John E. Rayburn, 81, of Grandview died Thursday, June 24, 2004.

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 nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; five sisters; and one brother.

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 of arrangements.

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 Grandview.

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, Arnaldo.

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, Grandview,

is in charge of arrangements.


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, 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.

On 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 before retiring.

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.


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