Bill Snell, 88, passed away peacefully at his home in Ellensburg mid September 2006.  Bill was born on Jan. 9, 1918 in Seattle.

He lived his early childhood on the Lauderdale family lodge property in the upper Kittitas Valley. In the late 20’s the family moved to Ellensburg, where he attended school. Bill met and married Roberta (Bobbie) Leslie in Ellensburg. They then moved to Sunnyside, where they ran a dairy farm until 1966. The Snells sold their dairy farm but remained in the Sunnyside area until Bobbie passed away in 1998. Bill then moved back to Ellensburg to be closer to family and friends.

Bill was very active as an adviser for the 4H and Sports Council for many years. For the last 25 years of his life he was involved in various rock clubs and was a representative to the Washington State Gem & Mineral Council. Bill loved the great outdoors-even during the last weeks of his life he could be found camping in the Teanaway Valley and hunting for rocks.

Bill is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Lynette and Rod Case of Issaquah; and a granddaughter, Coleen Case of Maple Valley. He is also survived by one brother, Jack Snell of Ellensburg; a sister, Nona D’Anna of Georgia; as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Francis Snell of Ellensburg; a brother, Tom Snell of Royal City; and a sister, Ednell Snell of Ellensburg.

It was Bill’s desire that in lieu of a formal memorial service that all of his family and friends remember the good times they shared with him.

Arrangements are entrusted to Flintoft’s Issaquah Funeral Home. Friends are invited to share memories and sign the family’s online guestbook at


John Van Wingerden, 81, of Sunnyside passed away Friday, Sept. 22, 2006, at Yakima Regional Hospital.

He was born Feb. 7, 1925 to Arie and Bastiaantje Van Wingerden in Ridderkerk, The Netherlands. On Dec. 28, 1948 he married Teuntje Van Belle and together they immigrated to the United States on Feb. 18, 1949. In 1950 John founded Van Wingerden Landscaping, which later grew into a family business providing landscaping and greenhouse services.

He was an active member of the Netherlands Reformed Congregation, serving as deacon and elder for 48 years.

His joys were serving God, his family and his church.

He is survived by his wife, Teuntje Van Wingerden of Sunnyside; his children, Arie Van Wingerden and wife, Agnes of Sunnyside, Maaike Van Wingerden of Sunnyside, Sjaane Heikoop and husband, Chris of Lethbridge, Alberta, John Van Wingerden and wife, Deanna of Sunnyside, Bill Van Wingerden and wife, Anne-Marie of Sunnyside and Janny Visser and husband, Art of Calgary, Alberta; 22 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers, Cornelis Van Wingerden and Willem Van Wingerden, four sisters, Cornelia Plaisier, Janny Van Drunen, Maria Belder and Lydia Uittenbogaard all of The Netherlands.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Leen Van Wingerden.

Viewing and visitation will be held Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2006, from 4 until 8 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Sept. 28, 2006, at 10 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home, with burial to follow at the Lower Valley Memorial Gardens, Sunnyside.

In lieu of flowers those wishing to honor John’s memory may contribute to the Trinity Reformed Christian School. Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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