Genevieve Leona Robert, 88, of Sunnyside passed away Saturday, July 8, 2006, in Sunnyside.

She was born Sept. 18, 1917 in Asotin to Thomas A. and Nellie (Crull) Palmer. She received her education in Toppenish. On Aug. 10, 1935 she married Alfred Robert in Yakima. Together they made their home in the Grandview, Mabton and Sunnyside areas. Alfred passed away Oct. 29, 1980 and Genevieve continued to make Sunnyside her home until the time of her death.

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. She enjoyed cooking, baking, playing bingo and pinochle.

Genevieve is survived by her two daughters, Lois Horr of Boise, Idaho and Phyllis Hopper and husband, Sonny, of Yakima; two sons, Raymond Robert and wife, Susie, of West Richland and Alfred Robert Jr. and wife, Paula, of Bothell; 15 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Alfred; two sons, James Robert and Donald Robert; and one sister, Maxine Hunt.

Viewing and visitation will be held Tuesday, July 11, 2006, from 3 to 8 p.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 6 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, July 12, 2006, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Sunnyside, with burial to follow at Sunnyside Cemetery, Sunnyside. Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


David Turner USAF SMS Ret., 63, of Spanaway who gave up his fight with cancer passed away Monday, July 3, 2006.

David was born April 3, 1943, in Sunnyside to Virgil and Clara Peil Turner. His early education started at Outlook School and then moved to Sunnyside, where he graduated in 1961.

In July 1963, David married his longtime sweetheart Judith Sharon Thornton. Two years later Dave enlisted in the Air Force. After basic training and mechanics school in Texas, he was shipped to Vietnam for a year. Upon his return in 1968, Dave was sent to Texas.

In 1969, he and Judy adopted a gift from heaven, Melissa, who was five days old. After the final adoption papers were signed, they headed to a four-year stay in Alaska. While in Alaska, besides fishing, he raced snowmobiles. His biggest race was a 500-mile course set on a frozen lake.

In 1974, the Turners headed back to Texas, where they lived for one-and-a-half years before venturing to Iceland for another two years, where Dave was a maintenance supervisor. Dave was then stationed at McChord AFB, where he cross-trained to be a flight engineer on C-141 Starlifter cargo planes for 12 years. During this time he flew all over the world, circling the globe 11 times and over both North and South Poles. During the last few years he was supervisor in the eighth Military Airlift Squadron. Besides Vietnam, he served in the Grenada and Panama conflicts, Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

Dave was an avid radio control airplane builder and flier. During his 30 years of flying RC, he traveled all over the Northwest to contests; he won a few, he lost a few. He built many friendships through this hobby and belonged to the Mount Rainier Radio Control Society for 25 years and also the Valley Aeromodelers in Zillah. Interspersed in the airplane hobby was his second favorite hobby of camping.

In 2003-2004 Dave drove Judy and their three cats from Spanaway to Alabama, then Savanna, Georgia, down to Florida, across the width of the South and back up the coast to home. Another long trip was planned just days before Dave became ill with extensive cancer. After a six-month battle, Dave succumbed at home on July 3, 2006.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Judith; and their daughter, Melissa, who resides in Seattle; his mother, Clara; a brother, Stanley and wife, Kathy, all of Kent, and a brother, William (Bill) and wife, Donna, of Sunnyside; plus numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Virgil, and his best buddy, “Nutmeg”.

At his request no services other than a celebration of life will be held Saturday, July 15, 2006, at Spanapark Senior Center, 325 152


St. E., Spanaway, WA 98387. Beginning promptly at 1:30, the celebration will include an Air Force flag folding ceremony along with Taps. A light buffet will follow and the celebration will conclude at 4 p.m. We hope you can attend and help us celebrate. As Dave would request, please wear casual clothing.

Any memorials may be sent to the Franciscan Hospice of Tacoma, 1717 South J Street, Tacoma 98401. The House of Scott in Tacoma is handling the cremation.


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