Adriaan (Jos) den Hoed passed away Friday, Dec. 26, 2008, at his home in Grandview. He was a local dairyman for many years. He passed away at the age of 64, a few weeks shy of being 65.
He was born in Ridderkerk, Netherlands on Jan. 21, 1944. He was the ninth child of Arthur and Hendrika den Hoed.
He immigrated to the United States in 1948, with his parents and 10 siblings. They ended up in Clifton, N.J., where they ran a dairy and did some crop farming. He attended elementary school in Clifton before moving out west. In 1956 his family moved west by truck and car. All possessions loaded on the trucks and the children in the car by mom and dad. They settled in the outskirts of Grandview, where the Den Hoed Dairy, Inc. is now located. His dad converted the farm into a dairy, so he could keep all those girls and boys busy. His dad also planted grapes, in those days, one of the first farmers to do so. In 1956 his brother Walter was electrocuted on the farm. He attended Grandview schools. In 1963 his farther Arthur passed away. The responsibility of the farm came to rest on Adriaan's shoulders. He was also in the U.S. Army. His mother, Hendrika, passed in 1966. In 1967 he took over his section of the farm, the dairying part and part of the crop farming.
He married Helen de Vos on June 25, 1968, in Sunnyside. Walter den Hoed was born in 1969, Kevin in 1971, Alan in 1976 and Darla Dee in 1978.
He continued to be active in the dairy industry and farming. Adriaan's love was to dream up new ideas or new inventions on putting together equipment. He loved to build things and bring beauty to one's home and yard. Adriaan was a member and served 10 years as deacon of the Netherlands Reformed Congregation.
On Jan. 4, 2008, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Then all efforts were put in order to cure that dread disease of cancer. Adriaan's efforts were most courageous, such will power, but the disease got the upper hand. After many days, weeks and months we had to give up the battle.
He was such a loving husband, father and grandfather (OPA). This year was our 40th wedding anniversary. Adriaan will always be remembered by his loving and caring ways to others.
He is survived by his wife, Helen den Hoed of Grandview; three sons, Walter den Hoed (Denise) of Grandview, Kevin den Hoed (Carol-Lynn) of Kennewick and Alan den Hoed (Mickel) of Pasco; one daughter, Darla Paget (Nicholas) of Issaquah; six grandchildren, Jayce, McKenna, Colton, Konner, Avery and Alivia; four brothers, Andrew den Hoed of Grandview, Rev. John den Hoed of New Jersey, Art den Hoed of Larchwood, Iowa and Joe den Hoed of Grandview; and five sisters, Jane Bestebreur of Sunnyside, Anne den Hoed of Yakima, Mae Timmermans of Leavenworth, Lydia de Vos of Prosser and Wilma den Hoed of Yakima.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Walter den Hoed.
Viewing and visitation were held today, Dec. 29, 2008. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008, at 10 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside, with burial to follow at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside.
Those wishing to honor his memory may contribute to the Lower Valley Hospice and Sunnyside Christian School. Those wishing to share their memories or sign Adriaan's on-line memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com.
Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
CARLOS R. LOERA
Carlos R. Loera entered the presence of God at his home surrounded by his wife and family Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008.
He was born in 1922 to Jose Maria and Gabriela (Rocha) Loera and raised in Matehuala, Mexico. He came to the United States, as a young man, at the age of 23. He met his wife, Victoria, in Harlington, Texas and married in 1949. They came to Sunnyside in 1959 and opened the La Texanita Bakery in 1963, where he baked "pan dulce" for nearly 40 years. He finally retired in August 2002. The bakery was not only filled with pan dulce, but was also filled with life, love, hope, dreams, laughter, memories and his children. La Texanita Bakery was not only a favorite spot for people to come and buy his pastries, but they also came to experience his friendliness and warm greetings. He was well known by many and held very dear by his family. His faith in God was truly evidenced in his life as he shared his faith with his family. He experienced life to the fullest; he loved Mariachi music, was the life of the party and would dance and sing and bring joy to his family and friends. La Texanita Bakery was one of the community's cornerstones in the valley until he and Victoria retired.
One of Carlos's fondest memories was when he became a United States citizen on Aug. 14, 1998.
He is survived by his wife, Victoria; his 10 children, Gordie (Jerry) Jakobe, Carlos Jr. (Elena), Rolando (Natalie), Linda (Ramon) Loera Sanchez, Joe (Patricia), John (Kim), Olga (Daniel) Couturier, Kathy (Arthur) Gonzalez, Robert and Jeff (Laurette); his 23 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed.
Nos dio vida,
Nos dio amor
Nos dio nos suenos
Nos dio fe en dios
"Come, let us worship and bow down;
Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For He is our God."
Viewing and visitation will be held Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008, from 1 to 8:30 p.m., with a Rosary to be recited at 7:30 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sunnyside.
Those wishing to honor Carlos's memory may contribute to the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sunnyside. Anyone wishing to sign or leave a memory on Carlos's on-line memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com.
Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.