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Obituaries

ELMER LEE SATTERFIELD

ELMER LEE SATTERFIELD

Elmer Lee Satterfield, 81, of Sunnyside died Thursday, July 28, 2005, at his home.

He was born Sept. 7, 1923 in Palisade, Colo. to Roper and Irsa (Brown) Satterfield. He married Thelma Kinkade June 19, 1945 in Selah. They made their home in the Lower Valley, where they farmed until 1971. He worked at Mabton and Grandview schools as a maintenance supervisor.

He is survived by his wife, Thelma Satterfield of Sunnyside; one son, David E. Satterfield and wife, Margaret, of Richland; one daughter, Karen Satterfield Carrillo of Sunnyside; two grandchildren; one step-granddaughter; two great-grandsons; two step-great-granddaughters; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by nine brothers and sisters.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2005, at 10 a.m. at Sunnyside Chapel of Valley Hills Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Mabton City Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Lower Valley Hospice or Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

FRANKLIN G. TUTTLE

Franklin G. Tuttle, 91, a longtime Grandview, died Wednesday, July 27, 2005 in Pasco.

He was born July 10, 1914 in Grandview. He attended local schools and graduated from Grandview High School in 1934.

He worked in a ship yard as an electrical engineer and at Hanford as an electrician. He was employed by the Grandview School District for 25 years as district maintenance supervisor.

He married Mabel Finafrock in Grandview on Feb. 22, 1939. She died in 1987.

On Aug. 13, 1988 he married Ruth Stapleton.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth E. Tuttle; one daughter, Nadine Ann Mohr and husband, Curtis; two grandchildren; one great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mabel Tuttle; his parents, James and Annie Tuttle; six sisters; and two brothers.

Viewing and visitation will be held Monday, Aug. 1, 2005, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Grandview. A funeral service will be held Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2005, at 10 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home with burial to follow at Grandview Cemetery. Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

JAKE B. GORTSEMA

Jake B. Gortsema, 86, a longtime Sunnyside resident, went home to his Lord and Savior on July 27, 2005.

Our Dad was born June 4, 1919 in Grangeville, Idaho to Kryn and Sadie Gortsema.

There he grew up on the family farm and attended school.

On September 14, 1941 he married his sweetheart, our Mom, Grace Kingma.

We five daughters have been blessed to have them as our parents.

Dad worked as a wheat farmer and later a machinist and operated a machine shop on our farm near Grangeville.

In 1956 our family moved to Sunnyside so that we could attend Sunnyside Christian School. Dad owned and operated Gortsema Service and Supply. He repaired farm equipment, but also designed and manufactured farm implements.

He and Mom later sold RV’s. Finally, Dad worked for Kenasco. We see the countless strong welds Dad made on farm equipment throughout the Valley as but a weak representation of God’s persevering love and mercy toward us.

Dad enjoyed his family and we were his priority. Camping together was one of our favorite activities, which Dad and Mom continued until just a few years ago.

On these trips, Dad would often remind us of our Creator God. Psalm 8:3-6. Dad was a lifelong member of the Christian Reformed Church and served as a deacon, elder, and on the building committee for the current building in Sunnyside.

He was also a board member of Sunnyside Christian School.

Despite his serious responsibilities, Dad had a great sense of humor; a well-executed practical joke was a pleasure.

He taught us by example!

Dad is survived by his wife of nearly 64 years, Grace S. Gortsema; five daughters, Rose M. Roosendall (Tom) of Vancouver; L. Jean Kamps (Gary) of Lynden; Carol A. Compaan (Anthony) of Jacksonville, Fla.; Eileen F. Timmermans (Jesse II) of Sunnyside and Marcia K. VanderGriend (Steve) of Sugar Grove, Ill.; 16 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren with twins expected in October and 3 great-great-grandchildren; three brothers, John (Dawn) of Lewiston, Idaho; Charlie (Jo) of Grangeville, Idaho and Andy (Dorothy) in Fairfield; two sisters, Ann Bos of Grangeville and Rosella DeHaas (Frank) of Greencreek, Idaho;

two sisters-in-law, Anna Marie Gortsema of Grangeville and Tena Gortsema of Spokane.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Wilbur, Raymond and Cornelius (Neal); brother-in-law, Ralph Bos; and sister-in-law, Lavonne Gortsema.

Though we mourn his death, we do not mourn as those who have no hope. We thank God for Dad’s long life and praise Him for His covenant faithfulness through the generations!

Viewing and visitation will be held on Friday, July 29, 2005, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside. Private family graveside services will be held Saturday, July 30, 2005, at 10 a.m. at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens, Sunnyside.

A memorial funeral service will be held Saturday, July 30, 2005, at 11 a.m. at Christian Reformed Church, Sunnyside. Those wishing to honor Jake’s memory may contribute to Sunnyside Christian School or to Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

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