Morris H. Bogert, 86, of Sunnyside, our father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2004, at Sunnyside Community Hospital.

Morris was born in Hedel, The Netherlands, on Sept. 24, 1918 to Woutera M. (Ottevanger) and Herbert Bogert, but lived and farmed almost 80 years in the Yakima Valley. We lovingly called him Grandpa Farmer.

Morris Bogert and Lois Bos were married in Sunnyside on Feb. 28, 1940. Three daughters and two sons were born to them.

After the death of Lois in February 1992, Morris loved to go to the coffee shops, often going to the Outpost in the mornings and Marie’s in the afternoons. He had many friends and greatly enjoyed visiting with them. One of the longest friendships was with an eighth grade classmate from Outlook School, Art Price. He also loved to sit in his lawn chair and watch the world whiz by on I-82.

Surviving children are Jerri (Jim) Honeyford, Marilynn (Ken) VerSteeg, Janice (Joe) Albrect, and Jim (Kathy) Bogert and their families which include 16 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are two brothers, Henry of Sunnyside and Walt of Kennewick; and two sisters, Marie Duim of Sunnyside and Jeanette Mitzel of Randle.

He was preceded in death by his wife Lois, their infant son Gerald; one brother, Pete Bogert; and one sister, Wilma Mitzel.

Morris was a lifetime member of the Sunnyside Christian Reformed Church, where his funeral service was held Monday, Jan. 3, 2005, at 11 a.m. Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens before the memorial service. Viewing and visitation were held Sunday, Jan. 2, 2005, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions will be given to Sunnyside Christian School.


Alvadeen Boyd, 86, of Yuma, Ariz. died at her home Thursday, Dec. 30, 2004.

She was born April 18, 1918 in Fort Cobb, Okla. to Clyde and Hazel Perkins. She grew up in Fay, Okla. and graduated from Fay High School.

She later married her high school sweetheart, Wilbur Newell Boyd, in Kingfisher, Okla. in 1938. They celebrated their 66th anniversary on Christmas Eve this year. They moved to Bremerton in 1942, where Wilber worked in the shipyard during World War II. After the war they moved to Sunnyside, where Wilbur was the chief engineer at the Carnation plant.

Alvadeen was active in the South Hill Club and Christian Church. After retirement they moved to Yuma and spent many enjoyable years together.

She is survived by her husband, Wilbur, at the family home in Yuma; a daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Richard Guhlke of Spokane; a brother, Eddie Earl and Beth Perkins, of Thomas, Okla.; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers; and two sons.

Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 3, 2005, at 1 p.m. at Sunset Vista Funeral Home, Yuma, with Hospice Chaplain Paul Gambling officiating. Private interment will follow at Grandview Cemetery, Grandview.

Sunset Vista Funeral Home, Yuma, and Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside, are in charge of arrangements.


Melvin Henry Curtis Sr., 82, of Sunnyside passed away on Friday, Dec. 31, 2004, from Just Like Home in Sunnyside.

Melvin was born on Sept. 2, 1922 in Hubbell, Neb., the son of Jennie (Davidson) and Claude Curtis. Melvin received his education in Oregon, graduating from Yuma Pine High School. Melvin serviced six years in the United States Army during World War II. On Aug. 29, 1945 he married Florence Meades in England. In April of 1946 they moved to Prosser and three months later moved to Sunnyside, where Melvin worked 15 years for Western Farmers and retired after 12 years with the United Telephone Company. His wife, Florence, of 52 years died in 1997 and Melvin had continued to make Sunnyside his home until his death.

Melvin is survived by two children, Mary Ann Wright and husband, Ardill, of Mossyrock and Melvin H. Curtis Jr. and wife, Lynde, of Klickitat; five grandchildren, Kim Benedict, Paul Bailes, Melvin L. Curtis, Brenda R. Clack and Dana B. Geary; nine great-grandchildren; one brother, Milton Curtis of Walla Walla; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Florence; and three sisters.

Viewing and visitation was held Sunday, Jan. 2, 2005, from 3 to 7 p.m. and Monday, Jan. 3, 2005, from 8:30 a.m. until time of service at 1 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside. Graveside military honors were in Lower Valley Memorial Gardens.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Myrtle Frances Humbyrd, 84, of Alaska died Dec. 29, 2004, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska with her family at her side.

She was born Jan. 4, 1920 in Black Rock, Wa. She met her husband, James, in Sunnyside, who preceded her in death Aug. 21, 1981. They had two children, daughter, Peggy, and son, Wes. The family moved to Hoquiam in 1946. After her husband’s passing she moved back to Sunnyside to live with her sister, Bessie, until her passing. She moved to Homer in April 2003 to be closer to her son, Wes, and granddaughter, Jodi.

Myrtle worked for Hoquiam Veneer Plant for nearly 30 years and during World War II volunteered wherever she could lend a helping hand. She was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, where she was an active member in Hoquiam and Sunnyside, for over 58 years.

Myrtle was a caring, giving person who made many friends throughout her life. She was a great cook who loved sewing, knitting, ceramics, picking berries, clam digging, fishing, camping, and canning, but what she loved more then anything else was spending time with her family and friends. She was a loving, caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend. Her smile and great sense of humor will be missed, but her memory will live on in all of us who knew her and loved her.

She is survived by her son, Wes Humbyrd; son-in-law, Tex Page; granddaughters, Jodi Sibson, Debbie Ross and Cheryl Zamora; great-grandchildren, Michael, Melissa, Janice, Jason; one great-great-grandchild; brother, Bud Cameron; sisters, Rosie Pope, Gladys Graves, Elsie Long; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by husband, James Humbyrd; daughter, Peggy Page; granddaughter, Suann Page; and sister, Bessie Turner.

A family service is planned in Sunnyside and her remains will be placed with her husband in Hoquiam at a later date.

A memorial contribution may be given in her name to the Fraternal Order of Eagles #2927, 100 E. South Hill Road, P.O. Box 4, Sunnyside, WA 98944.


Shirley Loraine Kollmar, 81, of Grandview went to be in the arms of her Heavenly Father Saturday, Jan. 1, 2005 from her home.

Shirley was born on July 4, 1923 in Grandview, the daughter of Esther (Meiser) and Roy Heath. She graduated from Sunnyside High School in 1941 and later attended Central Washington College. On Oct. 31, 1942 she married Walter A. Kollmar at her parents’ home in Grandview. Shirley and Walter purchased Shelby Sheet Metal in 1952, which later became Kollmar, Inc.

Shirely was a very active member of the Bethany Presbyterian Church, serving as deacon, elder, Sunday School teacher and Vacation Bible School leader. Her family was very important to her. She never missed a sporting event of her children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren. Her husband of 52 years, Walter, passed away in 1996 and she had continued to make Grandview her home until the time of her death.

Shirley is survived by three children, Jerry Kollmar and wife, Sharon, of Grandview, Keith Kollmar of Grandview and Susan Wallingford of Sunnyside; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; one sister, Ruth Boyle of Prosser; and one brother, Reed Heath of Prosser.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Walter; and two brothers, Joe Heath and Duane Heath.

Viewing and visitation will be on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2005, from 4 to 8 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 6, 2005, from 8:30 until 9:30 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Grandview. Graveside funeral services will be held Thursday, Jan. 6, 2005, at 10 a.m. at Grandview Cemetery. Memorial funeral services will be held Thursday, Jan. 6, 2005, at 11 a.m. at Bethany Presbyterian Church in Grandview.

Those wishing to honor Shirley’s memory may contribute to the Bethany Presbyterian Church.


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