John (Jack) Allen Inions lost his battle with cancer Sunday, May 29, 2005, at the age of 72.

Jack was born Sept. 22, 1932 in Everett, to John and Henrietta Inions. Jack grew up in Yakima Valley, where he met his wife, Venita, at the age of 17. Jack earned a football scholarship from Washington State University, where he majored in education with an emphasis in agriculture and biology. While in Pullman, Jack’s encounter with a cougar earned him the nickname “Cougar Jack.”

Jack and Venita married while they were attending college and had their first son, Joe and daughter, Jannese. After college, Jack and Venita settled in Grandview and had two more children, Jon and Tom. Jack worked at Grandview High School as a science teacher, head football and wrestling coach. Jack retired from teaching after 16 years and went to work with his best friend, Charlie Holtzinger at C.M. Holtzinger Fruit Company. Jack always farmed on the side.

His love of agriculture led him and his friends to start up the Covey Run Winery which they owned for many years.

Jack’s greatest love was fishing, hunting, and his beach cabin at Camano Island. Jack went fishing with his family and friends all over the world. Jack was the best husband, father, grandfather, and friend. We prayed for one more day with Jack, but the Lord chose to take away his pain and suffering.

Jack leaves behind his wife of 50 years, Venita; son, Joe and his wife, Linda; a daughter, Jannese and her husband, Jim; son, Jon and wife, Melody; and son, Tom and wife, Linda; and grandchildren, Adrienne, Eric, Janay, Thomas (T.J.), Janelle, Justin, Jack, Jennifer, Megan, and Tommy.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, John and Henrietta; a sister, Barb Mealy; and uncle, Tom Inions.

A memorial service was held Friday, June 3, 2005, at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 1201 Missouri Street, Grandview, with burial services in Zillah, followed by a reception at Silver Lake Winery (formerly Covey Run Winery). Valley Hills Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Barbara M. Johnson, 78, of Sunnyside passed away Thursday, June 9, 2005, at Sunnyside Community Hospital.

She was born Feb. 6, 1927 in Sunnyside to Harold Leighton and Gladys (Wooliscroft) Johnson. Barbara received her education in Sunnyside. On April 30, 1944, she married Walter Johnson. They together were diversified farmers for 61 years on South Emerald Road.

Barbara was an avid rock hound and cherished time spent with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Walter B. Johnson of Sunnyside; two daughters, Barbara Carol Knowles and husband, Douglas, of Tennessee and Susan Kuiken and husband, Phil, of Sunnyside; one son, Stephen Johnson of Sunnyside; 10 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Harold Johnson of Sunnyside.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and two sisters, Virginia Verhulp and Jean Huetson.

Viewing and visitation will be held Sunday, June 12, 2005, from 3 to 8 p.m. and Monday, June 13, 2005, from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Graveside services will be held Monday, June 13, 2005, at 2 p.m. at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens, Sunnyside. Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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