Ernest Loyd Haley, 81, of Grandview passed away Sunday, June 18, 2006, surrounded by family and loved ones at Orchard House in Grandview.

Ernie was born Jan. 8, 1925 to the late Harry Nathan Haley and the late Ruby Odessa Scott in Seattle. He grew up in Yakima, worked on a farm in Tieton, and then joined the U.S. Navy on Sept. 30, 1943. Ernie served in the Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit #566 in San Diego, Calif. He was a Carpenter’s Mate Third Class. Ernie was stationed in Africa for three years during WWII as a construction battalion equipment operator, where he carved out airstrips and perimeters in Casablanca, Algiers and Point Tiati. He was honorably discharged from the Navy on April 6, 1946.

Ernie met Katherine (Kate) Georges at a skating rink when she served him refreshments. On May 19, 1946, Ernie and Kate were married in Yakima.

Ernie is survived by his wife of 60 years, Kate Haley of Sunnyside; two sons, Wayne and Glen Haley; two daughters, Aldeana Haley Heintz and Patricia Austin; close friend, Judi Taylor; sister-in-law, Mary Vance; three brothers-in-law, Dinow Georges, Pete Georges and John Georges; and niece, Meredith Sandoz.

After Ernie served his country, he worked as a machinist at John Deere and a foreman at Edwards Equipment. In 1953, he managed a tire business in Granger; subsequently he was a mechanic and machinist at Libby’s, then at Simplot. In 1990, Ernie retired from Simplot. Upon retirement, he enjoyed farming several acres of Bing and Rainier Cherries at his Sunnyside orchard.

Ernie was a masterful welder. The only thing he couldn’t weld was a broken heart. He was a passionate about aviation. He was a pilot and loved to fly his Tri-Pacer locally. Ernie was an avid fisherman and hunter. Clear Lake was his favorite trout-fishing spot and Mt. Clemens was his favorite elk and deer hunting place. Ernie was a music aficionado. He also enjoyed listening to the Grand Old Opry, Johnny Cash and Roger Williams. He loved his dog, Susie.

Ernie was well known for his generosity and compassion and he was always willing to lend a hand with repair jobs that friends brought to him. Because of his passion for family, friends, fun and life, he left this world a better place and will be greatly missed by all those whose hearts he touched.

Ernie was quite involved in his community. He and his wife, Kate, were members of the American Legion. He was also a member of the VFW, the Masonic Order of Granger and the Lions Club. He served on the Granger City Council. Ernie loved conservation and the company of his friends. Nearly every morning, he could be found socializing at the Outpost in Sunnyside.

At Mr. Haley’s request no memorial services will be held. Donations can be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society at 192 Nickerson Street, Suite 100, Seattle, WA 98109-1632. Valley Hills Funeral Home, Zillah, is in charge of arrangements. Online guest book at Valley Hills Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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