Clarence Whipple, 82, of Sparks, Nev. and a former Sunnyside resident died Sunday, July 10, 2005.

Clarence was born June 16, 1923 in North Dakota. He was a WWII veteran, having served in the Coast Guard in Asia. He was a college graduate of Oregon State University. Clarence married Beth Smith Whipple on Feb. 1, 1947. They lived in Sunnyside from 1954 to 1987. Clarence managed Simplot Fertilizer Inc. for many years and then owned and operated Whipple Seed Company. Clarence also farmed on the side and raised several horses for his daughters to ride and volunteered countless hours to the 4-H program.

Clarence had always had a smile on his face, a twinkle in his eyes and a spring to his step. He also had a kind word for all.

He is survived by his four daughters and their families, Carol Whipple and Tom Larscheid of Brussels, Belgium, Janie and Guido Whipple of Sparks, Eileen, Bill and Lynn Bechtol, all of Homer, Alaska and Nancy, Cliff, Shasta and Keeven Lucas, all of Kennewick; two sisters, Norma Rae Stuhlmiller and Irene Arnold; and one brother-in-law, Robert Lawrence.

Clarence was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Beth Whipple.

Reno Memorial was in charge of arrangements.


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