William J. (Bill) Purdy, 89, a long-time Sunnyside resident, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2006, in Sunnyside.

Bill was born June 30, 1917, in Knox County, Creighton, Neb. At an early age, his family moved to Wauneta, Neb. There he received his education. Bill served in the U.S. Army during World War II, serving in the Pacific Theater. Bill moved to Sunnyside in 1945. On March 22, 1946, he married Mary Lou Divinny in Sunnyside.

He was a member of the Church of Christ in Sunnyside and Carpenter Local #770 of Yakima, also a lifetime member of the DVA - Chapter #8 of Yakima.

He loved sports of all kinds, especially the Nebraska football team and the Seattle Mariners.

Bill is survived by his stepdaughter, Mary E. Foster, and her children, Richard Foster (Katherine), Gail Marquez (Nicholas), Cindy Grove (Randy), Dale Foster (Wendy), and Bill Foster; three nephews, William (Sue) Purdy, Clinton Ike (Renee) Purdy, Mike (Sherrie) Purdy; one niece, Susan (Vern) Sartain; one sister-in-law, Marcella Purdy Peterson (Ernie); as well as 20 great-grandchildren, two great- great-grandsons and one great-great-granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William C. and Ruby Purdy; his wife, Mary Lou Purdy; an infant brother; one sister; one brother, Raymond; a stepson, Jack Divinny; one infant stepgrandson, Russell Foster Jr.; and many friends.

Viewing and visitation will be held Thursday, Jan. 4, 2007, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 5, 2007, at 10 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home. Burial with military honors will be held at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside. Those wishing to honor Bill's memory may contribute to the Lower Valley Hospice or Parkinson Research. A special thank you, to Sun Terrace and Hillcrest Manor, for their wonderful care of Bill. Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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