Charles Allen (Chuck) Monroe, 81, of Sunnyside died Tuesday, July 5, 2005, in Sunnyside.

He was born in Toppenish March 5, 1924 to Nathan and Elizabeth Monroe and lived in the Yakima Valley all of his life. In 1946 he and Mae “Dianna” Tolley were married in Ellensburg.

As an early Yakima Valley farmer, Chuck and his father cleared sagebrush on the Satus and raised potatoes, later clearing more land on the Roza. Chuck planted and harvested the first peppermint west of the Mississippi when he worked for Callison Brothers. He later worked at Twin City Foods for several years and then worked at Hanford as a pipe fitter, retiring in 1988.

Chuck was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed the mountains and loved to hunt and was a talented fisherman. It was often said that he could catch a fish out of a mud hole. Often he and his family, along with close friends, would spend weeks riding the Tennessee walking horses he bred and raised. He found so much joy in his life with his wife. They unselfishly shared everything they had with their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends.

Chuck was also an outstanding bowler, competing in numerous leagues and tournaments, where his teammates often relied on him as the anchorman. He won countless trophies and was an excellent candidate for the local Bowlers’ Hall of Fame. He and his wife sponsored a bowling team for many years.

He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he served as a scout master, was a past member of the Outlook Grange, a member of Lower Valley Elks Club and the Teamsters Union.

Loved ones who mourn his passing are Mae, his wife of 59 years; sons, Don (Lara) of Blackfoot, Idaho, Jack (Suzanne) of Stoneville, N.C. and Nathan “Bud” of Sunnyside; special son-in-law, Paul Mills of Katy, Texas; 15 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren; 3 sisters, Roberta Graham of Granger, Doris Severance of Yakima and Gladys Rex of Indiana; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Vicki Mills; parents, Nathan and Elizabeth Monroe; three brothers, Floyd, Glen and Chet;

two sisters, Nina Thomas, Eleanor Liska; sisters-in-law, Mary Monroe and Mamie Monroe and brother-in-law Vernon Liska.

Viewing will be Sunday, July 10, 2005, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside. Services will be held Monday, July 11, 2005, at 2 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Lincoln Avenue in Sunnyside.


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