Harry Raymond Steffens, 73, of Sunnyside passed away Wednesday, March 14, 2007, at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital.

Harry Steffens was born March 12, 1934, in Jamestown, N.D. to Arthur and Nora (Johnson) Steffens. His early years were spent in North Dakota. When he was eight years old, the family moved west settling briefly in Prosser, and then moved to Mabton. Harry attended primary grades in Jamestown and Prosser, graduating from Mabton High School in 1952.

After high school, Harry joined the U.S. Navy and served for five and one-half years, first aboard a ship in the Pacific, than stationed in Guam and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. In Hawaii, he met his wife, Edna (Tip). They were married on the Pearl Harbor Naval Base in May 1956. Upon discharge from the Navy in December 1957, the couple moved to Washington state and lived in the Sunnyside area for 38 years.

Their son, Michael, was born in 1962.

Harry was employed by the City of Sunnyside, first as patrolman for the police dept. and later transferred to Sunnyside Fire Department.

He retired as Sunnyside Fire Chief in 1982.

Harry is survived by his wife, Tip of Sunnyside; one son, Michael Eric of Sunnyside; and one grandson, James Andrew Steffens of Orlando, Fla. He is also survived by three sisters, Shirley (Rod) Garrison of Yakima, Rosella Kirkwood of Palm Springs, Calif. and Helen Smolen of Holland, Mich.; one brother, Gene (Loretta) of Fountain City, Ind.; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins; and many dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Arnold, Gordon and Jerome; one sister, Margaret Elane; and two brothers-in- law, Ben Smolen and Carl Kirkwood.

Viewing and visitation will be held Sunday, March 18, 2007, from 1 to 6 p.m. and Monday, March 19, 2007, from 8:30 a.m. until the time of funeral service at 11 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside, with burial to follow at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens. Those wishing to honor his memory may contribute to the American Cancer Society or the Lower Valley Hospice. Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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