Kenneth Leroy Brumbaugh, 91, of Sunnyside passed away Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007, at Sunnyside Community Hospital.
He was born to Alvin and Josephine (Tussinger) Brumbaugh in Ottawa County, Okla. He was born into the Wyandotte Tribe of Oklahoma. In his youth, he spent some time at the Wyandotte Indian school before setting out on his own.
On July 11, 1950 he married Ida Maxine Murphye in Bentonville, Ark.
His older siblings had moved to Washington state and he followed soon after. He worked on several dams including Ice Harbor, Wanapum, Priest Rapids and The Dalles dams. He also spent time as a welder and worked at Hanford. They also dabbled in real estate, giving many families in the Valley opportunities to own a home of their own. Kenneth believed in hard work and in setting a great example for the future generations of his family.
In their early retirement years, Kenneth and Maxine love to drive south for warmer climates. They enjoyed time with friends and family. When back home, he loved to sit close to the fireplace, often melting the soles of his shoes. Kenneth was rarely seen without his baseball cap, and always had a story to tell. He also hardly missed an election and loved to talk politics with anyone who would listen. When he was still able to see well, he would often write letters to many family members. Anyone who knew Kenneth knew he was a fighter. The last few years, he endured several different health problems and beat the odds every time. He finally just became tired of fighting. There were no regrets in his life, he lived it long and he lived it full.
He will be missed by everyone who knew him.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Ida Maxine of Sunnyside; his children, Shirley (James) Barber of Maricopa, Ariz., Josie (James) Finch of Grandview, Billy Brumbaugh of Mesa, Ariz.; his grandchildren, Lora (Ruben) Solis, and great-grandchildren, Damian and Kyla Solis, all of Sunnyside, Jennifer (Richard) McCardle and great-granddaughter,Kristen of San Diego, Calif., and Joey Schons of Portland, Ore.; also granddaughters, Beth (Kevin) Ivins and great-granddaughters, Linday and Kelly; granddaughter, Pam (John) Goux, and great-granddaughter, Claire; and granddaughter, Cindy (Gregg) West and great-granddaughter, Emma, all of Arizona; one foster son, James Wehount of Sunnyside; and four grandchildren and 13 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alvin and Josephine; and his sisters, Minnie Hayes, Edna Elliot and an infant sister, Naomi Y'Ola; and one brother, Emmett Brumbaugh.
Viewing will be held Friday, Dec. 21, 2007, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Valley Hills Funeral Home is Sunnyside. Viewing will also be held Saturday, Dec. 22, 2007, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Graveside services will be held Saturday, Dec. 22, 2007, at 11 a.m. at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside, followed by a family gathering.
Valley Hills Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.