Hilda E. Hanson, 91, of Yakima and a former Grandview resident died Sunday, April 17, 2005, at Crescent Nursing Home.

She was born March 7, 1914 in New Ulm, Minn. to Henry and Bertha Nagel. When she turned 14, her family moved to Sunnyside to a small farm. In 1933 she married Clifford Hanson. They farmed a couple different places, but ended up on a farm on Hornby Road near Grandview. Her husband died in 1972 and she moved to Yakima.

She is survived by her daughter, Lucille (Marvin) Schmitt; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Cliff, in April of 1972; and one daughter, Rosella Garoutte Fry in April of 1998.

At her request there will be no services. Valley Hills Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Virgil “Pete” Donis England, 79, of Walla Walla passed away Friday, April 15, 2005, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Walla Walla.

Pete was born Feb. 10, 1926 in Coal, Henry Co., Mo. to Ervin Elijah England and Freda Mae Waisner England. Pete attended school in Missouri and came to Washington State in 1942-43 with his family settling in the Sunnyside area.

On Aug. 14, 1947 he married Betty Prescott at Prosser. Making their home in Sunnyside and then moving to Grandview. In those years of being in Grandview, one of Pete’s favorite things to do for recreation was to race jalopies at the Sunny-Grand Speedway, bringing home numerous trophies. He worked many years on the power supply projects at Hanford and then the Snake River Dams, which brought him to the Dayton.

He was a charter member of the Teamster’s local 839 in Pasco, retiring after 35 years in 1982.

Pete and Betty moved to Touchet in 1978. While making their home there, he enjoyed gardening, fishing, camping, and square dancing with the High Stepper Square dancing club.

Pete and Betty moved to Walla Walla in 1992, due to ill health, where they continued their retirement. He enjoyed playing cards at the Walla Walla Senior Center.

He is survived by his wife Betty, of Walla Walla; four children, Cherie (Mike) Morrow of Sunnyside, Daniel (Susan) England of Prescott, Ted (Debbie) England of Seattle, and Cindi (Sean) Casseday of Dayton; and nine grandchildren, Chad England, Matt Morrow, Kylee Morrow, Jackie Morrow, Sydney England, Kelsey England, Casey Casseday, April Casseday, and Connor Casseday.

He is also survived by brothers, Lee England of Woodland, Calif., Farriel England of Riverside, Calif.; sisters, Alma (Gerri) Golden of Sunnyside, Louise Schlosser of Port Angeles, and Dora Baldwin of Prosser; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Pauline England; and two brothers, Junior England and Bill England.

Viewing will be held Tuesday, April 19, 2005, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, Walla Walla. Memorial services will be held Wednesday, April 20, 2005, at 10 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1821 S. 2


Ave., Walla Walla. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at the Dayton City Cemetery. Herring Groseclose Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


LaVon Lynch, 70, of Kent beloved wife, mother and friend, passed away Monday, April 11, 2005, at her home of 46 years in Kent.

LaVon Crowe was born Aug. 14, 1934 in Riverton, Wyo.  She was a joy to know from the moment she arrived.  LaVon moved from Wyoming as a young child and grew up in Sunnyside.  She was popular with her friends and always gave from her heart.  She graduated from Sunnyside High School.  She escaped all the boys who pursued her except one.  She married Leonard Lynch on Feb. 19, 1955 at the Sunnyside Baptist Church. They were married for 50 years.  She was a mother without compare and her daughters and grandchildren meant the world to her and her to them. She was very active in her children’s activities and school and was awarded Parent of the Year when her daughter, Linda graduated from high school. She taught them how to be kind, patient and give with all their heart.  Thanks, mom.

As a teacher of 25 years at Valhalla Elementary School, she touched many lives and brought joy to each.  She received numerous prestigious honors for her work with children including two Golden Acorn Awards.  She had a special gift for teaching.  She loved her students and they loved her.  She was the “Valhalla Grandmother”.

She loved to learn and attended many classes at the University of Washington and Seattle Pacific University.  She loved to cook, read and travel and was an expert calligrapher.  She traveled all over the United States and Europe. She retired in 2000 to care for her husband who was very ill.

LaVon dedicated her life to the service of others. She strived to teach compassion and forgiveness and always maintained a child like joy in her heart even though she had sadness in her life. She was our angel on earth. She will be missed but never forgotten.

LaVon is survived by a loving family; husband, Leonard Lynch of Kent; daughter and son-in-law. Linda and Matt Norton and grandchildren, Matthew and Michelle Norton all of Sullivan’s Island, S.C.; brother, Duane (Chieko) Crowe of Richland; sisters, Robie (Wenton) Dillard of Montana, Jeanette Knight of Sunnyside and Patricia Wilcox of Auburn; and many, many loving nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Wayne and Mabel Crowe; brother, Jimmy Crowe; sister, Adalynn Crowe; and daughter, Laurie Kim Lynch, who died of Leukemia at age 11.

Memorial services will be held Monday, April 18, 2005, at 4:30 p.m. at All Saints Lutheran Church, 272nd and Military Road in Kent. Final resting place at Hillcrest Burial Park. Memorials may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 530 Dexter Ave. N., Seattle, WA  98109,


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