Rinehold “Riney” Becker, a long-time Sunnyside resident, passed away Saturday, May 1, 2004, at his home surrounded by loving family.

Rinehold was born May 9, 1930 in Terry, Mont. to Gottlieb and Katherine Becker. His family relocated to Sunnyside in 1938. He attended Wendell Phillips School, where he graduated and began working in the fields to help support his family.

Rinehold worked at the Ford Garage until moving to California in 1956.

He returned to Sunnyside and started working at the Safeway Manufacturing Plant in Grandview, where he continued to work for 34 years, retiring in 1992.

In his earlier years he enjoyed ice-skating, water skiing and motorcycle riding. In later years, Rinehold loved being a spectator at his great-grandchildren’s’ ball games and was known by all of his grandchildren as “GranDad.”

He was well known by many friends and neighbors and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his wife, Alice, of 56 years; three brothers, Ed, Allen and Jimmy Becker; two sisters, Gladys Brinkman and Violet Hicks; son, Kent Becker of Prosser; daughter, Barbara Firova of Las Vegas, Nev.; three grandchildren, Kristi Milne of Prosser, Shellie and husband, Bob Morgan, of Richland, and Tyson Culver and wife, Jacqueline, of Austin, Texas; and four great-grandchildren, Blake and Whitney Milne, and Dalton and Brandon Morgan.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and three sisters, Cleda Bacon, Alice Renk and Irene Fouty.

A private graveside memorial service will be held Wednesday, May 5, 2004, at 6 p.m. at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens, Sunnyside, under the direction of the Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Lower Valley Hospice may be made.


William K. “Bill” Knight, 72, of East Wenatchee and a former Sunnyside and Bellevue resident, passed away Friday, April 30, 2004, from his home with his family by his side.

Bill was born July 23, 1931 in Mabton, the son of Naomi (Bales) and William J. Knight. He received his education in Sunnyside, graduating with the class of 1949.

Following his education Bill served four years in the U.S. Navy in the Submarine Service.

On Aug. 3, 1957 he married Audrey Merfeld in Bellevue.

Bill was a Washington State Patrolman from 1954 to 1961. He then began his employment with M. and M. Investigation as head of security for the Space Needle in Seattle. Bill owned and operated M. and M. Investigation from 1973 to 1987. He also worked for the Log Trucking Association for two years before semi-retiring. Bill and Audrey built a home in Cle Elum, which they enjoyed for 10 years before full retirement.

Bill enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating and golfing. His most cherished times were spent coaching and watching his sons participate in sporting events.

Bill was a member of St. Louise Parish in Bellevue.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Audrey of Wenatchee; three sons, Bill Knight and wife, Lori, of Wenatchee, Pat Knight and wife, Lisa, of Bothell and Michael Knight and wife, Lisa Jo, of Woodinville; four grandchildren; and one brother, Bob Knight of Sunnyside.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial funeral mass will be celebrated Saturday, May 8, 2004, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Sunnyside. Inurnment will be at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens, Sunnyside, under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside.


Edith J. Perryman, 91, of Longview passed away Sunday, May 2, 2004, at Hospice Care Center in Longview.

She was born June 10, 1912 in Sunnyside, the daughter of James and Ida (Betty) Lyon. As a young child she moved to Idaho with her parents. She received her early schooling in Idaho. Edith finished school and graduated from Wapato High School in 1930. She moved to the Lower Yakima Valley in 1931, making Grandview her home from 1961 to 1987. She lived in Sunnyside until 1994 and then moved to Longview.

In 1931 she married Floyd Nave. Then in 1961 she married Amos (Dart) Perryman.

She worked for the Marathon Carton factory in Sunnyside.

She was a former member of the Harrah Brethren Church.

Edith lived in the Senior Uptown Court in Sunnyside, where she enjoyed her yard and friends. She lived at the Canterbury Inn in Longview, where she made many friends and was dearly loved there and will be missed.

She is survived by one son, Larry Nave and wife, Linda, of Kelso; one daughter, Judy Honey of Yakima; two sisters, Leila Hall of Sunnyside and Shirley Sweeney of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; 15 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one son, Donald; two sisters, Eva Lyon and Betty Jean; her two husbands; and two brothers, Clifford Lyon and Billie Lyon.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 6, 2004, at 2 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside. Interment will be held at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens, Sunnyside. Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 2067, Longview, WA 98632.


Alice Ward, 91, of Portland, Ore. and a former Grandview resident, died Thursday, April 29, 2004, at St. Vincent Hospital in Portland.

She was born Dec. 22, 1912 in Clydach Vales, Wales, the daughter of Martha (Hughes) and John Ludwig. At the age of six months she came to Magna, Utah, later moving to Portland in 1916.

On May 29, 1948 she married Steve Ward in Portland. Following their marriage they moved to Grandview, where she worked for Old National Bank for many years. She continued to make Grandview her home until moving to Portland in September 1982.

She is survived by one son, John R. Ward of Everett; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Thelma Moore of California; one brother, Richard Ludwig of Oregon; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Steve, in 1979; four brothers; and three sisters.

Burial was held at Grandview Cemetery, under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, Grandview.


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