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Obituaries

HAROLD REED MILLER

HAROLD REED MILLER

Harold Reed Miller, 89, of Largo, Fla. and formerly of Yakima died Saturday, June 18, 2005, at Sabal Palms Health Care Center.

He was born in Mt. Gilead, Ohio. He moved to Largo from Yakima in September of 2004. He was a salesman for Killingstad Bros. Furniture in Sunnyside. He retired after 30 years of service.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Edna; two daughters, Susan Thomas of Portage, Minn. and Linnea Forizs of St. Petersburg, Fla.; a son, Robert of San Diego, Calif.; a sister, Virginia Hubbard of Yakima; four grandchildren; and one nephew and three nieces.

Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home, St. Petersburg, is in charge of arrangements.

WARREN WRIGHT

Warren Wright, 62, of Grandview died Saturday, June 18, 2005, at his home.

He was born Dec. 31, 1942 in Vancouver to Norman and Gretchen Mariah (Thompson) Wright. On Dec. 5, 1964 he married J. Louise Wright in Toppenish. He worked for Bleyhl Farm Service for 33 years.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, J. Louise Wright of Grandview; three sons, Norman Wright and wife, Kathy, of Union Gap, Jerry Wright and Carol, of Zillah and Lyle Wright and wife, Jenifer, of Kennewick; one daughter, Cindi Harr and husband, Mike, of Ephrata; seven grandchildren; and one brother, Jerome Wright.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Viewing and visitation will be held Wednesday, June 22, 2005, from 5 to 8 p.m. and Thursday, June 23, 2005, from 9 to 10 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Grandview. Graveside services will be held Thursday, June 23, 2005, at 11 a.m. at Zillah Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor his memory may contribute to the Christian Motorcycle Association or the Bigfoot Canadian Side Car Club. Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

VADA IRENE WERTENBERGER

Vada Irene Wertenberger, 78, of Sunnyside passed away Friday, June 17, 2005, at Sunnyside Community Hospital.

She was born Oct. 18, 1926 in Sidney, Iowa to Charles and Eva Mae (Thompson) Leighty. Vada grew up in Mountain Grove, Mo. At the age of 14, she with her family moved to Grandview. She worked for Twin City Foods retiring in 1999 due to failing health.

Vada was a hard worker and enjoyed yard sales and sewing. She cherished time spent with her grandchildren.

Vada is survived by three daughters, Gini Thomas and husband, Doug, of Olympia, Henrietta Rising and husband, David, of Post Falls, Idaho and Harriet Wertenberger of Sunnyside; two sons, Virgil Wertenberger of New York and Roger Wertenberger and wife, Angie, of Clallam Bay; seven grandchildren; seven brothers, Johnny Groves, Virgil Groves, Roy Groves, Harold Groves, Henry Groves, Ruben Leighty and Walter Leighty; and three sisters, Stella Trujillo, Virginia Hancock and Pauline Hawkins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Richard Leighty; and one brother, Albert Leighty.

Viewing and visitation will be held Thursday, June 23, 2005, from 2 to 8 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside. Funeral services will be held Friday, June 24, 2005, at 10 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside. Burial will be at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens, under the direction of Smith Funeral Home.

ELLIS EDWARD ROBERTSON

1912-2005

He was born Sept. 16, 1912 in Fort Payne, Ala. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nellie, of 55 years and a daughter, Joyce; two sisters, Bertha and Irene; three brothers, Curt, Douglas and Bill; and parents, John and Ethel Robertson. He passed away at the home of his son, Garry Robertson, in Renton

on June 18, 2005.

Ellis and Nellie came to Grandview about 1943 and first farmed on Hornby Road.

He later worked at the Hanford Project and then went into business for himself. He became the owner and manager of Robertson Construction. During the following years his company was extremely successful, building between 120 and 130 homes in the Grandview area, some on Robertson Road which was named in honor of him and his work. They also built the Yakima Valley Clinic at the corner of Davidson and Third Streets, and the Two Fountains Apartments on Euclid St. The company also built the Plaza Apartments in Prosser.

Retiring from construction business, Mr. and Mrs. Robertson moved to the coast and managed a motel at Long Beach. They returned to Grandview and built their home near the new high school.

He is survived by his two brothers, Clyde Robertson of Grandview and Leo Robertson of Rogue River, Ore.

The couple were the parents of five children, Charles Robertson of London England, Paul Robertson of Tacoma, Janice Brumfield of Norfolk, Va., Garry Robertson of Renton and Larry Robertson of San Leandro, Calif. There are also numerous grandchildren, great- grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at The Nazarene Church at 500 Elm St., Grandview, on Friday June 24, 2005, at 1 p.m. Burial will be in the family plot at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens, Sunnyside. Services will be held under the direction of Garry and Larry Robertson.

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