Oris E. “Hap” Smith, 87, a long-time Sunnyside resident and businessman, passed away

Thursday, May 10, 2007

, in Sunnyside.

He was born on

Nov. 19, 1919

, the son of I.E. (Irvin) and Elsie (Batson) Smith, on the family farm near




He attended and graduated from a county school near his home. He received his high school education at



, a Seventh-day Adventist boarding school at




Following his graduation, he attended

Walla Walla



College Place

. After his second year, he returned to

South Dakota

to marry his academy sweetheart, Kathryne Knecht on

Oct. 22, 1941

. They returned to

Walla Walla

to continue his college education.

In 1944, Hap accepted a job at Lodi Funeral Home in




, a profession both he and his wife had planned to make as their lifetime work. In 1948, they moved to

San Francisco



for a year, where he attended and graduated from



. He continued working for Lodi Funeral Home until March of 1951, when they with their two-year-old son, Greg, moved to Sunnyside, having purchased the Newman Funeral Homes in Sunnyside and


, previously owned by the Haskins family for many years. Together they worked in the business and were dedicated to their profession.

Hap also provided ambulance service in


and Sunnyside from 1953 until 1966.

The years following were not only business and work but happy times spent with their family, son, Greg and wife, Carolyn and grandchildren, Grant and Heather. He felt it a privilege to live in the same town such a short distance from all of them, being able to share many fun times.

He was a member of the Sunnyside Rotary, Sunnyside Chamber, Lower Valley Elks #2112, Washington State Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association and the





Hap was active in the early organization of Sunnyside Sunshine Days. After that he gave and enjoyed many hours of work in the development of the Sunnyside-Grandview Pathway. He mowed the ditches with his hoarse drawn Belguim team, Bob and Jim.

In 1986, he and his wife retired and enjoyed many trips visiting old friends and developed many new friendships along the way. He had so much going on in these years, his farm, horses, refurbishing old stoves and horse drawn hearse equipment.

In 1999, Hap was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, what precious final years together. Kathryne lovingly cared for him at home with help and love from family. In March of 2003, he went to make his home with John and Kathy Paul at Pleasant Valley Adult Home and Loudres Valcos, where love and caring continued. Kathryne continued her visits with Hap, always remembering the happy years they spent together. They would have celebrated 66 precious years together in October of this year. Each member of the family held a special place in his heart. The “I Love You” was an expression used many times one to another.

He is survived by his loving wife, Kathryne Smith of Sunnyisde; his son, Gregory E. Smith and wife, Carolyn, of Sunnyside; two grandchildren, Grant E. Smith and Heather E. (Smith) Bowen and husband, Zane, all of Sunnyside; and two great-granddaughters, Madison Elizabeth Bowen and Rachel Taylor Smith. He is also survived by one sister, Emogene Hill (Herbert), and one brother, Dale Smith of Weston, Ore.; four nephews, Bob Smith of Walla Walla, Dick Smith of Portland, Ore., Dr. Dan Hiershe of Ellensburg and Tom Olson (Linda), of Spokane; and two nieces, Susan Lundquist (Dr. Chris) of Pendleton, Ore. and Donna Montaque (Dave), of Franklin, Tenn.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Viewing and visitation will be held

Monday, May 14, 2007

, from



8 p.m.

at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Funeral services will be held

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

, at

10 a.m.




of the Nazarene. Burial will be at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside, under the direction of his son, Greg, and family.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor his memory may contribute to the Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church, Sunnyside Fire Department or Sunnyside Christian School.


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