Wendell Homer Morgan, 94, of Yakima passed away Tuesday, March 16, 2004, at Landmark Care Center in Yakima.

He was born May 10, 1909 in Sunnyside to William and Eurilla (Binkley) Morgan. He received his education in Sunnyside, graduating with the class of 1928. During the great Depression he would ride the rails to work in agriculture, later he worked in Oregon as a lumberman. On June 17, 1929 he married Geneva Turnidge in Pasco. In the 1940s Wendell drove milk truck for Morning Milk. He worked in lumber retail for Garren Lumber and Bestway Lumber in Sunnyside and for Grandview Lumber. Wendell also owned and operated a small farm in Sunnyside and for several years owned and operated the A & W in Grandview. On Jan. 1, 1960 he married Margaret Richey in Sunnyside. Wendell and Margaret continued to make their home in Sunnyside, until moving to Yakima in December of 2003. Wendell drove school bus for the Sunnyside Christian School. After retiring, Wendell was an active member of the Sunnyside Grace Brethren Church.

He also enjoyed riding motorcycles, camping, traveling, hunting, fishing, woodworking, crossword puzzles and was active in a bowling league until age 93. For many years, Wendell was a member of the Sunnyside Volunteer Fire Department and was a regular blood donor.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Margaret Morgan of Yakima; one son, Bill Morgan and wife, Shirley, of Arizona; four daughters, Valerie Cowles and husband, Don, of Grandview, Tish Cooper and husband, Gary, of Yakima, Dianna Burton and husband, Jim, of Sumner and Velva Myers and husband, Tom, of Aloha, Ore.; 13 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Geneva Morgan; two sisters, Edith and Dorothy; and three brothers, Edward, Evertt and Arthur.

Viewing and visitation will be held Sunday, March 21, 2004, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside. Funeral services will be held Monday, March 22, 2004, at 11 a.m. at Sunnyside Grace Brethren Church, Sunnyside, with burial to follow at Sunnyside Cemetery, under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside. Those wishing to honor Wendell’s memory may contribute to the Sunnyside Grace Brethren Church or Clear Lake Camp of the Grace Brethren Church.


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