunnyside. Those wishing to honor Don’s memory may contribute to the
Trinity Baptist Church in Sunnyside. Smith Funeral Home is in charge of
Paul Kruger Sailor, 97, a
long-time businessman and resident of Sunnyside passed away July 17, 2004, at
his home at Sun Terrace.
Paul was born May 24,
1907 in Great Falls, Mont. to Anna (Johanson) Sailor and Clement Sailor.
The family moved from Montana in 1910 to
Grandview, where Paul received his education, graduating with the Grandview High
School class of 1926. While in high school he worked at a grocery store, a
creamery making butter and running the projector at the silent movie theater.
In 1928 Paul began working for Shell Oil and retired in 1969 as the Shell oil
On May 15, 1932 Paul
married Mary E. Christen in Sunnyside. Together they worked running the Shell
Oil business for 41 years. Mary passed away June 29, 1969.
In 1924 Paul took his
first airplane ride.
It didn’t take Paul
long to get his private, instrument and commercial pilot’s license. He loved to
fly and enjoyed sharing his love of flying with others. He worked toward
getting good airports in Sunnyside.
was very giving of his time and energy to others, a true gentleman. Paul was a
very kind and loving person who made friends easily and was also well loved by
those who knew him.
He still enjoyed riding
his tractor on his small farm when he was 94, keeping his farm neat and tidy on
Riverside Avenue. He raised fruit and gave it to everyone. He always had a
vegetable garden and beautiful flowers.
On Sept. 12, 1970 Paul
married Dortha Partain, who passed away June 5, 1992.
Paul was a 50-year member
of the Methodist church. After his marriage to Dortha he became a member of The
West Side Baptist Church of Yakima, where he was a member for 30 years.
Survivors include a
daughter, Barbara Johnson and husband, Gordon, of Sunnyside; and two
grandchildren, Randy Johnson and wife, Lynn, of Fall City and Tamera Posey
husband, Dennis, of Seattle; four
great-grandchildren, Hannah and Tyler Johnson of Fall City and Shelby and
Margot Posey of Seattle; and two nephews. Paul enjoyed his special get
togethers with his grandchildren and the last 10 years with the
He was preceded in death
by his parents; two sisters, Ada Meyerhoeffer and Prudence Hegestrom; and one
brother, Donald Sailor.
Viewing and visitation
will be held Friday, July 23, 2004, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Smith Funeral
Home, Sunnyside. Graveside funeral services will be held Friday, July 23, 2004,
at 2:30 p.m. at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens, Sunnyside, under the direction
of Smith Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Union
Gospel Mission in Yakima, The McAllister Museum of Aviation in Yakima or
Memorial Home Care Services (Hospice) or Lower Valley Hospice. Smith Funeral
Home, Sunnyside, is in charge of arrangements.
KIRK REED WATTENBARGER
Kirk Reed Wattenbarger, 53, passed away
Saturday, July 17, 2004, at home after a brave battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s
Kirk was born Nov. 29, 1950 in Sunnyside to
Francis and Katie (Kinkade) Wattenbarger. He received his early education at
Dorothy School and graduated from Mabton High School in 1969. He attended Grace
College in Indiana. On June 18, 1977 Kirk and Kay (Turconi) were married.
Together they had two sons, Ryan and Chad. Kirk was employed at Washington
State Employment Security, both in Sunnyside and Yakima.
He was a member of the Sunnyside United
Methodist Church, where he served on many committees, sang in the choir, and
enjoyed singing solos. Music was a large part of Kirk’s life. He was a member
of the “Sound Expressions”.
Kirk’s family always came first and he was very
involved in the boys’ lives whether he was coaching baseball, soccer, football
or being the number one fan from the sidelines in all their activities. He
loved all sports, especially hunting, fishing and playing golf (most always
with his family).
Kirk was a member of the Tri Cities Sports
Officials Association, where he refereed football and basketball for more than
After Kirk was diagnosed with ALS, he was
determined to fight for a cure by raising hundreds of dollars each year. He was
an inspiration to those around him.
Kirk is survived by his wife, Kay Wattenbarger
of Sunnyside; two sons, Ryan and Chad, both of Sunnyside; his parents, Francis
and Katie of Mabton, his brother, Larry and his wife, Dena; and their families,
Alissa, Wes, Kacie and Kyle Pugh and Emily Watterbarger of Indiana. Also surviving
him are his mother-in-law, Colleen Turconi; his sister-in-law, Kathy Van de
Graaf and husband, Rick, and their children, Heidi, Hilary and Hunter of
He was preceded in death by his father-in-law,
Charlie Turconi; and his niece, Heather Van de Graaf.
Viewing and visitation will be held Friday, July
23, 2004, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside. A private burial
service will be held at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens. A celebration of Kirk’s
life will be held Saturday, July 24, 2004, at Sunnyside United Methodist
Church. Memorials may be made to the ALS Evergreen Chapter, 6627 S. 191st
Place, Suite F, Kent, WA. 98032 or may be left at Smith Funeral Home. Smith
Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.