Doyne E. Gillihan, 84, of Prosser passed away Monday, Dec.15, 2008, at Hillcrest Manor in Sunnyside.

He was born Jan. 21, 1924 in Calico Rock, Ark. to Jasper E. and Audie D. (Harber) Gillihan. He received his education in Arkansas. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

On Nov. 9, 1949, he married Joyce VanWechel in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho and they made their home in Sunnyside. He worked as a painter in the 1950s and was later employed at Hanford, where he worked for 30 years before retiring in 1981. He continued to farm until 2008, raising cattle, asparagus and grapes. In July 2008 they sold their farm and moved to Prosser. He enjoyed visiting about the town news over a good cup of coffee at the Sales Yard Cafe, loved auctions and gardening. He was a member of the Sunnyside VFW, Grape Growers Association and the Asparagus Association.

He is survived by his loving wife, Joyce Gillihan of Prosser; two daughters, Linda Powell (Aaron) of Olympia and Lori Hollingsworth (Kevin) of Ravensdale; three sons, Mike Gillihan (Sandra) of Prosser, Steve Gillihan of Kennewick and Don Gillihan (Veronica) of Prosser; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; his sisters, Geneva Brook (Gilbert) of Grandview and Armilda Hart (Kenny) of Yakima; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Jack G. Gillihan.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008, at 12:30 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside, with burial to follow at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside.

Those wishing to share their memories or sign Doyne's on-line memorial book may do so at

Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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