JOHN E. RAYBURN
John E. Rayburn, 81, of Grandview died Thursday, June 24,
He was born in Deepwater, Mo. to Charles and Nellie Mae
Rayburn. He graduated from Deepwater High School. After graduation he went into
the Coast Guard and served on the USCG Cutter Mojave. In 1946 he came to the
Yakima Valley, where he met and married his wife, Geraldine Palmer, on May 12,
1950 in Yakima. They made their home in Wapato for 17 years. He worked for May
Nursery as a foreman until 1957. He began his law enforcement career in 1957,
working at the Wapato Police Station for eight years. He also worked as a
sheriff deputy recruit for one year. In 1961 he began working for the Yakima
Sheriff’s Department, becoming a sergeant of the Lower Valley Sunnyside
department. He worked there for 22 years.
In 1963 he moved with his family to Grandview, where they
have made their home. After retiring from his law enforcement career, he became
a salesman for Fergies and Anderson Motors in Grandview.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Geraldine Rayburn
of Grandview; two daughters, Kathy Schab and husband, John, of Prosser and
Christine Seyler and husband, Scott, of Montana; one son, Clay Rayburn of
Prosser; five grandsons; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; one
sister, Leona Delozier Yakima; one brother-in-law; and numerous nieces and
He was preceded in death by his parents; five sisters; and
Viewing will be held Monday, June 28, 2004, from 1 to 8
p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside. Funeral services will be held Tuesday,
June 29, 2004, at 10 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside. Interment will
follow at West Hills Memorial Park in Yakima. Smith Funeral Home is in charge
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mr. Rayburn’s
name to the Yakima County Sheriff’s Department, Search and Rescue, P.O. Box
1388, Yakima, WA 98907.
Aroldo Trevino, 53, of Grandview died Thursday, June 24,
2004, at Yakima Regional Hospital.
He was born June 21, 1951 in Mission, Texas to Ildefonso
Trevino and Consuelo Falcon. At the age of two, he and his family moved to
Grandview. He received his education in Grandview, graduating with the class of
1968. He attended the University of Washington for two years. On Feb. 14, 1978
he married Elizabeth Perez in Yakima. They together have made their home in
He worked as a car salesman
in the Valley for a number of years.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Trevino of Grandview;
one daughter, Anna Erica Trevino of Grandview; one son, Ildefonso Trevino of
Washington State; two grandchildren; his mother, Consuelo Trevino of Grandview;
one sister, Estella Trevino of Washington State; one brother, Arnold Trevino of
Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father; and one brother,
Viewing and visitation will be held Monday, June 28, 2004,
from 5 to 8 p.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 6 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home,
Grandview. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, June 29, 2004, at 3
p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Grandview. Smith Funeral Home,
is in charge of arrangements.
JOHN R. ASHER
John R. Asher, 70, of Granger passed away Sunday, June 27,
2004, at Toppenish Community Hospital.
He was born Oct. 14, 1933 in Outlook to Robert A. and
Myrtle (Ford) Asher. John received his education in Sunnyside, graduating with
the Sunnyside High School class of 1952. Following his high school education,
John enlisted in the U.S. Army. Following his military service he returned to
Outlook to farm with his father. On Feb. 8, 1957 he married Betty Fox in
Sunnyside. They made their home and farmed in Outlook, until moving to Granger
in 1964. John later began working as a United States postal clerk for the
Granger Post Office, then transferred to the Yakima Post Office until retiring
after 37 years in January of 2004.
He enjoyed watching
sports, especially watching his children and grandchildren participate. John
was also a very loyal Seahawk and Mariners fan.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Betty Asher of
Granger; five children, Ronald Asher and wife, Sherry, of Bakersfield, Calif.,
Rick Asher and wife, Minerva, of Grandview, Roberta Mirelez and husband, Ray,
of Sunnyside, Kenneth Asher and wife, Yolanda, of Prosser and Raymond Asher and
wife, Blanca, of Granger; 19 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one
sister, Mary Gentry and husband, George, of Katy, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Viewing and visitation will be held Wednesday, June 30,
2004, from 1 to 8 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside. Graveside services
will be held Thursday, July 1, 2004, at 10 a.m. at the Lower Valley Memorial
Gardens, Sunnyside, under the direction of the Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside.
HANS THEODORE KOENEN
Hans Theodore Koenen, 94, passed away Friday, June 25,
2004, at Hillcrest Manor in Sunnyside.
He was born Feb. 6,
1910 in Kaldenhausen, Germany to Adolph and Johanna Koenen.
The family came to the United States in 1926
and located in Iowa, where Hans worked for farmers.
He later moved to Minnesota, where he
continued his work on various farms.
Jan. 13, 1940 Hans married Edna Caroline Ogg.
They later moved to Sunnyside in 1946, where Hans worked for Milk
Products Company for 21 years and then Bar S. Feedlot for nine and half years
He enjoyed traveling, hunting, fishing and spending time
with his family.
Hans is survived by his wife, Edna of 64 years; two sons,
John and wife, Charlotte, and Richard and wife, Nancy; three daughters, Linda
Thomas and husband, Ross, Corki Wilcox and Mary Sundstrom and husband, Dan; 17
grandchildren; and 15 great- grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters; two
brothers; and one son, Donald Koenen.
Funeral services were held Monday, June 28, 2004, at 10 a.m.
at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside. Burial was held at Lower Valley Memorial
Gardens, Sunnyside. Those wishing to honor Hans’ memory may contribute to the
Sunnyside Church of God.